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INSIDE Features A look at two students’ senior projects in the drama department pg. 5

Sports Highlights of East vs. North week

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Column The Oracle’s first column covers a day in the life of a lunch lady

In memory of Phil Miller, admired art teacher and designer of the Olympian torch.

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Opinion A collection of memories from the East community in remembrance of Phil Miller

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News Briefs Amazing Adventure course race to benefit ocean science class The Columbus Amazing Adventure is a team course challenge that will be held tomorrow (September 12) at Ceraland park at 7:30 AM. Prices vary depending on age. It is $25 a person for ages 14 and under, $35 for teens 15-17, and $65

a person 18 and older. The funding will go towards the East Ocean Science class so that they can go on a field trip to Florida. Note that by using the Google Coupon code HORIZON, it will knock 20% off the price. Also, paddle and life

jacket rentals will be free. Teams of two to three will team up to take on the race by foot, bike, rope, or paddling. Race will end at 11:30. Email or call 317.565.9110 for additional information.

Drama auditions and play performances Performances of senior project plays When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet and Nobody Famous will be on Saturday, September 19 at 7 PM. Students interested in audition-

ing for drama department’s play, Diary of Anne Frank, will meet on September 22 and 23 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM.

Reminders from the library The library has added many new books to its collection including the Ellen Hopkins series. Mrs. Weineke would like to have student suggestions on books they would like to see and will be placing orders within the next month. Weineke would also like to remind students to have a backup resource

in case the library should close. This year, the library staff is only allowing students to check out 2 books at a time rather than 4 and they would like to remind students to return or renew their books on time; they will start e-mailing overdue notices.

Update from the Deans

New requirements are in practice for freshmen and sophomores. According to Dean Gene Hack, all freshmen are taking 7 classes and all sophomores are taking 6 classes plus one fifth mod class.

This means no double lunches for sophomores. Hack also says that this year the parking is going smoothly and the hallways are less crowded.

Important dates and times Progress reports - September 16 Upcoming test dates: PLAN - September 30 PSAT - October 14 SAT - October 10 ISTEP retest - September 15-17

College representatives: Sept. 16 - Butler Sept. 17 - Wabash Sept. 21 - IUPUI Sept. 24 - Indiana Wesleyen Sept. 29 - Evansville

Oracle staff

Editors in Chief: Tristen Dull Lydia Vieth Staff Writers: Ben Brown Lauren Knorr Eric Lykins Callum Morris Amber Schadenfroh Evie Schultz Ali Sullivan Shelby Woodard Photographers: Annie Chapman Courtney Cozad Denise Muncy Ads: Colton Lewis Adviser: Megan Whitehead


11 September 2009


Endless opportunities

With addition of CSA New Tech, students get a say in learning styles Amber Schadenfroh and Lauren Knorr Staff Writers

The birth of the Columbus Signature uate. Requirements also include receiving at Academy (CSA) New Tech has gained in- least 12 college credits, a digital portfolio, accurate assumptions from many students covering their four years at the school, and and community members. CSA New Tech four years of math and science. Principal Mike Reed has heard rumors sayThe disciplinary system also showcases ing that CSA is “where all the smart kids the school’s unconventional style. “We try go” or even “where all the pregnant stu- to shy away from detention and suspendents go.” The fact is that “CSA is just an- sion,” Reed said. “We built our culture other school,” Reed said. “Because we are a magnet school, all of our kids have a home school, meaning that they belong to either East or North.” Although New Tech students have the option to take classes at other schools, New Tech does not allow students from other schools to take their classes. The New Tech curriculum offers unique classes that cannot be found in any other Columbus high school. “A lot of it is driven by the students and what they’re interested in,” Reed said. One such class, Rock Band, is mostly a music appreciation class where students Many classes at CSA New Tech are held in open classroom areas. are able to collaborate (Photo by Courtney Cozad) their musical talents to learn how to play classic rock songs or write around trust, respect and responsibility.” their own music. Students need to already Reed feels that a small school culture is a know how to play an instrument and audi- bit easier to control. CSA New Tech sophotion for a spot in the class. The Columbus more Job Setser said, “There are less kids, so Philharmonic is hosting a strings class for it’s less hectic.” New Tech students. To maintain such a low school populaWhile CSA is known for a few exotic tion, New Tech can only choose a certain classes, East also offers classes that are number of students. This may bring some not offered at other schools. East courses to wonder how to get into the school, but, include more levels of Spanish and more “everybody there got in by a lottery, so it various language classes than those of CSA. was just the luck of the draw,” East sophoEast also possesses 2-D and 3-D Art courses, more Lidia Palacios said. As a freshman, where only a 2-D art course can be found Palacios attended New Tech. “I think the at CSA. biggest difference (between East and CSA) In addition to the graduation require- is the classes and the size,” Palacios said. ments of long-standing BCSC high schools, “All of the classes at CSA are integrated CSA students are also required to complete and there were only 100 students there last an internship with a business or industry year.” that they are interested in pursuing, along The courses are not all that different, with service learning hours in order to grad- but they are taught in a different way. At

New Tech, classes like P.E. and Health are combined to form Advanced Health and Wellness. The 4D class focuses on careers, while the schoolwork is in real world opportunities. One could say that it is the business equivalent to East’s hands on C4 classes. Both 4D and C4 run along the same concept but feature different learning and career styles. The untraditional learning styles work differently for the students. Students like CSA New Tech sophomore Vicki Cooper find the different learning methods to be beneficial. “You get to work with your friends instead of sitting at a desk,” Cooper said. CSA New Tech sophomore, Betsy Harkless said, “Our atmosphere is very family-ish.” Other students did not feel as comfortable in this type of learning environment. “CSA was way too integrated for my taste,” Palacios said. “I think some subjects need to be taught by themselves.” Palacios found that more of her friends went to East, but one of her main reasons for transferring to East was based on her career choice. “I want to work in the medical field when I get older and CSA didn’t offer classes that dealt with stuff like that,” Palacios said. Although they share similar curriculums, it seems that CSA New Tech and East both provide what the other is lacking. With a different spin on the concept of high school, and different student preparation for the future, CSA New Tech joins East and North. “I don’t really want people to think that CSA is a ‘special school’ because it’s just another high school in Columbus,” Palacios said.


11 September 2009


Senior Project Profiles Drama, Drama, Drama Eric Lykins Staff Writer

Matt Walls What play are you directing?

What is the basic plot of the play? Why exactly did you choose this play?

Were auditions hard?

How are things going so far?

Wall’s cast practices “Nobody Famous”. (Photo by Annie Chapman)

“It’s called ‘Nobody Famous’.”

“It’s really just about two girls that go to a fortune teller and about what happens to them afterwards.” “Well, it was free first of all. The website I got it off of is run by a guy who writes these scripts for free. There is a review form that comes with the play that viewers are supposed to fill out after watching it and then you submit the forms back to the author...just some feedback stuff I guess.”

Sami Burton “It’s ‘When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet’.”

“It’s pretty much a story about when Shakespeare’s heroines come together and try to convince Juliet not to fall in love with Romeo so her story won’t end tragically.” “It went along with the topic of my senior paper, which is about the censorship of Shakespearean and other dramatic works.”

“It was hard because there were so many excellent auditions. The hardest part was working with Sami to decide how to divide people up between the two casts.”

“Yes. All the girls showed a lot of great talent and it was fairly difficult to decide who would be best suited for each role.”

“I think everyone’s working together well, and that’s really good. So far, there has been a fairly relaxed mood, but maybe that’s because we aren’t to crunch time yet. But yeah, overall I’d say that it’s all going very well.”

“I think it’s going very well. There have only really been a few complications, but everyone is working together really well. I’m very proud of my cast for the work they are doing.”

Burton’s cast poses while rehearsing“When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet” (Photo by Annie Chapman)



11 September 2009

“We gotta come out harder next time and we’ll have a better chance.” Chris Wallace Senior

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An overview of East

Junior Brad Witkowski controls the ball around a North player

Wo “It would have me been nice to win, E ast n’s S but it’s good not 0 N occ to peak at the ort er h4 beginning of the season. We have another chance at sectionals.” Ashleigh Schneckenberger Senior

“I think that my high point was keeping us in the game during the first half up until the last 20 seconds when they scored their first goal. My low point was probably getting scored on within the first few minutes of the second half. I think that put all of us down and we didn’t play up to our full potential.” Danielle Gentry Junior

Seniors Logan Per during the game.

Senior Ashleigh Schneckenberger does a heel click as her name is annouced for the starting line up.

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“The whole game was my highlight and scoring two touchdowns.” Shane Henderson Junior

“My best moment would have to be after the game when I realized how impressive it was to come back. There is no better win than beating North.” Logan Perry Senior

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Tristen Dull, Lauren Knorr, Callum Morris, Lydia Vieth

“It was a great feeling to win, especially when people didn’t think we could.” Ian Brown Senior



11 September 2009

Looking Ahead

The low down on the college process Ali Sullivan and Shelby Woodard Staff Writers As summer progresses into fall, seniors transition into a new territory: applying for college and scholarships. A panic creeps into seniors’ minds about how they will stand out and pay for the next step in their education. “With the economic downturn, a lot of students worry how they will pay,” guidance counselor Emily Zumbaugh said. Scholarships and financial aid grants awarded to students, are ways to earn money for a college. “Students rule out scholarships because they assume their test scores and academics are not good enough,” Zumbaugh said. However, there are more then enough academic scholarships that are offered. “Some scholarships are based

on community service and they have different criteria,” Zumbaugh said. “They can earn scholarships even if they aren’t top students.” Being proactive is the best way to find out about scholarships. Katie Vandergriff, East’s college/scholarship coordinator, is in charge of an E-mail list that notifies students of scholarships being offered. To get on the scholarship E-mail list, E-mail Vandergriff at vandergriffk@ English teacher Joni Degner says the best way to stand out on paper is, “to be involved in school and the community.” Degner said when she was applying for college, it used to be about SAT and ACT

scores, but in recent years most colleges want, “a strong balance between academics and community involvement.” For most scholarships, an important step is writing an essay. Degner said the best way to have a solid product is by constant revision. “Revise and reflect. Most of the time you spend so long writing it that you just never want to look it over again.” However, Degner stresses the importance of rechecking and revising students’ essays. “Have muiltiple eyes and your own look over it as many times as you can. Be concise,” she said. Degner suggests reading an essay backwards to see the work in a different way. In addition to writing essays

and filling out applications, deadlines are also key. “When scholarships come out they will have deadlines, and don’t wait until the very last minute,” Vandergriff said. It is important to work ahead of the deadline. “Scholarships will often require a counselor’s letter of recommendation and they don’t like being bombarded with close deadlines.” College is possible for anyone who is proactive and dedicated. There is light at the end of the tunnel for all stressed seniors. “There are so many scholarships out there, so most students get something,” Vandergriff said. “There is usually something out there for everybody.”

How does choosing a public or private college affect your future? IU’s class sizes Private Public were overwhelming at first, but the diversity I really enjoyed. • Looks at whole There were • Looks at numpicture (classes people from all bers (GPA, SAT taken and over. scores) grades received) Both look for Mrs. Hambling • Larger class • Smaller class good GPA’s numbers numbers and scores • Multiple class• Usually one Both search for room professors professor fowell-rounded and teacher ascused on teachand self-motiMy class sizes sistants ing vated students were small so • Costs about • Costs about there were oppor$18,500 $39,000 tunities to get to know professors, which I’ve found is hard to do with public colleges.

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Let’s Dish

11 September 2009


A day in the life of a lunch lady Evie Schultz Staff Writer “This is what I call my granny oven,” head baker Melody Gess said. She cheerfully showed us around the cafeteria’s kitchen. “Big mixers, big ovens, big bowls!” Beyond the peaceful façade of perfectly arranged brownies and baskets of grapes is a bustling kitchen filled with dedicated ladies who know how to make a tasty yet healthy school lunch. The cafeteria staff at East defies all typical lunch lady stereotypes. They are neither old nor grumpy, and they certainly don’t have moles on their faces. In fact, the lunch ladies of East are a sweet and fun-loving bunch, and they work hard every day to ensure students get a nutritious lunch. “We’re all about feeding the students, and making sure they get food that they like,” kitchen manager Lisa Aull explained. Gess added, “I don’t think people realize how much goes into this.” Gess and the baker’s assistant Shannon Shepherd showed us the cookie dough they had rolled out onto the counter. By the end of the day, they will have baked 900 cookies. “You ought to come when we do the Thanksgiving dinner,” laughed Gess. Her coworker Sally, who has worked in the kitchen for 26 years, explained her schedule. “I come in and do breakfast, help

with salads and with the cashier at noon, “We just like to joke around. That’s why I and then go home,” she said. like it here.” The ladies also must follow strict rules Even though there are ups and downs set up by the Food Safety and Inspection in the life of a lunch lady, the cafeteria Service. “We have to wash our hands about workers at East face each day with a smile. 15,000 times a day,” said Gess. Though it Armed with little more than an industrialmay seem like an exaggeration, we noted sized oven and a commercial mixer, these that during the visit each worker washed cafeteria ladies manage to pull off feeding her hands several times. hundreds of hungry students. As for the infamous hair nets, Gess Aull said, “It is hard work in this kitchexplained that she does not mind them. en, but when we see the students eating “Really, truly, I’m glad we wear them,” she and see a smile on their face, it makes it all said. worthwhile.” One can only imagine what goes into making food for approximately 442 students a day, five days a week. Though it seems like a daunting task, the staff is certainly excellent at what they do. Sherri Ellis revealed that she is in charge of salads and that her talent in that area carries over into real life. “When I go to family reunions, I’m the one who makes the salad.” Though sometimes students can be rude, Aull says that she tries to ignore it. Aull said, “I have to remember, number one, they’re not my kids. And number two, I have to be patient with them.” However, it’s not all hard work in the kitchen. These ladies love to laugh. Assistant cook Cynthia Dilling cried, “Make Staff workers cook hundreds of cookies in the us look hot!” when we walked into the industrial oven. kitchen to take her picture. Sue explained,

Above: Cynthia Dilling is working to prepare lunch. At left: Sherri Ellis chops up vegetables for a delicious salad. Photos by: Denise Muncy



11 September 2009

Remembering Mr. Miller Reflections of an art teacher’s impact

“Mr. Miller was perhaps the nicest, overall kind teacher I have ever had. Every class he was more than willing to answer my questions and help me on my projects. I could easily tell how talented he was in the way he demonstrated projects for us. Mr. Miller was an asset to Columbus East and a shining example of what all teachers should strive to be.” Alex Englebert

August 30 was a heartbreaking day for many students and staff. Philip Miller, a dedicated art teacher of 43 years passed away due to a struggle with cancer. He retired last year as the disease progressed, which was a sad loss for the students and teachers of East. Those who knew and loved him say he was one of the kindest and most dedicated teachers they knew. He always made his students his first priority.

“Mr. Miller had the best sense of humor, regardless of the circumstances or how his day was going. I will always remember him for his fantastic pun jokes. He always inspired me to do art even though sometimes I felt like I wasn’t good at it. He’s the nicest man I’ve ever known and I would love to grow up and have his attitude and passion for teaching.” Brittany Housel


“Mr. Miller taught for years and touched so many lives. He encouraged me to pursue art as a career and let me see that it is possible to make a living doing something you love. Because of him and his encouragement I am looking into careers in art education. He could inspire you and wanted to help every student to love art as much as he did. I will miss him and be eternally appreciative of the ways in which he impacted my future.”


“I have been privileged to have been able to know and to work with Mr. Miller the past eleven years in the art department. He’s been an inspiration to hundreds of students, a champion of the arts, and a friend to all. I will miss him greatly.” Jim Ponsford

Ivana Armstrong senior

“Mr. Miller brought sunshine into my life everyday. He was one of those people that entered my life and gave me the encouragement and help I needed to become a better artist. He wanted every student to succeed and it showed. Mr. Miller made me laugh and he had a joke for everything. I miss him very much. I feel blessed that I, along with many others, got to know the wonderful Mr. Miller.”

3D art teacher

“I will always think of Mr. Miller as a great teacher because he had a lot of patience with his students and he inspired me to do art. I cannot recall a time when he didn’t have a positive attitude, and he always brightened everyone’s day. He never gave up on anyone and I admire him so much. He is such a genuine and caring person.” Kreigha Henney senior

Rebecca Melbert senior

“He was a positive man who always made sure to greet you in the hallway and was always willing to help no matter how stressed he was. We’ll miss him.” Amber Anderson senior


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Opinions expressed in columns or editorials may or may not be those of The Oracle staff or faculty of the Columbus school community. Letters to the editor are encouraged. However, any letter submitted must be verifiable and the name will be published. The editors reserve the right to edit the letters for length, grammar, invasion of privacy, obscenity or potential libel. Letters or ideas may be sent by E-mail to either Lydia Vieth or Tristen Dull at or, respectively.


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17 August 2009

Movie Review: 500 Days of Summer Lydia Vieth Co Editor in Chief The story of boy meets girl and falls in love has been told dozens of times. In 500 Days of Summer it is told once again, but this time everything feels real and possible (Okay, so maybe not the musical bit with the animated blue bird, but the emotions do). Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an aspiring architect that is stuck writing greeting cards for a living. He is busy looking for “the one” to spend the rest of his life with. Enter Summer (Zooey Deschanel), his boss’s new assistant. Summer is independent and witty. She does not believe in true love. Unfortunately, at this moment, Tom doesn’t know that about Summer and he continues on to

fall madly in love with her. Tom and Summer’s story is narrated back and forth between the early, happy days of their relationship and the gloomy, argumentative ones. They are playing house in IKEA and then not speaking to each other at a record store. Tom dances his way to work after their first night together and then Summer is breaking his heart over pancakes. While the flipping back and forth would appear to give away the ending, it provides the right balance of knowing and curiosity to make this romance very real and very absent.

Culture Grid Name: Grade:

Jenna Brewer junior

Ashley Whitehead senior

John Hughs junior

If I were Harry Potter I would...

I would put a spell on people I hate.

I would use my invisibility cloak to play pranks on people.

freeze people & then unfreeze them in bad situations so we can laugh.

If I were a leaf I would...

land in Hawaii

land in Spain

chill in a tree all day

starting a good career in nursIn 10 years I will be... ing and having a stable lifestyle.

My pet peeve...

a professional racemarried with 4 kids car driver in Nascar

when people try to fingernail files and impress someone bad parking jobs and be someone they’re not.

when older people think that just because they are older, they are better


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