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Administration sets tough restrictions;

changes hits school policies Underclassmen leashes, according to faculty, are to be shortened this year. The additions of new restrictions regarding parking and leaving the building during the school day will become stricter for the underclassmen this year. The cause for these new restrictions came about at a teacher workshop last year. At this workshop, faculty and admi~istrators realized that excused passes, known as blue slips, weren't a privilege for students anymore. Students with tardies and/or poor grades were able to leave the school building just as easily as the other students. From this, an Action Team was set up to study and solve the problem and made proposals to another team of faculty for approval. Most of the proposals passed for approval. Some of the new restrictions include not being able to obtain blue slips by parents phoning the attendance office, and having to obtain a blue slip at least one day in advance for an appointment. To enforce the new restrictions, new bouncers were hired in place of the one's from previous years. "In agreement with faculty to beome stricter about students leaving we decided to hire all new bouncers." James Findley, principal, said, "We decided to make a fresh start and recommit with everybody." Faculty will also be aiding the bouncers by patrolling doors and watching the hallways. Faculty and administrators bt>lieve the harsher system will -

New policies

.!PARKING: If needed. towing will occur two to three times a week, unannotmced .

.!COMPETENCIES:

Seniors who haven't passed all ompetencies won't receive senior passes and must take a spe~ial class mods 11. 12, or 13 .

.IBLUE SLIPS: Students can't obtain a blue slip by having !their parents phone the attendence office and slips must be !obtained one day in advance for an appointment.

Red, white, and blue Campaigners laid in wait for Jeff Zanarini, (12), and Alison Kutler, (12). on Candidate's Day, Monday. Sept . . 12. Candidates for

offices ranging from County Board to U.S. Congresman came to Westside to campaign and to help students learn about politics.

Learning, fun start at summer workshops Summer time means sun, swimming, and relaxation. But for many students, summer is a time to sharpen minds and tone-up skills. Westside students will travel around Nebraska and to other states in search of new ideas and fresh methods to better themselves and their organizations. But are these camps really worth the time and money? The Student Advisory Board,(SAB), took a camp record 30 members to the Nebraska Association of Student Councils workshop at Wayne State College. The camp lasted a period of three and one-half days. "You learn how to be a better SAB member, as well as a better person," Jodi Slusky, (11), SAB member, said. "Everything we did amazed me. Everything had a purpose. It changed my attitude and thoughts about life. The activities were really deep." "Iloved it. It was the best week of my life. It's definitely improved me. I see myself as a totally different person, because I learned so much about myself," Anne Mayfield, (12), SAB vice president, said. "Everything you do is a type of game, but everything has a meaning." The workshop is open to everyone, not just

SAB members, Slusky said. The cost, however, is $40 less for members. "Everyone should have the chance to go. If the camp had cost $1000, everybody who went would still have gone," Mayfield said. Another option for students interested in leadership is the Nebraska Scholar's Institute on the campus of the University of NebraskaLincoln. The camp lasts for a period of two weeks, involving skills in social studies, integrated arts, science, and journalism. "It was more fun than enriching, but going into my senior year it gave me a better feel for college and how to manage myself," Kris DiMartino, (12), said. "It taught me self-discipline, because there weren't teachers looking over my shoulder and telling me what to do." The two-week time period was too long, with an abundance of free time, DiMartino said. "It got to a point where it was boring and totally useless," DiMartino said. Some camps require more than just a submitted application and cash. A nomination by teachers is required to attend either Boy's State or Girl's State, both on UNL's campus. Continued on page 8.

greatly aid in decreasing the number of students trying to leave the building without blue slips. "I know this system will decrease students leaving because the chances of being caught are greater," Findley said, "We're not trying to prohibit kids from leaving, they just need to have the blue slip to do it." Students both agree and disagree with this idea. "I don't leave unless I have a blue slip now because there's always a teacher, or a bouncer at every door," Amy Marshall. (11), said. Other students fnd it just as easy to leave the building as before. "Leaving is easier with the new bouncers because they don't know what grade you're in," Colby Nelson, (11), said. "It's easy to figure out where teachers are so you can get out. I've left every day so far.路 "I leave just as much as I did last year. All you have to do is walk out the door," Sandy Richards, (10), said. Leaving isn't the only problem which has been addressed this year. Administrators have also tried to solve the problem of student parking. The administrators have decided that towing will be the only answer to the parking problem. "Because the seniors and staffhave complained of juniors stealing their parking slots in the past, we (administrators) decided that towing, if needed, will take place two to three times a week unannounced," Findley said. Towing will be done mostly on the school premises. "We really don't need to tow cars on the streets unless neighbors complain. The only problem we've had with parking on the streets is the blocking of mailboxes," Findley said. Underclassmen aren't the only students to have more restrictions this year. Seniors with incomplete minimum competencies will have restrictions of their own. One hundred and thirty-five seniors did not complete their minimum competencies and, therefore, are not able to receive senior passes. To solve this problem, a committee thought of the idea of having a competency class for these seniors. This class meets once a week either mods 11. 12, or 13. The students must attend this class until all of their minimum competencies are completed. The faculty hopes the threat of this class will motivate students to complete their competencies before their senior year. "I believe once the word gets out about the competency class, students will realize they need to get them done. I don't know any senior who'd want to spend mod 13 in a class like this," Richard Lundquist, guidance department chair, said.


ANCE 'Lance' states policy Policy and purpose are strongly related. The "Lance" is more than just a setting t o learn the canons and ethics of journalism. We attempt t o be an open forum and, a s the voice of the students, this year we will again try to enhance the professional skills necessary in the production of "The Lance." We will attempt to cover issues relevant to the students and the school in an objective_and dir~ct manner. ·because the purpose of the paper is to inform the students and the district about important events that affect school life. In order to become more aware of students' opinions, we strongly encourage letters to the editor. If students have a concern about the school, about "The Lance," or if students simply want to state their point ofview. we would like to know. Letters should be 300 words or less, signed by the author, and given to the editor or the adviser in Room 122. The editorial board resetves the right to edit letters without changing the content for libel or obscene statements.

Welcome back It has been a short summer for students and it hardly seems right to be back in school when the sun is shining outside and the swimming pool beckons. But, we would like to welcome back all the returning students from last year and also the freshmen who ar.e just starting their carreers at Westside. We hope that this year will be filled with good experiences, excitement, and fun for all. We also hope that this year, a sense of humor and tolerance will emerge. Things may be tough and classes hard, but a sense o humor Ughtens the burden and makes everyone feel good. Tolerance and an open mind create the best environment · for education.

Crosswalk appreciated Crossing the street between Westside and Countryside Village is now even easier than looking both ways. The new location of the crosswalk should reduce if not banish any risk of injury to students providing they spend the extra seconds to wait for a green signal. Now, carelessness will be the only cause if accidents occur. All those involved in its replacement are commended for realizing its uselessness at the former location and for providing a safe route for students to cross Pacific Street.

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Congratulations to those seniors who have completed all competencies required for graduation, and to the administration who have finally done something to assure that all seniors complete the competencies in time for graduation. Unfortunately, it shouldn't take a weekly scheduled class to get seniors to finish what should have been done last year.

Smoking in school is prohibited - bathrooms included. The haze found in many bathrooms around school is again an annoyance to those who use the restrooms for the intended purpose. Ashes and cigarette butts make the crowded spaces unsanitary. This is ~true health hazard. Supervisors should take action to correct this disgusting situation.

The "Lance" is the offical publication of Westside High School. 8701 Pacific St., Omaha, NE, 68114. The "Lance" office is located in Room 122. Advertising rates are available upon request. Phone (402) 3903339 . Th e "Lance" is an in-h ouse pu blication. The paper is distributed to all students 16 times a year. Subscription rates to others are $5 postpaid. Non-profit mailing rates claimed. The "Lance" is printed by the "Fremont Tribune," 135 N. Main, Fremont, NE 68025. Letters to the editor are wel· corned. Letters should be less than 300 words in length, signed by the author, and sent to the editor or the adviser in Room 122. The "Lance" is a member of the Nebraska High School Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Scholastic Press Association.

Editor-in-chief, Laura Struve. Managing Editor/ Production, Gwen McGill. Managing EditorI Copy, Mason Myers. Business Manager, Kim Os tergaard. Copy Editor, Mary Overholt. News Editor, Karen Nyh'.>m . Assistant News Editor, J ay Nilsson. Feature Editor, J im Duff. Sports Editor, D.J. Rezac. Weeke nder E ditor, Nancy Olson. Design Editor, Kent Bonham. Photo Editor, Evan Howe. Circulation Manager, Michelle Jaeger. Staff Artist, Troy Muller. Staff Critic, Mark Carroll. Columnists, Erin Conboy, Jessica Sullivan. News Staff, Todd Parker, Amy Radii, Laurie Spiel, Anne Wax. Feature Staff; Debra Dohmen, Allison Kohli, Melissa Pariset. Sports Staff, Andy Chapin, Bert Cohen, Randy Hallett. Weekender Staf( Nick Hansen, Susie Kiscoan, Cathy Pettid, Becky Richardson. Design Staff, Jenny Frank. Photographer, Matt Fischer.

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Septemberfest vandals reveal educational shortcomings Returning to school has always created a creatMty and new ideas than most schools, but special feeling. Part of that special feeling began Westside could also improve in making sure evecy in grade school when I would up from one student feels like they could think of a crazy idea. grade to the next, and do something with it, with each step it felt and experience the like I was ten years success, or failure Mason Myers older without being told beI've always enjoyed fore hand they can't Managing Editor even attempt it. The the excitement of school shopping and biggest value of learnanticipating the chaling is attempting somelenges of the upcomthing yourself and sucing year, but many ceeding or failing, students don't even get that much out of school. rather than learning from someone else. Society as a whole also plays a large part in the This school year started with Septemberfest having to close early over the Labor Day weekend problem because the importance of the teaching because of 17 and 18-year-old kids vandalizing profession and education is not being reinforced. and causing disturbances, I realized some stu- Education has suffered a tremendous setback dents are lacking the direction an education because society's attitude toward education has provides. The closing ofSeptemberfest is a great become less positive_ An example of a big, negative blunder hapexample of the teen-agers who are frustrated and angry because they aren't getting the leadership pened while I was at the Westroads Younkers. As I was moaning over the price and paying the bill, and guidance they need from home or school. Incidents like these are results of the many the clerk excitedly asked me if I wanted a free Tstudents attending school across the country shirt. Of course I said yes, but when she brought who either can't, or won't involve themselves with out the T-shirt the message wan't anything like I the school and the education it's ttying to pro- expected. The shirt had a huge pair of sunglasses vide. This is caused by schools focusing too much on it with the expression under the sunglasses of their attention on the students who really reading, -roo cool for school." The message, I later heard it on radio commersucceed in the current system. Other students cials also, reflects the negative a ttitude our sociare left to fend for themselves. The schools may be expanding their options, ety holds toward education. Ma ny people may but not as fast as the diversity of the student think it no big big deal, but that in itself shows population grows. That is where the problem lies. tha t in the minds of many people the value of Education is tailored for the narrow mindset of education is not important. Younkers is probably people who learn in the certain way school is correct in thinking the message will sell, but that taught. These unlucky students are forced t.o sets an extremely negative example for students. Westside gives many kids a complete educaadapt to the educational system, instead of allowing them to develop the way of learning that tion, but many times we don't remember how works best for them. A school that accepts and lucky we are without a comparison. Westside serves the needs of the diverse student popula- . should never become so comfortable with itself that it stops striving for excellence it's reputation tion merits stardom as an educational system. Students are often required to do things in the holds. The problems of education can seem distant classroom exactly as the students of last year, and the legions of students before them. Then and unimportant, but the incident at Septemberthese students will even be penalized for ventur- fest and the T-shirt message are two very local ing off the rutted path, and trying something examples that the problems are everywhere and waiting to be corrected. new. The Westside faculty is better at encouraging


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I admit it. I am one of MtheM last people on Earth to willingly miss a meal. I mean even when I am deathly sick I force myself to eat. But I have the feeling the only thing I'm going to be swallowing this year is my anger. Charlie Darwin obviously had Westside in mind when he wrote about Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest. And it is true, only those students who can run faster than the lunch bell before it finishes ringing are the ones who are going to be comfortably fed. Of course, leave it to the freshman class to scramble beneath your feet and ffil up every seat in sight whUe the rest of the students scan the room and looking for anything resembling a chair. We all know that the leopards of Darwin's island that couldn't run fast enough to catch their food only gotwhatwasleftover. Sophomores and juniors seem to fit that mold. They don't seem to make it to the cafeteria fast enough and thus they only get leftovers. The stronger sophomores and juniors try to battle the elements (the bouncers) and go outto lunch but thatis an almost ridiculous idea since the administration has cracked down on the number of students leaviing the school. Those who are nearlyoblMous to

this chaos in the lunchroom are the seniors. They can just waltz on cloud nine right past the bouncers with their diamond studded passes into their cars parked in a lot named

are only open 20 minutes for lunch and are forced to eat in the cafeteria. Not that cafeteria food is anything but delicious, I just think that any upperclassman who is burdened with extreme amounts of homework shouldn't have to deal with Erin Conboy the greedy seat snatchers. This makes me realize Columnist that the underclassmen are only going to get quicker and sneakier. Believe me when I say I'm not after themselves. Yet they do de- trying to put the underclassmen serve it, they are superior. down, but•when I'm a senior I'm But what about the junior class? going to bring Ex-Lax pills in Don't worry about them because Chiclet gum boxs (since they look so they have what every class wants simUar) and give them generously but can not have ... "the disco pink" to the seat stealling mongers of the J.D. cards. Unfortunately. even lunchroom.(Don't attempt this at those don't satisfy hunger pangs. home.) To tell the truth, everytlme I get one There are of course other soluof those pangs I daydream and one tions. The school board being so time I could have sworn I saw Jim down right generous, could allow Findley passing out open campus the student body to eat in the great passes to juniors during open mods metropolis( the weight room) they're but I knew it was too good to be true building now. They could spend a because the next thing I knew the small fortune and build a new cashier asked me for my mUk hmch room ... na, I'd rather have air money... But it is daydreams like conditioning. those that make me drool with Maybe I'm being hoggish in my anticipation that maybe, just old age. Maybe it would be better to maybe, open campus for juniors let the lunchroom evolution to conduring the. lunch mods would be tinue. Yeah, sure, and maybe the even conceivable. moon Mis" made out of cottage It is, however, not the juniors I cheese. feel sorry for. It's the seniors who

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Priorities Locating life's necessities Open mods are wonderful things. You can meet yet another uniquely bizarre concept. Something tells friends in the IMC's. You can meet friends in the me, though, that the administration wouldn't like that cafeteria. You can meet them outside. You can even idea-at all. meet them in the bathrooms. Yes, you heard me right, Now, if we could smoke in there, we'd have to have even the bathrooms. something to drink. That's it- pop machines! We could That's what I found out the other install pop machines in the - - - - - - - - - - - - - , b a t hr ooms, too. Or maybe morning, before school. I even a candy vending mawalked into the bathroom up by the Guidance Center. About Jessica Sullivan chine. Of course if we have food, drink, and smokes, seven girls, curling irons in Columnist we'll need a place to sit. hand, were running around .¥ a be we could g«'<t some frantically in a desperate race to Jl benches from the c!afetefia beat the bell. Ahh. Another t .·rl _ typical day at Westside had pu m. (J' Then again, noise would begun. ~~ ~~ ..... JtiJJ ~ definitely t~m i.nt0 .a problem. Even when only a: few I overheard the girls talking. One was saying, •"Okay, people are in there, it gets awfully noisy. The bathrooms so we're all open third mod, right? Well, let's all meet in the downstairs bathroom, okay? "One of her friends ex- would definitely have to be carpeted. That would cut claimed in an awed tone, • You mean there's one down on noise. But. if we did that, we'd have to get downstairs, too?" The other girl replied, "Yeah! Okay,. actual chairs instead of. the benches. The benches everyone, downstairs bathroom, third mod. Got it?" would rip the new carpeting to shreds. The last thing we might possibly need is a television The rest of the girls chorused, "Okay!" She finished by set. As long as we have food, drink, smoking, carpets, saying, "Don't forget! Downstairs bathroom, third mod. and chairs, we might as well have television sets, too. Okay!" My first thought was, "Must be frosh." But since Deciding who gets to watch what might be difficult, but freshmen go to the Student Study Center, then I must I'm sure we could handle it. In any case, the size of the bathrooms has to be be mistaken. Whatever they were, they had a pretty expanded. Our restroorns now are far too small. It original idea. Spending entire open mods in the bathroom is a pretty unique concept, I must admit. It's a would be too cramped to fit many people in with all the little bizarre, but still, it's original. Of course, there are machines that would be put in. pro's and con's. So there we have it. Bigger smoking and nonsmoking bathrooms, with carpet. pop and candy rnaIt would be pretty easy to clean if pop got spilled. All you'd have to do is wipe it up and throw it away. Of chines, chairs, television, and, the ultimate touch, radios. Maybe this could be next year's remodeling course, that could also be done in the cafeteria, even project. though no one does. My thanks to the girls who inspired this. It was a Meeting in the bathrooms would be easier on smokbrilliant idea. I doubt it'll ever happen, but it was a lot ers. They wouldn't have to walk so far to find a place to light up. And there could be smoking and non-smoking of fun to think about. So, I guess I'll be seeing you in the bathroom. Okay? Okay! bathrooms. Just think, ashtrays by every sink. and red And no. I don't have a bathroom fe tish. Basically, all books of matches with "Westside" emblazoned on them. this is, is a passing thought. A natural drawback would be the absence of the opposite sex. Unless we had co-ed restroorns, which is f.

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N BRIEF Schedules hurt SAB Student Advisory Board [SAB) members may have difficulty representing the student body this year due to an error in ~cheduling. SAB meetings are normally integrated into members' class schedules, but due to an administrative mistake adaptations will have to be made. "Last spring [the administration) said that they would schedule [our meetings) and then about two weeks before school this year I found out that we weren't scheduled," Mason Myers, president of SAB, said. The problem is considered the result of a misunderstanding. "Probably the reason they didn't get scheduled is a lack of communication between parties. That's about all I'm going to tell you," Bill Schleifer, vice principal in charge of scheduling, said. SAB has planned alternate meeting times to compensate. "We're having Tuesday morning meetings again and a Thursday [mods] 7-8 meeting. We 're having the Tuesday meetings because that is the only time everyone can actually get together," Myers said.

Candidates visit Focusing on politics, the Social Studies Instructional Materials Center [IMC) played host to representatives from 15 campaigns on Candidates' Day, Monday, Sept. 12. The event, sponsored by American Government classes, gave students a chance to informally talk with members of campaigns from the presidential race and state and county office contests. "The American Government students have a class responsibility to become involved with a political campaign or a political issue during this election and [Candidates' Day) is an attempt to let the government students visit with as many campaigns as we can as they're making a decision as to whose campaign they want to work on," Joe Higgins, government instructor, said. Candidates and/or their representatives were present from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

Faculty altered Retirements, resignations, moves to the middle school and the Reduction-in-Force policy have caused personnel changes for the 1988-89 school year. New to the Alternative School are Mike Kmiecik, Vince Moragues and Rozanne Warder [p.m.). At Westside changes are, Sharon Salzman, business; Elaine O'Brien, English; Doug Pierson English department head; C~y.,Vat;ldecfir,_ ~Q.glish; Ken B_en~ nett, gui$mce; .1\.!qrty ~uiTman, physical education-; Christipe ~~rS911. frr~t semes~ ter social studies; Tom Carman, second semestet\ s ial tudi~. Don Patton, social studies; and Cindy Vandecar, social studies.

Enrollment down

In keeping with the downward trend over the past several years, enrollment is down 137 students from last year. According to Rose Derr, registrar, the student body numbered 1,693in the 1987-88schoolyear. The total for 1988-89 is 1,556.

Macs take over

Fall is the season for the best apples, especially at Westside. There are 21 new Apple Macintosh computers on campus this year including one Macintosh II, which will be used for scheduling. The machines are distributed among the Guidance Center, the journalism room, the main office, and administration officials. The new Macintoshes were brought to Westside as part of a larger project to merge computer flles and information throughout the district into one system. The computers added to the high school cost $50,000. The cost of the entire project is estimated at $200,000.

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Building up Westside's new strength complex begins to take shape. Work on the new facility is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of October. The

complex is being built as part of a larger renovation project that included work in the industrial technology area.

Strength complex Weightlifters await completion Walking through the former handball court has become Eppley is the strength coach for the Nebraska Cornhusker a hazardous chore lately as construction of a new weight football team. room has thrown a mild obstacle in . the way of its loyal In the shop area, according to Hqston, electrical changes have been made as well as the repainting of the walls, and travelers. According to Ron Huston, assistant principal and athletic , JJ:le, upgra~in~of ~e floor. The configuration of space also director, construction on that area and in the industrial J ~s" chang~d so that.the Applied Physics classroom would . .t < ':• technology area began late · have more space. last spring. : r~ ton said that the Huston said, "The indus-. . shop lost some trtaltechnologyareaisonit's We need to secure extra money to space, but not tional space. lastlegsofcompleti~n. There get the extra equipment but we'r:e are just a few small1tems left ' added that the to be taken care of." working on it tional part of the Huston estimated the shop was "dressed up completion time of the condibit." The board of Ron Huston, athletic director tion, according to tioning facility to be around the end of October to t h e - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - beginning of November, depending on "how they can pull the ton, decides on what will be done for renovation, and piec~s together, and the various work the sub-contractors prioritizes their decisions. "In the order of prioritization, have left to do." is what was on the docket for Westside this past summer. Huston described the new conditioning facility as being happens in the order of priority, and the board ofedlllC<JLt10•Ill an L-shaped facility, with the inclusion of the old weight and superintendent's office decide when that will uavv•ou., room. "The existing weight facility that we had will become The prioritization includes all schools in the the western part of the new facility. The lowerlevel will then some schools receive more while other schools receive become an extension of the existing facility. The upper level one year, but it works in reverse the next year to ua~=•'-"'l of the conditioning facility will be a multi-purpose room that things out. can be used for a variety of things- some athletic oriented, Huston added that there were no current plans for some physical education oriented, a testing facility. It will be renovation next summer. a fairly open area that will allow us to do a variety of things." Huston said that the money allocated for the As far as equipment for the strength complex is conof the strength complex and shop area was $500,000. That figure does not include the equipment cerned, Huston was not sure of what will be there when it opens. "I'm working with Boyd Eppley from the University will have to be purchased once the renovation is ... uJLuv•c ofNebraska at Lincoln and Dave Ellis, his representative on Huston said that the board of education allocated $20 a configuration of equipment, and we need to su:ure extra for equipment, and that figure is a little less than half money to get the extra equipment, but we're working on it." will be needed.


Student target set at 25 cent increase

as Forum replaces SAB as coordinator of drive for funds Mer years of being in the shadow of the StudentAdvisoty Board, (SAB), Forum steps into the spotlight by undertaking the United Way Drive on its own. Min years before, SAB and Forum have shared responsibllity of setting up and raising money for the United Way," Jay Bonham, (12), Forum president, said, Mbut this year we plan on managing the whole drive." The share of responsibllity has made it easier on both organizations. This time the responsibllity is on the shoulders of the Forum. MSAB has always handled the extra activities such as the dunking booth," Mason Myers, (12), SAB president, said. MForum has always done the daily collection of homeroom money." Due to such activities as Club Fair Day, the Welcome Back to School Dance, and Homecoming, SAB has had a full schedule. ~e help is always nice, but our schedule is pretty full as it is," Myers

said. link to the students through their Since Forum has representatives all homeroom representatives," Roger over the school, collection of money Herring, Forum sponsor, said. Although leadership has changed, and informing the student body is an the drive itself will remain the same, as easier job for Forum. M I think it's good Forum has some- · far as activities are concerned. MSo far we have been ttying to get the thing to make us a viable organization and make other people notice us," dunking booth," Bonham said. MBut we Randy Hallett, (12), Forum vice-presi- have also been thinking about a penny dent. said. · war." . The organization of the events will be In a penny war each grade has a conhandled by Forum, but SAB will pelp tainer in which pennies can be dropped with the pick-up of the money. to add points to that team's score. Any MI like working with SAB, it makes silver coins found in the containers the job easier for both of us," Hallett subtracts from their score. MI always look at Forum as an organisaid. Starting Monday, Sept. 19, the zation used to motivate school spirit annual United Way fund raising drive with things like the "Warrior Wave," will commence once again, but under Hallett said. MBut now we get to do the leadership of the Forum. SAB has something for others." always been known to have sponsored This year Forum is hoping to get the drive with special money raisers $1.25 from each student in order to such as the dunking booth, hugging reach its goal set at $2,100. booth, and the ~all". But that has all MAll we are asking for is 25 cents a changed. day from each student." Bonham said. MWe feel that Forum is a more direct ~at isn't too much to ask for."

N BRIEF Crosswalk installed

Even chickens can cross the road safely d easily now due to the installation of a rosswalk across Pacific Street from Counside Village to Westside. Prior to this year nly one crosswalk connected the shopping enter to the high school. It received minial use because it wasn't centrally located: Lany Myers, owner of Countryside Vilage, Mike Gorman, city traffic engineer orps member, and Jim Findley, principal, orked jointly on the effort to promote safe ross in g. MWe've had a couple of near misses out ere. [We realized) not to get that in and get ·t in as quickly as we could would be a real is take. I think it was recognizing a need as uch as anything," Findley said. Will the crosswalk be used? Findley inks so. MKids don't have an argument anymore or not using it," he said.

Clubs display wares The loge and lower auditorium took on a festive atmosphere Monday, Sept. 13, as the sites of the fourth annual Club Fair Day. The Forum-sponsored event was held last Tuesday from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. . Twenty-one different clubs were represented with a sign-up sheet at each booth. ~e purpose of Club Fair Day is to provide an opportunity for all clubs to show their wares and be able to have students exposed to the different activities that we have available here at Westside," Roger Herring, Forum sponsor, said. Interests represented included bicycling, business, cheerleading, chess, community service, dancing and precision marching. drama, drug prevention, flags, foreign cultures and languages, singing, skiing, and student government.

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Candidates to debate House of Representatives candidates Peter Hoagland and Jerty Schenken will face each other and the issues in a debate at Westside, Monday. Sept. 26. The American Government-sponsored event will follow the format of a reporterguided debate with four student questioners and a student moderator who will control the time. The purpose of the debate is to give, Mthe students a chance to meet. see, and hear the candidates for the office of House of Representatives, but in a sense that has not been done before. Westside has been given the chance to see these two men in a debate format rather than individual appearances before the large group." Joe Higgins, American Government instructor, said.

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Magic begins at 190 this year and eight. estside seniors met or bettered it. The index number [two times the verbal core plus the math score) on the PSAT etermines which students gain National erit Semifinalist status. A s core ofl90 or more on the test adminitered Saturday, Oct. 20, 1987, ens ures not nly semifinalist s tanding, but also the opportunity to advance to finalist standing and am scholarsh ips. Semifinalists at Westside are Greg Giger, roud Kuhn. Matt Larsen, Adam Marx, en Nyholm. Catherine Partsch, Chris atil. and Laura Struve. Roughly 90 percent of all semifinalists nationwide go on to become finalists. "Now they have to go through a formal pplication process to the Merit Corporation. For those who are picked, scholarships "ll range from a one-time $2,000 award, up to literally full tuition for the four years. I am confident that 100 percent of our semifmalists will become finalists," Lynn Hansen, college counselor, said.


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Movin' on up Tangdall draws on 32 years of experience rv.,oogmmN¥r*u*i ! Dedication Uiat inspired two children to pursue careers in education and experience in every aspect of his field leaves Jim Tangdall relaxed and content behind a desk piled high with commitments. As a veteran of the educational system Tangdall feels prepared to fill the district's highest office. His knowledge is based on 32 years of working in District 66. During that time he filled many roles such as a math teacher, coach, guidance counselor, vice principal and principal at Westside. Tangdall's short time in the office of superintendent has held few surprises for him. He took office on September 1, after being named by the schoolboard to succeed Ken Hansen on September 8, 1987. Tangdall served as associate superintendent during the four years thatHansen held office. ·I had a very good awareness of what the job should be," Tangdall said. The change over between the two men was regarded by many to have been easy and comfortable. ·1 don't think you · could find a transition more smooth," Jim Findley, principal of Westside, said. -we never really considered anybody else," Jack Lewis, school board secretary, said. ·In the last year we just assumed Dr. Tangdall would take over." -we had talked very carefully about whether to do a nationwide search or to look in our own district. Dr. Tangdall had as many qualifications as anyone we could find nationally," Shari Hofschire, school board director, said. Tangdall does not foresee any dramatic changes being made in the district. He intends to continue the process he started under Ken Hansen called Strategic Planning, which aims to resolve matters such as declining enrollment, aging staff, changing demographics and demands of the community toward education, staff reduction, administrative evaluation, and other is-

communities," Tangdall said. He cited ideas such as early childhood centers, extended day-care, and onthe-job training as possibilities in providing assistance to students with different needs. 1o think that everybody is going to fit in the same mold is ridiculous," Tangdall said. Because of the shrinking teenage population, Tangdall feels it is more vital than ever that schools provide the framework to make each student a productive citizen. ~e bottom line is whether or not this country is able to keep its leadership position in the world is going to depend on the work force in the next ten to 20 years," Tangdall said. Tangdall feels that one difficulty all schools face is

making young people realize how important education is in preparing them to support themselves. In his mind a school should have an academic, but personalized environment with high expectations and a good climate for learning. Tangdall does, however, realize the danger of making an education too comfortable. "You don't want a bunch of happy idiots running around," 'he said. Others feel confident ofTangdall's ability to cope and see his many years in the district as an advantage. ·u would be a disadvantage if someone stuck their head in the ground and thought that everything here is perfect," Hofschire said, stressing that Tangdall does not fit that image. -we told him not to let us be stagnated- - to keep new ideas coming into the system," Lewis said. ·He looks to the future." Findley felt that Tangdall's experience as a high school principal will be helpful to him. ·u would be difficult to serve as superintendent without knowing how schools ·operate," Findley said. He felt that Tangdali brings great ability to a job that can be public and political. · •Jim Tangdall may be one of the most astute administrators I've ever met; I think the staff knows that,· Findley said. ·He's a tireless worker and will keep the students interests a primary focus." This praise seems justified in Tangdall's goals for the year, one of which is to know his students. ·rm going to make a conscientious effort; I really hope to spend 40 to 50 percent of my time out in the schools," Tangdall said. Tangdall is a dynamic, people-oriented leader. Under his easy-going reign students will remain his numberone concern. ·Learning is a lifelong thing; it doesn't cease at commencement. We try to make it more enjoyable," Tangdall said.

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Travel abroad has become a popular vacation idea, but for eight students new to Westside, traveling is more than a vacation. This year there are seven foreign exchange students studying at Westside. Many different organizations have sponsored these trips, including: Youth For Understanding, Outi Jakovirta, Peter Hindsen, and Florence Deage; American Federal Service, Angela Gutierrez; American Intercultural Student Exchange, Gunnar LeGrand; and Academic Year in the USA. Yoshiko Murakami and Tomoko Isoyama. "I'm not very good at language, especially English, so my parents want me to learn it better so I can do well in school back home," Peter Hindsen, (12), foreign exchange student from Sweden, said. "I want to learn and know about different cultures, and improve my English," Angela Gutierez, (12), foreign exchange student from Colombia, said. While working on their English skills, they admit to having difficulty in understanding written and spoken language. They felt that Westside students speak

too quickly for them to understand and English words are different. "I told one of my friends here to talk slowly for me so I can understand." Tomoko Isoyama, (11), foreign exchange student from Japan, said. "It's a different experience. At first

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gives It to us. We can have only one thing, we do not get to choose like you people here do," Outi Jakovirta, (12), foreign exchange student from Finland, said. "The classes here are so much bigger. In my school, they are smaller," Isoyama said. School Is not the only difference the exchange students have experienced. The people themselves appear different. "Everyone is so friendly. Everyone talks to me like we are good friends. I like It here very much," Gutierrez said. "I like the people here very much," Florence Deage, (12), foreign exchange student from Switzerland, said. While each student has admitted to liking the country, they each have personal things they miss. Most of all, they have missed their families and friends . "It's nice to be here, but I miss my family and they miss me. I will go home after first semester because It's too long to be away from them," Isoyama said. Isoyamahasopted toonlystayforhalf of the year. but the others will finish out the school year and go back home next summer.

English was hard, but It gets easier to understand, especially when you meet more friends because they can help you," Gunnar LeGrand, (12), foreign exchange student from Sweden, said . At times, these students have felt somewhat lost in the crowd. The size of the school and the number of students here have surprised the exchange students. Peter Hindsen, Sweden "I get nervous at times, but It's O.K. There are so many people here, it's so J:::..s::. muchlargerthanmyschoolbackhome," . . Yoshik.o Murakami, (12), foreign exI'm not very good at change student from Japan, said. language, especially One reason for the nervousness is all English, so my parthe differences they are experiencing: ents want me to learn the language, culture, and school it better so I can do classes. well in school back . . "Eve~J~g is piffer~~ 'l 0We do!l'trr· _,,. home. , , ~ have open campus, and W!f cap.pot picK ------..,... , --------our classes, andevenoureatirH(tsdiffer-v''' "I'm here to learn all year. And then I ent. We don't buy our food. My school go ' ack to school at home and study. I

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"I had never heard of it before, but it was a big honor," Susan Garver, (12), said. "The purpose was to learn about the government. I'm a lot more worldly and knowledgable than I was before. I know what's going on in Nebraska." Govemor Kay Orr was among the guest speakers at the workshop. Students from every town in Nebraska attended, making it an eye-opening experience, Garver said. "I'll be more open-minded from now on. We need to learn to look at both sides of every problem," Garver said. "We're naive about small town problems, and small towns are naive about the big cities. It was a good learning experience." The junior varsity and varsity boys' cheerleaders attended a four . day camp at Iowa State

University. The camp is for the top spot in the state this sponsored by the National year, and Chris PatH, (12), and Cheerleaders Association. John Silver, (12), got a head "We worked very hard. We start by attending the Dartmouth cheered non-stop from 8 a.m. to Debate Institute. 8 p.m. every day," Chandelle "The camp was constant Peacock, (12), said. work. Eighteen hour days were normal," PaUl said. "By the last day we were frustrated, tired, and worn out. The month-long camp helped to improve skill, speaking style, In the long run it was worth it. Without the camp, we wouldn't and analysis of arguments. The be able to perform as close as we extensive research caused mental weariness, Patti said. do now," Peacock said. Drill squad and Squires each "If you are extremely attended four-day camps. The commited to debate and want to drill squad attend the National win a lot of toumaments, it was Cheerleading Association Drill worth it. But if you're not, it was Team Camp at Iowa State and a waste of time," Silver said. Athletic camps are some of the Squires attended a camp at the most popular for Westside Nebraska Wesleyen University. The "The camp was so strict, we students to attend. Westside girls volleyball team even had to sit a certain way," Laurie Dolleck, (12), drill squad attended a team camp at UNO. :aptain, said. ·- · "It kept everybody playing The debate b~am will contend during the summer, which is the

Sacrifice necessary for camp decision The Athletic Training Summer workshops have been described as being workshop at the University of Omaha, was one workshop that exciting, worthwhile, and entertaining. Some students was free for Westside students. didn't realize that they would Tony Martinez, head sports have to work to cam the money trainer, said that the workshop necessary to go. is an excellent one, and that the There were various types of student trainers are lucky to get workshops conducted this past the help in funds. summer. Debate had three "An anonymous donor different workshops in Iowa, donates money to allow student Michigan, and New Hampshire. trainers to go to the workshop," These ranged in cost from $850 Martinez said. "It is always to $1,400. There was a small greatly appreciated." number of Westside students The summer workshops for attending each of these Squires was in Lincoln, at workshops. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dave Richardson, sponsor of It lasted four days, and cost the debate team, and teacher at $110. the Iowa workshop, said that Amy Radii, (11), member of summer workshops are the Squires, said that the extremely helpful, and he workshop was fun and the encourages his students to go. money was not much of a But, because of the immense problem for most members. cost. and the fact that the school "Considering how much we doesn't help with the students' learned at the workshop in new expenses, Richardson dosen't moves, dances, arid ideas, I don't force it. think the cost was bad; on the Darren Hartman, (11), other hand, I don't think any of attended the Iowa workshop. He us paid our own way. Our said that it was well worth the parents took care of the expense, even though it was expenses. That can make a partially his hard work and difference," RadU said. money being contributed. "I The Nebraska Association of worked at different insurance Student Councils, was probably companies for the money," one of the least expensive Hartman said. "It was a lot of workshops last summer. It hard work. but it tumed out to be lasted four days in Wayne, and very rewarding." cost $75 for elected members, Sports could also be placed and $115 for honorary members. in an expensive category of Fund raisers during the past workshops. Ty Stewart, (11), year paid for the registration attended a regional soccer . fees of elected members. workshop in Bolling Green, OH. Roger Herring, sponsor of It lasted five days. and cost him the Student Advisory Board, said about $300. The money that the kids who went all felt basically paid for everything, very positive about ·. the including food, room and board, workshop, and w o u 1d and transportation. recommend it to others. "I think "I worked hard for the money all of the students would say that to pay for this camp, " Stewart it was well worth it, " Herring said. said. "I did construction work, "The workshop was probably basically laying floor and one of the best experiences they painting. At the end, the work will have in their educational careers." paid off."

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noticed about them," Friedman said. These workshops gave the students a chance to experience a different social structure than they were used to. Jeff Larsen, {12), who also went to NSI, said,'We were all thrown together. We had no choice but to meet new people." Jay Bonham, 02r. who went to NSI. said, "The social groups were down to earth. You weren't trying to impress anyone. You just were yourself." "It is a more relaxed environment," Friedman said. "Everybody has cliques at school. it was an entirely different story there." Larsen,{l2), had a dllTerent opinion. "I liked it because if you met new people, you didn't have to talk to them later. You could just blow them off." For some people, the social groups allowed them to learn about the other cities around Omaha and the state. Ann Larson, (12), who went to Girls' State at the University of NebraskaLincoln, said, ''You meet people from all over Nebraska that have grown up in a different background, so unlike your own." Susan Garver, (12), who went to Girls State, said, "I never realized how naive I was about small towns." At Boy's and Girl's State, students from small towns were overwhelmed by the Most of these programs involved at NSI social environment. had social groups that met every day for "Most of the people had never been an hour. Some of the time they would just around so many other people at the same talk, but many times it went deeper. time," Larson said. 'They grew up with "Everyone took the discussions only 20 to 25 people in their class." seriously," Friedman said. 'We were all "Everyone was totally boy crazy. like open with our emotions and talked about they had never seen a boy in their lives," things you would never express to your Garver said. school friends." Larson said, "Most guys thought it was cool to pick up a girl from a big city." Some of the things they would The boys even went to the extent of participate in were evaluating the showing their appreciation for the activities of the day and positive females there. reinforcement. "The boys would stand in a line and "We would all go around and tell clap when all the girls walked by." Garver everyone something positive we had said.

"Make new friends, learn more about yourself, enhance. your mind. Attend a summer workshop." This was the "catch-all" phrase students at Westside were approached with last spring. Most students not only improved their mental capabilities, but ' they also learned a lot more about the term "relationship." These workshops each had different programs, but most of them had a theme of "meeting new people." Most camps setup the social atmosphere. Joe Frost, (11), who went to the National Association of Student Council workshop at Wayne State College said, 'They put us into 26 co-ops, and they didn't put you with anyone you knew." Jeff Zanarini, (12), who went to Boy's State at the University of NebraskaLincoln campus, said,"They had a dance with good 'ole country music." However, some workshops had different ways of getting students to interact. "You stay with the same group of 16 people for the entire two weeks. They become your family while you are there," Debbie Friedman, (12), said, who went to the Nebraska Scholar's Institue at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In fact the camp became a "romantic" game. "Guys would call our dorm numbers, and we would talk to them forever," Garver said. "They would get as many phone numbers as they could and then sell them to other guys for a quarter." The romanticizing got so strong that it had to be held back by the camp authorities. 'They refused to let us walk together," Garver said. "They were afraid to let us interact with each other at all. They even had hand checks at the dance." Despite all these internal conflicts students established more than just short-term relationships. "I made about five life-long friendships. In some ways I knew more about them in two weeks than I have ever known my school friends," Bonham said. Larsen met a girl at NSI and went out with her for two months afterwards. Zanarini said, "I really just strengthened the relationships I already had with the people I knew there." Friedman is already planning a party for 50 of her closest friends at NSI and there will be a reunion in November for all of the participants. They were going tor the academic gain, but the after effects gave them each special benefits. "It made me look at life in a new way," Bonham said. "I will always look back on those two weeks." Frost said, "I feel much more c~mfortable about meeting other people." 路 "It made me more open to other peoples' ideas," Friedman said, "I know so much more about other peoples' problems, and that you are not the only one with difficulties." These workshops took some time out of these students' summer, but most agreed it was not a wasted one. Garver said, "Even though it was rough at times, it would be worth doing again because of all the people you meet."


Warriors seek first win at home tonight Following two opening season losses, the Warrior football team is gearing up for their home opener tonight against Mtllard North at 7:30 p.m. The first two games were tough for Westside because of the young and inexperienced playerS "We only have three retur ning starters on the team," Larry Morrissey , head football coach, said. "Most of the players have played a lot of football, yet they do not have any varsity experience." One of the returning starters, D.J. Rezac, (12), all state linebacker, was injured in the first game of the season, and is doubtful to return the entire season. "Losing D.J. will hurt our defense, and our offense also," Morrissey said. "We will also miss his leadership on the field." Rezac played linebacker and tight end, moving from running back last season. The Warriors lost their entire backfield to graduation and other positions. Adam Beckman, (11), will quarterback the

team, and the running backs will be Matt McKinney, (11), Kurt DeGroot, (11), and Jeny Chandler, (12). "Beckman will have to come through with the leadership role and run the field," Morrissey said. "The defense will be tough even without Rezac. With a defensive line of 225 pounds, 225 pounds, and 210 pounds we are bigger than we were last year," Tom Hall, assistant coach, said "This year out defense is also very quick." The d efense has Tom Cornish, (10), a t linebacker, and Tony Randoni, (l 0), at nosetackle. "Some of the players are at new positions," Morrissey said, "but the defense seems solid if everyone plays to their potential." A possibly shaky area on the team could be the offense, with young players at key positions. Rezac was moved to tight end , which gave a plus to the offensive line. "With Rezac at tight end it ga"e the offensive line an extra plus, but with him injured

it takes that away," Dan Fishburn, (12), varsity football captatn,said. "Thebackfteldwillbe goodwithMcKinneythefastest player on the team, and Beck-

man." The rest of the Warriors' schedulewillnotbe easy. They willfacefiverankedteamsinthe pre-season polls including

Creighton Prep, state champ the past three years. "Five fromthetoptenpre-season ings are on our schedule,"

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Taking it all in, Paul Fishburn, (11). Pete Burke last Friday night. TheWarriors will Swartzbaugh, (12), Andy Lungren, (12), and for a victory tonight against Millard North Todd Parker (11). watch the Warriors fall to 7:30 p.in.

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Viewpoint It's not wheatheryou win or lose, it's how you play the game. One of the oldest cliches, but one that is incorrect. In society today everything is based on winning or losing. People are brought up with the idea that winning is everything and losing, or los ers are nothing. Some people in society have become so out of touch with reality that they measure success with winning and losing. Maybe that's not wrong. Some people in the business world measure their success with money. So I guess it's a possibility to measure success in athletics by winning. Winning should be the goal every time, because we all strive for greatness, and greatness is obtained by winning. But people need to keep winning and losing in perspective, and winning shouldn't be the only goal. Every week there are ten bozos who write letters to the "World Hearld" demanding a replacement for Tom Osborne. If you notice, Tom Osborne isn't one who measures success on just winning and losing. Every week on his television program he neve ~ predicts a win or a loss, but encourages each player to perform to his own capabilities. Tom is a very smart person. One, he doesn't put his neck"on the line by predicting a win, and two, he knows there are so many uncontro1lable factors in a game that determine the outcome. But maybe the coaches aren't the ones to blame. In the world of athletics, the pressure of winning is so great, it is unbelievable. Not only at the professional, and college level. but even the high school level too. There have been gunshots at high school football games in Texas. That is ridiculous. People almost getting killed , over a game. Pre s ure to win is so great, tha t some colleges cheat. Every d ay you read about the National Collegiate Athletic Association slapping someone's hands for ch eating. Southern Methodist Univer sity received the "dea th penalty" for their illiegal a ctions and all they were doing were trying to maintain a winner. Fans are also so hungry for winners that t here are millions of people jumping on the winners' ba ndwagon. Take for example the Cubs in '84, or the Bears in '85 to name a few. Fans should become b etter students of the game. Learn to appreiciate the dedication and hard work that goes into a team . So many people have their sights on a national championship. They fail to see what the University of Nebraska football team has actually accomplished. I guess it's natu ral to want what you don't have. but let's keep it in perspective. In Nebraska's game against Utah State the Husker players complimented the Aggies for their effort and for not giving up. But I guess today everyone forgets sportsma nship. Now we all look up to the classless Miami Hurricane types and look past sportsmanship to the final score. I guess for now, and for awile, it looks like nice guys will continue to fmish last.

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day Sept. 3 . Westside won their firstmatchoftheseason 15-8. 1511. This is the third straight year the varsity volleyball team has been in the pre-season top ten.

ETC One game at a time Another drive to Lincoln is what the varsity volleyball team is looking for in the second week of November. But coaches say It isn't that simple. "We want and think we can go back to state for the eighth straight year," Ann Royle, varsity volleyball coach, said. "But we need to take one game at a time.· Experiece Is a key for this year. The Warriors return four varsity players from last year. "We have vecy good players. But the experience is the key to the upcoming year,· Royle said. The Warriors next game will be at Omaha South against South next Thursday at 6: 15 p.m. ' We have a vecy good nucleus this year," Royle said, "and we might go to Lincoln for the ninth straight time.

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Head over heels, the girl's gymnastics team rolls in for another good season. "We're inexperienced, but com petitive," h ead coach Mr. Tim Willits sa id . "We will do 0 . K. beca use there's too much enthusiasm to do anything else." The team's next meet is Thursday, 4:30 p .m .• against South at Westside. "We need to get experience fast so we can be successful this year," Willits said. "We have people with good backgrounds, but they need competition to mold them for down the road."

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Back for another swing, the girls' golf team will tcy to move toward the top of the Metro area. "We'll be tough against Omaha area schools," Bill McCormick, girls' golf coach. said. "but those out-state teams will be tough."

"We have returning four out of five varsity players, including our No. 1 player," McCormick said. "But the interesting thing is that we only have one senior•. one junior and the rest are sophomores and freshmen.· Stacie F\mk, (12), returns for her fourth year on varsity and her second as the No. 1 player for Westside. McCormick said, "Stacie Is consistent. Usually she's in the top ten in the tournaments." "This year's success just depends on the day," McCormick said. "We could be up one day and catch some teams. It just depends on too many factors which can't be seen.·

Salerno, ninth grade volleyball coach, said. "We re-evaluate the teams each week. It ·makes the girls on top work really hard; for those on the second team, it gives them a chance to move up.· Their next game is Thursday at Abe Lincoln at 4: 15 p.m.

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In t'fte first cross countcy event this year the boys' squad finished sixth out of 12 teams at the Ralston Invitational. In a meet with Millard North, Creighton Prep, Marian, and Bellevue West, both the boys and girls teams did well. "Both of the teams are good," Don Patton, head coach, said, "but they will have to work vecy hard to go to state.· The team will compete in the Bellevue Invitational tonight and will follow with a With great anticipation, the boys' ten- divisional meet at Walnut Grove Tuesday, nis team is gearing up for another season Sept. 20. with a stronger team and more enthusiasm th a n last year. "We h ave a much Progress, before the season, Is what stronger team than la s t year,· Paul Ny- makes this year's Junior Varsity (JV) volholm, boys ' tennis coach , said. "We are leyball team so good. "We were further returning five of six varsity players a nd along before the season ever started than h ave an excellent freshman, David Clark." most teams are five or six games into it," The team is lead by Dan Simon, (11), Howie Halperin, JV volleyball coach. said. who last year won the Metro Tennis ChamAlong with great skills, Halperin feels pionship. "I feel that we will be able to the team has other special qualities. "We compete with other tennis teams across have a great time together. That's really the state," Simon said, "with players like important," Halperin said. "We seem to be Tarun Baunerjee, (12), and Brandon close knit. That will help down the road." Madson, (12), and the other guys on the Halperin also sees leadership stepping team." Their next match is Wednesday forward. "Our juniors are stepping into against Gross at Westside. leadership roles remarkablly well. They are really good leaders," Halperin said. "The ninth grade program is superb. Changes in philosophy have trans- That's a great start. The second thing is formed the ninth grade volleyball swing of that it makes no difference who I place on things. "ThisyearthereisnotanA-teamor the (volleyball) court, because they all do B-team type grouping of the players," Gary well," Halperin said.

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Rookie quarterback faces new pressures Football League days. He said," Ever since then, I always wanted to be on the varsity football team, but I never really wanted to be, or could see myself at quarterback." Even during the '87 season Mr. Ed Howe, JV football coach said he had talent. 'We started to win after we put him at quarterback at midseason," Howe said. Starting center Evan Howe, (11), who snapped for Beckman in eigth grade, said," I didn't think Adam would start for the varsity, but as time passed by, he improved." Howe added," Adam's an asset to our team because ofhis good arm and his learning to read the defenses. His only problem is that he's inexperienced,

~~~~!I ~~~! ~ ~! m! 11111111 m "Big responsibility and a lot of pressure," is how starting quarterback Adam Beckman, (11), feels about leading the varsity football team. • Despite the pressure of playing quarterback. I like the leadership, getting the ball every play, and making important decisions." In Beckman's first start, in the season opener at Bryan, Westside lost a close 9-7 game. Despite this, varsity coach Larry Morrissey said, "Adam played quite well. He passed well and handled really well under pressure." Morrissey added that if it hadn't been for a couple of dropped passes and a couple of mis-snaps Beckman would

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have fared even better. One point that Beckman and Morrissey don't agree on is Beckman's ability to throw the ball. Beckman said that he felt he needed to improve his passing, while Morrissey said, "His ability to pass is one of the strong points of his game. It's also one of the best I've seen since Kirk Meyer (Westside's starting quarterback in 1986) was our quarterback." Morrissey and Beckman agreed that he can run with the ball as well. Morrissey said," He can run as well as throw, which is something that our quarterbacks haven't been able to do as well in the past. Morrissey added," Although Adam isn't as fast as Mark Eversden (Westside's starting quarterback last year), he's still pretty fast like Meyer was. The thing to remember about Adam is'that he's only a junior and can only improve and mature as time goes on. Beckman said, "I know that I have the ability to run with the ball pretty well." Beckman's experience goes all the way back to his sixth grade Suburban

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but that will change as the season goes along and as he gets used to playing for the varsity." Although Adam loves playing varsity football, it takes up a lot of his time. He said," I spend three hours after school a day at practice and then when I get home, I'm tired and I have a lot of homework to do." Making it back to the state playoffs is also one ofBeckman's season goals. He said," It would be great if we could make it back to the state playoffs, like last year. If we can improve our offense a little, then I think we'll have a good chance of making the playoffs." Before last Friday's game at Bryan. Beckman said that he thought he'd do pretty good if he did his job. He said," Of course I'm nervous to be starting in my first varsity game, after all I'll see how good I am." After the game, Beckman and Morrissey said that if he can be calm, concentrate, be patient, and read the defenses better, Westside's future is assured of success.

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pening Dillard's and renoCrossroads had 25 stores, now vatlng the Crossroads has we have 87 and expect four or flooded the shopping mall five more by the end of the with people, Cory Skinner, assismonth," Skinner said. " Smaller tant manager of the Crossroads, stores such as Brauns and the said. "Within the frrst five days Brass Buckle located in the of the grand opening which began new wing can survive by August 24, 250,000to 300,000 producing quality clothing for a better price than those bigger people had come to see the new department stores. "We always Crossroads," Sinner said. The renovation cost $40 million have sales going on and as the and was designed by Simon middle-aged business woman Developments, a corporation that shops, her daughter can shop has done many similar malls to in our junior area," Maureen all over the country. Barner, Braun's assistant Though Dillard's has created manager said. some competition for Younker's, usan Faulk, assistant Younker's employees don't mind manager of Ups - n because for Younker's, "CornpetiDowns is pleased at their tlon is always healthy," Ruth location. "Though there is a Kiley, department manager, said. parking problem, the location of According to Kiley, Younker's has the Crossroads is very convenhad no notice on the impact of lent for our cllientele" Faulk Dillard's arrival to town. "People said. are funny, They love to see new The new parking garage cost things and the curiosity was Crossroads $10 million besides there," Kiley said. the $30 milllion qlready inoth stores are conscious of the vested in the mall. "We are needs of their customers. "Here happy we built the parking at Younker's you will get satis- garage with the parking count faction always," Kiley said. "Shopso high," Skinner said. The ping at Dillard's you will receive parking count is approximately quality, selection, and a personal 50,000 a day. bunch of employees," Sonya Berg, After hours of shopping the a Dillard's department manager, Food Court is a draw for cussaid. torners. The variety extends Dillard's isn't the only thing from the American favorite, hot that has attracted the thousands dogs to Italian to Chinese. of people to the Crossroads. The Crossroads brings a new Along with the renovation many meaning to the old saying, new stores have been added to "Shop till you drop.· the Crossroads. "A year ago the

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With summer, carne a gigantic potpourri of movies. One of the foremost was "Young Guns." "Young Guns" is the story of six young ranch hands, none older than 20, who serve as protectors for the ranch on which they live and work. When the bad guy, a rival rancher, kills the boy's mentor they go on the warpath with the help of the law. They are 19et1~utl~s anf11~eiJ1 out after the members o1the posse that gunned down their boss and father figure. The simple job of arresting the posse members turns into gun fight after gun fight and the bodies pile up. Emilio Estevez who plays the young William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, is trying to be a crusader in the film. He is trying to bust up the political corruption that holds the town of Lincoln in it's grasp. Estevez's character is in a constant battle for control of the band with his real life brother, Charlie Sheen's character. Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez are both veteran fllrn stars and bring a touch of class to the screen. Kiefer Sutherland, son of actor Donald Sutherland, is great in his role as the poet/ gunfighter Doc., sort of a Don Juan type character. Lou Diamond PWllips, star of "La Barnba" and "Stand and Deliever," does an excellent job as Chavez, the half Mexican, half Navajo Indian. Casey Siesrnanko and David Mulroney are good in their supporting roles and

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Foster does a great job of portraying a girl who outwardly looks like a confident and happy person but many times just covers the troubles inside. Harmon is satisfactory in his role, and rarely seen throughout the film. "Stealing Horne" isn't a suspenseful action movie but if it means anytthing, it passed my test. I left the theater in a better mood than when I went in and not once did I ever look at my watch.

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1950's decor. The walls are decorated with pictures of clowns, which are meant to be amusing. There also is a soda counter that is reminiscent of the 1950's. Helpful service is one of B & G's ·Stealing Home · strong points. Shirley Gainsforth, manager, is constantly chatting with ID:,:Y%~!f!:W:ilfi~it~l1crilli{~·dZi~!f,SW.I customers while serving a Bee-Gee and Mis es can be made--so on't autofries. "I really enjoy the people," she said. matically give a Siskel and Ebert "I think of it as our country diner in the "thumb's down" rating for failing the ~t city. We ~ ? i keep that home-style -.pn ~ review of the fllin~ ".5 aun me~" atmosphere.· J ~ • · orre ~t review , s on fh ufd The Bee-Gee sandwich, at $1.15, is B ~onc1rlde that this rnovi s enu nel)C eB&G Tasty foods good and entertaining. The conflict is ~ ~1mE~~~f·iii;eBJ.TJ.HWA= & G's speciality. ·A Bee-dee, frenc fries B & G Tasty Foods is more than an or- and a rootbeer float or shake is $2.77. one that is easy to associate with, and Chili and a large Bee-Gee is $2.84. the tone is sincere. It's the perfecxt dinary fast-food restaurant. "I really like their food and it sure Its more of a tradition that celebrates movie to see when spirits are down and beats the cat food some other restauit's 35th birthday this year. the mind needs a rest. B & G, which stands for Bliss and rants use in their food," Danielle Benak, Mark Harmon plays the older version of the character Billie Wyatt, now a Gainsforth, two of the original owners, is (11), said, Gainsforth describes a Bee-Gee as, middle-aged man who grew up in a located at 7900 West Dodge Road in the stable and close family. Probably se- Beverly Hills Plaza. B & G is known to "a Sloppy Joe without the tomatoes", lected "Most likely to succeed," by high students as "the horne of the loose-meat which is an accurate description of this school classmates for Ws outgoing per- sandwich", which consists of ground tasty sandwich. French fries are also a "must" here. sonality and incredible talent in base- beef, steamed with onions and seasonThe hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and ings and served on a bun. Along with the ball, the audience is introduced to an apathetic man who is now lost and loose meat sandwich (known as a "Bee- hot dogs are also good but tend to be on Gee"), the resturant serves chili, horne- the greasy side. For dessert, an ice alone. This changes after he is informed that made soup, chili dogs and hot dogs, fish cream sundae or shake is served at the Ws old babysitter, Katie (played by Jodi sandwiches, and the usual ·hamburger soda fountain. B & G is an attractive alternative to an Foster) has committed suicide and left a or cheesburger and French fries. B & G message that Billie is responsible for her also serves ice cream, shakes, floats, ever-crowded cafeteria. The food is good, as well as resonably priced and freezes, sundaes and cones. ashes. worth the money. The service is fast and When B & G opened it's doors 35 It's a combination of the shock from the loss of his close friend and at one years ago, it was a drive-in restaurant. efficent. B & G is open Monday through Saturpoint girlfriend, and the responsibility of Later, when the Beverly Hills Plaza was dayfrorn 11AMto8:30PM. WithB&G's built, it built itself around the B & G. The disposing of her ashes in the appropriate place that cause Billie to evaluate his outside of the restaurant may have service and food, it may well be around changed, but the inside still contains a for another 35 years. past with Katie and his Family. add character to the entire group. "Young Guns" can be seen at the AMC Westroads 8 and several other area theaters.

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Students relax, enjoy dance I t may not be for everyone, but dancing might be the activity needed for relaxtion and exercise. Several dance studios in Omaha offer dance lessons of various types. Soviet ballet, tap, and modern dance are a few of the classes available. Most classes take place five times a week. Weekday classes take place Monday through Thursday, and weekend classes take place on Saturdays. Classes are after school during the week and early mornings on Saturdays to work around students busy scheadules. Colleen Quick of Colleen Quick Dance Academy said, ·I have classes early Saturday morning so that girls involved in school sports can still attend· Dance is not orily a way to exercise. Quick said, "Dance should be used as a type of therapy and should make you feel wonderful.· Quick's Dance Academy offers classical ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and jazz dance. In addition, Quick offers choreography classes. Quick said, "Combination classes are used so we don't limit the student to one type of dance.· Heather Thomas, (11), a student of Quick's said, ~e class relaxes me, it's good exercise, and it's fun.·

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Quick's one and one and onehalf hour classes for teen-agers always start out with ballet workouts. Quick said, "A ballet workout is the most thorough and safest way of warming up the entire body. • Quick believes if more males realized this there would be more males taking dance. Quick said, "I think it has something to do with dance not being the • macho" thing to do." Christopher Marlowe, (10), said, "I wouldn't be afraid of my image being ruined, but I don't know if I'd ever take dance lessons.• Jason Menning, (11), said, "If the lessons would 'help in anyway with football I would do it. But, otherwise I don't think I'd be in a dance class." Quick has no males in her classes at the moment, but wou!d love to have an all-male class.

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ballet, the tumbling part of gymnastics, jazz and tap dance are availlable. Tawnee Nowak, (10), and student of Carlson's, enjoys the classes and said, "It's kind of a time when you forget about everything and relax. • Combination classes are also used at Carlson's studio. Angie McVey,(lO), said, "I take tap, ballet, and jazz to keep in shape. I like taking the classes

THEATRE "They're Playing Our Song" is playing at Center Stage through Sunday, Sept. 25. Performances start at 3 p.m. Sundays, and at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For tickets call444-6199. The EmmyGifford Children's Theater is presenting "Winnie the Pooh" through Friday, Sept. 30. Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. !he Music Man" is running through Sunday. Sept. 18 at the Firehouse Dinner theater. Performances start at 2p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays , meals at noon

because they're fun and good exercise.· Students don't always take dance by choice. Some are pressured into it. A student of Pat Carlson, Michelle Gaver,(11), said, "My mom makes me take the lessons, but I like them anyway."

F o r those who are interested in dance for more than relaxation and fun, and looking for a serious workout, Eda Krasova's Moscow Bolshoi Theatre System is available. Her dance classes are strictly Soviet ballet classes. Krasova said, "The Soviet's form of ballet is completely different from European ballet. We are different in the hold of the body and our movements are much more precise.· Krasova also added, "Girls who want to be my students should consider that they must give 150 percent at all times, otherwise they will not be successful.· Krasova not only believes in students giving it their all in ballet class, she also believes her students need to excel in school. "If my students aren't doing well in school,· Krasova said, "they cannot continue in my class.·

and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., meals at 6 p.m. Call 3468833 for information and reservations. "Love, Sex, and the I.RS. • is playing at the Upstarts Dinner Theater through Saturday. Oct. 8. For tickets call 344-7777. The Omaha Community Playhouse is presenting ·or Thee I Sing" through Sunday, Oct. 9. Performances are at 8:30 Fridays and Satrudays. Call 553-0800 for tickets. "Sweet Charity" is playing at the Orpheum Theater Friday,

Sept 16and Saturday. Sept. 17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are available at TIX or call (402)3427107. ART

The Henri Cartier-Bresson Exhibition is at the Joslyn Art Museum through Sunday, Sept. 18. Call 342-3300 for The museum information. hours are 10-5 Tuesday to Saturday and 1-5Sundays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children, and free 10-noon on Saturday.

F o r students into the usual, ballroom dancing is option. Although not as vv••o..u•:u with teenagers, ballroom ucuLn.. Lu~, is full of variety. Places such the Fred Astaire and Murray dance studios teach many forms of dance. Most dents at Fred Astaire dance studio are in their late teens or older, but they do take younger. At Arthur Murray Dance Studio, ballrooom, l..a.tin, disco, and country dancing classes are available. The ballroom u ........ ,,..~ class consists of the more popular version of the foxtrot, the waltz, the mambo, the marengay, and the cha-cha. One advantage of ballroom dancing is cost. Ballet is less expensive than ballet, tap. jazz, and others. Twelve ballroom dancing lessons at Arthur Murrray cost $12. Arthur Murray also has many teenage students enrolled in classes. Many female ~tudents at Westside take various types of dance lessons from ballet to ,ballroom dancing. Dancing is not only a way to release pressure and relax. it's also a good way to have a good time.

MUSIC Opers/Omaha is their fall series at Concert Hall at the Joslyn Museum. "Partenope"- Sept. and 25. "A Celebration of Canto"- Sept. 16, 18, 20, 22. -white Rose/Diary of One Who Vanished"(doulbe feature)- Sept. 24. Festival tickets are $42 and $25. Single tickets are $17.50. Tickets are available at Younkers, TIX. or at 346-0357.

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uuuu;:.u on popcorn red licorice at this movie anytime "'lb.e Last Temptation ofChrist"is controversial film that is currently renationwide, however, not in A local theater manager said that theaters have not had the whether or not to show the film. theaters are ow'ned by companies. companies make the decision as what movies will be released in cercltles." "'lb.e Last Temptation of Christ" has in a few selected cities across the An area manager said that au"auutau• the movie may still be released a larger audience, the chances of it to Omaha are very slim. Ar.r-n.....tt ... d to this manager, who not to be identlfted, "The movie Jesus as being a real man with temptations. The Midwest will .___'---'-'-- be avoided because there is

such a great number of people who are against it," he said. Father Stephen Gutgsell, assistant pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church, said that the movie portrays Jesus Christ as immoral--something that he is not. Although local protesters have not viewed the movie, they have heard and read from regional and national correspondents how false the story line is. Gutgsell said that after reading an actual script from the movie, Archbishop Daniel Sheehan believes that the content has departed from the actual narrative as contained in the Scriptures. Gutgsellisn't afraid that after viewing the movie, people might have a negative attitude toward Christ. Rather. he said, "''he rum would tend to desensitize people and they would, therefore, be less aware of the true nature and dignity of Jesus Christ." Harvette Becerra, (11), has seen the film. During a recent trip to Colorado,

she viewed the movie in Denver, because she wanted to see -what the controversy was about. "''here were several protesters outside the theater who were picketing. After the movie the audience was very loud. Everyone was involved in a conversation about what they had just seen, • she said. Now that Becerra has seen the movie she understands why many Christians are against it. "''he movie depicts Jesus as a man with faults--having human qualities. There are many people who refuse to accept that."

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officially condemned," he said. Since the film is not being shown in Omaha, local theaters have for the most part escaped from much protesting. They have, however, received many personal letters and petitions from citizens openly against the film. "We have had people threaten to boycott our theater for a one year period if we release it," a theater manager said. For now, unless a trip to a distant city can be made, interested viewers will have to use stories, like this one, a& their only source of information on the movie. It's hard to determine whether protests have helped or hindered attempts at trying to ban this movie. They have obviously had some influence since cities like Omaha are not showing the film. However, in cities where it is showing, the controversy seems to have sparked interest which has resulted in an increase of box office sales. Perhaps the popcorn and red licorice can be eaten at home in a few months if the movie comes to video stores.

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Does minority deficiency'affect Westside socially or educationally? Public schools reflect the culture ofsurrouding communities. Westside has a 3.49 percent minority population out of 1553 students. "I really don't think the low percentag~ of minorities has a negative impact on the ability of one to learn mathematics or writing skills. · It is not so much a detriment to students' education as it is a detriment to their social growth," Joe Higgins. American government instructor, said. Westside students may be impaired in intrapersonnal relations as well as awareness of other cultural backgrounds, Higgins said. "Ifyou're in a classroom with blacks you understand so much more about culture," Dave Richardson, debate coach, said. Richardson spent 21 years teaching at Bryan High School in the Omaha Public School system. "You learn little things about how people from different cultures react to certain things. I was surprised

in talking to Westside stw;lents last year that they didn't realize that the term 'boy' was a racial epithet." "Westside students, as a whole don't, have a real awareness of how discouraging it can be for someone to go through school and feel prejudice," Sharon Bjorns_e n, counselor, said. "I don't think it's that they don't choose to be aware ofhow minorities feel. it's just when you're not around it you don't think about it." The minimal interaction· with minority students could make it difficult for students to adjust to life after leaving the shelter Westside provides. "In college, I will be put in a situation where I will have to make an adjustment to people from different races," Stephanie Krieger, (12), said. "I would much rather have made that adjustment in high school." "It will probably be a real adjustment when it comes time to go out into the real world," Maureen Griffith, · (12). said. "Obviously there are a lot of different cul-

tures and backgrounds that you have to get used to when you get a job." Guest speakers representing minorities have been brought in to the classrooms in an effort to give students an insight int.o other cultures. "We make an extra attempt to work with kids in the tolerance and understanding of minorities, and I feel we do,an excellent job with that," Jim Findley. principal, said. "We have class session~ and speakers that deal with minorities and keep us aware of different cultures and the problems they face." A basic understanding of cultures can be acquired through these sessions, but certain things can't be taught, Richardson said: "You have to have an ongoing experience where blacks and whites trade ideas.· It can be really enlightening teaching things like Huckleberry Finn 'with ·black students in class. They can explain why racial (Continued on page 8.) _

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Large increases in the abuse of alcoIllegal teen "drinking has prompted hol by teens has become a concern. the start of a minor-in-possession (MIP) "There has been a 3,000 percent inhotline. The hotline, 393-4444, was crease in the use of alcohol by teens in startedbyParentResourcesforlnforma- the last 20 years," Dugan said. tion on Drug Equcation (PRiDE) and the Wes~side may have a bigger teen Parent Action Committee to provide a drinking problem than other high means to report unlawful drinking by schools. "According to the studies I've teens as well as retailers selling alcohol looked at, teen drinking at Westside to teens. High School is higher than the national "I hope that the hotline will tell kids average," Bill McCormick, sociology inthat somebody is watching and that structor, said. planning a party isn't Some of the blame worth it because for the drinkingprobthey'll get caught." Year Number lem falls on parents Susie Dugan, vice and adults for their 564 attitude 1986 president of PRJDE toward and ,coordinator of 500 drinking. "What we 1987 the Parent Action do speaks so much Committee, said. 580 louder than what we 1988* The hotline works say and until we have *thtough August in coordination with . ._ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __. the courage to face the Omaha ar~a law enforcement agen- the problem we aren't going to make cies. Volunteers from PRIDE receive and much headway," Jim Tangdall. superscreen the phone calls before turning the intendent, said. information over to the police. "I look at Dugan said tfie police have steppedit in the area of prevention and informaUP' their efforts this year with increased tion because it will act as a deterrent to arrests for minor-in-possession and the lenient parents who allow parties, or judges have· increased the fine for MIP parties being advertised With flyers," from $25 to $75. The city of Omaha h a d Jack Swanson,. assistant chief of police, arrested 580 minors for MIP from Janusaid. ary through August of this year as opThe hotline was experimented with posed to 500 arrests for all of 1987. last April during the prom season to see The effectiveness of the hotline rna) how it would work. Dugan saiq the two or only be minimal. "Ahotline would be fim three legitimate calls a week they rec for those people who feel they need it ceived in April was sufficient to pursue but I personally think most successfu the hotline full time. With financial parenting occurs at a very young age support from local law enforcement when kids form their values and rela unionstohelppaythe$1700ayearcost, tionships with their parents," Tangdal the hotline was started Thursday, Sept. said. 15. Dugan said the whole communi~ ' The hotline has been receiving 25 effort and awareness of the problem i calls a day. "It's ~en ringing off the here to stay. The hotline is not expecteo hook, of course only half of the ~alls are to solve the teen drinking problem alom legitimate with the other half being kids "This hotlinewon't completely cure any trying to tie up the line. That is why I thing, it is just one small part of th hesitate to publish the number to kids," community effort by parents, school Dugan said. and the police," Dugan said.

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Reach out and bust someone Introduceing the MIP hotline is a commendable attempt ,to curb teen drinking. However, the hotline is failing to directly face the issue head on. The··hotline is concentrating on an effect drinking has had on our society instead ofthe cause of the problem. · . Parents are skirting their responsibility by asking the police to prevent or break-up parties: The relationship between parent and minor shlould be strong enough that other,people shouldn't-be expected to handle the parent's responsibilities. With the hotline, parents are expecting others to report the problems that should be solved at home. The hotline itself will actually serve to break the relationships involving kids already comfortable with th~ir parents. Those minors who have trust in their parents to let them know where they are going may start to wony that their parents will call the hotline, thus damaging another valuable relationship that should be deve1oped. Teen drinking is a part of a much larger problem in society. Until the adults and parents serve as positive nondrinkng role models, teen drinking will continue.to grow. Students mirror their role models, and as long as the adults in our society continue to abuse alcohol, students will also. In stead of pretending to face the issue head on with a program that won't h ave a maj or impact, PRIDE should concentrate ·on the heart of the problem. by first setting positive role models. Students need those p ositive role m odels giving examples of what to DO instead of the message of what NOT to become . . ·

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The implementation of the pop machine in the cafeteria was intended .t o provide pop for the students, but the $100 a day revenue generated by the machine is becom-: ing a "slush fund" an unidentified purpose. When considering whether to provide a pop machine, there was a fai~ure to specify a use for the money. As a result, the uses for the fund were decided without the consent of the stu dents who initially provide the money for the pop m achine fu nd. With confusion and inconsistencies am ong the administration, the use of the pop m achine money needs to be openly decided and written down.- The decision for the use ofthe fund should lie with the students instead of in the opinion of one person. A department head meeting that involves input from students, teachers, and parents should decide how the $5000 pop machine revenue should be used ~o best improve Westside High School.

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The graflltti painted by Forum needs deserves congratulations for the success of vandals on the wall around the United - Way Drive. The the south senior parking lot $2,408.20 donated by students . shows extreme 'd isrespect for to United Way is unmatched school property. We hope arourid the state and should be that in the future all students recognized as an outstanding will act above this behavior effort by Fomm and the student within their own schools and in dealing with other schools. body.

The "Lance" is the offical publication of Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St., Omaha , NE, 68114. The "Lance" office is located in Room 122. Advertising rates are available upon request. Phone (402) 3903339. The "Lance" is an in-house publication. The paper is distributed to all students 16 times a year. Subscrip· tion rates to others are $5 postpaid. Non-profit mailing rates claimed. The-"Lance" is printed by the "Fre· mont Tribune," 135 N, Main, Fremont, NE 68025. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters should be less than 300 words in length. signed by the author, and sent to the editor or the adviser in Room 122. . ' The ;;Lance" is a memb r of the Nebraska High School Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Scholastic Press Association.

Editor-in-chief, Laura Struve. Managing Editor/ Production, Gwen McGill. Managing Editor/ Copy, Mason Myers. Business Manager, ·Kim Ostergaard. Copy Editor, Mary Overholt. News Editor, Karen Nyhom. Associate News Editor, Jay Nilsson. Feature Editor, J im Duff. Sports Editor, D.J. Rezac. Weekender Editor, Nancy Olson., Design Editor, Kent Bonham. Photo Editor, Evan Howe. Circulation Manager, Mich· elle Jaeger. ' Staff Artist, Troy Muller. Staff Critic, Mark CarrOll. Columnists, Ertn Conboy, Jessica Sullivan. News ~taff, Todd Parker, Amy Radii, Laurie Spiel, Anne Wax. Feature Staff; Debra Dohmen, Allison Kohli, Melfssa Partset. Sports Staff; Andy Chapin, Bert Cohen, Randy Hallett. Weekender StaB; Nick Hansen, Susie Kiscoan, Cathy Pettid, Becky Richardson. Design Staff; Jenny Frank. Photographer, Matt Fischer.

Le.t ters Teen drinking solution doesn't lie In hotline Dear Editor, . The battle against teen drin king h as taken a new direction this year. The n umber of youths. cited for s u ch violations a s minor-in-posses sion· and driving- while-intoxicated a ctually decreased last year. However, there are those wpo . were not satisfied with last year's results. so this year PRIDE-Qmaha has gone one step further in starting the PRIDE minor-in-possession-of-alcohol hotline: Anyone at any time suspecting any teen drinking anything illegaly may now call PRIDE at 393-4444 to report the problem. Unfortunately, this hot line- w~Ich is designed to save lives-;- may have just the opposite result. Let's examine the direct effects of this hotline on a typical teen drinking party. John, an AllAmerican boy, and his girlfriend Sally, are at a friend's house for a small get-together. John has had a few beers and is aware that although )le feels fine, his motor skills have definitely been affected by the alcohol. Because John knows that he must drive Sally llbme safely at 12;30, he stops drinking at 10:00 to allow enough time for the alcohol to leave his system before drivtllg. However, what John does not realize is that a neighbor who saw several youths entering 'the . party has dialed 393-"4444 to report the suspected drinking. The police arrive around 10:30, and the guests of our hypothetical party all flee. As John instinctively runs from the party. he laughs when he tells Sally, "We can't get busted. That would ruin our whole evening." John momenUuily forgets.about the alcohol in his system as he starts his car. The unexpected police raid took the time away from John that he needed to sober up. Instead of saving John's life by stopping him from drinking. the police indirectly forced John to drive Sally home drunK. John and Sally have a head-on collision on the way home. In attempting to "save" their evening. John and Sally lost their lives. More than 90 percent of stu dents experiment with alcohol before they graduate from high school. Statistics such as these make it clear that the problem ofteen drinking does need to be addressed. However, the new PRIDE hot line is NOT the solution . .Organizations such as PRIDEOmaha and PUSH should spend less time "bustteens. and concentrate more of their efforts

toward urging young adults to drink •bly. ' . Respectfully. Jeff Zanartni 4

'Last Temptation' bett~r ·off left alone Dear Editor, . Congratulations on a spectacular first editio ofihe 1988-89 "Lance." Your layout is more cle and a sight for sore "ultra-conservative" eye Even in the first issue, the articles are even mo "moderate" than I expected. For these you are be commended! I would like to address one shortcomln th~ugh. IUs in response to your articles, Ph•otoPt inions, and cartoons regarding !he Last tation of Christ." Basically, I feel you placed much of the bJalne on the Roman Catholics. did play a big part, yet we can't forget our mentalist and evangelical friends as well. also are to blame for hot havirtg this film in Omaha. flbat's if you could call trash a film.) I don't know how many t:tnies I sat in listening to Pastors and members alike over the contents of this film. Often, I 8at shaking my head in disgust. Why don't understand that if they had said nothing, the would have been gone in a week from theatre in America. Why? It had two against it. One, it was a religious film. Two, it just plain boring (according to critics.) If they practiced a little "seventy times seven," thing would have panned-out. Even Jesus gave and prayed for his enemies. Yet my tian brothers olthe Roman Catholic Church Fundamentalist/Evangelical had to open their big mouths. Thanks to we've got a hit on our hands. If these people believe in the Divinity of they should believe that Jesus will be ..~~.t~ •.-~,.,., over his t enemies with or without their Though theologians (get the right word, Muller) gripe and whine to ban the film. credibility of Jesus will ·still be good and the day after. Take a hint, my friends. What's good for Jesus is good for you Sincerely. Jeff D. Voorhees


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• the (1'3) ·clowns Bring 1n It seems to be pretty obvious to Now, I'm not a big fan of the would too, if the result of it was not me, but am I the only one in the circus, but Westside has 13 clowns , being allowed to go to the games. whole school who seems to notice? who make me iaugh. In the past, I think the main reason for my I sure hope I'm not the only one the senior class has been known to spirit-di-iven plight is due to the fact because· then I'd feel like a self- dress up for basketball games in that many students' rights are dressed pattern-blind person at a which they trted to promote spirit. being taken away and it doesn't polka dot convention. Last year, the senior class didn't help either if our sole purpose .i s to ----------------------~ keep a perlect Hollywood Every s~hool in Omaha has their own . way of displaying High image. This means Erin Conboy school spirit. It plea ses me that other schools take adbeyond words to see students vantage of our delica te situ Columnist from opposing schools coming a tion.· to Westside and d isplaying True, it does look better their beautiful artwork and to the public for Westside to grammar skills on our walls. promote spirit within its It must have caused amutal dress up so a group own school walls. We don't need a tear to be shed between the admini- it upon themselves to do so. The thousand little gimmicks to prostration and school board for being crowd response was good, but that mote school spirit. It feels better chosen out of every school in the . was not necessarily the opinion of too. But it's going to be hard to find city to play host to this year's dis- the administration. They were wit- something to lift student morale play of modem art. You could call tingly dubbed the "13 clowns". without some student participait grafitti, but I myself chalk it up to Some of this group's crazy antics tion. I just hoj)e people realized that school spirit. included dressing up in Santa hats, maybe , it's a compliment to have Forgive me if I draw the conclu- togas and surgeon uniforms. They other schools like M.N. put us down sion that M.N. on the back of the did a great job of making everyone .because obviously they reg~d us as visitor stadium, facing the senior high-spirited, but because they tougn competition. We need those lot stood for Millard North. For all didn't know how to express them- clowns to backourteamagainstour I know, it could have , stood for selves like Millard North's students, opponents. It's like life without "mutant nerd." It is rather harsh of these followers of spirit were not Bozo, and the grand prize game. me to even consider thinking that, allowed to wear hula skirts into a At least as I enter the football even though we did play Millard basketball game. · I'm sorry, you'll stadium some Friday night, I'll feel North's football team that very just have to forgive me again for superior. Westside doesn't have to night But wouldn't they want to comparing horrible spirit evokers to, promote spirit by putting down take the credit for it. The art work innocent spray painters. others. We're just a step above the superb. This year the circus runaways rest. So everybody wear red and It's this team's natural talent for were politely asked to refrain from black for tonight's Prep game. art and their lmagtnatlve--expres- costumes at,-the games,, whiuh Maybe, I'll go to the game ...maybe, of school spirit that shows me means no more Santa hats or Jlula I'll just go with the clowns, back to IWf~ts;ide is lacking something. skirts. Of course they'd refrain. I the circus.

It's the end of a-n other era The end ofan era has come about. Yes; we've seen the of the other shops. We'd have to stop at the Pharmacy departure of the last decent coffee shop. Brady's has to get chips and pop, but that's no big deal. We could moved to Biondo Street. It wasn't replaced by another just pick a shop, and ·sit around on the floor and talk, coffee shop, either. It was replaced by a women's clothing or eat, or something. Maybe ifweweren't~oo noisy, we shop. wouldn't get kicked out. Gee, wouldn't that be That's too bad once you start to think about it. Good wonderlu? Seeing as how I've been off day:lrearning again, I coffee shops are hard to come by. Brady's didn't get too upset about the noise, they didn't care if students think it's time to take a look at reality. If we did go into Lsn1ok:ed, and they let students use the phone. What any of the other shops and sat around and ate, talked, could we ask? This leaves me one ques- or smoked, we would be kicked out-quickly. Where do we go now? I'm also sure the adminiThere are still places to go in stratton would receive h .. ,..,1"' .. but if you decide many calls from irate shop Jessica Sullivan owners. We~d probably all sit down, eat, , or have a get put on restriction, and inanyofthem, chances Columnist getkickedout. !don't our passes would be taken Jm~1gir1e that the Village Bookaway. That would be just the or Natelson's would apbeginning. I get the incred'-----•-•- a . horde of noisy stucongregating in their aisles. To be fair, there is one ible urge to yawn just thinking about all the lectures coffee shop, the Market Basket, but the owners are we'd have to sit through. In the ·long run, finding a good substitute for about under-age smokers and noise levels. There is a bench. You know, the one across the street Brady's just wouldn't be worth the effort. we!might as a tree. It loo~ sort of like a bus bench. It's an okay 'well-just start going to the IMC's (or maybe even the to go ifyo_u c;l9n't have any place els~ better to be. bathrooms). I guess that, unless you have a car, either you'll be weather is still nice, so that's not a problem- yet. , when winter comes, I sure don't want to freeze my doing a lot of studying, a lot of bathroom hopping, or a lot of shiverirlg. With af}y luck, I won't be doing any side. Brady's moving wouldn't be so bad, though, if say, of the above with you. So, goodbye to the last of the decent coffee shops. ilnc>tht~r coffee shop had moved in. But nooo. It had to Though we miss you now, I'm sure we'll miss yqu a a clothing shop. • Well, then again, mciybe we should hang out in some thousand times more this winter. /


BRIEF Squires denied sponsorship Westside's Squires were invited to attend the 1989. National Cheerleader Association's Superstar Porn Pon National Championship 1n Dallas, TX. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29 and 30. They were also invited to dance in the Cotton Bowl Parade Monday, Jan. 2. · The squires asked the administration for their sponsorship to the parade but the administration refused them on the grounds that they would not sponsor them for an outs tate activity. Dr. John Crook. dean of boys. said the administration would like to be able to sponsor them, but they cannqt.

DECA plans civic conscious.n ess DECA. (Distributive Education Clubs of America). has a lot planned this year in the area of community involvement. ?bey plan to start a cMc-consciousness project. "Here at school we are starting an anti-vandalism campaign," Don GUpin, DECA sponsor, said. According to GUpin, other clubs such as Z-Club and Interact must also get involved in the project to make it effective. "This year's focus of DECA will be community service," Gilpin said. · ·

Z-Ciub, Interact hold same goal Z-Club and Interact have an important thing in common: a concernJor the community. · Lois Lefebvre, Z-Club sponsor, said, "Z-Club provides a service for the school and community." Being a part oflnteract is described by _Bob Klein, sponsor, as. ''The giving of one's self to the community." . Z-Club members consist of junior and senior girls only. The enrollment has decreased some since Interact now accepts both girls as well as boys to their club. Involvement in school service includes homecoming, Parent's Night for the varsity football players, and working with the special education department for Z-Club. Interact is a service of professional people who serve the community in which they live.

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.Pop machine fund explored also used to pay for the spring or Freshman Honors Banquet needing a caffeine boost, stu· The money made by the pop dents are pouring a hefty por- machine, which is about $100 tion of their pocket change into . per day;. is deposited in a ~M­ the school pop machine. . · ·sion of the Activity Fund clieckWith close to $5,000 in · a ing account by Jack NOodell, still-expanding account, ques- business manager at Westside. . tions are being raised as to the Once there, .it is the job ofJim purpose of the income. "It's Findley, principal, to review and actually just accumulating,' accept or decline applications Roger Herring. assistant princi- asking for use of money from pal, said. "'The money is going to _ the fun~. Findley stated that be returned to the students in the money will be used within one form or another." Westside, but the students may ':'We haven't spent much not see it directly. "I don't know . money out of (the fund)." Lee if it's so much 'to the students' Perkins, vice principal, said. as for the betterment of "I'd imagine it will be used for Westside," Findley said. · flexible kinds of thiiigs to imHe stressed that the money prove Westside High." So far wUl not be given out to supplethe fund has provided. for two ment the budgets of schoolscholarships, valued at $200 sponsored clubs. "This fund is each, to the 1987-88 Westside not for clubs who have fallen winners of the Century Three behind on their fund raising - and Principal Leadership award efforts," Findley said. scholarships. The administra-. When the pop machine was tion has decided to malte use of first installed by the Student the fund annually in awarding Advisory Board (SAB) ·the adthese scholarships. ministration suggested that the A total $320 of the fund was profits not be put into the SAB us~d to make up for a 'negative fund. "We considered (keeping balance in the chorus budget at the money)," Mason Myers.(12), the beginning of the school SAB president, said. "We were year. ~oney from the fund ~as . under the impression that it

wouldn't be that much money.· Lack of direction in the money generated by the pop machine is a source of confusion and disappointment to some club sponsors, who have noticed a dent in their own concession sales that is possibly related. "Mr. (Don) Gilpin (Distributive Education Clubs of America sponsor) and I noticed last year that concession sales were down. I think it's affecting all of us," Clarann Winslow, co-sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America (FBIA), said . "I think it caught the administration by surprise that (the money) would be so much,· Gilpin, said. "I would like to see a general statement on how that money Will be used. • "The Westside Foundation is designed to fund projects that the regular tax dollar cannot fund," Herring said. The main difference is the area the funds serve. "The Westside Foundation money is going to be administered by someone outside this building," Findley said. The pop machine money, Findley feels, is for the exclusive benefit of Westside.

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Innovation above vacations, freedom before merit pay, the key to Increasing teachers' job satisfaction may lie within these approaches to running a school. Theorizing that th~ quality ofteachers' work life determines the quality of instructors in public high schools, an extensive study is being undertaken to test this hypothesis. Working on a grant from the National Center on Effective Secondary Schools for the proposal developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researchers are studying eight traditional and eight . non-traditional high schools across the nation. From Monday, Sept. 19, to Friday, Sept. 23, project researchers Richard Rossmiller and BetsAnn Smith collected data from Westside, acting as one of the non-traditional subjects In the study.. Last spring Smith made initial contact with Jim Findley, principal, after receivIng the school's name from the _National As5ociation of Teachers of Mathematics. After a two--d ay visit, the school was selected to participate in the study. "Westside had features such as its modular schedule. We saw a lot ofteachers working in teams, and departments with interesting teacher participation In decision making, so we wanted to come down and spend a , week learning as much about it as we could," Smith satd. Min the last five years, there's been a lot of national attention about education and much of it has been negative. There have been many studies ofteachlng and threats that were felt to be piling up on

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the teaching profession. Teachers were .of faculty and staff including the ethnic burnt-out, not _competent, leaving the composition, gender composition, perprofession, getting older," Smith said. cent with advanced degrees, average The study will consider different pos- length of service in the building, average sible causes for present education con- class size, number iof faculty and staff cerns beyond the extrinsic factors tradi- calling in sick." Findley said. tionally considered, such as low teaching Through observing classes, Intersalaries. viewing teachers and students, and According to Sfnith the focus is in- mass data collection, Smith and stead on elements within the school itself Rossmiller began to fonilulate a generMsuch as being treated professionally, ally positive opinion of the school. "We rarely having a satisfysee anyone who ing work life, . . By and large, people respect appears to · be p.aving meaneach other here. Students angry or fed up Ingful relationrespect teachers, and teachwith life. Most ships with peers, and being ers respect students. ~ students and teachers seem able to particito be happy, pate in deciRichard Rossmiller, researcher sions that are - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - v e r y purposeful, being made." very polite," Rossmiller said. During the course of the week, a variThe workability of modular schedulety of Information was collected. · Ing was cited as one of the unique as'They did a survey as part of their data pects of ijle school. collection efforts. They collected InforMit's more than the modular schedulmation on the master time schedule, Ing. It's the ability to take adva~tage of staff roster, any central office reports or the opportunicythat a modular schedul~ self-studies we've done, staff newslet- creates, both for students and for teachters, daily announcements for the week. ers. There are many secondary schools brochures, handouts describing specific in the country that adopted modular programs, course descriptions, a list of scheduling in the late 1960's and early last year's and year to date staff develop- 1970's and most of them abandonded it ment activities, the size of the student after two, three or four years. In this body, the ethnic mix, the percent receiv- school. they decided to make it work and Ing free or reduced price lunch, to iron out the bugs as they went," "Achievement reports, CTBS scores, Rossmiller said. SAT, ACT scores, dropout data, percent Modular scheduling demonstrates going to four-year college, two-year col- the staJTs dedication to teaching and is lege, vocational or trade schools, number also partially responsible for it. : 7

·N BRIEF Radon becomes new threat Just as the asbestos problem seems to have been taken care of, in comes a riew problem for the district to consider: harmful radon gases. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, being exposed to too much radon gas (which is present to some extent everywhere) has the same effect as smoking a half pack of cigarettes a day or receiving 200 to 300 chest X-rays a year. It was found that one in ev_ery three homes in eight different states, not including Nebraska, contained high radon levels. Testing for radon gases in schools is not required by the federal government yet.. More information is due out soon. Dr. Jim Findley, principal, said, "To my knowledge Westside has not been tested for the radon gases. I'd like ·to know more

Positive reinforcement begins Mailboxes are held under SUIVeillance at mid-quarter by studen_!.s waiting to grab a downslip before it reaches the eyes MomandDad. However, students need take heed that an em•elope from the school at this time does not necessarily contain bad news. Positive Progress Reports [PPR] will be used to recognize students who perform admirably in the classroom. The PPR targets a different group of students than do other awards. Rather than being presented upon any display of excelL·-----· PPR's will serve as positive reinforcement for those who demonstrate noteworthy improvement. "It's an attempt to recognize young people when they've truly progressed at something," Jim Findley, principal, said. PPR's will be presented throughout the year. Recipients will be determined by individual teachers. There is no limit to the number that can be distributed. /

FBLA changes for new year The 1988-89 organization of FBIA (Future Business Leaders of America) is excited about the upcoming ye.ar. They are planning to change from an officer system to a committee system, "that will mean a big change," Randy Hallett, president, said. This year's officers are: Randy Hallett, president; Pete Hazelvice president; Donna Scheidt, corresoponding secretary; Amy Duff, recording secretary; Susan GaiVer, treasurer; Jason Brune, reporter/public relations; Case Goodman and ~Qpp Howphotographers. FBIA anticipates 100 to 150 members this year. "We would anyone that is interested in business to join," Clarann , FBIA sponsor, said. The cost is $5.

"Teachers work very hard here. In many traditionally organized schools, teachers would have one or two periods during the day that are identified as preparation periods, where they are generally not in contact with students. At this school teachers seem to be in contact with students from the time they come to school in the morning until they · leave at night," Rossmiller said. Rossmiller and Smith see the school in terms of a unified whole rather than teachers on one hand, students on the other. "By and large, people respect each other here. St4dents respect teachers, and teachers respect studen.ts. It's not much fun teaching ifyou're working with a group of adversaries," Rossmiller said. Smith added, "There's no 'we-they' here. It's one community without ·any sharply drawn divisions." Although like many other puplic schools, the district is aging. Smith sees no negative effect. "That's not the story of Westside," Smith said. 'The age is the same, but the attitude is much different. A woman said to me yesterday, 'I've been here 20 years. I come here every day excited and leave every day impressed'." The e_!ght traditional schools have already been obseiVed. Westside was the first ofthe other eight schools to IJe studied and will be followed by schools in Detroit, Los Angeles and Tucson in addition to four scltools whi~h have yet to be determined. The study is estimated to be completed by the spring of 1990.

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In an effort to see how went 5o far as to say that Maction is always the authority of Westside teachers compared to tiitken." national results, 50 teachers responded toques·The primacy goal of the administration retions similiar to those of the Carnegie survey. garding complaints is to allow free expression. The largest dis_crepancy lied in the area of ~ether anything is changed or not," Finteacher evaluation. Locally over one-half of the dley said, "I just hope people 'think they're teachers, 58 percent; feel influential in that heard." area. Nationally only ten percent feel involved. Findley went on to describe the school as Planning homecomiilg takes imagination, time and team Attempting to involve teachers in this deci- ~ecy responsive," citing the stricter enfor.ceeffort. Brtgid Dugan, (12): homecoming supeiViSor, organizes sion is a district standard. "This summer we mentofopencampusregulationsasanexample. homecoming activities with the help of Jenny Lunde·. (12), hired a new person 1ri business. Joan Anderson, MWhen a plan comes up, this district responds and Anne Carr, (12). [business department chair), wa5 in Europe at v~cy well. The concerns of the staff a year ago the time. I felt that one thingl needed to do was about the attendance policy were responded to contact her. i made a phone call and we talked quite well," Findley said. Thelengthoftlmeittakestorecwyaproblemfor 35 nliimtes one night over long distance. We've always done those kinds of things," Jim atic .situation is the subject of some debate. Findley, principal, said. Lydia Burgos, . Spanish instructor, has been Better than nationally, but still low, is the complaining and waiting for four years for the . Bright lights and loud colors are what can be expected at this degree to which teachers feel they affect the thermostat in her classroom to be fixed . year's homecoming dance. school budget (22 percent at Westside as comMI'm looking forward to this winter because With such events as the bonfire, the homecoming parade, the pared to a national20 percent) and the selection I've been told that my room is finally decent. For football game, and the dance itself, the "Take a Walk on the Wild of new teachers (24 percent in the building the lastfour years it hasn't been, prompting me Side" theme fits this year's homecoming week. opposed to 10 percent nationwide.) last year to write a letter to the editor [of the _ The week starts off with the election· of homecoming king and , The only area where Westside teachers feel "Lance") out of exasperation at being frozen," queen candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 5, by all grade levels, and is more left out than do teachers nationally is the Burgos said. opened to almost any senior. selection of new adniinistrators. Only 2 percent Regardless of the situation in other areas, the "Anyone who is either in a school club, spirit group, or on a varsity of surveyed teachers qere feel that they have actualinstructionofstudentsisleftin the hands athletic teain is nominated," Brigid Dugan, (12); homecoming input in this decision. In the Camegle survey 10 of the teachers. Only 4 percent of Westside supeiVisor, said. "A lot of candidates are on the ballot, but will be percent responded affirmatively. teachers feel they have "very- little" freedom while narrowed down to 12 boys and 12 girls. • Four percent ofteachers here feel involved in 88 percent think of themselves as haVing almost ' Thursday, Oct. 6, the almost annual bonfire will be held. It is none of the decisions. complete liberty in the·clas$room. open to anyone. _, ,, . The level of.input teachers are given may "i have great confidence in the people we "This year's bonfire is going· to &e spe~ beca~ we . have correspond to their ·position in the district. "I have, • Findley said. "To think that I can make Broderick Thomas as a guest speaker," Dugan ~d: ·. _ - . wish that all teachers who want as much say as ·. outstanding decisions as to how to teach French Thomas is the defensive end for the Untvei'Sity of Nebraska Com~ Igetasadepartmentheadcouldhavethatmuch Vwhen I can't speak French is crazy.• huskers. The bonfire will be held on the baSeball diamond. · Then, baCk by pop~ar demand, the boMecomtng parade Will Carnegie Foundation results _march down the streets of the school diStrict from campus to 84th , . ·_ Stn!iet.-dowil to Center S~t. west to 90th.Street. and finally back •ti.ric:e" ln-school results ·· to the sChool grounds. · · ... . . . . ·carnegie Foundation for the · Gar entries, at •1 a car, and tloats.:at •10 a Ooat. w1ll be the matn . <. ·.A.dvancelnerit·o£ teaclrlng · ·".,. .. -· attraction of the parade. ._ •. .•Last F W~tstde dtdn\ have a paiade," Mason Myml. (12), l. Student.AdvisoJY Board I sABJ PJeSident. satd. ·aut since we didn't . 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• Integration problem not solved by busing Continued from page 1. blacks and whites and quite hanepithets are repulsive to them and estly among teachers, but after this how strong a problem prejudice was period of adjustment there were a lot of benefits." with their past generations," "Richardson said. "OPS ha& a voluntruy desegregaThe faculty's ratio of minorities is tion plan, and my perception is that similar to the student ratio. Minori- it has worked very well. Students ties represent 3. 1 percent of the found that it expanded their vision total number of teachers, couns'elof the community in Omaha," Stan ors, and administrators. Maliszewski, OPS supervisor of "I think it would be neat to have counselors, said. "I went to more minorities on the faculty. It is Westside's graduation last year and important modeling for young asked a friend, What's Wrong, don't people growing up to have a variety they allow minorities at Westside?' of adults that they work with from It's hard for me to imagine not different educational and ethnic having a variety of students anybackgrounds," Bjomsen said. "Stu- more. It doesn't seem possible." dents should be exposed to lots of District boundary lines and the positions from teachers regarding high costs of transportation make racial and social issues. Education · the chances of busing being initishould be as balanced as we can get ated in District 66 slim. it." "If we bused students in, where "I feel strongly about the need for would the financial responsiblity minorttr teachers. I think it would go? It costs very close to $5000 per strengthen our staff if we had a student per year to be educated in more diverse staff," Bill Nelson, · District 66. If we sought minority social studies department head, volunteers in the greater commusaid. "I wish our school district nity of Omaha and provided transwould make - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - portation, this becomes very expena__I?ore . . I wish our school dissuccessful efsive forthe comtrict would make a fort to hire munity," Higgins 1 more successful efsaid. minority teachers and fort to hire minority "OPS's busing administrateachers and adminpolicy is designed tors. It for a large sc;:hool istrators. It would be system. I don't would be good for stu~ good for students to know if it would · dents to see see minorities in role worK at a smaller minorities in district like role modeJs models as teachers, ~ westside's. The as teachers." type of structure The sparce Mr. Bill Nelson, social studies is probably not number of department head said. appropriate," Mal' iszewski said. minority teachers can be attributed to de- Integration from busing could clining enrollment and staff reduccause racial tension in District 66. tionswhich started in 1975. "There's a lot of people who feel we !he school board makes every need to integrate by busing, but I attempt to find minority teachers feel it would bring more racial when they have the opportunity to tension if integration is forced," hire," Higgins said. "But we've had Schulz said. very little opportunity to hire in the "I· think some families move into last ten years, so the opportunity to District 66 because of the fact that have increased minorities is less it's not integrated. Students could than it would be in other schools." handle integration really well, but I An emphasis will be put on hirdon't think some parents could. There is some prejudice among ing minority teachers in the future, but quality won't be sacrificed, Hoyt parents, but it iS not a problem saig. with kids," Griffith said. · !here shouldn't be any forced . Indications from the past ten hiring of minority teachers. It's reyears have shown that more minorities are attending Westside verse discrimination hiring someone because they are black," Matt t4an ever before. Minority populaSchulz, (11), said. tion has grown from less than one "I don't think it matters what the percent from a decade ago. But · color of skin is of someone who is because of low housing turnover, teaching me. I don't think if I had the percentage of minority students five black teachers I would learn living in District 66 wjll not make' anything differently," Krieger said. a substantial increase in the near Busing students was used to in-· future. "The best solution for District 66 tegrate schools in the Omaha Public Schools system,(OPS), that is that we as a community remain had. previously had low percentages open to integration in housing, and of minorities. that sales are legitimately open to "Integration has worked very well minorities," Higgins said. "We, as a at Bryan, which was predominantly community, should do everything we can to encourage and support white the first ten years I taught there," Richardson said. "There families who wish to relocate in our were periods of difficult transition district. ·u we do that, integration in terms of attitude on the parts of of schools will follow."

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friends is easy if people treat each other equally. · !o me people are people. It doesn't matter what color they are: Mona Thomas, (12), said. -I thought before I came to Westside that a lot of people were really rich and I wouldn't fit in, but it turned out it's not. If you're nice to people, they're nice to you," Chambers said. orming a. romantic relationship or . · even casually dating someone of a -dUTerent ·race takes guts and courage ~~,;~:;:. to face criticism from any disapproving ~·W>r""*'~·· ideas. -I think the hardest thing is to get a date," Chambers said. !hey think that if they take out a black girl people will stare at you. If a black girl and a white guy go out, so what?" -coing out with guys and sttiff is hard. We're talking prom and kissing a black girl and guys here just won't do that: Butler said. This year Westside has the largest percentage of minorities in it's history although it isn't up a sizeable number.

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As I flipped through the channels on my television I stopped on NBC to watch at least one out of the 270 hours of the Olympics being televised. I guess the reason I don't watch more is because I don't really care about a 4' 11" weightlifting champion from Turkey pumped full of steroids, or a British Equestrian medalist ei!}ler for that matter. Swimming was on though and it was the 400 meter individual medley relay where the United States' own Janet Evans had the best qualiJ)ring time. During the 'race my mind wandered and I thought about Westside's own swimming team and everything they have accomplished. We have a dynasty at Westside High School. This summer we even sent a swimmer to the Ol)rmpic trials. That's great, I said to myself as the 17-year-old Evans won the gold medal. But I wasn't talking about Evans' feat. I couldn't wait to get to school on Monday and talk to a swimmer, any swimmer. I just wanted to congragulate them- any of them heck, al) of them. I didn't have to travel very far. Down in Mr. Stegman's homeroom I found a swimmer. After a pleasant conversation, this swimmer filled nie in on something I didn't realize. Every day Westside has about 234 girls running around in short skirts and new uniforms and the duties of these chicks include cheering our athletes on to victory and giving them bags of candy on game days. Whoever thought of this second option was defmitely thinking of me. ' Every week the varsity football te~ receives either flowers or bagsofcandyfromoneofthevariousspirtgroups. Wellthesame is true down the line for volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track. But what about the swimmers?

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The team's next big ""':un:;u!;• will come during the Metro Tourney which starts Monday, Oct. 3. 'We'll definitely be one of the four teams in the tournament," Royle said. Lincoln East, Bellevue West, and Grand I are currently rated ahead of Westside.


ET Runners place fourth . Cruising along, the boys' cross count:Iyteam plaGed fourth out of 11 teams in the BelleVue Invitational. Jeff Hall, (11) , won the individual competition also. Don Patton, coacq, said·," Along with Jeff, there has been host of guys that have been really running well, including Andy Johnson, (12)." As far as th~ girls' squad goes, they placed fifth out of seven _teams in the Bellevue Invitational. "Christina Netsch, (10), has been doing really well and placing in the top five in every meet." Patton said. One thing the girls' team could use is some more dedicated girls, Patton added. ·

Player ruled ineligible· Losing a good player in any sport can hurt ~ team. TarunBaneJ.jee, (12), wasakeyplayeron the varsity tennis team and was declared ineligible because of a high school rule saying that a person cannot participate in an athletic program if he is 19- years- old before September 1. "Losing Tarun will hurt the team because of his experience and talent ," Paul Nyholm, head coach, said. · · In the first invitational of the season, the Papillion Invitational, the best appearance was by David Clark, (9), by reaching the semifinals. The Warriors' next challenge will be the Metro meet, Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 57, and then State, Thursday and Friday, Oct.. 13 .and 14.

JV coach optimistic 1\vo I's will control the junior varsity (JV) football season. "Injury and improvement," Ed Howe, JVfootball coach, said, "those two things will eontrol the.season for us."

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TJ up next.for gridders Having a tough schedule is not a comfort at the beginning of a season, but the sophomore footbal team didn't let that bother them opening with a victory over Burke. "Everyone on our schedule will be tough," Jim Fey., head coach, said. "And not being very deep on our bench will not help us out much." DaveFehl', (10), and Jerry Imhoff, (10), are two players who will play important roles on the team. "Dave and Jerry are both good athletes," Fey said, "and they will help out the team." The sophomore team will go for another win at Thomas Jefferson Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4: 15 p.m.

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Funk seeks state tournament position Pressure. "I feel as though I have to meet ~etybody's expectations," Stacie Funk. (12), No. 1, varsity golf player, said, "and their expectations are harder to meet than mine."

That's one of the pressures Funk faces out on the golf course evety time she plays in a tournament or in a dual meet. "There is so much to think about when I'm out there playing." Funk said. "I've never lostit out there, but sometimes I think I might." Funk has had this press.u re since she made the golf team as a freshman. "I played No. 5, as a freshman. But then I felt a different kind of pressure," Funk said. "I was always worried about playing on the varsity, plus just being a freshman, I didn't have a feel of what was going on all the time. But when I became a

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Dates determine after-dance plans what most people do,· Debbie Kreie,(l2) said. ~t:JIV1ttes seem to be somewhat standard Tracy Pollard, (12), commented on on homecoming night. It's the party- the hotel room situation. "You could ·s ay that often attracts the most attention getting a hotel room is part of the evestudents and adults alike. ning; she said. Not only do students pay attention to Tradition· is not the only reason stugoing on after the homecoming dents rent hotel rooms. Lack of other but Westside faculty members, things to do and places to go is also a and local law enforce- problem. "Ijustgotaskedsoidon'tknow agencies also pay attention to party what we're doing yet, but we'll probably Hotel and house parties are what go to a hotel for a party since it's the only students and adults are interested place go,· Trish Cieslik. (11), said. Students are lookirig for a good time; Many students agreed that the reaare watching for illegal activities son for renting hotel rooms is for the as drinking by minors and renting opportunity to drink. "Drinking has gotrooms while under the legal age of ten worse,· Johnson said. But to many students' surprise, hotels are not always Peg Johnson, dean of girls, said, "All a safe place for drinking. Administrators us, faculty and administrators, are send information on teen parties to varito what students plan to do after ous hotels in the city. bmtec<>min~.· Counselor Maryanne Hotel management is aware of minors !Jd"etl:s agreed with Johnson. "We are a renting and using the hotel rooms. 'We more aware of what's going on party- do have a big problem with minors trying .. she said. to rent the rooms,"Tina Persinger, AssisTeachers can, .and do, intervene in tant General Manager at Embas5y Suites party plans. "If we hear a certain .in Omaha, said. 'The proble.n definitely name being mentioned, we

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increases whenever high schools have down on this problem. At Howard dances such as homecoming." she said. Johnsons of Omaha, the problem is cut When hotel management is told of down by a s~ple process. The hotel disturbances coming from a party, the simply does not rent out to people under · complaint is always checked out. "In the the age of21. It is a requirement by state case of a normal party," Persinger said, . law, and the hotel sticks to it. "we have security go to the room to check 'We simply do not have a problem the situation out, and tell the people they with minors trying to rent because of this must calm down. But, if security goes to law," the Assistant Manager for the htel the room and minors are present, we said. take action right away." Area law enforcement agencies also If they are not careful. the hotels may t.Iy to cut down on this problem. Chief find themselves in trouble with more Deputy Chris Saklar of the Douglas than the law if they rent to minors. County Sheriffs Department said, _"we Damage often occurs to the hotel rooms do look into a situation if we are called when minors have parties. The hotel with information about minors renting itself then has to take control of the hotel rooms and minors in possesion problem. Most hotels t.Iy to be com pen- (MIP). Saklar added, "otherwise, we do sated for the damages by the person that rnot do extra patrolling around hotels rents the room. · unless we are called.· "In the case of minors .doing damage New to Omaha and surrounding arto the rooms, we t.Iy to collect for dam- eas is the MIP hotline. The hotline came ages done, and we always call the par- just in time for the dance season, and is ents of th~ kids," Persinger said. designed to help cut down on the drinkThe mosL important thing for hotel ing problems ofteen-agers. "The hotline management to get across to the minors, was formed through PRIDE Omaha; and is how serious they are about cutting allows people .to call in if they have information on people selling alcohol to mi-

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Limousines await riders i}~t:i(f$it*Ji4~l~MvtiAA:\4ot,ffl%§·tlt¢4#*~ Expenses are easily overlooked when it comes time to planning Homecoming. Guys feel pressured to p rovide the best for their dates. There a re s o m any1:hings to plan: dinner , what to wear; where to go, and of course the big question, who to go with.· These are all importan t elements to con -· sider, however, nothing can proceed without a mode oftransportation. Who will drive and what will the vehicle be? Limousine services are happy to accommodate anyone searching for an answer. Sheryl Holmes, employee of the Old Market Limousine Service, said that .because their service only has ten limousines, reservations should be made as early as possible. "Weekends tend to be very busy, especially when many schopls are having dances on the same night," Holmes said. · Generally, the cost is about the same between the Omaha metro limousine services. The Old Market Limousine, charges $35 per hour for the standard stretch. "It comes in blue, silver or grey," Holmes said. The deluxe stretch which costs $40 an hour comes in white. The super stretch runs $45 an hour and is available in charcoal, white, and black. The difference ~tween the types is minimal. Most have a color 1V, a bar, VHS recorder, a moon roof along with other accessories. . -r}:le main differenc.e between the limousines is that the size increases by a few feet. Also, a cellular phone is optional in the deluxe stretch," Holmes said. For those who wish to have the luxucy of a Un:iousine but don't want to spend an exorbitant price, Accent Limousine Service charges $19.50 an hour for what they call the "formal". Of course, since the price is relatively low, it doesn't have a lot of the features that are available in the other vehicles. This is a plain . white Uncoln with fold out seats and a radio. Usually, the services require that reservations be made for at leaat a two hour ride and that payment is made before the service.

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Glimpse of down under "1be Church": It's not a religious institution. It's a band, and -they don't play gospel music. Hailing from Australia, "1be Church" will rock the Peony Park ballroom at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3. "1be Church" consists of singer-bassist Steve Kubey, drummer Richard Ploog, and guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Wilson-Piper. Formed in Sydney in 1980, "1be Church" has six albums to date. Theil- latest album "Starfish," receives regular airplay on radio station KEZO (Z-92). The concert is being co-promoted by Z-92 and Jam Productions. · Mike Turner, Z-92 disc jockey, describes "1be Church's" music as "smooth and melodic with biting modernized lyrics." "We're expecting a crowd of around 1500 people- almost the capacity of the ballroom. We anticipate mostlyyoung people in their late teens to mid-20's," Tom Burgan, owner of Concert Security Services, said. Burgan is also in charge of the distribution of tickets and promotional items. Tom Verlaine· will be opening for "1be Church." "Tom Verlaine is from the '70s band "Television." He plays alternative music with a kind ofweird sound to it," Nick Armijo, manager of Pickle's Records and Tapes said. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $13.50 at the door. Tickets are available at Pickles, Homers, TIX, and Younker's Ticket Outlets.

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!XX.~'IO:Xx:-..-o::o:x:--=-=xS pI ash on the Technology .department g The technology department joined the rest of Westside when remodeling reached the wood, auto, and welding shops this summer. "All of the three shops were completely redone," Ken Brown, techonolgy department chairman, said. New walls were built to create a new classroom area. Until this year, there had never been a cla5sroom In the three areas; students liad classes In the shops. Space was taken from the three shop ·areas,(woods, welding, and auto), .to make the new classroom. The new room makes it easier for the teachers to teach classes that don't need to use the shops, such

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·as Principles of Technology, and Co-op of Trades and Industry. The room will be used for classes in the other three sections, also. The new room also helps the students. "It's good to have a clear area to work at. The students feel really good about it," Brown said. In addition to the new room, new paint and graphics were added to the other sections. The graphics are related to .!!ach shop area and the colors are the school olors. New doors an~ cabinet work was done. While the areas were remodeled, no new equipment was added. "But. the ventilating and heating system was updated,

ew look allowing the climate to be better controlled," Brown said. • More than new storage space was added. "One of the most important things is that now all of the shops are wheelchair accessible. Before it just . wasn't possible to get a wheelchair Into the woods shop," Brown said. · The new remodeling has done more than just improve the technology shops. · 'With the school colors and all the remodeling, it's really made our department fit in with the rest of the school." Brown said.

Brightly painted hallways create a positive armosphere in the newly remodeled technology wing of the school.

Careful Students observe a demonstration by Mr . Larry Lewandowski in his newly-refurbished woods area.

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liis smashed car window, Pat Nelson, (11), JIVIestJga.tes the damage to his car. Nelson was the of two thieves who had been breaking into cars ~tru~ked along Williani Street. The thieves were looking

for stereos and fuzzbusters. On one day. three cars were broken into, but one of the thieves has been ~ested and the administration. isn't concemed that more thefts will occur.

reak-ins come an end; • the act andals caught 1n St«::rec>S and fuzzbusters are in htgh ~""'cu.'·" as several students have found going to their cars after school. For several weeks, students' cars have broken into during the school day the possessions in them have been The most common items taken radios and radar detectors. The of these break-ins occurred in parked along William Street, constudents who park there. "After hearing about all the vandalism to cars parked on that street (WUStreet) I was nervous to park there the day," Debbie Barta, (ll), said. Administrators were not concerned at when t!1e first car was reported, but concern grew as the break-ins bemore frequent. "Things like this happened a few times in the past so concern for the problem wasn't that but as the frequency of the breakincreased we knew there was a prob" Jim Findley, principal, said. was to the point where it wasn't ""''u.._....,.u.., but breaking and entering,"

Roger Herring, dean of boys, said. After a report of three cars which were broken into in one day, administrators took more action to prevent the occurrence of this incident. ~we alerted the building supervisors to the situation and had them watch more carefully for strangers or students who looked suspicious," Findley said. Prevention was also being taken by students; especially the victims of these crimes. "After seeing the broken glass of my window, and my stet:eo and tapes gone I decided not to drive to school for a while," Lucky Truesdell, (11), said, "When I do drive again I won't keep anything valuable in my car." "I decided not to replace my stereo and make sure my doors are always locked," Mike Becker, (11), said. . Both students agreed a change in parking would also prevent this from happening. Monday, Oct. 3, · ~ student reported two suspicious strangers wanderfug in the west senior lot, to the administrators.

Administrtors took inlmediate action on the situation and sent two members of the staffby foot and two in cars to search the school grounds. The two suspects were sighted walking opposite directions on William Street. One of the alleged thieves was seen getting out of a car. When asked to stop the culprits ran from the administrators. One escaped on foot, the other in a car which was later stopped by police on Pacific Street. Although little information could be obtained about the two suspects, it is known they were not students of Westside. The thief who was apprehended was in a borrowed car with stolen license plates and had four warrants out for his arrest. The other man has not yet been found. The arrest of one thief has put administrators and students at ease over the situation. "I hope students will still try to prevent this situation from happening again, but hopefully this arrest has put an end to the problem and will cause less concern among the students, administrators, and faculty," Findley said. ·

Learning to play the game Colleges look for mo re t han just good g rades; course load, a-ctivities can deter mine acceptance the college game represents the frrst trial for high school students. Getting admitted to school of choice can be a difficult process. "The first thing you have to look at is your academic recYou have to look at the big picture; Lynn Hansen. ................ , said. "No matter where you go, you have to look the quality of your courses and if you are a high achiever a modest one." Taking a challenging course load is required for admitto selective colleges, schools that take fewer than 50 ,....,,....,•nt of their applicants. "Taking the most difficult courses is critical. The tranis the most inlportant part of the because

it shows us what courses you take," Missy Rose, associate director of admissions at Duke University, said. "Grades are inlP.Ortant, but we don't necessarily look for straight A's." "We only want to know what your grades are in the more demanding courses. We don't even look at your other grades. We take a yellow pen and cTC>Ss out all the courses that sound shaky. Unfortunately, some people don't have many courses left after we do that," Richard Moll, former dean of admissions of the University ofCalifornia at Santa Cruz, said. Moll has written two books on the college admissions process and gave a onehour presentation to the public at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Sunday, Oct. 2, on how to play the college admissions game. Continued on 8.

Str~tegic Plan 1988 was set into motion Monday. Oct. 3, after being adopted by the board of education at their bi-weekly meeting. . James Tangdall, superintendent, said the Strategic Plan is a design about what the school district would like to do in the future. "The Strategic Plan is trying to design what you want to have occur. whatever the institutionalization is, and trying to control the future, ra¢er than letting it control you." Tangdall said. Tangdall also added that it was a good way to strategize and design the way you want to accomplish the goals of the district. "The most immediate thing to come out of our initial Strategic Plan. was the reorganization of the school district. and it was a direct result of that planning effort." Tangdall said. Tangdall said that there were a number of other significant things to come out of the strategic plans. He said the district wanted to put a greater emphasis on writing. global education and technology. "We have also indicated that we were going to focus on a strong staff development program. provide more training opportunities for the staff, and help them feel renewed because we do have an aging staff." Tangdall said. Tangdall also pointed out the major di1Terence between this year's plan and last year's. "The major difference i5 in the objectives. I think I have identified three or four extremely crucial objectives that are going to have a dramatic effect on what we do in this school system in the next few years if we're· really committed to it." The objectives Tangdall wa~ referring to inciuded; · .f 100 percent of the students will complete a prescribed course of study and receive the appropriate diploma, .I 100 percent of the students in the special ed. program will be employed, enrolled in postsecondary education. or placed in community-based settings within six months of high school graduation, 1OQ. percent of the elementaJy and middle school students will meet or exceed anticipated level of achievement in reading. math, and language, 1()0 per cent of 9:-12 students will meet or exceed anticipated performaJ\Ce levels in their course of study each year. .f J3y 1993, the enrollment in educational prpgrams, pre-kindergarten through adult education) will be at least 12.000. ··'' ,, : T~gdall said ;~~~1 , :f,helll!U~Jhrust was to have all kidS.achieVirig least . their own grade level or higher. . "Consequently; that :is one of the problems·· we've got in ·thi~ ',.counn,y ,toctay': Too many kids going thrOugh schoOl who are not achieving ~t . the level they ·heed• .~ .become

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In the last weeek, thefts have created problems for studentswho parkalong87thSt. Someofthecarson87th St. were broken into, and many car stereos were stolen. Windshields, windows, and doors were broken to remove stereos and radios from the cars. The thefts had intimidated some students and stopped them from parking along the street. Damage to the cars was extensive and costly. In addition to the thefts, vandals spray painted the wall of the football stadium and the b leachers. The administration did an admirable job in apprehending the people responsible for the thefts and in removing the graffitti from the wall. By quickly halting the string of thefts. the administration protected st~dent property and showed their responsibility toward the students. The administration should be commended for their clean-up efforts.

Pl_a n · creates positive force Planning for the future is essential to the success of Westside and District 66. We are fortunate to live in a school district that controls its own destiny instead of wandering aimlessly along an undefined path as many school districts do. District 66 has again succeeded in planning what specific path it will follow for the upcoming year with the introduction of the Strategic Plan 1988. Concentrating this year's efforts on global education. writing, and technology, the district has provided for the modem demands on educated students. By annually setting goals as the Strategic Plan. District 66 has been able to keep up the high standard of education for which the district has been known . This future planning has caused many positive results in the past and is an excellent program to be kept for the future .

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liMWitfii®~~i!~~·E~tdtlim The ''Lance" is the offical publication of Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St., Omaha, NE, 68114. The "Lance"officeis located In Room 122. Advertising rates are availa ble upon request Phone (402) 390-3339. The "Lance" is an in-house publication. The paper is distributed biweekly to all students 16 times a year except durtn_g vacation periods. Subscription rates to others are $5 postpaid. Non-profit mailing rates claimed. The "Lance" is printed by the "Fremont Tribune," 135 N. Main, Fremont, NE 68025. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters should be less than 300 words in length, signed by the author, and sent to the editor or the adviser in Room 122. The "Lance" is a member of the Nebraska High School Press Association, the· Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Scholastic Press Association.

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Omaha wears ·wrong lab Poor Omaha. with some sand and water on one side and We are deprived. Mountains, beaches, excel- and mountains on the other. There are lent entertainment possibilities, and exciting obvious advantages to living in such PlC:tCe!lll shopping are nonexistent-you name it, we don't Howev~r. maybe it's best that Omaha does:n'l have it. Some may estimate that we are living have these things. HaVing these pleasures without the essentials for leading a normal life. away most likely causes us to appreciate "'!be armpit of the world," was what a friend of more. And besides. what would be the purpose mine from Oklahoma City referred to Omaha as. vacations if there was no where to go? For those who delight in consistently making Omaha has the qualities that really matter. unmerited remarks about Omaha, I must ask if may take a more lmagintion to keep variety they have ever learned the song, ·omaha, Omaha but itis deftnitelyworth it. It the finest place you ever saw''? · much better than this. When I told my dad Instead of acknowledging what Omaha does thecomment,herespondedbysaying, "You'll have and making the - - - - - - - - - - - - - , thatmostofthe most of it, the sentiment who dislike of today seems to be. Nancy Olson •the grass is greener on the over side;-basically meaning that there are many other cities that would be much more exciting to live in. It's easy for us to talk about how wonderful I will write about the other opinion later. interesting it would be to live in hopping Often times I hear friends (and I can unfortu- like Boston or Phoenix. but when it comes nately be sometimes included in this group) down to it, I think it would take a lot ot J:>er:sU<lSi<:t complaining that there is absolutely nothing to to get us to give it all up. do in this city. I realize that a lot of times, such Who cares if the best bands don't come a comment is merely spoken because of a lack of Buy the tape-the quality's better anyway. anything better to say. we do have are safe neighborhoods w,here True, it would be nice ifwe could perhaps steal are more than two inches apart, relatively the green mountain decor from the Colorado rush hours compared with big cltles and rrlf•nnt• plates or the word "California" to represent warm people. weather and beaches, among other positive asLast spring when my mom and I were COJnill: pects. However, don't forget that we do have a back from a trip from Florida, a lady at the license plate of our own. asked us when the flight departing for Omaha When I have said that there is nothing to do expected to leave. My mom preceded to tell here, I have usually said it in such a 'w ay that I and then asked how she knew we were imply that it would be completely different if I Omaha. The lady responded, "Because you lived in a big city that always has things going on. look like the most normal and friendly But after traveling to these places and meeting here." friends who live there, I know that living in big My point is that we need to treat our city cities doesn't change much. Don't think for a the respect that it deserves. Perhaps if we minute that they don't share the same feeling as little more pride in what we have here, then . us. They too get bored. who don't live here would stop labeling us as I'm not denying that Omaha would look great ann pit of the world."


3 olumnist l_earns lesson; fii-st jobs ot what they're cracked up to be First _Jobs aren't always what they're cracked up to

Although getting a first job is unpleasant, getting the first pay check certainly isn't. But, then, money is What starts out as a financial dream often turns into money, and I don't think anyone minds getting that. nightmare. When I thought about getting a job, all I Unfortunately, having a job also has an affect on your torlSic:ler·ed was how much money I'd be making. social life. It's a bad one, too. I can't even remember the from all the people - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . last time I went somewhere for more than two talked to, I'm not the only who thought like this. Jessica Sullivan hours with more than two friends. Of course, when I I'll be the first to admit that Columnist do go out. I'm never short money is great. But acon money . While all my working for it is an enfriends are counting their different story. When nickels and dimes, I'm new on the job, you have pulling out ten dollar bills. do a lot of disgusting things, Being polite to rude people is tough. Being courteous involving clean up work. After my first week at work, I thought I'd toss my to people I know and don't like is difficult. but manage,oo•Kte:s if I even saw another messy table to bus. I'm able. What's worse though. is when my friends come in. , but clearing off other people's half eaten salad All the razzing I get really makes me wonder if $3.45 is pizza is not how I enjoy spending my weekend. I even nearly enough. _ So all in all, getting your first job is one of the most admit, though, answering the phone, in the time takes to find a pen, the person had already given their disillusioning experiences in life. If it was fun, you address, phone number, and order, and are de- wouldn't get paid for it. I guess that's why it's called work. And I've g,ot the blisters. bumps. bruises. and tlandJlnt! the total price. But then the magical moment arrives ... Payday! paycheck stubs to prove it.

resident thanks students Editor. I would again like to express my sincere thanks to entire student body for their generosity during the Way drive. Our final total came to $2548.20. was over $800 past our original goal. I would also to thank SAB for their guidance and.their contriof$116. United Way was definitely an exciting beginning to school year, but it will only get better. With the behind us. you can expect bigger and better from your Student Forum in the future. Thanks

that adults care more for young people than that. And I wish Jeff would also.

Sincerely. Dick Lundquist. Guidance Director

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Dear Editor, Where there's smoke there's fire. Westside's bathrooms are filled with smoke and my temper is full of frre. Don't misunderstand me; if people want to·smoke, by all means, go ahead. Kill yourself, but at least have the courtesy not to do it in our public restroom. I don't appreciate any aspect of your smoking. (Examples: the smell of one's clothes when they walk out of the restroom, not being able to find an empty stall, and the possibility of diseases from second-hand ults care for young people smoke.) The only comical point ofyour disgusting habit Editor, Is the sight of two students in one stall together. As an honoracy SAB member, a top student, and as I suggest the installation of smoke alarms by the of the two young men chosen by the faculty to faculty in order to preseiVe the cleanliness of our ~p1rescent Westside High School at Boy's State. Jeff bathrooms and the health of our students. is in the position to be a positive leader with Signed impact on Westside High School. With that in Adatn Marx. (12)_" , I was extremely disappointed to read Jeffs plea adults to "concentrate more of their efforts toward Writer unveils misconceptions young adults to drink responsibly" in the Sept. Dear Editor. "Lance." I was. shall we say, disgusted byJeffZanarlnl's lack If Jeff is as bright and well-informed ·as his backsuggests, he should be aware that responsible of knowledge in the Westside "Lance." I should say that by teens is simply not possible. if for no other Jeff of all. people. really did surprise me. I would wish to that it is illegal. Jeff seems to feel that since so point out a few of your misconceptions. The first teens drink, adults are wrong in eying to stop foremost of these is your attitude towards the MIP I have seen studies that show lots of teens steal Hotline. The Hotline is not for tattletales or for pranks. their classmates and lots of teens shoplift. By The MIP Hotline is to keep the neighborhoods respectlogic, adults ought to be urging young people to able and quiet. We've all been to parties where you have and shoplift responsibly. Jeff might argue that cars lined up on both sides of the street. kids running and shoplifting are more serious than drink- - In and out of the house, music as loud as it can get and but I would askJeffhow many deaths and Injuries constant shouts by evecyone at the party. This situknows that stealing and shoplifting have caused. ation ~?rings up many different safety hazards. You Jeff should be aware of the pain and agony many of have drunks throwing up all over, going to the bathclassmates have suffered with alcohol problems. room, and attempting to drive. I'm not saying parties should know about the incredible disruption a are terrible, to an extent. we need to learn some respect. !leJ:nic;aily dependent teen faces in life. and the great That is the purpose of the MIP Hotline to keep some control over the size of parties. ~·~ u•'L_Y and expense involved in getting treatment. As for your views on the PUSH organization, it's ss Jeff is totally uninformed or terribly insensihe simply cannot Ignore the great tragedy alcohol unfortunateJeffhas forgotten what PUSH stands for in three short years since Arbor. PUSH stands for Prevenhas wrought upon his generation. · Jeff should also be aware of the deaths, injuries and tion Using Student Helpers; pr~venting drug and alcottered lives that his peers continue to suffer hol use by young· kids using high school students to show them you can have fun without illegal subn•TnUllrlP ••• and he should have some empathy for parent of a teen who sits at home evecy night stances; not push quarters into a phone at evecy beer we see being drank. youngster is out in fear of '!HAT phone call. Finally. I would like to congratulate Jeff for his Yes, I am disappointed that a young man as bright Jeff. and with the leadership potential of Jeff, has superb fantasy about John and Sally. By this he indi-nn<>r••ntly chosen as his senior year rallying ccy a rectly showed what ~::ould happen to kids that drink and for adults · to engage in the ultimate drive. I ask you, what would be the blame of those j'e!>pcms.ibi!Uy ...which is what urging young adults deaths. the cops doing their job, or John driving under would be. Surely there are issues in this the influence of alcohol? Jeff gave the MIP Hotline some more consequential and less self-indulgent needed support in showing drinking can kill. Thank the whining plea that adults should simply you. Respectfully. ~nc1or1e drinking since many kids are doing it. I am glad that adults are smarter than that. And Jeff Beier, President of PUSH

Kim Houle, (12)

· . ;'[ thi.n k it's unfair. It's like : any other crime. Your car is your own personal property. they .have no right to take . anything from it. r think •·whoever's caught should be · punished severely."


Strike up the band This month the marching bimd is gearing up for some competitions that are local and statewide. nm1nrrnw the band will travel to Plattsmouth for a competition festival in which 15 other bands are competing. Saturday, Oct. 22. the band will be in Lincoln for the Nebraska State Band Master INlSO·ClC3LUCin state marching contest at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln's Memorial Stadium. Fifty bands will be competing

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College ·entrance exams are in season once again. The PSAT will be administered ar Westside on Saturday, October 15. The ACT will be administered on Saturday. nr'tnhP·r •1 22. The PSAT serves as a practice run through of the SAT and acts as the National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Juniors.scortng within the top one percent in their state on the PSAT wlll earn semi-finalist status in the competition and be eligible to vie for ' finalist standihg. ACT scores are a factor considered by colleges in admission decisions.

Prejudice to be eliminated Students from all over Omaha will t~e a break from school Wednesday. Nov. 16, to explore issues such as prejudice and stereotypes at the Jewish Community Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student representatives will take part in student panel and small group discussions. ·res one of the most important things happening In Omaha with high school kids." Dick Lundquist, a member of the planning committee, said. Westside will be sending ten representatives; Interested juniors should see Lundquist.

Student death mourned

Up in flames In anticipation of a homecoming victory Westside students get together for a long awaited bonfire. This year was the first yea.r

since 1983 to include the bonfire as part of the homecoming festivities because of the five consecutive rainouts.

Repre·s entation Forum to emphasize attendance In recent years, Westside student goven;tment representative from each homeroom. So h ow do has come under fire· from the student body for the students know if their representatives are what they deem a lack of representation. actually attending the Forum meetings? Westside has two forms of student gorvern·we have an attendance sheet that we pass ment, Student Advisory Board (SAB) and Forum. around during the meeting. Starting with the last Both represent the students, but one more di- meeting we are going to send notices to the homerectly than the other. rooms <that did not have representatives at that Jay Bonham, Forum president, describes meeting. We don't know if people are just not Forum as a student government that is more coming, or if they have a conflict in scheduling. representative of the student population. After this last meeting we're going to start check·I see it in two aspects. SAB represents the ing up on homerooms that haven't sent any school in general, but - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - members at all, beForum represents the J:::1::. cause we don't think directly," . . I see it in two aspects. SAB ~~sh~:: :~c~!:':!~ Bonham added, •If a represents the school in gen- representing their student has a problem, eral, but Forum represents the homeroom. Even if it then [the representative) students more directly. If someone is not the designated can take it to their homereally wants to get something done representative, or the room representative, and alternate, we want they can pass it along to quickly, thj;y can take it to their someone from every Forum. You don't have a Forum representative. . . homeroom," Bonham specific SAB member to ~ said. · · pass it (the problem) ·The past few along to. So, if someone Jay Bonham said. meetingswehavehad really wants to get some_ only about 60 people thing done quickly, they can take it to their there. Now that might seem like a lot, but whel} Forum representative." there are 98 homerooms, we should have about How well Forum runs depends on how active 100 people there," Bonham said. the representatives are. Bonham hope$ that Forum will be better this ·a (Forum) has had trouble in the past when yearthanin the past. ·wehavealotofpeoplewith students haven't gotten involved, but we haven't good ideas, and we need those especially because had that problem yet this year because everybody the United Way Drive ended and Club Fair Day is has pitched in. It doesn't take a lot for each over. Nowwehavetotakeinnewideas,"Bonham student to give just a little bit of their time and said. energy. With everybody pitching in, it makes our Bonham also feels that SAB has done and will job easie'r, as officers, and it helps Forum run · continue to do a lot of good for the student body more efficien!ly. Forum is a great organization for and the school. students to get involved with, because you get to ·Whatever they do, they do well, and it helps work with so many people," Bonham said. the school a lot, but I feel Forum is more represenForum, according to Bonham, has atleast one tative of the student body." he said.

Thursday, Sept. 29, Donyelle Kukla, (12), died at Clarkson after battling cancer for over a year. Services were held the following evening at West Center Chapel. learned that she had cancer the summer between her tenth and ,.....,..... ,r ... grade year," Norm Worley, Kukla's counselor said. Kukla attended school half the days this year. Reaction to the of her death Thursday morning was swift. "I had three get in touch with me who had pad her one or two years lor·evJiou.slv and were touched by her honesty, sincerity, and love life," Worley said.

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Little Theater provides 'Fantastick' new setting move around the audience and seem much com- closer. ing to Westside Wednesday, Thursday, and SatWithin the play will be a small show during urday, Oct. , 19, 20, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the intermission. Christine Cota, (11), and Jeff Chin. Little Theater. The student performance of -rhe (10}, will perform vocal selections from ·I Dol I Fantasticks" starts this year's drama season and Dol," which was written by the same people who promises to be different and innovative. wrote "The Fantasticks," Tom Jones and Harvey The play itself is ·a musical fable" according to Schmidt. L.D. Fortney, director and head of the drama •At this point the show is looking positive; I department. Allene Eakins, (10}, plays Luisa, think it should be a big success. Kids will enjoy of the central characters. ·she's a 16-year- it because it's so different," Cota said. innocent girl. who a lot of the time, is in her The purpose of the intennission is to feast on world," Eakins said. Todd Davis, (10), is the cheesecake, brownies, and other delights lop,polsite Eakins in the role of Matt, a ·naive which will be served in Westside's first dessert man who wants to fmd out what the world theater. ·I didn't want to do a dinner theater really like," Davis said. again, but I wanted to do something we hadn't •At the end of the play evexyone is much wiser done before," Fortney said. ....,._ ........ ~ they've been dreamers and then they've Musicals are normally produced with elaborate .sets and costumes. The "Fantasticks" de11'-"' ...."'u at life realistically," Fortney said. ·Evexyone's working really hard and I think if parts from this with a minimal set arid simple keep it up it will be a really good show," Tracy costumes that match the contemporary mood of , (11}, a cast member, said. the play. One of the things that is different about this Feelings of the cast are running high as is its location. -we've never done a Westside drama heads into its fall premiere. in the Little Theater before; it's a much more ·People should really enjoy it; it's the kind of play Jllt1m;ate setting." Fortney said. The play will the audience really gets into," Davis said.

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SAD auxiliary students add depth, ideas to government '".,.'""''"""' Board,.. (SAB), members were added list of the regular 28 Jn.e:mt>ers. But what is it that students actually do? •Honorary members have been a big help," Tony (12), SAB member, said. matter if it was for working some activity, or just for their

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mittee, all contributions in the form of newer and better ideas for raising money for the school. are brought into focus. These ideas are regarded just as much as an elected member's idea. ·Many of the honoraries bring up better ideas than the elected members have," David Fehr, (10), honoraxy member, said. ·up until last year, the Outstanding SAB Member of the Yeai award was awarded to an honoraxy," Herring said. Elected members of the SAB feel that they have an obligation to the student body, but honorary students come to meetings out of their own free will. ·Honoraries come because th_e y want to," Troy Meyerson, (1 0}, SAB member, said. "That really shows the effort being put into the student government." ·Many students like myself start as an honoraxy, gain recognition, and then come back as

an elec.t ed member," Matt Gerard, (11), SAB member, said. •I got to know people better through broader relationships within the SAB," Gerard said. ·I was then able to display my points of view much better." Many people wishing to fulfill a future in politics find it necessaxy to become involved with SAB but don't think they have a chance to win an election. The honorary portion of SAB gives students a chance to voice their opinions without having to launch a campaign. ·Anyone can join SAB at anytime," Militti said. ·All they have to do is write a letter to Mr. Herring explaining why they want to be on SAB." The honorary list started out with 22 original members, but keeps growing evexy week. •It doesn't matter how many we have because we can always use a helping hand," Gernrd said.

IEF Thompson to discuss drugs Hindsight is 20-20. In an effort to pass his clarity ofvision on to the next generation, JeLon Thompson, ex-professional drummer, presents his stoxy of drug abuse to groups across the nation. Thompson has appeared on television shows such as ·All My Children," ·world News Tonight," and ·oprah Winfrey," as well as speaking at schools nationwide. Tuesday, Oct. 25, he will speak at two mandatoxy drug education convocations in the auditorium. · Thompson used drugs ranging from marijuana to heroin for 13 years. His mother died of alcoholism, and his brother died from a heroin overdose. Thompson will make his presentation to juniors and seniors mods two and three with voluntary continuation mod four and to freshman and sophomores mods 11 and 12 with voluntary continuation mod 13.

Parent conferences slated Parents are encouraged to attend the parent-teacher conferences Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25 and 26. By attending these conferences, parents will be able to speak with their child's teachers and hear a progress report. The times parents will be able to visit with teachers are Tuesday, 6:30p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m..

Complex behind schedule Strength Complex construction has slowed causing the job to fall five to six weeks behind schedule. A contractor who was previously working on this ·project has caused the decrease in the building rate by his leaving the project, but the rate is soon to resume to normal. Furniture which is to be replaced in the Student Study Center (SSC) is also running on a late schedule. ·we (the school) didn't expect the furniture to arrive before the school year," Ron Huston, assistant principal, said. ·we expect it to arrive any day now, though." New equipment for the Strength Complex will also be delivered in the near future. "The new equipmentfor the weight room should be ready for installation at the time the project is expected for completion. That should be anywhere from the beginning to midNovember," Huston. said.

Responsibility key for frosh . Responsibility, not grades, will determine which freshmen are given the reign of the school this year when they're not in class. Currently freshmen must report to the Student Study Center [SSC) during all unscheduled mods. At the end of the first quarter a responsibility check will be run on each student. Teachers, guidance counselors, and deans will determine whether the student meets the following criteria: makes wise use of free time, is receiving no failing grades, regularly attends and is punctual to class, hands work in on time, and demonstrates appropriate behavior. Unless two or more evaluators disappr'ove, freshmen will be free to manage· modular scheduling with parental approval. Otherwise, they will gain the opportunity on an individual basis some time after first quarter ends. ·a seems to me the key to being successful in modular scheduling is handling responsibility. So we thought a responsibility checklist might be betterthanjustgrades, even though there'sstill a high correlation between the two," John Crook, assistant princip~l in charge of the project, said.

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Cab riel defies hardships to ·come up .a 'winner'. There are two sides to evecy coin; heads, (positive), and tails, (negative). For Jon Gabriel, (11), a victim of arthro-· thriposis, (a disease that affects all the muscles) the coin turns up positive more often than not. Gabriel's disease is a rare form of muscular dystrophy causing his muscles to become practically useless. His handicap has cost him the use of his four limbs, making him a quadriplegic works with a wand held in his teeth. !IU ..........~,.. Ju,., disease has confined him to wheelchair, Gabriel has made accompH:shlneJnts for himself. "The best thing that has happened to was making Student Advisory Board (SAB). My main goal is just to be as big a help to SAB as I can,· Gabriel said. While some may have thought Jon elected to SAB last spring because of handicap, others strongly disagree. Mit was an accomplishnlent for Jon, jcoJIIlii1t,!! in and being accepted by his being elected to SAB. He was ~·.:;-.u;;.u not on a sympathy vote, but people like and respect Jon. knew he would work well for them,· ~~""''"""'""' .. Ricketts, counselor, said. Another accomplishment for Jon was blending in with the other students. •Jon has adapted vety well. He came before school started to tour the .., ..,....-.......6 and on the first day of school, it like he had been here forever, • Ricksaid. Not only has Jon adapted to Westside, Westside has adapted to Jon. •Most of the students haven't been ~~Uvuuu someone like me before, so I've lt"''"dl•t them how to react around somea wheelchair. At first some stuwere surprised at what I was caof doing, but now after some time, easier to make friends,· Gabriel said. People cannot always accomplish they set out to do. At times they across disappointments, but Gab-

his next challenge. "Sometimes things get hard. That's why my mom and my friend Peaches have been my greatest support. If I ever get down, Peaches pushes me or says, 'You're not a quitter Jon, you can do it'.· Gabrtel said. For Gabriel. his handicap is not a way ofgetting out of things easily; if anything, it's an incentive to tty harder in what he does. · MEvetything is perfectly normal. Jon asks for no personal or special favors other than help getting out a book or his notebook." Hoffman said. ·under his extreme handicap, Jon doesn't make excuses why he doesn't do his classwork. He works at it and tries vety hard, • Lorraine Rogers, English instructor, said. According to Ricketts, Gabriel h as more to qfferWestside. "Jon Gabriel is an outstanding example of someone who has overcome a handicap. I should think we'll be hearing lots about him in the next couple ofyears,· she said. Receiving awards is not a new accomplishment for Gabriel. This past August Gabriel was honored as Nebraska's Outstanding Special Populations Vocational Student. This award was sppnsored by the Nebraska Council on Vocational Education. Gabriel will be Nebraska's nominee at the national level competition to be held in Washington D.C. in December. Even with all his accomplishments, Gabriel remains like other students. According to Bill Nelson, social studTake a break ies department chairman, •Jon Gabriel Peaches Multon, (11), and Jon Gabrtel, (11), take time out to joke around acts like any other typical American rather than completing their assignments in homeroom. Gabriel, a victim boy.· of arthrothrtposis, uses a wand held in his teeth to work his computer. Whether the odds are for. or against riel takes them in stride. he approaches life, and evetything. Jon Gabriel, he has a simple motto that car•Disappointments hurt him. They Gabriel should be an inspiration to us ries him into his next try at success. As Gabriel says, ·I just tell myself that upset him, but he has such a good out- . all, • Roger Holiman. math instructor, I can do it. I can do anything I set out to look on life, that soon he feels good said. again, • Peaches Multon, (II), said. Even if the coin flips up tails for Gab- do.· Flip the coin. .1 admire him vety much for the way riel. his positive attitude sets him up for ~--------~-----------,

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Admission to choice, selective- colleges difficult Continued from page 1. We are looking for a class of well-rounded A recent forecast revealed that from 1985 people who are of distinctly different types,· to 1995, there will be a 24 percent reduction Moll said. "A person who is great at one of high school graduates in the nation, mak- actMty usually Will do better in admissions ing it prime time to apply to a selective school, than someone who is average, but is in everything. Being great at one activity shows us Moll said. lbere will be a lot of colleges hurting. In that the person is extremely motivated. • mostselectlveschoolsitwillbeeasiertogetin "You have to learn to brag to apply to than it was ten to 20 years ago. Some schools college, but there is a fine line in coming will pose as still being selective so you will across as being arrogant,· Rose said. "Evewant them, but they won't be,· Moll said. lbe rybodywho applies points out what they are top schools. however. were never more selec- outstanding in, so you have to learn to do it live than they are today. but there are only too. • . maybe a dozen of those.· Those students who are not outstanding ,~~~~~~~,~ Students should still apply to at least two in one particular area fall into a category ~ schools that are safe, Hansen said. Moll calls the "All-American kid. • "I like to -come up with a list of ten to 15 .lbe student in this category takes fairly schools tentatively. Within that grouping two decent courses and is in a lot of decent acor three should be very safe, there should lie tlvitles, but none of them outstanding. Most two or ·t hree that are more selective, and two high school students find themselves in this or three that are the dream schools,· Hansen category, and it is so densely populated that ,-,.---..-~ said. it makes it very hard to get into a selective All moderately selective schools and selec- school. Students in this category must write live schools require students to submit a well-thought-out essay. . It will make or teacher recommendations or counselor rec- break them,· Moll said. ommendations along with their applications. -westside kids don't realize that they look "Recommendations are very important be- just like most of the other applicants applycause teachers have spent over 180 hours of ing to selective schools. and that makes it contact time with · difficult to be adyou . as a student. . . You have to learn to brag to mitted, • Hansen It's a unique opporapply to college but there is said. tunity to really ' Getting an intershare a lot of perua fine line in coming across as view with college nent information,. being arrogant, ~ admissions offices Hansen said. "I or alums is another Buzz! Joe's alarm clock sounds at 9 a.m. Joe really think that way students can gets up and realizes he is already 30 minutes late students need to Missy Rose, associate dire·c tor distinguish themto the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SA'ij he was realize that teachof admissions at Duke Universelves. schecduled to attend. ers can offer some sity said. "Ifyoucangetan He jumps in terror. His whole life depends on great support for interview with an this test. It could decide his college. carectr. and their applications." alum in Omaha I would recommend it." Rose lifestyle. Standardized tests can decide a Students should not send more recom- said. "The main thing we look for is that the student's academic future. mendatlons than the colleges ask for. An student shows a real passion for learning." There are four dillerent kinds oftests that can abundance of recommendations can harm a -we look for appearance, personality. and be required of a student. student's chances for acceptance. Moll said. evidence that the student has intellectual The first is the SAT. The SATis designed to test -weareturnedotrbyathickfolderwithlots curiosity," Albert Olson, president of the a students' ability on college level exams. It has of recol,Ilillendatlons from prominent mem- local alumni group for Dartmouth Univertwo parts to it, verbal and math. But not everyone . hers of the community. That shows that the sity. said. lbey should try and bring out needs to take this test applicant's parents are not confident that something that is not written on the applica"Most of the time only East coast schools their kid can compete with the other students lion. It is an opportunity for students to require the SAT. It is usually optional for the rest applying," Moll said. transmit materials not on a written sheet" of the schools,· Dick Lundquist, guidance counExtra-curricular activities can range from "Go for an interviewif it is available. Kids selor, said. Approximately 150 students at totally unimportant to extrem~ly important. these days seem to speak better than they Westside take this test annually. It depends on whether the school is public or write. We may find you more stimulating Next on the list is the American College Testing private, Hansen said. and interesting, when we didn't before your (AC'I). This test has the same purpose as the SAT, "As a general rule, at state institutions essay. You will enhance your ch~ces for buttestsin adillerentway. Itgives astudentone extra-curricular activities are of no relevance admission almost every time,· Moll said. composite score based on four individual test whatsoever. Most times for state schools Getting ready for college life should start scores: English. mathematics, social studies, and there isn't even a space on the application for while still in high school. "You should read, natural sciences. The ACT is the most common activitles,"Hansensaid. "Forprtvateschools, read, and keep reading. No student at required test in local colleges. it is 100 percent the opposite. They are Westside understands the volume of readHighly-selective colleges usually ask for the looking for unique, personal characteristics ing that you'll l_lave to do in college." Hansen students' best test score to be submitted on beyond the academics. It is an extraordinar- said. applieatlol). Most students at Westside don't liy important component of developing per"Reading is really important Reading need to go through the trouble of taking both sonality for their freshman class.· makes you an interesting person.· Rose tests. The number of activities isn't as important said. ·"You should stay well informed in what lbe majority of Westside students go to .Linas the quality. "People who sign up for every is going on around the world, and you can do organization and club are missing the point that by reading. • ·

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Essays extend students' personalities· ersonality. Character. Nature. The person behind the grade averages, achievement tests, and class ranks; this is what college essays are all about. "Selective schools usually ask students to write a personal essay about themselves," Bob Domacker, English instructor said. "Students need to let the college admissions get an insight on their personality, and into the indMdual behind all the numbers. • Domacker said that one of the first papers his senior -class writes, is a personal essay. Domacker said this is helpful to the students because it can help them develop an essay that is acceptable to college admissions. · "Most students have trouble writing ·f!~~~~~~~!E about themselves," Domacker said. "I by to persuade the students into writing an essay that says something important about themselves, and then demonstrate it by explaining a project they completed with their own motivation.· Domacker said that the students need to learn how important the essays are, and why they are writing them. ;o lhe students need to learn who they are writing for," Domacker said. !bey tend to write more for themselves, and not ~ ~ for a particular audience." ~ In past years, students whose test scores and grades were average, were

admitted to Ivy League schools, and told The essays become an extremely importhat their essays were an important factor. tant factor on the college application when lheessaysdomakeadifference," Dor- it comes down to deciding which students nacker said. "Students don't seem to un- will be allowed in the school. When there derstand how important they are.;. .are a number of acceptable applicants, the Lynn Hansen, college counselor, said college uses the essay as a final test, and the limited schools that ask students to who completes it best is then admitted to write essays most often ask that they write the school. about one of the following three questions: lhe grades are too similar with students Why the student wants applying to selective to attend the school, " The essay is an influschools," Domacker certain actMties the ential factor. When a said. !he student esstuden.t is involved in. student gets as close says have the greatest or the student may influence in whether choose their own topic. as even being considstudentsgetadmittedto This leaves the student ered, they still have to the school." with a number of overcome the other "When it comes to Ivy choices, all to be done League schools, the stuwith imagination and students ·with their dents are so academicreativity. ' own capability, ~ cally equal that schools "The article needs use a personal essay to personality," Hansen determine which stusaid. -rhe essay needs Lynn Hansen, college Qents are best qualito say who is this counselor said. fied," Hansen said. writer, what makes lheessayisanintluthem tick." entia! factor. When a student gets as close Hansen doesn't help the students as even being considered, they still have to grammatically write their essays, but he overcome the other students with their own gives them ideas, and helps the students capability. It is hard then for the schools to improve the contentoftheiressay. "I help choose who to accept." the students with brainstorming content Hansen said that the essays are usually for their essay." Hansen said. read by three diiTerent readers. This is the "I encourage students to get help from fairest way to determine who will be actheir English teachers also. We need to cepted to the school, because one reader make the students write an essay that will cannot kill the student. It is seldom one make the reader interested in them." reader who causes a student to be rejected.

stress as students fret over scores close by," Lundquist view Assessment Test. It is a combination of SAT require one ACT." and ACT. "It doesn't count for anything, it"only are another kind of predicts which test is strongest for you," Lundquist said. · The importance of these tests is often questioned. Richard Moll, former dean of admissions at the University of California at Santa Cruz, said that these tests are not stressed as much as they used to be. "The SAT and ACT have moved from the front burner to the back burner. Today they proves that a stu- are only used as a point of confirmation and . is comparable to grades are used as a better prediction." test should be taken John Flemming. UNO admissions counselor, advanced placement said, lhe two best predictions on acceptance is test would permit a a combination between your high school record level course, if he or and your test scores. You can't rely on one more than the other." starts. of highly-selective Students have many options in order·to preon their transcripts," pare for these tests. Westside otTers a course for PSATandACTin summer school. Westside counselors, Gary Cunningham, and Lundquist teach this course based on the "Princeton Review" book. The Jewish Community Center otTers a course regularly on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT also on the "Princeton Review." Also, Adam Zweiback. former Westside student, otTers an extensive course in you the summer exclusively for the SAT. In an attempt to find the right purpose. It is a Jenny Waldman, (11), took both the Westside college, Mike DeGroot, (12), talks kid, because it gives class and the Zweiback course. lhe Westside to a representative from the an opportunity to get a course gave me a lot of help on my technique, and University of Iowa to see what " Lundquist said. the Zweiback course gave me a lot of experience they have to offer. ·Representais the Princeton Re- on taking the test."

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Undefeated Central plays host to 2-4 Warriors tonight Despite a 2-4 start for the varsity football team, Mt. Latty Morrissey, head coach, said that the _team's attitude is still good. Despite some tough losses, the attitude of the kids has been good so far, I would just hate to see that deteriorate, though." Morrissey said, The last time the Warriors. have started the season slowly was In 1971 when they opened

with six straight losses. One question that has already been answered is that the team will not make it to the play-offs this year. Morrissey said, ·Needless to say, it's obvious to the kids that we won't be going to the playoffs and that hurts them. We were in a position where we virtually had to win all of our remaining games to go to the play-

In your face With a last second lunge, J.C. Wickstrom, (11), tight end, deflects an intencfed Creighton Prep pass. · The Warriors fell to their fourth defeat of the season against the sixth-ranked Junior .Jays, 7-35. This is the fourth

offs and we didn't. • 1hls is the sec~n~ time in three years that Westside hasn't made it to the play-offs. Many people want to know why the team has gotten off to such a slow start. Mr. To.m Hall, defensive coach, said,· We've Improved a lot since the beginning of the year, except for a few mental mistakes. We can't use inexperience as

a reason anymore because we've already played five games. • Hall added that the defense still needs to work on one thing. Thewholeseason, there'sbeenonethlng that's really disappointed me and that is that we haven't learned from our past mistakes. We've had the reverse run against us two times already this year for touchdowns and If the kids don't learn to recognize It, everyone we play will run against us,· Hall said. Despite the bad start, Morrissey the offense has Improved. Morrissey said, ·our offense has Improved mainly because of.our Improved passing. Our protection of the quarterback has Improved, too. Adam Beckman (varsity quartertback) has also come along. • Evan· Howe, (11), starting center, said, •Lately Beckman's been playing with a lot of determination." ' Tonight's game against undefeated and second ranked Central at Berquist field Is being touted as no contest by many people. Despite this, Morrissey thinks that Westside is capable of beating them. ·we can beat them, but one of the things we need to do is to stop their four main running plays and get them out of their game plan," Morrissey said. He added that Central's offense is similar to that of Nebraska's. Hall isn't quite as confident as Morrissey about Central, though. Hall said, . "It will be hard to stop them If they try deception and trick plays, but I don't think they will. The key is that we have to stop them quick and noUet them into our secondary." Westside will be trying to do better than last year's game when Central won year in a row that Westside has lost t9 Creighton Prep 21-7. Beckman, said he wouldn't make Tonight~eWarrtorsfacetheundefeatedCentralEagles anypredictlonsontonight'sgame. ·Any at 7:30 p.m., at Berquist field. (Photo courtesy of the team can beat any other on any day. "Omaha World Herald.") Come.watch the game tonight to see who

Broderick loses key to our house; no show Ot bpnfire

After five years it finally came. This year Westside students got their taste of a real bonfire. For five years students at Westside were beginning to wonder If there were really such things as bonfires and they wondered If the Student Advisory Board wasn't just pulling their legs. SAB has been planning a bonfire during the week of homecoming and Mother Nature has not cooperated for five straight long dreary wet years. At first the rainouts were kind of funny. but then people started getting seriously mad. I thought it was funny. I kind of looked forward to waking up on bonfire day and greeting the cloudy skies. It was like a ritual- the sun rises In the East, sets in the West, Santa Claus

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1 Prep stops Warriors Losing is something that the freshman football team was not accostomed to. That is until the team came up against rival Creighton Prep. Now the freshmen are 4-1. Mark Kidder, (9), Kelley Jones, 9), and Earl Thornton, (9), have produced good play for the Warriors. ·u is hard to single out individuals," Fred Hutchinson, head coach, said. •but Kidder, Jones, and Thornton have done well this year." The freshman Warriors will end the season next Thursday, Oct 20, against Ralston at Westside at 4: 15 p.m.

Working for state Another try at state. The girls' gymnastics team is looking for a possible berth in the state meet. ·we are really working hard to try to get a berth in the state meet as a team," Sharon Thomsen, (11), said. ·we didn't go last year and we want to take a trip to Lincoln on Thursday, Nov. 3. But first we think about Metro and district." The girl will be in action tomorrow at Millard South for the Metro' and then again next Monday, Oct. 24, for districts.

Golfers finish 6-1 As the girls' golfteam ends the season with a 6-1 dual record, Coach Bill McCormick says he's satisfied with their season. McCormick said, "The girls are doing a great job this season." The team also fared well in the Metro Tournament, where they placed second out of 17 teams. Another of McCormick's goals is to have the team finish high in the state tournament, Thursday, · Oct. 13 McCormick said, "I assume we'll tillish in the top four or five in State."

Good future ahead Invitational tournaments have not been profitable for the cross country team this year. Having fourth, and seventh place finishes for the boys squad at the Millard North and Bellevue lnvitationals were not what they had hoped for this year. "Dustin Guzman, (12), ,and Dan Carpenter. (11), are injured so we aren't at full strength," Don Patton, head coach, said. "Jeff Hall, (11), has run well finishing from fourth to first in most of the meets though." The only meet left for the cross country team will be the state meet Friday, Oct. 21. ·

TJ up next for JV Playing with only 20 players on a

football team can be difficult, but this year's junior varsity has done well even with that handicap. "I am pleased with the team," Ed Howe, head coach, said, "and they have shown improvement throughout the season." Some players who have shown leadership for the team are Greg Armitage, (10), Scott Hansen, (11), Kevin Mach, (11), and Kirk Henningsen, (11). ·Greg, Scott, Kevin, and Kirk, have all played well," Howe said. The w3rrtors will play at Thomas Jefferson Tuesday, Oct. 18, and will conclude their season at Westside against Papillion; Tuesday, Oct. 25.

JV hosts tourney Getting ready to host their own tournament, Saturday through Monday, Oct. 15-17, the girls' junior varsity (JV) volleyball team is practicing hard to keep improving. ·with only three games left and 'our tournament, we don't want to leave a sour taste in our mouth," Kolleen Sparks, (11), said. "We don!t-want any kind oflet-down before that last day." The team will have to keep improving to keep with their winning ways. ·we want to be better in that last game than we are right now." Sparks said. "If we stop improving, I know that we will not be satisfied and we won't Win." "I think that we've had a great year, but if we stop working," Sparks said, ·that success won't mean as much."

Shooting for nine Trying for a ninth straight berth to the state tournament, the girls' varsity volleyball team is working hard to obtain this goal and even a bigger one. "We want to go to state not just to get there for some kind of record of nine straight, but so that we can win the state title," Julie Novak,(l2), said. "We want to win it awfully bad." But before gazing at the state championship trophy, the girls must get through a month ofqualifiers. "We must take one game at a time before we start looking at a state title," Jennie Johnson, (10), said. ·we have to go through three matches and district before we·even look at state. We still have a lot to do." ·we must continue to improve and keep the intensity up;" Novak said, "ifwe want that state title."

Element of surprise As the boys'·tennis season ends today with the state tournament, the team can look back and be proud, Paul Nyholm, head coach, said. "The team impressed me with their improvement over the season," Nyholm said. The team ended

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Balance t~lents are sharpened by Sharon Thompsen, (11}, during gymnastic s practice. The gymnastics team will compete in the Omaha Metro meet at Millard North tomorrow. (Photo by Evan Howe.) theyearwitha 7-2 record capped by an upset 5-4 victoty over three-time Metro champion Burke. Nyholm said, "Our best performance of the season was against Burke which was the biggestupset I've seen in many years." The team just recently finished third in this year's MetroTournament. This year was also a good one for Jeff Zanarini,(l2), who was elected team captain. Zanarini said, ·Frankly, I was a liitle surprised about. being named team captain because I realize I wasn't one of the better players." Zanarini added that it was an excellent opportunity to win and have fun." "Surprise" could be a keyword for the team in the state tournament. Nyholm said, "Ifeveryone plays to their potential,

we could surprise some people. The State Tournament will be held Thursday th~ugh Friday, Oct. 13-14 at · Dewey Park

Teamwork the key This year's sophomore football team is working hard to obtain team unity. "We are working like a team," John Hertzler, (10), said, "which helps us win." "Our only loss was to Millard North, ·· 10-6." Jim Fey, head coach, said, •and they were .also the only team to score on our defense." The tea.ril's next game will be Thursday, Oct. 13 against Central at Westside; The team's current record is 3-1, with three remaining games.

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To the top Mountain climbers find challenge, new perspective in reaching pinnacle 1Bf1!g~!!tlff~~ "Climbing to the top" is not just a cliche for some juniors who have learned to climb mountains as a hobby. "We learned to climb about two years ago. At first we weren't too serious, but now we actually use safety equipment and do some pretty difficult climbs," Evan Howe, (11}, said. "I think we got started because we thought it was different than anything anybody else did around here," Adam Beckman, (11}, said. "Of course ,there aren't many mountains in the Omaha area."

Almost there With one last pull, Todd Parker, (11), anxiously awaits the end of a difficult climb at Long's Peak, Co. Many stu-

That creates a problem for the mountain climbers. "We have to travel almost 600 miles to find a good mountain to climb," Todd Parker, (11}, said, "and that isn't too easy to do with our different schedules. Then there is the money issue to deal with." The climbers learned to climb from a special mountain climbing school. "We took classes at the Colorado School of Climbing," Ted Friedland, (11), said. "We couldn't really learn the correct dents are finding climbing an excit- way here in Omaha, so we had to take ing alternative to common recrea- lessons out there where the mountains

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With the mountains 600 miles away and snow covering the mountains seven months of the year, making the mountains too dangerous to climb, the climberS have to plan their trips well ahead time. "I plan to go out to the Rockies this next summer for a week," Friedland said. "I've got to plan months in advance in order to get ready." Beckman agrees. "I wish it were the good mountains that were closer to here," Beckman said, "but since they aren't, we need to plan ahead in order to find the time and the place to go.· The feeling of accomplishment obtained from completing a successful climb is something that is hard for climbers to explain. "No matter whether the climb was short and easy, or long and tiring, getting to the top is a feeling you would have to experience to be able to explain to someone who has never climbed," Howe said.

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0 "The Fantasticks," a Westside drama proocution will be presented Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday,' Oct. )9, 20, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater. Tickets are $5. This admission includes a dessert and beverage.

0 ·Halloween Pops" are three performances by the Omaha Symphony. Plan on attending either Friday or Saturday Oct. 28,29 at 8 p.m.. There will also be a Sunday matinee, Sunday Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Single tickets range from $7.25-$21.25, but students receive a 50 percent discount.

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house is looking for a few good actors who would like to participate in their annual production, ·A Christmas Carol." Come with a song and be ready to dance at 7:30p.m. on Monday,Oct. 17, in the new rehearse! hall. 0 Center Stage Thater's production of "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee, will be presented at LaFern Williams Center, 3009 R Street every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, nights at 8 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 30. Call 733-5777 for ticket lilformation. 0 "The King and I," an extravagant musical is featured

ideos provide _ alternative o popcorn, pop, theatres escapes only to be recaptured and made a contestant on The Running Man, a television show tliat pits man against man in life and situations. Overall it is entertaining despite Arnold's dialogue. 'The Thing'' is a horror classic remade by director John Carpenter. It is set at the North Pole when a group of American scientists uncover an alien spacecraft and its frozen occupant. assume the being to be dead and bring it back for study. It is quite alive, of course, and proceeds to start killing the scientists and assuming the forms. It is quite exciting because you never which scientist is the Thing until it's too late. forewarned however, some ofthe scenes are and will tend to over power a weak stomach. "Stakeout" is a comedy-action film Richard Dreyfuss. and Emilio Estevez as detectives who are placed on a stakeout of a prison escapee's former girlfriend. Dreyfuss falls for girl and several comedic episodes occur. He has to fend off the convict when he comes reclaim his money and his girlfriend. Again, it's an entertaining moVie that will please anyone likes comedy or action. "E.T." has recently hit the video stores and is just waiting to burst to the top of the rental and sales charts. The story about the loveable allen who was left behind on earth and only wants to go home is a heart tugger that has been long from the movie scene. It is a sure winner. All these videos are sure to please and can a weekend night relaxing and fun. It's chc~aperl - than a movie and can be as fun.

times a ~e~"endproblem has arisen only to be solved by answer. Go lo a movie. After a while it is to see why kids get sick of going to movies . spending five bucks. They also get sick of dumb movie reviews in the school newsis a solution, however. It is a solution admittedly many people have thought of, few explore to its fullest extent. It is a virtually untouched by the teen majora movie is cheap when compared to a The prices range from $4 at Applause to $1 at places like Kwik Shop·. The price depends on the selection the store has to

anyone who watches. Running Man" is an Arnold "'...-'~ ...., .. ,.,...r film set in a dimly humorous Schwartzenegger plays an ex-policeman disobeyed government orders and was for murder and sent to He e

a season ticket to ·omaha's Tuesday Musical Concert Series." All concerts are at 8 p.m. at the Joslyn Art Museum. The first in the series is the concert on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Pianist Peter Serkin and Violinist Young Vck Kim will perform together. Tickets can be purchased at TIX:

Arts Expo," will make an ap-

pearance at the Omaha Civic Auditortum Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23. Admission is $3. 0 The Omaha Ballet comes together with the Omaha Symphony and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society to put on their fall production "Carmina Burana." It will be held at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 20, 21 and 22

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he 'King' lives in 'Hotel' The movie is set in Cleveland, OH, in 1972. fictitious storyline centers around the Wolfe and the relatio~ships members of this develop with the "King of Rock and Roll," Presley. Elvis Presley's character is played David Keith. Maria Wolfe fTuesday Weld) has been getting in increasingly destructive relationever since she and her husband split up. her current boyfriend beats her up, her Johnny (Charley Schlatter) vows to do .............. ·thlru1 about it. Johnny has come to be keenly aware of his ~Jtothc~r·s infatuation with Elvis from listening to rhapsodize incessantly about him over the So, when Johnny hears Elvis is coming to to perform, he comes up with a peculiar Johnny and his friends devise a clever plari kidnap EMs to get Maria a date with him.

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EVIEWS What follows is an exciting succession events which cast a humanizing light on the "King." Some Elvis fans might be offended or disillusioned by the ordinariness given to his character, but the idea is probably to help the viewer ' better identify with his personality. This concept seems to work too, because it builds a sense intimacy between Keith and his audience. The story is cute as heck--maybe even a little too cute sometimes. The acting is good, but not brilliant. Also, the plot Is: at times, too farfetched to be believable. However, despite these deficiencies, the movie is enjoyable. •Heartbreak Hotel" does accomplish the intended purpose of entertaining its audience quite successfully. It also includes some classic Elvis tunes. In an age where sex and violence seem to dictate the popularity of most movies, •Heartbreak Hotel" brings a welcomed balance. The entire family can enjoy this movie. It is rated PG13 and is now showing at Orchard 4, Cinema Cent.e r, Westroads 8, Q Cinema 6, Southroads 4, and Mall of the.Bluffs.

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In the mood for a scare? Haunted Houses are the big hit in October. They are found all over town. Some of the many haunted house include Haunted Hotel California, Scream in the Dark, and The Stone Castle ofTerror Part IV. Haunted Hotel California's theme evolved from the Eagle's song MHo tel California," Mark Miller, president of Genesis 5, (the company made solely for the purpose of the haunted house) said. The peopJe involved in keeping this company alive are Mark Miller, Cheri Miller, Jack Jones, Dawn Haussman, and Frank Schneider. 'Ticket sales last year reached a total of 16,000, and we expect about the same or even a little bit more this year," Miller said. Except for one case, Haunted Hotel California has been accident free. "One year a young girl got scared and hit her head and had to get stiches," Miller said. Haunted Hotel California is located at 15th and California. KOIL Radio station is sponsoring The Stone .Castle of Terror, Part IV which is locatedat814South 14th Street. According to Patrick Stibbs, Account Executive at Koil Radio, Stone Castle plans to follow the traditional horror movie themes such as "Nightmare on Elm Street", and "Friday the 13th". "KOILhas sponsored this haunted house for the past 20 years," Stibbs said. Ever since Stone Castle has been open to the public, they have had no complaints .or injuries in the haunted house, and with the use of safety precautions they don't expect any in the future. Scream in the Dark was started by Youth

Guidance, a non-profit organi7.ation whose main goal is to earn money for Youth Guidance in the greater Omaha area. "Scream in the Dark is the only haunted house that is handicapped accessible," Bill Maudllin, youth guidance director, said. Scream in the Dark also offers a children's · ::: .: funhouse for kids 12 and under. The funhouse .::.:.'.: will include such items as a costume contest, a magician, and several clowns. "It gives the kids a chance t~ trick or treat in a safe environment," Maudllin said. According to Maydllin it takes around 12 to 15 minutes for the average person to go through the haunted house. Their main customers are high school and college-aged students. Some of the different themes fqr these haunted houses include mad doctor's rooms, swamps, graveyards, and a guilloteen room, all of them swarming with ghosts and goblins. "I was chased by Jason because he knew I was scared," Alicia Andreasen, (12), said. · Shea Bourke, (12) , said he likes haunted houses that are really bloody and gocy. "I like going to haunted houses just for the thrill . involved in it," Katie Krueger, (11) , said. 'We went back three times because it was so fun," Connie Richards, (12), said. Many of the haunted houses donate their profits to charity organizations such as the ·.:;, Leukemia .Foundation, Abused Women and ,·,), Children of Omaha, and the Tangier Shrines. :)': 1be haunted houses cost $3.50 and the ::/: money invested goes to several local charities . ...:::_. A big outcome is expected at all of the · haunted houses this year. If you are in the mood for a genuine scare a haunted house is the place to go. Who knows even you could get spooked .


Going for ten Paul Fishburn, (11), sends his ball down the lane hoping to get a strike. Bowling has recently become a popular activity with students because

of its low cost. The average cost to bowl is usually . activities. Also, with colder weather upon us and around two or three dollars and therefore it be- many warm weather activities become imposcomes a viable alternative to other more espensive sible, bowling begins to appeal to many students.

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overused weekend plans, a trip to the bowling alley may be what's needed. Wearing worn-out, multi-colored shoes isn't the only thing bowling has to offer. "Occasionally some friends and I will go out and bowl because going out for movies and pizza gets old," Michelle Dotzler, (11), said. "We go bowling for a change.· "'lbe movies aren't good anymore, • Brtdget Weide, (1 0), said, "so, my friends and I usually go bowling about once a month since school started.· Students are also starting to realize bowling isn't a sport just for pros. Although leagues are available, many students bowl for fun. "My frtends and I don't bowl very good, so to make it interesting we have people who are right-handed bowl with their left hands arid vice-versa, • Dotzler said. "Either way, most of mine end up in the gutter.• Lack of skill may not,be the only problem with using bowling for entertainment. "I can never find a bowling ball that fits my finger; Paul Fishburn, (11), said, "I have really big knuckles.· Despite this, Fishburn says he still enjoys going bowling. "Last weekend Evan Howe and I went bowling and made bets as to who would win,· Kevin Atkinson, (11), said. Atkinson, who used to bowl on a league, prefers bowling for fun now. "You just get bored with the league,· Atkinson said. Other students prefer the serious side of bowling and are members of a league. "I bowled on a league for about eight years; Mark Wolf, (ll), said. Wolf was on

leaguesatRanchBowl,1600So. 72nd, andBrunswickMockingbird Lanes at 4870 _So. 96th Street. Wolf even took a few trips to state. "I went to state the last three years, but I didn'tdoverywell;Wolfsaid. Wolf also.added, "You have to bowl well into the 200's to have a chance at a top spot.· Wolf also admits going to state was a big change. "All of the years before state I kind oftook bowling as a joke, but when I went to state I had to be serious. • "I've bowled for about a month on a leat,r.ue now; Scott Bums, (11), said. "One of my friends asked me to join the league and I did because I didn't have anything else to do.· Burns, who bowls at West Lanes at 151 So. 72nd Street, admits the league bowling can be fun. "I don't take it too sertously, • Burns said. There are dlfferent ways students get involved in bowling. Parents can be an infiuence. "My parents bowled on a league and I got interested in it,· Lisa Dolejs, (10), said. Even though Dolejsdoesn't bowl on a league, her interest in the sport has been put to use. "I used to go bowling almost every first Saturday of the month. I wouldn't go bowling with my frtends from school, but with fam1lies my fam1ly is friends with, • Dolejs said. The increasing populartty of the sport is evident at area alleys. ~e've noticed a definite increase in teenagers bowling in general, but especially on the weekends,· Matt Markel, owner of the Ranch Bowl, said. · Linda She~od. manager of Cougar Lanes located at 351'0 So. 144th Street, has also noticed a change in the number ofteen-age bowlers. "Right now ~here are more teen-agers bowling, not necessarlly on leagues, but in

general," Sherod said . Weather might also be a reason for this increase. "Once it starts getting cold out, there is a really big increase in the number ofteen-agers we have coming in,· Sherod said. "Once the weather changes from being so nice, teen-agers seem to like being indoors. • "Last year we went bowling a couple times during the winter because there was nothing else to do,· Dannielle Benak, (11), said. Bowling may be the cheap alternative to weekend plans. A trip to the bowling alley is one of the cheapest · forms of entertainment. Depending on which alley is chosen, students can usually find their cost anywhere between 50 cents and $2. At many places this fee includes shoe rental which is required unless the bowler owns his own. Students in leagues, however, may not find this true. Bowling equipment and attire can be quite expensive. The expense is determined by the quality of the products. "Shoes can cost anywhere from $30 to $50 for males, and $25 to $45 for females; Tom Kelley of Kelley's Bowling and Billiard in Westgate, said. Kelley also said that a pair of shoes that will last for several years can cost up to $80. Bowling balls can also be expensive. "'lbe least expensive types we have are plastic and rubber and cost in between $48 and $55,· Kelley said. A durable eurythane ball can cost anywhere from $60 to more than $100. Even though the fashiona~le shoes might not fit, and the alley might be loud and chaotic; bowling can be a new, inexpensive weekend activity.

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Election sparks political in_volvement 5S•mh1W$$i!(i;t.UN Political elections require intense campaigning, expensive advertiseJl!ents, and numerous debates. But with only 7.5 percent ofWestside's student population eligible to vote, are students really interested? !be Kerrey/Karnes race has generated more interest than a lot of other campaigns in the past," Joe Higgins, American Government instructor, said. "'There is a great deal of apathy in campaigns like Hoagland/Sclienken and anything lower down -the ladder. But if there is excitement, it's definitely in the

Kerrey/Kames campaign." "Considering the lack of charisma of both presidential candidates, there is a remarkable amount of interest among students," Bill Nelson, social studies department head, said. "I think one reason for that is the two fine men (Ken:_ey and Kames) we have running for Senate. They tum people on." Both Senator Dave Kames and former Governor Bob Kerrey spoke to students Monday, Oct. 10. Each candidate presented his views on issues, and students were able to ask questions. The discussions were open

to all students who wished to attend. "A lot of people who didn't know anything about either candidate got to know them better," Jennifer Rasmussen, (12), said. "Both Kerrey and Karnes are appealing in different ways, and it gave students a chance to see both sides" "Kerrey seemed to be a little nervous because of all the television cameras, and he didn't specifically answer any of the questions," Robin Caudle, {12), said. "Karnes was too negative about Kerrey." (Continued on page 8 7) - / I

:Political perspective: w hat do-kids know?

Boss lady Governor Kay Orr speaks tq an American Government large group open to the public Monday, Oct. 24, in the Social Studies IMC. An elec-

tronic slide show explainmg the state of the economy and achievements Governor Orr feels she's made were presente<~_:

Student aWait s sent e nce teen-agers" in Towl Park. The paper also said that the two John Taulborg was convicted Monday groups of students exchanged obsceniOct. 17, of manslaughter and use of a ties, but nothing else, as the Hasweapon to commit a felony. The convic- mussen group then left the area. The tions followed the May 14 stabbing death .Rasmussen - group tpen returned to of Ralston High School student Victor whereTaulborg'sgroupwas. Twoofthe Rasmussen last spring. girls began fighting, and when RasRoger Herring, assistant principal, mussen arid Taulborg tried to break up said that Taulborg now faces sentencing the fight, they began to fight also. In the on the two charges. Herring added that course of their fight Taulborg stabbed the manslaughter conviction carries a Rasmussen six times. sentence from either probation or one to According to the 'World Herald," 20 years in prison. Herring said he Taulborg was scheduled to meet with a believed the weapon conviction carried probation officer and_then a sentencing the sentence. date would be set. Herring would not comment on the In regard to Westside-Ralston relaevents that took place the evening of May tions Herring said, "I' think our student 14, saying that he did not know exactly body, including the Alternative School what went on. kids, have done a tremendous job in According to the "Omaha World - dealing with this situation, and I know Herald's" morning edition Monday, Oct. the Ralston administrators feel that 17, the stabbing occurred "during a their kids have also dealt with it quite 'c hance encounter between two groups of well."

~~-ll!m~~~=~~!:~~rmm Television, radio, and newspapers inundate the public with politics. They seem almost impossible to escape, especially in early November of an election year. Yet some students manage to avoid the topic altogether. Attempting to discover how Westside fits this description, 92 students responded to some basic questions regarding the current election. Highlighted responses include: 0 Twelve percent of those surveyed did not know where the vice presidential debate was held. [Omaha) 0 Twenty-four percen t didn't know who George Bush's running mate was. [Dan Quayle) 0 Seventy-four percent didn't know when Election Day is this year. [November 8) While the results indicate that some students are J>olitically unaware, they aren't necessarily unsatisfactory. "I don't have any good reason to believe that those are very bad statistics for young people," Joe Higgins, American government instructor, said. Sherry Griffin, reporter for KE1V channel7, covers newsworthy events at area high schools. She was at Westside when Senate candidates Ernie Chambers, David Kames, and Bob Kerrey spoke to students and said that she was impressed with the caliber of questions that were asked at the presentations.

!be questions that I heard coming from Westside were really good. I also got the chance to interview some kids and they were really perceptive._ They were . obviously paying attention." When I deal with high school kids I get one of two reactions. I either go back to the station and I say, 'Oh, God, this is the future of America, we're in real trouble,' or I go back to the station and say, We have nothing to worry about. These kids are great.' The kids that I was talking to at Omaha Nortpwest High School before the vice presidential debate like the kids here were really good. They're the kind that make me go back to the station and say that we have nothing to worry about," Griffin said. Although the school' has no formal policy to incorporate politics into the curriculum, it does attempt to raise political consciousness in a few ways. "We have the_ democratic process competency; we have the ninth grade civics course, World History, and U.S. History courses. Collectively, it's my belief that our goal is to have relatively well-informed ·young people who understand and appreciate what democracy is as it works in the United States. I think tl).at most of the faculty share a common goal that we would like to have piqued our students' interest just a little bit in current events, so if you wander through the halls ofWestside for three or (Continued on page 6.)

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Who is Peter Hoagland running against? Oerry Shcnken) :67% Who is Geotge Bush's running mate? (Don Quayle) · 76% Wh.lt is the third party candiaate for the U.S. Senate? (Emie Chambers) · 55% What party does he belong to? (New Alliance Party)· 40% Wh.lt PreSidential candidate has endorcements from major conservation groups? (Michael Dukakis) • 36% When is Election Day? (Nov. 8) • 26% WhP.re was the Vtce Presidential debate held? (Omaha) • 88% · (The following qul'Stii:ms w~rt multiplt choict) 8 What Is Lynn Baber running for? (County Commissioner) • 53% 9 What is Jack frost running for? (County Clerk)- 54% 10 What is Lloyd Bentsen running for? CVice President) • 86% 11 What is Peter Hoagland running for? (House of Representatives) • 76%


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A -N CE· STAN-C E Student merit noticed Some students are unable to vote, but they still have an influence on the elections. By working for the candidate of their choice, ·they help determine who will win or lose. Participation in the election process can be exciting and rewarding. Students are lucky that they have the opportunity to work for many candidates, from the presidential candidate to the candidates for county board. Working for a political campaign is a chance to experience politics firsthand. This week students also had a chance to participate in their own election. Westside took part in a national mock election. All students in high school were eligible to vote. the mock election was ·an excellent idea. It allowed students to feel that they were a part of the electoral process. Many students work for campaigns, and whether out of personal reasons or a class requirement, they leam about our country's electoral process. and Tuesday Nov. 8, the amount of their influence will be shown. Students who take the time to be involved in any political campaign desexve recognition and appreciation for their efforts.

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Cooper-ation pays off Teaching special education students skills to function as an employee in a paying job situation is essential knowledge for the rest of their lives. Westside's special education program helps the students get the experience necessary to hold a job after graduation from high school by includ.l,ng curriculum that goes beyond the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. · . The job-search program tries to cover the aspects oflife the students haven't- encountered at Westside such as arranging transportation to and from the job and learning a work schedule. This type of program helps not only the student, but also the parept feel secure that the student will be able to cope with most problems or unusual situations that may arise. Employers are also doing a seiVice to the community by giving these students jobs. They are willing to spend the extra time training special education students and being partent while they leam the tasks they are to petform. The cooperation of all parties involved insures the student a better future.·

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Chord: Cooperation and communication are the goals of the education consortium that District 66 jo~ed this simmer. The District made a wise decision in joining the cqnsortium. Teaching skills and research on teaching methods will be emphasized. The money spent for the consortlum will be a good investment in better relations, better teaching, and better communication.

Ou~tanding achievements merit recognition by reputable organizations. The Who's Who organizations which entice students with promises of scholarships and other recognition falsely convince them that it's a key to the door of many colleges. Students should beware ofthese organizations and avoid spending money on such propositions without investigating the legitimacy of the companies.

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Students face elements; fire dri-lls· are alarming Fire alarms are kind of useless. Thet serve no Or, what's even better•.is when you're in the real purpose, except maybe to get you out of math middle ofa test and there's a fire drtll. You end up class (ifyou're lucky). But I suppose that it makes wasting most of the mod standing around outside trying desperately not for a nice break, anyto forget all the things way. I do like them every now and then. , Jessica Sullivan you crammed for the night before. Obviously, somebody By the time you get else does, too, judging Columnist back to class, you disfrom all the fire alarms cover that you have all we've had lately. Too of a whopping 12 minbadthey'vebeencoming utes to bubble in 60 at the most inopportune times. answers. There have been a few times when I've enjoyed Picture this: It's sixth mod, and you just got out of class. It's your only lunch mod. You the drllls. Uke when I have to give a speech in haven't eaten since breakfast the day before. English. I don't mind ha~g them during math, · ' Just as you reach out to pick up a package of either. Twinkles ... the fire alarm goes off. Excluding when the tar set the alarms off, I'm So, you push your tray aside, and toddle on getting really sick of hearing the alarm go off. I'm outside. When you're finally allowed back inside, _ sure I'm not the only one. Nevertheless, if, and when the next alarm goes you discover that while you were freezing your backside off outside, sixth mod turned into sev- off, the school does not blow up within five enth, and it's time to go to Advanced Algebra. Is minutes, I'm going to be royally peeved. In fact, I that depressing, or what? might just do it myself.

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Students _have right to free expression Dear Editor, I know Jeff Zanarini and respect and admire him as an outstanding member of the WestsideCommunity. I do not agree with his position on the MIP Hotline, butJeffhas the right to express his opinions without having his motives and morals attacked or questioned. Dick Lundquist and Jeff Beier need to realize that theirs is not the only legitimate view on controlling teenage drinking. Lunc.quist knows stealing and drinking are not analogous. He knows that one can be aware of the tragedies cause by alcohol abuse and stlll oppose the Hotline. Lundquist should know that ~urging young people to drink responsibly" could be mistaken, but it is not •the t,lltlniate Itresponsi-

blllty.• He also knows better than to use a polemic like -whining plea· in discussing legitimate differences. PUSHisapparentlyafinegroupwithexcellent goals. No one, young or old, should abuse alcohol. Like Jeff, I want no teenagers ever to have the urge to do things which ultimately harm either themselves or others. Mr. Lundquist, Jeff Beier, and others are to be praised for their efforts. Is it not asking too much for them to disagree with Jeff Zanarini without being disagreeable in the process. Without impugning Jeff himself? · Charity is a much more valuable commodity than meanness. Sincerely, Bill Nelson, Soc1al Studies Chaimlail


Sharks, Jets encounter ...... ore truth than fiction They rolled their eyes at each other a little nervous. Those who didn't know me weren't. I heard several and even divided up the sleeping artimes,"That's the girl from Westside." rangement according to schools. Our cabin nad four bunkbeds in one room Lik~, "watch out for the cooties." I would have been laughing at the situ- and one double bed in another and the ation if it were it not such a serious Westga,te kids ju.st assumed that one of subject. They disliked me before they the- Loveland kids would sleep in the double bed alone. This caused World even met me. - - - - - - - - - - - - , War III. I was totally shocked. Finally, when I had taken just about enough of the bickering Erin Conboy I asked the girls in my cabin,"Why do you guys hate -Columnist each other so much?" The crnical girl in 'my group said,"We're from Westgate, they're from LoveNo one ever talks much about it at 1 can understand to a point that land." I must have looked blank beexceptforafewmumbled words . they're frustrated about their friends cause the next thing I knew a girl from and there, but it seems like it's just death, but I wasn't there and basically Loveland volunteered for me, "We of those things not mentioned. Not know very little about the fight. But don't mix, we'll never be friends anytrue about Ralston High School. because I go to WHS it seems to be OK way and that's that." Coming from the mouths of babes. Being the good Catholic girl I am, I to ruffle my feathers. Speaking of feather,s I played The elementary kids could grow out to a church youth mass every month. I just happen to go to church in Mother Hen at Outdoor Education this of this childish feud (When they grow October. For three fun-filled days I was out of wetting the bed) but the feud P"'~'"'""· Before the death of the Ralston a counselor. It was extremely difficult between the high schools could end up .,..~u~au, the kids at my church woultt up to me because I went to at times because_ the kidwhOat went likethecold war. People brought up to n u .. _._,,~ It was the ideal school, but with me hated eaclt otber. The kids hate for something done years before. like the cold war, there's a bitter- fro-m Loveland and We sfgatE:.. were Ain't that a shame? that makes me pray that my life is great apart, but when they were t7rlxect-- ~ The signs placed on every wall in Good thing I'm at church. together it was pure hell. Being the the sChool saying,"Westside Story-a Since it was the trendy thing to do, naive person everyone has grown to story of change" seem to almost foreyouth group went on a hayrack love by now I never thought that little shadow that some changes are due al . This was our first group outing kids would hate each other because of Westside, for better or for worse. But the spring. People who have where they lived. I was rudely awak- hey, we aren't called Hollywood High for nothing. me for years were friendly, but ened.

I've always hated the "Westside "Inevercouldfigureoutwhythe of just one person could tum the • Jt.•vut.r.:tOf people against each other and so much hatred. Besides, they only kids. I've grown up since I last watched movie. A lot of things have hap~ and there's also a lot of hate · has grown. "Westside Story" definitely to mind when I think of the ltr.ilge!dy·thiiltresulted in a death last ..,"''""·"" no matter what the cause. is a tragedy. The sad is it involved a Westside stu-

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lives more directly. National leaders can only talk in the abstract saying they will find jobs for single mothers on welfare, but it is the local leaders who will actually ilnd a job for a single mother because they can handle each case with its indiVidual needs. ' National leaders really don't have much effect on our lives because the United States has grown so diverse that it has become nearly impossible for national politicians to overcome many of Mason Myers the problems that face AmerManaging Editor ica. Large problems such as the homeless and drug abuse seem to be big national problems that require national solutions, but the problems blame must also fall upon the news of the homeless, and drug abuse media·w ho place so much emphasis need to be fought in little battles all on national news and leave little across the n atioa instead of in one space or time to air the local issues. big national war. Frequent ly the professional The only way to win the "war press follows the presidential candi- against drugs" is to win the little dates , or the Nebraska candidates battles in the d ifferent cities where for U.S. Senate and House a round , the b attles are more man ageable reporting their every word, when and n ot so overwhelming. It is the there are more important local is-· local leadership who has the knowlsues and elections about which the edge and ability to win those battles, public must be informed. bull only if the public is more sup, One of these local issues is .a portive and informed of their reproblem Douglas County is having sponsibilities. To inform the public of the worth locating a place to put. the county landfill. I have heard of the problem, of local government we must place butlhaven'tseenorreadalotabout more recognition and media attenit in the "World-Herald" or on local tion on local candidates and issues television stations. which will directly affect our lives. It I don't think what George Bush is this lo~alleadership that will be said in Boston about Mike Dukakis solving the diverse problems facing is going to affect me as diredly as ... America today. and it is this leaderthe garbage piling up in. my front ship we should become more inyard because we can't find a place formed about so the election ballot for our landfill. These local prob- . won't seem so much like betting on lems and elections will affect our a football game.

only heard about five of the 42 races and proposals for which I was going to have to make a choice on election day. I have to place some ofthe blame on myself for not seeking out information on the candidates for the Register of Deeds office or whether the Honorable Walter H. Cropper should be a county court judge for another six years. But some of the

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Troupe gains experience Acting experience is an essential part of theater. Drama Club provides that experience with the performing troupe. a new group organized this year. The troupe, which is divided into two groups of about 20 members each, will be looking for opportunities_to perform in the Omaha area and at local schools. "I hope it's a good source o(advertising for Westside Drama," Tracy Muller. (11) , a member in the Drama Club triumvirate, said. The first group is under the leadership 9fMuller and Jennifer Ahl. (12) . The second group is lead by Christine Cota (11). The groups will take turns accepting job offers throughout the year~

Band strike$ winning note Westside's marching band has struck up it's new competition season with competitions in Lincoln and Fremont. The marching band is classified as a classM.school. Class M. encompasses all of the:; biggest high schools in Nebraska. The band had a competition in Fremont on Oct. 15 and received a one rating which is considered to be the highest rating a band can get in this competition. The band also received a one rating in it's competition in Lincoln on Oct. 22.

College fair to be held The sixth annual greater Omaha College Fair will be held Sunday. Nov. 6 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Aksarben Coliseum. locatc:P at 65th and Center. Representatives from over ZOO colleges, universities, and technical schools all over the counby will be in attendance. It is open to all high school students, but it is especially helpful to juniors and seniors.

Publications gain honors Westiside's "Lance" received 493 out of a possible 500 points. in it's evaluation from the Nebraska High School Press-Association: _• · ,o0 • · According __!p-!aura Stiuve, "Lance" editor, the "Lance" received ~ "All-Cornhusker" rating from the press association. Struve added that there were only three .other high school newspapers in the state to achieve that status. The ratings are based on a point system given to each section of the newspaper. Out of 12 categories, the "Lance" received perfect scores in all but three. Westside's Shield .also received an "All-Cornhusker" rating from the NHSPA . They received 435 out of 500 points.

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Along with the University of Nebraska at The participating districts feel that the m<>ne• Omaha's (UNO) College of Education, five is well 's pent and enables easier coJmiJnu:nic:a Omaha area scho,ol districts have formed a and relay of ideas throughout the city. They cooperative education consortium. hoping other districts see the work being done With much anticipation for better communi- hope that they will join also. cation between local districts, consisting of The consortium will rapidly exchange Omaha, Bellevue, Millard, Ralston, District 66, tion between those involved in the education and UNO, the six school organizations organ- ess and with those t.Iylng to learn. It allows lzed the Metropolitan Omaha EducatioQal Con- fessional teachers to share their talents in tenns sortium. educationalissues. After several months of planning, the effort to Future teachers of the districts and college begin the project started earlier this summer gain information shared throughout the n r.... rr.·,.ftj· and got its-start this year. and will possibly influence them in sharing Lc"'"'ll1•r The objective of the consortium is to improve ing methods. the communication, efficiency and effectlvneSs The consortium offices will be at UNO's Co1lle.• • among the participating districts and UNO's of Education. College of Education. One area that has already noticed the effects The superintendents of the five districts, the consortiUm is the special educational Richard Flynn, dean of UNO, and Ken Hansen, gram. former superintendent of District 66, director of Ken Byrd, dJrector of spec!_~Leducation, the consotium, will head up the project in order that the program will )lave a positive effect on to improve relations throughout the Omaha areas as_wel!"as special education. area. __.,- Improved eommunication between Flynn thinks the consortium will help buna improvement in the quality of services ,,,.;,,U\J,...: teaching skills throughout the participating provide for the students and faculty, adlrance411 districts. . and more up-to-date resources for students UNO can also use the practicing teachers in use, and better teaching quality throughout classrooms as associate faculty members or the districts has been noticeable due to the effilrtl• of the consortium. . clinical professors. The group will work on resear~h ofteaching The special educational program has methods and effectiveness. program develop- brought closer due to teachers being able to ment, (how well the program is working), in- in contact with other teachers throughout the service training of new teachers in the district, tricts and teac~g method~ that might 1"''"'....... curriculum development, (improving classes student grades. and the ways they are held), program evaluIn the past, the school districts and the nntve1"-• ation, grants for needed suplies and services, sity have been separate in teaching de1cisllons.• and other projects. Now, due to closer connections with both levels Each district is contributing .$5,000 and the schooling. the university is able tovoit:e an opllni<)D• university is contributing an estimated in decisions usually made by the high schools $30,000. vice versa.

Thompson ·speaks at drug Drug education has become an important part of student curriculum in recent years. District 66 has furthered this education this year by holding a mandatory drug education assembly on Monday, Tuesday. and Wednesday, Oct. 24-26. Javon ·'J1lompson was_ the speaker invited to the district for three days to speak to students in the elementary. middle and high schools with an additional meeting for parents. Thompson lead 75 minute seminars in which students and adults were free to ask questions . concerning drugs and alcohol. .Thompson ·has become known and traveled internationally speaking to_adults and adolescents about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Having

alcoholism taking his mother's life, a heroin overdose killing his brother, and being a former 13 year drug addict ·himself. faculty seemed to believe Thompson was well qualified to speak. "Thompson's been connected with drugs all ofhis life." Richard Lundquist. head of the guidance department, - said. MHe can speak from first hand experience." In the past, Prevention Using Student Helpers (PUSH) has held "come if you want assemblies", but this year the district decided to make the assemblies mandatory for the students. "It's (the assemblies) an experiment to see how the students, as a whole, will respond to the subject," Lundquist said. "We {the district) hope it will motivate them to realize ·t hey . ~on't need to use drugs and/ or

alcohol in order to have a good .time." MAlthough I think students wanted to go to the previous assemblies, I don't think they felt they could an:._ord to miss the time of an open mod to listen to the speakers," Maryanne Ricketts, guidance counselor., said, "By having a mandatory assembly they will have the opportunity to hear the speaker without missing our on any school time." · The assemblies had much support form the community as well as from the schools. "Drug and alcohol abuse has become such a big issue among parents and students in the community that much support was received from booster clubs." Ricketts said. "It's more like a community project." The district hoped the

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Organizations give students recog~ition-- for a price · Being able to complete the perfect college application and achieving academic honors are major worries ·ror high school students. Playing on those worries Is a_source of profit to certain corporations. In a recent Issue of the newsletter put out by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), schools are told to beware of· organizations which recognize students for a price. Through smooth advertising and prestigious-sounding titles, organizations such as the National Honor Roll, OutstandIng Students of America, and the United States Achievement Academy convince &tud~nts that it is a privilege to be recognized by them. Then they offer to sell the students directories bearing their names as well as wall plaques, pins, and other products. The fallacy In such recogni-' tlon is that it is received by a great many students and may, or may not be academic based. The organizations receive students' names from various sources. . On college entrance exams, if students allow their scores to be given to colleges

they may be unknowingly giving permission for information about them to be released to these organizations as well . . In some cases corporations are given pames by the high schools themselves. In their advertising, the main idea the_s e organizations sell is that apperu:tng In their publication is an honor and that scholarships are available for selected students who do so. "TTle possibility of getting one of those scholarships is very, very slight," Dick Lundquist, guidance department chairman, said. Lynn Hansen, college counselor, affirmed that no one at Westside has ever received one. Appearing In "Who's Who Among American High School Students" is seen as a plus on college applications by students. In truth th\s credential means very little. "We look very carefully at student achievements. We're not so concerned where they've had their name published," Sandra J. Ware, associate director of admissions at Texas Christian University, said. Organizations such as "Who's Who~ . primarily make

money by selling students copies of directories with their names (along with those of 575,000 other students) and products bearing the logo ofthat company. "TTley really do play on selling produ~ts. I am positive there are families In this country who cannot afford these things and believe It's a great honor and a ticket into good schools." Lundquist said. Students who feel confused about which organizations are legitimate may wish to look at a copy of NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities. In it are listed all the programs and activities which the NASSP feels are beneficial to students. The book "College Admissions: Cracking the System," published by the "Prlncetpn Review," states: "Being listed in the high school "Who's Who" is like being invited to join the National Geographic Society. It doesn't mean anything. Don't try to beef up your applications with phony accomplishments. If admissions officers cared about "Who's Who Among American High School Students; they'd order copies of it. They don't.

Just soy no Woody Thelin, founder of Smoke Enders. :L":: c!"gantzation that helps people quit smoking and promotes preventive drug education, speaks to District 66 sixth graders. The Prevention Using Student ~elpers sponsored presentation, part of a "Just Say No" Day, was held Monday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the loge.

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The Preliminary ACT will be given at Westside Saturday. Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. Registration began Tuesday, Nov. 1 and continues unttl the day of the test. The cost is $6.50. Only sophomores are eligible. Dick Lundquist, guidance counselor, &aid. "TTle real value may be that the ACT is going to be greatly changed. Students who are sophomores now have a chance to find out what the real one is like." The purposes of the test are to prepare students for the "real" test, to determine areas of strength and weaknesses on the test, and to approximately predict "real" test scores. The test will begin at 8 a.m: ·and !)hould end around 10:45 a.m. . The SAT wUl be given at Westside tomorrow. This is the last time many seniors can take the &AT in order to send their scores to schools for which they are applying. Participants should arrive by8a.m.

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Ashford forms new ·-advisory State senator Brad Ashford has developed a student advisory committee to counSel him on legislation in the state legislature. His advisory committee-consists of several Westside students and other students throughout district 4. , Jay Bonham. committee member, said that the purpose of the committee is to help Ashford get the whole picture on how stur .dents feel about legislative action In the state legislature that affects them. The students, according to Bonham. get together as a group and informally discuss issues that face the state legislature. Bonham added that each student will follow a bill through the state legislature, in ,order to get the feel of how the legislative process works In Nebraska. Bonham said the group will begin meeting on a regular basis when the state legislature convenes ~January.


Round-the-clock education .,.: .·;:.·............... ·............. ·...:.;..-:.· "Our doors are open for you!" is the slogan for the Westside Community Education Center, located at 3534 South 108th Street. The Community Education Center opened ~ its doors in August, 1987 in the former Valley View Junior High, (closed in June, 1987 due to declining enrollment.) The purpose of the center is to provide a comprehensive range of learning experiences and educa;ional setvices for people of all ages, and "to provide life-long learning for everybody," LaNeta Carlock, director of the center, said. The programs that the center offers are · endless. Health and fitness, arts and crafts,_ languages, business and computer programs and activites for seriior citizens and preschoolers alike are just a few of the choices available. The center is able to offer such a wide range of choices because they rent space to Omahaarea businesses and groups. Groups like the American Gun Club, the Douglas County Republican Convention Committee, and the Nebraska Society of Architects and Engineer&. rent space in the center. Other companies such as ENCOR and Standard Blue rent space for on-the-job training skills for people who want to go further in their careers. One of the main goals of the center for the upcoming year is to have a full capacity during the day, (because there is always full capacity at night), and basically turn it into a 24-hour, around-the-clock operation, because they Wa.nt Sign up to "offer opportunities for all people at all The Community Education Center got a new look this year times," Carlock said. · with.the addition of a customized sign. It is unlike any sign Expectations for the center in the next year in the district, "and that make·s it special," La Neta Carlock. are high, if the first year success is any indication. The center brought in over $40,000 in its '•

first year of business, wh!ch was what had hoped for. School board members are extremely pleased by what's been taking place and are optimistic for the future. "The Center is right on key for what we anticipated at this point," Shari Hofschire, board director, said. "Our main goal right now is to expand the daytime activities of the center so that they will. equal the amount of nighttime activities," Jin:l Tangdall, -superintendent, said. Changes in the job market and the fact that three-fourths of the peoplt! who live in District 66 no longer have children in school were the reasons for starting the center. In 1983, District 66 was one of the pioneer public school systems to embark upon an extensive strategic planning process. One of these strategies was to develop a center for community education and setvices. In 1986, a proposal for a Community Education Center was presented to the board of education and six months later, it was designated by the board as the new Westside Schools Community Education Center. "Everybody was looking for something to do, to take up free tim~," Tangdall said, "so when we were presented with the idea, we jumped at it." Generally, the feedback for the center has been pretty good, according to Tangdall. "The center isn't a burden to the taxpayer, yet it · provides many ·s ervices to the community, • Tangdall said. Class prices for the center range in cost from $5 to $85, but it really depends on how many hours are being taken. Senior citizens get halfprice on everything the center offers. If the first year has been any indication, the Westside Community Education Center will be open for many years to come," Tangdall said.

Non-restrictive policy oil guest speakers.allows variety of public officials to appear on campus (Continued from page 1) four years once or twice you will have been confronted with an interesting speaker," Dick Lundquist, ·guidance department chairman, said. / Higgins credits the administrati.on as the body which makes possible the number and variety of guest speakers government classes are able to sponsor. "TheonlythingeveraskedofMr. [Rob) Johns or I regarding the bringing out of guest speakers is to be fair. Make sure the other sides have an opportunity to be represented. We do better at guest speakers than practically any other school because we're encouraged by the

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administration to involve students and about movies and clothes, not politics," to have different points of view pre- Renee Hoffman, (9), said. sented," Higgins said. Chambers. and Higgins don't think Despite the .... age detefmines diverse opinions . . . [t's pretty sad It's too bad political involveguest speakers _ • ment. present, some that people don't care "I agree with students remaii;l enough to keep up with what [state) uninterested, ~ . . Senator [Ernie) 1 placing other what s going on. ~ Chambers said, concerns above that the people Patsy Egan, (9) (who came to politics.

as knowledgeable about political affain as they're ever going to be," Higgins said. If the level of political knowledge that teens possess is exemplary of the nation, Affiertca does not compare favorably with the rest of the world. "They know more about politics in Sweden. The voting age is 18 there also, but close to everyone votes. You have the lowest [voter turnout) here in the United States," Gunnar LeGrand, (12), Swedish foreign exchange student, said.

"I just don't get involved," Tracy Remmereid, (12), said. "I worry about school and other stuff." "A person my age should be worrying

Some are discouraged by this. "It's pretty sad. It's too bad that people don't care enough to keep up with y;hat's going on.," Patsy Egan, (9), said.

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working with others, which is a big accomplishment because the students are used to having other handicapped students around to relate too. · "TTle management realizes that when they hire a handicapped person. they will have a reliable worker," Hutchings said. "TTley will rarely take sick days otT, or need vad:tions, and they will s tick with the job' for a long time. It may take longer for them to learn their position. but they will do well when they get the hang ofit." Ri~a Vasson; transition teacher, is an important member of the program at the high school. Vasson teaches the studen~ about the community and what is going to haJ?pen after high school. "I get students in the job-search program, and teach them how to get to and from work. Most students will use the bus for transportation," Vasson said. "Once their work schedule is done, I help the students plan their leisure time." Leisure time is spent outside the house, doing something the student likes to do. The activities range from the YMCA. sports, crafts, to adult education classes at Metro. "TTle one thing we don't want," Hutchings said. "is to have the students sit at home all day." "I miss Westside. I- liked the teachers, students, and football games. Westside taught me a lot, and I am happy that I was able to go there," Perry said.


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past years, Boe said. ~:1:1:1 "I really feel it's important for students to ~llllll ;:;:;: Negative campaigning is a deterrent to most be interested and knowledgeable about poli- :;:;:;: ~llll~ students, Higgins said. tics. In the last election, only 20 percent of lllllll :;:;:; "'The single strongest thing that students re- the population under the age of 25 voted. ;:;:;:; !;!;!; · spond to is negative campaigning. Students This happens because students just aren't ;!;!;!; l!~!l! are turned off and frustrated by candidat!'!s knowledgeable enough, and when you're 18, :1:l:~ !l!l!~ putting down one another rather than stating you're often attending a college in another l!l!l!l lllll~ what they would do iftheywere elected. There state, making it difficult to vote," Higgins lll~ll :::::: is more negative campaigning thai} there has said. ::::::: jlj1j~ been in past years," Higgins said. f f think it's important for students to ~jlj1jl :;:;:; tudents · also had the opportunity to understand politics," Dan Simon, ::;:;:; l!l!ll hear Senatorial candidate Ernie Cham(11), said. "There are certain things ll!1!l! ;!;!;: bers of the New Alliance Party speak on people should learn about their country and !;!;!;! !l!l!l ay, Oct. 17. Candidates for the County society. There are a lot of people who don't l!l!l!l !;!;!; Board spoke on Monday, Oct. 3, and CityCoun- even know who their congressmen and sena- ;!;!;!; ::::::: . t or B rad ::::::: :::;:;: c il membe r J oh n Cleary an d Se na tors are. " :;:::;: :;::::: Ashford spoke on Monday, Sept. 19. "It's important to know about politics :::!::: l!l!l!~ . "It really helps having the candidates come because some day you'll have to vote. I know l!l!l!l !l!l!l! speak. Ididn'treallyknowwheretheystoodon of a lot of people who are 18 and vote fod !l!1! !;!;!;! issues before, because in the newspapers poli- whoever is most appealing or for who their !;!;!;! lllllll ticians.always have a way of squeezing around parents are for, but ·they really don't know 1111111 ;:;~:; questions. It helped me learn a lot more about anything about it, " Rasmussen said . !:';:;:; . !l!l!1! them," John Sokolik, (12), said. tudent political activity could de- :1:1:1: !;!;!;! crease in the future. A letter was !;!;!; l!l!lll Two students from Westside, Kristin Lynch, recently sent to all the superinten- ~!l!l! ;!;!;:; (12), and Matt Schulz, (11), were chosen to dents of Nebraska schools, cautioning them ;!;!;! $lll~ attend the Vice Presidential Debate at the about letting students participate in political llllll It never ends Political work is demanding and time consuming, ::;:;* Omaha Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. campaigns. The letter was a warning to try :::::! Schultz, (11), knows. Schultz callsand works for ;lllllll 5. an~ ~revent stude~ts. from being subjected to ljjjjj from ·his home when he isn't working at the crunp~• ;!l!l!l! "On Wednesday, the Civic Auditorium called pohtical biases, H1ggms said. \. :;:;:; :::::::: our American Government teacher and wanted ::::::. Other students spend time working for candidates ~ll~1ll two students from Westside to go to the debate. "I believe Westside has made a real big ~1lllll Americangovermnent students must spend a ........u ......... .... ;!;!;!;! I guess I was just in the right place at the right effect against teaching political biases by !;!;!;! hours campaigning. :1:1:1:1 time," Lynch said. "It was a neat experience. always having both candidates f~r office l!l!l!; :;!;!;!; Just being there and seeing all those influen- speak instead of just one," Sokolik said. ;!;!;!; :;!;!;!; tial people was great." "Letting Ernie Chambers speak let us have an·;:;!;!; ~lllllll estslde's Cable Television class three views in the Senate race. It would be lllllll :;:;:;:; was also able to send staff members shutting the students out not to let us be ;:;:;;: :;:;:;:; to the debate, but no cameras were informed about politics." ;!;!;:; ;:;:;:;: allowea. · "I don't think it's a ·good idea to try and ;!;!;!; :! :l!l!l!l "I, called the Mayor's office to try and obtain shield students from political views," Lynch ;!;!;!: Campaign trails and volunteer hours ~!l!1!l! press credentials. They gave me the number to said. "You need to be exposed to politics in ~11111; are preferred methods of learning abOut :l!l!l!l the Commission on Presidential Debates in high school and formulate your own ideas. !l!l!l! politics as opposed to books. :;:;!;!; Washington, D.C., and we got the passes," Too many people are influenced by their ;:;;:;: "I t!J.ink the candidate campaigns and ~!l!l!l! Willo Boe, cable instructor, said. "It was a parents." :;:;:;: elections being right here in our backyard "It was a · ~lllllll wonderful experience. How often d<><:s a person f here should be an emphasis on tl1\ have been really good for us. It's easy to , I thought about :1:1:1:~ have the chance to experience a political debate political education rather than hav- ;!;!;!; access the quarters of candidates," Joe it," Matt Larsen, :;:;:;:; of that magnitude, and be able to have students ing teachers being worried about ;!;!;!; Higgins, social studies instructor, said. One of the requirements of the American ~!l!l!l! experience it also?" being brought up on.charges for improper teach- :1:1:1· Government class is to work on a political :1:1:1:~ ing methods," Higgins said. "We oughtto encour- ~!l!l! :;:;:;:; Having the Vice Presidential Debate in age schools to be more open-minded about poli- ;!;!;! . campalgn. 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I like enken, Hoagland, and county board candi- aware of wh ' date campaigns," Higgins said. going on around Students under the legal voting age of 18 got a 'There will be a modified ballot with five camThere are different reasons for joining and to be able chance to take place in the democratic process. A paigns and three issues," Joe Higgins, American campaigns. These reasons range from help out. I've mock election, run by freshmen civic students was · government instructor, said. "Students will vote interest in politics to family reasons, but tics and the is held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 . on the candidates running for President, the Sen- the most popular reqson is to receive class Schulz, (11), Signs and posters were made and put through- ate, Congress, the County Board, and County credits. The restilt out the school in an effort to get students to vote. . Clerk. Only students with an I.D. can vote." "Themajorltyofstudentvolunteershave change the Booths were set up outside the Little Theatre, and A national mock election was held on Thursday, come in to do credit hours. Once some about politics. "Campaign students voted using modified ballots. Nov. 3 , with approximately two to three million students have fmished their hours, we These efforts paid off. Student participation was students participating. Westside's results will be never see them again, but there are definite ment of the ... TTl, ..n••' high. Three new voting booths had to be set up part of the national totals that will be aired in a exceptions to the rule," Tracy Wernsman, Students must during the day becauSe the lines to vote were too news story on the Cable News Network, Higgins Hoagland campaign scheduler, said. to earn a grade "I g<;>t involved with the Schellken cam.:- once they're long. said.

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students from the age 16 to 18 are aware on issues such as drugs and crimes the older population," Bemerd Kalasa, poscience department chairman at the Uniof Omaha at Nebraska, said. Meredith, Advanced Placement United Histo:ry instructor, thinks students do what's going on. "1be average Westside knows more about political issues then parents." may stern from the number of students in political campaigns. Students in Government taught by Joe Higgins, are to work 12 hours for a political cam-

KI am doing menial labor for Kerrey, • Matt Larsen, (12), said. KI always wanted to do it, but I needed the catalyst to keep me going." KI know Senator Kames personally so I decided to help his campaign." Kristen Letter, (9), said. Doug Krenzer, (12), who works as captain of his own precinct for the Kerrey campaign. claims his views were changed by his work. "You lose idealism quickly when you get involved and get exposed to the not-so-pleasant side of politics." t has made my views stronger," Kristen Lynch, (12), worker for Peter Hoagland, said. Kit generally made me more politically aware." Though students may have strong views, the source of their knowledge may be questionable. KStudents impressions are stemmed from their parents, peers, or other adults they respect," Higgins said. KI'm Democrat, because my family is," Lee Peterson, (12), said.

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mpaigns,rewarding hours. We also have a lot who like it and volunteer more of their time," Higgins said. Family campaigning is what interested Jennifer Rasmussen, (12). Kit's really a family thing. Bob Kerrey's my unt:le. My morn's one of the main people runniiig the campaign,_ So usually, my whole family's down there helping out," Rasmussen said. Being Involved an obligation as a in politics is con- · volunteer. We have a sidered an obligawhich we can vote tion .according to some students. take. advantage of KI feel an obligado as .much as we tion as a citizen to . . volunteer. We have ":7'7 a country in which Lynch, (12), said. we can vote so we should-take advantage of that and do as much as we can. When I started I knew I wanted to do more than the average student volunteer. I had aspirations to bec:orne a big part of a campaign," Kristin Lyn~h. Hoagland volunteer, (12), said. Obligation or not, Lynch's active involvement and aspirations have paid off for her. KKristin Lynch is what I'd call a political junkie. She's· gotten so involved in

Democrat Campaigning is a different thing every day. On Monday, Oct. 10, candidate for senate, Bob Kerrey addressed students at Westside. Kerrey answered questions from the students and spoke for 25 minutes. The even was covered by television and newspaper reporters.

her. campaign. She was promoted to Student Volunteer Coordinator for the Hoagland campaign," Higgins said. · ~e've had so much luck with Kristin. Her enthusiasm and hard work have brought in other Westside students. She's a real asset to have on our campaign," Wemsrnan said. _ The majority of students won'tbe promoted to a position on a campaign, but vol- · unteerlng .will have advantages for them. KI was just working a couple of hours on the Kerrey campaign. It's for class credits ·and also we don't have this in Finland. It's a chance to do something most people back horne never will do," Outi J akovirta, foreign exchange student from Finland, (12), said. For some students, the experience they get will be enjoyable, but they won't be back for the next elections. On the other hand, some students plan on having some future aspect of politics and political sciences. KI plan to major in international relations and minor in political sciences. I'm really comfortable with what I'm doing with politics. I'm the kind of person who likes this," Lynch said. Whether or not these students remain on the political trails year after year, their experiences were something that couldn't be taken from a book.

Candidate for senate Dave Kames visited Westside on Monday, Oct. 10. Karnes spoke for 25 minutes and then answered questions from the audience. Many people attended the open forum to hear Karnes' positions on the issues.

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A. Vol shot at sixJn a row alt team up for district closer the girls' volleyball team works harder to reach the ultimate goal; a birth in the state tournament. · "The girls are working extremely hard to get there and hold up the tradi!)on of Westside volleyball. But every team is an individual one," Ann Royle, varsity volleyball coach, said. "That's :wl:ty I'm so proud of the team._ But we still have a long way to go to get to Lincoln.· The last time the volleyball team didn't go to state was 1982. Ever since the state tournament started in 1972, the Warriors have been there 12 of 16 years. But that doesn't seem to impress Royle as a dynasty. "Sure we've been here five times running, but that· doesn't mean that teams are going to lay down and let us walk right over them," Royle said. "It means just the opposite. Teams are up to beat the teams that are well known for talent, Just look at North Platte in t11e last two years (North Platte upset the Warriors in the first round of the state tournament for the past two years)." Some players, agree with Royle. "It seems that teams get up to play the Warriors. It just isn't in volleyball either,"JennieJohnson, (10), said. "But it seems like in volleyball that everybody knows that the Warriors are one of the teams to beai."

Kristin Lindwall, (12), ce.nter blocker, agrees. ~I've noticed how up otper schools are when they play us,~ Lindwall said. "It seems that t:lley have pointed at us for th'e entire season. But the Warriors have been· shooting for this chance ever since summer." ,. ~Even at University of NebraskaOmaha volleyball camp, we wanted and felt as though we had to do well this year. Now that we are here, we can prove ourselves to everybody,· Julie Novak, (12) Said. . Momentum plays a big part in a short spurt of games. "The big Mo (momentum) is the most important thing about a short term situation, Cori Weinfurtner, (12), said. ~we've just got to keep playing well.· One problem that the team has is that their minds seem to drift at certain points in the match. "I know that we are not keeping our minds on the game when we play," Novak said. "It seems that we play well for the first game and then we slack off, • Novak said. "When we play teams that aren't supposed to beat us, we go out thinking that the uniforms with the Warrior nam'e on it will beat them without us, inside, even trying. Well, we found out that isn't true." ~we want to play as well as we can," Royle said. "And from there, carry that to as far as we can. But we must play the way that we know we can play."

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the other team. Westside lost thiS confrontation 15-7, 15-9. The Warrior volleyball team entered ·district play last night at Bellevue East.

Columnist ,expresses thanks for thankless job · This past week I was accused of always writing negative columns. Since I am an active member of. Distributive Education Clubs of America (the positve, attitude club), I decided I needed a "check up from the neck up." So t~s week I won't slam cheerleaders, or even All-American linebackers for that matter. No, this week I think I'll express thanks. This thanks is a sincere thanks and I hope it is taken that way, even if it pokes fun at the "admired" during this column. Every athletic day of the year this man is hard at work after 3:10, and his day usually lasts until 6 and even untill0:30onFridayandSaturdaynights of the football and basketball seasons. This man is not all alone though. He has his little h elpers too. It's like Snow White and the dwarfs of the training room. Featuring Tony Martinez as Snow White, Wes Stephenson as Doc, and Mike Miller, George Ermeling, Corey Pettit, Don Young, Chris Ward, Mark J~nsen, Joy Eckhoff, Kira Finney, and Robyn Bearinger as the other dwarfs. Snow White, or Mr. Martine:~;, doesn't spend thet e hours here because he's raking in the dough. He does it fur the kids. That's special, and sometimes the kids don't realize this and sometimes they take him for

granted. Not only does he mend and administer treatment to kids, but he works with them as well. Those dwarfs I talked about are his student trainers, volunteering their time. He is to be applauded for his student-trainer program. Martinez's sense of humor makes t.he training room an enjoyable atmosphere where there usually is not too much to laugh about. Martinez is also experienced. He has worked the

them Craig Johnson, a Westside All-Stater in 1976, who went on to play I-back at the University of Nebraska. Jeff Taylor, the 'World-Herald" athlete of the year was also associated with Martinez. Taylor went on to play baseball at Nebraska, garnering All-Big Eight honors his senior year. Nebraska's All-American centerftelder Paul Meyers, who is now playing Class AA pro baseball in Pheonix, AZ. also spent a few hours in Martinez's training room. Martinez's job .is self gratifying. There ·are no :--------------::---..;_--::---:---:-----.. headlines, glamor, or glory for the work he does. His happiness comes' from a kid coming back after an injury and maybe a column thanking him for all of D.J. Rezac his duties. Martinez has treated me since I was in seventh Sports Editor grade, so I think I know him. He loves kids. That's why he spends the time he does with kids, not to mention his own family. He has two great kids and an understanding wife. Well Mr. Martinez, for the five years I've know you Shrine Bowl, Nebraska's all-star football game for out- and for everything you've done for me and for other star ·dingh:~h sch'1'11 senio:-::-. the J:.:niorC·ynipic-: and athletes, I want to say thanks. From an athlete to a he.ruso recently worked th:.; CABA 12-and-under Base- trainer, but even more so from a friend to a friend I want ball World Series held in Omaha last August. ' to say thanks. To all the unselfish trainers, a heartfelt He's taped a few fine athletes in his time too, among thanks.

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ETC Golfers win district Winning their district, and finishing second in Metro, did not help the Westside girls' golf team prepare for a disappointing ninth place finish at the state tournament. "TTle state meet was very disappointing," Bill McCormick, head coach, said. "One of the reasons is that a lot of the teams that had finished behind us in all of the invitationals ended up ahead (of us) at state." The team finished with a dual record of 7-1. and finished in the top ten at most of the invitationals. This year, the inexperienced players had an important role in the success of the team. "The season ended how I had expected it to, but not in the way I had expected," McCormick said. "TTle inexperienced players came through, and the experienced players did not play w; well."

JV's finish 4-5 With the season over for the junior vars1ty football team, Coach Ed Howe said he's pleased with the team's improvement. " The team- progressed over the course of the season and met my expectations," Howe said. The team ended the season with a 4-5 record. Howe said the reasons for winning and losing games were obvious this year. Howe said, 'When we won gamesJt was because we executed well and held on to the ball and when we lost it was because of turnovers and penalties." ~ There will also be a lot of ~~~···-·-~

moving up to varsity next year according to Howe. He said, "There's a lot of potential for varsity next year with some of the team's players."

Netmen finish at 7-2 Working for a state championship is a goal for every team. This year's tennis team went to the state tournament with a 7-2 meet record, and a good showing at Metro with a third place finish. "''bis year's team was good, but we didn't-do as well as I had hoped," Paul Nyholm, head coach, said. At the state meet, an unfortunate draw Dan Simon, (11), No. 1, al!<lin:~t

Building for success Rebuilding is necessary to insure having successful seasons in the fubrre of gymnastics. "We are having a rebuilding year," Tim Willits, head coach, said. "All of our underclassmen are gaining experience this year." The team finished with a 1-5 record and had an eleventh place finish a' Metro. Improvement by the younger members of the team has been evident ~roughout the season. "The freshmen came into the season without a lot of competitive experience," Willits said, "and they have improved much over the year." "Carol Woods, -.{9), and Tammy Combs, (9), have done well this year for us in the all-around competitions," WUUts said.

the No.1 seededplayerDavidSkid, (10) , from Millard North. "It hurt us because we didn't get any points from our No. 1 player," Nyholm said. Brandon Madson, (12), playing No. 2 singles, had the best showing at state by finishing second in the No. 2 singles division. The team finished tenth at state, but will have five out of the six players at state returning next year.

'Amazing' defense "Incredible defense and an improving offense" are two ways to describe thjs year's reserve football team. "Defensively we've been a mazing as only three touchdowns have been scored on us all season. Offensively, our Une is improv- ,. ing and our backfield has been good," Jim Fey, head coach, said. Fey added that the team has Uved up to his expectations with their record. Fey also said that David Fehr, (10), has excelled in the backfield and that Jeff Engel,-starting quarterback, (11), has averaged ten yards per rush.

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Despite some major injuries that have occurred during the season for the boys' cross country team, Don Patton, 'c oach, said the team performed as expected. "Despite two injuries before the district meet, we bad some sophomores take their place and almost enabled us to qualify for state," Patton said. For the girls' cross country team, the year had its difficulties. Patton said, "At the beginning of the season we started with 19 runners and we're no:v left with eight." "TTle boys' team already has a good nucleus with about 15 returning runners and the girls should be improved, also."

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and also took over the punting duties to week," To~ Hall said Mit's been a very frustrating year.· handle the kicking chores. "We had to replace almost olir whole Rezac said. "It would have been easy to Dan Fishburn, (12), said the shock of team. • Morrissey said, " but we felt we give up when we were 0-3, or 1-4. but we not having a winning season hit the Warriors hard. never gave up." had some younger ~ MRezac and I have been here for three kids who could . . The coaches years, and we've never had a losing seakept plugging step in and do a It's been a veri frustratson. No one ever thinks about one goodjob." away too. After being uping year. It would have "I told the kids around here. It is not very fun. My senior set 9 -7 in the been easy to give up ...but that w.e as coaches year isn't supposed to be this way,· weren't going to Fishburn said. opener at Bryan. we never did. .. Westside finished 6-3 and missed out the Warriors lost --::T:7 give up no matter their only returnif we were 0-9. on the play-offs by one game in 1986. D. J. Rezac, (12) Westside ended its season last week. ing starter on de- These kids didn't fense from l a s t - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - give up on us ei- They lost to unbeaten and No. 3, ranked Papillion in their season finale to compile year's 8-3 state semifinalist team. This ther: Morrissey said. was the f'rrst time that the Bryan Bears Not learning from past mistakes .Q.as a 2-7 overall record. Hall noted that two weeks ago the have defeated the Warriors football. been major problem of this year's D. J. Rezac. (12). linebacker. tore team. Warriors played their best game of the cartilage and stretched ligaments on a "We didn't improve on the things we year against then 7-0 second ranked kickoff return with 50 seconds left in the needed to, to be good. It took two to Central. Westside lost 19-34. "We played with a lot of emotion. and game. Rezac missed one month of the three weeks to improve on some things I season. thought we'd pick up on in less than a played a good game." Hall said.

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the door. 0 "Pack of Ues," a play about a best friend who is a spy, will be performed through Sunday. Nov. 13, at the Omaha Playhouse. Call 553-0800.

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0 "Kenny Rogers" will be in concert on · Thursday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Reserved seats are $16.75. To obtain tickets, call or-visit Younker's ticket centers, the Civic Auditorium, or TIX. 0 "UB40" comes to town on Thursday,

Nov. 10, to perform at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are available at 11X for $16.75. 0 "The Bottom Line," will be playing, al9_~g with other area bands, at Peony Parkon Friday, Nov. 23.. Tickets are on sale for $3. Profits made will be donated to charity. Tickets can be p~rchased at

8 p.m. in celebrating the 1OOth anniversary of St. Cecilia's Catherdal. Theworld premiere of Barkey's "Anna Lucis." The even tis free of charge and will be hald in St. Cecilia's Cathedral, 701 -N. 40th St. 0 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a Broadway smash hit by Rubert Holmes will have three performances: Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30p.m. and Satuday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The musical will be presented at the Orpheum Theater. Make reservations by calling 342-7107.

Committee presents "A Celebration of Dance and Song," feattni.ng the Ukrain- 0 'The Rocky Horror Show'' will be pre- : ian Dance Ensemble from Chicago. The . sented on stage at the Omaha Playevent is on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m, in house. There will be special midnight the Witherspoon Hall at the Joselyn Art performances on Saturday, Nov. 5, FriMuseum.- .T ickets are available from day, Nov. 12, Saturday, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Dec. 3. Call Younkers Ticket Offi<;es. 553-0800 for reservations. 0 Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol/ ' will be presented Friday, Nov. 25, · 0 Lincoln offers spectacular laser through Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Omaha shows at. the Mueller Planetarium on 14th and U St. See a variety of musical Playhouse. For more information, call performances from "Led Zeppelin" 553-0800. which is featured tomorrow, Nov. 5 at 8, 9 and 11:00 p.m. to "Jazz Under the 0 Jackson and Almeda Berkey of Stars" .on Sunday, Nov.27 at 3:30 p.m. Manheim -Steamroller will join the Ca- Admission ts $3:50. For more informathedral Arts Project tomorrow, Nov. 5, at tion, call472,-2641. ,

Vegetarian foods: healthful eating tW't'\Um!JM.tM111kll!4Hmf• ml~flH~!!!!pW!!i An increased desire among Americans for . better health and fitness is the big trend in the '80s. People, in general, are becoming more aware of what they are p u tting into their bodies and h ow their diets affect them. This is one reason lactovarton (no red meat), vegetarian (no meat incuding fish or poultry) , and vegan (no meat or dairy products) diets are gro~ing in popularity. "I don't believe in killing for my nutrition, because I don't think it's necessary. You can get the nutrients found in meat from other sources. It's cruel to kill animals for food, testing, or any other reasons," Liz Martin, (11), said. Restaurants especially are noticing the rise in the number of people who are· ordering food that does not contain meat. Although many larger cities have res taurants that serve only vegetarian food, Omaha's size limits the choices ofrestaurant-goers seeking fine fOod that does not contain meat. Restaurants that do offer vegetarian items on their menus seem to be focusing on . the quality of those dishes. / Valentino's, Godfather's, and Pefferoni's all offer vegetarian pizzas on their menu!> as well as salad bars. Valentino's also offers a meatless sauce for their spaghetti as well as the pasta primovera which consists of

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broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots in beer cheese sauce with mozarella cheese on top. PeflTeroni's also has an egg salad sandwich on their menu. Spaghet ti Works has spaghetti with a beer cheese sauce. The hot and naked is another appetizing dish served here. It consists of spaghetti with olive oil, butter, garlic, and basil. There is a salad bar here also. Grisanti's has the eggplant parmesian. and the linguini primovera as well as salads. The Garden Cafe, the Terrace Cafe, and Clark's Cafe all have a tasty potato casserole as well as their delec. table vegie melt with steamed vegetables on sourdough break. The farmer's market vegetables (mixed vegetables) and the chefs select vegetables (peas, green peppers, and mushrooms) are two dishes that will wet the appetite from The Great Wall. Also, for really fast food, Burger King has salads as well as a new vegetarian whopper which is a whopper with everything but the meat. "some people just don't like meat and you have to try to cater to that clientele. They may not want a salad bar," Richard Smith, Burger King manager, said. Casual attire is acceptable at all of these restaurants and none require reservations for smalt partes: ... 1 '

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them-spending money just on it. Mandy Pantin kin , who played the Spaniard in "Th e . Princess Bride," is the alien pa rtner of J a mes Caan. I. One thing the fllm does is b ring in the element of bigotry aga inst the newcomers. They are referred to as When first looking at this m m it might be thought "slags" and are looked down upon. It is a taboo for that it's just another science fiction movie. Well, that h u mans to be seen with th em , so the newcomers keep · is just about right on the money. The storyline is to themselves. Caan's character is bigoted in the pretty basic. beginning, but, soon sees the light. ,~_ lj~ns land on earth. It is a single .ship that is lost Overall, the mm deserves at least a little consideraand stumbles upop the earth. It contains ~bout tion if you're going to a movie, but be prepared to accept 300,000 aliens and after a number of years in quaran- what the fllm has to offer. It is playing·at the Indian Hills tine they are allowed into society. They are quick theater. learners and soon have jobs and try }o fit in. James Caan plays a police detective whose partner is killed when they try' and aJ9prehend several aliens in a supposed robbery attempt. His new partner is an alien, the first newcomer as they are called, to be promoted to detective. They start digging and find that several murders around the cityare connected and this leads them to an understanding that an alien genius is manufacturNeed a good laugh or something to 'lift your spirits? ing a drug tha,t will addict all the aliens and soon have Well if you. d o, "Punchline" is the movie to see.

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Cru1sers searc omething different comes to mind when tiying to define the word entertainment. Some • that being home alone and reading a book is best source of entertainment. Some may prefer conpnon rituals such as going to a party or, ttaLtcllinLJ! a movie with friends._ Still others, believe either crurSing or parking along Dodge Street is great way to meet ,new friends and to have a good

This practice is not a new sight on Dodge. There been a heavy amount of traffic on the street for years. Along with easy access to movie .Jh ..... t.~..... and restaurants, the street has long had the ... ...,, ...~,.. of being a meeting sight- not only for 'leen-~t(Je·rs, but adults alike. Several aspects draw from even different counties to the street. Kris Shupe, a frequent Visitor to the street, said the reason people keep coming back to Dodge 4~ it is a well~known spot. !be people who go are like a close-knit fanlliy," she said, "My grew ·u p on Dodge." Lisa Carlson added, "I met so many nice people there." Carlson also that anyone who is in trouble can go to Dodge to help. "I have taken girls home with me at night have had personal problems," she said. nother probable cause of the convergence is that, as Kocsis said, "Dodge Street is the 111eapesr thing for teen-agers to do." Kocs.g> said although people think that t~en- agers have a lot do, they really don't, at least nothing that isn't exAs a result of being an economical source entertainment, "it's respectable practice to take on Dodge now, " he said. Unfortunately, because of a fraction of the nightvisitors who have demonstrated unacceptable others have had to share the blame. '" ' ' ". . .

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Recent events have raised questions as' to how much that have taken place. In fact, Kris Shupe said that longer Dodge will go on serving as a holding place for · she estimates about 30 percent of the people are J all walks of life. Because of complaints from business "bad apples." owners who have reported both vandalism and 'We have tried to weed those people out," Susman violence, the city has been asked to send the group said, "and when I see someone suspicious, I always elsewhere. · check it out." nderstanding both sides of the issue, City he members of this group agree that by inCouncil member Jinl Cleruy is attempting to creasing the number of pollee officers patrolsatisfY the needs of both parties. "I am optimistic ling the street. some of the recent events may have that some sort of an agreement can be made to make betm avoided. Another suggestion was to offer business owners both the.. business owners and the youngsters free advertising. "Perhaps we could wear T-shirts or happy." "I consider it to be a two--prong approach, • Cle~ caps when we park on Dodge to advertise for the companies," Kocsis proposed. said. "I wanted to pass an ordinance to protect the Carlson believes that some of the best customers business owners and at the same time work with of restaurants and businesses alike are, in fact, the the young people to try and work on some alternafrequent Dodge visitors who the business owners , tives so they wouldn't be cut out.· would like to see go away. In order to carry his plan through, Cleary went to "I can understand how the business owner's feel, Dodge Street and invited anyone who was interested but I can also see our side," Susman said. "My to join what is now called the Teen Task Force. group on Dodge consistently makes an effort to try Members of this group who attended the first meetand clean up after everyone." ing on Tuesday. Oct. II. were Lisa Carlson, Patrick Realizing that a compromise may not be possible Kocsis, Heather Fowler, Monica Sallach, Kris Shupe to presetve Dodge, members of the task force will try and Gran.t Susman. · to come up with other alternatives such as using a This group. most of them teen-agers, or in·their early twenties, represent a group of concerned people large, vacant lot, or building a new drive-in movie theater. who realize a problem, but believe a solution can hat they are seeking, as Shupe says, is a come out of the current situation. 'We realize it is place where many people can meet friends going to be an uphill battle, but we have to at least from different areas of the city. She said that as far try," Susman said. In order to accomplish their goal, the group as alcohol is concerned, her group of friends don't drink. "We just want a place to meet friends, listen realizes t hat they need to accommodate the business and dance to music and maybe drink some pop," she owners. said. The purpose of this first meeting was to brainThe task force plans to continue holding meetings storm ideas and to suggest possible solutions or until a viable solution that will satisfy all those alternatives. involved can be made. The task force is aware of the inappropriate actions

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Construction ofWestside's n(!w Strength Complex is ing its completion date, which is tentatively scheduled

the middle of November. _ Building on the complex between the boys' gym and reation gym began near the begilll1ing of summer. It has come a long way since the beginning of school all that was obvious was a bunch of scaffolding and lots debris. It has experienced the loss of a contractor to 路 which caused the project to be delayed approximately weeks. Finally, as the Strength Complex begins to take shape; "Lance" provides a before and after look at the strides it made in the last six months.


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school was made after consulting with Dismissing school for the state volley- Tangdall and Ron Huston, athletic direcball tournament on Friday. Nov. 11 at 11 tor. Findley also said the decision was a.m. marked a change in policy in dis- not affected by student petitions because missing school for athletic events. Never he never saw the results. before had school dismissed students to MI was aware that some petitions were enable them to attend a girls' athletic goingaroundaboutgettingoutofschool, function. Until now. school had qnlybeen but I never saw the petitions," Findley dismissed for boys' basketball and foot- said. MI know the volleyball team was up ball games. in my office a couple of times to see me, MWe just haven't had the same kind of but I was never able to meet with them." interest in volleyball as we've had in boys' Findley said his only direct contact basketball," _Jim Fiildley, principal, said. with parents concerning the dismissal

Spiking the ball-in front of the Westside crowd, Cori Weinfurtner, (12), attempts to break the powerful block of the Lincoln Northeast Rockets. School was dismissed at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, for the varsity volleyball's quarterfinal round at Pershing Auditorium, __in Lincoln. The varsity volleyball team was eliminated in their first round against Lincoln Northeast.

~e haven't ever had ~ was at the Parent Advithe same numbers of . . Westside had by far sory Meeting held kids attend volleyball the 18rgest turnout of•Thursday. Nov. 3, when games and because any school lncl .tl ..·d parents asked why we've had so few kids ' · U~ school wouldn't be disattend before tt really the Lincoln ~chools,~ missed. didn't make sense to let Buses were provided out school. • to students for a ride to Decisions to dismiss Ann Royle, head vol- the ga:me and the pep school are solely influleyball coach, said. band had their bus fare enced by the number of paid by the pop machine people expected to attend. "The decision fund, Findley said. had nothing to do with what their record Attendance seemed to improve as a was or what the gender ofthe team is," Jim result of the dismissal. ~estside had by Tangdall, superintendent, said. Mit only far the largest turnout of any school, independed upon whether we would have a eluding the Lincoln schools." Ann Royle, largenumberofstudentsandstaffattend~ head volleyball coach, said. ~e have ing. The only way to predict that is never gotten that many people to the through past experience." state tournament, not even when we were in the finals against Lincoln East The administration hoped to improve three years ago." support for the volleyball team as well as Having school dismissed for a girls to improve entire school support. MWe · athletic event for the first time in history thought we'd give it a try just as a way of marks a milestone for Royle. ~en Mr. seeing if we can promote school spirit and (Ron) Huston told me school was to be get people to attend games," Findley said. dismissed, my jaw dropped and I told him . MWe also had to see whether we had kllled he was paying our program the biggest interest by not allowing kids to attend, but compliment it could receive," Royle said. "Then I became extremely excited for our I doubt that has happened." Findley said his decision to dismiss kids and for our program in 1988."

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STANCE Administrators complain The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) who publically supported the Hazelwood decision of prior restraint of school publications is now. ironically,

complaining of an increase in censorship. Th~ AASA and the American Library Association reported in a joint report that challel)ges to library books and school materials have increased by 168 percent in the last five years. By publicly supporting the Hazelwood decision and then complaining of censorship in education, the AASA is applying a double standard. The AASA is reporting that censorship is justifiable when it will benefit their interests, but then unjustifiable when it limits their ability to provide a well-rounded education. It is ridiculous for the AASA to support prior restraint, a form of censorship, and then to compain about that same censorship when it starts controlling their interests. · · According to the joint report, the ~ensorship pressure comes from people who want to impose their views on the educational system by removing or restricting the use of school materials. The AASA supported that type of pressure in the Hazelwood decision of prior restraint because prior restraint imposes ·administrative views on students by removing or restric.t lng materials. Censorship may become a serious threat to the freedoms given every citizen ofthe United States, and theAASA has finally realized education is the worst place to support any type of censorship. The AASA should stop applying p double standard to censorship and support the abolishment of censorship of any form in education.

Right and responsibilities Underground papers are protected by the First Amendment just like any other type of newspaper and are valuable because they can provide an alternative point of view · on many issues. But underground papers also have an obligation to be responsible about the material which they cover. The First Amendment cannot be used to protect distortions and factual errors. The "Illuminator" disregarded this responsibility when it printed a story on the library content of Westside. The "Illuminator" has the responsibility to provide truth in its coverage, and shouldn't let ideology cloud the facts. Dismissing sch<><;>l at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, to allow students to attend the state volleyball touranament was a decision that benefitted Westside athletics and student body spirit. The 'Westside volleyball-team has consistently beenapartofthe state tournament with little student body support. The administrative decision to dismiss school enabled the student body to give the volleyball team the support it deserves.

The lack of student support in Forum's canned food drive is a trend that needs to be reversed. Student support for other community charities such as the United Way Drive has traditionally been · excellent and there is no reason the canned food drive and the Omaha Food Bank should be left out. We · encourage students to support the food bank and bring their canned foods in the remaining hours of the drive.

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Thanksg'i ving is only a pOintless tradition Thanksgiving is a really stupid holiday. In see only twice a year. Even if they do have to spend a weekend with fact, it's the most pointless holiday there is, next to Saint Patrick's Day and Columbus Day. In out-of-state relatives, it can't be all that bad. Why today's world, it has virtually no meaning. complain about one weekend out of the entire And it's because of the fact that nobody really year? cares. Nobody bothers to be thankful for anyNow, Th~givtng is just a tradition. It has thing anymore. They simply expect that their basically no meaning. An entire family gets parents will always be there to give them money, dressed up and sits around the dining room table, that a roof will always be over thier heads, and drinking wine and spilling cranbeny sauce on the that a pair of Guess - - - - - - - - - - - - . 45-year-old lace table jeans will always keep cloth. They gather their behinds warm. Jessica Sullivan together to eat turkey Why be thankful for and yams, and to gasthat? After all, isn't that Columnist sip about w4ether or what life is all about? not great uncle Ed has Thanksgiving started been hitting the bottle out as a religious holiagain. Gee, aren't day, when family and holidays spent with friends would get together and be thankful for all family fun? the blessings they had received during the year. I don't mean to sound like I think that everyone Now, whenever Thanksgiving comes up in a is ungrateful, because that isn't true. I know conversation, someome invariably says, MI have several people who are thankful, and who enjoy to go to my grandma's house for the WHOLE seeing thier relatives (evety now and then). It's afternoon. It's going to be sooo boring." Quite just that there are so many people I know who tragic. Don't you agree? don't care, as long as they get evetything they And, once upon a time, people were actually want. thankful. Our grandparents were. After all, most I'ni not saying that getting evetythingyou want of them lived through the Great Depression, and is bad, either. All I am saying is that. for one were thankful if they had anything left at weekend out of the year, it wouldn't hurt to think It kind of makes me wonder what kind of · about just how lucky you (we) all are. Is that too people are so materialistic that they throw tern- much to ask? per tantrums if they don't get a $60 pair of There's one more thing I have to add. I'm not designer jeans, and complain about spending saying that I don't like Thanksgiving. I do. I'm four and one half or five hours with relatives they just saying that it's pointless. Not enough people are thankful anymore.

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Dear Editor, Congratulations! Having just read the first issue of the Mllluminator," I was impressed with the names of the contemporary authors you cited. Therefore, I was really disappointed when I read the entire article·, because all of the names mentioned in your paper are represented in the English IMC, and most are in the card catalog. Not knowing why you feel it necessary to attack the administration, I propose that you do more research before you make blatant accusa-

lions that cannot be verified! Since you are not well acquainted with the available literacy works, in the English IMC, I assume that you are not well acquainted with the literacy works of other libraries in Omaha either. Therefore, you are probably not aware of the fact that the WHS, English IMC is one of the best in the city. Barbara Taxman Library Aide, English IMC


odge soiUti_o n doesn't lie with bumper stickers I thought that turning 16 would there. This is a great idea for people thing about the entire proposition is change me totally. For some reason who get off on having -children's that it's easier for the police officers · I thought I'd be given the keys to the Palace" stuck to their car rearend. to look at the stickers than to ask car and I'd be as free as a flea; but This plan is supposed to cut each individual person for some I should have realized that life isn't down on the numbers of cruisers on identification. like the Brady Bunch and that all Dodge, but for some reason I just Ignoringthisideawouldbepointparents aren't understanding. don't seem to jive with this· idea. It less for the ·people who sfo spend I woke up that wonderful day seems the only ones really benefit- some good hours on Dodge. The and looked exactly the same as ' " - - - - - - - - - - - - ' - - - - , plan does suggest that the I had the day before. My 111om companies are interested and dad did, however, give me Erin Conboy in youth. If only there was the keys to the car, but they a way for restless teens to -Columnist had strings attached to them so spend their weekends. long that they stretched across L______:;,.."""""..,....;~ I know that the Nethe city of Omaha. braska Council of Youth Even when I dreamed of is planning on building a driving across our great metropolis ting from the whole thing are store community center for teens to exerof a city, I never really gave much owners. cise, study, play, and socialize. The thought to cruising Dodge Street. The thought that they're generat- place would be run by teens and the But the subject seems to be in the ing seems to say that young adults parking would not be restricted. papers almost as much as -Elvis would do anything to park in their But the probability of it being built Lives" appears in cheesy, gossip lot and not get ticketed. So while in the near future isn't somethngl'd newspapers. That's saying a lot. people drive around Omaha sport- bet my Barbie's life on. An ordinance was passed not too ing the little stickers on their bumpSome people will cruise no matter long ago by the city to protect the ers, they're selling cheap advertis- what happens. I think that the city business owners on Dodge from ing for the stores. The cute thing should keep in mind that there isn't loitering. This hit some people hard about it all is that the driver is anything too exciting for the chilbecause they've spent a lot of time paYtng for it. dren of the Rambo generation to do. there. ' Whatever the fascination is Maybe, they'll build some center Some s tore owners on Dodge about Dodge Street, people themselves. Maybe people will start street are proposing to sell small shouldn't let the owner's of these exploring other streets to party on bumper stickers that allow people stores take advantage of them. It's instead of Dodge. to park in their lots during the ridiculous to do them such a bit _B esides. what's in a name anyweekends. These stickers will be favor for allowing someone to park way? You won't see me on Dodge, sold for $5 and each car is allowed in their lot for four hours a week- because until my parent's cut the up to four stickers. Having a sticker end. Parking meters could even do strings attached to my keys. the on a car's bumper is the store's way the job. only place I'll be cruising is my of giving consent for people to park About the only advantageous driveway.

Journey to France marked with strange ·toilets, food Passport, travelers checks and ticket in hand I was ready to board for my first trip overseas. I had made it through security checks, the ticket counter and my mom's inquisitions of whether I packed my toothbrush and my underwear, and was now embarking on a one month ourney to France. Traveling with over 500 students all wearing red, yellow or green NACEL (North tlantic Cultural Exchange League) nametags. I was numb and exhausted from being dragged from terminal to terminal waiting for the plane that would eventually get me to Parts, France away from theredundancy of an Omaha summer. I had been preparing for this experience for about six months. attending meetings, studying the language and awaiting a letter from my new French famUy. Finally. about one month before my departure I received a letter from my famUy of two brothers and a mother and father welcoming me into their lives and home for a month. After over 24 hours of travel, I arrived in Paris only to be shuffled to a train upon which I would spend another three hours until I got to my fmal destination. · But first we were to stop and get lunch near the station in Paris. So, I'm in Paris. the most romantic city in the world and we go to eat at a I French fast-food restaurant called I Freetime. I had left the Burger , Kings and McDonalds at home and was awaiting croissants and good French wl,nes so I ended -up only

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but I stUl couldn't make it flush . Honestly. it took me at least a day and a half to finally try pulling it up (the correct action to make a French toilet flush) . Later on, I sat down to my first meal with the family. I was observing how they ate and used their utensils trying to look like a genuine Frenchman. but I couldn't master the tricks Gwen McGill they do with their knives to get every last bean off the '!II Managing Editor plate. Instead. I dropped my knife off the table three times in one meal. The month passed a foreign language that sounded· quickly and each day I learned more nothing like the French my teachers and more from relatives and friends of the family I had met. French was had taught me. I think I said two words the entire evening, both of becoming easier to grasp and I no longer woke up at 8 a.m. to listen t o which were probably oui or non. Dan Rather just to hear him speak The next morning I was determined to speak more French conEnglish. I could flush the toilet, take a shower without drenching the vincing myself that it would be much easier after a good nigh t's bathroom, send a letter a t the post rest. However, I hadn't anticipated office a nd say that no, we don't eat beef brains in America all with ease all the problems besides the lanand even a bit of a French accent. guage that I would encounter. August was over soon and the Later in the morning as I reached first day of schooi was here. I to one side to flush the toilet I becouldn't wait to get home to see my came confused as my hand touched friends and family, but I would miss only the ceramic side of the toilet. my new family and everyone who There was a round knob in the center on the top of the toilet, but had made my stay in France such a nothing that res embled the familiar wonderful experience. Now my mom b uys French food flusher I was used to. trying to remind me of my experiI looked at it and ca refully ence and my admiration for the touched it in fear of overflowing it or having it spray up in my face and country and it's people. But when I began to fiddle with the knob moveat the French breatl it never tastes the same ·as it dtd with the special ing it in all directions. I turned it to people wh.o taught me to love it so the right. and then to the left, pushed it down and back and forth much. i~~--

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N•BRtEF Pumpkins carved for coritest Halloween this year didn't bring children begging for candy the loge. Instead, it brought vegetables cruved In a vartetynf..,,..,,..~.­ The 1988 Forum Pumpkin contest drew 24 entries. The kins were entered by homerooms. The winning homerooms were selected by a panel of five and were: Dick Lundquist, first place; Roger Hoffman, sec:o~• place; Dean Klein, third place; Joan Mactier, fourth place; Hutchings, fifth place.

Band, orchestra plan events

Don't step on a In an afternoon rehearsal, Chris Whittamore, (11), Laurel Fortney, (1.1), and Lisa Andrews, (12), studytheirlinesforthe play "Graceland." "Graceland" is Westside

Drama's entry in a one-act play competition at Burke High Scilool Thursday, Dec. -1. The play will be presented to Westside students during the week of November 21.

Youth show concern Conference brings new awareness to city Gangs and juvenile violence are \Opics people would rather not think about, especially in their own city, but they are topics the Youth 2000 group feels need to be addressed. Youth 2000 is a national campaign begun by the Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to provide funding to states to be u5ed in raising awareness about youth-related issues such as illiteracy, drugs, high school dropouts, unemployment and teen-age pregnancy. Nebraska was one of 13 states receiving grants for this project. In Nebraska the funds were used tt> provide for a leadership conference for ~non-traditional · youth leaders,'" youth who may not be at the top of their class academically, but who possess qualities of leadership. "For non-traditional youth leaders there is no ongoing training program in the state," Mary Irwin, coordinator from the Nebraska Department of Social Services, said. After attending the training sessions, conferences were planned around Nebraska to be managed and hosted by the youth. A conference took place in Omaha Saturday. Nov. 12. at the Peter Kiewit Center. The theme of the conference was "Omaha Listens to Its Youth," with teen gangs and juvenile violence as the focus. -rhis was not a conference to lecture youth," Irwin said. "We want youth to come up with suggestions and solutions." The conference was attended by approximately 50 teens and adults from around the Omaha area.

Mayor Walt Calingerwas a speaker at the conference. "I feel we have a problem in Omaha, but not like many cities of our size," Calinger said. Calinger feels the problem can be solved by the city's churches, schools and community organizations. "(Gang members) want to belong; we have to give them something to belong to, like the Drama Club or Spanish Club," Calinger said. "You have to realize that there's not more than about 25 to 30 people involved in this." The infiltration of national gangs such as the Crips and the Bloods, who deal in the distribution of illegal drugs and firearms was a cause for concern in the conference. .:1 live in the (government-sponsored housing) projects and down there there's nothing but Bloods," one gang member, who asked to remain anonymous, said. Incentive was strong to join. "At McDonald's you make $200 in about two weeks; in a gang you can make that in an hour. A lot of my friends and family were in it 'a nd when I started selling the stuff people just assumed I was in," she said. The conference included a one-act play on alcoholism written and produced by Dominique San· chez (12), of Lincoln Southeast High School. Some of the performers in the play were drug addicts and alcoholics. The leaders of the conference enjoyed their experience with Youth 2000. The federal grant has been exhausted, but the leaders hope to continue the program through local sponsorship. "I enjoy getting involved in the community. I think people have learned a lot," Brenda Crowe (ll) of Bryan. High School. said.

' During the month of November and December, there will many events for the band and orchestra. Thursday, Dec. 8, will be a District Jazz Band Contest, at which 12 band l ·orrhf•l'lh":ll members will be participating. It will be held Northwest High School. and the students had to audition to able to participate. The contest will begin at 7:30p.m ...... :.:un:u to Roger Groth, band director. Matt Larsen, (12), and Scott Kreifels, (12), have been ..u.rrn·• nated to participate in the McDonald's All American ....... "••w•~~:.• Band in which students from all over the United States are in to compete. "It was a big honor," Groth said. There will be a Holiday Band and Orchestra Concert Tuesday, Dec. 20, which will be held at Westside.

Forum holds food drive Forum helped spread the feast of Thanksgiving Omaha by holding a canned food drive the week of November 18. Students brought canned goods to their homerooms nrh ... - ., they could be picked up by a Forum member. A contest was run among the classes to see who could the most canned goods. "We (Forum) hoped that by having contest more students would bring food and get involved," Bonham, (12). Forum president, said. No prizes were given to Winning class. All the food brought was to be given to the Omaha Food Bank. No goal was set by Forum for the amount of food to be brought. although hopes were high. ~we (Forum) really didn't set a this year, but we would like to see us (Westside) collecting the most canned food out of all the other high schools. in Omaha, • Bonham said.

SAT puts students to test Forth~ past two Saturdays and tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 1 Westside seniors will be put to the test, the Scholastic Test, (SAT). The bi-annual test, distributed by the College Boards, distinguish students as possible college prospects after school graduation. "Many colleges look at the test results when figuring who should rightfully receive scholarships," Lynn Hansen, college counselor, said. As Westside students fare, Hansen feels that they are above the rest of the country. The test, which lasts for six hours, starts at 8 a.m. with six minute sections at Westside. -one third of the students take the test,· Hansen said. the ones with post-graduation plans attend the tesl" Attendance by students is not required, but Hansen thinks It is a vital part of college planning.

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ThanksgMng vacation takes place at the end of next week. No classes will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. They will resume on Monday, Nov. 28. The next edition of the "Lance· will be published Friday, Dec. 9.

Censorship claimed Censorship? The premiere edition of the underground newspaper the "Illuminator· (Tuesday, Nov. 1) accused the administration of banning authors Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Gaty Snyder. Leo ·Tolstoy. Alexander Puskin and Maxim Gorky from the intraschool library system. In their cover story they wrote, "We as students are being deprived of opportunity to study and experience many great writers because of the administration's narrow-minded view of philosophies that are expressed in their works. • However. according to Betty Hallas and Kathy Lake. media specialists. and Barb Taxman. English IMC [Instructional Materials Center) library aide, the English IMC contains works by all of those authors. "I feel very strongly that students have certain rights as far as the first amendment is concerned; however, I don't feel that they have a right to be untruthful, and basically, the article was untruthful. • Hallas said. In addition to the authors in question being represented in the library, the article wrongly blamed the administration for selecting which books to purchase for the library. "We also have a board policy that says the media staff ultimately is responsible for purchases, not the administration nor anybody else,· Maty Anderson. media coordinator for the district, said. Hallas and Lake say the media specialists will not attempt to reprimand the people who wrote the paper. ·we just hope that if the indMduals are having problems finding the materials that they're interested in, they'll come to one of us," Lake said.

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If practice truly does make perfect, then the democratic process has taken a step toward flawlessness. Wednesday. Nov. 2, 592 studen~s. many of whom cannot really vote, participated in a mock election sponsored by the ninth grade CMcs classes. Students voiced their opinions on Initiative 402, a proposal for Nebraska to withdraw from the nuclear waste compact it belongs to. Initiative 403, a proposal to put the right to bear arms _in the Constitution of Nebraska, and Proposed Amendment 3B, which would give 17year-olds who will be_18 by the general election the right to vote in the primaries. Also, they had

the opportunity to support candidates for President. Senate. Congressional Representative, County Commissioner, and County Clerk. The elections were initiated to give freshmen a chance to participate in the real election. ·u onginally started l~st summer. We wanted ninth grade Civics students to have some sort of political involvement during this election year,· AI Wise, Civics instructor, said. Along with the election a survey on issues, such as the drug problem, was conducted as part of a nationwide student survey sponsored by Time Magazine and Cable News Network. The results ofthe mock election are as follows: Presidenttal: George Bush/Dan Quayle won with 66 percent of the vote; Mike Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen had 30 percent of the vote; Ron Paul/ Andre Marrou had three percent of the vote. and Lenora Fulani/Joyce Dattner had two percent of the vote. Senate: Bob Kerreywon with 55 percent of the votes; David Karnes had 36 percent of the votes, and Ernie Chambers had eight percent. Congressional Representative: Jerry Schenken won with 60 percent of the votes. Peter Hoagland had 34 percent of the votes. County Commissioner: Howard Buffett and Lynn Baber won with 47 _a nd 40 percent of the vote, respectively. Steve Exon had 37 percent of the votes; Ray Simon had 27 percent of the votes. County Clerk: Jack Frost won with 55 percent of the votes, and Tom Cavanaugh had 42 percent of the votes. · Initiative 402 was a tie with 44 percent for and 44 percent against. Initiative 403 passed with 54 percent for and 35 percent against. Proposed Amendment 3B passed with 69 percent for and 14 percent against.

Comedy contested "Graceland," a comedy. will be Westsiae Drama's entry in the one-act play competition at Burke High School on Thursday, Dec. 1. from 4 to 6 p.m. The contest is open to high schools around the Omaha area. The story is "about two looney ladies camped outside Elvis Presley's mansion the day before it opens to the public,· L. D. Fortney. drama instructor, said. The cast consists of Laurel Fortney, (11), Lisa Andrew~ (12), and Chris Whittamore, (11). The women are portrayed by Andrews and Laurel Fortney, and Whittam ore plays the role of a qisc jockey. The plot consists of the women being camped out in front of the mansion fighting to see who gets to go inside first. "It's really touching; they get to be really close,· Andrews said. The show will also be performed at Westside for the student body before it goes to the competition. "We'll probably perform it the week of ThanksgMng. • Fortney said.

Criticized in the past for not doing anything, National Honor Society (NHS) has decided to change their ways. Mason Myers, NHS president, said, "The way I've understood it in the past is that it has been mostly an honorary organization. • "At the end of the year, evexyone would get a pin and a certificate, but as far as I know, it has always been an honorary society, and never done any service activities or anything like that,· Myers said. Myers said that this year it has become more of a require' ment that they do one or two service activities. Myers added- that the first service project NHS did was the

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comparisons school technology departments lately. and in many people's minds, Westside is one of the leaders in the field of technQ}ogy. "We have one of the most saturated secondary buildings tn the area," Dennis Mcintyre, head of the computer department at Westside, said. ·we have computers all over the building, not just in one area,· Mcintyre said, ·so that makes it a lot easier for the students and !?taff to get to a computer if they need one.· 'We would rather spend the money on more computers, to spread out, rather than just have the newest ideas, because if could raise a lot of money if we did that, there wouldn't be enough computers to go around,· people would really put a good Mcintyre said. effort into it to make it successEven though the program may not be that advanced, it is one ful. So we had everybody vote, of the most comprehensive, Mcintyre said. and they decided to try tt: SoIn terms of programs, Westside is more advanced in terms of cha said. programs and software for the computers. "I think we have Socha said that Westside more, from what I've seen," Jim Tangdall, superintendent, said. should raise around $1,000. "In terms of programs. and many of the things for students "It was a serious setvice proj- to do, there is no question that Westside has a vety comprehenect, not just some kind of thing sive computer and technology department," Tangdall said. where you say you'll be there for In comparison to other high schools in the metropolitan an hour, and show up for just area, Westside fares among the very top in the department of that time. People had to go out technology, ·but there isn't any real substantial data, and no and collect the signatures for one has really bothered to obtain any, • Tangdall said. Mit is pledges, bowl, then go back and difficult to say exactly where we are in the technology picture, collect the money from the throughout the city of Omaha." pledges,· Socha said. There are computers in every department of the school, Socha said he is happy NHS including the journalism department with one of the most develis doing more seJVice projects, oped work areas in the country for high school journalism because it is something NHS students. has failed to do in the past, The most established programs in the building have been although it is considered one of developed in the English department through the Writing lab. the more important parts of the There are 15 computers available for all students to use, but th1 society. lab is used mostly by ninth graders.

National Honor Society includes service work spina-bifida bowl-a-thon. He also said that there were other community-related projects currently under consideration by NHS members. In addition. StacyTrout, (12), NHSmember, is organizing group to do volunteer work at Children's Square, a shelter for youth who are having problems at home. Kevin Socha, (12), NHS member, chaired the bowl-athon committee. Socha said that his mother came in and spoke to NHS members about what spina-bifida was all about. "I had my mom come in and explain what spina-bifida was, and asked them if they wanted to participate in a bowl-a-thon that would raise money for u: Socha said. "She said an activity like this

Stand up and be counted A total of 592 students voted on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a Civics sponsored mock election. Agreeing with the general public, students elected George Bush and running mate Dan Quayle in the executive branch; Bob Kerrey to the Senate; Howard Buffett to County Board; and passed Amendment 3B and Initiative 403. Unlike the results of the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election, at Westside Jeny Schenken was elected to Congress. Lynn Baber to the County Board, and Jack Frost as County Clerk. Initiative 402 was a tie.


Censorship . charge false Charges of censorship in the English branch of Westside's library made by the Tuesday. Nov. l edition of the underground newspaper the "Illuminator" (see related article, page 5) demanded an examination of the system. Censorship is not part of the system. Rather than having the traditional central library, there are eight satellite libraries located in the Business lMC [Instructional Materials Center]. English IMC, Foreign Language IMC, Guidance Center, Math IMC, Media Center, Science IMC, and Social Studies IMC. Together, the collection includes approximately 25,000 volumes. According to district media coordinator Mary Anderson, the satellite library system began in 1967, when the school switched to modular scheduling, and like modular scheduling, the system is uncommon for local high schools. MWe're fairly unique. I don't know of any other school in the area that has this kind of system." Betty Hallas, media specialist, said. It may be more difficult to use a satellite system than a central library because it requires moving from room to room to find materials, but Mary Primeau,

Science IMC aide, doesn't see a problem with that. MWith the modular scheduling, · the satellite libraries work well. Students know where to go for the materials they're looking for," she said. Resources located in the librat}r are diverse. MWe have the text on microform, which is the magazine index, the Newsbank, which is an index to newspapers and the microfiche that goes along with that, the Readers' Guide, which can get them into the magazines, and Dialog for search~ng the databases," Hallas said. The goal of the media department, according to Hallas, is to improve students' research .skills to the point where they can function well after they graduate. Lake feels that the goal is being reached. ~hey're (research skills) improving all the time. It's like modular s cheduling: if they really want it to work, it works beautifully," Lake said. The quality of research done rests with the individual, however. MSome kids use it really well, and some just use what they haveto. There'salotmorethat's available to them if they just ask," Dorothy Campisi, Social Studies IMC library aide, said.

ect. The Social Studies IMC is the branch of an eight satellite library, includes approximately 25,000 volumes.

Gary Fey, (10), stands by the card catalogue in the Social Studies IMC [Instructional materials Center) and begins a research proj-

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Intellects were quizzed as two students from Westside leamed the interrogative language in preparation for the tryouts of the television game show, M Jeopardy." Erin Conboy, (ll), and Will Becker, (10) , were both offered the opportunity to audition for the game show. The two were selected by sending in postcards with their names and addresses to the MJeopardy" studio. The postcards were then drawn randomly and letters were sent to students chosen. Both the students felt lliey were lucky to have this opportunity. MI was psyched when I opened my letter from Merv Griffin Enterprises and saw I was selected, but I knew it was all luck," Becker said. MI was shocked because I had forgotten all about

sending the postcard in," Conboy said. A test was given to the students two weeks later. The test was like an entrance exam and if the students passed this they would then have to go through an interview. This interview would be u sed to test the appearance and behavior of the students on television. The s tudents were'allowed to prepare' for this test in a number of ways. ~he letter they (Merv Griffin Enterprises) sent told us that the best way to study would be to play trivial pursuit every night of the week of the test." Conboy said. MI'm really· not going to prepare that much." MI'm really not going to study," Becker said. MI figure what I don't know now, I won't know then."

The two students both felt unsure of how they performed on the test. MI didn't think I'd do too considering the champion last year was a senior a full scholarship to Harvard," Becker said. MI knew was all luck before the test and it was up to me now. M I expected the test to be impossible," Conboy said MI think I failed miserably, but at least it was a fun portunity." The results have not yet returned, but both students are hopeful of furthering their odds of appearing on the show. The students will be able to be seen on teen week the first week of January if they pass all the tests. Locally, the show airs on KM1V, channel three weekdays at four p.m.

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It's one of the oldest cliches in sports, but many athletes lose this perspective when they strive to win championships and personal recognition. There is still a place in high school athletic competition where participation is the ultimate goal, and fun is placed ahead of winning. It takes place every morning during homeroom from November until February. The sport is homeroom volleyball, and the participants are any Westside students who wish to get their hearts pumping before class. · "We have 88. homerooms competing in the tournament, which has a pool format," Ann Royle, business instructor and sponsorofthetournamentthe last four years, said. "We assign the pools in the order the teams sign up to play." Each pool contains four teams, and the homerooms compete within their pool. The winners of the pools advance to a playoff, which is singJe elimination. Due to the pool format, every homeroom is guaranteed at least three games, with the addition of one practice game. The games are played in the boys' gym, with three nets spanning its width. A variety of students compete, not just athletes. When the whistle blows and the ball is put into play, students who otherwise have nothing in common are bonded together as a team. "Once they blow that whistle, something inside me goes berserk," Dan Fishburn, (12). said. Fishburn is standing on the sideline, rooting his team on. Beads of sweat have formed on his brow, and he is short of breath. "It's not really that serious, but two or three players on each team play hard. Our homeroom gets to be close. There's a lot of s:upport out here." A loud cheer goes up on the far court, as a student launches himself to save a wayward ball. Shaun Shirley. (12), picks himself up off the floor, and has an intense look in his eye. "It's not just a homeroom game anymore. It's intense action," Shirley said. "We

-get out a beach ball and hit it wild after the final point.~ · Ieifer, assistant principal, has around our homeroom the day Cunningham's enthusiasm won two championships and before a game just to get seems to rub off on his team. coached two runners-up in the pumped up." The players huddle together last four years. "I'm an old high The cost to enter the tourna- before the game, and taunt the school coach, and I like to win. ment was $8 per homeroom. opposing team with a cheer. I don't know of any coach who The top eight finishers receive "You have to generate enthusi- likes to get beat," Schleifer said. cash prizes, with the champion asm to win. I also encourage During a game, Schleifer receiving the largest share. everybody to have a bowl of gives instructions to his playUnlike other competitions Wheaties the morning before a ers, and has been spotted in the where cash is awarded, money game," Cunningham said. gym scouting other teams when has not soured the sweet taste The quest for victory some- his homeroom.doesn't play. "In of victory. "I felt exhilaration times drives homeroom advi- all fairness to the team that beat after we won the tournament sors to lodge complaints with a us last year, I think we had a last year," Gary Cunningham, grievance committee. "My better team. ·One of our key counselor, said. homeroom is the grievance players was missing. But they Cunningham boisterously - committee. When there is a beat us fair, and I'm not crying supports his homeroom with complaint, they decide what about it." constant shouts of eoncourage- should be done," Royle said. "Mr. Schleifer is very serious. ment. "The quest to win was "There shouldn't be any com- He gives us a lineup every finally achieved after many plaints. To win or los~ is not the week," Brigett Vivian, (1 0), said. years of frustration. We were purpose. Some advisors get too Vivian is a member of.the varvery excited, because we beat serious. Some even come down sity volleyball team, and has the best. Bill Schleifer's home- here (Business IMC) to check just had a hafid in defeating room had lost only one game in the schedule." another opponent. adding to four years, and we defeated "There have been some hard the list of Schleifer's victims,. them for the championship." feelings, and I'm as guilty as Of the top eight finishers in "It was an incredible mo- anyone for taking it too seri- last year's tournament. fivt: ment," Scott Hoffman, (II). ously. There aren't major prob- were counselor's homerooms, said. Hoffman is a veteran of lems, but like any competition, bringing up the possiblitity of a Cunningham's homeroom, and there is a lot of good-natured recruitment policy. Counselors is an avid fan of volleyball. "It ribbing." Cunningham said. are responsible for placing stufelt great. There was a lot of Being serious can be synony- dents in the homerooms. pressure, and the crowd went mous with winning. Bill Sch"Everybody teases about

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Competition tnst~ad of homeroom is on the agenda for these two volleyball teams. These are only two of 88 homerooms competing for a final champio;nship seeding in Febuary.

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recruiting players. Counselors and administrators are both in a position to pull people. But it's all luck of the draw," Royle said. "I don't believe any counselor would try to recruit a player into their homeroom just for volleyball," Schleifer said. "Some families have requested.me for a homeroom teacher, but not for the purpose of volleyball. Some people thought I had requested them, but I haven't been in a position to do that for 12 or 13 years." "There is absolutely no recruiting by any counselors. The only time we consider it is if there's a $500 bribe involved. If that's considered recruiting, then I guess we are all guilty," . Cunningham said. The core of Westside's state varsity volleyball team are all in the homeroom of Sharon Bjornsen, counselor. "I'm sure I'll get a lot of smoke if the five varsity players all play. It was a stroke ofluck, butlwould prefernotto have it this way," Bjornsen said . "I wouldn't put my money on us, because last year they didn't even show up for the games." Bjornsen's attitude is not reflected by the volleyball players in the homeroom. "We're out to win the tournament this year. We plan to wear our uniforms to the games, and we'll use our plays." Cori Weinfurtner, (12), said. Weinfurtner is standing in the doorway of the gym, scouUng other homerooms. A ball from one of the games whizzes by and strikes an unsuspecting member of one of the two homerooms that are based in the gym. Laughs arise from the other s tudents, for this is a common hazard ofthe tournament. The cash reward and the prestige that goes hand-inhand with winning the tournament is a worthwhile goal, but not as important as the experience that each student will receive from participating. "There is a lot of sharing back and forth going on," Royle said. "The kids who don't play are good about rooting for those who do. It's a tournament to promote homeroom interaction. It breaks the monotony of normal homeroom activity."

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"Lance,"said. "It stands for a tribute to the students nalism." who have worked on the "Lance" in the past years. Along with the plaque in Washington the newspaThis type of recognition d6esn't come along much in pers will be given individual plaques, to symbolize journalism, so that makes it extra nice." that they are members of the Hall of Fame. The "I feel really good about the award, but I think it is newspapers were also recogniZed in an article up to us to keep up the standards of quality," Laura printed in "1.Tends," the NSPA newspaper. · Struve, editor-in-chief of the "Lance," said. "It's hard In order to be selected for the award, a newspaper to thirik that so many people read our paper out of must hav~ already received ten consecutive All the state, and it makes it worthwhile to know that we American awards. The All-American is one which the are nationally known." NSPA awards to high school newspapers who are in "I think it shows the tradition of the Lance," the top ten percent of the nation. Mason Myers, managing editor of the "Lance," said. NSPA evaluates the publications each year for the "The award shows just how good of a paper the All -American, and makes their decisions based on "Lance" really is." five areas: editorial leadership, photography and artwork; writing. design, and coverage. The "Lance" staff feels positive about the award. In the Friday Nov. 4 edition of the "Lance" there It recognizes and pays tribute to the oldstaffmembers. and it gives this year's staff more incentive to was an error in the "Handicapped Graduates" story on keep up the outstanding work accqmplished in past page 7. Handicapped graduates are placed in paid employment, not unemployed as the story stated. They years. · "I think it's an honor to be selected to be a part of also receive the same vacation benefits as do nonthe Hall of Fame," John Hudnall. adviser of the handicapped workers.

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hen mom sets the turkey and stuffing on the table this Thanksgiving is there really any reason to feel thankful? People don't usually value their good fortune until something happens to threaten it. 路 Westside students have been in a number of car accidents recently. "Car accidents have always been a problem with young people," Paul Fine, an adolescent psyciatrist at Creigton University. said. ~e reason is that everything is new for them and they want to experience new things.!'

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Jeff Beier, (12), and Scott Matulka, (11), were in a car accident a few weeks ago in Memorial Park which resulted in hitting a tree. "If I wouldn't have ducked under the branch of the tree, I would have been dead right now," Beier said. Beier suffered from a minor concussion, however Matulka was not injured. Kris Bermel. (12), and Lisa McGeary, (12), were driving east at 72nd and Dodge when they were hit by a Blazer. . "I blacked out when it happened," Bermel said. "It was awful. There were all these people standing around, and I wa.s alone." Bermel has made some changes in her habits since this occurrence. "Ever since the accident, I'm petrified of making left hand turns. and I always wear my seatbelt," she S?Jd.

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"It shocked me for five to ten minutes afterwards but then I was OK," FishbUrn. said. "I could have easily gotten runover." Fishburn got out of it witJ!. a bruised back and learned a new lesson. "It taught me that some people shouldn't an accident on be driving, and that there are a lot of pe<?ple and I got out there to be careful of," he said. ·she said. Pete Hazelrigg. (11), was involved in a from whipbike accident while riding on CenterStreet by Towl-Park. ' "A car hit me, and I hit the front of the windshield," Hazelrigg saic1. Hazelrigg received 12 stitches in his head, ten in his shoulder. He also had one night some bruises and a sore knee. The doctors told Hazelrigg that 1f he hadn't been wearing a helmet his injuries could have been more serious "They (the doctors)' were surprised I didn't .have any broken bones." he said. It makes you realD.J. Rezac, (12), was injured in a football ize how quickly Friday, Sept. 2. you can die. ~ Bryan. As a he stretched his ""'ou1;:u ligaments in his Tim Veitzer, (12) . and had tom ::artilage. "It was better than I " Rezac said, doctors were go . percent sure I would have to get arthroscopic surgery.'' . it happened," can be Afier taking magnetic image pictures of involved. the knee the doctors found out it wasn't as afterwards bad and that with therapy and exercise he could have would be able to compete. . "After my accident I thought I would never be able to compete again," he said. "I • (11). who was crying when I got off the field because I few weeks didn't think I in t 0 be bl t0 1 "It only again.'' was go g a e p ay (11)), would Jenny Krajicek12), experienced a near IIDtJsruteiu I could hold-up wnue working Jate at <night at Camelot cleaners. "I was working by myself.. when a guy came in and asked me under a fake name to look for his clothes," she said. "He left for awhile, came back and walked behind the ~~~t~.~~henj luckily . a n_ew customer Apparently the man left, but Krajicek was still shaken by the occurrence. "I didn't

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·In my experience, it comes out blatantly in the poverty unit that students think 'By god, I'Ve done it Anyone can do it,' but really they haven't Most of us when we're doing well take what we ha\re for granted, unless before it was different. Most students haven'thad to work to get wh~rtdhey are now, so they haven't had to think how it all came about." McCormick s.aid. Psychology students also benefit from... studying poverty in society. ,. ·Being tri' psyohology makes me realize how lucky we are. lt ruso has made me see·what a good education we get as compared to others ·who don't have the chances we do," Andrea Johnaton •.(in.: psychology student. said. . Taking things for granted extends beyond material goods. ~ Fam1lles often find them-• selves taken for granted. " "I think that we tend tq take our families .; for granted for a variety of reasons. Healthy families tend to take time to be thankful and respect other people in their family. Less healthy families find themselves taking familY members arid their emotions for granted as well," Judy {..undqulst, faintly ttterapist at • Operation Bridge; said. , Families often replace t4ne \Vith material · · · ··

ful for everything they've done for me," Megan Kenedy. (11}, said. For some students after studying about poverty- stricken people, n has changed how they look at things. "If anything. sociology has given me more respect for the hardships that others have to go through. lt's also made me more respectful of my family." Hoffman said . By teaching the facts to students, they can more accurately access their situations and other people~ problems. "There are a majority of students that take what they have for granted, but I am also aware of a minority that are grateful for what they do have. Those. students that ?on't take the time to be grateful, would be if people took more time to :point out the fac.t s. It's hard for adolescents to be grateful when they are not aware of the Issues that are involved. That's why It's our job, as teachers. to make them more aware,· Anderson said. Television can often make a family unhealthy during the holiday season. ·When a family ts hurting. the holidays tend to bring out that pain even more. For example, at ThanlQ;;gMng. the television shows portray families.as respectful. loVing. goods. .• ·.·. _ . and grateful. Families 'find themselves ques·I think m~terial things become-a substi~ ttoning why can't their f~illes be more like tute for conversation, tlme.spent with the .: those that are on television. It's those shows Japilly, and a feeling of being cared about in: ., that make people lo6k for ·the weaknesses of unhealthier families. Families need tCI reaiize :their fiunily member8, • LundqUist said. that ~terial things are never as important as Dinner's llnished. relatives have cleared ,the time that c;m be spent together." Lundthe table, but ThankSgiving does not have to quist Said.. : ·• \ & ,_ end wtth the meal. .· There ·b·'nO,t: ~waY$ ttme to spen4 w)lJi . , Lundquist saMi.:··FatnUles should not tue family} , ~'f·,:.):· ;: · \< ·. ": . . ·, : ..• ' .•• ;~tl:J Tharik.sgMng'as the.,oiily time to be gratef~. . . "With Sehot),!.~d :~tr;g·e~e W~~mo~t~ . tJianJciuJ {Or~ach ~othet/1\ll year, people . like 1 don'tS¢e';my famtly. tknow thaH don't need to tak.e time.:W be thankful for what they always take.·thne to let them ltnow how '\ ':.. do have. I just don't thtiilc<that ThanksgiVing

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around.'' These incidents help a person reflect on the reality of life. "It makes you realize how quickly you can die," Veitzer said. Hazelrigg said, "Anytime your in an accident where the outcome could be serious you look at what you have.'' So when the pumpkin pie is seiVed and everyone is full. bets are that these students will be more appreciative this Thanksgiving. Rezac said, 'You should always keep in mind that you're always one play away from your last."

Helping hand Recovery is always the hardest part of any accident. Mike Rowen, (9). grins and bears it while nurturing his broken left leg. Many Westside students have fallen victim to accidents over the past few months.

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Viewpoint I was driving to school today with the full knowledge that my deadline was yesterday, and that I didn't have a column idea. Then it hit me. The first day of winter sports started Monday, Nov. 7. And with Thanksgiving nearing I considered how Westside has a lot to be thankful for athletically. For starters, the Warriors' girl's swim team is returning state champions, while the ~en finished third in the state meet last year. One of the top returning swmimmers will be splashing in the Warriors' pool this year in- Mamee Dietrich, (12). Dietrich was voted the top female swimmer at the state meet last year as a junior. Varsity wrestling comes off a 5-1 regular season dual record and a second place finish in district. Tony Randone, (10), is returning at heavyweight and Tony Buccheri, (12), and Scott Lapsley, (12), made state tournament appearances as juniors. Last year the Warriors' girls' basketball team finished 11-5 losing a dramatic district final to Millard South. This year they return point guard Julie Novak, (12), forwards Cori Weinfurtner, (12), and Wendy Potthof; (12), Carol Nicholson, (12), andUnda Schabloske, (1 0), off of last year's squad. Meanwhile the boys' roundball team, which started two sophomores (6'2" J. C. Wickstrom and 6'4" Jason Hellman) one junior (6'3" Matt Sinn), last · year, are looking to improve on their 10-10 record. Height and experience should help the Warriors' in early-season games against Creighton Prep, Lincoln High, and Gross, which return no starters. That background justifies

why we should be thankful. I've hearq many people complaining about things such as Prep is always great, and Westside never wins. Westside did struggle through a losing football season, but that was only the second losing season in 19 years. Only two in 19 folks, that is a lot of winning football. I'm sure the Warriors will bounce back next year. Back on the winning side oaf things, the Warrior soccer teams, in their first year of state recognition advanced to semifinal play. The girl's squad fmished second . to Millard North (falling in the fmals) and the boys finished their season in the semifinals losing to Mlllard North as well. • The varsity volleyball te competed in their 13th consecutive -state tournament last weekend, a Class A record not to mention head coach Ann Royle won her 200th game as a head coach last year. The boys' swimming team won 19 of the last 22 . state championships, and when their streak of nine in a row was broken two years ago people started wondering what was wrong with · the swim team. Questions arose last year about the wrestling team and their 23rd place finish at state. Westside fans have been spoiled with success that when the Warriors don't win, or adversity arises Westside followers ·are complaining and asking MWhy?"

So, with Thanksgiving right around the comer, instead of moaning about the Warrior's 27 football season this year, be thankful that those kinds of years only come around a couple of times in a few decades.

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at Westside are filling up. The boys' basketball team will be trying to improve on last year's 10-10 record, while the girls' team wlll be trying to average last year's loss to Millard South in the district finals. Tom Hall. varsity coach, thinks that the team can and probably will improve. 'We have some young players, but if we can play our best, we'll improve ori last year's record." According to Hall, for that to happen, the team will have to find a point guard and also some good consistent play in the point area. "In order for us to be a successful team we need to find a consistent point guard. The contenders for that

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position are: (Ken) Perkins, (12), (Randy) Hallett, (12), (Kirk) Henningsen, (11), and Kevin Atkinson, (11). Out Qfthese four, I think we can get what we're looking for," Hall said. The girls' basketball team is talking not only about improvement. but also about taking state. Linda Adamski. girls' varsity coach said, 'With six returning seniors, I really think that this is a team that should make it to state and maybe even take it all." .The six returning starters are Linda Scabloski, Laura Cody, Cori Weinfurtner, Kristin Lindwall, Wendy Pothoff, and Julie Novak. The boys open play Thursday, Dec. 1 against Prep at Boys Town and the girls play Marian Friday, Dec. 2 at home.


oyle: .,1 don't believe ... there is a jinx' evecy volleyball team. This year's girls' varsity made this dream come true,. but failed to capitalize on thi& achievement and lost to Lincoln Northeast in the first round. This is the third consecutive year that the Warrior women have lost in the first round. ~I do not believe that there is such a thing as a jinx or choking," Ann Royle, head coach, said. "The level of play is much greater up there (at the state tournament in Lincoln) and the teams rise higher, so anyone can win."

Northeast defeated Westside in straight games 15- was really helpful," Royle said. "There were many more 4, 15-8. ~Northeast didn't make amistake., Royle said. 'people from Westside than from any other school." "They played great and beat us." With the crowd and the intensity of the state tournaLincoln Northeast was defeated by the eventual ment the players felt well prepared. ~we_were ready to champion Lincoln East in the senufinal round of the play," Jenny Johnson, (11), said, ~but we started off state tournament. ~If you could have watched them slow and never really reached our full potential." (Northeast) on Saturday against Lincoln East, they "The girls were ready to play," Royle concurred, "and made mistakes like serving into the net and out ' of Lincoln Northeast just came out and beat us." bound," Royle said. ~unlike in our game they played Lincoln Northeast had beaten the Warriors once flawlessly." before early in the season season, also in straight For the state volleyball tournament, the administra- games: 17-15, 15- 13. The varsity volleyball team tion decided to call off school for Friday ~ernoon and finished the season with a record of 22-7 and a sixth allow the student body to attend the game. "The crowd place Omaha "World-Herald" ranking.

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Trying to repeat on top Winning records are iriJ.portant to athletic teams, and this year's boys' and girls' freshman basketball teams will be no different, although last year's girls team won their conference with a 12-1 record and the boys finished the season at 10-5, after winning their conference tournament. ~a will be a goal of ours to repeat as conference champions,;. Carl Henningsen, boys' basketball head coach said, "and that will be a good goal." . Some goals of the freshmen basketball program are to have evecyone participate and to have fun. "One of my goals of coaching the freshmen is to teach the players," Richard Link. head girls' coach, said, ·and also to allow evecyone to play and have fun." The freshman schedule has changed slightly by adding non-conference games with Millard North, Millard South, and two games with Creighton Prep. The freshman season will kick off with a home game against Prep Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4:15p.m.

. JV blending important Finishing last season with an 8-7 record, junior varsity boys basketball coach Ed Howe will be looking for good sophomore-junior teamwork to improve that output. .~I was happy with our season last year," How~ said, "and this year, the sophomores and juniors will blend together better because they have been in the same buUding for a year." The JV schedule has not changed since last year, and will consist of some Junior varsity

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teams that are traditionally good. "Prep, our opening game, always has a good team," Howe said, ~and Central, Millard North, South, Burke, Bcyan, and Benson will be tough as well." Playing on the team will be some juniors and some sophomores. "The freshmen team won their conference tournament last year," Howe said, "so we are expecting some good players to come from that team, as well as some good juniors." The junior varsity will have · its first game against Creighton Prep at Boys Town on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6: 15 p.m.

Togetherness the key Trying to better their record of last year, the boys' reserve basketball team is working toward their first game Saturday. Dec. 3, at 9:30a.m. at North High School. "The team has worked really hard up to this point," John Graff, sophomore basketball head coach, said. "The team seems to be playing well together." One reason that Graff thinks the team is familar with one another is because of the fact that they oplayed together last year. "The players seem to know each other pretty well. I think that the reason is because they played as a team last year," Graff said. ~In years past, the teams came from three different schools. Now they play together before they play on the reserve team." The players seem to be optimistic about the upcoming season. "The team looks good so far," Andy Buresh, (10), said. ·we are playing well together, but there is a lot of work left to do. • ~I think that the team has a good chance to be very good," Graff said. ·aut we'll have to work hard to reach any goals."

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Breaking the dumb jock stereotype is common for D.J. Rezac, (12). "D.J. is not only a great athlete but a fine student," Gary Cunningham, ~ounselor, said. "He.has balanced his time and efforts extremely well." Rezac, ari all-state football player last season, is being recrui~ed by some of the biggest names in college football. "Nebraska-Uncoln, USC, UCLA. Notre Dame, Stanford, South Carolina, and Alabama have shown interest in me," Rezac said. "But I haven't made a:ny decisions yet." Rezac has learned that football is a tough game and he has learned to deal with it through some interesting methods. "Football is, to most good football players, a game of utter seriousness . . I don't like to play that way," Rezac said. "High school fOotball should be a game of fun as much as seriousness. The way I look at it is that if itisn't fun, then I shouldn't be playing." His methods of coping with the stress includes talking to the other team. "When we played Central this year, I tackled Calvin Jones five or six times during the game," Rezac- said. "When we were on the ground, I just asked him what he was doing after the game, or how his girlfriend was, or that I loved their jerseys. He just looked at me and told me to get off. Then he said that I shouldn't talk to him because we were playing football." "I remember one time during the Papio game, D.J. went to the Papio defensive huddle. No one could figure out what he was doing over there," Scott Parker, (12), teammate, said. "He later told me that they thought he was crazy. They weren't the only ones." "I can't imagine playing football without being different. I want to be recognized for anything possible," Rezac said. Football seems to be the best thing that has happened to Reza,c. "I've learned so much from football. I've learned how to persevere as well as how to compete," Rezac said. "But the main thing that I've learned to do is to have fun. There is nbthing like walking out onto the field on an autumn night with all the people watching me do something that I love. There is no way to explain the feeling I get when I'm on the field." Rezac has earned various honors including AllState, as a junior, All Metro, as a junior, and All Division, his Junior and sophomore years. "All the individual awards that have been given to me are great and I'm grateful," Rezac said, "but that doesn't mean as much as the fact that I never won a state championship." "When we ended the season with a 2-7 record, there was no person in the lockerroom for that last time that was more disappointed than D.J. Rezac," John Shaughnessy, (12), said. "All he

"We thought D.J. was' good enough to play varsity football when the season started," Larry Morrissey, head football coach, said. "He really played well as a sophomore... "It was a big Jump from ninth grade to varsity football. but I think I handled it OK." Rezac said. As a junior, Rezac finished in the top ten in tackles in the state. But that wasn't the biggest thrill of his junior year. "When w~ made the state semifinals, I thought that we could have won the whole thing. But we got beat," Rezac said. "I still think that we were one of the two bestteams in the state. Being named All-state was great, but that was just a consolation because of state." Rezac entered this year with high hopes for the team and himself. He said that he looked forward to a successful season. It all seemed to endJn the last minute ofthe first game of the season against Bryan. _ "I've seen the play a million times in my head. The guy just cut me at the legs," Rezac said. "I still can see it and it happened ~while ago." His career in football went into jeopardy at that point. The doctors told him that there was a chance that he might not ever play again. But that didn't stop Rezac. D.J. returned after sitting out for three games to play in the Prep game. He said that even though the knee bothered him, he didn't really think about it once the game started. He continued the season without any further injuries to his knee. "The most difficult thing about my senior year was the combination between the injury and the change in teams from my junior year to my senior year," Rezac said. "It was not a completely disappointing season, butitwas not what we expected." Best around Along with being a great player, Rezac seems to On the sidelines, D.J. Rezac, (12), takes a breather have a special understanding of the game. "D.J. during a varsity football game. Rezac is being recruited understands the game more than any other player by many colleges for his football talents. we had this year. You only have to explain it once to him," Tom Hall, defensive coordinator. said, "and he understands it completely. He's like havreally wanted was for the team to play well and win." ing another coach on the field." "All those individual awards don't mean as much as if Whether Rezac decides on major college or small we had won the state champinship," Rezac said. college, he will be attending not for athletics, but Rezac began his football experience even before they for the education. "It would be great to play sports played football on the school grounds. "Every kid in college, but I need to be realistic. I don't think dreams about being a professional football player, that I'll be able to support myself in life through along Wttn being a fireman, and I wanted to play 1 sports,!' Rezac said. "Education is going to take football." me the farthest in life. The door is being opened by Rezac played his first year of school-organized football athletics, but the door will close in time." in eighth grade for Valley View Junior High. He led the Rezac ranks in the top 20 percent of the senior team in rushing as well as tackles. From there he lead class. He said that he is proud <?f that considerthe ninth grade at Valley to the conference championing all the activites that he is involved with. ship. "The feeling of winning that conference champi·"I am very happy with my high school career," onship was the greatest," Rezac said. "It meant a lot to Rezac said. "I've done everything that I wanted to all of us." For the second straight year, he lead the team do, and I've had a great time." in rushing and tackles. Then he began his "reign of terror" on the high school varsity footbc¥1 teams.

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EVIE: S U2 fails follow~up attempt Following in the footsteps of so many other big-name bands, U2 has failed to surpass the chart;-topping success of their last multiplatlnum record "'The Joshua Tree. N MRattle and HumN is indeed a fine double album. However, anyone familiar with their previous work knows that they are capable of far better than Mflne. N MRattle and HumN does offer a lot of variety, including cover versions, collaborations, and several live tracks, among other things. The band's ambitious energy is evident throughout the album. The recurrtng theme of the album is the '60s. Lead vocalist, a songwriter, Bono, introduces the first track by declaring, "'This song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles; we're stealin' it back. NWhat follows next is a powerful, rip-roarin'live take ofthe Beatles' song MHelter Skelter. N Bob Dylan sings on MLove Rescue Me, Na sweet, dreamy song which he also co-wrote. Dylan also plays organ on the track MHawkmoon 269. N Jimi Hendrix's blistering version of !he Star-Spangled Banner," which he performed at Woodstock, is the introduction to a rousing live version of MBullet the Blue Sky. N Also B.B King sings and plays a mean guitar on the bluesy "W9-en Love Comes to Town. N There is not one bad song on this album. There are also no songs that really stand out above the rest. The band spreads mediocrity pretty evenly throughout the album. Although, this makes for a pretty even-sounding album, it definitely takes a lot of potential excitement out of the record. Devoted fans of U2 probably won't be disappointed with MRattle and Hum. NThe guest contributions definitely add diversity and character to the album. However, it is unfortunate that this bunch of Irishmen failed to express the electric energy and rebellious individuality that got them where they are today. U2 fans have undoubtedly heard the band at its best and know that the band is capable of far better sounds than the majority of material on MRattle and Hum. N

'Bat 21' emotional thriller It all started when Lt. Colonel Iceral Hambleton bailed out of

his.plane over enemy terrttoty in Viet Nam. Hambleton was a missle and electronics expert for the Air Force and was privy to many top secret documents. MBa~ 21 Nis the stocy of his rescue. It is based on a true stocy. Gene Hackman plays the part of Hambleton. After being shot down and his rescue is delayed, he sets out on his own to reach a river. He uses.golf terminology and the golfholes on several Air Force bases to tell the rescuers where he is going. He is tracked all the way and is finally rescued by Danny Glover who plays Captain MBird DogN Clark. MBat 21 Nis an emotional rollercoaster. In one scene, several Americans are brutally killed by the Vietnamese. Anger quickly sets in and when the American jets bomb a village full of civilians "' as well as soldiers; a feeling of gratification comes forth. But, just a few scenes later a young Vietnamese boy saves Hackman from a booby trap and there is regret that the whole village, including kids, was bombed. MBat 21 NIs currently playing at the main theater in the Indian Hills 4. ~ Jllm is exciting and emotionally powerful. It well deserves the $4 to get in. It will satisfy almost anyone who enjoys action movies. OJ;: a suspe~se type film. ~·

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In the wintertime, the storks at the zoo live in the womens' restrooms. Even though most of" the Henry Doorly Zoo, including all of the outside animal exibits, closed to the public Monday, Oct. 31, some activity is still happening there. "We're not trying to get 120,000 people per month like we do during JuneorJulybutwecangetupto7,000 people during the winter to come see what we do have to offer," Randy Wisthoff, associate director of the Henry Doorly Zoo, said. "We would .like to have the zoo open all winter but if you've been to the zoo, you know how hilly it is there. With all the ice and snow we just don't have the manpower to clear the roads. It would just be too expensive," Wisthoff said. So what happens to the animals during the winter? "It's just too cold to let most of the animals out so we keep them inside Oike the storks that live in the womens' restooms during the winter,)" Wisthoff said. "Occasionally when it gets up to about 35 or 40 degrees outside we might let the animals out for a couple of hours. You have to keep in mind that elephants are not used to snow and ice. They do all right inside, but they simply cannot be seen during the winter." "'llle womens' restoom is fine for the storks because it is heated and is close to where they live," Lee Simmons, zoo director, said. The zoo is looking to the future to attract more visitors. Improvement projects include renovation and remodeling of the bear area. "We're sprucing up the whole zoo and the bear area needs work. We're remodeling the bear buildings and building a new house for black ferrets,· Wisthoff said. This project will be completed by the time the zoo opens in the !;ipring, according to Wisthoff. The most important addition to the zoo will be the jungle, scheduled for completion in 1991. "'llle jungle area will be one and one-half acres set aside for viewing animals .and plants from South America, Africa. Asia and possibly Australia. We want it to be a recreation of a tropical rain forest with typical plants and animals found there,· Wisthoff said. "Obviously, it is our most pressing and important addi- . tion. This may be the largest jungle

exhibit in North America.· All of these additions will be completed in the future, but there are some attractions to hold zoo fans over until spring. The aquarium and the education center are the only zoo attractions open to the public for the winter. "'llle aquarium contains many different types . of sharks, freshwater and.. saltwater fish and various sea animals. We're very proud of it,· Simmons said. "In the education building we have small animals and some presentations. I'll admit it's kind of limited for a zoo but at the same time there are interesting attractions here," Wisthoff said. During the summer, the zoo costs $4.75 per person for adults and $2.50 for .children ages 5 to 11. In the winter, entrance fees are two-thirds of the normal; adults cost $3. 15 and children $1.65. Children under five years of age are admitted free year-round. "Everyone is welcome at the zoo. I have noticed groups of teenage guys as well as young couples and families with their kids strolling around the zoo," Wisthoff said. Jenny Waldman, (11), said she enjoys the zoo. "It's a great place to walk around with friends on nice days and look at the animals, • she said. Wisthoff emphasizes the importance of having a nice zoo in a city the size of Omaha. "We have done a really good job in the metropolitan area. We're one of the top zoos in the world and Omaha should, and I think does, recognize what it does for the city.• "'llle zoo has enjoyed success in Omaha due to support and as we continue to grow and expand we look forward to seeing people of the city here at the Wisthoff said. "We think doing a nice job now , and in the future i~ can only get better,· he said. Simmons agrees. "With the jungle addition and our other attractions, we're confident we can secure our position as one of the top zoos in the nation.·

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Does physical · health relate to mental health? Sound bodies make sound minds. Reaserchat the University of Nebraska at Uncoln have found that after testing 1600 students across Nebraska, students'level of fitness falls off dras-t U'-'d.l'.Y after the age of 16. Teen-agers are fatter the national average, affecting students mentally and physically. "1be reasons kids are overweight are because lack of physical activity and that there is a lot social pressure on them to eat. A lot of social lac:nvtnE~s revolve around food. Even high school include a It's

a lot easier to become overweight now than it used to be, • Melissa Rau, manager of the Better Body Shop at the Children's Hospital, said. The Better Body Shop is a ten week weight loss program for kids. Approximately 170 adolescents and children enter the program a year, and the average weight loss is eight pounds. · Doug Krecklow, physical education department head, said one reason students get overweight is the lure to make extra spending money. ·I think the dollar sign has created a situation where kids are more apt to work as opposed to Continued on 9.

Higher averag~s sign of. success, -achievement? ment. said, ~aditionally at verage sn ust average Westside, a B 1s about an averanymore. _ age grade." The average grade of a stuThis high average appears dent at Westside is a B or B+. in other places. The quarter The statistics from second grades from the English departsemester, - 1988, show that 26 ment reflect the school's curve. percent of students had an A/ Out of all the students taking A+ average, 34 percenthadaB/ English classes, 17 percent had B+ average. and 27 percent had an A/A+ average, 34' percent a C/C+ average. Over half of had a B/B+ average and _28 the school had a grade average percent had a C/C+ average. of B or higher. · Other schools, however. do High averages like these are not reflect this type of curve. At not unusual: Doug Pierson, Millard South Senior High chairman of the English depart- School. last year's graduating

class, 30.5 percent had a B average or higher, 41 percent had a C/C+ average and 28 percent had aD /D+ average. At Millard North Senior High School. 35 percent of students received an average of B or higher, 40 percent had a C/C+ average, and 25 percent had an average below a C. The large amount of Westside students receiving a B or higher average, especially compared to other schools, makes it appear that Westside teachers _ ar~ inflating their

grades. But there are many other reasons why the average is higher. Upper-level and advanced placement courses can alter grade averages. "Grades are gomg to be skewed by things like upper-level courses. They would pull the grade average / up: Pierson said. New teaching methods may account for the rise in the grade average. With new methods, there are more ways to grade students and grades don't rely solely on test scores. ·More ·

likely, ever since the 1960's, the pressure has been on to find more ways to get students to be successful. Of course, grades will go up,· Bill Nelson, social studies department chairman, said. The high average might also be due to having high-achieving students. Pierson said, • Maybe the good news is we have better than average students. I would like to think we do. All of our test scores are above average. So why shouldn't our grades be above average?"


LANCE STANCE Combatting stagnation Standstills in education need to be avoided at all costs in order to provide the quality education America's youth deserve. District. 66 is resisting the comfort of standing still by recently identifying as a district goal, the essential I need to examine experimental and innovative ideas. Although no specific ideas have been suggested, the first step to battling the unavoidable problems in education has been taken. The simple fact that the administration is aware of the harms of educational stagnation is an important step inrealizing how education can be improved. Improvement in education is Impossible without first realizing the shortcomings of current policies. More importantly. the administration is now publicly· attempting to encourage -" an environment where experimentation is OK." It is often easy to become too comfortable with any policy that is working reasonably well, and a policy of acceptable experimentation will ensure District 66 will continue to move ahead instead of falling behind. In attempting to avoid the perils of educational stagnation. the administration is practicing what every student should know - one never actually s tands still. but either pushes forward or slips backward.

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The spirit squads and the organizers of the pep rally held on Thursday, Dec. 1, need to be complimented for the successful pep rally. The use of the creative ideas such as the Squires dance to 'Grease Lightning' and the Westside Wallys' done by the drill squad were new ideas that kept the pep rally from failing due to boredom. The use of these new ideas made the pep rally much more than the dance recital it had become on previous occasions.

The lengthy construction of the Westside Strength Complex has become a nuisance t.o with its constant noise and paint fumes. The construction that should have been completed in October has been drawn out longer than any reasonable delay. Not only has the construction been a nuisance, but Westside athletes have been unable to use any sort of school weight facility for seven months. Its completion would be a friendly sight to many Westside students.

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~Damn it, Jimmy that's the third time in a row once have I seen the parents of a bench-warmer you've missed that shot. What's wrong with brag to anyone about their son's or daughter's you?" the coach screamed from the bench at the ability. 9'year-old. The kid's sweat nearly hid the logo "Oh, Mary Sue. which one of the players out printed on his YMCA basketball shirt. there is your son?" . ,"Leave me alone Dad, "Oh. he's not out there now. He used to be. a starter though. that is my foot hurts. I can't help it," Jimmy was until he hurt his toe. Kent Bonham nearly crying: his team And another thing. I was losing- his Dad just think the coach Design Editor hates to lose. doesn't like him." Jimmy's dad took him Sure. out of the game and sat But, sit next to the father of a starter, and him down. Jimmy could no longer hold back the tears. He sat there bawl- you'll never hear the end of it. ing as his father stood over him lecturing about "Hot damn. Did you see that? That's my son. winning, success, and pride- never fun, not once He almost tore that guy's head off with that did that word come out of his mouth. . tackle. Taught him everything he knows. right in I sat in the bleachers liste-ning to the man's our back yard. You bet I did. Hey. Frank. did you torrents and found myself feeling sony for see that? That was Bobby, number 78 out there, Jimmy. and for every other kid who decided to why he almost killed him." play sports just to have a good time. . Neat. Until this incident, I viewed the YMCA as a No longer are there 65-pound sissies running l~ague coached by balding. pot-bellied men, around playing Pop Warner footbalL There are a where the main concern of the kids is whether bunch of 150-pound. steroid-popping killer tots Bobby's parents brought the Li'l Debbie Snack out there trying to severely dismember one anCakes for after-game treats. other. But times are changing. But maybe I'm overreacting. WiVt this sort of In an age of drugs, violence, and insider trad- kid running around. maybe we'll be able to beat Jng I should have known the 'Y' would go some the Russians in an Olympic sport in the near day. It was one of the last American Institutions future. But I long for the days of old and hope the that actually stood for truth, justice, and the trend ends soon. I would hate to see the future American way. It was almost too perfect. The leaders ,of our country spending their spare time Village People even wrote a song about them. The figudng new and exciting ways to cheat their sight of little boys running around having good. ways toward a winning season in a YMCA clean fun was like something Norman Rockwell basketball league just to make their parents ~uld have painted. · happy. But now all the rosy-cheeked kids have been So to all the kids out there who are contemreplaced by crying. spoiled brats with egos that plating participation in athletics as a way of fun, would give Donald Trump a run for his money. relaxation . and making friends, I suggest thinkHowever, I can't help but think that this ing again. Because there's more to life out there corruption of our young ones stems from those than wins and losses. who say they oppose it most- the parents. Besides. if Norman Rockwell ever found out, In all the sporting events I've attended not he'd roll over In his grave.


Combat boots ne~ded for _raid on shopping malls Fifteen more days until Christmas. That's right. It's time to dust off the old combat boots and head out to the mall. There's a lot of violence in today's culture, especially in movies, like "Nightmare on Elm Street," and "Halloween." But I have never seen anything more violent or frightening than a housewife out Christmas. shopping. It's said that KHell hath no fury like a woman scorned." I disagree. A woman out Christmas shopping blows them both away. When I go_ out Christmas shopplng-1 like to be comfortable. I wear old tennis shoes, patched-up jeans, and old sweatshirts. I see no·point in getting dressed up when I'm just going to get hot and tired. have never before understood women who wear silk blouses, skirts. and spike heeled shoes when shopping. But now I know. They are dressed to kill-literally. Those spike heels come in handy when trying to get to the front 6f the line. Sometimes I wonder why the · entire world waits until late November to start their holiday shopping. I can't say many nasty things about that though. I too, have a tendency to wait until the last minute. It's not

that I'm too lazy to go out earlier; I'm fully down on all dolls). just fQrgetful. I don't think of Another thing that is a classic Christmas in the middle of the when holiday shopping is the shopsummer when it's 102 degrees in _ ping mall Santa. This could very the shade. I think about snow, well be the reason that many mildmaybe. But not: Christmas. mannered women become aggresNext time though, I'm not going sive when at the departmenJ store. to forget. I'm going to make a New After all, who would want to spend Year's resolution to begin my holi- the day dragging'" a small child day shopping· ill: late,July. So next around while trying to buy ten December when everyone else is presents when all the child keeps risking life and limb, I'll be home screaming about is Santa Claus? wraooinl! oresents. Di? you ever notice how hasseled most mothers look while Jessica Sullivan standiqg in line to see Santa? And when' their kid finally gets to the head of the line, Columnist they either scream in fear of the big fat bearded man. or they wet their pants on his lap. Yeah. I guess if I had to Speaking of risking ltfe and limb, s}Jop with a kid, I'd be kind of viothere's another thing about holiday lent, too. shopping that scares me- fads. I still have a few more gifts to buy. Remember when , Cabbage - Patch and I'm afraid to go to any of the Kids became popular? Shopping malls. I guess It's time for combat that winter has got to have been the boots and brass knuckles after all. most horrible experience I've ever Nah. I value my ltfe more than that. had to endure. It makes me wonder I'll just give out McDonald's gift what could inspire one normally certificates instead. sane woman to literally beat the In case I don't make it back from living daylights out of some inno- my final shopping spree, Merry cent sales clerk, just to get a doll for Christmas to you all, and don't forher 11- year- old daughter (who, in get, start your shopping in July six months time will look disdain- (unles~ you like to live dangerously).

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Officers, 'Dukes of Hazard' • den 't reside tn Omaha area Every city in the U.S. has at least one complete idiot make_police officers look slow and stupid. This Is really who locks their keys in the car, crashes into a bus of upsetting because people should respect the nren in blind cats, or someone who chews sushi and chokes on uniform instead of comparing them to characters like it. Omaha is no exception. In fact.' more than likely a Boss Hog and Rosco P. Coltrain. few of these people may even be at Westside, just My favorite examples are the high speed chases like waiting to run out of gas in the middle of the entrance in KSmokey and the Bandit" where the cop drives his ramp to the interstate. cruiser into a fence and runs over 50 cows. It's almost It seems someone has to take care of these people like the directors had some sort of a phobia of police ofand hold them by the hand. Usually it's the underpaid, ficers. Yet there happen to be a few direc.tors in the understaffed police officer; people who make their world of prime who try to make cops into stereotypical money in this Kdog eat dog" world by helping others. god. Recently. while on a driv-----------~ The guilt I felt when the tng fiasco in the middle of officer tried to fix my car was nowhere my car had a heart Erin Conboy tremendous. He broke a attack and died. So there I Columnist stereotype that needed to be sat, hazzard lights,..on -in the broken. When he came back middle of the Intersection to my door I felt so stupid -I feeling lik(! a fool when I saw couldn't even look at his face, twirling red lights In my rearI just stared at his boots. view mirror. It was a police car. Thecarwasneverressurected. butl'mgratefulforall I freaked out. For the short time it took him to get the help I received that day. I'm sure being a police out of his car and walk to mine, I tried to think of a officer Isn't always rewarding having to spend hours a thousand different reasons why I might be getting day helping some complete idiot. ticketed and what sob story I should tell him. But to Whether they're being compared to Don Johnson on my suprise the police officer was not chewing tobacco "Miami Vice" or even the average televvision.cop with a and giving me an erie grin like-the ones onlv do. In fact, three day stubble, a cop's job isn't quite that glamorall he asked me to do was pop the hood of the car so he ous. Maybe it's just me, but I haven't Se(!n too many could see what was wrong with it. police officers running around in pretty pastels. While I sat4n the car watching him fiddle with the Instead oflooking out for number one they're looking muffler, it occurred to me that this was a person who out for everyone else. especially when everyone else was supposed to be cold and uncaring: I couldn't happens to be young adults fated to be M.I.P.ed. But believe that society went as far as to stereotype the that's refreshing in today's society when so many police officer. It seems the people who help out the most people don't really seem to care. I have a confession toare always being dumped on the most. Movies like make. I never missed an episode of the "Dukes of "Police Academy XXII" and ~e Dukes of Hazzard" Hazard." It was the best.

.-------L·e t t e r s In order to become more aware of students' opinions, the "Lance" staff strongly encourages letters to the · editor. Letters should be 300 words or less. signed by the author, and given t6 the editor or the adviser In Room 122. The editorial board reserves the right to edit letters without changing the content for libel or abscene statements.

Dear Editor On behalf of the Westside Student Forum, I would like to thank you for your generosity during the Forum Food Drive ..With your help, we were able to donate over 600 Items. Thanks to you, Omaha's less fortunate were able to enjoy a real Thanksgiving. Thanks again, Jay Bonham Forum president


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lmprov Students of Westside's Drama Club Performing Troupe collaborated with the Omaha Police Department to perform McGruff the Crime Dog skits to district el-

mentary school students. The skits are intended to inform the elementary students about the safe homes program in the Omaha community.

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Actors work with 'Police mentary students) something to look up to,· Sergeant Ed O'Shaughnessy of OPD. said. "We're starting to get requests from other districts to have the Performing Troupe come and do it.· Christine Cota, (11), a member of the Drama Club triumvirate which organized the troupe, felt that the McGruff program benefitted troupe members as well. "I think it's given them a chance to get out and have an idea of what it's like to perform," Cota said. "You just have to go out and wing it." The organizers of the troupe do their best tQ mix students who have performed before and students with little or no experience. Students who have taken part in any of the nine skit performances have been enthusiastic. "It was great ad-libbibg to that McGrufftape and wearing the costume," CoJ..Irtney Madson, ·(11), said. "I started shaking hands with the kids and pretty soon I had mpbs of people grabbing my arms," she said. "The McGruff skit was a lot of fun,· Pete Weber, (11), said. "It was great to see all their bright and shining faces.·

Theater and police officers appear to have little in common, but the Drama Club Performing Troupe and the Omaha Police Department have merged for what has been a successful partnership. The McGruJT program, featuring the wellknown McGruff the Crime ·no . s a national effort to provide safe homes for children to go to if they feel threatened by a stranger or get hurt and are not close to home. These homes take the place of what were previously known as block homes. When Omaha decided to become part of the program, the Omaha Police Department (OPD) needed a format to get the message out to schoolchildren that there is a safe place for them to go. · They did this by performing skits; in Qistrict 66, Westside students in the Performing Troupe played the parts. "District 66 decided to go to the McGruff program. Prior to this time officers went out to the schools. Using high school kl.ds gives (ele-

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R.IEF Rally encourages athletes Enthusiasm was strong as students displayed their support for the winter sports' athletic teams at the pep rally Thursday, Dec. 1. Athletes involved in boys'/girls' basketball, swimming, and wrestling were introduced to the student body. Spirit groups performed in order to encourage school spirit and to gather support for the various teams. _ The pep rally was held not only to raise school spirit within the school. but to persuade students.. to attend the upcoming games, matches, and tournaments.

ACT to be adm.nlstered Admission officers at competitive colleges examine a variety of factors when considering candidates' applications. Among these are course load, grades, extracurricular activities, and college board exams. Students have an opportunity to better their test scores tomorrOw when the ACT is admi~tstered. MA good variety of students are taking it. Some are trying one more time for a Regent's scholarship. There are ROTC candidates looking to improve their scores. Numerous students are looking at out-of-state institutions who want a fairly high ACt score and are retaking the test. Some are taking it for the fl~st time. It's a pretty motivated group of students who take the December ACT," Lynn Hansen, college counselor, said. The test will be administered on Dec. 10 at Westside starting at8:30 a.m.

Forum continues success Forum seems to be gifted with the Midas touch this year. Everything it touches seems to tum out well. Following the success of the United Way Drive, questions arose as to how well a food drive would be received by the students. The answer seems t9 be that stt··.;P.nts were quite receptive. Jay Bonham, (12), Forum president, said, MOverall, I was pleased with the outcome of the food drive. It could have been better, but we still donated over 600 items to the Omaha area Food Bank. This total is definitely much gre:lter than what we've had in past years, so the overall outome was definitely positive."

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Monday through Wednesday twice a day and once on Thursday and Friday. Once again the Cable Production staff has merited a "1.be difficult part is choosing news for two weeks at a national award-winning video but thlstime they have time," Heather Biga, (12) , anchor, said. "Anchors usual\y taken it to international competition. choose their own stories, but will takesuggestions from the Under the leadership ofWillo Boe, production spon- others also." ' sor, who has won an award every year she's been "We are basically a public relations program," Boe said. teaching at Westside, but one, tile 1987-88 Cable "Wehavenoeditorials. Wecoverpositiv ~ issuessurroundProduction class released a film entitled "Heather flock: ing the school." . A Different Comer," which has recently been entered The basic areas covered by the Westside Wire .are news, into international competition. feature and sports. "I would have to say I put in about six In early November, Boe received a letter from the to six and one-half hours extra time on one production,· International Council of Educational Media's, (ICEM), Jeff Larsen, (12), director/editor, said. "And the thing I international relations committee informing her of the basically get out of it is responsibility." competition. The International Student Media Festival. Many of the students enter the class with ambitions of (ISMF), is held this year in West Berlin. Germany and /some day entertng the field of television jpurnalism. "I will take place during the end of March. might want to go toto advertising for television but never 1be tnternational festival is being sponsored by the production," Suzanne Lipsey, (12), anchor, said. "It would Association of Educational , . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , be mofe fun than writCom~unication . and Techno!tng." ogy, (AECT), which is based out Then there are others of Lawrence, KS, and the Ency;,..,ho just are along for the clopedia Brittanica Educational fun of the class. "I just Corporation, (EBEC) . wanted a class to. take Whlle at the convention the Monday- 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. that sounded like fun." production will be judged under Tuesday- 11 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. John Slack, (12), camerathree main categories; content Wednesday_ 9:15a.m. and 5:45p.m. man. said. and organization, which can reThursday _ 9:15 a.m. ceive a maximum of 40 points; ~ A _good deal of work .F riday - 6 p.m . teeh nic al qua lity. w h ic h scores goes into just one produca maximum of 30 points; gention of the Westside Wire. eral effectiveness, giving it up to For the writers one of the 30 points also. hardest parts of writing a story is so that the tense fits with After completing the judging process, "Heather when the story happens. If deadltnes aren't met by the Flock: A Different Corner" received a grand total of 96 writers then the editors cannot meet their deadlines and points from the ISMF's nationwide competition. the whole process is set off balance. ' This sort of policy in the cable production room and a philosophy that Boe holds, are two things that bring Once the student has reached the cable class, he/she is out the best in the students at Westside. basically on their own as far as production responsibility "I have this philosophy that if one can say anything is concerned. "1.be. students really get involved in the is possible, then wonderful things can hap_pen. And I . class," Boe said. "I'm just here as a sponsor." truly believe in that," Boe said. The anchors for the 1988-89 cable production team are As for deciding positions of each student on the team, Suzanne Lipsey, Heather Biga and Kristin Lindwall, who three favorite choices are written down and Boe, along does sports. The feature writers are Matt Wikzel and Becky with the other students. choose deserving positions. At Richardson. John Slack and Joe Rezac are the camerathe semester students receive the option to change. men, and Robin Caudle and Jeff Larsen are the director/ The programs can be viewed on Cox channell7 every editors who switch jobs every new production.

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rallies Metro schools diffe in 路attitUde toWard ass.e mb 1es 2300 students into the gym," Don Craft, athletic dishould be recognized," Guinotte said. High school tradition consists of many things not rector at Millard South, said. ~Even if you don't know Another question commonly asked is why the least of which are pep rallies. Pep rallies. along anybody, it is a neat feeling to lookat the huge crowd Westside has so few skits. "I would love to have skits with prom and homecoming, are events of the school and see how big of a school we are, and that may be and I know that would be really fun if we could get a year that are asswned will happen, but all students the best reason to even have pep rallies." bunch of senior guys willing_ to pursue an idea and aren't so fortunate. Pep rallies ten<! to follow the same fonnat time work on it," Gulnotte said. ~e don't have any pep rallies," Mr.' Dick Jones, after time so the Implementation of creative ideas Several schools throughout Omaha also have stuathletic director for Central High School, said. ~e becomes important. "Creative ideas such as the two dents serve as masters of ceremonies instead of a don't feel like we canjustU}r taking time aWfY from we had at our last pep ra1ly are Important in making faculty member. "We usually have two student school to have entertainment such as a pep rally." any pep rally really good,路 Findley said. ~Lots of council members do the pep rallles, and year after Central has short cheers and skits perfonned 路 year they have done a great job with no major by their cheerleaders before school in their j i I think pep rallies are important because hang-ups." Craft said. courtyard that take the place of fonnal pep they are a spirit booster and they create a ~rm not opposed to having students be the rallies. masters of ceremonies, but the real key there is Westside has at least three pep rallies a year, positive type of climate. The last pep rally that there is a script and people don't vary from one each for the fall. winter, and spring sports. we had was excellent and probably one of it, or it may backfire," Findley said. "Also. one and maybe extra pep rallies,for state toumathe better pep rallies we've ever had. ~ year :You may have students who are really ments. interested and who do a great job, but ~en the Intenupting classes is a concern at Westside next year there is no one, so we have to keep also. ~Because it is always a concern, I.e really Jim Findley, principal - calling on faculty anyway." work hard at not intenuptlng classes for other Concerns have also been raised about things," Findley said. ~aut we still have the ability to involvement with lots of klds is also Important so student attendance and enjoyment of pep rallies. have all our classes even if they are shortened, and many people in the audience can identify with "'There is evidence that our students really enjoy most schools can't adjust that easily." someone who is perfonning." our pep rallies because our students have a cfioice Pep rallies also have become a positive tradition. Spirit squads are respcnsible for most of the plan- of whether they want to attend or not. and out of a "I think the pep rallies are路lmportant because they ning of the pep rallies. but the meetings are open to student body of 2300 students we have never had a~ a splctt booster and they create a positive type of anyone who would like to attend. "I *bought our last less than 2100 attend," Craft said. climate," Jim Findley, principal, said. "The last pep pep rally went really well :~.nd'onc o( the reasons is all Westside has been similarly successful. ~I think rally we had was excellent and probably one of the the w.ork the spirit groups put in," Linda Guinotte, there are always a very few students who opt not to better pep rallies we've ever had." cheerleading sponsor, said. go to the pep rallies, but the rest of the crowd . Pep rallies are one of the few times the entire ~one question that always comes up is whether all appears to enjoy them." Findley said. ~Although our school is together and they are Important to Some for the spirit squads get to ptrform. I know there are faculty is good about at~ending pep rallies, I would that reasOn. ~one of the best parts of our pep rallies quite a few, but it is very difficult to discriminate and like to see as many faculty as possible attend the is that we are able to get our entire student body of because spend so much time I think pep rallies."

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Nutrition is key to investment • 1n health future so the old saying goes. It's debatable whether or not good health Is a million dollar commodity, but it does have arr important affect on a person's life. "It's like a million dollar investment.· Maxine Burch, chief clinical dietician at Creighton Medical School, said, "once you've lost your health you've lost it all." Teen-agers abusl! their nutrition more than any age group. "Teen-agers need it (nutrition) the most. and pay the feast attention to it." Joan Mactier, :nutrition instructor at Westside, said. The problem seems to be founded on eating _ impulsively. "Most teens just eat when food is close at hand, or what is the most convenient ·to obtain," Doug Krecklow, physical education instructor, said. Krecklow said that today nutrition is even a bigger problem among teens than in earlier generations. "Our society promotes a different nvironment for homemakers." he said. "the impact is that there are fewer home -cooked meals available for teens. because of the bigger roll of both parents." Mactier identified the problem as a lack of physical activity. "Today teens on the whole exercising less, and how physically active person is has a lot to do with what a person Burch said that the problem stems from the increase of money in the average family. "I think more young people have more money to spend on fast food, and sometimes don't make '"'"'JI'-'o" from the food at the dinner table." The fact is that fast food is dominated by the school population. "About 55 to 60 perof all our customers are teens between the of '16 and 18." Don Lovvel, assistant ,,uGu'"''~\0· at Burger King at !20th and Center. . "I usually have fast food twlce ·a week." Favara, (9), said. "The two main problems in fast food are the nutritional choice a person is given, and the fact that a person really has no idea as to the contents of the food they are given." said. According to Krecklow fast food is OK if eaten in moderation. "Fast food is nutritionally sound. The problem arises when people abuse it, and eat it for most of their meals." Fast-food chains are starting to change their ways in order to make their fOod more healthy. "Our food is basically nutritional," Lovvel said, "We flame-broil instead of other kinds of frying, and we have started using low·. cal vegetable oil to cut down on fat and calo··, >: ries." · Fast-food chains have also added Sa.lad bars to their restaurants. But sometimes even the healthiest alternative can turn into a deadly mistake. "Usually people put lots of cheese and salad dressing on salads. Ulese contain large amounts of fat which are the main cause of cancer and heart problems." Burch said. (

Krecklow stated the lack of vitamins and imilne:r..a.ls in student diets is a problem. "Fifty 60 percent of the student body that eats in the cafeteria has french fries, doughnuts, and . .a fruit drink as their lunch. Those are proba: '. : ·.·bly the most damaging foods to be taken into · · one's system."

"The biggest problelll- I see," MacUer said. "is the replacement of milk with pop. Calcium is an ' important part of a balanced diet." "Many times we can over-extend ourselves by asking the body· to extend in things it can't take care of," Burch sai9. The physcial education department teaches a nutrition unit to ninth and tenth graders. Their focus is to teach the basic food groups. eating properly. and eating disorders . Connie Garland, physical education instructor. said, "Our prirnaxy goal is to teach the kids to eat more soundly and look at the fa:t content in the food they're eating." Students should be particularly aware of nutrition because it really does affect their performance in school. "When students do not maintain good health," Burch said, "studies have shown that their learning retention and recall are poor and they physically do not feel exhilarated, and awake. Thus it makes students less motivated in the classroom." Students seem to be aware Qf this nutritional factor. "I notice when I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, I have more energy and I'm not as tired as when I eat fast food/ Suzanne Dempsey. (12). said. "If I eat too much junk food, it affects the way I think." Holly Smith, (11), said. Keith Halsey. (10), thinks differently. "It doesn't give me more or less energy no matter how I eat." Over the holidays eating can get to be emphasized too much. "There is always so much food that people can't help but to eat too much fat and,sugar," Garland said. "There are always all kinds of candies and cakes that are sitting around that I wouldn't usually eat." Kelly Smitney. (9), said. So what is the solution to this nutrition game? Mactier says balance is the key. "Balance is the name of the game." Mactier said, "I recommend. a diet with the four basic food groups. It doesn't matter how a person obtains it, just so they get it in one way or another." Krecklow recommends a diet high in complex-carbohydrates. "It is important to have high amounts of food such as pastas, wheat bread, and low-fat yogurt." · "The most important advice I can give is to eat your vegetables," Burch said, "the two reasons are because of the fiber it gives a person and the presence of potassium and beta carotene (vitamin A)." Good nutrition is indeed something we all take for granted and need to protect in order to secure our' future. , As Burch said, "Life is a gift, but just like a million dollars, we can often throw it aside by making bad investments."

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Continued from page 1. ' playing sports or doing physical activities. Approximately '75 percent of our student body is not involved In an active fitness program. and probably a high percentage of those are working to pay off things like cars," Krecklow said. Westside physical education students compared favorably to the national fitness average when tested in the areas of strength, speed, and size, Krecklow said, but were below average in flexibility and endurance tests. Krecklow said that the reason behind the sub-standard endurance levels can be found when examining Western culture. "Strength and speed have always been a strong part of our western culture's philosophy, and we continue to excel in those areas particularly when they are related to athletic ability," Krecklow said. "Our society is designed around doing a multitude ofthings instead of concentrating on one area." Endurance fitness can help students deal with stress and other mental disorders according to Tim Evans, school psychologist. "I think anyone who is in really good physical shape has the best possible coping device for stress. They deal with stress much better. than someone who is not in shape because their body is able to cope with it," Evans said. "When you are physically fit the number of capillaries in brain increases. Increased i iWe all have the recapillaries means a sponsibility to help out larger amount of oxygen flows to the the kid in the hallway brain and therefore who seems depressed, ~ ~ there is a greater ability to think for Doug Krecklow, longer periods of time," Krecklow physical educat:ion said. "Innate intelliinstructor said. gence is one thing, ' out the only way you can perform in a job situation is to learn' how to deal with stress. You need tQ have physical stamina to perform in a stressful situation, or your body won't know how to deal with it." Sometimes trying to cope with stress can lead to mental depressiqn and suicidal tendencles. Both the St. Joseph Center for Mental Health and Immanuel Medical Center Mental Health Center have hoUines for adolescents to call in times of need. "Adolescents are struggling to become mature adults. It's a hard path for kids. There's a lot of pressure. and sometimes- it can be too difficult," Mary Jane Kasher, director of the education and resource department at St. Joseph Center of Mental Health, said. "They become depressed, and it can affect their relationship with the law, . and lead them into alcohol and drugs. We try and help the ·· · to understand the correlation between their behavior and how it is affecting other aresa of their lives, like their relationships and grades." Kasher said that the main cause of mental health problems in kids is loneliness. "TTle problems kids are facing are same. They are searching for an identity of their own. Kids who are depressed truly don't have a strong support system in their friends or parents. If everybody had at least person to talk to there would be far less of a problem," Kasher said. "We encourage students to share things about themselves," Karen Lankton, program coordinator for the Immanuel Medical Center Mental Health Center, said. "I it's important to share things with another person. should always be someone in your life to communiwith." "One of the most important _coping devices is having soxnecme to talk to. Kids can deal with stress better if they a family or someone to talk about the problems and nr•·.,_.,. ,...,•.,_ they are going through," Evans said. The holiday season magnifies a student's loneliness, esP'-'-><'-'•.Y if they have suffered the loss of a loved one. "There usually more depression around the holidays in people, now we are seeing more of it in children and teen-agers. can be a really lonely time for kids that have ,_....... ~;.-u school, or have had a loss or separation in thetr . Kasher said. "We all have the to help


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Motivation, ambition key factors for girls Having fun is one· of the keys this year for the girls' varsity basketbau team. "We think that if we have fun, we'll play well,~ Unda Adamski, girls' varsity basketball coach, said. "We are capable of being vecy good. But we must find the right means to get to that point." The team returns six people who started at some time last year Unda Schabloske, (10), Laura Cody, (12), Cori Weinfurtner, (12), Kristin Undwall, (12), Wendy Potthoff, (12), and Julie Novak, (12). With last year's record of 11-5, the girls feel like they have a good starting point. ·we have the experience and the motivation," Cody said. "Now we have to find a way to do it." Last year's loss to Millard South in the district finals seems to add a little to the motivation already present. "'The loss in the district final still hurts," Weinfur1ner said. "We are all kind of thinking about it and it especially bugs me to think that we out-played them and they went to state." Even though the team lost the final, the team has a special mission to keep this year as fun as possible, "We seem to play the best when there is an even mix of seriousness and fun," Lindwall said. "If we want to be good, we have to find that even mix." The goals of some of the girls are more set toward step by step rather than looking four months down the road. "W.e want to improve as the season goes along," Nov~k said. "Sure we want to win the whole thing, but the only way to do that is by taking one game at a time." The girls' next four games ate tonight against Gross at Gross at 6: 15 p.m., North at North at 6: 15 p.m., to~ -::-•. ow night, Thomas Jefferson at Westside, at 6: 15 p.m., next Friday night, and Lincoln High, 8 p.m., at Westside, next Saturday night at 6:15p.m. Schabloske echoed Novak's thoughts. "We must get better on a week-to-week and a day-to-day basis," she said. "We can be really good, but we need to work the little thin~s every day.· The team is practicing hard this year. "Our practicesaregoingreallywell," RobynBearinger, (11), said. "We really want to play well and win. We also seem to want to work to achieve our goals." / "I think that we are really working hard to be good," Pothoff said. "But we still have to work hard to keep improving until the season is over.· "If we want to be really good," Adamski said, "we need to practice well, keep improving. and have a good time when we "

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SPORTS JV fields young team Working hard to have a successful and winning season is not unusual for athletic teams. This year's girls' junior varsity basketball team is no exception. "We should have a good team, "...Rick Vranicar, head coach; said, "and the girls are very hard working. so it should be fun. • · Last year's team ended the season with 10 wins and 6 losses, and this year they will be looking to improve on that record. "I think that we could do better than last year,· Vranicar said. But it could be difficult with nine sophomores and only three juniors on the team. Traditional powers in girls basketball . that the Warriors have on their remaining schedule will be Gross, and both the Millard schools. ·usually Marian. Gross, and both Millard North and South are good," Vranicar said. lbey are all on our schedule this year.· The junior varsity will go for their next win at home against Gross. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9:30a.m.

Deep bench aids cagers . Having five good players is one thing, but having a bench of quality performers to relieve the starters is a great asset for a team. This year's sophomore basketball team will have the luxury-of having good players on the bench. ·we are deep in all positions; John Graff, head coach, said, "which is always good fot a

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their team. "We ran our plays well, and played goood defense,· Carl Henningsen. head coach. said, ·but our shots did not go in.• . The Prep game was not a conference game so the loss will not affect their conference record. ·u was non-conference game,· Henningsen said, "and we will play them again later in the season.· The Warriors next game will be at Ralston, Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4:15p.m.

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did was shake my hand and say, "Be careful, I hear it's a rough world in the intramural league.· ' Last year was the first ever that the "Lance• came out with their intramural top ten .----they at the end of the J y e a r and announced an allleague team. The intramuraJs championship team has the bragging·rights over friends and enemies. Intramurals have caused a few friends to become enemies. In varsity basketball, the Metro championship gives bragging rights for the city. A state title means the reign over the state. Bragging rights in intramurals extend to friends , and maybe to the ten or 20-year

Not to be denied, the j'-!nlor class has reunion. . This year seems to be just as competi- once again put together a team wtth the tive. The top team entering this year will potential to compete when tournament be Quimby with the big man in the time rolls around. This year's premiere middle Jim. ·Double Stuff Duff; followed junior team is the "Spaztic Apes." They by "Mu- will hope to improve on last year's c 0 u s fourth-place ranking in the "Lance." Mem - They boast a starting line-up of former D.J. Rezac brane,· junior high stars: Rick "Dunkin' Dickie" an over- Kelley, Yuri 'Whisker" Shwidelson, Kurt ~ports editor rated "Shaka Zulu" DeGroot and, Adam "Love senior 'em and leave 'em" Beckman. If Beckman can recover from his squad, that re- five-week layover from football and t u r n s · throw basketballs through a hoop like he nothing but juvenile delinquents (Rob threw footballs through Hellman's "30 hours of community- service" Foral, hands, the "Apes" maybe in the champiJeff "promote teen drinking"- Zanarini, onship picture come '\runch time. Sorry and Tom "DWI" Mausbach.) Helms. I couldn't resist. Another squad who ~ooks to overtake So to all the fans, if the winter blues Mucous for the runner-up slot is, or was and homework have got you down ; stop at least last year, lbe Red Hot Chilli in the Westside Gym on Monday nights Peppers" featuring Jim Wright and after winter break and see basketball straight shooting James Pistillo. played the way it was meant to be played.

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Hard at work Liz Brejnik , (12). strives for perfection in swimming· p ractice The boys' swimmin g team will b e in action today and t omorrow at six in my event in state. To accomplish either of these goals would make all the hard work and practices worth it." . Having fun and swimming go hand in hand accol' ing to some of the team members. Pilling said, "Despite all the hard wprd, we really have a lot of fun, like when we stole Mr. Krecklow's practice schedule. We've also throWn him in the pool two times this year and regardless of whether we lose or win state, he's gonna be thrown in again." Thomas also added that there are some fun activities. Thomas said, "Playing games like water polo keep us loose." Thomas also mentioned that some of the guys are pretty wild. She said, "Some of the guys are so strange, yo.u never know what they might do." Both the teams seem to agre7 that there is a certain togetherness on this year's squads. Pilling said, "Swimming is really a team sport and when you are together

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A typical film defies categorization "Clara's Heart" is not typical film fareI and refuses to fall into any particular catego~. It .i s the story of the grieving Hart family; at the center of the conflict is the young son David, played by Neil Patrick Harris in a promising debut. When Mrs. Hart goes to vacation in Jamaica following the death of her infant daughter, she meets Clara, portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg, a mysterious woman whose mysterious healing powers and wisdom provoke her admiration. Clara returns with Mrs. Hart to care for David and ~ the household. David is hostile at frrst, but eventually Clara's strong personality wins out. Goldberg is perfect as the all-knowing Clara. The film has many aspects, such as a view, almost satirlcal, of the effects of divorce on the American family, and provides hilarious insight into Jamaican

good, Oriental food, Imperial Palace is worth checking out. Imperial Palace, located at 11200 Davenport Street. is the home of one of Omaha's best Chinese restaurants. Its wide array of main dishes and appetizers make Imperial Palace a change of pace from other Chinese restaurants. Prices make the Imperial Palace an attractive alternative to other

culture on an excursion into downtown Baltimore. The and joy that is part of growing up. The v)ewer can setting in the Hart's home is picturesque and pleasant. sympathize with David as he comes to accept the The country setting on the lake is the perfect contrast painful changes wrought in his life by his self-interto the wilder urban scenes, which provide hilarious ested, self-absorbed parents. Clara is also a powerinsight into Jamaican life. ful character, inspirlng pity and admiration as the Something rather obvious in this movie that usually secrets of her past are revealed. In Goldberg's frrst goes- unnoticed is the fashion. Ralph Lauren labels dramatic performance since "The Color Purple" in appear to the point of being obnoxious, but Goldberg's 1985, she E_roves herself equal to the part; this is a clothing is fun and provocative. Although costuming is change from her recent slew of action and adventure often kept in the background, bringing it to the foremovies. The supporting characters are strong and front is not an unpleasant change. lend color to what could otherwise be a dull story. The plot is thin in the fmal stretch as the fension is One element that was unpleasant was the photogprolonged, but it's not hard to keep attentive. raphy; the abundance of pans gave the viewer . the Basically, "Clara's Heart• is a warm, down-toillusion of being seasick. It was painful to look at the screen at times. A flaw like this can wreck a movie - . .earth drama that is worth investigating for the many psychological issues it deals with including gentleluckily th~s problem shows up only in select scenes. ness and complexity. Mostly "Clara's Heart" is about the pain, confusion,

restaurants. Most main dishes range from $6 to $7. The prices are reasonably inexpensive, but this reflected by the quantity, or the quality of the food they serve. Main dishes that are a little more expensive than the beef, chicken, or pork entrees, are the seafood dishes. Their prices range from $8 to $11. One item that is quite expensive is the Peking duck at $22. But, this is the only item of that range on the menu. For those who are willing to pay <1!

sometimes exorbitant price, the alternative might be chosen. Portions of food are large, and patrons are assured of not going away hungry. The Imperial Palace may also be an option for vegetarians. There are several vegetarian dishes which are strictly stirfried vegetables served with rice. • -q'he newly-decorated Imperial Palace has a great atmosphere. In addition to the numerous art pieces, a pond stocked with fish makes its path through the bar area. The only complaint is the constant

bustling around of-employees. The Imperial Palace is ri.ot the place for a quiet dinner. 'Tile hurrying around by employees iS' not just for show. It is reflected by the quick service, and customers are always served with a friendly smile. The lptperial Palace is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Even if Chinese isn't a favorite, Imperial Palace is worth a try; the customer may find themselves enjoying Chinese a bit more.

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Cats and dogs provide the cast for the new Disney movie,"Oliver and Company." The movie is loosely based on Charles Dickens' novel, 'Oliver Twist.' Oliver, the main character, is a scruflY, orange kitten who is alone and abandoned in New York City. Oliver is first conned and then helped by Dodger, a hip, con- · artist dog. Dodger gets Oliver into a misfit g<l.ng of dogs led by Fagen, an un-kempt bum Fagen is deep in debt to a lo~-shark named Sykes. Oliver and the , gang have three days to pay back the money to save Fagen. Along the way, Oliver meets a little girl. Jenny, and her dog, Georgette. Everything turns out fine in the end of course. Oliver finds a home and Fagen keeps his life.

The dogs all live happily -everafterinthehustleofNewYork City. The movie is amusing and enjoyable mainly due to the characters of Tito and Genette. Tito is a Chihuahua who falls in love with Georgette, a snobby French poodle. Cheech Marin steals the show as the voice of Tito. Bette Midler also did a wonderful job as the voice of the poodle Georgette. The animation was a cut above the Saturday morning cartoons, but it was far below the Disney !?tandard of movies like "Snow White.'' The most distracting part of the movie was the volume. The music was so loud that it became hard to distinguish what the characters wete saying.

During Goergette's song, probably the funniest part of the movie, the music was so loud it dround out most pf the lyrics. Not only was the music too loud, most of it was bad as. well. The sections by Huey Lewis and the l'!ews were ultra-light pop its lightest. "Oliver and Company" is very fast paced. Dialogue and action happen so fast that sometimes jokes are lost. The movie is rather. short, about an hour and 15 minutes. Overall, "Oliver and Company" is typical Disney fare. A light-hearted romp through the streets of New York City. Little sisters and brothers will love it, and so will every other member of the family. "Oliver and Company" is showing at Cinema Center, Westroads, Mall of the Bluffs. and Southroads.

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Money can be better spent elsewhere. Don't waste $4 to go see a illm as dry and unoriginal as the recent release, "Fresh Horses.· Basically, the film has no strengths. Andrew McCarthy and Molly Ringwald star in this sure-to-be failure teenage flick. For comparison, "Fresh Horses· makes "Pretty In Pink" almost worthy of some sort of theatrical award. McCarthy is an intelligent college senior coming from a relatively affluent family. Just like "Pretty In Prnk, • McCarthy becomes infatuated with a girl (played by Ringwald) from a much less desirable background. At first, everything is just wonderful for the

two of them. But all good things must come to an end. And truthfully. the end didn't come soon enough. Their differences in interests, goals and ideas end up breaking apart. He finds out she is married Oust a minor inconvienience to the advancement of any relationship) and she realizes that she is an embarrassment to his friends. To make things more miserable, the ending is an abomination. No one particularily cares for predictable endings, but even that would be better than the ending in "Fresh Horses.· There isn't a conclusion. The movie just ends, terminates, stops-just like this review. Spend the money elsewhere.

Neon,Goose, located at lOth and Pacific streets, in downtown Omaha,. has long been known for its salads, hamburgers, and fresh fish. All fish are flown in daily from the coasts, insuring freshness. Unlike many Omaha restaurants, where fish js battered and fried, the Neon Goose serves broiled fish and many varities can be blackened with Cajun spices. Seafood is not their only specialty. The Neon Goose also offers the more traditional hamburgers and the somewhat untraditional omelettes filed with, for example, bananna and peanut butter. (It may sound interesting to try this, but don't. It's just not good.) Some of the best appetizers are the goose bumps (fried cheese balls) and fried zucchini. ' The atmosphere features polished brass and wood fiXtures and old, decorative signs The prices range from expensive (about $14 for fish) to moderate ($5 for a hamburger.) The Neon Goose's downtown location can make it an inconvenience for per56ns living in West Omaha, when there are restaurants of the same type (including the L&N Seafood Grill, which also flies fresh fish in daily), but the Neon Goose is the perfect place for a special meal The drive is definitely worth it. For fresh fish, it's as close to the ocean as Omaha gets.

Twist on a classic tale In keeping with the newly arrived holiday season, it seems obvious that I should review the movie "ScTQOged." This is_E. new telling of the old Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". This time around though, the Scroogetype character is played by Bill Murray. He is a top television president who is ruthle$S and mean, a typical Scrooge. Murray is visted by his old boss and then by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present. and Future. In this tale, set in the modern age, / the Ghosts are a grungy cab driver, an abusive fairy, and

gigantic skeleton with a 1V for a face. Even though the gags usually involve violence and cruelty, they hit the funny bone. BUI Murray plays the part of Scrooge to utmost perfection. Bobcat Golthwait plays a Bob Cratchet type character. He is fired by Murray just before Christmas, but he is also the first to benefit from Murray's newfound nature in a funny scene near the end of the picture. Though it is predictable, The producers and the director have thrown in a few delightful twists that always keep the viewers on their toes.


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This is one cfthe universities the Times rated as giving students "the biggest return for their money." The Times also noted that Colorado State has "a relaxed, jrien~ armosphere" and has strong internship programs that enable students to "find a smooth path to full-time positions in their fields cifter graduation."

At what public university in Colorado, can you get an "Ivy League" education? Colorado State. ' In a recent book, "How To Get

An Ivy League Education at a State University," 115 cf the nation's 575 public colleges are prcfiled. Colorado State, included in the book, is , described as a state university that cjfers an Ivy League education. Author Martin Nemko praises Colorado State's 1 solid academic programs with their emphasis on the preprcfessional and hands-on experience \. l rather than the abstract. He describes the students as friendly and social, yet leaving time for their studies. And, he describes the prcfessors __. . . . . .._ as involved with · research, yet spend- ina ample time with their students. Support services, including minority support programs, are also noted as being "equally '' caring." As one student said, "!J a student has any sort cf a problem, quality help is availabl~." Nemko concludes with one student 's remark, "It 's hard not to be happy here."

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courses Westside curriculum was a topic of discussion at the department head meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 7. In a report presented by the guidance department titled "Truth and Labeling," the department heads were asked to_examine their course names to ensure they are correctly identifying their courses. "The report asked for something I think schools should do every couple of years. We need to ask ourselves which course names do we need to change to better reflect what is being taught," Dick Lundquist, guidance department chairman, said. "More specifically we talked about making the word 'advanced' a little more sacred so that it means an upper level, honors t y p e course. We " It is more ad- s h o u 1 d probably to change Adv a ' n c e d vantageous Typing to Typing II settle into the because it is the sec- program . instead ond year of ~~~~g. not of testing out of honors typ-

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The dis- the first class and c t ' - s i o n also in- getting in way eluded . exami n in g over your head. ~ whether the Westside;: curriculum should inelude more Advanced Bob Klein, physics Placement courses as instructor. they are dictated by the Ad van c-e d Placement , program ofThe College Board. Labeling a courseAP implies that the course follows a specific curriculum determined by The College 'Board. Students of those courses are then able to bypass introductory courses in college if they score well enough on a test in the spring. ·the administration. "The purpose of the group is to Westside currently has AP CO!Jrses In Amencan HisBridging the gap between student concerns and serve as an advisory group to me. Listening is my tory, European History, and <;_omputer Science. Much of the debate about whether to include more administrative duties is the goal of the newly-founded primary objective," Findley said. ' Student Advisory Committee, which held its first meet"I felt the main goal was to get student leaders to AP courses is centered around the College Board ing Wedm;sday, Dec. 7. come together and share ideas with the administra- determining the curriculum. "The question is whether The committee was recruited by Jim Findley, princi- tion," Jay Bonham, (12), president of Forum and Inter- you trash the program that our teachers have already pal, the sole administrator who will be attending the national Club, said. "We're trying to better the school; developed to start a program called AP that someone meetings. Leaders of the student spirit groups and it's like another SAB. (Student Advisory Board), but else has developed," Lundquist Sflld. "I think ttlat if a organizations were asked 'to come; one goal of the you're not elected, you're chosen," Allyne Solotorovsky, teacher has a program they have developed and are excited about, they will do much better than if a curcommittee is to eventually add students who will make Squire captain, said. the group more reflective of the entire student body. One major difference between the Student Advisory riculum book is handed to them." Argume,nts are also presented that there are better "If there's a student not represented by those clubs Committee and SAB will be the fact that the committee but who represents a faction of the student body, we will is purely a discussion-oriented group. "They are not a · ways to bypass the introductory tes~. "It's not necesadd them," Findley said. "Hopefully we'll be able to decision-Jllaking group. ,Student government should sary to name our course AP because it has been our identify people to be a good sounding board for people stlll make decisions; I just wan~ to hear what these kids experience that kids can take t!te KLEPP test at college and pass out of those sutuect areas, which is the exact . who aren't being heard." have to say," Findley said. "The first meeting was more or less introducing the The establishment of this committee has been a same thing as if they would have taken the AP course n'laln purpose-- to get people who are not involve~ in personal goal of Findley's for a couple of years, and ties and test." Bob Klein, physics intructor, said. "I don't student activities represented," Doug Hoffman, presi- in with a recommendation made by an action team from • want to change even our Advanced Physics to AP dent oflnteract, said: "Hopefully there will be a better the workshops last February that the administration because I think we meet the needs of the kids who leave Westside for engineering programs better than what I representation of the student body sometime in Janu- should receive more student input. ary." . "Dr. Findley is very open to our ideas, .. Hoffman said .• have seen that the AP course does." Westside usually has 50 to 70 stude11ts take the Once formed , the goal of the committee will be to "Considering he's the one who initiated -this, I think he American History AP examinatien and only a han~ful · bring in student concerns and solutions to share with has high hopes for it." take the others provided, LNndquist said. MWe don't jump up and down to get people to take the AP test because of the expense of the tests and the tremendous amount of preparation that is necessary,". Lundquist said. 'We will help people know the opportunity is there A new policy may ease the stress of students Other requjrements are still the same. Finals. will and those people who will seek out the information will busily cramming for semester finais. At a recent begin Friday, Jan. 6 and be completed byThursday, Jan be the students who do well on the tests." department head meeting it was decided that first 12. Students In grades 10-12 are required to have a AP American History teachers are the only teachers semester finals can be to 40 minutes in length; comprehensive final over the entire semester in every who actively encourage students to take the tests. previoulsy they were 60 minutes. This change class; this includes at least one essay or question that "We have had only two seniors that I can remember came about because some students face many requires an answer of a paragraph in length. that have taken the AP European test. You know as well exams in a row. "We get a lot of underclassmen Finals must count towards ten to 20 percent of the as Ido that when spring rolls around senior~ don't feel with four or five tests per day," Jim Findley, final grade; the actual percentage is left up to the like doing much, so we haven't encouraged them to Instructor of each course. principal, said. take the test because they probably won't," BUl Nelson, social studies department chairman, said.

Terry Mayfield, (10). assists a youngster during olympic competition at the Holiday Fun Festival held 011 Saturday. Dec. 10. The festival, sponsored by the Stuent Advisory Board, consisted of skits, cartoons, the Olympics, and a visit from Santa.

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AP ·examination necessary Continuous examination of the programs· offered at' Westside is necessary to ensure quality programs and quality education. The question raised recently at a department head meeting about the possibility of including more Advanced Placement courses as part of the curriculum is a question that should be asked and frequently examined. Westside has traditionally been strong in the honors programs they offer, but including more AP course_§ may prove to be beneficial to some departments and is a question that definitely shoul~ be considered '!?Y each department . . The departments must examine their individual courses to decide if titling their honors courses as Advanced Placement will be labeling their courses more truthfully. Courses such as Classics and British Literature 'in the English department should be especially examined closely because their curriculum may match well with the curriculum suggested by the College Board and, therefore, would not be hurt by titling them AP. But also, courses such as physics that have eV.idence or success in providing most kidS with the background they need for college should not change to a curriculum designed by someone else. Individual courses will all have different conclusions and. therefore, be examined separately, but the simple question of "can we improve ourselves?!" should be constantly asked.

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SAC benefit s Westside Student leadership takes a new twist with the Student Advisory Council. The counil is .an excellant idea on the part of the administration. The council is made u p of club leaders and is an effective way to fill in the gaps left by the existing student government. The council should provide more insight into some student problems. This new idea should give many members of the school more.direct representation and it will allow clubs an active voice in the school. The council will also relieve some of the pressure on Student Advisory Board and Forum by redirecting problems toward the council. The council is organized to deal with most student problems.

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The Westside clubs and organizations that are contributing to the spirit of Christmas by helping with charities . and some of the more unfortunate citizens of Omaha need to be commended. The attention given to the charities at Christmas Is wonderful, but Wesp;tde students should also concentrate on the other seasons when the charities aren't so crowded and the speclal.efforts by these clubs may mean more to those reclevtng.

The reoccurring fire alarms that have disrupted classes during the last couple of weeks have become a nuisance to the school. The unnecessary disruptions caused by the fire alarms need to be put to a stop as soon as possible by the administration. The villain~ responsible for pulling the fire alarms should be apprehended and the system of supeiVlsing the halls needs to be improved to prevent the unnecessary fire alarms. _~

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Several edltlons ago I wrote a column about Westside's 13 clowns and how they should be able to dress up for "their" basketball games. And until recently I felt they were doing it for a good cause. That's before I met Studs Findley. · Studs Findley, (no relation to the Westside principal) has been receiving the Lance for the last several years in his cell at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. It seems he read my column about the 13 · clowns and was deeply disturbed. After many hours of counseling, Studs' advisor felt that he should write me a letter. Twq weeks ago I received a lengthy letter from Studs urging me to The ''Lance" is the officb;ll P.UbliEditor-in-chief, Lau ra Struve. him so he'could tell me his story and others visit cation of Westside High School, Mauatint Editor/ Production, wouldn't follow a fate Uke his. 8 701 Pacific St., Omaha, NE, Gwen McGill. Maoa,mg Editor/ On a, whim I took a week off of school a nd 6 8114. The "Lance" office Is located Copy, Mason Myers. • Buaine.. In Room 122. Advertising rates are Manager, Kim Ostergaard. Copy drove to Leavenworth to meet Studs. His story available upon request. Phone Editor, Mary Overholt. News was worse than any I've ever heard. (402) 390-3339. The "Lance" is an Editor, Karen Nyhom. Aallociate "It all started, "Studs told me, "when I was in In-house publication. New1Editor ,Jay Nilsson: Feature high school. A group of friends and I would go to The paper is an open forum dis- Editor, Jim Duff. 'Sport• Editor, basketball games. Sure, it stated off innocently tributed biweekly to all students 16 D.J. Rezac. Weekender Editor, times a year except during vacation Nancy Olson. Design Editor, Kent enough, wearing' hula skirts and making up periods. Subscription rates tooth- Bonham. . Photo Editor, Evan goofY cheers." ers are $5 postpaid. Non-profit Howe. Circulation Manager, MichStuds, what's wroRg with that? mailing rates. claimed. The ..Lance.. elle Jaeger. Staff Artist, Troy He smiled through the bars and said, "Well, is printed by the .. Fremont Trib- Muller. Staff Critic, Mark Carroll. after a few games we started wearing hats and une, .. 135 N. Main, Fremont, NE Columnistl, Erin Conboy, Jessica yelling things at the other team's players and 68025. Sullivan. News Staff, Todd Parker, from there it just got worse." Letters to the editor are wel- Amy Radii, Lauric Spiel, Anne Wax. "In the beginningwe'djingleourkeyswhen the corned. Letters should be less than Featdre Staff, Debra Dohmen, Alll300 words in length, signed by the son Kohli, Melissa Parlset. Sports opponent would be attempting a free throw, but author, and sent to the editor or the Staff, Andy Chapin, Bert Cohen, then It just got worse and eventually we would adviser in RoOm 122. Randy Hallett. Weekender Staff, bring pots and pans to bang on." The .. Lance" is a member of the Nick Hansen, Susie Kiscoan, Cathy ~After a while my priorities changed. Instead Nebraska High School Press Asso- Pettid, Becky Richardson. Deslgn elation, the Columbia Scholastic . Staff, Jenny Frank. Photographer, ' of school, grades, girls, eating, sleeping or even partying, we'd go to basketball games." Press Association, and the National Matt Fischer, Advise r, John HuScholastic Press Associatio n. dnall. When did you first realize you had _a problem?

"When I started going to basketball games at s c;!Jools I didn't know. I'd drive around other counties searching for basketball games." "And when I found a game, I'd dress.up, paint my face, and sit among the fans. For half of the game I'd sit on one side and bang my pots and pans and then at halftime I'd switch sides. I'd make up names for the players running up and down the court and eventually I'd be asked Erin Conboy to leave by the referee himself." Columnist When you first started talking about your problem you said "we" and now you just refer to yourself. What ha ppened to your friends? . "Well, they were just a s caught u p in it as I was in the beginning, but after a while I was obsessed with it and they deserted me. You see, after I'd blow my horns and yell things, the referee would stop the game and yell at me. I couldn't handle it !?O I killed them, 14 referees in all." Stuas, do you really think that telling 'your story to a bunch of high school kids will affect them? . ·or course I do. They have the saine symptom as Darts Howard and Lulu the Slasher did before they killed ,thetr first referees." Then with sudden excitement Studs stood up and announced his departure. "I really have to go now. I'm meeting my 12 friends and we're going to dress up for the prison basketball game tonight." I left Studs thinking of our 13 clowns, wondering if they could be as ill fated as he was. I did, however, talk to the prison warden before I left and he said even t~ this day they have to place Studs under maxium security when they have prison basketball games. But if he's really good, they sometimes let him dress up.

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Traditional activities add meaning to season Since Christmas is just around the corner (four day~ More specifically. the shopping mall Santa. I must say more), I thought I'd talk about the different traditions that I have a lot of respect for these men. It must take a involved, like Christmas trees. outdoor Christmas gigantic amount of patience to put up with all the things lights, and yes, even Santa Claus. . they have to. • Christmas trees are ,but kind of a pain to set up. Imagine having to sit in an oversized stiff-backed Every year when I take the tree down. I put it in a box chair from 10 a.m. until about 4:30 or 5 p.m. That (we have a fake one), and place it fn the The means that for about six hours. small children wUl be lights are neatly wound. and wetting their pants on your put in a box in the basement. Jessica Sullivan lap: screaming in your ear. or along with other miscellaneasking totally rude and obous ornaments. noxious questions. Columnist And so, if everything is put, · It's almost funny that a kid away so neatly. why is it that would want to stand·in a line the tree is never where I left it, for half an hour just to see the lights are all knotted, the Santa. Most of them don't tinsel is missing. and I never find all the ornaments even make it that far. untU Christmas Eve? · They get to the-front of the line, and they freak out. I've asked my family if they do any of these things, Suddenly the thought of sitting on the lap of an obese but they always say that they don't even know where I man in red becomes the most frightening thing in the put it. I've come to the conclusion that there is a fairy world. No problem, you think. Just take the ktd home that visits my house the day before I want to get the tree and calm him down, right? out and messes everything up. Wrong. The average housewife doesn't like to waste But what's more fun than gettlng -the tree out is her time. There's no way on earth that she'll stand in line watching my next door neighbor put up his outdoor for nothing. sO she'll drag the ~d kicking and screaming lights. He only does it once a year, and it's a good thing, on to Santa's lap (where he promptly wets his pants). too. If he had to do it any more than that, he'd probably What can Santa say, except, "Whoops. That's okay, everybody has accidents." I suppose that most of the have a heart attack. My neighbor's ladder is the type that leans against "veteran" Santas have a lot·of experience in this area, things, and can't stand up by itself. I do wonder at time~ but it still must not be too pleasant. if he's suicidal, because after he finishes lighting the Some traditions are kind of nice, but I wonder why house, he leans the ladder against pine trees and lights most people bother with these. those.I have to admit, though. that his lights do look , Maybe it's because Chiistmas just wouldn't be nice (when he finally replaces all the burned out bulbs). Christmas without them. And personally. I wouldn't My third Christmas tradition topic is Santa Claus. want it any other way. Merry Christmas.

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'Rat-pack' group returns with added fans, volume It may seem a little early in the clowns," and although we have not picked out a choice few words. It season to be handing out awatds, completely parted ourselves from. was at that time that one of the but through the first seven games their ways. (we've cut out the cuss- Prep coaches saw his antics and of the season, there is no doubt in ing, except for th~ Creighton Prep chewed him out. Westside lost the game, 56-47, my mind. Nobody else comes close. game, whereanythinggoes), we have It seems like only yesterday that developed a unique style which is but No. (1 was benched for the rest of the game. cheering for an athletic team was truly better seen than described. about as unfashionable as bellbotIt was at the inaugural game of~ The night was a partial success. toms at Westside. But now it seems "''""'""''·'• against the Creighton Prep I'm sure there are·critlcs who bethat a number of students - - - - - - - - - - - -·, lieve that such action!;) by students during a schoolhave gone beyond the barrisponsored activity could do ers of old school spirit and Kent Bonham have taken chanting. insultnothing but harm the repu- . Design Editor tation of our school, butl beg ing, and general hell-raising to differ. In fact, I see nothto new heights. We've gone ing but positive conse-. back to the glory days, a time quences for all parties. when the""Rat Pack" and the "Cuties" were a force to be All r can hope now ~~ that we do Junior Jays. where we threw off the not rest on our laurels for .the rest reckoned With by each opposing gloves and were at our best. team. Throughout the game we had ofthe season; instead,! say we take We may seem rude, crude, and bombarded No. 11. with such a rash up one ofthe district's goals as one unacceptable to some, but coming of insults that I ·guess finally got of our own: to be innovative and from both a student and an ex-jock: under his skin. During a third- creative. So everyone stand up and give a I love it. quarter time-out he walked over to It seems that we've evolved from . his bench. looked up into the crowd. cheer, because the "Rat Pack" is the times of our forefathers , "the 13 stuck up his middle finger, and back and the best is yet to come.

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. ~e t~~t e F s Worley to students: wake up, shake up, clean up A letter of concern · to some Westside students. from Nonnan K. Worley, guidance department. Before ;you get too far into this first paragraph let me explain who should and · should not continue readingthisletter.Ifyouareastudent who does not tear up large pieces of paper into 345 smaller sections and the11 toss them on the floor of the SS J.MC, does not deposit Burger King sacks and half empty pop containers on the hallway floors; and chooses not to chew and spit Red Man tobacco on floors. wall, and restroom mirriors. stop reading' now, there ·is no neeq to go on. However, for the rest

of you, the 3.5 percent, please contiue reading now that I have your attention. Let me explain at the onSet how important.I consider thiS letter to be. During my 48 years of having a beating heart I have never written my congressman and while in the service of my county for three years I believe I wrote my folks eleven letters. Now that you ha've a feei for the import of these words, may I continue? For those of you who are the MMessers" and MSpitters" read on. I spend approximately nine hours a day in this building. Why must I on numerous occasions walk into the building and step into and around ·

various artifacts of what in Amerlea is called breakfast? Why do .I feel like I am in a mine field in Vietnam lightly stepping when in fact I'm just walking into the boys' restroom. dodging moist brownish lumpsofchewlngtobacco.Whydo I have no answer w}:len a Ralston senior taking the SAT on a Saturday morning· in the SS IMC asks me MWhere in the world did all the paper and trash come from?" Come on students, young adults. leaders ofthe next generation for us old folks, wake up, , shape up. and clean up. · Nonn K. Worley The beard has spoken.


Scholarships Seniors battle to gain .essential financial aid aren Nyholm, news editor When the tests have been taken and the applications are on file, college preparation still -i sn't over for many seniors. Financing higher education can run up bills as high as $20,000 a year, and the amount of financial assistance a family thinks it needs for college expenses is sometimes more than the amount the people in Princeton, NJ evaluating the Financial Ald Form determine that family's need to be. The answer for many students could be non-need based scholarships; however, arid for one reason or another, this avenue is not always well-pursued. "1be main thing I have frustration with in scholarships is students who are qualified don't see themselves as candidates," Lynn Hansen, guidance counselor, said. "For exai!Jple, we will have 80 kids at a minimum go to UNO (University of Nebraska at Omaha) this year. A significant number of them have high financial need; a significant number of them are really bright. yet we've only had eight to nine kids fill out the Regent's scholarship form." According to Jacque Fogle, assistant scholarship coordinator UNO, the Regents scholarship is valued at full tuition and - awarded to 50 freshmen a year. The criteria for receiving the award are having a high Ac:r score and a high class rank. In addition to 'the' Regents, UNO also awards a Distinguished Schola~ship, valued at full tuition plus a $4,000 yeatly stipend. "1be Distinguished Scholarship requires an essay. A U!'l0 faculty committee looks at all the applications and chooses from them," Fogle said. . · • -. The school also awards athletic scholarships. Creighton University also offers aid ~sed on academic.merit. "1be four scholarships we give out the most are the Presidential Scholarship, the Carl M. Reinert-Nora Condon Academic Scholarship, the Honors, and Campaig~ Creighton," Jackie Harris, admissions counselor, said: · The Presidential is a half-tuition award. Twenty are given out every year. The other three scholarships are all valued at $1,000 a year. The number awarded varies. · Nebraska Wesleyan University automatically will award merit-based aid to.qualified applicants to the school. The five scholarships they offer are valued anywhere from $200 a year with requirements including a 19-21 composite Ac:r (850-950 SA1J or graduation in the top half of the class, up to a $1.500 awardwith requirements including a 31 or above Ac:r · composite {1340 or above SAT). "There's no application process specifically for these regardless of how many we give out,~ Scott Kasl, associate director of admissions, said. Scholarships of varying amounts are also offered for demonstrated talent in music, speech, or theatre. There are also national scholarship opportunities which operate on what Hansen refers to as a ·tottery" basis. -'lbese scholarships are often offered by private foundations related to a business, such as Coca-Cola or Josten's, and reward leadership skills and academic excellence. Due to the large number of applications the foundations receive, some qualified applicants must be turned down. · "This is the first year we've offered this scholarship, and we had 50,000 applicants. Next year we expect 200,000. We're narrowing down to 1,500 's emifinalists. From that 150 finalists Will be selected. Fifty will receive $5,000 a year for four years applicable to the college of their choice. The remaining 100 Will receive $1,000 for one year; Gaylynn Lueke, secretary at the Coca-Cola Foundation, said.

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Hey mate Near the end of her one year stay at Westside. Mrs: Christine Anderson, social studies instructor. prepares t() say goodbye and return to Australia. Students Lisa

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the United States. ertythatwasapparentin"'"''nvt• "1bere also seems to be more of the cities we visited," ADderJanuary. 15 marks the day · of an emphasis on writing in son said. that Westside's foreign ex- Aqstralia. ·Anderson said, •stuMr. Anderson added, ·Seechange teachers switch jobs. det:tts there seeni to write a lot ing people push supcJauacl!..::l Christine Anderson and more compositions and things carts around husband Michael will be leav- like that. • worldly possessions was ing Omaha after spending one Mr. Anderson added that disturbing to us, because year: here, to return to. the high 'school sports seem to have tralla has heen pretty free ·Land Down Under," whUe a lower profile in Australia. He poverty and a lot of.the Tom Carman will resume saidthattherearenocheerlead- lems that go alongwlth that.• teachinghere after a a year in ers (or team sports. He also said There were some favorable AustraUa. An- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - impressions though. derson has mixed *Some of the highfeelings about lights included travelleaving. ·we We want to go back home ing. we have been 1n want to go -back . and see 01U' friends. but at ·30 of the 50 states. I home to see our the same time we don't want particularly friends, but at New Orleans, to leave the friends we've the same time, we ington. D . c .• don't want to made here. Everyone has • • York.Chicago,and leave the friends been really nice to us. -::7 -::7 New England states: we've made Anderson Said. here.· Christine Anderson, social Anderson added, ·one of the studies instructor ·one of the special things that I like events for me was the about Westside, • sociology field trip· to Anderson said, ~. .the zoo with the spe·~s the friendllcial education stuness of the students and &tafT. that Australlans do not have dents. The integration Everyone has ~en really nice nearly as many social activities handicapped students into the to us.· Uke Westside has With both school system is far ahead Since the Andersons have proms and homecoming. Australia in that respect." been here, they have been able This being their first trip to Both Andersons agreed to draw some sizable rom part- · the U.S., America has left some another highlight was the elecsons between the Australian favorable and unfavorable first tion year. ~ey said that and American·school systems. impressions on them in the last they came in an election year, ·The facilities here at year. has helped them really underWestside are really first class "You read and hear about the stand what the whole electoral compared ·to what we're used hostilities that occur going on system is all about, since it is to in Australia,· Mr. Anderson Within schools because of so ·different. • · said, •for example, inAustralia crime, . drugs, and racial ten·one of the things I haw: it would be very hard to find a sions, but there doesn't seem to enjoyed about the year is talkswimming pool. The facUlties be much of that at Westside, ing to kids at all school levels, in America are far ahead of and that's good because it helps because most of them don't those that we have in Austra- students concentrate on their know much about Australia. Ua." Mr. Anderson said that a studies, • Mr. Anderson said. and it is easier to talk with swimming poOl seems to be a •Anotherthingthatstruckus _them when they are intercommon addition to schools in was the homelessnes8 and pov- ested." · ay NUsaon, ll$60clate new

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Debate earns fine showings The debate team has had success with their showings in the first half of the season's tournaments. These successes include performances in tournaments at Lincoln Southeast and Augustana College, both held the weekend of December 2 and 3, and at last weekend's Bryan Invitational. "The whole team did very well," Dave Richardson, debate coach, said, "We're blessed with five \rery good pairs in the championship cJMslon this year who have placed iJ:l. the 'top five places almost every time. • . The debate team closed out the first half of their season with a tournament in Iowa City. Richardson felt the team-performed very well and will continue to do better in their season's second half which begins after winter break.

Curtain call Westside Drama reviews the script for their next play ''Tile Tea House Of the August Moon," which wtll be presented Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 2-4tn the Westside

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Differences between right and wrong can tear morale Climbing the ladder of success is a future challenge for all apart. Over the past month the students, but the ascent up the first rungs has already begun for Prevention Using Student Help.. Pete Hazelrigg, (11). ers Club, (PUSH}, has been at Hazelrigg is campaigning for the presidential office of odds over the content of their Nebraska's Future Business Leaders .of America. (FBLA) chapclub philosophy. ter. To run for this office, Hazelrigg ts'required to perform well "Over the past month we on four different tests. These tests include an officer screening have been making our tphiwhich is an interview with state FBLA boar'd members about the losphy for PUSH," Kolleen c;andidate's quallflcations, a test covering FBLA trlvla and basic · Sparks, secretaiy of PUSH, business knowledge, the raising offwfds for a campaign, and the (11), said. "It's been a large campaign itself. problem doing this. Our executive board is formed of a variety of different people, with differWestside Drama is currently holding rehersals for "The Tea ent Views and beliefs." House of the August Moon." The philosphy is now comThe story, a tale of the American Marines coming to Okinawa pleted despite all the problems during World War II, features Spencer Robert, (1 0), and Chris that had developed. Patil, (12). Robert plays Saklni, an Interpreter for U.S. Marines "The philosophy of PUSH are in Okinawa. "The play basically shows how people deal 'with statements of what we believe war, • Robert said. in, they are not judgments of The play will be performed Thursday through Saturday. Feb. people. We do not condone the 2-4, at the Westside Auditorium. Performances wUl be at 7:30 usage of drugs or alcohol in any p.m. substance or form. Our main goal is to educate elementary and high school students," Jeff Beier. president of PUSH•. (12), The date for the anual Christmas Prom Is set for the dance to said. ~ be held in the Peony Park Ball Room tonight. PUSH's executive · board Is The dance Is sponsored by Peony Park. In the past, Brandeis responsible for making the phiDepartment Store had helped with the dance, but after the takelosophy of their group. ' over by Younkers, they have decided not to help. "In our philosophy, 'we disThe music will begin at 9 p.m . and continue 1,1Iltil,mldnight agree with drugs or· alcoh?l in to the sounds of"Hlgh Heel and the Sneakers," a local rock band.

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the philosophy._ one way or another," Laurel Fortney, (11), member of executiv,e board, said. There was afearofthe consequences of putting smoking into ~e philosophy. "We didn't want to take the chance of losing people in the group due to the fact that they smoke, • Sparks said. "This is the largest PU~H group we've ever had, and it's hard to adapt to that." Due to the fact that the Friday morning meetings were temporarlly detained, the group has not been as active as it had been in the past. They were not Involved In the na' tienal ·Drug Awareness Week, that took place during the week of December 9-16. "We had planned to do something. but we were wrapped up in the philospphy. Last year, It turned-out that we had our own Drug Awamess Week in the spring: ~cketts said. • " The : wnit~ flag of peace appears. ta hflY-e been wave.d . "The phllosophy is resolved, and we .. are back to being a grou,p,-"· Beier said .

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Continued from page 1. "It helps them realize that they are not only ones out there fighting the problem. they know that, their kid is going to a the list, they can call and know that there not be any drinking." Hofschire said. A three-part pledge must be signed by ents before they can become an official.uo:;uuJ<O•I• ~safe Homes." "1be parents must pledge that will not let their kids have parti~s when they are of town. They will not allow minors to have or serve them alcohol In their home, and they will allow the presence of illegal substances in their Nadyne MUlar, regional coordinator of~Safe Homes" in braska, satd. Hofschire said that in the months since last spring the program was instituted in the Westside community, list of names has grown in excess of 400. But while the keeps growing, others see "Safe Homes" as a blinder shielding parents' eyes from the real world. "1be philosophy that no one under 21 should drink wonderful, but you can't go through life with your closed," Chert Ocander, parent. said. "You can either your eyes to the situation, or you can make it as safe.as can. Strictly forbidding it will only cause kids to drive in their cars and go to parks to drink." Making the situation safe can mean breaking the Last spring, Ocander held a graduation party where ~--~··•' was served. Ocander said that transportation was n~'""'~..., by buses to al\,d from the party to insure safety for graduates, and the majority of the parents were before the party. Word of the party leaked, and the were notifieO. Ocander and her husband were arrested indicted on criminal charges of serving alcohol to "''"'""" • "I went through a lot as far as notoriety and coJ:tdt~mnat:t<a by other parents towaros what we did. But even the department said that they had never seen such organized situatiol}. to keep kids safe," Ocander said. ~I exactly where the kids were and that they weren't in cars. don't regret doing it. Ifyou don't do something to try and kids safe, how do you feel if a kid goes out and gets ,_,,., __.... Lewis said that if parents were more aware of the ua1u1W• involved in serving minors with alcohol or providing with a place to drink, many would change their minds letting their kids have parties. "If an under-aged kid leaves a house and gets in accident, whoever supplied the kid with the alcohol is They have to bear the brunt of the accident," Lewis said.

Be$ides the liability involved, there is a moral -side to issue. "It's one thing letting your Jd,d drink alcohol in house, but you are over-stepping parental boundaries let other kids drink and you don't know their oarer1ta1• expectations toward alcohol," Linda Wax. parent, "Eventually. the kids will have to leave your house, and evety parents' nightmare to have a kid injured in ·a accident." The problem of drinking and drtvtng leaves parents double jeopardy. "I think parents should try it both wa't'll.allowtng parties and not allowing parties," Joe Mc:NamaLI'IJI parent, said. "You're better off ttytng it at someone's ho1118C1•. under supervision. But alcohol is alcohol.- and fuat stillUlnn'U•.

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is to get as many parents involved as we can by kld reaches the fourth grade. As places to go it will be easier for kids to say 'no' to alcohol. problem," Hofschire said. could prevent "Safe Homes" and other organi, being successful, Ocander said. Homes" list is hypocritical. I know for a fact . pcfrents' names on the list have kids that have ·put my name on the list for a reason. I will more parties at my house, but I don't think the anything," Ocander said. Safe Homes is a cute little list for parents who they are involved; JeffZanarini. (12). said. parents on the list actually adhere to the .. .."'..'""""'· A lot of people sign up not knowing or the guiq.Iines of the program are." hypocritical because when the parents go out what's going on at their house." Kim Doyle, would have to stay home every FridaY, night for it to work. There are at least several list that are places where parties have been is taking steps to dissuade minors from A course called Skills for Adolescents has for seventh grade students at the School. -nte course helps to increase a ran~.nrnrth and their ability to enjoy life without Ql' alcohol," Lewis said. "In other towns in course has turned out some excellent stattskids decide not to drink." the problem may be the laws themselves. "If the drinking age, the temptation to drink is is not a big deal in countries that have no Ocander said. "If the kids know that they can they won't care about it. •

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to buy. The students need to have developed the social Underaged drinking. It's a problem based on the maturity to decide what's right or wrong." moral decisions by teens who feel they are responsible Another controversy concerning alcohol is that the enough to handle alcobol. With this decided, is a legal drinking age varies in different countries, and even in · drinking age of21 a necessary. or objectionable law? certain parts of the United States. Some countries don't "The drinking problem is related to a social and peer . even have a law concerning teen-agers drinking. problem teens have," Maryanne Ricketts, guidance "We have our problems, and they have theirs," Royer counselor, said. "I'm happy that the law is at 21. Before said. "They don't have the abusive problem with alcohol a stud.e nt begins to drink alcohol. they need to have self that we have, although because the kids are allowed to esteem, and feel good about themselves and their decidrink at such an early age, they have more harmful, sions. When they reach 21. these skills have developed, physical problems. like cirrhosis of the liver." and the students are able to handle the situation." "In Bogota. Colombia, we can buy alcohol at 18, and There are various opiryons from adults and students I think thatis better than at 21: Angela Gutierrea, (12), about whether Nebraska's drinking law is justifiable. foreign exchange student. said. "If you are caught "Since kids are considered adults at 18, and can vote drinking before you're 18, the punishment is not as bad or fight in a war: Joy Morton, (11). said, "they should be as it is in the United States. The police are involved, but able to drink if they want to." there is no probation or jail term." "I think that it should stay at 21, ·Mary Ann McNeal, "In Japan we are allowed to buy alcohol at 20, (9), said. 'The kids aren't responsible enough at 18 to because we are regarded as responsible members of drink. After graduation from college, they should be society; Tomoko Isoyama, (11), foreign exchange sturesponsible enough. because they have to start their dent, said. "The students don't drink as much in Japan. - If they are caught drinking illegally, and are put in own lives anyway." "I think that 21is a good age," Jerri Roye~. drug counprotective custody by the police or teachers. they are selor, said. "Nineteen would even be acceptable, beforced to leave school.· · "In Switzerland, we can drink at 18," Florence Deage, cause the stud~t is out of high school. (12), foreign exchange student, said. "I think itls better Drinking underage, when a body is not fully developed, can be a major fact in growth and development at 18. We are mature enough to know how much we can drink. There are people who drink before 18in Switzerproblems. "WheO: a student drinkSwhile they are still considland, but they are dealt with by the police.~ ered adolescent, • Royer said, "it can hurt their developWhere the questions are undecided is when it comes to the fact that students are still drinking, illegally and ment emotionally and physically. Their development is delayed." underaged. -nte age needs to be consistent all across the United "We realize that alcohol is a real .concern, • Peg States, so students can"t go far distances to be able to Johnson, dean of girls, said. "We hear about what consume alcohol," Royer said. "We all need to stick students do on the weekends and even on some weeknights, and we a1"e aware that things happen that together, that's most .important." "I don't know what will be an effective solution," are out of their control, due to the alcohol." "I absolutely feel that the drinking age should stay at Johnson said. "It may take peer presure in the opposite direction. Tile PUSH group is a good start, and maybe 21." J~hnson said. "It's a lot easier for a 15 or 16 -yearold to look 18 than 21, and it makes the alcohol harder it w11:l be a good chance to help solve the problem."


Christmas · celebrated through prQduction Music, ance, an acting ave been thrown together under one roof, or actually roofs. This past month, numerous holiday plays have come to life on stage. The Nutcracker, Babes In Toyland, and A Christmas Carol have returned again this year to spread the holiday spirit through their actors, dancers, and the plays themselves. Auditions for these plays were open to professionals and non-.p rofessionals. Some Westside students were among those who auditioned for the plays. Although not all of the actors and dancers are · professionals, there are some who have past experience in the~ plays. "I went and auditioned. Last year I was Miss Muffet in Babes In Toyland. Now I'm playing an elf and a toy soldier," Stephanie Anderson, (II), said. For some of the people in the plays, being involved just doesn't mean acting. "''bis is niy tenth year being involved with A • Christmas Carol. I've either been on stage or worked behind the stage. This year I'm playing a chestnut vendor and I'm in the Adult Ensemble, which means that I get to dance," Cindy Borchman, (12), said. Past experience is not the only thing that prepares dancers and actors lor plays. Dance ability is · also an important part of many performances. "I take lessons form the Omaha Ballet evety day and am an Omaha Ballet trainee. I've danced for

nine years and have performed in the Nutcracker 'in Texas and California," Kristen Schats, (1 0), said. Not all plays or ballets have as much dancing involved as the Nutcracker, but those. that do have similar requ'irements. "''be Nutcracker is a ballet that has roles for evetyone of all ages. Taking dance lessons and having taken dance lessons is a requtt:ement for being in our play," Robert Vickrey, artistic director for the Nutcracker, said. Taking voice lessons is also valuable to these plays. "I've taken three years of dance· and I am also taking voice lessons now. I've taken four years of private voice lessons. During the voice lessons, we audition songs for plays and musicals,.. Anderson ' said. · Drama Club seems to be an underlying interest for these three students. "I do encourage my Drama Club to audttlon. It's good experience for them. In fact, just going to the auditions is great and it's a good experience for anyone who's interested trr theatre," Lany Fortney, Drama Club sponsor, said. For some families, being involved in these plays has become a holiday tradition. "I think by Cindy's being involved in A Christmas Carol, it has made Christmas more important to her. The experience of working with theater people . teaches her a side to life that most people don't get the opportunity of experiencing. My famUy's been

involved in it for several years now. I just don't know what we would do without it," Joy Borchman said. Being involved in these holiday plays takes lots of time. The actors and dancers find the:m~;eiva having ,to make s~'crlfices. "By being in A Christmas Carol I find myself less time to do things. I have Monday nights off, I perform during the rest of the week C!9d over the weekend. It's worth missing some things because I have good friends in the play. I only see them once year usually and I see my friends at school all the time so I like to be with the actors," Borchman said. "A lot of the older actors, the high school students in particular, study when they are not busy rehearsals. When we are on the road touring The Nutcracker we tty to give them ~me to study, but they don't always get the time," Vickrey said. Whether or not these students will find a future in acting or dancing, they have these plays to fall back on as a springboard or they can keep it as a good and memorable experience. "I like to act and to sing. I think that it's just a hobby though. It's a way to get involved in the community and with the holidays," Anderson said. Some of the dancers and actors are involved in these plays as hobbies or holiday activities, but "Maybe one day I'll pursue an acting career or tty to become a professional dancer, or maybe not; whatever I do, I .plan to continue being in these for my next three years in high school," Schatz said.

Board · -member lays roots with district Allison Kohll, feature wxiter Like two magnets attracting each other, Elizabeth Karnes has been committed to the Westside coriununity her entire life. Kames has not only stuck with it, but she has continued to make contributions, especially to District 66. She has served as treasurer of the school board and this year is serving as a member. ·1 figured that the best way to get involved.in the schoolis .id get in a position to enact policies," she said. Kames has previous experience in education. She received master of arts, and Ph.D degrees in school ' • administration at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Cater,she served as a school adminiStrator at Boy's TovirL She also helps her husband in his current United States Senate seat. ·i help him on' ~ducattonal issues on legislation. When Dave decided to run for the Senate, I quit my job at Boy's Town to help him with his campaign," she said. The Karnes couple worked on the campaign for 22 consecutive months. "We did-not have a day off at all during that period of time, ... she said. Now that the election is over and her husband has been defeated by former

governor Bob l{errey, Kames said that there were a couple of things ~at they would have done differently, if ~ they had to do it over. "We would have tried some way to get people to know Dave better. Kerrey was already established in the community, but Dave was appointed for the senate seat and he didn't have time to make himself well-known." "It was hard for Dave. He had to spend 90 weekends .getting adjusted to the Senate. Next time he will tty to do a better job through the media to get well-known." · She also stated that the lack of debates in the election hurt their campaign. "Dave wanted a chance to debate Kerrey so the real issues would come out, but because of Chambers entering the race, Kerrey would not agree." The Karnes' future in politics is unknown at this point. Dave has been offered a job from President-elect George Bush that he cannot disclose to the public, but isn't sure he will , accept it. "If Dave takes the job I will probably get a job at the department of. education in Washington D.C. In r the long term, Dave probably wants to return for the U.S . Senate, and will run again in future elections." The balance between family and

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work is difficult in politics. "During the campaign we didn't have any time to spend with our kids. We had a full-time girl from Creighton stay with them. If Dave decides to take the job in Washington, we will rent a house there and still live in Omaha." There are many advantages with politics in the family. "It's kind of exciting because next weekend we are taking the girls to the White house for a dinner for all the Senators an<t their famUies." Even the Karnes kids are involved in politics. Corey and Kalen, their oldest daughters, are currently president and vice president of Swanson Elementary School. Kames is not a newcomer to the community. She is a former Westside student. She graduated in 1967 with' many honors attached. She was homecoming queen, a cheerleader, a member of Z-Club, student council, debate, the Spanish Club, International 'Club, Math Club and math team. In addition she was president of Esquires (now called Welcome to Westside Club), involved in Girl's State, Girl's Nation, and ,.ranked in the top ten of her class in academics. ' Karnes had to work for her success. "I was a real student. I studied

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• Solid competitiOn upcom1ng for young W-e stside wrestl-e rs Andy Cfulpiri. sport$ Writer . . .. Resting in the middle of a sea~n can be tough. Although the Westside wrestling team is going to practice over break the team will not have any meets or tournaments over the 12-day Christmas vacation. The next event~ for the wrestling team will be at Gross Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the Millard South Invitational saturday, Jan. 7. · The wrestling program has a solid squad this year with seven experienced wrestlers. "We have seven people returning who started for us last year: Lou Miloni, head coach, said, "and we have a good team." · With seven returning starters, the Warriors are stlll a young team. "We have a lot ofyoung wrestlers this year," Jim Wilson, (12) ~ said. "Our team this year is very young, with three starting seniors: Doug Jcltxen, (11), said, "but we also have a lot of potential." ljavtng a young team isn't necessarily bad because of anticipation for future seasons. "Our team this year is good," Mack Taulbourg, (11),. said, _" but next year we will be better."· In the North Invitational, the first for the year, the Warriors had an impressive showing, finishing second out of 15 teams at the-tournament. "We performed well," Miloni said, "and had some good individual performances." ' Tony Buccheri, (12), finished first in the I25pound weight class, Jim Wilson, (12), finished second in the I71-pound class, Matt Fisch~r. (11), finished third, Jerry Imhoff, (10), Dan Grant, (11), and DougJatxen, (II), all finished fourth in their wei ht classes, which were the

best ~howings for Westside at the tournament. This year the Metro appears to be evenly balanced. "There are no dominating teams in the area," Miloni said, "but there are six or seven teams that have good individuals." The teams that Miloni mentioned are Omaha North, Abraham Lincoln, Northwest, Bellevue East, and Papillion. "This year in the state th~re are a lot of good teams," Jatxen said, "and there are also a lot of really good wrestlers." Even with the quality teams that the Metro area and state have this year, the Warriors have a good chance to do well. "We can compete with anyone in the state: Jim Wilson, (12), said. "We have a good team that can do well." Injw:ies have not affected the wrestling team that .badly. Scott Lapsley, (12). with an ankle injury, and Damon Billingsley, (11), with an injury to his arm, sat out the South High Invitational last week. "We have a couple of people injured now," Wilson said, "but they should be well after Christmas, which is when the season really starts." "The few injuries that we have had have affected us alot." Jatxen said •. "At.the So~th Inyttattonal , we had two open weights because the two injured people didn't have anyone to back.them up." In the South High Invatational Westside finished eight out of fifteen teams. Tony Buccheri took first to remain undefeated this season. · Doug Jatxen took second and Matt Fischer and Jim : Wilson both got third in their weight classes. Take down . The wrestling team will have some goals as the Struggling on the mat, Danny Grant. (11): is hip-tossed by season progressess. "Through the season, we his opponent at the South Invitational Thursday, Dec. 8. hope to make progress, to mature. and to improve Their next meet will be against Gross Tuesday, Jan. 3. , our team," Miloni said.

s Fresbman Boys' Ba•ketbaU December 1 Westside 9 5 11 3-28 Crteghton Prep 10 12 · 11 16-49 Highllghts..Jeff Morford lead the Warriors with 12 points in their first game of the year. DecemberS Westside 14 20 15 21-70 Abraham Uncoln 12 20 8 24-64 Htghl:lghts- Jeff Morford led the team with 26 points, while Chad Ehresman and Dave Clark had 11 and 10 points respectively. ' Sophomore Boys' Ba.ketbaD DecemberS Westside 15 18 12 9-54 North 19 15 7 18-59 Htghl:lghts- Guy Haney had l5, and JeffMtscho scored 12, while Westside ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. December 10 ---? Westside 8 17 20 15-60 Gross 4 11 8 14-37 Htghl:lghts- Andy liuresh poured in 27 points, and Matt Glasrud ~ded 13 to lead a balanced attack. Jaa.lor Vanlty Bop' Ba.ketbaD December 1 Westside 12 14 10 12·48 Prep 15 9 12 9-45 Htghl:lghts- Andy Peck led 1-0 Westside with 20 points as Westside hung on for their first victory. December 3 Westllide 10 13 14 8-45 Uncoln High 13 11 11 11·46 Htghl:lghts- Andy Peck and Scott Taylor scored in double digits, as Westside dropped to 1-1. DecemberS / Westside -' 11 12 20 23·€?6 North 12 10 15 17-54 Highlights- Andy Peck led Westside with 17, while Dave Kluthe and Mike Mtscho followed with 15, and 13 points respectively. December 10 Westside 11 13 10 10-44 Gross 10 10 10 11-41 Highlights- Mike Mischo led all scorers with 16, as Westside's record tmpro_v ed to 4-1.

Uncoln High 11 15 12 13-51 Htghltghts- J.C. Wickstrom lead the Warriors for the second straight g~ as the team won its first game. DecemberS Westside 21 14 17 12-64 Gross 12 14 17 · 12-55 Highlights- Matt Sinn had a career htgh 24 points to lead the Warriors to their second straight win. December 10 · .Westside 4 21 15 15-55 North 14 8 15 26-63 Htghl:lghts- Matt Sinn lead the Warriors with 20 ponts as they fell to 2-2. Vanity Girls' Ba.tetball

Decembei:9 Westside 2 8 • 11 14-35 Gross 17 15 18 10-60 Htghl:lghts..Julte Novak scored 10 points for 1-1. December 10 Westside 16 12 15 24-67 North 10 · 11 7 8-36 Highlights- Kristin Undwall scored 13 and Unda Schbloske put in 10 points.

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What's the plan? The boys' varsity basketball team plans strategy for a win against Gross with instrUction from Coach Tom Hall. Westside will play next in the Metm Holiday Tourna-

Despite some discouraging losses, both the boys' and gtrls' basketball teams are confident about thetr chances going into the Metro Holiday Tournament. The boys' enter the tournament with a 3-2 record while the gtrls' enter with a 4-1 record. Both the boys and girls open tournament play Tuesday, Dec. 27. The boys play Millard North, while the gtrls play Central. The boys will play at the CMc Auditorium through Saturday Dec. 31 and the girls will play their games at Central High School. Inexperience is still a problem for the boys while the gtrls can't explain their problems. Tom Hall, boys' head coach, said that despite some concerns, the team is progressing. Hall said, "We've been playing pretty well, but we're young and still inexperienced at the guard position." · After losing thetr opener to Prep 56-47, the boys won two straight (Lincoln High and Gross), before losing thetr second game of the season to Omaha North. In all four g~es, the team has been leading going into the fourth quarter. Hall atributes the team's fourth quarter trouble to poor shooting down the stretch. "We.peed to trnprove on our free-throw shooting, especially late in the game. We've only shot 55percent from the free-throw line and it's a lot worse thari that fn the fourth quarter of our gamf;s." According to Hall, trnprovement in ball handling, free throw shooting, and offensive rebounding are the keys to a sucessful tournament. The team h~ but one goal for the tournament. Hall , said, "Our main goal for the tournament is to find a consistent starting line-up." Rebounding from a 25 point loss to Omaha Gross seems to be the key to a sucessful \ournament for the gtrls. Linda Adamski, gtrls' head coach, said she was confused after the Gross game. Adamski said, "I just can't explain it, we just played bad." Adamski said that ment a~ the Omaha CiVic Auditorium Mon- her 4-1 team will try to take it one game at a time in the holiday day, Dec. 26, tlirough Saturday, Dec. 31. tournament, but was confident about the team's chances . .~I think Th.e team is entering the tournament with a this team has a good chance to do better than any ofmy other teams 3-2 record. · in this tournament in recent years," Adamski said. I

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points. After the game Sinn is seen talking to Jtrn J?uff, captain of the intramural team St. Quimby. As the Warriors head into the . Holiday Tournament they are on a roll. They've won two straight. Assistant coach .---Larry Morrissey misses the opening game of the tournament. Apparently, he was moonlighting over the holidays as ~Jolly 'ol St. Nick" and got caught in the Christmas traffic at the Westroads. Hall is so furious he fires Morrissey. Morrissey is found at the next game seated among the 13 clowns. Matt Sinn holds a press conference and tells everyone he is quitting the basketball team. He signs a contract to play with St. Quimby in the intramural league. People close to the team

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say he quit because of a conflict with Coach Hall. ~I think he was upset Hall fired Santa Claus, ah, I mean Coach Morrissey," Jason Hellman said. Coach Tom Hall then retail-

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EVE 'Cocoon': avoid the return I didn't see "Cocoon," but from what I've seen in "Cocoon: The Return," I really didn't miss much. Evidently in "Cocoon," three elderly couples went to a planet where they never got old and never died. Why, is never explained to those of us unfortunate enough to pay $4 to see the sequel. The couples returned to earth because someone from their planet came to earth to brtng back eight or nine c'ocoons that were burted ;tt the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The .cocoons were dislodged from their hiding place by an earthquake, and would surely be discovered by scientists. What a surprtse. The scientists get one of the cocoons and one group of Martians (I really don't know what else to call them) trtes to rescue the cocoon before it dies. Go play video games instead, but if you must see this movie to add to your *Cocoon" collection, it's rated "PG" and is playing at Cinema Center, Orchard Hills, and Westroads.

'Sunrise' proves prob1em --solver "Tequila Sunrtse," the new mption picture from Warner Brothers, is perfect for the problem-solving moviegoer. The film starrtng Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, and Michelle Ptleffer is an action-packed film full of irony.· Gibson portrays a cocaine dealer and his high school buddy (Ru;ssell) is the lieutenant in charge of busting him. Although the plot line is quite unrealistic due to twists like this, the actors do an excellent job of playing their parts. Durtng the entire film, characters play dual positions. Figuring out who is supposed to be a good guy and who is supposed to be a bad guy is difficult. but it adds to the mystery of the movie. "Tequila Sunrise" which is rated "R." is playing at Cinema Cen ter, Q Cinema 6, Westroads, South Cinema 7, and Midlands 4 Theatres.

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erly. "The stores make their items too expensive," he said. Although there is no accurate count of how many "Kids can't afford a lot of these things and so they are Westside students have shoplifted, listening in on con- sometimes forced to shoplift." versations gives evidence that there are students who Molly Koozer (10), believes that there is no good exhave shoplifted before. In most cases, the stolen items cuse,for stealing items. "Those who shoplift are irrehave been of minimal value. "I tried to sponsible," she said. "No one has to resort to stealsteal a pack of cigarettes," Jeff ing if they really want a certain item. There Sellers, (11), said. i~~~~~~~ always other more acceptable ways to attain Having been caught money." for attempting to steal The price of shopliftlng differs, de]pertdlng-onll that pack . of cigathe value of the stolen item. Stealing rettes two years chandise under $300 is considereda misdeago, Sellers unmeanor. derstands why Any stolen item valued above $300 is constudents feel sidered a felony. "Being convicted of a misthat they demeanor can sometimes require the shopneed to linfter to spend six months in the county jail, steal. Cousin said. "Ifyou are convicted of a felony, you could headed to the state penitentiary for a year longer,· he said. Because Sellers was only 14-years-old wqen was caught shoplifting, his parents had to accompany him to court where he was told that he would be on probation for three months. "I was required to attend classes about shoplifting during the probation period," Sellers said. Since that time, ·Sellers has never shoplifted. "They catch everyone sooner or later. It's worth it." "Our security system at Target is very sophisticated. We have security """,.,..,.,.., and other equipment to help keep a watchful eye on suspicious customers," Dwayne Callahan, store manager, said. The large number students who meet outside the Countryside Pharmacy after school , caused the store to have two clerks on duty during these hours to keep an eye on things. Krlstl Hansen, a co-manager at the Limifed vJ<.ILJUUJ<:.I Store said they use the control system instead of electronic systems. "If there are more hangers than there are gannets we know that something has just been taken."

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important factors that are considered when it .comes to implementing a new course. -rhere are only so many students with so much time. If a student decides to take another new course, it probably will not be an additional course, it will be a replacement. A popular course added . in the art department could hurt the home economics department, for example," Nelson said. ~Generally speaking, if you add a course that is very good, the students who sign up have to come from some other department because there's only so much time in a student's day." Ken Brown, industrial technology department head, said. Continued on page 6.

Punishment depends Using violence or threats to upon the crime and the in- any person; :Itdividual, flerring said. "We will do what we think is fair Causing or attempting to andreasonable;.. Ourwhole cause physical injury to any ·:? philOsophy of discipline is person. to do what is in the best interests of the individual." The administration will also consider the problems caused by a student's actions ~ ·one of the things we always have to consider how it can affect the student body," Findley said. ' Punishment for prohibitive conduct will vary. Each offense will be handled difTerently. ~MiP will be dealt with differently. We'll deal with MIP's in a manner that we could get a debate on how lenient we are with MIP." Findley said. The students who are directly affected by the code are students in clubs, sports, spirit groups. and student government. Herring said that-students who are not involved in co-curricular activities may still be subjected to disciplinary actions, depending on the severity of the crime. John Crook, dean of boys, said that the code is not intended to punish those involved in co-curricular activities. But Crook said that these actMUes are privileges, and students should be aware that they can be taken away. ~Whenever you get involved in an activity, or in a leadership position, you take responsibility. If a kid is president of National Honor Society and is picked up MIP the night before the ceremony, we're not going to let him be in that ceremony," Findley said. Coaches or activity leaders can create different restrictions -on conduct that is not out}ined in the code. -rhat basically is saying if a coach has other riiles that they want to implement that aren't listed, those rules will be in writing. the parents need to sign that. the student needs to sign that, and they need to keep it on file so it is a 'w ritten understood rule by the athlete," Linda Adamski, head girls' basketball coach, said. . · "I don't think it's going to be very different, I think all of the coaches in this building already have rules that they cicpect their athletes to follow. This is just a reinforcement by the administration." Adamski said.

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New code oversteps bounds Overstepping their responsibility, the administration has implemented a new code of conduct that was presented to the faculty Friday, Jan. 13, that may prohibit students from .participating in co-curricular activities when merely charged of a crime. The administration should concern themselves with activities that take place on school property or at school activiities and leave the disciplinary action to parents and police for illegal activities· that happen elsewhere. / · By implementing this policy the administration is also taking on a burden they will never be able to enforce consistently because it will be difficult for them to know who is and who is not committing thesecrimes. Information regarding crimes committed by juveniles is difficult to acquire and, therefore, the administration can never be sure they are disciplining every student that has taken part in prohibitivJ cohduct. ' The administration is stating that the new code of conduct policy is a reaction to the recent situation at Benson where two basketball players were charged with dealing drugs. If it is necessary to take discipliruuy action in situations similar to the Benson incident. they could be handled much better through individual disciplinary action and not through a policy that blindly lays down the law for the entire student body. Discipline is not as simple as black or white and should not be treated that way. The policy states that any student who is "charged criminally with the prohibited conduct. or on whom a petition has been ftled in juvenile court" may be subject to disciplinary" action. That statement is contrary to ,the United States Constitution which states that all citizens should be innocent until proven quilty. Disciplinary action that is taken against students who are merely charged with a crime is assuming that that student is guilty and, therefore, a student could be punished who is completely innocent. e administration is unnecessarily increasing their import!}nce in the lives of Westside students through an unwanted policy that will be impossible to enforce and that will drastically overstep the bounds of a productive administration. The letter recently sent to The school board has planned to spend $50,000 next parents of Westside students year to improve the appearance by Dr. Jack Lewis, school of the computer lab and pro- board member, asking for vide a wall to separate the donations to pay for the addicomputer lab· from the elec- tional $26,000 ne'eded for the tronics department. This in- Westside Strength Complex is vestment is needed ~d will be a request a school should beneficial to both the computer never ask of its tax-paying lab and the electronics depart- parents. If District 66 decides ment because those areas are they will provide a facility they lacking a sufficient separation. should provid~ the facllity The computer lab is an area without asking for handouts. If that has been forgotten in the fundraisers are neede'd, there recent renovations and the are many options that are betplan to spend $50,000will be a ter than asking for parental donations. good .investment.

The ''Lance" is the official publication of Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St., Omaha, NE, 68114. The "Lance" office is located in Room 122. Advertising rates are available upon request. Phone (402) 390-3339. The "Lance";s an in-house pUblication. The paper is an open forum distributed biweekly to all students 16 times a year except during vacation periods. Subscription rates to othe~ are $5 postpaid. Non-profit nzaillng rates claimed. The "Lance" is · printed _by the "Fremont Tribune," 135 N. Main, Fremont, NE 68025. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters should be less than 300 words in length, signed by the author, and sent to the editor or the adviser in Room 122. The "Lance" is a member of the Nebraska High School Press Association, the Collllllbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Scholastic Press Association.

Editor-in-chief, Laura Struve. Managing Editor, Gwen McGill. Managlnf Editor, Mason Myers. Business Manager, Kim Ostergaard. Copy Editor, Mary Over· holt. News Editor, Jim Duff. Ani. News Editor, Kent Bonham. Fea· ture ·Editor, Karen Nyholm. Ant. Feature Editor, Debbie Dohmen Sports Editor, D.J. Rezac. Ant. Sports Editor; Andy Chapin Weekender Editor, Nancy Olson. Asst. Weekender Editor, Melissa Pariset, Design Editora, Jenny Frank, Jay Nilsson. Photo Editor, Evan Ho~. Circulation Manager, Michelle Jaeger. .Staff Artist, Troy Muller. Pagination Coordinator, Nick Hansen. Columnists, Jessica Sullivan, Amy Radii. News Staff, Todd Parker, Feature Staff, Allison Kohli, Cathy Pettld, Anne Wax. Sports Staff, Randall J. Hallett, Matt Fischer, Burt Cohen. Week· ender Staff, Becky Richardson. Susie Kiscoan Adviser, John Hudnall.

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'Hollywood High' -ra needs some cleaning u I can already predict the look; eyebrows raised, '"All Night at Hollywood High," showed; but a kind of coolness coming into their eyes, sort of joke is for insiders only. The reason it's funny a bored smirk. Like they have me all figured out. us is we know we aren't a 's chool ofae:stl!:ner-dlrellltl Have I said something wrong? I hope not; all I've wearing, sportscar~driving, Yuppie jerks. But done is admit to being from Westside-- a fact that ever thought that other schools got those has never occurred to me to be ashamed of. But from us, I'd J:>e upset, and I am. lately, when meeting other Omaha high school Let it be known that Westside is not the aotnall• students at youth conferences and events that of the Stepford children. Students come from bring lots of kids together, I've noticed that the ofdifferent background~; therear'e as many Westside reputation has acquired a - certain ent interests and lifestyles here as anywhere enigma, (or should I say stigma?). Either way. it's ten percent of the kids in the district are not something I'm totally comfortable with. government-funded free lunch program, The first time I experienced ''The Loo_k" was in isn't either bad or good, it simply sh.o ws that is no generic w~...t..,LrW junior high. At that time this big orange student, especially building seemed rethe one seemingly AmyRadll mote and far away from ceived by the rest Columnist me. I was vis~tlng with Omaha. a girl from Central High I realize that this School who encouraged ~ . ception ofWestside, e ···· 'Q7 ··.:·' n .• ().::/'( . . . :.. ···:· ·. ~,., --r.::.. ..;/·=~·.. . .. ·. · :' playground for the me to go' there. "You'd .. love Central," she predicted. Then. with a trace of and privileged, is not new. How it even ortgtntate• ''The Look," she' said," besides, you just don't is beyond me to figure out. The least the admllrdll seem like the Westside type.· My little junior high stratton could do is to make Westside a nrlv..t• heart pounded fearfully. What was a West'3ide school to fit its exclusive image. The only nn'\hL,_,. type? How could I avoid becoming one? As if we is that the image is wrong. If we suddenly had don't have enough insulting stereotypes running wear navy slacks and a plaid jumper, m~st around these halls. Of course, I went on to school students I know wouldn't want to go here ~n-VWl• here and have never looked back.Now the impor- This reference to private schools isn't made tant thing is for the rest of Omaha to find out Prep's reaction after our loss to them in the about all the neat people who really put Westside basketball season opener is any indication. on the map. The biggest problem I can see is that our Some-friends and I went to another area high to clean up our name could l:>e spoiled by a school to attend a play a couple ofmonths ago. As souls who like to be thought of as superior we went over to a table to buy our tickets the . whatever way they can. My sixth grade teachers ·selling them asked ·us where we were greeted me gleefully a few months agq saying from. "Westside," we said, never realizing what the sixth graders were having T-shirts made that means to some people. One of them shot the said 'Westside Country Club." other one a look-- I assume we were supposedly The only way I can think ~ffor us to improve too interested in ourselves to notice. "In that case reputation is for Westsiders to be really outgo'inll there's no student discount," he joked. and friendly. but I know a lot of people who do Why would ,it occur to anyone that I Oust the already so what's the problem? average Eternally Broke Teen-ager) would have All I can say is that I hope I'm not becoming any more money to spe6d' than anyone else just espresso-sipping, pop .music junkie who because of the school I go to? There hasn't been Lizw~ for breakfast. The next time you a deposit in my bank account since I lost my last someone new, tell them we have limos instead tooth. Sure, we all like to revel in our so-called school buses and see if they believe you. "image• as last year's title for the post-prom party" trouble is, they might.

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s ame time. Work schedules also are a good source of stress. Having to close shop for three nights in a row is one of the most tiring things. There's no time for homework, frie'n ds, or even j ust relaxing. But really, job stress isn't quite as bad as academic stress. After all, if you really hate your job you can always quit and get another. It may be better, or it may be worse, _ _ _ _:....__ _...__ _ _ _-..;., but at least it's a change . .

stress when ~g math tests, not that that helps my grade any. English class also stresses me out. It's difficult for me to accept the fact that many teachers seem to believe that eve:ry word in a book has some hidden, significant meaning. I've always wondered why no one believes that maybe, just maybe, a famous author wrote something just for fun.

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The last kind of stress seems to be personal stress. This catego:ry includes basically eve:rything-that was notincluded in the first two. Getting al.o ng with parents: that's a definite no -win situation. Sometimes it seems like they don't understand you, but you'll never be good enough, so why bother. There isn't anything else I can say about this catego:ry. I'm sure you've all got your own examples. Eve:rybody does. That's probably why there's summer vacation, Christmas break, spring break, and various other in setvice days. The teachers probably need the breaks from stress as much as we do. So, if you're really stressed out, don't wor:ry. There's got to be a day off coming up some time. And if there isn't, call yourseif in sick, go back to bed, and relax.

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Olympics, politics· mark 7988 Now that first semester is histo:ry and 1988 has it. However, in a shocking display of administrative drawn to a close. come along with me as we take a look glasnost, Principal Jim Findley and his boys let school at 1988- the year that was .. .. out at noon so students could go to Lincoln to watch the -T he year itself began on Janua:ry 1, but to Westsid- state tournament game. ers, our year began August 24. It was on that day that Once the memories offootball season were )o~ked up we traded in our suntan lotion and water-skis for for another year, all eyes turned to Election '88. This pencils and paper only to enter the hallowed doors of was the year that more Westside students than ever WHS, to discover that things really hadn't changed all strutted around with campaign pms looking as if they that much. really knew what all this political stuff really meant. Westside still had more cheerleaders than athletes, Westside also gathered some valuable local televiand there were still only four persons to a table in the sion air-time when ex-senator Dave "We need fewer Social Studies IMC. Sure, there was construction farmers" Karnes and Bob "Help me find a wife, I want to where the "handball courts" use to be, but its regular run for president in a couple years" Kerrey stopped by occupants soon found the cafeteria to be a more than for a mod and effectively dodged students' questions. sufficient substitute and the • I can only think oftwo good - - - - - - - - - - - - - - , t h i n g s that came out of last administration assured eve:ryone that the construction year's election for Westside Kent Bonham would soon become more students: Dan Quayle; he assistant news / thananeye-sore,andthenew sprang hope into the hearts of Strength Complex would be the many Westside students editor finished in a month. wh_o were cruising along at a On television. in between steady 1.5 grade point aver1 1 commercials, the Summer age, that maybe they. too, Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea were in the could become the second most powerful man in ~er­ national limelight. I do~ 't know, but the only thing that ica. kept me glued in front of the 1V was the hope of seeing And ~though consetvative Republicans kept control a horde of crazed Korean college students start a riot of the White House, the Democratic tag-team of Bob and h~rl tear gas in B:ryant Gumbel's lap. Sure, the Kerrey and Peter Hoagland took Nebraska, and should medals and pageant:ry of the Games. are all fine and be enough to keep Westside'sAPHisto:ryteachers happy · dandy. but as far as excitement goes, I'll take a few car for' another couple of years. I bombs over synchronized swiquning any day. Soon after the political hoopla died down, basketball It was about this time that Westside's football team J and its millions •of teams took center stage. With so began its 1988 Hell-Raisin' Tour. Among•Us lesser ac- many squads participating, it made practice schedufes complishments were compiling a less-than-spectacu- awfully goofy and had all three -of Westside's lar 2 -7 record, (the worst since God-knows-when). and gymnasium's jumplt:lg at all hours of the day. bringing out the worst in some ofWestside's less-thanWestside's girls' varsity seems to be off to a respectpatient fans. ' able start. and although the boy's aren't exactly firing A prime example was shown in Westside's game out of the blocks, it seems hard f01 me to think that Tom against Lincoln Northeast. Whenever our offense Hall would ever let his players be content with being would get the ball inside the opponent's 20~yardline, a only average. So now it's Janua:ry, 1989 and the excitement upon group of discontented parents would yell, "Kick the field-goal now, Morrissey!", or "Bu:ry the 'bone." ' the completion of ,s emester finals is a week old. But Hopefully this year's "diaper-dandies" can return perhaps the biggest excitement of the new year is thaf next year and bring Westside and its fans a well- the W~stside Strength Complex has finally opened. desetved trip to the playoffs. Its budget and extremely late arrival can best be exFor Coach Ann Royle and the Westside volleyball plained by saying it was built during the Reagan Era. 1 team, going to state has almost become old hat. Unfor- But now that it's done, will eve:ryone start the new year tl.lnately. losing in the early rounds has become as by helping the administration feel that the whole thing much of a tradition for the Warrior Women as making ~as worthwhile and use the damn thing?

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suc::essful and what to avoid when doing it." to several places for guest lecturers. We usually get . Moore was responsible for getting this grant. He least a couple approved," he said. applied in mid-October and got the positive feedback Last year Westside. received four major grants. right before winter break. dancer from the Qniversity of California at •I was very happy and excited when I found out we came for two weeks. A folk musicail came to an "''""'"'"• got it,· Newkirk said. "I didn't think we would." tary and the middle school on a week grant to teach The~tudents who will be able to gain the advantages relationship between folk music and American of this program will initially be the , Creative Writing An architect worked in one elementary school Club, and the students taking creative writing next year, and will return this year to the middle school semester. -The students ;pJ[i'PS[iEJt;1E%\EE\ll!'!TiE\S'mSJ:W well. They also had a in the Creative Writing ' tume maker who runs Club are looking forward • • company come to a to the speaker. However, grade English large group the students in creative give a presentation writing this semester will L the costuming of a not be able to receive the ? sional play. benefits of this program." :· These students are This grant was not :,:,i ting valuable experience easily obtained. "Almost (i'i' the real world. ·Irs every school in Nebraska :, ..·· · interesting talking to has an artist-in-resi- ,.... · architect 'than dence program, and each has a chance to get)the about what they do in a book," Moore said. grant-). Private art insitutions such as the Omaha students get exposure to professionals in their Ballet. and the Emmy Gifford Theatre also apply for The district promotes U1ese programs for good these grants," Moore said. sons. "They know how important it is for stude "The competition is really stiff," Newkirk said. -"It is interested in arts to see people .m aking a living fairly exclusive. I imagine every teacher with a creative these things," Moore said. writing program applied to it." "The district has always been good at getting Moore expressed _the risk a person must make in dents this opportunity," Newkirk said. ·we have an filling out the application. "It's difficult knowing what cellent faculty at Westsld!'!. but it increases its q would capture interest. It's kind of a gamble to guess when a person from the outside comes. It expands wha,t a panel of judges will think," Moore said. vistas of students, that is, their area of visage." The newness of the program was sufficient enough 1bis is the second grant Newkirk has received to capture the interest of the council. "I wrote on the year. The Westside Foundation granted $1000 to application that this was a new class at our school and fund their literary magaZine they are doing this setne!;t that we are trying to develop a different style of writing," ter. ·we will use the money to pay for people who Moore said. for it, such as the typist, and the cost of publishing.· Moore has worked as a coordinator to get other · 'The district has been very supportive of the .:..:... L•v• artists to Westside. "About two Urnes a year we apply writing program," she said.

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An important change in the tournament will be that this year it will be a Tourn;1ment of Champions [TOC] qualifying tournament. This will be the first year that the Westside tournament, or any other high school tournament in Nebraska, has achieved such status. -roc is a prestigious high-school tournament ·that only accepts entries from teams that meet extremely rigid criteria," ...... Dave Richardson, debate coach, said. There are many qualifications for becoming a TOC qualUYing tournament. There must be at least 50 teams in the championship division of policy debate and five states must be represented. Westside has received entries from schools in , Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas. Becoming a TOC qualifying tournament makes the I W'es1:sicle tournament more prestigious. The competition is more intense. Once a tournament gets a good reputation, it is easier to keep that reputation. "A reason· why we're a TOC tournament is because Mr. I J<Jichar<tson has an excellent reputation outside of Nebraska and Omaha. The debate program has become a national il ccmt~encler over the past year and has made a name for itself. people know we exist; the tournament builds on itself," Patil, Forensics president, said. _ Jhis year there is a large number of schools entered in·the "About 35 to 40 different schools are expected. about 200 individual entries," Richardson said. To accommodate the high number of entries, championdebate rounds will be held at the Community Education ,_.··~•·~- The other divisions, novice, Junior-varsity, Lincoln..,......,.,,a.,., and speech will be held at Westside. for the tournament usually starts about two I I!Wee}~s before hand. The entire debate team is needed to help the tournament. Housing must be provided for debaters don't live in the Omaha area. The schedules must be out, and the first debate rounds have to be set. Teams to be registered, and team entries double-checked. have to be hired and paid. Running the tournament a great deal of stress on the debate team. "Se much time is spent working before, during, and after tournament, it's really hard because it is so many hours," .,_, __,_ Davis, Forensics secretary, said. Unfortunately. the debaters who are competing don't make easier. -rb.e debate tournament is an administrative that no one wants. It is a lot of people who care vexy about tqe sacredness of the building and our time. They evexything to be made vexy easy for them," Patll said.

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he stage is set for another Westside drama production. The next production, -rb.e Teahouse of the August Moon," will run from Thursday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 4. The play is a comedy about the United States' occupational forces in Okinawa, Japan after World War II. The leads for "Teahouse of the August Moon" are to be Kevin Schicker, (12), as Captain FishY: Spencer Robert, (1 0}, as

Sakini, an Okinawan interWestside has two productions preter; Mark Carroll, (12}, as left for the 1988-89 season. Colonel Purdy; and Doug These are the summer musical HolTman, (12}, as psychiatrist. "Grease" and another producCaptain McLean. ·t ion slated for April. That April This is the fu;st time Westside production is "The Women." It is has put on -rb.e Teahouse ofthe an all fe.male cast and auditions August Moon." Forty-five stu- are beginning,today after school. dents auditioned for 20 male Auditions for "Grease" will be roles and ten female roles. It is held the week ofMay 15 and the being student directed by Tracy production will be In July. Mueller (11}. · Tickets for "Teahouse of the Most of the leads in ''Tea- August Moon" are $3 for adults house" are performing in their and $2 for students and senior first school play. citizens.

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Lewis seeks donations With the completion of the Strength Complex falling behind," Lewis s~lid. "We need to compete and its grand opening this week, students are on the same level,, and in order to do that; I feel that we need a first class set of weights." anxious to use the facility. Lewis has sent letters to the parents of After the opening. however, the complex will · eJCP-erience further additions to bring it totally up- West~ide athlete'S asking for donations. Westside-paid $25,201 for the equipment that to-date. More funds are needed for some final has already been delievered and is in place. Lewis weights and equipment to be added. -rb.ere are always limitations on funds. We hopes to raise an extra $10,000 for final installknew we would be all but short on putting weights ments through help from parents and friends: Lewis initiated the project without a request in," Jim Tangdall, superintendent, said. "To have a complete, full, state-of-the-art Strength Com- from the administration. "This is his [Dr. Lewis's] project,· Ron Huston, plex. more weights are needed." In order to see that the weight room reaches athletic director, said. "He volunteered to raise that stage, Jack Lewis, parent and board of edu- 'the money of his own accord." The facility, which Lewis estimates as costing cation member, has started a fund-raising drive to purchase the rest of the equipment necessary · the district half a million dollars, is open to students. alumni, and starr. It will be accessible to complete the facility. "I feel that with Burke, Central and Prep getting during the summer as part of the fitness program ahead in the weight-training areas, Westside Is the school offers.

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DECA challenged The Westside Distributive Education Club of America, (DECA}. will compete in the annu al DECA-Metro competition at Bellevue West High School from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.. Saturday, Jan. 28. This year Westside, who sent five students to national competition last year, will try and

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Principal concerned Concern over litter in the cafeteria from the two s tu dent pop mach ines and one j uice machine h as prom pted Jim Findley. principal, to propose a challenge to students: stu den t involvement in the day-to-day operation of the pop machine. "It's a real mess down there in the cafeteria. I have had supervisors being forced to clean u p pop cans and spilled pop and I want this to · · stop," Findley said .


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had declining enrollment, we've had to do that," Findley said. "There is no doubt that the adding of new courses in this school is much less favorable than when we were growing as a district. and it's primarily because of declining enrollment," Nelson said. The limited number of teachers makes the possiblities of adding new courses even slim-

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value anymore and take it out." Offering the best courses in order to lure more students into their respective departments has caused competition among teachers, Brown said. MAlmost every teacher here feels so strong about their subject that they believe evecyone in the school should take it," Brown said. "There is competition with one another for courses, and who can offer the best course that students want to sign up for." MWhat we have to be careful of is that we're not just protecting our oWn turf. We have to be open-minded enough when new courses are presented to us to really weigh the benefits and not just look: at our own department," Anderson said. Mit's hard to do, but I think it can be done." The competition for quality courses is positive for ed.u cation, Findley said. MEducation has be_en criticized nationally for simply adding courses and never t;aking a look at what should be done away with," he said. M I think we are going through a much better critique of courses than we have in the past. I'm not sure that we've done that as well as we are now." Findley said that the curriculum of some departments will undergo a re-evaluation by members of the working world. The updating of objectives and materials will be partofthe evaluation.

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· "The English, business, and home economics departments will. begin a process of taking a total look at what they do," he said. "The wheels are turning from various areas to really take a good solid review of everything."

• dvanced · life sc1ence cours,e still a dream "There's nothing wrong with the program going Cof ee grounds aren't t e only things thrown ahead on a less formal basis." This could include out at the end of department head meetings. having students register for independent study Recently an effort was made by a group of through the science department on their own. students, and endorsed by the science departFindley feels that district constraints are not ment, to start a new science course to be part of putting dampers on innovative education. but next yea(s elective course offerings. Why and that the Project Science course could not be how it was refused illustrates many of the ongo- passed. "That sort offlies in the face ofindepending changes in the district. · ent study," Findley said. MMy experience is tqat "It started with a group of juniors and ended the department heads will consider merits of the with a ·petition of 40 students who wanted an course above anything else. I disagree with the advanced class in life science," Don Wisch, sci- message that we won't add an elective." ence instructor, said. "They came to me and I Findley said that with existing courses in referred them to Dr. (Jim) Findley (principal)." biology, zoology and physiology, he feels kids Eventually the idea for the course came in compete well in · the life sciences beyond front of the science department, who supported it. ''The department w-as vexy in favor of the proposal and deThe drawback is if science· cided it would be a lab-oriented class called Project Science and involve all the teachers in the department whose expertise was needed," Wisch said. A formal proposal was drawn up and presented to the department heads at a meeting; they rejected it. According to :. Bill Krueger, sCience department head, <., · · ·. , this h<tppened for two reasons. First, .,_ · · ' ·the department heads saw the proposed course as scheduled .independent 'i-~LdJL~l£2.:~~~~~~~~~2~\::..i~C...:::& study, since a main facet of the course was having Westside. However, some students and faculty. students work on individual projects. "The draw- see the course as necessary. Mit seems like (the, back is if the science department has scheduled life sciences program) could go further," Rod independent study, all the departments want it. Miles, (11), said, mentioning opportunities such The result of that would be an addition of staff," as research and experiments. M(Project Science) is such a beneficial program Krueger said. The second reason was that it was previously decided that no new curriculum to the higher biology students," Stephen Chadwould be added without something being wick, (11), said. MI would definitely sign up lfthe dropped. MWe wanted this to Q_e an added course _course was available." MStudents asked for a program of this type and to the curriculum, not a substitute course," teachers were willing to work with students. I Krueger said. MI think that kind of program is tremendous. wonder what direction we're taking. My feeling The big problem is the number of personnel," AI was it was time for Westside's science departGloor, math department chairman, said. ment to move into that area," Wisch said.

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amlly, · tradition, time Togetherness, quality time, enriches importance of family relationships ~yer holiday break . Psychologists use the term "quality time" to describe the amount . of significant, meaningful time families spend together. Finding more time over the holiday season provides students the opportunity to spend "quality time" with their families. "I spent a lot oftime with my dad over the vacation," Tamera Misner, (11), said. "During the school year, I <;ton't spend much time with my family because of my school commitments. During the vacation, however, we would rent movies, go out to dinner, and spend more time together." "My family spent a lot of quality time together over the holiday," Susanne Dempsey, (12), said. "We did a lot of things with my relatives, and I had a really good time. In the afternoons we would basically do our own things, but . at night we spent some time together." As a result of the holiday vacation, students find that they have more free time, which makes their , """ ~ schedules more""'-%~~'~"~ flexible. traditions over the holidays can also cause the family to spend more time together. · "1lle holiday season is generally a time for parent-youth togetherness," Betty Nyholm, director of admissions for mental health at Operation Bridge, said. "The holidays ore a special time, and families can find time to Christmas shop, have famlly dinners, and spend tiJ:Q.e together. "I spent a lot more time with my family over the holiday," Josie Dougherty, (1 0). said. "My Pa.rents get angry because I don't spend enough time with

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"I would definitely say that my famil~ spent quality time together over the holidays," Sharon Davis, motherofTodd Davis, said. "I had the same time off that my kids did, so we took a brief trip to see relatives, and we saw a Christmas concert together. We spend a good amount of quality time together anyway, but I

we'nt out to lunch and dinner, had con- wouldn't have minded having more time versation, and did some things she over ·the holidays to· spend with my wanted to do. I also spent time with my family." The holidays are not a happy time for husband, so I would call that quality everyone. There are a number.of factors time." A strong student-parent relationship that COUld result in families not Spend- I is important for any family. It helps the ing more time together during the holistudents develop physically as well as days. "Spending quality time with parents mentally, and it gives them the capabilhas to be defined," Tim Evens, child psyity of becoming a part of society. "The parents' job is to act like a role · J:hologist, said. "If you mean just being model to their children," Nyhlom said. in tQ.e same household, that's true, but if "They encourage them, by getting the'ir you mean interacting in a meaningful _ . · ... · · -- child to discuss way, that -depends on a lot of factors: ~ any areas they're whether there is pressure within the Wzzt«<tECUJC~ having problems family, trauwith. Italsogives matic events the· parents a around the chance to dis- holidays, the cuss their prob- development lems." factor in the "I would hope family, and that my family holiday despent time to- pression." All of these gether over the holidays." Dave factors can Moore, music in- lead to faminot structor, said. "I lies have five kids, spending time and it's impor- together over for us to the holidays. spend time to- Although gether, espe- events likes cially ~cause we these could haven't all been also -bring a together for six family closer together. months." "My mother "I think that I spent quality was in the hospital over the holidays,· time with ·my Robyn Berringer, (11), said.. "I think it parents over the helped us spend more time together. We holidays," Todd - would always visit in the hospital and Davis, (10), said. bring her cookies that we had all made "I haven't had a cliance to talk with my for her." parents for a long time, so I was happy to Conflicts can revolve around teens get a chance to have conversations with who put their parents in second place, and their friends or peers in first. them about school and my friends."

"Teens tend to put their friends in a higher position than their parents," Nyholm said. "Ninty-nine percent ofall parents a,re interested in their child first, and their job or career actually comes next, though it may seem the other way around." A corporation called Opperation Bridge, deals with families whose schedule is so tight that they can't take time out to be with their families. "We have family meetings designed to create quality time," Nyholm said. "We discuss and plan when the family will have time to go somewhere or eat dinner together. We also sometimes include one of the students friends; it makes it more interesting, and it al~ may help the child feel more comfort·a ble." "Our --family spent a lot of quality time together over the holidays," Judy Cota, mother of Christine, (11), and David Cota, (9), said. "We did a lot of projects,like wrapping presents, shopping, and going to, or renting movies. · We would have family dinners, and we · all went to see the Christmas lights t~gether. I even wish they would have had a longer vacation. It was ~ectic at tiiiY!S, but it · was an enjoya b 1e

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Completion of 'Barbell Barn' nears To pay the price for victory, an athJete must not only work on the practice field, but alSo in the weight room. Westside's administration has helped our athletes to sweat out their bloodandgutsinanewlybuiltStrength Complex. Westside's administration paid a little price for this luxury too. This one"' though, came out of the pocket. The newIy compIeted "Power Pal ace· ~ost about $500,000 and covers 4000 square feet. Westside's Strength Complex, designed by Mr. Dave Ellis, National Sales Manager of Epply Enterprises and assistant strength coach at the University of Nebraska, is comparable to_.. Millard South's High School weight room, also designed by Epply Enterprises. Epply Enterprises is owned by head strength coach at Nebraska Mr. Boyd ,

ready to begin when the administration gives Epply. Epply is considered to be the similar to ours. best in his business. Many major uniBut, Westside went one step further the word. Millard South opted to go with free versities have consulted Epply in build- than Millard South according to Ellis. weights which are less expensive. Phase two is supposed to take place in ing their own "Muscle Headquarters.· Westside's equipment is more expenTexas A&M, which now has the larg- sive than Millard South's. Westside March or April, but it probably won't happen e s t bought until we get more cash. The pop machine money, along with funweight s e Ie c room torize draisers by the football team was used for fa c ilm a - construction and phase one. Westside expected about $20,000 in doi t y D •J • R ezac chines, nations according to Mr. Marty Kauffman among s u ch major Sports editor as the and when only about $3500 came in, the c o 1c a b 1 e plans were tripped up a bit. But nevertheless, our "Barbell Bam" is leges cross c am e o v e r here, and it's time for our athletes to become in last m a - bigger, stronger, and faster. Westside wiU gain an advantage over other spring chine, schools in athletics due to our new "Strength tomoreorlesscopythatofNebraska's. - and the hip abductic;m machine. ' If we want to be the best, it reasons Westside OP,ted to buy its machines Shack.. How much of an advantage? Time that we should learn from the best. in two phases:- Phase one included the w111 tell. We may not have the best athletic Millard South's weight room, which most functional machines, the priori- teams in the state, but we do have one ofthe ' is· nearly 4000 square feet also, is very ties of strength training. PhaseJwo is best Strength Complexes.

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10 -~ P·p ·R TS, Swim team optimistic at midway · Midway through t.he season, Westside swim coach Doug Krecklow is optimistic about winning another state title. "I'm relatively pleased about our performance in meets and tournaments. We're on schedule as far as where we need to be at this time of the season," Krecklow said. Although it might appear that the swim teams are losing their dominance of the water, Krecklow feels that the boys' team is stronger this year and has more depth. He's not sure where the girls' team· stands at this point. "I don't think we have as many top swimmers this year as in previous years," Krecklow said, "This could be attributed to declining enrollment and the amount of time a dedicated swimmer must put in." With the exception of the 'anticipated sickness and minor injuries there have been no major health problems for the swimmers, and Krecklow feels they are all in good shape, despite losing conditioning time due to the many meets. "I'm positive about our chances dut:ing the next few weeks, which is a critical period in the s~ason," Krecklow said.

Freshman squad races ·for title With two wins behind them, the freshman boys' basketball into the meat of conference play. "I've given this year's team the nickname 'the runnin' red Warriors' because were averaging nearly 70 points a game," Carl Henningsen, freshman boys' basketball coach, said. "We aren't real tall, but we are really quick." Jeff Morford, (9), has had 26 points in the last two games to lead the Warriors. "Jeff has been shooting the ball very well of late," Henningsen said. "But a lot of the credit goes to the whole team for his scoring so high." "I think that there is a good chance th~t we could win the conference championship," Henningsen said," and win the tounament. if we continue to improve." t~am literally "races"

Tough competition for cag··e rs Competing in a sport is good for a team, and the sophomore .boys' basketball team has competed well this season. · "We have a tough schedule with Northwest, and Millard North slillleft, " John Graff, head coach, said, "but I think that we will comtinue to compete throughout the season. · The sophomore team has talent this year, and a good group of players. "The team has good skills, like rebounding, and shooting," Graff said, ",and they are a good group to work with." The sophomore boys will go for another victory against Central at home Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9:30a.m.

Frosh rebound from first loss Starting off the season with a loss is not what a team is looking for, but the freshman girls' basketball team did not let' that effect them and rebounded to win their second game. The freshmen have a balanced attack this year, and have a competitive spirit. "We have a balanced team." Rick Link, head coach, said, "I am pleased with the way we are playing, and I expect us to be competitve the rest of the season." The freshman girls will have another chance for a victory against Thomas Jefferson at home, Thursday, Jan. 26:at 4:15 p.m.

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GIRLS' JV BASKETBALL Dec. 14 8-39 14 8 9 WHS 15-28 5 6 TJ 2 Highlights- Kara Oestreich lead the Warriors with a career high 18 points, eight game high rebounds, and three steals. Dec. 17, 11-29 WHS 5 6 7 5-27 6 8 Lincoln 8 Jan. 5 · 5 -39 11 · 12 11 WHS 11-36 Bellevue E. 5 16 4 Highlights- The Warriors were paced by Kim Mougor, who had 10 points, as the Warriors improved their record to 3-0. Jan. 7 10-47 21 6 10 WHS 16-28 4 6 2 Benson _.., Highlights- All 12 players played extensively and 10 girls scored. Jan. 14 10-34 8 6 WI-IS 10 5-24 Ralston 8 5 6 Highlights- Robyn Dearinger led 4-0 Westside with 10 points. SOPHOMORE BOYS' BASKETBALL Dec.)7 11-60 17 17 15 WHS Millard So. 17 10 15 16-58 Highlights- Jeff Mischo led three players in

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technical fouls during the contest. Pre-season leader Mucous fell to 4th after going 1-1. They are led by Rob Foral and his 16 point per game scoring average. STD. What's up With Chew, and a team that's been tearing up the girls' league Heffers fill . out the 5th, 6th, and 7th spots. All three teams own 2-0 records, but their victories are not over quality teams. Damn Georgians and Party Police make the top 10 simply on their names alone. Fat Albert and the Gang brings up the rear at 0-2, but both losses are to rated

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'S ·TATISTlcs· double figures with 22 points. Dec. 29 11 . 6 15-55 WIIS 23 10-56 18 Benson 15 13 Highlights- Guy Haney led Westside with 15 points, while Benson won on a last second shot. Dec. 30 11-71 WI-IS 25 18 17 11-36 Ralston 8 9 8 Highlights- Jeff Mischo scored 13, and Doug Stave added 10 points as Westside blew out Ralston. Jan. 5 19-46 12 7 WI IS 8 12-49 10 15 Lincoln Hi 12 Highlights-. Andy Buresh led the way _with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Jan. 7 21-76 15 12 WI-IS 28 16-47 10 Bellevue E 10 11 Highlights- Jon Sindt scored 11. Chad Schroeder 10, -and Ryan Bums also added 10. Jan. 14 12-73 19 WI-IS 17 25 4-23 4 8 Ralston 7 Highlights- Andy Buresh scored a game high 20 points as every player contributed. BOYS' VARSI'IY BASKETBALL 19 21 11 WI-IS 11 11 12 TJ

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FRESHMAN GIRLS' BASKETBALL -' WHS 10 7 5 ' 11-33 Mission 8 6 8-29 7 Highllghts- Tanya Swisher was the high scorer with 8 points. VARSITY WRESTLING Duals WHS 32 Millard South WHS 26 Gross WHS 51 Northwest WHS 26 Ralston

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0 The Omaha Playhouse presents "The Fantastick.s," amusical.that was recently performed by Westside Drama. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. on Thursday nights and at ' 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Sunday, Feb. 19. Ticket information is availible by calling 553-0800.

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J A trip to Colorado is not nec!ssary for good skiing. Both frailridge and Crescent ski areas, near the Omaha area, are :>pen daily. Trailridge offers sking daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Crescent is open to skiers from, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.· on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from noon to 9:30 p.m. on we~kdays. Both areas will be open until April.

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the bmaha Community Playhouse, 6fH 5 Cass. For ticket information and show Urnes, call 553~0800. 0 What's going on? Call the Omaha Events Hotline at 4446800 for events in and around the Omaha metro area.

Center stage will present "Master Herald of the Birds" starting Friday, Feb. 3. Ticket information is available by calling 733-5777.

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0 Westside Drama will present 'The Teahouse of the August Moon" Feb. 2, 3, 4. Ticket prices are $2 and will be available at the door or at the book~tore. ·

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piece of filmmaking that .has come out in years. Clive Barker, the so-called new master of horm.i.tJrmm,;:m;~~Dm~·.ttt:iii!i:::tB"Rm ror, has a serious misfire here. This film will Two thumbs up by Siskel and Ebert and _appeal only to those people who live to see the numerous positive, raving reviews later, the film human body mutilated. . ·working Girl" will definitely hold its own in the The story revolves around the daughter of running for·-the top 10 films of the year. the man who went crazy in the first rum. She is The story is an update of the traditional seelting psychiatric help and the head psychiawomen's-lib, little girl wants all and wow, strikes tris.t is a nut himself. He does horrid experiit big story. Melanie Griffith plays Tess McGill, a ments on a number of unfortunate souls who he headstrong, yet somewhat shy and confidence keeps locked away in the basement of his hoslacking, Wall Street secretary. Tess does not pital. One example is a man who is trapped in want to serve or wait for her break and decides to a strait jacket and the doctor has put maggots in take on the big boys (and big girls) of business. it. Pleasant stuff. Tess' ideas put her in conflict with her fastFrom the first film we know that there are paced, smooth boss Catherine Parker (Sigourney several boxes that open the gates of hell. Of Weaver), ~nd in love with mergers and acquisi-· course, the doctor collects these with the help of tion's specialist, John Trainer (Harrison Ford). the last movie's villianess, whom he brings back Coincidentally, Trainer is Catherine's lover from to life by killing about 20 or so people. " If this sounds confusing, don't be annoyed, whom she is anxiously awaiting a marrtage proposal. Catherine does not have a huge role in the and don't go to this movie. What is explained rum, thou~h. due to a skiing injury- an injury aboye is only the first half of the film and after which gives Tess the chance to shine, . that the main characters go into hell. Tess is required to take on many of Catherine's This movie was extremely pointless and the responsibilities and in doing so discovers Cather- biggest waste of $4 I have ever seen. Wait until ine to be taking credit for Tess' own idea. Tess it comes out on video ca;;sette if you need to see uses her anger, brightness, and wits, along with it. I won't even tell you where it's playing. l(you a bit of femininity, to impersonate her boss and want to waste your money, you can find the put together a multi-million dollar deal with theaters yourself. Trainer and a separate corporation, Trask Industries. Of course an intimate bond is formed between Tess and Trainer along the way. However, the battle is not over- Catherine recovers and . may joins the race once again, using her power posi- ·Ram Man," too much ·good" has been said tion in an attempt to put Tess back into the about the film, In actuality this is not true. Too may compliments about this spectacular movie secretarial pool. · Griffith's performance is pure pleasure to ar~ not enough. watch. The movie is packed with style, wit, ·Rain Man," starring Dustin Hoffman and romance, at:ld high spirits. One cannot help but Tom Cruise, is a film about an autistic savant be happy for Tess' well deserved business and and his not-too-understanding brother as they romantic success. A film for the business execu·- make their trip across the United States on thetr tive or the true romantic, ·working Girl," rated way to California. The story begins with Charlie Babbit, (Cruise), hearing the news· that his ~R." is currently showing at Q Cinema 6, Indian father has died and has left his $3 million 'Hills 4, and Southroads 4 th\aters. fo:ctune to an unknown heir. The heir tum~ out to be Raymond Babbit, (Hoffman), Charlie's 'brother he never knew he had. The story is moving, and enlightens the lR.m•:SM ! * **l~E~fJt~i audience about autistic behavior. Cruise and And the Oscar for the absolute grossest and pointless movie goes to,.... Hellhound: Hellraiser . Hoffman both play fantastic roles. They are two of America's best actors appearing in a great II." ' . Yes, folks, this movie is the most pointless movie. ·Rain Man" is playing at Cinema Center, and Westroads 8. It is rated "R."

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I thoug~t my dad was the greatest thing on earth until his hair started thinning out. Maybe that's why I don't like the skinheads. I obviously have some sort of fixation with hair. Actually when I hear the name, I don't think of neo-Nazis who broke Geraldo Rivera's nose. I picture Curly from the "Three Stooges." But there is a big differeoce between the two. Curly is just a fat guy who gets beat up a lot. A skinhead is one who beats up others when provoked. He's not fat. he's .bald. I read in the ·world-Herald" that there are two different groups of Skin Heads. The anti-racist, and the racist. The racists are prowhite, and anti-everything else. They're kind of a hairless Nazi youth, or klansman. · The anti-racist, like the racist, are white supremists, but they .tolerate other races. Both are patriotic. I'm not a civil rights activist, but when I read that the Omaha Police Department has taKen pictures ofinost of the skinheads and is keeping the pictures on file, I was disturbed. The police are even having them watched for potential violence. My constitutional conscience was screaming at me. This presents a situation that probably has Thomas Jefferson doing flips in his grave. I feel that the police department is enfringing' upon their rights .. True, skinheads in Los Angeles and in Missouri have been causing trouble and racial violence. And in Portland, .OR., a man was killed by two skinheads. But supposedly they've been here for several years and there hasn~ been are complaints before. In fact, they originated in fhe '60s. I beginning to believe they'll being having the Girl Scouts watched next. ' I really don't feel comfortable with these guys. In fact they down right scare me. But I'm scared of mice too. They've been around for years, but I'm not living in fear of them; I wonder if I shaved my head and happened to listen to punk music, would the pollee have me on file too? · People should just ride this out. or accept the fact that for some reason these people have strong beliefs. That can't be changed. Right now they're basking in the limelight, but who says it'll last? · Groups like the Ku Klux Klan are still around today and it's good because people should be able to see through their warped philosophies. Without the KKK and the neo-Nazi's people would tend to forget about things lik~ the Holocaoust during World War II. This,seems like a phase groups and gangs are going through. I think this could prove to be an embarrassing experience for the police department too. I think there are other groups who have more potential violence. We still have the Crips and the Bloods ' around, I 'd worry at>out them a little more.

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Clarkson Hospital More and more students are becoming provides a free concerned about their health not to Health and Wellness mention their appearance. Health and program for anybody fitness centers are the place to go. ' who wants to get in Following the new year's resolutions stushape and stay in dents are starting to look at fitness centers shape. "The Health and for help. Wellness program According to Monique Henry, manager of believes that prevention the Mademoiselle on 140 St., the main is just as important as reason most people come to these centers is cure," Peg Breen, to- feel good about themselves and to tone coordinator of the their body up," MGoing to a fitness center Clarkson Health and Wellness such as the Westroads Club is to most program, said. The Health people a social outing or a way to meet and Wellness program brings people." Jeanie Smith, employee, said. in physicians to Fitness centers have nautilus equipment. educate their free weights, tread mills and a jogging track. members on the MWe provide certified instructors to help our different ways to clients reach their goal, MHenry said. Mit is keep in shape and important to know the proper use of the stay healthy. equipment tbat you use because otherwise They suggest you run the risk of injury." Lisa Black, that people do a self physical therapist at Active Lifestyles, said. check on me:m~>e111es~ Active Lifestyles is located at The Old Mill before they go to Shopping Center on 109th and Court. those fitness cenAlpha Fitness Center really concentrates ters. ''Those on training their members. MWe want to types of promake sure our members are trained propgrams are very erly so they don't over do it," Tim Jenson, rigorous and the manager at the Alpha Fitness center on cost can be very 90th St. expensive, so you Mademoiselle and Alpha Fitnesss really need to give it Center both have diffeJent classes for those some thought before interested. MWe you obli~ . have an aer obics gate yourself class, a slimnasto a program like tics class, and an that," Breen aquasize class," said. Henry said. The average The average price of a memage of our cus- · bership at tomers is about Mademoiselle and 25, though you Alpha Fitn.ess could see one as Center are about young as 13 or as $400 i\ year. On old as 71," Henry the more expensaid. sive side are AcAt Active Lifetive Lifestyles and styles, besides The Westroads the normal fitClub. M A memberness training they ship at Active Lifealso believe in styles will cost teaching their about $600 a clients about nuyear," Black said. trition and a The Westroads proper diet for Club has an initial their lifestyle. fee of $700 and a MWe have regismonthly fee of tered dieticians $49. available. They Though these teach classes that fitness centers peprovide informariodically have• tion on nutrition specials, they tend and' even classes to be kind of expenthat help you sive for the average learn how to deal student. Mlf I with stress." wanted to belong "The Westroads Club is a private club · -to a fitness center it would be that has a complete fitness and recreational something I would have sports complex," Smith said. MOur motto is to pay for out of my that the Westroads Club is 'In a class by own pocket." itself.' We have a basketball court, a tennis Suzanne Dempsey, court, and a volleyball court which most fit(12,) said. Mlf you ness centers don't have.· Smith said. have the money At Trim and Tone they use a toning go for it, but if table to get customers in shape. ~e you don't customer lays on a moving table and resists simple exercise the movement of the table. There is-no ~ at home would sweat or stress involved," Don Hughes be enough," manager of Trim and Tone located on I 20th Lisa Andrews and said.


pen forum to answer concerns .on code to the presentation of the code of conduct for activities, the student body asked for an forum with the administrators who dr~w up the to address questions and concerns about the code. Forum w1ll hold the open fo{UIIl on Thursday, Feb. mods 1 and 2. •students need to be careful of walking in and •ttacKmg the policy because nobody is on trial. I think going to be really healthy for the whole school," .ltV-rrirtd said. Confusion, about the policy arose when it was said the code of conduct is not a new policy, but is now clartfled written version of the discipline code the ll<Jmil:lls1ration has followed in the past. ~lctJlon

The "Warrior Bulletin• is distributed to students at tpe beginrting of each school year and includes regulations about conduct that the students must follow. It does not include the regulations applied to the students in the new code of conduct for co-curricUlar activities. The bulletin references situations included in the code of conduct, but limits it to situations that occur on school grounds, or during an educational function or event off school grounds. In .the code of conduct, it clearly states that the proper behavior and conduct is expected of all students, at all times, whether off or on school grounds. · "Wheri it says it's not a new policy, I think what we said was we've put down in words really what we've done in the past," Jim Findley, principal, said. ·aecause of the change in the attitude ofth~ public, we felt

we've got to let the people know we do have a code. We need to let the people know it's there even though it's invisible at times.· Findley said students w1ll receive a copy of the code of conduct in his next newsletter. The code spells t5ut prohibitive ~onduct for students in co-curricular activities and what the disciplinary action taken may be. Findley said the discipline will vary depending on the charge and the student. "We try to do what's best for the student and the fam1ly. We try to do what's best for kids in this budding," Findley said. He emphasized that the administration w1ll have to be fair and consistent when dealing with the students and although there is confusion about what the discipline may be in different cases, Findley said it will be more fair to the students. Continued on pAle 4.

Jim. tfuff:. news &dftol' "" .· . · ~., · •· . .. ....·.·. /): Urisatlsfied\\?th : fP.e · M~tation I:)Is chtldren.were ~cetving : 'frOm the lothl sch.bol dtsir.ict, state Senator Denius Baack. hto:v.ed his family froiDDti: to ·nearbyJ{imball forth~ $Chool year... ,. · :· · BaackwasWming to move to a l~ger and more diverse school · · . _district, butbeintroduce4 Leglslauream 183 in the legislature , ·in an attempttagtve parents the option ofSendingtheit children · ,·to any public sehool district. regardless of where they live. A student -would only _b e permitted one district change in their .;.nfetlme, but would be allowed to go back to their home district. The bill was heard in the legislature Monday, Jan. 23. Ken Bird, director of special education for District 66, said that several groups, including the Nebraska Schools Educational Association which represents over 19,000 teachers, testified in . favOr of the bill•. He said that the bill was introduced only for discussion; and that modifications Will be made. The bill passed it's first test ma later meeting, Monday, Jan. 31, when ,: the education committee voted 6-0 to send it to the floor ofthe . Legislature where it will be debated. Jim Tangdall, superintendent of District 66. is concerned : that an open e:nroUment policy would be unfair to taxpayers. He ', said that school districts that have per pupil cost above and below the county averages would be hurt financially. However, an amendment was adopted regarding the financial compenaa.tlon for a ,distrtct that receives a studentfrom another district 0 The new amendm.en.,twouJd set up a state fund into which the . <Ustrict that the student is leaving would. pay its average per pupU cost, and the district receiving a student would be given money equal to its per-pupil cost; If there was a shortage in :the· fund, the difference would be made up by the state. ···~ Shart HofsChlre. District 66 school board member. said that , an open enrollment policy ,_could lead to} he recruitment of •• athletes by the high' schools. She said ' that it could cause • undue , pressure on, stud~nts deciding where they want to a.ttend/' But Sen. ROn Withem of Papillion oll'er.ed an amend-.. •ment that wO:uld outiaw reci-ulUng of stupents eiiher ~thlett: cally or aeadenlically. •.• ~ack al$0 .6ffered amendments that '/ wOUld tequli~ a student who is transferring to a09ther district . to stay therefor aye:#. and would require a transfer student to ,; befinellgible.(or ath~tics ~or 9() days. . )\. 'Ihe' earli~tthe bi.n coUld be.lritplemented would be for the miniature cars shown in the auto show class. Mark Ermellng, U2). studies t11e S. C. . · ·• 199()1. 1991 ~hool year. The bUl would require all distrlcts in Monday, Jan. 29, weren't just regular 94, one of the many cars displayed in the loge. d;be s~te to Participate in .the prdgram. · 'lhe Omaha Public They were aerodynamically designed . There were contests f.Qr most original, best de- SCboo(Dtsttict woid.d be able to.eontrol transfer-students both members of the Principles of Technology signed, most realistic, and best over,all car. : ~ and' riu~. due to tt'S':cotirt-prdered desegregati()n plan. . . ..

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Balancing love life, school, job~ takes time and effort adole.s cent psychiatrist, said. These relationships are often conside~d time consuming to teen-agers. ·Relationships are always time consuming, but I can't think of a better way to spend time. Learning from a friend is something to keep with you in life. That's an extremely important part of growing up." LUly Stoller, psychiatrist and director of the out-patient department at Emmanuel Hospital, said. The time that couples spend together

affects their relationships. •Ifyoudon'tspend time together, then you really don't have that close of a relationship. We've been going out for a year, and we still spend a lot of Urite together," Julie Novak. (12), said. Relationships are not the only thing affected by time spent together. , •Just dating is time consuming without a relat!onship. You take a girl out on a date, and.to get along you have to spend time " Mark Wolfe, (11). said.

Students who date ·someone out of school spend as much time, if not more time, keeping a relationship working. ·1ve been dating someone from MUlard North for about five months now. It~ somewhat time consuming. You have to study, but you al§o have to talk on the phone," J0hn Fudge, (10), said. Dating is considered an important part of high school. Along with dating comes the presSure to be dating. Continued on 8.


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ANCE STA.N CE Nebraska needs Baack's bill The attempt by State Senator Dennis Baack to provide more flexibility in Nebraska's educational system by allowing students to attend the public school district of their choice is a proposal that will prove beneficial to the state's educational system. The proposal is needed because it would provide a larger incentive for school districts to supply quality education to its students as well as make school districts more accountable to the public they serve. As the system is now. the only incentive to provide a quality education lies internally with the teachers' and administrators' pride in their programs. In some instances that is sufficient, but education in Nebraska could be improved with these greater incentives. Many practical problems that had to be solved before the plan could be implemented were solved in a legislative committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 30. The committee added an amendment that would solve the problems of the difference in per-pupil costs between school districts by setting up a state fund into which th~ school district the student is leaving pays its average per-pupil cost and from which the receiving district would be given an amount equal to its per-pupil cost. An amendment that outlaws both academic and athletic recruiting was also passed. With the addition of these amendments the proposal would improve Nebraska's educational system by making school districts more accountable to the public as well as providing a larger incentive for educational excellence.

Questions remain with 'Code' After several weeks of reflection upon the "Code of Conduct" policy, many questions have risen. Questions regarding how practical it is for the administration to enforce the policy. and their right to withdraw a student from a cocurrtclar activity when the student is merely charged of a crime still need to be answered. These questions have gone unanswered because the policy was a hasty reaction to the incident at Benson with two basketball players who were charged with possession ofan illegal substance. The policy could have been handled much better if the administration had examined the questions that remain unanswered. It is not too late to find those answers. The administration needs to listen to student concerns voiced at yesterday's SAB meeting and the upcoming open forum. Improvements can be made on the 'Code of Conduct' to better answer the map.y questions that remain.

Chotd: ·,·. · The Principles ofTechnology Auto Show held Monday, Jan. 30, in the loge provided an opportunity for industrial technology students to place their work on exhibit. Industrial technology is an excellent department that many Westside students are unfamiliar with and, therefore, any opportunity to display the work done by that department is beneficial. ·

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Parking has become a concern again to Westside facu1ty because of the numerous students parking in the teacher lot. The school has failed to strongly enforce or tow students parking in the lot arid that has been a major contributor to the problem. Stronger enforcement of the policy that prevents students from parking in the _lot wou1d hel to solve the r'oblem.

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Code called unconstitutional

move this policy before the abuses the student's rights. You don't know rights you have before you lose them. Let know, before we lose our rights for good! Jeff D. V09rhees

Dear Editor: The same folks that denied students the right of peacefu1 assembly and worship are now introducihg a new policy, Double Jeopardy! Yes, the Coach dislikes column same folks that brought you the destruction of _ First Amendment rights now brings you an Dear Editor: UNCONSTITUTIONAL ~code of Conduct" that is I am enclosing a copy of an editorial as illegal under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. appe~din the Jan. 17, ~omaha Constitution! Even our presumption of inno· As a father of one child who played for cence is eliminated! years in "¥'" programs and another who is in I remember well what our principal said, ~u a third year of"Y'" sports, I felt the need to coJnnt~l· student is convicted, OR EVEN CHARGED, it on your article. may apply. It pertains to SUMMER, it pertains to As a parent who has attended every nr<ar-H..-1 ANY SEASON when a student ISN'T IN AN AC- and game these children participated in and TIVI1Y. That's how we interpret il" (LANCE, Jan. has known many "¥'" coaches and has as1;;1s~~ 20) the words speak for themselves. It is obvi- these coaches, I feel a need to comment on ously over extending its boundaries. article. Let's use myself for an example. Let's pretend, Lastly, as a parent who is co-coaching a if yo'u will, that I go to a friend's house on the · through fourth grade boys' basketball team, weekend and, for a change, ther~·s booze there. have an obligation to comment on your I pass on the booze, but before I know it; the party As I read the article through the first is ~busted" and I'm taken down to Police Head- paragraphs, I remembered an example or two quarters, and charged with ~Minor In Posses- a demanding parent and an embarrassed sion. • The school receives notification and I am I also remembered many more examples of removed from my membership in Junior Classl- tlence and care and smiles from kids ~ho cal League. In losing my membership in just been congratulated for a "good try• or a Westside JCL, I lose my position as Vice-Presi- pass. • dent of Nebraska Junior Classical League. As I read the rest of your article however, This is wrong! First of all, being charged, but found an attitude I could not agree )Vlth. I not convicted, allows the administration to re- to wo