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Smoke on the Wando photo illistration by: TANNER HOISINGTON and JOSIE MASZK

late buses / 06,07

see pages page 4 and 5

recycling / 12,13

Alateen / 14

Oscar nominations / 22,23


02 Tribal People







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05 Smoke

on the Wando

Consequences of smoking can have serious repercussions to health over time. Read about the issue on page 05.

13 The

greener tomorrow

As the understanding of recycling grows, more students are involved in the effort to help the environment.

22 A night

to remember

Feb. 26 marks the 84th Academy Awards. Tribal Tribune staffers weigh in on their picks for 2012’s Best Picture Oscar.

28 Presidential


Senior Gimel President has been named to the Parade All-American team -- one of the highest honors in the high school football world.

by the numbers: Valentine’s Day

that’s what you said...

Love is in the air, and it won’t be long until everyone’s favorite commericial holiday comes to remind us of who we are -- and aren’t -- with. A.D. 496 year Pope Gelasius I declared

Have you ever received any of the following on Valentine’s Day?

Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day

24.7 pounds per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010

393 number of dating service establishments as of 2007

2 towns in the U.S. whose names are “Valentine”

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A stuffed animal An original song

33 Yes

we Cain

Stephen Colbert and former presidential candidate Herman Cain head to Charleston for the Rock Me Like A Herman Cain political rally.

36 Making

the transition

Get tips on how to blend your Winter and Spring wardrobes to prepare for the fickle February weather.

Have you ever had a significant other on Valentine’s Day?



49% No

Have you ever had a secret admirer send you a Valentine?



52% No

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Getting to know senior

Chelsea Frasier

How to... read your PSAT score

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The PSAT is the prelude to the SAT. With a little guidance from the Tribal Tribune, reading your scores and planning how to prepare for the SAT can be l inoa Opt made easier. 5 234

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Average SAT scores: Clemson -- 1220 USC -- 1190 CofC -- 1205

rant? CF: Chick-fil-a TT: Most anticipated school event of the year? CF: Prom.

All juniors take the PSAT because they are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.

TT: If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be? CF: It would be Martin Luther King because of his impact on my life today.

Eight Wando students are National Merit semifinalists and one is nominated for the National Presidential Scholarship.

TT: If you could learn to do anything what would it be? CF: I would learn how to fly a plane.

Last year 1,858 students from Wando took the PSAT.

TT: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do with it? CF: I would spread the wealth with my family -- just a little bit, though. Then after that I would give back. I know I’d be a philanthropist. I’d give back to different organizations that help children. TT: What is one major thing on your bucket list? CF: I want to go to Hawaii. I would want to kayak and swim with the dolphins. TT: If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? CF: I would be Spiderwoman. -- compiledl by lauren fraser

Approximately 1,000,000 students take the SAT each year and on average only 20 get a perfect score. Go online to to get a more in-depth look at your scores and sign up for the SAT.

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Below you would find what your answers were and also what the correct answers are. You receive the exact pamphlet you used to take the test, so it is a good idea to look over your answers.

link to to view additional pictures of sports events, performances and school activites. Also see additional stories, sports, and reviews. A database of the year’s TribeTalks and Tribal Tribunes are on the as well.

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Lighting up For a student who is addicted, cigarettes create as much anxiety as they relieve amanda sharpley

staff writer It was like any other August day. The heat was sweltering. No one would notice they were missing, she thought. Should After all, hadn’t her father consented to letting her try them South out for herself sometime? She wasn’t even sure if she was doing it right. Her friend had done it before, but weren’t Carolina’s you supposed to inhale? Before she knew it, the thin paper cigarette tax box was empty. She didn’t feel any different. She was 14 years old, and she had just smoked her first be raised? cigarette. Yes Now almost 17 years old, she is an addict. For Ann*, smoking happened to be just a part of No growing up and a way of making everyday life easier to deal with. Diagnosed with acute anxiety at a young I don’t care age, she was already taking anti-anxiety medicine. She feared getting addicted to anything else. But being brought up in a household of smokers, she was offered the right to smoke when she of students have of students reached young adulthood. smoked a cigarette have not “When my dad first offered to let me smoke, before I didn’t because I was repulsed by the idea. But eventually I was just like, well if I can and it’s my dad’s cigarettes, than I don’t see why not,” have an don’t have an said Ann, whose father started smoking when immediate family immediate family he was 16. “I don’t really know if it was a great exchange, though, to exchange medicine for member who smokes member who smokes smoking.” Even though she had learned the have smoked have not causes of anxiety, she is not yet able to conon school smoked on trol her random onsets. campus school campus “There might be something in me that ticks subconsciously and takes acHow often do you smoke? tion when it notices something that I don’t. If I hear a small sudden noise, my Multiple times a day skin jumps and tingles and I begin to hyperventilate,” she said. “If a panic attack arOnce a week rives without a conscious reason, it’s worse. It makes me feel as if I’m running from a strangEvery day er in the dark or as if I should be worried about something. My hands lock together, my breath goes Never short. Cigarettes loosen me.” According to Dr. Kevin Gray from the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry, “what often is the case with cigarettes and other substances of abuse is that there’s this perception that if I smoke a cigarette, I’ll feel less anxious, but then after sometime it’s used to just feel normal.” Dr. Gray also said there are various manifestations of anxiety that everyone possesses to some level. But that shouldn’t be an excuse to begin lighting up. Typically when Ann smokes, it’s a social reason. The majority of her friends smoke, she said, and “if you are in a group of people and they are smoking and you





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02.01.12 are trying to quit, it is so hard,” so she said she just doesn’t try. The decision to quit and fight addiction is a hard one, and it’s even harder when that includes changing her social circle, she said. Dr. Gray agrees. “Smoking typically does begin as a shared or social situation, but then it does carry on to smoking alone as well,” he said. “You can’t make an overall generalization of all smokers, but typically from what I can gather it’s mostly social.” Ann typically smokes three cigarettes per day -- one in the morning before school, one after school and another later in the evening with her father. The longest time she’s capable of going without smoking is two days, Ann said. The routine of smoking at different intervals throughout the day has become so natural to her lifestyle that other elements of her life at times adapt around it. She also uses it to help her cope with day to day situations that might add to her stress. “If something happened, and I get really tired or anxious and I can’t have one, then that’s really, really aggravating,” she said. “I just kind of miss it.” According to Dr. Gray, addiction can happen within a matter of weeks, and at times it’s even the case that people develop more anxiety issues after they’ve developed an addiction to smoking. “Smoking has this teaser effect, where it makes you feel better for the time being, but then can end up causing more problems later on,” Dr. Gray said. Not to mention that “cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death,” he added. Ann said physically she’s already starting to feel some of the repercussions from smoking, and she plans to stop smoking by the age of 20 with the idea her lungs will reheal. She’s not as agile as she used to be, and shortness of breath is a common symptom. “I do exercising, and whenever we start running, because we run as a warm up, I can feel my throat constricting and my insides constricting,” Ann said. She also worries about the image she’s conveying. It’s upsetting that her peers and teachers might judge her character based on her smoking habits, she said, and the notion there will always be negative connotations related with smoking. “I can be a perfectly respectful and respectable child, but once they find out I smoke, their idea of me changes completely -- a disobedient troublemaker,” she added. Despite her concerns, even if her father hadn’t brought up the idea to smoke in the first place, Ann said she likely would have started eventually. TVs and films sport the concept that smoking a cigarette looks “cool” or satisfactory and Ann said she agreed. “I would have tried smoking on my own because when you see it in like movies, the hand motions of it look so addicting,” she said. “I don’t know if I would have started as early as I did, but I just happened to start smoking early.” For her, panic attacks and addiction are the same. It’s all a matter of control. “I fear them both because when I have a panic attack, I have no control over my body. I substituted it with medication which turned into an addiction which also controlled me. And I replaced that addiction with another: smoking. I dug myself into a hole,” she said. “At least I can’t overdose on smoking as quickly as I can with anti-anxiety medication. And that’s the sad thinking process.”


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Through the smoke Despite decrease in smoking, tough consequences still in effect for policy violators amanda sharpley

staff writer Only 10 percent of high school seniors in the nation light up each day, and even though Wando has rules against smoking on campus, some students still help make up that statistic. “As an academic institution, we try to educate kids that it’s not in their best interest to start smoking,” Assistant Principal Bryan Hearn said. “Someone’s recently told me, ‘if you permit, you promote,’ and we don’t ever want to be seen as promoting smoking.” Smoking on campus has been prohibited since before Wando transferred over to its new location. “Students were running pretty rampant around the old school with smoking, crossing the street to go on the corner to smoke out of spite, and so they had to crack down on them more and establish the system we have now,” Hearn said. Despite the restrictions to tobacco on campus, some students still loiter in the parking lots before and after school to get that quick fix of nicotine. Either students don’t care about the consequences, or they care about that fix even more. “Well, that’s a problem with cigarettes in general and how addictive they are,” Assistant Principal Jeff Blankenship said. “I personally have never smoked a cigarette in my life. But I’m sure that some people feel the need that they’ve got to get back the nicotine the first chance they get.” School resource officers are stationed around the building to help be the eyes and ears of the administrators, according to Student Resource Officer Michael Reidenbach, and help catch students violating the school rules. “Whenever we see a student smoking on campus, we take them to a school administrator,” he said. With a number of students still seen smoking on campus each week, authority figures refuse to turn a blind eye. “Every time that we encounter it, we consistently address the behavior,” Reidenbach said. “Otherwise it kind of creates an environment where they continue to do it, so we do our part in addressing it.” Hearn said that although he’s sure there are students who smoke on campus that don’t get caught, he does everything in his power to ensure the majority of them are dealt with. “I can’t catch them all, but I can assure you that I deal with it to the extent that I can with the progressive

discipline planning. If I see kids smoking or am aware that kids are smoking on campus, whether it be in the building or right outside the door or around their cars in the morning,” he said. If a student is found smoking on campus, or even having a cigarette in his or her possession, there’s a systematic matrix that consists of different consequences each time a student makes an offense. “Tobacco, first offense is to confiscate the tobacco or the cigarettes or the lighters, and a Saturday school, and could possibly be two blocks of in school suspension. Second offense is confiscating of the contraband and a full day of ISS. Third offense is confiscating of the contraband and one full day of OSS,” Hearn said. “Anything further than that goes into our frequent offender category, which

consists of basically refusing to obey, or twilight school whatever the case may be.” The good news is the rate of kids found smoking on campus is a lot less than there used to be, Hearn said. “I think there are a lot of kids who have kind of ‘wised up’ if you will,” he said. “I think a lot of kids have gained wisdom, and if they don’t start, they don’t have to worry about quitting, because they’ve seen their parents, or friends, or older brothers or sisters start and not be able to stop.” The administration will continue its best to take preventative measures towards smoking on campus. “That’s our goal,” Hearn said, “is to basically have as few kids addicted to nicotine as possible because it interrupts your life and your livelihood.”


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Buses affected by outside forces, causing students to be late for school

“All of these buses that come here do something before they come here: elementary school -- Laurel Hill, Pinckney, J.B. Edwards, Whitesides, Sullivan’s Island, Belle Hall,” McGrath said. “The simple thing would be to start the first tier sooncaitie armstrong er, but the first tier schools -- elementary -- don’t let the staff writer students off the bus until a certain time,” McGrath said. “When they arrive to the elementary schools, a lot of Fred McGrath of Durham School Services spends his days overseeing Wando’s bus routes. McGrath puts in them get there by 7 a.m.,” Jourdan said. “They’re not allong days, from 5:30 a.m. to almost 5 p.m., on hand for lowed to unload students until 7:20 because the teachers the buses’ first departure and final return. He has nearly and staff members aren’t required to be there until 7:15, memorized the routes of the 31 buses that service Wando 7:20.” Most schools allow along with their average archildren off the buses rival times. But this year, the at 7:20, allowing a little routes and times of those under an hour for bus buses have been especially drivers to unload elestressful. Assistant Principal Jeremy Jourdan mentary schoolers, pick This year Wando has up high schoolers and consistently seen buses arrive late, as many as 25 a week, according to Assistant Prin- deliver them to school. According to McGrath, the one-hour time frame cipal Jeremy Jourdan. “This year, out of all years, we’ve had the most late hasn’t been a problem in years past, but the construction delays along Highway 17 N have made travel difficult for buses by far,” Jourdan said. Wando’s buses run a tight turn around time, running some buses and next to impossible for others. The reduced speed limits and traffic delays can slow elementary school routes before high school routes. “We have one hour to pick up the high school kids and down all drivers, but for buses running tight route schedules in the first place, the morning becomes a race against get them here,” McGrath said. And this full day makes it hard to move up the bus the clock. “Geography is against us on three routes... schedules in order to get the buses here on time.

This year, out of all years, we’ve had the most late buses by far.

02.01.12 We have three buses that come from the southern-most area, down by Old Village,” McGrath said. “The speed limits have been reduced from 55 to 45, and where it was 45 now 35, so the buses have to go slower to get here.” And when buses do arrive, they face traffic backups at the intersection of Carolina Park Boulevard and Highway 17 North. “One day I had the buses call me when they reached the light, and I was timing the buses from the light to the curb. Anywhere from four to eight minutes to go a thousand yards,” McGrath said. That four to eight minutes didn’t change from last year to this, but this year, the tight time frame makes it noticeable. “Because we are having buses who are getting [to the light] at 8:15 instead of 8:10, then you add that eight minutes to the 8:15, then you pass 8:20,” McGrath said. “Minutes here, minutes there count appreciatively.” And five minutes can make all the difference. “If the high school took in at 8:30 instead of 8:25, we wouldn’t have this issue… because everything gets here before 8:30. It’s that 10-minute window from 8:20 to 8:30,” McGrath said. In fact, a recent bus log showed a two-

Tribal News 07 week period in which no bus arrived after 8:25, but 8:18 is the magic time. Jourdan considers 8:18 the cut off time for an on time bus versus a late bus. “Seven minutes is time we need for the students to get into the building, get to their lockers, and get to class, especially since some of them have to get breakfast,” Jourdan said. And while students on late buses miss only small amounts of instructional time, English teacher Lynne Plumb said it can make a difference. “[The late students] have to catch up. Bringing them up to speed is the biggest thing, because we’re in the middle of a lesson,” Plumb said. Plumb sees students arrive on late buses one to two times a week. “The student has to be responsible enough to come up and say, ‘What did I miss those first few minutes?’” Plumb said. “I don’t think the kids like it at all because they come in exasperated.” However, the number of late buses declined sharply in mid-December from the four to five per day that the school had seen until then, according to Jourdan. “It’s getting better. We’re down to about half as many buses being late. On average about two [late buses] a day now,” Jourdan said. McGrath attributes this improvement

to the tweaking of a few bus routes, taking stops off of bus routes that regularly run late and giving them to nearby buses with a few minutes to spare. But McGrath maintains that without an earlier drop off time at elementary schools or a later start time at Wando, Durham School Services is working with a finite number of resources. “The solution is not just throw more buses at it. That’s not a viable solution from the state’s perspective,” McGrath said. “They provide these district school buses. They say use them to their maximum efficiency.” “When the construction is completed, when we have a third lane, that’s got to be some relief,” McGrath said. The completion of construction projects will not only remove the added traffic delays and return the speed limits to normal, it is expected to ease congestion,

36 buses provide transportation a day 3-5 buses are late a day 20-25 buses are late a week Average of 40 students ride each bus particularly with a third lane on Highway 17 N. Road work will begin to phase out as early as March, but Town of Mount Pleasant and Charleston County officials in charge of the construction estimate that total completion won’t come until 2014.

Exceptional Ed assistant, bus driver motivated by kids matt orvin

features editor For exceptional education assistant Erma Harrell, taking care of people has been her life’s work. She’s not just an exceptional ed assistant; she also drives a bus. “All my life, this is what I did -- teacher’s assistant and a bus driver. I’m a care taker, I take care of special needs kids,” said Harrell, who has been a bus driver for 34 years. Her love of driving and the kids she works with have motivated her for those years. After being offered a position driving a special needs bus, she never gave it up or looked back. In addition to driving, Harrell has been able to balance it with her responsibility as the chairperson of the District I

School Board for the past 14 years. “I like being on the school board; it gives me a good challenge. [I] tell these kids what they’re doing wrong. If you come to my board, you’re going to pay,” Harrell said. “I’m strict, I’m very tough, they don’t like coming to my board, they don’t like seeing Erma Harrell. I am a tough person.” Harrell’s passion for helping others extends to the community as well. “I like helping people, not just me. I’m involved in the church -- I’m the director of my choir. I just like doing things. That’s just me; I’m an outgoing person,” Harrell said. “I am a community leader, I like helping senior citizens, I like taking them shopping, taking them out to dinner, church, just give them a ride out, that’s just me.” “I’m an outgoing person and I’m outspoken too,” she added. Her passion for helping others has extended to her mother in the past two years, who is suffering from crippling arthritis and Alzheimer’s.


Passion for community

Exceptional Ed assistant Erma Harrell teaches student Nathan Gilbert during class. Along with teaching, Harrell also drives a bus and serves on the District I School Board.

“The older she becomes the worse she gets, but I love doing it because that’s my mother,” Harrell said. “I would not put her in a nursing home. I would be the nursing home; I would take care of my mother.” Harrell’s sense of concern for others and discipline extends to the buses as well. “Love your bus driver, respect them, but there’s rules. Follow the rules and we won’t have any trouble,” Harrell said. “We

have good bus drivers -- it’s the student. If you give them trouble on the bus, I will put them off the bus, I promise you.” Harrell’s passion for working with kids, especially those with special needs, has been a great source of motivation. “[I] love the kids, not just the special ed kids, all of them,” Harrell said. “But especially the special ed kids, if you mess with them, you mess with me.”


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Senior Stephenie Bosch was awarded a full ride scholarship to Francis Marion University on Jan. 9. “I am really excited and blessed to have the opportunity to get the scholarship,” Bosch said. “It gives me a lot of different’s really nice to be able to graduate debt free.”

The Engineering program has been selected as a national site for Project Lead the Way. “I feel like it’s [a] wonderful recognition about the success of the program here at Wando. There are not many schools that have a program that’s this complete,” teacher David Roemer said.

Senior Erica Vanderhorst received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen’s Award. She was nominated by Wando teachers for her good leadership skills and outstanding community service. “I was surprised [when I received the award] because I felt that there were so many other seniors who qualified,’” Vanderhorst said.

Sophomore bass player Madison Fields has been selected to the All-State Orchestra Feb. 24-26 in Myrtle Beach, where she will perform with the best strings students from all over the state. “I’m really excited... I get a chance to play really cool music... in a new environment,” Fields said.

Sophomore viola player Casey Wells has made it into All-State Orchestra. He will represent Wando Feb. 24-26 in Myrtle Beach, where he will perform with the best strings students from all over the state. “I was very nervous. But I passed the slot so it was really exciting to find out the news,” Wells said.

The Biotechnical Engineering program has been selected as a national site for Project Lead the Way. “I [am] thrilled to get any type of recognition for my students . . . it is all about the students,” teacher Sally Nesmith said.


Notable achievements

Junior Leonard Van Brunt (front row, far left) works with other cadest at the Ineternational Cadet Exchange Program Nov. 29-Dec. 13.

ROTC heads to Singapore Being a leader and getting a trip to Singapore were all part of the package for three AROTC students Nov. 29Dec. 13. Junior Leonard Van Brunt and junior Joey Prine participated in the International Cadet Exchange Program, which allows cadets to go to different countries and either tour the city or participate in a leadership program. Junior Dillon Faust participated in the touring part of the organization. Van Brunt said they wanted “to serve as a U.S. delegate for the Singapore government to represent the U.S. air force and to complete the 61st cadet obstacle course which was their leadership training camp.” After an extensive application process, the three flew 18 hours to Singapore to parFaust ticipate. “It was a long flight, and they gave you the worst food you will ever eat,” Faust said. “The most exciting part was when we got there; we met our syndicate and got to know everyone,” Van Brunt added. “A syndicate is 30-45 cadets and a commander,” he said, “and they weren’t allowed to help you -- that’s part of the leadership training.” The program was strictly cadet-run. “In the U.S. usually there would be supervisors every-

All-State band Fifty-five students made All-State band in tryouts in Lexington High School Jan. 21. All-State band will be held March 9-11 in Greenville. Among the Wando first chair students are junior Claire Bogdan on the oboe, junior Ryan Berberian on the alto sax, senior Ryan Everette on the tuba, junior Mattson Wiksell on the mallets, Wolfie Tuk on the flute, freshman Katie Powell on the clarinet, sophomore Sam Bunce on the tenor sax, freshman Dennis Wessels on the baritone sax and sophomore Andrew Kilby on the mallets.

where to make sure nothing goes wrong, but in Singapore it is truly a cadet-run program,” Van Brunt said. “There were kids younger than I were commanding me and making sure I was doing everything right.” Faust did not take part in the leadership training, but he did participate in a tour of the country. “It’s a really fun city to go to, and I had never been to Asia before,” Faust said. They all realized there is a big difference between living in the U.S. and living in Singapore. “The crime there is very low because they are very strict. For example, if you smuggle drugs to Singapore, you get the death penalty,” said Prine. A big attraction of Singapore is the beautiful island of Sentosa. Prine “I loved touring the city, specifically when we went to Sentosa,” Van Brundt said. “It is the wealthier side of Singapore, and that’s were you could try Singapore cuisine that was delicious.” The experiences acquired from this trip are priceless, according to VanBrundt. “To all cadets: anyone can have this opportunity, whether JSLS or CDLS,” he said, “and it is definitely worth it.” -- devon bowen

The Big Bash PTSO throws the Big Bash and Benefit for fundraising. This year’s theme will be “New Orleans Style.” On Feb. 24 at Harborside East, this adults-only event will help raise money for technology upgrades, scholarships, departmental grants and more. Admission will be priced at $25 per person and $45 per couple. Food will be catered by Farm on Fire and live jazz music from “Quentin Baxter” and “The Gradual Lean.”


‘No cell phones’ policy reformed Administration enacts new phone policy for students madison ivey

staff writer

A new school policy now allows students to use their cellular devices during school hours. “It’s 2012 and we kind of put ourselves as administrators and teachers in kids’ positions,” said Assistant Principal Bryan Hearn about the change. The new policy was officially announced Jan. 30 and will stay in effect unless it is not handled well by the student body, Hearn said. Students are not free to use their phones whenever possible, though; there are limits, Hearn said. “[Students] can’t use them, can’t have them out, can’t have them on during any class, period,” he said. Hearn said the change came about because adminis-

trators believed students could use cell phones properly if given the change -- as well as teachers’ ability to empathize with students. “When we have professional development or day long training programs or something, if we wouldn’t have a chance to use our phone during the day we would go crazy too,” Hearn said. “The more we saw kids trying to figure out what time it was or [taking] out their phones to put something on their calendar, which is a sign of maturity, [those things] built up to where we decided to make a change for the better,” he added. “It takes away the hassle of us telling kids to put their phones away, but at the same time, if they’re taking them out for productive reasons, which I think generally kids are around here, [it’s okay].” Cell phones are allowed during any time when a student is not in class. All areas of the school are okay to use the devices in, except classrooms, unless a teacher gives explicit permission, and the media center, which is viewed as an instructional area, Hearn said.

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What is a Super PAC? •

PAC stands for “Political Action Committee.” A PAC is a group of people who join together with the intention of electing a candidate to office or advancing the outcome of a political issue. According to the Federal Legislation Campaign Act, a campaign organization can be considered a PAC only if they receive monetary donations or spend more than $1,000 to influence the outcome of a federal election. When individual groups and large corporations wish to contribute money to support a certain candidate, they must do so through a PAC. An individual organization is allowed to contribute no more than $5,000 a year to a PAC for a specific candidate. However, in 2010 the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC made it possible to bend this rule -- through the use of Super PACs. Super PACs are officially known as “independent expenditure only committees.” They are different from other PACs because they are legally allowed to receive unlimited sums of money from individuals and privately owned companies to fund the support of a candidate. They are allowed to do this because of their agreement to do only “independent expenditures.” In plain English this means they must remain independent and not officially attach themselves with a certain candidate. As long as the candidate does not communicate directly with the Super PAC, it’s considered legal. The problem is that, although technically Super PACs cannot partner with specific candidates, they find ways to align themselves with their choice candidates. One of the common ways they do this is through television ads. For example, the Restore Our Future Super PAC supported Mitt Romney and attacked Newt Gingrich in their commercials. The Winning Our Future Super PAC lashed back with a proGingrich anti-Romney campaign. -compiled by georgia barfield

Keep your fingers off my SuperPAC SuperPacs are protected under free speech and should be left untouched COLUMN BY

caitie armstrong

“Corporations are people too,” Stephen Colbert likes to joke. And while he is a tall, dark and handsome wealthy Irish-Catholic -- everything that I search for in a man -- he’s wrong on campaign finance. The American system of government provides that government does not act unless it must. In other words, in a free society, the government doesn’t need a reason to make something legal. It needs a reason to make something illegal. Government should not pass a law that restricts its citizens’ actions unless there is significant, justifiable reason. It is arguable that most campaign finance regulation is justifiable to safeguard bribery. The government has an interest in making sure that elected officials are not bending at the wills of their wealthiest constituents.  But the SuperPAC, a vehicle for individuals and

corporations to produce political media, clearly falls within the purview of First Amendment speech, and because SuperPAC money is not controlled by candidates, the justification for cutting it is null and void. A media production is a form of speech, and it remains a legitimate form of protected speech even if it endorses a political candidate. A legitimate claim against SuperPACs could be made if they were allowed to collude with campaigns. I don’t deny that it would be reckless to allow undisclosed donors to give unlimited amounts to public officials, but because SuperPACs don’t touch politicians’ hands, the government’s restrictions are not justified. This right extends somewhat to corporations. While Colbert mischaracterizes our point by saying that corporations are people, they are extensions of the people who manage them. And since it’s constitutional for an individual to exercise political speech, it’s constitutional for the individuals who invest in and run a corporation to use that corporation as a vehicle for political speech. But at the end of the day, Colbert will always think that I think that corporations are people. And I will remain too poor to give to a SuperPAC and too Republican to marry Stephen Colbert.

Head to head: SuperPAC The soft money scandal Entities giving unlimited funds to campaigns should be stopped


jack meagher

SuperPACs are, to be succinct, the most thoroughly idiotic, most splendidly moronic, most wholeheartedly foolish thing about the American political system today. They are the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the way in which politicians are elected today, and what has been wrong for over a century. They put the funding of elections in the hands of wealthy corporations, groups whose well-being is closely tied to legislation, and takes the power of deciding who to put into office further and further away from American citizens. SuperPACs, or Super Political Action Committees, are a form of organization that is allowed to circumvent standard FEC regulations for donating to campaigns by spending their money independently of the candidate they support. So what does this mean for elections? Quite simply, individuals and, more importantly, corporations can donate unlimited sums of money to support a candidate,

and the money they donate can be used for anything. This so-called soft money cannot be tracked by any federal agency and has been repeatedly used for purposes that are not strictly for promoting a candidate. It is a corrupt, idiotic, pointless system that is a simple result of a loophole in the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (a.k.a. McCain-Feingold). Congress never intended for SuperPACs to exist. The Citizens United v. FEC ruling in 2010 that made SuperPACs legal simply confirmed that the reform was a poorly written piece of legislation that failed completely to do what it set out to. Contrary to popular belief, the Supreme Court did not rule that “corporations are people.” So why, if neither Congress nor the Supreme Court supports them, should SuperPACs continue to exist? Quite simply, they should not. Rather than allow soft money and unlimited contributions, the government -- via the FEC -- should simply track all money used for political purposes. I would even argue that, to level the playing field and make it easier to defeat incumbents, all money donated to campaigns should be limited to a set amount. Perhaps I’m a bit of a radical, but regardless of your point of view, you’d be hard-pressed to admit that SuperPACs are a good thing. They simply need to be fixed, and my proposal is one way to do it.


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The 2012 presidential race The issue: The energy crisis -by jackson wood

President Barack Obama

Governor Mitt Romney

Congressman Ron Paul

Senator Rick Santorum

Speaker Newt Gingrich

President Obama wants to improve the United States’ output of natural resources, such as oil and natural gas. He plans to improve the technology used to extract these resources in order to increase the country’s output. He is also looking to develop alternative fuel sources, such as solar and wind power, in order to reduce the United States’ dependency on oil. In the long run, Obama wants to try and make the United States become energy independent from the rest of the world.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney wants to increase the output of oil and natural gas from the United States. He would also like to invest in the development of new and safe ways to use nuclear technology. Romney plans to develop more efficient ways to extract shale oil from the ground. He also would like to utilize solar and wind power.

Texas Congressman Paul wants to remove restrictions that prohibit companies from drilling in America. He would also like to repeal the federal gas tax. Paul plans to develop nuclear power and destroy the EPA. He would like to make tax credits available for the purchase and production of alternate fuel technology.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum wants to end the ban on onshore and offshore drilling. He would like to develop new techniques to harness natural gas. Santorum plans to end energy subsidies and tax credits. He would also like to build the Keystone oil pipeline, which will also create more than 20,000 new jobs for American citizens.

Speaker Newt Gingrich wants to end the ban on shale oil development; research companies would then be able to develop more efficient technology to extract the shale oil off the United States’ coasts. He would like to give coastal states royalties to encourage them to allow companies to drill off their shores. Gingrich would also like to fund the research of projects that deal with clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power. He plans to remove laws stopping oil and natural gas development. He would also like to end the EPA.

Wando votes Barack Obama 26%

In order to register to vote, you must be 18 on or before the next election.

You can get a voter registration form at the DMV or the Board of Voter Registration.

Mitt Romney


Newt Gingrich 15% Ron Paul


Rick Santorum 09% - 155 polled

In order to vote, you must register at least 30 days before the election.

Mail or hand-deliver the completed form to the Charleston County Board of Voter Registration at Post Office Box 71419, North Charleston, SC 29415.

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The roots of recycling Students and teachers cooperate to make Wando a green school matt orvin

The average family throws away six trees worth of paper.

The EPA estimates that up to 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases could be eliminated through recycling and compost.

2 A TV could be powered for two years using a household’s weekly wasted energy.

Every ton of paper recycled saves...


3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

The average person is responsible for 1.5 tons of waste per year.


pounds of sulfur

350 pounds of limestone

The essence of recycling is the cyclical movement of materials through the system, eliminating waste and the need to extract more virgin materials. Supporting recycling means feeding this loop by not only recycling, but also supporting recycled products. We can now find high recycled content in everything from printer paper to office chairs.

9,000 pounds of steam 60,000 water

gallons of

7 trees How many years do common items take to decompose?

It takes the same amount of energy to make one new can as it does to make 20 recycled cans.



The energy saved from recycling one bottle could power a 60-watt light bulb for six hours.

infographic by amanda sharpley and michael spires

sources available, and it just makes sense; it’s just smart to recycle and reuse to reduce our waste,” she said. “Because as the population grows, where are we going to put all of the garbage?” With increased recycling, Brown, Powell and Kozma all hope for a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future.



Soda bottle

Glass bottle

Soda can

features editor With increasing publicity for being “green” in the media, there has been a drive to promote recycling and conservation, with schools being no exception. “[Being a “green” school] means doing things that make sense, doing things that are truly conservative. Which, for example, all starts with not using as much stuff as you need to use in the first place,” Ecology and Conservation Club sponsor Gary Brown said. “Recycling is the last option; there are many things we can do before that.” One of Environmental Science teacher Michele Powell’s classes introduced the recycling program as part of a class project several years ago. After much research, the county approved the request and sent the school 200 recycling bins. The program has been very successful, according to Brown. “We recycled enough paper last year to save about 200 trees according to our calculations, so I was really proud of that,” said Brown, who is an exceptional education teacher. When it comes to the success of the program, both students and teachers are responsible, according to Brown. “Most students want to do the right thing, I’ve found here. In fact, I’ve found [students] are more willing to participate sometimes than teachers,” he said. “I wouldn’t say they’re more conscious about the environment; they just want to do the right thing.” That isn’t to say the recycling program hasn’t faced challenges. “If students don’t participate appropriately, like if they throw candy wrappers in the recycling bins, they’re only doing it because they don’t know any better. They’re not trying to be malicious,” Brown said. “If we take the time to teach the students, then we have an easier time.” Occasionally, some people do react negatively to recycling. As part of the club’s recycling efforts during a football game, a teenage girl screamed at group members and threw trash at them, said senior Chelsea Kozma, who is co-president of the Ecology and Conservation Club. “It would be a lot better if people would just give us the time and just hear us out before they start flinging trash in our faces and start yelling at us and telling us that global warming is a political conspiracy to drain money from our government,” Kozma added. Recycling in schools is a significant component of recycling in Charleston County, which as a whole only recycles 10 percent of its waste, Powell said, compared to Portland’s national best of 51 percent. The more waste that is recycled, the better, according to Powell. “There will come a time where there are so many re-



Never The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year.


“If I don’t pick up the trash that people so needlessly throw on the ground, we’re going to have some awful, awful consequences,” Kozma said. “I just don’t want to see that happen to my kids, where they have to deal with that. I’d rather fix it now than fix it later and be paying for it later.”


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Students start compost project by using worms lauren fraser

staff writer Americans throw away about 25 percent of the food they prepare. An average household with four people throws away approximately $590 each year in food. Children have heard it all of their lives. Their parents use these statistics to guilt them into eating our vegetables. And in a school of over 3000 people, food waste is everywhere. But there is a solution. Composting. The idea behind composting is to throw all nonmeats and non-oils, such as vegetables and egg shells, into a bin so they can slowly decompose into rich soil. The program began this year but to make the process go faster the horticulture program will be using vermiculture, a type of composting that uses worms. With this, the worms eat the compostable waste and pass it to make the soil even richer. “We haven’t gotten it installed yet but we got a grant, a DHEC recycling grant, and the grant funding should be coming in a few months, so we should get the system in the spring,” teacher Katharine Donohoe said. “Ms. [Sharon] Randall, the assistant principal, sent out the grant information in the fall and vermicomposting was one of the things you could get a grant for. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do -- composting with worms.” Even though the new vermiculture system hasn’t arrived, students from culinary and horticulture have begun working together to make the compost system successful.

“The next step, we’re waiting on them to send us the money and then we’ll buy the vermicompost system and buy the worms. As soon as we do that we’ll start putting egg shells and lettuce and all sorts of leftovers from culinary in it, and it will start making fertilizer for the plants,” Donohoe said. Establishing a compost system has been a goal in the horticulture department for many years and the idea was thrown around between Donohoe and her students often. Senior Gavin Perry, quite literally, stepped up to the plate. “The first year I got into this class [culinary], I realized how much waste we have but [the compost system] didn’t get started until this year -- so two years later I got it going,” he said. “It seems like every semester I have one or two students who are very interested in horticulture and culinary, and Gavin Perry is the one who actually started bringing things over to put in the compost pile,” Donohoe said. According to Perry, the system is mostly maintained by students. “You put egg shells, no meats and mostly vegetables in there and you put it in this thing called a tumbler, it’s a trash can on a pivot. You dump the stuff in there and toss it around. Then you can put worms in there to speed up the process. It all breaks down into nutrient soil and you use that to spread on the ground and plant,” he said. “It’s all students doing pretty much everything.” Perry also insists on the importance of composting. According to him, there are many benefits from it. “Without farms, there is no food, and why throw it all away when you can grow more out of it,” he said. “[Before] all of the peelings, all of the scrap cuttings, all of that, were trashed. It was just kind of wasted.” Donohoe also argues that using a vermicompost sys-

A local, fresh look Local restaurant provides a positive atmosphere along with green construction ashleigh horowitz

staff writer Eating healthy is difficult with many fast food and chain restaurants around, but when a restaurant is local, the word “healthy” is written all over it. In 2006, Triangle Char and Bar opened in West Ashley as a new local hang out. It had major competition but pulled through, and another one opened up in Mt. Pleasant on June 22, at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. It got local attention because of its green construction, organic menu and warm atmosphere. “What they’re trying to achieve here is a good cause --

recycling, keeping everything green, keeping our environment healthy and a great place to be,” bartender Morgan Stout said. The restaurant itself was built all from recycled material, and they recycle everything they can by sending it to their own recycling center, which they funded to be built, according to server Randy Harbeson. There is more than just a health benefit for the environment. The restaurant uses grass fed beef according to manager of the restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, Garrett Astles. The cattle are kept on their natural diet of the grass. No hormones or extra grain is added to the cows’ food, giving their meat a fresher taste. Besides the grass-fed beef, Triangle Char and Bar tries to get everything as local and organic as they can -- such as their mushrooms, potatoes and greens. “A lot of our stuff is not going to be the healthiest for


Finding a way to help

Senior Gavin Perry and senior Cole Guerry use the tumbler in order to mix up the compost. After this, the worms will be added to speed up the decomposition of the organic material.

tem is efficient because it saves money and is self-maintained. “We’re putting so much compostable waste into the trash when it could be composted and made into a useful product because if we weren’t using the worm poop we would have to be buying fertilizer for the horticulture program,” she said. As this program takes off, Donohoe also looks towards the future with big dreams. “If it’s working out really well and we have more waste, we would look at getting a second worm farm,” she said. “I would love to eventually have the cafeteria involved but we would need more worms. It could be huge if we get the cafeteria involved; we could even sell the worm castings.”

you, [but] a lot of our stuff we try to make [healthy] so you do have some options,” Astles said. The restaurant tries not to put ingredients and extras into food that shouldn’t be there. “What we’re trying to accomplish here is local, fresh decent food,” Astles said. “We’re not saying our food is amazing, and we’re not saying it’s McDonald’s, but we’re saying it’s different.” Besides being healthy, Triangle Char and Bar tries to keep everything changing. The menu rotates constantly, by little bits, in order to give the restaurant a fresher feel. They want people to come back every week and be able to try something different every time, according to Astles. The restaurant also tries to be as good as it is to the environment and customers’ health as it is to the people in general. Harbeson has worked in many high end restaurants before but says Triangle Char and Bar has the cleanest kitchen. “I’ve been with these guys for 21 years so it’s like family to me,” Harbeson said. “We’re not a corporate restaurant, so we’re not a number as a server.”

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Teens helping teens Alateen teaches teens to deal with loved ones who drink emilee kutyla

co-writing editor Anna* never realized -- or wanted to admit -- that her mother was an alcoholic. It took two years and involvement in a program that helps those with family members or friends of alcoholics before Anna was able to accept the truth. And with truth came the ability to cope with it and learn how to be stronger herself. Anna credits Alateen, one of the programs established -- along with Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon -- which help people deal with alcohol addiction. Alateen and Al-anon are organizations established to help the family members and friends of alcoholics. Completely anonymous, members only refer to each other by their first names. Recovery and understanding all revolve around 12 steps and 12 traditions. Twelve steps and 12 traditions. With each completed step and each learned tradition, members work to learn how to live with alcohol in their lives. Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable. “My dad started saying that she [her mother] was an alcoholic and that she was drinking all of the time,” Anna said, “and I didn’t believe it because, yes, she would have some wine here and there, but that’s not a big deal. You guys used to do that all of the time, so that wouldn’t affect me. I thought she was just moody.” Step Two: Come to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. It’s been two years since Anna went to her first Alateen meeting. “I remember I hated it,” she said. “I first thought I was a faker because my mom’s not an alcoholic, she doesn’t drink that often.” Alateen is dedicated to helping teens who are directly affected by an alcoholic, whether it be a close family member or friend. Step Three: Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Kathy and Richard had seen the power of Alateen with their own children. Since moving to the Charleston area, the two knew introducing Alateen would be an important step for their new community. “We were really surprised that there wasn’t Alateen here in Charleston, in Mount Pleasant when we moved here,” Kathy said. “There’s very very active AA and Al-Anon groups here, really big groups.” As adult sponsors of the group, Kathy and Richard support the teens, who run their own meetings, and stress the program is here for a specific purpose. “It’s not about trashing your parents who drink too much,” Kathy said. “It’s really about teaching the kids to focus more about themselves and knowing that they have choices and just helping them deal with it when things get bad.” Step Four: Made a searching and fearl ess moral inventory of o u r selves. Every Tuesday, at the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church from 8-9 p.m., Alateen members meet for readings, group discussions and individual stories about how alcohol or other addictive substances have affected their lives. Since her first meeting, Anna’s view of her mother’s illness has changed. “So I went, and it kind of helped me understand that my mom was an alcoholic, even though I really didn’t want to believe that she was one,” she said. “It just helped me understand that...once I understood that she was one...some kids are just mad at their parents, ‘Why can’t they just stop; why can’t you just stop drinking,’ but it helps you realize that it’s an illness and that they can’t do anything except try to get recovery.” Step Five: Admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. One of the most stressed topics of Alateen is making sure that the teen does not feel at fault for their loved one’s drinking, according to Kathy. To teach this, both Alateen and Al-Anon use the three C’s: you

didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it. “The things that we learn in Al-Anon and Alateen is that you can’t control anyone else’s behavior,” Kathy said, “and the only thing that you can really do is that you can control your reactions to it.” Anna has found the three steps to be helpful when coming to terms with her mother’s alcoholism. “I think those, when you first come to the meeting, those are really helpful because some kids feel like they’re to blame for it,” Anna said. “That’s definitely how it’s helped me because now I just have a much better understanding for my mom and a lot of different things dealing with her and with my stepmom too.” Step Six: We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. AlAnon a n d Alateen h e l p memb e r s come to terms w i t h the disease that their loved ones are facing, Richard said. “It helps separate the alcoholic from their behavior, that you can still love that person but you don’t have to love their behavior,” he added. Step Seven: Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings. Like AA, Alateen is completely confidential and anonymous, with members only being referred to by their first names while in meetings. “There’s several reasons for the anonymity, and why the founders...of course there’s a stigma on [alcoholism] too,” Kathy said. “I mean there is a stigma on it, and that’s the other reason why it’s anonymous because...people don’t understand the disease unless you have it or are affected by it.” Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. During a meeting, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences to help themselves and others deal with difficult situations, which is something that can only occur when one is com-

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” -The Serenity Prayer

02.01.12 fortable enough to be honest. “The program only works when you can be honest,” Kathy said, “and when you know what you say is not going anywhere else, then you can be honest.” Step Nine: Make direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Those who do not wish to share can just listen, Kathy said, and those who wish to share can do so and learn from the rest of the group on how to handle their loved one’s behavior. “It’s an awesome program and it works, I mean it works. In AA people stay sober when they do what is suggested by other people who have been through the same things and have stayed sober,” Kathy said. “That’s one alcoholic helping another alcoholic, and the same principle applies for Al-Anon, so it does work. When you come to these meetings and you learn how to detach and know that you can’t control other people and the kids talk about that specific issues that are going on.” Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. Those reluctant in joining Alateen are encouraged to attend at least six meetings before they decide whether or not it is right for them. “A lot of people come to Al-Anon trying to figure out how to get their loved one to stop drinking, but that’s not what it’s about,” Richard said. “It’s about how to deal with the loved one, whether they’re drinking or not.” Step 11: Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, only praying for knowledge of His will for us, and the power to carry that out. Kathy, Richard and Anna said they want teens to know that joining Alateen could be one of the best things they can do to help them understand and deal with the difficult situations they can face when they have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. “Most people think it’s weird, like I used to think it was weird, but it is really helpful and you might think it’s weird at first, but just give it a try and you might like it,” Anna said. Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the results of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all other affairs. *Names have been changed


Mixin’ it with Sox


LIZ BENSON/asst. editor

Dancing the night away

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Teacher Jason Sox on his first experience DJing

Q: Have you ever DJ'ed before? A: I have not, but I do work the music at the Wando football games, so I am familiar with music and putting together pieces.

Q: What made you decide to do it? A: It was kind of a volun-told sort of thing. In

other words, after Student Council moved the date, the DJ already booked had a previous engagement, so it was a last minute deal and so Mr. [Josh] Hasty and I decided to tackle it.

Q: Did you have a winter formal at your high

LIZ BENSON/asst. editor

Above left: Sophomore Isabel Phillips worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. decorating the gym. The dance, held Jan. 21 in the gym, was sponsored by Student Council. More than 600 students attended. Right: Sophomore Katie Delfino and junior Brady Bunting slow dance to the beat of the music.

school? A: We did not have a winter formal, but we did have homecoming and prom. But our prom was in the cafeteria, so it was similar to the gym except much different music and we were a lot more awkward. Plus ours didn't look as awesome, so kudos to Student Council for really decorating the place and making it look nice.

Q: How did your prom/homecoming compare

LIZ BENSON/asst. editor NATHAN GLYDER/staff

Left: Student Council members Jimmy Masalin and Senior Sarah Norman decorate by blowing up balloons. Above: teachers DiAnna Spangler and Jason Sox mix it up during the Winter Formal.

to Wando's? A: It seems like at my school everyone was a lot more shy and everyone wanted a lot slower songs, but now it seems the trend is super fast and crazy dance songs. Q: Do you like any of the songs that were played at Winter Formal? A: I do. I do not consider myself a rap fanatic, but you got to like a song that has a good beat. I personally do not like all the lyrics, but I do enjoy the beat. Q: What was the most fun part of the night? A: Really being up there with Mr. Hasty. He was crucial to getting the platform with the equipment on it made and getting the tent hung up. Without him it would have been impossible. So having him up there and being able to hang with him and have fun was the best part. Q: Did you have any unusual requests? A: Someone did want "Build Me Up Buttercup" and I didn't really know how that would fly in the middle of the dance, but everything else was pretty normal. We are glad people came up and gave us requests. Q: Would you DJ again next year? A: Yes, I definitely would. I would love to have more time to plan the order of songs and mix things up a bit more because we were just winging it up there. -compiled by Liz Benson


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public school is the social aspect. “I’m very shy, so I’m kind of surprised that I made friends so quickly,” Janaskie said. “I’ve made some good friends and they’re here to stay.” Sophomore Taylor Grosse is one of those friends. “She didn’t know a lot of people, so she asked if she could sit with me at lunch,” Grosse said. “I introduced her to people at lunch and we even got her on the Powderpuff team.” One way Janaskie was able to make friends so quickly was by joining the chorus. Although previously involved in choral groups for home-schooled students, Janaskie was interested in extending her interest and was ready to take it more seriously. “Hearing how good it was, I wanted to come. I wanted to be a part of it,” Janaskie said. “That was actually one of the main reasons [for coming to Wando].” Although chorus played a major part in Janaskie’s decision to switch to public school, the decision wasn’t made overnight. “I asked my parents and we talked through it and prayed through it, and eventually decided that it would be good for me to come here [to Wando],” Janaskie said. Before coming to Wando, Janaskie, along with her brother and sister, was taught at home by her parents. “I was in first grade and my mom

Sophomore trades homeschool for public school haley brimmer

staff writer

It’s been three months, 25 days and 12 hours since the first day of school for sophomore Sarah Janaskie. New to Wando -- new to the public school system in general -- Janaskie recently came to Wando to start her first public school experience ever. “I had been home-schooled for nine years, since first grade,” she said. “I definitely knew that it would be a different atmosphere and different from what I was used to, but I mainly thought that it would be great academically and that I would make some good friends.” Although the first week back to school is exciting, it can be hard, too. “The first few days, you know, trying to find someone to sit with at lunch and trying to get to know all of your classmates is kind of confusing,” Janaskie said. “The first week was testing the waters -- seeing what teachers like what and the types of people you want to be around.” Fortunately for Janaskie, making friends came easier than expected. Janaskie believes that one of the disadvantages of switching from home-school to

JORDAN TOOLEY/asst. editor

From one to 3,500

Left: Sophomore Sarah Janaskie sings in chorus, her favorite class in public school.

wanted to have us grow up in a good Christian environment before going out into the world, so that we could build up our morals so that we could go share Jesus with everyone,” Janaskie said. Because she was home-schooled for so many years, Janaskie was able to move at her own pace academically, allowing her to jump ahead when necessary and to learn things at a much quicker pace. Currently, Janaskie is enrolled in a number of academic classes, none of which she considers hard. “[The course load is] actually kind of easy,” Janaskie said. “Most people I know stay up until 12 o’clock doing homework,

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SHELBY THOMAS, senior interested in marine life,” Thomas said. An avid amateur marine biologist, volunteering at the aquarium is a dream job for her. Interested in participating in events at the aquarium, Thomas learned of the aquateen program. After corresponding with educators, meeting the requirements and attending orientation -- about a two week process -- she started volunteering. Thomas’ title is technically exhibit guide, but she can be found helping young children hold a variety of underwater species at the Touch Tank, helping out educa-

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tors with presentations or simply showing tourists around the South Carolina themed exhibits. “I go where I am needed,” she said. Starting out wasn’t easy. Although Thomas could use her prior knowledge and experience from studying marine biology, there was a lot to learn. “I had to memorize different birds in the salt marsh and be able to identify them while reciting them to my mentor,” Thomas said. She needs to have on-hand facts to tell visitors and be capable of pointing out species in the many exhibits. Thomas has been volunteering for six months. Thomas hopes to study great white sharks in the future. “I have been extremely passionate about it for a long time, and I know this is my calling,” she said. Volunteering at the aquarium will be a huge help to her in pursuing her career, the job giving her knowledge, experience and connections. Although she is partial to the Great Ocean Tank for its sharks, “My favorite part of my job is basically everything,” Thomas said. “It’s an incredible experience.” - Sarah Russell

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NICK BEHRING, senior Senior Nick Behring gets to work where few have access -- behind the sidelines of College of Charleston basketball games, backstage at concerts and more as an event’s staff for Events Partners Inc. It’s all part of his job as a part-time security assistant. “I work for a company that is hired out by different venues that require event staff, and we serve many different purpos-




For over a year and a half, senior Ammon Rhett has been manning the help desk at Blackbaud Inc. on Daniel Isno land. “I’m the intern in the help desk,” he said, “so when I’m not laid off just helping the other guys with their work, I prepare machines for new hires and do basic troubleshooting tasks.” Rhett first learned about the job when he participated in Wando’s internship program. While taking the class, Rhett was scheduled to interview,

Have you ever been fired from a job?

Nick Behringer es,” Behring said, “whether it’s an usher, parking assistant or security.” Behring said the job has flexible hours, but it depends on how many events there are any given week. He’s done ushering, parking and

but after that the rest was up to him. As a help desk employee, Rhett works in an office environment, assisting the regular employees as well as working with clients when a software problem is not overly complicated. “There are two ways we get people: either someone just walks right up to the help desk or they call in,” Rhett said. “So if it’s like something that isn’t super complicated, like a very specific software problem, I can usually help.” Since being hired, Rhett said that the people he works with are the best part of his job. “Everyone at Blackbaud is really nice.” - Emilee Kutyla


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Senior Shelby Thomas spends her Saturday mornings watching otters splash under the mountain forest waterfalls, observing the several species of fish swimming in Piedmont creeks, spotting alligators among the cypress tree knees of the coastal plains’ wetlands, identifying species of birds in the salt marshes and handling myriad sea creatures, from stingrays to sea urchins. She is an “aquateen,” a high school volunteer at the South Carolina Aquarium. “Ever since I could talk I have been


Although she knew she was interested in a career in the medical field, it wasn’t until senior Taylor Dale interned at Roper St. Francis Hospital last semester that she realized it was definitely in her future. “I loved working in the joint replacement department, and that’s where I had to clean the halo of a lady who had a spinal surgery,” senior Taylor Dale said. “The

manning the floor at College of Charleston basketball games. The craziest thing that has happened was at a Bassnector concert. “[The cameraman] didn’t have his credentials to begin with, and he kept taking things that were confiscated, like beach balls and glowsticks and throwing them back into the crowd,” Behring said. “When one of our biggest guys, and I mean big, probably 6’7”, 250 pounds, asked him to leave he started to resist and a little brawl broke out. One of our guys actually took a kick to the forehead when they tried to get him to the ground.” Despite some hectic moments, Behring said that overall he likes his job. “I actually like my job because I get to see cool things while I work,” he said, “and work is usually never the same.” - Katie Kornegay

brace holding her head and neck up had screws going into her head and I had to clean the screws and it just smelled nasty,” “I interned at Roper St. Francis Hospital downtown for a whole semester,” Dale said with a smile. “I was in what’s called the scrubs program, so when I signed in at the hospital, I was assigned to a floor where I would go and help out and assist.” Sometimes Dale would clean a room after a patient had left, but on other days she was assigned to more exciting duties. “I would never know what I was doing until the day of,” Dale said. “Sometimes I like to plan ahead, but it was also nice not knowing...I also had supervisors who knew me well so they put me places I like to go like the ER and the nursery.” Out of the many departments at the downtown facility, Dale loved working in the ER and nursery. “I definitely have come across more careers that I never would be willing to look into and I never expected to like a lot of these new fields and I also have a new appreciation for meeting new people,” Dale said. “And this internship also meant a lot to me because at the end of the semester I was still in love with what I was doing and I wasn’t being paid so that just proved to me that this is for me.” - Liz Benson


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Fairy tales aren’t just for children; they’re for the people who dress up as the characters. Junior Hannah Pait and senior Katie Woodberry, employees at Princess of Tides, dress up as Disney princesses for children’s birthday parties and special events. “[My job is] pretty much the best,” Woodberry said. “Growing up I wasn’t into girly stuff; I was kind of a tomboy. So now I get to relive my childhood in a way. It’s really rewarding.” Pait happened upon the job in a rather unconventional way. Just like the characters she portrays, she has been affected by remarkable strokes of luck. “I was going around Belle Hall looking for different jobs and I just walked into Princess of Tides and the owner said, ‘You look like Cinderella…we really need a new Cinderella; come work with us,” Pait said. Pait, enchanted by the “little girl’s boutique,” was quick to accept the offer. “Being a princess -- that’s not an average job,” she said. “It’s so exciting and I love working with little kids, so it’s the perfect job.” Pait has held the job for “a year and three, four months.” - Jessica Afrin

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Best of Charleston

The Lowcountry’s best: hot chocolate katie kornegay georgia barfield and liz benson

staff writers


With a small costing a whopping $1.95 (including tax), the cup and its steaming contents of chocolaty goodness are handed to you with a smile. We stand outside of the restaurant and for the first time, sip Chickfil-a hot cocoa. With complementary whipped cream

Joey Bag of Donuts

Joey’s is known for its ornate donuts, decadent coffee and local atmosphere. However, it offers a menagerie of hot chocolate that puts Starbucks to shame. Pumpkin, caramel, raspberry and white chocolate are just a few of the varieties one can order. We decided to keep it simple and order regular hot chocolate. Whipped cream was an offered option from the cashier,

Boone Hall Market Cafe

Boone Hall Farms Market Cafe on Highway 17 has a rustic feeling that seemed perfect for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, the $1.09 cup of brown liquid did not meet my expectations. My server swiftly poured a packet of hot chocolate into a cup of boiling water. Much to my surprise, I was handed an unstirred drink. She did offer whipped cream, but that did not improve my opinion.


Shuffle with

megan parks So what’s on your playlist? Every issue a Tribal Tribune staffer will share their taste in music, selecting the top four songs they think everyone should have on their playlist.

This song is a beautiful example of an artist making art. It demonstrates Hendrix’s extraordinary talents not only instrumentally, but lyrically. The electric guitar paired with Hendrix’s vocals provides a refreshing, dream-like break from reality. The Beatles will always be my first love. Everything they’ve done is pure magic in my eyes. In this Roy Lee Johnson cover, John Lennon’s raw, entrancing vocals and the band’s mellifluous harmony create a timeless favorite of mine. And who doesn’t love an organ solo?

bursting out of the top, the hot contents burn my tongue, but after a few stirs the drink is perfect for me. The quality is not above what I was expecting for a restaurant that is not known for its hot beverages but it is still above average for most restaurants of its stature.

which we gladly accepted. The first sip left immediate satisfaction, partly because the cocoa was at the perfect temperature. There was no burning of the tongue involved. The flavor of the hot chocolate itself was very satisfactory. This cocoa did not come from a packet -- it was pre-brewed. Our only complaint was that it was the most expensive of the three -- $2.35. Not only did I have to stir the mix myself, but the water was so hot I had to wait five minutes before I could sip, only to be overwhelmed by the lack of chocolate. I gulped down the steamy drink to be greeted by the grainy residue at the bottom of the cup. Even though the building is idyllic, the beverage was quite the opposite. If I have to make my own hot chocolate, I’d rather do it from the comfort of my home. “One Rainy Wish” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Picks & Peeves with kristen evans staff writer

PICK: Boy humor movies Fighting, bowel movements and sexist jokes. Most girls roll their eyes in disgust while watching these types of movies. I, however, am laughing just as loud as the guys. Admit it, ladies, most of you are stifling your laughter through it. So just loosen up and enjoy the movie. It won’t take away too much of your pride to let yourself chuckle at a fart joke.

PEEVE: College talkers Of course college decisions are important. But when I get 10 emails and three letters every day about college, it gets a little tiring talking about it. I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked where I’ve applied, where I’ve been accepted, how much scholarship money I have or who I’m rooming with. I want to enjoy the rest of my senior year -- not constantly be reminded of everything I have to be anxious about.

PICK: Dumb phones Yes, I’m one of the few people left in America without a smart phone. It’s sad, I know. I can’t play Words with Friends in class, I can’t Hey Tell, I can’t even get picture messages. I’ve resented it long enough. It’s time to start embracing my dumb phone. So while you’re saying “I love my iPhone, Blackberry or Android!”, I’ll be screaming “I love my Samsung Q84X!”

PEEVE: Performance chatter I don’t care if it’s band, chorus, orchestra, theatre, dance or anything else. When someone’s up on stage -- shut up. The performers and tech crew have worked unbelievably hard on every note, line, movement and special effect. Our band has won the state competition seven years in a row and our theatre and chorus have placed the last few years. The performance you’re watching is a quality show, so if you can stay quiet long enough to watch a while, you may be surprised how much you’ll enjoy it. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” The Smiths

Axis: Bold As Love

Meat Is Murder

“Mr. Moonlight”

“Sunday Morning” The Velvet Underground

The Beatles Beatles For Sale

This song is poetry. The opening guitar riff leads you into a lullaby of distinctive baritone vocals and haunting lyrics. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” illustrates universal and sincere sentiment and is undeniably my favorite off of the album.

If Andy Warhol is managing your band, you must be doing something right. Lou Reed’s voice is sweet as honey, but maintains a slightly disturbed element to it as well. With Nico on backup and The Velvet Underground dreamy celesta instrumentals sprinkled throughout, this & Nico song is to be cherished.


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Entertainment LAUREN FRAISER/staff

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels preview Hilarious, vivacious, fun filled and romantic, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will sweep viewers into the world of two con artists who make a deal to outdo the other in any way possible, tricking young women out of their money. The play is complemented with a live band and orchestra that adds a breathtaking effect along with the beautiful voices of the singers. The dances are goofy, passionate and complex. If ever something from a high school musical could be compared to the likes of Gene Kelly in An American in Paris, or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in their many films or even the dynamic duo of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, this would be it. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has the quality and air of all things classic and humorous, with unforgettable numbers and characters. Full of goofy innuendos, the songs range from western to romantic to scandalous, leaving the audience laughing the whole time. Yes, they are dirty. Yes, they are rotten. Yes, they are scoundrels. -- julie stoyer

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the Performing Arts Center Feb. 9-11 at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 for students

Maddy Chitty: Jolene

She is a western Oklahoma petroleum heiress who comes in and ruins Lawrence’s master plan to get money. “I have a character that it doesn’t matter what I do, so I can do whatever I want,” she said.

Jessi Vickers: Christina Colgate An heiress, she is the target of two con-men. “[Christine] is really naïve and sweet. I like that she doesn’t change herself for anyone.”

Christian Brumme: Freddie

Senior Jessi Vickers comforts senior Christian Brumme as her character, Christine, in the upcoming Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Benson A small town crook who tries to out con another man. “[Freddie] is really similar to me. He’s just really kind of outgoing, but he can be a jerk, which is a challenge for me because I can feel bad.”

Senior scoundrels After four musicals, three perform one last time together madison ivey

staff writer Four years. Four musicals. Three seniors. Innumerable memories. From Depression Era New York to a world where animals sing and dance to a witty modern setting, three seniors have done it all. They have experienced the camaraderie of the chorus and the thrill of a lead role and this year’s musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, brings all three to center stage one last time. Seniors Maddy Chitty, Christian Brumme and Jessi Vickers have showcased their talents in every musical since their freshman year, and on Feb. 9 the curtains will open on their last opening nights. “I try to not get too bogged down in the sadness of [the musical ending] because that just sucks the fun out of it because I’m so excited with the new chapter I’m about to enter,” Vickers said. The musical begins with one experience, the audition. “I knew as a freshman I wanted to audition,” said Chitty. Even with such conviction, that doesn’t

leave out butterflies. “I was always kind of open, [I’ve] been a sociable guy,” Brumme said. “Then I came here and saw the audition thing and I was kind of nervous to do it.” Those nerves don’t go away with experience either. “I was still nervous, because regardless of how old you are, what class you’re in, it’s still an audition,” Vickers said. “Everyone is still fair game. You could get a lead role as a freshman-- it’s a possibility-- and you could not get a lead role as a senior. It was more nerve-wracking because it was my last chance this year because each year you’re like ‘oh I have next year’ and because it’s still a tossup.” Each year brings new plays and new challenges, but the same friends. “It kind of lumps you with a group of people,” Chitty said. “I’ve seen Jessi and Christian every day since freshman year. It’s kind of interesting to see how all your friends stay the same because you see them every day.” Every year they greet new freshmen, welcoming them to the close-knit group, and say goodbye to seniors. “I swear I spend more time at school than my own house. Because of that, everyone becomes so close and you make new

friends,” Vickers said. “Since I’ve been in it since I was a freshman, it’s the same group of people and you see the seniors graduate each year and you have that group of people you know you’re going to see every year when musical comes around.” So what’s different about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? The Broadway musical is famous for its crude and asinine humor, and because of that, the musical has been rewritten to exclude profanity and the more inappropriate material. “It’s kind of crude, but it doesn’t go too far,” Brumme said. “It really suits teenagers.” Vickers and Brumme intend to stay engaged in musical theatre in their free time when in college, but Chitty has decided to make it her future. “I want to study theatre now,” Chitty said. “I’m auditioning at nine schools.” The thrill of the show is on the mind of Chitty, whose future is full of times like this. “It’s what we want to do. We can’t wait to have a full house,” Chitty said. Still, there is a sadness that seems to accompany senior years and all its endings. “It’s kind of sad that when the curtains close Sunday night I’ll never do another Wando High School musical again,” Vickers said.

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The critics Staff Writer Mitch Winkler Movie reviewed: Hugo Favorite movie: Summer Warriors Personal favorite of nominees: Hugo Associate Editor Keanau Ormson Movies reviewed: The Help, Moneyball Favorite movie: Inception Personal favorite of nominees: Moneyball Photography Editor Tanner Hoisington Movie reviewed: The Artist Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction Personal favorite of nominees: The Artist Staff Writer Amanda Sharpley Movie reviewed: Midnight in Paris Favorite movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Personal favorite of nominees: Midnight in Paris Staff Photographer Sean Barnett Movie reviewed: Extremely Loud Favorite Movie: The Polar Express Personal Favorite of Nominees: War Horse Opinions Editor Rebecca Sydow Movie reviewed: Tree of Life Favorite movie: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind Personal favorite of nominees: The Descendants Staff Writer Julie Stoyer Movie reviewed: War Horse Favorite movie: Camille Personal favorite of nominees: War Horse Staff Writer Hayley Brimmer Movie reviewed: The Descendants Favorite movie: Dear John Personal favorite of nominees: The Help


The 84th Academy Awards Midnight in Paris Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris follows Gil (Wilson), a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancé (McAdams) and her parents while simultaneously working on his first attempt at a novel. As he is discredited by his demeaning fiancé and her disapproving parents for his romantic ideals and tendency to dwell in a dream of the past, he takes a stroll on his own through the enchanted city. Gil soon finds himself amidst the alluring Parisian nightlife

The Artist

Hollywood has grown stale. With 3D re-releases of Titanic and Star Wars, it doesn’t seem like this year will be the renaissance of American Cinema. Ironically, what is so refreshing about the most original nominee, The Artist, is that it revisits a style of movie that is nearly a century old. A love letter to the silent film, The Artist is black and white, with only 11 total words spoken, and it is impossible not to be overwhelmed with The Artist’s charm. At the beginning of the movie, silent film star George Valentin

of the Roaring ‘20s. Not sure whether he’s neurotic or dreaming, Gil returns to the same spot and embarks yet again on fabulous adventures with those he once idolized. From having coffee with Ernest Hemingway to going out dancing with the Fitzgeralds, Gil meets those who helped make the ‘20s something to be treasured. The film hits home with anyone who’s ever had wistful feelings towards the

past or felt as though they were wrongly placed in the era in which they were born. I found Midnight in Paris to be sensational and utterly relatable -- further igniting my already strong desire to be whisked away to my very own Golden Age and wander the hypnotic, undeniably romantic streets of Paris that Allen’s cinematography so excellently captures.

(Jean Dujardin) walks outside a theatre where dozens of fans await. One fan, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), is so eager to see Valentin she accidentally drops her purse in the walkway. When she goes to pick it up, she accidentally bumps into Valentin, and the pictures taken of the two start her career, one that will lead her to become the pioneer of newly invented spoken-word movies, a concept that Valentin rejects. Movies often fall back on clichés so the audience can clearly gauge the relationship between

characters. Not only does the silence leave more room for interpretation, but it shows how talented these actors are to be able to perform so well without one of the most important tools in their repertoire: their voice. In a time of adaptations, remakes and reimaginings, and noise blown out of the speakers at the audience, the silent film The Artist is just the perfect candidate for Best Picture. It is a movie that reminds you of how good the medium still can be.


The Help

It takes a lot to capture my interest in a movie, especially for movies that could be considered “chick flicks.” The Help did the “genre” more justice than I expected. Set in the early 1960s, The Help tells the story of a young woman nicknamed Skeeter (Emma Stone) whose aspiring journalism career sends her on the journey of writing a book about exposing the hardships that African American maids experienced. Stone does her part surprisingly well as the main actress in a genre that wouldn’t seem to be her forte. But what’s really impressive in The Help is the portrayal of the maids as performed by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. While Spencer’s character Minny serves as the comedic relief in the movie, she does an absolutely fantastic job portraying her character as the maid “who ain’t gonna take no one’s nonsense.” Davis’ character, however, is one of heartbreak and redemption, and her role as Aibileen has landed her a nomination for Best Actress and she very well could win in this category. Overall, the movie may not be a sweep at the Oscars, but it is a definite must see for any fan of historical movies.

The Descendants

Set in Hawaii, lawyer Matt King (George Clooney) is left in charge of a family trust there. Just before the family decides to sell the land, King’s wife is in a life-threatening accident, leaving King to raise his two distant daughters alone. The movie shines light on the modern day family and is a story about trusting the ones you love and not being afraid of using your past to create a future. The Descendants offers the perfect amount of comedy during the most dramatic of times.

War Horse

War Horse is a timeless tale of a horse and a war, a classic tale of a boy and his horse, an epic tale of sacrifice during wartime and lastly an essential tale of survival. Based off of the World War I children’s book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is a sweeping film about a poor tenant farmer (Peter Mullan) who, on a gamble, buys a thoroughbred horse in hopes it will help keep his farm and his family. Immediately the farmer’s son, Albert (Jeremy Irvine), bonds with the horse, names him Joey and takes up the task of training him. Albert and Joey become inseparable.


In a family-friendly movie that isn’t just for kids, Martin Scorsese takes the viewer on a mesmerizing adventure through the walls of a Parisian train station and cinematic history. Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is the orphaned son of a watchmaker who lives in a room hidden behind the walls of a train station. The one piece he needs to fix the automaton his father left behind is held by Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), the goddaughter of the toy shop owner at the station. Hugo is Scorsese’s love letter to cinema and a beautiful story that I found gripping.

Tree of Life The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, is an ethereal depiction of the creation of Earth and human pain. The first hour has minimal dialogue; instead anguish is shown through the music and the silence of the characters. After an interlude of nature -- I don’t know where the dinosaurs came from -- the characters’ history is portrayed through flashbacks and whispered conversations with God. This so-artistic-it-approaches-boring film ends with the director’s original idea of death.

Actor in a Leading Role


Actress in a Leading Role


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Demián Bichir in A Better Life George Clooney in The Descendants Jean Dujardin in The Artist Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs Viola Davis in The Help Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo • Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady • Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn

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The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius The Descendants - Alexander Payne Hugo - Martin Scorsese Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth Hugo - Robert Richardson War Horse - Janusz Kaminski The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki

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Sports movies are generally about the same thing: how one athlete or one team overcomes a major struggle and goes on to win the major title, and everybody’s happy in the end. Moneyball is not that. Brad Pitt is a perfect fit as general manager Billy Beane, a quirky, determined character bent on assembling a winning team for 2002. Enter Jonah Hill, a fresh-out-of-Ivy-Leaguecollege economics major, who helps Billy find players on the team’s limited budget. Moneyball may not win Best Picture but I fully expect to see either Pitt win Best Actor or to see Hill take home Best Supporting Actor.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

This intense tear-jerker is about the son (Thomas Horn) of a father (Tom Hanks) that died on Sept. 11th, 2001. Most people see previews and automatically think this movie is fully about the disaster of 9/11. It is completely the opposite. It is about how the son finds a key element in his father’s closet a year after the tragic event. It is a movie that involves multiple flashbacks about how the father teaches the son to work hard and how if he does work hard, it will pay off.


Novel displays heartbreak of 9/11 Extremely Loud brings reader closer to Sept. 11

sarah russell staff writer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a recently released film and the second novel of promising young author Jonathan Safran Foer, brings the reader face to face with the direct effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. I found the bright, blunt 9-year-old narrator, Oskar Schell, refreshing. The story follows his journey to get closer to his father and further from the crushing shadow of his death in the 9/11 attacks. Oskar is faced with the foremost mission of finding the lock that matches a key he found in his father’s closet, armed with one clue: the word “black.” Oskar finds himself on a challenging adventure throughout the boroughs of New York City and into the homes of a diverse set of Mr. and Mrs. Blacks. With such a stunningly intelligent main character as Oskar, there is hardly

beloved sister, the same Anna, and the rest of her family. Oskar’s grandfather, absent for all but a dull moment. Oskar spends his time a few days of his son’s life, is able to help designing fantastical inventions, making Oskar cope with the loss and accept the jewelry, corresponding with his idol ultimate outcome of his mission. The two, Stephen Hawking, speaking French and both with the emotional scars of loss, find contemplating the universe. solace in each other. His character was endearing from the Throughout the novel, Oskar is start, so I found myself feeling everything troubled by his mother’s reaction to his Oskar felt, from the deep depressions he father’s death. Oskar’s young age makes fell into to the triumphant excitement over his pain that much more poignant, and new advancements towards finding the the hopeless and helpless feelings of lock. his grandparents Extremely Loud and expressed in their Interspersed throughout the letters, although a Incredibly Close book as chapters duller grief than By: Jonathan are letters Oskar’s, aren’t any Safran Foer from Oskar’s relief from Oskar’s 326 pp. grandfather to his heartbreaking father and from chapters. his grandmother to himself, telling the Although Extremely Loud and intricately painful love and life story of Incredibly Close was a pretty difficult book his grandparents. Both were forced by the to read emotionally, it was brilliantly 1945 bombings of Dresden to find new written. Foer’s style of writing is well reasons to live. thought out and nearly poetic. I like to The letters add a new variation of underline really great sentences in books, the pain of loss to the story. Oskar’s and I ended up underlining a lot. grandfather lost his words, his family and The book managed to be a 9/11 novel his adored and pregnant girlfriend, Anna, without really being about 9/11. It is a in the bombings. His grandmother lost her lesson on grief, acceptance and growth.

Tears and smiles unite characters in Green’s new book Bestselling author at his finest in novel


Green doesn’t dumb anything down and the language is extremely complex -- a factor which draws a larger audience than it’s billed for. It’s romance and tragedy, comedy and realism, all with a healthy dose jessica afrin of philosophical pondering. The novel is staff writer written to make readers feel -- feel pain and The Fault in Our Stars is, at the most joy and wonder -- and think -- think about basic level, about a girl with cancer -- but life, about death, about love and loss, about it’s not a cancer book, because as Hazel the legacy one leaves, and about carpe diem Grace Lancaster, the protagonist, would without ever saying it. say, “cancer books suck.” It’s this humor Hazel, 16, afflicted with thyroid that sucks the reader in cancer, meets The Fault In Our Augustus and causes the reader Waters, Stars to think that maybe the 17, one-legged due book won’t be that sad. By: John Green to osteosarcoma, at That assumption is a support group for 336 pp. wrong, unfortunately. cancer kids. They You will probably cry. bond over repartee of That’s not to say you won’t laugh, though. various subjects: the support group leader’s At the risk of sounding cliché, it should be use of the word “literally,” fear of oblivion noted that The Fault in Our Stars is John and their mutual friend Isaac and his Green -- a New York Times bestselling girlfriend’s PDA. author and two-time Los Angeles Times The development of their friendship is Book Prize finalist -- at his best. hastened as Augustus reads Hazel’s favorite It is an intelligent young adult novel, book, An Imperial Affliction -- imagined written for teenagers rather than to them. by Green -- and together they set off on a

journey to find answers to questions that have haunted Hazel for years. And as their friendship evolves into a romance -- for what John Green book is complete without romance -- the entire relationship seems to be moving too quickly. But that is one of the biggest messages of the novel: why wait? Ever since diagnosis, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, and the two teenagers’ zeal for life and for each other prompt them to joyfully embrace the pleasant surprises that come their way. The Fault in Our Stars is honest and moving, full of snarky comments and big existential questions. “Great literature” fans will be charmed by the Shakespeare reference that is the title, and cynical readers will be amused by the way Hazel approaches the ticking clock that is her life. For Green’s first try at a female protagonist, I must say he excels writing from the viewpoint of a teenage girl, and for all of the merits of this novel, I will not be surprised -- and will be ecstatic -- to find The Fault in Our Stars on summer reading lists before the end of the decade.

Top twos

Ever wonder what the top songs, movies and TV shows are for the month of January? SELLING SONGS “Stronger” - Kelly Clarkson “Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)” - David Guetta

- iTunes Top 100 Chart


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson (Fiction) Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Non-Fiction)

- New York Times Bestsellers

GROSSING MOVIE Underworld Awakening Red Tails

- Studio estimates for

TV RATINGS “Jersey Shore” “Pawn Stars”

- TV Ratings Excluding Sports from

-- compiled by devon barkley

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Like a fantastic, never-ending game of phone tag, HeyTell is an app made in push-to-talk heaven. It’s a walkie-talkie app, saving what you say and delivering it in almost real time to another phone with the app. Available on both iOS and Android operating systems, it works through phone service and wifi. Not to mention, you can purchase an hilarious voice-changer for only 99 cents; worth it for a free app. -- Rebecca Sydow

What’s your


What are your fellow students listening to? Check sophomore Rachel Kalles’ picks:

1. Swag Me Out - OFWHKTA 2. Midnight City - M83 3. To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens 4. Rack City - Tyga 5. The Motto - Drake


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Best of Charleston

The Lowcountry’s best: hot chocolate katie kornegay georgia barfield and liz benson

staff writers


With a small costing a whopping $1.95 (including tax), the cup and its steaming contents of chocolaty goodness are handed to you with a smile. We stand outside of the restaurant and for the first time, sip Chickfil-a hot cocoa. With complementary whipped cream

Joey Bag of Donuts

Joey’s is known for its ornate donuts, decadent coffee and local atmosphere. However, it offers a menagerie of hot chocolate that puts Starbucks to shame. Pumpkin, caramel, raspberry and white chocolate are just a few of the varieties one can order. We decided to keep it simple and order regular hot chocolate. Whipped cream was an offered option from the cashier,

Boone Hall Market Cafe

Boone Hall Farms Market Cafe on Highway 17 has a rustic feeling that seemed perfect for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately, the $1.09 cup of brown liquid did not meet my expectations. My server swiftly poured a packet of hot chocolate into a cup of boiling water. Much to my surprise, I was handed an unstirred drink. She did offer whipped cream, but that did not improve my opinion.


Shuffle with

megan parks So what’s on your playlist? Every issue a Tribal Tribune staffer will share their taste in music, selecting the top four songs they think everyone should have on their playlist.

This song is a beautiful example of an artist making art. It demonstrates Hendrix’s extraordinary talents not only instrumentally, but lyrically. The electric guitar paired with Hendrix’s vocals provides a refreshing, dream-like break from reality. The Beatles will always be my first love. Everything they’ve done is pure magic in my eyes. In this Roy Lee Johnson cover, John Lennon’s raw, entrancing vocals and the band’s mellifluous harmony create a timeless favorite of mine. And who doesn’t love an organ solo?

bursting out of the top, the hot contents burn my tongue, but after a few stirs the drink is perfect for me. The quality is not above what I was expecting for a restaurant that is not known for its hot beverages but it is still above average for most restaurants of its stature.

which we gladly accepted. The first sip left immediate satisfaction, partly because the cocoa was at the perfect temperature. There was no burning of the tongue involved. The flavor of the hot chocolate itself was very satisfactory. This cocoa did not come from a packet -- it was pre-brewed. Our only complaint was that it was the most expensive of the three -- $2.35. Not only did I have to stir the mix myself, but the water was so hot I had to wait five minutes before I could sip, only to be overwhelmed by the lack of chocolate. I gulped down the steamy drink to be greeted by the grainy residue at the bottom of the cup. Even though the building is idyllic, the beverage was quite the opposite. If I have to make my own hot chocolate, I’d rather do it from the comfort of my home. “One Rainy Wish” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Picks & Peeves with kristen evans staff writer

PICK: Boy humor movies Fighting, bowel movements and sexist jokes. Most girls roll their eyes in disgust while watching these types of movies. I, however, am laughing just as loud as the guys. Admit it, ladies, most of you are stifling your laughter through it. So just loosen up and enjoy the movie. It won’t take away too much of your pride to let yourself chuckle at a fart joke.

PEEVE: College talkers Of course college decisions are important. But when I get 10 emails and three letters every day about college, it gets a little tiring talking about it. I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked where I’ve applied, where I’ve been accepted, how much scholarship money I have or who I’m rooming with. I want to enjoy the rest of my senior year -- not constantly be reminded of everything I have to be anxious about.

PICK: Dumb phones Yes, I’m one of the few people left in America without a smart phone. It’s sad, I know. I can’t play Words with Friends in class, I can’t Hey Tell, I can’t even get picture messages. I’ve resented it long enough. It’s time to start embracing my dumb phone. So while you’re saying “I love my iPhone, Blackberry or Android!”, I’ll be screaming “I love my Samsung Q84X!”

PEEVE: Performance chatter I don’t care if it’s band, chorus, orchestra, theatre, dance or anything else. When someone’s up on stage -- shut up. The performers and tech crew have worked unbelievably hard on every note, line, movement and special effect. Our band has won the state competition seven years in a row and our theatre and chorus have placed the last few years. The performance you’re watching is a quality show, so if you can stay quiet long enough to watch a while, you may be surprised how much you’ll enjoy it. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” The Smiths

Axis: Bold As Love

Meat Is Murder

“Mr. Moonlight”

“Sunday Morning” The Velvet Underground

The Beatles Beatles For Sale

This song is poetry. The opening guitar riff leads you into a lullaby of distinctive baritone vocals and haunting lyrics. “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” illustrates universal and sincere sentiment and is undeniably my favorite off of the album.

If Andy Warhol is managing your band, you must be doing something right. Lou Reed’s voice is sweet as honey, but maintains a slightly disturbed element to it as well. With Nico on backup and The Velvet Underground dreamy celesta instrumentals sprinkled throughout, this & Nico song is to be cherished.


Athletes on scholarship already save...

$37,144 $20,986

Out-of-state athletes who attend Clemson

In-state athletes who attend Clemson

Some argue that NCAA athletes already receive payment for their athletic abilities through tuition as well as room and board and books. The above statistics show how much money athletes are given already with a full scholarship to Clemson University both in-state and out-of-state.

SEC Head Football coach salaries...

$4,833,333 $1,702,489 Highest, Nick Saban, Alabama

Lowest, Joker Phillips, Kentucky

Over 3 million dollars separates the salaries of these two SEC football coaches. In total, Alabama spends $31,118,134 annually on its football program while Kentucky spends only $9,048,732. This statistic shows why Alabama has a more successful football program than Kentucky.

Number of football scholarships given...

85 36 0 Division I

Division II

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Division III

The number of scholarships each division can give out each year helps to show how much money each division spends on football. University of South Carolina, a Division I program, spends $16,305,528 on football each year, while Division II Benedict College spends $1,525,659 and Division III East Texas Baptist spends $622,898. - information taken from,, and

Is it time for NCAA athletes to be paid to play? Faculty, alumni weigh in on possibility jonathan rice

sports editor $845.9 million. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) produced $845.9 million in revenue in 2011. Yet none of this money made its way into the hands of the players. Is it time to reconsider and start paying the players? But paying college athletes to play is not simple. It is a controversial topic that raises two main questions: How could this be done? And what would happen to college sports? “If we move toward a pay-for-play model -- if we were to convert our student athletes to employees of the university -- that would be the death of college athletics,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an interview with the New York Times. Emmert and the NCAA have proposed, however, that colleges be allowed to provide $2,000 stipend to any player that is unable to pay for the cost of college not covered by a full scholarship. Because of numerous complaints, the NCAA Board of Directors voted to postpone implementation of the plan until at least April to address concerns. But how does Wando stand on this controversial issue? “I disagree with paying college athletes,” Athletic Director Bob Hayes said. “I wasn’t happy when Olympic level athletes started getting paid. Amateur sports are amateur sports.” If college athletes were paid to play, what would happen to college sports and the athletes? “If you start paying them that takes away from playing for their school and makes them play for the money,” said Head Basketball Coach David Eaton, who played basketball at Wofford College from 2000-2004 and was an assistant coach there in 2005. “When I played, you wanted your team and school to do well,” Eaton said. “[If the athletes were paid] it would make it more about yourself and make you more selfish.” Would the effort the players put forth decrease after receiving payment, as some suggest? What other problems would paying college athletes create? “[Paying college athletes] would create greed in the players and the NCAA as a whole would take a turn for the worse,” Timothy Tyler, 2011 Wando graduate and Clemson track runner said. This raises the issue of which athletes deserve payment. Should colleges pay every athlete? And what about the question of equitably if the athletes were paid to play? “If they decide to pay athletes, it needs to be equitable,

even though not all sports are revenue-producing sports,” Head Football Coach Jimmy Noonan said. Football and basketball are 2 revenue-producing sports in the NCAA. “Being a track athlete, you don’t attract as much attention and you are not worth as much to your school,” Tyler said. “I’ve never heard of a track runner being given money beyond a scholarship.” But equitably is important, according to Hayes. “[Payment] should be across the board. Every NCAA athlete in major or minor sports, man or woman, Division I, II and III should be paid,” he said. Title IX -- enacted in 1979 -- keeps schools honest in supporting both men’s and women’s sports. If athletes were paid to play, Title IX supporters would argue that men and women athletes deserve equal payment. Another argument is over which divisions should be allowed to offer money to students. “There needs to be some equality,” Assistant Principal Cheryl Swinton said. Swinton’s two sons played on NCAA basketball teams, with 2011 graduate John currently playing at Wofford. “Would we pay a band or chorus student that was on a scholarship?” Colleges do not pay students on non-athletic scholarships, but they do allow them the opportunity to work a job during the school year -- something the NCAA does not allow. The NCAA does, however, allow for athletes to work school-sponsored summer camps and receive payment. Eaton, however, said it’s time for athletes to be able to hold part-time jobs. “Athletes should be able to work a job, but not during season. A job will hurt you academically. The real reason you are there is academics,” he said. Timothy Johnson, a representative of Clemson University, also thinks academics are the most important aspect of college. “We believe that student athletes are rewarded with scholarships that present them the opportunity for a college education that is invaluable,” said Johnson, who is a Clemson sports supervisor. But does a full scholarship actually cover the full cost of college? Some studies show that a full scholarship is about $3,500 short of the full cost of college each year. “The movies, a jacket for winter and new shoes [have to be paid for by the athlete],” Eaton said. “At Wofford I played with kids that struggled [financially] for everything.” The monetary problems for students from less than affluent households helped drive the NCAA’s recent $2,000 proposal. “If they decide that athletes are good enough to sign contracts because of their abilities that’s one thing,” Noonan said, ”but if they [the players] are going to classes, they should be in college to earn a degree. Athletics are extra.”


What does Wando think? Do you believe that colleges should be allowed to pay extra money to athletes that play in addition to college scholarships?

24% yes

59% no 17% indifferent

If the NCAA were to allow payment to athletes, who should be paid?

17% only athletes who play sports that generate high profit for the school

29% all athletes 54% athletes should not be paid at all, except for scholarships

Should both men and women athletes be paid to play?

68% yes

32% no

Do you believe a full athletic scholarship covers the cost of college?

50% yes

50% no

Should NCAA athletes be able to work a job while in season?

77% yes

23% no

-165 polled

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Radical change needed With all of the money that NCAA athletes bring into their schools, it is time for some of this money to come their way


jonathan rice, sports editor

Why do we love college sports? Is it that they represent our favorite schools? Is it the fact that the athletes are not paid to play? How would our feelings about college sports change if NCAA athletes were paid to play? Why should the athletes not be paid? Maybe it’s time for a radical change. The players that receive improper benefits in college are the same players that are good enough to play professionally. They will receive payment for their talents sooner or later, and based on the amount of money they bring into their schools, it should be sooner rather than later. College athletes receiving improper benefits is only a problem in men’s basketball and football. The root of the problem is that basketball and football players have to attend college, but athletes from other sports can play professionally right out of high school. If basketball and football players were not required to attend college, the elite players would play professionally right out of high school. There would be no need for boosters and universities to give improper benefits to any of the athletes left in college football. NCAA athletes bring money into their schools through ticket sales, merchandise and TV deals. Are the athletes working for free? Beyond an education, food and shelter, the athletes

are not given any of the money that they bring into the schools. How are the athletes supposed to pay for the expenses of college not covered by a full scholarship? They can work at team-sponsored summer camps, but are not allowed to work a job during the year. Unlike the athletes, other students on scholarships can work during the year. A piano student can play in a symphony and a journalism major can write freelance to put money in his or her pockets. But an athlete cannot use his or her talents to make money. It does not make sense. The NCAA has recently proposed a $2,000 stipend to athletes that have trouble covering the cost of college beyond a full scholarship. But the NCAA says it is not paying its athletes to play. NCAA President Mark Emmert said he does not want to see NCAA athletes become employees of the universities, but this is exactly what I want to see happen. I propose a system similar to that of minor league baseball for NCAA football and men’s basketball. The professional teams become responsible for recruiting high school players to attend universities where their farm teams exist. Now every recruit signs a contract with the professional team guaranteeing pay during his four years in college and offering an option for a long-term deal for the professional team after college. The athletes are now semi-pros, attending school during the week while being paid to play on the weekends. A number one quarterback recruit is not worth the same as a mediocre offensive lineman, so there would need to be a minimum and maximum salary. And to prevent all of the best players from ending up on the same professional team, there would need to be a salary cap. Is the entertainment that NCAA athletes provide the fans not worth any money?

I propose a system similar to that of minor league baseball for NCAA football and men’s basketball.

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Should college athletes be paid to play?

Freshman Madison Herin

Sophomore Tre Wigfall

Math Teacher Judith Newton

“No. They should do it “No, they are already “No, because they are for the fun of it. They getting a free in college and can get paid in the education.” academics are the pros.” most important thing.”

Junior Jacob Ufkes

“No. If they got paid, they won’t focus on school and won’t have a backup if they get injured.”

Senior SaDavia Johnson

“Yes. They’re making their school look good with their individual athletic performances.”


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Making All-American team another award for senior planning to sign with Auburn

ter, he still returns to the school weight room on a regular basis and keeps in touch with his former coach. President finished the season with 91 tackles, including an all-time team record of 59 solo stops. He also was selected for the Shrine Bowl. According to President, the list of people and orgamichael o`brien nizations that recorded his qualifications for the Parade staff writer team included coaches from other high school programs, After a year of excitement with multiple college schol- websites and ESPN. This wide range of acknowledgments arship offers, a firm commitment to Auburn, a Wando is also why he will not only be representing the school, but football season that saw the team have a winning record the entire nation, in the International Bowl on Feb. 1 -National Signing Day. and a second-round playoff game, senior Gimel President thought he Mostly my mom, my dad and Coach Noon- President also was selected to compete on had ended his high school career on an helped me out a lot...showing people the 19-U -- 19 and una high note. But he der -- National Team, what I can do. wasn’t finished yet. Senior Gimel President which is another allPresident has been American team, and named to the Parade All-American team, an achieve- will be playing against an international team of football ment no other Wando football player players from around the world. “Mostly my mom, my dad and Coach Noonan helped in the last 25 years can claim. me out a lot, going to different camps and showing people President, a defensive end, is President among the team members handpicked what I can do,” President said. He also said that he has a lot to prepare for in going to for the prestigious award, which was announced Jan. 15. “I’m surprised, but I think it’s a really good thing,” Auburn as well. “I’ve been running. It’s something you got to do every day to get ready,” he said. he said. “Going in as a freshman, I think I’ll be ahead of everyPresident found out about being selected the week before the full list of Parade team members was released body else because I’m lifting right now when a lot of guys are sitting around. And I still have another bowl game to with Sunday papers across the nation. “Coach [Jim Noonan] called me in one day last week go to so I’ll still have been in shape for that,” President said. “Grade-wise I think I’ll be ready too. I’m starting to get to tell [me],” President said. Although he graduated at the end of the first semes- books for my classes and I’m learning more.”

(EXPIRES JUNE 1, 2012)

LIZ BENSON/asst. editor

Leaving behind a legacy

Senior Gimel President does agility training to keep in shape while Coach Michael Donnalley looks on. President plans to sign with Auburn on National Signing Day Feb. 2.


Tribal Sports 29 JORDAN TOOLEY/asst. editor

Wrestling with their weight Guidelines make wrestlers adjust, rally to 16-11 as the regular wrestling season comes to a close keanau ormson

associate editor

Black heavy duty trash bags and mile long runs. Living off of cucumbers and celery while everyone else eats what they want. Weight becomes more stressful than your schoolwork. All of it to try and make weight for the next match. For years, wrestling stereotypically has been a sport where its athletes stress more about meeting a certain weight limit rather than staying in shape. Athletes stressed and cut weight in any way, shape or form in order to make it to the next match. In 2006, the National Federation of State High School Associations put a rule into effect that would regulate how athletes would be allowed to cut their weight. In addition, they would also have to pass a hydration test at the beginning of the season as well as take a body fat percentage test that would restrict the amount of weight they would be able to cut in order to keep athletes from hurting themselves. Coach Adam Schneider has been coaching since before NFSHSA put the new rules into effect. With experience on both sides of the fence -- coaching before and after the new tests -- Schneider has watched the test be integrated into the wrestling program. “[Four] years ago [the nation] first started using it," Schneider said. "[South Carolina] piloted it the first year it came out, meaning we didn’t put it into effect at first but slowly moved into it. But now everyone in the nation uses it.” The way the test works is by taking certain percentages and numbers -- including weight, body fat percentage and hydration level -- from the athletes in order to see what weight they are allowed to wrestle at. “The test is administered first to athletes with them urinating into a cup and then it’s taken to a professional who decides whether or not the athlete is hydrated

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Sophomore Ben Crutchfield wrestles in the match Jan. 23 against Goose Creek. Crutchfield wrestles in the 120 pound weight class and is a member of the varsity team.

enough to wrestle," Schneider said. "Then they take your weight on a scale and third they take skin calipers to determine how much body fat you have. Those three numbers are then put into a system that the whole nation uses and what that does is it basically lets us know what the lowest weight they can go is.” But as the wrestling program continues to grow in numbers, the time requirement increases for people to be tested and for proper weight guidelines to be followed. As the coach of 23 varsity wrestlers, Schneider has had to make adjustments in order to make sure every athlete is accounted for. “I see the benefit of it, but at the same time it’s a hassle," he said. "It’s tough with a large number of kids with scheduling times to do the tests and it’s not always the easiest thing to do with everything that's required.” From the athletes' point of view, it's not trying to please themselves but their team that makes their desire to cut weight so strong. Varsity wrestler J.R. Ormson, a junior, knows the pressures of trying to make weight at each match. “You don’t want to let down yourself," Ormson said, "but mainly the team, because if you miss weight it’s a six-point swing that the other team gets and your team doesn't.” That's where the danger can come into the picture.

Wrestlers like Ormson may push themselves to the edge to try and make weigh so they don't lose those points come match time. The limits put on at the beginning of the season are clear to Ormson, but he still pushes them when he thinks necessary. "I run and I do not eat," he said, "and if I have to eat, I eat celery because it actually burns calories and drink very little water if any at all. I mean, I know what weight I have to meet and what I can't go under, but I still do what I need to meet my weight." But of course, Wando isn't the only program enforcing these rules in each season. Junior Geoff Eisen, a varsity wrestler who is in his first year at Wando, has seen what his previous high school's program was like compared to Wando's. "There isn't much difference in the schools," Eisen said, "but it's more fun here than it was at my old high school." Other than having more fun as a Wando wrestler, he hasn't seen any more difference in the programs than that. The new rules implemented have been put into effect for the entire country so each wrestling program can be as fair and as close as possible. "If you lose too much weight, you can't wrestle," Eisen said. "[With the new rules] my coaches have pushed me to gain and lose weight naturally."


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Giving 100 percent IAN HURLOCK/staff

Four-year varsity member leads the team by setting example devon bowen

staff writer

If they won a million dollars, most people would probably think about spending the money on themselves. But for senior Terrance Jenkins, this is not the case. “The first thing I would do would be to make a statue of Coach Eaton and put it in front of the gym,” Jenkins said. “Just because he is that good of a coach.” Since freshman year, Jenkins has worked with Eaton as a member of the varsity basketball team, but he wasn’t always so confident. “At first I was nervous, but you get over it after a while,” said Jenkins, whose goals are to be as good as LeBron James and play for Newberry. Coach Eaton has a similar view of Jenkins in his position as one of the varsity team captains. “He leads the team by the way he plays hard. He only knows one speed, and that’s 100 percent,” Eaton said. “He leads by example; everyone Senior Terrance Jenkins practices his shooting form else follows, because he takes

Right: Senior Terrance Jenkins, number 23, stays alert on the court at practice. The team is 18-2 this season and captured first place in Region VII in a win against 53-52 West Ashley on Jan. 27. The team is currently ranked seventh in the state and plays James Island Feb. 3. The last two home games are Feb. 7 against Summerville and Feb. 10 against Goose Creek.

charge.” His teammates seem to agree with Eaton. “He tells us if we’re messing around what to do,” junior Richie Austin said. “He keeps us focused.” Jenkins said the experience of being a part of the varsity team for four years has helped him to be able to get outside his comfort zone and be “out of the box.” Over the past four years, Jenkins’ skills as a basketball player have grown. “Jenkins has improved all parts of his game through hard work,” Eaton said. “He used to just take care of his own game, and now he makes sure the whole team is prepared.” Eaton said the team wouldn’t be the same without Jenkins. “The team would be less athletic, less inspired,” Eaton

said. “He is a great leader.” But every great leader has an even greater role model. “My mom,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been with her my whole life. She is very dedicated and always puts family first.” Jenkins knows he is not the whole team. “Micah Kinloch has the ability to defend any team’s best player. Elijah LeGree is a huge threat because he has the gift to score and rebound,” he said. “Bubby is a small point guard but don’t underestimate him because the minute you do he tends to make you pay for it big time -- he’s one of the best offensive threats.” He, as well as Coach Brad Smith, believes this is the year the Warriors have the best chance at winning the state championship. “This is the best team we’ve had in a long time,” Smith said. “We play as a team. Not one player stands out.”

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Senior Savannah Miller

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Junior Andrew Bagley

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Junior Kearsten Duvernay

Named tournament MVP of the Teresa Kendle Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 22-23.

Senior Antwon Wright

Earned tournament MVP of the Charleston County Wrestling Tournament Jan. 21. He wrestles in the 160-pound weight class.



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Nearly 40 eighth grade girls stood together at last fall’s Wando basketball tryouts. A year later, freshmen Kim Smalls, Alley Stasky and Baileigh Winkler can be found on the girls’ varsity basketball team. Smalls recalls feeling rather confident in her basketball skills at the tryouts. “I wasn’t really nervous,” Smalls said. “I kind of already knew I was going to make it.” These notions were confirmed when she heard the news. Stasky, equally confident during tryouts, has made the sport a priority in her life since joining the varsity team. “Basketball is my life. I’m always practicing, pretty much every day,” Stasky said. Winkler, although initially nervous during tryouts, has also devoted much of her time to basketball. “It’s the main part of my life. I spend a lot of time doing it,” she said. “I practice after school, and on the weekends. I always play with my friends.” Coach Michael Hunter, head coach of the varsity team, knew the girls would contribute greatly to the team. “It’s fairly rare [to have three freshmen on the team]. We had a lot of seniors last year, so we graduated about six or seven,” he said. “And we saw that these three freshmen could help us right away, so we decided to keep them on the varsity.” Making the team has not only given the girls an opportunity to play the sport they love, but it also has made the infamously-frightening first year of high school easier to bear. “I have a lot more friends than I would have had,” Winkler said. “It gives me something to do outside of school so I don’t have to worry so much about homework.” The team consists of mostly juniors, with two seniors and one sophomore. As freshmen amongst a team of upperclassmen, the girls know it’s important to contribute. “You have to work harder than them [upperclassmen] and play more aggressively,” Smalls said. “You have to work through it because [Coach Hunter] wants you to be on the same level as everybody else, no matter your grade.” They stay motivated with the help of friends and family and practice hard to make sure they have ample play time. Five on Fives, drills, scrimmaging -- they work through their plays and try to stay aggressive. “A couple of them get a lot of playing time. Others are still learning the system, but I see a lot of good things, a lot of potential,” Hunter said. “All three are really contributing to the team in their own special way.”

From Left: Freshman Baileigh Winkler, Kim Smalls and Alley Stasky cheer their team during a home game against James Island on Jan. 17. The girls’ team is 10-9 this season.

Freshman Alley Stasky catches the ball and prepares to shoot in the game against James Island Jan. 17. The Warriors won, 58-51.

During games, the players try their best to achieve complete focus. The air -- full of cheering voices -- maintains an intense atmosphere. Often, a positive outcome relies on the last couple minutes -- a free throw or two and hard work put to the test. The girls must accept the challenge and pull it off. “You have to block everything out. There are people in the stands yelling, and you just have to block it all out and play,” Smalls said. The girls know that, as a team, they have each other. Like a family, they rely on each other for motivation and support. And with the confident enthusiasm of their coach, the girls have the will to try their best. “The freshmen have fit right in,” Hunter said. “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about togetherness and teamwork.”

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Grandfather lost but not forgotten Memory of grandfather lives on in thoughts and heart


rebecca sydow, columns editor

I’ve watched his face grow thin, seen his smile replaced with anxiety. When he’s worried, he reaches over and grabs your hand. It’s soft; he doesn’t squeeze. He just holds it loosely in his own, comforted by a person in his presence that remembers who he is, even if he doesn’t. My Opa was always goofy. He would talk in funny voices and tickle me. Whenever we would “play restaurant” at his bar, he would gladly order a Coke or a burger, but receive an empty plate. He would eat the air, smiling the whole time. I found my Oma’s high school yearbook a while ago. My Opa, her Dan, had inscribed a love letter on the front page. Her name is the only one he remembers without fail. He punched my aunt. He didn’t mean to punch her -- he just didn’t know who she was. On Thanksgiving I sat with Opa, letting him hold my hand. We didn’t talk. My dad introduces me each time we see him, now. But that night, even though he couldn’t remember who I was and who I belonged to, he knew he should know. He knew that I was supposed to love him. So his fingers wrapped around mine and we stayed on the couch in silence, letting the sounds of the family wash over us. A game of Apples to Apples was going on in the next room. It was far too loud, so we sat with my dad on

the couch and my Oma told us stories we had all heard before. It didn’t matter; we were together. It was interesting that my cousins were playing that game again. It had been Thanksgiving two years before, playing Apples to Apples, that we first started wondering if something was wrong. You see, he couldn’t get the hang of the rules. It’s a pretty simple game based on matching nouns to an adjective. He should have done fine. He should have been the one to throw in the funny ones. But he just could not catch on. I watched him get frustrated. We could all see something wasn’t spinning right. When he got too mad, we abandoned ship. And we found no reason to dwell on the source of his frustration. Old people forget things sometimes, right? But they’re not supposed to forget their sons and daughters’ names. Mike, Steve, Katie, Erin. Those are four names that should be ingrained deeply into every bit of him. They’re not supposed to forget how to drive. How to play games. Continue conversation. Use the bathroom. They’re not supposed to perform at the level of a 2-yearold, a 1-year-old. He remembers he used to fly planes. He remembers he was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force and that he flew in Vietnam. This past Independence Day, he tried to put on his uniform and rush out to a nonexis-


tent parade. At the Patriotic Pops concert the band put on last spring, he saluted and stood and grinned. He couldn’t place the right theme with the right section of the military, so he saluted all of them. It didn’t matter. I imagine he just felt the marches turn something on inside of him and remind him of his patriotism and his time at war. My Opa is in Memory Care now. He has someone to play ball with him until 2 a.m. He has someone to tuck him in and make sure he’s eating. But it’s not Oma, his Susan. He doesn’t live at home anymore, it’s too much. Too hard to keep him from leaving their apartment and wandering around the building. Too difficult to supervise a grown man like a toddler. Rebecca Sydow I’ve watched my grandfather fall into the grasp of dementia. He’s thinner. He doesn’t know me, my sister, my cousins, my parents. He doesn’t get to live at home. He’s failing fast. I only wish I had sat down with him before he needed to hold my hand, before he had forgotten my name. I wish I had sat and listened to him speak, listened to his stories. It’s truly hit me that I know nothing of his time as a pilot. I don’t know what plane he flew, where he was stationed the longest, how it shaped him. I missed an opportunity to get to know someone with real courage, real loyalty, and I squandered it. So I’ll turn to Oma, and I won’t dare waste what I have with her.

He doesn’t live at home anymore, it’s too much. Too hard to keep

him from leaving their apartment

and wandering around the building. Too difficult to supervise a grown man like a toddler.



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I skipped for Stephen Students attend the ‘Rock me like a Herman Cain, Stephen Colbert political rally’ rebecca sydow

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He was preceded by trumpets, heralding his entrance. Roars of adoration accompanied his every step. A choir rose in song, lifting their voices to the heavens. Our “Charleston dandy,” Stephen T. Colbert, arrived at College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard on Jan. 20 like a king. He was trailed closely behind by his new best friend, Herman Cain. They arrived for the Rock Me Like a Herman Cain: South Cain-olina Primary Rally on the college’s campus to plead voters to choose Herman Cain on the next day’s primary, because “Mr. Colbert could not get on the ballot, [and] I [Cain] could not get off the ballot. That’s how this came about.” With some name-dropping and Charlestonians gather to hear the hilarious Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain on January 20th at the “Rock charming smiles, I got a media pass and You Like A Herman Cain” campaign. Wando’s Seniors Amie Parris, Caitlyn Armstrong, Paige Jellison and was escorted into the blocked off yard Nike Pappas were at the front of the crowd “crashing the party.” (top right). Stephen Colbert mocks the flaws of campaign spending (above) and Herman Cain talks about the importance of young Americans’ involvement two hours before Colbert’s expected arin politics (bottom right). rival. I was directed to a rectangle of red, velvet rope and was told to stay behind the lines. But I was only 10 feet away and Colbert, after discovering he was pollRocking South Cain-olina brought a ecstatic. ing at four percent, higher than then-cannice breath of fresh air after the sometimes Stereotypical journalists hung didate John Huntsman, decided to launch negative campaigns of Cain’s fellow GOP around the ropes, smoking cigarettes and an “exploratory committee” to see if runcandidates that had bombarded us since fingering the multiple cameras hanging ning for the President of the United States Mitt Romney’s win in New Hampshire. from their necks. I clutched my pencil of South Carolina would be wise. After Cain said it best when he explained why and pretended I knew what I was doing. I handing over the Colbert SuperPAC to he came to this event: “America needs to took in the best friend learn how to lighten up.” “I hope this doesn’t turn into an and fellow entire atAs expected, Colbert opened up with mosphere: satirist, Jon a few jokes. Singing “I’m Gonna Let it Occupation, but you know if it did the mic Stewart, he Shine” followed by the National Anthem you would be pepper-sprayed in was free to checks, the with the Divine Purpose gospel choir, the screaming, “explore. ” atmosphere, already pulsating with excitethe politest way possible -- this is class-skipThe ment, became almost hysterically positive. Charleston after all.” Stephen Colbert ping college PAC became He stacked the next moments with laughs, students known as using his TV alter ego, the incredibly climbing on the fences, random chants the Definitely Not Coordinating With conservative man with terrible ego probof “USA, USA,” hipster-liberals chatting Stephen Colbert SuperPAC, and the rally lems and his connection with Charleston, about their political experiences and the was announced a day later. saying “But most importantly ladies and occasional die-hard Republican Cain-faHow he ever got Cain on board, we gentlemen, and I mean this sincerely, I natic who thought a long-dead campaign still have no clue, but a vote for Cain bewant to thank Stephen Colbert. You’re was actually getting revived. Poor guys. came a vote for Colbert. don’t love me as much as I


do” and “I hope this doesn’t turn into an Occupation, but you know if it did you would be pepper-sprayed in the politest way possible -- this is Charleston after all.” Of course he brought out some now classic, so-corny-and-dumb-they’re-hilarious jabs at the GOP candidates like “the only difference between Mitt Romney and a statue of Mitt Romney is that the statue never changes its position” and “if you guess Ron Paul’s real name, he has to teach you how to spin straw into gold.” He never stopped being funny. Just like the Colbert Report every Monday through Thursday night, you often could not contain your laughter. Thankfully, the crowd of 3,300 plus the hundreds more standing on the fences surrounding the Cistern or hanging out of Randolph Hall’s windows, who in many cases waited up to two hours to see Colbert and Cain, did not contain their enthusiasm.


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No excuse for ignorance Although the controversial SOPA and PIPA were killed in Congress, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t lessons to be learned from Congress’s attempted passage of the two bills that would have effectively killed the internet. The bills would have made it the place of the government to censor the internet, using the same technology China used to block websites. They would have spelled the death of most social networking sites and other sites based on user content. Youtube, Reddit and Flickr would have disappeared overnight; Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and multiple other sites might have survived but would have been changed forever -no doubt for the worse. And freedom of speech? It would have become a privilege, not a right, at least as far as the internet would be concerned. Fortunately, the greatest threats to our generation’s freedom were stopped through the joint action of massive protest from individuals and from powerful corporations – most notably Google and the Wikimedia Foundation. But we, as U.S. citizens, cannot see this as a sign that, no matter what, things will be all right. This, our fellow citizens, is a wake-up call.

There is no longer an excuse to be willingly ignorant on the political front. We have come to the point in time when Congress is making decisions that will affect not only the taxes you pay, but the actions you make every single day of your life. But why, some may ask, is it so important to be politically aware when everything turned out just fine? SOPA and PIPA may not have passed, but the NDAA -- a bill that allows for the indefinite military detention of Americans without due process -- did, almost unanimously. So perhaps, next time you read about a bill you don’t like, or hear your friends talk about some nasty-sounding legislation, you should do a little bit of research; email your congressman or give him a call. We feel that the time to shunt responsibility onto others has long passed. SOPA and PIPA have shown us that we can make a difference, but it has also shown us that we must make a difference. It’s high time that we take our heads out of the sand and stand up for what we believe. Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, an era has dawned where your voice can be heard; so make it. Don’t forget – what you have to say always mat-

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What is SOPA? SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. It targets foreign-based websites whose primary purpose is distributing U.S. intellectual property illegally. Under SOPA, the Attorney General would be able to issue cease and desist orders to these websites. These court orders could also be used to stop offending sites from showing up in search engine results and advertising, as well as cutting the sites off from their internet service provider. If an intellectual property owner believes they have found a violating site, they may order internet service providers, advertising and search engines to cut ties with the site. If these third parties do not comply, they could face legal consequences.

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