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September 13, 2013

Street Shots Competing in the business world By Camryn Dreyer

Running a red light, even when there’s no one around could cost up to $100 in Clive neighborhoods. When a driver is caught on camera running a red light, the video will be reviewed by a police officer and the driver will be sent a citation in the mail. If the owner of a vehicle wishes to contest a ticket issued by the red light cameras he or she can defend themselves against the charge in associative district court. The program was installed in 2006, and in 2012 they brought in a staggering $630,000 to the city of Clive. This year the city council planned on making four and a half percent of the city’s overall budget through the program, but in July after many complaints from residents, the cameras were deactivated by the city council. However, due to the structuring of the city’s budget, the cameras have been reactivated through June of 2014. Many Valley students live or commute through Clive every day, and most of them are in favor of ridding Clive of those pesky street cameras. Junior Emily Seibel, said, “I know that they’re probably a good thing. I just don’t like them because they cost me $65.” Officer Craig Weatherall of the West Des Moines Police Department said, “They shouldn’t be a problem, not as long as you’re only doing what you’re supposed to be doing.” But Junior Emily Kacer said, “They make me nervous, even though I’m not doing anything wrong.” It seems likely that many students feel the same way around red light cameras, which brings up a good point: if the cameras only serve to make teenage drivers even more nervous, then despite claims from the Clive Police Department they aren’t making the streets any safer and costing student’s money.

This camera, along with several others, is located on Hickman Road. The camera’s locations are determined by accident history based on a survey done by Redflex, the company that manufactures the cameras. If the car is not being driven by the registered owner but has been lent out at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for the fines. The cameras have been costing drivers up to $100 in tickets.

By Jenna Baldus

This year a brand new club becomes a part of Valley. The DECA organization has been around for over 60 years, but this year, 45 kids came together Photo Credit to Sarah Bird for the first meet- Over the summer the DECA group attednded a Leadership Retreat. ing of DECA at Valley. over the team’s knowledge of busi“DECA prepares emerging leaders ness. “The team competes as indiand entrepreneurs in marketing, fi- viduals and as teams to try to advance nance, hospitality and management in to regions and hopefully nations,” high schools and colleges around the Chase said. Along with the test, team globe,” according to DECA members will prepare a short presenis a competitive club that plans on at- tation about the project that occurs tending at least one state competition. throughout the school year. “Team DECA has been all around other members will learn more about differschools for years, but not at Valley. ent branches of business,” Grant said. “I feel we really needed a business “This includes marketing, entrepreclub,” business teacher Sarah Bird neurship, hospitality and tourism, fisaid. “It extends learning in the class- nance, and business management and room while having a lot of fun.” The administration.” club helps students create a good balThe next meeting will occur on Ocance between activities while still tober 14, and then continues to meet learning. DECA is here to assist students in preparing for their future in business and finances. “This will have a huge impact on me in the future,” treasurer, junior Daly Hardy said. “I’ve already had experiences where I’ve mentioned the word DECA and adults have commented.” Along with adults, it prepares students for col-

weekly on Mondays for the rest of the year. “We want everyone to know that it is not too late to join DECA even if you missed the first meeting,” Chase said. “There is no established deadline [to join] as of right now.” Goals are set high for the club. “My main goal is to establish membership,” Ms. Bird said. “After that, it is to go to the state and regional’s conference to get a feel of what it is, and then finish the spring with 20 kids competing.” As the club just began, members are learning about one another while learning what their own capabilities are, along with their team members. The team’s goal this year is, “to become the biggest DECA chapter [team] in Iowa,” Chase said. “That requires at least 50 people to accomplish.” “So far we have a great group of kids involved, but we’re always looking for more to join,” Grant said. “I feel like we definitely can do some big things in DECA this year if we all work together.”

Photo Credit to DECA members

DECA meetings occur every Monday night. “To be on the National and State roster, students must join and pay their membership dues by October 25,” Ms. Bird said.

lege and where the future takes them after. “It looks great on any kind of resume,” vice president junior Chase Koschmeder said. In October, DECA will be participating in a state conference. There they will to “listen to advice from leaders and entrepreneurs and participate in fun activities,” president, senior Grant Gustafson said. Along with competitions, there are field trips. “We have an upcoming field trip to the Blank Park Zoo to learn about the managerial side of public entertainment site,” Grant said. Competitions will consist of a test



Bleeding Red

By AbbyThalman

A math test stained with red pen, drowns a students self esteem. They begin to sink into their seat, ashamed of the vivid red pen on their paper. Red ink in schools has been a long lasting tradition. Many teachers use red pens for their “bright colors, and the ability to be pointed out easily,” math teacher Jana Edwards said. “If students see too much of the red, they don’t want to re-read it to check it,” Edwards said. The bright

red color is seen by peers of the students, and stains the confidence of the student. “Red ink is scary because people are used to picturing a big fat F on their paper, ya know? But the color red itself is very warming and nice but when you think about it in a certain setting such as school, it usually doesn’t end well for the student,” sophomore Eddie Salamanca said. Many teachers worldwide have

begun to use different colors to help balance the harshness of the red ink. Purple is the new red. Purple is a neutral color that isn’t as bright, and the student feels a bit more relaxed to see something out of the norm. A school in London has recently banned the use of red ink because of these issues. Many teachers have been taking precautions towards limiting the use of red ink in order to preserve the sensitive reality of students’

self image and esteem. “There’s a stigma attached to red ink; red equals bad. The new ink will change the stigma,” junior Tanner Barkley said. There’s potential that a new pen color when grading papers will change a student’s self confidence when getting their papers back.

working to make the best of a trying situation. So far, there has not been a need to set up additional

outdoor restroomms. Parking at Valley under the construction has been hectic and clustered to say the least. Students have parking spaces available but they are farther from the building, As the construction at Valley is at intermission, the final curtain will soon appear, offering Valley with endless opportunities for our ever growing Fine Arts programs.

Construction Chaos Continued from page 1 By Abby Thalman

One Cent Sales Taxes go toward funding Iowa Schools with renovations and needs for schools. Phase three, the current construction, is already roughly $25.5 million into it. “As long as the school board approves the finances, the board can spend the sale taxes on whatever they need,” Mr. Mollison said. Students and teachers are

Starting from December 2010- today the amount of money spent on Valley renovations and remodeling has reached a total cost estimated to be $57.3 million, according to the Valley website, facility planning financial summary. The new auditorium and most recent renovations have an estimated cost of $25.5 million. Money toward the new auditorium and fine arts classrooms are coming from One Cent Sales Taxes.

Photo Credit to Ashley Skokan

Due to lack of water issues, all of the restrooms in the northeast wing of the building have been closed by construction.

Remembering 9/11 By Camryn Dreyer

September 11, 2001 marks the bloodiest day on American soil since the Civil War. Two United Airlines planes and two American Airlines planes were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda operatives and weaponized against the United States. The goal was to create terror and confusion and to strike fear in the hearts of Americans, and it worked.

President George W. Bush announced the War on Terror. The attack and the aftermath have had an effect on every American as the resulting war raged on for over ten years. The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has come and gone and it has some people questioning whether or not the memory of the attacks is still alive in the newest gen-


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eration of Americans, many of whom were too young to remember the tragic events of 9/11. Most adults can easily recall where they were and what they were doing during 9/11 but younger generations don’t have such a solid memory of the attacks. As the tragic day fades into the past, will it lose importance? “The idea is simple,” Mr. Hudson, social studies teacher, said, “It’s not less importance, it’s just less active memory.” He is certain that the attack will never lose its impact as it marks an important event in American history. But are children today taught about what happened on 9/11? Sophomore Ethan Eiler said, “I think the schools teach them a little bit about it and they could always talk to their parents; they’ll tell them what happened.” On both the first and tenth year anniversary a moment of silence was held for the victims of 9/11 across the nation, even at elementary schools though by the tenth year most of the students hadn’t even been alive at the time of the attacks. This was a good time for teachers to try to explain what happened to the children. As the years go by will the memory of 9/11 fade? Junior Nick Fox said, “Pearl Harbor happened way before 9/11, but it doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten it.”

News Briefs

By Jenna Baldus

Syrian Government attacks own people with chemical weapons. Syria raises gas prices temporarily during the threat of the US attack. Wild fires threaten Yosemite National Park, but is mostly contained. Water contamination in Japan by radioactive particles within the water. Iowa temperatures jump to 100 degrees in a late summer heat wave, drying out the ground and causing some schools’ early dismissal. Scientists are beginning the discovery of a super-heavy element, yet to be named, atomic number 115. Des Moines named top location for business and career city in Iowa by Forbes magazine. Switzerland banking begins to cooperate with the USA because Swiss banks would assist the wealthier Americans stash money in out of the country accounts. USA’s largest rocket, Delta-IV “Heavy” rocket, goes off into space from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying top-secret spy equipment. Scientists grow human stem cells into tiny brains for study, called ‘organoids’ to help scientists understand brain developemental problems, autism and schizophrenia.


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