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					   Page 2                                          april 28, 2011                                                                     The Tomahawk

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The Pros and Cons of being a Redskin                                                                                   Become a donor today
by Celia Roeder                          if not impossible, to change our      and to look past their name, their       by Kyle Butler
   One popular issue in the media        mascot. “There would have to          tribal identity, and in many cases,           Over 100,000 people are         I’m under age 18. I’m too young
is changing Native American              be some type of community             their humanity. In fact, some            waiting for an organ donation in    to make this decision. Well
school mascots. This issue is not        movement,” said Principal Jim         historians speculate it may even         the United States. Unfortunately,   technically that’s true, in a legal
only local but national, including       Kirkton “It would not be a high       have roots in a grizzly practice         thousands will never get the call   sense. But your parents can make
a lawsuit against the Washington         school-based decision.” If Goshen     of skinning Indians in battle, like      saying that a suitable donor        this decision. You can talk to your
Redskins which ultimately failed.        really and truly found offense in     animals.                                 organ, and a second chance at       parents about your wish to donate,
Opponents of using the mascot            the term “redskin,” it would have         I’m not implying that Goshen         life, has been found.               and your parents can give their
say the use of “redskin” is a racial     been removed long ago. Freshman       High School wishes to do any of             It can be hard to think about    consent knowing that it’s what
slur, very similar to slurs used         Viridiana Hernandez, who is of        this, but it was and sometimes           what’s going to happen to your      you wanted. Children, too, are in
against African Americans and            Native American descent said          still is used as a condescending         body after you die, let alone       need of organ transplants, and they
Asian Americans.                         “I don’t feel offended by [the        and insulting term towards Native        donating your organs and            usually need organs smaller than
 The famous Washington Redskins          mascot].”                             Americans.                               tissue. But being an organ donor    those an adult can provide.
mascot was created in honor of the                                                 Think about a similar situation,     is a generous and worthwhile           An open-casket funeral isn’t
head coach, William “Lone Star”                                                but switch the mascot name. What         decision that can be a lifesaver    an option for people who have
Dietz an American Indian in 1933.                                              if there was a school whose mascots      to others. Understanding organ      donated organs or tissues.
Obviously if Dietz had a problem                                               were the “Colored Folk,” the             donation can make you feel          Organ or tissue donation doesn’t
with the moniker, he would have                                                “Kikes,” or the “Homos”? African         better about your choice, but       interfere with having an open-
spoken up. Lumping the term                                                    Americans, Jews and homosexuals          misunderstanding it though          casket funeral. The donor’s body
“redskin” as a negative association                                            would all be offended with               false myths can make you want       is clothed for burial, so there are
with scalping is a hasty conclusion                                            perfectly good reason. Why are the       to not be an organ donor. So        no visible signs of organ or tissue
that doesn’t show the full history                                             Native Americans singled out as          here are a couple of myths that I   donation. For bone donation, a rod
of the word.                                                                   an acceptable group to remember          want to debunk.                     is inserted where bone is removed.
      In 2005, past governor of                                                with a term referring to the color           Organ donation is against       With skin donation however, a
California Arnold Schwarzenegger                                               of their skin, or some other feature     my religion. Organ donation         very thin layer of skin similar to
vetoed the California Assembly                                                 that differentiates them from the        is consistent with the beliefs of   a sunburn peel is taken from the
Bill 858, which would have                                                     rest of Americans?                       most religions. This includes       donor’s back. Because the donor
prohibited public schools from           by Neil Rippey                            I’m not necessarily suggesting       Catholicism,       Protestantism,   is clothed and lying on his or her
using “Redskins” as a school or             Anyone who’s been at Goshen        that we remove Big Red                   Islam and most branches of          back in the casket, no one should
athletic team name, mascot, or           for long has seen the iconic Indian   completely. The image is iconic          Judaism. If you’re unsure of or     be able to see a difference.
nickname. This bill would have           Chief. Our mascot is a noble          to the school, and the colors of         uncomfortable with your faith’s          To become an organ donor,
cost schools at least $100,000           savage, a wise face, and a mane of    our uniforms, red and white, have        position on donation, ask a         the most important thing is to
to abandon use of the Redskins           feathers in a majestic headdress.     been with us for years. But why          member of your church. Don’t        make your wishes to your family
mascot.       Also     interestingly,    We’re the Goshen Redskins.            must we be called “Redskins”? We         let your lack of knowledge of       known. When you go to the BMV
members of the Tachi-Yokut                 The “Redskin,” however, is more     could be the Chiefs, for example.        your faith get in the way of        to get your license or permit, BMV
tribe stated that schools having         then just a red-skinned Indian        Nothing would have to change, yet        saving someone’s life. Go and       clerks will ask you if you want to
“Redskin” as a team name                 mascot. For years, “redskin” was      we would be named after leaders          get the knowledge; don’t be         become an organ donor. Becoming
promoted a sense of pride among          a derogatory term used to describe    of tribes, not a derogatory term for     shy to ask your pastor or other     an organ donor is as simple as
their people.                            the native people of the Americas.    an entire ethnic group.                  leader of religion.                 saying “yes.”
  Locally it would be quite difficult,   The term was used to label them


                                                                                                                      Tessa Yoder 11,                       Patrick Rieth 10,
  Editorial Box                                                                                                       I would definitely want the finals
                                                                                                                      schedule changed. I miss open
                                                                                                                                                            We need to have GTV be funny
                                                                                                                                                            again.
  The Tomahawk is a student
  publication serving as a forum                                                                                      lunch! And even when we had
  for student expression at GHS,                                                                                      SRT before each exam, that was
  where it is distributed to all stu-                                                                                 really nice because we got to
  dents, faculty and staff.                                                                                           study for each final right before
  While The Tomahawk staff                                                                                            we took it, so I thought it was
  aims to provide a balanced ac-          by Alex Schrameyer                                                          really helpful because everything
  count                                      With only four weeks left in                                             was fresh in my head when I took
  for news, the opinions ex-              the school year, students are al-                                           the exam.
  pressed here are not necessarily        ready starting to think about next
  those of GHS faculty, staff, ad-        year.With a plethora of changes                                             Brittany Graber 11,
  ministration or school board.           this past year, many people are                                             We need to keep SRT. It’s the
  The editors alone are solely            wondering what other changes                                                best.
  responsible for the content.            are in store for he 2011-2012
  We welcome any comments                 school year. These students
                                                                                                                                                            Tommy Palczynski 11,
  or suggestions. Letters to the          shared what they want to keep
                                                                                                                                                            I really just want kids to stop
  editors should be placed in Ms.         or change for next year.
                                                                                                                                                            wearing pajama pants to school.
  Graber’s mailbox in the main
  office.
  All letters must be signed.
  Editor-in-Chief:                                                              Kane White 11,                                                              Alicia Cuzzocrea 9,
  Alicia Yoder                                                                  We need a battle of the bands                                               I think GHS needs to have better
  Opinion:                                                                      competition!                                                                pep rallies. I know pep rallies are
  Paige Pobocik                                                                                                                                             a big deal for other schools, yet I
  Feature:                                                                                                                                                  don’t feel that way about Goshen.
                                                                               Emily Stoltzfus 9,
  Celia Roeder                                                                                                                                              Something I think should stay
                                                                               Something I would want changed
  News:                                                                                                                                                     at GHS that I find beneficial is
                                                                               would be the fact that we have
  Paige Pobocik                                                                                                       Matt Buncich 11,                      SRT. I don’t like long nights of
                                                                               to wear ID’s all the time! I mean
  Sports:                                                                                                             I’d rather keep the later             homework and SRT allows me
                                                                               it’s annoying to have to wear it,
  Neil Rippey                                                                                                         starting time on Mondays. It          to get my all homework done so
                                                                               there’s not really a point to them
  Entertainment:                         Peter Meyer Reimer 11,                                                       benefits the teachers for their       I have free time and have my
                                                                               and what if my ID doesn’t match
  Alicia Yoder                           More awesome ultimate and                                                    meetings, as well as gives            teachers help me if needed.
                                                                               my outfit that day? Something I
  Staff Writers:                         understanding. Also, less work                                               students a little more time to
                                                                               would keep the same would be
  Eby Yontz, Kyle Butler, Kenny          during fall play/ musical, and                                               get up and ready. I’d love for
                                                                               all of the seniors. Well… just the
  Ruiz, Alex Schrameyer, Erica           Shreiner shouldn’t move away                                                 everyday to start later, but I’ll
                                                                               cool ones.
  Waters                                 until after next year.                                                       take what I can get.
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 news
 Goshen students ‘relay’ for a cure                                                       have to register online       painting, refreshments,
                                                                                          at       relayforlife.org/    games, car washes (most
                                                                                          elkhartcountysouthin.         successful), bake sales,
                                                                                          This year following the       , place cans to collect
                                                                                          theme Survivor, teams         change in businesses, or
                                                                                          will be called tribes         find sponsors.
                                                                                          and assigned a color                One of the more
                                                                                          which will be received        interesting fund raisers       Envirothon team at state
                                                                                          in an email.                  is being “flocked.” To be      by Celia Roeder
                                                                                                 There are three        flocked you pay $25 to           In only its second year the environthon
                                                                                          ceremonies that take          have your yard covered in      team, composed of senior Hannah
                                                                                          place      during     this    purple flamingoes which        Johnson and sophomores Aaron Johnson,
                                                                                          event; the survivor,          supports the relay. The        Peter Paetkau, Ben Kragt and Benjamin
                                                                                          luminaria and the fight       flamingoes are removed         Wiebe, took first place in the Northeast
                                                                                          back ceremonies. The          after 48 hours.                Indiana        Regional      Competition,
                                                                                          survivor       ceremony         The goal for this year’s     qualifying for state competition on April
                                                                                          kicks off the event,          relay is to raise $35,000,     20. The team placed second at state, one
                                                                                          where a parade of             and so far our community       point behind first place. Biology teacher
                                                                                          survivors does a lap.         has raised $5,605. Last        Zebulon Holsopple and parent Janeen
                                                                                          Each survivor is given        year Elkhart County            Bertsche Johnson helped coach the
                                                                                          a special t-shirt when        surpassed the goal of          students on the topics of aquatics, soils,
                                                                                          she arrives. Relays for       $25,000      by     raising    wildlife, current issues and forestry.
Pictured above is a GHS team from last year’s Relay for Life, team A.D.A.M
which was composed of (from left to right) Tia Buss, Jessica Metz, Amanda                 Life have celebrities         $28,000. According to           “[The competition is] exciting and fun,”
Pollock (directly behind sign), Emily Ankrom, Janessa Katzer and Maya Meade.              just like the Oscars, but     Metz, this year the goal       said Aaron Johnson “We each had 20
                                                                                          in this case you don’t        is to have 30 teams, but       questions based on each topic we chose.”
 by Erica Waters                       thought it would be cool and now I
                                                                              have to be famous at this event,          so far only have 19 have
    GHS will be hosting Relay for      have been working with this event
                                                                              just a survivor.                          registered. Zero survivors     Super-mileage places 2nd
 Life June 11-12. Sponsored by the     for 3 years,” Metz said.
                                                                                 The Luminaria ceremony is in           have signed up as of right     by Celia Roeder
 American Cancer Society, Relay          Teams of 8 to 15 people will be
                                                                              dedication to the ones who have           now; the goal is to have          Goshen High School’s Super Mileage
 for Life is an event to raise money   camping out on the GHS track,
                                                                              been lost to cancer. People are           30 signed up. So the           team competed on April 18, at O’Reilly
 to help find the cure for cancer.     taking turns walking the track.
                                                                              encouraged to take a bag writes           work for the committee         Raceway Park, Indianapolis and received
 This is an all-night, 18-hour event,  Each hour there’s a special activity
                                                                              the names of whomever they are            continues.                     second place.
 starting at 2 in the afternoon until  on the track that takes place:
                                                                              remembering, put a candle inside,                Metz encourages           “Super Mileage is a competition in the
 8 the following morning. This         walking backwards, meeting a
                                                                              and place it along the track. The         eveyone to participate         state of Indiana where schools compete to
 event is a celebration for those      new friend and three legged races.
                                                                              fight back ceremony is when               on June 11. Plan for a         design, fabricate and test a fuel efficient
 who have battled cancer or lost a     Each team is asked to have at least
                                                                              everyone finds ways to prevent            full night of walking, a       car,” said technology teacher JJ Johnson.
 loved one. “I think it’s really cool  one teammate on the course at all
                                                                              cancer such as eating healthy,            bonfire, live band music,      It’s Goshen 3rd year participating in the
 to see everyone working together      times, representing how cancer
                                                                              giving up smoking, or saying no to        midnight soccer, yoga          Super Mileage challenge.
 to find a cure”, said Jessica         never sleeps. All are eligible to
                                                                              tanning.                                  lessons, zumba (Latin             Junior Justine Richardson said, “I like
 Metz, a Goshen junior who on          participate in the relay even if
                                                                                 Anyone can donate money to             style dance) and pie           working with the wiring in the cars.”
 the committee that organizes the      they’re not on a team.
                                                                              Relay for Life. A lot of teams            eating contest, all for a          As the cars can cost up to $1500 to
 event, “I got involved because I       In order to sign up for the relay you
                                                                              do fundraisers such as face               good cause.                    $2500 dollars to build, community
                                                                                                                                                       support has been needed for the
                                                                GHS holds first functional skills dance                                                club. “We have a lot of community
                                                                                                                                                       sponsors, and a lot of local companies
    Sp                                                                                                                                                 give us advice, donate materials
        rin
             gB                                                                                                                                        and money to help,” said Johnson.
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                       k2                                                                                                                              Rocket club takes flight
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                                  -K                                                                                                                   by Erica Waters
                                      ey                                                                                                                 Eight members of the GHS rocket club
                                           We
                                              st   , Fl                                                                                                spent 4 days in Huntsville, AL recently.
                                                                                                                                                       The team toured some of NASA’s
                                                                                                                                                       research facilities at Marshall Space
                                                                                                                                                       Flight Center.
                                                                                                                                                         After a pre-flight inspection, the rocket
                                                                                                                                                       they built successfully flew to over 4000
                                                                                                                                                       feet, with a payload to measure ultraviolet
                                                                                                                                                       radiation. Rocket club members
                                                                                                                                                       saw about 20 other rocket flights by
                                                                                                                                                       university and high school teams from
                                                                Student council students are pictured above with functional skills stu-
                                                                                                                                                       all around the US. The awards banquet
                                                                dents at the dance in the Whiteman gym on April 15.
                                                                                                                                                       featured video and speeches by former
                                                               by Paige Pobocik                              were all excited to meet students         space shuttle astronauts.
                                                                  The Functional Skills class at GHS         from other schools,” said Pfahler.            Team members are Andrew Thiery,
                                                               recently had their first dance on April 15,        Functional Skills student, Jon       Clancey Short, Caleb Vanderryyden,
                                                               from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Whiteman        Mast was one of many students who         Josh Gill, Paul Johnson, Greg Rosario,
                                                               Gym. Functional Skills classes from           really enjoyed the dance, “I had a lot    Alberte Lopez and Ben Weibe.
                                                               Northwood, Concord and Young Adult            of fun,” he said. “I love dancing.”
    Pictured here is a group of Marine Biology
    students taking a break from the schoolwork
                                                               classes were invited. In addition The
                                                               functional skills class invited students
                                                                                                                 The Functional Skills teachers
                                                                                                             would like to host a prom for the
                                                                                                                                                            Prom 2011
    to go night fishing. This year marked the 38th
    Marine Biology trip sponsored by Goshen
                                                               from the swim team that swam with             students. Pfahler is hoping that the
                                                                                                             Student Council and local businesses
                                                                                                                                                          “Hollywood”
                                                               them in SRT recently, Student Council
    High School. The group stayed in the Florida               members and Mrs. Denman’s class.              might help with the planning of                   May 14
    Keys over spring break to study various marine               Functional Skills teacher Karen Pfahler     the dance and recruiting a DJ.
    environments in close collaboration with both              said the reason for starting the dance           Pfahler wants to thank everyone            8p.m. - midnight
    fellow students and instructors. Diversions                                                              who helped make this dance a
    from the workload consisted of a group trip to
                                                               came from Concord’s Christmas dance.
                                                               “It was a good social environment             success. “All of the students had a         Matterhorn in Elkhart
    Key West, snorkeling at a coral reef, a visit to           for the students,” Pfahler said. “It was      great time,” she said. “We are looking        Order tickets now from Mrs. Biller
    a turtle hospital and plenty of time in the sun.           beneficial to all that went because they      forward to hosting it again next year.”          cbiller@goshenschools.org
                                                               all bonded and connected. Plus they

				
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