Topeka West High School
Volume 50 Issue 4
Campus View Farewell Class of 2011
Photo by T. Jenson
SUPERIORITY COMPLEX Harrison Baker Reporter
Coined by Alfred Adler as part of his School of Individual Psychology the Superiority Complex is perhaps one of the most common type of the complexes you hear about. Nearly every person in the world could be accused of it. However, in high schools the seniors are the group that is usually ‘diagnosed’ with it. Now of course not every senior has one. Some seniors do not seek the powers nor privileges that ‘seniority’ denotes. “These include being first in line for pretty much anything, getting front row at sporting events regardless of arrival time, and above all, the ability to treat the underclassmen as second class citizens,” Morgan Elder, 12, said. But why do the seniors feel this way? Elder has an answer for this as well. “The seniors argue that they’ve ‘done their time’ as underclassmen waiting for the coveted ‘seniority’,” Elder said. Though as much as the seniors assume that they have precedence over the underclassmen, they do not. “Just because a person has made it through four years of high school, it doesn’t make them better than anyone else,” Elder said. This couldn’t have been said better. Students receive this treatment as freshmen and sophomores
and so they eventually get used to it. They tell themselves that ‘I wouldn’t do this’ and when it comes time for them to take the mantle of ‘seniority’ they do the exact thing and just continue to perpetuate the cycle. “When I’ve questioned the idea before, I always get the same excuse. That’s the way it’s always been.’ People think that just because a thing has been a certain way in the past, it can’t ever change,” Elder said. However, things can change. It is up to the underclassmen of today to become the model seniors tomorrow. This way we can begin to break the cycle and maybe change the way school is for underclassmen. Even though the underclassmen are the backbone of this change; it needs to start with this year’s seniors and juniors.
“As a senior myself, I have been trying to change this attitude among the school as a whole because, in my opinion, getting rid of the idea of senior superiority will only serve to strengthen school unity in the long run,” Elder said. Even though Elder believes this way, there are people who believe the opposite. “[Seniors] do [have the complex], most of them [deserve it], and they were the underclassmen for three years, they paid their dues! Now is their chance to pretty much do whatever before they get pushed out into the real world. As long as they keep up with their class work and such,” Katie Kapp, 10, said. Of course there are those in the middle that say that some do and some don’t. “Some, but not all, I think, while some do feel
that being older should grant them privilege or respect, more suffer from senioritis. Still, seniors do tend to tease or pull rank on underclassmen more,” Carly Fitzgerald, 9, said. There is a good reason why she believes this. “Well, everyone who is a ‘senior’ to younger people has a sense of pride and superiority. Even my mom does. Everyone who is younger will seem like little kids to you. It’s completely natural to want to flaunt your experiences to others. Still, seniors shouldn’t go so far as to completely disregard the opinions of those younger than them, or push them around like mini-slaves,” Fitzgerald said. Whichever side you fall on the issue, it is obvious that most seniors do have the complex because they are the ‘big’ people on campus.
SMALLMAN COMPLEX Harrison Baker Reporter
We have all heard of Napoleon Bonaparte; a very powerful French commander that conquered a large section of the world. Perhaps not all have heard about the ‘small-man complex’ or otherwise known as the ‘Napoleon Complex’. This complex is, at its base, an inferiority complex. It boils down to a person attempting to make up for some type of a handicap by overcompensating in other aspects of their life. A good example would be some Freshmen on campus since they are the ‘low man on the totem pole’ they try to act out to lessen feelings of inferiority. Now, of course, not
every freshman has this complex, but some do. This complex isn’t limited to freshmen it can be ‘contracted’ by any person, of any grade level. “I don’t believe all [freshmen] do, but some do have a ‘small man’ complex. Honestly, though, I think that can be true of every grade level, even seniors,” Anna Wenner, 12, said. However, that sentiment is not echoed by all people at the school. Some believe that all have the complex. “I believe all freshmen suffer from small-man complex,” Michaela Lewis, 10, said. There are many different causes to an inferiority complex. They can be as simple as thinking they are ‘tiny’ since they are new
or because they aren’t ‘popular’. “I believe that some people have an inferiority complex because of their status caused by grade [such as being freshmen] but that it can also be caused by things like not having a lot of friends or not being involved in something that’s considered ‘popular’. Every high school student has felt inferior at some point in their life,” Wenner said. “I believe [that they have the complex] because of their attitude and actions around, after, and during school,” Lewis said. “It’s easy to feel ‘small’ when you’re a freshmen because you came from a school where you were the ‘big dogs’ and it can be a hard adjustment,” Joy Baker, 11, said. This complex usually does wear off as the student gets closer to their next grade level. However, eighth graders are the ones that seem to develop it. Once again there are many different causes to having the complex. “I think freshmen have this complex because they are new. They
recognize that they have not earned the respect necessary to having any sort of status at the school. By the end of the year I think most freshmen get over the feelings of inferiority, because they’re practically sophomores. At the beginning though they barely feel like high school students,” Wenner said. “They seem to have this complex because it’s their way of trying to be accepted into a more mature society; sadly, however, what they think is mature we find extremely foolish,” Lewis said. “Freshmen are picked on by upperclassmen, I’m sure that it can get old so they act out,” Baker said. What this is basically saying is that the reasons behind the feelings of inferiority are that the freshmen have yet to ‘adapt’ to the new surroundings and thus they are unable to coexist with upperclassmen. Luckily, like it has been said, this complex wears off as the freshmen become closer to being sophomores and they usually do not redevelop it. However, every student can feel inferior at some point, and that is perfectly natural. Remember to not allow the feelings to make you overcompensate in other areas of your life.
The seemingly eternal rise in gas prices Helen Sheng Reporter
Gas prices often resemble one’s bowel movements—unpredictable, inconvenient, but (especially for Americans) oftentimes necessary. However, again like bowel movements, there are some pretty simple reasons behind those fluctuations, and all
it takes is a bit of thinking back. One cause comes from the internationals buyers and sellers of the oil—they look at multiple different factors in order to decide how much money to take or pay for a barrel of crude oil. They’ll also look at supply and demand. However, many of these traders never even use the oil. So, the prices can move for future supply and demand changes. Most of these will be determined by the countries that are the primary producers of oil; and, according to John Schoen, senior producer
of MSNBC, “many are betting that prices will go higher.” Consequently, the price per barrel of crude oil has gone from $75 in 2010 to hovering somewhere around $110 per barrel today. According to Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine, “most of the rise is the jittery response of markets to the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East.” The Department of Energy reported that the cost of crude oil accounts for about 47% of the cost at the pump, so these prices have a pretty direct effect. In comparison, at the peak of the recession in 2008, crude oil cost $147 per barrel. But
to tackle perhaps the biggest question: When will it get better? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. The American Petroleum Institute didn’t make any predictions, but also didn’t seem to see it dropping soon. “Unless we see increases in supply, it’s hard not to see a tighter market,” John Felmy, the institute’s chief economist, said. According to AAA Carolinas, we may not see any sort of decline until the summer. However, the prime decision maker will be the course of the Middle East turmoil—less means lower prices, and more means higher prices. There is little accurate indication of which direction the crises will go.
Evolution of music through the iPod Lydia Bender Reporter
Everyday students are seen using iPods everywhere. They have become a necessity to many teenagers. It has been ten years since the first iPod came into America’s life and it has come a long way. iTunes, the music store and music library was created several months before the first iPod. iTunes made a huge dent in the CD industry. Since 2001 CD sales have fallen by 12.7%, which is about 1.6 billion dollars. Apple started to leave its impact in the everchanging music industry.
Although, it is fairly simple to purchase songs, nearly 70 million iPod users download music illegally, an estimated 95% of all songs. “Yeah, sometimes [I download songs illegally]”, Jordan Gray, 9, said. Before the iPod music players were humongous or very small and useless. Then on October 23, 2001, Apple released the very first iPod. It had a capacity of 5GB and a price tag of four hundred dollars. Although it was given poor comments about the price tag and the abnormal wheel, the iPod started to change the music industry. Apple has come out with 24 different iPods in the past ten years. Music has always
played a crucial part in our lives. “[I listen to music] all the time,” Nichole Karungu,12, said. “I love music, I listen to it to calm me down, to have a good time. Music is my life.” Along with changing the music industry, it has changed the way individuals are allowed to express themselves. An iPod is their own music player customized to his or her own specific personality and music taste. “[On my iPod I play] country music,” Brandon Davis, 10, said. iTunes and the use of iPods together have changed the way inspiring
musicians can sell their music without being signed to a record label. David Choi, a musician, has been able to put his music on iTunes without being signed, allowing fans to listen to him on their iPod whenever they want to. He has made a career for himself using the resources of iTunes and taking advantage of the modern need of quick, easy, beautiful music. Apple, with the inventions of the iPod and iTunes, has been able to change the music industry. They managed to do this within ten years. It is a most definite accomplishment. They will continue to change the industry.
A bid farewell Elisa Heck Reporter
As the school year comes to an end, many will give Steve Roberts, interim principal, a bid farewell, including staff and students. “The former principal retired, so he was make the interim principal,” Linda Harold, secretary, said. “He officially retired last spring,” JoAnn Pfuetze, secretary, said. Roberts attended high school at Topeka West and Pfuetze believes Roberts though it’d be a great way to end his career because he loves the school. During his time as principal at Topeka West, Roberts was very involved
with the school, for example, he helped to assemble a new Topeka West Inaugural Hall of Fame. Outside of school, Roberts spent time with some others you may now have known. “He is personal friends with many members of the band ‘Kansas,’”Jeff Litfin, General Director of Student Support Services, said. “We’ll miss him,” said Colin Colbert, 12. “When we thank him for being here this year, he always replies, ‘I’m the lucky one,’” Pfuetze said. Later on, Roberts would like to volunteer at Topeka West in several areas where he may be helpful, like the Health and Wellness
program or the Epic Students. As of currently though, the 2010-2011 school year is coming to an end and
with that, a bid farewell to Principal Steve Roberts. “It’s been a great year for me and I’ve loved being here,” Roberts said.
Make way for a fearless new leader Helen Sheng Reporter
From an educational visionary to almost being on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” Jeanne Carton’s next stop will be the principal of Topeka West. As a child, Carton started her education in Topeka, from Whitson to Arthur Capper Junior High and finally to West. Involved in numerous activities, including cheerleading, the TWHS Hosts and Hostesses Club, Spanish language contests, the Advanced Girls’ Chorus, she was “probably one of the most social kids on campus.” Later, she finished high school in Wichita and ended up graduating with a BA in education at Wichita State. “When I had to move to Wichita because my dad took a job there, I was devastated,” Carton said. “I never really overcame the loss, and I attended TWHS high school reunions beginning the 10th year after graduation.” From there, she took several teaching jobs in English, speech, communication, journalism. Then, she got her Masters degree in speech communication as well as her certification in administration from Baker University. Afterwards, she started taking administration positions, working in Otterville, MO and
Independence, MO. “I was ‘hooked’ when I took an education course as a sophomore in college,” Carton said. “I have built on what has become my passion in life...to help young people be prepared for their next level in life, whether it is more education or the world of work.” According to Carton, the most rewarding part is the relationships she has sustained over the years. She has also “become a richer individual” from watching the development of students. “I have interacted with thousands of young people in my career,” Carton said. “I hope I’ve made 1/100th of the impact on their lives as they have made on mine.” Ever since her husband passed away in April of 2009, she has been “yearning” to come back to Kansas. “When I saw the position open in Topeka, I thought how amazing it would be to return to the high school I attended, the high school I loved, and the high school from where two of my siblings graduated,” Carton said. As principal one of the first things she is looking forward to is being able to know the people of West: the students, staff, parents, and community. Before making any specific plans, she wants to first assess the strengths and weaknesses of
the school. She plans to turn West from not just “good” but to “great.” “One theme I keep hearing is that the spirit at West is not at the tempo people would like to see,” Carton said. “That identity starts with a vision, a common vision that acts as the umbrella for all that transpires at the school.” Carton said that West is “just waiting to soar to new heights.” One thing that students and teachers can expect is visibility. She plans on walking around the campus and into classrooms to observe the teaching and learning, and getting to know as many students as possible. “After all, education is a service profession,” Carton said. “Our job is to serve our constituents: you and your
parents.” To the students, she quotes “Big Yellow Taxi,” sung originally by Joni Mitchell: “Don’t it always seem to go/ You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” “I believe all of you will share the same sentiment as you look back on the four very short years you spend at West. Each year of high school is more important than the last,” Carton said. “I plead with all students to give us, your teachers and school leaders, the opportunities to provide you with the very best education in the state of Kansas and the nation.” Too good to be true? Perhaps not. Anyhow, it won’t be long to before West can see what Jeanne Carton has in store for it.
Inexpensive summer vacation ideas Jamie Ladner Reporter
This summer, many people are looking for inexpensive ways to spend their vacations. Staying close to home saves money on gas, and eating homemade meals costs less than eating out. Finding inexpensive entertainment is also a way to save money on a summer trip. Multiple small, short vacations can be just as fun as long, expensive ones. Here are some ideas: Lawrence, KS Lawrence is a place that has a lot to do for a small amount of money. The Natural History Museum is located on the campus of The University of Kansas, and shows the history of nature using live animals and taxonomy. The museum costs $5 for an adult, $3 for students under 18, and children under 6 get in for free. Lawrence’s downtown is full of boutiques and restaurants that are all within walking distance of each other. It has a wide variety of shops, so there is something for everyone.
Beaches There are several beaches in and around Topeka that are a lot cheaper than going to the ocean. Swimming is a popular way to cool down on a hot summer day and a picnic at the beach is a fun way to complete the endeavor.
Alex Bindley Reporter
students use it as a guideline and others just don’t use it,” Alex Rhine, 11, said. PowerSchool is a product of Pearson Education, Inc. According to Pearson’s website “PowerSchool is the fastest-growing, most widely used web-based student information system.” Upon entering the 501 School District website, one can click on the PowerSchool link. From there one is transported to a white interface that simply has a log on box. “I check PowerSchool. But my parents don’t; I don’t even think they know about it,” Isla Alvarez, 12, said.
Zoo Several zoos are in driving distance, such as the Rolling Hills Zoo near Salina, KS; the Omaha Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska; and the Topeka Zoo. All zoos are different, so going to several lets you see a greater variety of animals and learn different things about them.
Camping Camping is a way to get out of the house during summer break. With camping available a Shawnee Lake and Clinton Lake, a family can take a trip without spending too much money on gas. For $25, a family of four can spend the weekend camping in a tent at Shawnee Lake. Shawnee Lake has a website (www. shawneelakepark.com) that lists the prices for additional people and the prices for trailer camping.
A year with Powerschool
Topeka West saw a significant change in technology in the 20102011 school year, with the conversion to a new student information system (SIS), PowerSchool. The district decided that even before the new school year began, administration and teachers alike had to be schooled in the ways of this new SIS. In fact, the system was still foreign to the administration during the mass chaos that is “school enrollment.” “I think it’s pointless to some extent. Like some
The software provides a number of new tools to help parents stay up to date with their child’s progress, while also allowing students to keep tabs on their grades. Yet, it wasn’t until the second quarter that students were finally able to check their grades online. However, with new technology come new hurdles. Throughout the school year the SIS crashed multiple times, sometimes even several times a day. Perhaps future versions of PowerSchool might allow students to register for courses online, while also giving parents e-mail
updates about their students online grades; even allowing parents to pay school related fees on the same portal. “I thought it [PowerSchool] was a great idea, it was a technological advance. Next is Nooks for everyone,” Colin Scott, 12, said. Regardless of the possible glitches with the new student information system, students and parents are now able to keep up with grades, which could be both good and bad.
Campus View senior goodbyes Alex Bindley Emily Dicus So there I was, trying to figure out what to write for the mandatory senior goodbye. At first I thought I’d write some enthralling satirical story that would frighten many [well those incompetent enough to believe it]; but I figured that would take far too long. Then, I thought about writing horror stories that I have encountered during my three years here, but it dawned on me that most of you are somehow involved in them. At that point I couldn’t decide what to write. Perhaps a sappy goodbye? No, that would mean that I would have to tap into the minuscule amount of human emotion I possess. So, I relinquish myself to giving you all a piece of knowledge that I have: high school is a poor,
hellish form of daycare that gives parents improbable hope that their children will amount to something (and yes that includes myself). Also, during my time, I have, unfortunately, met people who commit grand larceny against my hope for humanity. Yes, this sounds harsh, but the sad fact is that it’s true. Yet, during my three years here, I must say that I have encountered great teachers; though I still do not understand how so many, who are intelligent and amusing, could be so disturbed as to become teachers. May God have mercy on your soul! So, there they are, the random thoughts I had after a test, I hope the few of you that understand this, enjoy it. Finally, I bid you adieu.
As I’m nearing the day that I walk across the stage in my purple gown, throw my cap in the air, and wave goodbye without a tang of pain, I keep remembering the lyrics to a song I’ve heard that say “You’re gonna miss this”. I could be content with living this life forever: going to high school games, receiving my parent’s financial support, not having to study much, and hanging out with friends. But living in the moment, I’m not very sad to leave this school, this city, or my parents’ confinement. There are days I think about dedicating an area of my room to start piling up and packing stuff I’ll be taking with me to college next fall. I have even downloaded a countdown app, counting down the days until graduation and college.
Every time I hear that song I get a reminder that I need to slow down and make the most of these last few days because they are numbered. I already wish I knew freshman year what I know now and I’m pretty sure I’ll have that same feeling in about five years when I’m out in the real world on my own. I’ll want these carefree high school days back, I’ll wish I knew now that life doesn’t get any easier, and there aren’t any free do-overs. As the class of 2011 crosses the stage at graduation and in our life, we will carry our Charger pride on to the next place life takes us. One thing I know now, I am gonna miss YOU all! So no matter what year you are, slow down because “you’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast”.
I want to say goodbye to everyone here at West. Being here for all four years has been a great experience, its taught me right from wrong and made me more social. I wouldn’t change anything during these years because it made me who I am today. I also want to say goodbye to yearbook and thank you for putting up with me. I thank you guys for putting up with me. I hope you guys have a good year next year.
I’ll remember this school forever, because there isn’t any other school like Topeka West. Mainly because its an open campus school and it great until its hot out. Bad when it’s cold because I will remember all the times I have fallen. But this school never seems to let me down with its surprises.
Emily Schaffert Giselle Herrera When I was told to write this goodbye letter for the newspaper, all I could think was “what am I even going to write about”. Then all I could think about was hearing my name called from the podium, then walking up to take my diploma and then finally transferring my tassel to the other side. Then it hits me, I’m only getting older I’m not that 14 year old girl anymore. I’m not a freshman anymore when all the teachers, councilors, principles, etc say that high school goes by fast, it really
is the time of your life. Make memories, be involved, and make friends. When I joined yearbook I was really happy. I had a lot of awesome experiences and met a lot of interesting people. There also were a lot of memories that I had made from the classroom to class trips. It just adds on to how good high school was with all the laughs, jokes, fights, and tears. I will miss West but it’s time to move on in my life to go and experience after I graduate.
Plans after high school:
Attending WU where I will major in either oboe performance or elementary ed.
I would like to go to KU and major in some type of music, like music performance. If that doesn’t work out I’ll just go be a bum.
Go to KSU and double music ed and criminalogy and enlist in national guard or a military policemen.
Greatest regret during time at West:
Not auditioning for more musicals.
I regret not being in more activities here like a sport or a club.
Not getting involved with sports enough.
Greatest accomplishment at West: Highlights of time at West:
Making first chair in the all-state honor band.
Getting promoted to officer and being a staff.
Being in Hairspray because I had a lot of fun dancing and making new friends. Being in colorguard all 4 years and performing as Carmen Performing in POPS all 4 years.
Being in Hairspray because I got to play a girl and I’m gay so it worked out. Making singers two years in a row shows your talented at singing. Meeting all of the friends I have now.
Making singers cause its abig accomplishment to make singers. I pushed myself to become a better vocalist.
Singers, theater, spirit Colorguard, mentors, band, NHS, yearbook, club, forensics. model UN, volunteer initiative, theater productions, jazz band, orchestra pit, percussion ensemble
ROTC, singers, orchestra, choir, french, german, multicultural, Kay club, volunteer initiative, mentor, theater productions.
All time favorite teacher a West:
My dad (Kevin Harry) because he’s a lot of fun to be around and he makes class interesting.
Ms. Jawa because she’s a cute little bundle of joy.
Mr. Boyer. Even though I’ve had him for a few classes he’s a teacher you can always go back and talk to.
Class of 2011 Nicole Karungu
Teacher: Miriam Friesen Trey Darr Reporter
Miriam Friesen, known as Frau Friesen to her German students, teaches both German and Sophomore U.S. History, amidst coaching Scholars Bowl and helping with costumes for the plays and musical. Frau Friesen has decided to further her education by going to law school at the Kansas University Law School. “Teaching two subjects makes things really busy, and that’s not even counting Scholars Bowl,” Friesen said. Born in Indiana, she attended college at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She got into German purely by accident, as her first goal was to become a nurse. “It fit into my schedule, and I eventually got a scholarship out of it,” Friesen said. After moving to Lawrence she started to teach all levels of German, while finishing her history major. After that she started to teach U.S History 1 along with German. “She seemed really new, but she did well,” Margerie Baker, 10, said. Her “sport” of choice is Scolars Bowl. She chose it
because she thought it would be a good fit for her, and that it would fit into her expertise. “She is a good coach, she makes it fun to participate,” Josh Stegman, 9, said. She really enjoys her upper level German combination class, German 3 and 4, because it is a smaller class. This is because she has the ability to teach each student even more personally. “She is a good teacher and tries her hardest to encourage her students,” Ashley Bindley, 12, said. Her hobbies are to watch K.U. Basketball, weave, and play the mandolin, which she taught herself to play. “It was sort of difficult to learn, but it is enjoyable to play,” Friesen said. She has been to many places, including Germany, Jordan, Sweden, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Ireland, and Israel. “The top three places I’ve visited have been Sweden, Ireland, and Germany,” Friesen said. Although she has only been teaching for two years, Friesen has proven that she is a great teacher in the eyes of the students she mentors. This year will be Friesens
last year teaching, as she has plans to attend law school. “In college, I followed the debates in Congress over the 2007 Farm Bill—the group of laws that govern agriculture and food policy in the United States. I became very aware that laws about agriculture and food not only affect rural people but also have a huge impact on world economics, human rights, the environment, energy policy, and US security.
My main motivation for going to law school is to learn more about agricultural policy and laws, as well as the legal system within which these laws function. I hope that I can become an informed part of the current and future legislation about where our food comes from and how it is produced, as well as a voice to speak up for people who are directly affected by agriculture policies,” Friesen, said.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
Elisa Heck, 10 Subway
Mitch Montague, 11 Sonic
Cameron McCall, 12 Qdoba
Nathan Schmidt, 12 Mcdonalds
To smoke or not to smoke Lindsay Koon Reporter
70. All the research that has been done, shows that nothing good can come from smoking. Next time someone
pulls out a pack and offers a cigarette, consider the risks. It’s easy to recognize that that cigarette may not be worth it.
AlexWe are excited to watch you as you embark on the bright future that we know awaits you. CongratulationsMom & Dad
Ale x Rankin
Teenagers may think that busting out a new pack of cigarettes may just affect their wallets, but it’s also affecting their health. Each day, 3,000 teenagers smoke their first cigarette, and nearly three million adolescents in the United States are smokers. “[Teenagers smoke] because they think it looks cool,” Mackenzie Buckhalter, 10, said. Although many teens think smoking is ‘cool’, they may not consider the symptoms of smoking. Not only do cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, but it is also a very expensive habit. Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs, and the average smoker spends well over $2,000 on cigarettes each year. Smoking leads to an increased risk of heart and lung cancer. It also causes lungs to shrink, possibly causing asthma; cigarettes can completely trash your immune system. Not only does smoking affect internal organs, but it also affects the human body externally. The smoke from cigarettes has a very strong odor that attaches itself to the smoker and is very difficult to get rid of. On top of that, the color of both skin and nails may be altered to a slight yellow.
“[Peer pressure] does and does not play a role in teenagers decision to start smoking,” Scott Williams, 9, said, “Sure, people are influenced, but they make the decision to smoke”. More than 90% of adult smokers began smoking when they were teens, and over 60% of them admit to being pressured by peers into trying it. Smoking may be bad, but second hand smoke can be just as deadly. Children exposed to second hand smoke at home are more likely to have middle-ear disease and reduced lung function. It has also been shown that in U.S. studies, infants and children suffer some 150,000 to 300,000 respiratory tract infections (lung diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis), every year, leading to 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations. Many people believe that the only reason that cigarettes are so bad is because they contain nicotine. This, of course, is not true. A 2004 study by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion found that cigarettes contain over 4,800 chemicals. Out of those 4,800 chemicals, 69 chemicals were found in which are known to cause cancer. Of every 100,000 15-year-old smokers, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of
Alex Rankin AlexI am so proud of everything you’ve done so far. I am blessed to have a brother and best friend like you. JP
Limitless: Movie Review Shelbi Markham Copy Editor
Limitless had some limits. From the best friend of the groom in The Hangover to a writer with an amazing secret, Bradley Cooper shows his versatility in Limitless. Eddie Morra (Cooper) is a struggling writer unable to start his book until he runs into an old acquaintance and discovers a super drug that heightens his brainpower and allows him to complete his book in four days. Morra, not settling for just finishing a book, gets involved in many stocks. He uses his new awareness to make some serious cash, and rises to the top, getting plenty of attention from a very influential Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) and gets involved in a huge business merger. However, this new drug causes many side effects and has caused serious problems for the persons taking the drug. Morra begins to experience these side effects when he stops taking the pill. He is also trying to protect his dwindling supply from other pursuers. However interesting the story line sounded, the entire script
for Limitless had some problems. It took an incredibly long time for the real problems to surface, with too many montages of Morra blowing everyone away with his smarts. The movie was, at times, pretty hard to follow; but other times you could guess exactly what would happen next. The plot line was very up and down, which caused some problems with keeping up long enough for the shocking conclusion. There were some positives as well. Director Neil Burger had some great shots of the anatomy of the brain working, and the “high” that accompanied the side effects of the mysterious drug were thrilling to watch. Another plus was Bradley Coopers’ acting; he was great in a more serious role. Throughout the whole movie he was captivating. He portrayed all parts of Morra; the homeless look, the polished young businessman, and the man fighting for his life, with grace. In all of the confusion of the plot line, Cooper at least, will keep you hanging on til the very end.
Foundation: Book Review Helen Sheng Reporter
If only psychohistory was a major one could actually pursue in college. In the novel Foundation, by Isaac Asimov, the first of a trilogy, we are introduced by a prediction from mathematician Hari Seldon, who manages to predict several thousands of years ahead in a futuristic Galactic Empire. He has developed psychohistory,
which uses math to predict the possibilities of large societies, and finds the collapse of the empire that would take 30,000 years to recover from. Knowing this, he obviously doesn’t intend on letting it happen. Seldon instead proposes a plan to set aside a small planet, renamed the Foundation, on the very edge of the empire filled with scientists to preserve the knowledge and speed the recovery process.
More of a short story collection rather than a novel, this book spans 155 years of trials on the part of the Foundation against the comparatively barbaric and declining regions of the empire. Featuring people of nearly the same caliber as Hari Seldon, the book is almost like a futuristic Holmes collection with lesser emphasis on mystery, and more on strategy, planning, and ingenuity. “Foundation is not a book
that’s ‘great’ simply because critics tell you it is,” Thomas M Wagner, reviewer, said. “It really is a tremendously written and entertaining piece of sociopolitical SF combined with good old space opera, and its best attributes might seem quaint to today’s readers until you realize just how beautifully they’re executed.” Is this a book for fans of science fiction only? Absolutely not! Foundation is a must-read for all readers alike.
Rubik Cubes Salvador Munoz Photograher
Everyone has heard of the Rubik’s cube but very few people can actually solve it. We have students here that know how to solve it. Some of those students are Jake Gregg, 11, Xavier Coletta, 10 and Mathew Rogers, 10. The world record for solving a Rubik’s cube is 6.65 seconds. The record for a current West student is 20 seconds flat, set by Gregg. Rogers has a time of 45 seconds, and Coletta has a time of about 2 minutes. After the successful 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube there were many more types of cubes and many, many shapes made. Some cube examples would be the 2x2x2, 4x4x4, and the 5x5x5. Rogers can solve a 2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, and a 7x7x7. Gregg can solve a 2x2x2, 3x3x3, and a 4x4x4. Coletta can solve a 3x3x3 and a 4x4x4. The cube has inspired many things to be made in
the shape of the cube. Some examples are deserts, lamps, mp3s, pepper grinders, and tables. There are also plenty of types of cubes like the touch, organic, glass, and sphere. There are art works that are made completely out of Rubik’s cubes. Different types of art varying from classic games like Mario to classic artwork like the Mona Lisa. They are made out of a lot of cubes, some are made with over a quarter million cubes. With their faces combined they look magnificent. Everyone has a reason for learning how to solve a Rubik’s cube. “My cousin showed me he could solve it so I wanted to beat him,” said Gregg. “I saw one and I bought it,” said Coletta. “My cousin challenged me,” said Rogers. Gregg learned how to solve the 3x3x3 cube 2 years ago. Coletta learned in the 7th grade. Rogers learned in the 5th grade.
Ernö Rubik invented the Cube in 1974
The world’s biggest cube is 3 meters tall
More than 300 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold in the world
There are a lot of different types of competitions like one handed and with one’s feet.
The Rubik’s cube was the most popular in the mid-1980’s The 6.65 seconds world record is held by It has inspired people Feliks Zemdegs from in things like fashion to Australia architecture
Born This Way Ernest Howard Reporter
On September 12, 2010 at the MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga announced the title of her new album, Born This Way after accepting the award for Video of the Year. On New Year’s Eve, she posted the lyrics to the album’s first single, “Born This Way” on
her website, two months later she debuted the song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, a week later the song debuted at number one on the charts, where it held its position for seven consecutive weeks. Now in May, little monsters all over the world are anxiously awaiting for the album’s release date, May 23rd, 2011.
This Summer Ernest Howard Reporter
It’s summer time and that means new hot films and new music from your favorite artist. Beyonce Not much is known about this fierce artist’s new album. But after setting a Grammy winning record last year, you think she’ll take another year off. Nope! She’s already back at work. Rumors of the album started when all sorts of pictures surfaced on the web highlighting her return. But it wasn’t until a snippet of her new single “Who Run the World (Girls)” confirmed the hype was true. Even though, she has people turning their heads in disappointment and having mixed feelings towards the new song, B might know what she’s doing. Her previous CD sold over seven million copies worldwide.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides After years of speculation of a fourth installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean series in the works, a release date has finally been confirmed. On May 20th the world’s wish will be granted. Jack Sparrow will grace the big screen once more. After the success of the trilogy, fans and even Johnny Depp wanted more. The film is being picked up from where the last one left off. Sparrow is in search of the fountain of youth, while on his journey he will have an encounter with Blackbeard. The cast does not include Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley, but added to the cast will be Academy award winner, Penélope Cruz to play Blackbeard’s daughter. The film won’t be directed by Gore Verbinski but by Rob Marshall instead. The film will also be followed by a fifth and sixth.
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