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trojan tribune VOLUME 32, ISSUE 13

APRIL 18, 2014

Photo Illustration by Katie Talerico

GOTCHA! In this staged photo, one student “assassinates” another with a water bottle. The assassins game involves students in all four grades, and it’s going on now.

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Administration puts a cap on Assassins

With the start of spring term comes a new wave of Assassins suspensions By HANA KASSEM and HAYDEN FARMER J U N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R S



Spring musical features lively dance scenes with a strong lead roles. REVIEW 12

Each spring the administration senses a storm approaching: Assassins. The game is a progressive contest. Starting fourth term, students of all grades who choose to play are assigned a target, who they must “assassinate” with water. When one student assassinates another, they become in charge of assassinating the assassinated person’s target. Money is entered into a pool, which is claimed by the last student standing. This year, freshman had to pay $20 to play, sophomores $10, juniors $5, and seniors paid $3. The last one standing is the winner of the money. Each year, Assassins pushes the limits of safety and causes classroom distractions along with injuries on school property. According to NBC, a student at a New York high school had an in-

cident with the police while playing the game Assassins. The student was hiding by a fence with a water gun, while an onlooker mistook the water gun for a real firearm. The student was soon approached by two policemen pointing their firearms at the boy. Wayzata is not the only school where Assassins has been banned. According to a local Texas news station 22 WWLP, the Austin ISD (AISD) has also banned their high school students from playing the game. AISD said in a statement that, “We find these games to be inappropriate on campus, and AISD does not endorse or support such activities, which distract from teaching and learning and pose unnecessary security risks.” According to 22 WWLP, AISD was contacted by an concerned viewer who believed that

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Lakefront to be reconfigured

City of Wayzata releases a plan for new renovations along Lake Street Through c ommuFRESHMAN GUEST WRITER nity gatherings, focus groups, and forums—both online and off— residents have been laying down a framework to breathe new life into the lakefront area. The city of Wayzata has established a comBy DAVANTE WASHINGTON




“The city could work with the private sector and other governmental agencies, such as the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, to make investments in the lakefront area near downtown,” said Wayzata assistant city manager Bryan Gadow. “The plan is just that, a plan, so not every idea that is included in it will necessarily be


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Photo from Lake Effect framework handbook

A visual representation of the Lake Effect task force’s goal of cohesion between pedestrians, cyclists, and automobilists. munity task force called the Wayzata Lake Effect. The task force aims to bring new developments to the area and promote the improvement of existing developments through investments. The city plans to use private businesses as well as government agencies at the state and federal level in order to fund the investments over the next ten years.

installed or completed. It depends on funding and approvals from other governmental jurisdictions,” said Gadow. Terri Huml, a member of the Lake Effect committee, told KSTP that residents want more dock space and possibly a pier, similar to the Santa Monica pier in California.

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Wayzata students run Relay for Life By JARED KAUFMAN COP Y EDITOR

@jaredography Perhaps you have heard of the theory of Six Degrees of Separation, the idea that no two people are connected by more than six “friends-of-friends.” But when it comes to knowing someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, there are often very few degrees of separation – nearly all of us know someone who has battled cancer. That’s why Wayzata students are coming together to plan and participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser. The Plymouth-Wayzata event is cochaired by Zoe Boehmer (12), Rachael Bouley (12), and Soomin Song (11). “The Relay For Life is to recognize loved ones that you’ve lost,” said Boehmer. “Everyone knows someone,” Bouley added. “Relay For Life is a good way to get the community involved for cancer research and for those who need help and can’t afford it,” said David Begelman (11), the Team Involvement Coordinator for the Plymouth-Wayzata event. “People make teams with friends and fundraise,” said Song. Then, Song explained, participants will come to the all-night event, have food, do activities, and walk laps around the track at Wayzata West Middle School. As of press time, 55 local participants have signed up and raised $6,045. The Plymouth-Wayzata event begins on June 13 at 6:00 pm and runs until 6:00 am on June 14. You can sign up or get more information by talking to any of the organizers or by visiting “There are many individuals who need your help, and one of the best direct ways to help is through Relay For Life,” said Begelman. “We can’t let cancer be forgotten.”



FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Plymouth awaits $2.1 million ice center appropriation request



It’s all fun and games... until somebody gets suspended.


Visited by over a half a million skaters and players each year, the Plymouth Ice Center is one of the most popular ice arenas in the state. The arena may be getting some new shoes with help from the state’s capital. Last month, the city of Plymouth sent an appropriations request to the capital for $2 million in upgrades to the facility. The money from the state will cover the costs to convert the current Olympic-sized rink into a professional-sized rink, revamp parking and re-roof the structure. The city is resizing the Olympic rink to accommodate more youth players. “Olympic sheets are not rightsized for youth events. Create more dry-floor space for off-season activities, such as expos and community events.” Resizing the rink will also make the rink 28% more energy efficient, lowering operation costs, according to the city’s renovation fact sheet. The city also plans to spend an additional $2.1 million renovations including new boards, a new Zamboni, new scoreboards, new flooring, and a new cooling system. 20 tournaments are hosted annually at PIC, bringing near 400 hockey teams to Plymouth each year, according to the fact sheet. The city is still waiting on approval of the appropriations request before the next stage of the renovation can be started. City officials are confident that the request will be approved. The city of Plymouth lacks a history of such requests, a fact that officials feel the state should acknowledge. “The city of Plymouth has never requested bonding bill proceeds. In light of the $63 million in request from the cities of Rochester, St. Cloud, and Mankato for their civic centers and ice arenas...we believe our small request is justified,” said Plymouth City Manager Dave Callister. He added, “We have a larger population and more jobs than either St. Cloud or Mankato and consider our project to be of regional significance.”

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the game was inappropriate in light of recent school shooting. AISD released their statement shortly after. Though Wayzata has not released a statement on Assassins to the public, it is effectively banned at WHS. Students found playing Assassins on campus have been suspended. Waterbottle caps were changed to twist tops from the traditional squirt tops March 25th. Junior Principal Marion Boyd said, the change was not related to the assassins game. Players run the risk of getting suspended, getting in the way of participating in sports for some. Another assassin said, “I will try my hardest not to get caught, but I’m not afraid to flee the scene if caught red handed on school grounds. As far as I’m concerned, the game is not worth a felony or a misdemeanor, and I hope it never comes to that.” Even though many assassins want to stay out of trouble, as the game trickles down to its remaining few players, the number of suspensions are increasing due to the administration’s restrictions. The ‘gamemakers’ of Assassins this year are planning a second round due to demand from revenge seekers and retribution or for people who didn’t make it into the game’s first round. This game will likely go into the summer, which will pose a threat to players strategies. Although the change in water bottle caps could impact the game, students are finding ways to get around it. An anonymous player commented on their weapons of choice, including water bottles from home or from nearby gas stations.

One exemplary assassin stated that his weapon of choice is a syringe because it’s all about “stealth and distance.” Others favor water bottles despite the change of caps which hinder water projection. The classic weapon is a small and concealed water gun, which is against school rules. One player said a key strategy to staying dry is to “move quickly through the halls and stay unnoticed, while taking routes less traveled. Doing some research on your target is helpful...which is not creepy in this situation.” A junior boy said, “If you want to make it far, the list for strategies is endless. You have to gather as much information as you can on your target, like where they live, work, play sports, their entire schedule, and what car they drive. Discover who has you for a target and figure out how you would get away if they were waiting outside your classroom. If you’re trying to play a hard defense the main thing is to stay low key and switch up your routes as you go from class to class and be careful who you spend your time with outside of school.” “With offense there are many strategies, but the most important thing is stealth,” said one assassin. “If you’re trying to play a hard and daring offense, don’t go to common places. Unless you’re a ‘straight ninja’, you probably won’t last the week.” “I don’t want to get suspended, but I do want to have fun so I mostly play outside of school,” stated one assassin. Of course the best way to avoid suspension is to not play at all.

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T h e cost of the process would fall between $10 and $30 million, said Huml. “The lake is a very important part of the City’s sense of place, and we need to be strategic and intentional about how we make investments in the community,” said Gadow. The goal of the committee is to add new assets to the area and improve the look and feel, all while staying close to its cultural roots, said Gadow. “The plan allows the city to be thoughtful in how we improve and invest in the lakefront over the next ten years,” said Gadow. The eastern portion of Lake Street will be getting a traffic upgrade. The convergence of Lake Street and Circle A Drive is to be converted into a traffic circle and re-landscaped. The main goal of the task force has been to bring residents closer to the lake. The city has proposed a “lake walk” that will span the shoreline from Manitoba Avenue to Broadway Avenue doing just that. The James J. Hill railroad is the reason that the lakeshore is still available to the public today. However, it has become more of an inconvenience in recent years. It would be unfeasible for the city to propose the railroad be moved or taken out altogether.

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The city has found a way to work around the problem. By adding designated railroad crossings along the line, citizens can cross between the lakefront and Lake Street safely and efficiently, said Gadow. The BNSF Railway Company, who owns the rail line, must approve these crossings before they can be constructed. Unutilized space is not included in the Lake Effect’s vision. Within the framework is the revitalization of the Foreman Park near the former Sunsets restaurant. The common area will be used all seasons. The area will include a warming house for the winter, access to Lake Street and Superior Avenue via tunnel, new docks, and a new storm management system. Residents have demanded more ways to generate income in the town. The framework allots space on Mill Street for a small boutique mall with parking space for 300 cars. Wayzata is regional hub for cyclists. The proposed plans connect the Luce Line, Dakota Rail Trail, and the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail to downtown Wayzata, allowing easy travel around the city, lake, and surrounding area.

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ask jared: WHAT’S ON YOUR iPOD? Q: What kinds of music do administrators and teachers listen to? A: I went and talked to fourteen school faculty members. Here’s what I found out:

THE FIRST TO THE ANSWER: East middle schoolers (left to right) Arul Belhe, Joe Kammann, Akash Kaul, and Shubham Singh won their most recent tournament hosted at DeLaSalle High School. They are coached by high school quiz bowl captains Jack Buan (12) and Katie Talerico (12).

EMS Quiz Bowl follows in footsteps of high school team

East teams, coached by high school captains, are bound to nationals in Atlanta this May Wa y z a t a ’s quiz bowl @k_talerico teams have dominated the competition this year. The high school A, B, and C teams have consistently ended up in the finals at nearly every tournament this year, if not winning them altogether. Now their dominating power is spreading – to the middle school teams. On April 5, Wayzata East Middle School won the 2014 DeLaSalle Invitational Academic Tournament of Middle Schools (DIATOMS), an annually hosted tournament that brings in some of the top middle school teams from around the state. Quiz bowl at the middle school level is By KATIE TALERICO EDITOR IN CHIEF

played exactly the same as the high school level – in a Jeopardy-like fashion, students answer questions in teams of four and must win the most points at the end of 22 minutes. Wayzata East Middle School’s Team A defeated Eden Prairie Central Middle School’s Team B in the championship to with the tournament. They are comprised of captain Joe Kammann, Arul Belhe, Shubham Singh, Shivangg Charan, and Akash Kaul. They are coached by Jack Buan (12) and Katie Talerico (12) who are captains of Wayzata High School’s team. “We see that the same trends in high school quiz bowl are reflected in middle school quiz bowl,” said Talerico. “Eden Prairie has been a huge competition for us

throughout the season, and it’s the same with our middle school teams.” East’s win at the tournament has qualified them for the Middle School National Quiz Bowl Championships which will be hosted in Atlanta on May 10-11. East’s B team (Akash Nagapurkar, Anisha Sharma, Aniket Bhalerao, Aryan Shah) was also qualified though the wild card entry. Currently, the teams are run and hosted through the Center of Academic Excellence, a community-run organization headed by Ron Pasumarty. The middle schools have not yet found it in their budget to finance a quiz bowl team, but their recent wins may inspire administrators to sponsor a school-affiliated team in coming years, said Pasumarty.

Mr. Trewick, Principal: rock & roll – Elvis Mr. Pawlicki, 12th Grade Principal: country, 80s rock – Def Leppard, AC/DC, U2 Ms. Boyd, 11th Grade Principal: Stevie Wonder Ms. Janecek, 10th Grade Principal: Coldplay, U2 Ms. Bruggers, 9th Grade Principal: Piano Man by Billy Joel Ms. Johnson, Culinary Express Coordinator: rock-pop – Pink Ms. Iverson, Vision 21 Coordinator: easy listening, pop, the Wicked soundtrack Mr. Johnson, Psychology teacher: “Gangsta’ rap, the thuggier the better.” Ms. Smith, Substitute teacher: classical, opera, rap, R&B – Pharrell, “every type of music – every type! I like music from all countries. I just love music!” Ms. Rudell, Social Studies teacher: Mumford & Sons, Rick Springfield, Glee songs, and the Frozen soundtrack with her children Mr. Junker, Social Studies teacher: rock – U2 Mr. Ferry, Communications teacher: 80s alternative, Ke$ha Mr. Cipra, Math teacher: musicals – Andrew Lloyd Webber, jazz, ska, German hip-hop – Die Fantastischen Vier Mr. Kloehn, Counselor: music from the 60s and 70s – the group America Think you can stump me? Submit questions you have about anything here at WHS to to Ask Jared.

Several WHS students display their research on an international level Several Wayzata scholars will be attending the ISEF to present their science fair projects

Every year, a group @quinncullum of Wayzata High School students compete in the State Science Fair and presents their research and projects to judges in hopes of competing in the international competition. The State Science Fair ran from March 19th to April 1st this year in Bloomington, and several Wayzata students that competed did quite well. “I have participated in the science fair for two years now, and both years I have qualified to ISEF (internationals). This year, Bhargavi Pappisetti also qualified as an alternate to ISEF too,” said Priyanka Narayan (12). However, this particular competition is not run by or affiliated with any individual school. “The science fair has 3 levels of competition - regionals, state, and internationals. It is run by the Minnesota Academy of Science. Internationals is sponsored by Intel,” added Narayan. “The first two days of the competition was JSHS ( Junior Science and Humanities Symposium), which is a research paper competition. The last two days was the science and engineering fair, in which students present posters,” said Kevin Zheng (12). “Leighton Zhao and Rohan Sinha are a few of the others who were also there.” By QUINN CULLUM S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

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Student creates instructional website for iPads iPads have been creating distractions for many students since they were introduced at the high school. Neha Bhatt’s website aims to change that. It’s the middle of SENIOR GUEST WRITER @JosiahMayo1 first block in a 9th class, and the teacher asks the students to pull out their iPads. They’re instructed to open their Notepad app, but instead, some of them open Angry Birds and play the game under their desk without a worry in the world about ionic bonds or subordinate clauses. iPads were originally geared toward use as entertainment devices, but have gained popularity as a desktop or laptop computer replacement. There is an huge potential that mobile devices can fill in school settings. Since the ninth graders received iPads in 2013, some have been neglecting the academic advantages they possess. Neha By JOSIAH MAYO

Bhatt (10) is trying to overcome this challenge with her website, “Wayzata: iPad Aid.” Bhatt said that she wants to curb the everyday distractions of video-watching and game-playing that she sees throughout the school. Bhatt recruited student volunteers and worked with Media Center staff to put together the website. She hopes this website will be a tool to help freshmen use their iPads for their studies. The website includes many tips, recommended helpful apps for school subjects, and even video tutorials for note-taking apps, all designed to help freshmen succeed in school with the help of their iPad. If you would like to take a look at the website, visit: www.wayzataipads.webs. com.

So what are these Wayzata students presenting that has led them to success in this competition? “I presented my work in developing and characterizing a low-cost pulsed teaching laser at both events. At JSHS, I placed 4th, and qualified for nationals in DC later in April,” said Zheng. “My project this year was a continuation of last year’s work. Last year, I was able to make chemotherapeutic drugs that can only be delivered intravenously to cancer patients, orally available by encapsulating them in nanoparticles. This year, I found out out why that worked; so that it could be applied to other drugs as well,” added Narayan. “Most of the students who participate in science fair from Wayzata are part of the SciMent (science mentorship) program, which is taught by Princesa VanBuren Hansen,” said Narayan. Several of the Wayzata students that competed in the State Science Fair have Princesa VanBuren Hansen’s mentorship to thank for some of their success.   Regardless of who these Wayzata students have to thank, we now have several students displaying their projects and research at the international level. Given the successes of of Wayzata’s students in the Science Olympiad, this is not surprising, but it is impressive.


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“I am an expert at play. I have been so for six months now. I love the people I work with; they’re awesome, crazy people who are all about having fun. After a while, playing with toys all day can be exhausting, though.” -Alex, Air Traffic “I’ve been working at Jamba five months. I make smoothies, run the register, and wash dishes. My favorite part is getting to talk to new people and the regulars.” -Peter, Jamba Juice

“We are all so close. We are like a family! We joke and bicker with each other yet we know when we need to be serious.” -Hannah, Noodles & Company

“Last year I was asked to substitute for a couple classes when needed and it just sort of got recognized! I guess the little nuggets liked me a lot and the teachers thought I was dedicated and responsible enough to teach my own classes. I’ve taught a kindergarten ballet and tap class and since then I have also taught private tap lessons to a sixth grader and private ballet, tap, and kick-line lessons to elementary schoolers. I’ve been dancing at Deanne’s since I was four and do jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, novelty (theatrical dancing), pointe, lyrical, and kick-line. With the kindergarteners, I really worked on their enjoyment of dance and tried to make them feel like real ballerinas. I wanted to make them comfortable with themselves and have fun dancing. My favorite part about teaching is the feeling that you caused a change in another person’s life, even if it is just teaching them a little dance move. Their sense of accomplishment makes it all worthwhile!” -Sadie, Deanne’s Dance Studio “Sometimes I bag people’s groceries if they want, which most of them usually don’t . I also will go outside to get carts and bring them in. In the summer, I like the weather outside, it is nice to work in.” -Jarred, Cub Foods




HANNAH SUTTON / 11 / NOODLES & COMPANY “I started because my aunt needed help and I didn’t have a job, so I said I would work for her. I do sales and love helping all of the customers. Being able to put a smile on their face, no matter what age, really makes my day.” -Sam, Wuollet Bakery “I’ve been working at Walgreens for six months because I needed money for college. My job entails working at the front register ringing people up, stocking shelves, and facing aisles. When people knock everything down, I’m the one who has to clean everything up. As a retail employee, some people forget that we are humans, too. When they have a bad day, sometimes they take it out on us. Other customers are hilarious. There was a customer who came in belting out Best Day of My Life and sang the entire time she was in the store. I could hear her from the back and when she came up to the register she was still singing loud and proud. Another customer threatened to call corporate on me because he couldn’t get a hold of us and we ran out of pumpkin.” -Dina, Walgreens “We teach elementary and middle school students how to do math and get to help them understand new concepts. It’s supplemental, and it really helps them.” -Rithvik, MathWiz





STERN} Our resident movie buff dishes on what movies were and weren’t worth a trip to the theatres for this April.


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Noah is director Darren Aronofsky’s first film in four years, and his first big-budget studio production. Aronofsky helped start the low-budget indie movement with Pi (1998), and then created indie hits like Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Wrestler (2008), and Black Swan (2010), so a $125 million sci-fi biblical action film seemed out of the ordinary for him - especially because he is a noted atheist. Nonetheless, I was excited about this movie, despite the seemingly constant dispute with studios over who gets the final cut (Aronofsky did, thankfully). With Noah, the question is: who is this movie for? Given the inclusion of Watchers (rock monsters/angels) and continual biblical inaccuracies, it’s not for the religious crowd. Any attempt for a character study is cut down by the need for action. This film is apparently for the crowd who wants to see the story of Noah’s ark manipulated into a sci-fi blockbuster, which I can’t imagine is a large group of people. The biggest issue with the film are the pacing problems. The climactic battle scene occurs about halfway through, and then there’s an entire extra act where the people are on the ark. The movie is trying to make things exciting, but the pace slows down for the finale and makes you wish that the film was just over already. Noah also doesn’t deal with the issue of time all that well. Eight years pass as they make the ark, but although the actors are older, the transition seems forced. Similarly, nine months pass while on the ark, but it seems like only a few weeks. The performances are good, at least. Although the character isn’t written all that well, Russell Crowe handles the title role without much difficulty. Anthony Hopkins is solid in his small role, albeit it’s a bit silly. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth are all decent, even if you can’t see past them as the actors. Ray Winstone is incredibly intimidating as the main antagonist though, really stealing the show. Jennifer Connelly unfortunately just isn’t given a lot to do. The special effects in the movie are magnificent. If for nothing else, you can sit back and enjoy the visual aesthetics of the film. Noah also does some really interesting things with sound editing, creating an immersive environment. Unfortunately, the script is ridden with plot-holes, and it takes itself far too seriously. While it’s an entertaining enough experience, I’m hoping that Aronofsky will stick with independent films in the future. 6/10

Muppets: Most Wanted

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

captain america: the winter soldier dier flourishes during the fighting sequences, particularly in the first 2/3 of the film. While it is difficult to maintain an emotional connection to the characters, as many of them are seemingly invincible, the battle scenes create a level of campy fun that the movie thrives off of. The climactic sequence may have grown a bit lengthy and melodramatic, but the action is undeniably the strongest part of the film. However, the movie’s pace withers away at times when the filmmakers attempt to create some dimension for Captain America. Not only is Captain America attempting to catch up on

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As Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words tells the story of Guy Trilby, a 40-something who finds a loophole to compete in the national spelling bee, annoying kids and parents alike. Bateman stars, for once not playing the straight man. 10-year-old Rohan Chand takes this role, as the young Indian-American competitor Trilby reluctantly befriends. Despite their age differences, they have an incredibly amount of charisma together, and Chand’s complete innocence makes Bateman’s continuous verbal abuse all-the-funnier. The question you are given throughout the film is, “Why is he doing this?” Kathryn Hahn plays a reporter, helping him in attempt to get a story, and she serves as the guide for many of these questions. While the result we get in the end isn’t 100% fulfilling, it’s enough to justify the film’s existence, and doesn’t disappoint too much. Bad Words is an independent film, and this works to its advantage. With a lack of studio involvement, the script takes a lot more risks with its humor. The majority of the movie relies upon the shock value of Bateman trash-talking middle school students, and the independent feel helps the jokes land well. Not all of the jokes work, but a surprising amount hit their mark. That said, if shock humor isn’t for you, then you should definitely pass on this film. The soundtrack is another element of the film that really helps it work. It ranges from Beethoven to Beastie Boys, and it suits the tone perfectly. In the end, there’s nothing too complex about this film, but it’s very entertaining. Jason Bateman shows a high level of confidence for his first time in the director’s chair, and I’m anxious to see what else comes from him. I doubt that this will become a classic comedy, or even one that you need to see more than once, but it’s enjoyable from start to finish, and one of the better films to come out thus far in the year. 7/10

new technology and pop culture, but he must deal with new threats and moral dilemmas. While this idea may seem interesting in theory, the film never fully commits to it and it comes across as almost an after-thought. With a new setting for the superhero, there are plenty of interesting possibilities for a villain, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier chooses to just incarnate Nazi’s again. There is a weak attempt to connect the villain organization to modern times, but for the most part the film just seems to be saying “Nazis bad. America good. Freedom good.” There is also a lack



The 9th movie in the new Marvel franchise, Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues the adventures of Steve Rodgers - the First Avenger. Helmed by TV Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the film details a take-over of SHIELD by its enemies as Captain America must take down Hydra once and for all... without much back-up. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, and Scarlett Johansson reprise their roles, along with the addition of Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, and Anthony Mackie. Captain America: The Winter Sol-

of a strong singular villain in the film. While there are several supporting antagonists throughout, none of them stand out as being particularly threatening on their own, leaving you feeling somewhat unsatisfied. With all of this said, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still one of the better Marvel films created in recent years. Its sense of fun is enough to keep you entertained throughout, despite its mediocre script. If you’ve been a fan of the franchise thus far, you’ll probably love this one. If not, you probably won’t hate it as much as Iron Man 3 (2013). 6/10

muppets most wanted Following up Jason Segel’s resurrection of The Muppets, Muppets: Most Wanted picks up literally right where the prequel ended. The muppets, persuaded by Dominic Badguy (pronounced Badgé, and portrayed by Ricky Gervais), decide to go on a European world tour. While in Europe, Kermit is kidnapped and replaced by Constantine, the world’s most dangerous criminal - a Kermit the Frog look-a-like. Tina Fey joins the cast as a Siberian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays a comically stereotypical European detective. You know how The Muppets (2011) spent an entire movie developing Walter as a new muppet? Well all of that effort goes to waste as Walter is barely used in this film. This isn’t necessarily bad though, as it gives other Muppets a chance to shine. However, replacing Walter is Constantine as the main antagonist. Unfortunately, despite a nice song and some humorous one-liners, Constantine is pretty uncharismatic, and rather than coming across as a devious supervillain, he just seemed annoying. The soundtrack was primarily written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, who wrote the songs for the previous film as well. However, the songs are all just okayish. They all seemed to be in the vein of Flight of the Conchords, but while this worked in the first film, the songs just seemed rather plain in Muppets: Most Wanted. Some of the cameos in the film worked, some didn’t. In the prison scenes, the trio of Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, and Jemaine Clement provided some of the biggest laughs of the film (I didn’t realize how much I wanted to see Ray Liotta do musical theatre). However, there are times where the cameos just seem obnoxious. This is typically when they have an actor play a walk-on that has nothing to do with their stage persona. Why is Cholë Grace Moretz playing a newspaper girl? Why is James McAvoy playing a UPS guy? Muppets: Most Wanted has a lot of great jokes. It also has a lot of forced humor. There’s some self-awareness in its writing, but the self-awareness isn’t enough to make up for a lack of effort. Occasionally it’s a joy to watch, and occasionally it’s a chore to get through. 5/10


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The hard-rock band is hitting the road for their “Shepherd of Fire” Tour, based on the band’s No.1 single of the same name. On their tour they’ll also be headlining some of the U.S.’s biggest rock festivals, such as Carolina Rebellion and Rise Above Fest.


Less than two weeks after releasing her fifth studio album, “Lights Out,” Michaelson will return to First Ave. Michaelson is known for her acoustic work and indie-pop sweetheart sounds. She brought in her early fanbase through her MySpace music channel (where she was discovered in 2006). The New York Times has called her songwriting “smart” and her tunes “irresistible.”


Hailing from Ontario, Canada, this indie-rock band is anything but oriental, though they are wordly. Their newest album, “Forcefield,” was released in March and has been long-awaited since their second album debuted in 2010.



Temples looks like a parade of cosmic wanderers: the band name, their peculiar taste in wardrobe, and the fact that they take incense sticks on the road with them. Their debut single, “Shelter Song,” was released in November 2012, and since then their psychedelic sounds have been picked up by local radio stations like The Current.


Though no one in this London-based band is over 24, one could see fit to call them veterans. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is their fourth album. The band signed to Island Records as soon as they left secondary school at age 18. Their new album experiments with electronic loops, a very different style than the indie-rock they’re best known for. The songs are innovative, and yet fit well with the previous repetoire.



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Returning from the Olympic Games in Sochi, the U.S. Figure Skating team will headline their own nationwide tour, bringing the spirit and passion of the Olympics back to home ice.

This indie-pop California band has been up to a lot since they released their first album in 2006. Frontman Forrest Kline has taken the time to hone his craft without pressure, sharpening their musical edge with their newest album, “Would It Kill You?” In this album, Kline focuses on the songwriting more than fancy production tricks.

Ta’Reika Larkins is entering the competition with a very positive attitude. “I don’t see anyone as my competition,” said Larkins. Her strategy is to make alliances here and there, and ultimately make it to the end. To pump her up, Larkins listens to all types of rap music. “Anything with a fast beat will work,” said Larkins. The only weakness she has will be tested in the food challenges because she doesn’t have the stomach for weird foods.

Profe Roloff claims is the next survivor because he earned it and deserves it. His biggest weakness is that he thinks he is the best, and his pump up song is “Jock Jams”. His celebrity crush is Rachel McAdams, because she is “pretty cute”. Profe Roloff ’s biggest threat in the competition is Kaari Johnson.

Abby Maas plans to go into the competition with stealth so as to not seem like a threat. Her biggest weakness is that although she is athletic, she is a terrible long distance runner. Her biggest threat is the sibling power duo: Kaari and KJ Johnson. Her celebrity crush is Betty White and she has eaten crocodile. Her pump up song is “Timber” by Kesha and Pitbull.

Brad Yentzer thinks one of the underclassmen will end up kicking his butt. He plans to hang back and see how far he can get. Brad thinks he is the next survivor because he is adventurous. Brad’s celebrity crush is crush is Neil Patrick Harris.




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Austin Rush’s biggest threat is KJ Johnson because he is insanely athletic. Going into the competition, Austin will do whatever he has to do to get the job done. “It’s all a mental game.” He believes he will be the next survivor because he can push through just about anything, unless if he has to eat bugs. His celebrity crush is Jennifer Lawrence, because she is perfect. Austin’s go-to pump up song is anything by Lil’ Jon.

KJ Johnson’s biggest threat is his older sister, Kaari Johnson, because she knows all about him and his weaknesses. His strategy is to either come off as nonathletic, or to try and win every single competition from the start. KJ is the next Survivor because he is a triple threat: athletic, smart, and good at singing (and beautiful). His biggest weakness is the fact that he has a weak stomach. His celebrity crush is Jennifer Lawrence and his pump up song is “Power” by Kanye West.



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“That guy Jimbo” is Laura Grooms’ biggest competition. Laura claims she is really prepared to go into the competition and her biggest weakness is, “when people force me to kiss someone else.” She listens to dub step to get pumped up and her celebrity crush is Zac Efron. Laura has eaten octopus and fish eggs.

Omar Mohamed’s biggest threat in the competition is KJ Johnson because, “he’s tough, he’s big, and he can do a lot of things. “My biggest weakness is on water. I’m not a good swimmer although I come from the coast. I’m from Kenya.” Omar’s jam to get in the zone is “I’m Not Afraid” by Eminem.

Allegra Pompeo believes she is the next Survivor because she likes being involved with the school and she is willing to make new friends. As far as weaknesses go, she is nervous about potentially having to do a Wings Challenge because she doesn’t like spicy foods. Her celebrity crush is Misha Collins and her in-the-zone song is Wake Me Up by Avicii.

Sophie Anderson believes her biggest competition is James Durant. She enjoys competing against older people because she has older brothers. Her biggest weaknesses are heights and public speaking. Sophie’s celebrity crush is Zac Efron, (understandably) and her pump up song is “HeadBand” by B.o.B. She has eaten scorpion and alligator.

Jenna Hoof is the next survivor because people think she is just a scrawny baby, but she will surprise people. Her biggest competition is Ta’Reika Larkins because she runs track or KJ Johnson because he is strong. “If we do the hot wing challenge, I won’t be able to do it! I’ll die!” Anything by One Direction will get her in the zone, and her celebrity crush is Ian Somerhalder.


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For Sam Hidani the biggest threat in the competition is KJ, and his goal is to not get eliminated the first day. With the belief that he is the most brutal of all the contestants, Hidani believes that will contribute to a win. Even the most brutal contestants have weaknesses too. “I’m really afraid of spiders, so that might contribute to my downfall,” said Hidani. His celebrity crush is Jennifer Lawrence, and his go-to pump up song is Bulls on Parade. Lastly, the weirdest thing he’s ever eaten is an expired can of Spam.

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Kaari Johnson believes she is the next survivor because she is good at getting along with everyone and will build bonds to stay in the game longer. Her biggest threat is her little brother, KJ Johnson, and she reports that there has been some tension at home with him. Her biggest weakness is with certain foods, because she has texture issues. Her celebrity crush is Channing Tatum because he is pretty adorable, and it doesn’t matter that he is married. She plays the Pandora ‘Rap Strength Training’ station when she needs to get pumped up.


AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Review by Anna Rodriguez Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is generating quite a bit of buzz around the halls of Wayzata High School. The bright and lively production certainly entertained me and is sure to appeal to a wide variety of people. The show centers around the well-known biblical figure of Joseph played by Caleb Zarns (12). Joseph is loved by many, but envied by his eleven brothers. Driven by jealousy, the angry brothers betray Joseph, leading him on a journey filled with extreme highs and lows. The story is narrated by Katie Hochmuth (12), Annika Isbell (11), Emily Newman (12), and Shivonne McCarthy (11). Their talent forms a solid foundation for the entire production. One notable performance came from Lucy Scherschligt (12) as Mrs. Potiphar. Her seductive yet comical dance number in “Potiphar” amuses spectators. Paul Beitia (11) also stands out as Reuben for being so emotive and captivating despite the fact that this is only his first musical. Andrew West (11) does a stellar job of channeling the one and only king Elvis Presley in his role as the Pharaoh. As expected from any Wayzata High School musical, the choreography and music was exceptional. “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do” are highlights. Narrative Dancers Gina Carter (10), Amy Caswell (12), Michaela Diamond (12), and Megan Olmscheid (11) masterfully illustrate the plot through their spectacular dancing and steal the show on more than one occasion. Even with the immense amount of talent, parts of the show feel rushed and chaotic. I felt like I missed major plot points either because I couldn’t make out the lyrics of a song or because several key events happened too quickly. One of the play’s strengths is its short length but more time could have

been spent expanding on main scenes. The costumes are simple and bright, yet do not detract from the performance. Performers don long flowing robes and colorful garments. Mrs. Potiphar and the Pharaoh have especially flashy costumes that grab everyone’s attention during their time in the spotlight. The set is also fairly understated, but the performers work well with what they have. Fabrics are draped from the ceiling and a thin veil appears at times, making everything behind it appear dreamy and ethereal; a small but interesting touch. Benjamin Calypso is one of the most entertaining and energetic acts in the whole production. The colorful performance include actors leaping in the aisles and a melody straight from the Caribbean. Despite the liveliness of the production, one fault is that there are too many performers on stage. At times it is difficult to know where to focus your attention. In the midst of everything, some of the talent is lost. However, the performance was whipped together in a matter of weeks. Director Adam Hegg said, “It was incredibly fast. We had about four weeks to get through the entire thing and we only had seven days on stage. It was really fast and super intense.” Overall, the show is a cheery comedy that Hegg accurately deems a “cotton candy headache.” Hegg said, “It is bright and fun the whole way through.” The humor is unmissable and elicited laughs from all members of the audience. “I made the cast take silliness really seriously,” said Hegg. The show is the perfect balance of humor, music, and feel good moments. If you’re in the mood for an uplifting story with charm, I highly recommend you see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on April 25th and 26th in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for senior citizens, and $14 for adults.

Photos by Kim Insley

A VIBRANT SHOW: (Left) Caleb Zarns (12) plays the titular character in “Joseph.” (Right) Megan Olmscheid dances to “Those Canaan Days” as the brothers of Joseph sing about their starvation during a famine. Olmscheid acts out a dream that the brothers have of the past good days they used to have before they sent Joseph away.






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1. It is welcomed to eat sushi with your hands. Sushi was once only finger food.

2. Do not leave ANY food on your plate; it is considered impolite. 3. Do not use your chopsticks to point at anyone or anything.

4. Do not pick apart the sushi. It is a considered art. 5. Do not use flash photography (this includes instragramming your sushi).


WHAT ’S INSIDE: Eel, Jasmine Rice, Seaweed, Avodado, Sakana Sauce WHERE: Sakana, Wayzata This was a very slippery roll. When I tried grabbing it with chopsticks, it slipped out of my grasp! The sauce was very overwhelming to the flavor, and the texture seemed a bit strange at first, but we got used to it. It was overall a good roll, and the presentation was excellent.

ness located on Main Street in Wayzata, but owner Billy Tserenbat did. One thing that has customers returning is the freshness of their fish. “Quality of the fish is what makes us stand out because we get our fish 6 times a week, instead of 2 times a week like most restaurants,” said Tserenbat. The quality of their fish definitely helped them attract attention; they were awarded Best Sushi in Minneapolis in 2013 by City Pages, and one of the 50 best restaurants in Minnesota by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, all after being open for only one year. Their award winning nigiri is prepared Tokyo style, meaning you can tell how fresh their fish is because the size of the nigiri is larger than their competitors. For people new to Sushi Fix, there are many types of sushi that you can order; they will even tailor to your preferences. “It’s not what we can recommend, it’s about what we can make based on someone’s tastes and preferences. Maybe like the Wayzata Trojan Roll; if they like it then they’ll know what to get when they come back,” said Tserenbat. If you can’t make it into the restaurant, make sure to check out their sushi truck in downtown Minneapolis for some of the freshest fish around.

If you want location - a great view along with great sushi - head to Sakana, located on Wayzata’s Main Street with a full lakefront view. To fully enjoy the view, make sure you stop by in the upcoming summer months to experience your meal outdoors on their patio. Besides their location, Sakana also gives a flavorful and unique sushi experience. With owners originally from New York, Sakana gets their fresh fish from their many out-of-state providers. This helps

time and again. “Chefs and servers go through rigorous training to be able to give the customer a great experience,” said Staff Member Travis Song. This truly shows as the staff has a combined 65-70 years of restaurant experience between them. “Our sushi is tailored to fit a more American style, but we also offer all traditional rolls that you can order,” said Song.

If you want AUTHENTICITY… Over 1,000 years ago in Lake Biwa, Japan, Funa-zushi was discovered. Funa-zushi is the first known form of sushi in Japanese culture. Yumi Kim, the owner of Yumi’s in Excelsior, recently moved to the United States directly from the birthplace of sushi. Yumi’s stresses the importance of authenticity and serving meals with recipes that come straight from the source. “Every week we have different types of fish and special rolls (maki); we try to present a variety,” said Kim. The rapid turnover of specials brings in new flavors and textures for customers to try, creating a loyal following that come in for lunch or dinner as frequently as twice a week. Yumi’s devoted clientele makes for busy nights and weekends. Unfortunately, reservations are not accepted. “When the restaurant is in full swing it’s very busy,” said Kim. Yumi’s is usually packed with a wait time sitting around twenty minutes by 6:00 pm, so make sure to get there early. Although the drive can last 20-30 minutes, taking 101 South along beautiful Lake Minnetonka makes it bearable. If you are willing to make the trek out to downtown Excelsior, Yumi’s Sushi Bar provides top-of-the-line sushi that provides a satisfying experience that will keep you coming back.


LINGO: Hello Konnichiwa Goodbye Sayonara Thank you Domo Arigatou MAKI Fish, vegetables and rice on

a sheet of dried sea kelp

Nigiri Fish on rice, with a little wasabi in between

Sashimi A slice of raw fish or seafood only

Omakase “Leave it up to us” or Chef ’s Choice

SPICY SALMON ROLL WHAT ’S INSIDE: Seaweed exterior, jasmine rice, spicy ground salmon WHERE: Sakana, Wayzata This was one of my favorite rolls. Despite being a simple roll, the flavor was outstanding. Though it claims to be a “spicy roll,” it really wasn’t, just a bit of a spicy aftertaste. This roll didn’t need to be combined with soy sauce (in fact, I hardly ever eat my sushi with soy sauce) as it would have overwhelmed the excellent flavor. This sushi was not presented well, as it looked a bit messy.



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Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter and the sugar on medium for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, keeping the mixer on medium. In a small bowl, combine the zest, extract, and food coloring. Turn the mixing speed to low and add the lemon mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together until they are fully incorporated. With the mixer still on a low speed, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, and beat for 3 minutes on medium. Once the batter is smooth, add the sour cream. In a lined muffin pan, divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let them cool at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan. For more recipes, look for Lauren’s cookbook coming out this year!

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MISSION STATEMENT To address issues that Wayzata High School is facing; to investigate with courage, persistence and passion; to report the news with accuracy and without bias; to encourage thought, investigate events which incite praise and those which incite criticism; and to make connections between people in this community. This past weekend thousands @mssadiebell of music loving neo-hippies flocked to the Colorado Desert Region of Indio, California for the first weekend of the much anticipated art and music festival known as Coachella. Flower crowns, fringe, bustiers, and circular sunglasses filled the crowd of hipsters as they try to look different, but end up looking just like the rest of the festival attendees. This year was not only a great year for the festival’s lineup, but the fashion in the crowds was as fun as ever. In the dusty, hot desert it is inevitable that loose fitting or revealing ensembles are going to be popular at an event like Coachella. Fringe was seen on suede and leather tops or cut from graphic or solid colored crop tops to reveal even more skin. Bustiers and bandeaus paired with high-waisted shorts or skirts of varying length continue to be a fun festival choice. These cropped pieces have been seen paired with denim highwaisted, printed, crocheted, lace, or floral shorts, assuring most attendees looked like walking Urban Outfitters advertiseBy SADIE BELL


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ments. Bustiers and other tight fitting tops are commonly paired with a loose, lengthy printed or lace kimono. Many Coachella attendees seemed to be accessorizing with stylish yet functional pieces from their head to their toes to ensure their outfit was one hundred percent Coachella-ready. The classic flower crowns continue to be a festival necessity, though the real hippies are the ones who make theirs out of dried flowers as opposed to ordering one online. Many girls were seen in jeweled chain head wraps and simple headbands to give their outfit just a little something extra. Also, like the popular accessory worn by the man whose essence embodies Coachella, Jared Leto’s signature brimmed hat was a common style seen on both genders this year. Attendees were styling down to their feet by pairing their outfits with ankle boots or leather gladiator sandals. To guard their eyes from the hot Southern California sun, many festival-goers wore 1960s-inspired circular sunglasses. To top off their outfits, most of the crowd sported either a backpack or an over the shoulder bag to carry their necessary belongings such as their Instagram-ready device and Polaroid cameras. Due to its location, many celebrities attend the festival, some most definitely dressed better than others. A festival favorite of mine, Emma Roberts, dressed trendy in a crocheted skirt paired with a solid white muscle shirt and circular glasses with pink lenses. Roberts’ minimalist fashion proves not every attendee has to look as dramatic as the Jenner sisters to be Coachella-ready. Though linked arm-in-arm with the Jenners. The festival fashion seen this year at Coachella seems to highlight everything neo-hippie from crocheted patterns to kimonos paired with brimmed hats. Though the desert is stocked full of music-loving, bustier wearing hipsters in flower crowns, maybe next year at Coachella the biggest hipsters will be the ones wearing jeans and a white T-shirt.

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colleges THAT REJECTED ME On March 27, Harvard sent out rejections to 32,266 of the nearly 35,000 students who applied. That brings their acceptance rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest in recorded history. But Harvard, and many other schools, have yet to hear the wrath of our students.

Hundreds of thousands of students are denied from colleges each year. This year, I’m one of them.

My name is Luke Young and I got denied from a college… more than one. To be exact, I didn’t get accepted to a single college I applied to.

I scored a 34 on my ACT, maintained a 3.6 GPA, was captain of the robotics team for two years — yet I couldn’t get accepted to any of the colleges I wanted to go to. The fact that I’ve had an internship as a software developer for over a year, produced apps with millions of downloads, and scored an internship at a popular software company in California didn’t seem to help my case. Whether it’s because I overreached in my college aspirations, or because I just got unlucky, I don’t know. Maybe there’s something more I could have done, or maybe there’s something wrong with the college admissions process. I think that’s a decision everyone has to make for themselves. I’ll leave the reader with this; If you got accepted to college, relish it, if you didn’t, take solace in the fact you’re not alone. -Luke Young

Dear School That Rejected Me,

Well, it has been four months since we last talked. After writing numerous essays for your school, you so kindly sent me a lovely rejection letter, “regretting” that you “couldn’t place” me in your Class of 2018. All I have to say after your brief and insincere notification is thank you. Yep, you heard me right.

Thank you for rejecting me. I now intend to find happiness at a school where I belong, surrounded by people I love, close to one of my favorite cities. I’d take that over your school any day. Lots of love,

-Taylor Cranfield Dear College That Rejected Me,

I understand, it’s not you. It’s me. I present the diversity of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m just too average white male for you. -Alex Tyler

My dear admission officer,

If you liked it then you should have put a [Class] ring on it. -Mikaela Kendall

Dear Northwestern and Vanderbilt,

I didn’t want to work that hard anyway. -Eric Mitchell

Dear College,

I have reviewed many colleges and universities in America this year. I congratulate you on your academic and civic achievements! The college decision process was very competitive this year and I regret to inform you that you ARE NOT WORTHY OF ME! I wish you the best in your future endeavors and hope you realize THERE WILL FOREVER BE A GAPING HOLE AT YOUR UNIVERSITY THAT ONLY A PERSON OF MY WORTH COULD HAVE FILLED. Perhaps you will have better luck next year in persuading me to transfer. However, I will be climbing up the scholarly ladder at a prestigious university that realized TRUE potential. Sincerely,

Your Loss

-Prasanna Vankina Stanford, it’s fine that you don’t want me. It’s your choice. I get it. But you’re wrong, and I hate you.

-Mason Anderson

Stanford Reject, Class of 2018

Dear College Admission Offices, Your arbitrary decision making is only hurting those who do actually care about their education. You live in an academic ivory tower constantly reminding us that all the power is in your hands. After taking the PSAT we’re all bombarded with college mail and emails. You hold our hands and push us to apply. After the application fee has been paid, you get what you wanted and what your constant advertising intended to do, our money. Could you at least help prepare us for the coming soul crushing rejection letter? Or if you were lucky enough to be accepted, just wait until the financial aid award comes. Suffocating student loan debt for a lifetime. It seems that education has taken a backseat to monetary contributions. The worst rejection letter I received was four sentences, the highlight being “we trust that you will be offered a place at another institution of interest to you.” But if you’re so “sorry to let you know that you have not been admitted to X college,” then why didn’t you bother sending an acceptance letter in the first place?. While I may still be bitter about the process as a whole, I did indeed receive a place at another institution that is of interest to me. Congrats college, you’ve crushed my spirits. Maybe you can find someone better? -Kate Carroll Reject, Class of 2018

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READING So ditch Netflix for a night, and pick up a book. I read Quiet during first semester this year, and I have not been able to stop thinking about it. It’s a well-researched psychological examination of introversion versus extroversion in the United States, and fortunately, Susan Cain writes for laymen, so the information is easy to understand. What I appreciate most is Cain’s unapologetic acknowledgment of the creative, pro-social power of introverts even though the educational, business, and political systems seem to bend over backwards to foster the needs and desires of extroverts. Like Malcolm Gladwell (author of Outliers), Cain provides case studies of real introverts who contribute a great deal of good to their communities, By KATHRYN KOTTKE W H S S TA F F M E M B E R

and then she offers a wealth of psychological research that shows how and why their introversion made their contributions possible. Aside from the interesting research, I appreciate the book for its insights into my own personal life—as an introvert—and teaching life. As a teacher, so much of my training has been focused on creating and fostering an extroverted environment. We work hard to get the quiet people talking—we’re even “graded” on our ability to do so. In Quiet, Cain talks about how counterproductive this is to creativity, and she demonstrates that introverts are typically the creative thinkers who invent new ways for us to think about and interact with the world and the people in it. When around thirty percent of the population is introverted, the extrovert-

ed world of school and business can be a damaging place. Overall, I strongly recommend this book to both introverts and extroverts. Introverts will be relieved to see themselves described as valuable and social—in spite of the broad anti-social brush with which they’ve been painted—and extroverts will learn to see how others get energy (hint: it’s not from wild crowds and parties!). If you don’t know whether you’re introverted or extroverted, there’s an informal quiz. Cain’s discussions alone will guide you toward an overall recognition of yourself, so if you have test anxiety or you don’t buy into the whole quiz-thing, no worries. Oh—and there’s a great TED Talk by Susan Cain on her research, so you can put your iPads to work!


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This Town is a thrilling political non-fiction profile about the key players in Washington DC. Leibovich, a reporter for the Washington Post, now the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, knows the room he’s stepping into. Leibovitz’s stern military looks explain his writing, a clear observer, only stepping into the conversation when he has to. This book is not for the fainthearted or those with a large ego. Within the first chapter of the book he’s already taken key players down a notch or two. He isn’t one to withhold criticism; harsh comments are interspersed throughout the profile. The language in the book adds to the book’s thrill. Leibovich doesn’t waste a single word, and the pace of the book moves rather quickly. His biases show through, clearly showing the Democrats in a more favorable light. Then again, what do you expect from a Post writer? I expected a cynical ‘Washington is beyond repair’ point of view, but Leibovich makes a point to show some hope in the ‘money rules all’ world. “America’s Gilded Capital” is part of the title; it is clear that there’s a chain of command which follows the dollar amounts coming in, but who holds that power may surprise you. Starting with Tim Russert’s funeral, the power players are more connected as the book goes on. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. The fast pace keeps the book interesting and the jargon isn’t too difficult for a lay person to comprehend. Even if you pay no attention to what’s going on in DC, you’ll still be able to understand and appreciate this book. Leibovich’s attention to detail earns This Town a solid 8/10.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, upon first glance, looks like another typical Young Adult, or YA, novel: girl falls in love with boy, girl discovers special powers, and boy and girl fall in love, blah, blah, blah. With the introduction of Twilight, YA novels have become more and more formulaic and, quite frankly, boring. Needless to say, when I started The Unbecoming, I had low expectations for plot creativity. Boy, was I wrong. Michelle Hodkin’s first novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer follows seventeen year-old Mara Dyer, who loses her friends and her memory in a building collapse. After the event, Mara experiences strange occurrences. Confused and afraid of her vivid hallucinations, Mara and her family try to find answers to her mind’s lapse. However, Mara discovers that the answer isn’t something anyone has seen before. This isn’t realistic fiction, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s “supernatural.” It’s really a mystery, first and foremost, and a good one at that. Hodkin creates a plot with a prominent, underlying tension. There aren’t werewolves, faeries, nor vampires. It’s more of a psychological thriller, reminiscent of the movie The Black Swan. By TAYLOR CRANFIELD A DV ERT I S I N G M A NAG ER

I also appreciated the depiction of mental illness, especially with Mara’s PTSD. The treatment Mara received was very realistic, as were her thoughts about her illness: ‘am I going crazy?’ Hodkin made Mara’s situation relatable to the reader, something that’s hard to do when discussing mental illness. However, the best part of the novel may be the romantic interest. No, don’t stop reading here; the novel isn’t consumed with romance. Mara is a strong female character – she doesn’t give in to love interest Noah’s charms at all. Yet the two bond on their own disturbed views of reality, through witty conversations and sarcastic remarks. Their interactions are interesting and different: the relation between the two lightens the heaviness of Mara’s situation. The only flaw in Hodkin’s novel is the occasionally unclear distinction between whether Mara is hallucinating or recalling a memory. This could, of course, be intentional. Despite that, the reader may have to go over the prose a few times before comprehending what just happened. All-in-all, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a funny, sarcastic and daring novel that the YA genre desperately needed. It will leave readers breathless for the sequel.



FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Boys lacrosse comes out with a bang The boys varsity lacrosse S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R @Johnson47M team returned to action this spring as the 7th ranked team in the state. The boys’ first game was against the Orono Spartans on Monday, April 14th. Despite Orono starting off with a quick onegoal lead, the Trojan boys were nearly perfect. Fourteen goals in a row, including hat tricks by Brian Machut (12), Grant Long (11), and Adam Grooms (11), paved the way for the Trojans’ first victory of the season. Wayzata was patient on their possessions with precise passing and great decision-making with their shots. “It was just clicking for us, and we were finding the open guys,” said junior midfielder Grant Long, according to the Star Tribune. “Everyone was ripping and getting their shots, so we were scoring really quickly, which was By MATT JOHNSON

nice,” Long said. It was great redemption for the boys to steamroll Orono after suffering a devastating loss to them last year in the section finals. “It was a good win but it’s important to stay grounded,” said junior goalie Aaron Peterson. “Trophies are not won in April,” Peterson said. This may be the best lacrosse team that Wayzata has ever had. The depth and experience of this Trojan team is unlike anything this school has witnessed, and it results in great understanding and execution of the playbook. “This year’s team is filled with quite a few very experienced guys,” said senior captain Mark Swartz. “The past few years we have been pretty young. We still have some younger players, but not as many,” Swartz said. “Everyone on this team has been playing together since about 6th grade, so

we have very good chemistry,” said senior Bjorn Sund. The captains this year are Machut, Adam Knutson (12), Grant Johnson (12), Sam Redding (12), and Swartz. The leadership and mix of young and experienced talent could bring this team to state and beyond. “This year we have a good number of upperclassmen who have played multiple years on varsity,” said Swartz. “I expect this year to only be better than the last,” Swartz said. The Trojans have tough conference games ahead including #1 ranked Eden Prairie and other top ranked teams such as Minnetonka and Edina. “Orono and Eden Prairie definitely have good teams, but we still have to prepare for tougher teams if we want to still be playing in June,” said Sund.

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Girls golf season starts out strong By DIAMOND SAMPSON J U N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R


Photos courtesy of Sarah Burnham GIRLS GOLF: Senior Sarah Burnham (above) is back for her last year as a Trojan golfer. The Trojan girls won again the Eden Prairie Eagles 173-166 to start off their season.

The girls golf team officially started their season this year on Tuesday with a win against Eden Prairie 173-166. “I feel like we are ready. We all have practiced a lot and we should have a strong team this year,” senior captain Jessica Nelson said. “Our teammates are always positive and encouraging. We all want to go far in the season and play our best,” said junior Madalyn Morsak. The team’s commitment is responsible for their achievment thus far. “[Golf ] takes a lot of men-

tal strength. It ’s hard to stay focused for some of our 6-hour rounds. It also takes a lot of dedication. You can’t play a round after not practicing and expect it to be good. You have to put time into either playing or practicing every day, during the season and in the off season,” Morsak said. Coach [Mike] Shumacher’s leadership is another key to the team’s success. Mr. Schumacher is a communications teacher and head girls golf coach. “Schumacher gives us good advice and motivates us to work hard,” Nelson said. “He has had a really big impact on my mental game. He knows how to keep us calm

during rounds, and whenever I’m not playing super well he is usually able to help me get back in the groove. He also always makes sure we have the big picture in mind which is winning state,” said junior Jenna Nelson. “Benilde will probably be our biggest competition this year. Our hope is that we can win sections and go to state as a team this year. Last year we beat Benilde in the section tournament to take second,” Jessica Nelson said. After losing to Edina last year in the conference championship, the girls will work tirelessly to get to the state tournament and won’t go down without a fight.

WILD-AVALANCHE: PLAYOFF PREVIEW The Stanley allowed per game. However they are Cup playoffs in the bottom of the league in power S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R @Johnson47M have finally play kill percentage (.788). The team arrived and save percentage is .913 even though for the secthe Wild have had four different ond year in a row the Minnesota Wild starting goalies. have clinched the wild card. Minnesota’s The team recently acquired Ilya first series will start against the young, talBryzgalov who has filled the void ented, and fast Colorado Avalanche. The brilliantly in the net and will start in Wild and Avalanche have previously met the series. Bryzgalov brings loads of twice in the playoffs, memorably in 2003 playoff experience to Minnesota and when the Wild made an incredible comealready has a Stanley Cup champiback to win after falling down 3-1. onship under his belt. Since acquired The Avalanche have been the achilles from Edmonton he has a record of heel of the Wild, dominating the season 7-2-3 including 3 shutouts. The series 3-1-1 and capturing the Central DiWild defense relies heavily on assisvision title. Colorado emerged as third in tant captain Ryan Suter who averagthe NHL in total points (112) following es an NHL high 29:24 minutes per last year’s second-to-last-finish-in-thegame and also has a team-leading League. The Wild, despite finishing as only plus/minus of +15. a wild card team, were one win away from Offensively, the Wild have strugachieving 100 points in a season for only gled to consistently put the puck the second time in franchise history. in the net. They averaged only 2.43 The Avalanche’s best defense is their ofgoals per game, second worst among fense. Averaging a fourth-best 2.99 goals all playoff teams. Jason Pominville per game, they use their speed and athletileads the Wild in scoring with 30 cism to work the puck through the neutral goals, closely followed by Zach zone. They are also a top-5 best in power OUT FOR REVENGE: Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot celebrate during an Avalanche Parise with 29 goals. home victory. The Wild’s Ryan Suter looks on, thinking of an April rematch. play scoring percentage (.683). The second period is the hot period In the season series against the Wild, Colfor the Avalanche this season with 89 more shots on goal. In the one win the Wild managed, the orado averaged 3.2 goals per game compared to the Wild’s goals scored. The Wild logged only 55 goals in second petwo teams tied in shots on goal. average of 2.2. Despite being dominated in offensive exriods, the second lowest in the League. For the Wild, the This season the Wild has heavily relied on starting goalecution, the Wild outshot the Avalanche by 31. Every loss Av’s allow more goals in the second period than any other. tending. Minnesota is in the top 10 for the fewest goals the Wild suffered against the Avalanche, Minnesota got By MATT JOHNSON

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014



Wayzata baseball trying to steal first

Coming off of a state apS E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R pearance in @Johnson47M last year’s season, the varsity baseball team took the field for the first time against Apple Valley. Unfortunately for the Trojans it didn’t go as planned and they were roughed up by the Eagles in a 9-1 loss. “It would certainly have been nice to get a win, but it just felt as if it wasn't our day,” said senior Will Beeninga. “It was a good thing in that we now know what immediate improvements we need to make for our upcoming games,” Beenninga said. Despite the shaky start, this Trojan baseball team has great expectations coming off of their state showing last season. “Going [to state] last year for the first time in 24 years was special,” said Beeninga. “I think everyone would not only like to make it again this year, but finish it out with a run and maybe even a title.” Beeninga said. The boys look very sharp in most areas of the game. The pitching staff is led priBy MATT JOHNSON

marily by seniors Nick Olmanson, Beeninga, and Jack Sorenson along with consistent hitting captained by power-hitter Connor Trygstad. “I think we need to improve on execution. At least last game we had a large amount of opportunities to drive in runs but always ended up stranding the runners,” said senior captain Christian Lindhardt. “For our team this year, we need to hit and just play our game,” said senior captain Mickey Leius, “like do the little things right and stay positive no matter which way the season is going.” The schedule for the team is not the most favorable with some very competive games against Lakeville North, Eden Prairie, and Minnetonka. Winning them is essential to prove the Trojans’ dominance. Wayzata is currently ranked 14th in state but that could be somewhat overlooked with all of the returning players from last year’s state team. “Every guy on the team wants to make a run to and in the state tournament,” said Lindhardt. “If we stay focused and don't overlook teams we could have a great season.”

Photo courtesy of Christian Linhardt BOYS BASEBALL: Senior Will Benninga pitches (above). Last year, the boys went to state for the first time in 24 years. “If we stay focused and don’t overlook teams we could have a great season,” senior Christian Linhardt said.

Boys golf is back and hungrier than ever This year, three freshmen made the team: Ian MackEvery year, the Wayzata boys enzie-Olson, Van golf team has proven to be Holmgren, and Ben strong. The team is looking forFrazzini. There are ward to another great season. a total of 10 players The first place ranked team on varsity and these from 2013 has all the players freshmen bring a lot from last year’s state runner-up of game to the table, team returning. They should be according to Jack one of the top teams in the state Holmgren. this year, as they look to comTheir last major pete in every event for a firstcompetitions were place finish. against Edina during The captains this year are the 2013 season and Tommy St. Martin (12), Will at last year’s state Holmgren (11), and Jack Holtournament. There, mgren (12). they faced Eden The captains have had lots of Prairie and lost by experience. Both Holmgrems one stroke. The have been on varsity since 7th Eden Prairie Eagles grade. St. Martin made varsity will most likely pose as a sophomore. BOYS GOLF: Senior captain Tommy St. Martin (left) takes a swing. On the right, junior captain Will Holmgren (left) and St. Martin a huge threat again Aside from superb captain practice their drives. The boys team has just two seniors this year. With a strong group of underclassmen, the boys hope to go far this season. this season. leadership, the coaching staff is The team has big fantastic, according to St. Margoals this season, has been with the golf program at er up on the course,” St. Martin said. tin. Their head coach, Mr. Christo- Wayzata for over six years. with hopes to win state and continue With such great leadership and talent pherson, has been coaching boys golf the winning reputation of Wayzata “The coaches are amazing. They are on a team, a state championship may for 12 years. Additional coaches in- always there for you and lift each play- not be out of the question. golf. clude Mr. Hanson, the assistant coach, By NICKI ZAHHOS


Girls Lacrosse Hopes for Success with a Younger Team A building year for Wayzata’s defense in the 2014 season


Girls lacrosse officially kicked off their season with their first home game on April 17th against Min-

netonka. Thus far, the girls have been preparing for the season with many new players on the roster. “I don’t think we have ever had such a talented team. Our offensive players are so equal in strength that it doesn’t matter who we put on the field. We have a lot of young players and it’s nice to see some new faces.” said senior captain McKenna Lorenz. “I have seen great improvement from returning players, also there are a handful of sophomores that pleas-

antly surprised me with their abilities to play and to work with our style of play,” said senior captain Tessa Anderson. However, according to Lorenz, the team will have to work to train new defensive players due to having only two returning defenders. “I think we need to work together and work hard to build trust in each other. On the field we need to work on transitioning the ball and not giving up on

ourselves,” said Anderson. According to head coach Lindsey Eichenlaub, last year the team ended their season with a close section game loss to Becker.

“We worked hard and had a very talented team and were very close, but the games never seemed to workout in our favor. The other Lake Conference teams are so incredibly talented, so there’s a lot of competition,” said Lorenz. Eichenlaub said the team’s practices and scrimmages have shown their potential. “The team has meshed together so far and has realized what they need to do be successful,” said Eichenlaub. “We are going to try our very best to get the win, but more importantly we want to get to a higher level of play on this high school team and help it achieve a more competitive outlook,” said Anderson.



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The girls are striving for another great season after finishing with a record of 8-10 last season. The girls lost 5 seniors last year and this year they have 2 seniors. In the 2013 season the Hopkin’s royals were the team to beat, but yet again Eden Prairie has a talented returning group of girls.




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The number one ranked team from 2013 is back and hungrier than ever. After losing to Eden Prairie in the state tournament last year, the team is determined to make the most of every match. The team is led by senior Jack Holmgren, senior Tommy St. Martin, and junior Will Holmgren. A strong group of underclassmen is led by freshman Van Holmgren, who on average scored the second best points for the team in the 2013 season as an eighth grader. In the 2013 season, the boys were ranked number one for most of the season and hope to continue the success.

The boys are looking for a promising season after heading to the state tournament last year for the first time since 1989. The team consists of a good mix of younger and older guys. The boys were around .500 last year and the biggest competition they faced were the Edina Hornets. This year, Eden Prairie appears to be making a run for the state title with 8 returning seniors and a talented outfield.


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The girls won their first match against EP on April 14. The team is made up of 2 seniors, 7 juniors, 10 sophomores, and 3 freshman this year. Senior Sarah Burnham individually won state in 2013. The Lake Conference’s Edina won state as a team last season. Their entire team will be returning this year. The Hornets were moved out of Wayzata’s section so the team may have a shot at state with their abesence. The team has also been heavily effected by the unpredictable Minnesota weather.


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The boys went undefeated in the regular season in 2013. At the state meet, the team placed third. The boys have also won every conference relay thus this season. As far as their competition goes this year, the Lake Conference teams are always tough. Also, Stillwater has a great distance team according to senior captain James Smith. There is a strong senior class of sprinters and the team has a lot of hardworking underclassmen, Smith says. “I don’t think we have ever had this deep of a team,” Smith said. Last year, the boys won True Team state.



The boys finished their season a little over 500 last year and started their season off with a 14-1 win against Orono. The boys hope they may be able to qualify for the state tournament this year. Eden Prairie was the team’s biggest competition last year and will also be the team to beat this year. This year, the team is a young, but led by 6 seniors. In the preseason the team was ranked seventh and after their big win over Orono on Monday, Wayzata’s boys lacrosse will be now ranked 5th in state.



The girls placed sixth at true team state last year out of eight teams. This year, the team is trying to bring together all of the events of track and field in order to succeed and finish where they want. Their biggest competition will most likely be Minnetonka, Hopkins, and Eden Prairie. Outside of the Lake Conference, they expect East Ridge to be good. The girls have a new assistant coach this year, Dylan Haas, and he has a lot to offer. Last year, the team sent the most girls to state to compete individually than ever before.

The girls hope to surpass their last year’s record breaking season of four wins. The 2013 team was composed of 9 seniors. This season there are 4 seniors returning and the team has 10 sophomores this year. Senior captain Tessa Anderson said, “I think it will be interesting this season because there is such a young group of people that we can shape.” All the Lake Conference teams pose a threat, but especially Eden Prairie as they are the defending state champs.

Who will be the strongest spring team?

Will the spring sports be the most successful season?

Who will be the athlete to watch this spring?

Who will be Wayzata’s biggest competiton this year?

“Boys track is going to kill it this year. They have so much speed, the other teams won’t be able to keep up.”

“I think the spring sports will definitley be successful. They have the potential to bear several state titles.”

“I think the Smith brothers (12) will dominate the track again this season.”

“The Eden Prairie Eagles are always great competition.”

“I think girls syncho will be the best. They have won 7 state championships in a row.”

“Yes, there are several successful teams during the spring season.”

“Sarah Burnham (12) is an amazing golfer and she has been on varsity since seventh grade.”

“All of the Lake Conference teams will be tough competition.”

“Boys lacrosse, there is a lot of talent on this field this year, I have faith in the spoons.”

“As state championships go I believe that spring will be the most successful this year.”

“The trio of Holmgren brothers will break records on the fairway this year.”

“Minnetonka always has a good group of athletes and will have some serious talent this year.”

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