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where every person has a story Volume XIC • Issue 7• February 25, 2011

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ver 25 businesses turned out on Wednesday, February 16 to give students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about potential jobs. Businesses included every field ranging from dentistry to law; auto repair to banking. Maxine Magri CPA, an accounting firm, was one of the many businesses to come. “[We came] for the opportunity to help students, guide them and show them some support,” employee C.J. Chenoweth said. Chenoweth, who grew up in the area, says he became an accoutant because he was terrific at math and it offered him more opportunities than becoming a math teacher. “My sister was an accountant and that sort of opened my eyes to it. I figured afterwards, I could become a bookkeeper or CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of a company, so it had more opportunity than being a math teacher, which is what I originally wanted to do,” Chenoweth said.

News Briefs Harrisonburg boys basketball team will be having a pancake breakfast fundraiser. At the Harrisonburg Applebee’s on Route 33. Tickets cost $5 per person. All state band auditions will take place on the Feb 26, and district band festival is on March 12. Scholastic Journalism conference in South Carolina (SIPA) will take place on March 4-6. Auditions for the Spring play will take place on March 2 in the auditorium.

Sports Briefs State swimming meet will take place on Febuary 26 in Christiansburg. Indoor track states will take place at Liberty University on Febuary 26. Guys and girls will be competing. Updated sports scores Feature package stories Advertisement forms Breaking news Media footage Reviews and columns Poll of the week Picture of the Day

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Another company, Botkin Rose law firm, showed up primarily to help students learn more about law and, in the process, clear up misconceptions. “We were asked to come. I want to help kids better understand what it is lawyers do. People have an impression of lawyers, based off of TV and Law & Order that is very different from what we do. What we do is much broader than what you see there,” attorney Kevin Rose said. Senior Carley Shears was one of hundreds of students to attend the career fair throughout the day. “My teacher brought us [to the career fair] so that we could talk with people and give us the opportunity to get jobs,” Shears said. Indeed, many teachers brought their students to the career fair at some point throughout the day. Chenoweth says he wishes many of his teachers had done the same. “We never had anything like this when I was in school,” Chenoweth said. “I really wish we had.”

Violent video games lead to first amendment case Xuyi Guo staff reporter


n 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California passed a bill restricting the sale of “violent video games” to minors. The law had several criteria to determine which video games would be considered “violent video games.” Part of the definition of a “violent video game” according to the law would be one “in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” in a way that “appeals to a deviant or morbid interest of minors,” “is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the community as to what is suitable for minors,” and “causes the game, as a whole, to lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.” Shortly after the bill’s passage the Entertainment Merchant’s Association (EMA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) challenged the law in a United States district court. In Aug 2007 the court ruled that the law violated the First Amendment, and granted a permanent injunction. According to the court, California could neither show that video games were different from other forms of media, nor that video games in particular led to violent

behavior. The State of California then appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Sept of that year. However, the Ninth Circuit Court held the same opinion as the district court, and declared that the law was unconstitutional on Feb 20, 2009. But Gov Schwarzenegger and California Attorney General Jerry Brown appealed to the Supreme Court later that year. On Nov 2, 2010 the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments of both sides of Schwarzenegger v. EMA. The petitioners, the State of California, claimed that their Leo law had a basis in trying to proArango, tect minors. senior HHS government teacher gamer Kris Vass agreed that “somebody has a right to make [this] argument. There’s a constitutional basis not to sell alcohol to minors and not to sell cigarettes to minors.” Even the district court that had first ruled the law unconstitutional admitted that trying to protect minors was a compelling reason. As a precedent, California, represented by lawyer Zackery P. Morazzini, cited the case of Ginsberg v. New York, in which the Supreme Court ruled that material, in this case nudity, that is not obscene can still be regulated, as it can still be harmful to minors. However, one of the difficulties that the state of Cali

That law would be useless because people would get it anyway like they do now.”

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n Wednesday Feb 2, parents gathered at Thomas Harrison Middle School to hear from their childrens’ guidance counselors and technology teachers about the dangers of bullying. The parent discussion began with a keynote speech from the technology teachers of each of the city schools about cyberbullying. After the keynote speech, there were four breakout sessions. One was a question and answer session with the technology teachers in response to their speech, and the other three were given by the counselors of the elementary, middle and high schools. "[The discussion] got parents and children talking to each other and anytime you can have a discussion between parents and teens it is very important, but it is also important for the communication

to start before high school," Instuctional Technology Resource Teacher Diana Flick said. Flick participated in the keynote speech at the beginning of the program as well as the breakout session. She finds that it is important to act quickly and appropriately when it comes to cyberbullying. “On social networking sites, it is easy for things to pile on," Flick said. "If it is a threat or another type of bullying, then it can quickly pile on and parents need to react quickly and their reaction needs to match what has been done." The technology breakout session continued with the topic of cyberbullying. The technology teachers were able to answer questions that parents had surrounding privacy settings for social networking sites and the appropriate use of texting. “People feel anonymous when they are behind the computer or a cell phone, but in reality almost

everything can be traced," Flick said. "Technology allows students who wouldn't normally bully think they can." While Flick knows the dangers of cyberbullying, it does not take place in school mostly because of the filter. Most of the bullying happens on students’ home computers, where it is important for parents to take a role. “What happens at home comes into the school, so the resource officers deal with those problems, and we [technology teachers] deal more with students trying to get past the filter," Flick said. Flick was interested to hear questions from her students’ parents, and she is interested in participating in the discussion again if it is held in the future. “I am the tech person in my house, but I know in most houses this is not the case," Flick said. "I think some parents react too harshly, and the punishment needs to match what was done."

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Junior class chooses Under the Sea as prom theme Christy Stearn News Editor


ver the course of January, members from HHS’ prom committee finally settled on a theme for Prom 2011: Under the Sea. The six-member committee met every Tuesday after school with study skills teacher Bonnie Anderson to determine the prom’s theme and location and to purchase decorations and favors. “We picked this year’s prom theme because it’s different and the decorations are really pretty,” junior class reporter and prom committee member Evan Wetsel said. After narrowing their decision down to Woodland Wonderland and their eventual choice, Under the Sea, the students voted to decide a winner. The committee began flipping through catalogs and purchasing decorations for prom. The color motif for the dance will include deep blue, turquoise, pink, and dark purple shades, and ther

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Set Sail! Sophomores NancyCarrie Logan, Alison Monroe, Kaeyln Warne, and Lydia Hatfield perform a pirate-themed dance in this year’s musical. Photo by Olivia McCarty.


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February 25, 2011

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Flick, Hottinger, Shoemaker maintain 800+ computers at HHS stalling and the replacing of our that the older computers go to Nahla Aboutabl school computers. He deals with classrooms for teachers to use. staff reporter all the physical and software prob“I work with the Macs that


we have in our labs. I install new hardware, create student accounts and and just keep the computers running,” Shoemaker said. Flick, the Instruction Technology Resource Teacher ( ITRT), works with teachers and parents to get them caught up on all the technology. “I help [the teachers with] anything from a power point to how to fix a pencil sharpener,” Flick said. Flick’s job keeps her roaming the halls all day to provide any technological assistance needed by students or teachers. “Teachers trust me to help them, so I get all kinds of questions. One time a teacher had a book on her keyboard and didn’t see it. She called me over to see why her cursor was moving all over her screen,” Flick said. “Another time a teacher was worried about why her computer was talking to her. Turns out she turned on the voice over without realizing.” Besides fixing day-to-day computer problems, Flick is also in charge of monitoring students’ internet usage. “I also have to monitor what students do on the Internet. It’s not something I like doing, but students should know that anything Surfing the Web. Junior Jessica Sangabriel works on one of 800 com- they do on the Internet is puters in HHS maintained by the technology staff. “I think [filters are] retrace-able,” Flick said. necessary. We need those limits in school. It’s school, not your house,” Hottinger is also a very Sangabriel said. important behind-the-scenes

ehind the 800 computer screens of HHS are the faces of those who work hard hard to keep the machines running. Information Technologists Craig Shoemaker, Dwayne Hottinger, and Diane Flick work here to do just that. They repair, maintain, and supervise everything that goes on with our computers, and even replace many during the summer months. Shoemaker especially does a lot of work with the repairing, in-

lems that occur in the HHS computer labs, like when keyboard keys fall out or when the software needs to be updated. “We come across very few physical repairs. Computers are very solid objects and don’t break easily, but I try to eliminate the hardware problems,” Shoemaker said. Shoemaker also has to stay here during the summer months to install software on the new computers that come every year. He makes sure that the computers get placed in the right labs and

man when it comes to computer use. He is “ultimately responsible for everything that remotely deals with a computer,” as he said. “I am essentially responsible for all computers and computer security in all of HCPS,” Hottinger said. “This includes email, firewalls, web-servers, routers, switches, security, file servers, network connectivity, backups, etc.” Hottinger is also in charge of what students can get access to in school while using the Internet. He works to keep the Internet’s filter secure and to follow the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), an organization that provides money to the school. “We are required to filter because of CIPA. We receive federal funding that pays for all of our Internet connections. If we don't filter than we lose this funding,” Hottinger said. Email, an issue that students have complained about many times, is also under Hottinger’s supervision. “We have email for students ( Any high school student may sign up in the library, and we have quite a few who use it. No outside email providers are allowed, mainly because of viruses, security and CIPA requirements,” Hottinger explained. And although many sites are blocked from our school computers, Hottinger says that it’s for a good reason, for students to stay productive during the school day. “We try to balance our filter so

that students and teachers can still be productive, while still blocking content that maybe inappropriate or not education related. Many sites are blocked by request from teachers,” Hottinger said. Filters are never a hundred percent accurate, as Hottinger pointed out, but the school tries to enforce it to maintain the school’s computer privileges, even if students find out ways that go around the school’s filter. “Students who go around the filter and are caught will lose their Internet privileges and possibly computer privileges,” Hottinger said. “We have caught quite a few in the past. However, most of the time this is a supervision issue and not a filtering issue. Computers shouldn't be used as time killers by teachers.” The software that’s used at this school to filter out sites is called DeepNines, a network that controls what Internet sites can be reached. “I have been here seven years and we were running a filter before that. We changed our filter company last year to Deep Nines because our previous filter wasn't doing what we needed,” Hottinger said. Although students might be aggravated by the fact that DeepNines blocks some of their favorite sites like Facebook, it also blocks sites that can have viruses or inappropriate material. “Technology should enhance the education of a student, not hinder it. We strive to provide a safe atmosphere for all our students,” Hottinger said.

Scholastic Team sweeps districts,regionals; moves on to states Paulina Rendon


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he HHS Scholastic Team competed and won the district tournament Saturday, Jan 28. The team, consisting of seniors Leo Arango, Trevor Shank, Xuyi Guo, Tim Galicki, Kait Arthur, Zach McDonell, Chris Pyle, Marcus Upton and sophomore Premal Patel along with coaches Rob Edmunds, Verity Caron, and Jere Borg, came off the regular season with a record of 9 matches out of 12. Because HHS won the most matches in the regular season and placed first in the district tournament, the scholastic team went on to Regionals. While HHS placed first in Districts, many complications threatened the team before the tournament even began. Pyle and Patel were absent from the competition because of a communication issue that

interfered with them knowing the day and time. The competition itself wasn’t a clean sweep either, with HHS academic team losing one round to TA. In a competition, there are three rounds. In the first and third round, ‘pyramid questions’ are asked, where the questions get easier as more clues are given. The second round usually lasts the longest and differs from the first and third rounds because questions only have one hint. If the team misses the question, it goes to the opposing team. “The second round gets long because the questions are more complex,” Pyle said. “The math computation questions are in the second round.” He considers the first and third rounds to be easier compared to the second round, although by round three the exhaustion from the previous rounds is evident. In each round, there are questions based on specific subjects: history, english, math,

and science. During the season, the team practices Tuesdays through Fridays, with the meets usually held on Mondays. Tuesdays would be history subject practices, led by Borg. Caron holds Wednesday’s English practices while Edmunds has math and science on Fridays. Thursday practices are based on random, or “potpourri” topics that could be asked, usually about pop culture or music. Individually, each member usually has strength for one particular topic. Pyle and Upton are the history buffs, McDonnell, “the English question ninja,” according to Pyle, and Galicki and Guo who specialize in the math and science subjects. This greatly helped them when they won in Districts, although the loss of one round still surprised them. “[I felt] good about Districts. It was definitely a surprise when we lost [the round],” Guo said. “That match, we could could not get anything. It was terrible.”

Upton agrees. “The hardest part was the pressure there is when your team is losing,” Upron said. “[Winning] is a good indication of the supremacy of our team in the end.” After the district win, the whole team was confident about Regionals. Regionals were held on Saturday, Feb ruary 12 at 10 am. The competition was held at Turner Ashby High School and lasted until 4:30. HHS and second-place district winner TA went up against eight other schools in a double elimination challenge. The top two schools in Regionals will move on to compete to be the best in the state. “[I am] optimistic about Regionals,” Upton said before the match. “[I think] we have a good chance to go to States.” It turned out the premonitions were right. HHS triumphed once again in Regionals, qualifying them for States. They continue preparing for the upcoming tournament.

Prom will feature nautical theme McDuffee returns to Poets-in-theProm from A1

moses embellished with an underwater scene will be handed out as souvenirs. Although HHS’ prom will be held in the high school’s gym commons, the committee tried relentlessly to find another host for the dance. “It was impossible,” junior class secretary and prom committee member Lindsey Carpenter said. “We tried to have prom at the Spotswood Country Club, two different ballrooms at JMU, a ballroom at EMU, and the Courtyard Marriott, but none of them worked.” The committee also wanted to change the location of After Prom. The committee members wanted to hold After Prom at a pool to complement the theme. Students considered the Recre-

ational Center, UREC, and the Massanutten Waterpark, but each spot was already taken. “It’s frustrating. We all wanted to do something different but it just wouldn’t happen,” junior prom committee member Jayne Slocum said. The group managed to tweak the After Prom tradition. Instead of throwing it inside the gym, the committee decided to have After Prom outside in the school’s parking lot. More inflatables, such as a giant movie screen and sumo wrestler costumes, will be rented this year than in previous years. The prom committee will not meet again until a month before the dance to select a playlist for the DJ. 2011 Prom will be on May 14 at HHS, followed by After Prom immediately after.

Supreme Court ruling on video games Video Games from A1

fornia had to overcome was that cultural and societal views of violence are very different from those of nudity and sexual material. “We love violence,” Vass said. “We almost celebrate it. Culturally, I don’t think it’ll change.” According to Morazzini, video games that had a deviant level of violence would be banned by the law and “deviant would be departing from established norms.” “There are established norms of violence?” asked Justice Scalia, scoffing at the definition. As Morazzini began to reply, Scalia cut him off. “I mean, some of the Grimms' fairy tales are quite grim, to tell you the truth,” he added, garnering a bit of laughter. The vagueness of the law was a major point of the respondents, the EMA, represented by lawyer Paul M. Smith. Another point of contention was the practicality of the law and the arbitrary age standard of 18 years. “California doesn't make any distinctions between 17year-olds and 4-year-olds,” said Justice Ginsberg, probing the arbitrary age line. Morazzini responded by asserting a jury

would make disctinctions. The court questioned Smith, the EMA lawyer, on the possible harmful effects of video games, citing the evidence from psychological research presented by the state of California, and whether parents needed help protecting their children from violent material. Smith claimed that there were plenty of parental controls. Any 13-year-old can bypass parental controls in about 5 minutes,” said Justice Roberts, dousing the argument. Notably, the case became a discussion of the First Amendment. The EMA challenged that the law was preventing freedom of expression, and indeed the two lower courts had both decided that this was the case, which is why they had ruled the law unconstitutional. Smith claimed that the video games were a form of speech. “The games that we are talking about have narrative, events that are occurring, characters, plot,” Smith said. Scalia responded by questioning whether a law that restricts video games simply based on the violent acts the player carries out, with no regard to narrative would be restricting

speech. “It's not speech. You're saying you just can't let the kid maim – maim, kill – or set on fire,” said Scalia. But while the law may set an important precedent regarding the first amendment, is the law itself actually significant? HHS senior Joseph Roth, a video game player, does not think so. “I feel like it’s not a big deal. Most games with a deviant level of violence are rated M anyway, so it would just raise the age requirement by one year,” Roth said. HHS seniors Leo Arango and Trevor Shank had similar views. “They card you,” Arango said, regarding the sale of violent video games to minors. “That law would be useless because people would get it anyway like they do now,” he added. Shank had nearly the same sentiments. “I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference. The kids who want the game are going to get it anyway,” Shank said. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision this June.

Schools for fifth year, sees changes

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them best. PITS has many other special activities besides writing workshops. They also visit places for inspiration to write their poetry. “We have been to the Oasis art gallery to look at artwork and make a poem out of what we saw,” McDuffee said. “I wrote a poem about a specific drawing that I saw there.” Another annual event is a night to read original poetry to music, which is usually hosted at either Thomas Harrison Middle school or HHS. “Every year we usually have a poetry and jazz night. We get to perform our poem with the jazz music,” McDuffee said. This year, however, brought a few changes to the schedule of

oets-in-the-Schools, a middle and high school club centered around poets and writing poetry, kicked off its new year with their first meeting on Thursday, Feb 3 in the HHS library. Senior Melissa McDuffee is looking forward to being in the club another year. Not anyone can join the club, however. A 12-line poem based on a prompt must be sent to PITS adviser Jennifer Rose for consideration first. “You have to try out,” said McDuffee. “You have to write a piece of poetry and get it judged. [People who get in] really want to write poetry and got accepted by Ms. Rose.” “I get inspired This year, around twenty to write poetry people make up the club. “[The number of people] [and] thought usually depends on how many it would be neat SMee nl iis os ar people tried out or got in,” to join a group McDuffee McDuffee said. Meetings usually start off where they with Rose providing writing prompts and food to the mem- [write] as well” bers. “First, she gives a topic to write about, and we just start writ- events at PITS. ing. We have cocoa and sometimes “This year I don’t think we’ll be snacks, so everyone brings their doing anything, since our funding mugs,” McDuffee said. “If we’re got cut from the school,” McDufdone with one topic, she gives us fee said. “We don’t have funding another one. We share our poems anymore.” if we want to. No one criticizes the This lack of funding did not poem, but they tell you if they like deter McDuffee from joining the it or not.” club again for the fifth time. The creativity-sparking topics “I get really inspired to write range from a wide variety of sub- poetry, and I heard [that PITS] jects. One topic was centered on did poetry,” McDuffee said. “I the student’s name. thought it would be neat to join a “[Rose] gave us a list of crayon group where they all write poetry colors, and then she gave us a list as well.” of what our names meant, and we This year, the high school part had to integrate the two in the of the club meets every Thursday poem,” McDuffee said. from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., while the Students could choose whether middle school meets from 5:30 to or not to use their own name, and 7 p.m. pick the colors that they felt suited

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Terrible Skunk Breath on slate as spring play Ama Ansah


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oy meets Girl. Boy falls for Girl. Girl does not notice Boy. Boy stops brushing his teeth to get Girl to notice him. Boy’s toothbrush runs away. Boy starts to turn into a skunk and gets in trouble with the skunk police. In a nutshell, that is the plot of this year’s spring play, written and directed by library secretary Bradley Walton. The play, Terrible Skunk Breath, is geared towards children more than previous years performances, but he would not classify it simply as a kid’s play. “I’m reluctant to just call it a children’s play. I think I’ve managed a script that will work equally well for teen audiences, as well as elementary school audiences,” Walton said. “It’s really outlandish in a way that I think will appeal to kids, but at the same time I think it’s sufficiently offbeat and outlandish enough to also work for an older audience. I’m calling it an all age’s play.” Because it is an all-age play, Walton did not try to dumb-down the plot or dialogue. If a higher reading level word appears in the script, it is simply explained by the characters. The play starts out with a character discussing the concept of foreshadowing and is nonchalantly explained in the dialogue. Walton admires makers of kid’s movies who

do not dumb things down for their audience. “My four favorite movies last year were How to Train your Dragon, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and Tangled. For all intents and purposes, those were kid’s movies. And I never felt they were talking down to their audiences,” Walton said. “I figured, if they can do it, there’s no reason I’d have to dumb [my play] down.” The idea for the play stemmed from a suggestion from his 10-year-old daughter. This is not the first time he has written plays based on her ideas. His plays, Purple Porridge Eaters from Planet Puggelgorf and Alien Fish, also stemmed from his daughter and are currently in print, but Terrible Skunk Breath is the first he has personally directed. This year’s play’s production date had to be moved because of a coinciding journalism convention at HHS. Due to this change, the cast and crew will have one week less to practice. Walton hopes a children’s play with a running time of sixty minutes will not require as much practice time for the

actors, so the loss of a week won’t hurt the production. Many students return to spring play year after year. Senior Kate Great things yet to come. Seniors Kate Arthur and Chris Pyle gather to Arthur is one review the script of Terrible Skunk Breath in anticipation of March audiof them and tions. is looking forward to what will be her fiArthur strongly encourages students to nal production at HHS. try out for the play. About everyone who “[I do it every year] because I really en- tries out gets a role. This year there are ninejoy it. It’s a fun process and I like working teen places to fill.Auditions will be March 2 a lot with Mr. Walton. Even though there’s after school in the auditorium. The perfora small cast, I know I can get a role--and a mance will be April 22 and 23. speaking role which is unusual for me,” Ar“It’s a smaller production and it’s more thur said. personal,” Arthur said.

Saturday School used as punishment for habitual tardies Molly Denman


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etting another tardy for some students may mean getting the dreaded sheet of paper with the heading “Saturday School.” After getting 12 tardies, students are required to attend Saturday School. Although there are many reasons for having to attend Saturday School such as skipping class, tardies are the most popular reason. “It was really boring. I had too many tardies. I just sat there and did work and I could not talk or anything,” sophomore Andrew Turner said. Some believe that Saturday School should have greater consequences than just showing up and doing work.

“You do not want to be [at Saturday School] because it is really boring and who is trying to wake up early on a Saturday.”

“Saturday School should be all day so we do not have repeat offenders. I think while they are here, we should give them jobs to do around the school,” attendance monitor Cathy Grogg said. Saturday School is held in room 151 from 9:25 a.m until 11:10 a.m at HHS. Students must be on time for Saturday School or they will not be admitted and will have to complete their time the following Saturday. Students are not allowed to sleep or talk during Saturday School. All school rules apply while in Saturday School such as, the dress code, no cell phones. If

a student breaks the rules they can be sent home and will be rescheduled for Saturday A h m a d School. Salehi, “You do not Senior want to be there, because it is really boring and who is trying to wake up early on a Saturday,” sophomore Ahmad Salehi said. Salehi had to attend Saturday School because of having too many tardies. Special Ed teacher Sheila Banks is in charge of Saturday School and has been since the program was developed. “When they came up with the Saturday School program, I applied and was selected

for the position,” Banks said. Banks decided to apply because she thought it was an opportunity to work with the students and be able to receive additional funds, which was a plus. Saturday School may not be fun for the students who are required to attend, but Banks finds the experience rewarding. “My favorite part of Saturday School is the interaction with the students and being able to meet new students and students I have had in previous classes,” Banks said. Although only about half of the students who are supposed to be at Saturday School show up, Banks believes that it makes the students understand they have consequences if they get too many tardies. During Saturday School, students are supposed to bring in homework to work on, but according to Banks, many do not.

Band festival to be held in Broadway Mar 11-12

1. DO YOU LIKE WORKING HERE? Working at HHS has been a lot of fun so far. I am really enjoying getting to know my students and all of the staff have been extremely helpful and encouraging. The first year has been a little hectic, but I’m having fun. 2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING? Favorite - seeing students succeed, grow, and gain confidence in the classroom, and the snowflake effect - no two days are the same. Least Favorite - not always having enough time in the day to get everything done that should be done. 3. WHAT IS THE WEIRDEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED? Hearing myself saying things to my students that I can remember my own teachers saying to me. 4. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER? I wanted to do something similar to what my dad did he worked in Public Works for a city. I thought he had a cool job. He got to run all kinds of construction equipment, weld stuff, break stuff, and always came home dirty. I think he influenced me to get my degree in Civil Engineering. 5. DID YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE A TEACHER? I think I kicked the idea around a little in college as I had some pretty influential engineering professors, but not until the past several years did I really consider making a change. 6. WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I don’t have an abundance of free time right now...but when I do I like to sleep, exercise, or try to wear my dog out.

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Amy Histand is a new English teacher. Coming from Eastern Mennonite University, Histand is passionate about her job. “I was already somewhat familiar with HHS through student teaching last year, and it has been good to be back,” Histand said. She consistently has been exploring all of her teaching options inside the classroom. “I think part of what makes the first year such a challenge is that it requires teaching material that may be unfamiliar.... I am glad to be in a profession that certainly can't be mastered in a year,” Histand said. She has become confident with her new responsibilities. “My job allows me to interact with adolescents on a daily basis; it directly impacts the future... Interacting with students and colleagues; never being bored. So many good things have happened since the beginning of the year, but perhaps feeling like I belong here is the best.”

are easier to play because the rhythm is simpler. Symphonic Band’s pieces are typically more difficult than Concert Band’s. Broadway High School is hosting this year’s Band festival for our region’s (their are 16 regions in the state of Virginia) schools. Although Band Festival is not mandatory, it is recommended. Ferguson and Snow believe it is a good thing to participate in. “It puts you on the map for having a good music program in our area,” Ferguson said. “I think it is a positive thing for the students to take part in and I choose to do it, the majority [of schools] do,” Snow said.

Darrell Wilson wanted to be an architect as a kid, but his dad was a teacher and his wife was a teacher, so it may have been his destiny to teach. Wilson’s favorite part of working at HHS is working with the students. However, what really tests his patience is when students are unwilling to comply with the learning process. “I guess the weirdest thing that has happened to me here is that one time the network was down and we couldn’t get it back up, so students had trouble doing their work,” Wilson said.

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very year in the spring, schools around the state are recommended to take part in Band Festival, and on March 11 and 12 the HHS bands will be participating. Band Festival is comparable to a subject SOL for students’ core classes. It is mostly a competition against the musician and the rating system. Bands are scored on a 5-point scale, 1 being superior, and 5 being poor. Band director J.R. Snow offers an alternative rating system: 1=I did my job and

a more demanding class. HHS has a track record for doing well, but last year they passed with flying colors, receiving straight 1s. The band practices often, both during the school day and after hours. Sophomore Symphonic Band member Kirsten Ferguson says the band members have to practice at home as a well as at school. “Mr. Snow says band class is for working with the conductor, but you have to practice at home to learn the music and everything,” Ferguson said. This year the HHS Symphonic Band will be playing two marches. Though it is challenging for most instruments, Ferguson, who plays the French horn, thinks marches

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you did yours, 2=I did my job but you could have done a little better, 3=We both could have done our jobs better, 4=I should quit my job, and you should probably quit your instrument too, and 5=We both should not have even showed up. Every band student participates, and is a part of either Symphonic band or Concert band. Symphonic Band is usually for upper classmen and Snow has to approve your being in it. He takes into account everything he’s seen from you in band class. Concert Band is usually for freshmen and it prepares students for Symphonic Band. Symphonic band helps members learn the scales and understand his or her instrument; basically, it readies students for

Amy Histand

Maggie Siciliano

Billy Martin is a new librarian this year. In the past, he has worked in elementary schools, but he prefers working at the high school. “The size of the patrons is larger and they read more adult material,” said Martin. Martin’s favorite part of working at HHS is getting to work with the students. “Students have opinions and they have the ability to defend them and argue for them,” Martin said. Martin enjoys his job very much, but the one downfall, he says, is that he doesn't get to read enough. Out of all of the things that have happened to Martin while he has been working here, the weirdest thing that has happened to him was getting to meet a faculty member who he taught as an elementary school student.

The Newsstreak

February 25, 2011 The Harrisonburg High School Newsstreak The Policy The Newsstreak is published by the students of Harrisonburg High School every month. Reproduction of any material from the newspaper is prohibited without the written permission from the editors. Advertising rates are available upon request. It is the policy of the Harrisonburg City Public School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment and educational programs and services. The Harrisonburg High School City Public Schools will not discriminate illegally on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, disability or age as to employment or educational programs and activities. Editorials appearing without a byline represent the majority opinion of the staff, but not necessarily the opinion of the adviser, school administration, or the school system. Signed editorials are accepted from people on the staff, but are subject to editing according to published guidelines and policies. Editorials may be edited for special reasons. Letters to the editor are encouraged and must be signed and a telephone number must be given. Names may be withheld if the editorial staff feels there is a just cause. The Newsstreak reserves the right to edit and may refuse to publish ads or letters deemed inappropriate, libelous, or obscene. Please drop your letter by room 444 or give them to any staff member. Letters may also be sent to the high school. The editors and staff : Editors-in-Chief: Print: Maria Rose, Phillip Bannister; Online: David Proctor, Alison Domonoske Managing Editors: Vanessa Ehrenpreis, Jack Burden Section Editors: News - Maria Rose Opinion - Lauren Martin Style - Christine Choi Feature - Aidan Newcity Sports - Vanessa Ehrenpreis Fun Director: Lauren Martin Advertising Manager: Lauren Martin Business Manager: Savanah Cary Photographers: Emily Jamieson, Maria Rose, Paulina Rendon, Olivia McCarty, Phillip Bannister, Aidan Newcity Cartoonist: Emily Knupp Page Designers: Christy Stearn, Emily Jamieson, Lauren Martin, Paulina Rendon, Michael Johnson, Kavya Beheraj, Heather Hunter-Nickels, Mark Duda, Maggie Siciliano, Ama Ansah, Phillip Bannister, Christine Choi, Celia Ehrenpreis, Maria Rose, Vanessa Ehrenpreis, Aidan Newcity, Ben DiNapoli Staff Reporters: Nahla Aboutabl, Kavya Beheraj, Emmett Copeland, Heather Hunter-Nickels, Michael Johnson, Christy Stearn, Shane McMahan, Mark Duda, Alex Hickman, Maggie Siciliano, Ben DiNapoli, Anastasiya Kalyuk, Charity O’Connor, Rachel O’Connor, Lukas Stephan, Peter Byrd, William Imeson, Zach McDonnell, Simona Byler, Xuyi Guo, Ali Byrd, Mia Karr Freshmen Reporters: John Adamek, William Bleckley, Emerson Bonga, Austin Coffey, Megan Coverstone, Anthony Duong, Celia Ehrenpreis, Kevin Franco, Johnathan Gomez-Lemus, Jessica Jolicoeur Professional Affiliations: The Newsstreak participates as a member of several journalistic evaluation services including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA-2009 Gold Evaluation and 2005 & 2009 Silver Crown Winner), Quill&Scroll Journalism Honor Society (2010 First Place International Award), National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the Virginia High School League, Inc. Trophy Class Award, and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association All Southern Ranking. opt out notice: If you do NOT want to allow your student’s full name or image to appear on the school newspaper site, please send an email to vkibler@ harrisonburg. stating: I understand that the school newspaper,, now has an online version of the publication. I DO NOT want my son/ daughter (place student’s name here) to have his or her name or image published on this online venue.

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Fight for equality not over yet Staff Editorial


s we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to reflect on how we got here and where we hope to go moving forward. Remember the infamous Selma to Montgomery March, in which Alabama state troopers attacked nonviolent protesters with batons and tear gas. Remember the 16th street Baptist Church bombing, in which four little girls were deprived of lives filled with promise. Remember “separate but equal,” during which AfricanAmericans were treated as anything but equal. Reflect on how far we have come in 60 years. 60 years ago, African-Americans were being oppressed under Jim Crow laws. They were unable to join the military. They could not even sit at the front of a bus. Today, an African-American is the President of the United States. But our work is not finished. We are lucky to live in such a diverse community and be part of one of the most diverse schools in Virginia. We must not take that for granted and we cannot get complacent and think that true equality has been achieved. It has not. There are still minorities being oppressed. While interracial marriages were made legal in 1967, gays are still waiting. Just as AfricanAmericans were once used as scapegoats for all of society’s ills, we witnessed a local newspaper literally blame an illness (Swine Flu)

on Hispanics. Minorities are also disadvantaged. According to the Department of Justice, despite African-Americans making up only 12% of the U.S. population, they make up nearly 40% of those incarcerated. Minorities in general are far less likely to graduate high school, pursue higher education and get high-paying jobs. We must continue working to put minorities of all race, nationality and ethnicity on equal footing as their privileged counterparts. We should invest in rehabilitation programs, instead of merely locking up drug abusers, throwing away the key, and perpetuating the problem. We should continue Affirmative-

Action programs that help offer opportunity to those who otherwise may not have gotten it. Above all else, we need to realize that we are all people. Hispanics were not the cause of Swine Flu. Gays are not the reason why marriages are crumbling. African-Americans are not responsible for the prominence of drugs. This should all be obvious, but for too many people it is not. We must end the racism, the homophobia and the xenophobia that is present even in our own community. America has taken great strides over the last century. We are making progress and we are on our way to true equality. The race is almost over, do not give up yet.

Economic crisis gives rise to new political thinking Zach McDonnell


Staff Reporter

occasionally hear fervent praise for politicians like Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), whose political philosophy consists of a rare mix of civil libertarianism and economic conservatism. Oh, yeah, and supports the legalization of (“medical”) marijuana. Indeed, Ron Paul seems to have struck a chord with people who just want to be free-free to marry whatever adult they want, free to speak their mind, and free to worship whomever they please whenever they please. That might sound familiar. You see, there already is a group that fights for individual liberties; they’re called liberals. But for libertarians, the freedom does not stop at the end of an ACLU lawsuit. What distinguishes libertarians from liberals is the conservative economic ideology they share with the GOP, of which Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and many other prominent libertarians are actually a part. This economic philosophy is rooted in the belief that, as though individuals, businesses both big and small should be “free” to dump pollutants wherever they please, that insurance companies have the “right” to deny coverage to

those with a pre-existing condition, that financial regulations violate the First Amendment, and that no company may ever be told to regulate its carbon dioxide emissions. And who is the current leader of this branch lunatic-fringe economics? You guessed it: Ron Paul, since the 1980s the most vocal proponent of the Austrian school of economics, which espouses that the government should never--that is right--never regulate the economy. Combine this with virulent anti-tax activism, and you have got a concoction not of the common American but of the American elite. And besides defense, the rich do not gain many benefits derived from taxes--Medicare, Social Security, local government-funded economic projects, and other forms of “wasteful spending”. In short, the main idea behind libertarian economic ideology is this: make as much money as humanly possible--and keep it all. That might be fine if you are the wealthy, who by the way, are being taxed at a historically low rate right now. But if you are not making much money in the first place, well, you are-for lack of a better word--screwed. If taxes on the wealthy are low and government programs are not provided, the only way for poor- and middle-class Americans to stay afloat is to join a union that gives them enormous bargaining

powers. Think libertarians and other economic conservatives support unions? Think again. Economic conservatism does have repercussions--huge ones. Indeed, it was the conservative-backed era of “deregulation” (the presidencies of Reagan through Clinton) that largely caused the Great Recession. In short, the dismantling of New Deal-era financial regulation allowed banks to behave impetuously, taking risks that could not be sustained and then accruing too little capital. Thus, the bankruptcies of Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers touched off the 2008 Financial Crisis, which touched off the Great Recession. To top it all off, these same banks had the audacity to come running to the government for bailout funds-and succeeded in getting them. So in an age of rising libertarianism, the illegitimate brother of the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement, we must ask ourselves: are marijuana and gay marriage worthy trade-offs for harmful economics? It is distressing that the question has to be asked at all. Americans should focus on principle, not paranoia. We should legalize gay marriage because gay people are equal, not because of anti-government attitudes. Libertarianism is more than just a conglomeration of liberal and conservative attitudes; it is a false promise.

Facebook statuses can get overwhelming Simona Byler


Staff Reporter

f you have seen the Golden Globe-winning movie, The Social Network, you know that we have Mark Zuckerberg to thank for the recent phenomenon that is Facebook. Now, do not get me wrong, I love being able to keep in touch with my friends while conveniently seated at my computer, but the site does have some downfalls. Predominately, Facebook statuses. Really, this is not as much a problem with Facebook itself as it is the people who post the statuses. I understand that free speech is a right of fundamental importance, but sometimes the statuses that pop up in my news feed make me think otherwise. One serious Facebook offense is updating your status, literally, every five minutes. The page does read, “What’s on your mind?” but take that with a grain of salt because it is re-

ally not necessary to broadcast details of every thought that goes through your brain. This way, when one of your friends logs on, you are not the sole person dominating their news feed with statuses such as “I’m eating a hamburger” and a few seconds later “Wow, that hamburger was delicious.” Another way to ensure that your statuses are in tip-top shape is to ensure that you do not make each of your updates song lyrics. Don’t worry, T. Swift and I are tight, but logging on and seeing that each status is a different line from her new album can be a little overwhelming. Just because someone out there is a musical genius does not make their lyrics applicable to every situation in your life. Vowels are necessary to the basic constructions of words, that is just how it is. So when a Facebook status does not contain any, you leave your reader guessing about what you actually mean. For instance, if you conclude your status with “thnkng of hm <3”, it could be in-

terpreted that you have a boy on your mind or that you really like pondering ham and other meat products. Facebook statuses are not places for your daily schedule, that is what planners and calendars are for, and there is a reason you do not share those with all 607 of your friends. So statuses that read, “heading to school now, be there for a while then maybe hanging out with the boys, hittin’ up the gym and going to bed” does not make anyone interested in the happenings of your life, or maybe your friends are just more caring people than I am. Lastly, statuses that are inspirational quotes can be a little sickening to read, especially one such as “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was a smart guy, and I am sure he would rather you be going out and living his quote, rather than honoring him by making his words your Facebook status.

Weighted grade point system prepares students for higher ed Xuyi Guo


Staff Reporter

he weighted GPA system is a cornerstone of many high schools, including our very own HHS, and I will admit that I have been critical of it. But while there are reasons to resent the system, it has its merits, and I think these are significant enough that weighted grade point averages are entirely defensible. First, weighted GPAs are a good way for a school to get class rank. Without a weighted GPA system, class rank is worthless because a student who takes strictly regular classes could easily end up tied with a student who takes numerous AP classes. Granted, class rank is not the absolute in-

dicator of a student’s strength. One student is not necessarily stronger than another simply because the first student chose to pick up an extra AP class and the second student decided to pursue an interest in something like music or computer science. But still, class rank is a good general indicator, and is a way for college admissions officers to quickly compare a student to the other students from his or her school, and that is exactly what admissions officers need: ways to compare. Second, the weighted GPA system helps indicate student preparedness for college, or at least the first few years of college. Most colleges will have a general education requirement, which includes courses from a variety of different subjects from language to science to philosophy to math.

Consider the fact that there are only two AP English courses and three AP Math courses (if AP Statistics is included). A student who wants to compare well against his or her peers would have to take AP classes that are not about his favorite subject. This is more reflective of the challenges students will face entering college. Also, the weighted GPA system pushes students into more challenging courses; in a nation whose school systems are criticized for their rigor relative to the rest of the world, getting students into more difficult class is valuable. The weighted grade point average system can appear destructive, cutthroat, and repressive, but it imposes on students a self-created rigorous curriculum that helps prepare them for higher education.

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February 25, 2011

Lauren Martin- OP/ED A5

Newsstreak columnists reveal what they’re most likely to be remembered for looking back on high school, specifically being 17, years from now.

“i’m tryna be...


Senior remembers seventeen the way it actually happened Lauren Martin


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here are a lot of people out there in this school-- in this town-- who think they know me and my life. They’re wrong, of course. On a regular basis, people attack me with comments such as “How are you and [insert boy name here]?” or “I heard you had a problem with me,” or “You’re rich, can I have a dollar?” I’m here to set a few things straight. I am here to give everyone a little more insight into my life and what I will actually, probably, remember most from the precious year of 17, not what others will remember about what they thought they knew. The first thing I will be forced to remember from now until forever is a relationship I was in for the greater part of my high school years that came to an end when I was 17. During the time we were associated (because I like to imagine we no longer are), I had my feelings hurt by a lot of people who were not on my side. I was told I was only being used. I was told it wasn’t love. I was told he was the wrong person for me because of this or that reason. Contrary to what most believed, it was easily one of the best experiences of my life thus far. Now, believe me...there was absolutely nothing perfect about what we had going on. I gave a lot of myself emotionally, mentally. I lost a lot of weight from stress, gained it back

from more stress, and shed a lot of tears from being hurt so many times. But I also had a lot of comforting hugs, ridiculous surprises, Spongebob marathons, and a hand to hold. This relationship gave HHS football a special place in my heart. This relationship gave me laughs and stories to last a lifetime. That is what people should have taken the time to figure out. Another major component of the grand year of 17 that will likely resonate with me in 30 years is my friendship with my best friend. Shortly before the summer of my seventeenth year, this friendship almost came to an end. Or I should say it did for a short time. There are a lot of things I have prepared myself for in life. This happening was not one of them. I literally felt like I was going through a bad break-up.The last thing I wanted to do was turn on my sister. The last thing I expected to have to do was spend the summer before my senior year sans my BFFL, my ride or die, my sista’ from another mista’. But I did both of those things. And in a weird way, it was beneficial. It gave me time to reflect on a lot of things, it gave me time to accomplish certain goals, and most importantly, it allowed me to meet and mingle with new people, amazing new people that I otherwise may not have met. Of course, every now and then the past tries to creep back in. But I take the proactive route (shout out to Ms. Workman). I count to ten, I walk away, I let it go because in MY opinion, friendship, or sister-

hood rather, is too important to corrupt. Other than some drama, 17 was outstanding. Until I got my second reckless driving ticket (the real second ticket got dropped back, thank you, HPD). I was sentenced to three months hard dependency. Three months of being taken and picked up from school. Three months of feeling bad as my friends drove me all the way to the middle of nowhere to take me home. There were days I would be home alone and stomach-touchingmy-spine hungry and could not hop in Lucifer (my whip) to simply go get nourishment. I had to apologize to my mom and grandmother a lot for being impatient and frustrated, for throwing a fit when they were late or made me late. My saving grace was my suspension was during the first three months of school. My free time was limited by practice, competitions, SCA events, and college applications. But when that fateful day came around, that Dec 9, 2010 (also my 18th birthday), I wasted absolutely no time getting to the DMV to pay the hefty reinstatement fee (and I mean HEFTY). I never thought I would see the day I was excited about getting in my car. But sitting in the driver’s seat, turning the key in my ignition was down right exhilarating. I am no longer 17 but I like to think I lived that year up. Now I am 18, a legal adult, and a registered voter. I plan on having the absolute time of my life, regardless of what anyone thinks about me, my life or the people in it.

Seventeen can be one crazy year Emily Jamieson


staff photographer

have lived seventeen years. I have been 17 for four months and 11 days. Within that time period I became best friends with someone again, had the worst birthday of my life, survived a car accident, and became “bros” with a bunch of boys in a condo at Massanutten. The first month of being 17 was the worst. I was having my birthday dinner at El Charro with a few close friends, or so I thought. I arrived to my birthday dinner late because of my ride. Once I arrived, no one looked pleased to see me. We awkwardly ordered our food and everyone quickly split into little cliques. I was sitting by myself stuffing my face with chips and salsa. I did get to wear the big sombrero, but no one sang to me. After that terrible lunch, I had a fight

with my best friend, went home to curl up in my bed and sleep. Happy birthday to me. The next day my best friend, Kenzie, came all the way from Staunton to help me celebrate my birthday. We were driving back to Staunton when she turned to me and said, “My friend died... if you don’t mind we’re gonna go to the family/friend night thing for a little bit.” I didn’t mind, so off we went to mourn. It was 11 when we decided to head back to her house and suddenly we took a wrong turn. She was looking down at her phone and I was not paying attention when I looked up and saw we were heading toward a fence and bank. We smashed into it, the air bags deployed, smoke crept its way into my lungs. I had blacked out, she was yelling at me to get out of the car, I did as I was told to do and when she saw me her face shifted, “Your nose is bleeding.” That was an understatement. My nose was already big, but after hitting an air-

bag it grew into an elephants trunk and bled for an hour and a half. Best birthday present ever. October was not the best month for me, but everything looked up when December began. I went on a road trip to Pennsylvania with my new best friend Ryan (we had a fall out, but we worked it out) to get her tattoo. When we came back to the ‘burg, we went to a condo in Massanutten and met my soon to be good guy friends. Ryan and I sat on the floor cracking up to the craziness of eight boys. We spent the rest of winter break with them, and all became “bros.” And now I am dating one of them, ha. So three good things came out of December, I became best friends with Ryan again, I met some amazing boys and I got a boyfriend. I cannot tell you what else would be in my episode of “When I was 17...” because, well, I have not lived my whole year of being 17 yet. I will take a rain check on that.

What’s HOT

Spring is Coming! Well, ladies and gentlemen, our ground hog friend, Phil, did not see his shadow. Bring on the sunshine, popsicles, and baseball pants.

VW Superbowl Commercial There is nothing more heart warming than a father making his son think he has magical hands.

March Madness It’s that time again. Dust off your lucky socks and prepare for another year of bracket challenges (and basketball, of course.)

Cupcakes This issue has reiterated the importance of a classic dessert item. Let us seek out the best cupcakes possible and enjoy!

The Grammy’s The Grammy Awards have been here and gone once again. Congratulations to all the winners!

“Never Say Never” Justin Bieber, you either love him or you hate him but the review on his new movie all agree it is a two thumbs way up flick.

What’s NOT

It’s important to know what you do, don’t know Maria Rose



7 is the age of the invincible. 17 is the age of fun and ease and laughter. 17 is the age where people know everything. However, I have come to the realization that I most certainly do not know everything—I’m not even close to knowing everything. So here is a list of what I knew at the age of 17, and, more importantly, what I did not know. I know how to read recipes. I know how to crack an egg on my nose. I know how to separate yolks, cook pasta al dente, and make mashed potatoes that make people fall in love with me. I don’t know how to cook dinner very well. I know how to pace a race. I

know how to swing my arms. I know what combination of water and heed work best for me, what form to use on hills, how to push myself to the edge of pain. I don’t know how to cope with losing. I know how to hold a brush. I know what fresh paint smells like. I know how to mix colors to get the perfect shade of early morning springtime green, how to paint a canvas and cover all the white, what angles are used to convey the best lighting. I don’t know how to capture the beauty of a sunset. I know how to stroke keys. I know how to stick to a metronome, and how to syncopate. I know Debussy, Bach, Yiruma. I don’t know, quite yet, how to move a person to tears with chords that strike at your heartstrings. I know how to layout a page. I

know how to organize the 120 stories I edit every month on Google Docs. I know how to cope with diva reporters, what stories are interesting, how to do an interview. I don’t know how to print the perfect paper. I know how to ride a bike. I know how to climb a tree. I know my abc’s, I know how to open a soda can without everything fizzing over you, I know how to treat a bee sting. I know how to take a shower in 35 seconds, tie my shoes, drive through a blizzard. I know how to stay serious when people laugh at me, flirt, draw 3D letters. I know how to accessorize a dress, throw a spiral, make a paper crane. I know how to walk proudly. I don’t know how to handle pain. I know how to carry a tune. I

don’t know how to empathize with self-pitiers. I know Hemingway. I don’t know Faulkner. I don’t know how to be as patient, or generous, or quiet, as I’d like to. I don’t know how to speak French. I don’t know how to be charming. I don’t know when to stop. I don’t know the best way to give a speech, and I don’t know what the best Christmas presents to buy are. I don’t know alcohol, Lunchables, or Seventeen magazines. I don’t know how to change a tire. I know who I want to be, what I want to do. I don’t know all of myself. I know some things. I don’t know how to put all those little pieces together. I don’t know why.

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No $$ for P.I.T.S. Poets in the Schools has suffered a funding cut that has prevented the organization from being able to

Ben Roethlisberger Ben has had a lot of bad luck lately. First, he gets accused of rape, then he loses the Super Bowl, poor guy.

Excessive FB Status’ There is no reason to post a new status every few minutes. Adding “HTC” or “HMU” does not make people want to talk to you.

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The Newsstreak

February 25, 2011

When I Was 17... Nancy Faulkner

Teachers and staff reflect on their high school years- the good and the bad

Mark Healy Simona Byler

Ali Byrd


Mark Duda- Style A7

Staff Reporter

ancy Clark Faulkner, an HHS Spanish teacher and former star basketball player enjoyed her teenage years at Harrisonburg High School. She was the star basketball player on the record-setting Harrisonburg basketball team in the late 60’s. She played alongside best friend and fellow backcourt teammate Beth Cash, now the secretary at HHS. For all of you who think Harrisonburg is boring now, imagine it 40 years ago when “there were no gathering places for teenagers.” At the time JMU was named Madison College and the Simon Valley Mall did not exist; however, teenagers did similar activities for fun, such as driving around. “We would ride around to places and gather in parking lots,” Faulkner said. Faulkner’s favorite hang-out spots were Biff’s Burgers and Kenney’s, another burger joint. However, her favorite foods consisted of pizza and french fries. She was able to afford going out to eat with friends because of her job as a ticket collector at the movie theatre. Instead of rap and hip-hip, Faulkner spent her spare time listening to Motown music, especially Marvin Gay, and southern rock. Her two favorite bands were the Doobie Brothers and the Eagles. Faulkner recounted her most embarrassing memory from high school. The local newspaper asked her why she played the game of basketball with such tenacity and she responded saying that it stemmed from an incident when she was younger. A neighborhood bully, a boy, was being mean to Faulkner’s friend. Faulkner warned the boy to leave them alone, but he refused and kept on taunting her. Faulkner took matters into her own hands and punched the big bully in the face, which sent him home crying. The morning newspaper sport’s headline the night after Faulkner gave the interview read “Watch Out you Big Bullies, Don’t Mess with Nancy Clark”. To make matters worse, that night Faulkner had her first date with a cute guy from Montevideo High School. Her date saw the paper and when anybody would pick on him, he would respond saying “Don’t you touch me because this is Nancy Clark and she will get you.” Although she encountered the wrath from the embarrassing headline, she didn’t have much to hang her head on throughout her high school career. On her four years on the varsity basketball team, the Streaks had a cumulative record of 50-1, ending on a 50 game winning streak.


Staff Reporter

hough some 17-year-olds might be able to pick out Naples, Italy on a map, not many can say they have visited the area, much less lived there. Because of his father’s military position, Healy called Naples home for his junior and senior years in high school. Beginning in 1986, he attended Naples American High School, where he was a four-sport athlete. Healy played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. “It was a pretty nice gig,” Healy said. “When we travelled for track, we’d go to Rome, Venice and Florence. We’d go to all the fancy places and stay overnight.” While playing baseball, Healy’s team faced opponents from other international schools in the area surrounding Naples. However, Healy’s high school football team had to play against adult club teams, rather than other high schools. “It was like a high school kid playing against a 30-year-old man. We would win because we knew the rules better, but talk about getting beat up,” Healy said. Many teenagers are not strangers to rebellion, and Healy was no exception to this rule. “There was a stereotype that I was the general’s son and that I was a goody-goody. So [I didn’t do anything] too severe, but I pushed the envelope as much as I could,” Healy said. Many decisions he made were out of defiance, Healy admits, such as piercing his ear, which his father later ripped out, and cutting his hair into a mohawk and dyeing it blue. After winning a game, he and his teammates agreed to getting mohawks, but Healy was the only one who followed through. “[The team] stopped at a Burger King on the way home, so I got a crown and positioned it so you couldn’t tell,” Healy said. “My dad picked me up and figured it out about two minutes from home but those two minutes felt like two hours.” Though disobedience can be common, not many 17-year-olds can truthfully say they have had a near-death experience. Healy had a brush with death because of Libyan dictator Mommar Kadafi. Kadafi had seized an Italian cruise ship and two American’s were killed in the process. Consequently, Healy’s father issued a bombing raid on Kadafi, but the dictator’s grandson was killed unintentionally. Kadafi retaliated with a death threat on Healy and

Bradley Walton Ben DiNapoli


Staff Reporter

lumnus and librarian Bradley Walton is a 1980 graduate of HHS. Walton participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities during high school. He was a member of Yearbook, the Modern Language Society (a precursor to the Spanish and French clubs), and the Forensics team, which he now coaches. The majority of Walton’s high school life was consumed by drama and musical. Walton’s favorite high school memories outweigh the bad moments. As a teenager, Walton sometimes encountered incidents of bullying. “It was mostly because I was kind of a nerd and that I wore anagram shirts. I was also a very outgoing Christian, in a bad way. I was close-minded and very intolerant,” Walton said. As for his most memorable moments, Walton participated in many hit musicals. He starred in one called The Boyfriend where he sang a duet with another student. “It was kind of creepy, since I was a

Mark Tueting Vanessa Ehrenpreis


Flying high Photo courtesy of Nancy Faulkner

Photo courtesy of Nancy Faulkner

Staff Reporter

istory teacher Mark Tueting describes his life as a 17-year-old as “goofy”, and rightly so. After pulling a series of practical jokes and avoiding virtually all class work, he was branded as a grade-A “slacker”. “Well there’s a bunch of stuff I did that I don’t want published in the newspaper,” Tueting said, a little sheepish about unearthing his questionable high school years. Tueting, now 39 years old, attended West Potomac High school in northern Virginia. “I had a really good time [at West Potomac],” Tueting said. “I just wanted to have fun with my friends. I had a lack of ambition, school and homework wasn’t my priority. I was not a good student, because I didn’t work hard.” Tueting does acknowledge the error in his study habits, but would not necessarily change them, for fear of altering events later in life. Even with a GPA of 2.6, Tueting is pleased with how his academics have affected his life. “I do wish I’d spent more time studying, just so I’d know more stuff both now and then. But I wouldn’t necessarily change the way I did things, because I probably wouldn’t have ended up at Longwood University,” Tueting admitted. “ I made some great friends there, and wouldn’t want to lose them.” The time Tueting did not use for his studies, he channelled into other extracurricular activities. He became active in his high school’s drama productions, and was gainfully employed at a local butcher shop. “I got into drama my senior year because of a girl. I learned some great life skills from

Photos courtesy of Mark Healy his parents, which came to a head when teenage Healy was home alone. “I was watching a movie one night and my house got firebombed. Molotov cocktail,” Healy said. “It burned the patio furniture but more importantly my ping-pong table.” Healy was fortunate, as he could have lost a lot more than a pingpong table during the attack. “Libyan terrorists tried to kill us that night. The guards around our house killed a man dead in the backyard,” Healy said. “This is pretty morbid, but I thought it was pretty cool.” As a result of the death threat, Healy had to be guarded at all times and instead of driving himself, a secret service man drove him in an armored car. “It was all cool for a while, but then it became a drag. If I wanted to go out with my friends, the guard was right behind me,” Healy said. Even with constant protection of guards, there were also many benefits about living in Italy, according to Healy. “My junior prom was at the prince’s palace in Naples,” Healy said. “My senior prom was on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. It drove us around for the night, then dropped us off at the dock in the morning and we went home.” Not many teenagers have experiences similar to Healy’s, and he is aware that his seventeenth year was unique. “It all makes for some great stories,” Healy said.

70-year old hitting on a 17-year-old, and the song was titled “It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love”. The director pegged the song as a dog, but it wound up being the best song. We incorporated my lack of singing ability into the comedic effect of the song,” Walton said. Walton also showcased his acting abilities during his senior year. He was cast by Stan Swartz as the lead role in The Great Big Doorstep. “I pretty much nailed it,” Walton said. Walton also had his first opportunity to supervise and direct his first production senior year. As an aspiring playwright, it was a chance that was hard to pass up. “I was fortunate enough to direct The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was a great success. Parents took all of their kids, and it drew massive audiences,” Walton said. When asked if he would want an opportunity to go into the past to change himself, Walton rejected the thought. “I would not go back, mainly because if my 17-year old self met my 38-year old self, I would probably kill myself,” Walton said. “I was an arrogant bastard. I would want to go back and slap myself upside the head. I was talented, capable, motivated,

The worst part of it was the grease trap. I had to clean that out once a week, and it’d been fermenting for the entire time. It would get all over my hands and smelled horrible”

Photo courtesy of Bradley Walton and I knew it. I wish I could harness all of that potential, but without the ego.” To help kids through their high school experience, Walton offers some advice. “For students, life gets better, truly,” Walton said, adding some advice for his past self, “My advice would be to lose the ego, and most importantly, don’t be judgemental of other people. It will go a long way,” Walton said.

scious about looking goofy. At camp no one cared about dancing or jumping around and looking weird,” Tueting said. Mark With such a bolstered self-confiTueting, dence, Tueting was ambitious enough to pull many practical jokes- most of AP U.S. which would likely be considered illeHistory gal today. teacher “At our high school we had this crazy APUS teacher who walked around with a yardstick and smacked people with it,” Tueting said, giggling at the memory of his mischief. “One day [our teacher] set down the yardstick by the class it, like public speaking, and things that are door while he talked to another teacher.” useful for teaching,” Tueting said. Tueting proceeded to “yoink” [steal] the Even Tueting’s signature facial hair is yardstick, and parade around the school rooted in his drama performances. “The director wanted me to grow a beard parking lot with it. “We were all running around chanting for a roll I had in senior year. It disappeared for a while during college because I was in ‘We have the yardstick!’,” Tueting said. Suddenly, he was struck with a devious ROTC, but I’ve had it regularly since I’ve idea. Tueting and a few of his friends fashbeen at HHS,” Tueting said, while feeling ioned a faux body out of the yardstick using his grayed poof of facial hair. Tueting’s job at a local butcher shop was a coat hanger, paper mache head, and t-shirt. beneficial in that it provided a source of They then snuck onto the school’s roof and steady income, but at times there were ma- made a trip-wire system that would cause jor drawbacks. Aside from taking orders and the “yardstick-teacher” to look as though it tidying the shop, he had to clean the store’s were being hanged. “We pulled the wire and the yardstick grease trap once a week. fell right in front of the teacher’s room and “The worst part of it was the grease trap. starting swinging from its noose. All the I had to clean that out once a week, and it’d been fermenting for the entire time. It students started laughing, and the teacher would get all over my hands and smelled wasn’t mad, he was cracking up too,” Tuethorrible,” Tueting said. “The smell took at ing said. “Something like that would probaleast 45 minutes to wash off. It was awful bly be considered a death threat nowadays.” Despite Tueting’s mischievous and whenever I had a date after work.” Part of what made Tueting’s senior year “slacker-like” disposition, he did have a caso enjoyable for him was the fact that he reer plan, which he executed perfectly- and “embraced his goofiness.” In his opinion, continues to this day. “I knew I wanted to be a history teacher, teenagers today are too self-conscious with either a high school, or maybe college. I was many aspects of their lives. “I had the opportunity to learn important lucky enough that I knew what I wanted to things about life as a camp counselor over be, not many people did at that time,” Tuetthe summer . Teens are always self-con- ing said.

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What kind of junk’s in your Charity O’Connor staff reporter


frisbee, running clothes, a blanket, multiple pairs of shoes, a baseball, a football, and various bags and boxes litter senior Keith Thomas’ trunk and crowd his back seat. Keith admits that he rarely cleans it, out of laziness and limited time. “[I clean it] once in a while, but it only takes a day to get messy again,” Thomas said. Thomas’ car contains a combination of junk and useful possessions. “Some of it has purpose, some of it is just junk,” Thomas said. Whether the items have a true purpose or not, Thomas attributes his disordered clutter to originality.

“I think making it messy adds uniqueness. Every once in a while you find something you forgot about,” Thomas said. Although most of Thomas’ belongings lay scattered around with no true home, there is one tool of organization used: a large Tupperware container tucked away in the trunk. The container (which once served as a strategy to help Thomas get organized) now adds to the mess It is true that mere things can only say so much; but from simply glancing in someone’s messy backpack, or chaotic trunk, many things can be deduced. The track clothes, obviously, point at a love for running; the frisbee possibly points to an activity to be indulged in during free time.

Keith Thomas standing in front of his car

Littered with clothes, shoes, jackets, backpacks and a frisbee, Keith Thomas’ backseat is like a second closet.

Keith Thomas’ trunk is like a second backseat.


What do you have crammend in those Robby Ross and Sam St. Ours, 10: It is not what sophomore Robby Ross has in HIS locker (backpack) but what he uses his friend sophomore Sam St. Ours’ locker for. Ross has filled his classmate’s locker with food to feed an army. “[I have] three boxes of swiss rolls, two boxes of oatmeal pies, one box of honey buns, one box of Cheerio breakfast bars, one box of assorted Martin’s chips, animal crackers, Cheez-Its, and one case of vanilla coke [in my locker] ... that’s it, I promise,” Ross said. Ross has been stashing snacks since the middle of first semester because he and St. Ours got hungry during Biology. “I get hungry a lot during class, and this keeps me focused,” Ross said. The only thing Ross uses St. Ours’ locker for is food, because he has to use his own for his backpack and St. Ours was not using his for anything. They have been getting the food at Martin’s and Costco. Costco is the best source for food mainly because it is “extremely economical,” Ross said. Interview conducted by Maggie Siciliano Alexis Dickerson, 9: When one opens the locker of freshman Alexis Dickerson, they are in awe of the amount of stuff in it. Beyond the flashy pink and blue beaded curtain hangs a little purple chandelier, and a mini disco ball parties away in the background. “Oh, I don’t know where to begin -- I’ve got so much stuff in there,” Dickerson said. Dickerson’s locker contents consist of a curtain, a chandelier, wallpaper, pictures, magnets, a mirror vanity, a locker organizer, a disco ball, and lights. Lots and lots of

lights. “At one point, I actually considered keeping clothes in [my locker], but there was not enough room,” Dickerson said. The locker decoration process took Dickerson about two weeks to do. “I have seen shows where people open up their lockers, and they have crazy things like furry wallpaper, and stuff spinning, and I wanted something like that,” Dickerson said. Dickerson has been decorating her locker since the sixth grade, and plans on doing so throughout all of high school. Rosie Lake, 11: Junior Rosie Lake opens the door to her locker, and a large duffel bag falls to the ground with a heavy thump, exposing the remainder of the locker’s jumbled contents. “Oh, you should have seen it two weeks ago. I just cleaned it. It was way worse before,” Lake laughs. Te x tbooks and journals are mixed in with strewn about papers and random fluorescent-colored notecards that are dispersed throughout the locker. The pungent smell of dirty socks wafts from the black and blue Adidas sports bag sitting atop of it all. “Yeah, my locker stinks. Wayson [Lee]’s locker is right here,” Lake says pointing to the locker diagonal from her bottom locker, “and he won’t switch with me.” Interview conducted by Katrina Sokolyuk

Alexis Dickerson’s locker, which took two weeks to set up, contains a small chandelier, a Sam St. Ours and Robby Ross’ locker is disco ball, stuffed animals, and photographs from home. stocked for all scenarios.

REFRIGERATORS? What can we find growing in those Ali Byrd

T The English Department’s fridge overflows with week-old lunch fixings.

staff reporter

hree jars of salsa, seven different salad dressings, two containers of cool whip, five bags of salad, four and a half sticks of butter, dozens of eggs, and a can of Chesapeake crab are just a few items you can find in the depths of the English Department refrigerator. The English Department is notorious for their overstocked fridge, excessive dirty utensils and a sink overflowing with filthy dishes. I was under the assumption that I would find an array of mold covered food, but to my surprise, I found only one moldy container of Deli Select Turkey. David Loughran, English teacher and track coach, stays away from long-

term use of the fridge. “I have learned to only use the fridge from the moment I bring my leftovers in the morning until lunchtime.” “[Moldy food] is one of the problems you learn to deal with when you are part of a community,” said Cathy Soenksen. However, Soenksen chooses to not use the fridge at all. The Math Department, who is also infamous for having an equally repulsive kitchen area, had a rather clean refrigerator, however, the carcass-like stench seeping from the freezer was gaginducing. In other words: atrocious. Bill Turner, a math teacher at HHS, chooses not to utilize the freezer because it stinks. “I think it smells because somebody’s science experiment fermented,” said Turner. But after some investigating, I uncovered the real cul-

LOST & FOUND? What can you find in the

prit with some help from Tricia Cummings, Algebra teacher at HHS. “At the beginning of the week, I removed a take-out box with what I believed to be meat inside.” The box had been in the fridge for at least two weeks and created such an appalling aroma that some of the teachers had temporarily stopped using the refrigerator all together. Throughout this investigation, I have come across refrigerators sparkling clean, while others need some dire attention. Overall, I found that it truly is a team effort in keeping community appliances sanitary. Even though the English Department refrigerator is still bulging with various foods (some moldy), at least the teachers of the Math Department can now return to using their fridge.

Items Currently in the Lost & Found

A blue Blue Streak sweater with the number 39 on front, size M.

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wo overflowing cardboard boxes make up the lost and found, where items without owners have a place to stay until they are claimed. The items are picked up from the maintenance staff, from their rounds throughout the school, and placed there in the maintenance hallway. “We pick things up whenever we see them lying around,” said Sandra Lane, who has been part of the maintenance staff for six years. “We pick up clothes, book bags, shoes, coats, keys, glasses…. Anything you guys leave behind.” The last day of school marks the

time when the box is sorted through and emptied, with the worse of the worst being thrown away. Most items that remain unclaimed are donated to Goodwill. “At the end of the year, we wash the clothes and give them to charity or to people in the school who need coats or shoes,” Lane said. Junior Jessica Rich went to the lost and found her freshman year, hoping to find a long-lost lunchbox to no avail. All sorts of things are dropped off in the lost and found, but the strangest things, according to Lane, that she has encountered were undergarments, an article of clothing that one would never expect to see lost. People come by to claim their items every once in a while at the lost and

found, sometimes “claiming” things that aren’t theirs. The maintenance staff does not mind, however. “If they want something that’s never been cleaned, and they honestly need a coat or a jacket, then there’s no problem,” Lane said. In the end, the lost and found is more than a place for forgotten goods. Everything is put to use, whether it is claimed or given to those who need it. Rich agrees with the idea of giving unclaimed items to charity. “I think it’s a good idea, unless someone lost something really important. For example, if they had to take something to school for a project, or brought something to school that was important for their family,” Rich said. “Other than that, it’s a good idea.”

A Whispering Smith jacket in the size M, leather. A blue binder about an inch thick. A black Steve Madden shoe with Velcro straps in size 10. Beige-colored Puritan khaki pants in men’s 36W x 30L. Newsstreak “Think outside the bolt” sweater in large, no name on tag. An Alberto Danti knit sweater that was made in Italy. A pillowcase in a floral design, quite dusty. Items submitted into the Lost & Found are kept in the custodian’s office Infographic by John Gomez-Lemus

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ulp is a a healthy smoothie bar located downtown inside the Shenandoah Bicycle Company. Owners of SBC Thomas Jenkins and Tim Richardson originally dreamed of a small cafe close to the bike shop. However, due to size and availability constraints, this was not possible. After a few renovations, SBC came to share its space with Pulp. The multi-purpose space is beneficial because employees are able to staff the counter at Pulp and work in the bike shop at the same time. The main draw is the açai (pronounced ah-si-ee) berry, a small, purplish, high protein fruit from Brazil. It has three times as many antioxidants as blueberries, is high in protein and its essential oil content is comparable to avocado or fish oil. Açai is not only organic, but also fair trade. “It’s really good for a vegetarian diet and it has a good flavor,” SBC and Pulp employee Kurt Rossenberger said. Pulp participates strongly in fair trade. The açai they use is fair trade, which allows for rain forest protection. “The açia comes from tropical and rain forest areas,”

Rossenberger said. “It’s good because it aids their [the looking for a healthy snack. The smoothies fill you up and people who harvest it] economic need so instead of make you feel good about what you just had,” Carpenter chopping trees down for paper pulp, it’s possible to farm said. açai and preserve the rain forest.” If smoothies seem too cold this time of year, Pulp also Though Pulp is in association with SBC, the smoothies serves Chinese white tea and Japanese green tea. do not appeal only to cyclists. Typical civilians, students and people who work downtown enjoy the frozen treat. “It has brought in new customers. People who usually House Special Acai Bowls: wouldn’t come to the bike shop come for the smoothies. A O.G: Acai, banana, blueberry, almond milk, granola....$5.99 handful of our bike customers Ruby: Acai, banana, strawberry, soy milk, granola....$5.99 have also become frequent Pulp Bradley’s: Acai, banana, raspberry, apple juce, granola, honey....$5.99 customers,” Rossenberger said. Short Mountain: Acai, banana, almond butter, almonds, coconut milk, granola....$6. 50 Junior Lindsey Carpenter came to SBC before for the bike Build your own acai bowl: $5.99 meetings, as she is part of the Fruit: *(choose 1 or 2) banana, strawberry, blueberry, mango, peach, raspberry, blackberry cycling community, but now Liquid: *(choose 1) almond- / coconut- / hemp- / soy-milk enjoys Pulp as well and prefers Topping: *(choose 1, $0.50 per extra) agave nectar, hemp granola, bee pollen, almonds, shredded coconut, it to the more mainstream almond butter, honey, peanut butter, dark chocolate Smoothie King. infographic by Katrina Sokolyuk “It’s especially good if you’re

I Spy Acai:

Cocolicious sweetens up downtown Charity O’Connor Staff Reporter

boutique two short months ago. The store is welcoming with bright pink trim and a sign outside enticing customers to come and get “cupcake wasted.” Because Cocolicious’ o-owners of Harrisonburg’s menu offers a varying assortment of delicious newest cupcake shop, cupcake flavors (ranging from Peanut Butter Cocolicious, and married couple and Jelly, to Dreamalicious, to Strawberries Joe and Courtney Pedigo just and Cream), many customers would assume opened their mouthwatering cupcake the baker is a seasoned pro; however, Courtney Pedigo only recently started baking. Courtney Pedigo, coowner and head baker, began baking almost a year ago in April. Pedigo originally started out with boxed mixes, and then upgraded to made-fromscratch recipes as she got more and more orders for cupcake deliveries. The current recipes are all Yum! Cocolicious made Packers and Steelers cupcakes for the products of trial and error. Superbowl fans. Photo by P. Bannister “We sit down and she


bakes them, and we try them,” Joe said. Joe relays that they mostly just think up crazy combinations and ideas and go from there, their two favorites being Caramel Apple and Caramel Sea Salt. The idea for the store sprung from Joe’s interest in opening his own store, “Coco and I were going to open a Christian clothing store, and my wife was getting busier and busier, so we switched our focus to cupcakes,” Joe said. This is the first store owned by the couple together. Joe previously owned a talent agency, dealing with film and TV, so he has previous experience owning a business. The unique and fun name came from Courtney’s nickname, Coco. Though there are many aspects of the store the Pedigos enjoy, their favorite part is “making people happy.” They feel that with their scrumptious menu and even tastier prices, they are capable of suiting all of their customers. “It’s fun to be in an industry where

people are happy,” Courtney said. It has been quite a change for the couple, both having previously been owners of a Sprint store, where they were constantly dealing with unhappy customers and high price tags. Now fully immersed in their new business, though, both Joe and Courtney are solely focused on making people happy. One of Cocolicious’ happiest customers is senior, Jessica May. “I love how friendly the staff is. They always remember my name. They have a great variety with cool different options,” May said. May’s personal favorite is Caramel Sea Salt, and she particularly enjoys the “fluffy and delicious icing.” With so many different and fun choices the possibilities are endless. The store recently featured super bowl cupcakes (for both teams). Cocolicious even has a cupcake made out of Monster energy drink.

Interesting decor, location helping cupcake shop succeed Rachel O’Connor


Staff Reporter

owntown Harrisonburg has welcomed a cute, delicious new cupcake shop, Cocolicious, with open arms. The shop on Newman Avenue is easily spotted thanks to its unusual “vintage-chic” theme, as owner Courtney Pedigo describes it. Since the building is 110 years old, vintage made more sense to the Pedigos than making everything appear new. Most noticeable upon entering are the bright pink walls and old-school black and white checkered floor, but with closer examination, items such as an antique mirror (“so you can see if you have cupcake on your face,” Courtney’s husband and co-owner, Joe, said) and a black and white photograph of Courtney and Joe at their recent October Looks:Dark red jelly on light brown pile of peanut butter icing. Smell: Smells like a peanut butter cookie. Taste: A bit too much jelly, sweet perfect balance, not over barring. Texture: Soft lightly sugar coated crust of cupcake, jelly and icing both soft. Originality: “Very original for a cupcake, doesn’t sound good at first.” Overall Rating: 3 Review by Heather Hunter-Nickles

Peanut Butter and Jelly

2010 wedding become apparent. Most first-time customers initially pass the photo without a second thought, but returning, perceptive customers realize who the couple is and even notice that cupcakes were their “wedding cake.” Ironically enough, weddings have become a good catering opportunity for Cocolicious. They often set up a “cupcake bar,” where they fix cupcakes in front of people and, because of everyone’s different tastes, can please them all, where a single wedding cake cannot. Courtney had to do quite a bit of persuading in order for Joe to agree to go into the cupcake business full-time. She had been baking cupcakes for friends’ and family’s special events and after a while, people the Pedigos had never met began calling to order her unique desserts. That was the Looks:Bland colors but neatly presented. Smell: Strong chocolate smell. Taste: Chocolate and creamy with a hint of milk. Texture:Smooth but thick. Originality: “Very original concept.” Review by Phillip Bannister Overall Rating: 4

Ice Cream Sandwich Looks:Could have more icing, but looks tasty. Smell: Smells like mint and chocolate. Taste: Icing has weird consistancy, too sweet. Cupcake is really moist, very good. Texture:Icing is lumpy, needs to be more smooth and creamy. Originality: “I have never had or heard of a mint chocolate chip, new idea.” Overall Rating: 3 Review by Molly Denmen

turning point for Joe. “I think our decoration is really awe“[There was] no question in my mind some, but an atmosphere requires customer this was the right thing to do,” Joe said. The service too; a combination of the two is best part about Cocolicious’ location is the what makes us Cocolicious,” Joe said. foot traffic all day long. The shop is across from the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum and near a good deal of the downtown parking, so lack of customers is luckily not an issue. The Pedigos are even interested in expanding to the upper floor of their present building and eventually, maybe to surrounding towns. Cupcake shops are popping up all over the country. The current trend has finally made its way to good ol’ Harrisonburg by means of a black and pink downtown shop; residents Cupcakes! The 12 unique flavors and (more to come) couldn’t be happier with the shop as are freshly baked in the store every day. Photo by Phillip a whole. Bannister. Looks: Looks cool- has whipped cream with marshmellows, chocolate chips, and caramel. Smell: Smells like chocolate syrup. Taste: Caramel over powers everything else. Texture:Smooth texture, sort of sticky. Originality: “Not original, just copied theice cream.” Overall Rating: 3.5

Rocky Road Looks: It looks okay, the brown icing doesn’t look particularly appealing. Smell: Smells very chocolaty. Taste: Tastes great, its very rich, icing tastes like chocolate cream. Texture:The cake is very heavy. Originality: “Not particularly original” Overall Rating: 4 Review by Luke Stephan

Looks: Very pretty, inviting. Smell: Smells like fresh strawberries. Taste: Actual cake is bland, should have real berries. Texture: Cake could be more moist, icing is very fluffy. Originality: “Not too original, somewhat mundane.” Review by Lauren Martin Overall Rating: 2

Stawberries and Cream Looks:Looks unappetizing. Bacon bit is unblanced (gives a dirty look). Taste: Surprisingly, the dominant flavor is the pancake component, not the bacon bites. Texture:The icing is smooth. Pancake is nice and soft and actually compliments the bacon crunchies. Originality: “When you eat something known as the ‘breakfast cupcake’ you know you have something original in your mouth.” Overall Rating: 4.5 Review by Zach McDonnell


Looks:Swirly, the icing is piled high. Smell: Coco chocolaty delight. Taste: Smooth whipped cream-like icing. Moist chocolate batter. Texture:Soft, fluffy, and smooth. Icing: Creamy, “melt in your mouth delicious” Review by Michael Johnson Overall Rating: 4.5

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Fair trade store Ten Thousand Villages relocates to downtown Kavya Beheraj


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rtisans are skilled workers who craft functional or decorative items. Most of the time, artisans in developing countries have no opportunity to sell their wares for a price that will get them a reasonable return for their labor, or they do not have a place to sell because the market for their product is nonexistent. Ten Thousand Villages, recently reopened downtown, hopes to change all that. “What’s different about our store, besides the [products being] unique and eclectic, is that it’s a fair trade store,” said the manager of eleven years, Valerie Weaver. The store has a fair trade partnership with artisan groups in several developing countries.The goal of fair trade is to provide the best possible working environment and payment for the producers of the goods. “We make sure [the artisans] are being paid fairly, that their working conditions are good, and that they’re being respected in what they do,” Weaver said. “We [operate] in 38 different countries

now, so everywhere from Vietnam, India, Cambodia, and Bangladesh to Thailand.” Sophomore Andrea Wood, who frequents the shop on her days off, very much agrees with Ten Thousand Village’s philosophy. “I love the idea of fair trade! It gives talented artisans a way to make a life for themselves,” Wood said. “I would buy more fair trade, but it's not always readily available at the grocery store and it's usually pretty pricey.” On Feb 7, the store reopened after moving from their previous location in the Dayton Farmer’s Market, where they had been located since 1996. “The Dayton Farmer’s Market is only open three days a week, but we wanted to be open more to give opportunity for us to sell more for our artisans,” Weaver said. “We hope [our new location] will also be a way to reach more people here in the community about fair trade.” The store is filled with diverse products that reflect their culture of origin. “They sell jewelry, rugs, teapots and teacups, cute little boxes, and lots of ornament-y stuff you might decorate your house with,” Wood

said. “Around Christmas they have nativity sets and ornaments.” But the most unique products, according to Weaver, are the recycled ones. “One of the things that I really like is when the artisans take things like newspapers or magazines and create beautiful [items] like clocks, note pads, and picture frames,” Weaver said. “Things that we call trash, they figure out how to make something neat and usable. To me, that’s always fascinating.” Wood also enjoys the diversity of the items they have in their store. “I like how all the stuff is really rustic looking and handmade,” Wood said. “I like the diversity of everything. Everything is unique.” Artisans have some flexibility in designing their items, but sometimes help is needed to create items that can be marketable here in the West. Weaver had one such experience when she visited India a number of years ago. “[The artisans there] were

making Christmas ornaments that were in orange,” Weaver said. “We had to let them know that orange is not really a Christmas color for us.” Since Ten Thousand Villages is a fully fair trade store, the store itself does not make any income from the products they sell. The

employees are all volunteers, which keeps the prices down. “We’re not for profit, so our first concern really is that the artisans are taken care of,” Weaver said. “It’s a great way to preserve their culture, and it brings us beautiful items that we can use.”

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fter years of dreaming, Anna Melton Pelletier is making her vision come to life. It all began a few years ago, when her admiration for Harrisonburg’s downtown community inspired her to contribute her own style to the area. “I grew up here, and now I’m seeing downtown grow,” the HHS alumna said. “I love it here, and it’s hard to revitalize. I want to give back.” So a new addition will open downtown early March, courtesy of Pelletier. Located near the restaurant Union Station, the boutique Mint will feature trendy, vintageinspired clothing, gifts, shoes, bags, and a multitude of fun items Pelletier finds inter-

esting. “I want a place where shopping is a fun, easy, and exciting experience,” Pelletier explained, perched on a stool amidst the nearly-finished construction of Mint. Her taste is inspired by sites such as—a vintage flair, but more relaxed and flirty. The Yellow Button, another downtown store that Pelletier frequents and knows well, has a more bohemian style that she believes is very different from what her store will be. But what really sets her store apart from the other downtown stores is the price range. “I think to really be appealing to a large group, it’s important to be affordable,” Pelletier said. “You can get a nice shirt for $15$25, or a summer dress for $40 max. It will be something where everyone can come in and get a full outfit, not just one thing.”

Pelletier currently works as a hairstylist at The Studio, a salon near downtown. The task of creating, designing, and building Mint has been challenging as she also balances a full time job, but her past experiences have prepared her well for the job. She spent time in Richmond, VA, and Philadelphia, PA working in various boutiques, garnering knowledge in both the fashion and business side of running a store. “Monetary aspects go hand in hand with designing everything,” Pelletier explained. “As a business owner, you have to do the bills, the ordering, the receiving, and work everything yourself.” Pelletier will have another helping hand in the process, though. Her husband, Greg Pelletier is the owner of Wonder Skate store, a few blocks over from Mint in downtown. His efforts in helping her work through the

process have been vital. “He’s had years of experience in sales, knows what to buy at trade shows, and is so handy building around here,” she gestured to some recently built dressing rooms Greg put up. “I’m lucky to have him.” While opening is still a few weeks away, Pelletier is preparing herself for all the adjustments she will have to make. So far, the most intimidating part is preparing for the unknown—“I don’t know what I won’t know,” she said—and she is just plugging along until any problems come up. But regardless of any early nerves, she is looking forward to opening day and the rest of the days to follow. “This whole business comes to this,” Pelletier said. “The dressing rooms, the design, the area, the clothes in my house, this is what everything is working towards.”

Barbie Doll exhibit showcases work of fashion designers Nahla Aboutabl


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eventeen dolls, sixteen females and one male. Students in HHS fashion design class design, sketch, and sew the outfits on the dolls so that their works can be featured in the doll case across from the library. Of course, Susan Brent, the fashion design teacher who is not new to design, has helped her class with her experience and her creativity. “I teach them to use their minds’ eye,” Brent said. “[The students] use draft patterns to cut fabric. Each chooses their own design and then they sketch it. I teach them about the relationship between the doll, the flat pattern and the finished garment,” Brent said. Students are expected to perfect the art of design by the end of the course and to move forward into Fashion Design 2. “For Fashion Design 1, I ask the students to only make four dolls to pass. Fashion 2 does eight. I help them make the dolls and I even show them pictures of things I’ve designed,” Brent said. Brent has always wanted to become a designer herself. As a child, she enjoyed sewing. Her grandmother, who was a professional seamstress, let her use her sewing machine for her to practice on. “I liked sewing because I wanted to wear something different. Something others didn’t have. This drove me to designing unique clothes,” Brent said. The drive Brent had in her to design helped her when she later opened a bridal design shop. Her store was called Susan Brent Bridal Designer, and it is also where she featured her bridal gown line, Nasas Couture. Brent let her customers bring her ideas of what they wanted to look like on their special day and then she would use her creativity and talented eye for design to bring that idea to life. She shut down her store when she retired though and moved to Harrisonburg. Brent still shows pride in her designs. “I show them

pictures of my designs,” Brent said. “[The students] say it gives them some inspiration.” Students in Brent’s class also appreciate the fact that their teacher has experience in her field. “Having a teacher who’s a professional at what she does makes [the work] easy,” junior Nigel Williams said. Williams also likes the fashion doll case, and hopes that his doll get featured there. “[The doll case] will be good once my guy doll get in there,” Williams said. This determination shows in the dolls in the case. Students chose what they want to sew and can chose the gender of their dolls too. The case gets changed each semester as

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students strive to finish their projects for them to show their work off. Each doll shows personality in the clothes they have on, also showing the creativity of the Fashion Design student.

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Addict relapses after rehab

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My friends asked me if I wanted to do it. I said yes,” Abby* said. “When I said I didn’t want to they called me a [wuss], so I did it. I did it for fun.” When Abby was 15 years old, a few of her friends, who were already drugs users, persuaded her to try heroin, a potent opiate. Heroin is manufactured through the refining of morphine, also a potent opioid. Opioids are often used in medical procedures, or prescribed for chronic pain. Opioids do not ‘cure’ pain, they simply mask it by tricking the brain into releasing a flood of a neurochemical called dopamine, which in high doses triggers intense feelings of euphoria and well-being. “I did it for a year and I thought I was okay. Then I stopped and started again at 16,” Abby said. Addiction is rampant. The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that a quarter of all heroin users become addicted, oftentimes after the first use. Abby, like many users, did not only stick to one substance. She quickly became addicted to “heroin and painkillers.” She says she abused prescription drugs like Oxycodone, morphine, and fentanyl, a drug considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration to be 80-100 times more potent than morphine (for comparison, heroin is about three times more potent than morphine), along with other harder drugs like crack cocaine (aka. freebase

cocaine) and methamphetamines. Many users find their lives revolving around getting their next “fix.” Because illicit drugs are so expensive, users find that they must turn to crime to support their habits, more often than not destroying the lives of not only the addict, but also the lives of people who care about him. Even though Abby had a job, she found that working helped to exacerbate her drug problem. “With how much money I spent [on drugs] I could have had a nice car and a house,” Abby said, “My whole check was spent on cigarettes and drugs.” Soon enough, she found that she was losing touch with those around her. “[My parents] didn’t trust me. I would take money from them, they would search my room, and I brought it in the house which affected my little brother and sister.” With the escalating addiction came more intense feelings of drug withdrawal the longer she went without getting her fix. Heroin withdrawal is brutal, with users experiencing painful physical and psychological symptoms, including vomiting, cramps, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and what many call “itchy blood.” “Being sick is the worst part,” said Abby “an addict needs at least two shots a day not to be sick. [Without it] I would start sweating and get cold and my whole body would get cold. If I didn’t have it I would start puking, the only way to stop it was to shoot up.” But addicts walk a tight rope every

day. If for some reason they are not able to get their hands on some drugs, withdrawal can begin in as little as six hours. “[One day] I had to go to the hospital because I went into withdrawal when I couldn’t find anything,” Abby said, “The doctor collapsed one of my veins trying to give me a shot.” Abby said that veins all over her body, even in her underarms and feet, were all hardened or collapsed.” Because addicts routinely stick needles into visible veins, the veins eventually collapse or harden. To remain innocuous, users will often use veins that people rarely look closely at, such as behind the ears, under the arms, or in between the webbing of their hands and feet. As a testament as to how malevolent the addiction, some users, after exhausting all available veins, turn to injecting the drug subcutaneously, called “skin-popping,” or straight into a muscle. After her trip to the hospital, she opted to go to a rehab clinic. Six months later she was released, and prescribed methadone, a drug often used to wean users off heroin. “I really liked being clean,” said Abby, now 19 years old, “[but] friends would do it around me, [so] I tried to change my friends.” Abby was clean for a month, when she fell into a relapse. “I’ve already shot up once today,” she said, “but I’m getting the chills again so I’m trying to stop.” * Abby’s name has been changed.

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The Science of Addiction

What was previously thought to be a lack of moral value has now been proven to be a disease. Drug, or any substance addiction has been proven to be a disease. A person’s genetic makeup, environment and behavior all contribute to the severity of their addiction. Here we will take a look at how addiction really occurs.


st- Neurons in the “reward pathway” (area in the brain where the addiction process occurs) release dopamine into various areas of the brain (the prefrontal cortex and Amygdala, making the drug user feel good.

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nd- Neurons in the reward pathway transmit the dopamine through electrical signals.

rd- The dopamine is passed to the receiving neuron’s synapses emitting a jolt of pleasure. Other nerve cells work to prevent the overstimulation of the receptor neuron.


th- Addictive substances (found in marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs) increase the amount of dopamine relased to a neuron’s synapses, also increasing the user’s feeling of pleasure.


th- Once this occurs multiple times, the brain’s normal balance is disrupted, eventually leading to compulsive drug abuse.

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Johnston discusses dangers of drug abuse with teens


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ecky Johnston, a health promotion specialist at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital and a member of the Strong Families/ Great Youth Coalition (SFGYC), has been spreading awareness about the dangers of drug abuse at the county fair and the Teen Health Fair that visits HHS every year. She is passionate about reducing alcohol and drug abuse because she wants youth to become intelligent adults and leaders in the community. “You have probably seen us with the lungs, and now we have brains,” Johnston said, in reference to several props used at the visual exhibit at the Teen Health Fair. The props are a set of real lungs. One lung is healthy and the other damaged by smoking cigarettes. The brain exhibit is similar, except it shows the effects of alcohol on the brain. SFGYC’s main drug focus is on alcohol because, “[alcohol] looks like the most prevalent drug used by our youth,” Johnston said. A PRIDE survey, surveys that “help local schools measure student alcohol, tobacco and other drug use,” done on teen accessibility to alcohol says that, though the numbers have slightly decreased (2.9 percent) from past years, 63.6 percent of high school seniors consider alcohol to be “easily or fairly easily” accessible. The SFGYC is a local coalition devoted to reducing teen alcohol abuse and building a supportive community. “With JMU college parties and parents drinking in the house, kids accessing alcohol is a big issue,” Johnston said, “ Even though parents are important and should talk about

drug use with their teens, youth themselves have to realize reotype that all youth are doing drugs and getting into trouthe consequences and stand up for themselves and others.” ble because it’s not true,” Johnston said. Some main stream research done by Professor Brian In fact, according to the 2009 Youth Data Survey, only Kelly, an expert on alcohol effects on the adolescent brain, 26.9 percent of teens are frequent alcohol users on a monthshows that binge drinking affects the frontal lobe, a part of ly basis. Yearly, 49.2 percent of youth have used alcohol. For the brain that helps with organizing and making good deci- other drugs, not including alcohol, 74.2 percent of teens are sions. It also affects the Limbic System, which is one’s re- not abusers. ward system. For example, when drinking a cup of coffee, “It’s important that all teens should look at their goals in one is immediately rewarded with a buzz, but for a person life and take a step back and ask themselves if alcohol is part with a damaged Limbic System, it takes more than one cup of achieving their goals,” Johnston said. to feel that same buzz. “Even one or two drinks can do damage that you don’t notice but over time creates problems Drug Use 100 like slowing your brain,” JohnYouth Who Used Drugs Within the Past Year 90 ston said. “Because the brain, 80 until the age of 21, is developing 70 2007 almost as rapidly as when you 60 were a baby.” 2009 50 One way the coalition strives 40 to accomplish their goals is 30 20.3 through a program called Youth 15.1 20 Give Back, a program that pro4.1 5.3 4.5 4.8 10 4.1 3.5 3.9 5.8 motes teen involvement in the 0 Marijuana Cocaine Uppers Downers Inhalants community. “[Youth Give Back] provides Type of Drug incentive to youth to give back to their communities and be leaders; to show others that it is im- Infographic provided by Becky Johnston, survey done by PRIDE Surveys Rockingportant to give back and to show ham County and Harrisonburg districts. The survey was done in 2007 and 2009. adults the great things that youth are doing. We don’t like the stePercent of Youth

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Legality of synthetic drug K2 still pending Maria Rose


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t was marketed as herbal incense, not fit for human consumption. But in all actuality, according to Ivan*, an HHS student, the real purpose of synthetic cannabis, commonly known as K2 or Spice, was to be smoked as imitation marijuana. “It was a legal alternative to weed,” Ivan said of the drug. “It’s like probation weed.” The blends are a mixture of several legal drugs combined to mimic the effects of marijuana. When used though, since it is not pure cannabis, the high, and the aftereffects can be a little more difficult to experience. “With marijuana, it’s a smoother high, and you can’t really tell when you’re coming down,” Ivan described. “But with K2, it doesn’t feel as natural. It’s like someone is bashing your head in as you come down. I [feel] all jittery.” Ivan first used K2 at a party, after some friends encouraged him to try some. As he puts it, they only used K2 because they were unable to get marijuana at that moment. “It smelled like flowers,” he laughed. “Tulips.” Ivan has used K2 “two or three times—I don’t re-

ally know”, and bought some from a local gas station. He thought it was ironic that, even though K2 was marketed as an herbal incense not intended for consumption, a buyer still had to be 18-years-old in order to purchase it. “They didn’t card me though,” he added. “It was stupid.” Recreational drug users use drugs occasionally, and with other people as a social activity. Habitual users, on the other hand, lack the self-control to quit the dependency on drugs and become “addicted”. Ivan categorizes himself with the former group. To him, using drugs is just a hobby that he does with his friends. “A lot of the drugs I use are therapeutic and help people open Ivan, up,” Ivan said. “So when I use it with my friends, it makes me a lot (name closer to people since we are more has been changed), honest.” K2 and marijuana are just two HHS of the drugs Ivan has tried. Aside student from them, he has used ecstasy, “shrooms”, LSD, and speed. Only speed creates a physical dependency, and Ivan has not become addicted to any of the drugs so far. For him, it is “no big deal” to try different substances. “I probably would have given K2 a go anyways,” he said. And the fact that it is inferior to marijuana is not that big

Everyone runs the risk of getting caught. This is people trying to avoid that.”

of a deal either. “I prefer marijuana, of course,” Ivan said. “But [K2] served its purpose. It made me not sober.” K2’s legality hangs in question. According the Virginia State Police, the legislation to make the substance illegal is currently still pending. Which means that what was a legal alternative to marijuana is no longer a viable option for drug users looking to stay on the clean side of the law. “You can’t find it anymore,” Ivan said. “No drug dealers are selling it and it’s twice as expensive as weed. When it’s illegal, you might as well have something that is better [like marijuana].” Imitation drugs that are paraded as legal substances are becoming a trend. Synthetic amphetamines and hallucinogens are sold as “bath salts” or “plant food” and marked as not fit for human consumption, but are still somehow used as drug substances. “Corporate drug dealers are flooding the market,” Ivan said. “They’re just appealing to the market of drug users who want to stay legal.” While the introduction of synthetic drugs encourages some to try legal substances, Ivan feels that their main purpose is to help people stay ‘clean’—legally. “Everyone runs the risk of getting caught,” he said. “This is people trying to avoid that.”*students name has been changed.

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Wonder brings skateboard counterculture to Harrisonburg William Imeson


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ike Hill has been skating since since he was a child. The Virginia Beach native was always into the skateboard culture of his home town and has now brought some of that culture to Harrisonburg. Hill and two other friends have co-owned Harrisonburg’s first purely skate boarding skate shop, Wonder, for about a year and enjoy every day of it. Tucked away in downtown Harrisonburg, Wonder sells every type of skate boarding merchandise you can think of it. Boards, trucks, grip tape, wheels, Gore rims, shirts, hats, pants, and everything else in the skating world line the walls and interior of the building. “It’s nothing chain stores sell,” Hill said. “This stuff is the real, genuine deal. Most of the other places similar to us in Harrisonburg are like Function4Sports, places that

don’t have much to do with skating, if at all.” Sophomore Ruben Espinoza is a big fan of Wonder. “I love that place,” Espinoza said. “The people there are really awesome.” Espinoza fist heard about Wonder from his friends, and decided to check it out. Wonder has been everything he could have wanted. “I bought my favorite skate deck there,” Espinoza said. “I got a Death Wish skate deck and it is the sexiest board ever. When I’ve broken boards before, I’ve gone in there and they have given me used ones for free. I have gotten free used bearings before, that place is great.” Hill thinks opening Wonder was definitely a good idea. The shop has helped out the skating community immensely. As a general manager, Hill gets to operate the store and interact with many of Harrisonburg’s dedicated skaters. “My favorite thing about it is being able to give back to the skating community,” Hill said.

Creativity! Local fine arts & crafts store “Oasis” holds residence in downtown Harrisonburg. Photo by Phillip Bannister

Oasis showcases local art downtown Christine Choi feature editor


asis Art Gallery features the artworks of many local artists with a variety of handmade jewelry, oil paintings, sculptures, and much more for sale. The store is a “coop” and all the artists who sell pieces in the store contribute a portion of the artwork’s price to the store. Retired head of the JMU art department, Crystal Theodore put a lot of thought into the location and aspects of Oasis. The idea of an art gallery was brainstormed after five years of conducting a questionnaire that was given to all artists, actors, and musicians in the area. “I took it around to all the different organizations and it asked what they thought would be the most valuable art promotion in the community. When we collected the questionnaires and evaluated them,

it was clear that most people thought a gallery would be best,” Theodore said. After a thorough evaluation of all possible locations of the art gallery, Theodore fell in love with the location downtown on South Main Street and Oasis has been there ever since. Though at first, starting the gallery was a financial challenge “We only had $200 in the bank, but it was time to take a risk. Several people chipped in to pay the first month’s rent,” Theodore said. “After making a plea for community support, they granted money enough for two or three months.” Theodore believed that the more people that were involved, a wider range of the community would be interested in the gallery. At age 93, Theodore is now retired from Oasis after helping the organization for 10 years. “When I retired I felt that I had done about everything I could do, We still have some of our original members,” Theodore said.

Dude! Wonder sells all kinds of skate gear, clothes and items. Photo by Philip Bannister

Laughing Dog capitalizes on originality of name

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he Laughing Dog is a store you have either been to, or you have not. This is because many people either understand what the store has to offer, or they do not. This may be because you have never seen the store, as many local shops tend to go unscathed. It is nestled into the stretch of downtown that flows along Main Street. At its core, The Laughing Dog is a custom t-shirt shop. They can design and print just about any kind of shirt there is to be made. “We started as a screen printing shop over twenty years ago,” said owner and originator, Kathleen Kraft. “We wanted to establish a

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business where we could ensure quality and guaranteed satisfaction for our customers.” Many of the custom shirts that come out of The Laughing Dog feature the signature “dog” logo. “The logo has changed throughout the years but it has always featured variations of the hand drawn dog,” Kraft said. Kraft also mentioned the meaning behind the unorthodox name of “The Laughing Dog”. “We wanted a fun and unique name people could remember,” Kraft said. The Laughing Dog is also very much a gift and knick-knack shop. Upon walking in the door, you are greeted by the aroma of an array of incense, rack of jewelry, and stands housing greeting cards ranging from “Happy Hanukah” to “Get Well Soon”. Being the shop specializes in localized produc-

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tion, The Laughing Dog is infamous for Fair Trade and Made is USA merchandise. “We have some local artisans but otherwise we focus on products that have been made in the United States or through companies associated with Fair Trade,” Kraft said. Fair Trade is a company centered on helping countries with legitimate trading methods. Kraft believed in the same philosophy about her business as she did over twenty years ago: “We are focused on local service, personal connections, and offering quality assurance,” Kraft said. “We have always

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Shops!“The Laughing Dog” has held residence downtown for 20 plus years. Photo by Phillip Bannister.

been a part of the downtown community and will continue to be actively involved with the revitalization of downtown Harrisonburg.”

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Clementines becomes new staple of downtown Phillip Bannister


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ith a step into Clementine’s creativity consumes you. Just a look around the restaurant is enough to make you stand and stare. Photos and original art works hang from the walls, a large stage with a warm collaged gold and yellow wall is dominant. The layout of the store is easy to navigate, but seems as though it was intricately planned. Clementine’s offers an experience as well as food, but one has to wonder, what is the idea behind this place? “We have four things that we work on food, art, music, and community. Everyone that comes in, we want to take care of them,” Mike Comfort said. “Food, we want it to be the best it can be, art rotates around in shows, we offer our lounge for free public service, Music, we try to keep a pretty happening music scene and try to meet many musical needs and that has worked well for us.” When it comes to food, Clementine’s holds a basic menu that does change slightly around the year. “We tweak the menu seasonally depending on how warm or cold the weather is. We are also very price conscious, if it’s something we’re a bit uncomfortable

with charging people, then we will change it,” Comfort said. Clementine’s has been in downtown Harrisonburg for about three years, being a sister restaurant to two other restaurants known as Hanks and the Thunderbird. The change of interest in downtown has been very beneficial to downtown stores, were as years ago dining downtown was not as in demand. “Downtown is taking a bit of a renaissance to be the cool place to go. I think we really try to meet a lot of peoples’ needs,” Comfort said. “I feel like we are trying to meet all the needs, we have events focused toward an older crowd and some focused to a younger crowd.” The fact that Clementine’s displays local art and is one of the more popular places downtown makes it in demand for a place for artists to have their work seen. “Now that we have been here for a while, people ask to hang their art,” Comfort said. Even though Clementine’s is not an art gallery, there is still somewhat of a screening process when it comes to their artwork. “We ask to see a portfolio and we work with the JMU art program a lot. We use a bunch of different mediums from digital art to canvas. You can imagine that if an artist is doing this much work they are going to want it seen. One of our managers is very into art and helps us with the choices sometimes.”

Art. Music. Food. Art displayed in Clementine’s restaurant. Photo by Phillip Bannister

Comfort said. The restaurant tries to give back to the community by offering their downstairs lounge for free public use for things like different types of meetings or other types of gatherings that groups may need the space

for. “There are two groups that meet regularly, the group called the see air club and a group that took a trip to Mexico,” Comfort said. Even though the lounge is offered to the public there are still some regulations. “It has to be some sort of non-profit, if it is a sorority or fraternity meeting, we are going to want to make some money,” Comfort said. “Sometimes when we are not having meetings a lot of people that are from different countries come in and want to watch soccer, especially the world cup.” Another attraction that is not advertised as much but still brings Clementine’s a lot of traffic is their bar. “It’s an area that doesn’t seat that many people, more of a place for people waiting for a table,” Comfort said. Although the bar upstairs is more of a waiting place, the bar downstairs is a little bit more of a busy scene sometimes. “It’s not as much of a bar scene as some place like Daves is, the lounge on Thursdays and Fridays are more of that, more for drinks rather than dinner,” Comfort said. Although Clementine’s has not been downtown as long as other businesses, it is definitely a strong business in our downtown renaissance. Visit Clementine’s website for upcoming bands, specials, menu changes, or even events.

Downtown restaurants show off their roof top dining areas

Dave’s rooftop taratsa is seasonally open for dining. Although there are heaters up there, they can’t compete with the cold air. Taratsa tries to stay open from March through November. Best aspect: great atmosphere and view of downtown. People who don’t usually come out, come out to this hot spot. Customers prefer it to eating inside. When it is open, customers will actually wait to eat on the rooftop, even if every table inside is available. Dave’s chose to include outdoor seating when establishing the restaurant for the novel aspect of it. No one besides Cally’s had it, so it was a smart business decision. Differs from other restaurants with outdoor seating in that they stay open later and have the best view of downtown.


rooftop is open for dining whenever their is nice and consistent weather. Best aspect: not many restaurants in town have a patio; you can see the mountains and fireworks on the 4th of July and New Years. Customers prefer it to eating inside. There are fans to make the customers more comfortable. Chose to include outdoor seating when establishing the restaurant in 1998 because nowhere else in town had patio seating- Cally’s was the first. Differs from other restaurants with outdoor seating that is slightly more updated- there are copper beams, finished wood, and it has been remodeled over the years.


rooftop is hoping to open for dining again in March, and stay open through October or November. Best aspect: incredible view of courthouse/downtown. Customers prefer it to eating inside. Owner Tammy Brown and husband chose to include outdoor seating when establishing Pennybackers because they love eating outdoors and actually select restaurants to eat at based on if outdoor seating is available.

Childrens’ museum offers fun learning opportunity Savanah Cary


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omplete with a functioning replica of the WHSV news room, a farmer’s market, ambulance and endless art supplies, the Harrisonburg Explore More Discovery Children’s Museum is the perfect place for kids to play. Despite the chaotic environment, senior Jessica May has been working there for the past two years and enjoys it. May first started working there because of her mother’s executive role, and currently works two days a week; however, during the summer she works around 30 hours per week.

“Working with the kids [is the best part],” May said. “I teach my own class on Tuesdays called Science Explorers, and I have a following of about 10 kids and it’s great because I can really get to know them.” During the class the kids learn about science through fun experiments like baking soda and vinegar volcanoes. Although May enjoys working at the museum it is not all fun and games. “Cleaning is the worst part. We have to tidy things up frequently throughout the day, and it is frustrating when the kids come in and completely destroy all our hard work,” May said. Since the remodeling was completed, May has noticed an increase in the number of kids who come to the museum. With

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more space and professionally built activities, they are able to entertain more children without getting too crowded. “On Saturdays when I work, we will see 400 kids on a normal day, and as the two incomplete floors open, we will be able to accommodate even more,” May said. With only 10 employees, volunteers are much appreciated on busy days at the museum. The Children’s Museum is the only one of its kind in the city and surrounding area. Their goal is to provide a fun learning environment for the children . “Kids may not pay attention at school or may have trouble learning in a classroom, but here they will learn inadvertently,” May said. “It is an educational form of having fun.”

Most of the time children spend at the museum is called “free explore”, in which they are able to play in all of the exhibits. However, the Children’s Museum also offers many classes for all age groups and hosts birthday parties. Also, on the first Friday of every month they have First Friday Free. Usually admission to the museum is $5 per visit, but on the first Friday of every month, from 4-7 p.m. admission to the museum is free. “Once when I was working in the ambulance, the kids forced me onto the gurney and pretended to give me shots and wrapped my arm,” May said.



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righam Young’s Jimmer Fredette is the best player you have never heard of. He does not play for a power conference school. He was not highly recruited out of high school. He is not flashy on the court, isn’t boastful off the court, but, nonetheless, he is the most prolific scorer and the most dynamic player in college basketball. As of Feb 1, Fredette averaged 27.6 points per game, tops in the nation, to go along with nearly five assists and four rebounds. He shoots an impressive 43 percent from beyond the arc, and has led the Cougars to a 20-2 record, and a national ranking. Fredette has also caught the eye of many NBA superstars, including Kevin Durant, who tagged Fredette as the “best scorer in the world.” Fredette is often compared to Steve Nash, a top-five point guard in the NBA. Now, being compared to a top-five NBA point guard while you are still in college is certainly something to hang your hat on. When Stephen Curry finished his remarkable campaign a few years back, critics questioned whether or not he had the skills to compete in the NBA. Curry is now the starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors, and is not only a three-point threat like he was in college. Fredette’s body size is also much better than Curry’s when he entered the NBA. Fredette recently torched the previously unbeaten San Diego State Aztecs for 43 points, the third time in a four-game span he had eclipsed the 40 point mark. Fredette should lead BYU deep into March madness. With a scorer like Fredette, the sky is the limit. Fredette will be a top-10 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, he will make a name for himself in the NBA, and not just as a scorer. Fredette has also been recognized in the music industry. The infamous “Teach Me How To Dougie” dance has a new look. That new look is called “Teach Me How To Jimmer”. In today’s society, that is quite an accomplishment. Being a well-rounded player, Fredette will be successful wherever he plays. Jimmer Fredette, the best player you have never heard of.

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have to work a certain muscle group, and that builds strength over time, I just started benching so I’m at 125, but I’m hoping to get up to 250,” Turner said.

he 1000 pound club is devoted to getting stronger and building muscle. They lift five days a week. Not only do they lift weights, they also do about 25 minutes of cardio workouts every day. This includes ab work outs and occasionally games. “They keep a journal to keep track of how much they bench and to keep track of what muscle groups they worked out that day,” physical education teacher Chris Grefe said. Four times a year students ‘max’ the amount of weight they can bench to see how much they have improved since the beginning of the class. “Most of my students go 200 pounds up in muscle,” Grefe said. Most members lift after school in addition to taking the class, “I mostly bench for football,” senior Ryan Fletcher said. The kind of exercises that students need to do to build mus- Catch. Junior Conner Whitehouse and senior Mark Mullenex cle are bench pressing, incline benching, decline benching, do excercises with a medicine ball during weightlifting class. chest flies, push-ups and the dumbbell press. Students participate in a wide array of exercises in hopes of “I just run outside of class, but plenty of them bench for building muscle. Photo by Maria Rose sports. I do it to stay in shape,” senior Patrick Turner said. Lifting so much weight can be intimidating, that is why some students start to get discouraged about maxing in a weight class opposed to the weight they normally lift. “Maxing your weight is different than just working out. Sometimes you have to think in your head that you can definitely lift the weight, even though it looks heavy,” Fletcher said. “It feels like a burning sensation in your muscles, but the outlet of energy feels great afterward,” Turner said. Goals are important in weight training. That is how students get the results they are looking for. “I started out at 270, I’m trying to build up to 290 or more. I don’t want to have an unrealisSenior Irina Kukolj practices cable crossovers on the Cybex lifting equipment. Photo by Matic goal either,” Fletcher said. “To lift so much weight you ria Rose

Senior maxing out in weight lifting class Peter Byrd


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hashayar Dashtpour is in his fourth semester of weight training. “Kash”, as he is called by fellow students, takes weight training to stay physically fit and to build muscle. “When I first started I benched 145 lbs, cleaned 135 lbs,and squatted 275 lbs,” said Dashtpour. Now, after four semesters of pumping iron, he is able to bench 315 lbs, clean


240 lbs and squat a mind-boggling 460 lbs, more than former star offensive linemen Landon Turner. He is a member of the 1000-lb club. This club is comprised of students who have a sum of their bench press, squat, and clean which is equal to or greater than 1000 lbs. He received a t-shirt for his feat and can be seen roaming the halls in his new apparel. Dashtpour’s favorite machine is the squat machine explosion, and fittingly so. Surprisingly, Dashtpour’s favorite part of the class is the warm-up games at the beginning of class which consist of basket-

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Griffin becoming force in NBA


lake Griffin is a man among boys. He was the number one overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He had to sit out the entire 2009-2010 campaign after landing awkwardly on his foot in a preseason game, after a monstrous dunk. Now Griffin is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year (Because he missed the entire season, his official rookie season is this year). He has been a dominant force for the Clippers averaging 22.6 points per game, 12.7 rebounds and numerous jaw-dropping plays every night that leave fans scratching their head wondering how a human being can be so athletically gifted. The 21-year old Griffin is second in the league in dunks, second only to Dwight Howard, one of the games’ superstars. The 6’10, 251 lb soft-spoken Griffin was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He attended Oklahoma University where he led the school to a number one ranking during the regular season, a number two seed in the NCAA tournament, and a berth in the Sweet 16 beofre being upset by the Syracuse Orangemen. Now, the rookie is an NBA All-Star, a Slam Dunk Contest participant, a potential second or third team All-NBA selection, as well as the probable Rookie of the Year, but, he plays for a less then stellar team. The Clippers have been in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers, a team they share an arena with, for as long as I can remember (I started watching basketball at age three). Griffin is providing a new life for Clippers’ fans who have had nothing to cheer about in the past decade. Griffin is already considered the most exciting player in the game according to a recent fan poll, more than doubling the votes of NBA superstars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Griffin, a low-key guy who does not appreciate all the limelight, notes that it’s exciting to garner personal accolades; however, the only accolade he really wants is the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the NBA champions. But for Griffin, the struggling Clippers were 15 games below .500 through Feb15, the only realistic trophy that seems plausible for this year is the Rookie of the Year one.

Ripped. Senior Khashayar Dashtpour “cleans” around 195 pounds during his second period weightlifting class. Photo By Maria Rose

ball, football, volleyball, or soccer. “I actually like to play 21-football and basketball before going into the weight room because it gets me warmed up and I am then ready to work.” Weight training is his favorite class and he recommends it to others if they are looking to get stronger, gain weight, lose weight, whatever it may be. He warns those people who are considering taking the class to try their hardest on everything to get the most in return because doing everything 50% will not help. “It is a great class if you like working out or if you want a break in your day from all of the rigorous, academic classes that you have to take. One day each week you have to run the mile and one day you have to do P90X, which is an intense ab workout that pushes you to the extreme. The other three days of the week you get to play games where designated team captains draft their teams to compete. You play a warm up game for about 20 minutes and then you go to the weight room to workout. It is a repeating pattern in terms of the workout. One day you will do biceps and shoulders, the next day you will do chest and back, and the next day you will do triceps and legs. Every workout is important if you want to get stronger. Strong shoulders help you clean more, a strong chest and arms help your bench press, and legs and back help your squat. Biceps, they are just for show,” Dashtpour said.

Race fans gear up for NASCAR kick-off Michael Johnson


Sports editor

ccording to, it is the most exciting and prestigious stock car race in the world. The Daytona 500 kicked off the NASCAR season on Feb 20 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Junior Shane Doyle is one of those people who gets excited for the race. “I enjoy NASCAR because it is fun to see when the cars crash as long as no one gets hurt,” Doyle said. Doyle got into NASCAR (aka The

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) when he was 10 years old. It all started when his cousin took him to a race. “Like a lot of people, I have always enjoyed Jeff Gordon because he never over reacts. I do not really hate any particular racer.

They all have their ups and downs at times,” Doyle said. The race consists of 500 miles. One lap at Daytona Speedway is 2.5 miles

long. “I do not really keep track of how long a race usually lasts,” Doyle said. “I just watch the race for fun and to kill time.” Junior Ben Harris is also a NASCAR fan ever since he was nine years old. “I like NASCAR because I like following my favorite driver who is Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” Harris said. “I like him because he wins a lot and makes money doing what I think is an easy job.” Harris was introduced to NASCAR by his friend Levi Bare who was also a die hard Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan. “I am definitely looking forward to watching the Daytona 500,” Harris said.

Student refs enjoy participating with young people Shane McMahan


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enior Scott Measell found basketball refereeing an easy way to make money. Senior classmate Mark Mullenex agreed that making money watching something that you enjoy is “awesome.” “It’s an easy way to make money and have fun doing it,” Measell said. Measell referees “one or two” times a week at local youth recreational basketball games. Though making $10 a game is not anything special, it fits the job perfectly. Mullenex started refereeing youth soccer games “one or two

years” ago, and still does on occasion. Now possessing a job at Mrs. Greenes at James Madison University, Mullenex does not have as much time as he used to. “I like refereeing, but don’t have as much time to do it anymore,” Mullenex said. Mullenex makes around $20 a game to referee a soccer game, a fairly decent amount for the job at hand. He doesn’t have as much time, especially this spring, because he plays for the varsity soccer team. Senior Priscilla Harrison also had found soccer refereeing a great way to make money. Harrison has been refereeing for “a few years now,” and plans to continue to do so. “I like refereeing because it is a pretty easy way to make money,” Harrison said.

The Newsstreak

February 25, 2011

Michael Johnson- Sports B8

prep Wrestlers work hard for meets Wrestlers for state meet Michael Johnson


Sports editor

inter has kicked off and in full throttle. Teams are working out and preparing for games and meets. The wrestlers are working hard during practice to try and achieve excellence. Senior Robert McCarthy is one of the wrestlers who is a part of this extravaganza. He has been wrestling for seven years. “What I like most about wrestling is the competition and the thrill of knowing that we (the team) won because of the work and effort we put in,” McCarthy said. An average day of wrestling practice consists of first running around the upper floor for 30 minutes. After that, they run stairs and head back to the room. When back into the wrestling room, they start the actual work out which begins with three sets of jumping jacks, mummies, high knees, and butt kicks. They then learn techniques and moves and coordinate them into drills. At the end of practice, they end with some more conditioning. “When I have to lose weight, I run with a ton of clothes on. The best way to do it is to

wear wind breakers inside out and then put sweats on with some hoodies over top,” McCarthy said. McCarthy currently wrestles in the 189 pound weight class. “The hardest part about losing weight is not eating fat foods and having the discipline not to eat as much,” McCarthy said. Junior Henry Cruz is another wrestler and has been wrestling for three years. “I do wrestling because it is not a team sport, so you do not have to rely on anyone,” Cruz said. Cruz eats a lot of fruit, salad, and healthy foods in general to lose weight. Cruz also works out even after practice is over. He puts on a pair of sweats and goes out for a run. “One time I was half a pound overweight and I was really tired. I really did not feel like working out. I had to cut weight on the bus on the way to the tournament,” Cruz said. Cruz is glad that he has his brother to work out with all the time. Cruz says that he does not know if he could work out as much by himself. Cruz and his brother lift weights like free weights, bench press, and all around weight lifting. They also run. “I just went to one of the practices one day

and I stuck with it ever since,” Cruz said. Freshman Artem Makayad also has his work out routine and is prepared for regionals. “To prepare for the regional tournament, I just practice with the team,” Makayad said. “I think that the best thing that we do in practice to prepare for matches is live wrestling with a partner.” Makayad has had his share of dealing with weight. At the beginning of the wrestling season, he weighed 119 pounds and he is now 130 pounds. “It was good for me to move up because otherwise I could not have competed. Henry Cruz is in the 119 weight class, and my older brother, junior Daniel Makayad, is in the 125 weight class. The only way I could compete is if I moved up to the 130 weight class and put on 11 pounds,” Makayad said. Makayad has been wrestling since his sixth grade year and says that before a meet, he never gets nervous unless he knows that the guy he is wrestling has his strength and is on his level. “Back in middle school, it was cool because I never lost,” said Makayad. “But in high school it is way different and has way better competition.”

Wrestlers deal with multiple injuries William Imeson


Staff Reporter

restling season means several things to junior Keller Penrod. It means eating less and trying to cut weight. It means rigorous workouts every day after school and running until he feels like puking. Wrestling season also means inevitable injuries. In the last three years, Penrod has hyper-extended his knee, pulled a muscle in his neck, and had three broken noses. “I hyper extended my knee when I was doing live drilling. A live drill is when you get in a situation and start wrestling live,” Penrod said. “The other guy had my leg and when he did the

single take down it wrecked my knee.” Penrod did not do any rehab for his hyperextended knee or pulled muscle. “I just had to stick with it for the rest of the season,” Penrod said. Penrod has broken his nose multiple times just because “things like that happen when you wrestle sometimes”. “One time a guy headbutted me right in the face and broke it,” Penrod said. “Another time I fell face first on the mat and broke it. The third time, I just broke it practicing.” Senior RJ Good once tore his left rotator cuff while wrestling. He was in the middle of a match when his opponent pinned his arm up against his body and “pretty much just fell down on it.”

“I had to do a lot of rehab with the trainers,” Good said. “It wasn’t very fun.” Senior Robert McCarthy has also hyperextended his knee while wrestling. “I was wrestling a guy back in seventh grade when he dove straight at my knee and hyperextended it,” McCarthy said. “It was really bad, my knee was bent but in the wrong direction. That was back when my sister, Shvaan, was the team manager and she had to pop it back in to place.” Injuries are a common part of wrestling and something that these dedicated athletes have learned to deal with. They play through the pain and know that their hard work and dedication will help them continue their successful careers.

Jake Durden


Sports editor

arrisonburg High School is expecting to finish atop Division AA wrestling once again. The Streaks are preparing to make a run at several weight class championships with rigorous conditioning and practice sessions. “Staying in condition is a big factor for how deep we go into the postseason,” said senior Robert McCarthy. McCarthy is one of three wrestlers on the roster who advanced to states last season, and will be accepting a full athletic scholarship to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Sophomore Brad Johnson and junior Daniel Makayad also made it to states last year. McCarthy and Johnson are defending district champions in the 189 and 160 lb. weight classes. “Every starter on the team is definitely going to regionals,” guaranteed McCarthy. “Getting through regions to states is the challenge.” The top four finishers from districts advance to regions, and from there the top four finishers go to the state tournament. Two of the Streaks’ top wrestlers are out with season-ending injuries. Senior Tommy Tran and junior Gregorio Sosa-Hernandez suffered severe knee injuries. Both were contenders for regions and states. Despite injuries, the team is still looking strong after many hours of brutal practices. “Coach always says know your moves before you make ‘em,” McCarthy said. “The only way to do that is practice, practice, practice.”

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A day in the life of a gymnast

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-Line- leaps and jumps for 10 minutes -Timed warm-upsEach team has a 12 minute rotation on bars, floor, beam, and vault -Normally 4-6 competitors can compete per team per event. At invitationals, only four members from each team can compete and the top three scores are used. -After warm-ups, competitors change into competition leotards which have long sleeves.   These leotards are used because they are more formal and elegant in presentation. -Each team lines up for processionals on the mats with flowers or some other object for presentation.  Athletes are introduced.   When each name is called, competitors elegantly step out and wave to the audience.

Success! The HHS gymnastics team places third out of seven teams at the Parkview Invitational. They participated in multiple invitational meets this year along with regular district meets. Girls compete on the vault, bars, beam and floor exercise. Team members shown (from back to front): Chloe Scanlan (9), Danielle Funkhouser (9), Amy Guavara (11), Gentry Dove (11), Christy Stearn (11), Genesis Batista (12), Lexi Vondrak (12), Haley Wenos (12), Rachel O’Connor (12), Simona Byler (12) and managers (far left) Kelley Lorencki (11) and Ally Alshefski (12).

Mastering the Uneven Parallel Bars

Prepare for the kip (swinging and pulling your body up to the bar).

Glide into the kip

Bring your shins to the bar to gain momentum.

- Athletes then break out to different events, go to the judges table and hand them score sheets. Judges put teams in order of who is competing and wish them good luck. -Each individual has a 45-second touch or warm-up before their event, then they step off to the sidelines.

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fter the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, the International Gymnastics Federation changed the scoring system for gymnastics. The perfect 10 is no more. The new scoring system is based on two different panels of scores, which are split up into two different groups, the A panel and the B panel. The A panel judges the required elements, difficulty, and the overall flow and connection of the routine. The score of the A panel starts at 0, and the judges add points accordingly. The B panel judges the execution and cleanliness of a routine. The scoring for the B panel starts at 10, and points are deducted for certain violations, such as falling from the apparatus or on the floor, stopping out of bounds, or long pauses. The two panels then add their scores together for an overall score. Good scores now range in the 15-16 region instead of a 9.5. For the A panel, scoring consists of subcategories. For the highest score, difficulty accounts for 2.2 points, special requirements account for 1.2 points, additive value accounts for .5 points, and execution, combination, and artistry account for 6.1 points, for a total of 10 points. For the B panel, different violations result in different point deductions. Falling results in a half point deduction. Stepping out of bounds, omitting your presentation to the judges, and a concentration pause of more than two seconds results in a deduction of one-tenth of a point. Heavy feet, hand touches, and intermediate swings on the bars result in a three-tenths of a point deduction. The main reason for changing the scoring system was to allow greater separation of gymnastics scores. Gymnasts will be rewarded for having well-executed, difficult routines instead of being punished. With this system, however, a gymnast with a less difficult routine can beat out a routine of a higher difficulty. A clean, sharp, but technically lacking routine can trump a sloppy, extremely difficult routine. The new scoring system benefited all gymnastic athletes, allowing a fairer way to judge. It is still something they have to pay attention to, though, because even the smallest detail can lead to a deduction.


1. Tape measure to know where to start 2. Sprint down the runway 3. Take off one foot and jump off the spring board with two feet 4. Perform the vault you do 5. Land on the mats on the other side.

Finish the kip by bringing your hips to the bar.

Cast away from the bar and squat on.

-Competitor salutes back and start routine.


Judging the vault Approach: incorrect arm swing, arms must be in a forward-low position when you contact the spring board, do not lean too forward when hitting the spring board, must punch spring board with both feet together at the same time. Jump from board to mat: must show height, arms and head must be aligned, bent legs, legs not together, point toes, show control and stick while landing. Extras: run in a straight line, if you touch the spring board but not the vault, do the wrong vault, lack of power and speed, help of coach on.

-The floor routine and the balance beam events are 1.5 minutes long - There is no time limit on bars but athletes must show eight skills. Mounting and getting off counts. - When competing on the vault, there are two runs and judges use the best score. -When a routine is over, the gymnast salutes the judges to mark their finish  

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-Gymnasts arrive an hour-two hours before the meet is scheduled to start and they warm up in “warm-up leotards” (which lack long sleeves). -Stretch minutes

Scoring a gymnastics meet

Jump from low bar to high bar and swing back for power.

Swing and kick into long hang pullover.

-Teams rotate around to all the different events to compete. -When all events are over, everyone participates in clean up. -Following clean-up is the awards ceremony where they give out ribbons to the top six competitors in beam, vault, bar, floor, and all around (the highest of all four scores added up).

Bring hips to bar to finish long hang pullover.

Swing hips around bar to complete back-hip circle.

-Home meets usually last three hours. Invitationals can last up to nine hours. A regular season consists of multiple invitational meets which are usually held on Saturdays. -Individual gymnasts can advance in the individual events (vault, beam, bars, floor exercise), and the best overall teams advance.

Sticking the landing. Senior Simona Byler shows how to salute at the end of a floor routine. She is going to states on Feb19 to compete on the balance beam and is the only Harrisonburg gymnast to get this opportunity this year. Byler received a season high of 8.9 at regionals and tied for seventh place; the top eight at regionals on each event go to states. Byler has been doing gymnastics since she was three years old and has been competing since the sixth grade. Coach Michael King has been her coach for the past seven years. All photos by Molly Denman. Dismount into fly away (back flip off high bar).

Spot landing.

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Lláme para pedir una cita. Todos seguros medicos son aceptados incluyendo Medicaid. ¿Está sin seguro medico? Puede calificar para servicios rebajados.

Harrisonburg CHC is trusted, affordable and nearby

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The Newsstreak

February 25, 2011

Rosemary! Junior Dorrall Price and sophomore Maggie Siciliano perform as the two leads. The actors are shown falling in love during the show. Photo by Olivia McCarty

No Coffee! Sophomore Kaelyn Warne performs coffee break during a full dress rehearsal. Photo by Maria Rose

Makeup! Ladies spend hours doing hair and makeup in preparation for the show. Photo by Maria Rose

Cheese! Sophomore Lydia Hatfield strikes a pose during a dance number. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Mothers! Sophomore Nancy-Carrie Logan gets her hair done before rehearsal. Photo by Maria Rose

Focus! Secretaries use some of the multiple props offered on the stage. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Brotherhood of man! Junior Dorrall Price leads a group of people during a big dance number in the show. Price begins a clap routine at the start of the song. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Please don’t do them in! Junior Dorrall Price, junior Emmett Copeland, senior Phillip Bannister, freshmen Jack Adamek, and senior Caleb McClay take a knee during a song.. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Secretaries! Secretaries take notes during a group scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Salute! Junior Grace Clough salutes the audience as a final pose during the end of a dance heavy number. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Smile! Ladies preform a dance heavy number. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Oh! Junior Dorrall Price and freshman Garrett Thompson interact during a scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Dance! Freshman Garrett Thompson dances during a song in the show. Photo by Olivia McCarty

How to Succeed! Junior Dorrall price manages to demand attention with an entrance that opens the musical with quite the bang. Photo by Olivia McCarty

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Brotherhood! Freshman Jack Adamek performs during brotherhood of man. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Grouch. Senior Phillip Bannister and freshman Jay Horton’s characters protest junior Dorrall Price’s character’s attempts to persuade. Photo by Olivia McCarty

A show! Senior RJ Good announces the opening of the next scene as a T.V. announcer. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Hallelujah! Junior Gwen Elwood brings her hands together in prayer form during a small Hallelujah chorus. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Miss LeRue! Sophomore Nancy-Carrie Logan plays the role of Hedy LeRue, Logan offers a smile to another actor in the scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Final Pose! Junior Grace Clough, senior Annika Wilcox, junior Gwen Elwood, sophomore Nancy-Carrie Logan, sophomore Kaelyn Warne, sophomore Lydia Hatfield, and sophomore Alison Monroe all hit a final pose for the end of one of the biggest dance numbers of the show. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Meeting! Senior Caleb McClay, Junior Emmett Copeland, and Sophomore Sam St. Ours exchange unsure glances during a meeting scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty Scoot! Sophomores Kaelyn Warne and Lydia Hatfield dance in unison during a dance scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty

Haha! Sophomore Nancy-Carrie Logan and Freshman Jesse Henninger laugh during a scene. Photo by Olivia McCarty

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