Warren Central High School
Friday, March 21, 2014
Volume 92 Issue 8
The Warren Central Warren Central Publications www.wcowlnews.com
We all have trouble coping with loss. A new grief group helps students cope on page 2 One choice will define you. Enter the world of “Divergent” in dystopian Chicago on page 11
Hello, March. Let the madness begin See our staff’s predictions on page 14
Photo by Shanelle Bender
March 21, 2014
Coping with life after the loss of a loved one For the first time counselors provide mourning students with a confidential place to grieve together by khailaking staff writer
still don’t understand why it had to happen to her,” junior Shayla Olson wrote. “She was a good person. One of my sweetest friends. We did things for NHS together. We went to the movies. She was my friend. I attended her showing to pay my respects to her and her family. I was hoping for some closure and I got some. Not exactly the amount I needed, but enough to make me feel a little better. Death is a strange thing and there’s no way to really get over it.” Like many students, Olson suffered from the loss of a friend, junior Taylor Summers. At the age of 16, Summers unexpectedly passed away Jan. 15 from leukemia. The death was a shock to many students and heartbreaking to her friends and family. Some mourning students wonder where to go after that last goodbye, after that last confrontation with a harsh reality. Losing a loved one is hard, but grieving the loss alone can be strenuous. Students who seek support from peers who also experienced a significant loss might find themselves in the counseling service center every Friday during success. That time, a grief support group sponsored by counselors Ms. Gretchen Brooks and Ms. Marshay Allen, takes place. “It introduces students to other students that can also relate,” Allen said. “I think the fact that once they are a part of the group, they form a safety net. They support each other, they encourage each other and they tell their story.” Counselors considered putting together a counseling group for mourning students in the past, but in the fall of 2013, the idea was put to the test for the first time. Allen and Brooks worked together to form the support grief group. Grieving students are sought out through referrals from parents, teacher, students and other counselors. “From the moment we started the program up until now, we have just gotten more and more referrals,” Allen said. “I think its great that a lot of students are seeking out the resource and are willing to be apart of the group.” The weekly visit to the CSC has definitely been beneficial to students. One student dealing with a loss shared her experience in the grief group. The student mentioned how some students cry and talk about their loss and how others do not. “We do certain activities, like sometimes we will write to the person who died,” the student said. “It feels better to get out your emotions and talking to other people who know what you are talking about.” The student enjoys the fact that it is a closed group and recommends it to others who are grieving because it helps them release and express their feelings. Not only does the grief group benefit its students, it benefits counselors too. The feedback they get from students help them improve the group and better the activities. Allen said being a sponsor has shown her that everyone deals with grief. Brooks also had been affected. She said it gave her the realization that many students are impacted by losses and are grieving at a young age. “Grief is global and grief affects every single person on the planet,” Brooks said. “I think that is what we are trying to teach the kids. You are feeling very unique when you are going through grief, but there are so many other people that feel it too and you are not alone.” As sponsors, Brooks and Allen can observe the stages of grief in students first hand. Allen and Brooks agree that every student grieves differently and goes through the stages at different times and order. Brooks said she once noticed a student in two of the stages at one time.
“Not everybody starts in the same stage and not everybody ends in the same stage,” Brooks said. Brooks and Allen ensure the grief group is strictly voluntary for students and confidential. Brooks said they do not want to force a student into any situation. The counselors make good use of the 30 minutes and keep in touch with students outside of the grief group. They are prepared with activities when students first walk in the room and try to make themselves available throughout the school day. They also make students feel comfortable by playing music and offering snacks. The more the group takes place, the more it improves. At one point a guest speaker, Kate Peterson, from Brooksplace visited the grief group. Brooksplace provides a safe place for people to go for grieving and counseling. Peterson talked to students and showed the students a video. She had students do an exercise where they wrote down the emotions they felt. Allen hopes to have another guest speaker in the future. If a student is suffering from a loss and feels they need support, the grief group is a good option for them. Students should contact their counselors for further information about joining the group. “It was a shock when I heard she had passed,” junior Jade Lynch wrote in an email. “It took a couple days for it to really sink in that I wouldn’t see her walking in the halls anymore. It was hard but with the support of everyone we were able to talk and remember the good times and stories. And once I did start remembering all these good things I couldn’t be sad anymore thinking of how happy of a person she was. Taylor was loved by so many people and we all stuck together to get through it.” Illustrations by Karla Estrada
March 21, 2014
Class Act/Distinguished Gentlemen Step Show JUNIOR CARL HARRIS and seniors Lexis Watson and Morgan Clark sing in acapella to “Bottom Of The River” by Delta Rae. These three were one of the acts for the CADG Step Show. Photo by Christina Hernandez
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Tues., March 11, One Heart One Mind hosted the 2nd annual Yoga in the Pink with yoga instructors from The Yoga Studio in Broad Ripple.
Student Council will be meeting Thurs., Apr. 10 in the PAC.
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Third time’s the charm
Since the beginning of the year, Warren’s orchestra classes have gone through three different teachers by thomasordway staff writer This year’s orchestra classes began with walking into a room directed by the much loved Grady Emert. Then, a few weeks later, each orchestra class was greeted by a new face, Stephen Mason. Then three months after Mr. Mason’s appearance, students were met with yet another new director, Matt Berg. The beginning of the school year has proven rough for the Warren Symphony Orchestra. With each change of director, the group’s spirit for succeeding at contest has faded, but over the past few months IU graduate and new orchestra director Mr. Berg has given his students newfound hope. “I hope to maintain the high level of integrity in the orchestras in its performances both in the PAC and at contest,” Berg said. At the beginning of the year orchestra classes were conducted by Mr. Grady Emert, a much loved teacher who’s resign came as a shocking blow to all of his students, especially the upper classmen. “I loved having Mr. Emert, but Mr. Berg is doing a great job,” senior Nick Farley said, “ Emert had worked as Warren’s orchestra teacher for 8 years and has left his mark on the kids he’s been able to teach. But sometimes there are things in a person’s life that causes the need for quick changes. “It all boiled down to family and
opportunity,” fine arts department chair and band director John Hilmer said. Emert now works as Pike High School’s orchestra director. After Emert left, Hilmer hired Mr. Mason, a graduate fresh out of UCLA who majored as a Euphonium player. After about three months he too resigned, forcing Hilmer to look for yet another orchestra teacher to replace him. “I look for integrity and I look for someone who’s passionate about music and passionate about kids,” Hilmer said. “That’s what I saw in Mr. Berg, but I also saw patience and under the circumstances I knew that would be needed.” Mr. Berg’s connection through IU as well as his association with Daniel Perantoni, a world renown tuba player, was also a large factor in being found for the job opportunity. Now Mr. Berg is focused on perfecting the symphony orchestra’s selection this year consisting of Mission by Harold Johnson, Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, and Irish Tune by Percy Grainger. MATT BERG SHOWS bass player Lesley Kelle how to play her part. Berg has been preparing the symphony orchestra for ISSMA contest. Photo by Alexis Berkowitz
Robotics will be competing in the Boilermaker Regional Sat., March 22, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Just Say No will be having a meeting Tues., April 15, in H204 before and after school. April 21-25 is Orange Ribbon Week to promote self-harm, kidney cancer and leukemia awareness.
Black Violin, a classical hip-hop fusion, will be performing in the PAC Sun., May 4 at 4 p.m.
Warren Central Cadet Class Winter Guard received an IHSCGA Silver Rating for the third week in a row and Warren Central A Class Winter Guard were Regional A Class Champions for the third week in a row.
Warren Central art students junior Andrea Doloso, Dakota Linker, and Doriano Sealey were Gold Key award winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. The Fine Arts Department had 3 Gold Key, 2 Silver Key, and 3 Honorable Mention winners.
The MCJROTC Color Guard teams earned a 1st place and 3rd place finish at the Northwest High School Army Drill Meet.
March 21, 2014
Papa Roux is back in business
Photo illustration by Karla Estrada
Community comes together to reopen an Eastside restaurant
by lyricgorman staff writer
he sharpie graffiti, the aroma of freshly prepared Cajun po boys taking customers away to Bourbon Street, endless appetizers, and the unique sodas. Welcome to Papa Roux. Since Papa Roux opened in 2007, Art Bouvier, owner and manager of Papa Roux, along with his wife Colleen Bouvier, worked together to make sure that Papa Roux became a hit for Indy’s “East-siders.” Art and Colleen are originally from New Orleans. “My wife and I came up with Papa Roux in about an hour,” Bouvier said. But after more than a few years of good business and great reviews, Papa Roux hit a major pothole. That pothole was the Indiana Department of Revenue. On Jan. 27, the Bouviers received notification from state tax collectors stating that the business needed to pay back taxes in full immediately to avoid closure. “One day we’re on a payment plan,” Bouvier said in an article from IndyStar, “and the next we’re told to cough up in full or else, with no option to go back to the payment plan.” Unfortunately, the Bouviers were unable to come up with the state tax revenue service’s request of $30,000 in full to keep
the restaurant open. The restaurant was closed for six days while the Bouviers tried to raise the funds. “No business owner wants to admit that they have financial trouble,” Bouvier said. “The hardest part about this situation was swallowing my pride and taking it upon myself to inform the community before the media did.” Fortunately, supporters of Papa Roux immediately jumped in to lend a hand, including Chef JJ’s Backyard Bistro. Chef JJ’s offered Papa Roux their food truck to help raise money. The truck was parked outside of Papa Roux in their parking lot located at 8950 E. 10th Street. Bouvier’s wife, Colleen, was solely in charge of running the food truck while their restaurant was still closed. The food truck was a huge success in raising funds. Another way that Papa Roux supporters helped reopen Papa’s doors was through a support page created by Bouvier hosted by a site called gofundme.com. This site allowed supporters to donate anything from $5 to $1,000. Donors could remain anonymous or provide a name and a message. The donations ranged from large amounts to smaller amounts, however, the impact came to be $25, 444 raised by 383 people
in just one month. One of the donations was from James Garlits whose comment read, “Papa Roux is the guru of that vouxdoux [voodoo] that the Croux do!” Bouvier even got creative and made a deal for the donations. Anyone who donated $350, recieved a “one free po-boy a week” card that is good for an entire year. With combined donations from generous donors, the sales made through the food truck and the generosity that poured through gofundme, Papa Roux reopened Feb. 6. The night before Papa Roux was officially back in business, Bouvier announced via Facebook that every dollar donated to Papa Roux was going to be matched in a donation back to a local charity for homelessness, PourHouse, Inc. Bouvier announced the official partnership and wanted to make it clear that Papa Roux was grateful and very appreciative of the support and generosity of the community and the “mom and pop-supporters.” “I never doubted it!” Bouvier responded when asked if he doubted the reopening of his restaurant.
PAPA ROUX DINEIN AREA shows the Mardi Gras spirit. The space insde Papa Rux may be small, but the Mardi Gras decor was fabulous.
JUNIOR ASHLEE ALDERSON checks out a customer at the Papa Roux counter. The madness in the kitchen did not phase Alderson while taking the orders. Photos by Lyric Gorman
March 21, 2014
Speech penguins advance to state for the 15th consecutive year and place second
by sierrahawthorne staff writer Speech members gathered into Coach Scott Black’s office for words of encouragement for each other Wed. March 12. “Three days before state did you have any idea this would happen?” Black asked the members of the Speech team. “Every single one of you in this room is just as good as these people are. You don’t have to be the best speaker to qualify, what they all have in common is they all wanted it really badly, they wanted it for their team.” Everyday throughout the week of March 10 - 14, speech members had three-hour practices leading up to State competition. These weeks are referred to as “hell weeks.” “Hell week is very true to it’s name, you are pushing yourself as hard as you can to get your piece as perfect as possible to increase all of your chances to do well,” Junior Kayla English said. “The worst and best hell week is the one before state because this is your last time you get to work with your piece. So you have to make sure you have the perfect content and delivery, which can get a little overwhelming.” For the next two weeks, before state, the team worked persistently to improve their pieces in hopes to come home with a win from State.
They have been working on their pieces since the day after last year’s state championship and have spent at least 100 hours or more a week working on improving their pieces. The Speech team’s motto for the 2014 State Championship was “Find A Way.” All 40 entries for sectionals advanced to state and the team placed second in the state. “While we walked away as State runnersup, I feel that we won because we walked out as a family with many successes stories for the day,” Black said. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team.” In the 2008-2009 speech season, Warren Central won the AAA State Championship, and earned second place overall. The Warren Central Speech Team has won the IHSFA Sectional title twelve years in a row in 2000-2011. In 2010, the speech team finished 3rd in state and the motto was: “Get Ralph Back.” They defeated 18 other teams during sectionals that year and 10 members advanced to state. “I wouldn’t call us a speech team, we’re more like a speech family,” junior Tyler McDaniel said. “This experience has changed my life in the absolute best way possible and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
JUNIORS TYLER MCDANIEL and Christian Littell practice their memorized duo piece titled “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World“ in the MediaPlex. They placed 6th in the state of Indiana. Photo by Lyric Gorman
First Place State Winners Seniors Kaila Davenport & Dakota Gillespie in Scripted Duo Senior Ben Hynds in Original Performance
SOPHOMORE ELIZABETH DRUMMOND practices her memorized duo titled “Nine to Five” with her duo partner Nathan Dunnavant. They won their first blue ribbons at sectionals Saturday March 8. Photo by Haley Love
6 Opinion owl staff
Editor-in-Chief Kayla Williamson Shanelle Bender
Opinion Editor Kayla Williamson
Feature Editor Shanelle Bender
News Editor Taylor Meyers
Sports Editor Haley Neligh
Sierra Hawthorne Thomas Ordway Savannah Hizer Sabrina Andrews Paige Finnigan Khaila King
Photographer Editor Lyric Gorman
Auntia King Katie Fellows Christina Hernandez Alexis Steinbrook Rachel Snyder Alexis Berkowitz Staff Artist Karla Estrada
Mr. Mark Haab
Mr. Rich Shepler
March 21, 2014
Higher minimum wages are good, but they should be split based on age More money is always a good thing. In most cases. The federal minimum wage, according to President Barack Obama, is too low for citizens to live on. Even though minimum wage is not supposed to be a livable income, more than half of minimum wage workers are 25 years old or older. Since the stereotypical teenage fast food worker is no longer the majority of the minimum wage workers, minimum wage should be raised to at least above the poverty line for those working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks. Since the government last hiked up the minimum wage, there has been an increase in inflation. Minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of the standard of living. Since 2007 when it was raised from $6.55, the actual value of the money has decreased by 12 percent. Twenty-one states have raised minimum wage to above the federal $7.25. Living on minimum wage cannot support someone with an apartment and kids. But raising minimum wage will have unintended side effects. Some prices will rise due to inflation (no, McDonald’s value meal will probably not go away). Corporations are already making billions in profit, but unfortunately, they will try to keep that profit even if they have to pay more to their workers. This means
more layoffs. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, an increase to $10.10 would cut payrolls by less than one third of a percent. It seems that raising the minimum wage (bringing millions of citizens out of poverty) wouldn’t affect the unemployment rate that much anyway. In order for teenagers to still find parttime jobs during summer break or during school, minimum wage should have an age limit. For those 18 years old and younger, keep the minimum wage at $7.25. For those older, raise it to Obama’s $10.10, which would allow people living off that to live above the poverty line. This would curb inf lation and unemployment especially among teens. In the long run, minimum wage should match the standard of living every two years. If the standard of living goes up 2 percent, minimum wage should increase by 2 percent. This way minimum wage will keep up with the rest of the world, keeping those working full time above the poverty line. Although there will be some consequences to raising minimum wage, the good outweighs the bad. Minimum wage is now a yearly salary for many Americans, so don’t they deserve to live above the poverty line while working full time?
Faces in the Crowd
Nicholas Salemi, History teacher
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Should the minimum wage be increased? Why or why not? “Yes, minimum wage should be raised. This would cause some inflation within our economy, but a few extra dollars could make a huge Kaila difference for living in Davenport, families poverty.”
“Minimum wage should be raised. The expectation should be that if a person works a 40 hour week, they will live above the poverty line.”
“No, because that’ll make the taxes go up, and that will mean I have to pay more for my cheeseburger.”
Miranda Richard, freshman
March 21, 2014
by shanellebender editor-in-chief Life is changing. I have now realized I have eight weeks of school left. That’s 40 days left of high school, 41 days left until graduation and 67 days until I am 18. High school is finally coming to an end, and I never thought I would say that. It’s weird how life works. Life is a never ending change. Your friends change. Your body changes. Your thoughts and feelings change. People come and go. Opportunities and blessings randomly happen. At the worst times, heartbreak and rough spots come up and feel like they are never going to end. Life is a never ending battle of change. See I’m not always a fan of change. To be honest, I’m really scared of it. There is one thing in my life that has stayed constant and brought me so much hope, love, life, joy and happiness through it all which I am truly so thankful for everyday: my family. Now my definition of a family is not a group of people who sit around at a dinner table every evening and talk about their day. A family is when you get into a screaming fight about where the TV remote is in the
Simple Stories living room (when it’s right under the couch). A family is when you step and trip on a golf ball in the middle of the hallway because your dachshund can’t just have one golf ball to play with... but 30. A family is when you accidentally drop dad’s toothbrush into the toilet and don’t know how to tell him. A family is when you blare Kid Rock’s songs in the car on the way home on Christmas Eve and sing every single word as loud as you can... even if its probably something you shouldn’t say at all. It’s when you fight with your sister and get so mad that you throw your dog’s ball at the tv and crack it, hoping dad wouldn’t find out (but he did). It’s when you can never get tired of your dad’s jokes that he has told every year you have been alive. It’s when you randomly jump out screaming and scare someone walking through the hallway at night. It’s when you first bring your boyfriend home to meet the family and your mom scares him so bad he screams like a teenage girl. My whole life, everyday has been different but they have been the only thing constant. What I love the most is that this is my life, and family doesn’t change. It’s forever. I have truly been blessed with the best three people I could ever ask for to share life with. I just want to thank my mom, dad and sister Kendra for giving me the life I have always wanted and more. I have so much support and love that so many people wish for and I will treasure it forever. My family is my rock and the reason I am bound for success. When life turns, we are constant. Change is upon us and I am ready to soar because of you three. Knowing I have you through it all, makes it not so scary anymore. With you, change is a piece of cake. I love you, always.
Thumbs THUMBS UP TO the Prom theme, colors and song. John Legend’s song relates to everyone, whether you’re in love or not.
THUMBS DOWN TO sweatshirts and shorts. We understand it’s cold in the morning and warm during the day, but seriously, that’s just weird.
THUMBS UP TO Ellen breaking Twitter at the Oscars. How many retweets can a selfie with 12 famous actors and actresses get? Apparently 3.2 million is enough to back up Twitter.
THUMBS DOWN TO Juan Pablo for being the worst bachelor ever. “I love you.” I like you a lot too. “I love you.” It’s OK. Thank you. What. The. Heck.
THUMBS UP TO the SATs changing to reflect the high school curriculum. Goodbye vague words you will never use again! Sayonara 25 minute essay! THUMBS UP TO spring break. Thank goodness for two weeks of break. Those lucky enough to go some place warm, please, TAKE US WITH YOU.
THUMBS DOWN TO the #selfie song. How can this song be popular? Is this really what our generation is heading toward? Songs with no meaning and awful bass? THUMBS DOWN TO no Indiana team making it in March Madness. It’s the first time since 2005 (and since then, 1979.) At least we still have the Pacers to root for.
By Karla Estrada
Vote for me for Prom Queen, and I’ll give you cupcakes!
Vote for me, and I’ll give you the Wi-Fi password!
Letter from a Leader I would have to say, being a part of the Warren Central speech team has truly been something I will treasure forever. I joined the speech team my junior year; as a rookie I made it to state as a double sectional champion and a national qualifier. I then continued the season to help my team win a state title in 3A speech! Going into my senior year I have been elected by my peers on the speech team to be a team captain. As a captain, I always tell my team that hard work pays off. I also encourage them to compete for our school. Well you might ask, what is speech all about? Imagine taking your favorite movie, book or poetry and condensing it down into a 10 minute long piece. You can even write your own piece called an original performance (OP)! Now doesn’t that sound fun? There are events such as impromptu and discussion. In impromptu, you get 30 seconds after you are given a word or quote, and you have to deliver
By Dakota Gillepsie
Speech Team Captain a three to five minute speech on it. In discussion you are given a topic and you have to discuss it. In speech, you can truly be anything. In my speech career I have portrayed the great boxer Muhammad Ali, Sam from “I Am,” a Sean Penn film, the first African American on the supreme court, Thurgood Marshal, and even a convicted killer on death row from the movie “Dead Man Walking,” another Sean Penn film. I love everything about speech—the adrenalin you get from standing in front of people speaking, the team, the coaches and the overall experience of being a speechie. In speech, we do silly warm ups like tongue twisters and jumping around screaming at the top of our lungs. We talk into walls for practice and we wake up early on Saturday mornings coming dressed in our suits to travel to different schools. The life of a speechie at Warren Central High School is awesome and I will miss it. I definitely implore Warren Central students to check out the speech team. Be a part of 15 consecutive sectional victories and six state titles. Speech rocks!
The game of
by savannahhizer staff writer
hen Tara Eubanks was auditioning for the theater program at Butler University, she heard about a special $5,000 talent scholarship given to a student that impressed them. She didn’t really think anything would come of it. To her surprise, she recently learned that she won the money. She will attend Butler in the fall. Some are not as lucky. Some don’t know for sure whether they’ve been accepted or if they can afford college, like Tara. In light of this, here are some things to keep in mind while waiting for that letter of acceptance or rejection.
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Clean up Social Media
ill Facebook photos and information lower chances of being accepted at college? “We do not look at social media accounts when making an official admissions decision,” said Erica Koury, part of the admissions staff at Ball State University in an email. Rest easy; those weird photos online are safe for now. “If something [you do] on social media was a cause for school or criminal discipline and it came to our attention,” Cathy Heinz from the Purdue admissions office said, “that would certainly be a factor in our evaluation of an application.” Some people might make a fuss about social media, but a clean profile warrants no worry.
Consider Program Sizes
March 21, 2014
ome courses are first come, first serve and hundreds more than can be accepted apply. That may include some of the top students at Warren Central. Even with excellent grades, there is a chance that there isn’t room. Some students who would normally be well-qualified to join another program will be rejected. When this happens, many schools offer alternatives. They want to accommodate students with different programs. Clark in CSC had an interesting perspective. He said that only 51% of all students admitted at IU are residential because they charge double for out-ofstate admission. That means that the standards are higher and it’s harder to be accepted. “It’s kind of like ‘The Hunger Games,’ except less fire, but more tributes,” Alex Moseman from Wabash College said. “The cold hard fact is that it’s going to be a competitive place out there.”
tay focused. Don’t let the dizzying lure of freedom drag your grades down. This year might not seem as important as the others now that you’ve submitted your application, but nothing is set in stone. Even if you’ve already been accepted, you’ll want to keep busy. “Even though you’re admitted to the college of your choice, you want to be prepared to succeed in college,” Heinz said in an email. “Admission was just the first, and maybe even the easiest step in your transition to college. If you continue to work hard the rest of this semester you’ll be better prepared to hit the ground running when you’re a college student.” Clark has seen Senioritis time and again. He believes it is the absolute worst thing a student could do to their chances of being accepted at college or winning scholarships. “[Losing focus] takes away from 12 years of hard work.” Clark said. “It’s like not finishing the deal. I had a student accepted to Indiana State, but he had senioritis and they took it back.” After such a long road to where you are as a junior or senior, it’s tempting to turn off and rest, but that extra mile and those extra hours are essential. Good luck, future college students.
March 21, 2014
Applied to college, check. Accepted, check. Now what?
o really be confident regarding college success, college counselors suggest applying to several schools. Some will be “stretch” schools, or more selective schools. Those are the schools to strive for. Apply of course to the most favorable college and apply to “safe,” or attainable schools as well. Additionally, keep a close eye on the mail. Colleges will send information regarding course registration, student orientation, and other next steps. To really be confident, campus visits are suggested. Tara visited Butler to audition and met some administrators there. “It just seemed like we really connected and I really liked [them],” she said. Mr. Clark expects his junior students to begin looking colleges during the spring, around this time. He wants all of his students to have visited at least three colleges by October of their senior year.
ara didn’t expect to receive anything when she auditioned for Butler. She had no way of knowing if anyone else was more qualified or if she was what the administrators were looking for. Similarly, some students may be uncertain whether or not they have a chance of winning scholarships or getting accepted into college. “I encourage students to apply for as many scholarships as they can. College is expensive, it’s just the way it is. Filling out every possible scholarship can only help you,” Tara said in an email. Mr. Clark mentioned that even students with lower GPA’s or low test scores can qualify for scholarships and college acceptance if they work hard at one or the other. Students with low GPA’s hardly have a thing to worry about if they manage good SAT/ACT scores, and vice versa.
Apply for Scholarships
hen is the right time to start looking at scholarships? For juniors and seniors, the answer is yesterday. It pays to start paying attention to what it’s going to cost to attend the choice college. Often, scholarships help ease the stress of student debt on families. Most students pay for college through scholarships, financial aid, and the dreaded student loans. Clark said students loans should always be a last option. “Seniors should begin applying for scholarships during their first semester; colleges want to see that seventh semester,” Clark said. He spoke about the Bepko Scholarship out of IUPUI. He called it the best scholarship he knows of. It provides full financial coverage for six years at IUPUI and an apartment on the canal. Keep trying and make a plan and chances of winning something like the Bepko scholarship increase. “When you get to your senior year, application deadlines come up quickly, so you want to have a solid plan well before that,” Heinz said.
10A&E e h t The vinyl countdown Gutter The Owl
March 21, 2014
Every record store across the United States is counting down the days until April 19, also known as Record Store Day, when loads of new records pressed with many popular songs arrive on their door steps and promise an increase in sales.
or many, the nostalgia of pulling out a dusty jacket from the shelf, slipping out the black vinyl record and listening to it scratch a song as it spins on an old turntable is something worth keeping alive, even if it means leaving the house to buy the music. The convenience that iTunes and other music sites have provided have allowed consumers to flip for availability, compromising a rougher and more realistic sound for a sound that can be too clean. Without music, the world would be a totally different place. And without the stores that sell the music, where would we be? Sure, iTunes is a reliable source of getting music, but what’s better than getting a physical copy that you can store and keep forever? In 2000 record Digital copies hold small value, and today some stay away sales totaled because of this. And when the $785.1 million people want to go and get the physical copies, most of the time, they will make their way to the record stores, these somewhat magical Sales plummeted places where music of 2004 to $1.2 both the old and new can be purchased. million This is what makes the record store stand out from other places: you can buy vinyls, In 2005 sales merchandise, CDs and much fell to $857,000 more, depending on the store. A lot of going to the record store is the experience, it’s seeing the people and talking about Sales in 2011 reached what the y are getting. You can’t $330.6 million quite do that over the Internet. So this is why there is a Record Store Day. It’s like a holiday for the record stores and More than 1,700 anyone who enjoys music can be a part of it. When independent record it’s people coming to buy the stores around the world music they love, it’s special. It gives the bands who took part celebrate this day in it a chance to be heard and for specials to be brought up. Music is the most important subject of this entire day, which is always on the third Saturday of April every year.
by austinmiller staff writer
“This year will have more titles than ever and there are some pretty amazing releases,” Jim Ector owner of Karma stores
On April 19, 2008, the first Record Store Day took place with only about 300 stores participating in it. For many record stores out there, it’s to bring in the customers. Not many know that record stores are still around so when this is heard, more is known to the world. It’s a chance for the people to come by and grab the collectibles they want. One store that is participating in RSD this year in Indiana is Karma Records. There are three stores in the Indianapolis area with Karma East being the closest on Post Road. With record sales up about 100 percent from last year, they are showing a huge improvement. But CD sales are still very far ahead at Karma. This may be due to Karma having a service for making and burning CDs for customers. This system lets the customer have a specially made CD with tracks and album artwork on it at a low price. When it comes to collectibles, Karma has got them. They have original pressings of the Beatles to Michael Jackson on vinyls. When it comes to music, Karma has been around long enough to know what they are doing. When it comes to the bands that are releasing music this year, not much is known. Last year big artists like Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, and bands that haven’t been recognized yet released special edition vinyl records. “This year will have more titles than ever and there are some pretty amazing releases,” owner of Karma stores Jim Ector said. There is a lot of potential from the bands that decide to release on this day, and they rely on RSD to bring them the fans. Without Record Store Day, some bands might not be found. Sure, that’s how the music business works, but it helps. It brings the word out to the public that music doesn’t have to be bought online as well. It’s all about the experience. Other stores in Indy will be doing RSD include: LUNA music, Vibes music, Vinyl Rescue Project LLC and many more that can be found on http:// www.recordstoreday.com.
Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday. It is celebrated most famously in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” because, in the Catholic faith ,it is the last day before a 40 day fast called lent leading up to Easter. King Cakes are made to honor the three kings. Hundreds of thousands of king cakes are consumed each year. In King Cakes today, a plastic (or porcelain) baby is inserted before baking. Whoever receives the baby while eating the cake has the responsibility of hosting the next years’ king cake party. Mardi Gras is an entire season, not just one day. The biggest day of celebration is Fat Tuesday, which the dachanges yearly. The Carnival celebrations actually start on Jan. 6, marking the beginning of the Catholic season of lent.
March 21, 2014
One choice can transform you by taylormeyers news editor One choice can transform you. One test can change who you are in minutes. Welcome to the world of “Divergent.” Once again, one of the New York Times bestseller Young Adult novels has been converted to film. Written by Veronica Roth, “Divergent” was published in 2011. “Divergent” won Favorite Book of 2011 in Goodreads Choice Awards. As of January, the entire “Divergent” Trilogy (“Divergent,” “Insurgent” and “Allegiant”) held the top three spots of USA Today’s Bestselling Books list. As of Jan. 1, over 10 million copies of the first book of the “Divergent” series had been sold. With such a great outcome of the YA novel, the movie rights were bought by Summit Entertainment and production of the first book “Divergent” started in November 2013. The day is here. Let the Divergents come together. “Divergent” is set in future Dystopian Chicago, where society has been split into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite and Amity. The story is built around 16-yearold Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley; “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “The Spectacular Now”) and the decisions that change her life forever. In the world of “Divergent,” when citizens reach the age of 16, they take an aptitude test to decide which faction
he or she best fits into. When Tris takes hers, she is shocked to discover that what she has put all of her hopes into has failed her. Her test results come back inconclusive, and she is categorized as divergent - when one is capable to fit into more than one faction. It is an endless battle for Tris as she realizes that her being Divergent puts her life at risk and that other factions are trying to overthrow the utopian government that has been set in place. “Divergent” definitely has high expectations from its fans, rivaling against “The Hunger Games,” which grossed almost $7 million worldwide. Many fans are anxious to see how well the Divergent world they been created in their mind will be on film. “I am super excited for the movie,” senior Natalie Rubalcava said. “Let’s just hope they don’t ruin it.” That is what is what die-hard book series fans fear the most: the changes that are made. However, going off of the movie trailer, “Divergent” is sure to please fans. “I tend to lose hope when great books are made into movies because they end up sucking,” junior Carolyn Audu said. “But since the Hunger Games I am little more openminded about book-based movies. So hopefully it is as good and doesn’t pull another Percy Jackson.”
Don’t try and define me
Divergent is the first of the trilogy. It is set in dystopian Chicago and follows the life of Tris Prior and the complications of the government’s faction system.
Insurgent follows Tris’ life as the world that she once thought was all there was falls apart. Secrets of the city outside the fence gives Tris and her friends hope.
Allegiant takes Tris and her friends outside the fence of Chicago’s limits. In the final book, Tris’ bravery is tested and she must decide between love and family.
Faction before blood
A “faction” is a seperate section of the population that the citizens have been divided up into based on an aptitude test. Each faction stands for a different characteristic.
This is the faction of knowledge. In this faction life is devoted to studying. Doctors and scientists come from this faction.
Candor believe in the truth. They believe that what tore the world apart was dishonesty. “Dishonesty makes evil possible” is one of their mottos.
Abnegation This is the faction of selflessness in the service of others. This faction makes up the government representatives.
Amity Amity is the faction of peace. The y work on farms and provide all of the food for the city. They do not believe in violence.
This is the faction of bravery. They arethe soldiers trained to protect the city. They have to learn to face their fears.
March 21, 2014
SOPHOMORE JAYLA BOYD prepares to receive the ball. Boyd was also a part of the first lacrosse season last spring.
ANGELICA PAIGE SCOOPS the ball off the ground as head coach Gary Roberts directions to the rest of the lacrosse team. Photo by Lyric Gorman
Photo by Lyric Gorman
Lacrosse now recognized as a varsity sport Beginning this spring, lacrosse will be the 10th girls varsity sport offered by haleyneligh sports editor Last year, lacrosse was a sport only one girl had any experience in at Warren Central. The team competed with a non-varsity schedule and head coach Gary Roberts was just testing the waters to see what the sport was about. Now, over 40 girls are involved in the program and the sport is varsity sanctioned by the athletic department. “It’s a special thing,” Roberts said. “It shows the commitment to the sport from the school and the athletic department. It shows a commitment to doing the right thing when it comes to Titile IX issues and providing things for our girls in general.” Although the sport is varsity sanctioned, it is still not sanctioned by the IHSAA. “Instead of equities, it was more about opportunities,” Athletic Director Marques Clayton said. “Our girls had one less opportunity to compete. Not to mention that lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sport in the country. I predict in the next five to ten years that it will be an IHSAA sanctioned varsity sport.” Since 2009, the boys programs sanctioned by the athletic department have edged out the amount of girls programs. “I was concerned with having a school of population 3,700 students and we discontinued gymnastics in 2009 due to lack of participation, and interest we were looking for opportunities for our female population to participate,” Clayton said. “That’s why when lacrosse presented itself I thought we could get a lot of support and resources behind it.” With that support, arose a second opportunity for Roberts. He started the boys and girls soccer program at the school before it became an IHSAA sanctioned sport. Being no stranger to starting a new program, Clayton feels Roberts has done a great job as the head of yet a second sport. “First and foremost he has done an outstanding job,” Clayton said. “He went through the same thing, taking the same steps as he did when starting the soccer program in the 1980s. Once he got the support of the athletic department it was understood the academic requirements also had to be met. He is the most qualified and best person to run not only this program, but to lay
the steps down for the IHSAA to sanction the sport.” Not only does this excite Roberts, but senior Gracyn Powell is excited to get into the full season with her team. “I’m most excited about just going out and playing,” Powell said. “Over the winter we have been working in the weight room and running the school, but we are all just antsy to get the season started and get some playing time.” The team worked out this past winter and has been in a full swing of practice for several weeks now because they want to be more competitive this season with their opponents. “Last year we were really just trying to field a team, play some games and start to figure the sport out,” Roberts said. “This season we hope to keep getting better as we play a much more challenging schedule.” As this season goes on, the team hopes to keep learning from where they have been to reach their full potential as a team, and as individual players. “Our hope is that everyone in our program, players and coaches, display a relentless commitment to getting better,” Roberts said. “If we do that I believe that we’ll be pleased with our results.” Teacher Ryan Blythe and Matt Roberts will help head coach Roberts coach the team. Many returning players will also help the team move forward this season. With more experience, come a few more standouts than last year for the team as well. “Gracyn Powell is our most experienced player,” Roberts said. “Terashia Richmond and Jayla Boyd did a lot of scoring last year and are back this year. We have a lot of players who have great potential and are working hard. It is going to be interesting to see who steps up as the season goes along.” Powell is very excited to get the season going and has seen a lot of progress since the programs start last year. “We have gotten a lot better at the basics like catching, passing, shooting and ground balls,” Powell said. “It helps that we have a lot of returning players to help teach the girls that are new to the sport. We are
Stats&Facts Lacrosse is the 10th varsity sanctioned sport at warren Lacrosse grew 11.3 percent in high schools last year 60,000 new participants every year since 2010 fastest growing sport at the high school level in 2012 the sport has shown 61 percent growth in female athletes over the last 10 years has the fastest growth of any sport at the ncaa level facts from USLacrosse.org
also a lot better at communication since a lot of us played together last year.” Before last spring, Powell was the only girl on the team with any experience in lacrosse. Now, she has a full team behind her and a season full of goals she has set. “My main goals for the team are one, everyone to keep working hard throughout the season,” Powell said. “Two, I want everyone to keep making an effort to understand the sport. We have a lot of potential and I want the team to realize this and keep trying to better themselves.” The three home games in April for the team include Center Grove, Zionsville and Brebeuf. “All of these teams are contenders for the state championship,” Roberts said. “We will get a very good idea as to where we are in that stretch of games.” In the first games of the season, the team has struggled against Park Tudor, Cathedral and Westfield, but won against Evansville’s Castle.
March 21, 2014
Girls, boys track prepare for indoor state, approaching outdoor season
FRESHMAN DAVID RAMIREZ sprints his lap in a relay at a practice meet. The Warriors will participate in indoor state tomorrow. THE WARRIORS PREPARE to run the 3200 meter race. This practice meet was held at Warren against the Lawrence North Wildcats. Photos by Lyric Gorman
by sabrinaandrews sports staff
• Ranked No. 1 in the state for Long Jump • Ranked No. 7 in the state for hurdles • Placed first in Long Jump in the MIC indoor conference meet. • Personal record of 17”10’ for long jump. • Three year varsity athlete as a junior
The Warren Owl
March Athlete of the Month: Caitlyn Redmon
personal record times, and all of the boys relays placed in the top four. The team over all placed fourth. On the track, the boys are predicted to be more successful than they were last season. They are younger in the field with lots of new athletes to the varsity team, and head coach Jayson West said the boys needed to improve quickly to be able to compete at the high level of indoor state. Senior Deondre’ Jones has been on the varsity track team for four years and said the coaches and workouts have positively affected the team this season. “It’s a good feeling to be one of the leaders and feel like my teammates look up to me,” Jones said. On March 4 and March 18 the Warriors participated in practice meets against the Lawrence North Wildcats and the Shelbyville Golden Bears. These meets gave the Warriors an outlook on the season and made the team excited for indoor state held tomorrow and the official outdoor season. The first regular season girls meet will be on March 27 home against the Lawrence North Wildcats. The first regular season boys meet will be away at Ben Davis on April 16.
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The outdoor track season is beginning quickly as the weather tries to warm up. The girls and boys team have participated in a few indoor meets as a team in preparation for the outdoor season and indoor state. The girls team traveled to DePauw for the indoor MIC conference meet. The girls placed first out of the nine teams in the MIC with several runners placing and earning their personal record. The girls team has four strong leaders that are stepping up to lead the girls this season including seniors Ashanetta Harris and Oschtisha Jackson and juniors Caitlyn Redmon and Hope Jones. Redmon set her long jump personal record of 17’10” and finished in first place. The 4x4 relay team including Harris, Jackson, Regan Jarrett and Dejah Johnson also placed first. “It is important that we are constantly supporting one another and pushing each other to reach our full potential,” Redmon said. Head coach Le’Gretta Smith has high expectations for the girls to do well in some of the important meets later in the season. “It’s a tall order but with our seniors and the strong freshman class they are very capable of achieving our goals,” Coach Smith said. The boys team also participated in the MIC conference indoor meet. Several boys ran
March 21, 2014
The Madness surrounding March
Athletes, coaches and regular students all come together by haleyneligh sports editor
Senior Logan Hunt Why do you love the college basketball tournament? I love that anyone can get into the tournament and cause havoc. It brings out all the best in players, coaches and fans. What is your reaction to the fact that no Indiana teams made the tournament? I am disappointed in the state of Indiana. The big teams like Purdue, IU and Butler had a tough year. I feel very bad for the midmajor teams that made in to their conference championship games but couldn’t seal the deal. Who is going to be the Cinderella team? I think Harvard, Tulsa, North Dakota State and Manhattan have Cinderella potential. I don’t see any of them getting passed the Elite Eight though. Who is going to win the tournament? I have Duke over Michigan to win it all.
Senior Rob Coram Why do you love the college basketball tournament? March Madness just has everything you could ever want in a sporting event. There are upsets and buzzer beaters and elation and heartbreak. There are players who we have no idea about now who will be well known in two weeks. It’s unbelievable how it happens every year. What is your reaction to the fact that no Indiana teams made the tournament? After seeing all those teams play this year, I’m not really surprised. None of them deserved it and none of them were snubbed. Indiana has some of the best high school basketball in the country, but these school just need to recruit the native kids because the talent is there. Who is going to be the Cinderella team? One team I love as a Cinderella is Stephen F Austin. They have gone 31-2 this year. They have a very good half-court offense and obviously know how to win. They’re also not playing a supremely talented in VCU and it is a good match-up for them. Look out for the Lumberjacks. Who is going to win the tournament? This year I have the Arizona Wildcats winning it all. Their regional isn’t too tough and their roster is loaded with talent.
For the first time since 2005, a team from Indiana did not make the NCAA tournament. “I am in disbelief that there is no Indiana team in the tournament this year,” head basketball coach Greg Graham said. “As long as I can remember, there was always a team representing the good state of Indiana.” Although no teams will participate in the NCAA tournament, plenty of Indiana residents will still get into the tournament. Once the season is played and conference tournaments have come to a close, selection Sunday takes place. The seeds are announced, and it is time to start filling out a bracket. Two brackets are rarely the same and the likelihood of winning Warren Buffett’s billion dollar perfect bracket challenge is nothing short of impossible. From athletes to coaches to students March is considered one of the best months of the year. For junior basketball player CJ Hardaway, the tournament is something he has grown up to love. “I love this time of year because it is when the best basketball is always played,” Hardaway said. Among some of his favorites are fourth seeded Louisville, third seeded Duke, seconded seeded Michigan and eighth seed Kentucky. The winner of Hardaway’s bracket? Duke. “(Duke) will win it all because they have one of the best players in college basketball in Jabari Parker,” Hardaway said. The competition aspect is also what makes the tournament so exciting for Hardaway. “It is a big time for the sport because it is the most competitive basketball you will see all year,” Hardaway said. For Graham, it was a totally different experience.
Florida Pitt VCU Tulsa Ohio St. Syracuse
Graham played for Indiana University from 1989 to 1993. Each year brought a different level of success. The first year, the team had a first-year exit. The following year, a Sweet 16 appearance. Getting better, the team appeared in the Final Four, and in his final year, the Hoosiers made it into the Elite Eight. For Graham, it was nothing short of an experience he will never forget. “It was a wonderful experience,” Graham said. “(An experience) that you will always remember, the thrill of excitement, fanatics everywhere, band playing and the most important thing, the competition.” Although never going all the way, Graham has nothing to regret about his experience. “Even though you set out to win the whole thing, the atmosphere along with the time of year is something you just can’t replace,” Graham said. Graham’s bracket is completed with the University of Florida Gators winning the national championship. Athletic Director Marques Clayton had three words when asked for his prediction on this year’s tournament: “Go Big Blue!” After coming up one game short of it all last year, Michigan fan Clayton sees the national title in the Wolverines’ future. “I grew up in South Bend, the heart of Notre Dame country,” Clayton said. “But I have always been a Michigan basketball fan.” Although no Indiana teams will be represented in the NCAA Tournament, Indiana State represented the state in the NIT tournament, but came up short to Arkansas. The Owl Sport’s Staff has filled out their bracket below. Think you can do better? Share your thoughts and comments with Warren Central Publications Twitter and Facebook about why your bracket is better than ours.
Stanford Kansas Kansas
Virginia Virginia G. Wash. Mich. St.
Arizona Oak. St.
Oaklahoma New Mex. St. New Mex. St.
Nebraska Creighton Creighton Wisconsin BYU Wisconsin Wisconsin
Wichita St. Kansas St. Kansas St. Kansas Louisville St. Louis Harvard Mich. St. Louisville Mich. St. Louisville Iowa St. Louisville Providence UMass Iowa St. Duke Iowa St. Duke Iowa St. Duke UConn Arizona St. UConn Michigan Villanova Michigan
March 21, 2014
Baseball team prepares for start of their season by paigefinnigan sports staff
The ways of the NCAA
With March Madness in full swing, the age old arguments arise: should NCAA athletes be paid and when is it too early to for an athlete to go to the pros? I love college sports because of the passion I see in the players. They are playing the game because they love the game. I don’t feel that that is always the case with professional athletes because the sport is their job. However, I do see both sides to the argument. With the NFL combine coming to a recent close in Indianapolis, one man in particular had a lot of media attention. Although a tremendous athlete, Johnny Manziel has stood out since last summer for more than just his athletic ability. After winning the 2012 Heisman, talk began to come up about him essentially selling his autographs. While this is a violation of NCAA law, it could not be completely proven, Manziel was suspended for half of Texas A&M season opener and the investigation was closed. In no way am I condoning his actions as right, in fact I think his reaction to the whole scandal was very inappropriate, but in no way did it affect the Aggies football season, as I believe it should not have. Most students go into college with the help of loans or parental support. However, when an athlete goes to college they will often get a full ride. I strongly believe it should be kept at just that. Not only will the athlete no longer have the burden of college expenses, but will receive a great education and the lifelong lessons such as leadership and time management while enduring their stent of college. Basically, I do not believe in an athlete getting paid as a college athlete because that takes the passion away from the game. If the players got paid, they would think of it more as a job when really, education should still be the main focus since only about one percent actually go pro. However, within that one percent that do go pro, many go pro before their senior season, especially in college hoops. If I brought this topic up last year, my view would be totally different than it is today. When I heard the news last year that Cody Zeller was going to the NBA, I was nothing short of extremely upset. I could not believe one of the most iconic names to bringing the program at Indiana back was leaving a year early. How could he? But then I realized, just as Zeller always does, he was making a smart decision for himself. A year ago, I would have said the extra year provides an athlete with the necessary experience. But now I would say that extra year of experience comes with too great of a risk for injury, ending hopes of a professional career all together. My answers to the questions I proposed are very straight forward. College athletes should not be paid and they should follow their instinct about leaving college early. While on the topic of college athletics, I might as well throw in my prediction for the big dance. I see Louisville over Kansas in the National Championship for their second straight title.
The baseball team has every reason to expect a good season. With extra preseason conditioning and head coach Darrell Thompson third year as head coach, the boys have no excuses. Starting preseason conditioning in early September the boys have been working towards becoming the most fundamental team in the MIC. With three, three-hour practices a week, the boys are putting in the hours to become better players and teammates. With this being Thompson’s third year coaching baseball for the Warriors he hopes to see the heart of team improve. “We will always play like it is the last game we will ever play”, Thompson said. “With our hearts dedicated to honoring all the work that went into having the privilege of being a Warren Student Athlete.” Not only does Thompson want to see the team be successful on the field, he wants the boys to play
together as one every time they step on the field. Losing eight seniors from last year’s team, the Warriors have a huge void to fill. Senior captains Lane Stotts pitcher,shortstop and outfield and Chris Madden, first base, third base, and pitcher are doing their best to make this year’s team improve on last year’s record of 1-23. “I’m excited this year to see how the team bounces back from last year,” Stotts said. “I can’t wait to see how all the hard work the team has put in over the off season pays off.” The Warriors coaching staff are optimistic about the start of their season. With young players and strong senior leaders the Warriors have a fresh start. The Warriors hope to model the baseball program similar to Cathedral’s powerhouse program. The boys will have a scrimmage on March 27 against Mooresville at home. Their first official game will be home against the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves on April 7.
JUNIOR JORDAN BARE practices his pitching at indoor conditioning. Bare is hoping to contribute to the Varsity team this year. Photo by Lyric Gorman
New head coach creates new opportunities for softball team by paigefinnigan sports staff With a new coach and the loss of key seniors, the softball team looks to build their team. The girls have a huge void to fill after graduating five seniors last year, one of which went on to play college softball. New Head Coach Ms. Rachel Tease, who teaches Spanish, played softball, basketball and volleyball in high school. Most of Tease’s coaching experience comes from volleyball and basketball, but she is excited to coach her first varsity softball team. “I want to work to create a competitive culture within the team in order to help everyone on the team step up their game and be more committed to improving,” Tease said. Although this year’s team is fairly young, seniors Makaila Boles, Lesley Kelle, and junior Victoria Kirby have shown leadership throughout the preseason. Coach Tease hopes to see other players step up as well. “I hope to see change in the success we’ve had compared to the past few years’ experiences,” Boles said. “I’d love to see this season be a major success, but that is only
possible if we come together as a team.” The young team has been working hard to make up for their lack of experience. T h e y s t a r te d p re s e a s o n conditioning after winter break. The Warriors have not just been playing softball, but have been lifting weights and running laps. Coach Tease may be new to coaching softball, but just like when she coaches any basketball or volleyball team she has big goals for the season. “I would like to win at least one “big game” where we are a total underdog,” Tease said. “ Whether it is at Regionals, County or a top-ranked team.” With strong goals, upperclassmen leaders and a new head coach the lady Warriors look toward a fresh start. The ladies will be putting their hard work to the test on April 20 in their first scrimmage of the season here against Cardinal Ritter. Their first official game of the season will be held on April 7 at Perry Meridian.
JUNIOR CIERRA COUCH catches a ball during an indoor conditioning. The team started preseason conditioning after winter break. Photo by Lyric Gorman
March 21, 2014
Let’s get technical
It’s more than just actors in a play. Tech crew brings lights, sounds and props together into one successful production.
t’s these students who found the Grease Lighting car and managed to wheel the heavy prop onto a raised stage. For “Romeo and Juliet,” these students used Nick Cannon’s VIP dinner set from the Super Bowl. It’s these students who built a huge plant puppet for “Little Shop of Horrors.” It’s these backstage students who made each show look good on stage. It takes more than actors on a stage to put on a show. Behind the scenes, an entire team of students work without a visual presence on stage, yet without them, there would be no set, no sound and no lights. “They’re performing almost as much as the actors are, you’re just not going to see them, you’re just going to hear them,” Tech Director Jeffrey Dalstrom said. With this year’s spring play, “Our Town,” coming up April 16 - 19, the tech crew has three weeks left to build a set, work with actors and tear it back down before the next PAC event. “We’re a professional performing arts center, so this is one of very many things we do throughout the year,” Dalstrom said.
SENIOR MELISSA FRANKLIN prepares the sound board for a PAC event. As stage manager of the “Our Town” tech crew, she oversees all backstage work and is the mediator between the tech crew and actors. Photo by Cristina Hernandez
The crew is currently in the planning stage, coming up with potential ideas for “Our Town.” This is, as Dalstrom “lovingly” calls it, the most boring part of the production. Earlier this month, the technical theater class read through the “Our Town” script. “For the most part we take the script in, like reading a good book,” Dalstrom said. It’s during the second read through, when the crew is split into their different design groups, that the real creativity begins to flow. Each group - lights, set, props and sound - comes up with their own unique ideas to add to the play, besides the ladders and trellis mentioned in the script. One idea is for a giant clock to hang above the audience to represent the passing of time, but before they start building it, they must sketch it and make sure the directors approve it. For junior Max Brown, planning includes creating a map
of the auditorium with every light labeled. With his group, he decides what colors to use, how the lights should hit the actor and when should they change. “I always prefer lights, mostly because it’s an expression,” Brown said. “It’s not an easy thing to do. Someone tells you ‘express affection through lights’ and you’re like, well, ‘kay, let me get right on that with colors and things.”
At 8 a.m. the Saturday before show week, tech crew and the actors work together for the first time. The actors perform each scene. And stop. The tech crew work and fix each light and sound and prop. They run the scene again. And stop unless it’s perfect. Every single time a set, a light, a sound changes, the entire process starts over. Welcome to cue to cue. During this eight hour or more day, actors, tech crew and the directors work together to put the acting with the technical part of the show. For “Our Town,” the tech crew members will be creating live sounds during the performance. If an actor pretends to throw a newspaper on the floor, a “techie” will throw an actual newspaper on the ground in a sound closet, which will project into the audience. The actors and techies will have less than a week to synchronize their timing. The key word for the day: repetition. “If an actor screws up a scene, you start the scene over,” Brown said. “If a shift isn’t fast enough for the tech director, we redo the shift until it’s fast enough. If the lights aren’t to their liking, we stop and we reset them. If the sound doesn’t go right we completely redo the sound. It’s annoying, but it’s extremely helpful.”
Photo by Cristina Hernandez
hours are spent after school and during class in the PAC
is the average technical budget for a musical. Smaller plays are around $1,000
students are in the tech crew for the spring play “Our Town”
3. After the show
Exactly a week after cue to cue, the curtain closes and strike (tearing everything down and putting it back into storage) begins. “The show comes alive, and then it dies all within seven days,” Dalstrom said. By the following Monday, the PAC stage will be empty and ready for the next event it will host. Meanwhile the technical theater class will sit in a circle, talking and reflecting on the show they just finished. “It’s basically a time when I can use what I learn and use what I love to do and just have fun with it,” stage manager Melissa Franklin said. “I don’t really see it as work, I see it more as fun than anything. I use it as a time to relax and do what I love to do.”
JUNIOR MAX BROWN works on lights after school. He is on the lighting design and light board operations crew for this year’s spring play, “Our Town.” Photo by Cristina Hernandez