Editorial We Think...
The Owl Warren Central September 25, 2009
By Kevin Farley
The new format may inspire readership
Readers of the Owl will notice some rather major changes in this month’s issue. First and foremost, the Owl staff has decided to make the shift from the large broadsheet style, which the Owl has been for most of recent memory, to the smaller, more magazine-like tabloid style. While the word “tabloid” has an immediate tendency to invoke feelings of cheap, sensationalized, almost artificial journalism, we, as a staff, promise that the Owl will never feature such fanciful stories about “Wolfman” or obsess about Brangelina and the like as other tabloid style publications such as the National Enquirer and The Onion. Under this new design, the Owl as a paper will be able to become more graphically oriented, contain less empty space, and be more manageable for students. Due to the now limited amount of usable space per page the long, walls-oftext stories are things of the past. The Owl will now have more streamlined copy with pictures to complete the stories. Finally, the new Owl will be vastly more manageable to readers in many ways. First, the size is itself is so much easier to bite into, reading more as a magazine than a regular newspaper, which the Owl staff hopes will jump-start interest in the student body to pick up and read an Owl. The new Owl will also shift to what the Owl has been all along-- a more feature-oriented monthly publication. While the Owl strives to please the clientele, some will inevitably ask, “Why fix something that isn’t broken?” The answer, simply, is that several senior members of the Owl staff attended a seminar at IUPUI last fall. The keynote speakers were George McLaren, a former Indianapolis Star writer, and John Strauss, the adviser of the Ball State Daily News. The conference coincided almost in perfect alignment with the period when professional newspapers were closing their
doors in droves, almost 100 in a matter of months. Still, McLaren and Strauss both used this uncertainty of the profession to preach almost identical sermons: we, as high school journalists live in the middle of an extreme change of climate in the world of journalism. Media outlets such as TV, the Internet and even things such as Facebook and twitter have created the need for newspapers, and even journalists themselves, to change their approach to giving news. While they would openly admit to a definite sense of struggle in the field of professional journalism, they also wanted to let us know that this was a just as equally exciting time in the world of journalism as a whole, that this would give writers, both aspiring and accomplished, an excellent reason to diversify and expand their approach to news presentation, by changing style, voice, and design, as well as becoming multifaceted, designing pages and taking photos to accompany their stories as well. The Owl staff took their sentiments at face value and decided that the leap to tabloid style printing would be a good way to act on McLaren and Strauss’ words and diversify our publication. So, do not look at the Owl’s new appearance as a sign of cutbacks in various areas of the school’s funds, or even as a unplanned downsizing move. We will still be the same Owl as before, but now more in step with what the Owl truly is, a newsmagazine that will now be presented to the reader in a more manageable and feature-filled package. The Owl would also like to announce that in addition to the changes to our printed publication, we are also expanding to the Internet! The site is expected to launch this October, and will be updated regularly, so be on the lookout for updates.
Faces in the Crowd
Thumbs thumbs up to even the possibility of Megan Fox being “Catwoman” in the next Batman movie. Meow indeed.
Thumbs Down tO not being allowed to stand on the bleacher seats at football games. We’ve done it forever, why ban it now?
thumbs up to Ben Davis. Now we are officially better in three ways-- graduation rates, football, and common sense. Should’ve left our bell alone...
Thumbs Down To the ”Hall Gestapo.” It’s a little sad to feel like one is always in need of “proper papers” just to get to class before school. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone, apparently.
Thumbs up to the president’s speech. Such speeches promoting students furthering themselves needs to become a trend amongst politicians, and fast.
Thumbs Down to the president’s speech. It is entirely contradictory that teachers have to stop teaching to listen to a speech about education.
Thumbs up to the new Owl format. Readers no longer have to stretch before trying to read an issue.
Thumbs Down TO incorrect soda stocking. You ask for Pepsi and get Diet Mountain Dew. Yuck. Who even thought Diet Mountain Dew was a good idea in the first place?
As the politicians in Washington continue to duke it out over what the best policy concerning health care would be for the American people, pulling out all the stops to further each party’s agenda, the Owl wants to know how Warren Central students feel about the situation.
“ “ “ “ “ “ I don’t support my family having to pay more, and cutting back for supporting people who don’t have jobs [and] wanting health insurance.” - Alex Martens, sophomore
I think that it’s a shame that people who don’t have health care can’t get help when they go to the hospital. I believe everyone should get help when they go to the hospital. - Destiny Greer, freshman
I don’t know, I just don’t know. I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me. -Marc Whitley, freshman
My parents take care of my health care plan. -Jon Bruer, sophomore
It has a history of being a problematic industry, and could use some reform, but a public plan might not be best. -Andrew McLaren, senior
Health care is very important and needs to be reformed. People are having to choose between their next meal and their medication. -Anthony Davis, junior
The Owl Warren Central September 25, 2009
Life in HD
A good deed a day keeps the doctor away? negative feedback for not considering What ever happened to the saying other possible traumas from rapid “my good deed for the day?” When did movement, Rice still did what he could we turn into a society that does not give to insure the safety and well being of a back to people in need? Twenty-seven years ago on August 7, young fan. But not all people can be as kind one of the most inspiring baseball stars did something that Red Sox fan Jonathan hearted as that baseball player that day. Whether it is for fear of getting into Keane will forever be grateful for. trouble by an administrator or being According to Greg Garber’s article “Rice a hero in a big way for young boy”, shunned by peers, most high school students couldn’t even imagine helping posted on ESPN.com, the game started someone pick up their out just like any other game books or holding the door for Boston Red Sox slugger open before school. Some Jim Ed Rice. Warren students would The game was tied at rather go about their day the top of the fourth and without a care in the world Dave Stapleton was at bat. about anyone other than A foul ball went soaring themselves. through the air and in a split This is where our second was plummeting society is severely flawed. into something with a bang. Take the 2000 movie “Pay Rice looked up from the Haley Dickey It Forward” for instance dugout seeing young Keana Editor-in-Chief Trevor, played by Haley Joel bleeding profusely from the Osment, is trying to make the side of his head. world a better place through “You try to raise up and a social studies assignment. Trevor’s see if it hits anyone,” Rice was quoted teacher gave his social studies class an as saying in the article, “and then when assignment asking them to think of one it hits someone that’s when you react, thing that they can do to make the world especially when blood is involved.” a better place and to put it into action. Rice bolted like lightning to the Trevor has a plan to do three good boy’s side, swept him up and rushed deeds to three different people a day, his him to the dugout where he met the infirst was a homeless man. house doctor. Four-year-old Keane was Not everyone can save a kid from rushed to the local children’s hospital becoming paralized or help a homeless with bleeding from his nose, mouth and man get back on his feet, so start simple. head with severe head trauma and he Hold the door open for a student seemed to be unresponsive. or let someone go in front of you in the If Rice had not responded the way parking lot lines. Make a difference with he had, Keane may not be 31 years old the little things you can do. and with zero effects from the blow. And even though Rice received
Editorial Policy The Warren “Owl” is a newsmagazine published ten times a year by the Publications staff of Warren Central High School at 9500 E. Sixteenth St., Indpls., In 46229. The Warren “Owl” is printed by The Daily Reporter of Greenfield, IN. Advertising rates are available upon request by calling (317) 532-6252. The Warren “Owl” is distributed to more than 3,000 students, faculty and residents in the community. As a student written and edited high school newsmagazine, the Warren “Owl” will strive to perform three functions: (1) To inform its readers thoroughly and accurately of all events and issues relative to students, staff and community. (2) To provide a forum for student opinions through its editorials and letters to the Editor. (3) To entertain readers with focus and feature items. Student staff members will decide the content of each issue and will write and edit all printed material. Editorials
will reflect the views of the student staff as a whole, not necessarily the opinions of administration or faculty members. The Warren “Owl” encourages readers to share comments, suggestions, or complaints by submitting letters to the editor. In order to be considered for publication, letters to the editor must include author’s signature. Names can be withheld from publication only at the request of the author and approval of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for clarification, or for space limitation. Libelous or profane letters will not be published. The Publications staff urges all Warren Central students and staff to use the “Letters to the Editor” as a public forum in the spirit of free speech and press. The Warren “Owl” is a member of the NSPA, CSPA, Quill & Scroll, and the Indiana High School Press Association.
Editorial Page 9 Mr. Jones’ Neighborhood Getting robbed can have its upside
racquets that were just sitting there, In their review of the Owl last year, almost whispering: “please, take me.” the people at the National Scholastic Goodness, they even came in a Press Association (NSPA) informed stylish Wilson bag that you could have me that my sports columns were “too made some money off of at a garage sale. universal” and that I should instead But there was the point where you focus on individuals at the high school really crossed the line. Something I can level. Well, I’ve never been one to disobey never forgive you, whoever “you” may be, for—that you reached right over my authority, so I will attempt to please the $650, 10k class ring, that was sitting in will of the high school journalism gods the very cup holder that you had to in my humble co lumn. reach in to steal my iPod, This column is going and left it sitting right there, to be about one high school shining in all its 2010 glory. person, well, I believe one Mind you, I was person: the guy that broke impressed that you got the into my car and robbed me iPod. All whopping 30 gigs on August 14. of second-generation iPod. I hope you’re happy, With a menu button that because I know I am. works about as frequently as Sure, it was pretty sly to a trust fund baby. walk into a church parking So congratulations, lot, of all places, and check Erik Jones my unknown acquaintance. all the doors of the cars Associate Editor You have stolen from me my parked there. It was also portable music, some of my pretty darn clever to crawl dignity, and my faith in the in the back passenger door of my car, hop in the front seat and head human ability to think logically. How could you bomb at such a simple task? out the front passenger door with my Don’t think for one second that I iPod and its charger in hand. haven’t learned from this. My car is a Twenty seconds, and you made almost $300. Good work there, my friend; shell of its former self. I keep only the most basic and important things in you really got me. there now: gas, practice uniform, water, It’s almost sad that you missed the and my little sky blue Steak ‘n’ Shake 10 bucks in change I had hidden in my fold-up Mustang. cup holders where you snatched the I make sure that all the doors in my iPod from. car at all times now. Heck, I check them It’s a little disappointing that you two or three times, occasionally even didn’t grab the $80 in borrowed CD’s when I’m getting in to the car. that I had left so amazingly camouflaged I truly hope that you are happy, whoever strewn about my back seat. you may be. I was really let down that you didn’t You may have taken my iPod, think to reach over and pop the trunk-but,you managed to give me so much a treasure chest, believe you me-- and more, both literal and metaphorical. take a five-finger discount on my $25 Oh, you also let me get the iPod RISK game. Or the over $100 in tennis Touch I’ve wanted forever. Thanks! uniforms that I’ve acquired the last few years, and needed to take to practice for team pictures. Or the $165 tennis
Owl Staff Editor-in-Chief Haley Dickey
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Associate Editor/Opinion Editor Erik Jones
News Staff Candiace Tursi Nicole Wilson Elizabeth Dixon
Features Editor Emily Abrams
Entertainment Editor Shelby Rutledge
News Editor Rachel Baxter Sports Editor Jackson Coram
Feature Staff Imani ScottSmittick Ayla Hardy
Entertainment Staff Natalie Verhines Jennifer Marvel Violet Murff Sports Staff Alyssa Jennings Levi Fistrovich Jodi Willis Photography Editor Tess Howard
Photographers Daryl Hollonquest Casey Carney Derrick Combs Riley Haab Shanel Jones Chris Henderson Ashley Eastridge Adviser Mark Haab Principal Rich Shepler