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The Oshkosh West

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IND E X Snowblast offers light in a time of need

Volume 114, Issue 5

February 15, 2018

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OPINION Basketball game ‘trotts’ over students’ work, expectations

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North, West seek balance between needs, student population, personnel (page 3)

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Athletic Wall of Fame makes room for four new names, including the weight room patron

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SPREAD Brave women speak out against sexual abuse through ‘Me Too’ movement

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Special Olympics supporters brave cold to benefit local athletes

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Grammys hit a sour note as performances fail to meet expectations

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CARE Days connections grow as bonds flourish through multiple activities

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As the cold, difficult days winning only a few of the of school drag on, the structure competitions over the course of everyday academic life was of the week does not guaranthankfully disrupted by the an- tee a number one spot among nual Snowblast competitions. the other teams. The team who Teams composed of 10 students eventually took first and were and, at times, a faculty member, able to claim victory placed competed against each other for in almost all of their events. “We did all right, we won their chance at victory, leaving team number 29 to reign victo- tug of war and we’ve done rious. These events included well in some other activities,” the log saw, sack races, free Engedal said. “We really strugthrows, log tossing, a pyramid gled with the double bag race build, waist measurement, sled and the board race because we racing, bowling and tug of war, fell in both of those events and all of which students enjoyed it made us get out of sync.” In order to over throw as the competition played out. photo by Aliza Hitz “My favor ite par t about their opponents, it is crucial Friends and faculty race against the clock while sawing a log, aiming to be the fastest team Snowblast is simply hanging out,” for the team members to be on during the event. The log saw competition took place on Tuesday, February 6, and has senior Sadona Thompson said. the same page. This teamwork been a staple at Snowblast for years as it offers a chance to competitors to test communi“I also really love laughing at is most imperative to prepare cation, coordination, and collaboration. all the people making a fool of their sled for the iconic race can expect to witness a few of of their time at West could not have themselves during the games; it down Garbage Hill. Some their fellow peers imagined high school without it. is really enovercome by the With the opportunity to challenge ter taining.” g a m e s t h r o u g h - their fellow classmates and vie for W i t h o u t t h e w e e k . the title of Snowblast Champions, a variety “My favor ite those students who find delight of act iviand f unniest fail in such camaraderie turn up each ties offered was when I was on year for this ambitious week. du r ing this the choir Snowblast “I’m a very competitive perw i l d we e k team and we had a son, so I think that my favorite ranging sled that had wheels part about Snowblast is getting from simply on it,” Thompson to compete against other teams,” participating said. “We got about Engedal said. “Our team goal in the chalh a l f w a y d o w n was to win tug of war which is lenges to the hill when the my personal favorite because sitting on the wheels fell off.” it’s right up my alley and it alsidelines and photo by Aliza Hitz W h i l e m a ny lows me to really compete.” w a t c h i n g Daring Wildcats jump through the snow towards the finish line in the sack races. The st udents of West At the same time, while stut h e e ve n t s bag race, challenging enough on a hot, summer day at a family picnic, becomes a Herculean endeavor in six inches of powder. h a v e n u m e r o u s dents find simple pleasure in the u n fol d , adventures to rerambunctious events, the teachers there was call and reminisce about, many competing in the games often find something for everybody dur- teams took their plans to the others, such as sophomore Katie more delight within the week than ing Snowblast. For those stu- extreme and devoted their entire t h e i r dents who enjoy the chaotic and week to creating a foolstudent par ticularly enter taining na- proof design and strategy. cou nture of the week, this year’s With such enthusiasm, terparts. Snowblast did not disappoint many students pushed the Fa c u l t y with numerous falls and fails. limits of what was allowed Snow“One of the best memo- and of ten pushed the b l a s t ries from this year’s Snowblast limits of what was safe. memeber “There are some recompetition was when my teamJ o h n mate Alyssa Brewer fell down ally wild sled designs that Reiland Garbage Hill four times while people come up with,” is no t r y i ng to cli mb up,” sen ior Thompson said. “The e x c e pSnowblast competitor Sarah most extreme sled that I t i o n to Engedal said. “It is one of my have seen in my past four the thrill favorite and funniest memories years of Snowblast would photo by Aliza Hitz of Snowfrom this year’s Snowblast.” have to be the iconic kid Snowblast teams dally in Rube Goldberg challenges during the sledding competiDespite the many setbacks, who strapped a helmet tion, where creative souls find new ways to risk life and limb on Garbage Hill. Cre- b l a s t w e e k teams prevailed against the slip- on, hopped in a bucket, ative engineering ranged from lunch trays to cardboard to soda machine covers. and he pery hills and were able to claim and rolled down the hill.” has his The st udents parvictory in multiple challenges Rost, have only recently started f a v o r i t e e v e n t s a s well. throughout the week. However, ticipating in the annual festivities their Snowblast experience “My favorite game to parand are hoping to collect ticipate in during Snow Blast more memories in the future. is t he f r e e t h row sho ot i ng “The pyramid build that activity,” he said. “I think that I was able to participate in is because free throwing is the was the best part about this only one that I am good at.” Snow Blast week for me,” Though the competition and she said. “I wasn’t even on chance at claiming victory is what a team but I was able to join Snowblast seems to be all about, my friends on their team for the reality of this past week’s one of the competitions, the festivities ran much deeper than pyramid building, which simple games as students band tomakes me want to participate gether to show their school spirit. in the whole week next year.” “I love to see how everybody Some students only be- gets involved in the school,” photo by Jess Trembly ginning their high school ca- Reiland said. “I love to see the stuTeam number 24 pulls as hard as they can against their opponents, trying to draw them reer have not found the time dents with so much school spirit.” across the line. Both students and faculty participated in the tug of war competition on to participate in Snowblast Wednesday, Februrary 7, in hopes of both proving their collective strength and gaining by Carly Chandler while others nearing the end enough points to score a Snowblast t-shirt.

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Volume 114, Issue 5

Ten second editorials...

Thumbs up What music fits your Valentine’s Day mood?

“Chill music because Valentine’s Day is boring.” -Maxxwell Fay, freshman

“Pop, because it’s just the basics and nothing special.” -Zoe Slife, sophomore

… to an entertaining Super Bowl and all of its enticing and multi-million dollar ad campaigns. … to LeBron James reaching the 30,000 point mark, joining an elite group of athletes and scorers in basketball legacy. … to Shamrock Shakes’ return! We have missed their limited time creamy goodness which brings out the leprechaun in all of us. … to cheese, the staple food of Wisconsin, making a good addition and/or star of any dish, especially quesadillas and tacos. … to the Grammys for getting most of their picks right this year, especially Kendrick Lamar maintaining his status as the King of Rap. … to the still frozen lake, allowing Battle on ‘Bago to actually take place, unlike last year... … to good Vines, specifically the three compilations which every teen with no life has seen countless times.


Thumbs down … to the low Snowblast festivities turnout. Even though Wachholz isn’t here anymore, that doesn’t mean the school spirit has to nosedive into apathy. … to Fortnite Snapchat story posts. We get it, you waste your nights away playing a game which has no tangible significance. Congrats. … to AP registration… the anxiety is already seeping from the pores of stressed test-takers district wide. … to the newest Snapchat update... slow and sloppy does not make the preteens of America content with the content. … to Kylie Jenner’s ‘baby video,’ and to the Kardashians in general… The amount of fake emotion makes the ‘film’ unbearably superficial… *shudders in disgust.* … to Taco Bell’s new fries and cheese sauce… they are very late to a fiesta already dominated by McDonald’s and Wendy’s, and T-Bell is making their other deals like the $5 Big Box worse too.

The Oshkosh West

“Newer hip hop because it’s upbeat and not sad, and who wants to be sad on Valentine’s Day?” -Garrett Vienola, junior


Oshkosh West High School 375 N. Eagle St. Established in 1903 Volume 114, Issue 5

General Adviser: Trent Scott

“Hip hop because it sets a better mood than romantic music.” -Lilianna Xiong, senior

“The ‘I’m too sexy for my shirt’ song.” -Ken Levine, Math Teacher

Managing Editors: Aliza Hitz Katie Landolt Editors: Kynda Alzoubi (Entertainment) Jack Buechel (Graphics) Ashlyn Casey (Photography) Victoria Chanez (News) Carly Chandler (Features) Jared Erfman (Business/Ads) Mikayla Heath (News) Shay Jerabek (Web) Caelyn Jischke (Web) Maia Kent (Sports) Jada Pieterick (Community) Amelia Reed (Production)

Daniel Seekings (Opinion) Maddy Smith (Community) Jess Trembly (Entertainment) Annabelle Wojahn (Features)

Writers: Nithya Ambati, Jacob Collins, Edgar Heredia-Victoria, Akashraj Karthikeyan, Jenna Kent, Joseph Mayo, Grace Phillip, Brendan Rohloff, Ali Voss Photographers: Grace Fitzpatrick Mascot: Mulligan

Non-Profit Organization Oshkosh Area Schools P.O. Box 3048 Oshkosh, WI 54902 February 15, 2018 Issue #5

The purpose of the Oshkosh West Index is to educate, inform, and entertain through eight publications each year. The paper will provide a forum for students’ ideas and opinions. All letters must be signed. Index editors reserve the right to edit all letters for reason of space, clarity, or libel. All letters express the opinion of their authors and not necessarily that of the Index staff. Drop off all letters in E25, direct them to, or mail them to Index, Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle Street, Oshkosh WI 54902. Index accepts advertisements from businesses, faculty, or students, thus creating a market for saleable goods.

break promises, hearts

Promise. An assurance that an outcome will be presented in the wake of hard work and friendly relations, and specifically not something to be broken. This word was put in place and used to exploit Wildcats by the renowned entertainment group, The Globetrotters. When the ‘Cats in the choir department and other community organizations were asked to sell tickets to a Globetrotter event on New Year’s Day, there was a promise of open seats and a great experience for those organizations’ members at their exhibition game at the Menominee Nation Arena. As an active member of the music department and community athletics with many friends in the aforementioned groups, I am appalled at the inefficient and, frankly, rude antics of an organization known nationwide for its fun inclusion of people of all shapes and sizes. Clearly, this is not conveyed in the financial decisions of the company. The choir department was tasked with the following: sing “God Bless America” at the opening ceremony for the game. In return: seats (which the students would have to buy) in the crowd for all the singers. This simple promise was overlooked in a classic case of overbooking and the Globetrotters sold the seats which they had originally planned to give to the students. In a swift change of plans, the choir students were denied not only their spots in the crowd, but their chance to sing and express their talent. This act of absolute betrayal cannot go unaddressed and unannounced, especially with no notion of a refund for the purchased tickets to this point. These “professionals” should be held accountable for their simple ignorance, especially when they pride themselves on the business aspect of their organization rather than the actual skill on the court. Is this whole event just a mirage of false entertainment for the huddled masses while those who offer support are used and brushed aside at the convenience of The Man? It saddens me to see such little respect and attention being directed at the arts, the cultural glue which holds sanity and humanity together, but some people see dollar signs and that’s all. The fact that there is no attempt to reconcile for the lost time and effort spent on the development of a musical performance, one which any musical department member can attest to, is atrocious as a concept, as even a business must see that something as key to reputation as customer service and satisfaction needs to be upheld in the modern service economy. Another possibility to help remedy the problem would be to turn away the other customers who bought the last tickets which were deemed the ones to take the place of the choir, allowing for those who had organized and planned the event to have a seat which they had more than earned with their commitment and volunteerism. All in all, we have a classic situation of the powerful business heads getting away with the unchained manipulation of an innocent group which was attempting to do little more than help these traveling entertainers with their ceremony and show the community their talent. As a musician, I feel this cannot go unnoticed. We can do better.

by Daniel Seekings


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High school needs create balancing act Admin holds

Built only 11 years apart, Oshkosh commodations are also a large factor as to West High School (OWHS) and Oshkosh why the two schools are staffed differently. “North was originally designed as an North High School (ONHS) have many differences that still exist to this day. Al- open school, that being there were hardly though there are variances in the physical any walls,” Mack said. “That was a popubuildings, students, and staff, the two high lar thing of the 1970s, but was not very schools are able to work together to create wise. We discovered that [West] has many balance. Superintendent of the Oshkosh more windows, and North has hardly any Area School District Stan F. Mack II and windows, and it’s hard to believe these Executive Director of Administration Dr. schools were built about 10 years apart.” The number of feeder schools from Andrew Jones spend most of their days working out the details for the follow- which the majority of the students attend ing school year to find that balance. This a specific high school has an effect on the includes the number of staff members, number of students enrolled as well. There types of courses offered, and budgeting. are zones in which student residents are exOne number that seems out of bal- pected to attend the school in accordance ance would be in administration as, de- to that zone. Although parents may choose spite the fact that there are 1,248 students where their child will attend high school, enrolled at ONHS, and 1,682 students the number of students from the feeder enrolled at OWHS, the two buildings schools serves as a good estimate of the have the same number of administrators. number of incoming freshmen, because When selecting the number of ad- students are inclined to follow this pattern. “The odds of a group of students breakministrators per school, the most common factor that plays into the numbers is what ing from their previous friend circle is fairthe budget allows, according to Mack. ly slight, because it is almost like moving “There is no requirement, but it has to another community,” Mack said. “Those been historical tradition,” Mack said. “If [zones], even though they are not real, beeconomically we could do so, there are come imagined as real because people tend always requests for more administrators.” to combine both neighborhood schools The size dispar it y is as much a and the community that they grew up in.” Principal of OWHS, Erin Kohl, has her point of architect ure as en rollment. “West is proportionally bigger, and own dream vision for an administrative staff. “I would actually really love to see thus can hold more students,” Mack said. “They have a difference in capac- one additional person, whether it be an ity. The district’s pattern of feeding the additional Dean of Students, or an adhigh schools have been tradition bound by ditional assistant principal,” she said. The need for an additional perelementary schools feeding into middle schools, then feeding into high schools.” son to meet all the needs of the stuAccording to Jones, the number dents at West is one that is shared with of teachers for each school remains Kohl among the other staff members. “The administrative team is just so fairly propor tionate to the st udents. “We try to be equal,” he said. “How- swamped,” she said. “We are trying to do the best that we can, but we ever, becau se of t he definitely feel that we could number of students in a better serve our students, our particular course, someteachers, and our families if times we’ll only offer we had additional support.” it at one location, then The school board and beam it back if other the district office routinely students want to take it.” check to see if the current If t he teacher to structure in the schools is student ratio remains functioning. If it is seen by constant, one may the school board that there is wonder why is there a an additional staff member greater administrator to or program needed, they do student ratio at North than at West? The anphoto courtesy of Notebook their best to satisfy the need, according to Mack and Jones. swers are complicated, Despite a heavy load of students “There is a lot of thought a c c o r d i n g t o M a c k . to administrator, Principal Erin Kohl “There is frankly believes West does its best to help all each year put in to how many students, teachers, deans, or more needed attention students with their everyday needs. principals, and it’s thought at Nor th, because we have more diversity at North,” he said. out every year,” Jones said. “We look at “The principal told a group at the Cham- it and determine if its appropriate. If so, ber of Commerce that there were students we will make changes, but if it’s working, from 27 different countries that walked we will leave it alone. The process starts across the graduation stage last year.” in December, planning for the next year.” Appreciating her staff, Kohl stands Due to the greater diversity at North, more support is needed by students from by the administration at OWHS and administrators, according to Jones, a for- compliments their great job each and evmer principal at ONHS. He remembers 23 ery day to meet the needs of the school. “I think we do a good job because it is different languages spoken. The district office and school board does not simply look important for us to do that,” she said. “And at numbers to determine how many admin- regardless of how many students we have istrators are assigned for each school. Full and how many administrators we have, we Time Employment (FTE) and poverty lev- still do our very best to meet the needs of els tend to play a role as well in those who our students and staff and their families.” However, Kohl says she does not behave the final say in hiring administrations. “Besides the greater diversity, we do lieve their success is the reason behind the have to speak to the housing patterns,” smaller student to administrative ratio; rathMack says, “There is greater poverty at er, she believes the district budget does not North than there is at West that we count by allow much room for additional members. “Over the past several years, we’ve free and reduced lunch counts; it is the only indicator we have of the poverty level.” had just enough money to get by in the Along with diversity playing a large district, or we’ve had to cut to make the role in the number of administration avail- money go around,” she said. “There has able at the schools, physical building ac- been lots of cuts for many, many years, so

it’s really hard to justify adding in administrators when we are cutting other areas such as teachers or cutting programs.” Even if there was room in the budget for an additional administrative staff member, Kohl recognizes that there are other needs that require extra attention. “I think the district recognizes that it would be nice to add administrative staff, but there is so much need out there,” she said. “West isn’t the only place that has needs; there are a lot of our elementary schools and all they have is one principal, t h e y d o n’ t even have a dean of students. I know that some of those schools photo courtesy of Notebook a r e r e a l l y While Superintendent Stan Mack str uggling knows North and West have differ- and could use ences, he also understands their extra supsimilar traditions and needs. port as well.” The district as a whole is careful not to make a quick decision on where to spend extra money in the budget. “I know our district office and our school board have to make really tough decisions when there is additional money and about where that money or person is most needed. It’s not a simple solution,” Kohl said. Mack and Jones, along with others on the school board, piece the various parts that contribute to the educational system in Oshkosh together. They both agree that anything they do is for the benefit of the district as a whole instead of separately. “The two high schools are part of a collection, because we really have no one school that is a duplicate of the other,” Mack said. Jones says they tend to focus on their district as a whole community, but still help each school fulfil their individual needs. “Both schools have very rich traditions, and those traditions are a little different at each school,” Jones said. “But as a superintendent and a person that works with the principals, we don’t try to focus on differences; we see them both as schools within our large organization.” Kohl admires the work done at the Central Office, understanding the intricate decision-making that goes on at this level. In many ways, the district functions as a separate ‘city within a city’ that serves 11,000 students through 14 elementary, five middle, and the two high schools. “ We always h ave t o re me mbe r that OW HS is just one school in a dist r ict of many schools,” she said of t he O sh ko sh A r e a Scho ol D i s trict. “There is lot of need out there.”

by Nithya Ambati

line on code for d a nce r s

Snowblast provided a week of muchneeded relief, but the dance that ended the festivities triggered a bit of tension as the first such function since the “grind-gate” of Homecoming. Some students went so far as to find alternative locations to do as they pleased without restrictions by administrative policies. Prior to the event, Assistant Principal Rebecca Montour held out hope that the student body would attend. “We were hoping to still have a good turn out, but beyond that I do not know,” sh e s a id . “ FA NS clu b h a s n’t d i s cussed it; the adviser is Mrs. [Andrea] Fisher, and I thin k we are just going to wait to see how it all pans out.” Junior FANS leader Morgan Staerkel was not as optimistic regarding finances. “Well, we do realize the FA NS organization will be hit hard by the lack of funds,” she said. “Just like every other club who usually gets money from dances, we will just have to adjust and save the money we do have.” No longer being able to “grind” at dances is new to West policy, and ma ny st udent s a re not happy w it h the change. Administration expected growing pains, according to Montour. “Change is hard,” she said. “I don’t know how long a lot of that stuff has been allowed, but we decided that it really is not appropriate for students to be doing, and we are not going to allow it anymore.” Staerkel and other FANS leaders planned to follow through with their commitment. “All we have been told are the same rules everyone else knows regarding the policies, and they are sticking to those rules with no exceptions,” she said. “We are not required to attend the dance because Mrs. Fisher understands that we do not wish to go, but we are going to the school to help her set up for the dance because that is still our job as leaders.” Montour emphasized how adamant the school was despite rumors of low attendance. “The new policy is permanent,” she said. “We are hoping that upcoming classes, because it is not as ingrained in their culture and traditions, aren’t really going to care as much and will want to come to the dances.” The school is determined to address the opinions of everyone in the community and the conversation has become much more apparent in the last two years. “Last year, we got multiple phone calls from parents, students and community members who were upset about the dancing that had taken place at some of our dances last year,” Montour said. “That really had spurred the conversation forward.”

by Mikayla Heath

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Volume 114, Issue 5

AP, CAPP offer diverse paths to dominance

Homework, quizzes and tests galore, tical because a lot of students are going students have now had three weeks to into the UW system to schools like Green adjust to new classes. With some sched- Bay, Stout, and Eau Claire. Additionally, ules getting easier and some getting more we have a lot of students going into tech rigorous, students are again beginning to classes,” Stellpf lug said. establish a balanced approach to attack- “CAPP classes are much ing a rigorous load. While CAPP and more logical for those AP courses may place high demands on who are going to the tech students, they are considered the key to than taking an AP class.” success in getting accepted into top colIn regards to preferleges and, even more importantly, domi- ence bet ween t he t wo nating upon arrival. While Wildcats are types, senior Erica Casper deeply fortunate to choose from an array sees the positives and negof course options, questions arise as to atives of both programs, the differences and positive ramifications knowing that in the end for each unique discipline, CAPP or AP. they both will help her Science department chair Sara Dobish academically at any colknows how vital these classes are for stu- lege or technical school dent success in the post secondary years. she chooses to at tend. “Being able to get dual credit at such “Both AP and CAPP a reduced rate is a huge advantage starting require a lot of studying, college,” she said. “I have had many students but I feel like in AP more studying goes take full advantage of getting CAPP credits into it because of the pressure to do good and start college with 30-40 credits already.” on the big test at the end of the year,” she As a CAPP teacher, Dobish under- said. “I like CAPP classes better because stands the full impact that these classes can they’re like regular classes but I’m able have on st udents’ to get college credit for it. On top of futures, equipit, CAPP classes are a deal if we’re ping them with the talking about money.” experience needed Fi na ncially, bot h t y pes of to thrive in the colclasses have also proven very diflege environment. ferent. With CAPP credits costing “A n ot h e r a d students $100 per credit, many opt vantage is taking to take on the $94 AP test fee that courses that are acacan be covered for those who have demically rigorous free and reduced lunch. Casper was to help prepare for able to explain how CAPP classes college along with help UW system college students taking some of these economically i n the long r u n. photo courtesy of Notebook general education “An advantage with CAPP is courses and getting Sarah Dobish is currently the it’s a lot cheaper to take the class them done so stu- CAPP Biology teacher. The in high school compared to college. dents can start main CAPP program has expanded And saving money is always nice.” dramatically in the past decade. cou r ses for t hei r Senior Haley St ueber feels major,” Dobish said. similarly to Casper in how CAPP AP teacher Paul Stellpflug feels similar- classes help many students financially in ly, knowing that in the long run these class- the long run, especially considering that a es are vital to students’ collegiate success. large population at West attends schools “A student in an honors or AP class within the UW system. AP classes, on is more likely to face adversity and tough the other hand, are much more applicable times,” he said. “It’s not super easy, [and] to those leaving the state and to those holy cow there is a ton of homework. If who at this moment do not have the you have never taken AP, CAPP, or hon- financial means to pay for the credits. ors, chances are you have never encoun“An incentive to taking an AP class tered a huge workload that is monstrous over a CAPP class would be that it is less and seems impossible to accomplish.” expensive,” she said. “So for a cheaper Fe e l i n g t h a t A P cl a s s e s h a ve price you could have a comparable experiproven essential, West graduate Han- ence with the rigor of a college course and n a h H e a t h i d e n t i f i e d w h a t m a d e possibly earn credits as well, which may each exper ience so much different. save you money and time at a university.” “As someone who was in both I can C a s p e r, h av i ng felt t he r igo r honestly say that I got more out of AP that comes with AP courses, is one classes,” she said. “They were far more of many st udents who can see the rigorous and they truly were hard, whereas drastic difference between workload CAPP classes were played up by the school a nd t he memor i zat ion it requi res. and made stressful when in all actual“An advantage of AP is the study habity, they were similar to regular classes.” its it teaches you. On top of that, it looks While AP credits are often known really good on college resumes,” she said. to be more universally known and taken, Dobish, on the other hand, as a CAPP credits have proven to be very useful teacher, sees the difference lying in the to students going to in-state schools as well. fact that there is a contrasting system “I think a lot of CAPP classes are prac- that comes with determining whether

or not a student will receive the credit. “I thin k the biggest difference is that with an AP class, there is an exam at the end where you have to score at a

is knowing about knowing how to learn,” he said. “Essay writing, there is going to be more of that in any AP class, and I think that is great for college success.” W i t h these classes being run in every department, the oppor t u n it y for st udents at West have expanded far b e yo n d t h e school’s reach i n ter ms of cred it s t hat students may now le ave w it h . This being certain level to earn college credit,” she credited to the CAPP program, Dobish said. “With CAPP courses, students get knows the importance that these credthe credit as long as you pass. However, its can have on the large population of this also means that the grade shows up West students who attend UW-Oshkosh. on your college transcripts, which you are “I can’t speak for other departments, required to send to your college of choice.” but in science, the opportunity to get four Look i ng at the classes si m ilarly credits in biology, 10 credits in chemistry, to Dobish, Stellf lug understands the and 5 credits in physics was just a better opdifference bet ween the t wo t y pes of portunity for our students along with having courses and how they impact students the support of the university right here in in the long run in regards to credits and Oshkosh and the professional development whether or not a student has earned them. they give our staff members,” she said. “CAPP classes are run through the UW With 22% of freshmen at UW-O dropsystem, students get dual credit, receiving ping out after their first year, there is a both high school and college credit. The clear need for the preparation of students CAPP teachers have to abide by UW con- prior to attending their first year at college. straints and expectations, whereas AP we Admissions officers have now become don’t answer to any particular university; advanced course-focused as they continue we answer to the AP College Board,” Stellp- to see a pattern of success within students flug said. “It is dual credit, but only if you who take CAPP and AP classes in compass the test at the end parison to those who don’t. of the year; this causes “That is why college it to be more high stakes admissions officers are fine than a CAPP class is.” if they see AP Euro, AP Lit T houg h t here a re with a B, that is even betmany opportunities out ter than an A in a regular there for A P classes, class because they k now t he school cont i nue s how tough the curriculum to offer certain courses is and that is a greater inin their CAPP versions. dicator of college success Stellpf lug, along with compared to those with a many A P st udents, high GPA, but no advanced can ack nowledge that classes,” Stellpf lug said. these courses car r y a Though this is often a photo courtesy of Notebook far broader reputation. positive for admissions of“The incentive for AP teacher Paul Stellpflug currently ficers, AP also comes at the teaches sections of AP Governan AP class is that the ment and Politics and AP Modern high risk of failure due to the credits are more uni- European History. content and pace at which versally accepted; there the classes have been set. are some universities that do not accept “The major incentive is that CAPP [CAPP credits],” he said. “You try to go to is not high-stakes college credit based Notre Dame, Northwestern, Twin Cities, on a single test. Three and a half hours,” there is limited usefulness for it for par- Stellpf lug said of the challenge.“AP ticular schools outside the UW system.” classes have to be more rigorous, and I The CAPP program at West is perfect don’t know what is on the AP test, you for those who are assimilating into the new have to teach everything super thoroughly culture and academic level that is found in because it is such higher stakes, and I college. Doing this, along with accumulating mean that in no offence to CAPP classes.” credits that can be carried within the state, is The institution of CAPP and AP vital for many students both financially and ultimately benef its any st udent who academically for post-high school success. takes them, as they continue to gain “I think the greatest advantages with skills in their academic endeavors tothese honors, CAPP, AP, we’re going to get ward success in college and in life. you ready for college, we’re probably going “I feel like taking these classes has to guarantee you aren’t going to drop out, helped me develop skills necessary to and for a good number of students I would perform well at the university next year, say this all is going to boost your first se- and likewise I have been able to expose mester GPA by half a point.” Stellpflug said. myself to the increased level of rigor that I Stellpf lug recog nizes that A P is can expect at college,” Stueber said of her more valuable to students going out of schedule. “While the college credits are state, but knows there is more to taking nice, I think that being exposed to more college level classes than only the credit. complex material and being required to “I think what students get is that they develop higher level thinking skills has have to read a textbook and learn on their been equally, if not more important.” own. They have to take ownership of their learning, becoming metacognitive, which by Mikayla Heath



Volume 114, Issue 5

February 15, 2018

Undefeated keglers aim to strike it rich at state

Currently holding a 9-0 record, the Wildcat girls’ bowling team is plowing ahead this season with no intention of leaving any pins standing. With sights distinctly set on state, there is no real question of whether or not they will qualify. With just a few weeks to go, the team has begun to look forward and get ready for the upcoming tournament. Senior and four year bowler Haley Stueber is one of seven girls from West heading to the state tournament this season. “As we are just finishing up our regular season , we will be starting to prepare for this year’s state tournament, which will be taking place the first weekend in March,” she said. With past state tournaments behind her, Stueber understands what the competition looks like, and anticipates participating in state with confidence in herself and the team. “I’m excited to bowl with my team at the state tournament this year,” she said. “I really have high expectations for us.” Bowling has brought together a team of athletes committed to the sport. After three to four years of practice, the upperclassmen team members have learned and grown through their many experiences at state. “We have had a lot of experience bowling in this setting, as our team is mostly upperclassmen who have competed in the state tournament in years past,” Stueber said. “Each year that we’ve been to state has allowed us to recognize our weak points, work on them, and come back stronger the next year.” One of Stueber’s long-term teammates, junior Samantha Munsch, is also a

celebrated bowler with a successful history. Munsch values the relationships she and other teammates have made throughout the grueling hours of practice and tournaments. “I couldn’t ask for a better team to bowl with,” she said. “After bowling with all these girls for the past three years, relationships have been built that I would never take back.” Munsch has a long-term background in the sport of bowling as well and has enjoyed having the opportunity to take her abilities to the high school level. “I got into bowling because of my family,” Munsch said. “My mom and dad are well known in the bowling world and they got me into it when I was four years old.” While these Wildcat bowlers are accomplished and well-versed in the sport, they are not flawless. At high-level competitions, it becomes essential for athletes to move past mistakes and nerves to perform well overall. “Myself and my team will have to work on picking ourselves up when we are down, as we have a tendency to allow bad games or even bad shots to affect future games and future shots,” Stueber said. Competing in high stakes competitions such as those at the state level has taught the team to move past their mistakes and work through them as athletes and as a team. Like any sport, the trick lies in peaking at the right point of the season. “I think we will be able to put nerves aside and perform to the best of our abilities at this year’s state competition,” Stueber said. Stueber’s teammates, such as Munsch, agree with this point of view, as most

athletes do. With nerves aside, the team municate with each other very well and hopes to perform their best in March. they also have a lot of great bowlers.” “We need to be able to move on and As the state competition nears, the focus on doing the best we can each shot, girls have been preparing diligently each frame, and through many each game, and we practices and can’t allow what’s in hours at the lanes. the past to affect us “Our fomentally in the prescus [in practice] ent,” Munsch said. will mostly be The girls beon being sure we lieve they can bring are prepared for a game-changing whatever we may cure to this issue: encounter,” Stuetheir inspiring teamber said. “Striking work and work ethwill most likely ic. Munsch thinks be difficult for all she and the junior teams at state, and and senior athletes that means the photo courtesy of Haley Stueber best teams will surrounding her need to become The 2016-2017 girls bowling team poses by the pins need to be able positive role mod- after a successful home tournament. Girls on the team to consistently els to other bowlers. have consistently gone to state for many years at West. make spares.” “[I am] able Whatever to pump up the team when we’re getting the results at state, the veterans leading low on ourselves for how we’re bowl- the way for the Wildcats have already left ing... [and] as a team, our chemistry bowl- a legacy apparent to even the youngest ing together is amazing,” Munsch said. of competitors. Freshman bowler Steven This year, the Wildcat girls’ ticket to Reigh looks up to the upperclassmen who state was punched through hard work and are getting the opportunity to head to state, rigorous preparation. The boys bowling and hopes to be in their shoes one day. team is a huge supporter of the girls, un“It’s awesome and such an achievederstanding the hard work and dedication ment that the girls made it to state,” he said. it takes for a bowler to make it to state. “They have really been great role models “It’s awesome that the girls are go- and I cannot wait to see how they do.” ing to state,” freshman bowler Joe Mayo by Akashraj Karthikeyan said of his counterparts. “They com-

Senior Spotlight: Thompson crosses century mark Another year brings on another gruel- need to be nice to others,” Collins said. ing season for West’s wrestling team, but Aside from his personality, Coach for some, this year is different. Senior Re- Duane Hartkopf has been the one to ese Thompson’s legacy will be ingrained truly see Thompson progress throughwithin Wildcat record books for years out the years. Having been the coach all to come, having recently achieved a feat four years that Thompson has wrestled, very few in West history have, 100 wins. he has had a front row seat for the progSophomore Logan Grota knows his team- ress that he has made as an athlete. mate is different from other “You watch wrestlers, one of the reasons him from being Grota has been so successful. a 106 pounder, “He’s taught me the lines tiny, new to the of when to be serious and when sport, and beto goof off, focusing a little on ing short to his the fun,” he said. “He’s shown goal,” Hartkopft me that life doesn’t have to said. “Then stickbe serious all the time, and ing with it, and you can have some fun, but showing comwhen it’s time to get down to plete buy-in to work it’s time to really focus.” the program and Thompson himself can showing what he attest to deciding to take a can do, and reapmore laid back approach ing those benefits this year, crediting this tachis senior year.” tic as the key to his success. Hartkopf, photo by Mikayla Heath “If you put a lot of pres- Fourth year grappler Reese Thompson along with sure on yourself, you usu- wrestles for the Wildcats at 145 pounds. Thompson’s ally practice bad, so I like Thompson has hit many milestones that teammates, to keep a light mood at stood in West lore for decades. was able to practice because it can note the exget rough sometimes,” he said. citement that he gives the team at pracGrota hopes to be similar to Thomp- tice and his aspiration to make an impact. son in the years following his departure, “This is his last chance; he already knows becoming a role model for years to come. he is pretty high up on a lot of our record “He is leading by example by bringing boards, and just knowing he’s got one last a lot more character to the team, which will shot, I would say that is what is driving him be missed when he is gone,” Grota said. to do as well as he has been,” Hartkopf said. Never failing to keep the team in a light Thompson, the 13th person in all mood for grueling practices, Thompson has of West wrestling history to have 100 also influenced junior Connor Collins dur- wins, finds satisfaction to have acing his time on the team. His personality complished something that he has and charisma for the sport keep the whole worked toward for the past four years. team afloat even when times are hard. “It’s a cool feeling knowing that not a “Reese is a good role model because lot of people have done it,” he said. “There he is a good person with a good heart, and is a lot of hard work to go into this milehe shows everyone around here that you stone and it is great that I got it done.”

With big goals, Thompson hopes to continue to progress as the season continues. “I want to have 40 wins this season and make it to state,” he said. Collins knows Thompson can reach this goal because of his hard work and determination. Thompson’s dedication to the sport and his inability to back down is what gives him a considerable advantage over competitors. “Reese always seeks out the best competition,” Collins said. “I would say he is always trying to get better which is what really leads to everyone looking up to him and his ability.” Hartkopf feels similarly to Collins by pointing out Thompson’s impressive abilities and his constant endeavor toward improvement. “His knowledge of the sport and his ability to pick up new techniques and use them immediately are some of the main reasons he has seen such success,” he said. Though there is always room for improvement, Hartkopf is confident in Thompson and his ability to reach his goals. Speaking to all athletes, Hartkopf knows there is always the possibility of a better athlete going against one of his boys, a main reason he pushes for each athlete to give their all in each match. “Know that every match can be your last one, no going back on this if you come up short you have to face that for a long time,” he said. “If you come short of your goal you know you did all you could, and someone was maybe better than you that day.” Thompson wants to savor the moments he has with his teammates and enjoy as much of his final practices as he can. “I like when we play dodgeball, mostly because it’s a great team bonding activity,” Thompson said. Grota plans to continue the legacy that Thompson has created. “He sticks out from the rest because he models how I would want to be in high

school, not too serious, but at the same time getting down to business,” Grota said. With his final year of wrestling coming to an end, Thompson knows that wrestling has made a significant impact on his high school career and has helped him grow into the person he is today. For the senior leader, these are experiences he does not plan on taking for granted, and he looks forward to savoring what the season has to offer. “I’ve been wrestling for a while now, it has become a big part of my life,” Thompson said. “This year I am going out there and having fun, being confident in myself and enjoying every last moment.”

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Varsity Record • 6-10 Stats • The team pulled through and won their game against Appleton North 78-53. Upcoming Event • The Wildcats face the Cardinals tonight at home.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Varsity Record • 2-12 Stats • The girls won their second game of the season against the Ghosts 51-46. Upcoming Event • The team will play their final game of the season against DC Everest on March 3.


Varsity Record • 4-20 Stats • The team held a game to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Upcoming Event • Boy’s hockey regionals takes place tonight and the team will face Notre Dame.


Varsity Record • 14-6 Stats • Se n ior Re e s e T hom p s on reached his 100th career win. Upcoming Event • The sectional tournament will occur tomorrow at Sheboygan South.


Varsity Record • 3-1 Stats • The team had the opportunity to compete at a special Valentine’s Day meet at Whitefish Bay. Upcoming Event • The team will compete at the conference meet tonight.


Varsity Record • 2-2 Stats • The boys finished their regular season and have entered the race to state with many promising swims. Upcoming Event • The state swimming tournament will take place tomorrow at the UW-Madison Natatorium.


Big changes for big gai ns

Athletic involvement and athletics in football team through those years was un- day on the field. Not only did she excel general have long served as an important defeated, we were number one in the state.” in college but continued to give back to part of Oshkosh West culture. To honor Not only is Peppler recognized for his her community once she finished, comthose who have specifically stood out participation, but was more importantly and ing back to the school that shaped her. throughout the many years of both West prominently nominated to the Wall of Fame “Right after college I actually came and Oshkosh High School, the school in- for his decades of service for West athletics. back and coached at West, and I was ducts nominees into the Athletic Wall of “I started in 1980 with the booster the J V softball coach,” Hunter said. Fame. The nomination process is thorough, club, then I was on the football chain gang, “Then my career changed pace and I according to West t h e Wa l l o f couldn’t coach anymore with a 9-5 job, fo o t b a l l c o a c h , Fame commit- but hard work continued to pay off.” teacher, and Wall tee, and many For Hu nter, the lessons lear ned o f Fa m e c o m other athletic from her athletic career proved to be mit tee member clubs at West,” the most beneficial throughout her postKen Levine. Peppler said. “I schooling years. Star ting a business “The inducthave a total of just 12 years ago, Hunter attributes her ees are nomi35 years serv- real world success to her softball career. nated by someone, i ng at West.” “I ended up star ting a business whether that be a Peppler has out of my basement 12 years ago and fa m ily member, been involved reached nine employees this year, and old coach, etc., and in many ways it’s the hard work in athletics that has then the committ h r o u g h o u t stayed with me the whole time,” she said. tee comes and sits h is yea r s of Success due to athletics proved a trend photo by Maia Kent dow n a nd t al k s Larry Gauger (represented by his son), Stacey Hunter, and s e r v i c e a n d in this year’s Athletic Wall of Fame ina b o u t w h o w e Gary Peppler (left to right) pose at the public Athletic Wall of ha s produced ductees. 1966 West graduate T.J. Rodgers thi n k should be Fame recognition ceremony. All three inductees starred in many genera- was an avid football player throughout inducted,” he said. their respective sports and gave back to the Oshkosh family. tions of athletes his high school career and decided to give “There could be and e v e n back to the school that built him. Rodgers one person inducted, or there could be five other coaches as the years have gone by. contributed a generous financial donation people, but it’s really up to the committee.” “I think it was 2012 when I decided to to the weight room project and is now While the committee has much of the stop spending as much time in West athlet- the namesake of the new weight room. pull, athletes have to prove their excellence ics; I just thought that after 35 years that it “Oh [football] was wonderful,” Rodgin athletic history, whether that be through was enough,” he said. “But I still go to all ers said. “We won the state championship service, coaching, or beyond. West Athlet- the games. I’m just not as involved as I used in football my junior and senior years.” ics and Activities Director Brad Jodarski to be, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” Rodgers holds multiple Ivy League is proud of the diversity represented in the Though Peppler has been honored for degrees and is a highly successful SiliWall of Fame, which includes many who his service, the others who were inducted con Valley entrepreneur. He attributes have helped Oshkosh throughout the years. this year were previous student athletes. part of his success to athletics at West. “The criteria categories are previous Larry Gagler, who was inducted posthu“Their [Dartmouth] football coach athletes, coaches, and then that catch all who mously, was a three sport star in football, came to Oshkosh High School and rehas really done it all for athletics at the high basketball, and baseball, culminating in cruited me,” he said. “I started doing some school,” he said. “I feel really good about a stint with the Cincinatti Reds in 1952. research on Dartmouth and realized that the fact that over the years we going there would be a great have gotten people from all opportunity... it was football over the board to represent in that got me into Dartmouth.” the Athletic Wall of Fame.” Not only did Rodger’s athTo stand out in the West letic opportunities begin his crowd of athletes is a diffisuccessful academic career, cult task, but the inductees’ but the life lessons learned athletic excellence or service have followed him through to West athletics is surely apthe cut-throat business world. preciated. Jodarski feels the “Everybody was nicey Wall of Fame prevents West nice, you would do something from forgetting those who stupid and someone would have given so much to athlettell you, ‘oh well, maybe ics, with many being recognext time do it this way’ nized years after their service. and it was just our so-called “I think for those inducted, Midwestern nice,” he said. people really realize how pres“[But in football], the coaches photo by Jared Erdman tigious it is and what an honor were ver y blunt and they Student athletes and fans attending the basketball game against Appleton East on it is to be inducted,” he said. Feb. 10 show their appreciation to T.J. Rodgers and wife Valeta. Rodgers’ generous would call you out directly “They’re always very humbled donation to the weight room will benefit students for years to come. and it was the first time in and honored that someone has my life that I realized you’re taken the time to recognize the many things Stacey (Peterson) Hunter, after four years n o t a l w a y s t h e p e r f e c t g u y . ” they have done for athletics here at West.” of athletics, college softball and coachRodgers, though he took off for Silicon Not only are the inductees per- ing at West, has finally been honored for Valley many years ago, believes in giving s o n a l l y r e c o g n i z e d , b u t t h e y a r e her many years of athletic excellence. back to his hometown and supporting his also able to at tend mult iple events “I played softball and volleyball, for home team. Though he is a businessman t h a t a c k n o w l e d g e t h a t s u c c e s s . volleyball I was fortunate to be moved before anything else, he felt this donation “It’s really more of a private affair at up to varsity my freshman year,” she was more of an investment to the school the induction ceremony itself, and then said. “But softball was my main sport.” and that it would be valuable in reaping the public piece is when we show off who Athletics manifested hard work long-term benefits for West’s athletes. we inducted at a public event, which is and dedication in Hunter as she pro“In a non-profit investment you put the normally a football game, however this gressed through her high school career, money in and what you get back is it works... year we decided to do it between two learning values of leadership for her and you know 900 people, I just learned, home basketball games,” Jodarski said. team as she stood as their role model. use this facility,” Rodgers said. “We didn’t This year, four people were recognized “I found out that the harder you even have a weight room when I was here.” for both service and athletic greatness work the harder other people work,” she A ll fou r i nductees st ressed t he throughout their years at West and beyond. said. “My teammates saw how hard I importance of taking lessons learned Oshkosh High School alum Gary Peppler worked and everything I put into it, and f rom at h let ics i nto t he real world. entered the Athletic Wall of Fame follow- then everyone else wanted to match up “If you outwork the competition ing years of athletic participation at West. to that and began to work hard as well.” then you will rise to the top,” Hunter “When I attended West, I was involved Hunter played all four years of college said. “And continue to be successful.” in football, basketball, and track,” he said. on a full ride Division I scholarship and “I enjoyed them all but mostly football, our was at the top of her team from her first by Maia Kent


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February 15, 2018

Cocoa provides perfect antidote to crawl of winter

Yarbrough points out that the Cocoa James plan ned to at tend the event Sitting down with a warm cup of cocoa, choice for our community to support a curled up on the couch can be a relaxing charity through the event,” Graf said. “The Crawl is not solely for the benefit of the for m a ny of t he se s a me r e a son s. way to end a cold winter day. Downtown mugs are hand-painted at Fire Escape and shelter, but is also a great opportunity “I think it’s a great way to get all of Oshkosh feels the same way, and business were available for pre-order. We offered a to give back to the downtown stores. the community involved, since anyone, owners created the perfect event to satisfy small quantity of mugs during the Cocoa even little kids, can those cravings: the Cocoa Crawl. Starting Crawl and 50% off each mug will be gobe involved,” Hanat the Oshkosh Convention Center, “cocoa ing to the Day by Day Warming Shelter.” son said. “I could People were encouraged to purchase crawlers” picked up a map and set out to see this eventually sample drinks at 15 downtown businesses. mugs in advance to help the Day by Day becoming a really At the end of their tour, participants voted Warming Shelter. According to Lorraine cool t radit ion i n Yarbrough, for their faOshkosh to promote Execut ive vorites. Jesd ow nt ow n b u si Director of sica G r af, nesses and overall the shelter, ow ner of have a good time.” Day by Day Fire Escape Hanson esphoto by Ashlyn Casey p e c i a l l y l o o k e d provides and one of a safe a nd Cocoa Crawl attendees were able to sample different hot chocolate drinks from 15 forward to trying t he event t e m p o r a r y local businesses along Main Street. This family event allowed community members all of the differorganizers, h o m e a s to interact with each other while supporting Oshkosh’s local stores. fo u n d t h e ent hot chocolates well as food event to be a n d f i n d i ng ou t “It is a great idea to attend the event not which f lavor everyone liked the best. and supporta great way ive services only to support a good cause but to provide for people “I hope there are some fun, differfo r a d u l t s . support for local community businesses.” ent flavors at the event but I am also just of all ages Owner of Klassy Kids Consignment looking forward to getting to walk around “ W e to walk around the photo courtesy of Downtown Oshkosh Facebook page aim to create Shoppe Jenni Rutkowski believes part of the and spend time with my nephew,” she an environ- appeal of having a business downtown is the said. “He is still pretty little, but it’s imdow nt ow n On Saturday, February 10, Downtown Oshkosh held the Cocoa Crawl a r e a a n d event, which highlighted local businesses. Attendees had the opportuni- m e n t o f cooperation and sense of community found portant to get out and make fun memories spend time ty to sample hot chocolate made by different companies as they walked dignity and t h e r e . with him.” self-respect B e s i d e s with family along Main Street. James to help em- the Cocoa and friends. agrees “The event is a specialty cocoa tast- p owe r o u r g u e s t s t o t a ke c h a r g e C r a w l , t h a t ing event and is definitely family friend- of t hei r ow n sit u at ion s,” she said. K l a s s y spend i ng As a non-profit organization, the K i d s ly,” Graf said. “It does consist of a fair t i m e ou t amount of walking, so strollers came in warming shelter relies on the donations h a s p a rw it h t h e handy for younger kids. Some of the res- and grants they receive in order to sup- t icipat ed family can taurants also offered ‘adult’ versions of port those who need services. Yarbrough i n t h e be a great their hot chocolates that include alcohol describes the necessity of donations and Whoville alter naso it was truly an event for every age.” how they impact each person at the shelter. Hol i d a y, tive to “$100 provides safe shelter for one D o w n I n a d d it ion t o of fe r i ng c o c oa , lou ng i ng The Fire Escape came up with a cre- guest for one night, $250 covers the costs t o w n around the ative way to benef it the community. of supplies needed to operate the shelter for O s h ko s h house all “We decided that limited edition mugs one week, and $1000 covers shelter utilities C h a l k day and would be a great way to offer an optional (water, gas, electric) for one month,” she said. W a l k photo by Ashlyn Casey s h e w a s and other As a part of the event, a local business, Fire Escape, created mugs which encourags p e c i a l event goers were able to purchase. Half of the proceeds made from these ing others e v e n t s . mugs benefitted the Day by Day warming shelter in Oshkosh. to at tend “Our the event. favorite part of any downtown event is “I think people should attend this really getting to meet and connect with event to support our local businesses, as the community,” she said. “Talking to ev- well as the warming shelter,” she said. T he O sh kosh Yout h Sy mphony Grieg, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ eryone, getting to know them, and hear- “People should also attend the event to Symphony Orchestra (OYSSO) has been from the Peer Gynt Suite,” Grine said. “In ing stories about Main Street and what it get out and have some fun, as the winter a part of the Oshkosh community since contrast to the Mozart piece, this piece used to be when they were growing up, months can be pretty boring and dreary.” the late 60’s, and has continued to de- [puts you] into the world of trolls with that’s really the reason we participate.” velop ever since. Tonight, OYSSO mu- magical powers. After the second piece we by Ali Voss S e n io r s Je n n a H a n s o n a n d Li z sicians will be performing in a concert will have a brief ‘magic show’ by Bruce titled “Wizards and Muggles.” Geri Grine, Dumann displaying his magical talent. the director of OYSSO, expressed her And to close the program, we will perform excitement for this anticipated concert. ‘The Complete Harry Potter,’ featuring “This year, for our Annual Children’s the most memorable musical themes from Concert, we have the theme ‘Wizards and all eight Harry Potter movies and books.” Muggles,’ a symphonic concert portraying Junior Grace Luebke, who has been the theme of the wizardry, fantasy, and the playing in OYSSO for five years, was looking magical world,” she said. “We have select- forward to collaborating with other students ed specific pieces that tell a story about a in the program to create a mystical facade. fantasy or magical experience. As in most “I am looking forward for playing the fantasy stories, good overpowers evil and collection of Harry Potter and Hawaiian the main characters live happily ever after.” jazz that we played as a group,” she said. “I Grine also shared her process of love playing with the everyone in OYSSO choosing pieces for each concert, which because [not only do you] play by yourself, focuses on choosing music that is not only but you can play with other musicians.” beneficial to the audience, but is also age To Luebke, the music played in appropriate for the audience of students. OYSSO is a challenge, but it helps fur“Most of the time, we select music ther their musical techniques as they that is appropriate for this audience which advance in the program. In order to has some things in the score that will be complete the final stages of preparation, good teaching material for the students the students and directors are pulling all in the orchestra,” she said. “There are of the music together in order to display so many important pedagogical things their talents to the Oshkosh community. to think about, selecting the music is the “Composer examples are Mozart, most difficult part of preparing a concert.” Beethoven and many more classical comAt t h e c o n c e r t , t h e r e w i l l b e posers,” Luebke said. “The music genre many familiar songs that the audi- is different and advanced with some chalence will find themselves getting in- lenging music that is more advanced than volved with, as well as some magic. “One of our pieces was by Edvard by Brendan Rohloff

Youth Symphony preps to bring magic to Oshkosh


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or centuries, women have been seen as second class citizens within the American patriarchy. After 1919, when franchisement was granted to women through the 19th amendment, women got a glimpse of hope, seeing a grand path to equality. Unfortunately, the cult of domesticity that dominated the 1950s reaffirmed the oppressive gender roles. Almost 70 years later, women have made great strides towards equality, despite the lack of equal pay to men. Still, America has been plagued by sexual harassment and assault towards mainly women due to the precedent set by America’s past. Recently, in order to bring attention to this issue, the #MeToo campaign has surged through the web, unveiling the severity of this calamity to the greater public. Despite its recent popularity, the hashtag actually originated over 10 years ago by Tarana Burke, founder of Just BE Inc., which advocates for empowerment of young women of color. On her website, she attests to the origin of this hashtag and the implications behind it. “I could not find the strength to say out loud the words that were ringing in my head over and over again as she tried to tell me what she had endured,” she said. “I couldn’t even bring myself to whisper... ‘me too.’” The recent popularity of this movement came from Hollywood as news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations encouraged more celebrities, and eventually the wider population, to come forward with their stories of sexual misconduct. Although this movement is centered in Hollywood, the issue haunts and tor ments those in the Oshkosh community. Marianne Radley, Advocacy Program Di rector at Reach Cou nseli ng, attests to the presence of sexual misconduct right at home. “It exists everywhere, unfortunately,” she said. “We see evidence of it everyday whether it’s workplace harassment or students being harassed in their high schools or college campuses. We hear stories constantly about harassment in our community.” As a provider of mental health care committed to the understanding of and response to emotional, sexual and physical abuse, Reach Counseling works directly with the victims of sexual harassment and assault. “I work with a lot of different scenarios from day to day. For example, I was called out for a UWO student who was sexually assaulted after meeting a guy for a coffee date,” Radley said. “We talked about her options and together we went to the hospital so she could get preventative medication for sexually transmitted infections and have any evidence collected in case she would want to report the assault at a later date.” I n a d d it ion t o c ou n s el i ng a nd e mot ion a l s u p p or t , Reach remains active in ever y step of the legal process. “We also work with law enforcement and the district attorney’s office to help victims navigate the legal system by going

with a victim to report a crime, and then attending court hearings and trials with them throughout,” Radley said. “Reach collaborates with the Child Advocacy Center in Neenah, which does forensic interviews with children who have disclosed abuse; we will attend interviews and provide support for the parent while the interview is taking place.” Radley believes that due to the #MeToo campaign, people have been more open and accepting to confronting this issue. “I think the #MeToo campaign has had a direct influence on the work that we do at Reach. For example, I have been talking about this a lot lately: Reach goes out to provide medical advocacy at local hospitals when victims present for the forensic exams; these are exams that collect evidence off of the body of a victim in the aftermath of an assault. In 2015 we responded to 33 of these. In 2016, we responded to 47. In 2017 - last year - we responded to 88,” she said. “22 of those exams were in November and December alone, right after the Me Too campaign exploded. 22 responses in two months is astronomical for us; we typically would maybe see a handful in that amount of time. Now, in the first week of February, we have already had three of these this week, so we may be keeping right on track with the increase.” Radley sees this as detrimental not only in the community, but in the workplace. “ S ex u a l h a r a s s m e nt ma kes for a toxic environ ment. At the root of ha r assment is t he d r ive fo r p owe r a n d c o nt r ol , therefore the harasser is attempting to gain an unfair a nd i nappropr iate sense of control over the person they are harassing by intimidating them,” she said. “If the harassment is coming from a supervisor, the harassment may be even more difficult to report - especially if the person to report to is the person doing the harassing.” For t unately for senior class counselor Ly n n Swoverland, she hasn’t experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Despite this, she cor roborates the str uggle women cu r re ntly fa ce agai n st sex u al ha r a ssme nt a nd a ssau lt. “I, fortunately, have never experienced anything significant in my career thus far where I can say being female has negatively affected me. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my current role as a counselor, I know this is not the case for many people and I find that incredibly disheartening,” she said. “I am not going to say that I have not experienced derogatory innuendos or sometimes not being taken as seriously because I am a female. I have tried to take some of the few negative experiences I have had and turn it into empowerment. I strive to keep focus on my goals no matter what. I am also sensitive to the fact that some females have encountered such negative experiences that they have been derailed from reaching their


no means am goals. By that it’s easy to keep trudgi real ly feel for so many females and have experienced any sort of discrimination for the Although the #MeToo campaign focuses on w ing for ward about their experiences with sexu duct, men also endure this. According to, of rape and sexual assault victims are female whil are male. In response to this, people have sugg #MeToo is just a Hollywood witch hunt. Radley “It is an unfair and irresponsible comparison. W were real things that killed many innocent women w do anything wrong. The #MeToo movement is calli for their assault of women and other men, and rightfu said. “Holding perpetrators accountable is importan reasons, including facilitating feelings of justice an for the victims. The Me Too movement is putting sponsibility for assaults where it belongs: on the off Swove rla nd ag re e s, at t e st i ng t o t he recog n ize vict i m sovereig nt y af ter thei r expe “I think that there is a lot of stigma that is associ any sort of sexual assault or sexual harassment and I victims, and I don’t like that word ‘victim,’ put a lot of themselves when they shouldn’t; they start to question t and things like that,” she said. “I think that is wher problem in society too, and I think that, nonetheless, pe be safe, females need to be safe, males need to be everyone needs to be safe and in the best situations so that they are not in any sort of danger.” For Swoverland, #MeToo is a way for this problem to be confronted with more meticulousness. “Yes, I have had female students come to me for help with sexual assault. I think the positive thing the #MeToo movement is that people are talking ab now and it’s becoming a little less taboo,” she said. people have a lot of opinions always, and I think that lenging part, but at the same time there’s power in n I think that is the positive thing that’s been brought A n a nony mou s West st udent at test s to h ence of the disregard for respect a male has had fo “I was making out with this guy and he sta ing me in places that I didn’t want him to. I move away, but he continued to do it. Finally, I said that be home and he took me home,” she said. “It just m per uncomfortable to know that he didn’t respect m Junior Katherine Matzke recognizes this issue focus to its presence among the st udent bod “There were cases last year during homecoming whe were sexually harassed by some other students - this is w have grinding this year,” she said. “I personally know m who’ve been sexually harassed from West - whether it b nude photos, forced sexual contact, or complete rape. So seem to not know or ignore the line between consensual Despite the fact that sending or soliciting nude of those under the age of 18 is illegal and conside child pornagraphy, according to 24 percent of high-school age teens (ages 14 to 17) and 33 percent of college-age students (ages 18 to 24) have been involved in a form of nude sexting. In response to this, Matzke sees the importance of a campaign like #MeToo. “I think it’s a good idea. There’s s o m a ny t h i ng s t h e w h ol e wo r l d needs to know about sexual harassment, and a widespread movement like this can really bring awareness to that,” she said. Sexual assault and harassment continues into college, leaving campuses riddled with the same trauma as the rest of the world. According to, on college campuses one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted, and more than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on campuses don’t report being abused. Radley attests to this issue.


voices unite in call for respect

no means am I indicating to keep trudging ahead. I many females and males who rimination for their identity.” ign focuses on women comences with sexual misconrding to, 91 percent s are female while 9 percent people have suggested that tch hunt. Radley disagrees. ible comparison. Witch hunts innocent women who did not movement is calling out men er men, and rightfully so,” she ntable is important for many lings of justice and healing vement is putting the rebelongs: on the offenders.” t e st i ng t o t he ne e d t o af ter thei r exper ience. igma that is associated with harassment and I think that victim,’ put a lot of shame on y start to question their actions think that is where we have a hat, nonetheless, people need to ales need to be safe, he best situart of danger.” way for this meticulousness. nts come to me for he positive thing out ple are talking about this s taboo,” she said. “Of course ys, and I think that is the chalthere’s power in numbers and at’s been brought out of this.” ent at test s to her exper ia male has had for her body. s guy and he started touchnt him to. I moved his hand inally, I said that I needed to she said. “It just made me suhe didn’t respect my wishes.” ognizes this issue and draws the st udent body at West. g homecoming where these girls er students - this is why we can’t I personally know many people West - whether it be unsolicited or complete rape. Some students etween consensual and wrong.” or soliciting nude photos llegal and considered o, teens (ages 14 to ege-age students en involved in a n response to this, tance of a o.

cuses en are 0 percent s don’t rethis issue.

“Much like in the workplace, sexual harassment creates toxic environments on college campuses as well. Reach has a victim advocate that works exclusively at UW Oshkosh to help students and staff navigate harassment and assault,” she said. “We have seen victims of abuse and harassment have to switch classes to avoid their perpetrator, and sometimes they have dropped out of college all together, which is devastating. No one should ever have to give up their goals in order to avoid their perpetrator or due to the effects of being the victim of violence.” According to, every 98 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Despite this, they also state that only six of every 1,000 perpetrators will go to prison. Because of this, Radley encourages women to come forward with their stories. “#MeToo is empowering women, and all survivors really to come out of their silence. For so long, victims of abuse stay silent because they have many fears: of being disbelieved, of being blamed, questioned, judged, shamed, etc.,” she said. “The Me Too movement has removed a lot of stigma around being the victim of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. I think more women are realizing: ‘yeah, this isn’t my fault, and I shouldn’t be ashamed!’ and putting the responsibility on the perpetrator where it belongs.” Swoverland believes that standing up as a victim of sexual assault is easier said than done, as the very name that society gives people in that situation tears them down. “I just feel like the word ‘victim’ takes the power away from people, yet at the same time when somebody is the victim of sexual assault or harassment their power is taken away and they feel a very low sense of empowerment. I think at the same time recognizing that is also crucial in helping them through the process,” she said. “I don’t like it from the sense that I don’t like people to feel powerless. I think that there is a moment after something happens when you can really feel powerless, recognizing this is crucial.” Matzke encourages girls to escape the hold of the word ‘victim’ as quickly as possible, believing it’s not where anyone belongs. “Get yourself out of it, say no,” she said. “When it’s over, tell someone about it. Take action so you don’t feel terrible keeping it to yourself.” Math teacher Ami Messner appreciates the critical role the movement now holds in today’s society, allowing eyes to be opened to the issues that are out there, as well as the vast amount of others that are in similar situations to each other. “I think that it’s good for women to realize that that they are not alone; I think that a lot of those things when this type of stuff happens gets crushed under the carpet and the victim is made to feel like they’re the only one. They are told that if they tell anyone, they are going to be in trouble. And so I think that the more people that say it, people are made much more aware of how big of an issue it really is, that it happens way more than people think it does,” she said. “It’s something that needs to be brought to the forefront to help parents help their daughters be more prepared, and teach their sons what is appropriate or not appropriate, a nd how to treat other people in general, not just wome n . ”

Too Young


Too Innocent

Not Okay

Another on the List


Stuck in Shadows

Still Breathing

story by Aliza Hitz and Katie Landolt

graphics by J. Buechel

10 February 15, 2018

Volume 114, Issue 5


Plunge raises cold cash for special cause

For most people, the idea of jumping who has an interest to become involved West senior Brendan Koxlien can see past I get home,” he said. into a lake in the middle of February is a with the Special Olympics program in some the immediate freezing sensation to show his Unlike Koxlien, Carolyn Kerkhof, anprospect that, given just a moment’s consid- shape or form. The program empowers and true motivation for participating in the event. other West senior and soon-to-be Special eration, is discarded in favor of staying un- teaches those with disabilities to become “I have a dual purpose for jumping Olympics coach, will not be jumping into der the covers or inside a heated residence. the best that they can be in their sport, into a freezing lake this year. I absolutely the lake. Nevertheless, Kerkhof makes her For others, however, the Special Olympics and the Polar Plunge has become a way love the Special Olympics organization mark on the Special Olympics program Polar Plunge offers an opportunity to sup- for community members to offer by volunteering port local developmentally disabled ath- their support for the organization. as a swim coach. letes in their journey to achieve greatness “There are so many opportuniNoting the imin the sporting world. According to Special ties through Special Olympics and so portance of posiOlympics swim coach and West sopho- many friendships created,” she said. tivity and proper more Rachel Lee, the event, which will “Everyone involved with Special sportsmanship, take place on February 17 at Menominee Olympics are such amazing people.” Kerk hof comPark in Oshkosh, is instrumental in allowMirroring the “amazing” indimends Special ing these athletes to succeed in their sport. viduals mentioned by Lee, who benOl y m p i c s fo r “The money that is raised from the Polar efit from and partake in the Special the unique Plunge makes a big impact,” she said. “This Olympics program, are those who setting they money goes towards transporting athletes make the events possible. In the case h ave c r e a t e d . to and from their meets, team t-shirts, and of the Polar Plunge, credit can be “I think many other given to those Special Olymphoto courtesy of Special Olympics Facebook page p i c s i s a n things… brave enough [t o] m a k e to raise dona- The Polar Plunge allows members of the community to raise money by jumping in the frigid organization sure that the tions and take waters of Lake Winnebago, all in order to support Special Olympic athletes. On February 17, that helps develkids on the t h e p l u n g e O’Neil members along with other groups and individuals from around the community will have opmentally dist e a m d o n’t t h e m s e l v e s . the opportunity to take part in this event. abled teens get have to pay Although involved in difmuch more.” this task can be ac- and want to support them to the best of ferent spor ts and it creates f r iendFor Lee, complished single- my ability,” he said. “I volunteered some sh ip s a nd a p osit ive, e nc ou r ag i ng t h e pl u n ge handedly, participa- time last year as a timer for a swim meet atmosphere for ever yone,” she said. does much tion with a team is and absolutely loved the environment the Recognizing the importance of the more than highly encouraged. staff and student coaches had created. I Special Olympics organization as a whole, simply fund Making up one of the also really need O’Neil points and this Kerkhof finds the fundraising efforts of sporting cur rent 589 teams gives me an opportunity to support some- the community to be deeply significant. e v e n t s . To s e t t o j u m p t h i s thing I love while earning those points.” “I think the Polar Plunge has a huge her, it means year is the O’Neil Despite having only minimal in- impact on the athletes in Special Olymt h at she is N a t i o n a l H o n o r teraction with the Special Olympics pics; it’s just a fun way to raise money, I able to make S o c ie t y (ON H S), organization, Koxlien noticed the good mean who doesn’t enjoy watching their relationships l e d b y s c i e n c e that came f rom the association, not friends’ or family members’ reactions with those inteacher and O’Neil just for each of the athletes, but for all as they jump into freezing cold water?” volved with adviser Sara Dobish. citizens and community members as well. While this is Kerkhof’s first year part h e pl u n ge “It was student “I think the Special Olympics orga- ticipating in the program through her posia s we l l a s le d ,” she sa id of nization has had a tremendously posi- tion as a coach, she acknowledges the hapathletes who past jumps. “I had tive impact on our community, holding piness which Special Olympics provides to photo by Grace Fitzpatrick a g r ou p t h at d e - up athletes with special challenges and all those involved, as well as the influences are sponsored f rom West science teachers Sara Dobish and Vicki Ramus cocided they wanted creating a positive environment where the organization has had on her so far. t h i s e ve nt . advise the O’Neil National Honor Society and oversee the to do a fundraiser everyone can have a good time,” he said. “I personally have never participated “Special group’s planning for the Polar Plunge event. Students have which also involved A lt houg h Kox l ie n’s i n spi r at ion in the Polar Plunge myself and this is been planning their jumping experiences, including their O l y m p i c s theme, which will be “The 80s” this year. d oi n g s o m e t h i n g to take the Plunge comes directly from only my first year participating in Spemeans that I u n ique a nd f u n.” his face to face encounters with Spe- cial Olympics,” she said of her experican connect A c c o r d - cial Olympians, he says that he will be ences as a coach. “But to see the looks with people on a level that most people ing to Dobish, after the first year, the thankful when the action is out of the on the kids’ faces in Special Olympics won’t ever be able to,” Lee said. “Over my event stuck, and the students expressed way and looks forward not to the jump is utterly priceless, and a lot of the Speexperience with Special a desire to continue jumping an nu- itself, but to what waits for him afterward. cial Olympics activities wouldn’t be posO l y m p i c s I a l ly fo r m o r e t h a n a d e c a d e. “I am most looking f o r w a r d sible if it wasn’t for the Polar Plunge.” a m a bl e t o m a ke “It’s been at least 12 years to the hot tub directly after by Grace Phillip conne ct ion s w it h since ONHS began participating and about six blankets and n o t just the kids but in the Polar Plunge,” she said. a f ireplace with community In spite of the cold, when leaders too.” which keeps Dobish out of D raw- the water, Honor Socii ng on he r ety memexperiences, b e r Lee urges a n d ever yone


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ABC trots out another year of televised trysts For any avid follower of the drama- Maynard’s season, the bachelor is a veteran packed, addicting, and, at times, appall- to the process. Despite his previous misforing literal game of love that is ABC’s The tune in love, Luyendyk proves hopeful in Bachelor, the 2018 season is surely one for the show’s strategy and states he plans to the books. Following 36-year-old profes- find a wife, not another girlfriend. While sional race car driver and real estate agent the race-car driver occasionally seems a Arie Luyendyk, season 22 carefully docu- supporting character in the theatrical turments its bachelor as he gets to know 29 moil that are the bachelorettes, spectators eligible, and aggressive, 20 and 30-some- can receive him as a somewhat inauthenthing bachelorettes. tic host who revels in the women’s fierce Like any notorious drama, The Bach- competition for his attention. Although elor’s very own reality TV villain Krystal some might argue Luyendyk is just being Nielson continuously strikes annoyance in considerate, his recent actions in week the hearts of her fellow contestants, notably five prove his pretentious objectives. He 22-year old Bekah Martinez, with her en- opts to place Nielson in the limelight as titled and condescending persona. The two she has a dramatic and heated outburst clash as their relationships with Luyendyk in the beginning of the week, calling into intensify, driving Nielson to turn to petty question Luyendyk’s character and forcing tactics to keep all spotlights on her. While everyone involved to wonder about the this infuriates Martinez and the rest of the pair’s maturity. Viewers can continue to contestants, the producers eat it up as pub- adapt to their new, unconventional bachlicity for the show has increased, leaving elor as the following weeks will reveal the its audience to inquire about the program’s upcoming drama. authenticity. Through Luyendyk’s delibAs arguably the most infuriating coneration on who stays and who goes and testant on this season of The Bachelor, t he wonNielson derfully has cernauseattainly ing drama forged a spectacles name for that follow herself unfold, in the The Bachpast five elor’s devweeks, otees can m a k expect to ing her continue way into contemphoto courtesy of The Bachelor Facebook page countless plating the t weets, futures contestants Martinez and Nielson articles and conversations. With her asshare on the show, the bachelor’s inten- tonishing knack for playing the victim in tions, and the ongoing question of what’s every situation, she has continuously been reality and what’s reality TV. the headliner in the show’s publicity, and Depicting an insider’s view on the for good reason. most recent bachelor’s personal life, the While initially giving off chill, yogishow lets its audience get to know the real type vibes, the professional fitness coach Arie Luyendyk. Having been on the pro- received the coveted second one-on-one gram before and sent home in the 2012 date, jetting with Luyendyk to his homeinstallment of The Bachelorette, Emily town in Arizona and meeting his parents,

watching his home videos and playing with Dodging the inquiries of whether or not his dog. However, Nielson revealed her she was truly ready for marriage at her true colors in the following weeks, and they young age, Martinez managed to convince were ugly. After explaining how “girls are Luyendyk to gift her the date rose, securing really insecure around [her],” she solidified her place in the following week, but leavher position i ng h i m wa r y as the most of their f ut u re annoying t o g e t h e r. T h e contestant, young contestant be at i ng out has gone on to even Chelsea prove herself as Roy, the bacha hilarious, while elorette who petty, facet to always steals the show, mockLuyendyk i ng her fellow of f for way bachelorettes and more than her cracking jokes in fair share of the many tense time. Further s it u a t io n s t h e irritating the show has to offer. r e s t of t h e Continuing bachelorettes, as one of the most photo courtesy of The Bachelor Facebook page as well as the talked-about seaviewers, Nielson has continued to receive sons of The Bachelor so far, dedicated both roses and the bachelor’s attention on watchers expect much from the upcoming a following group date, on which she went weeks, and the show’s producers are not on to complain about how “immature” and known to disappoint. As the audience rest“desperate” the other women on the show lessly waits for new installments, everyone are for the entire episode. As for her most will find themselves holding passionate recent stint in week five, the 29-year-old opinions on the notable contestants, as well appeared to have a temper tantrum over as the bachelor himself. Enduring tradiLuyendyk’s decision to include all of the tion, Luyendyk’s season can be expected contestants on the night’s cocktail party, to carry forward in the melodramatic, instead of just the winners of a bowling pseudo-intense way it’s infamous for. competition held for the group date as he’d As always, the claws come out previously promised. Instead of attendon screen as contestants battle for ing said party, Nielson decided to stay in the heart of The Bachelor’s Arie her room, seeking the bachelor’s attention Luyendyk, keeping viewers on their instead of just talking to him like an adult. In the upcoming weeks, members of the toes as the weeks continue. “Bachelor Nation” are eager to immerse in Nielson’s drama, questioning how long she’ll truly last in their minds. Easily the youngest contestant at 22, Martinez has made it considerably far in the competition for Arie’s heart. While Luyendyk was initially unaware of the 14-year age gap, Martinez’s secret was revealed in by Jenna Kent the fourth week after much speculation.

Strong highlights courage demanded for freedom

A true tale of the country’s bravest heroes, 12 Strong unveils the untold story of bravery and strength from America’s most courageous soldiers, allowing audiences to be swept into the fight for freedom and liberty. Depicting the journey of the f i rst soldiers responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this motley crew takes on the chance of a lifetime. The fear and determination of characters dominate the screen, tugging on heartstrings and inducing empathy and support for those stationed overseas. Although rising action consumes the majority of the plot, the intense climax quenches all thirst for enthralling combat. Creating an authentic portrayal of military conflict, the consequences of sacrifice, and the endless fight for freedom, 12 Strong is a must see to truly appreciate the hardships endured by soldiers everyday. The first to be deployed to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11th terror attacks, 12 men face a sea of obstacles as chaos ensues. Under the leadership of a new captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok), the band

of soldiers must successfully enter North Afghanistan through Uzbekistan and ally themselves with the Northern Alliance

combat as he slowly accepts the fact that he might not be able to keep his one and only promise: to come home to his family. With this, courage and bravery manifests itself within, allowing him to truly devote himself to completing his mission and attempting to prevent future terror in America. Taking on multiple perspectives, 12 Strong draws focus to the emotional toll on Dostum. Throughout, despite the lack of modern war technology, his perseverance becomes an example for American troops. As he defines himself through his thirst for freedom and his hatred for tyranny, he exemplifies the true definition of photo courtesy of 12 Strong Facebook page a warrior. Contesting the societal norm, 12 Strong emphasizes that, alin order to defeat the Taliban. With the though the soldiers deployed from America help of the Uzbek warlord General Dostum are no doubt heroes, the stakes were much (Navid Negahban, American Sniper), the higher for the Northern Alliance as they misfit band must work to capture the city were fighting not only for lives, but for their of Mazar-i-Sharif, the key to taking down own liberty. the Taliban. Even with plentiful character developHemsworth f lawlessly portrays his ment, the rising action was lacking bedynamic character, clearly illustrating the hind the astonishing actors. Although it emotional toll of being deployed overseas. was necessary to inform the audience of Despite his lack of combat training, Nel- background information, 12 Strong could son leads his troops into battle, relying on have used a small dose of extra action. his false sense of confidence to make the The intensified final battle left disapright decisions. As he continues to venture pointment lurking as the audience wished toward Mazar-i-Sharif, Hemsworth begins there were more heart stopping scenes and to recognize the pain and terror within earth shattering attacks. The climax was

mesmerizing, authentically portraying the battle wounds, war technology, and the bloody wounds of fallen soldiers, creating too large of a juxtaposition to the earlier combat scenes. Although 12 Strong has its shortcomings, the overall purpose of the film makes it a must see. Paying tribute to the real soldiers who endeavored on this treacherous journey, it provides an avenue to the world of warfare like no other films in the genre. Not only honoring the heroes of America, 12 Strong takes an extraordinary leap by recognizing those who aided the Northern Alliance, conveying that strength doesn’t come from one thing, it comes from a team of determined individuals who would do anything to protect the rights and freedoms of their people.

A window into the world of war, 12 Strong expertly shares the story of a courageous group of Special Forces soldiers who risked it all to keep their country safe.

by Aliza Hitz

12 February 15, 2018

Volume 114, Issue 5


Lamar gets la ‘robbed’ in Grammy lovefest for Mars

The 2017 Grammy Awards should the screen time. Of course, with success have been deemed “the Bruno Mars comes envy, so naturally the public was not Awards” given the way the event played happy about this, calling out on January 28. “It’s Been a Minute” out the show on its nonhost Sam Sanders claimed that “it’s pos- sense. Twitter user @camsible [to] respect Bruno Mars’ music & jcxx stated in a fit of rage talent and still be mad [about] how the that “Bruno Mars walked Grammys played out,” which reflects the away [with] multiple route that the public seems to be taking. Grammys, including ALThe 60th Annual Grammy Awards fol- BUM OF THE YEAR and lowed the same path to the oblivion of me- SZA walked away [with] diocrity paved by American award shows nothing? [T]he game is of the past calendar year. With performanc- rigged,” while another es more lackluster than usual, an absence of user, @GOULDSIVAN, excitement from the attendees, and obvious claimed that “[T]he fact favoritism toward singer-songwriter Mars, that [Bruno Mars] and [Ed the three and a half hours were excruciat- Sheeran] won [Grammy ing to sit through, even for those of us who awards] is further proof are the biggest of award show fanatics. The that the whole thing is Grammy Awards were moved to January to rigged.” Many complain avoid competing viewership with the 2018 that Mars’ lyrics lack in Winter Olympics, which would have been a content, and that “every good idea for the producers had the awards song sounds similar, no been even slightly more compelling than real meaning in the lyrics the bobsled team of a solid bout of curling. of his songs.” Considering that the awards Because musical tributes are always are typically regarded as distinguished and appreciated for those who have passed respected hunks of metal, lazy and repetiaway in tive lyrics the last and tunes year or are sure to so, it get people seemed questionappropriing why ate for Mars won coordiso many for nators to his pedesweave trian efforts. in a few Howmoments ever, instead to recogof comnize the plaining as legends. many have These photo courtesy of P!nk Facebook page done, user lengthy @adrianacts of acknowledgement were quite un- sito5795 preaches that “The Grammys derstandable and valuable; however, the are a popularity contest… Grammys decided to have not only one, of course [Grammy offinor two, nor even three, but five separate cials are going to] go with tribute extravaganzas for late celebrities, safe Bruno Mars instead as well as the victims of the Las Vegas and of controversial rappers Manchester tragedies. Not to sound com- with controversial lyrics… pletely heartless, but were five entire trib- I’m sure most people can’t utes necessary? It seemed as if they tried to name more than two or three fill time with sadness and pity so none of songs off of Bruno Mars’ their viewers would dare open their mouths album. Kendrick [Lamar] about the boring lineup. Though performers deserved that no doubt.” like Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, and Chris StaMars deserved at least pleton gave satisfactory performances, I’m one award for his album sure that the audience was less than thrilled “24K Magic.” The album to hear a melancholy piano or a dejected received stellar feedback guitar for the umpteenth time in a row as for its upbeat and energetic the program took on a dirge-like quality. songs that make listenThe large portion not taken up by ers want to sing and dance gloomy melodies was plastered with the along. But undeniably, six veneration of the “That’s What I Like” awards is an incredibly singer Bruno Mars. Being nominated for prestigious honor, and with six Grammy awards and winning every sin- lyrics like “You can be my gle one of them, including “Record of the freaka / Girl, I’ll be a fleeko, Year” and “Song of the Year,” Mars made mamacita” and “Slide with your boy to quite the appearance and took up most of the bar / Slide with your boy to the car,”

The question remains whether Mars truly deserved one award, let alone six of them.

movement and the ‘Time’s Up’ movement, a perfectly executed performance of the banging ballad would resonate powerfully with women all across the nation. In carrying out such a plan, the powerful women who joined Kesha on the stage included the likes of Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, the up-and-coming Julia Michaels, Andra Day, and Bebe Rexha, all of whom, u n f o r t u n a t e l y, did not bring their A-game. If one were to photo courtesy of Khalid Facebook page read the names of Equally problematic was the profes- those various female powerhouses in such a sionals’ clear favoritism toward Sheeran. lineup prior to watching the event, one would The artist shouldn’t have won any awards, initially imagine the most extravagant perconsidering that in comparison with com- formance on the stage that night. Despite all petitors, he shows absolutely no extraordi- it was cracked up to be, such a performance nary musical talent. The only claim to fame ended up being insufficient and left me Sheeran has is a multitude of record sales wanting more. Since the presentation was and a tight grasp around young teenage simply not there, viewers were left wondergirls’ heartstrings. Divide beat out vocal leg- ing just how much effort the artists had put ends such as Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and into the night and exactly how much this Coldplay, which is absolute insanity to any- band of celebs really cares about putting on one left unhypnotized by Sheeran’s cotton an engaging performance for their fan base. candy-sweet lyrics. How Kesha’s beautiful What could have been an iconic, unbeatballad regarding her abuse and Lady Gaga’s able performance played out as a merely number on her late aunt Joanne were com- unpracticed and flat rehearsal. So much pletely disregarded for an album dedicated for “the best is yet to come,” right, Kesha? to the shape of women’s bodies and sappy Overall, the 60th Annual Grammy love songs is actually quite disgusting. Awards, despite its elegant title, was an exThough the songstresses were not awarded tremely dull and monotonous night. With any prizes that night, they are surely regard- musical geniuses lined up at the door, one ed in listeners’ hearts as the true winners. would expect much more than what was received. It seems that award winners were not the correct choices, and that the night could have gone a lot smoother if the award electors had decided to open up their ears to what they were hearing. While not everything can be perfect, a night dedicated to celebrating greatness should surely photo courtesy of Bruno Mars Facebook page come closer to satisfying these The only reason that the Grammy expectations. Shockingly enough to those Awards did not qualify as a complete bust familiar, Sheeran said it best in his song were the very few creative performances “Perfect,” “not everything is what it seems.” that arose out of it. Miley Cyrus teamed up with icon Elton John to perform “Tiny As glimmers of hope were few Dancer” while Logic, Alessia Cara, and and far between, the sheer lack Khalid come out once again to belt “1-800of talent brought the awards to 273-8255.” Along with P!nk’s “Wild Hearts a new low. Can’t Be Broken,” these performances were definitely the top three of the night. Sadly, however, Kesha’s production of her hit “Praying” fell a bit short. The iconic and heartfelt ballad played endlessly on our radios for months on end, so come music’s biggest night, we were eagerly awaiting a proper tribute, not only to a new and improved Kesha, but to all victims of sexual by Aspen Oblewski assault. Amidst a heavily heated #MeToo


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Trilogy finale runs through maze of problems ties, however. Maze Runner managed to remain rather close to its book counterpart, keeping the tragic, heartbreaking deaths

Everyone always says that the third time’s the charm, but it seems like whoever created that phrase didn’t have movie trilogies in mind at the time. Sure, there are some good third installments to films, but the thing is no matter how hard directors try, the last installment is never the best. Maze Runner: the Death Cure is certainly no exception. A little background first: the film is based on the third book of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. It’s about a group of teenagers thrust into a government experiment with the intent of finding a cure for a deadly disease created by a bioweapon that was accidentally released into the world called ‘The Flare,’ which essentially turns people into zombies. For the experiment, the teenagers were put in the center of a maze and forced to fight a myriad of monsters in order to get out. After they finally escape the maze, the people who ‘save them’ actually trick them into continuing the experiment by placing them in the middle of the desert to once again see if they can find their way back to civilization. They spend much of the time combatting the disease and running from WCKD, the government organization which created both The Flare and the maze. In the newest installment, the survivors of the original group of teens must find a way to defeat WCKD and stop them from destroying the world - a theme which has pretty much dominated cinema over the past decade. The flick did have some good quali-

Marcus Cinema in town does offer comfy seats, but after sitting in them for nearly two and a half hours, your butt becomes almost as numb as your mind from the lame and phony d ialog ue. T he Death Cure did include a number of fast-paced sequences which made the length sl ig ht ly mor e bearable - but those only lasted so long and still left viewe r s somewh at unsatisfied. It’s photo courtesy of Maze Runner: The Death Cure Facebook page understandable that director Wes and emotional turmoil that hooked many of Ball hoped to avoid the inevitable complaints the fan base’s loyal readers years ago. Avid from book fans for not including every tiny fans will never say no to loads of action detail by having the film longer to include or Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf ), whose face them in their entirety. However, even with definitely never hurts ratings either. Also, the extended time the film lacked suspense. Perhaps they were trying to make up followers of the franchise will be happy to see O’Brien back on the big screen with the for some missed plot points in the previrest of the cast after the stunt-related injury ous installments, or perhaps they were he suffered while filming the last movie of simply trying to keep people entertained the series in 2016. Luckily, the 26-year-old for two and a half hours, but either way, it is back in action and better than ever. With became a bit much when the filmmakers the help of CGI, of course, O’Brien and his decided to have several plot lines going at fellow co-stars Thomas Brodie Sangster once. Not that having more than one plot (Game of Thrones) and Ki Hong Lee (The line going in a film is necessarily a bad Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) bring the 80s thing, but when you have so many things style dystopia story into a 21st century film. going on that the main plot is almost lost, Although all of the action is enter- then it’s time to rethink the screenplay. The theme of the movie is a bit overtaining and truly edge-of-seat worthy, the final film seems a little too drawn out. The done. A dystopian world with a corrupt

Deep down, everyone loves a good romance f lick. Whether it’s girls’ night or date night, Forever My Girl is sure to draw in any and everyone who gives this love story a chance. Boasting a compelling storyline which sets the film apart from the monot onou s bubble that is the romance ge n r e, Fo r ever My Girl showcases familial bonds and an incredibly heartwarming image of true love. The movie displays heart wrenching moments that build up the audience’s connection to and compassion for the characters, diverging from the clichéd “chick flick” to captivate the crowd with every dramatic scene. Leaving his fiancée, Josie (Jessica Rothe, Happy Death Day), alone in the dust on their wedding day, Liam Page (Alex Roe, Hot Summer Nights) escapes his small town in search of fame and fortune. Years later he gets news of one of his old friend’s death and decides to return to his hometown for the funeral. Watching the funeral from afar, Josie gets sight of him and greets him with an all but friendly welcoming. As he attempts to make amends with Josie, he meets Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson, Rated) who he soon comes to realize is his daugh-

ter. In an effort to rebuild broken relationships, Page stays in his hometown, hoping to receive the opportunity to get to know

government which wreaks havoc on all of its citizens who are too fearful to do anything, leaving the fate of the world to a group of teenagers as they attempt to overthrow the leadership to stop them from destroying the planet, yet just when all hope is lost, they manage to succeed. Sound familiar? Probably, considering it is the plot behind basically every YA series. Do all writers think that the current teenage population is made up of a bunch of anarchists? Granted, some are done better than others, but unfortunately that is not the case with Maze Runner. However, the clichéd plot is not entirely the fault of the filmmakers; some of the blame does fall on author James Dashner. Dashner is a generally decent author and the first two books in the Maze Runner series were pretty good, but the last one lacked originality, which was ref lected in the film. As a matter of fact, the film would have been incredibly predictable even if you’d never read the book. The film was entertaining but nowhere close to perfect. Drawn out conclusions and dystopian clichés prevented the Maze Runner’s final installment to satisfy fans’ high expectations.

by Natalie Jackson

‘My Girl’ pulls at threads of forever for romantics

part entails and playing each scene like it independent and loving characteristics. Forever My Girl illustrates a beautiwas actually himself experiencing the love, pain and heartache of Page. Roe lends his ful love story unlike any other. Showown talents to the film, overall casing the raw talents of the actors and enhancing Forever My Girl actresses and including strong female and leaving crowds inevita- roles, this film is perfect for all avid bly falling in love with Page. moviegoers. Incorporating aspects of Rot he wa s t he mo del real life that many romances leave out, actress for the role of Josie. Forever My Girl is a must-see, leavShowing off her exper tise ing viewers in awe and wanting more. by adapting to any part she is given, audiences love the A uni que p lo t c le ve r ly confident way she carries hercrafted with authenticity allows self. Being ditched at the altar, viewers to enjoy a heartwarming many found themselves siding catharsis. with Rothe’s character right off the bat, and her strong bounce back as a single mom was inspiring and moving. Rothe even displays some major girl photo courtesy of Forever My Girl Facebook page power as she welcomes Page back to town with a swift hit his daughter and rebuild a connection with to the stomach; viewers can’t help but apJosie. Upsetting his manager and fans by plaud her ability to stand up for herself. missing concerts, Page consciously choos- Rothe highlights her talent as she exhibits by Claire Miller es to leave his fame in the dark - that is, Josie’s maternal side as well as her strong, until things back home begin to fall apart again as he returns back into the spotlight. Portraying the dreamy, sweet-talking country boy, Roe provokes all sorts of emotions throughout his riveting performance. Going from an alcohol-obsessed, conceited superstar to a warm-hearted and deterHigh graduate employment rate of 94%. mined father, viewers can’t help but have a love/hate relationship with Roe’s character. His musical talent is showcased throughout the film, making him more charming than ever, especially when his character connects with Billy through music. Roe was the perfect actor for the role of Page, expertly taking on the various aspects his

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Frozen fishermen hit the ice for competition

“There are four categories to fish in: As frigid temperatures plunge even lower, outdoor enthusiasts continue to walleye, panfish, white bass and northmake the most of it. With Lake Winnebago ern. We pay first, second and third place serving as the epicenter, fishing and out- for each category,” Erdman said. “Then, door fun are available in the backyard of to make it interesting, we do a random the Fox Valley. Taking place annually on drawing for anyone that weighed a fish; the first weekend in February, the Otter $1000 for first place and $500 for second.” I n order to wi n, a ticket Street Fisheree, organized by the Otter Street Fishing Club, drew on the cold to run m u s t b e b o u g h t t o e n t e r a f i s h . “To enter in the tournament each fish the Friday night and Saturday outdoor fun. Vice President of the Otter Street Fishing registered requires a ticket and each ticket is Club, Jim Erdman, is thankful for the ice $10. There is no limit on how many one person enters,” Erdman said. conditions that helped this Eleven-year-old Luke year’s event run smoothly. Peters fished with his mom “It was a great turnduring the tour nament out. Our events are always and registered panfish. based on good ice, which “ I ’ve f i s h e d t h i s we had this year,” he said. tour nament before and Each year, the events did really well, but I increase in number as thi n k this year is the the amount of par ticibest because I caught pants continues to swell. my biggest fish,” he said. “ T he club st a r ted Along with the in ‘61 and the first fishtour nament, other outeree started shortly after door events also took in ‘63. It has become a photo by Victoria Chanez pl a c e , e n c o m p a s s i n g household name, a coma v a r i e t y of p e o pl e . mon city event,” he said. Vice President of the Otter Street “Motorcycle races, “People have been com- Fishing Club Jim Erdman stands truck races, family games ing for a lot of years and behind Luke Peters as Peters holds and a food and beverage now include multiple gen- up the croppy he entered in the Otter Street Fisheree tournament. The tent are also activities erations in the festivities.” activity has become an event shared that the public can enter Bet ween the well- by many generations. to take part in,” Presik now n ice f ishing dent Scott Engel said. tournament and racing Events are also planned for spectators events, prizes serve as an incentive for participating instead of just observing. to join the fun and potentially win prizes.

“We try to get a little bit of everything. n e e P a r k h a s a l l o w e d e x p a n s i o n We have a band Friday night and raff le op p or t u n it ie s a s t he eve nt g rows. tickets are also annually “ We do not have available for purchase,” another option if you Engel said. “This year, think about the rest of the among the prizes was a lake that you could actutrip to Vegas. Small prizally do it on,” Engel said. es from local business are “Located in Miller’s Bay, also donated to this event. the Otter Street Fisheree Being a busy is centrally located for month, the weekends of those around the Fox ValFebruary are annually ley and who have access booked, resulting in the to Lake Win nebago.” Ot ter St reet Fisheree The location of the always being the first event also plays a key role weekend in Febr uar y, in the success for parbut Engel doesn’t mind. ticipants and spectators. photo by Victoria Chanez “There isn’t room Agreeing, Erdman, for switching weekends Outside of the registration trailer, two a f isher ma n h i mself, registered walleye hang for weighing, because the next t wo sees the advantage of and to help sportsmen win the fishing weeks after our fisheree tournament. The Otter Street Fisheree Miller’s Bay, located is St u rgeon Spear ing has grown to include not only the ice next to Menominee Park. then Battle on Bago,” fishing tournament, but other festivities “I have fished evhe said. “It’s exactly in to include the public. erywhere, both in a boat the middle of winter, and on the ice, and this so we predict that this would be the best is about the best harbor for ice fishing or weekend each year, but you never know.” summer fishing tournaments there is,” he Battle on Bago was not lucky enough said. “There is good access to the lake right to continue with their ice fishing tour- here, parking, safe ice, safe from wind.” nament last year, unlike Otter Street. After organizing the event for years, “ L a s t y e a r, w e w e r e a b l e t o Erdman is able to see it continuing. have ou r event, but Bat tle on Bago “I am thankf ul to see how this was canceled because it war med up. event has taken off,” he said. “SeeMot h e r Na t u r e d e c id e s e a ch ye a r ing multiple generations fish together and it is left up to chance,” Engel said. is what this Fisheree is all about.” With limited places to hold the by Victoria Chanez events, Miller’s Bay next to Menomi-

Ice fishers will once again pull out their rods and reels on February 23-24 in hopes of telling another fisherman’s tale, one with evidence in order to register for a chance to win ultimate prizes during the Battle on Bago event located at Miller’s Bay. Other festivities beyond the fishing competition also take place, among them live music and a Wisconsin fish fry. Fishing in the tournament, senior Max Schmidt has made this an annual family tradition. “ I f ish Bat t le on Bago most ly because I live for fishing. I think it’s a blast to go out there and have the chance to win some awesome prizes,” he said. W hen choosing where to set up shop to fish, Schmidt likes to be original. “I tr y to stay away from the hot bite and instead go out on my own, drill a few holes, see what I can catch and jump around by myself instead of with a group of guys,” he said. “Normally you catch a lot bigger fish that way.” Fishing in the tournament for six years, junior Evan Ruddy is also an annual participant with similar traditions and f ishing habits as Schmidt. “I participate because it’s fun to get out, fish with my family and friends, and have a chance to win prizes,” he said. “I personally branch off and try to find my own school of

my truck or my jeep. It depends on the ice conditions, but I’ve been riding along on the ice since I was about three so I know most of the recurring bad spots on the lake,” he said. “Also, I don’t drive on the road, because that is where most people go t h roug h because of it getting the most traffic.” Although the fishing tournament of Battle on Bago last year was canceled due to unsafe ice conditions, recent fluctuation in temperature is not a concern in Schmidt’s mind. “We have a good ice pack right now of about 20 inches and the weather seems cold enough. As long as it doesn’t rain and we continue to get snow we will definitely have it,” Schmidt said. Adding to the t radition, the S ch m id t f a m i ly ge t s t oge t h e r ou t on the lake du r ing the tou r nament. “ My f a m i ly u s u a l ly h a s a big grill out in the middle of the day and pull our shacks together. If I’m not catching f ish I’ll go,” Schmidt said.

Bago battlers prepare for war next weekend fish instead of going where the large groups are, because misery loves company.” When registering a fish, one must take it to the weighing station located in the tent at Mille r ’s B a y. “When you register for the tournament, you bring in the fish and they weigh and measure them,” R u d d y said. “The amou nt of f ish a participant can enter depends on how many tickets you buy, one ticket equals one fish. The limits for catching fish are still the same as a normal day of fishing by law.” Veh icles a re t he most com mon for transportation on the lake when the ice is good, and Schmidt follows suit. “I take my vehicle out on the ice, either

Bat tle on Bago has become the Booster Club’s largest f undraiser to support sports activities at West. The partnership has continued to grow over the years after the Booster Club was approached to sell raffle tickets for the event. “At f irst, we had one spor t selling them and then we saw what they gave to that sport for their sales and we decided to get more involved and sell more tickets,” Activities Director Brad Jodarski said. “We started off just selling tickets, and now have been giving the opportunity to also supply volunteers.” A new method of distributing the Battle on Bago Raffle tickets is expected to increase sales among the students for the event and made it a more organized way to get them directly to parents according to Vice President of Booster Club Lori Welch. “We are doing slightly better in ticket sales this year and I think it has to do with some people [having pushed] the Battle on Bago board to get our club the tickets earlier this year,” she said. “We had them right near the end of the fall season, so they are able to be given out at the end of the season banquet while the winter sports were able to give them out at their opening meeting.”

by Victoria Chanez


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Bonds forged in care foster understanding

Meandering through the halls of T he st udents i n Special Educa- fun events where both groups will be able sonal interactions between new friends. West and navigating the seemingly end- tion classes look forward to the monthly to interact in a non-traditional setting,” “It teaches u s a lot about ou rless weekdays can feel a bit like living out events, and it is apparent f rom the Heinen said. “A Valentine’s Day dance selves,” Zeimet said. “It improves our Groundhog Day. Sticking to the same pat- many smiles and humorous atmosphere and the Winter Olympics give everyone communication and empathy skills.” terns throughout the school confines stu- that they enjoy the partnership as well. a chance to have fun and enjoy each Another appeal of this partnership is dents to monotony, which is experienced “ I l i k e t h e g a m e s , ” j u n i o r other’s company in a casual setting.” that the students of the Academy will be more by Wildcat Nation as a whole. Inspiring M a d y A n d e r s o n s a i d . “ [ M y f a T h e a c t i v i t i e s h o p e t o p r o - familiar with those with different abilities. greater interaction and developing a myriad vor it e eve nt wa s] sel l i ng donut s.” vide a way to interact and improve “We hope this partnership continues of skills in students, West’s Special EduAnderson is enthusiastic for the ac- f r i e n d s h i p a m o n g t h e s t u d e n t s . since it truly is a great way to build peer cation Department and the Academy for tivities of the coming month. In preparelationships “[The dance] is Global Studies has developed a partnership ration for these events, students may giving ou r buddies and positive to connect communities within the school. be asked to hold small items to make that experience that peer role model“This partnership began as a re- decorations. The specific tasks focus on most people take for ing,” Polak said. sult from ‘AnyFin is possible,’” Special both fine and gross motor skills. Another g r a n t e d ,” Z e i m e t “We hope that Education teacher Stephanie Polak said. essential skill that the partnership hopes said. “The Olympics everyone takes “This was our annual fishing field trip to improve upon is com munication. are going to be excelaway from this that we had done with university stu“It can sometimes be hard to com- lent exercise for our experience the dents in the past. Global students joined municate with our buddies because some buddies and a small, non-tangible us since they already had a connection of them are nonverbal, but many of them fun activity as well.” things such as with our group because of CARE Days.” have technology available to them to help awareness, acBesides these Collaborating on just a few activi- them communicate,” Volkmann said. scheduled events, the ceptance, selfties, the two groups realized the potenCommunication between the buddies students have formed confidence and tial for a greater connection and learn- is a challenge the partnership hopes to f r i e n d s h i p s t h a t photo courtesy of Kathy Heinen the understanding experience through this partnership. improve upon, rising above differences pervade through the Global students converse during Thanksgiving. They ing that every“Special Ed staff and Academy 3 staff to find a connection that is more mean- school day. The staff learned cooking skills to help prepare the meal. one brings somerecognized that we have two special popu- ingful than words are able to express. contends that these thing to the table.” lations that could benefit from working “It can be intimidating at times interactions are essential, as the plethora of Eve n af t e r a few me et i ngs t o together. It seemed like a great events has provided bonding oppor- gether, students of the Academy have idea to try to get our two groups tunities which will lead to authen- begun to realize the impact that this together, especially since we see tic friendships between students. unique experience will leave on them. each other every day in the halls,” “I think it helps the Academy stu“The success of our partnerSpanish instructor in the Global ship will be seen in friendships and dents learn how to communicate and Academy, Kathy Heinen, said. interactions outside of class,” Hein- interact with someone that is a little Par t of Level 3 Academy en said. “ I am looking forward to different than everyone else,” Academy curriculum is a leadership class, hearing about authentic connec- junior Whitney Tank said. “It helps us a necessar y piece to achieve tions that continue because of intro- lear n the impor tance of them being the Global Education Achieveductions during our time together.” treated well, as they are people, too.” ment Certificate upon graduatA goal of t h is bond is to re p Many students believe that ing. The opportune affiliation this opportunity is beneficial to l icat e t he h ig h school exp e r ie nce. with the Special Education de“This partnership is beneficial to them, and intend to maintain the photo courtesy of Kathy Heinen pa r t ment benef it s a g reate r Students with special needs and Academy students enjoy a bonding activ- relationships they are building. the special ed students because by havpopulation within the school. ity through a parachute exercise. These activites provided an opportunity “I think it’s important because ing us there it can help them feel like “Students seem to really be for them to get to know each other better. it’s a good learning experience and normal students,” Volkmann said. “It is bonding with their buddies and we get to make new friends,” Acad- allowing the Academy students to betour partnership has evolved into a won- because it can be hard to understand emy junior Ike Kohl said. “They get to ter understand how to approach and derful leadership opportunity,” Academy one of our buddies or even get them to make more friends and that will help them interact with special ed students and Leadership teacher Kelsey Muthig said. communicate at all,” Academy junior interact with people later in their lives.” people with disabilities in general.” Both the Academy and students with Aidan Zeimet said. “I feel like we are Polak expresses that the relationImprovement can already be observed special needs look forward to their con- improving our communication skills and by the staff, who are looking forward to ships built will have a positive impact tinual meetings. The partnership began becoming more open to our buddies.” future progress. The development can be on all those involved in the partnerto develop last year, and now the third With the intention of meeting to- observed through personal interactions. ship for the future, and is optimistic level of the Academy hopes to expand gether monthly to improve communication “We have truly seen growth in our about the continuation of the program. beyond their CARE Days connection. abilities, the partnership has evolved to students’ overall communication and “For everyone involved it truly creates “With students being involved in benefit the school as a whole. The groups social skills because they are interacting acceptance, understanding, and awareCARE Days, we wanted to strengthen our are now preparing for multiple celebra- with their same-age peers,” Polak said. ness of everyone's qualities,” Polak said. friendship between our students and our tions together for the month of February. Similarly, the development of charby Annabelle Wojahn buddies to more than one day,” Muthig “We are now getting ready for two acter can be observed through the persaid. “By having several events, we are able to get to know each other more and create a meaningful friendship with different individuals here at Oshkosh West.” Valu able new f r ie nd sh ips have been able to blossom t h roug h t h is par tnership. Academy st udents look for ward to the oppor tunity to reach out to other a reas of the buildi ng. “My favorite aspect of this partnership is being able to get to know the special ed students who are normally in their own classroom and don’t get to interact with others at schools often or at all,” junior Jennifer Volkmann said. Enthusiastic about their continued partnership, both the Special Education Department and Academy students look forward to their monthly activities, which are designed to improve the skills of students and encourage conversation to integrate the two groups. “We had a ‘getting to know you’ activity in September, with a variety of activities where students were placed in groups to do things like crafts, coloring, and working with the parachute,” Heinen said. “In October we worked together to plan a haunted house, which was a big success and was shared with many of the students at West.”

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Volume 114, Issue 5


Nintendo offers gamers path to ‘switch’ it up

In the vast world of gaming, there are or holding one of them horizontally for or “Snipperclips” as well as party games, two distinct types of consoles: home con- multi-player use, fast charging of the such as “Arms.” Nintendo has a reputasoles and handheld consoles. On March 3, console and the controllers when on the tion of creating consoles for parties and 2017, Nintendo released a hybrid console dock, a wide variety of games made for gatherings, and the Switch is no exception. “The Switch is the best ‘family’ which has broken the record for the fast- all playing styles, and the effortlessconsole out there, in the sense that most est selling platform, selling 4.8 million ness of moving the console and taking it of the games are split screen party-style units in 10 months. The previous record with you wherever you go,” Martin said. games,” sophomore Nathan Kopper said. Exclusive games that were only rewas held by the Nintendo Wii, which sold Wit h a la rge qu a nt it y of 4 million units in the same cooperative games, it provides time frame. This leaves many opportunities for friends or famto wonder what makes the ily to get together and have fun. Nintendo Switch so special. “What I like about the Switch is “The console is differhow you can take it to friend’s houses ent from others because of and play on the same Wi-Fi network,” its ability to be played anysophomore Atticus Kaphaem said. where; the types of games The Switch is different from offered, and the focus on split other consoles because instead of screen multi-player games,” focusing on single-player or online junior Sebastian Martin said. competitive games, the console priThe Switch, which oritizes multi-player co-op games. is able to change from a “I believe [the Switch] is suhome console that’s played perior to the Xbox because of the on a T V t o a h a nd held sheer ability that the console has to photo from Nintendo Switch Facebook page console, is very portable. connect with other people who have Other benef its contribute The Nintendo Switch is the first interchangeable game console. Its popularity a Nintendo Switch,” Kaphaem said. to the unique design, mak- caused it to become the world’s fastest selling console in history. Nintendo rises above the coming it a popular option for gamers. leased for the Switch proved to be a large petition with its inclusive approach to “I k now that it is t wo cont rol- incentive to purchase the new console. the Switch. Featuring games from other lers if someone wants to play with Some of these include “Legend of Zelda: developers such as Ghost Town Games another person, and that it can be com- Breath of the Wild” and “Mario Kart 8 and D-Pad Studios, Nintendo broadens pacted,” junior Natalie Anderson said. Deluxe,” both highly anticipated options the scope of the console’s appeal. It also The Switch consists of a screen, two that gamers have been looking forward lends its hand to indie developers, which detachable controllers called Joy-cons, to for months. Popular games hold inare video game developers that make and and the TV/charging dock. The TV dock f luence over video game buyers in adpublish games without help from bigger allows the Switch to be used as a home dition to the capabilities of the system. “ Yo u c a n p l a y b o t h Z e l d a companies. Users appreciate the numerous console, using the Joy-cons as controllers. When the player wants to take it a n d Sk y r i m o n it , wh ich i s awe - aspects that set it apart from other consoles. “I think it’s mostly successful beon the go, they can attach the Joy-cons some,” sen ior Baileig h Remy said. cause the Switch has actually teamed Skyrim has sold 22.7 million copies and slide the Switch out of the dock. up with many different game devel“The Nintendo Switch comes with across multiple consoles and PC, and was opers, and it’s brought out the entire many fun and unique features like us- released for the Switch in November as well. gaming community, not just Nintendo ing both controllers as one vertically There are co-op games, like “Overcooked”

fans,” sophomore Jason Kinnison said. The unique features also prevail and may contribute to its record number of sales. “The Nintendo Switch is by far the most advanced system and is a combination of their older systems,” Martin said. “It combines the best parts of the older systems like the Wii’s motion control, the DS’s mobility, and the Wii U’s ability to play without a TV needed. The console is just as advanced as Xbox or PlayStation.” Video games aside, there is one other major reason that the Switch has had so much success: no other consoles are hybrid. Neither Sony nor Microsoft, makers of the Playstation and Xbox, respectively, have a hybrid console. Due to the lack of competition, buyers seem to flock toward the Switch because of its uniqueness and also its differences from previous Nintendo consoles. “I am very familiar with the previous consoles of Nintendo because I have owned a Wii and a Wii U, and while the Wii U gamepad was cool, it was really just a wireless controller with a touchscreen,” Kaphaem said. “The Nintendo Switch excels in that because the whole console is one screen rather than two.” Gamers appreciate a new feature of the Nintendo Switch that saves a game’s progress for when a gaming session is cut short. With all of these new and exciting features which have never before been seen together rolled into one gaming console, the Switch is not going anywhere and will continue to climb as the fastest selling console in history. “ T he Sw it ch is somet h i ng t hat is an entirely new idea that is different f rom the rest,” Ma r t i n said.

by Jacob Collins

DECA dance builds bridge to middle school

With their usual business trials and tribulations set aside, the DECA members took it upon themselves to create an event that seventh and eighth graders of Carl Traeger Middle School will remember for a long time. The DECA members joined forces with the middle school to put on a decades-themed dance for the older students, providing an opportunity to them to have fun as well as learn about the past. At the dance, a variety of activites were offered to keep students entertainment throughout the duration of the night. “We had four square set up in the back and we had some bowling pins set up,” junior DECA member Austin Ziemer said. “Then after the games we hung out and danced and we were giving away a bunch of free shirts and it was a great time.” The dance, while eventful, had a less

than favorable turnout, far from what was expected. However, despite the low numbers, students were each able to find something for them to participate in and both the middle school and high school students were able to enjoy the experience. “We were expecting the turn out to be amazing and then two days before the event it wasn’t looking too good,” DECA adviser Er ic Unglaub said. “However, by the end of the day the overall dance was what we wanted.” With the tur nout of seventh and eighth graders falling short of expectations, many involved were left to guess the reasons for the shortage of students in order to create an even better experience for the students next year. Though the sixth graders were excluded from this dance, as they have their own, DECA members

such as junior Lauryn Frank speculate Unglaub shares their passion and excitement that this had little effect on the event. for activities put on by DECA in the future. “Some people thought dances were “I would like to attempt to roll this stupid, and they didn’t want to go,” out if not she said. “It could have been because at Traeger, it’s a theme, it could have been bethen at one cause it’s a dance, it is hard to figure of the othout which events middle schooler middle ers will and won’t be interested in.” schools on Despite the lack of participation t h e We s t of the middle school students, those sid e ,” h e at West within the DECA group said. “I were willing to continue their serwant it to vice within the middle school event. ser ve as Many students, such as Ziemer, are an annual looking forward to the future with a attempt positive attitude, hoping that these to raise dances become a regular occasion m o n e y and more attended down the road. and awarephoto courtesy of DECA n e s s f o r “I hope that DECA continues to put on these The decades dance, put on by West this club.” d a n c e s b e - DECA students, featured four square Just cause I think and free t-shirts. Although fewer middle li ke Unt h at it wa s schoolers attended than was expected, g l a u b, DECA students were proud of the effort r e a l ly c o ol and work that they put into the dance. students t o have al l i nvolved of us there,” i n DECA Ziemer said. “I share the same desire to leave their mark feel that we made on students outside of West. Despite the the dance better lack of attendees, DECA will continue to for t he m iddle plan various activities in order to spread s c h o o l e r s . ” their message in order to be role models It is not only for the next generation of high schoolers. the students who “We ran this dance because we feel are intrigued by that it is important for our high school to the idea of the set a good example for the middle schoolcontinuation of ers,” Ziemer said. “We were glad that such events and we could be leaders in our community.” m i d d l e s c h o ol by Carly Chandler involvement, as.

Issue #5 2017-2018  
Issue #5 2017-2018