Volume 54 Issue 7 Omaha Westside High School 8701 Pacific St. Omaha, NE 68114 March 26, 2010
More severe consequences for Minor in Possession charges cause concern Kaylan Maloley Feature Editor
Prom: Elegant dresses, flashy limos, loud music, awkward dates and lasting memories. After Prom: Massive parties, beer pong, shots of vodka, power hour and a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge? It’s a proven fact that the months of April, May and June (Prom season), are the height of underage drinking. According to about.com, over one-third of alcohol-related incidents that killed youth under the age of 21 occurred during these three months. The time of year every high school student dreams of, in reality, could be a parent’s worst nightmare. With Westside’s Prom date nearing, anxious parents continue to express concern. Their response is to offer an alternative to drinking and partying. Pam Bloch is a chair for this year’s Post Prom, which will be held at Skate Daze. “Post Prom is put on so that kids have a safe place to go,” Bloch said. “We know you guys want to stay up, and it’s better than roaming around the streets. It makes all the parents feel better to know where you are at.” Post Prom gives students a chance to socialize after the dance in a more casual setting. It prevents drinking and provides a fun place to hang out until early morning. “This year’s theme is Warrior World,” Bloch said. “We are going to have an American Idol competition and a senior wall on a huge projection screen.” This year Post Prom will be different from previous years in hopes to increase attendance. It will include laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing and roller skating. Even with the option of Post Prom, some students will inevitably choose to drink. They portray underage drinking as an exciting thrill, but the consequences affect not only students’ safety, but their futures. Even with efforts to inhibit use of alcohol, the dangerous pastime continues. For some, it could lead to legal trouble. “When people are drunk they do stupid things,” senior Haley Sladek said. “They aren’t really aware of their surroundings. They don’t realize that just one call to the police by a neighbor or whoever can easily get them in serious trouble.” An MIP can result in lofty fines, community service and disqualification from certain sports and activities. Senior Emily Smith* experienced first-hand the reality of such penalties after police showed up at a frat party in Lincoln. “I had to take diversion in Lincoln, which consisted of 24 community service hours and one six-hour class,” Smith said. “I obviously had consequences at home. But the worst was that I had to pay $215 altogether for the program, which came out of my own money.” Smith is just one of the several students who choose to drink on the weekend. Unfortunately, her partying will now serve as a constant reminder that drinking has its cost. “People drink because it is what other high school kids are doing,” Smith said. “High school is when most are first introduced to alcohol because you are young and looking
for excitement.” This desire for adventure may seem like fun at first, but most fail to realize what exactly they are risking by drinking underage. Current consequences for receiving an MIP are miniscule in comparison to the new legislation being proposed. An MIP bill passed by senators Thursday, March 11 is awaiting Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval. It states that minors 18 and younger found in possession of alcohol risk the chance of losing their licenses for 30 days to a year. They will also be required to attend alcohol education classes. The sentencing is left up to each judge’s discrepancy. The new bill has already received severe criticism because of its harsh penalties. Sladek believes the new consequences are too strict as well as irrelevant. “I think it’s kind of dumb that you could get your license taken away just for the possession of alcohol,” Sladek said. “Just because you have alcohol doesn’t mean that you would make the decision to drink and drive.” Although students may be the ones directly affected by this law, parents like Bloch have an opinion as well. “I think the current MIP law is stringent enough,” Bloch said. “I know a lot of funding goes into enforcing the MIP laws, and I would prefer they stricken up the DUI (Driving Under the Influence) laws.” Parents and students may see flaws in the new MIP
Photo by bill, but some teachers voice strong Lizzie Davis opinions on the necessity of such a law. “I think it is a great idea,” Marketing instructor Jessica Fauss said. “I think that it will drive home the fact that underage drinking is wrong. And it takes away a privilege that kids think they deserve.” Drug and alcohol counselor Carla Beardmore-Harding shares a similar opinion. She sees the direct devastation people suffer from alcohol use. “Come to my office and let me tell you the stories of the 15 young WHS people whose names I have hanging on my wall,” Beardmore-Harding said. “They are all dead because of the use of alcohol or another drug. They were all just as alive with potential, reaching for dreams, as you are now. And they are all gone.” The stories Beardmore-Harding hears every day are a perfect example of why underage drinking should not be taken lightly, especially as Prom season nears. This year, Prom could mean extra trouble for those who decide to partake in anything involving drinking — even more of a reason for students to attend this year’s Post Prom. Prom: Snapshots with friends, classy tuxedos and extravagant hair. After prom: Roller skating, prizes, singing your heart out, rock climbing and sharing the last big night with our class of 2010. *Name changed for privacy
West Side Story
RACE IS ON
Three community members vie for School Board membership Julie Dworak News Editor
As 7 p.m. approaches on a Tuesday night in late February, about 30 people huddle into the Main Auditorium. This is not a rare occurrence, seeing how the auditorium is used regularly, but this night in particular marks an event not widely publicized. The Board of Education is made up of a president, a vice-president, secretary, treasurer and two directors. The school board has six duties: the establishment of mission, goals, and policy; community leadership in issues of education, selection of the superintendent, assuring fiscal responsibility, evaluation of the educational program and the school board meeting procedures. The school board is the official governing body of the Westside Community School District. Each of the members are elected to six-year terms. Their time commitment is strictly on a volunteer basis. The first candidate to speak was incumbent Scott Hazelrigg. Hazelrigg had two nomination speakers. “I am confident Scott will fight for the great excellence known in this district,” his first nomination School Board member Scott Hazelrigg was the first to speak on behalf of the Board of EducaPhoto by speaker said. Ian Holmes tion. Multiple speakers followed as the search continued to find those most fitted for a spot on the Hazelrigg’s second nomination speaker was Ed school board. May, currently one of the directors on the school board. Slosburg claims she has a unique ability and her The last candidate was Martha Slosburg who had two “As members we don’t always agree on everything, “involvement in the district runs the gambit.” Both of her nominating speakers. The first was Diane Landen. but that is healthy. Scott clearly understands this nomination speakers as well claimed that her business “It’s important to me that we have committed and balance,” May said. background will help her succeed in such a position. In effective school board members and you will find that in The second candidate was Doug McElwain. McElwain addition, Martha and her husband David Slosburg were Martha Slosburg,” Landen said. only had one nomination speaker, Carol Casey. Casey has awarded the Lighthouse Leader Award in 2008 for the Although Slosburg is a mother to five children in the been a part of District 66 for 40 years. commitment to the Westside Community Schools. district, Landen is confident she will be able to separate “I now have grandchildren enjoying the fruits of your “Martha’s professional background, her board her role as parent from her role as a school board labor,” Casey said. experience, her sound understanding of community issues member. Casey emphasized the stress on helping the disabled and her years as a parent and school volunteer combine Her second nomination speaker was Harris Frankel. students in the district. Her youngest child has a hearing to make her an ideal choice for the district School Board,” Frankel spoke highly of Slosburg. impairment. Casey stressed McElwain’s role in helping Landen said. “[Slosburg] understands people will respond to values those with disabilities. McElwain’s own hearing handicap The election for the two open spots on the school board that help the common student to be able to do uncommon does not stop him from succeeding as an “advocate for the will be held later this year in May. things,” Frankel said. children.”
Students pose together in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The French students and instructors traveled around France over intersession, spending three days of their trip with host families in Besançon.
The deadline for applications to District 66 schools under open enrollment was March 15. An initiative of the Learning Community, open enrollment is the new enrollment program for the 2010-2011 school year for schools in Douglas and Sarpy counties. The goal of changing from the previously used option enrollment is to increase the socioeconomic diversity in each school. This year, Westside received about 475 applications for grades kindergarten through 12. “Typically we receive between 450-600 option applications a year, so this year was very typical,” said Andy Rikli, Director of Administrative Services. About 150 of the 475 applications are from families qualified for free or reduced lunch. About 200 of the applications received will be accepted.
Health Care Bill
“Yes we can!” House Democrats shouted as the 216th, and decisive, vote was cast in favor of the Health Care Bill Sunday, March 22. The final record was 219-212, with no Republican support. Nebraska Representatives Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith all cast dissenting votes, along with 34 Democrats. The bill will provide insurance for roughly 32 million uninsured Americans. Over the next 10 years $1 trillion in taxpayer money will be spent. The bill was signed Monday, Feb. 22.
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During intersession around a dozen French students traveled to France. During their trip they visited various cities, including Paris and Besançon. The students spent three days in Besançon with their host families. They were able to experience the typical day of a French student by going to the school and taking the regular classes with their host students.
They traveled to Strasbourg, by the German border, to visit famous cathedrals. From Strasbourg, they took a train to Paris. In Paris, they visited famous landmarks, including Le Louvre, the Eiffel tower, and the Musée d’Orsay. The French students were immersed in the French language, and gained valuable experience in the culture of the French people.
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MIP BILL New law proposal could create harsher penalties for underage drinkers Emma May Staff Writer
It’s no secret high school students frequently break the law and consume alcohol. From spring break trips to school-sponsored competitions, Westside groups have proven to be among the approximately 12.5 million underage drinkers in the United States. Sen. John Harms is standing up against this growing trend. LB 258 was introduced by Harms Jan. 14. The bill was created to “change and provide penalties for minors in possession of alcoholic liquor.” If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman, the first offense for a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge will be a class three misdemeanor. This means the minor will have a fine of up to $500 or a short stay in jail. An alcohol education class will also be required, and the minor’s license will be impounded for up to 60 days.
“The second offense you would have is a class three misdemeanor. Your license will be impounded for 90 days and you will have 20 to 40 hours of community service,” Harms said. “You will also have to take an alcohol education class. [For] the third offense, you’ll have a class three misdemeanor, your license would be impounded for four months and you’d have a minimum of 60 hours of community service. And this is where you’ll have to take a complete alcohol dependency assessment, as well. So it’s pretty earth-shaking for teenagers if you get caught.” Dean Tom Kerkmen has witnessed some of the effects of receiving a Minor in Possession (MIP) charge and supports the bill. “I think it’s more or less not trying to make it as severe as possible. It’s probably trying to make it more even in terms of adults and an even sentence across the board,” Kerkmen said. The administration refused to disclose the number of
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Westside students who have received MIPs; however, this bill will affect several students. “[Other community members] are very supportive,” Harms said. “After all, they realize it’s a major issue for teenagers.” This legislation is called “use and lose,” meaning if youth under age 18 use alcohol, they lose their licenses for a period of time. “This is all over the nation; I think there are 32 states that have this,” Harms said. “What they found is that it declines the alcohol-related traffic deaths by teens by 5%. That’s about 132 teenagers saved each year in those 32 states.” Minors who are with other minors in possession will have the same consequences, regardless of their participation or consumption. “It’s going to have a major impact,” Harms said. “If you like to drive, I would suggest you don’t drink.”
Focusing on finance Hannah Gill Copy Editor
Focus School students learn about financing at a young age. The in-school bank will provide them with hands-on real world applications of their math and banking skills. Page Design Grace Lyden
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Visors, pencils, pens, pizza parties and fiscal responsibility – it’s all part of the new First National Focus Bank at the Underwood Hills Focus School. “We’re really excited to teach the students financial education,” Branch Manager Karnetta Thomas said. Thomas was contacted by school administrators after the idea to have an in-school bank was brought up by a parent and employee. The counter and safe managed by tellers opened Wednesday, Feb. 24. “We want to make sure the kids know more about banking and we are learning about math,” teller sixth grader Elizabeth Slifkin said. Slifkin is one of the six to eight student tellers. They were interviewed and trained by First National Bank for the positions. Each was dressed in
khaki pants and a new green emblemed polo on opening day, and each was visibly excited. “I thought it was a good opportunity to learn about leadership, communication and technology,” sixth grade teller Kalle Haines said. According to Haines, leadership through communication and technology is the main goal of the focus school. The bank is located in the Board Room, where speakers such as Lee Terry have visited. Now each Wednesday students will come with anywhere from $1 to 100 to deposit in a savings only account. They will not be able to withdraw the money until graduation, as the accounts are savings only. Instead, students are rewarded with prizes ranging from caps to key chains for their deposits. The classroom with the most deposits each month wins a pizza party prize, encouraging them to save. “Our job is to be the bank, and show them how to be tellers, and teach banking,” Thomas said.
March 26, 2010
4 News I-Spy with my little eyes
How much does Tech Support See? Sam Juster In-Depth-Editor
A nameless, faceless someone observes and records your every move through a tiny hole on a piece of machinery you use constantly. There are no limits on what this information can be used for and no limits on the watcher. Does this scenario sound a little too “Big Brother” for your liking? Does it even sound possible? According to The Daily Telegraph, a suburban high school just outside of Philadelphia involved in a one-to-one laptop program, like Westside, observed students through their computers. Using students’ webcams, administrators snapped pictures of unsuspecting students at home and punished them for whatever inappropriate behavior was observed. This spying, without knowledge or permission of students or parents, has led to a class-action lawsuit. The one-to-one program that Lower Merion School District used is very similar to the one that Westside uses in regards to technology. Which begs the question, is our administration spying on us as well? “Westside doesn’t have the ability to observe students through their cameras,” Director of Technology Paul Lindgren said. “In fact, we run a function on [the computer] that disables everyone’s cameras, not just students’.” According to Lindgren, the function tricks the computers into thinking the cameras are already in use. If the green light next to the camera goes on, it is just part of that function; it does not mean tech support is snooping. However, Tech Support has other ways of observing students. “We spot-check what students are doing on their desktops in real time,” Lindgren said. “On remote desktop, we could theoretically move something on a student’s computer.”
In addition, Tech Support has an archive of all Web sites students have visited in iPrism. There is no schedule for deleting these at present. Emails hang in limbo after they are deleted, but are eventually deleted from the school’s archive. They are not archived, but like anything else on a computer, they are never really gone. With enough technology, even old emails can be dug up from their graves. Tech Support is normally answering the request of a dean or other administrator when they look into a student’s emails. But there is no system in place to prevent tech support from doing random searches on students’ emails. Students have mixed responses to surveillance by Tech Support. Some are wary of tech support surveillance, especially without specific justifications.
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Photo by “I think that it’s important that they Hannah Rector have reason to look,” junior Abbey Stewart said. “I don’t think they should just be able to do it randomly. Because that is technically spying.” Other students shrug it off. “What are you looking up on you computer that you would need to be paranoid about?” senior Marcus Richardson said. Whatever students’ opinions of surveillance may be, it is indisputable that Westside conducts much less than at other high schools. However, students should be aware that anything thing they type on their computers can easily be brought to the attention of the administration. Westside is not a completely monitored school, but there is surveillance in place.
Westside’s involvement make students think twice about Green Movement Victoria Anderson Staff Writer
Westside has done more than ever within the past five years when it comes to recycling. English instructor Denise Wegener leads the Living Green Club, and they take initiative in leading students to the green bins. Mrs. Wegener summarizes her start at Westside and its place in the ‘green’ process. “I had a large recycling bin in my room for plastic bottles that I would haul away on Friday nights,” Wegener said. “Now that the culture of Westside has accommodated to recycling and environmentalism, I no longer have to spend my Friday nights making trips to the recycling center.” The Living Green Club aims for ways to fix issues identified with our current recycling program. Wegener lists ways students can make the difference in everyday life. Paper and plastic are the main things she finds as an easy fix. Today we have recycling bins in every classroom. Larger recycling bins wander all over the courtyard during lunch mods. “I am amazed when I look in garbage cans and see the number of plastic bottles and paper that people put in the garbage and not the recycling bins,” Wegener said. Sophmore Kirsten Smith feels recycling overall is very important and can be easy. “Most people get lazy and just throw their water bottle or plastic bag in the trash,” Smith said. “Westside should try to emphasize recycling more by labeling the recycling bins more clearly, and reminding students to recycle.” Science instructor Mike Fryda agrees with Smith. Fryda recycles at his house but sees glass as an obstacle. “It isn’t accepted at the curb and you really have to drive out of your way to dispose of it properly,” Fryda said. Fryda reasons a good way to motivate students to shoot for the green bins. “Maybe a ‘Caught Recycling’ campaign so people are rewarded
for going out of their way to recycle”. Westside can do its part, homes can do theirs, but there’s one more step in order to get a satisfying result. Keep Nebraska Beautiful’s Jane Polson believes recycling cannot happen unless the recycled products are purchased. A lot of companies will use parts of recycled materials and parts not recycled such as pop cans. Polson explains the recycling process for each material and the recycling difficulties. The process for recycling is different yet similar for each of the recyclable materials. They all have their own manufacturer after each recyclable is put to the curb. Glass is a common recyclable household material. The manufacturer sorts it according to its color and chemical. The glass is crushed in a machine called a cullet. It gets melted at 2,7000F and is mixed with virgin glass. By recycling glass, we are saving energy and using fewer natural resources. When recycling paper, it is organized by white paper, newspaper, mixed paper and cardboard. Once the paper is mixed with water, it’s rolled out and pressed, pushing all the water out. Fibers and woods are added in order to make it office material. Plastic is chopped into small pieces and then cleaned inside a large tub of water. The plastic is dried and melted into small pellets. The pellets are used in artificial fleece and items for carpeting such as floor mats or floor tiles. Aluminum has differences. After it’s chopped into tiny pieces, it’s melted and mixed with virgin aluminum. Unlike most recyclables, it is poured and molded into 25-foot long ingots, weighing over 30,000 pounds. The big block is placed under a rolling mill, flattening the aluminum from 20 inches to one-hundredth of an inch. After it is coiled, makers shape it and send it off to beverage companies. Wegener feels this generation can make the recycling process trouble-free if students can encourage each other to recycle in the first place. “Talking about recycling is one thing, but actually doing it is another,” Wegener said.
March 26, 2010
Students at Career Center enroll in Horticulture, Criminal Justice Cara Wilwerding Editor-in-chief
In the Conference Community Center (CCC), a building formerly occupied by quilt shows, a technology wing and offices for nutrition services, Career Center students learn to plant Geraniums, Cacti and Perennials. A class full of seniors dives into Horticulture — a study of plant cultivation — with dirt-covered hands. Offering both a fall and spring semester, Horticulture is working through its first year. Introduction to Corrections, a second course in the criminal justice sequence, is also a new class. “The hardest part of [Horticulture] class would be the information — learning about all the different flowers and vegetables,” senior Nicole Neff said. “This one you get more in-depth with the material and you get your hands dirty. These skills will help me know where I’m going.” Neff plans to attend Metropolitan Community College after graduation and continue studying Horticulture. She wishes to eventually study Interior Landscaping. Along with planting inside, students will build a greenhouse on the Northwest corner of the Career Center when the weather warms up. They will also plant a small garden near the front doors at the main campus. “[Westside administration] put in the irrigation for us to plant it,” instructor Donna Rankin said. “I’m teaching them [students] digital landscaping on the computer. Then we’re going to take that plan and plant it.” In addition to these gardens, students will be offered jobs at local gardening and landscaping business across the Metro, such as Earl May. “They will all start work here on the first of April,” Rankin said. “They also get dual enrollment with Metro Community College.” Although this class gives students opportunities not offered at the main campus, it also has its disadvantages. Senior Keith Hughes notices restrictions at the Career Center that he believes are excessive. “You get a lot less freedom here. I get searched for going to the bathroom at the same time as someone else,”
Instructor Donna Rankin helps senior Trevor Folley plant seeds. The class planted a variety of flowers ranging from Geraniums to Perennials. Hughes said. “You can’t leave during your lunch break unless you have a pass. Class is like four times as long; it’s four hours a week — two days.” Claiming the most difficult part of class is a 300-word essay, senior Trevor Folley believes it’s much easier to graduate from the Career Center. “You earn credits twice as fast as at the main campus,” Folley said. “If you start as a freshman, you can graduate
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by your junior year. Senior Cody Lasovich realized this just in time to graduate with his class. He is taking Horticulture solely for the credits and plans to get out of the Career Center as soon as possible. With all of the advantages offered here, Lasovich also believes his freedom is greatly limited. “Just a side note for anybody reading this: don’t come here,” Lasovich said. “It’s like jail here.”
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March 26, 2010
Harsher penalties needed to decrease underage drinking
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There’s no denying it. We’re in the midst of a social epidemic as each year a sobering number of teenagers break the law and consume alcohol. From post-Prom parties to average weekend get-togethers, there’s little fear in the minds of underage drinkers as they indulge in illegal behavior. Youth rarely think twice about drinking a glass of beer, let alone staying at a party where alcohol is present, and more and more parents seem to turn their heads. However, this increasingly socially acceptable activity is receiving important recognition as Nebraska legislators debate a new bill. The intention behind LB 258 is to make teens think twice before possessing or consuming alcohol. Instead of the penalty of community service and a fine, judges could decide the consequences of teenagers caseby-case with the option of suspending the driver’s licenses of those 18 and under who are charged with a Minor in Possession (MIP). Licenses could be taken away for one month to a year depending on the number of MIP charges each teen has. For teens without licenses, MIPs could delay the process of getting them. Underage drinking is a widespread problem — one the Institute for Alcohol Awareness (IAA) reports costs $2,430 per year for each youth in Nebraska. Nebraska ranks 10th in the nation for the cost per youth. Approximately 83,000 youth in the state drink each year — about 46 times the number of students at Westside High School. According to self-reports of youth in Nebraska in 2005, 24% had their first drink of alcohol, other than a few sips, before age 13. In the past 30 days, 43% had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more occasion and 30% had engaged in binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks in a row). This is a problem that needs to be addressed. Let’s face it, there’s no quick fix to the problem of underage drinking. Song lyrics continue to preach the desirability of getting drunk, and hit movies make light of teens’ struggles to access liquor as well as their hangovers. LB 258 is not an instant solution. However, we believe it will have an impact. Getting a driver’s license is one of the most anticipated moments in a teenager’s life. No
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one wants to give up the privilege of driving, not even for a day. With license suspension as a penalty for an MIP, teens will feel less inclined to engage in underage drinking. Hopefully more youth will realize the potential consequences of alcohol consumption and the severity of those consequences. Even if it’s simply the fear factor at work, this penalty may instill enough fear to save several lives. Perhaps this will also open the eyes of adults who ignore underage drinking, thinking it’s normal teenage behavior. It is illegal for a minor to possess alcohol. And while the suspension of a teen’s license could be a huge burden on the family — which could make the penalty seem somewhat lofty — that should have been considered before the law was breached. After all, this law would only apply to those 18 and under, so these minors should be living under a parent or guardian. They, too, share some responsibility. It only seems fair for judges to determine the sentences for each MIP. Presently, whether you’re the host of a party with alcohol, a binge drinker at the party, a teen who’s had one drink
Graphic by or you just showed up and Julius Fredrick didn’t even know alcohol was being served, you receive an MIP. There’s no guarantee with LB 258 that judges will differentiate the sentencing in this matter, but they should. Varying consequences would be a step in the right direction. A large number of teens have the mindset of “it won’t happen to me” or, what’s worse, they think an MIP is a badge of honor. They fail to realize the severity of underage drinking. Teens have grown indifferent to the consequences of community service hours and heavy fines. It’s time for harsher penalties. How better to deter underage drinking than taking away an object teens heavily value: the license. With judges deciding sentences individually, there will be a fair crackdown on underage drinking. We need to stand up against minors possessing and consuming alcohol. Laws are enacted with purpose, but right now they are knowingly broken. As a result, stupid actions are made and lives are taken. If we don’t find a remedy to this illegal behavior, we are all guilty.
A+ C D+
We finally saw sunlight and felt the warmth of the giant fireball in the blue sky since the snow first began to fall. T-shirts, shorts, leggings and sandals were dug out from the back of the closets Thursday, March 18, and outdoor activities were planned. Mother nature gave us something to look forward to, but we can only hope days like this will become routine by April. The English IMC supervisors have been noticeably sassy and short-tempered lately. Kicking kids out for saying hi to friends at a different table and shushing students that are talking slightly above a whisper are just two examples witnessed by some. They tell those who are working to be quiet when blaring headphones can’t even drown out the sound of their adult conversations. Students can be loud, but the adults in the IMC can be even louder. To the teachers that don’t believe senioritis exists, watch out. Although there’s a little over a month of school left for seniors, they’ve already checked out mentally. This, however, is not a D+ to teachers, but to the seniors who have thrown in the towel. Do your teachers a favor as a going away present, and do your homework. Don’t leave on a bad note.
March 26, 2010
Opinion 7 Grammar
“ Grammar is
How would you describe your sense of style?
important. Misusing one word can completely change the meaning of your sentence.
“I did good on that test,” the student said. “It was hard. I did bad,” his friend said. This conversation is similar to those students hear when walking out of a large group after taking an assessment. Although this may seem normal, there are gross errors in these sentences that few students will catch. The English language is deteriorating. Text messaging, email lingo and abbreviations are replacing traditional words. Students will find it’s easier to leave out the commas and apostrophes while texting. Some words have been misused long enough that people don’t even recognize an incorrect usage when it occurs. Let’s begin with the simple errors. Take two, too, and to. Most people will be able to identify that two is used when talking about the number: There are two students. The common misuse is between the words too and to. Too is used when you are trying to say also, as well, or more than enough. For example: He bought a blue shirt, too. This is saying he bought a blue shirt in addition to the red one he bought. Putting “to” instead forms an incomplete sentence There is a big difference between “I want to go, too” and “I want to go to.” With example one you are saying that you also want to go to the store. The second sentence is not a complete thought. It makes the reader question where you want to go. You want to go to the store? The party? Where do you want to go? Apostrophes are punctuation marks that people commonly misuse. I will note that the placement of an apostrophe can be a little tricky, but that is still no excuse for students to ignore them. The Apostrophe is commonly used to announce possession: “The student’s cat” This states the one student owns a cat. If the apostrophe is misplaced, it can grossly affect the meaning. For example, “The students’ cat” turns the one person owning a cat into many people owning this one cat. Where you put the apostrophe makes a big difference to this little cat. Then there is the irksome misuse of good and well. When students are asked how they did on a test, they usually reply with the phrase “I did good.” Its actual meaning would imply that these students have done something to improve the society through this test. They should instead use well, which is actually what they are trying to tell their friends. If asked “how are you?”, and you reply “I’m good” you are telling that person that you are a moral person who has accomplished many outstanding acts. I don’t think your friend was wondering if you were a moral person or not, so you would probably want to reply “I’m well” to tell your friends you are fine today. If in doubt as to whether you should use well or good, think if you have done something outstanding today that would make you especially “good”, or whether you are just trying to say that you are feeling nice. If you are asked how you did on a test, think about whether or not, with your test, you single-handedly cured hunger, or if you really just think you aced the test. If you aced it, tell your friends by saying, “I did well.” Grammar is important. Using one wrong word can completely change the meaning of your sentence. The English language has already taken a blow from cell-phones and computers. Don’t make it worse by choosing to ignore grammar in your everyday speech. Make sure you understand what you are saying and write what you mean.
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It’s relaxed, and just not anything too over the top.
My sense of style is hockey padding with water wings.
Freshman Carley Cubrich
Sophomore Ashton Cornett
I have four C’s: creative, classic, colorful and comfortable.
Junior Ethan Koucourek
I switch it up. I just have a tomboy style, and I’m a big chuck person.
Senior Olivia Loh
Emotional, physical, sexual abuse equally painful ANONYMOUS
Punctuating not pre-historic
However, when it comes to the subject of swear words and put-downs, criminal acts are not cut and dry.
“I’m a victim of child abuse. Since the seventh grade, I have been a victim of child abuse.” Upon hearing these words, the logical response of any level headed adult includes alerting a law enforcement figure, scanning my body for bruises and asking about the last time my drunken father hit me. Just a few problems with this picture; I don’t have any physical scars. The stereotypical “Dad had too many shots” scenario does not apply, and the last time the police were involved I was told the abuse I experience is not punishable by law. Apparently, destroying a child’s selfworth is in the gray area. My situation is not as unique as some may think. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 7% of America’s youth fall victim to emotional abuse. Compare this to the 60% experiencing neglect, the 20% dealing with physical abuse and the 10% who are victim of sexual abuse, and I suppose it makes sense why this small fraction is forgotten. However, this 7% may experience similar physiological effects as the others, including aggression, eating disorders, substance abuse and inability to control emotions. So why is this 7% being ignored? Before deciding why this fraction of youth is not receiving their justifiable attention, it is important to understand what issues these children face on a day-to-day basis. The American Medical Association defines emotional abuse as, “when a child is regularly threatened, yelled at, humiliated, ignored, blamed or otherwise emotionally mistreated.” All of these situations are traumatizing to children of any age, but it seems little can be done in the realm of law. Personally, I have talked to family, friends, neighbors, a counselor and my youth group leader. One would think going through dependable confidants such as these would drastically improve the household in which a child lives, but the problem lies further within. Nebraska state law requires, “any person who suspects that a child has been physically or sexually abused or neglected to report it promptly to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.” Although neglect includes more than physical problems, most people do not notice the emotional problems that may be associated. Across the board, Nebraska law has trouble addressing the aspect of emotional abuse because it is not as blatant as other forms of abuse and neglect. Sue Michalski, registered nurse at the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, knows that although verbal abuse may
be unrecognized in some cases, it is detrimental to the victim in nearly every instance. “If someone is emotionally abused to the point that they feel that they have been so put down, have no power, to the point that they want to be self harmful, that’s just as bad in my book as any form of abuse,” Michalski said. “Children are the truest victims of all because they can’t make a choice. They get caught in the middle. They can’t fight back or leave the relationship.” So how does one decide when an emotional attack becomes abuse? Everyone gets upset once in a while. Everyone loses his or her temper. Everyone yells. How do you decide when it has gone too far? And when it has gotten to that point, is there any form of punishment that can be put upon a verbal abuser? It is definitely illegal to hit a child. Forcing a minor to perform sexual favors against her will is a no-brainer as well. However, when it comes to the subject of swear words and put-downs, criminal acts are not cut and dry. “There is a very strong correlation between domestic violence in the home and child abuse — about 60%,” Michalski said. “In every way possible, it affects their behavior, well being, sense of safety, ability to think, emotional level in terms of anxiety and depression. If someone is making you not feel good about yourself, making you feel responsible for them, you should run — not walk away from them.” This is exactly what I intend to do. In less than six months, I will have graduated from high school and will be living in a college dorm. I will be out of the house and away from my ‘mother’, whom I plan to steer clear of for the rest of my life. Maybe this sounds harsh, but I have tried too hard to please this woman, who will never be happy with what I do, who I am, or what my thoughts and beliefs may be. I am no longer concerned with the emotional abuse I have dealt with or that I may have to struggle with for the next few months, but what about my younger siblings who will continue to be verbally assaulted for years to come? What about the 10 million children who seem to have no voice, who are constantly cursed at, belittled, and called names by a parental figure most kids love and respect? Adults need to realize that child abuse is defined not only by bruises, fat lips and black eyes. Every form of abuse is harmful — whether the damage is done with fists, inappropriate behavior, or words. I think people do believe this statement, but when it comes down to it, everyone is afraid. Afraid to help, afraid to find themselves in the same situation or afraid to make a change in a child’s life unless it’s convenient. All I can say is this — mistreated children can’t wait around for that convenience. Any student found in a circumstance such as this, should look into these help hotlines and resources: 1. Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000. 2. Heartland Family Service Domestic Abuse Program: 1-800523-3666. 3. Nebraska Health and Human Services (Child Abuse Hotline): 1-800-652-1999. 4. Child Abuse Childhelp USA: 1-800-422-4453.
March 26, 2010
RAINBOWS, PEACE GRACELYDEN
New trends cause old culture to lose original meaning, symbolism
norm, which, at the time, was the acceptance of nuclear weaponry. Today, teens wear theirs to conform to a social standard. Instead of standing out, peace signs are for fitting in. Unfortunately, the symbol’s trend has not increased the popularity of its meaning. The United States has hundreds of thousands of troops employed overseas, and I’ve heard more than a couple high school students say things like, “Oh, I don’t care about politics… Following the news isn’t my thing,” all the while wearing peace sign earrings and a tie-dye shirt. Things have certainly changed since the ‘60s and ‘70s. I wouldn’t dare to preach about wearing name-brand clothing or enjoying trends, as I write this in Ugg boots and a Northface jacket. However, my frustration does not lie in following trends — after all, it’s fun to be fashionable! Instead, I find the evolution — or deevolution — of tie-dye and especially the peace sign into a meaningless piece of artwork to be bizarre. Not caring about the horrors of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East while wearing a peace sign is like wearing a smiley face necklace and never smiling, or wearing an athletic jersey without ever having played or watched the sport. I don’t know whether the peace sign should even be called a peace sign anymore; it’s no sign of peace. There’s no need to bring an end to the ‘60s and ‘70s revival trend; it’s better to sport the peace sign than the swastika, even if it has lost its meaning. But it’s not so hard to make tie-dye clothing at home or read the news once in a while and sign an online petition
The once-symbol of nonconformity has evolved into a trend.
She struts down the hallway in boots and skinny jeans, imitating celebrity styles from magazines. In the car she listens to popular radio stations, and when she hears a song eight times in one day, she figures it must be good and immediately makes the iTunes purchase. Upon returning home, the TV turns on, and she does her homework while watching a top-rated show, thus learning new slang from its characters. Despite anything our guidance counselors may do to encourage embracing individuality, the average teenager values trends. How else would clothing companies develop name-brand status? What I cannot understand, however, is the recent appearance of tie-dye and peace signs in female apparel that sells for hundreds of dollars or more. Tie-dye arose in popular culture during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s as a result of the “do your own thing” culture thriving in youth. The concept of each tie-dye shirt being different, like a snowflake, is the epitome of a ‘70s emphasis on the importance of personality. There is a profound irony, therefore, in the current presence of tie-dye in stores that range in quality from Old Navy to Delia’s to Juicy Couture. Shirts, jackets and even tie-dyed jeans of almost every price can be purchased in order to conform to a ‘70s-revival trend. While teenagers used to color their parents’ driveways with a rainbow of dyes as they created individual wardrobes, the current teen can merely stop at a nearby department store to pick up a factory-produced tie-dye shirt identical to the next-door neighbor’s. The oncesymbol of nonconformity has evolved into a trend. And the peace sign is no different. Developed by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the symbol emerged in the ‘60s in protest of nuclear weapons. Many tie-dyers learned how to make the signs with their dyes, and it also appeared on hippie necklaces. But hippies wore their peace signs in defiance of the
Graphic by in support of ending conflict. There’s Julius Fredrick no need for teenagers to let apparel trends dictate political apathy; we should still acknowledge our individuality and the need to pursue peace. The young people of the ‘60s and ‘70s knew their actions could make a difference, and when our generation acquires that confidence, homemade tie-dye and peacesign pride will be restored.
Young employees juggle school, work
Judgments, time management
“ Students sacrifice their small amount of free time on weekends to work.
My mind wandered off as the teacher went on and on for nearly the entire mod. I hear the same speech every week in this elective I’ll keep classified. The teacher claims it’s only 15 minutes of homework assigned, but that’s the amount of time it takes her to do it. Of course, someone who has been studying the subject her whole life won’t take long to do the homework she assigns. When I don’t understand the homework, those 15 minutes turn into a full hour. Sometimes I think teachers have the insane idea that their class is the only class I’m taking. It can be hard to keep up on the amount of homework assigned every night, especially
when I have two jobs and college to worry about. Then I have teachers assume the worst of me when I don’t get my homework done — that I’m a bad, irresponsible kid. Everyone needs money, and a job is the only way to earn a consistent amount. It’s unfortunate that a job in high school can interfere and affect one’s learning. “I do see students struggle,” guidance counselor Vicki Londer said. “Some of my students have to work to help support their families at home. They stay up late doing homework and spend their weekends doing homework and working.” Students sacrifice their small amount of free time on the weekends to work. Most of them aren’t lazy or irresponsible when you take time to think about it. We show up and go to work even when we don’t want to. High school students are responsible for things that matter, like holding a job or going to college. However, if you’re one to be stressed about school all of the time because of a job, ask your manager for a few days off during the week. I eventually had to do that to get my grades together, and now it’s no problem — although I do miss having the weekends off. So teachers, try to understand that students are new to the working world, and they haven’t gotten used to it yet. Just try to understand why they didn’t do their homework instead of making assumptions. You’d be surprised to learn how hard many students work outside of school; I take pride at how well I work at my jobs and manage to keep school together.
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WEST SIDE STORY former and current teachers. “I had some teachers in mind and I emailed them. I expected to have the door shut in my face but every single one of If you’re not a triple threat – able to them said ‘absolutely,’” Fischer said. act, dance and sing – just forget it. In English instructor Alan Bone is one of December when students auditioned for the adult actors. West Side Story, theater director Terry “Initially, I said no because I had Fischer made it clear the musical required a schedule conflict,” Bone said. “I talented students who could do the “big mentioned it to my family and they said I three.” need to fix my schedule conflict so I came “The kids at Westside are just so back and said I’d do it.” talented, and we are inevitably going to Fischer compromised by casting larger have talented people who don’t get cast,” gangs so she wouldn’t rob students of any Fischer said. opportunities by casting teachers. Bone, Every other year, music director Kyle former social studies instructor Tom Avery and Fischer make a list of their top Carman, former French instructor Cris choice musicals to perform, Fishback and social bring their lists together and studies instructor determine one they both agree Lonnie Moore are all will be successful. They look at in the spring musical. the requirements for that play While rehearsals It’s a very dance heavy and make certain they have are many and students to fit the needs of the wearisome, the show and the music is script. monotony disappears as challenging as any “We try to find a show that as the cast’s teachers complements the performers resist the urge to musical that we’ve ever we have at the time,” Fischer laugh. directed here. said. “We try not to crack After working hours with each other up. I’m Theater Director a professional choreographer supposed to be giving Terry Fischer a lot of dirty looks and from Dallas, Fischer thought the cast was well prepared for it’s kind of hard to the show’s debut in March 25. hold this aggravated, “It’s a very dance heavy mean look the whole show and the music is as time,” Bone said. challenging as any musical “Occasionally, one of that we’ve ever directed here,” us will crack a smile. Fischer said. “[Nevertheless] I feel really We’re going to have to make sure we don’t confident with the cast.” do that when the show actually opens.” Senior Caleb Rice, cast as lead role, Through the lighthearted laughs and Tony, admits the directors chose a difficult the serious rehearsals, the teachers have show. proven their dedication to the musical “The hardest thing for me has been and their ability to work well with the the music,” Rice said. “Tony’s songs are students. not particularly in my range so that is Just as the adults have the opportunity something that I have had to adjust to.” to see students in a new capacity outside Junior Caroline Iliff was cast as the the classroom, students enjoy the presence principle female character, Maria. of their teachers. “The hardest thing for me was getting “It’s great having teachers in the show. the Puerto Rican accent,” Iliff said. They’re all really funny,” Iliff said. “It’s a However, the music, choreography and lot of fun because we know them [to be] linguistics aren’t the most difficult aspects a certain way, and to see how they are in of the musical. a different environment and setting is “The biggest struggle is the element of interesting.” time,” Fischer said. “Most of the students As the final week of rehearsal winds in our cast spread themselves very thin down, actors hope for the best for the four because most of them are in a handful performances running March 25-28. of activities and are taking challenging “I hope the audience will have a course loads.” positive response to our performances,” In this musical, there are four adult Iliff said. “I hope they can see all the hard characters, all of whom will be played by work we put into it and enjoy it.”
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Juniors Caroline Iliff and Abbey Stewart and seniors Kelly Woodworth and Megan Tantillo rehearse a scene from the musical “West Side Story.”
Senior Ian Murphree and sophomore Luke Murphree prove talent runs in the family. Both have parts in the musical, which opened Thursday, March 25. Seniors Alec Brewer and Ian Murphree show off their dancing skills during rehearsal. Cast members spent hours working with a professional choreographer to ensure the cast was well prepared. Photos by Mary Susman
The Jets practice one of the dance numbers they perform during the musical. The Jets represent one of the two gangs whose long-lasting rivalry plays the central conflict in the musical. Page Design Grace Lyden
March 26, 2010
10 Feature Gods, goddesses, monsters
Art student explores Greek mythology kept history alive for centuries.” The Scholastic Scholarship is worth $10,000 for students who make it to nationals in New York, with He unplugs his iPod from its speaker in the dim a Gold Key Award. Wiseman, along with senior Tim garage and picks up Plasticine clay chunks scattering Brawner, received a Silver Key Award, recognizing the floor. He cleans his tools, puts them away neatly outstanding artists in the region. and folds up intricate designs — front, back and side Brawner spent countless hours with just a pen views — mapped out on computer paper. Styrofoam and paper before submitting his portfolio of stipple bits cover his workspace, his cave for months during portraits. Drawing hundreds of tiny dots to create first semester. He put an average of 20-25 hours values and form figures, he chose a form of art which into each piece. Just as clay is heated adds texture and life to every piece. to perfection, Wiseman’s work is Although Brawner says the process something to get fired up about. was extremely tedious, he believes it “First semester I took Senior Art was rewarding as well. I’ve never done this Portfolio AP, which required eight “I don’t really have any regrets,” pieces for a Scholastic Scholarship Brawner said. “I did the best I could much work for an art so my portfolio consisted of eight and learned a lot from Mr. Blevins. project before. sculptures,” Wiseman said. “For each The award is kind of an afterthought portfolio you were supposed to make Senior to the drawing experience I gained.” a theme, so my theme was Greek Wiseman was also concerned with Daniel Wiseman the time this project would take. He mythology.” Wiseman chose to focus on Greek knew that it would be tough to get Mythology for the recognizable eight sculptures done in one semester, figures he could sculpt. His life-sized because they typically take longer creations included Cyclops, Aphrodite, than drawings or paintings. However, Poseidon and Hercules, among others. the Scholastic Scholarship provided much needed As each character contains distinctive features, motivation. much research went into the portfolio. One example “I’ve never really gotten an art award or anything,” is Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and the Wiseman said. “I figured with the scholarship I’d be only woman Wiseman has ever sculpted. This gave able to display my work somewhere in public because him the opportunity to do some much-needed not too many people know about my sculptures.” investigation on the female anatomy. Wiseman With opportunities at prestigious schools such looked at photographs of countless models, but as Virginia Commonwealth and the San Francisco promises they were specifically for ‘study purposes.’ Academy of Art, Wiseman plans to continue his Another of these sculptures was a life-sized bust of sculpting in the future. After completing a task of Julius Caesar. Forty-three hours went into this piece, this magnitude, he has some advice to offer art Wiseman’s favorite, which he plans to give to Latin students. Club sponsor Carolyn Harvey. “Manage your time well,” Wiseman said. “I’ve “I think it will lend dignity to the study of never done this much work for an art project before. antiquities,” Harvey said. “It will inspire respect for It was just a whole semester [of] non-stop art. I the subject we are studying, and help the students guess it taught me how to plan out my time for each see Julius Caesar as someone who really lived; it will sculpture, how much time is needed in sculptures help bring him to life for them. It may also give them and how much time in college I’d have to devote to an appreciation for sculpture, for art, and how art has art.” Cara Wilwerding Editor-in-Chief
Senior Daniel Wiseman poses with Photo courtesy of Daniel Wiseman four of his eight finished sculptures, based on Greek Mythology figures. Wiseman learned to sculpt after working with his friend Aaron’s dad, Matt Placzek. “He did the sculptures at the Quest Center,” Wiseman said. “He taught me a lot and gave me the tools that I needed.”
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Student elected to national board, works to achieve goals Lauren Florea Managing Editor
“Does anyone know where I can find $1,500 for a speaker?” Senior Molly Goldberg works diligently, focused on things she needs to get done for the North American Federation of Temple Youth, or NFTY. It’s mod 10/11. She’s at school, but she’s more focused on her NFTY work. NFTY is a reform Jewish youth organization for high school students. There are about 10,000 participants throughout North America. Goldberg is currently the Missouri Valley Social Action Vice-President. Recently, she was elected to be the North American Social Action Vice-President and be a part of the North American board. There are five positions on the board, consisting of one president and four vicepresidents. The others are from Florida, Philadelphia and California. Goldberg is the first in 14 years from the Midwest to be on the board. “One of my jobs is to sit on their committees and I also get to work with the Regional-Sectional Vice-President,” Goldberg said. “There [are] 19 regions and next year we will have this network and get to have conference calls.” Goldberg will serve a one-year term that starts in June. “One of my primary goals is to have more people involved with NFTY and educate them about the environment,” Goldberg said. She is also interested in convincing people to not eat meat on Mondays, going along with a campaign that started at John Hopkins University, called Meatless Mondays. Even though meat and the environment may seem unrelated, according to Environment Canada meat production requires 10 to 20 times more energy per edible ton than grain production. Amy Katz is Goldberg’s youth group advisor at Temple Israel Synagogue here in Omaha, and also her advisor for
NFTY. “Molly is as enthusiastic about her involvement in NFTY as anyone can be,” Katz said. “She not only leads by design but also by example. She is a good resource for others and helps to keep kids informed but more importantly energized.” Goldberg first got involved after attending a NFTY convention. “Freshman year I went to my first event in Philadelphia,” Goldberg said. “Biannually there’s one convention and there’s about 10,000 Senior Molly Goddberg poses with other members of Photo Courtesy kids there. The music is Molly Goldberg her youth group’s national board. Molly has been promoting awesome.” social justice with her Jewish youth group throughout highSo far, Goldberg school. has gained important life lessons from her NFTY, school is still important. She has kept up with her experiences. schoolwork and is a strong student. “I think that I’ve learned a lot about service and the “Family first, then school, then NFTY,” Goldberg said. importance of helping other people out, and everyone is “It’s challenging to keep those in order.” capable of different things,” Goldberg said. “People put She doesn’t plan on being involved with religion as a their heart and soul into it. We have to be patient with career, preferring to be a lawyer. But Goldberg’s religion one another.” will always be important to her, and the things she has Working at a national level can sometimes prove to be learned from this experience will help her succeed at difficult, but Goldberg has not let it get to her. anything she decides to be. “Molly is very mature and knowledgeable about NFTY “Get involved in community service stuff, not because youth goals and needs,” Katz said. “She has done many you have to, but because you can meet some really things on the local and regional level and it is a natural awesome people and learn as much as you can,” Goldberg step to work at a national level. She is definitely up to the said. “Read the news; take government class. Be involved challenge.” and get educated about issues.” Even with her dedication and involvement with
Newspaper students visit Omaha North High School Jenny Shehan Editor-in-Chief
Julie Dworak News Editor
We stepped out of the car and into the parking lot. A sense of excitement and expectancy loomed ahead of us as we gazed upon the building before us. The February air bit, students milled about and we took a breath before approaching. Omaha North High School, here we come. Some have called North High School the “ghetto school,” a place to be afraid of. Four Westside journalism students spent a day shadowing two North students. Although we doubted those perceptions were correct, we were interested in understanding what student life is like at a high school from a different district, neighborhood and demographic. Upon entering the school, we immediately noticed a difference from Westside. Students were not aimlessly sitting in the hallways or loitering before the first period. There was a sense of urgency to keep moving as teachers and aids reminded students to “get to class.” A large difference we found was just the style of speaking. When asked about their school, students constantly used the word ghetto. One student even blatantly said, “I wish our school was less ghetto.” Chance Smith, senior class president, had a different response. Outspoken and passionate, Smith stressed that ghetto is not an adjective, as it is commonly used, but a noun. He was not angry with people saying the word ghetto, just concerned. He showcases that all students at his school are not so easily stereotyped. A member of the school newspaper, Smith also works two jobs and is active in his school community. An obvious variance between Omaha North and Westside is the diversity. In fact, it is the first thing people
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think about. However, this wasn’t the main thing that we noticed. The majority of the people we met are friendlier than the average Westside student. They were more real. Upon meeting each and every student, we were greeted with a smile. One teacher even went out of his way to give us a 15-minute explanation of the new construction addition. The construction project at North High School is not simply an addition; it’s a new wing. But more than a new wing, it shows how the school is so student oriented. Students designed it, according to their needs and wishes. Students marketed at local businesses for funding. It is a project created by the students, for the students. Although the students may not have the same advantages, this new Engineering and Technology Wing started as a student dream and has become a reality. Photo Courtesy Junior Julie Dworak in power circle with One of the visiting students had a Julie Dworak Omaha North students. Dworak and Shehan particular memory that set her experience spent a day at North high school. apart. She was heading to the bathroom before leaving for the day when she came upon a circle of students standing in the school. upon a circle of students standing in the hallway. hallway. They invited her to join in the circle, not even They invited me to join in, not even knowing who I was, knowing who she was; of course she jumped right in. and of course, I jumped right in. The students called it a power circle. Each student went They called it a power circle and we just went around around the circle answering a common question. There the circle answering a common question. There were even were even two teachers involved in the circle. The concept two teachers involved in the circle as well. The concept of the power circle isn’t what was amazing. The fact that of the power circle isn’t what wowed me at all. I was students who did not even know each other had come captivated at the sheer welcoming attitudes toward me, a together in a simple activity showed the integrity of the visitor.
March 26, 2010
12 Sports Warrior baseball
Coach has high expectations your own child,” Greco said. Even though this year is only the second year coaching his son since he was in little league, he loves every minute of it. After spending 15 years as the head Growing up in Omaha, Greco played baseball coach at Westside, one might at Grover Little League growing up. He recognize the intimidating figure played high school baseball at Omaha standing down the third base line as a South High School. When playing at by the book, no nonsense type of guy. South, his coach was head varsity boys What someone might not recognize him basketball coach Brian Nemecek’s father. by looking at him is all of the hard work After getting out of high school, he went and dedication he has put into Westside’s to college. baseball program. “I went to quite a few colleges,” Greco Coach Bob Greco has won four state said. “Of course it was for baseball.” spring baseball titles at Westside, and Greco attended Indiana, Iowa he doesn’t plan on stopping there. “As Western and Dallas Baptist during his always, we set a goal to win state,” said career. head varsity baseball After getting his Bachelor coach Bob Greco. of Arts degree endorsed to These four state titles teach physical education and aren’t including the five math, he came to Westside summer Legion state I have a passion for in 1994 to become the head titles that he’s won in his varsity baseball coach and a [athletics]. It’s what math teacher. This job requires career at Westside. Aside from all the several hours away from home, I like to do. statistics and titles from and his wife knows this. Baseball coach coaching at Westside, he “She [Kathy] knew what she is a family man before a was getting into. Her dad was Bob Greco a college football coach,” Greco coach. “I miss baseball to said. attend family events,” One reason she puts up with Greco said. it is because of his pure love for Greco is married and has one son, the game. senior Joey, and two daughters, graduate “I have a passion for it. It’s what I like Chaeli and senior Chelsea. All three to do,” Greco said. were on varsity basketball, and Joey is A couple things that keep him currently on varsity baseball. To some interested in baseball is watching his people, this could bring up conflicts. players get better every year and the level When Joey and Chelsea are in high of competition his players play at. Ever school at the same time, which child’s since he’s been here, they’ve played at basketball game do you go to? Another that level of competition, and he expects conflict that could happen is the problem them to keep it up every season. of being impartial since a coach has a son “Every year we try to win state,” Greco on the team. said. “I think it’s hard to be fair to him. It’s This year they look to do that again, tough to be objective when you coach and repeat as spring state champions. Matt Sockrider Staff Writer
Varsity baseball coach Bob Greco watches his players during a game versus Millard North. Westside lost 7-5.
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Last year’s boys golf season was disappointing, but with solid returning talent such as letter-winners sophomore R.J. Mckeever and junior Ian Holmes, they look to be a lot more competitive this year. Coach Brett Froendt wants to build on the development of young players last season. “They developed nicely, and should provide experience for the newcomers this year,” Froendt said. Froendt has set goals to be competitive in major tournaments and get at least one state qualifier.
The boys track team had success last year, as they finished among the top teams in the state in all major meets. “We had a very good season last year since we won the South Sioux City Meet and had 12 state qualifiers,” said Rick McKeever, the varsity track coach. The team returns 15 letter-winners, including senior Jack Schrager who medaled in state cross country. Other notable returning stars include senior Jim Kerrigan, junior Tiras Bolton and senior Mark Stenno. With the returning talent on this year’s team, McKeever expects the team to place in the top three in all of their meets and finish the season with a top 10 team ranking.
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New uniforms. New nets. New season. The boys soccer team is preparing for a favorable season. With eight returning starters, the team has been training to win. Senior Jake Essi returns as a team captain for the year. Last season the team had a record of 16-4. Coach John Brian hopes to improve the record; however, the team is not ranked for pre-season. “We hope work hard and play high pressure soccer,” Brian said.
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Sophomore Grace Holmes practices her footwork with the varsity boys soccer team before traveling to an international soccer tournament in Holland. Last semester, Holmes flew to Chicago on a near weekly basis to play for the No. 2 soccer club in the country, Eclipse Select.
COMMITMENT Ali Tomek Staff Writer
Rain poured on the U14 championship game at the 2008 Midwest Regional Championships, reducing the grassy soccer field to a collection of mud and water. Two halves and two overtimes in the unpropitious weather yielded no goals. The winner would be decided by a shootout. Sophomore Grace Holmes anxiously watched as a player from the opposing team, Michigan Hawks Black, began the shootout by missing her penalty kick. “The first girl for the other team missed their first shot. We (Toro Bravo) had to make every single one or we could possibly lose,” Holmes said. Eight shots, four from Michigan Hawks Black and four from Holmes’ team, Toro Bravo, found the back of the net after the first miss. One penalty kick remained. “It was either make it or break it,” Holmes said. “I made the last shot and we won.” Holmes’ winning penalty kick vaulted Toro Bravo into the U.S. Youth National Championships, a historic achievement for a Nebraska girls soccer team. Today, Holmes plays for Eclipse Select 93-94, a team based in Chicago. She also plays for the Nebraska Olympic Development Program (ODP) team and the Region II ODP team. Holmes met players from Eclipse Select at ODP camp in Illinois. “In 2008, I went to ODP camp and I made holdover, which means that I was with the top 36 players in the region,” Holmes said. “Then I found myself leaving Toro, so I needed a team.” Eclipse Select 93-94 coach Rory Dames knew Holmes would be a good fit for his team. “She came and trained with us a few times to make sure that she liked it and we thought she could help the team,” Dames said. “We figured out a way to make it work for her.” In the fall, prime season for club teams, Holmes tries to make it to practice in Chicago every week. “In the fall we have a bunch of tournaments, so I have
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Elite soccer player forgoes high school season, travels to be on Chicago team
to go to practices almost on a weekly basis,” Holmes said. practice once a week and then getting on a plane and Typically, she flies to Chicago for a Thursday night getting back home, she’s probably the first that we’ve had practice and returns on Friday morning. go to that extent,” Dames said. “I only end up missing half the day on Thursday and Flying to Chicago, despite ever growing piles of one class on Friday,” Holmes said. “Sometimes, I stay the schoolwork and frustrated teachers, shows Dames how entire weekend.” serious Holmes really is. When Holmes can’t make it to Chicago, she practices “I think it says a ton about Grace and her commitment with the local boys team Nebraska Futbol Club (NFC) to the game, to improving herself, and to the team that she Qdoba. She also looks for any opportunity to play in a plays on,” Dames said. game. This year, Holmes is focusing on club soccer and won’t “I just try and find any game possible,” Holmes said. “If play with the school’s soccer team. there’s a game going on and I know the coach, I can play “I can’t play high school [soccer] for Westside this year with them.” because Illinois has State Cup in the spring and we need to On top of trips to Chicago, Holmes travels to various concentrate on training for that,” Holmes said. “Only two tournaments and camps throughout the players from my team play high school, year. so it just wouldn’t make sense.” “Last year, I went to Costa Rica. It Although she can’t play high school was an interesting experience,” Holmes soccer, Holmes is excited about her I could understand why said. future goals. Above all, she hopes to have someone wouldn’t want to do a successful college career. Beyond that, This year, she will play with the Region II ODP team in Holland. is considering playing professionally it anymore. For me, it’s not she As a freshman, Holmes attended and hopes to make the Olympic team. just a game or a sport. It’s Millard North High School. However, “It’s a very small percentage of frequent absences made it difficult for players that ever end up at those levels,” who I am. her to continue her education there. Dames said. “Grace definitely has all the “Millard North wouldn’t let me miss Sophomore attributes to get to that level.” so much school. They were going to fail One of Holmes’ greatest Grace Holmes accomplishments me in classes I had a 98 [percent] in,” was being selected for Holmes said. “I talked to Westside and the National pool from which the Youth they said that they’d be more forgiving National team is formed. with absences.” “The National pool is a pool of 100 Despite a more forgiving players from the entire country and administration, schoolwork remains a challenge for out of those players, about 36 are picked to play for the Holmes. [Youth] National team,” Holmes said. “If someone got “I try to get ahead with my teachers and let them hurt, I could possibly play for the team.” know the absences I’ll have, but mostly it’s just hard work That rain-soaked day in 2008 led to a series of because I get really, really behind,” Holmes said. successes in Holmes’ soccer career. While her life is While other players have traveled to play for Eclipse now dominated by the sport, she has never considered Select from states including Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana, quitting. Dames can’t recall a player with the same commitment as “I could understand why someone wouldn’t want to Holmes. do it anymore. For me, it’s not just a game or a sport,” “To the extreme of getting on a plane and getting to Holmes said. “It’s who I am.”
March 26, 2010
Senior Abbey Jaeger pushes past a Marian defender. Jaeger has played on the varsity team since freshman year.
The varsity team huddles before the start of the second half against Marian. After a scoreless first half, the girls went on to lose, 4-0.
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Search for new goalkeeper Charlie Ziegenbein Sports Editor
The Canadian Olympic hockey team learned a valuable lesson in their first game against the United States: never pull your goalie. The United States scored easily and put an end to all doubts about the possibility of a Canadian comeback. Jump 1,500 miles, a national border, and a different sport, and you end up with the Westside girls soccer team. They, until recently, were also without a crucial part of the team, the keeper. The soccer team, however, didn’t have a goalie on the roster, period. The team began this season with plenty of girls to fill the roster spots, but head coach Nathan Moseley realized quickly there was something missing. He was faced with an interesting situation. The keepers from last year’s team had left the team or graduated,
and of the new girls trying out, none of them were fulltime keepers. With any sport that involves shots directed at a goal, it’s always a good idea to have someone between the shots and the goal, or you’re going to lose a lot of games. That someone came in the likes of new starting keeper junior Kourtney Woracek, and sophomore backup Megan Kinsella. “I decided to play keeper this year just because I knew Westside didn't have any, and I at least had some experience with the position,” Woracek said. “Both are really developing well. They have seen the need and stepped up to help,” Moseley said. In addition to the physical side of playing goalie, there is a taxing mental side to it as well. “It has definitely been somewhat nerve racking just because I have such big shoes to fill from the last keeper,” Woracek said. “But I am trying my hardest to get to where I need to be for this season.”
Briefs Wrestling The state wrestling tournament was held at the Qwest Center Feb. 18 through Feb. 20. Seven wrestlers qualified for state. Senior Clark Zielinski placed third in his weight class and senior Casey Paprocki placed fifth. Overall Westside placed 17th out of 32 teams.
Girls Basketball The girls basketball team played a close game with Elkhorn at the girls state basketball tournament in Lincoln on March 4. The girls lost in the first round, 49-42. Senior Clare Tokheim was the game’s top scorer with 16 points. Senior Sarah Nelson finished with 13 points.
Boys Swimming and Diving The boys swim team struggled more in the NSAA state swimming and diving championship than their female teammates. No one medaled for diving. Swimmers fared a bit better, placing seventh overall. Senior Jakob Matthissen placed sixth overall for 200-yard freestyle, and junior Thomas Peetz placed fourth for 500-yard freestyle. The boys had a better performance in the relays, placing third in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays.
The team has high expectations for themselves and the season ahead. Although they lost to a talented Marian team, 4-0, the team showed they could keep pace with the best teams in the state since all four goals came after 20 minutes into the second half. The late scoring is an obvious issue, but Moseley was impressed with his keepers’ performance until late in the game. “My biggest hope for the keepers is that they continue to progress and not to get too down with any setbacks,” Moseley said. “Keepers usually feel the weight more than any other position.” Although the keeper usually has a larger burden to carry during a loss, she also gets a lot of recognition for the good things she does as well. “When you make a great save or have a good game everyone acknowledges it,” Woracek said. ”Even if you don't do well and tried your hardest at it, no one tries to put you down.”
Boys Basketball The boys basketball team won their first game in the district against Benson, 53-52. There were three other teams playing in the district as well. Westside went on to play against Grand Island at Hastings, but unfortunately lost, 55-39.
Girls Swimming and Diving Westside girls competed at the NSAA state swimming and diving championship Feb. 25 through Feb. 27. Nine swimmers and two divers qualified for the state meet. Christiana Eltiste finished fifth in girls diving. In swimming, the girls placed fourth in the 200yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, and in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Molly Kroger placed fourth in 500-yard freestyle, and Elaina Blair placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke. In the 200-yard IM, sophomore Katherine Lincoln placed third and junior Sylvia Coleman placed fourth. Overall, Westside placed fourth with 157 points.
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A female student gets her leg iced in the near the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, better known as the ACL. Women have a much higher risk of ACL injuries than men for a variety of reasons, including the greater muscular development men have.
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Women at higher risk for ACL injuries due to physiological issues including bone structore, greater forces Alia Kalil Staff Writer
Practice was running late. The team players’ knees itched with grass stains as they went through their typical drills. Lunges. Sit-ups. Speed work. “Two groups,” their coach yelled, “let’s scrimmage.” It was just practice, but the soccer players were taught to play with intensity- that was the only way to get better. A forward planted her foot and turned to move to right field, her hips and body moved with her, but her foot stayed planted. A scream echoed throughout the stadium. Everyone on the field was thinking one thing: ACL. The worst fear of all female athletes. A death sentence to their season. The tiny knee tear that could ruin an athlete’s career. ACL, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is part of a complicated network of tendons and ligaments that help stabilize and support the knee. These structures,
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especially the ACL, are vulnerable to injury during athletic activity or even as the result of impact. Without an intact ACL there is instability of the knee resulting in a sudden sense of shifting, and individuals are unable to jump and land, accelerate and then change directions, or pivot on the knee. Like treatment, the immediate symptoms after the tear vary. Some experience excruciating pain, while for others, the pain is mild. Depending on lifestyle, some can even opt for non-surgical treatment. But for aspiring athletes, surgery is a must. Because the ACL cannot be reattached once it is torn, surgical reconstruction requires the grafting of replacement tissue in its place. Sources can include the patient’s own hamstring tendons, quadriceps tendon, or human donor tissue. A patient has to wait a minimum of three-six weeks before entering surgery. This allows time for swelling to go down and to avoid major scarring After surgery, the patient enters a rehabilitation program to restore strength
and stability. Patients are in recovery for around six months, although some patients require as much as nine months. According to Dr. Kevin O’Malley, “I advise patients not to regard rehabilitation as a race. People heal differently.” Roughly 80,000 Americans tear their ACL every year. The differences in ACL injuries between men and women are astounding. For example, a female basketball player is five times more likely to suffer a non-contact ACL tear than a male basketball player of the same level. There are several reasons why ACL tears are more common in women. Women have a wider pelvis, which cause the femur to angle inward from the hip to knee. This leads to greater internal rotation forces of the knee joint and the kneecap. Men have greater muscular development, which plays a crucial role in kneecap development. Because women are not as physically strong, men have greater control of their knee. Also, women have greater knee flexibility, which can decrease joint stability.
February 26, 2010
The best restaurants to check out before Prom
May 1: Are you ready? For some, Prom is all about the dress or the tux. For others, it’s about the dancing and the company. For me, it’s the food. In my opinion, here are the top five restaurants to go to before prom, ranked on scale from 1 to 10. Don’t settle for P.F. Chang’s, again; impress your date with the best food at the best price with an atmosphere off the beaten path.
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Pitch Pizzeria The completely brick exterior contradicts the vibrancy of the interior. The tables are made from recycled wood plastered and refinished, and light bulbs dangle from the ceiling. Pizza may not sound Prom-worthy, but Pitch gives pizza a whole new meaning. Located on Underwood Ave. in Dundee, it is the only pizzeria in Omaha that uses a coal fire oven to make their pizza. Their crusts are a little charred, crisp, but never burnt. The ingredients on the pizza are fresh and unique–I ordered Shroom Pizza topped with mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and truffle oil. Shroom was by far the best pizza I’ve ever eaten, but many love the Mia, a new take on a traditional pepperoni pizza. The menu is small, but it doesn’t have an issue catering to idiosyncratic needs with the option of “Pitch your own” pizza. You start with cheese and then add on different meats, cheeses and veggies. Unfortunately,
that can get a little pricey. The pizzas are big enough to split - if you are low on cash, that’s the way to go. However, if you have the dough, dessert is a must. When you take a bite of their lava cake, melted chocolate oozes out. On its own the cake may have been a little too rich, but the addition of fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream made each bite heavenly. The food isn’t the only exceptional part of the restaurant; the service is excellent – my glass was never empty. Unlike most upscale restaurants, Pitch doesn’t discriminate against high school students. The waiter was nice and extremely helpful when I had to make the most difficult decision: Shroom or Pesto pizza. The restaurant takes reservations for groups of six or more and their high-chaired tables are perfect for Prom. Pitch opened in November and is still pretty packed, so make reservations far in advance.
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Under the most rare circumstances, a disappointment will lead to delight. Saturday night was one of those circumstances. My family and I were going to eat at the French restaurant Darios in Dundee, but when we arrived there was an hour wait. That did not sit well with my impatient family so we went next door to Marks with limited expectations. It is safe to say our expectations were exceeded. Six and a half years ago its building was converted from a house to a bistro. The bottom floor is an art store, above it is Marks. Straight inside are antique wooden chairs, contemporary artwork and a wall-to-wall wine rack, giving off a very eclectic vibe. The hostess was able to seat us right away. Sadly, we didn’t get one of the better tables. One wall is a giant window that gives you a great view of Dundee. We had to sit on the other side with a view of very odd black and white photography. The whole restaurant exudes comfort, especially the
food. Marks’ menu is large with a little something for everyone. The portions could feed a horse so I would split an entrée. I ordered the pad thai noodles and barely made a dent into them. Their salads are delicious with amazing dressings and fresh lettuce, or you can’t go wrong with the French Braised Chicken accompanied by mouthwatering potatoes. The best part: the dessert menu. I had a difficult time coming to a decision so I got both the Whiskey Bread Pudding and the Pumpkin Butterscotch Cheesecake. The bread pudding was warm and crispy on the edges, but extremely sweet. I was a little skeptical about the cheesecake, but my first bite eliminated any skepticism. It was delicious. Bedrooms on the third floor were converted into party rooms. One holds up to 12 people, and the other eight. There is also a semi-private room to the right of the entryway that can seat up to 20 people.
Vivace It would be easy to pass Vivace without as much as a simple glance inside, but I would advise against that. Vivace is a modern Italian restaurant located downtown on Howard St. As far as Italian food goes, Vivace’s is the best in Omaha. When you arrive, warm bread and fresh tomatoes are waiting for you. The menu is large with a variety of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. You can even create your own pasta or pizza. The alfredo sauce is rich, but not too heavy and thin pizza is thin topped with the perfect sauce-to-cheese ratio. Vivace’s menu is user friendly with pictures of the different types of noodles so you will never be confused.
The price is neither cheap nor outrageous. It’s pretty average–the pizzas range from $13 to $15, the pastas from $7 to $14. Every entrée on the menu is big enough to split, making one of their amazing appetizers or delectable desserts a priority. The ambiance is absolutely adorable; the brick walls slightly resemble the outside of an old Italian building. Flowers, mirrors and posters fill the vacancies on the walls bringing the atmosphere to a perfect 10. There are candles on every table; if you are going for a romantic evening, Vivace is for you. If you aren’t going for an evening for two, Vivace’s has a party room that can seat up to 32 people.
Taste The name is no deception. Taste is a modern bistro located in Rockbrook Village with a diverse menu featuring delicious dishes from all over the world. The food is always fresh, using local ingredients; the portions are perfectly sized. The salads are definitely the best bang for your buck, but you could also get pasta, salmon or steak at a reasonable price. My favorite item on the menu is their bruschetta. I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and
dinner every day. The bread is toasted, topped with fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Your bill could turn out anywhere from $7 to $25. I would suggest splitting an appetizer and getting your own entrée. Taste is not for the unoriginal bores of the food world. Their food is for the more advanced palettes. Taste takes reservations and has a semi-closed off room in the back that is perfect for large prom groups looking to experience a unique atmosphere.
M’s Pub Don’t let the word pub fool you – I wouldn’t really call M’s Pub a pub – it’s more like a bistro with a menu consisting of salads, sandwiches and burgers. Vivace and M’s are owned by the same person and are a block apart; M’s is located on S. 11th St. The entrées are good, but not amazing. I would definitely go with a sandwich. The bread is delectable, and who doesn’t love a good sandwich? The falafel is also pretty good; its yogurt is perfect – not too mild, not too spicy. The prices are reasonable; they are all in the $8 to $15 range.
M’s desserts are the best part of the experience. The cheesecake is light and fluffy, but if you’re a chocoholic, I would suggest the mocha fudge torte topped with strawberries and whipped cream. The atmosphere is Prom-perfect–most of the walls are mirrors, alleviating any worry about leaving for Prom with pieces of lettuce stuck in your teeth. The restaurant is small, but because of the mirrors and high ceilings, the space looks larger. M’s takes reservations, but because of the limited space, it’s probably best for two.
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BEAT THE HEAT
Bikram yoga increases in popularity for training body, soul
total body circulation is positive for the immune system. Both Parisi and Leach Dripping sweat, sweltering heat and complete concentration. recommend this type of yoga to Synchronized beings struggle through intense humidity and 105 degrees anyone who is interested in changing of stretching, heart opening and a total body journey. This is Bikram either his lifestyle or workout yoga. regiment. Bikram yoga originated in the 1970s as a traditional yoga practice “It’s good for someone who comprised of approximately 90 minutes and 26 postures. While wants a change in their workout practicing yoga has become a popular trend at gyms and studios, Bikram [and] who can handle an hour and is unique as it incorporates 40% room humidity and extreme heat. Each a half of exercise,” Leach said. “It’s posture is completed two times throughout the 90 minutes. a very hard workout to start, [but] Senior Sidney Parisi has practiced yoga on and off for the past several once you get into it and do it you years. Recently, she was introduced to Bikram and can really see the now goes to classes several times a week. benefits.” “I was afraid I would pass out,” Parisi said. “When There are many I first tried it, it was really difficult, but from then on locations around Omaha I found that spiritual con- where one can “get his yoga I knew it was something I had to do for myself.” Along with physical exercise, yoga is known to However, One Tree Yoga nection, that search for har- on”. train the mind and the soul. With a majority of the studios are the only locations that mony among mind, body feature Bikram. class spent in silence, aside from the instructor, Bikram yoga offers a chance to examine one’s “It is my life now,” Parisi said. “I and soul. You’re always found internal conscience. myself spiritually with yoga. “It’s all about the metaphor,” Parisi said. “It’s striving to get better and to I’ve looked at a lot of religions, but cleansing you physically with the actual exercise and never been into them. I was never improve yourself. I’ve then cleansing you mentally. The hardships that able to find myself spiritually until I you’re going through physically are really spiritual Senior started practicing, I found that spiritual hardships.” connection, that search for harmony among Sidney Parisi mind, body and soul. Some say when you English instructor Beth Leach has been practicing yoga for over two and a half years. As an athlete and reach that harmony between mind, body coach, she recognizes the physical benefits in her and soul equally, that’s probably the everyday life. day you’re going to die. You’re always “I was bored with other types of workouts, and I was bored with striving for that. You’re always striving to get better and to cardio and just getting on the machine,” Leach said. “I had quite a bit improve yourself.” of bulky muscle, and I was trying to lengthen and stretch my muscles. Since I’ve started practicing, I’m definitely stronger and my balance is better. I felt more relaxed from the stresses of life.” Hot yoga, as it is nicknamed, is known not only to increase flexibility Senior Sidney Parisi breathes through a and serenity, but founder Choudhury claims that it helps ailments difficult yoga pose. Parisi says yoga has ranging from anemia to varicose veins. The acute temperatures cause changed her life and given her spiritual the body to detoxify. This and the postures cause the lymph in one’s fulfillment. body to circulate at least four or five times during practice when normal Photo by activity causes the lymph to circulate only once every couple hours. This Hannah Rector Jenny Shehan Managing Editor
BROKEN BELLS Lizzie Davis In-Depth-Editor
In the film Garden State, an eccentric Natalie Portman told Zach Braff that a song by the Shins would change his life. Their album Wincing the Night Away was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Alternative Music Album after its release in 2008, and they’re continually recognized for their original sound. Shins front man is James Mercer. On the other hand, Gnarls Barkley, a collaboration between Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and rapper CeeLo, was nominated for four Grammy awards and won two. It was a major commercial success with an innovative production. In addition to being part of Gnarls Barkley, Burton has been producer for the Gorillaz, The Black Keys, Beck, and others. When the Burton and Mercer came together and released their own album, Broken Bells, I purchased it with caution, unsure whether to expect a masterful collaboration or the tinkering of two mismatched conspirators. The album begins with “The High Road,” which layers space-age synthesizer loops over Mercer’s reverbdrenched voice. It sounds vaguely like something you’d hear in an elevator, and I’d been hoping the first track on the album would be more striking. It’s not until the final 40 seconds of the song that I decide it’s not a lost cause, when the pace relaxes, and a sweet melodic chorus over a percussive backdrop kicks in. This final fraction of a minute gives me a glimpse of the collaboration’s potential. However, only a few tracks on the album actually live up to it. The tracks that are more than just ambient noise are “Vaporize,” “Your Head Is On Fire,” “Sailing to Nowhere,”
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and “The Mall & Misery”. “Vaporize” is a lively jaunt with rollicking acoustic guitars and Burton on the organ. “Your Head Is On Fire” evokes the Shins, allowing Mercer’s ruminations to hover over a backdrop of celestial sounds, including sections played by an orchestra. “Sailing to Nowhere” and “The Mall & Misery” couples haunting melodies with quirky, layered soundscapes, showcasing Burton’s talent as a producer. Remaining songs all show glimmers of the aforementioned potential, but overall leave something to be desired. Many are too relaxed in delivery to be ear catching, and they end up sounding the same. Several of the tracks could be quite heart-wrenching if they weren’t numbed by Burton’s synth-rife production. However, this is not to say that Broken Bells lacks the merit to stand on its own. Despite the lagging midsection, the duo manages to do a fair job overall. There are useless side projects, and then there are meaningful ones – think Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie launching the Postal Service. This is one of the latter. None of the songs sound forced; it’s never just a Shins album with hip hop beats or a hip hop album with acoustic guitars. Each member contributed their best qualities on many of the tracks. Mercer comes through with his unpredictable melodies, softly delivered lyrics, and breathy harmonic bridges, while Burton
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contributes heavy synth and organ sections, percussive arrangements, and solid production. They do come together to create something worthy of consideration on its own, it just doesn’t quite reach the threshold of excellence.
March 26, 2010
Cult Movies Daniel Kemp Entertainment Editor
Cult \kuhlt\ n, 1. A popular piece of work, generally a movie, which has gained a large following. 2. A movie that is weird as [expletive]. -- Urban Dictionary
Eccentric classics break mainstream, explore bizarre, controversial topics
mean throwing plastic spoons at the screen whenever a framed picture of a spoon is shown (which is frequently) or yelling your own comments. The ridiculous comments that come out of people at 1 a.m. in downtown Dundee are worth the price of admission alone. For those of you who are interested in seeing The Room, you’re in luck: it’s playing Friday, March 26 at Dundee Theatre at midnight. Don’t miss it.
These are the films from this era you’ll be seeing as midnight movies countless years from now. If you’re trying to impress that edgy, alternative girl who sits in the back of your World History class, seeing these films is a good place to start.
Donnie Darko (2001) Perhaps the movie with the biggest cult following since The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Donnie Darko remains the populist cult favorite a decade after its release. Although it failed to ignite the box office, writer-director Richard Kelly’s freshman effort found its audience on DVD where it has spawned its own section at Hot Topic, as well as making a giant bunny suit a go-to Halloween costume for teenagers. The reason for Donnie Darko’s triumph is Jake Gyllenhaal’s haunting performance as the title character and the brilliant ending. You are guaranteed not to understand the film the first time you watch, and that’s part of the fun. Donnie Darko manages to have enough bizarreness mixed with fascination that you want to watch it again the moment it’s over. The Room (2003) Seeing The Room at midnight at Dundee Theatre is more about the experience than the actual movie. It’s common consensus that the film is most likely the worst ever made. This fact makes The Room the easiest movie to laugh at while also encouraging audience participation. This may
Brick (2005) Brick has all of the elements of a classic noir film: expressionist cinematography, snappy, machine-gun fire dialogue, etc. However, it’s set at a modern day high school. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Brenden, whose ex-girlfriend was murdered. The plot takes twists and turns as Brenden digs deeper into the underground drug syndicate of Los Angeles. It may have been a crazy idea, but first time director Rian Johnson and the up-andcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt make Brick one of the best indie movies of our generation.
Grindhouse (2007) Grindhouse was destined to be a cult favorite, because a double feature of over three hours in length doesn’t sit well with the general movie-going public. Grindhouse was
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Black Dynamite (2009) Dy-no-minte! Dy-no-mite! Without knowing that Black Dynamite was released in 2009, I would have sworn it was straight from the early 70s. This throwback to early era blaxploitation films contains all of the classic ingredients that made the originals so memorable: campy soundtrack, giant hair, and more carefully placed swear words than you’d hear at a Baldwin family reunion. Like the majority of early blaxploitation films, the plot investigates the sudden increase in heroin addicts on the streets. But the conspiracy doesn’t end on the streets, as Black Dynamite fights his way from island lairs to the White House.
Warm weather calls for heartful, comical flicks
March weather is finally above freezing. Even grass is back from under the snow, and early birds can actually hear actual birds singing. Spring is coming, but if the wait is unbearable, here are some movies to ease the ache. Beautiful green scenes, screens and stories make all of these movies a joy to watch.
Sense and Sensibility (1995) Salisbury in the springtime, along with a number of other beautiful English locations, makes this movie a beauty. Based off the Jane Austen novel, it plays out like a classy 18th century soap opera. Starring Emma Thomsen, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, who is best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, it is filled with actors who turn otherwise formal scenes into emotional and comical moments. Fans of Grant or Pride and Prejudice will enjoy this drama.
the term given to theatres that would play exploitation films in the 60s and 70s. These theatres, and films of the time were usually run-down and damaged, which explains for the deliberate cigarette burns and “missing takes” in the films. The first film in the double feature is the inyour-face Planet Terror by Robert Rodriguez, in which a toxic gas is let loose in a Texas town, turning the residents to flesh eating zombies. The second half of the double feature is Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. My personal favorite, Death Proof follows Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike, a serial killer who lures cute girls into his “death proof” car and crashes it in brutal ways. Unfortunately for the girls, it’s only death proof if you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. Death Proof excels due to Tarantino’s classic dialogue and idiosyncratic soundtrack.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Hawaii was good enough for the first National Tea Party Convention and it is sure to cure the winter blues. The sometimes apparently green-screened backgrounds are beautiful in Judd Apatow’s and Jason Segel’s comedy. The latter stars as Peter Bretter, a heartbroken score writer who escapes to Hawaii in an attempt to get over his actress girlfriend, only to discover her at the resort. Add in Russell Brand and Mila Kunis as love interests, and Jonah Hill in a hilarious supporting role, and it’s packed with quirky jokes. Overall, it is a true comedy, entirely inappropriate, and appealingly staged in sunny Hawaii.
Ponyo (2008) If you’re ready to hit the beach, Ponyo is the movie to tide you over. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, best known for Spirited Away, it is a feel good take on the Little Mermaid folktale. Starring Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Betty White and the youngest of the Jonas and Cyrus clans, the film is wonderfully remastered for English speaking audiences by Disney. The animation, unchanged from the original version, is so incredibly detailed it nearly overwhelms Joe Hisaishi’s score, which twinkles in the background. It is a movie to please any old school Walt Disney fans, and appropriate for all audiences.
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New company strives to change way energy is used Brian Frey Entertainment Editor
The world is reliant on energy. A strong dependency on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources exists. In the last decade, alternative energy sources have been called to action and there has been a movement toward solar and wind power. All while Dr. K.R. Sridhar has worked in secrecy and kept his mouth shut. He has created something different, and recently talked about his new technology during an interview with 60 Minutes. His company Bloom Energy says that it will change the way the world consumes energy and claims that it is able to “produce clean, reliable, affordable power,” with its “Bloom Box.” This “box” is Bloom’s Energy Server. It uses solid oxide fuel technology to produce electricity that was developed by Sridhar and his team during their NASA Mars space program. The fuel cell they created is able to convert fuel into electricity by using a clean electrochemical process instead of combustion. These fuel cells absorb oxygen and a fuel source that combine to generate energy. Sridhar claims the cells can be produced cheaply, wielding high-energy efficiency. While most fuel cells are made from precious metals or corrosive materials, Bloom’s fuel cells can be made from an abundant sandlike powder that Bloom has not specified. Early on, Bloom gained the interest of some major
investors. John Doerr and Kleiner Perkins became the first investors of Bloom back in 2002. Perkins is famous for supporting industryleading companies like Google and Amazon. In July 2008, the first commercial Energy Servers were shipped to Google for testing. Over the first 18 months they have delivered 3.8 million kW of electricity with 98% availability. An Energy Server is roughly the size of a parking space and provides 100kW of power, enough to meet the energy needs of 100 average houses. The dark gray box is capable of using both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources to generate or store energy. Currently, the price of one Energy Server is a jawdropping $700,000, a staggering business investment. Bloom Energy has mentioned that they plan to make smaller units available for individual households that would run around $3,000. Bloom says the cost of an Energy Server would pay back the cost of electricity
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