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SSI Observer S TUDENT S TATESMANSHIP I NSTITUTE Declaring Destiny since 1995 Volume 3, Issue 3 Wednesday, July 27, 2011 CHALLENGING SPORTS Erika Wells Students milled around in their team’s respective parking spaces, talking and most difficult thing for everyone was trying to “step at the same time, especial- introducing themselves to their team mates for SSI’s sports challenge. Zak ly when they’re not the same height.” Weston, an ADC, pulled out a megaphone and called out the announcements and instructions. All the students left the parking lot, then, on their way to their Volleyball is another game often played at SSI, and little to no instruction was first station. There were five games in the SSI sports challenge, 2011, and required for this game. The students got in their positions and began, calling you’ll hear a little about each one. out when they thought they had it and rotating at the appropriate times. A few students made complaints about the surface of the Volleyball court, the grass One of the sports which people played yesterday was Ultimate Frisbee. After being very dry and rather worn down, but it seems that the teens enjoyed the the instructions had been gone over, each team spread out on the field and be- game anyway. The Elm Party held a sign for their candidate, calling out for gan to play. Teenagers ran around, yelling directions, throwing, catching and people to vote. enjoying the game. A member of the Maple Party stood on the sidelines, hold- ing a sign and watching the game. Ultimate Frisbee is a favorite of many SSI Basketball is always a favorite sport at SSI, and this week wasn’t any different. students, and is played during free time, as well as the Sports challenge. After a little warm up, the game began and students ran and dribbled across the court. This year, basketball was hosted in the Doty Center, which offered the Unlike Ultimate Frisbee, the Ultimate Relay was unfamiliar to all the students. perks of air conditioning and a nicer court. A devoted Willow Party member It looked confusing and difficult. When interviewed just after participating, applauded from the sidelines and held up a neon sign. however, Katie O’Connor was able to say a little about it, thankfully. She told me that “The most interesting part was trying to hold a Frisbee with my fore- Sports, however, was not the only fun occurrence at the Sports Challenge. The arms and my teammate’s,” and that their strategy for retrieving the beach ball Morphman appeared during the sports challenged, and took part in one of the was to pinch the sheet between their arms. It seems that this game required teams. When an interview was requested, he responded “Morph-interview? quite an amount of ingenuity! Morph-yes!” However, he was pulled away by ADC Zak Weston to return to the sports challenge before the interview could take place. Most unfortunate. The Water Relay, like the Ultimate Relay, was also new this year. Students Perhaps he will appear later in the week and there will be another chance for were required to pair up, tie one of their ankles to their partner’s ankle, and an interview. compete in the three legged relay. Each student filled up a small paper cup with cold water, and held it over their heads as they ran, the water sloshing and The chaperones, ADCs and staff were working hard this afternoon, and the dripping out from the top and the hole in the bottom of the cup. Once the part- water ladies were not forgotten. Charity Malick, always in good spirits, said ners reached the far end of the relay, they emptied the remaining water in their that the students “have been doing well and drinking much water.” She was team’s bucket and ran back, still tied together. Brandon Lindsay said that the pleased, apparently. It was a successful Sports Day. BEAUTIFUL FEET Hannah Hackel “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet Harold Voorhees is the youngest of 5 chil- of those who bring good news.” dren in his family, 1 brother and 3 sisters, of whom he says, “My older sisters were sure- The context of Mr. Harold Voorhees’ talk on ly goodness and no mercy!” Mr. Voorhees Tuesday Night, based on Isaiah 52:7, fo- has been married to his wife, Joann for 53 cused on what God has in store for your feet. years. They have 5 children of their own, as He began with, “Tonight I would like to talk well as 8 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. about feet,” and told the students that “God Mr. Voorhees has been involved personally speaks more about feet than any other ap- in 11 Campaigns and in 16 with his wife. pendage,” in His word. He followed by tell- His family also owns the cookie business, ing the students about his own shoes, his $8 Cookies Unique, which supply several Mei- shoes that are rather unique. His shoes have jers stores with their cookies, crackers, and traveled door to door in a dozen Campaigns, other similar snacks. have been to the Orient, walked the Great Wall in China, and went to India, as well as As an ending to his talk, Mr. Voorhees several other adventures. He also showed an asked all the students to come forward from example of the shoes of his friend, Chris their seats and place all of their shoes in a large pile Kamen, a basketball player with large shoes, and dents several stories, including the story of his grandson Timothy, who has been unable to see, at the front. Mr. Voorhees then prayed over all the contrasted them with the shoes of his first grand- daughter, who has little white sandals. The exam- walk, or speak since infancy. As well as this, he shoes, and following his prayer there came several ple showed that God has planned purposes for the told a story written by his granddaughter Tracie from many different students, praying over the feet of all of His children, the big and the little, the about her friendship with a girl Emily, and how shoes and the feet of each person in the room, and old and the young. Mr. Voorhees also told the stu- Tracie dealt with the untimely death of her friend. that God would always direct their steps. DEAR MR. SMITH THE GAME IS OVER Continued From Yesterday Dear Mr. Smith, Melody Anne DeMerell I’m a representative, and I’ve noticed the pool table in the Student Mall. I’d love to play, but While things with the campaign track were quite there always seem to be other students monopo- wild yesterday, today things seemed to have While the campaign track is starting to calm down lizing the table! What should I do? cooled down. There always seems to be more en- and be less animated about their campaigning - for Sincerely, thusiasm on Monday than on any other day during now - other students on campus are just now start- Potential Pool Professional the week at SSI, so it is not surprising that the ing to pick up some speed. Things are getting ex- campaign students have mellowed somewhat to- citing for those students who are readying them- Dear Potential, day. This is not to say they are no longer working selves for the press conferences on Wednesday. I feel your pain. Once, I was a young, helpless their campaigns, this is simply to say there is not For some the nerves are high and thus the energy representative wishing that I could participate in the same extreme amount of vivacity as there was level is increasing. the wonderful games that were being played dur- yesterday. ing free time. But they were always being domi- “I can feel the energy rising,” said an anonymous nated by someone else! I stood back and watched Campaign is a very demanding track; therefore, it student about the forthcoming events. This energy and occasionally cried in the corner, but one day, is understandable that the campaign students can- is the feeling that students all around campus are it was time. I decided I would no longer sit back not keep up this crazy and enthusiastic energy for beginning to understand what they are doing and and watch as others had fun. I took a stand. I the whole week. However, after talking to some of are getting into life here on campus. stood up to those pool players and I opened my campaign students it was revealed that there are mouth to tell them just what I thought of them… some very extreme plans being laid out for later in However, not everyone is feeling excited about the and then I closed my mouth. I turned away as the week. The campaign track may be slightly mel- upcoming events. With the press conferences on inconspicuously as possible and slunk back to my low today but they are not going to go away any Wednesday and the final debates on Friday quickly corner. Maybe next year, Potential. time soon. So eyes and ears should be kept open in approaching students are beginning to obtain ex- anticipation of the upcoming campaigning events. treme nerves. Dear Mr. Smith, I can’t sleep in my dorm because of the heat. No SENATE REVIEW: JUSTICE COMMITTEE one in my room brought a fan, and we’re broiling Colton Wesley in there! Please help. Sincerely, A pair of controversial bills is being discussed by compensated.” Sleepless at SSI the members of the Senate Justice committee this week, measures which have inspired much debate. On the other side of the aisle, the Red party mem- Dear Sleepless, On Tuesday, work commenced in the Justice Com- bers are seeking passage of SB #4091, legislation I’ve heard of the sad lack of air conditioning in mittee on SB #4044, a measure to remove FDA to Prevent Bullying. “18% of kids in school claim the GLCC dorms; many students seem to have the Drug Immunity. Committee member Justin Jones to have been bullied at some time,” says Jeff same complaints. You all seem to be used to the (Blue) says that the current FDA state of immunity Christensen (Red), “and sometimes these cases comforts of home. Back in my day, we didn’t to consumer lawsuits is “simply not right”. “Right lead to bad grades, depression, and even suicide in have air conditioning and the only fan was manu- now,” he claims, “a manufacturer whose drug is extreme cases.” ally operated. Since I’m supposed to be giving endorsed by the FDA cannot be sued despite of a advice, though, here are a few options for cooling defect in the drug itself, because their drug has Surprisingly enough, the Blue members of the par- down in the dorms. First off, you could make a been approved despite the defect.” ty are quite in agreement. “We are obviously not paper fan and hope that the constant motion of going to oppose a measure to stop bullying,” he your hand lulls you to sleep. Second, tie a bunch Red Party members of the committee, however, says, “we would just like more clarity and specif- of water balloons to the ceiling, and whenever are not so sure. “Consumers adversely affected by ics in the language of the bill itself, which we will you’re feeling hot, throw a dart at the water bal- these drugs are, in fact, allowed to sue the manu- attempt to accomplish through amendments.” loons, and enjoy the refreshment. Last, if you set facturer under specific circumstances, specifically, The bottom line, says Christensen, is just safety for all this up you’ll soon be too tired to stay awake when a drug has caused serious injury or illness,” kids. “We just want to make school safe, and make any longer. Happy Sleeping. says committee member Angelo Idoni (Red). or children safer.” Currently, Red committee members are pushing *Mr. Smith does not endorse following his own for an amendment to this piece of legislation that advice. It may result in unwanted consequences. would “create a mandatory test period for manu- facturers before selling the drug,” says Paul Got a question? Submit it to Room 104, Media Thompson (Red).” Central, or email it to email@example.com. Blue Party members remain nonplussed and con- tinue to push for this bill’s passage, which they believe will reflect the voice of the people. “We ATTENTION RUNNERS! represent the people,” says Jones, “so if someone is hurt by these bad drugs, they can be [legally] There will be a group run every morning at 6:00 a.m. Both guys and girls are welcome. Girls, meet SENATE REVIEW: LIBERTY COMMITTEE in the lobby on the second floor of the dorms. Sally Erickson Guys, if you want to join, you can meet the girls The race is on. Liberty Red and Liberty Blue pre- confident that they will pass and will save lives. at the pond. Bring your running shoes and be pare to defend their bills on Friday, both convinced The Liberty Red Committee is working hard to ready to have fun! that their bill will pass. It was made clear in each pass a bill entitled ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ party’s interview that both sides have valid points which, according to Senator Michael Carroll, and have high hopes that their bill will pass; none- would require doctors to clearly inform pregnant theless, not everyone will triumph. women about their options, and the effect of any procedure . Also, according to Senator Michael Liberty Blue has a lot of confidence that their bill Carroll, “It very well may stop many abortions,” will pass, which in was clearly communicated and, “It would keep woman more informed.” Sen- through Trey Curtin and Katie O’Conner, named ator Katie O’Conner, from the opposing side, be- as the committees fearless leaders Katie O’Con- lieves that this bill, “Violates the constitution and ner explained the purpose of their bill as, “to re- if we violate our constitution we are going against move restrictions from hand guns at government what our country stands for.” The committee has run institutions”. The Liberty Blue committee found their bill confusing and difficult to under- believes that this will give students the right to stand; however, they continue to work diligently to better protect themselves, which is, according to overcome problems and form amendments. When them, is, “in accordance with the constitution.” asked if they felt ready for Friday, Senator Carolyn The committee hopes that by passing this bill it Hubel answered, “Yeah, we’re getting there.” will give everyone the ability to defend them- selves. Granted, a student will still not be allowed The two committee groups both had very valid to carry a gun unless legally approved. However, points and seemed to know their bills well. It as the committee readily admitted, the general out- seemed the Liberty Blue committee had more con- look on students carrying handguns is looked fidence and were able to speak easily about their down on. What do you think? Should we be given the right to defend ourselves, or will this bill cost bill with poise. The Liberty Red Committee was us more money and create additional problems? In very studious and quiet. Despite these differences opposition to this bill, Liberty Red committee sen- it will clearly be a tough race. ator Michael Carroll said, “more bullets, most of the time, does not help any situation.” Despite op- position like this, The Liberty Blue Committee is LETTERS TO THE EDITOR YOUR CANDIDATES AND THE ISSUES Ceci Theuerkorn Dear Editor, Yesterday, as the legislators were gearing up for that the bridge should be built. I am writing today to express my whole-hearted support their press conferences today, the campaign for Dr. Epaphroditus in his bid for governor. track was busy at work presenting their candi- The next press conference was Elm’s. They are dates’ platforms to the press. As the conferences running on the issues of repealing Universal I am confident that with him in office, we can finally continued throughout the day, a number of im- Healthcare, implementing the Right to Work, turn around the direction that the state is going in by portant pieces of information were revealed as and cutting income and property taxes in order revamping the budget and reclaiming personal liberties to where each of the candidates stands on the to budget in a more effective way. Their candi- that Obamacare has taken from us. Dr. Epaphroditus issues. date, Clarence Fitzgerald, was one of the attor- stands for fighting against Obamacare and strengthening ney generals who signed the petition to sue our economy through decreased taxes. The first committee interviewed was the Maple against the constitutionality of Universal Party. The platform on which their candidate, Healthcare. All three campaigns were opposed I encourage everyone else to vote with me for Dr. Epa- Pingree S. Hazen, is running is that of freedom to Universal Healthcare, but had different ways phroditus this Thursday. Your vote will be for much in education and of building a bridge to Canada. of going about getting rid of it. Right to Work is more than one man; it will be a vote for a better He believes that a voucher system should be a movement that would eliminate the require- healthcare system for us and our families, more job op- implemented so that those who send their chil- ment for workers to enter into a Union. Maple portunities, and lower taxes. With Epaphroditus, there dren to private schools or who homeschool will agreed with Elm’s stance on this issue. will be more doctors here in Michigan resulting in a be able to get a tax deduction so they will not healthier, more vibrant future. need to pay for a school where their kids are not Finally, Willow’s conference took place. Their going. According to Mary Ellen Jeffries of the main issues are those of Universal healthcare Dr. Epaphroditus is prescribing the cure that Michigan Maple Party, “Education is the foundation to our and the budget. Their candidate, Dr. Epaphrodi- needs. whole society. Better education means better tus Ransom, believes that this is bankrupting jobs and a better economy.” various healthcare facilities and driving doctors Sincerely, out of Michigan. In order to solve this problem, Simon Matteson (Justice Red) When the other parties were asked about this he plans to implement a waiver that would pre- issue, very different answers were given. The vent Universal Healthcare from applying to Elm party said that they do not support the idea Michigan. He also wishes to make state employ- Dear Editor, of vouchers, as there would probably be strings ees pay the same amount of money as federal attached to the money that would give the gov- employees for healthcare. As we all know very well, there has been quite a com- ernment an opportunity to get their hands on motion going on over the campaign and the people run- more of our education. The Willow Party had no The last main issue that has been discussed in ning. I was rather appalled to find that, when I talked to stance on the issue at this time. Maple’s other detail is abortion. All the campaigns are pro-life; quite a few people, they were basing their votes on platform issue was building a bridge to Canada. however, they go about this in different ways. “catchy slogans” or “handsome candidates”. I really They believe that this will open up more trade Fitzgerald claims to be pro-life in everything, thought that the people here would maybe have a good routes and increase Michigan’s economy. Ac- including abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide. reason for voting for these candidates. We should all cording to Maple, this will be paid for by private Ransom supports allowing local communities know that we should base our voting on the candidate’s investors and the Canadian government, suppos- the right to choose to ban abortion clinics from deeds and strengths. And that is exactly why I am voting edly not costing Michigan taxpayers anything. their communities, to ban partial birth abortion for Clarence Fitzgerald of Elm Party. In response to this, Willow believes that it is not from the state, and to regulate zoning for abor- Michigan’s job to build this bridge, and that the tion clinics. Hazen believes that the way to Not only is the candidate with the most experience in the bridge would be built on unsteady ground, pos- begin a pro-life effort is to require ultrasounds field of leadership and public service, but he is also the sibly causing a collapse. However, Elm agrees to be shown at all abortion clinics. only one who has fought to defend our freedoms in our military (the Marines, to be exact). His ideas for what he As you can see, the candidates and their issues will do in office are the most promising. Therefore, my vary greatly. You are encouraged to talk to vote will go to the candidate who has spent all his life each of the committees today and tomorrow serving people instead of coming up with catchy phrases. My vote will go to Clarence Fitzgerald of Elm and find out more about their issues. As the Party. debates happen Sincerely, tonight and Ellen Miller (Lincoln Blue) elections take place Dear Editor, tomorrow, make sure I just wanted to point out that the whole “Hazen is that you Amazin’” at every meal, in my face, gets veery annoy- stay in- ing. The other parties get the point across without being formed and so aggressive, and their way of advertising is so much make a better. careful, Thanks, educated Abi Pipper (Madison Blue) decision! CAMPAIGN PRESS RELEASES Epaphroditus Ransom: “Michigan Man Committed to Curing our State” Clarence Fitzgerald: “Why is Fitzgerald the Best Man for Michigan?” The campaign staff of Dr. Epaphroditus Ransom is looking forward to seeing Yesterday you all read the announcements of the three candidates running for you at the upcoming debate on Wednesday evening. A lot of the voters have governor. Today you will see why Clarence Fitzgerald is the best man for a expressed to us their desire to hear an open discussion of the issues between better Michigan. the candidates before pledging support and we appreciate the opportunity to discuss our platform of fighting ObamaCare and fixing budgetary problems in Clarence Fitzgerald is the current Attorney General, serving hi s second term. more detail during the debate. People were so positively affected by his leadership that they voted him back! He has also been in the army, serving in the Marine Corps for three years, We would also like to thank everyone who attended the card tournament fund- which developed his sense of discipline, leadership, and determination to raiser, and for giving us your support. If you have not spoken with any of us, serve his country. Then he was elected President of Western Michigan Uni- we would gladly speak with on the issues that YOU are concerned about. Feel versity and within two years he completely turned them around for the better. free to stop by Willow campaign headquarters, room 107 next to the SSI of- This proves that he has a “Can do, will do” attitude and works really hard to fice, and ask us any questions you may have. Your support, contributions, improve life for the people of Michigan. Between all of these huge yet suc- time, and attention are sincerely appreciated. cessful commitments, he has been working for the prosecution offices in two different counties. Let’s continue working together to elect Dr. Epaphroditus Ransom for gover- nor! When you combine all of these leadership skills with the issues that Attorney General Fitzgerald intends to solve, what you’ve got there is a stick of dyna- mite just waiting to blow all of the problems away! Attorney General Fitzger- ald is simply the best man for a better Michigan. Support the people of Mich- igan this Thursday by voting for Clarence Fitzgerald. FUTURE LEADERS MEDIA: A CHANCE TO SPEAK Hannah Hackel Sally Erickson Perhaps the adrenaline of the week has far outrun the few hours of peace and ‘free time’ that has been given to you. Friday (or today for you Campaign students) is approaching fast, and Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a pro- with it will come your speech that must be presented. Wednesday-Thursday will most assured- fessional newspaper journalist or news reporter here at SSI? ly be crunch times, and there may be times when you feel as though you cannot go another step, Step into the shoes of a reporter or journalist and you will cannot write another word, cannot think of another debate. But there is one thing that must be quickly find out. This week, eleven students have been trans- remembered, and that is this: that you don’t have the strength to continue, or write that next formed into seven newspaper journalists and four broadcast word or go that next step. But God promises us in His Word that His strength is made perfect reporters and are rapidly experiencing the media life. in our weaknesses. Isn’t that a glorious thought? Starting from day one you are given power, influence, and reasonability. As a media student you are expected to take 2 Corinthians 12:9 states that “‘My Strength is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect each of these aspects seriously, which is only reasonable in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s considering media is the voice of the public. Also required power may rest on me.” At SSI, you are sitting in a place of leadership. Mr. Muffett has told from each student is an attitude of honesty, diligence, and you that each one of you is a future leader. But David Thompson contrasts that with, “You are integrity. As media instructor Dan Armstrong stressed great- not future leaders, you are current leaders.” Right now is the time that you can change the ly, honesty is very important to maintaining respect and sup- world. Jeremiah 1:5 states that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were port from your audience. born I set you apart…” and Esther 4:14 says “And who knows but that you have come to…this position for such a time as this?” Do not question your age, as each one of you is likely young- Not only are the students given the responsibility to produce er than 19. You have heard 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you an actual newspaper and create a quality broadcast, they are are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and purity.” also given the chance to hear the input of professional news You can make a difference right now. You can do all things through Christ who gives you anchors like Dan Armstrong and question current journalist strength, (Philippians 4:13) and with God all things are possible. like Kathleen Lavey, as well as tour the Lansing State Jour- nal. The Lansing State Journal is Lansing’s local newspaper It is encouraged that each one of you takes time to study God’s word-beyond your morning de- and is widely circulated through Lansing and surrounding votions. If you aren’t sure where to start, read the words of Christ in His gospel. If you dwell areas. The media team toured the Lansing State Journal on on them, they will give you the strength to continue. It is also encouraged that you pray, for Tuesday, July 26th with Stephanie Angel, Managing Editor, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” And remember this: “Have I not who explained many interesting aspects of the newspaper commanded you? Be strong and very courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, construction, and allowed the group to experience a staff for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) meeting. This is just a quick look at the life of media. There are many additional exciting aspects of involved in creating a newspa- per and producing a broadcast. However, you don’t need to wait until next year to be involved with the media track though; there are many simple ways to speak your voice to- day. Anyone is at liberty submit a letter to the editor, voice your opinion in an article or personally suggest or request an article desire. So instead of waiting, you are given an oppor- tunity to speak, now. Editor’s note: All letters to the editor may or may not be published according to the editor’s discretion. Letters involv- ing fictitious organizations or unsubstantiated allegations will not be published, and neither will anonymously submit- ted materials. Two gentlemen learn an important SSI lesson: Don’t lose your name tag. STRAIGHT TALK WITH LENNIE MAILAND Colton Wesley SSI Observer: How did you become interested in this historical-political- LM: Well, as my son Midas says, my rabbit trails are ‘well worn’. I can’t philosophical sort of track? deny that it’s true, but I see rabbit trails as fundamental to learning and expanding your knowledge base. Leonard Mailand: I always had an interest in things of that nature. But what I found through my reading was that the stuff that I was taught did- SSIO: Have your students ever attempted to get you on one of these treks in n’t give the full scope of the factors to be considered. I had an opportunity order to avoid a test or assignment? to attend a Summit conference on David Noebel’s book, ‘Understanding The Times’ in March of 1993.It just kind of poured fuel on the fire and I LM: That is true, they do attempt. started to expand in and go deeper into my interest in the field, and I started teaching at a Christian school. SSIO: Does it work? SSIO: How did you get involved with SSI? LM: I like to let them think it works, which comes as great joy to them, of course. LM: I heard James [Muffett] talking at Summit Ministries about starting this whole thing, and asked me about getting involved. He started the SSIO: How did you become interested in this historical-political-philosophical weekend program 16 or 17 years ago, so I’ve been here since the begin- sort of track? ning. LM: I always had an interest in things of that nature. But what I found SSIO: What is the best part of what you do as a teacher? through my reading was that the stuff I was taught didn’t give the full scope of the factors to be considered. I had an opportunity to attend a LM: I just love the challenge of trying to communicate important ideas Summit conference on David Noebel’s book, ‘Understanding The Times’ in and concepts, as well as the passion of those things. March of 1993.It just kind of poured fuel on the fire and I started to ex- pand in and go deeper into my interest in the field, and I started teaching SSIO: Some students seem to exhibit a bit of… indifference in your classes. at a Christian school. Have any of them actually fallen asleep? SSIO: If there was one piece that you could give to the people at SSI, what LM: Yes! It has happened several times. In fact, I think someone did would it be? [Tuesday] morning, but he won’t admit it. LM: Well, it’s going to sound trite, and it’s something they’ve heard a SSIO: You have been accused of getting off subject and venturing onto ‘rabbit million times, but it’s basically to just keep your faith first. trails’, is that true? FREESTYLE FREE TIME Ceci Theuerkorn and Paulina Harkey Everyone knows that a great deal of studying, learn- of fun to play outside in the sun!” for you as well. A well-liked card game that takes ing, and thinking goes on at SSI. But how do the over the cafeteria on most nights is Egyptian Rat students take a break? Free time. Most likely those A more active favorite is Ultimate Frisbee. Accord- Screw. Here’s what Charity Malick has to say about have become your favorite two words since you’ve ing to Michael Carroll, Ultimate Frisbee is a less the game, “Egyptian Rat screw is an intense war! been here at SSI. Everyone has their sport or activi- rough version of football, making it more fun for Basically it is like the game of war, you have to slap ty to participate in during the best part of the day. those who don’t necessarily “want to get pounded different combinations of cards and the person with You’ve got the volleyball players, basketball play- or destroyed.” His favorite part of the game is when all the cards in the end wins. When asked why eve- ers, ultimate Frisbee fanatics, the card players, and the Frisbee is thrown from one end zone and caught ryone seems to like it she responded, “Because it is of course all of those Ninjas. Not to mention the by a teammate in the opposite end zone. Another AWESOME!” You may also have noticed that ping many games that take place in the student mall like physical sport with less contact is volleyball, which pong is a usual occurrence in the student mall. Ac- pool, ping-pong and foosball. So with so many happens to be one of the sports that always seems to cording to Brandon Garnat, the game of ping pong choices, which do you prefer and why? Some stu- be going on. You can almost always spot people on helps you stay on your toes; it’s also good if you dents were interviewed to see what they thought. the court, bumping, setting, and engaging in friend- want to avoid brute force that you would experience ly banter. A familiar face on the court, Katie in a game like football. You can show off your fi- Ninja is a popular favorite among the students, as it O’Connor, explains, “[Volleyball] is fun because nesse and play with a group of people. can be played in any size group and requires strate- it’s not very serious. Lots of banter and team work gy as well as quick thinking and movement. Media make it a great game to make friend while practic- As you can tell, SSI students and staff alike all have student Erika Wells says about Ninja, “It’s a game ing your teamwork skills. You don’t even have to different but well-loved ideas on how to best spend that I’ve played since my first year here, it’s a tradi- be good.” Now for those who want to completely free time. tion with me and some of my friends, and it’s a lot avoid the outdoors, and/or “sports”, there is a place iScandal These Apple stores were not licensed traders of Apple products, and they also Paulina Harkey were not listed on the store directories for Apple. Surprisingly counterfeit Imagine, you have finally saved up enough money to buy your self the highly products and companies are not a rare occurrence. Not only does this happen in sought-over and prestigious iPad! You have waited for this day for so long, the China, but all across the globe. day you can finally head over to the Apple store and exchange that stack of According to newobserver.com, illegal copying of music, designer clothing cash, burning a hole in your pocket, for the glorious iPad (or other Apple prod- and other goods costs legitimate producers billions of dollars a year in lost uct of your choice J) . Well...guess what? While have just purchased your new- potential sales. est and possibly most prized possession, you have also just purchased it from a faux Apple store. Stories like this have recently become very popular when scandalous fake Ap- ple stores in China have been discovered. From first glance, most people would not have suspected a thing. Key elements included a winding staircase, seating area, along with tables upon tables of fun gadgets to try out, all deco- rated in the distinctively Apple way—extremely modern. Of course, the em- ployees did wear the typical blue t-shirts with the famous emblem and thick ID name tags; however, it did not take very long for citizens to start noticing dif- ferences in three certain Apple stores located in the Yunnan province in China. “To the relief of the true Apple Corporation, the fake stores were detected by an American blogger living in the Yunnan province, going by the name of BirdAbroad. Louise Watt writes, "Some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn't been painted properly. Apple never writes 'Apple Store' on its signs - it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit. CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT FACEBOOK? Melody Anne DeMerell Can you live for a whole week without Facebook? three and seven times a day. Therefore, for some with Facebook to that extent. Some students really This question has been floating around since the people, living without Facebook for an entire week could not care less if they can check their Facebook beginning of SSI. Facebook is an extremely popular is excruciatingly challenging. This network called while here. Some students say things like, social network. Although most people do have cell Facebook can be both a blessing and a curse, for, “Facebook is nice but it sometimes can get annoy- phones, they are still extremely dependent on this although it does help with some things, Facebook ing,” and, “Why would I need a Facebook?” This social network. has taken away a certain independence that Ameri- shows that the dependence on Facebook is not as can’s used to have. enormous as it first appears. Comments like, “I would rather go a month without make-up than a month without Facebook,” and, Some SSI students have become so desperate to The Online Mom describes Facebook as a way for “Without Facebook I would never do things with know what is happening in their Facebook world teenagers to learn social skills, self expression, digi- my friends,” tell us that people nowadays have been that they are trying to find a way to check Facebook tal competence and, educational development. trained to put all their trust in this one internet so- here on campus – this is, of course, is not aloud at There are clearly advantages to using Facebook, cial network. any time, in any location, during SSI. however, the question is raised - are some students at SSI putting too much dependence on Facebook? The average American checks Facebook between However, not all students here at SSI are obsessed MISQUOTES The only time I open my mouth is to switch feet.— I’m busy. I KNOW I am.—Amber Thompson fear or others. I live on the joy derived from shoot- Zak Weston ing people in the head. – Melissa Hubel My sense of esthetics says ‘no’.—Zak Weston There may have been chocolate involved.—Zak I think it’s Madison. But I think I’m wrong. – Jus- Weston Jennie is our camp nurse. She’s vicious.—Amber tin Jones Thompson I wonder how I could become as loved as Zak Wes- Charity Malick - whatever your middle name is! ton. Maybe I could become his apprentice.— I could tell you a little story… but I think I’ll tell Stop! – Sarah Kissling Charity Malick you a long one.—Harold Voorhees I’ve been fluttering my eyelashes at him. Men find Who, what, where, why, huh? - Charity Malick What is the gooby-thing? - Pat Fifelski that attractive. – Emily Naugle Hey now, no mocking me when I’m too tired to The tattoo removal business has gotten really big. come up with a good come-back.—Charity Malick It’s called ‘Whoops, why did I do that?’ - Mr. Muf- I may lose your vote, but I will beat you with a fett stick. – Maple Party Member I got less in Monday’s quote section than normal. I’m happy.—Mr. Muffett I’m like “MacGirlver.” - Jeannie Visscher Emily Naugle: It’s all locked in. Zak Weston: It’s all locked in but I don’t know I’m watching you like a hawk. A hawk with wings! In Russia it work great. If it work in Russia, it work where I put the key. - Zak Weston anywhere.—Peekemup Dropemov People just don’t recognize my brilliance. – Aaron Yes, I thought about diving in the office.—Zak God really works when wives call. – Melissa Hubel Yaeger Weston Our video should be in solitary confinement. – I want to tell you a little story about this. Well, no, As long as we don’t run out of coffee. Their drug is Chelsea Hackel and Sarah Kissling, in unison maybe a long story. – Harold Voorhees okay, but not our drug!—Mr. Visscher I didn’t know they had training wheels for motorcy- ….Food distri-buter….distrib-uter….try saying that Clinically insane people come to SSI. As in, we cles. – Zak Weston twice! – Mr. Muffett have our own vacuum-sealed compartment of the loony bin.—Chris Nunez Staff Member #1: That’s creepy. Can you hear that?...The grass, it’s disgusting! – Staff Member #2: It’s Zak. Anonymous I can’t not like you if you’re holding a gun, because Staff Member #3: Exactly. Zak is creepy. then I might be in trouble.—Charity Malick It should be legal to kill people. – Liberty Blue cau- I have something to say but I’m afraid I’m going to cus member Why are you wearing a bowtie? It adds to your say it wrong and I don’t want another misquote. – sketchiness.—Tiffany Rowland Justin Jones I feel like I’m going to be attacked by aliens when- I love flossing. It makes my teeth feel sinless.— ever I drink from that water fountain. – Anonymous Read about my issues. I have lots of them. – Chel- Anonymous sea Hackel Sweaters are very different from Jesus. – Charity I know you ladies want to exercise your 2nd Malick Someone should write an article about you being a Amendment right to “bare” arms. But we cannot creeper. – Hannah Kissling allow tank tops at the Sports Challenge.—Zak Wes- Some kids just can’t handle the water, ya know. – ton Zak Weston The orange juice is malfunctioning. – Hannah Happy cups, happy campers.—Emily Naugle Kissling Editor’s note: Many thanks to Charity Malick for I think you crossed the line so far. It’s a dot. – turning in most of these misquotes. Got a misquote? We’re putting our own quotes in because no one else is.—Charity Malick Charity Malick Turn it in at Room 104, Media Central. Some people live on fear. Some people live on the Hey, who is this Ha- zen guy anyways?? Forget it, no can- didate cares enough about the economy enough to DO something about it. Anyone who says they do doesn’t follow through. He’s Amazin’! I’m wasting all my money already Better Education, Above: No-hands relay. Below: the three-legged relay defeats paying education taxes—I don’t even get any of this money back! Better Economy, another duo. Bottom-right: Morphman makes his appearance at the Sports Challenge. Why am I going to donate more of my money to some guy who won’t Better Michigan. even do anything about the issues that matter to me?
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