Unstoppable p. 20-21
Benefits of college classes pgs. 6-7
Is college debt worth it? pgs. 12-14
Double standards of sexuality pgs. 18-19
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Making it to the top Adam DeKoning can do everything. From a 4.0 GPA, to starting every Friday and Tuesday night, he knows what it means to balance all of his activities. This 6’7” giant plays a huge role in representing the school and the successes behind the team. See story page 20-21.
Early start for Andover District One Act Play Productions Snapchat Hacked
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in-depth AP classes examined College decisions Positives vs. negatives of social media Double standards of sexuality
Freshman Pageant Phenom Pageant Overview
> Sophomore Griffin Bossingham pins freshman Jack Maki during practice. The boys prepare for one of their big weekend tournaments by scrimmaging each other in practice. Photo by hayley hunn
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Different view on final exams Student reflects on sexual morals
sports Adam DeKoning academic, athletic success20-21 Wrestling update 22-23
pop culture Netflex trends
Junk in your Trunk
> Sophomore Geoff Gilbert, junior Kelsey Rawcliffe and sophomore Savitri Lazarus show their talents in the show “A Whole New You.” Photo by lily farha
> Freshman Claire Lee poses with other Miss Teen pageant winners. Lee won Miss Kansas Teen for the second year in a row. Courtesy Photo
One Act productions p. 3
Pageant p. 20-21
Earlier start after break causes questions, concerns Though winter break for many consisted of snow, presents, family, travel, and holiday feasts, it all ended too soon in the minds of many USD 385 students and teachers. “I wanted to sleep in those last two days, not go back to school,” sophomore Brittany Vuu said. The break lasted only 12 full days, much shorter than all the surrounding schools. “It makes me mad that Trinity got out before us and went back after us. Just because they’re a private school and have more funds doesn’t mean they should get more days off of school,” sophomore Trevor Newton said. While the lack of days away from school puzzled and infuriated students, Principal Bob Baier finds no fault in going back 4 days early. “This way schedule changes and textbook exchanges could get done earlier, and I would
rather come back to school and not face a full week right away,” Baier said. By law, students are required to attend 1,116 hours of class, which adds up to 178 days of school. “In order to keep the last day of school before Memorial Day, we had to go two extra days,” Baier said. In charge of making decisions, such as when students return to school, is the USD 385 Board of Education made up of seven members. Each school sends in a representative for the calendar committee. Andover’s committee member for the schedule of 2013-2014 was English teacher Ken Dusenbury. “We would’ve had to come back after Memorial Day if we didn’t come back early from winter break,” Dusenbury said. Although the decision is ultimately the
Board of Education’s, the calendar committee gives their first and second choices as recommendations. The big problem with the calendar is planning school days for elementary, middle and high schoolers who are all at very different learning stages. With this specific incident, the committee discussed whose needs were more important. Elementary teachers highly preferred going back two days early in order to do pre-k testing and planning for the younger students. Because the high school and middle school teachers did not have much of a preference, the committee recommended going back early. As for our other breaks, USD 385 gives a full wewek off for spring break and school gets out for summer just before Memorial Day. – emiHAYASHI
Five theatre department seniors direct one act plays
The annual one act plays feature students acting and directing. The high school is known for putting on these plays for the students and their parents. Instead of being directed by theatre teacher Sarah Koehn, five seniors took the reigns as student directors this year. Five different plays were performed on Jan. 17. Many student spectators said they loved this idea of a student-directed play. “I love the one acted plays because it’s laidback and enjoyable,” sophomore Laura
Restum said. Some seniors don’t have to direct but are happy to be in the plays. “I like it because it is shor. When I don’t have to memorize many lines it’s the best for me,” senior Leo Nguyen said. “The only bad part is that there is one time that all of the one acts is preformed, so a lot of people will have to miss it.” The one act plays have been performed at Andover High for as long as Koehn has taught there. She started this tradition because she
wants to see what her students can do without her help. It teaches students how to become leaders and show their true leadership with doing things they love, performing for people.
> Sophomore Erika Labrum, performs in Andover High Schools One Acts. Labrum showed her talents in the second show, “Procrastination.” Photo by Lily Farha
> Freshman Paige Ramsett, senior Michelle Cederberg and freshman Dawson Wagner perform in the show “Procrastination.” directed by Abbi Timmermayer. Photo by Lily Farha
> Junior Kelsey Rawcliffe and sophomore Maddie Martinez perform in the One Act, “A Whole New You,“ directed by
senior Garrett Wolf. Photo by Lily Farha
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Snaps are sent each day
Popular photo sharing app hack results in concerned users 85% of Andover students have a Snapchat of their own, these stuReactions like this are aren’t exactly what SnapchatDB had hoped for. dents are easily affected by the security of Snapchat. They wanted Snapchat, as well as it users, to be more careful with the app. Snapchat has about 30 million people who use it monthly, and about They said their goal was to raise public awareness about online security 16 million daily users. holes in the popular photo-sharing app. Recently, the safeness of Snapchat has been compromised and ques“Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness tioned when two different hacking agencies decided to exploit Snapchat around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exand make its security problems better known to it’s users. ploit fixed. It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources The hacking of Snapchat has been big news, but barely any students but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters at Andover knew about it. as much as user experience does.” SnapchatDB released this statement “I heard some people talking about it at school, so I went and read an Wednesday, January 8th, to many different media sites. article about it online,” senior Hana Bruner said. One of SnapchatDB’s main reasons for the hack was to make users On Christmas day a security research group more aware, as well as to make them more cautious of known as Gibson Security released a report telling what they’re sending and the information that they put in about Snapchat’s potential security weaknesses. the app. Most students say that they will to continue to use Gibson security published what they believed was a the app as the always have, knowledge of the hack won’t code to enable a hack into Snapchat. affect how they use Snapchat. A few days later, on New Year’s Eve, a website “I’ll continue to use Snapchat like I always have, I “I had no clue only send ugly snaps of half my face anyway,” junior Abby called SnapchatDB.info was created and launched. This website claimed to have used the information Anderson said. that this was hapfrom the Gibson Security report and had hacked This has become an eye opener for some Andover stupening or that Snap- dents, as they were not aware that their private informainto Snapchat. These hackers posted account information, such as usernames and partial phone be leaked so effortlessly. chat could even get tion“Icould numbers, for 4.6 million users onto their website, don’t send anything that’s questionable so I’ll still and was offering the database for download. use Snapchat, but its weird that people have my Snapchat hacked,” “I had no clue that this was happening or that information and can get it so easily,” senior Hana Bruner - landonFRY Snapchat could even get hacked,” junior Landon Fry said. said. Snapchat made it known in their blog that they do SnapchatDB claimed that they only hacked intend to add new privacy features after this hack and Snapchat to urge the company to tighten its security measures and to that they’re going to update the app and add restrictions to make it much warn users of the app that their information could easily get hacked. more difficult to hack. “The Snapchat community is a place where friends feel comAfter posting the phone numbers they did take the added step of fortable expressing themselves and we’re dedicated to preventing abuse,” blackening out the last two digits on all of the phone numbers to prove Snapchat said in their latest blog post. “Over the past year we’ve implethat they were only doing it to help Snapchat. mented various safeguards to make it more difficult to do. We recently Although SnapchatDB’s reason for the hack was to warn the users added counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat of the security problems and make the app more secure, most Andover spam and abuse. “ students aren’t really worried about it. “I probably wont be any more cautious because I wasn’t sending anything inappropriate in the first place,” senior Katie Walker said. - ryannHORTON
News 5 Uploading content online may haunt users later There is no truly safe way to upload photos online. Considering the amount of attention social media sites — such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — get by high school users and others, keeping a photo “private” is near to impossible. “I probably post pictures daily, especially on Twitter,” sophomore Lyndsay Goodman said. Sophomore Kalan Oakleaf said she does have concerns about uploading content to social media as a teenager. “I’ve watched movies and heard stories about stuff coming back up when you posted stuff as a kid,” Oakleaf said. Although Oakleaf doesn’t think she uploads
inappropriate content, she said she doesn’t self edit very often. “If somebody were to say something to me like, ‘You probably shouldn’t upload that,’ I’d take it down,” Oakleaf said. Imagine the outrageous number of users who can view a profile. Though it may be set on private and only people the user permits can gain access to the information, how many of those people does one actually know? Better yet, how many of those people are really who they say they are? “Upload cautiously and in a very limited fashion. Remember that anything circulated can be distorted and possibly used to damage someone’s reputation,” English teacher Julie
Hying said. Though this is true, there are many actions one can take to prevent this from happening. For one, do make sure that all accounts are set on private and only allow access to people you really know. Secondly, be smart about uploads. One never knows what one picture can do to damage a reputation or who is looking at them. Thirdly, turn off all location services that these social media sites provide. “In our society now,” Hying said, “Caution is prudent.”
Social Media Stats Snapchat Facts
• iOS7 has a minor change that doesn’t allow Snapchat be notified of a screenshot, so the app cannot notify you • Snapchat workers cannot see the snapchats users send. • An app called SnapBox automatically saves snapchats you recieve.
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College in high school halls photo illustration by meg plank
Taking college classes prior to entering offers students benefits The school offers a vast variety of courses, including college credit eligibility Advanced Placement, or AP courses. Andover employs five teachers who are able to instruct these college level courses. Numerous juniors and seniors take advantage of this opportunity to learn “college level material at the high school level. You’ve got a shot at getting college credit for super cheap,” said chemistry and physics teacher Scott Ross. While the courses are to better prepare students for college, in order to teach an AP course, teachers must be approved by the college board. Approval requires submission of teachers’ syllabi and information about each individual teacher. “We do go to week long clinics during the summer to prepare for classes, but we don’t have to have any type of special degree to be approved,” said AP Language teacher Elizabeth Miller. Advanced Placement teachers attend continual training and workshops throughout their teaching careers. Physics/Chemistry teacher Steve Alexander advises his students to “definitely take at least one or two AP courses if you plan on going to college.” AP courses have a much more rigorous curriculum but greater prepares students for college. By taking AP courses, students can minimize college tuition and save time after high school; students take required college classes before leaving the halls of their own high school. “You are required to spend more of your own time learning material and working, but anybody with that motivation to challenge themselves should take AP courses. At Andover, most of students do have the potential to succeed,” Alexander said. “AP material is more challenging than some students can handle, but I don’t think anything like a GPA should be a barrier to students. I actually have a lot of ‘C’ students who add a lot to the course, and while maybe they aren’t doing ‘A’ level work, they’re achieving a lot and doing as well in general as any ‘all A’ student of mine,” Miller said. AP courses demand more dedication than regular classes and obligate more of the students’ own time, but at Andover some agree that the prosperity of taking advanced classes is overall beneficial. “I like being challenged, but I don’t enjoy all the extra homework that accompanies these classes. An AP class is way more intense than a regular class, but worth it in the end I think,” said junior Isaac Montgomery, “It can only prepare you, regardless of if you take the AP test at the end of your course.” Andover’s AP classes and those who teach them keep their students
on their toes. The students come out of the classroom with more knowledge and having more experience of college expectations than those taking regular classes. “Taking AP courses definitely keeps your brain in shape and prepares you for college,” junior Alex Tauke said. While it is beneficial to rank well on AP exams, Alexander considers simply challenging yourself to take an AP course can be just as beneficial to the student themselves. “I can’t really see any negatives of taking an AP course. At least if you do poorly, it should be a wake-up call to motivate you. Just being in the class makes you that much more prepared for college,” Alexander said. Students enrolled in AP courses may be feeling additional stress, but they agree the perks add up to make up for the extra stress and then some. Not every school has the means to give their students the opportunity to take practically free, transferable college credit. “The benefits I’m feeling from my AP classes definitely outweigh any negatives,” Tauke said. “I actually don’t spend much time on work outside of class but there is a lot more homework to be had.” “There are no prerequisites for taking AP classes; the college board pushes to have access to all students, and doesn’t like schools to put up road blocks,” Alexander said. Colleges presumably are fond of seeing students take AP courses. It makes it easier for them to compare student A to student B, in terms of success potential, when the students are taking the same course across the world, and it is standardized by the college board. “Yeah, I do think colleges probably look at AP courses as different and better. The content is definitely different. We look at a lot more topics and learn extra concepts that we wouldn’t even touch in regular classes. Oh, and the tests are harder,” Ross said. A high level of challenge is presented by AP classes, but getting college credit hours in for free is well worth the effort for most students. “Only take them if you’re ready,” Montgomery said. AP courses vary more than just the material in the curriculum, though. It is more reliant on the students to learn the material, than on the teacher to teach it. “AP classes do a more sufficient job of preparing students for college. In a college level class, you’re expected to come to class better prepared. As in, you have to read your textbook before you walk into class, and you have to spend more time outside of class teaching yourself the material. ” Alexander said.
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Juniors and Seniors are enrolled in AP Chemistry
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‘You can call me Queen Lee’ Freshman Claire Lee wins Miss Teen Kansas pageant
Living a true fairytale princess experience, freshman Claire-Bailey Lee is a pageant participant. “My mother, Audra Lee, was Miss Kansas USA 1986; my grandmother and grandfather owned a pageant franchise. It seemed very interesting, then after I tried my first one I fell in love. Even though this is my only second state pageant,” Lee said. Pageants come with a lot of hard work and dedication. It is not easy to stand on stage in front of hundreds of people speaking, walking in a swimsuit, and trying to prove to the judges you have what it takes. “I was not expecting it At all. My parents didn’t even buy the video because they didn’t think I was going to win, it was my first time doing it and I was the youngest girl in the teen division,” Lee said. With practice making perfect, Lee was determine to push past all doubts she had and prove her potential. “I practice everyday, walking in my dress, swimsuit, things like that. I get my hair, and nails done. I eat right and exercise at least twice a day,” Lee said. Pageant contestants have charities, and organizations to help other people make a difference in today’s lives and focus on an aspect the girls feel everyone should know about. “The main charity I am working with right now is Warriors for Ross It helps families that have a child with cancer,” Lee said. Claire may be new to the pageant world with only one other title, Miss Kansas Jr. Teen with National American Miss, but she loves what she is doing. “I love pageants. I didn’t so much at the beginning because if how nervous I got, but once I got used to being on stage I started to love the butterfly feeling I get in my stomach before I go on stage,” Lee said. With such a hectic and fast pace evening, Lee’s favorite part of the night is evening gown. “My favorite part is evening gown because you get to dress all fancy, and put on such a gorgeous gown, it’s the one moment you really truly sparkle on stage,” Lee said. The fame that comes with being Miss Kansas Teen USA can be a lot to handle, facing a panel of judges; being criticized, and having people recognize you when you go in public. Little girls look up to Claire-Bailey Lee, the judges knew she could handle the tasks that come with the crown and sash. For she really is a true princess, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2014, as a matter of fact. – LayneCLARK
> Freshman Claire Lee stands wtih fellow Miss Teens including Miss Teen Nebraska and Miss Teen Arkansas. Claire visited the other winners pagents to support them and form friendships. Courtesy Photo > Freshman Miss Teen Kansas Claire Lee stands with current 2014 Miss Kansas Audrey Branach. Audrey will be moving on to compete in the Miss USA pagent. Courtesy Photo
Day 1 ORDER OF EVENTS 4:30 a.m. wake up; two hours to get ready
6:30 a.m. interview with all the contestants
12 to 7 p.m. rehersals at the Maize Performing Arts Centre
7 p.m. introductions by county
8 p.m. swim suit contest
9 p.m. evening gown
Teenagers and Tiaras
Students participate in pageants all over the state, gain confidence Pageants have been known for their emphasis on beauty, hair and makeup, but these competitions have recently allowed contestants to gain more than just a crown. Junior Manda Whitely started in the pageant world at the age of three along with her sister who was 11. “My sister was very quiet and shy,” said Whitely, “she couldn’t even manage to ask for a straw at McDonald’s.” After the pageants, Whitely said she saw tremendous change in her sister, who was now outgoing and confidant. Junior Ashlynn Stuart also said she saw a boost in her confidence doing pageants. Stuart was recently named Miss Butler County’s Outstanding Teen of 2014. “It’s more than being the prettiest girl on stage,” Stuart said, “it’s also about raising a voice for your cause.” Stuart’s platform for Miss Butler County is A Different Kind of Free: Being Free in Who You Are, which helps young people become comfortable with who they are. “I feel it’s important to feel beautiful and not think that you have to change for anyone,” said Stuart. Whitely also stresses that pageants are more helpful than hurtful, despite recent studies that show six percent of contestants develop some http://www.statisticbrain.com
level of depression. “They teach you how to confident and prepare you for real world situations like job interviews,” said Whitely, who severely discredits television shows that focus on pageants like “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Whitely says that pageants should be used to help girls receive scholarships to grow and better contestants. However, with television shows like Toddler and Tiaras, pageants continue to get a bad reputation and continuing the stereotypes that ensue a pageant. “Those shows provide a glimpse into glitz pageants, while others like Miss America and Miss USA are more realistic,” said Stuart. Stuart said that stereotypes of pageants include being thin and tan with pearly white smiles to compliment their colorful gowns. “Girly- girl stereotypes that come with pageants are completely inaccurate,” said Whitely. “I have horses, work on farms, and I’m not afraid to get in the mud if I need to.” Stuart also puts an emphasis on the amount of work contestants have to put in outside the competition. “We compete in scholarship pageants, meaning our school work and involvement in the community is just as important as how we look,” Stuart said.
Q&A with Ashlynn Stuart
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> Junior Miss Butler County Ashlynn Stuart stands with previous 2013 Miss Kansas Theresa Vail. Theresa competed in the Miss USA pageant 2013 and finished in the top 10. Courtesy Photo
What is your favorite part of competing? Formal wear; you get to dress up and look pretty and everyone watches you because you are the only one.
What is it like to be Miss Butler County? It’s fun; you get to do a lot of stuff and travel around the state and talk to schools.
What components go into your title? A large percentage is the interview then fitness, talents, formal wear and another large portion is community involvement, volunteer hours, and academic achievement.
Day 2 stage EVENTS Group dance
introduce the top 15
swim suit portion
evening gown portion
Announce top 5
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But what about our GPAs? Finals definitely could wreck your overall grade, but it doesn’t do a good job building it up. If a student keeps their grades up until the end of year then the mission should be complete right? Colleges don’t look at your finals. They give you scholarships when they see the A on your report card. So that being said, it’s obvious that big humongous finals tests kind of defeat the purpose of having grading periods. We spend the whole year doing our best to keep our grades up; a breather at the end is at the very least fair. STAFF
Finals generally suck. The school wasn’t polled for it, but we’re pretty sure the majority of the student populace doesn’t favor those semester-ly test. But what can be done? It’s required. What choice do we have really? Maybe there’s another solution. At this school, no matter how long a student sustains their 4.0, they have to take the final. This is another classic example of an Andover Policy unique to any other school like the fact that we started school before everyone or that everyone gets more snow days than us. In many Wichita schools, if a student has an A in the class by their final, they can bypass it. There are kids here that would move mountains to have that opportunity, but is it a good idea? Popular vote probably would definitely give a thumbs up to that kind of policy, but mainly because finals are sometimes not worth the stress that almost kills us before we take them. Finals are actually meant for more than a catalyst for frustration. They’re the closest things students have to college level tests outside of ACT’s an all things related. Finals can be a true test of general knowledge. That’s why we come to school right? It’s to learn. Students could take their finals grade as their proof of having been thorough.
Should students who have an A in a class still have to take a final?
Vote: NO-21 YES-7
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Staffer reflects on friendships, experiences There is no right way to pick friends. They come and go with time and experience, faltering in and out of existence as you do. Few stay, many travel onwards, all contribute to ones life - whether they like it or not. In high school, where teenagers are the realm of everything social, some friends are hardly accountable to live up to the name. There are the ones that people keep around for a good laugh, lending ear or gas money. Then, there are the ones that barely meet the standards of friendship; who were just kind of there and were kept around for so long that to cease being friends with them would be too much of a hassle. Either or, every Andover student is guilty of keeping ‘fake friends’. The question is, why? Wasn’t it just six or seven years ago that everyone was friends with
everyone? When did the social status’ descend upon us? When did we start gaining and losing the people we once deemed our ‘best friend’? Why do we think it’s okay to keep said ‘fake friends?’ These are all questions no one can truly answer; not even myself. Any friendship one has should be of genuine attitude, with no outside influences to alter their decision. To become friends with someone is to instill trust, and with trust comes responsibility. There should be no reason for someone to be friends with someone else who doesn’t appreciate them or takes advantage of anything they are connected to. This happens too often in a high school setting. If we say that we are mature enough to own a drivers license, don’t you think that we would be mature enough to
maddie MARTINEZ choose friends wisely? If what they say is true, and friends are a reflection of who you are, there would be a mad dash to begin prioritizing a friends list. It is too easy to get caught up in what others want, and what you can handle, in order to see what is good for you and you alone. Friends don’t always stay but, their impression does.
Kansas senate proposes bill to ban surrogate pregnancy Leader of Senate Public Health and Welfare, Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook introduced a bill that would ban surrogate pregnancy in Kansas. It’s already been banned in D.C. For those of you who don’t know, surrogate pregnancy is the act of artificially fertilizing an egg in a woman’s body. (If any of you have seen the movie Baby Mama, this is the same concept.)This woman will have agreed to carry the baby to term and then give it up to the woman or couple who ‘hired’ her; she’s given a payment each term she carries the child. Often this method is used in place of adoption for couples who are unable to have children. But with this bill, it will be banned because it’s “artificial” and “unnatural”.
Even married women with husbands who can’t have children would have to go out of state if their mind is set on a surrogate pregnancy. Where’s the logic in that? Making lives more difficult for women who’s lives are clearly already twisted? It’s often difficult for couple to adopt, and then once they are approved by an adoption agency, the process can be long and grueling. With surrogacy, the child has DNA from the biological father (and sometimes mother, depending on the circumstances), and once the couple is able to find a surrogate mother, it’s just nine months until they can take their baby home. To me, it seems a considerably less con-
Same state, different fans
>>@ashleyteinert “Probably the coolest throwbacks yet, each line has a different quote #RockChalk.”
troversial issue than, say, abortion. Abortion is the act of taking life; a surrogate pregnancy is the act of giving life. With this concept in mind, remember that surrogacy could soon be illegal in the state of Kansas.
>> KU men’s basketball wear their 2014 retro jerseys. KU first wore these new jerseys aginst K-State at Allen Field House on January 11th. Each line on the uniform has a unique quote.
>>Students disagree on the most talented college basketball team in Kansas.
“WSU fans hate KU fans, KU fans hate WSU fans. That’s how it works. Either way both teams are good.””
@HammarNathan: “Is Anybody listening to the announcers?
“I get the same “ew” or “wow
“Toughest schedule in college basketball, that suc I get the same “ew” or Final 4 contending team #KU”
“wow that sucks” every time I
@Lake_Jeatherman: “WSU still runs this state”
@kenleytiesmeyer: ““I’m not gonna have any fingernails after this game #WSU”
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As time ticks, seniors solidify college choices after considering personal set of factors, options College: a word that never escapes the minds and ears of high school seniors. Constant questioning, discussions, visits and everything in between; it never ends until the final decision has been made. While some students want to stay right in their hometowns, others plan to pack their bags and leave with no second thoughts. But with multiple factors in choosing a school, some students have limits on how far they can go. Senior Bradley DiLollo has had schools including Pepperdine and Claremont-McKenna, both located in California, and Wake Forrest located in North Carolina, greatly interested in him but said he had to rule out the schools because of the high expenses. “Cost has affected the potential schools I am considering,” DiLollo said. “I have not decided where I’m going, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to either Oklahoma Christian University or Trinity University in San Antonio.” With a history of successful academics, DiLollo had multiple scholarships offered to him. “I’m fortunate enough to be able to receive substantial scholarships wherever I decide, but I will still be relying on financial aid and some small student loans,” DiLollo said. DiLollo plans to work in college to make money, hopefully a job related to his field of study, which is unknown as of right now. “The two biggest factors for me when I look at schools has been the atmosphere and type of people there, and also the level of education,” DiLollo said. DiLollo has taken classes at Butler as well as AP classes to accumulate as much credit as possible, which will help with expenses. “If I could go anywhere, regardless of cost or anything else, I would choose Pepperdine, but I am satisfied with my choices, I think they’re all good schools,” DiLollo said. “I will almost certainly attend graduate school in four years, and possibly additional schooling after that.” For senior Rachel Klun, going away is not an issue. Klun plans to attend the University of Arkansas once the fall semester rolls around. “The cost has not influenced my decision,” Klun said. “Speaking directly, I think the cost of Arkansas is reasonable, but definitely more than Kansas schools like KU or KSU.” Klun chose the University of Arkansas because it has her degree of choice, business, and it is where she has family due to her living there before moving to Kansas. “I look for a great school to supply me with the best knowledge I am able to get towards my degree, ‘OK’ sports and the feeling I get while at the school,” Klun said. “I can see it being too pricey, but the knowledge and experience you get from college definitely matches up.” Klun will pay for school through financial aide, scholarships, her parents and savings. She also plans to get a minimum wage part time job. Klun has taken classes at Butler but not to decrease the cost, but to decrease the hours she will need in college. “I am overly satisfied with my decision,” Klun said. “Arkansas is everything that I need/want and more.” For senior Dalton Maples, the decision to stay in Kansas or go out-of-state was a constant battle he faced until his settled decision was made. Maples has considered Oklahoma State University and Texas Chris-
tian University being schools he has had much interest in but had to eliminate because of the cost. “I really wanted to go to TCU but since it is so expensive, I’ve chosen to go to Kansas State University,” Maples said. “But I don’t have any problem with that because I love KSU.” Maples chose KSU because he has been a Wildcat fan his whole life and also comes from a family who attended the college. “It has that home away from home feeling,” Maples said. “It’s not too far away.” Maples did not choose KSU just because of his love for the school, but also the lower expenses compared to other schools he has looked at. “KSU has always been one of my dream schools and if the cost is cheaper than other places, it seemed like my best option,” Maples said. Maples has received scholarships from KSU and plans on paying for two years of college while his parents will pay for the other two years. “I worked hard in school and also at my part time jobs to get good grades and make money which will benefit me,” Maples said. Even though Maples would love to attend TCU, he does not feel like he is settling by staying in Kansas. “I have no problem with Kansas and since I have grown up being a K-State fan my whole life, my excitement level is just as high,” Maples said. “I wish it wasn’t so expensive, but I understand the schools do need a lot of money to support the thousands of kids living on their campuses.” With an original plan to move away from Kansas, senior Haley Fahnestock made the decision to stay in Wichita for school. “I realized I didn’t want to leave my mom at home by herself. I stayed close to home so I could visit frequently, that way she’d know I was still in touch,” Fahnestock said. Fahnestock chose Wichita State University because of the environment of the campus and games as well as all the people there. “Everyone who I’ve met with have seemed like good people trying to help you reach your goals,” Fahnestock said. “Also, their dance program is one of the best in the country.” Fahnestock plans to try out for the WSU dance team as well as teach dance at her studio to earn some extra money. “I considered Missouri Valley College; however, its dance program did not turn out to be as strong as I was hoping for,” Fahnestock said. “I’m mainly looking to push and improve myself dance-wise in the next few years and didn’t feel that Missouri Valley would be much of an upgrade.” Fahnestock plans on living in the Fine Arts Hall dorms for the next couple years so can be close to other dancers. “I am planning on majoring in dance and minoring in business (Bachelor of Arts) that way after college I can have more than a couple options such as being accepted into dance companies or running my own studio,” Fahnestock said. Fahnestock would like to move farther way in a few years such as Arizona, New York City or Chicago. Different factors are put into consideration when it comes to students choosing their future school; from academics to atmposphere, these factors make up the decision making process.
>Demonstrating the prices of each college from lowest to highest. Prviate colleges such as Friends University are more expensive than a community college or university. Photo illustration by Kristen McPherson and Emi Hayashi
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In-Depth 13 junior/senior counselor Sue Coffman answers commonly asked questions on the college decision making process, how to choose the right one, and how to prepare.
What are some factors students should consider when choosing a college?
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1. Do they offer the major youâ€™re interested in? 2. Size 3. Location 4. Cost 5. Other programs, special interests
What is the most important thing colleges look for in students? They look at overal grades in toughness of classes because they want to know if they have the work ethic to be successful. Also, if they meet the admissions requirements and test scores.
What is the best way to get scholarships?
Work hard in high school, take demanding classes, and get good grades. Have a good repuation so you can have a good letter of recommendation to show you have potential of growth, integrity, character, and leadership potential. This all starts the day you step into high school.
When should you have your college chosen by? You should be looking by junior year. Come up with a list that has your dream school, state schools, and a fallback school. Make sure the colleges youâ€™re interested in have a good repuation and that they offer your major. You should be narrowing it down by the first semester of senior year.
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College by the Numbers Comparison of college tuition and attendance College tuition (top graph) is going to play a role in the number of students enrolling in each college (bottom graph). Baker University leads in tuition in the state of Kansas while the University of Kansas leads in student enrollment. Private colleges tend to offer smaller classes, but at a higher cost. Ultimately, the decision remains with each individual student.
College tuition Friends Univ. Heston College Newman Univ. McPherson College Tabor College Wright Career College
Johnson County CC. Butler CC. Kansas City Kansas CC. Cowley County CC. Barton County CC.
$10,990 $8,790 $7,317 $5,205 $4,102 $3,336 $2,970 $2,670 $1,860 $1,829 $1,824
Univ. of Kansas Kansas State Univ. Wichita State Univ. Emporia State Univ. Fort Hays State Univ.
$24,470 $22,550 $22,320 $22,282 $21,388 $21,225 $21,160
Baker Univ. Benedictine College
* There are a total of 63 colleges and Universities in Kansas and the average annual in-state tuition in Kansas is $9,938.
College attendance Univ. of Kansas
Most common majors in the top three schools in Kansas
University of Kansas
Kansas State Univ. Wichita State Univ. Johnson County CC. Fort Hays State Univ.
9,800 7,021 5,694 4,411 3,772 2,903 2,340
-Businesss & Marketing -Communication & Journalism -Health professions -Social sciences -Engineering Kansas State University
Butler CC. Emporia State Univ. Kansas City Kansas CC.
1,739 1,712 -Businesss & Marketing -Agriculture & related sciences 1,530 1,463 -Education -Social sciences -Engineering 1,355 1,305 585 -Businesss & Marketing -Education 580 -Health professions & related program -Social sciences 405
Wichita State University
Cowley County CC. Friends Univ. Benedictine College Wright Career College Baker Univ. Barton County CC. Newman Univ. McPherson College Tabor College Heston College
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What's trending Social Media begins primary role in student’s lives
Connections across the country
reach a wider audience. Social media has quickly taken over the world one smartphone at a time. Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat most anyone uses “It’s an easy way for parents to know what’s going,” Grier said. “You can be brief and informative at the same time.” some form of social media. At times, social media can be quite controAccording to ProCon.org, social networking sites spread information faster than any other media. Over versial because of bullying and false information but it 50 percent of people learn about breaking news on sohas many positive qualities as well. cial media. With the many advances in the past decade “It allows you to connect with people and news travels faster than ever. gain information quickly,” Assistant Principal Grier “We’re way more involved with world conflicts,” said. senior Abby Kaff said. Procrastination seems to be one of the “More than 80 percent of US colleges and university main problems social media produces. While it does faculty use social media, more than 50 percent use it distract students from their homework, it can also be a for teaching, and 30 percent for communicating with good reminder. students,” ProCon.org said. “Sometimes when I see my friends tweeting - amandaGRIER Social media improves relationships, creates job opabout homework, it reminds me that I still need to do portunities, and offers teachers a way to safely commuit,” junior Riley Flake said. nicate with students. Whether you look at it positively According to ProCon.org, social networking or negatively it is not disappearing any time soon. sites actually help students do better in school. Fresh “I think social media is not going away therefore we should man Nicholas Ramirez understands that it can be both good and bad. embrace it,” Grier said. “It has the opportunity to be an extremely power “Maintaining a good balance between social media and homeful thing.” work is okay,” Ramirez said. Twitter has become increasingly popular. The school itself - ashliELLERMAN has two Twitter accounts to help promote events and is therefore able to
“It allows you to connect with people and gain information quickly.”
The Old vs. The New Vicki Hadley
1. What types of social media did you have in high school? 2. In what ways did it effect your education? 3. Do you think if effected your positively or negatively?
1. Telephones- That’s it.
1. AIM, Zanga, Facebook- It was awesome!
1. Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.
2. It didn’t have much of an effect.
2. It didn’t. It wasn’t as prevalent because people didn’t have internet phones.
2. It helps procrastination and gives cool random facts. 3. I’m neutral, It hasn’t helped or hurt me.
3. Positively. I could keep in touch with my friends.
3. Negatively. It was all I wanted to do.
Students can now connect to their social media on their mobile phones. They can constantly be checking, uploading and reading what is constantly there. Andover has also started implementing social media into the schools by creating Twitter accounts and Facebook groups.
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Students weigh positives, negatives of social media
Many employers and college universities have been known to look at While more than 56 percent of Americans aged 12 and older have a potential students’ social media. social networking site, these sites do not come without downsides. “A lot of employers go back and search for personal information to In 2012, Americans spent 121.1 billion minutes on social networking see what you put on Facebook and Twitter. It is easy to find and if you are sites according to socialnetworking.procon.org. inappropriate with social media it can impact future Cyber bullying, time consumption, lack of privacy, jobs,” Grier said. unreliable information and desensitization of reality are Lack of privacy along with a lack of awareness is all contributors to the dangers of social media. a downfall of social networking. Assistant Principal Amanda Grier said cyber bul“Things on the Internet are never really gone. lying is the most commonly seen social-media related When you delete things, you can always find, them negative in high schools. “ so we always warn about it,” Grier said. “People are very brave behind a keyboard and often Students who are aware of the dangers are taktimes they type with reckless abandon,” Grier said. ing more precautions with their social networking. “They’re not afraid to be mean because they’re not talk“Everyone is so connected to everyone else’s ing to a person. I wish people would be nicer. People life. Nothing is hidden anymore,” senior John Taylor are already mean to each other face-to-face, why do we said. “I try not to post anything too revealing about have to use another way to bully someone?” my life.” Rumors and false information are the biggest negaAs common as social media is today, there are tives to junior Jared Lenz, a user of Twitter, Facebook, still negative effects. Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Snapchat. “You don’t really get to experience the real “You can get into a lot of trouble if you say the - amandaGRIER emotions. You’re so focused on what is happening wrong things and rumors can go a long way. People can on Twitter and way too much time is spent on it,” get the wrong idea,” Lenz said. Siebuhr said. “We don’t realize what’s happening. We just wanna have fun While social networking sites are the top news source for 27.8 perand we don’t care who we hurt.” cent of Americans, 49.1 percent of people have heard false news through social media. “We’ve started relying on it so much. While information is spread - monicaGOLDBERG faster, it is not always accurate,” sophomore Lauren Siebuhr said.
“ They’re not afraid to be mean because they’re not talking to a person. I wish people would be nicer. ”
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Double standards still affect males and females in modern era Senior Amber Michaels* lost her virginity when she was 15 years old. to raise their social status, while boys use the phrase “fag” to bolster their own masculinity. As her freshman year began, she walked down the hallways of the school Junior Bailey Kilian said from a female perspective, it is unacceptable to the taunting words of upperclassman girls. for girls to have sex with a different guy every weekend. They would call her “slut,” “whore” and even toilet paper her house Adults, on the other hand, generally have less of a double standard, or write insults on her driveway in shaving cream. Michaels’ struggles according to Pearson. While teens are constantly put in situations of are just one of the many examples of a sexual double standard that exists social communication, adults generally occupy smaller social circles between males and females when it comes to sex and reputations. without as much gossip. History teacher Joel Double Standards Schaefer said adults generally emphasize other Assistant professor of sociology at Wichita ramifications that go beyond sex, like economic State University Jennifer Pearson studies gender implications of income earned. roles and sexuality. Senior Karlyn Bradford said adolescents “A sexual double standard means we have difshouldn’t be treated differently than adults when it ferent expectations for sexual behavior or desires comes to sex. for men/boys and women/girls,” Pearson said. “In “I believe once you’re old enough to drive, you other words, we expect men to behave a certain can be old enough to make decisions like having way sexually, and punish them if they don’t meet sex or not,” Bradford said. those expectations, and we expect women to How the Standards Have Changed behave differently, again with punishments if they Before the 2000s, sexual standards were difdon’t meet those expectations.” ferent. Double standards commonly exist between - jenniferPEARSON “It used to be the case that wanting and havgenders and are especially obvious in adolescence. ing sex, even with more than one partner, was “There is a double standard for males and expected for boys but not for girls,” Pearson said. females. Guys don’t want girls to sleep around with “Girls who were seen as too sexual — because they wanted sex or had other guys because they don’t want to get someone’s ‘sloppy seconds,’” sesex outside of a committed relationship or had more than one partner — nior A.J. Scholfield said. “It’s ironic, though, because they want these girls were labeled as ‘sluts’ or ‘whores’ and lost status with their peers.” to sleep with them, but when they make fun of them for sleeping around, English teacher Elizabeth Miller said society was more accepting in it makes it less likely for them to get anything.” general than it had been in her adolescence, and that the changes were In adolescence, these standards are especially prominent because of especially obvious in the arts (movies, music, television, etc.) The media the many interactions that teens have with each other at school and in today often portrays sexual behavior freely, for both males and females. social environments. Pearson said teen girls themselves often police these Though some object to singers like Miley Cyrus openly displaying sexualdouble standards, openly calling other girls “sluts” or “whores” in order
“If we know that most teens are having sex, it is important to give them the knowledge and tools to make smart choices,”
“Today, sexual behavior is a normative and expected part of adolescence. Anyone who argues otherwise does not know the research,” Pearson said. “About seven in 10 young women and men have sex by age 20, and the average age of sex for young women and men is about 17.” Even at Andover High School, opinions about sex and sexuality are changing and becoming less prejudiced. “I don’t see an issue with it; whatever good or bad that may come out of it is theirs to deal with,” junior Nick Harrelson said. Some girls, like Bradford, still think that girls are shamed for having sex. “Students at Andover treat sex as a much bigger deal than it is, and it’s ridiculous,” Bradford said. “Girls should be able to do whatever they want without a double standard being involved.” Scholfield disagreed, saying he has not been around any bad slut shaming. With many differing opinions, double standards and sex are still hot topics, and will continue to be. Although adolescents and sex is becoming less of a taboo, it is still
important to consider long-term implications. Schaefer said there should be concern about adolescents and sex. “Frequent sexual activity (or sexual activity, in general) is not something to be taken lightly, and I fear too many young people don’t recognize this until later in life when they look back with regret(s) to past choices made,” Schaefer said. “It should never be acceptable to shame or humiliate someone for choices made, but the consequences of actions can be life altering and the consideration for such actions should be thought about considerably beforehand.” The implications of having sex as a teenager are also greater if measures to be safe are not taken. “If we know that most teens are having sex, it is important to give them the knowledge and tools to make smart choices, not just about preventing pregnancy and disease but also about how to treat their partners with respect and how to distinguish good, safe relationships from harmful relationships,” Pearson said. According to the Guttmacher Institute,
in 2006–2010, 86 percent of female teens and 93 percent of male teens reported using contraceptives the last time they had sex. These statistics have increased more than 10 percent in each category since 1995, a sign that teenagers may be more aware of these implications. Along with teen pregnancy, there is also risk of STDs and emotional trauma. “I never understood why the boy I lost my virginity to would get congratulated for having sex but I would get slut shamed and threatened by older girls,” Michaels said. Slut shaming falls under the same category as bullying, and must be treated as so. While this may be a hard situation to deal with, Michaels thinks it is better to just move past it. “Sex is neither as bad or as amazing as people make it out to be, and no one should ever be concerned about what other people are doing unless it includes you,” said Michaels, “I just never want other girls to go through what I went through.” *Name has been changed
Student refelects on sexual morals in high school
Our seniors and elders of years to decades supervise our most infinitesimal actions through mild or hyperbolic provisions. It is our burden and blessing to abide by the suggestions and lessons, but what about the hypocrisy? When the actions teens want to take exceed minor rebellion, like sexual activity, is it
anyone’s right to judge them? Think about it. Kids are going to do what they want to do, period. The more difficult it is to rebel, the harder we work for it. It is just one of those extremely cliché facts of life. Stanford University did an experiment with children where they put toddlers in a room and sat them at a table. On the table was a marshmallow. The children were told if they could resist eating the marshmallow by the time the supervisor re-entered the room, they would be rewarded with a second marshmallow. How many kids were successful? Out of 600, only 200 were able to resist the urge and more than 100 ate the marshmallow immediately. It’s just in our nature, people. So when it comes to the big, “no sex before marriage” subject, how many kids will realistically comply? Now that the inevitability is out there, let’s discuss the morality.
Students are having sex when they’re 15 or 16 years old. Is that ok, or is it downright blasphemous? The answer is no they probably should not be having sex so soon. They probably aren not picking people they would want want to spend their lives with or anything like that, and many are becoming teenage moms by their sophomore or junior year. It is not even a life choice; it is almost like a responsibility and a contest to lose your virginity in high school. In most high schools, it is not uncommon for a kid to be ridiculed if he or she has not had sex. But that’s just the peer aspect; what about from adult to child? Does the adult have the right to bash a kid for having sex? We can not go out and ask but who knows how many of the judging adults were sexually active as teens themselves. And no just because they may have done it when they were young it does not mean that any of us should follow suit, but where is the empathy? When does an adult stop to think about their own childhood when they judge a kid? Or in contrast, when does the adult stop trying to mimic their abstinent lifestyle on the kid? The fact is, we are all a bit different with some of the same habits. We do things differently, but somewhat alike as well. That being said, there is really no room to actually pass judgment on someone for the things they do in their life, while at the same time it is not okay to use that as an excuse to make dumb decisions. Things are going to happen; it is all about how we react that matters.
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We often hear about the star basketball player, or the 4.0 student in high school, but in Adam DeKoning we get both. The soon to be valedictorian of the senior class, and the leading scorer and rebounder of the basketball team has turned into quite the role model for student athletes throughout the school. DeKoning has been playing basketball since he can remember and has loved it every step of the way. It hasn’t always been easy though in middle school he was in fact on the B team, and was also learned he had diabetes in 7th grade. He has worked hard ever since then to become the player he is today. “Growing has helped,” DeKoning joked. “But also working hard in practice and during the offseason [is how I got ahead in basketball].” Even though basketball success has not always been there, the academic success has. DeKoning has always been focused on his school work, stressing how hard it is sometimes to keep up his grades during basketball season. “I like the pressure of sports and academics put on me and how it keeps me focused on what really matters,” DeKoning said. He has continued to keep that up striving both on and off the court. This last season has taught DeKoning a lot saying including “reasonability and diligence.” “We all have another level of hard work we can get through, and sometimes this season we had to push through that level,” DeKoning said. Even with this successful season DeKoning is having, he does not plan on playing basketball in college. DeKoning plans on attending Oklahoma State University in the fall. DeKoning is enjoying what could be his last season playing basketball. He knows he will miss it. “Basketball is and has been my life since I can remember,” DeKoning said. Right now he is not focused on that, he is focused doing his best along with all his team mates to get this team back to its winning ways. He knows it will not be easy, but believes this team is capable of making this season a great one. DeKoning knows he has to keep focused on not only on basketball, but finishing out his last semester of high school academically. “[I have to] constantly remind myself there has to be a balance of basketball and my studies,” DeKoning said. DeKoning is not someone hard to spot in the hallways during school, but after school he will not be found, as he is either in the gym getting ready for his next game or studying up for his next calculus test. “Putting in the time on and off the court, has gotten me where I am today,” Dekoning said.
> Senior Adam DeKoning dunks the ball against Wichita North at Charles Koch Arena. DeKoning was the leading scorer with 33 points. “It is exciting to pump up the crowd with a dunk,” DeKoning said. Photo by roy-
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> Freshmen Paul Stuart, weight class of 113 wrestles his opponent from Valley Center. Stuart leaves the match with a win of 12-1. photo by Hayley Hunn
New faces. New skills. Same goal. With talented freshmen, the Trojans add to State potential
The Andover Wrestling team did not expect to have the season they had in 2013. With the talented freshmen class, the Trojans look to have even more success this season. After only sending one wrestler (Hunter Weddington) to state in 2012, the Trojans sent five wrestlers to the state tournament in 2013, including Lukas Maki winning in his 132 weight class. “Every year its tough to qualify for state,” head coach Brett Fiene said. “We compete in the toughest regional in the state.” Although the Trojans have some new faces and a lot of freshmen, the goal of getting to state has not changed. Returning seniors Brabender Cabrera, Mike Lopez, and Tyler Stock bring experience to help the underclassmen improve every day. “Most of them are doing very well,” Lopez said. “I have to let them know that I’m behind them all the time and, win or lose, I’m going to do all I can to help him.” Regardless of age or experience the team has, Fiene thinks that Andover can get to state not only as individuals, but also as a team. “Our freshmen class is really good this year,” Fiene said. “However we have to
work together as a team to be successful.” This season also comes as an opportunity for wrestlers to prove themselves. Sophomore wrestler Griffin Bossingham qualified for state as a freshman. Although many people were surprised, Bossingham thought he could have done much better and strives for that goal this season. “It was a really good experience, but I should’ve done better,” Bossingham said. “I just have to train harder so I can have a better experience this year.” This year’s freshmen look up to Bossingham because of his success last year. He thinks that many of these freshmen, including Paul Stuart (weight class of 113) and Jack Maki (weight class of 120), might qualify for the state tournament in March. “They just have to work their butts off,” Bossingham said. “If they work hard, then they will be able to compete at that level.” The team understands that getting to state as a team will not be an easy task, but they feel they have what it takes to reach that goal. They strive to improve every day and every match so they are ready to compete well at regionals.
> Sophomore, Griffin Bossingham weight class of 126. Wrestles his opponent from Valley Center at the home dual Jan. 9. Photo By Zach Seabrook
Andover will have some tough matches and tournaments before they head to regionals and state. Along with pre-season conditioning, Fiene understands that this will be the difference when it comes down to the wire at the end of the season. “It’s critical,” Fiene said. “If you’re a good wrestler it helps, but if you can’t make it through the match, then it is hard to win many duels.” Teams will be ready to compete with Andover, including Ark City, Andover Central and Valley Center. The Trojans welcome the challenge as they only have one goal on their mind: a state championship. The Trojans have worked numerous of hours during the summer and fall to get to this point. The team is ready to succeed at the level they are competing at and they feel that this is their year to reach their goals. “We always prepare for it and we’re much closer this year,” Fiene said. “[Winning state] would really mean a lot to our program and to see the progress that this team has made in the five years that I’ve been here is remarkable.”
> Freshman Carter Guyer, weight class of 106 beats his opponent from Valley Center leaving the match at 5-0.
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How’s the transistion been from middle school to high school wrestling? High School wrestling is more intense.
What is the most difficult part about wrestling? How long the tournaments take and cutting weight.
What is the best part about wrestling? Getting in shape and you are rewarded when you win.
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Netflix is available worldwide and has made its way to the top of the charts when it comes to watching TV and movies online. Netflix is available on computers, cellphones, iPad, Xbox, Wii and many other devices. Although Netflix is one of the more popular websites, it also has its top competitors. The top seven besides Netflix include Hulu, Redbox, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Green Cine, Amazon Instant Video and TV.com. Netflix has hundreds of TV shows and movies streaming online to watch instantly. One of Netflix’s biggest competitors is Hulu. Hulu is also spreading quickly around the world and becoming more and more popular. Hulu is very similar to Netflix but includes commercials, more recent episodes of television shows and has displays newer series of TV shows faster. Hulu has fewer movies but also has movie trailers and documentaries. Redbox and Blockbuster are also big competition for Netflix. Redbox and Blockbuster both stream online and have machines in different locations to rent movies or have movies and tv shows delivered right to your door. Netflix was started in 1997 by two young men who just wanted movies to be delivered straight to their door and did not want to deal with late fees from returning movies. Since Netflix was established in the late 90’s it has grown in to an international empire that has made millions and millions of dollars and has had an excessive amount of new accounts created each day. Netflix is the world’s leading Internet Television Network with over forty million members around the globe. Netflix releases new episodes, television shows, and movies about every month, making sure to satisfy their members. The total number of Netflix members is just over twenty nine million subscribed to the popular online streaming website and about two billion hours spent watching Netflix on the internet. On a normal night, Netflix is responsible for about one third of Internet trafficking in North America. Out of the hundreds of TV shows and movies on Netflix, a few of the most popular shows include Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Arrested Development, and American Horror Story. Some of the most popular movies include Titanic, Blackfish, and Identity Thief.
Pop Culture 25 > > Netflix provides entertainment for students in their not-so-free time. It is a way to stream movies and TV shows that are not always available elsewhere. It is an “effective” procrastination device. Students enjoy spending their free time watching on-demand Internet media streaming from this popular provider.
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How the rise of Netflix affects students Students with overwhelming daily schedules find following their favorite television shows too difficult to watch when they do not fall into their holes of free time; but Netflix has helped to change that problem. “I have had a hard time during weeknights to keep up with shows because I had to juggle school work, cheer practice, and cheering at games about two nights a week,” freshman Ashley Shandy said. Netflix is a company where subscribers can watch movies and TV shows online, through a Wii, or an Xbox. According to Netflix, they are “the world’s leading internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. “Netflix costs $7.99 a month, and it is definitely worth it because you get the fulfillment of TV, but you can go watch it or suggest it to someone else,” freshman Dawson Wagner said. With Netflix, there are no commercials in the movies or shows. Also, the episode or movie can be paused at any time. “The only downfall of Netflix for me is that it sometimes takes a while to load, but I love that I am able to pause the show and come back to it,” sophomore Masha Frish said. Spending free time has had an effect on students who use Netflix weekly. When boredom sets in, or a break is needed, Netflix is the solution to those problems. “Now that I am able to use Netflix, I don’t have to worry about missing my shows, and it is nice to have when you want a relaxed evening after getting everything done,” Shandy said.
No late fees for rented movies, keep DVD as long as you want
Pros Most TV shows are full or get new seasons quickly
Netflix was founded in 1997. Carrying a 96 percent rating over all with over 3,000 movies and 20,000 TV episodes, Netflix is growing and will continue to grow as more movies and TV shows are added. “My favorites are ‘White Chicks’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, and ‘Hannah Montana’,” Frish said. Netflix has had to compete with other ways to watch movies, but has been proven to be most popular with students because of the ideal price, being able to watch a show instantly, and because it is an easy go to for something to do. “Netflix is better than Redbox because I am able to watch something anytime I want, and you can watch however many movies or episodes you want, compared to just one movie.” junior Zach Seabrook said. Many believe that paying $7.99 for Netflix is the best way to get the most out of your money, and it is easy to set up. “I believe that it saves you money from having to go to the movies and pay $10 for one occasion, when you can watch as many as you want for $7.99 a month,” Wagner said. Netflix has become a fun way to spend free time from busy schedules. It has helped students be able to escape from the business of their schedules, and has become useful to most. “It does not effect my school work, but it has effected my free time; it gives me something to do,” Seabrook said.
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