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table of contents Letters to the editor can be on any topic or of any length. They may be edited for length or libelous content. Letters to the editor are accepted in room 220.

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3 DECA Chicago Trip FCA Christmas Elizabeth Smart Nobel Prize of Medicine Women’s Sports Celebrities Environment PETA Autumn Crafts Fall Fashion Christmas Traditions

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New Year’s Celebrations Neil’s Bowling Team Dance Team College Basketball Taylor Swift’s Red Playing for Keeps / Life of Pi Preview Argo / Monsters Inc. 3D The Hobbit Movie Remakes

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Editors Alex Agee Aubrey Andrews Mackenzie Clark Corena Hasselle Sarah Hasselle Katherine Keller Sydney McNeill Emily Taylor Maria Yousuf Business Managers Corena Hasselle Maria Yousuf Circulation Manager Alex Agee Design Editor Elizabeth Butler Photography Editor Sarah Hasselle Reporters Johni Armstrong Mary Byars Jesse Cochran Andrew Collier Lindsey Dunn Jed Finley Natalie Hampton Emily Jackson Kent Kirby Hailey McKee Mary Catherine Newbill Ravi Patel Sydney Robey Suzanne Schultz Stephen Simpson Eri Sugiyama Laurie Williams Shehla Yousuf Advisor Suzanne Edwards



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DECA voyages to Windy City Emily Jackson Reporter arketing students encountered the opportunity to attend a DECA Entrepreneurship and Innovation conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November of 2012. Although not all students were able to attend, those who did took away newfound entrepreneurial skills and had the chance to experience city life for themselves. Marketing teacher Judy Henry directed and organized the trip. While in the Windy City, students took part in a variety of activities. The most doted upon include exploring Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile as well as attending a Blue Man Group performance and an “I Love Lucy” broadway play. Second and third year DECA students sat in on the same Chicago conference last year. “My favorite part of the trip was going to Skydeck Chicago with Ryland Guthrie, Sam Shankle, Edgar Munoz, Jessica Thompson and Kourtney Horner. I also enjoyed going to Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave.), ice-skating and watching Mary Poppins on Broadway. If I had to do it again, I would,” treasurer of DECA Yvette Leon said. “I really liked the food; I had never had Chicago-style pizza before that,” second-year marketing student Cortlyn Westbrook said. The annual trip was started by Judy Henry 14 years ago to encourage members to get more involved in DECA. The skills acquired at the conference extend beyond the classroom. “I learned that entrepreneurship is the backbone of the American economy. The conference gave me the skills and motivation that will help me become successful when I open my own busi-


ness," senior Ravi Patel said. “The conference taught me that it’s always difficult to take the first step, but with persistence, success is attainable,” Leon said. Students returned to the Newbern Amtrak Station on Novem-

Secretary of DECA Autumn Williams shows off her new apparal as others count money raised by the Penny Drive.

Photos courtesy of Judy Henry Secretary Autumn Williams, treasurer Yvette Leon, vice-president Anna Claire Sewell, president Madison Hall, and project managers Sarah Beth Pike and Jovion Hopkins welcome Henry!s Marketing I class into the world of DECA.

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!"#$%&'()$*+,-$ Lindsey Dunn Reporter verybody knows the joy and happiness of opening up presents on Christmas morning. Operation Christmas Child gives impoverished children across the world the opportunity to rip open a funfilled box on Christmas morning. Samaritan’s Purse, founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce, created Operation Christmas Child, a national program designed to fill shoe boxes with ageappropriate toys for children all around the world. Dyersburg High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes has once again put the operation into effect for this Christmas. In the past, the school has reached an all time high of 700 boxes donated. In hopes to surpass the 250 boxes made last year, FCA encouraged a competition between different clubs and classes to reach the goal of 400 shoe boxes. However, only a quarter of the goal was made with 97 shoe boxes. The winning class, Mrs. Gam’s first hour, received a Chic-fil-A breakfast. “A kid is getting a gift, and if it wasn’t for donors, that child probably wouldn’t have gotten anything,” sophomore Kendra Lyte said. To create a present, all you have to do is fill a shoebox or a shoebox-sized plastic container with non-perishable items such as toys, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shoes, socks and other small clothing items. War-related items and violent toys are considered inappropriate for placement in the box. Samaritan’s Purse created the opportunity for donors to track their boxes across the world. This year Allene Sykes and Steve Wilder’s class will be tracking the box their class put together. The kickoff for the event was November 12th and it ended November 19th; however, Samaritan’s Purse never turns a box away, accepting the gifts throughout the year. “The most rewarding aspect of Operation Christmas Child is knowing that kids without twenty pairs of clothes and all the latest games are blessed by just receiving a toothbrush and a toy car,” senior Sellers Hickman said. For further information you can visit and brochures are available from Kim Decker. “(It gives us the) opportunity to give selflessly, to bring joy and the love of Christ to a child who would never have Christmas,” FCA sponsor Kim Decker said.


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Smart speaks out to Healthy Women: ‘Overcoming Adversity’ Sarah Hasselle Photography Editor ne thing that kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart has learned while traveling to speak about her tragedy is that everyone has a story. “We all have struggles. It is just a part of life,” Smart said. “There’s this one quote by Mother Teresa, ‘I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.’ True, I wish God didn’t trust us so much,” Smart said. Elizabeth Smart spoke for the fifth anniversary celebration of Healthy Women, an organization that informs women and their families of healthcare decisions, organized by Melissa Caldwell. The event was held at the Lannom Center on Thursday, October 25. Although there were many other activities including a four o’clock women’s exposition and health screenings, photography by Amy Hunter, a dinner, door prizes and a fashion show by Joe Jennings of Magnolia Marketplace, Elizabeth Smart was the reason for the sold out tickets. Caldwell claimed that about only fifeteen percent of the women who attended were members beforehand. Smart’s speech was entitled “Overcoming Adversity.” On June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home in Utah. “Ten years ago, I was just your average fourteen-year-old,” Smart said. Ten years ago, Smart had just received permission from her parents to go with her friend Laurie on a trip to Beaver, Utah. When asked by her older brother what she was going to do with her friend in Utah, she said she did not know. “‘Well, you don’t know what to do in Beaver, Utah, because there’s nothing to do in Beaver, Utah,’” she jokingly quoted her older brother. “Hey, what if that was the last thing you ever said to me,” she commented back. “He just smiled, and we said goodnight.” “To this day, the last thing he always tells me is ‘I love you,’” Smart said later in her speech. “I never would’ve imagined what was going to happen to me that night,” Smart said. The next thing Smart knew, she was being awakened by a man’s whispering voice telling her, “‘I have a knife to your neck. Don’t make a sound.’” That man was Brian David Mitchell who identified himself as Emmanuel. Elizabeth shared a room with her sister, who had awakened to the man’s whispering at Elizabeth’s bedside but kept quiet until the man left with her sister. Later in the case, Elizabeth’s sister identified the man’s voice as a man who worked an odd job on the Smart’s property. “I couldn’t believe that it wasn’t part of a dream. I felt the knife and thought, ‘This is very real,’” Smart said. “I immediately got up. I didn’t know what was happening. I wasn’t sure if he had killed my family or if I was the only one left alive. I don’t think I’ve prayed so much as I did then my entire life. I kept looking for a way to get out,” Smart said.


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Smart speaks at Healthy Women!s fifth anniversary event about her life!s tragedy and how she overcame it.

Smart described the place where she was taken as a “tent with a patio and small fire pit inside.” There was Wanda Barzee, Mitchell’s wife, inside, described as having long, gray hair, no makeup on and wearing a long, linen robe with a sash and a headdress. “I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I am the daughter they never had? Maybe that’s why they kidnapped me.’ I could have never been so wrong.” Smart then said that the man told her, “‘I hereby seal you as my wife to God and his witnesses.’” She shouted “No!” back, but he threatened her by saying, “If you ever scream out like that again, I will kill you.” Smart tried to make excuses for him not to continue with the arrangement. “You’re old. You could be my dad or maybe even my grandpa.” He did not respond well to her. “I remembered my mom telling me that she would always love me, no matter what,” Smart said. “I made the most important decision in that nine months: that whatever I do, in my power, I will try to survive. That decision saved my life. If I had given up, I would have died.” Smart described her captors as “blinded by what’s right or wrong.” They were able to use religion to get what they wanted. “Brian thought he was a prophet. He would say to excuse himself, ‘God has commanded me, because the world has gone to hell, to kidnap seven young girls, so we will raise a nation.’”

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Sir Gurdon, Dr. Yamanaka win Nobel Prize in Medicine Ravi Patel Reporter ersonalized drugs, new organs and even complete clones are now possible because of the ingenious work done by the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology recipients, Sir John Gurdon and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka. Sir Gurdon and Dr. Yamanaka were jointly awarded the prize and nearly 1.2 million dollars on October 8, 2012. The prize was awarded for their discovery of how to turn mature adult cells into induced pluripotent stem cells which have the ability to diversify. What exactly does this mean? Data from research, which lasted over four decades, has provided the scientific community with evidence that a human’s mature and specialized cell can be turned back into a pluripotent stem cell. Every man, woman and child starts out as one original cell; however, with time, that cell multiplies countless times and then those cells eventually diversify in order to perform specific functions (such as heart, nerve and skin cells). What’s so special about a stem cell? A stem cell is considered to be a cell that has yet to be specialized. Think of it as a generic cell waiting to be assigned a special function. The potential for stem cells is endless. With personalized stem cells, doctors and researchers are able to create entirely new person-specific organs and, in the near future, personalized medicine. Currently, with many diseases being caused by the death of cells and with



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hundreds of thousands of people requiring organ transplants, induced pluripotent stem cells seem to be the answer many have been waiting for. Why are stem cells not being used more frequently? Previously, researchers could only extract a sufficient amount of stem cells from aborted fetuses. This specific method of obtaining stem cells caused severe backlash from those who believed there were moral and ethical issues involved, thus resulting in strict regulation of research and usage of stem cells. However, thanks to the discovery made by Sir Gurdon and Dr. Yamanaka, a new method of extracting stem cells has been discovered. These cells would be taken directly from the patient and then injected with certain genes to turn them back into pluripotent stem cells with the ability to specialize to become any type of cell. “In time (public opinion towards stem cells will change), but it will not happen immediately,” biology teacher Deborah Gatlin said. “I think things will change, especially with this new method,” senior Tiera Cole said.

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Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, professor at Kyoto University, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on induced pluripotent!stem cells.

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Female sports lack same recognition as male sports M.C. Newbill Reporter ver the years, this school has produced gifted male and female athletes who represent the school in a variety of sports. Although our varsity men have had successful seasons and gone to state playoffs in football and boys soccer, our varsity women have gone to state in track, cross country, and volleyball. Yet our varsity women athletes fall short in school-day opportunities. Since the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX mandates women must be provided opportunities equal to those of men in high school and college sports. The school complies with Title IX by having an equal number of sports per gender and equal facilities, but mens’ sports receive more schoolday perks than women’s sports, namely more varsity sports offered within the school day schedule and designated parking for male athletes. Varsity male athletes have the opportunity to choose from football, basketball and baseball hours during the school day, whereas varsity female athletes can choose only between basketball and softball offerings in the school day. It is understandable that there are limited areas to practice, but arrangements among


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men’s and women’s sports coaches could be made to share the facilities during school hours. Another issue is designated parking for athletes. Three male sports but only two female sports have designated parking. “I don’t think the parking regulations give a sport an advantage, but it does kind of show favoritism,” senior Cassandra Solis said. The most obvious issue is that men’s sports receive more recognition for their accomplishments, specifically, pep rallies. The football team had a 10-1 record with a ranking of number six in the state and deserved to be rewarded, but womens’ sports like volleyball and soccer had accomplishments that should have been recognized with pep rallies as well. “It is hard to go to state, and if a team makes it they should be rewarded by having a pep rally,” sophomore Ben Tucker said. Sports that have represented the school well should be recognized in future pep rallies to let the rest of the student body know what those athletes have accomplished. The school does commend female athletes on their performance; however, discrepancies between male and female sports still remain. A few adjustments would level the playing field.

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Teenagers settle for what is popular Mary Byars Reporter ou see their names flashed across the television screen, you hear their songs replayed time after time on the radio, you read constant updates that are uploaded to the internet and you examine their pictures on nearly every magazine on the market. They are everywhere and there is no way of escaping their presence. Whether they are movie stars, singers, models or athletes, celebrities are one of the most talked-about subjects in the lives of teenagers. Teens examine the way celebrities dress, talk, act and pay close attention to the lyrics that come from each song. The way each celebrity portrays herself is constructed by her values and beliefs. The influence that a celebrity has on the lives of fans is determined only by the fans themselves. A common question that is asked by parents is “What is the source that is corrupting the minds of this generation?” One of the most prominent answers to this question is the effects of looking up to the most publicized celebrities. This type of media catches the young generation’s attention and sucks them into the world of entertainment rather than those youth focusing on their own good. Recently several of our childhood role models have suffered trials and tribulations, and instead of getting right back up from their falls, they decided to wander down the wrong path. For example, this young female artist had eleven number one singles hit the chart on her first couple of albums by the age of twenty; the teen pop star sensation in the years of 1997-2003, Britney Spears, won over the hearts of thousands of fans. She began her career as a Musketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club House” and then later went solo as an artist. Both the male and female gender went crazy over Britney and her talent, but it seemed as if when she went up the scale in popularity points, Britney’s behavior went the opposite direction. Britney Spears put herself in several abusive relationships, had children at a young age and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Although she is on a much better track now, at the time teenagers everywhere were devastated at the thought of her actions. Whether teenagers believe it or not, stars do impact their lives. Whether a celebrity has a good or bad impact is all determined by whom one chooses to look up to. Ke$ha’s song “Take It Off” had two million copies made in the United States. Many teens were murmuring this song at one point, but did they once stop and listen to the mes


sage it was giving? “…Now we’re lookin’ like pimps in my gold Trans-Am, got a water bottle full of whiskey in my handbag. Got my drunk text on. I know I’ll regret it in the morning, but tonight, I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a…” These are the song lyrics that teenagers all around the world were singing. Is this really the type of thoughts that we should be filling our developing minds with? Everyone needs someone to look up to, but that role model needs to be a good influence on society. Celebrities such as Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Charlie Sheen and the Jersey Shore Cast are not desirable role models. In the end, celebrities are more accessible to the public because of the proliferation of social media. If you desire to have a celebrity role model, why not choose one who is considered a good influence among all generations? For example, some of the top celebrities that have been known for having a good influence on their fans are Demi Lavato, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Scotty McCreery, Anne Hathaway, America Farrer, Sara Highland, Brett Farve and Michael Oher. Another solution would be to do what people who lived during the 50’s and 60’s did. These people looked up to the family members, neighbors, school officials and religious authorities. What it all boils down to is that celebrities are just normal people like you and me. They make mistakes and have flaws similar to any human being. Find a person who will be a good influence in your life that will help you strive for excellence.

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Save our environmental hero: tree Eri Sugiyama Reporter ave you ever thought that the condition of the climate has changed since a few years ago? The news tells of global warming, water pollution, desertification--the condition in which land turns into desert because of losing soil and other such problems. But think carefully. Causing this problem are human beings. The damage that each person does to the environment is very small, but added up, the result is enormous. There are heroes for this environmental danger: trees. But we are destroying our heroes. Nowadays, millions of trees are cut down. The most serious area is the Amazon Rainforest in South America. It is called “the lung of the Earth,� and it creates one-third of the oxygen for the Earth. Trees in the Amazon Rainforest have decreased twenty percent since 1967. So as trees are cut down, there is more carbon dioxide which accelerates global warming. The cause of global warming is said to be greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and ozone. Furthermore, because trees are gone, soil will flow out, and the area is more likely to turn into desert. Trees are mostly used for our daily supplies--paper, for instance. Since we are students and go to school, paper is a necessity. But are we using paper wisely? If we used paper more wisely, there more trees around the world saved. For example, print on both sides instead of printing on one side. Use an appropriate size paper for the amount of writing. Some people even erase the words that were written on the paper, and rewrite on it. By doing this we are using paper more effectively. There is recycled paper. It is mostly used for magazines and boxes. If you look carefully, there are recycle marks on pizza boxes. Paper is the thing we can conserve most. Trees are also used for furniture, houses and more. It might be productive to devote materials to something else to reuse after we finish using it.



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There is an organization that does afforestation to regenerate the forests that we cut down. Afforestation is an activity that plants trees or plants in an area that does not have many plants. As a result of afforestation, the ground becomes stable, water quality improves and an ecosystem is preserved and defended from wind. Afforestation does not only increase the trees but also improves the condition of nature. Trees support our lives in many ways. They provide oxygen and also provide green space. They heal our hearts and make us relax. They are part of our lives by becoming our daily supplies. They are silent and never talk, but that does not mean we can harm them as we like. Because we are using trees a lot, and they take care of us so much, we need to think carefully about how we can help avoid trees cutting down trees.

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Elizabeth Butler Design Editor ince its founding in 1980, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has taken a stand and protested against all forms of animal cruelty; their methods have proved to be effective, yet controversial to say the least. Are PETA’s famed tactics radical or an appropriate response to animal cruelty? The main goal that cofounder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, had in mind when she founded the organization was to completely stop all forms of what she believes is animal cruelty. This cruelty ranges from glue traps made to capture and kill household mice to unnecessary roughness and force in the training of circus animals. PETA attempts to stop this abuse mainly through advertisement campaigns, celebrity endorsements, cruelty investigations and public education among other events. Over recent years PETA’s advertisement campaigns have featured slogans such as “Ink, not mink” and “Give fur the cold shoulder” with support from models, singers and actors. In past advertisements, some of these celebrities have been featured in racy ways to capture the audience’s attention. Three of these commercials were deemed too inappropriate for television and were banned from being aired during Super Bowl XLVI. “PETA uses celebrities to influence the public in a negative


way,” said Tennesse Farm Bureau’s Regional Field Director Matt Fennal who has been in farming all of his life. The organization directs most of its attention, time and money on four different areas that it considers to have “the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time.” These four areas consist of farming operations, the clothing industry, product testing and animals in entertainment. PETA has received criticism for their more severe protests against people involved in the farm and meat industries, fashion designers and scientists known for using animal testing on products. “My number one priority is caring for the animals under my supervision,” said local farmer John Butler. One of PETA’s most recent endeavors has been to parody children’s games and turn them into propaganda for their website. The games parodied are New Super Mario Brothers, Cooking Mama and Pokemon among others. The games feature the main characters abusing animals in some way, then realizing the error of their ways and changing their ideas of animal rights. Regardless of the controversy surrounding PETA’s style of protesting, the organization has saved millions of animals with their methods. These animals include one of their most recent success stories of saving over 200 rabbits from Bunny Magic, a hoarding facility disguised as a no-kill sanctuary.

One of PETA!s recent advertisement protests the alleged animal testing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while another features defensive tackle of the New Orleans Saints Sedrick Ellis displaying his affection for dogs.

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Fun crafts for the holiday season Sydney Robey Reporter ix things up this winter season by creating a few easy and fun holiday treats. Here are a few crafty ideas that will bring warmth and smiles to friends and loved ones this holiday season. Snowman-on-a-stick is a fun and edible treat or gift for all ages. It is easy to make and will save you money for the holiday season. There are a few things you will need before you get started creating this treat: one skewer, three powdered donuts, one baby carrot, one green sour punch straw, six chocolate chips, two red jawbreakers, one toothpick, frosting or honey (optional) and a treat bag and ribbon (optional.) The steps to creating this treat are simple. 1. Put the three powdered donuts on the skewer 2. Cut the baby carrot in half and push one of the halves into the middle of the top donut. 3. Place the six chocolate chips on the top donut to look like eyes and a mouth (you might need a dab of frosting or honey to keep them in place.) 4. Wrap the green sour patch straw around the skewer between the top and middle donut to resemble a scarf (you might have to cut the straw if it is too long.) 5. Break the toothpick in half and place it through the straw where it overlaps at the top, and place the other half through the bottom of the piece of straw that hangs down the front of the snowman (you will see one side of the toothpick at the bottom of the scarf.) 6. Place the two red jawbreakers in the middle of the bottom two donuts as buttons. When you have completed this, place the finished snowman in a treat bag, wrap it with a bow and share with your friends and family. For more information on this craft go to:


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Reindeer gift bags are an easy and fun alternative for the costly gift bags at the store. They will also give a new twist to your gift-giving holiday season. Here are a few things you will need to get started: one paper bag, glue, brown cardstock, black and white cardstock, pencil, black marker, scissors and a red pom-pom. 1. Lay the paper bag flat (opening at the top,) and use the pencil to draw a horizontal dotted line from the bottom of the bag. 2. Make a half circle solid line above the dotted line starting at one side of the dotted line going to the other side of the dotted line. 3. Make two half-heart shaped solid lines above the half circle on the corners of the paper bag (they will look like ears.) 4. Cut along the solid lines (not the dotted line you folded) to create a round top and two separate teardrop ear shapes (the ears will not be attached to the bag.) 5. Fold the bag at the dotted line. 6. Glue an antler (cut from brown cardstock) and an ear inside the fold on each side of the bag (the antler will be on top of the ear.) 7. Cut two small circles from the black cardstock and two smaller circles that will fit inside the two black circles from the white cardstock. 8. Glue one white circle in the middle of a black circle. Do the same for the other eye. Use a black marker to make dots inside the white circles to create pupils. 9. Glue the eyes on the folded flap. 10. Glue the red pom-pom on the folded flap as a nose. Let all the glue dry before putting your gift inside. When you are done you will have a crafty new gift bag to share with friends and loved ones. For more information on this craft go to: http://family

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Fall season welcomes new fashion trends Laurie Williams Assistant Editor s the Twitter and Facebook worlds exploded with updates about the excitement of getting the first pumpkin spice latte and sitting around a bonfire, girls were just as concerned about what they would be wearing in the upcoming season. Comfort and practicality seem to be the most important considerations for girls this fall. From the boots to the oversized sweaters to the scarves, we are all just trying to make it through the later months of the year without freezing while still looking stylish and put together. In keeping with this idea of coziness being key, possibly the most popular trend for fall this year is riding boots. Boots are both fashionable and func-


tional. They add polish to any outfit, and they keep feet warm during the colder months. “Riding boots are perfect for fall because they’re warm and cute,” freshman Olivia Jones said. Leg warmers are also reentering the fashion spectrum. But instead of being worn with a neon leotard and a cropped sweatshirt, girls are wearing them peaking out of the tops of boots. Tall, chunky socks are nice and toasty plus they give skinny jeans and boots a laid-back and rustic charm. Another new fad is big, knit sweaters that are perfect for lounging around the house or going out on chilly fall nights. “I like to wear big sweaters in the fall because they are super cute and keep me warm,” junior Sadie Liljenquist said. Worn with leggings or skinny jeans and boots, homespun-style cardigans and pullovers are no longer thought of as a bad gift from your grandmother but

something you will be wanting her to make for you. Skinny jeans, a closet staple for the last few years, are getting a new lease on life this autumn as well. Jeans in a variety of colors ranging from cobalt to cranberry and every hue in between are being spotted on the famous and not-so famous alike. “I like colored skinny jeans because you can wear them any season,” freshman Maricela Leon said. In addition, printed skinny jeans are making a splash in the fashion world. Patterns like polka dots and leopard print are gaining popularity and can be purchased at stores like Old Navy, American Eagle and Target for reasonable prices. Perhaps the most important thing to remember this fall is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. “You can find good deals for any season at Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and Wet Seal,” junior Vanessa Beard said. “Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and Target are the stores where I find most of my clothes for fall, and they have the best deals,” Liljenquist said. Photos by Laurie Williams

Junior Bethany Brashier takes pride in her stylish boots and colorful scarf.

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Junior LaDaisha Claybrook pairs her chic khaki pants with a fashionable cardigan.

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Spirited students celebrat winter holidays Johni Armstrong Reporter ith the holiday season fast approaching, many are getting into the Christmas spirit. What began as a religious holiday is quickly morphing into a sensational time of year set aside for catchy tunes and cute, little red-nosed reindeer. Some people spend the time exchanging presents or catching up with family. Others decorate their houses with Christmas trees, snow globes and plastic icicles. The last day of class for students is December 21, which allows a decent amount of time for students to take part in their usual holiday traditions. “On Christmas, we find the pickle ornament to see who gets to open the first present. During the whole holiday season, my mom makes cookies, and we watch Christmas movies,” sophomore Amanda Sánchez said. Another student concedes that holiday movies are a part of his holiday tradition. “My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life because it shows that you should appreciate what you have,” junior Matt Riley said. Memories of past celebrations are recalled, and new memories are made. “When I spent my first Christmas in Mexico, we didn’t cele-


brate Christmas. We celebrated Three Kings’ Day,” Sánchez said. Three Kings’ Day, also called Epiphany, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. “Most of my memories are of the whole family getting together and seeing kinfolk I hardly ever see,”!custodian Noel Walker said. “Ten years ago, my son Bry was in second grade. We had gone to my sister’s house in Arkansas for Thanksgiving. We stayed up all night to participate in Black Friday.!I’d waited in line for three hours, and I was so excited to surprise my children with a new laptop for Christmas. So!I got home, and I had all the stuff in the back of my vehicle covered up, and Bry still managed to go through all of it. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he discovered the real Santa, he told his sister the story and told her about everything he saw,” art teacher DeAnn McDowell said. “I love the aroma of the turkey and dressing, seeing the stockings hung, seeing family, lots of family, and going to communion at church,” school nurse Elaine McCormick said. This time of year is rolling around once again, and students are ready. “It only comes once a year, so make it count,” Riley said.

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Junior Krysta Milburn and freshman Jenna Tipps, eagerly awaiting the holiday season, stand by the decorated tree in the student services office. Other signs of the upcoming holidays are appearing throughout the school.

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Various countries around the world Sydney McNeill Editor en, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!” The sounds of a new year can be heard all around the world. People gather on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of a new year. In different countries, the traditions and customs people have to celebrate the arrival of a new year vary. In China, New Year’s, also called the “Spring Festival,” is the most important of their traditional holidays. The Chinese New Year celebration begins on January 1st and ends fifteen days later. On the eve of January 1st, the Chinese have a family feast consisting of pork, chicken, duck and, of course, sweets. In addition to eating, they watch special


television programs. “We watch CCTV’s special party on television,” Chinese teacher Maisie Xuemei said. The following morning they wish each other a healthy and happy new year by giving one another red envelopes with money in them. “The kids love New Year’s because they receive red envelopes from their parents to celebrate they are getting older,” Xuemei said. Throughout the fifteen-day festival, the people of China clean their houses to sweep away any bad luck and decorate their homes with red paper art. In addition, the Chinese people string firecrackers across a long string and wrap them in red paper. Later, they ignite these firecrackers to scare away evil spirits.

For the Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival,” people use nianhua, which is Chinese colored woodblock printing, as decoration for their long festival.

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In China, children receive red envelopes with money according to their age.

“The Chinese New Year is similar to Christmas in the United States because Christmas is a much bigger deal than New Year’s in the US,” Xuemei said. Similiarly, the Japanese New Year is an annual festival with its own customs. Their celebration is typically three days long. At midnight of January 31st, a Buddhist temple rings the Joya-no-kane Bell. On New Year’s Day, the Japanese give money to their children in small, decorated envelopes called otoshidamas. They also play games, eat and watch the endof-year and beginning-of-year television shows. “We eat osechi, which is a traditional Japanese New Year food. Each food represents good luck in the future. For example, we eat shrimp with rounded backs in hopes of living until our backs get rounded,” senior Eri Sugiyama said. In Russia, the New Year celebration is known as the superholiday. They usually spend their time with friends and family, and their parents spend New Year’s Eve cooking meals. “To celebrate the New Year, our parents cook traditional meals all day, and we stay up until midnight hanging out and dancing,” DHS alumna Lana Haight said. Differing greatly from the practice in the

world celebrate the new year fun. “As I have gotten older, it has become a bigger deal because I have started to get dressed up and go out,” Dycus said. On New Year’s Eve, people like to see how late they can stay up past midnight. “The longest I have stayed up was the change from the 2010 year to the 2011 year because I did not sleep for the entire 48-hour period,” Patel said. In addition, people have different ways to count down to twelve o’clock. In Mount Olive, North Carolina, the Mount Olive Pickle Company drops a pickle on the corner of Cucumber and Vine at seven o’clock local time. They provide free party gear, hot chocolate, cookies

and, of course, pickles. Similar to North Carolina, New York City drops “the ball” in Times Square. Millions of people gather to watch the ball drop while others watch it on live television. “I would love to be able to go to New York City and spend New Year’s Eve downtown where the ball is dropped,” Dycus said. All around the world the coming of a new year is celebrated in various fashions. It brings friends and families together all over for this one night or even for many days. “New Year’s is the most wonderful holiday in my family because it brings everyone closer together,” Haight said.

For the Japanese New Year, people decorate with popular items like the kadomatsu.

United States, Santa Claus delivers presents in Russia on New Year’s Day after everyone has gone to bed; however, the presents are not placed under a Christmas tree. “Santa comes and puts the biggest gift of all under our pillow,” Haight said. In contrast, the United States celebrates the New Year by having parties and counting down to the moment the clock strikes midnight. “We always watch the ball drop and do a ten-second countdown,” senior Ciara Dycus said. Many people also have their own traditions to bring in the New Year. A majority of American citizens eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring luck to them in the New Year. “In my house, we always make these bacon wrapped chestnuts for the New Year,” sophomore Sydney Robey said. “My whole family comes to my house, and we eat a lot of desserts like cheesecake,” freshman Destiny Thompson said. Some people go all out for New Year’s while others do not. “I personally do not understand why it is a big deal,” senior Ravi Patel said. Older children are typically permitted to leave their own household to celebrate with their friends, so New Year’s becomes more

To celebrate the Russian New Year, the tolling of the Kremlin Clock and the singing of the Russian national anthem bring in the new year.

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Similar to New York, the Mount Olive Pickle Company in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, drops a pickle and provides live music and food to countdown to the new year.

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Local restaurant Neil’s Barbecue continues to capture ‘handmade and homegrown’ essence Hailey!McKee Reporter ith all the new, updated restaurants popping up around town, people tend to forget about the other ones that have been here all along. Serving Dyersburg since May 5, 1987, Neil’s Barbeque and Grill is one restaurant that is not to be forgotten. Located at 470 Mall Boulevard, Neil’s seats approximately 200 people. Owner Neil Henry’s cooking was influenced by classic Southern culture. His menu contains “handmade and homegrown” entrees like steak, salad and fried chicken, but he is best known for his ribs and barbeque. “I do like their food, but it’s been a long time since I have been there,” senior Shelby Hubbard said. Although Neil’s does not deliver, catering is available. Customers can either simply walk in, make reservations or call and order take-out. There is also a large room equipped with a projection screen that can be closed off by doors for conference meetings. “It has good food and service. The restaurant is really dark, though,” freshman Kyle Mangrum said. Neil’s is proud of its Southern roots: wooden plank walls line the restaurant, various types of wildlife are on display and employees are ready for service. Henry himself is an outgoing manager, and hardly anyone stays a stranger to him for long. Various reviews posted by customers on include this about Neil’s: “Tasty BBQ, large portion,” “One of the

best in Dyersburg - never mind the location” and “Great place to eat - will definitely return!” Neil’s is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Neil’s Barbeque and Grill is still as well-liked today as it was in the past, even with the allure of new restaurants currently being added to Dyersburg.

Continued from page 5 Mitchell and Barzee were said to have morphed the original Mormon beliefs to a new religion. In 2002, Mitchell wrote his own Book of Immanuel David Isaiah, claiming that they were Revelations from God. In California, when the captors were questioning where to go next, Smart managed to convince them that they should return to Utah. Luckily, two bikers thought they recognized her while she and her captors were walking down the road. While they were walking along a street, police cars surrounded them. Smart was threatened by the captors always to give a backstory if questioned. Mitchell threatened that if she ever said who she was or did not say everything “correctly,” he would kill her and her family. After she told her backstory, a policeman asked if she were Elizabeth Smart. Smart was found on March 13, 2003, in Sandy, Utah, about 18 miles from her home, nine months after she first went missing. Mitchell and Barzee were initially ruled unfit for trial, but in 2009 (Barzee) and 2010 (Mitchell) they were convicted. Mitchell is now serving a life sentence in federal prison. “We all have our struggles, but the best thing we can do is move forward and overcome it,” Smart said to the audience. “It’s not easy. It’s not fun. But it’ll be worth it.”

Dyersburg State Community College Director of Public Information Jane Vondy thought that Smart spoke well, conjuring images in the audience!s minds. “You could imagine her home and its setting. You could see her pajamas. You could imagine her captors! clothing. You could feel her pain,” Vondy said. Former English teacher Penny Switzer thought that Smart provided a healthy balance between the crime against her and the challenge for everyone to embrace adversities. “She mixed side notes with her story underscoring what a normal young lady she was. Allowing us to know what she was thinking throughout the ordeal connected her with her audience on a very personal level,” Switzer said. The Elizabeth Smart Foundation works in partnership with radKIDS, a program that works to help prevent predation and crimes against children by teaching children safety measures and how to protect themselves in dangerous situations. “Parents want to protect their children, and it is hard to know you have not done so, even when there was nothing you could do to prevent the harm,” Vondy said. “I’ve never wanted to be kidnapped, and I would never volunteer for that again. But I am grateful that it happened to me, because I am sharing my story and helping more people than ever,” Smart said.


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Bowling team encourages school support

Maria Yousuf Editor owling coach Jeff Hartleroad has been coaching the high school bowling team for the past five years. The team practices at least once a week. In the past, the school has competed against Brighton, Dyer County, Munford, Hardin County and Adamsville. “All our games are done with half at home and half at the other team’s home,” Hartleroad said. “We’ll be done with seasonal games the first of December, but then we have the state tournament in January.” The team will have played at least ten matches by the end of the season. Although winning is always a factor to consider, Hartleroad says that there is more he wishes for the team to achieve. “Team unity is very important,” Hartleroad said. “Mostly, Above: Senior Patrick Barch bowls for a strike. Below: Senior Corena everyone gets along. We would like to win our games, but as Hasselle lines up for a strike during a recent home match against long as we’re having fun, we’re okay with that, too.” Brighton. Bowling differs from other sports in multiple ways. “We don’t run laps or lift weights. None of the exhausting aspects of other sports are involved in bowling,” Hartleroad said. Bowlers experience benefits other sports do not have. “They get to meet more people because players actually get to sit and talk to other players, as opposed to sitting on opposite sides of the stadium,” Hartleroad said. However, there are a few changes the team would like to see next year. “We need more girls on the team,” junior Julia Haight said. “I would like to see more students and teachers come out and support the bowling team at home. It hasn’t happened once in five years. Pick a game. Come out and cheer once,” Hartleroad said. Members speak positively of their experience. “It’s actually a fun sport to do if all the other teams and clubs are not for you,” senior Destiny Neloms said. “It’s fun,” senior Patrick Barch said. “It’s nice to support my school.” Photos by Sarah Hasselle


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Dance team has high hopes for games, competitions Sydney McNeill Editor erforming at football and basketball games, the dance team is excelling under their new coach, Cathy Bona. Dancing on the sideline at football games was new for the team this year. In order to make this change, they had to learn dances that correlated with the band. Whenever the band began playing a song, they performed their spirit sideline dance. “It’s fun dancing at football games because more people get to see us perform than at basketball games,” senior Tiera Cole said. “I like dancing at football games because it makes me more a part of the school,” junior Anay Portillo said. The dance team has five routines and is in the process of perfecting another one.


While dancing at a pep rally, the dance team shows the students and teachers their routine for senior night.

“It takes us maybe a week or two to learn a new routine,” junior Chloe West said. They have hip-hop routines and funky jazz routines, and their new one is lyrical jazz. “My favorite routine is the hip-hop because you can add your own personality into it,” Portillo said. “My favorite routine is the jazz dance because it’s simple,” West said. During the first trimester, the dance team practiced one day a week for seventy-five minutes and then performs on Fridays. During the second trimester, however, practice is five days a week because of the new class period this year. Because of their fourth period class, the team will be able to add more routines to their book. “I am really excited to have the class period because I think it will be easier for us to clean our routines with more practice,” senior captain Emily Taylor said. “Having dance as a class will help prepare us for more dances so the students won’t have to see the same ones over and over again like last year,” Cole said. The dance team is also considering going to competition. If they do, they will be competing in a Universal Dance Association competition against multiple high school dance teams. “With daily practices during the second trimester, we hope to attend a competition in January and learn and perform at least six different routines during the basketball season,” Coach Cathy Bona said. The dance team is excited to show off their new dance routines in the upcoming basketball season. “We want to have a strong, technically sound team that can entertain the crowd, support the Trojans and create excitement at the games,” Bona said. “I’m really excited for basketball season so we can show our student body more dances,” Portillo said.

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During a football pep rally, the dance team performs their funky jazz routine to “Chillin” by Wale for the student body.

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While arranging themselves in a line and facing the audience, the dance team pumps up the crowd by performing a kickline.

Tigers, Vols hope for successful seasons Stephen Simpson Reporter s Cuonzo Martin and Josh Pastner enter their second and fourth seasons as head coaches of the Tennessee Volunteers and Memphis Tigers basketball squads, both coaches look to rebound from the disappointing end to their turbulent seasons. Let’s start by taking a look at the Tennessee Volunteers. Last year, Cuonzo Martin was hired to fill the void at the head coaching position after Bruce Pearl was fired by the university for being involved in a scandal that violated the NCAA’s policies. Martin was exceptional considering the expectations that were placed on him and his young, inexperienced squad. After being projected to an 11th place finish in their conference, the Volunteer team was able to rally to finish second in the SEC. This, in large part, can be attributed to the addition of Jarnell Stokes. Stokes, who was a highly touted recruit, played in 17 games and was able to average slightly under ten points, over seven rebounds and a block and a half per game. Cuonzo Martin is also looking to seniors Jeronne Maymon and Skylar McBee as well as junior Trae Golden to assist Stokes in helping the team return to the 64-team championship tournament. Of Cuonzo Martin’s performance as coach, “He is doing a great job,” freshman Kyle Mangrum said. “I am really looking at Jordan McRae to step up and be the key player the Vols will need this season,” Mangrum said. In the first ten games of the season, the Vols managed a disappointing 4-6 record, including losses to the sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils, rival and eighth ranked Memphis Tigers and seventeenth-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. However, over the next 25 games, the Vols showed a lot of promise after twice defeating the “Elite Eight” team that was the Florida Gators, the eleventh-ranked Connecticut Huskies and many of their fellow SEC competitors. However, the Vols did slip in their last regular season game against the Ole Miss Rebels, losing the game along with any hope of making the championship tournament. The Vols did make it to the NIT tournament, though. In fact, they were one of four number-one seeds in a field of 32 teams. After sneaking by a previously unsuccessful Savannah State team, Tennessee’s season ended at the hands of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, revealing that there is much to be learned by this maturing Volunteer team. “We will probably make the NCAA tournament. [Go] As far as the ‘Sweet 16’ maybe,” Mangrum said. Switching gears, Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers played with great intensity last year. Pastner, who replaced coaching icon John Calipari (now coaching the Kentucky Wildcats) just a few years ago, has spent his first few years as coach trying to light a fire under his youthful, athletic basketball team. However, the Tigers did not have much to celebrate last season other than a nice-looking record and two wins against the


rival Volunteers. Many of the Tigers’ wins came against weaker opponents, leaving them unprepared for the national championship tournament. In fact, the Tigers were bounced from the tournament by the virtually-unheard-of St. Louis Bulldogs in the first round. Throughout the regular season, the Tigers were lead by senior Will Barton’s 18.0 PPG (points per game). Because Barton has moved on to the NBA, the Tigers will be relying heavily on the consistency of their junior players Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford and Antonio Barton. Seniors Ferrakohn Hall, D.J. Stephens and Stan Simpson are also looking to be the key players that the team will need to advance in this year’s tournament. “Adonis Thomas is gonna be our big play-maker this year,” senior Tiera Cole said. As both teams put their previous seasons behind them, the Vols and the Tigers have high hopes and expectations for this season.

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entertainment Country star expands musical palette with new pop sound Suzanne Schultz Reporter ountry music star Taylor Swift has returned to the charts with her new album Red. The 22-year-old has transitioned her style from country to pop since her first album in 2006. Swift famously wears her heart on her sleeve, allowing her to connect with fans on a deeper level. “I like the fact that Taylor tells it the way it is,” sophomore Brittanie McCrite said. Songs featured on this album are lyrically on the same path as her older works but more in depth. Out of all 16 songs, a few that have been favorites with Swift’s supporters are “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Almost Do” and “22.” “My favorite song off of the new album Red is ÔWe Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ because it relates to my life so well,” senior Savannah King said. “Begin Again” is a song featured on this new album that is slowly catching notice of fans. As Swift sings, she begins to


Swift finishes her performance at the Red listening party she hosted in New York City, leaving her fans impressed.

Swift poses during a photo shoot in hopes of finding the perfect album cover to represent the newly released album Red.

describe the feelings of an old flame fading away, while at the same time a new relationship is in bloom. The banjo background featured also helps emphasize her country roots. Swift is known for writing the majority of her songs alone, but with a project like Red, Swift co-wrote songs such as “Everything Has Changed” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” with Ed Sheeran as well as Max Martin. Red is just another peek inside this singer’s romance rollercoaster. As the star converts to more of a pop sound, she continues to have success in the music industry. “Taylor’s sound is beginning to sound more hip than her old style, but she is still able to appeal to all of her fans,” senior Jessica Morgan said. illboard reports that Swift’s Red has topped sales at over one million dollars after the first week in stores. “All of the songs Taylor Swift sings relate to things that happen at our age,” junior Justin Robbins said. There are still many chances for Swift to prove herself, and she hopes this new set of songs will do the trick.

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Award winning book Life of Pi sails into theaters Natalie Hampton Reporter n 2001, Canadian author Yann Martel could never have imagined that his book Life of Pi would win four awards around the world. Now, Life of Pi is going further than ever: the big screen. Life of Pi is the story of Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel’s adventure across the seas with Richard Parker, a giant Bengal tiger. For 227 days, the two must learn to adapt to each other and survive on a small life raft with no food, no water and no way of sending for help. While on the raft, Pi learns many lessons about religion and the human mind. In the beginning of the book, young Pi goes through school being bullied by other kids. When Pi grows to be a teenager, he learns about Christianity from Father Martin and decides to practice both Christianity and Hinduism. The two religions play an important role throughout the novel. Once Pi turns 16, he and his family board a Japanese boat with many zoo animals heading for Canada. While sailing across the ocean, the boat suddenly sinks. Pi escapes on a lifeboat with Richard Parker, the bengal tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan. All of the animals except for Parker are killed and eaten almost instantly. Pi and Parker then face a series of ocean terrors, such as whales, storms and a lack of drinkable water. After 227 days, Pi lands on the Mexican coastline. When Pi tells his story, no one believes him and one must ask the question, “Was Pi really telling the truth, or was he making the story up the whole time?” Director Ang Lee is ready to premier his interpretation of


the award-winning book with new, fresh faces. 17-year-old Suraj Sharma will be making his acting debut as a younger version of Pi, and Shravanthi Sainath will start her career by playing Pi’s girlfriend. Originally, famous actor Tobey Maguire was chosen to be included in the movie, but Lee decided that Maguire’s popularity and fame would distract imdb viewers from the storyline. Lee, being the fourth director to take on the Life of Pi project, decided that casting new actors would be more beneficial for the movie as a whole. Life of Pi was released on November 21 in theaters across the country.

New movie, Playing for Keeps, looks to score in theaters Katherine Keller Editor hat would you do if you got a second chance at life? In the new movie Playing for Keeps esteemed soccer star George Dryer (Gerard Butler) abruptly ends his soccer career. He heads back to his hometown to attempt a new start which leads to the reuniting of him, his ex-wife (Jessica Beil) and his son (Noah Lomax). Once reunited, he realizes that his exwife is soon to be re-married. He begins to take interest in his young son, Lewis, and begins coaching his soccer team. He rebuilds his “father-son” bond with Lewis and tries to bring his family back together. While coaching, Dryer is pursued by relentless “soccer moms” who yearn for his attention. While settling back into his life, Dryer is approached about a job offer



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from ESPN to be a sports reporter. Dryer must make a decision about staying and investing in his son, or taking the highly esteemed job. Butler, Biel and Lomax are joined by a host of costars, including Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer, Uma Thurmon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many others. The romantic comedy is set to be released on December 7, 2012.


Real mission becomes fake movie dian passports for all of the American Andrew Collier refugees in hiding. Reporter The fictitious film crew scheduled a n November 4, 1979, Ayatollah flight out of Iran. With a small time Khomeini started an Iranian delay, the diplomats managed to escape revolution. A group of Iranian the country without a hitch. students stormed the United States The operation used to exfiltrate the Embassy in Tehran and took more diplomats, The Canadian Caper, was than sixty Americans hostage. classified for years after it took place in Khomeini desired money from an order to protect the men and women Iranian leader, but this leader was in who escaped and the hostages still in the United States. Khomeini believed Iran. The story was not declassified until that he could use these American 1997, when president Clinton felt that hostages as ransom. This event bethe time was right for citizens to know. came known as the Iranian Hostage On October 12, GK Films released a Crisis. movie based on the operation. Named Six American diplomats, however, after the fake film from the story, Argo escaped the Embassy and found their claimed more box office earnings than way to Canadian ambassador Ken Paranormal Activity 4 after its second Taylor’s home in Iran. They stayed for week of being released. several weeks and came to realize “Before watching the movie, I didn’t that the revolutionaries would one it was based on a true story,” realize day find them. IMDB The CIA concocted a plan to extract Argo came out on October 12, 2012 and chronicled sophomore Terran Dysart said, “but that made it much more interesting. My fathe diplomats from Iran. the real mission within a movie. vorite part of the movie was when their In early 1980, a group of American CIA agents and Canadians flew into Iran disguised as a film flight was delayed at the airport. I enjoyed the the movie, but crew. Claiming that they were producing a fake movie, Argo, I thought it used a little too much foul language.” they were let into the country. The film crew brought fake Cana-


Monsters Inc. scares its way back in 3D Jesse Cochran Reporter onsters Inc., the movie that broke box office records in 2001, is back in 3D! Monsters Inc. takes place in the town of “Monstropolis” and tells the story of Sulley, his sarcastic friend Mike and their job at Monsters Inc., a company that harvests screams. Screams are the primary source of power in “Monstropolis” and are harvested by the monsters who work at Monsters Inc., Sulley and Mike being the number one scream team in the company. One day as the team is finishing their day, they accidentally release a child, “Boo,” into the factory. Mike and Sulley at first are frightened by the small child because of the absence of humans in “Monstropolis”, but after finding out that she is harmless, they decide to take her in until they can find her home. They know that they must keep her hidden from the other monsters or they would be annexed from “Monstropolis.” Mike and Sulley disguise “Boo” as a monster so that she will not be recognized while they try to find her home. The next day, Mike and Sulley find out that they are being set up by Randall, Sulley's rival at Monsters Inc. Randall has tried for many years to out-scare Sulley. He invents “The Scream Extractor,” which is a torture machine that allows the company to produce more screams.


In order to protect “Boo” and other children of the human world, Mike and Sulley have an intense adventure throughout the factory to try to get “Boo” back home and defeat Randall. Monsters Inc., 3D hits theaters December 19, 2012.


Mike works to send “Boo” safely home, away from Randall and his friends, by manipulating a series of bedroom doors.

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The Hobbit Begins Kent Kirby Reporter his December, The Hobbit will begin the first stage of its adventure in its trek through Middle-earth. The story is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings and will have Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, returning to direct. The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a homebody reluctant for excitement, but he winds up in the middle of the greatest adventure of his life. Accompanied by twelve dwarves in a quest to reclaim their stolen gold and homeland, Baggins becomes a changed person and learns what he is capable of as he is faced with many dangers throughout his journey. The story will be split into a trilogy with the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, being released this December 14. The second film will be released on December 13, 2013, and will be titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The final installment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which is scheduled to come out on July 18, 2014. Filming began on March 21, 2011; all of the films will be made in New Zealand. They will be filmed in high resolution 3D, standard 3D, Imax and 2D. “I want to see it,” sophomore De’Shaun Hunt said. All material will come from Tolkien’s original books; however, not all of it will be from the story The Hobbit. “The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo


Baggins,” director Peter Jackson said, according to Actors returning from The Lord of the Rings will include Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchet, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom. Howard Shore, the composer of The Lord of the Rings, is also returning to compose new pieces for the film.


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Directors recycle vintage movies Eil alo Editor hroughout the years, many movie hits have been released. In response to their good ratings, some of them have been remade as more modern renditions. Some of the best-known remade movies include The Karate Kid, Footloose, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap, Yours, Mine, & Ours, Fame, Hulk and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally released in 1971 as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The original movie starred Gene Wilder as Willy and Peter Ostrum as Charlie. In the remake, Johnny Depp is cast as Willy and Freddie Highmore is cast as Charlie. As far as the storyline goes between the two movies, it follows the same characters and plot. One of the biggest differences is the gold, egglaying geese from the original film and the acorn-cracking squirrels from the remake. Another is the name change.


As far as similarities, there is still a snooty Veruca Salts, a gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde and a hungry Augustus Gloop. Another famous remake is The Parent Trap. Originally starring Hayley Mills, the movie was first released by Disney in 1961. Disney later made a remake in 1998 starring Lindsay Lohan. Both films featured one actress playing the parts of two characters. Some of the differences between the old movie and the new movie are where one of the twins lives. In the original, she lives in Boston; in the remake, she lives across the pond in London. Another is the girls’ sabotage of their father’s fiance. In the original, they put string and honey all over her tent when they go camping; in the remake, they pull the future step-mother and her mattress onto a lake. One of the more recent remakes is The Karate Kid. With a change of characters, locations and minor story plots, The Karate Kid still entertains

audiences 26 years later. In the original film, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita star opposite each other in the coming-of-age film. The story follows Daniel (Macchio) as he begins to socialize in a new town. He gets into a fight with several boys, which encourages him to learn karate. The 2010 remake fea-

tures the same plot line and stars Jaden Smith as Dre Parker and Jackie Chan as Mr. Han. Other differences are that the movie is set in China and that Dre is learning kung fu, not karate. With so many new technologies these days, remade movies are often a favorite.


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Basketball 2012-2013 Photos by Alex Agee

The boys! basketball team takes on FCA during school. The students who paid two dollars were allowed to attend the game.

FCA defeats Dyersburg 80 to 60 during the in-school game.




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