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“You’re a retard.”

If you think the title is offensive, try hearing it in the halls of University as a joke... Mackenzie Korf


s each generation progresses they tend to develop their own way of talking: their slang. As teens these days communicate with each other, one starts to notice that their slang words are not as playful or harmless as they once were. Words like “retard” are as common as ever between two friends as a mere joke. Rape has also been commonly used as a go-to word for when one is simply in a bad situation that is no big deal. The word “retard” means someone who has a mental disability. The word hasn’t changed meanings, just how it is used in the context of a sentence. Whenever someone has made a stupid mistake they get called “retarded”. Although the subject is being shamed in public, saying how this is extremely offensive, most people think of it as a joke still. Whenever one says “retard” a friend comes up and jokingly tells them “spread the word to end the word,” which is the new saying to stop people from saying retard as a slang word¬. Most people only laugh it off. Megan Ptascek, junior, said, “I have said that word in conversation before, but it’s something I don’t think about.” The word rape has such an intense and graphic meaning and really shouldn’t be used in sentences like, “Oh my God, I just failed this test. I am going to get raped when I get home,” or “I just raped that video game.” Although some teens do still think using this term as an everyday word is annoying and disgusting, it is still commonly showing up The photo above represents what should happen in real life when people use inappropriate slang. in conversaRaleigh is not guilty of this. tions. In earlier Graphic courtsey of Mackenzie Korf. years, and still today, instead of saying the word rape going to get raped? Bridger Menlove, freshman, commented, “I’m going to kill you for most verbs, the word used was “kill”. has been used so often, and is such a general term, that no one freaks out. Hearing Why does it seem that threatening to kill “I’m going to rape you” just hasn’t been used as much.” The term used as slang is someone, instead of threatening or sayfairly new to this generation and some people haven’t heard it used in this way. It can ing to sexually violate someone, is not as be shocking to some people to hear a teen talk about such a serious topic like it is a shocking or bad, but is more accepted by total joke. In the future is it to be expected that the word rape will taken as lightly as society? Are they not both equally as repugnant to one’s mind? Saying that a person the word kill is today? is going to kill you has become an expression used by most people these days. No These slang words are just a few terms that are now being used in society toone thinks twice about a kid saying that their parents are going to kill them as long as day that could offend or upset people. In the world today people are used to hearing the context of the word isn’t as serious. Kids always say “I’m going to kill you” or “I’m these words and think of them as no big deal, when really, they are. going to die,” in ways meaning they are extremely upset. What about saying one is

“I have said that word in conversation before, but it’s something I don’t think about.” -Megan Ptascek

Volume III, Issue 2 November, 2011

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November 2011

University High School

Exchange Students

Their culture is spreading to us, but America’s can be scary Monique Becker


oing to a different country as an exchange student can be a great experience, even if a little intimidating. A lot of students would love the chance to go to a different country and experience the culture. After World War 2 exchange student programs became popular because they

really aren’t that different from us. We also get to see several different types of exchange students as well. The year round ones that start in the fall and leave in the spring, as well as the ones that comes for just a few weeks toward the end of the year. Most students are excited for the opportunity to be able to have a Thai student follow them to their classes for around a week, sometimes longer. Some students even have Thai students that live with them for the duration of their stay in America, although some of the host students would say that they don’t enjoy the experience, there are a lot that would say they are happy for the experience. The exchange students that live with University families have Diversity photo representing every country. to begin to look at them as their Photo courtesy of family. Seeing as they live with them for a long amount of time, helped spread cultural awareness. The government also says that foreign they should. As a host student, or family, they should treat them with kindexchange programs help students learn how to work with people of ness and attempt to make them feel at home. different races as well as learning about the history of the different cultures. “It feels like most of the students here don’t really want anything to Being an exchange student do with us, just interested on why we’re here,” Nand, a sophomore, “The first time I came could be one of the best things in responded when asked how she felt about her fellow classmates. Each to America, I was really their life that they do, but exchange student is going to think of our school differently then another potentially one of the most one. Generally though, they will all have similar thoughts. It is shocked about the frightening too. At University it disappointing to think that they come here for such a great opportunity language barrier, it kind of is a normal thing to see plenty and this is how they think we feel about them. exchange students, most of “The first time I came to America, I was really shocked about the scared me about going to of them become our friends and language barrier, it kind of scared me about going to school,” Nand said school.” some even live with us or come to with a nervous smile. “Even after coming for my second time to America, I classes with us. For us as students can’t understand the girls and the way they act towards each other here.” it gives us an For the students in our school, the way we interact with each other is -Nand opportunity to learn about their normal. But to an outside student who had never been to America before, culture and how their lives are at the way we treat each other can be shocking to them. It’s completely Thai Exchange Student home. If we look close enough, understandable how they feel in this situation. chances are we can realize they

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November 2011

Malaria on the decline

Chills 2000 and a fever are all signs of the common cold, but when they are recurring and there are also headaches, vomiting and nausea it can be malaria, which is a lot more serious. Most cases of malaria occur in African children. Even though malaria doesn’t affect the United States, it is a disease that roughly claims the lives of 247,000,000 people every year. That is slightly over the population of Colorado being killed 49 times over each year.

The majority of the people who get killed by malaria are children under the age of 5 years old. Their bodies cannot fight back against the disease as well considering their bodies are still developing. Those under five make up 85 percent of all malaria related deaths. Malaria cannot be caught like the common cold, people get it from being bit by a type of female mosquito that only bites at night. The disease kills more people in Africa than anywhere else, but it can also be found in South America, Mexico and South East Asia. It affects people in poorer towns and tribes, especially those who don’t have the luxuries of running water, septic systems or a place to throw their trash away. However this deadly disease is preventable and the lives of millions of people can be saves. There are ways to prevent getting the disease. Mosquito nets hung around beds while people sleep help cut down the chances of getting malaria very dramatically. There are also pills that can be taken in order to help lower the risk. But there is something new that has come out, and it can save

the lives of millions of people once it is made available. A new clinical study has just ended. It is one that could change the global economy as well as provide education for the masses. The clinical study was done on a new malaria vaccine that has gone farther in clinical studies than any other previous vaccines have gone. It has made it past the first major clinical trial with astonishing results. The three shot vaccine cut down malaria in children by fifty percent. If this shot makes it through more clinical trials and becomes available to third world countries and the people who are at the most risk to getting the disease what does that mean to America and us personally? No one here gets it, why should we even care? It will affect the entire world in a major way. With the vaccine available to everyone, not just those who can afford it, it will improve education as well as the global economy. With the mass population not constantly being sick they can work more, this will cause gross domestic product (value of goods and services produced by a nation in a year) to rise. For those people who are not taking economics, this will cause a raise in jobs and a little more overall money to be had by all. Education will rise; children will not be missing large amounts of school because they have to stay at home with malaria. When global education increases more can be accomplished and new ideas and technologies can come out of it. The vaccine may help save peoples’ lives, while improving the lives of everyone else at the same time. Thousands and thousands of young children will have the chance to grow up, and out of that the world itself will grow economically as well as intellectually. Sarah Karl

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Every fourty five seconds a child dies of malaria

12billion Malaria costs Africa twelve billion a year


Fourty percent of African health resources are spent on treating malari


Malaria symptoms appear 9-14 days after being bitten


3.3 billion people are at risk of getting malaria


Ten dollars is all it costs to buy a treated bed net


One hundred and seven countries have malaria carring mosquitoes




November 2011

University High School

Club Feature

University School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Students organize club to promote acceptance and stop bullying

Emily Anderson


very Thursday at lunch a group of students meet. They student aren’t united by a similar favorite activity or hobby like most. They are united by one common goal: making the school safer and more tolerant. This club is the school’s gay-straight alliance, and it was started last year by Cassie Olmsted, sophomore. The main objective of the club is to make the school more accepting. Bullying for sexual and gender orientation identity is a common issue, and even in places where it is milder (like University), it still exists behind closed doors. Everyone hears ‘that’s so gay,’ and Gay-Straight-Alliance members (from left to right): Kiersten Russell, Jon Mccartor, Sarah Harper, Cassie Olmsted, ‘faggot’ frequently in the Kelsey Fagerberg, Alexandra Vindiola, Jordan Hughes, Rachel Ickes hallways. But these are only small examples. According Photo courtesy of Emily Anderson more aware. But I’ve cared about the issue for a while.” to an anonymous witness, “2 While the club has gotten some negative responses, it hasn’t been as repeople in gay-straight alliance were sitting together in class and talking, and 2 other jected as she had originally expected. “Some people disagree with it, but we agree students called them ‘dyke’ and ‘lesbian’. No action was taken by the teacher”. One of the students involved, Ashley Hamilton, freshmen, said “The fact that it was to disagree,” she said. For the most part, many members feel that the club has benefitted them. “I haven’t been here long enough to know of bullying, but the school said really hurts is already really good for LGBT, and doesn’t have that much hate”. Even if the club because I’m not doesn’t affect the majority of the school, Leighton Buxman said, “Even if you aren’t gay. You need to a member, it’s comforting to know it’s there.” Student Maxx Aldrach, a transgender be educated on freshman, said, “I feel very accepted. I think it’s pretty cool that my teachers are things before you willing to refer to me as a boy and call me ‘he’”. make assumpOn a much larger scale, many places have developed completely “gaytions on people.” friendly” schools. They are called alliance schools, and the goal is to have a place Leighton Buxwhere openly gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender students (and their straight allies) man, sophomore, can go to school without having to worry about being bullied or harassed. With the said, “I have been told to “burn in hell” along with numerous comments about number of recent teen suicides caused by bullying, the creators of these schools “’how gay this is’”. wanted to create a place where students could feel accepted and learn. To counteract scenarios like this, a club was started before by Georgia LiIt appears that University is starting to become more accepting as well. cher, but she graduated two years ago. Olmsted wanted to recreate the club, because With clubs like the gay-straight-alliance, more students struggling with any issues she was very much against bullying, and she wanted to support her friends who (whether it be sexual orientation or any kind of bullying/hate they are experiencing) were struggling. will be less likely to become depressed, or even harm themselves. “If anyone is be“It’s a place where students can be themselves, be safe, and embrace divering harassed for being who they are, come talk to one of us even if you don’t want sity especially in sexual/gender orientation because that is frequently overlooked,” to join. This school has resources,” said Cassie Olmsted. she said. She is strongly against discrimination of any kind, and she wanted to do her part to stop it. “I took a class over the summer about equality and it made me

“It’s a place where students can be themselves, be safe, and embrace diversity”

-Cassie Olmsted

Why did you join? “Everyone has a lot of fun in there” -Kelsey Fagerberg

“I want people to know that they’re accepted” -Mariah Crowe

“To try to make a difference in the coummunity and the school” -Leighton Buxman

(from left to right) Cassie Olmsted, Maxx Aldrach, and Leighton Buxman Photo courtesy of Emily Anderson

“I wanted to support my friend who was also in the club” -Sierra Herron

5 Working Around Accidents

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ome of the choices students make today and tomorrow will affect nearly everything they do in the future. Many people don’t think of this, but a simple car accident or college application could change the course of your life completely. But there are outside forces in each choice, and how these forces influence the outcome can be huge. In July, John Kohl, senior at University, made the choice to go to a wrestling camp in Estes. And while wrestling, a sport he was varsity in and well known for, an outside force, being another wrestler, caused him to break his neck. This obviously has changed John’s life drastically from the multiple x-rays and surgeries to the scar that will now rest on the left side of his

“Yes, it does restrict a lot of what I was able to do, and a lot of what I could have done. But I’m very lucky with how it happened and I’m very happy with how it turned out.” - John Kohl neck for the rest of his life. Research at shows just how few people walk and recover from spinal injuries. John’s quick recovery was something not usually seen, though he is certainty thankful for. “Besides my neck tiring out often, and the pain I sometimes have, rarely does it hurt too much. Yeah, I hate the fact it happened. But I can’t change it now.” John was able to come out with minor numbing to the left side or his neck, and small movement in his neck. John is very thankful for this, “I’m glad because I can still work out and be healthy. But the impact on me is still great, I can no longer wrestle and most of my summer was destroyed.” But John’s life hasn’t been easy since this happening. Having to leave his job, stop working out for four months, little physical activity, and of course not being able to play a sport he was talented in, has had various effects on John. “This made doing a lot of what I’m used to impossible. I can’t wrestle. I couldn’t drive. I have to go in for a lot of x-rays, and my future is very


University High School

How John Kohl Nearly Became Paralyzed

John before accident, wrestling. Photo couretsy of Wayne Kohl


November 2011

Brandon Sandoval

different.” Because of this, John may have to go under more and impact surgeries. His life style is very different, as if the lives of most people who go through any kind of major injury. Many people have lived through this, some having a fast healing process, like John, or a much slower one that may never be completed. Most often neck injuries are seen in 15 to 35 year old males (John, of course, added to this statistic). Nearly 15 thousand people are affected each year by these major neck injuries All people must go under rehabilitation, and all people have some kind of stiffness in their John Kohl after neck breaking. neck. Photo couretsy of Millie Gillana “The many x-rays are tiring. But I’m staying positive, I’m still working out, I’m continuing in my life. Also, I’m not too bummed out about not having to wrestle. Maybe I’ll pick up a new hobby.” John said, gesturing to the many books and drawing that litters his room. John’s choice to wrestle wasn’t the fault of the accident, nor was it the other wrestler’s. Despite this, John’s life has changed, and it is up to him to make it for better or worse. Most people don’t consider these things in their daily lives, but as shown in John’s case it can, and does, happen. Like John, people should stay positive, even if they know they will have to go through multiple painful surgeries in the future.

John after surgery. Photo couretsy of Wayne Kohl

By Numbers:1200 people are paralyzed from neck injuries in the UK. Every 8 hours another person breaks their neck in the UK. 500 millon pounds is the cost of take care of someone who is paralyzed. 20 precent of people who suffer a spinal cord injury becomes depressed.




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Karissa Korf Editor-in-Chief

“I’m a senior, I’ve been at University since the 3rd grade! Starbucks is my addiction, Justin Bieber is my future husband, and I could listen to Adele for days on end.”

Emily Anderson Copy Editor

“I’m a sophomore. I’ve been going to University since kindergarten. I love hanging out with friends, chocolate, reading, and writing.”

November 2011

Meet the Staff

Mason Hartley Print Editor

“What up? I’m a senior at University. I’m a fun, loveable, hard-working guy. I like taking long walks on the beach and roasting marshmallows. Pawprint late nights are my favorite.”

Sarah Karl Print Promotional Coordinator

“I’m currently a sophomore. I’m highly addicted to Milky Way candy bars and orange juice. Friends, family and school are important to me.”

Brandon Sandoval Copy Editor

“I’m a junior and I have been going here since fifth grade. I like reading, writing, and listening to different kinds of music. I’m a copy editor, so all the grammar mistakes are mine.”

Mackenzie Korf Web Promotional Coordinator

“I’m a freshman this year. I have gone to University Schools since kindergarten. I’m very sarcastic and love you all. I love Kitkats.”

Occupy Greeley: Wall street protests reach Greeley. Emily Anderson

In just one month the protests that started in Manhattan against Wall Street have spread across the world. Right now over 80 countries (including Japan, South Africa, Canada,Australia, and Germany) have groups protesting “corporate greed over human needs”. Just in the United States, 1% of the people possess the majority of the nation’s wealth. This economic imbalance also creates an imbalance in power. Wall Street pours the money they gain into the campaigns of politicians that will support them. This general idea of corporate greed and economic inequality is what people are very much against, and that is starting to show.

have called for a national convention,” he said. The protestor’s message is considered very vague, as they don’t have a specific bill or legislation they want passed. Hart responded to this by saying, “It’s too early. It’s been going on for month and a lot of people typically say ‘we hear your anger, but what do you want?’ That’s a legitimate question, but right now this is such a diverse

The protests have spread to over 100 cities in the United States, now including Greeley. “It’s a huge expression of people’s frustration with Wall Street’s greed,” said Mil Hart, a 66 year old who was affected personally, when he lost his job at a non-profit organization when the government cut spending to non-profits

With supporters like Michael Moore it might seem like a very liberal movement, but Hart was very clear that it is for no specific political party. There are supporters of every way of life.”It affects every single person in the world (except the 1%), that’s why there are protests in other countries as well,” he said. When asked how it affects high school students, he said “If their parents had been sacking money away to pay for their college, part of that money is gone. If they want to graduate and go to work, where are the jobs?”

Supporters organize a meeting at Guner Field. Supporters organize by meeting at Guner Field “Right now people are really coming together; it’s spread across the world. There’s a group of people who

The people are diverse, but it’s defiantly a movement for the people. “It just reflects that there are people here in Greeley that wants to spread the message,” Hart said, “we will continue as long as the movement continues to grow.”

group of people to support a specific piece of legislation.”

The idea is that this is the 99% of the population deciding that the system is unfair, and they need to do something about it. “For heaven’s sake, get involved, pay attention to what’s going on,” Hart said.

Web stories


November 2011

Brooke Blehm Web Master

University High School

Jaime McFalls Business Advertisement Manager

“I’m a freshman this year. I love to hang out with my friends and boyfriend. My family is most important to me.”

Alannah Roth Web Editor

Taylor Jack Sports Coordinator

“I’m a senior, dubstep is life. I like to run and spin poi. I love to sing and play the trumpet.”

“I’m a senior this year. I love horses, barrel raceing, and being with my friends doing whatever.”


“I am a sophmore. I have gone to University Schools since 1st grade. I stress about everything and always worry about school. I cannot make a decision to save my life.”

“I’m a senior I’m fun outgoing and love to laugh. I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me in each choice I make. Traning horses is a passion and future career.”

Laura Peters Activities Coordinator


Savanna Ferguson Reporter

“I’m a sophomore this year. I love photography and pandas! I also play the flute.”

Monique Becker Proofer

“I’m a Junior this year. I like to wear scarfs on snowy days. I am addicted to snickers candy bars.”

All Pawprint headshots courtesy of Packman

Boys to State

Cross Country boys go to state

Brandon Sandoval University’s cross country team, though always very successful, tends to get overlooked. The team nearly always goes to State, something not seen in our football team and not often seen in our volleyball team. But this year, the team did more than just attend State. They also won second place, giving them an opportunity to run at an invitation in Arizona. This huge achievement shows the dedication of all the runners in the sport, even those who did not have the chance to attend the meet. All runners are very happy with the results and are hoping to win state next season. To able to go that far in any sport shows both talent and love of what the athlete is doing. The team’s success was greatly anticipated, as their season had been filled with many good meets and an enthusiastic group. “We did great this year, mostly because everyone stayed focused and had a lot of fun” said Garret Roberts junior, who placed 22nd at State. Out of the runners, Garrett Coles, junior, placed 6th, Garret Roberts placed 22nd, Dan Eberhard, junior, placed 33rd, Jordan Perkins, senior, placed 56th, Alex Breen, senior, placed 73rd and Kelton Lightfoot, senior, placed 75th. Michael Ebens also attended the meet as an alternate.

Arete Bond, junior, commented saying, “Though I did not get to attend this year, I had a lot of fun and look forward to another great season. The whole team and the coaches are a lot of fun to be around. I think we definitely have a chance next year at State.” The cross country team’s great success is something to be noted, and those staying at University High school next year should keep an eye out Boys cross country runners watching a race. as the Photo Courtesy of Garrett Roberts athletes’ next seasons




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November 2011

The Rivalry

Mason Hartley

Snowboarding Vs. Skiing


here are so many sports that high school students participate in. Living in Colorado people have a wider variety of sports. They try more extreme sports in the winter, such as skiing or snowboarding. Skiing has been around for 7,000 years. Before it was a sport used in the Sierra to deliver mail over vast distances. It became a sport soon after that and is now part of the Olympics and all over in Colorado and in many other states. It’s a misconception that skiers are rich and uptight and that snowboarders are just the opposite. Snowboarding was invented only 47 years ago.. Now that snowboarding is in the Olympics it is one of the most watched sports live on the slope and on television. Why is it so popular? “Everyone wants the new thing” says Caleb Frisbie, a senior at University, which is why it is getting so popular. Everyone wants the new thing so maybe that’s why lifetime skiers do not appreciate this new sport of snowboarding. The skiers feel as if these new things are taking over the mountain. Another reason could be the fact that they both sports have different methods of riding down the mountain. Skiers tend to weave where as boarders tend to go down straight.

They tend to get in the way of each other, contributing to reasons for the rivalry. Snowboarders have more of a baggy look to them, unlike skiers that have coats that fit and tight pants which could also affect the way people think about the other sport. Everyone has their own thoughts about the two different sports “They are very aggressive and think that they own the mountain” is what Connor Nevile, a senior at University thinks about skiers, though not all skiers are like this. Snowboarders are the “trouble makers” that’s what people see them as. They go off trail and cause mischief. Skiers are mostly known for abiding by the rules but some stray away from the normal scenario. Not all of the skiers and snowboarders dislike each other, and some even some have a lot of respect for the other. The two sports don’t hate each other but it is more of a rivalry between the two. They are either trying to have the most popularity or they are competing for the mountain. After a hard day on the mountain people go to the café in the village and have a cup of hot coco or coffee and share their stories with others snowboarders or skiers. The rivalry stays on the mountain.

Park Prices Winter Park Prices: Child= 43$ Adult (13 and up)= 63$ Copper Mtn. Prices: Child= 49$ Adult (13 and up)= 70$ Breckenridge Prices: Child= 46$ Adult (13 and up)= 67$ Photos Coutesy of Mason Hartley Connor Nevile and Luke Herrick at Mary Jane Mtn.

Keystone Prices: Child= 44$ Adult (13 and up)= 64$ Loveland Prices: Child= 22$ Adult (13 and up)=47$

Ummm......You Decide

November 2011



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Confessions of an Indecisive High Schooler The amazing ability of not being able to make decisions Alannah Roth


ndecisiveness is when a person has a difficult time making decisions. I am one of these people. Making decisions has always been difficult for me because I am scared to make them. I over analyze the decision to the point of it being ridiculous. A big decision for me usually takes about 2 days. This affects everyone around me. My mom, Kellie, gets finds it fairly entertaining in some areas. “It makes me laugh. You will start panicking over what you want on your sandwich because you cannot decide what you like,” Kellie commented. My friends get fed up with me. Savannah Lontz stated, “You suck at making decisions. You act very rude. That is the nicest word I can use. When you are indecisive it frustrates me and annoys me. It ruins my whole day.” My teachers try and help, but even they get annoyed by it. I even get fed up with myself because it eats away at me. I stress over every little thing and decisions just throw me over. It really is not my fault though. I am only scared to make decisions because I think about the long-term affect and I am afraid of making the wrong decision. This is not just with big decisions either; it could be as simple as choosing my favorite color. Even though I am scared to make them, I always have to face the reality of them sooner or later. Either that or I will just have someone make the decision for me. Recently I had to make a pretty big decision and, for me, I made it fairly quickly. At the beginning of the year a close

friend, who will remain anonymous, and I got into a fight. This was not a normal friend fight where you make up the next day and it is just there to create drama. She had lied to me one too many times and I was done. It was

of either accepting or declining her apology. I was going to ask my mom for advice, but she did not know what was going on and I did not feel like explaining every little detail to her. So I was going to have to decide this one on my own. All of a sudden something just clicked with me and I realized that everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance, especially in this circumstance. We are now friends again, but it is going to take a while to build out relationship again. Lontz Life is full of confusion and ambiguity. With these things, there is indecision that some people have a really hard time with. Professor Hossein Arsham of the Merrick School of Buisness and University of Baltimore said, “Decisions are an inevitable part of human activities. A decision-maker must first decide on his/her values and set goals to insure a fruitful decision-making process.” This will help a great deal when making a decision. When approached by an indecisive person do not get “frustrated and annoyed.” Instead follow these three simple steps:

“You are very rude. That is the nicest word I can use.” -Savannah

not just little lies either, they were big things and she talked behind my back. That also threw me over because that is one of my pet peeves. If someone has something to say about me then say it to my face. If one cannot do that then they should not be saying it at all. My friend apologized, but I did not accept. I was just so angry. She then waited a while and tried to apologize again which I just ignored. Yes, that kind of seems like a mean move, but I just could not take any more of her crap. At the end of October, she tried again and asked me to forgive her. This is when my indecisiveness came into play. At first I was going to say no again, but then I looked at the bigger picture. She had been a good friend and we had a lot of great memories. Yes she had lied, but she promised in her last attempt at apologizing that it would never happen again. I thought about this for a good couple of hours contemplating over the pros and cons

1.Do not yell at them even if it kills

Exhausting Decisions These decisions may not be very impotant, but for an indesicive person they are excrutiating.

Jeans or Sweats?

Pancakes or Waffles?

Homework or Sleep?


2.Do not make the decision for the person, they need to learn.

3.Just do not say anything. Pre-

tend you are listening to them obsess over a stupid choice.

Learn or Ditch?

Senior, Brady Fisher, is one of many indecisive people. Brady commented, “I feel like I can make a decision about things if I need to. It’s just some things are more confusing than others.” “It is really hard hanging out and going to lunch because we can never decide where to go or what to do so nothing gets done,” stated Brady’s good friend, senior, Stephen Bradley. Junior, Danielle Rodriguez, said, “It is kind of annoying, but I think he is too nice of a guy that he does not want to hurt people’s feelings which makes him confused with what he wants. He does not think about what he wants, he thinks about what other people want which makes him indecisive. Photo Courtesy of Alannah Roth. Brady smiliing on a beautiful fall day.


Wendy’s or Subway?

Water or Soda?

Drive or Walk?




November 2011

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Dreams That Become A Reality

The little things in life that people have become passions to others t may be just a little presentation, just a paper that has been written, or just a little quote that was found in a book that can inspire dreams that anyone would have never thought about before. In high school there are so many opportunities that can change the way that people think and feel. It can give someone an idea that can carve the future that can be pursued. A teacher at University, Mr. Garcia says to his students, ”You can’t be good at anything you want to be but, you can be good at one thing and if you can find that one thing you’re good at and then it can be your life. “Many times there is a little light that goes off that can really help a person to find the calling that was greatly needed. A kid with no aspirations can change by just picking up a guitar and all of sudden wants to be a professional musician or wants to become a music teacher. Derek Downing, A freshman at University said, “My inspiration came from my band teacher throughout middle school and high school. Miss Shaffer has shown me how fun teaching can be; also


Brooke Blehm

just playing my guitar has given me goals to become a professional musician or a band teacher.“ He is a self taught musician. Another story that is in the high school hallways is a senior, Tori Fisher. She said, “To look for what their passions and what they are interested in.” She gave this advice to give people that don’t have their passion in life figured out for their career. When the Pawprint went to the Journalism Day at Colorado State University, a lecture leader named Mark Newton told the students that anyone can find a story in every person. Everyone can find a story idea just by taking out a pencil or just by talking to a person that is a little unusual. Another piece of advice that he gave to the students was, “Victories are small but important.” These ideas can spread with a career idea, a dream, a spark of inspiration, give it a shot, an epic happening can change the course of oneself life.

A mural of artists that became passionate about music. Photo courtesy of Brooke Blehm

Derek Downing, Freshman, playing his guitar that is his passion. Photo Courtesy of Brooke Blehm

“You can’ t be good at anything you want to be but, if you can find that one thing that you are good at, then it can be your life.” Mr. Garcia

Photo courtesy of Brooke Blehm


November 2011



University High School

Military Hardships on American Families Sacrifices For Our Freedom...The scars are more than ripped flesh.


Jamie McFalls


atching the bags get packed from the closet into a suit case of worry. He walks down the hall feeling the knots in the pit of his stomach, aching for answers. Suddenly, he begins to walk slowly down the stairs to the hotel evaluator. Matt turns to me and reaches for my hand. All he can do is feel the trembling from my nerves. The uniform primped and ironed only to get prints of blood, hurt, and guilt on to the sleeves. There he goes one last glance. He is gone. I won’t get to feel the comfort of his love for over a year. My name is Jamie McFalls and my fiancé Matthew Ian Phippard was deployed in April 2009. He is currently in the National Guard. Having a loved one leave for a long period of time is extremely stressful. Children of all ages say good-bye to one parent that they won't see for at least a year. As far as they know they won't be able to see their other parent until their job is successfully done. Each and every individual is affected differently by the same reality of their parents being deployed onto foreign soil. Sarah and Rachael Arnold's father Eric, is now retired from the Army, however, experienced multiple deployments. Sarah a senior at University Schools, and Racheal a freshman at University schools, know the sacrifices that are made through the process of deployment. Eric Arnold was ranked First Sergeant, and was in a total of twenty years. The job he upheld was fire Support Specialist. The last two deployments Mr. Arnold went on were to Iraq and Bosnia for the combat tours. Since retiring he has been to Afghanistan and Iraq as a contractor defense computer specialist. Sarah said, “It didn't affect me as much as it did for my sister.” The amount of time her father is gone adds up throughout the year. The Arnold sisters very rarely get to see Mr. Arnold, “We get to see him usually a total of six weeks in a year which turns out to be three weeks twice a year.” Children, who have to deal with their mother or father going on a deployment, have to deal with complicated emotions. Each person reacts differently to the same reality. The feelings of sorrow, confusion, sadness, and isolation begin to take place. Sarah eventually got used to her dad leaving unannounced. For Rachael, the affects were different. She never understood exactly why Mr. Arnold would have to leave. “I never understood what was really going on when my dad would get deployed, until I was a little bit older.” mentioned Rachael Sarah experienced different emotions, including sadness and fear involved with her father’s deployments. The emotional connection of communication was never fully there because of how often her father was gone. “My mom raised us differently than if our dad had been around.”

Sarah said. Rachael and Sarah’s mom has been divorced from Eric Arnold for a many years. “My father wasn’t even there for the day of my birth, he was deployed.” Sarah said. This has affected how close the girls are to their father today. Having the deployments involved made things even more complicated for the family. Rachael, the youngest sibling, feels that not having her father around very often was hard because she was unable to share things that had happened in an ordinary day with him. When children have a parent or a close member of the family gone, one of the healing mechanisms is to open doors to other individuals. “I had a close friend who was more of a father figure than my actual father. He just had certain characteristics that my dad didn’t.” Rachael shared. Not having a parent around very often due to the military occupation can be very complicated on the children in many ways. If one parent is not there, the children often look for security in other places. Other reasons deployments have an effect on the family members is because the ability to be open, and learn about the Matthew Phippard at training before the deployment. other individual is absent. The experiences Photo Courtesy of Jamie McFalls. and conversations are not from a similar point of view. The military life develops the soldiers with a strict mind set. This makes it difficult to relate to a normal everyday life of another person. Rachael expressed, “My dad and I can’t see eye to eye on things, so our opinions clash.” Each and every day children of all ages are dealing with their mother or father being deployed onto foreign soil. The worry, the hurt, the change and much more, will always affect the child emotionally, socially, and morally. All they can do is cope with each outcome. He steps off the plane onto U.S. soil. His mind is racing and his heart Matthew Ian Phippard’s Grandfather’s retired flag from being a pounding with joy. All he wants to see is his family and lover. I keep my eyes open, Navy Seal for many years. Photo courtesy of Jamie McFalls waiting at the spot we had planned to meet. I glance over my shoulder and see his tired hungry eyes. He was quiet, but sweet. His uniform was clean, but had hidden blood stains and confusion. He grabs my hand and squeezes it tightly begging for me never to let go. That’s when I knew, this man will never be the same. When Matt left for Iraq we stayed in Denver for one night before he was getting on the plane to leave. Watching him leave was very difficult. However, meeting him again for the second time was even worse. He didn’t laugh, speak, or even look the same. His personality was transformed into a new reality that he was taught. Matt won’t ever talk about what had happened during the deployment. This was a going away gift from a soldier to his father. Each time he tries he shuts down even more. I will always love him, but the 2009 Photo Courtesy of Jamie McFalls. deployment was a living hell for us both. Matt will be forever scarred.




November 2011

University High School


Traffic Love, Not Children In American history often times slavery is an image that dates back to African Americans fighting for their freedom; however today, there is a modern form of slavery in the midst of society. It’s called Human Trafficking and it is estimated to earn over 32 billion dollars annually. Today slavery is illegal almost everywhere in the world, but there are more slaves today than there ever were back when it was legal. 27 million people are enslaved into human trafficking and with a large majority of them being female; those females are then trafficked into the commercial sex industry. This industry exploits children into prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism. When these girls are thrown into slavery and forced into these brothels, menus are handed out of their picture, service and price.

Most people don’t think that this is a problem

in the US, or that it even exists around them. It’s happening every day. Runaways are the biggest target. “I’m speechless; I just don’t know what to say…” Brooke Jones a senior at UH, comments while watching the Imagine Love146 video that tells girl’s stories of their experiences. Aleia Amaya, senior, is moved by what is shown on the screen. “This makes my heart hurt,” she says as emotion overcomes her face. Love146 is an organization that is fully committed to, “the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation, nothing less.” Love146 believes that prevention is the first step to ending human trafficking but they also provide a safe place for victims. They work on aftercare for enslaved children once they are free, providing those with the support and rehabilitation to lead a life as if slavery had not touched them.


A Love Story

Scan the QR Code to watch the video on Human Sex Trafficking

The history and birth of Love146, the journey to ending child sex slavery and exploitation. “We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children...raped each night... seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness. Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl... ...All of these emotions begin to wreck you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow. The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting

By the numbers... -Two children are sold into slavery sixty seconds -Over 1.2 million children are trafficked around the world every year.

to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her…” Because we went in as part of an ongoing, undercover investigation on this particular brothel, we were unable to immediately respond. Evidence had to be collected in order to bring about a raid and eventually justice on those running the brothel. It is an immensely difficult problem when an immediate response cannot address an emergency. Some time later, there was a raid on this brothel and children were rescued. But the girl who wore #146 was no longer there. We do not know what happened to her, but we will never forget her. She changed the course of all of our lives.” -Rob Morris President and Co-founder

Graphics Courtesey of Love146. Design by Karissa Korf

-Over 100,000 children in the US are engaged in prostitution or pornography every year. -Within the first 48 hours of being on the street 1 in 3 children are lured into prostitution.

UH Pawprint: Novemer 2011  

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