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The Volume 13, Issue 2 December 16, 2010 Cross Country Wolfpack The student newspaper of Cedar Park High School Cedar Park starts clubs of hope Harry wins State title RICHARD WEEKS After the success of last year and the Potter departure of so many seniors, the boys’ cross country team looked hard pressed to improve from last season. However, with a determined and realistic outlook, they madness climbed back to win the district and region PAIgE CLEvEN races while the girls’ team continued to Imagine the iconic theme music to improve on past performances to do the Harry Potter. Is your heart beating faster? same. Are you getting pumped? The first part The boys’ team started the season of the seventh installment came out in without knowing their true capabilities. theaters November 19, and fans couldn’t An almost entirely different team took have been happier. up the challenge of trying to qualify for Theaters expected huge turnouts for state. As the season progressed, it became the movie this year, with most tickets for evident that they were going to go far. midnight showings sold out after just a “We knew what we had to do to [in week. Fans didn’t disappoint when they training] and we knew if we ran the way turned out in droves to be the first to see the we wanted to we’d win races in the end,” first installment of Harry Potter and the Miles Pierce, senior, said. Deathly Hallows. With such a big crowd, After winning all of their races they mayhem ensued, namely in the form of went into district with a confident air. costume battles. The intricately woven With a plan to go easy and let the other world of Harry Potter has created for us teams lead, they capitalized on a slow a myriad of fantastical outfits to wear and start to take first place led by Weston show off HP fan pride. When asked about O’Donnell, senior, who outran vista costumes from midnight showings past, Ridge’s Aurelio Silva to win. Following Chelsea Hollenbeck, senior, had some their dominant performance at district, the great ideas. T-Wolves faced a stiffer test in the region “[People could be] golden Snitches, meet where they faced off against vista in golden leggings and wings. I’ve never Ridge, Smithson valley and last year’s seen Hedwig, but that would be cool, to national champions, Boerne Champion. dress in all white and maybe wear a scarf,” Once again the team rose to the challenge. Hollenbeck said. Running the full squad for only the second A major concern of audiences is time this season, they won comfortably; whether the movie stays true to the book. finishing 54 points clear of second place The reason behind cutting The Deathly vista Ridge. Hallows into two parts was to make it “[It was] very exciting; a good possible to include as many details from confidence booster,” James McIlwain, the book as possible. sophomore, said, “We were in a tough photo by Hannah Jane DeCiutiis “I know a lot of people who watch region and it made a big statement. It was Allie Rollins, Mallory Robertson and Brianna Goulet, seniors, discuss a No Place For Hate event during a scheduling meeting December 9. No Place the movies are fans of the books,” Justin a reassurance that we could do well in For Hate is planning events to have throughout the second semester at Cedar Park, including a themed week of dress up days, an after school book Marcelo, sophomore, said. “It was a state.” reading and a hallway decorating event where students sign an anti-defamation petition. good idea to split the movie in two parts. That race lead the team to a spot It allows the filmmakers to tell the story as favorites to win the 4A state meet JARED MADDOX “The goal,” Barrientes said, “is to no matter what their ethnicity, religion, more in depth. The length of the movie November 13 after knocking out last The news is rampant with stories really embrace, appreciate, and celebrate or sexual orientation. Some events will will be pretty proportional to how the year’s state and national winners, Boerne of harassment and statistics on rising diversity.” occur during school in which everyone books are.” Champion. bullying in schools and online. No level No matter who a person is surrounded can participate and other will take place Attendance of the midnight premiere The girls’ team has also impressed of education, elementary through college, by, No Place for Hate wants to encourage outside of school hours involving certain was also a concern as it was scheduled this year. After losing a promising group is immune to the effects of intolerance, a higher level of respect and a greater students. to premier on a school night, possibly of freshmen to the new vandegrift High prejudice and ignorance which are acceptance for those people. “The school is going to have a resulting in smaller turnouts than if it School, the team got a shot in the arm last the seeds of bullying. In response to Mallory Robertson, senior at Cedar multicultural dress up week,” Barrientes had been on a Friday or Saturday night. year with a large new group of freshmen. this growing issue many schools have Park, has taken initiative to help in this said. “We will also have a multicultural However, avid HP fans weren’t deterred. Now sophomores, this group has really scrambled for ways to ensure their effort by promoting No Place for Hate as fair in which students will read a part of a “The fact that it is a school day will improved. students’ safety. Cedar Park has found the group’s student leader. book in twenty-nine different languages.” not keep anyone from going. Everyone “After district last year, Coach [Sheard] its own answer to society’s mounting “I think No Place for Hate will have A local group with a similar purpose will go—it is a culture phenomenon,” showed us a virtual meet [with people’s intolerance with the establishment of new a good impact because people will better has also been introduced to CPHS this Hollenbeck said. personal bests] on the computer showing student organizations. Clubs like Random recognize cultural differences of other school year. Random Acts of Kindness, The mood at the Lakeline Mall Cinema how good we could be,” Brianna Menard, Acts of Kindness and No Place For Hate people,” Robertson said. also known as RAK club, has been created at midnight November 18 was very sophomore, said, “That really motivated are helping to make Cedar Park a more Many schools throughout the United in an attempt to transform the atmosphere relaxed; organized lines and comfortably us to train well and we focused on that.” accepting place for all people. States support this organization and Cedar of the high school and the community filled theaters prevailed over the chaotic At district, the team went hunting Tracey Barrientes, Assistant Principal Park High School is currently working on around it. and confused crowds of midnight for gold and found it. Star freshman and faculty leader of No Place for Hate becoming NPH certified. To do this, the “I am hoping to make Cedar Park a premieres past. Brittney Innis led the way winning the at Cedar Park High School, is among students must sign a petition declaring friendlier place,” Basim Shalab, senior Fans showed their HP pride mostly race, while the rest of the team also ran a select group determined to create an themselves as people who will strive to be and cofounder of RAK club, explained. through homemade t-shirts sporting well to place first in the meet. After that environment of appreciation and respect hate-free and respectful to all people. “Ultimately, I want to see a mass change sayings such as ‘The Chosen One’ and impressive performance the team moved at Cedar Park. By bringing No Place “We want to get as many students as in the Austin area. Our main purpose is to ‘The Weird Sisters,’ with a few diehards on to the regional meet in San Antonio for Hate to the school, Barrientes hopes possible to sign the agreement to turn our spread kindness and have it paid forward.” in cloaks. Chapter two of The Deathly with an eye on qualifying for state. Like to bring an increased respect for the school into a certified No Place for Hate As kindness is shared, the club hopes Hallows was reenacted with an abundance the boys’ team, they won their region by individuality of others to all of the school’s Community,” Robertson said. it will spread throughout the community of Harrys walking around the theater, but a respectable 14 points. This holds more students. The initiative was started by the Once certified, Cedar Park can begin and even to other communities outside of most people were dressed in decidedly significance for the girls’ team after not Anti-Defamation League with the goal of hosting No Place for Hate events that will Cedar Park. In fact, it has already seen this Muggle attire. qualifying for state the past six years. eliminating unfair biases individuals tend help encourage the respect of all people, begin to take place. to hold against each other. continued on page 12 continued on page 2 continued on page 4 Second period representatives Football makes phenomenal run in playoffs PAIgE CLEvEN Breaking up the council into committees KRISTEN SMITH a major road bump. Standout quarterback for the duration of the season. With Hogan New faces have arrived in Student is important to get Student Council The Cedar Park football team wrapped Brian Hogan injured his knee in the second injured, Smithson valley began to give Council meetings: the second period involved in as many projects as possible. up an extremely successful season quarter, and was to remain on the sidelines continued on page 12 representatives, a fresh idea that Student As the weeks go on, committee goals will December 4 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Council devised to provide more voice be reached and changes will gradually be Memorial Stadium. Their stellar season from the student body. The idea for the made, but attaining these goals will take culminated with an impressive 13-1 second period representatives was broached time and every step is a challenge. record. The Cedar Park football team set a by Jim Tarvin, the student council’s new “We get more input from new people, high bar for future teams to be measured faculty advisor. [so] we’re starting to get our big ideas by; their run in the playoffs this year has “It was an idea that I brought to Student going,” Allie Rollins, senior class president, exceeded accomplishments made by their Council to consider,” Jim Tarvin, advisor said. “getting everyone involved is proving predecessors. to the CPHS Student Council, said “They to be a challenge; people are afraid to speak By the middle of the season, Cedar Park could get more help and buy-in to activities, up and have an opinion in things”. fans and players alike were well aware that more people to work on projects and be in Participation is not the only issue; it was the Timberwolves could make a run in the touch with more people on a regular basis.” an undertaking to get 76 elections to take playoffs. However, it became crystal clear It is too early to see the impact of the place in such a short period of time. Though, by the end of the season, after Cedar Park second period representatives, but the with 76 new members added to the Student beat three time defending state champions first meeting was very well attended. Council, the group will have the bulk of the Lake Travis in the District Championship However, the next couple of meetings had school standing behind them for support in that they quite possibly could make it all a dwindling amount of representatives. facing big issues, namely aesthetic changes the way to the state final. With a new advisor, current council leaders to the campus—STUCO would like to fill “Beating a team like Lake Travis really have formulated ambitious new goals for in the giant circle in the court yard with gave the team the confidence that they the student body and school as a whole. a large oak tree and benches around it to could beat a good quality team,” Coach “We are currently forming committees,” create more or a ‘college campus’ feel. Brittain said. Tarvin said. “How well this works depends Also, ideas for a ‘serenity walk’ to be put in In the first round of playoffs, November on how the meetings go and what kind besides the cafeteria are up for discussion. 12, Cedar Park hosted the LBJ Jaguars of products come out of the committees. To create more option for seating, heavy- at gupton Stadium. The Jaguars were We have to pick out the priorities for the duty picnic tables will be placed outdoors no match for the Timberwolves and the student body and go after these initiatives to stay permanently. With a goal of ‘greater Timberwolves won with ease 70-21. one at a time. That is why the committees representation’ not only will the ideas of Not all games would be a day at the park are so important, if we have four or five students be heard in STUCO meetings, the however. Smithson valley stood in Cedar photo by Samantha Coen each tackling an issue, we can get four or ideas of the council members themselves Park’s way in the second round, and by the Greg Sahebi, senior, runs the ball against Lake Travis at the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium five things done.” continued on page 2 end of the second half Cedar Park faced December 4. The Timberwolves finished their playoff run at DKR Stadium after their best season yet. Class of ‘06 Graduate Bikes for I N S I D E Cross Country In the Ring Cancer This year’s Varsity Cross Country team finished out their WikiLeaks is a public website that “leaks” secret CP alumnus Lauren Waldrop participated in a season with a State Championship. Read about their government documents. Is it right? Is it dangerous? 4,500 mile bike ride to spread cancer awareness. victories and their road to glory. Our reporters debate the issue... In the Ring! Read her inspiring story and how she helped find the cure for cancer one mile at a time. story in sports story in voice page 11 page 5 story in news Austin Arthouse page 2 Holly Chisholm, one of NASA plans a trip to Mars The Wolfpack’s own staff Jasmine’s Bears members, ventured to check New discoveries in space travel have made the out the Austin Arthouse. Students at CPHS are collecting teddy bears for previously impossible passage to Mars viable. Learn Read her personal account children at Dell Hospital. Find out what inspired what these new discoveries are and how they are of the experience. them and what you can do to help. planning this trip. story in features story in news story in technology page 8 page 3 page 10 02 Students Speak Out “I have applied to two schools and I am applying to pagetwo six.” school/news How many schools have you applied to and how many more do you plan on applying to? Thursday, December 16, 2010 Haley Bastien, senior Making a Dead Sea Scrolls open STUCO expands difference NATHAN SMITH caves surrounding the salty body allow linguists and translators to continued from oriented, more widespread— The Israel Antiquities of water. These scrolls, some of double check verses and passages REPRESENTATIVES on cover involving the school more, getting Authority (IAA), in conjunction which date back more than two of compilations like the Bible will be brought into the classrooms the school aware of all the projects continued from CLUBS on cover with google, announced October millennia, predate the time of and give clearer, more accurate when the representatives relay the we are trying to do,” Rollins said. 19 that they would be digitally Jesus Christ. They teach scholars translations. important points of the meetings to As long as projects are “Kindness is contagious,” publishing their entire collection much about early Judaism in the The Dead Sea Scrolls were first their represented class. accomplished, second period Shalab noted. “As soon as Cedar of fragments of the Dead Sea Hellenistic period, show slight imaged in the 1950s and ever since, The committees have initiatives representatives will stay in Park picks it up, other places will Scrolls online for public developments in the written only a handful of consortiums that they will be working toward Student Council for years to come. pick it up and it will continue to access. This scholarly and scholars have accomplishing this year, such Questions about the longevity of spread. I think vandergrift has endeavor, as stated by been allowed to access as getting certain senior parking second period reps only arise with already started their own RAK IAA general Director the fragile materials, privileges such as a designated a lack of attendance at meetings club and Ingram Tom Moore High Shuka Dorfman, will with very strict time section for seniors to park, as and committee meetings, and School, 150 miles away, has heard be a great step in limits on how long the an incentive for seniors to get not speaking up, but if these about it and started one as well. helping people better scrolls can be studied parking permits. Committees will committees do meet and produce I really hope the student body in understand the nature in person. But with also look into making Timberwolf results, than this change could be LISD picks this up and will start and traditions of ancient the help of easy access Drive—the road commonly here to stay. RAK at the other schools in the Judaism and early Internet and google’s associated as a ‘worker’s entrance’ district.” Christianity. innovative quick- or ‘secret entrance’—another Every other week, the club hosts Because of the translation systems, the viable entrance to the Cedar Park an activity which involves some fragility of the scrolls will be easily campus. Senior privileges like off- sort of random act of kindness. fragments in IAA’s accessible in many campus lunches are also open to For their first activity, they gave possession, the most different languages, being discussed. away Kool-Aid and complimented delicate technological including English. “We are trying to be more school people as they handed it out. On methods will be utilized Although it is the weeks they don’t do these in imaging the writings not yet known what activities, the leaders of the club and displaying them for methods will be host a meeting in which they all to see on the Internet. offered in accessing bring awareness to the power that Spectral and infrared these fragments random acts of kindness can have. imaging will be used online, google’s Aside from spreading kindness, because conventional head of research and the group also hopes it is casting photographic methods development in Israel, out negative attitudes people tend would damage Yossi Matias, assures to have for one another. the images on the people that methods “I also want to eliminate fragments. With the are in the works, bullying, name-calling, and all Dead Sea Scrolls describing it as “an open other forms of oppression,” Shalab remotely accessible, platform and an open said. anyone can look up the approach.” With such wonderful and fragments and study Although the IAA and powerful groups growing in our them without risk of damaging Hebrew language and even give Google have not given any definite school, across the community, and the weathered mediums that they a clearer image of the shift from release date, the IAA predicts that around the country, it appears hope are written on, to avoid subjecting Judaism to early Christianity. the fragments will be online within is making more of a presence than them to constant poking and But it is not just scholars that months. For this project, the IAA ever before. prodding from researchers. have found great value in the has raised 3.5 million dollars. The Dead Sea Scrolls – Dead Sea Scrolls in the past; With this sufficient funding and some 900 manuscripts written many Christians and Jews have the assistance of some of the finest on papyrus, leather and copper benefited from the translations of technological tools available, the and comprised of over 30,000 these ancient manuscripts. The images of the Dead Sea Scrolls fragments – were first discovered Dead Sea Scrolls have given should be available to anyone by a nomadic shepherd in 1947 us far more ancient accounts of from grade-schoolers to top-notch photo by Jim Tarvin southeast of Jerusalem in a cave biblical and apocryphal texts that researchers. Student Council has their first meeting with the newly elected second period near the Dead Sea. In the decades translators were using before – representatives September 30 in the lecture hall. The second period reps were a following, many more fragments even some which are not in any new addition to the student council on campus this year and have become an easy and scrolls were discovered in Judeo-Christian canon – which photo courtesy of Wikipedia way for students to get more involved in the changes they want to see on campus. CP alumnus bikes across continent for cancer cure LEAH MULALY rode in the hopes that we’d be able found that she had pseudomyxoma cancer affects everyone in some Cedar Park High School’s alumni to spread the news about cancer peritonei, a rare cancer associated form or fashion.” often go on to do great things after awareness and cancer prevention with the appendix. She is now in her The T4K raises cancer graduation, whether it’s starting across the continent.” sixth year of treatment, undergoing awareness along two routes—the a band and touring the country, Waldrop joined the ride for chemotherapy after having three Rockies Route and the Coastal creating a business selling self- her mother, Kristina Waldrop, surgeries. Route. Both routes began June 5 in made items, or biking across North who was diagnosed with cancer “When my mother was first Cedar Park and concluded August America for cancer awareness, like during Waldrop’s freshman year diagnosed, I truly did not understand 13 in Anchorage. The riders are Lauren Waldrop, class of 2006. of high school at CPHS. Doctors the weight of such a disease and the constantly pedaling for a total of This summer, Waldrop participated didn’t know what was causing her burden that it places upon family 70 days. Waldrop participated in in the charity bike ride known as pain until they operated on her and friends,” Waldrop said. “At that the Rockies Route, which took her the Sense Corp Texas 4000 (T4K). excessively distended abdomen and point I hadn’t really recognized that through several cities in Oklahoma, The T4K is the longest annual Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and charity ride in the world, beginning Canada. in Austin, Texas and going all the The trip to raise cancer awareness way to Anchorage, Alaska—over begins not with the start of the bike 4,500 miles. Each rider has to raise ride in 2010, but back in 2009. In 4,500 dollars before the ride, and a fall of the year before the trip, the majority of the money goes to MD team fundraises, organizes the trip, Anderson Cancer Research Center. reaches out to the community and photos courtesy of Lauren Waldrop The T4K has occurred for the trains for the physical demands of Lauren Waldrop visits with her mother for the first time in three months on the past four summers, and the 2010 the bike ride. The T4K is annual, morning before riding into Anchorage, the team’s final destination. Waldrop’s team had 53 total team members, but each rider may only ride once. mother was her inspiration for participating in the 4500 mile charity ride. all of which are students at the “It’s quite a rigorous application University of Texas at Austin. The and interview process and once as the Rockies travel and logistics to accomplish her goals of making riders’ mission is to fight cancer you’ve made the team the hard chair, making her responsible people aware of rare types of by sharing hope, knowledge and work has only just begun,” Waldrop for planning the exact route and cancer that may go unnoticed and charity across the United States and said. ensuring that the team had a place educating them on the importance Canada. Along the way, the riders Waldrop and another team to sleep and food to eat every night. of prevention and early detection. stop to visit hospitals, churches member were Summer Tribute “My experience was a little Waldrop rode for her mother and and other organizations to discuss coordinators, collecting Silent different from everyone else’s everyone she met along the way their ride and their mission to fight Auction donations over the summer because of all the responsibility that who had been affected by cancer, a cancer. with help from the rest of the 2010 I took on, but it was totally worth truly rewarding experience. “All of us on the team were team and coordinating volunteers it and I don’t think I’d have it any riding for different reasons and all for the Tribute gala, a large event other way,” Waldrop said. of us for different types of cancer,” that honors the previous year’s team Waldrop’s experience with the Waldrop said. “We all rode for Triumphantly raising her bike, Lauren Waldrop takes a break from her 4500 mile and raises money for the upcoming T4K team and her biking adventure bike ride in Oklahoma. Waldrop participated in the T4K for cancer awareness. team’s voyage. Waldrop also served across the continent allowed her the promise of a cure but we also World News Map UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM Proposition 8, a statute proposing a ban on same WikiLeaks founder Julian sex marriage, reached the Assange was held in custody California federal appeals without bail in London while court on the grounds that it his extradition to Sweden on violated Constitutional rights. charges of sexual assault is weighed in court. COLUMBIA A massive landslide in Bello, Colombia buried over 100 people underground, killing at least 23 and injuring many others, with many more still NIGERIA awaiting rescue. The worst outbreak of lead poisoning ever recorded NORTH KOREA killed tens of thousands in North Korean artillery was northern Nigeria after citizens fired from Pyongyang towards unknowingly began mining the South Korean island of lead while searching for gold. Yeonpyeong in one of the worst clashes since the end of the Korean War. “I haven’t applied to any “I have applied to six schools already and I plan on “I have applied to three pagethree 03 schools and I am applying to applying to eleven.” and I am applying to four.” one.” school/news Sam Pelle, senior Ariel San Miguel, senior Hannah Dondlinger, senior Thursday, December 16, 2010 graphic by Leah Mulaly Un-“bear”-ably charitable time here at school. Once we drag ourselves back here in January, we will face the ever-looming responsibilities of homework, AP AMANDA WESTON tests and, for those lucky enough to Inspired by the heartwarming be seniors, graduation. In addition experiences of a fellow student and Letter from the to these momentous events, the cancer survivor, the Peer Assistance and Leadership students – or PALs Editors Editors will also be prepping next year’s leadership team in the – are conducting a teddy bear Beth Rozacky process of creating a newspaper. drive to provide stuffed animals to Slowly (and possibly painfully) young patients in Dell Children’s Mallory Robertson we will be passing down our years Hospital. of knowledge to our bright-eyed Jasmine’s Bears, named after up-and-comers. Soon, they too Jasmine Subia, sophomore, began will become well versed in the November 1 and ended December forgotten and ever-useful arts of 15. Subia’s idea for the charity story editing, picture cropping, stemmed from her experiences It’s that time of year again, It feels like it took forever to get appropriate gutter spacing and text- of having a teddy bear with her though it seems trite to say so. to this point, with countless hours wrapping. Just as this knowledge while in the hospital. The PALs The Wolfcast is playing holiday of slogging through homework was crammed into our noggins, are working in association with tunes during every passing assignments and endless projects we’ll put it into the minds of our many other CPHS organizations period, the weather is turning and presentations separating us replacements. Though we speak of including National Honor Society colder, decorations are going from painfully short weekends. it sardonically, we know we will and Key Club to collect new, up in hallways and on houses, We passed through days in a fog of miss some of the more particular medium-sized teddy bears as well finals are fast approaching and rushed work, myopically focused skills we’ve acquired in newspaper as funds to purchase bears. photo by Tiffani Randolph students everywhere are counting on here-and-now goals of getting class. Where else could we have “[We want to help] some Carolanne Camden and Holly Kosarek, seniors, put up flyers with PALS for Jasmine’s down the meager days left in through classes. In our drudgery, learned to juggle seven story children at Dell Children’s Bears around the school. Jasmine’s Bears encourages all students to donate new the first semester. Even the most we tend to forget just how quickly deadlines with five AP classes? Hospital have a little joy during teddy bears, with 100% of the donations going to Dell Children’s Hospital. cynical person may be touched this first semester blew past. It From what other elective do we a difficult time,” Suzanne Taylor, by that thought, foregoing a ‘Bah seems like only yesterday we were gain so many leadership and team PALs teacher, said. “Children need about the project and believe that people. I love getting together as a Humbug’ in favor of more colorful attending the first day of school skills? When we graduate in June, little moments of happiness when their goal of 2,000 dollars worth class and making posters and signs exclamations of celebration, for or cheering wildly in the stands we will lose one of our outlets for their days are filled with sadness.” of bears is achievable. They have and getting people to donate.” revelers and disparagers alike during the season-opening game. these talents. More than that, we The drive is entirely student set up a bear donation box outside One hundred percent of the can find joy in a fast-approaching For those of us here at The will be leaving a family we’ve led, with the PALs conducting and of Taylor’s classroom, AW109, proceeds benefit Dell Children’s break from school. We’re all Wolfpack, the Winter Break means bonded with over long work nights organizing the drive. The PALs and change collection bags in Hospital. Bears can be placed in the waiting for the calendar to say something a little more than a and crushing deadlines. We will fifth period class is heading the classrooms. When the students donation box outside of AW109, ‘Winter Break’ so we can put this mercifully long two week vacation miss them when the time comes, charity. are not visiting the elementary or and funds can be given to any PAL first semester far behind us and from school (though that is a vERY but let’s not get too far ahead “I wanted to be involved [in middle schools or working on other or club with collection boxes. After dive head first into a holiday filled important aspect). This blissful of ourselves—we have a whole Jasmine’s Bears] because it’s class activities, they make posters the bear donation period closes with family, friends, traditions recess from day to day schooling semester to get through. in my heart to do it,” Ashley and campaign for bear donations December 15, monetary donations and, most importantly, no school. is the halfway marker for our Dittus, junior and secretary of the from students. can still be made online. The PALs organization, said. “[My favorite “[Jasmine’s Bears] has potential greatly appreciate any donations part] is the PALs classes working to be a great organization,” Kaytlin to help reach their goal to “make a together. I’m really excited and Meyer, junior, said. “I love helping life happier.” glad to be doing this.” out [and] it gives me a chance Many of the PALs are passionate to really fulfill my want to help photo by Mallory Robertson Suzanne Taylor’s fifth period PALs class shows off the accumulation of teddy bears that they started collecting for the Jasmine’s Bears drive in mid November. Inspired by a CPHS student, they have collected over 200 bears and hope to collect their goal of 500 by the end of the drive December 15. Happy Holidays from The Wolfpack staff! 04 Students Speak Out “The moon landing is a conspiracy; next to Neil pagefour Armstrong’s foot there is a skull, so, either that is an news/voice What government secrets are going to be exposed by WikiLeaks? alien or a robot. I think more information about that will be exposed.” Thursday, December 16, 2010 Morgan Sullivan, sophomore Blogging: a idea of what they mean. On the opposite end of the spectrum, blogging is intimate. It can become a journal to express Harry Potter premiere one’s thoughts, struggles or continued from HARRY POTTER public diary insecurities. A faceless audience, on cover one that cannot accuse or Holly highly therapeutic. embarrass, is Chisholm The movie stayed very true Holly Chisholm Sometimes, a particularly intimate to the first half of the book, with piece of information will leave me dialogue matching verbatim in feeling differently about a person, some parts. and I often question the concept of “The books are more detailed privacy on the internet. However, and insightful because you can see Ah, that famous paradox: “If handful of people. If television I admire that people are willing to into the characters’ heads,” Kirstie a tree falls in a forest and no one and radio are the McDonalds of own up to their own imperfections. Lee, senior, said. “The movie did is around to hear it, does it make social media, blogging is the hole- Confessing disappointments in a a fairly decent job of capturing all a sound?” As I sign in to my blog, in-the-wall locally-owned, ultra- blog is the equivalent of writing the actions of the book.” I wonder the same thing: “Does vegan café down the street. Mass an angry letter; one can get out all Harry Potter and the Deathly anyone care about what I have media appeals to its audience by their nasty feelings and throw them Hallows: Part One has proven to say?” My almost immediate offering a few things that almost away-no harm done. My general itself to be fantastical; will part two answer is, “No, not really.” But everyone likes; blogging appeals to rule for posting personal stories provide the wicked ending that the consistently, I and millions of the masses by offering an endless is to imagine the press finding fans are seeking? others continue to blog. Why? menu of things that only a few my blog 30 years later when I The whole concept of blogging resembles a bizarre form of people might like. am running for president. If the content could be used to smear my Color Harry Potter! pageantry. Showy displays of obscure tastes in music, fashion, “ If television and radio campaign, I figure it’s not worth posting. literature or comedy are the norm: are the McDonald’s of Perhaps the most confusing part from half-focused black and white social media, blogging about blogging is that it’s taboo in photos to videos of dancing cats the real world. When I reference to weighty political commentary. is the hole-in-the-wall, something I read on a blog, or Celebrity status is available locally-owned, ultra- (heaven forbid) mention that I have virtually on-demand. For example, one, I instantly feel as if I have on the blogging site Tumblr, one vegan café down the given away the key to my private may “like,” follow or “reblog” street.” life. Sure, if some kid in Ohio people and posts that they find knows of my secret love of 80’s interesting. The internet provides I often wonder after scrolling glam rock, who cares? But that a virtually endless audience for though literally dozens of pages kid in my physics class? Knowing aspiring artists, musicians or mini- and thousands of images, “What that someone could research me celebrities. am I getting out of reading other’s as easily as they could Abraham As I browse through my people’s blogs?” Sure, cat pictures Lincoln is slightly terrifying. subscribed blogs, I consume image are funny, but blogging is virtually The line between obscurity and after image, videos and indirect useless if all I do is passively identity becomes blurred in the rants peppered throughout a mire consume. Thankfully, creativity realms of the internet and reality. of media. I am like a frenzied is what keeps the “blogosphere” For example, the “magazine” shopper, picking out the things I alive. effect becomes highly apparent in want and ignoring everything else. A blank page can be daunting, real life, saying volumes about a Organization is the double- especially if you are catering person’s true character as opposed edged sword of blogging. My your emotions and thoughts to to who they visualize themselves preferences are easily categorized: an audience. Unlike speaking out to be. At the same time, blogging I am only allowed to “like” things; loud, words on a blog can be edited can help you realize you may in everything else is discarded and planned much more efficiently fact have more in common with a as unimportant. It is easy to and precisely. There is a sort of person then you originally thought: get overwhelmed by the sheer escape in being able to create a “You share a fear of hairless amount information available. persona or image for oneself. This animals too? How cool!” However, blogging helps ease this “magazine” effect of censoring So, I am a single tree in a forest bombardment, fine-tuning what I and changing one’s image is of millions. I realize that no one consume based on what I already incredibly appealing to generations really cares much about what I enjoy. The downside to removing who have been subjected to the have to say, but maybe that’s not all this excess is that it limits my idea of perfectionism and well- the point. Perhaps it is not how perspective to a narrow channel rounded social lives. I am able to many people hear a tree fall, but of information and leaves gaps make people think I use words like the act of falling that is significant. in what I experience. Effectively, “quintessential” or “effervescing” Fear of not being heard should not blogs form highly specific in normal conversation, when keep anyone from speaking their subcultures that only appeal to a actually I don’t have the foggiest mind. graphic by Holly Chisholm Staying healthy this holiday season MOLLY MCILLECE over-the-counter medications don’t seem to Around this time of year it becomes get the job done.” difficult to appreciate the holidays because As holiday decorations are pulled out and of our annoyances called allergens. Most family photo ops are taken, students hope to students surprisingly don’t know how be relieved of their allergies. For those who to subdue allergies, thus students end up would like to stay allergy-free or be freed suffering around the holidays. The first from the allergy, there is hope. step is to be educated about allergies in “The best advice I can give a student is order to insure an enjoyable holiday season. to wash their hands in order to stay allergy “An allergy is something that triggers a free. To insure your best health, drink lots of histamine response in your body,” Nancy clear fluids and get a lot of sleep,” Shields Shields, Cedar Park High School nurse, said. said. “Home remedies such as eating honey “This year alone we had ten inches of rainfall with the particular pollen you are allergic and when you have that much moisture, there to is said to be an alternative. The Neti Pot, is going to be a much higher level of pollen nasal irrigation, and humidifiers are said to be in the air.” effective too.” Allergies are a problem to many students. Allergies often lead students into a sticky They interrupt a good night’s rest and disturb situation, forcing some to go to extreme many who try to work diligently during lengths. school. Students learn that ignoring an allergy “Allergies are sometimes too much to doesn’t make it go away. handle,” Shields, said. “In that circumstance “They interrupt me while I’m working,” seeing your doctor or getting an allergy shot Connor Bruns, senior, said. “I try so hard to would be the best option.” get my work done during school, but I end photo by Tiffani Randolph The holidays are a time of relaxation and up having an allergy attack. I then have to get Sarah Worth, senior, washes her hands at work to surrounding oneself with loved ones, so being up and blow my nose; it’s not fun. I usually prevent spreading germs. As the holiday season stirs relieved of allergies during this time of year is have a runny nose, congestion and nasal up allergies, washing one’s hands can help boost the a gift in itself. inflammation during this time of year. And immune system and help people stay healthy. The answers can all be found in this issue of The Wolfpack! “Probably the inflation rate, it’s 4 percent or 5 percent, “Global warming could be a conspiracy because they want “Skewed information that they have been giving pagefive 05 and it should be in the double to scare you into thinking you us. Maybe they changed digits. ” must rely on the government. information to make it sound They are just finding ways to get money out of you.” better.” voice Matthew Masters, senior Becca Sims, junior Devon Sattler, sophomore Thursday, December 16, 2010 austerity measures. In the UK, the newly elected Conservative Politics across the pond - Liberal Democrat coalition, an Wolfpack Staff alliance between the Conservative Anti-Muslim America 2010-2011 Party (no prizes for guessing their views) and the Liberal-Democrats Richard Weeks (the centrist party) to gain the Jared Maddox majority in Parliament, has Editors announced sweeping budget cuts Mallory Robertson and new ways of meeting costs. Elizabeth Rozacky The spending on the military has been cut; resulting in Britain’s If we are to believe the recent as a rallying point for the general flagship carrier being scrapped two The freedom of speech and of enemy of peace? furor, the people of the United frustration towards government. years ahead of schedule. Britain the press has always been highly Sure, people claiming to be Story Managers States of America are frustrated In this respect, both sides of the also struck a deal with France to valued by the American people. Muslim have killed innocent Hannah Jane DeCiutiis with their government. Specifically, Atlantic are frustrated, though for share military resources so that The first amendment to the U.S. people. 9/11 was one of the Amanda Weston they want less of it. However, this opposite reasons. While America is both nations can cut back on their Constitution was made to protect greatest tragedies America has is not the same throughout the all for slashing budgets and getting military budgets. It’s not all doom them. There have, however, always ever seen. I will not for a second Design and Proof Manager world. In fact, there have been rid of perceived waste, Europe and gloom in Europe; germany’s been some basic limitations on attempt to justify terrorism, but let Leah Mulaly riots over austerity measures in is less happy with cutting back. strong private sector has helped this freedom. Despite every man’s me make myself very clear: Islam Photography and Web Manager greece. Meanwhile in France Healthcare and social welfare drag it back to its feet, but only guaranteed freedom of speech, one is not terrorism. If anything, the Tiffani Randolph there have been crippling strikes are sacrosanct but hard times are with the aid of other measures to cannot legally falsely shout “fire” Islam religion is the antithesis of due to the rising retirement age. taking their toll on the system reform banking. in a crowded theater. Because the terrorism. Just like Christianity London has seen similar riots from and government is threatening to While all of this is going on goal of protection of speech is or Judaism, the religion ought not Business Manager disenfranchised students protesting cut down on them. If cuts were abroad, little is happening in the ultimately the protection of the to be measured by a fraction of Evan Tormollen tuition increases. These issues do to be made to Social Security or US. Obama stormed into office people, there are naturally some people, but rather by the book on not seem horrific to people here, Medicare in the US, large portions with a message of change in limitations. The press has recently which it was founded. The Qur’an but in Europe, a different way of of the country would also be up in Washington, but so far he has not caused a disruption of peace in does not advocate for the use of Advertising Manager thinking and the current economic arms; if not younger voters like in been able to follow through with America far greater in magnitude needless violence and destruction, Ryan Whittington climate have combined to change France, then certainly the majority all of his promises. The status quo than any one man in a theater but rather for peace and hope. the way in which their government of middle-aged to retired people. has not changed in this country, could ever cause. Oppression of Just as Hitler used the belief works. It isn’t just France straining either: whereas the rest of the world the Islam culture and religion in the Christian god to justify Staff Reporters While many people here believe greece had a massive debt of €262 has moved on to deal with their is alienating a large fraction of genocide, modern terrorists use the Holly Chisholm Kristen Smith that socialism is not the way to billion ($344 billion) in 2009. This problems rather than fighting off America’s population and putting belief in the Islam Allah to justify Nathan Smith Paige Cleven go, people in Europe entertain the amount was too much for their crises. the American people in danger. mass destruction. Does this mean Jacob Correll Jared Maddox idea that people should have the government to handle, and had This cannot continue. While it Anti-Muslim propaganda and Christians are all racists and white chance to be economically equal. Alex Mendoza Emily Jochimsen to be bailed out by the rest of the has been pointed out that Europe’s news is causing a return to the supremacists? On the contrary, just They put up with high taxes in European Union. However, this prejudice America saw during as Hitler was not representative Molly McIllece Richard Weeks recovery is lagging behind the the belief that society, through the bail out came with strings: greece United States’, they are dealing the 1800s against other minority of the Christian faith, foreign government, will look after them. had to reign in their budget quickly Photographers with the longer term problems. groups. Citizens of our country terrorists are not representative of So when the French see that they and implement measures to get are hearing that we ought to fear the Islam faith. Samantha Coen Balancing budgets and forcing can no longer retire at 60, they their economy and debt back on Muslims, as if a man must carry a If an entire region and culture Jasmine Subia changes are not going to kick-start react badly. They see it as their track. This meant cut backs on the economy, but it will help to bomb with him in order to be a part can be judged based on such a Laurel Wieland right that after decades of working welfare and increased taxes, which prevent future disasters. In the US, of the Islam faith. I would argue small, distantfraction of its people, hard for society. This view is not went against the ideas of the newly the focus on the short term and lack that it is, in fact, quite the opposite. any group of people could be Faculty Advisor uncommon; bear in mind that this elected prime minister from the of reform in expensive areas of the The Qur’an, the sacred text of the considered terrorists. No religion, Jim Tarvin is the place where the so-called Panhellenic Socialist Movement budget will only create problems Islam faith, considers peace to be of ethnicity, or country is free from nanny state developed. People (PASOK). This, coupled with for the future. high importance, only advocating terrorism; whether we look at the across Europe trust that their a high unemployment rate, led any kind of violence as a form of people of Islam, the Anglo race, government will protect their well- initially to protests and then riots. self-defense. It emphasizes the or the American population, a Editorial Policy being and the people feel that their While these are strong reactions, importance of limiting violence, terrorist group can be found. There government’s ability to protect greece and France are not the only when it is necessary. Why then is no sense in associating Muslims The Wolfpack is a student them is being threatened. countries tackling budget issues. does much of American media with terrorism unless we are to newspaper published by the The French for example, are Most of Europe is in some way Newspaper class at Cedar Park (and even many American citizens) associate ourselves with terrorism High School. It is established as using the rising retirement age slashing budgets and implementing consider the Muslim religion an as well. an open forum intended for the free and uninhibited exchange of WikiLeaks reveals classified information ideas between the students and staff of Cedar Park High School. Its purpose is to inform, educate and incite thought and debate regarding school, local, national and world RICHARD WEEKS the thousands of notes and letters while Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi international relations. They needs to be transparent and if the issues. All articles and editorials International relations can be marked “secret,” new information is said to go around with a world’s governments can’t do that will be written in an entertaining contend, along with Secretary of yet informative way that maintains tense at the best of times, but they has been revealed on the nature of “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian State Hillary Clinton, that foreign on their own, proponents argue journalistic integrity. The views have potentially been made more so US relations and views of foreign nurse. They have also revealed policy is best created when in that someone should create that printed in The Wolfpack do not by the release of more than 250,000 countries. other nations’ views of each other; possession of all of the facts. For transparency. There has also been necessarily reflect the views of messages from US embassies These diplomatic cables have the most informative was that this to happen, the government says the argument that news channels Leander Independent School around the globe. The whistle- caused some embarrassment for the China is becoming frustrated with that their diplomats must trust that are no longer delivering important District. blower site WikiLeaks, the group United States. Several heads of state their ally North Korea. they can say whatever is necessary. news, just providing punditry. Letters to the Editors are responsible for releasing these have been depicted in a negative governments around the world They argue that if their messages Supporters claim that WikiLeaks encouraged and welcome. Any messages, gave these cables to light: Italian Prime Minister Silvio have joined the US in criticizing cannot be guaranteed as safe, they provides such news when others are letter submitted is subject to editing for length, content and grammar newspapers around the world: The Berlusconi was called feckless, vain the WikiLeaks release, exclaiming will hold back critical information. not supplying it. although the intended meaning guardian, The New York Times, and ineffective, French President about the need for privacy. They Meanwhile, supporters of Is Wikileaks a public servant or of the letter will not be changed. Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais. Nicolas Sarkozy was described claim that certain information, WikiLeaks argue that it is supposed a traitor? Our reporters debate these Letters may be brought to Room As their journalists trawl through as thin-skinned and authoritarian, if released, would damage to be damaging. government issues … In the Ring! A229, e-mailed to thewolfpack@ In The Ring: Should government documents be made public? leanderisd.org or mailed to the journalism department at Cedar Park High School. Some material is courtesy of American Society of Newspaper Editors/MCT Campus High John Locke, one of the greatest World Wide Web so that every compromising their intelligence has no higher moral standard and School Newspaper Service. influences on the Constitution John Doe can make informed information and diplomatic status. is equally if not more at fault for Production costs are covered during the birth of the United States decisions for the whole country. These informed public servants are disrupting global serenity than through the sale of advertising, and proponent for “life, liberty, Despite WikiLeaks’s slogans simply trying to do their jobs to keep any private indiscretion of a US subscriptions, and donations. and pursuit of happiness,” once proclaiming that it is “synonymous the American people physically embassy official. Advertising information can be advocated that the point of the with free speech,” leakage of and legally safe from both foreign The mission of WikiLeaks obtained by writing or calling the number below. government is to protect the rights classified information is not speech. and domestic threats and shouldn’t is to “keep governments open.” of the people, so long as the people According to Merriam-Webster, have to sacrifice their own rights to However, in the process they have comply with the statutes laid down speech refers to “the power of confidentiality in order to do so. spilled information that opens by their ruling body. This ruling expressing or communicating Aside from being generally the government in a harmful way, body would be under the control of thoughts by speaking.” Therefore, insulting, this document dump exposing national secrets that the people and only supply power expressing one’s thoughts, opinions is a breach of federal security. the people do not need to know through the consent of the governed. or criticisms of the government The documents published on and dually handing over free With these ideals the United States would be an excellent way to take WikiLeaks were made classified by information to enemies of the Constitution was written and advantage of one’s rights. Though government officials for a reason; United States. WikiLeaks founder applied to a bourgeoning nation of the Constitution permits radical sharing them with the world Julian Assange is not out to bring free men. Our government was set ideas to be expressed verbally, in could be considered espionage justice to the people; his moral up with a separation of powers so writing and even symbolically, the and serves no other purpose to track record will indicate the fact that American citizens could rest government maintains its own right the people than to allow them to that he is currently imprisoned In the Corner on the Right... easy knowing that, while corrupt to protect itself and its staff from further make needless complaints in the United Kingdom awaiting individuals may exist within our misinformed malcontents. The about the government and military. extradition to Sweden to face Hannah Jane government, the government as a leaking of government documents Among the documents are war criminal charges that have nothing DeCiutiis Cedar Park High School whole will still be held accountable thus breeches the limits of speech diaries, a crude video of innocents to do with WikiLeaks. Rather than 2150 Cypress Creek Road, Room A229 in its ability to protect our natural rights and hinders the government’s being killed in a Baghdad suburb playing the responsible role of a people and their government which Cedar Park, TX 78613 and Constitutional rights. Of these ability to protect its citizens. The and over 250,000 embassy cables nobly-intentioned journalist, he has could mean disaster in the future. unalienable rights, none has been safety of the American people as a ranging from “unclassified” to placed himself in the role of the 512-570-1233 (phone) more bastardized by the WikiLeaks whole shouldn’t be compromised “confidential”. Now that these files renegade bent on exposing the evils 512-570-1205 (fax) debate than the right of free speech. for the sake of “opening have been released to the public, the of American government. While the firstname.lastname@example.org Supporters of WikiLeaks argue governments” (another one of only things an everyday civilian can public may wish to entertain these that this freedom of speech allows WikiLeaks’s slogans). Nothing do with them is fume and complain ideas for a period of time in the heat them to legally splatter classified is more insulting to government about a corrupt government. This of the moment, it will inevitably government documents across the and military officials than dump serves no higher purpose, create a gap in the trust between the The Wolfpack Sponsors When President Obama began have not seen much improvement and politicians forget the very but the claim that the WikiLeaks The lack of truly incriminating 2010-2011 this term he called for transparency in this transparency and again we principles of free speech this nation dumps have been “A diplomatic documents that absolutely need to in his administration: something are relying on others to gather our was built on. 9-11” is completely bogus. I would be hidden, and the abundance of Leader of the Pack both parties and a majority of information, the website Wikileaks WikiLeaks can hardly be barely call this a diplomatic bowel unaware American’s accompanied Sponsors who have donated $100 or more the public wanted. With news took the task in their own hands. considered a threat to the nation. movement; it’s more like the burn by our governments terrible track becoming cable punditry, with In the past few months Wikileaks If it weren’t WikiLeaks then it book from mean girls, a teenager’s record with keeping the public Jim & Nancy Tarvin less focus on just reporting the has brought to light thousands of would be some other journalist diary mocking her peers. As of yet informed, gives us only one answer issues, America could no longer classified, declassified, and secret out to show the truth to America’s the only information leaked onto the to the question, WikiLeaks is just a rely on the news to search for government/military documents, blind eye. Julian Assange, the website has been of past operations public service keeping government the facts that matter, and so the mainly pertaining to the conflict in creator of Wikileaks, is doing the and their effects, additionally leaks and military accountable. government had to step up. In the the Middle East. world a service by being one of of thousands of international cables Wild Thing last two years however Americans When military leaders and the few people in the public sector involving the playground humor Sponsors who have donated $50 to $99 right wing pundits cry out against truly holding the government of U.S. senator’s jabs at world WikiLeaks as a treasonous accountable. Calling for this man’s figures have also come to light; organization, they forget the fact head on a stake is no different than calling president Nicolas Sarkozy that the newest dump from the calling for glen Beck’s, or Rupert of France an “emperor with no WikiLeaks website was made Murdoch’s for that matter. clothes on” and comparing Iranian possible by an army private, The latest call of WikiLeaks president Mahmud ach Majinidad Lone Wolf Bradley Manning. They forget haters , ‘Treason’, is not at all a to Hitler. What’s more, the sheer Sponsors who have donated $25 to $49 that without liberal, “nothings-off- valid term when talking about amount of files to browse (the limits” journalism, the government the website. It was founded by an number is in the tens of thousands) Jim & Liz Tarvin and any corporation or organization Australian and based in Sweden. leads me to believe that no one on for that would lose accountability The only thing near treasonous in either side of the aisle has taken the to the interest of the public. In the mix is WikiLeaks contributors time to fully examine the site for today’s world of internet and social who are allegedly people with any truly incriminating documents media anyone can post information some rank in the military, such that would justify the shutting Wolf Pup Sponsors who have donated $10 to $24 to a number of sources and news as the current private previously down of WikiLeaks. When taken feeds. The old definitions of “the stated. It is understandable why to a court of law the case against press” simply don’t fit the mold of people would want the website shut WikiLeaks would be made without these freelance news hounds, but down, it does infuriate some people tangible evidence and be chalk full In the Corner on the Left... who’s to say they are unqualified with thin skin, for instance the new of conflicts of interest. However the based solely on that distinction. push from president Sarkozy to WikiLeaks defense would be the James Kracht More importantly, these naysayers ban the site from French servers, clear absence of opposing evidence. We would like to thank these generous sponsors who have contributed to our program allowing us to continue to produce The Wolfpack. 06 “All of my family lives in Ohio, so I will be going there pagesix Students Speak Out during Winter Break. It is cold- it snows there. I’m staying for holiday With the absence of the ‘Trail of Lights’, what are you going to do to celebrate the holiday season? a week. ” Thursday, December 16, 2010 Lauren Hart, sophomore Bass Concert Hall Welcomes Rockettes AMANDA WESTON Bringing their eye-high kicks, precise tap numbers and classic routines, the world famous Radio City Rockettes will perform their Christmas Spectacular at Bass Concert Hall December 17 through 31. The Christmas Spectacular was first performed in 1933 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Since 1994, the show has been touring the United States and Canada in addition to the annual performances in Manhattan. The stars of the show, the Radio City Rockettes, are a women’s precision dance team that performs kick, jazz and tap routines throughout the two hour show. The show features 150 singers, dancers and musicians total. Since the tour was redesigned in 2007, the show also features a 3D film introduction and all-new routines. The Christmas Spectacular is one of the most-watched shows of the year, with approximately two million audience members annually. This year’s national tour will be performed by two traveling companies in 25 cities from November 10 to January 2. The Christmas Spectacular includes classic numbers performed since the first show, such as the famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” along with newer routines featuring additional dancers, animals and modern music. The spectacular has remained a family tradition for the past 77 years, bringing holiday cheer to many and inspiring millions of girls to dream of joining that famous kick line someday. Tickets for this memorable show can be purchased from any major ticket outlet or the show’s official website, www.radiocitychristmas.com. Austin pulls the plug on Trail of Lights BETH ROzACKY In an attempt to tame the capitol’s growing deficit, Austin budgetary officials have made tough cuts in the city budget that took effect October 1. As a result, a favorite Austin tradition will be notably absent this holiday season; zilker Park’s Trail of Lights won’t be lit up this December. The Austin City Council has opted to cut the Trail of Lights due to budgetary constraints. “The Trail is an important Christmas tradition for Austin,” Kasey Landoll, senior, said. “It’s been here for such a long time that it’s just sad to see such a memorable event go.” What most Austinites know as the Trail of Lights today started out as the local and relatively small Yule Fest back in 1965. The Fest featured many of today’s standard displays, such as the Twelve Days of Christmas display, holiday music and a large bonfire in the middle of the trail. The crown jewel of Yule Fest, the iconic Zilker Tree (a 155 foot tall tree made of 3,309 multicolored lights) didn’t make its first appearance until 1967. “My favorite memory of the Trail of Lights was spinning underneath the zilker tree because it was fun to see all the colors,” Suzy Dailey, junior, said. “I remember going when I was really little and sitting on Santa’s lap.” Fans of the tree can rest easy knowing the much-loved behemoth is present in zilker Park this holiday season. A tree lighting ceremony took place December 5 allowing Austinites a sense of normalcy in the absence of their favorite holiday tradition. The Trail in its entirety typically requires upwards of $800,000 dollars to host, with most of that budget going towards the huge electricity bill generated by the displays, diverted park workers and materials. Last year, the Trail was scaled down to about half of the usual displays and modestly named Festival of Lights to save funds. While the event itself remained free to the public the timeframe was shortened to just ten days instead of a full two weeks. It also featured a shortened walking path, half of the annual displays, an increase in parking costs and a $400,000 price tag (half of the usual budget). Attendance to the Trail also dropped considerably, aiding the City’s decision to cut it completely this year. The funds usually allocated to the festival will instead go towards funding year-round park maintenance for the rest of Austin’s public greenery. The need to maintain every one of Austin’s parks all year long, instead of one park for two weeks, is the rationale behind this decision. The city of Austin will seek to fill vacant maintenance positions and increase spending on needed park amenities like extra benches and water fountains. Austin’s Department of Parks Maintenance has been woefully understaffed in the past few years. As more people move into Austin’s downtown area, the city’s parks and recreation services receive a lot more use. With so few workers to keep up with the increase in traffic, park workers have only been able to keep up with minimal maintenance tasks like mowing, trash removal and path clearing. Adding more staff to the payroll could help keep Austin’s parks in tip top shape. “The city has made the Trail of Lights happen for so long; even when the money was tight and they had to cut it back it still made an appearance,” said Dailey. “But, if it helps people get new jobs or feed their families, I think using the money for Austin’s park maintenance programs is ok. It’s still in the parks just not for the one major holiday event of the year.” All hope is not lost for the Trail and its eventual reemergence may soon be in the works. With the resounding public outcry following the announcement of the Trail’s cancelation the city is willing to reinstate the Trail when proper funds are available, though city officials would prefer the event to be taken over by private funding. However, the only reason admission and parking for the event is free is because the city operates it. Pushing the Trail into private hands could put a price tag on this Austin tradition. “I feel like it’s worth it to go [to the Trail] even if you have to pay for it. It’s such a part of our culture in Austin that it doesn’t really matter who it’s funded by as long as it’s here,” said Landoll. “I’d rather pay for tickets and parking than not go at all.” Though deprived of a dependable stand-by, the holiday season in Austin is not to be ruined forever. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the cooling weather and warming hearts of the season. Trips to downtown Austin can provide a multitude of enjoyable Yule tide events. Light displays and creative decorations can be found up and down Austin’s streets, which are typically decked out in holiday finery. Those who enjoy a healthy dose of political satire with their yearly Christmas cheer can venture to 38th Street to see the best decorated neighborhood in the Austin area, a title often contested by Cedar Parks own suburbs. Beautiful light effects and yard displays can be found in all the neighborhoods surrounding Cedar Park. Seasonal productions of the Nutcracker, performed by Ballet Austin, are also a perennial favorite as are shopping trips to the well-decorated Domain and Arboretum. Light displays on grand and modest scales shine all over town, providing an easy way to make new and memorable traditions. “For this holiday, my family and I are planning on “I’m going to watch Christmas movies with my “My neighbors and I are having synchronized light pageseven 07 going to South Carolina to go friends and bake ‘Chewy dancing to Christmas music.” skiing. It’s a family reunion.” Noels’, which are brownies with powdered sugar on top.” holiday Reese Mayer, senior Kat Pardo, junior Robert Townsend, sophomore Thursday, December 16, 2010 How to not upset your sales associate HANNAH JANE DECIUTIIS As the last of the Halloween candy is eaten and summer clothes disperse to the sales racks, the holiday season approaches us in a brilliant flurry of crisp weather and calorie-ridden foods. The holiday season is that blissful time of warmth, happiness and cheer towards our fellow man, but this last standard is often forgotten in the maddening commotion that is holiday shopping. Warm weather clothing, gifts for loved ones and endless recipe ingredients are the usual suspects in this fluster of consumerism, and common sense as well as manners can often go out the window on the mission for the perfect gift, the coziest sweater or exactly the right spice for the Thanksgiving turkey. I (as well as other unfortunate employees of establishments selling these items) generally receive the brunt of these poor attitudes, and while this can not only make holiday shopping less enjoyable, but it can also slow it down. Here are a few tips on how to conduct yourself towards sales associates and other employees to ensure a smooth and pleasant shopping experience. Clean up after yourself. If you drop something, spill something, knock something over or otherwise displace any products, pick it up yourself as best you can. If it’s something difficult to clean up on your own, like a spilled bottle of nail polish, quickly alert an employee so that they can take care of it without further mess. However, dropping a trinket on the floor without picking it up or leaving clothing draped over the rack is not only lazy and tacky, but also disrespectful to employees already irritated at having to work over the holidays as well as your fellow shoppers. We are not slaves or house elves, and it is degrading to have to clean up after someone who is perfectly capable of picking an item back up and placing it on a shelf. We are not blind either; just because you pretend you didn’t drop something doesn’t mean we didn’t see it, and if we have to follow you around the store to straighten up your trail of messes, we will be less inclined to help you should you inevitably require assistance. Be apologetic. If you ask us to go out of our way to fetch something, or make a mistake when deciding which purchase to ring up, or anything else that requires us to go above and beyond to assist you, a simple but sincere apology and a little bit of gratitude can go a long way. The words “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” are simple and easy to use; if you really need to, start practicing them in front of a mirror. Not only will basic manners show respect for us as people, but it can also make us want to help you more, which can actually benefit you when all is said and done. Realize where we are coming from. We are employees hired to do manual labor at low rates. We are not managers, owners or anyone else in a position of power. We have no authority or say in the rules or regulations of the store, but we are paid to enforce them. getting angry and becoming belligerent when we cannot bend the rules for you is not the way to go and will only end up making you look like a fool; no matter how hard you stomp your foot, the store policy will not magically re-write itself. If you have a legitimate special case or complaint, politely ask to speak with a manager to voice your issue. Have an idea of what you want. Even though we will gladly express our opinion about something you’ve chosen or help you find something you’re looking for, dealing with a customer who doesn’t know what they want is exasperating to say the least. Though we are eager to help a customer with a specific need, we are often busy with other assignments such as keeping the store clean or putting back items. Asking us to find you a whole outfit for the dinner party you’re going to that same night or select a holiday gift for your eleven year old niece will not only irritate us because it becomes an extended distraction from our assigned task, but it will also potentially leave you dissatisfied with your purchases. An anonymous employee will only be able to play an endless guessing game to find out your personal preferences because we do not know you personally; only you can know what you want, and expecting someone else to know and choose for you is what a personal shopper is for- not a store employee. We all understand that holiday shopping can be a stressful and disorganized ordeal, but with the right attitude and a clear mind of what you want, it can be an enjoyable time full of cheer and happiness. With these tips in mind, you will hopefully be able to get all the way through your shopping list satisfied and without raising a fuss. graphic by Holly Chisholm 08 Students Speak Out “My favorite moment was probably when we scored at pageeight the last second in the Vista Ridge football game.” voice What was your favorite sports moment this year? Tuseday, December 14, 2010 Bill Estevanot, freshman CPHS Featured Artist i love mixing media like paper, I guess I find inspiration Whose work has inspired you? watercolors, sharpie and acrylic. by walking around or i really love Basquait’s collages hiking, just looking and drawings. i love Arturo Name: Kailey gursoy What subjects do you try to around and thinking Hererra and Chris Trueman and i focus on with your art? about things- how they really like Cheryl Molar. Class: Senior i love drawing people and faces. i like using random or unexpected work, where they came from, what they’ve seen, How has making art changed the objects in my work when i can. etc. way you view the world? Artistic Mediums: You definitely have to be able to Pencil or charcoal, What do you want to convey to What is the most ‘see’ everything around you as paper, watercolors, others through your art? difficult part about opposed to just looking at it to be sharpie, acrylic i usually try to convey either creating art for you? able to make art. absurd or unusual concepts in my The most difficult part Can you offer any advice to your try the Artistic Influences: art. i the to juxtapose waynormal about creating art is fellow artists? with unusual in a Other artists, nature and hopefully is interesting to that the finding the time. It’s really difficult trying to Stick with it. The more you create, cities viewer and unique. Nothing i do fit it in with AP classes the more fluent your ideas become is ever entirely realistic because realistic, and leave the rest stylized and college applications and senior and the better your work will be. that can tend to be boring. i tend , abstracted, or imaginative for thesis all going on at once. to make sections of a piece hyper- variety. i suppose my art comments on the absurdity, mystery and life What is the of everything around us. i like easiest part of HOLLY CHiSHOLM What style would to give each object a story and How long have you been involved you consider your making art for each person a life, i like making you? in art? work? art that’s somewhat ambiguous i’ve been making art since i could i think my style is Ha, there is in meaning, so that it can be no easy part. i pick up a crayon, but i’ve only pretty broad. i like interpreted in infinite ways by been making somewhat decent art to combine realistic guess it’s really others, so that each person is able easy for me since freshman year. objects in surreal to project a little bit of themselves ways to make the to get sucked into what they see and each into a drawing Why do you make art? overall composition experience is individualized. i make art because i enjoy it and entirely unrealistic, once i start and it’s calming. it’s a way to get if that makes lose all track of Do you have any rituals or time. all the ideas out of my head and sense. Drawing is specific places that make you feel translate them into something what comes most more inspired? productive and tangible. naturally to me, but Adventures at mandate for them to carry out will not compromise on big issues, their “Pledge to America,” which no legislation will be enacted. On amounts to a party platform for the other hand, the Democrats are the Arthouse the next two years or more. The equally responsible for any results Midterm elections document effectively states that of this nature. They must be aware speak volumes the Republicans, once in power, will cut taxes and spending, repeal that they cannot pass much of their legislation without Republican Richard Weeks the latest healthcare reform, stop support and that voting down their HOLLY CHiSHOLM brick of the building contrasts with forcing bills through in must-pass bills may lead to the government A white, minimal building the white walls and concrete of the packages and provide more funds all but stopping. stands starkly against the small large staircase, which is suspended for national security. Alternatively, this could be the shops and dank street corner of by a giant wooden “ribcage” from The swing to the Republican remedy for the current problems in 700 Congress Avenue. The words the window covered ceiling. Party also raises questions. government. The entirely divided “art house”, thoughtfully placed so The Sue graze gallery A frustrated public had its confidence in the current crop of Obviously, Americans are not nature of the new Congress could they are only visible when viewed resembles a dining room for chance to be heard in the mid-term politicians. happy with President Obama’s force compromise on various directly from the glass walls of giants, with the work of Jason elections in November. People This lack of confidence has change, but only time will tell issues. Stopping anything from the entrance, are the only form Middlebrook on display until went to the polls November 2 to manifested itself in two major of advertising on the building. January 16. His work features if the Republicans can carry out happening in Congress would be select their new representatives ways. One of these is the meteoric their new measures. With the highly unpopular among voters. indeed, Art House is aptly named; a tasteful form of recycling and for the House. in a bad night for rise of the Tea Party. This is a the building itself a work of art. family comfort. Bowls, plates and Democrats maintaining a majority The anti-incumbent stirrings of Democrats, the voice of the people grassroots movement advocating in the Senate and Barack Obama in this election were largely against The building was constructed light fixtures made from melted was heard. After polling closed, the conservative policies. Those by the brilliantly modern LTL bottles lay on gargantuan dining the White House, the Republicans Washington politicians who Republicans had gained the House ideas change from place to place, will have as tough a time as the were not listening to the people. Architect Company for $4.3 tables fashioned from salvaged of Representatives for the first time resulting in more of a movement million, reopening only months wood. On the far wall, scores of Democrats in passing legislation. People want things to change and since 2006, while the Democrats than a party; which stems from They declared that they will repeal new people in office obstructing ago. The new renovations do not home recipes are written in the completely eclipse the original varied yet familiar handwriting of barely held on to the majority in the lack of central organization. the healthcare bill among other change would not bode well for the structure, the century-old Queen’s loved ones, each recipe outlined in the Senate. This was a large force in the divisive issues which will be hard country, or their re-election. Theater. indeed, the brick and a box of pencil and watercolor. Many people across the country mid-terms with half of the seats to do without a majority in both stucco paintings of the walls peek Perhaps one of the most are unhappy with the government. wrested from the Democrats in Houses of Congress - any partisan through on much of the newer, stimulating parts of Art House is They see rampant waste in the the House claimed by Tea Party legislation could stall in the Senate. upstairs floor. the amount of interaction it has with system and an administration that backed candidates. More evidence However, if the Democrats were to Walking in through two heavy Austin’s art community. A private spends more and more money. of the displeasure of the voters block legislation, they would risk glass doors, the entrance room is screening room in the back of Art There is also little sign that the was the general anti-incumbent shutting down the government. quite impressive and open to the House can seat up to 90 people, recession has ended, with houses feel before the election. The This is a real concern with the street, glass windows allowing the and the roof-top event space can still boarded up and businesses phrase “Washington insider” often new Congress because candidates inside and outside of Art House be seen brightly lit from the street. still closed nationwide. Despite the cropped up in many candidates ads backed by the Tea Party were to remain slightly ambiguous. Teen artist workshops are held economy coming out of recession, with negative connotations. Hundreds of small circular largely voted into office, with in the two studios, and anyone large portions of the country have The tension created by the LED lights glitter the ceiling, can sign up for art programs, tough rhetoric about hacking away seen little change. Combined with frustration with government was at big government. However, this the receptionist’s desk is full of educational tours or workshops. the Obama’s divided healthcare released on Election Day. The information about the artists on CPHS graduate, Clay Beverly, was uncompromising attitude may not legislation and the continued high 60 seat swing to the Republican work so well in practice. if they display as well as the building even featured at Art House last spending, Americans have lost Party in the House is seen as a itself. year in the “Ahead of Their Time” Admission to Art House is free, gallery, featuring works from and new artists are featured quite students in advanced art classes frequently. The spacious Mary from local high schools. Art House Yancy Gallery on the first floor is not only for the viewing of art, it currently features the works of is for the sharing and making of it. Mequitta Ahuja. Her display called Walking down the massive “Automythography ii” features stairs and back out onto the street, large, chaotic self-portraits of oil Art House strikes one as a double- on canvas and will be there until headed sort of creature. it seems a January 2. The works are intricate roiling combination of the organic in their layering paint, many colors and urban, of consuming and visible only when viewed up close. giving, of old and new. The glass These contemporary portraits care front makes it open and obvious, placed in stark contrast to the yet it manages to hide amongst the white gallery walls, lit both from squat shop fronts surrounding it, overhead lights and by the small, seeming to fit right in with the rest coke-bottle green windows that of its traditional urban landscape. litter the outside of the building. The neatly embossed “free” on the in another dimly lit room, door seems to be enticing as well Art House boasts a simple film as a challenge, as if to say, “What and video gallery. The videos will you get from coming in? You are shown on a loop, leaving the can be sure we don’t know.” passer-by in media res, inviting Art House is as ambiguous as the viewer to come in and stay a it is straight-forward. it is a place while, in order to figure out where to see art, it is a place to create art, the film starts and ends.Even the and perhaps most profound, it is a elevator acts as a gallery; videos, place that is art. called LiFT projects, are shown on a small screen in the wall, right above the buttons. The upper level of Art House encompasses a cavernous room full of light and a blend of organic and industrial architecture. The original comic by Emily Jochimsen “I would have to say leading the [cross country] “Every football game we played this year has been “My favorite sports moment so far was winning pagenine 09 team to our first State title and beyond amazing.” my first tennis match against knowing I did the best I could Westwood.” possibly do.” happenings Weston O’ Donnell, senior Kayla Brewer, sophomore Caleb Price, freshman Thursday, December 16, 2010 photo by Hannah Jane DeCiutiis photo by Samantha Coen photo by Tiffani Randolph Alex Jenkins, Matt Wofford, Spencer Drango and Greg Sahebi, seniors, hold their At a Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) club meeting, members welcome in Spencer Drango, senior, sinks a shot during the Lake Travis Tournament game against Wolves up high during the school song after winning another game. Cedar Park new inductees that strive to eliminate hatred and inspire kindness at CPHS. Clemens High School. The Timberwolves won this game but fell short on the next two and did ended their season with an outstanding record of 13-1. The RAK club is one of many new clubs on campus this year. not continue in the tournament. photo by David Looney Allie Rollins, senior, stands with Barbara Spelman, principal, Cliff Kinder, lead assistant principal, and Paul Rabago, regional sales manager for K12 as she recieves her free iPad. Rollins won the iPad through an online contest with Cedar Park High School. photo by Mallory Robertson After running out of the bust out, the Cedar Park football team gathers in front of the student section on the visitor side at the DKR Texas Memorial stadium. Students provided spirit for the football team and encouraged them to play their hardest. photo by Mallory Robertson Alex Damron, senior, knocks down a Rouse football player, keeping him from scoring a touchdown. Cedar Park beat Rouse 61-7 at Gupton stadium. photo by Mallory Robertson Andrew Fisher and Andy Shriver, seniors, hold their trumpets up high as they play the fight song during the Lake Travis playoff game December 4. The band gives students the spirit they need to really get into the game. photo by Hannah Jane DeCiutiis photo by Tiffani Randolph The Timberwolves bust through the sign that the cheerleaders made for them during Danielle Moore, senior, donates blood during her lunch period the Lake Travis football game November 4. “Believe” was the theme of the night as December 3. Students donated blood for many different reasons people were inspired to believe in our team as they took on the Lake Travis Cavaliers. including a desire to save lives. photo by David Looney PNG cast does a skit as part of a show December 9 in the black box. Penguin National Guard has become a fun Thursday night tradition for many Cedar Park students to attend. photo by Mallory Robertson photo by Mallory Robertson Katie Paschall, senior, holds up her “repeat the defeat” sign at Jon Ballard, senior, leads the student body in a chant at the Smithson Valley game the second game against Lake Travis December 4 at the DKR where the Timberwolves played at Texas State. Cedar Park won this playoff game Texas Memorial stadium. Cedar Park lost this game by merely 28-23, leading them to their third playoff game. one point, bringing their playoff run to a sudden end. photo by Mallory Robertson Brian Hogan, junior, runs in for a touchdown against Lake Travis November 4 at their home stadium. Cedar Park played well at this game, winning 35-21 and earning them a District Champion title. photo by David Looney photo by Mallory Robertson photo by Laurel Wieland The Cedar Park boys’ Cross Country team poses for a picture with their Football players huddle up around head coach Chris Ross after James Sullivan, Kelli Taylor, Thomas Kahlich, Mitzi Powell, and Linda Weaver, Cedar Park administration state championship trophy after the meet November 13. The boys completed winning the Lake Travis game November 4. The Timberwolves and counseling staff, hand out Thanksgiving lunch to students November 18. The Thanksgiving lunch is a a very successful season at a Nike Cross National qualifying meet. racked up 35 points to prevail over the Cavaliers. tradition at Cedar Park and many students look forward to it every year around the holidays. 10 Students Speak Out “I would want to go to Pluto because it’s the farthest pageten away and I am a coldhearted person.” ent/tech If you could travel into space, where would you go and why? Devin Chandler, junior Thursday, December 16, 2010 Music becomes science HOLLY CHISHOLM songs that just seem to be “better” classical music, stood the test of As many musicians than others? Take for example, pop time? will attest, music is an art music. Some pieces of music constitute form, a way to express Most pop songs are written and a “’fine meal”, such as Für Elise emotions and a medium produced by professional by Beethoven, and deals with for self discovery. Music singer songwriters different dimensions of music defines culture, from who have music cut such as complex harmonies pop to rock, folk and rap; down to a generic and patterns that pop songs everyone has a preference as to “formula.” don’t focus on. Whereas the what they listen to. But what makes generally, pop purpose of music “good” music? Is it the beat, songs most pop the tempo or something else? Is songs is to there some magical combination encourage of notes and melodies that people listeners to inherently like? Science will tell us dance, classical that to a point, there actually is. music can actually When one listens to music, the feature a simple improve a person’s sounds cause vibration in the inner but catchy melody focus and have a ear, which then converts these that can be easily calming effect. vibrations into information that remembered, an upbeat Dynamic music the brain can process. Different tempo and lyrics that tell requires the parts of the brain are activated by a story. The point listener to these signals. The left side of the of pop music is process what brain processes the complexities to appeal to they are of the music, such as pattern and the masses as hearing, rhythm; the right side of the brain a product, resulting in is activated by the music itself, by rather than to complex the emotion in the music. Music necessarily emotions. can even change a person’s heart be a personal W i t h rate. Calm music can lower blood expression of literally pressure, and more upbeat music art. Just like i n f i n i t e can cause a person’s heart rate to fast food, pop combinations rise. In music major chords, often music is cheap, efficient, of notes, beats, appearing in upbeat pop songs, easy to make and easy tempos and elicit positive emotions whereas to sell. Not to say such lyrics, music is an ever- minor chords in rap or metal evoke a process necessarily changing field of science. darker emotions. produces substandard Whether one is writing a Sometimes it is a person’s pre- of less artful music, but symphony or listening to conceived ideas about music that this set formula at least the radio, music invites cue certain emotional responses. accounts for pop music’s opinion, questions life One might associate a memory, exponential popularity and is an effective tool place or person with a song. It and overall accessibility. for shaping a person’s could be the lyrics, the melody or As tastes change however, emotions. the beat that triggers a chemical pop music becomes dated, connection in the brain, creating a preferring to evolve with the range of emotions from happiness public’s tastes and ever hone to nostalgia or even depression. the music formula. Why But why is it that there are certain then have such genres, like graphic by Holly Chisholm graphic by Emily Jochimsen Wolfpack sudoku NASA’s newest rocket holds promise NATHAN SMITH services. Chang-Diaz’s Texas- capable of accelerating to a speed controlled vacuums on Earth. Sending astronauts to Mars has based Ad Astra Rocket Company of 123,000 miles per hour, which However, NASA is expected to been the tantalization of scientists has been attracting much attention easily outdoes any other spacecraft test a 200 kilowatt prototype of the and the fodder of writers for decades, from NASA for roughly 30 years currently in NASA’s possession. engine – dubbed the vX-200 – in but the dream has been rather because of their great technological The vASIMR engine utilizes Earth’s orbit by 2013. This orbital unrealistic, until now. Currently, success. electricity to change Helium, test will be aided by other private a round trip to Mars would take Chang-Diaz’s marvel of a Hydrogen or Deuterium into a space firms, such as SpaceX and astronauts approximately three design, a plasma rocket motor with clean burning plasma gas. The Orbital Science Corp. years, not including the year and a nuclear reactor for fueling, has exhaust from the non-chemical In the near future, the vASIMR a half that would have to be spent attracted NASA’s attention since fuel, then burning at roughly 11 could bridge the gap between Earth waiting for Mars’ orbit to realign 1980 and may finally get its chance million degrees Celsius, would and Mars for exploratory missions with Earth’s. But thanks to former to shine. The fully-functioning be pushed through the tailpipes and possibly eventual commercial astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz prototype’s revolutionary variable of the engine by magnetic fields, flights, but the nuclear-powered – who is currently a physicist Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma propelling whatever spacecraft rocket motor could also be used employed by the Massachusetts Rocket, or vASIMR engine, has may be equipped with the vASIMR in missions far closer to home. Institute of Technology, and has been tested and retested for years engine to a velocity of 35 miles per With this innovative and ambitious served on seven missions to space now and this innovative design may second. propulsion device, surface-to-orbit – NASA may finally have a method finally be ready to launch. NASA’s headlining ambition is flights would be far easier than they of sending a human crew to Mars in An important aspect of Chang- to use this rocket motor to transport are today, opening up the possibility a far shorter time period: 39 days. Diaz’s vASIMR is that it is far a human crew from Earth to Mars. for a greater presence outside of our Since the cancellation of the lighter than today’s conventional Once this crew has landed on planet’s atmosphere. Constellation project (a project propulsion systems, which all rely the Red Planet, it is likely that a With Franklin Chang-Diaz’s aimed at installing a spacecraft that on heavyweight rocket fuel which small and potentially permanent Variable Specific Impulse was to replace the space shuttle is inefficient. The VASIMR utilizes settlement would be established for Magnetoplasma Rocket, the future after its retirement) NASA has been a nuclear reactor, which has a power observation and laboratory work. of space flight may not be so far searching for new ways to send source far lighter and far more The Ad Astra Rocket Company, away. their astronauts into space. This potent than rocket fuel, allowing a in conjunction with NASA, has has created the need for privately spacecraft to carry more mass for so far only tested scaled down owned space agencies and their less fuel. The vASIMR will be versions of the vASIMR in Wolfpack Mad Libs: “Twas the night before Christmas” Grab a friend and read them the parts of speech printed under the blanks, then fill in the in blanks with whatever word they say! graphic by Holly Chisholm “I would want to go to the moon because it’s our moon “I would go out of the “I would go into a black pageeleven 11 galaxy to see if there is other hole because no one has ever and it orbits around the earth.” intelligent life and if there was, done that.” I’d try to learn their ways.” sports Sean Kearney, senior Arta Rahmani, junior Alex Corbin, senior Thursday, December 16, 2010 Boys basketball aims to set the bar higher this year KRISTEN SMITH Last year, Cedar Park became in winning that title and are long how to approach them. Have the With the heat starting to fade an unstoppable force with a group gone. The new batch of players correct mentality is only part of the and football season coming to an of players who matured quickly is working hard to fill in the holes challenge. In order to prevail over end, everyone is beginning to clear and soon became the team to beat left by the 2009 class and, even new teams, the players know they their Tuesday nights and gearing in district 16-5A. The 2009 team though they are tough shoes to fill, have to be physically ready to take up for Cedar Park basketball. With worked well together all year and they are doing their best to move on their opponents. nine 2009 starters absent from the had clear goals in mind: winning forward and make progress for the “This year we have a new roster and starting the next chapter district. Because of this tight bond approaching season. assistant coach, Coach Weston of their lives in college, Timberwolf the team members shared, it helped “Most senior starters are Lacroix. He came in and put us on basketball fans will see some fresh them earn the title of 2009 district adjusting pretty well,” Barrett a great weight program, which we starters on the hardwoods this champions. Unfortunately, last Segesta, senior, said. “It was do three times a week to help us season. year’s seniors were major factors difficult at the beginning of the condition. Along with that, Coach season playing with different Brown has a great defensive drill, people, but we’ve come together which help us tremendously,” well and we play well together.” Segesta said. While trying to adjust to their While studying those new family of players, the team cannot district teams, people have began afford to stray away from the to realize who the new district rival Dylan Cox, senior, looks to pass the ball to one of his teammates during a goals they have set. During the off will probably be:Lake Travis. Aside tournament game against Clemens High School. The boys went on to win the game and proceeded into the next bracket of the tournament. season, players have been preparing from football, the Cavaliers are also themselves to play in a whole new dominant in countless other sports, district, which means facing new one of them being basketball. Lake ones,” Senior Dylan Cox said. it. We know what it takes; we have opponents and practicing harder in Travis has beaten Cedar Park the Along with both mental and great team practice habits. All the order to repeat as district champs. last two years, and has made it physical strength, a team has to have seniors have grown up together, “This year, the team’s main goals deep into playoffs. However, Cedar a tight bond amongst themselves we’ve gotten really tight as a team are to make a far run in playoffs and Park believes this year may have a in order to beat top caliber teams and that’ll help us in the end. We’ve repeat what the team did last year, different outcome. like Lake Travis. Chemistry has worked very hard on building which was win district,” Jordan “This year, in sports as a whole, the tendency to be a major factor chemistry,” Cox said. Lachowsky, junior, said. our new district rival has become in determining if a team wins or It seems Cedar Park basketball The players and coaching staff Lake Travis. In basketball, they’ve not. This year, team members have has all the right elements to repeat are well aware of the fact that it had us the last two years because been working extremely hard on as district champions. Now, it’s is never an easy task to win back- they’ve always had a great team and becoming a family and making sure just a matter of how the 2010-2011 to-back championships. The team coach, and overall a great program. they know how one another plays season plays out, and if the team photos by Tiffani Randolph is now in district 25-4A, so they This year, our team knows the in order to keep mistakes minimal can use all those factors to their Travis Guebert, junior, shoots a lay-up in the game against Clemens High School. are studying new opponent teams’ outcome of our game against them throughout the season. advantage. The Timberwolves are prepared with new strategies to employ against the different teams they will be facing in the 4A district. ways of playing while learning could be different than previous “This year we know we can do national title. If they ever receive and let them get away. The natural that chance the sporting world may aggressiveness of the game can finally see if Boise can truly play lead to injuries, but no NFL player My BCS rant with the big boys. NFL football hits hits to crack bones on purpose TCU faces the same roadblock when they themselves wouldn’t to the national title game that the want to get hurt. It’s a normal Broncos do, which is the conference mode of the sport and sometimes Kristen Smith they belong to. TCU plays in the Alex Mendoza a player’s eagerness and adrenalin Mountain West conference, which can get the best of them. This over is also a non-automatic qualifying exuberance is usually followed by conference, meaning that teams in hurt players simply wrapping up it do not get automatic bids to BCS their wounds and heading back games like teams out of the Big into the fray. Whether or not this is In a college football year Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas 12, SEC and other conferences. Football is and always has been with NFL.com. the correct mode of operation is the in which staying undefeated is State, Oklahoma State and most Due to this factor, TCU faithful a violent contact sport. Bones can The NFL’s commissioner, question NFL commissioners are tougher than getting a passing recently (and heartbreakingly) question if they will ever see their crack, helmets collide and injuries Roger goodell, nevertheless now facing. Will football remain a grade in AP Chemistry, and in-state rival Texas A&M. Five team play for all the marbles. are normal in the heat of the game. ordered every team in the league high impact, often violent sports? being ranked number one in the out of those seven losses have They think they deserve it, and However, in recent months three to examine a video on how to Will rule makers and officials rule polls is more of a curse than a been on Austin soil. They are rightfully so. Despite last year’s NFL defensive players, Brandon make clean hits during the game out any and every hit with the privilege, Bowl Championship joined in their disappointment by Fiesta Bowl loss, TCU hasn’t lost Meriweather of the New England in addition to the fines given to slightest edge of danger? Only time Series (BCS) experts, participants, perennial winners Florida,georgia, a game in 22 match ups, and this Patriots, James Harrison from the players in question. Members will tell. Regardless of players’ or commentators and fans alike have Michigan, and probation-laden year they have impressive wins the Pittsburgh Steelers and the of the NFL Players Association fans’ opinions on the matter, the received gift-wrapped arguments USC. over Oregon State, Air Force and, Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta (NFLPA) asserted that despite the rules of professional football are in the BCS vs. Playoffs debate. With all these powerhouses perhaps most impressively, their Falcons made excessive hits on players’ attitudes on the hits, they under examination and the fate of It’s been a crazy year so far, losing, previously disenfranchised 47-7 stomping of the previously players this year, one Sunday will still enforce full safety conduct the game is under review. with everything from first ranked teams are beginning to state their undefeated Utah Utes…in Utah! in late October. The league was in their operations. teams losing three weeks in a row, cases as to why they deserve a I don’t know about you, but that’s alarmed and charged the players “Our mission is to remain to Texas having its first ever losing shot at the national championship. what it took for me to believe in fines of up to $75,000 for injuring aggressive on player safety both season since Mack Brown arrived. And, for the first time in a long TCU. The Horned Frogs also have players in a flagrant manner and on and off the field,” DeMaurice And who can leave the Baylor time, more and more people are an indomitable defense that ranks tackling improperly. The League’s Smith, the NFLPA’s Executive story out, yes BAYLOR is bowl starting to believe in these BCS first in total defense statistics, Commissioner asserted that this Director, said in a statement eligible for the first time in nearly newcomers, as these teams are according to USA Today, rounds was purely a safety issue and released on NFLPA.com. 10 years after its shocking 30-22 consistently getting the job done. out their imposing advantages. would be addressed to all 32 teams Fans have responded to the win over Texas on October 30th. Boise State makes a strong case As the saying goes, defenses win in the NFL. Meanwhile, the players enforcement crackdown with This year, it all started with in this category. Over the years championships. themselves say otherwise. mixed emotions. Some claim that Alabama. They were first in the they’ve been a BCS party crasher So what more can these teams NFL players on the defensive the sport is a pure contact sport rankings, and experts talked them and have continued to add fuel to do to earn a place in the BCS side of the ball complain that and has to allow extremes every up to have a shot at a second straight the BCS fire. This year, the blue- National Championship? Sadly, the league is softening up the now and then. Others agree that national title, which they’ve done turfed Broncos have convincing nothing. They’ve scheduled tough intentions of the sport and making neglecting to enforce player safety twice before. As luck would have wins over tough opponents, non-conference opponents and it “less fun.” They urge that the can lead to life-changing injuries it, this goal wasn’t as easy as including virginia Tech and beaten them, and in doing so sport has always been this way and such as concussions and paralysis. some thought. The Crimson Tide Oregon State. Despite these they’ve tried to settle the “they that they’ve been taught to hit hard Since the incidents, nothing lost to South Carolina October 9. impressive wins, it always comes can’t play with top caliber teams” in the game their whole life. At major concerning player safety The following week, the next first down to the annoying and tiring argument. Both teams have made the same time, players hurt by the and critical injuries has plagued ranked team, Ohio State, was also strength of schedule argument. it pretty obvious that they don’t infamous hits show no bitterness. the NFL season thus far. The issue, upset by a lower ranked conference The Broncos play in the WAC plan on losing any time soon. Joshua Cribbs, the Cleveland perhaps, reflects the changing foe, the Wisconsin Badgers. These conference, which is known for But, until the BCS is replaced by Browns receiver struck hard by times of the sport of football and highly ranked teams wouldn’t be having weaker teams than say the a fairer playoff system, TCU and James Harrison, holds nothing American public view of the sport. the last to see unexpected upsets. SEC, Big 12 or Big 10. Because of Boise State may never see the against him. Safety regulations in the 1950s The week after the Ohio State loss, this, many experts doubt them. I famous football-shaped Waterford “He’s been hitting people like are obviously far different than Oklahoma stood atop the polls have to admit, when this argument crystal trophy awarded to them in a that as my teammate at Kent State, modern safety regulations. Players but lost to the Missouri Tigers first rose to the surface I tended national championship game. That, and now as my rival he still hits Pop Warner leagues to the NFL the Saturday after the rankings to agree. Today, it baffles me that sports fans, is unsportsmanlike people like that… he is still my are taught to hit hard and wrap came out. Along with number Boise State still doesn’t receive the conduct and deserves a penalty boy,” Cribbs said in an interview up, not just nudge their opponent one ranked teams losing week respect they deserve. Boise State flag. after week, other “top dog” teams has not lost a conference game are having troubles of their own. in FIvE YEARS. Regardless of The Texas Longhorns have more what conference a team plays in, losses than they have wins for the that’s phenomenal. They’ve proven first time in the Mack Brown era. their point year after year, and it’s They’ve lost to UCLA, Oklahoma, about time they get their shot at a NBA trio takes Miami by storm ALEX MENDOzA expects. One of the sharpest barbs Nevertheless, this NBA season The summertime whirlwind of in the argument against James is is bound to be a memorable one, controversy and debate surrounding his decision to leave his franchise with many player trades during the LeBron James’ free agency rather than wait out the storm, and summer wrinkling the fabric of the ultimately led to his departure in due time capture a ring for his teams and creating advantages for from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a city. Former NBA all-star Charles some and devastation for others. franchise that he helped revive and Barkley has been an active critic of The hot-shot Lakers are rolling in push into elite NBA status. When James since he left the Cavaliers, fresh off of their second straight he announced he was “taking claiming that “he’ll never be a NBA Finals victory and surely his talents to South Beach,” and Michael Jordan; he’ll never be a have no intention of allowing any joining the Miami Heat, the city Kobe Bryant.” team to get in their way. James’ of Cleveland erupted. Sickened Dwyane Wade had a taste of alignment with key players Wade Cavalier fans immediately roasted championship victory when his and Bosh is proving to be very him, calling him disloyal and a team, the Miami Heat defeated potent in the Heat’s elevated status. traitor for turning his back on the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 With these superstars, the Heat is the town that raised him. Staying NBA Finals, and Wade was named bound to make a run in the NBA deaf to the controversy as much the Finals MvP as well. Chris finals. as possible, James focused on Bosh garnered five NBA All- preparing himself for a new season Star appearances and took over with the Heat who is reinvigorated the place of former Raptor vince by veteran Dwyane Wade and Carter in his tenure with Toronto. the arrival of Chris Bosh who Chris Bosh was involved in the came from the Toronto Raptors. summer’s free-agency madness However, in the preseason, Wade when it was rumored that wherever and James both suffered leg James went, he would soon follow. injuries, a possible sign of things to The Miami Heat drew large come. Expectations are colossal for crowds even to mere practice the new-look Heat, as the reigning games this past fall. The opening champs, the Los Angeles Lakers preseason game looked more like appear to be on the eve of a three- game one of a Finals matchup than peat championship run. their earliest appearances together The positive vibe of Miami on court. However, Dwyane Wade was re-energized with the left a game three minutes in from announcement of a super-team a hamstring injury and James coming to the city. Parties and limped off the court not much festivals ensued and a huge later in the preseason from leg welcome party was held at the cramps. This ominous occurrence Heat’s American Airlines Arena. coupled with Miami’s towering As the Heat’s 2010 season tips expectations opens up a gap for off, many question James’ ability disgusted Cleveland fans to pour to perform as well as everyone their grievances into. 12 pagetwelve Thursday, December 16, 2010 sports http://www.cphswolfpack.org/ E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (512) 570-1200 Fax: (512) 570-1205 THE WOLFPACK The Wolfpack Scoreboard Football Girls Basketball Boys Basketball August Westwood W 31-7 November 28 Leander W 43-42 9 November September Joshua W 67-17 Leander L Ellison W 41-9 12 16 45-33 3 Joshua W 67-21 Midway L Leander W 42-6 13 19 58-44 10 Conally W 57-48 McNeil L Austin W 56-0 16 22 71-50 16 Robinson W 57-49 Stony Point L Vandegrift W 59-3 18 27 49-45 24 Champion W 54-36 Bastrop L 18 30 64-48 October Del Valle W 59-34 Vista Ridge W 36-35 19 December 1 Vista Ridge W 43-31 Heath W Rouse W 61-7 19 2 57-48 8 Plainview W 57-45 Reagan W Marble Falls W 42-7 20 2 34-31 15 Georgetown L 46-34 Holmes L D. Springs W 38-3 22 2 52-40 29 Shoemaker W 67-60 Bowie L 23 3 64-35 November Pflugerville L 63-47 Stony Point L Lake Travis W 35-21 30 4 41-33 5 Reagan W LBJ W 70-20 December 4 29-16 11 Lopez W 73-27 Austin L S. Valley W 28-23 3 7 54-37 19 Bastrop W 57-25 Ball H Weslaco East W 48-7 3 21 3:30PM 26 Weslaco East W 55-32 3 December Coronado W 42-22 Lake Travis L 21-20 3 4 Donna W 70-37 4 4 Del Rio W 59-37 7 Westake W 63-50 10 Hutto W 78-63 State dreams realized continued from CROSS COUNTRY won a state championship. Cedar Park football playoff run continued from FOOTBALL on cover the game, but also on cover “It’s a great achievement for earning a spot in “It’s been a long wait [to get us,” O’Donnell, senior, said. “This Cedar Park a run for their the Quarterfinals. back to state],” Allison Boykin, has been the goal [of the team] money, and held the Timberwolf “Playoffs are all senior, said. “I’ve been waiting for for years but we’re the first to do offense to seven lowly points about advancing four years after Coach [Sheard] it. The team last year was really in the third quarter. However, to the next round. promised he’d take me there [by] good and for them not to win was the Timberwolves refused to let We feel pretty my senior year, and now we’re disheartening, but this year we won this injury end their season and good so far, and there. It’s great.” and that reflects their work in the worked as a team to finish the the team is having With both teams in state, this program.” game strong. By the end of the fun at practice. has been the best season in years The only other team to bring game the Rangers racked up 20 December football for the program: not since 2000 back a state gold medal was the total points in the second half, but is what Texas High have both teams made it to the Cedar Park girls’ cross country due to a lousy first half Cedar Park School football competition. There was also the team in 2003. This year the girls smuggled this one out 28-23. In is all about, and greatest potential in years. Both fought to win the meet for the the next round of playoffs Cedar our next goal is teams had a reasonable chance of second time. However, the girls Park met with the Weslaco East to be playing at winning the state championship fell short of first, finishing seventh. Wildcats at the Alamodome in San Christmas time.” and were ranked high by the Cross While it was disappointing for the Antonio, to battle for a spot in the Joe Willis, Cedar Country Coaches’ Association of team, it was still an impressive Quarterfinals. From kickoff, even Park football Texas all season. performance for a team composed a fan with no prior knowledge of coach, said. On the day, it was the boy’s of mostly sophomores. The team either team’s playoff wins, could When Cedar team that seized on the opportunity. is aiming to improve on this year’s see which way this game was Park earned Led by O’Donnell, who finished performance. going to go. The only time the the spot in the in eighth place, they stormed to “We’ve been to state once, Weslaco East faithful would see Quarterfinals, they an impressive 23 point win over we can do it again,” Jena Lach, one of their players cross the goal also acquired the nearest competitors Smithson sophomore, said. line was in first quarter, when hope they would Brandon Allen and Ryan Roberts, seniors, watch the coin toss at the start of the Lake Travis game valley. After sitting in packs for After their impressive result in the Wildcats were able to cut the be playing further November 4. The team went on to win the game, becoming district champions and beating Lake Travis two miles, the team surged past the state meet, the boys attempted Cedar Park lead to seven points. on in December. for the first time in school history. competitors in the final mile to to qualify for the national meet at However, for the duration of the Exactly one secure the win. This is the first time the Nike Cross Nationals South game they were held scoreless and month after the faced them again this time on a in the 2010 state playoffs and that any boys’ team in Leander Region race in Houston, while the the Timberwolves ran away with Timberwolves beat Lake Travis much bigger stage, with a trip to have created an enduring legacy, Independent School District has girls’ team looked to gain more from Weslaco, not only winning in the regular season; Cedar Park the semi finals on the line. The they, and all of Cedar Park, can be experience in big competitions Ti m b e r w o l v e s proud of. They gave their all day ahead of next season. The came out roaring, in and day out, and represented boy’s went in as the underdogs with an early 10-0 not only the school but the Cedar chasing the top three schools lead. That lead Park community extremely well. in the state: The Woodlands, would quickly be Though this season is over, the Marcus and Southlake Carroll. cut, when Lake Timberwolves will be back next Unfortunately, the team was Travis scored two fall: powerful, talented and hungry only able to qualify as an touchdowns both for a state title unrealized. alternate finishing in fourth; within a minute effectively ruling them out of of each other. And the trip to Portland and the added touchdown national meet. While not their resulting from goal, the fourth place was still a punt-return an exceptional result in which created a further they beat several top 5A teams gap. The game and capped off a successful continued to be season. a nail biter with “We were disappointed not numerous lead making it to nationals but coach changes. But as [Sheard] helped us put it in the clock wound perspective. We’ve had a great down, Lake season and won state, even if we Travis ended up didn’t finish on a high,” James having the final McIlwain, sophomore, said. lead change, Congratulations are in order beating Cedar photo courtesy of Jill Klement for the cross country team and photos by Mallory Robertson Park 21-20. Jordan McWilliams, junior, runs at the their coach, Timo Sheard, for T h e Ethan Fry, sophomore, runs in for the first touchdown of the game Saturday, December 4 at DKR Texas Texas UIL 4A State meet. The boys placed a successful season that all of Memorial stadium in the second run-in with the Lake Travis Cavaliers. This was the fourth round in the Ti m b e r w o l v e s first in state, making them the first Cedar Cedar Park can be proud of. made a Park boys team to ever win State. class 25-4A playoffs; the Wolves played their hearts out coming up short by only one point. phenomenal run Lady Timberwolves train hard for the winter season ALEX MENDOzA laundry list of impressive feats such achieve their goals and make their drama is never brought The shadows cast by the NBA The Connecticut Huskies women’s school proud. This year the girls on court. Personal issues and men’s college basketball often basketball team completing two have been doing just that, with and problems during the put talented female ballers out of straight undefeated seasons. the varsity team heavy with senior game never leave the the spotlight. Even on renowned Female domination of the court is players. The experience and talent court, either.” sports networks such as ESPN, becoming a noticeable trend, one of the upperclassmen has been The Lady the WNBA Finals came and went that is alive and well at Cedar Park. fundamental to the team’s success. Timberwolves have with little recognition from sports The Lady T-Wolves basketball “Our seniors have played remained virtually fans. However, women’s teams team moves as a unit and a tightly together since the fourth grade, injury-free over across the nation have racked up a knit family, constantly striving to competing in tournaments around the summer while the country and even against participating in international teams,” Mark Myers, tournaments outside of coach, said. school to expand their In addition to utilizing the reputation and overcome talent heavy seniors, Myers is also weaknesses and improve readying the younger players to upon strengths. During take over next year, encouraging the majority of the the team to work closely together season, nearly all of the and form strong team chemistry. A players compete against closely-bonded team is essential, other girls in regional especially this year. The Cedar Park and far-off tournaments girls will face a rough schedule to hone their skills. With heading into the 2010 season, strength in so many photos by Samantha Coen facing four division rivals in a row areas it’s difficult to find The Lady Timberwolves make the shot, contributing to their overall winning score. They have had midway through. room for improvement. a very successful season so far, going 18-2; the Lady Timberwolves hope to finish victoriously. “Our rival has always been However, a major georgetown, but since we’ve concern for the team to advance through the district level “The girls have a chant that they changed to a 4A school, this year this year has been improving their and make it to the state tournament, say before games, saying ‘100’ over we’ll also be facing vista Ridge,” defensive side of the ball. a goal shared by all of Cedar Park’s and over, which means giving 100 said Myers. “We’ve really made it a point athletic divisions. percent every time,” Myers said. vista Ridge is quickly becoming this year to improve our defense,” “We lost two key players last With the chilly winter weather a chief rival of Cedar Park teams, Myers said. “The team works year because they graduated, but comes a new season of great but the pressure these emotionally- extremely hard, not always focused, we have almost all seniors now,” basketball at the professional, charged games can bring is barely but they definitely put in the time Myers said. “This year, we’re collegiate and high school level. significant. When it comes to high- and effort.” aiming to make it past district and With the basketball buzz building intensity situations, the demanding At the games themselves, having move on to the state tournament.” don’t be surprised if the biggest pace of the game is nothing new to a home crowd cheering them on As the girls head into the 2010- noise this season comes from the these players. gives the players a mental edge 2011 season, team spirit is riding courts dominated by the Lady “We really know how to handle over their opponents. high and hard work has motivated Timberwolves. pressure well,” Lorenzia ‘zia’ “We definitely love the crowd them to play well. A leading core of Carter, junior point guard, said. because it gets us hyped,” Carter seniors is ready to push the team to Emma Leal, senior, shoots a free throw during a game against Hutto High School. “The overall morale of the team said. new levels and improve their own The Lady Timberwolves went on to win the game 78 to 63. has been very good and off-court Another key goal for the team is skills as basketball players.
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