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Niskayuna High School                                               June 1, 2007                                           Volume 32, Issue 30

Memorial service honors veterans
BY VANESSA LOBO                                        President John Dutcher read the emotional
                                        NEWS           poem “Grass” by Carl Sandburg to the gath-
  Last Friday, May 25, students and faculty            ered assembly. Then, tribute was paid to
alike were invited to attend the Veterans of           Niskayuna alumni who are currently serv-
Foreign Wars Memorial Service, which took              ing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alumni Eric
place near the front circle at 11:00 a.m.              Pinnell, Eric Stallmer, Dominic Catafalmo,
This annual memorial service has been held             David Cross, Mike Hildebrandt, Jonathan
for the past twenty years at Niskayuna High            Bedell, Jeff Bryan, Will Rhodes, Jonathan
School in order to honor all the individuals           Hammond, James Carcia, Nate Sapp, Jyl
from this region who have served our coun-             Frohn, Luis Tapia, Christian Deluke, Mark
try and recognize those who have died in               Sollohub, Michael McGarry and Justin Rit-
battle.                                                ter were all recognized for their service to
     The Memorial Service opened with the              America.
beautiful rendition of the national anthem                Students who attended the service were
by choral group Bell Canto. This was fol-              fortunate enough to see the 12 veterans who
lowed by the ceremonious laying of the Vet-            were invited. These veterans participated                                      Warrior photo / Chris Nelson
erans of Foreign Wars Wreath near the me-              in a variety of wars including World War II,          HONORING HEROES: The ceremony was emo-
                                                                                                             tional for both veterans and student onlookers.
morial plaque erected in front of the school.          the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf
The plaque recognizes three N.H.S. alumni              War and the Iraq War and are now part of              France and England and participated in the
who were killed in action during the Viet-             the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9132 and            D-Day invasion of Normandy. “I’m grateful I
nam War: Robert S. Cragin Jr. of the class             American Legion Post 21. Veterans of For-             made it through the war. We should remem-
of 1962, Vernon F. Hovey III of the class of           eign Wars is a national organization that             ber our veterans,” Saul expressed. Saul then
1964 and Richard Starkey of the class of               aids returning veterans and sustains the              went on to serve for 33 years in the Reserve.
1965.                                                  memory of the many men and women who                  Vincent J. Cerniglia fought in World War II
    Following tradition, Student Congress              have fought for the nation. The leader of the         as well but served as first seargeant in the
                                                                                  local chapter of VFW,      Third Division of the Army for 27 months. In
                                                                                  James     A.    Wilson,    2002, Cerniglia, Martin Bianchi, and other
                                                                                  presented his speech       veterans who went to war before finishing
                                                                                  recognizing those vet-     their high school career were honored as
                                                                                  erans attending. In        they became graduates and received a di-
                                                                                  his speech, Wilson         ploma. Another N.H.S. alumni, Thomas
                                                                                  emphasized his main        McGarry of the class of 1972, was able to
                                                                                  message that nobody        come to the memorial service this year as
                                                                                  should ever mock the       well. McGarry served for seven months in
                                                                                  soldiers     participat-   the first Gulf War and also served as a nurse
                                                                                  ing in war, but rather     in Germany in 2004.
                                                                                  support these men              Rita Volmer was a special guest at the
                                                                                  who serve the nation.      Memorial Service. Volmer is one of the
                                                                                     Tom Saul was just       few remaining Gold Star Mothers. These
                                                                                  one of the dozen vet-      mothers have lost a child to the war, but
                                                                                  erans that attended.       have gone on to support other troops and
                                                                                  Saul served in the         the war effort. It was particularly moving
                                                                                  Navy for three years       when Volmer layed the Goldstar wreath near
                                                                                  during World War II in     the memorial plaque.
                                                                                  both the Atlantic and         The memorial service honoring the veter-
                                                                                  Pacific theaters. He        ans was a touching event. The service is a
                                                     Warrior photo / Chris Nelson was involved with the      tradition at the high school and it remains
ATTENTION: Veterans salute their fallen brothers at Friday’s memorial ser- movement of supplies              an important part of our celebration of the
vice. This service has been held at N.H.S. annually for the past 20 years.        and men between            soldiers who served our country.




Inside this issue...                                                                   Alexander
                                College crime                                                                                           Girls’ sports
                                                                                       Nevsky was                                       come to a
                                distresses                                             successful,
                                students,                                                                                               grand finale,
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2      News                                                  June 1, 2007                                                     The Warrior

New school budget approved
BY   CHRIS MURPHY                     for a variety of new additions       for the preservation of the cur-     by over 500 votes, the board
                              NEWS    to the school district’s options.    rent staff level, restoration of     members were initially worried
  On Tuesday, May 15, local res-      The plan will update the cur-        summer developmental activi-         it would not pass. “We worry ev-
idents of the Niskayuna School        rent technology program for the      ties for students and new aca-       ery year,” said Hudson, “That’s
District approved the new school      district, so that it may include     demic activities for high-achiev-    why we work as hard as we
budget for 2007-2008.         Over    a more hands-on learning envi-       ing students.                        do.” The total numbers of votes
2000 votes were cast between          ronment to encourage students            The $577,475 bus purchase        taken went down from last year,
7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday,         to pursue highly technical ca-       proposal will be paying for two      but the budget was passed by
with the 1,420 votes yes eas-         reer options. Many positions         new small buses and five new          a higher percentage than last
ily defeating the 923 votes no.       that had been eliminated in          full-sized buses, which would be     year’s budget had been.
The budget for the ’07-’08 year       past budget choices have been        replacing older models with high          If the budget had not been
is now $63,226,454, increasing        revived, such as the Director of     mileage. However, the replace-       passed, there would have been
taxes by 4.25 percent for the res-    Counseling for the kindergarten      ment of the buses would not af-      cuts in many of the more minor
idents of the four district towns.    grades to the twelfth grade. The     fect the 4.25 percent tax increase   areas of the school, such as art,
There was also a separate vote        Director of Counseling would         for the town. In a phone inter-      music, sports and other extracur-
on a bus purchase proposition         coordinate guidance services,        view, recently re-elected school     ricular activities. Another inter-
approved by 1,631 yes votes op-       oversee student course sched-        board member David Hudson            esting possibility would be the
posing the 685 no votes, which        uling, and provide leadership to     stated that, “We have a policy of    elimination of kindergarten. As
now gives the district an addi-       counselors and social workers.       replacing buses after 10 years of    Hudson pointed out, although
tional $577,475 for seven new         The budget would also pay for        use. After about 10 years, they      kindergarten is not a federally
school buses.                         the implementation of a newer,       break down much easier, and it       required course, its cancellation
    The new $63.2 million bud-        more efficient method of inform-      becomes harder for them to pass      would be unlikely. Said Hudson,
get, (an increase of $2.9 mil-        ing parents of school emergen-       inspections.”                        “I think that’s the last thing any-
lion or 4.8 percent) would pay        cies. The budget would also pay          Although the budget passed       body would want to do.”



Short films
     STEPHEN GEMMITI
                                                            get strong reception                                tor Daniel Claridge for his film
BY                                    been great as I have seen a lot      and Robbers: Robbers Unite’ to
                             NEWS     of great filmmakers come in and       Niskayuna. “Even if I have,” he      “Waiting”. While Claridge took
    Media arts teacher and in-        out of the program.”                 continued, “It was not anywhere      the title as first time Best New
structor for the all the Studio in        The evening opened with          close to being that well done.”      Director, the film “Batteries Not
Video classes Stephen Honicki,        Dutcher’s stop motion/real time          Later on in the evening, the     Included”, by Justin Macshane,
summed up the evening with            production of “The Exploding         audience viewed Tom Laman-           Benjamin Pliss, Matthew Rudin-
the first few words of his wel-        Plastic Inevitable”, which shows     na’s “Breakfast”, a stop motion      ski and Zachary Santiago took
coming speech for Short Cuts 6        how film can come to life, a trait    film which used pieced- together      home the most Shorties of the
on May 24, 2007. “Welcome, to         displayed in many of the eve-        snapshots of people instead of       evening.
a celebration of some fantastic       ning’s films. The evening con-        using clay to create an utterly       “Overall the night was surpris-
production created, edited and        tinued with a variety of different   fantastic film. Stop motion film       ingly entertaining”, Murphy con-
directed by our very own stu-         productions, from light-hearted      was also seen in Christopher         cluded after audiences watched
dents,” said Honicki, kicking off     comedies such as Matthew             Perrella’s “Zucchero” and Dutch-     27 short films. “I cannot wait
a night of good old fashion sum-      Adamec and Matthew Cremo’s           er’s “Meece Without Mices.”          for next year’s ‘Short Cuts’ and
mer fun at the movies.                production “That’s My Purse!,”       “This was by far the most inno-      hope to be involved.”
   “Short Cuts”, now going on its     to the reinvention of the horror     vative thing I have seen,” said
sixth consecutive year, is an an-     genre as told by Brian Nowell        Honicki before the films debut.
nual Niskayuna film festival that      in “Doom House”. “Short Cuts         “The boys had to really sit down
showcases nearly 30 student-          6” even offered a look at some       and overcome some obstacles in
made films created in the past         technologies that have never         order to make this film work and            Congratulations!
school year. Each work displays       been used in the history of the      after weeks of working they put
remarkable creativity and abil-       six year program, such technol-      together a fantastic piece.”             Congratulations to
ity of the director. “It’s really a   ogies were used in “Tom Laman-            Many films were recognized         Michelle Niro-Booth,
great experience to be in the fes-    na’s Breakfast” by four aspiring     for things such as outstanding
                                                                                                                   High School Special
tival every year”, said Niskayu-      directors, James Belcastro, Matt     actor/actress at this years an-
                                                                                                                  Education teacher, and
na’s own veteran director John        Cioffi, Peter Furey and Thomas        nual Shorty Awards, the award
                                                                                                                   her husband, Rand,
Dutcher, director of his famous       Lamanna.                             ceremony woven in-between the
                                                                                                                   on the birth of their
work “Guthro’s Parents” and his
                                                                                                                  daughter, Syney Niro-
more recent claymation produc-
                                         “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen   viewing of the films. With this
                                                                                                                   Booth, born on May
tion of “Meece Without Mices.”
                                      anything like that before,” said     year’s sixth annual “Short Cuts”       15, 2007, weighing in
                                      freshmen and film maker Chris         festival, a new award was added        at 7 pounds, 2 ounces
He continued, saying, “Being in       Murphy who earlier this year         – the ‘Best New Director’ Shorty
the program for four years has        brought the feature film ‘Cops        which was awarded to direc-
    The Warrior                                               June 1, 2007                                                        News        3
Seniors get down to business
BY ANAGHA TOLPADI                                      Niskayuna students Briggs and Knowlton       Communications. Brooke was recently
                                          NEWS     were each presented an Outstanding               named an All-American, which is an honor
   Senior Brooke Knowlton was recognized           Business      Education     Student     award    for the top five seniors in the state, and she
for her potential as a future business             sponsored by the New York State Business         will also be featured in Parade magazine’s
leader during the Capital District Business        and Marketing Educators’ Association. Now        All-American list, which is for the top twenty-
Review’s annual 40 Under Forty award. In           in its fourteenth year, this annual award        five athletes in the country. “She was born
addition, Knowlton and senior Cullen Briggs        recognizes students based on academics,          with God-given talent, yes, but [she] has
won the Outstanding Business Education             community service and character. Briggs          been willing to go the extra mile for years,
Student Award, presented by the Business           and Knowlton attended a dinner at the            both physically and mentally,” said Lindsay.
and Marketing Educator’s Association.              Holiday Inn in Albany on May 3. New York         She has traveled the country on a premier
     Knowlton was among five local high             State Assemblyman, Jim Tedisco, was              soccer team and even different parts of
school students to be recognized for their         the keynote speaker and the two students         the world, as her team just played the top
potential as business leaders during the 40        received a proclamation from him, “Both of       women’s team in Brazil. Knowlton received
Under Forty awards luncheon on May 3 at            these students have portrayed the character,     a plaque and a T-shirt for this prestigious
the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany. Seven            leadership and academic success necessary        award.
years ago, the Business Review started             to win our most prestigious business award,”         “Although I can’t look into a crystal ball
recognizing forty of the top executives of large   said Lindsay, “Briggs has successfully           and predict the future, I can tell you, based
publicly held corporations, entrepreneurs          completed sixteen college credits from our       on the principles by which people live by
and small-business owners from the capital         affiliation with the University in the High       now, who will have a greater chance of being
region under the age of forty. Nominated by        School program.” Briggs and Knowlton both        successful in whatever they may pursue,”
the business community, these individuals          received a plaque and a $15.00 gift certificate   said Lindsay, “If you take a person who
were selected by an outside advisory panel         to Staples, for their hard work.                 develops a great work ethic, is persistent and
based on their professional success and                  Knowlton has been an outstanding           dedicated to meet their goals and, perhaps,
community involvement. For the third               leader in the classroom, on the soccer field      is willing to outwork everyone else, then I
year, the Business Review opened up this           and within the community. She has been           can tell you that’s a formula for success.” As
recognition to five high school students who        recognized as a Capital Region Scholar           President of the DECA Club, Knowlton was
could potentially be future business leaders.      Athlete, Niskayuna Scholar Athlete and is        instrumental in running a successful Adopt-
“My teacher nominated me and a couple              a member of the National Honor Society.          An Angel Campaign. She has also worked at
other students for the 40 Under Forty. A           She has earned many honors playing soccer        the PTO Craft Fair, tutors French students
panel of judges picked five students for the        including being a member of the U14, U15,        at Iroquois Middle School and teaches
award,” said Knowlton. For the second year         U16, U17 National soccer team, two time All-     developmentally and physically challenged
in a row, business teacher Janice Lindsay          American, 1st Team All State, Times Union        adults soccer at the Wildwood Program.
 has had her nomination selected by the            and Fox 23 Girls Soccer Player of the Year       “Brooke truly is a remarkable young woman
 judges. Last year, this award was given to        and has received a 5-year full scholarship       and is well deserving of a Future Business
 Shannon Archer.                                   to Boston College to study Business and          Leader award,” said Lindsay.


Drugs and dogs: fun for all
BY DANIEL STONE                       had been hidden by the officers       is used more for law enforcement     said, “I thought that the
                           NEWS       in the little theater. The officers   than for drug detection. Lucky       presentation was pretty cool...
     Dogs may be humans’              explained that the main reason       participant sophomore Dave           I liked how they explained the
favorite domesticated animal          that dogs are so effective for       Stopera got to put on a special      different uses of the dogs.” For
companions, but they might            sniffing out things such as bombs     protective sleeve and get bit        example, after the dogs have
also become man’s best partner        and drugs is their special ability   by the dog (under the careful        detected drugs, the officers can
in crime fighting. In an event         called “smell discrimination.” In    supervision of Temple). He took      apply for a search warrant.
reminiscent of the good old           other words, dogs are able to        it bravely and all went well.            All of the current dogs have
days of DARE, Niskayuna’s K9          pick out the individual scents       This demonstrated the dogs are       been donated to the police, but
unit paid a visit to the Little       which make up an odor. Dogs          extremely proficient in their job     are by no means of secondhand
Theater last Wednesday, May           have been trained to smell out       by showing the dogs’ strength        quality. Bosco’s parents were
23, for a demonstration that was      any manner of things, such           and speed. The lieutenant went       both national champion bird
both fun and educational for          as emeralds, cancer and most         on to explain that the dogs have     hunters and all the dogs are
everyone involved. Accompanied        recently, bootleg CDs. Lt. Temple    been extremely helpful in law        purebred and well suited for law
by Lt. J.A. Temple and officers        explained that contrary to a         enforcement and that he was          enforcement. Temple raises and
C. Hill and M. Giaquinto, the         popular rumor, drug-sniffing          in the process of training yet       trains the dogs himself. The dogs
dogs admirably showed off their       dogs are not actually addicted       another dog named Recon, a 22-       live with him, and in addition
crime enforcement skills to a         to the drugs they are trained        week old Belgian Malinois. The       to their work, they have the
crowd eager to see what the dogs      to sniff out. Instead, police use    dogs’ help will hopefully make       ordinary loving relationship of
were capable of.                      treats to positively reinforce the   the police’s dangerous jobs a bit    a man and his dogs. It looks as
   Bosco, a black Labrador, was       dogs’ work.                          easier and safer.                    though dogs have a permanent
able to quickly and effectively          The police then brought out           Freshman Adam Shekerjian         residence in crime fighting.
find two bags of marijuana that        Duke, a German Shepherd that
4      Opinion                                                                          June 1, 2007                                                             The Warrior

The clash of the consoles
BY   DAN STONE                                                     that it conjures up. The Gamecube is also a                   game fun. The N64 is notable for a major shift
                                           OPINION                 great system, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t              in the Nintendo universe: game design moved
   Since video games’ creation many long                           have that many games to its name. And then                    away from cartoon-esque, childish graphics to
years ago (no one’s entirely certain when)                         there were two.                                               more realistic and somewhat darker themes.
graphics, game-play, memory, speed and                                The N64 up against the S.N.E.S. The Super                  Furthermore, the N64 had videogames that
controller design have advanced in leaps and                       Nintendo has more games than any other                        still define their respective genres: Goldeneye,
bounds. Different empires have risen out of                        system. In those days any and all ideas were                  The Ocarina of Time, Perfect Dark, Mario
obscurity only to crumble at the hands of a                        considered to be great if put in video game                   Kart 64, Mario Party (1, not 2), Super Smash
new generation. Atari, Sega Genesis, Playsta-                      form. The result is that while there are literally            Brothers, Starfox and Banjo Kazooie. Finally,
tion 2, Funtime; each of these names holds                         hundreds of throwaway games for the S.N.E.S.                  who could forget the radical new controller
a special place in our hearts. But which, you                      (Ninja Golf, anyone?), some of the most fun,                  that the N64 introduced? One could actually
might ask, is the most special of all?                             innovative games were produced at that time.                  choose from a variety of options how to hold
   Many ridiculously obsessive fanboys have                        What’s more, the S.N.E.S. has all the classics                the controller. Amazing!
tried to settle this issue before, yet all have                    of the Nintendo, only with better graphics and                   I grew up with the S.N.E.S., and I love Super
failed. I say this because fanboys are ridiculous                  game play. Who could ask for more?                            Mario Brothers in a way that is not entirely
and should never be taken seriously. Honestly,                        The Nintendo was a great system for its                    healthy, but as much as it pains me to say,
put down the Cheetos and go outside to soak                        time but if it were released today it wouldn’t                N64 is the clear winner in this battle.
up some sun. In recent years, the world of                         stand a N64 was released mid 90’s, and that                      The Super Nintendo was little more than
video games has been divided into three                            is apparent in the games themselves. Crazy                    a Nintendo that was… “super.” So that’s it,
schools of thought: Xbox fans (whom from                           collages, sharp graphics and ridiculous music                 boys and girls. The N64 is the best console
this point on I will call Halo fans, because,                      combine to make a stunning medley of video                    there is.


                                                                   Finally! A dinosaur article!
come on, let’s be serious), Playstation fans
and Nintendo fans. Now, let’s eliminate any
Xbox console right off the bat. While I respect
Xbox as an up-and-coming system, it’s too                          BY   STEFAN DOSCH
                                                                                                                                 dinosaurs, assuming they were amazing at
new and hasn’t earned its stripes yet. Play-                                                                  OPINION
                                                                                                                                 hiding remained hiding, as the weeks went
station has an impressive arsenal of games,                           Hey, when was the last time you read a
                                                                                                                                 by. Soon, they died of hunger and because
but essentially, the Playstation 2 is nothing                      good article about dinosaurs? I bet it was a
                                                                                                                                 dinosaurs are not wussy girlymen, not a single
more than a souped up Playstation 1, and                           long time ago. I bet you are itching for a good
                                                                                                                                 one gave up and every last one of them ended
Playstation 3 costs $500. ‘Nuf said. So we                         dinosaur article. Unfortunately, this isn’t
                                                                                                                                 up a winner. Isn’t that sad?
are left with Nintendo.                                            a good dinosaur article, but it is an article
                                                                                                                                     No, because dinosaurs suck and everyone
   Nintendo is the oldest of the video game                        about dinosaurs. Beggars can’t be choosers.
                                                                                                                                 hates them. I personally think dinosaurs
empires and it has proven itself time and again                    Dinosaurs were quite large and from the pic-
                                                                                                                                 are a harm to mankind in general because
as a company capable of providing fresh, fun                       tures I’ve seen, were pretty scary. These great
                                                                                                                                 they cause global warming and other such
games. We can eliminate any of the Game                            lizards lived a long time ago in places on this
                                                                                                                                 things to occur, including frequent urges
Boys; they’re great fun but they just can’t                        planet. One day, way back when, one of the
                                                                                                                                 to chomp down on rubber. Dinosaurs also
match up against the stationary consoles.                          crazy dinosaurs started a dinosaur game of
                                                                                                                                 cause natural disasters, especially in regions
Next, the Wii. It’s a lot of fun but again it’s                    hide and seek. When all of the dinosaurs had
                                                                                                                                 such as deserts and swamps. The Sahara is
still too early to tell whether it can shed its                    gone to hide, “It” started his search, tripped
                                                                                                                                 expanding twenty feet down into the Sudan
gimmick status. So now we are left with the                        and badly injured his left leg, slightly above the
                                                                                                                                 every year due to the frequent duels between
big four: the Nintendo, the S.N.E.S. (Super                        ankle. Later that week, It died in the hospital
                                                                                                                                 stegosaurus for potential mating partners.
Nintendo Electronic System), the N64 and                           of pedal fractures and because everyone was
                                                                                                                                 Dinosaurs are also killing many native species
the Gamecube. If you’re not already annoyed                        out playing the game, nobody came to his
                                                                                                                                 of reptiles in Central America by outcompeting
with me, here’s where I’m going to chop. The                       funeral. In fact, the reason he died of such
                                                                                                                                 them for resources, water and shoes. Those
Nintendo and the Gamecube. The chance.                             a curable problem was because the doctors
                                                                                                                                 damned dinosaurs have ruined the very fabric
The greatest thing about it is the nostalgia                       at the time dropped everything to seek the
                                                                                                                                 of society. Stupid dinosaurs.
                                                                   hide with the rest of their kind. The hiding
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The Warrior                                                           June 1, 2007                                                            Opinion       5
A word of caution for the seniors
BY   JENNA LOHRE                                 you, go to the nearest occupied        and friends.                           employees.
                                      OPINION    residence or building and ask             Know your neighbors and                With the alarming rate of vio-
    The increasing number of at-                 for assistance.                        don’t be reluctant to report il-       lence on campus, students are
tacks, kidnappings and rapes is                     Freshmen should “respect-           legal activities and suspicious        encouraged to be extra cautious
astounding on the national level,                fully decline” to have photo and       loitering.                             in decision making and to value
but even more alarming are such                  personal information published            All colleges and universities       their safety. As many members of
crimes that college campuses                     for distribution to the campus         have campus safety depart-             the class of 2007 approach their
experience regularly.                            community. Fraternities and            ment, where one can learn about        college careers, they should keep
    Without a doubt, these un-                   upperclassmen have abused this         the specific safety measures           these preventative measures in
fortunate events are solely the                  type of publication to “target”        that one can take. The Jeanne          mind and proactively protect
fault of the predator. Nonethe-                  naive freshmen.                        Clery Act requires all colleges        themselves. When entering the
less, these violations of personal                  Always travel in groups and         and universities to report the         real world, students must be
safety can often be avoided by                   avoid “shortcuts”.                     number of crimes that take             more alert and practice basic
taking measures to protect you                      Do not leave your identifica-        place on campus. Every three           self-control at public functions,
as well as your friends.                         tion, wallets, jewelry, cameras        years, each school must publish        such as at parties and bars.
    It seems to me these days                    and other valuables in open            a report that documents yearly         Those who do not take heed to
that college campuses are being                  view.                                  rapes, burgluries, murders, et         these warnings inevitabily be-
transformed more and more of-                       Program your phone’s speed          cetera. This report is available       come little more than a statistic,
ten into violent crime scenes and                dial memory with emergency             to everyone including current          a simple number that could
domiciles for predators.                         numbers that include family            and prospective students and           easily have been one fewer.



                                                 Darfur: a time for action
    The statistics speak for them-
selves: 80% of campus crime is
student-on-student; the prob-
ability of a female student being
sexually assaulted over four                        After three long years in           of human life in Darfur for too        a vested interest in the future of
years is approximately 25%; nine                 the Sudan, filled with murder,          long. Now is the time for us to        Iraq as well, but there weren’t
out of ten student felonies involve              brutality and rape, the United         take serious action.                   mass killings which occurred
alcohol or drugs. Fortunately,                   States is finally stepping up to           Too long has the United             on the same magnitude of those
when adequate precautionary                      the plate.                             States stood by and watched            in Darfur at the time that the
measures are taken, one can                         On Monday, President Bush           as the atrocities of the world         United States intervened. In
lead a safe and successful cam-                  announced the U.S. would now           unfolded in front of their eyes.       Darfur we can actually make
pus lifestyle. The United States                 impose sanctions on 31 com-            Gone are the years of Rwanda,          a difference, and actually save
Department of Education re-                      panies, including one company          Serbia and the Congo; we have          lives.
cently published its “Handbook                   suspected of supplying arms            already, in practicality, killed          For years now Amnesty Inter-
for Campus Crime Reporting,”                     to militants within Sudan and          millions by not taking action.         national has held mass protests
which includes valuable advice                   three individuals. The groups          Darfur can still be saved, but         to urge intervention in Darfur.
for students of all ages, but                    and individuals targeted will be                                              Nonetheless, the United States,
is targeted at those attending                   barred from trading with and                    EDITORIAL                     with the possible exception of
college.                                         banking in the United States.                                                 the CIA, has not taken heed to
    At night, it advises, travel on              We commend the President for           only with foreign intervention         the call.
well lighted and well traveled                   finally taking action against the       by the United States.                     We do not know what it will
streets.                                         worst human rights violations             China has been financing the         take to convince the government
    Walk in the middle of the                    since the Rwandan Genocide.            conflict for years, buying luxury       of our country, one which used
sidewalk and never loiter in                        In his speech, Bush also            items for corrupt rulers and mili-     to stand for life and liberty, to
deserted areas.                                  asked the Secretary of State,          tary equipment for their armies.       seriously intervene and curb the
    When leaving your dorm or                    Condoleezza Rice, to work in           With such foreign investment,          violence in Sudan. We do not
apartment, make sure that all                    conjunction with the U.N. Secu-        especially considering the value       know why the United States is
doors and windows are locked,                    rity Council on a new security         of the region’s natural resources,     so reluctant to intervene as is,
including the main building                      council resolution that would          namely oil, the conflict will never     given the incentives that exist
entry and exits.                                 impose disciplinary measures           come to a peaceful conclusion          even today. Nevertheless, we
    Be aware of people who ap-                   on President Omar al-Bashir’s          absent foreign intervention.           are trying to do our part, and
proach asking for directions or                  regime for his failure to allow           Some may question the role of       are therefore calling for an end
the time of day; keep a polite but               U.N. peacekeepers to enter the         the United States in the conflict.      to the violence in Darfur. We
safe distance.                                   country to help stabilize the          After all, the military is stretched   support, then, more extensive
    If you feel someone is following             situation in Darfur.                   thin as it is. Considering the role    United States armed interven-
ALL OPINIONS expressed on the op-ed                 It’s past time for these actions,   of China, as well as the nation’s      tion to save Darfur as the only
pages represent the individual viewpoints of     but they must still be celebrated      vested interest in the available       means by which to ensure a
their authors. The content does not neces-       as a step towards peace in             oil, though, the incentive for         peaceful end, though we do tip
sarily represent the views of The Warrior, the
high school, the school district, or the Board   Darfur. The United States has          intervention becomes clear.            our hats to the current efforts
of Education.                                    stood blind to the destruction             Indeed, the United States has      there.
6      Entertainment                                         June 1, 2007                                                         The Warrior

SPAC
BY   CRAIG DUDEK
                                          never
                                     Me,” will be performing. Of A
                                                                                    disappoints
                                                                           a local favorite for
                    ENTERTAINMENT    Revolution, or as they are more       ages with popu-
    As most students would say,      commonly referred to, O.A.R. will     lar songs such
summer nights make unforget-         end the summer season with an         as “Iris,” “Black
table high school experiences;       appearance August 19.                 Balloon,” “Give
I myself would agree. Summer              As I browse through my AIM       a Little Bit,” “Let
nights have the nicest weather,      buddy’s info box, it is clear from    Love In”, and “Stay
making them excellent for going      my friends’ profiles that I have       With You.”
out for ice cream and hanging        missed out on what could easily          Now, for rea-
out with friends. On some of         be some of the most anticipated       sons that no one
these nights we steal away from      concerts of the season.               can fail to under-
the empty streets of Niskayuna          Fortunately there are many         stand Dave Mat-
and head to SPAC or Northern         more to come. John Mayer will be      thews Band, or
Lights for some truly unforget-      performing in the region. Those       as they are com-
table concerts.                      of us who enjoyed his concert         monly referred to
   A particularly auspicious year,   last year with Cheryl Crow are        as, “DMB” have
this summer will greet us with       greatly looking forward to his ar-    become, unargu-
many popular acts. Fall Out Boy,     rival. With such chart topping hits   ably, the most                              image courtesy www.palacenet.com

+44, The Academy Is, Paul Wall       such as “Daughters”, “Waiting         highly anticipat- O.A.R.: Only one of the many bands to appear at
                                                                                                SPAC this summer
and Cobra Starship, kicked off the   on the World”, and “How Much          ed concert of the
summer season with their per-        It Hurts” this concert is bound       season. DMB’s feel good music students here.
                                     to succeed.                           invigorates any listener, mak-           There are many other concerts
formances this past Wednesday.
                                        Honestly, how many local Goo       ing it near impossible to dislike.    sure to be a hit this summer,
A month from then, the popular
                                     Goo Doll fans can truthfully say      Students will be arriving in mass     whether it is Senses Fail’s appear-
Canadian band, Rush, will play.
                                     they haven’t attempted to attend      droves on the Tuesday night of        ance at Northern Lights on June
Rush will be followed by the more
highly anticipated concerts of       at least one of their many con-       August 14, for this one night 15th, or maybe the performances
                                     certs? It seems as if it were just    extravaganza. As Dave Stopera         of one of our very own bands such
the season. The first of which
                                     yesterday that many of us saw         said in his Presidential speech       as Number One Dad, or Back
features Nickelback, accompa-
                                     them on tour. Nevertheless there      for the class of 2009; “All good      Pocket. Whichever concert you
nied by Staind and Daughtry.
                                     will be many Niskayuna students       things start with DM … DMB,           choose to attend, it in undeniable
On Monday August 13 Incubus,
                                     at July 24 Goo Goo Doll concert       Dave Matthews Band.” And that         that concerts are the only way to
a popular rock band with chart
                                     at SPAC. Goo Goo Dolls has been       is the general perception among       a perfect summer.
toping like “Drive” and “Pardon



Audience blown away at Nevsky
BYOLGA BORODULINA   AND
                                                 the air. Selected scenes from the movie were        which featured a stunning performance
ATOSA GHASRIPOOR                                 projected on either side of the stage while the     by senior alto soloist, Emma Ladouceur.
                                ENTERTAINMENT    two music groups played harmoniously.               Her performance was the most impressive.
   On May 24, Niskayuna High School hosted          The concert opened with Music teacher            Her mastery of her newly acquired Russian
the Alexander Nevsky concert, inspired by the    Eric Hughes coming up on stage to welcome           skills and singing talent were obvious to
movie of the same name and featuring music       the audience, followed by Superintendent            anyone who heard her sing for more than
by Sergei Prokofiev. Posters were hung up         Kevin Baughman. Then Edward Alston, the             two seconds. Not surprisingly, she was one
weeks in advance for the event and appeared      director of the foreign language department,        of the recipients of an accomplishment
in places as unlikely as the pediatrician’s      rose to speak about the beauty and richness         award in music.
office. In the hallways of the school people      of Russian culture. Finally, it was time for the       As expected, from precedent, both the
were talking about it, asking each other who     real part of the concert to begin. The moment       Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorale
was going. Preparation by the participants       everyone was waiting for. The orchestra and         did a fantastic job. The pieces they played
of course, started many months in advance,       concert chorale sang and played together for        were the quintessent of challenging and the
with chorus singers asking resident Russian      most of the concert, with the orchestra resid-      chorus had the extra task of trying to sing in a
speakers for help in figuring out the many        ing up in front and the choir standing tall in      language that was not only incomprehensible
nuances of pronunciation.                        bleachers at the back of the stage. This was        but also had completely different sounds and
   Finally the big day arrived and a crowd       the only negative thing about the concert.          alphabet. The participants should be proud
gathered to hear high schoolers perform          The arrangement was such that the sounds            of themselves and I hope that this tradition of
selections from the epic movie. The parking      of the orchestra were sometimes drowned             amazing concerts continues every year. The
lot was filled with the cars of proud parents     out the beautiful singing of the choir and          performance was something each and every
coming to hear their talented children, music    their many microphones.                             Niskayuna student should have attended be-
lovers and Russian culture enthusiasts. The         Audience members were blown away at              cause if you weren’t there, you really missed
Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorale           dramatic sequences in the music and moved           out on one of the most amazing showcases
were busy getting ready to go up on stage        almost to tears at times, such as during the        of talent that our school has to offer.
and there was an air of excited expectation in   performance of “The Field of The Dead,”
The Warrior                                                   June 1, 2007                                                        Sports      7
Nisky softball makes historic run
BY   CRAIG DUDEK
                            SPORTS   team with her great pitching.          team being made up of under         to succeed. But what is a team
   As the first Niskayuna soft-       Molly O’Donnell described the          classmen we still have high         with out a center, without a
ball team in 22 years to make it     team as having a “Very good year       hopes for next year,” happily ex-   heart, without a person who not
into sectionals, and better yet,     offensively, with great batting        claimed O’Donell, the manager       only is a funny charismatic ad-
the first team in 24 years to         from every player. Also there          of the team.                        dition to the team, but records
advance to the second round,         were many solid defensive plays            Returning to the team is        all details of the season so the
Niskayuna’s Varsity team can         that made it hard for the other        junior Kate Waltman (2nd Base),     players have something to look
take pride in their accomplish-      team to get a run.” Though the         freshmen Lauren Giglio (Pitcher)    back on?
ment, leaving a legacy like none     Lady Warriors have a long tra-         and Meghan Price (Outfield), as         Who fits this bill? Sophmore
we’ve seen in some time. Even as     dition of excellence this season       well as the three Eighth Graders    O’Donnell, who due to knee
the team walked off the field after   was one that in many aspects           Emily O’Donnell (Shortstop),        surgery, was forced to spend her
their final game against rivals       outshines the rest.                    Serena Mourkian (Outfield),         third year with the varsity team
the Shenendehowa Plainsmen,             As with most varsity teams,         Rachael Annello (Pitcher) and       as manager and not a player.
the mood was not as depress-         the seniors played a vital role in     Kirsten Gray (Catcher). With        All jokes aside, most of the girls
ing one might come to think          the team’s success, and the five        such a strong team being made       enjoyed working with her, even
after a loss. Though the loss to     seniors this year will be greatly      up of under classmen and play-      though it was never an on field
the Plainsmen may have ended         missed. Mackenzie Chapman,             ers who still have yet to reach     experience. The future for this
this year’s dreams of glory, the     Kayla Bellair and Page Lansley         the halls of high school the        increasingly successful program
season as whole shows how            all played a great role in the         upcoming years are looking          looks bright, as all of the play-
promising the future is for the      outfield this season. As new            very bright for these talented      ers mentioned above continue to
team this team.                      comers to the team they filled the      athletes. When these athletes       grow. Niskayuna Softball in ’08
   Throughout the year the group     open spots perfectly. Returning        are joined with the current JV      is sure to be a success.
was very successful in many          seniors Amanda Smith (1st base)        powers, the team is very likely
areas and games. This year they      and Lindsay Jordan
had an overall respectful record     (3rd base) along with
of 9-6. Though the losses were       the younger infield-
dissapointing, each game was         ers, helped to move
intense and it was clear that        the ball around
every member was putting in          from base to base.
a resilient effort, which led to     In fact Smith has
a great determination to win.        done so well with
Some of the most important           Niskayuna softball
wins were against Burnt Hills        that she is current-
and Saratoga. These victories        ly contemplating
were incredibly helpful to the       whether she should
team’s moral and gave them the       play in college for
power and confidence to achieve       SUNY Brockport.
future victories.                    But what ever the
    One of the most inspirational    future holds for
games of the season was their        them regarding
first sectional game against         softball, these five
Catholic Central. On top of that,    seniors helped Ni-
they were returning to Sectionals    skayuna achieve
after 22 years away. They were       the excellence we
able to defeat CCHS and what         have found easily
made it all the better, was that     recognizable on and
it was a crushing 13-0 victory.      off the field.
Individual achievements of that         Though the team
game included senior Lindsay         will greatly miss
Jordan and eighth-grader Rachel      its five graduating                   Niskayuna Sylvan Learning Center
Annello who each added two run       seniors, next sea-
singles, junior Kate Waltmann        son is looking very                          St. James Square
added a triple and a single,
and freshman Lauren Giglio,
                                     hopeful for the rest
                                     of the eight under-
                                                                              2321 Nott St. East Suite 2
who tossed a one hitter. Other       classmen. “Our
                                     seniors really did
                                                                                Niskayuna, NY 12309
achievements from the year in-
clude Kate Waltman and Emily         play a large part in
O’Donell, who each contributed       helping the team,
three homeruns and Lauren Gi-        but with such a
glio, who was the center of the      large part of the
8      Sports                                                 June 1, 2007                                                      The Warrior

Girls lacrosse keeps
BY   JOSEPH SCHWENDLER                                  first five minutes of the game, Niskayuna
                                                                                                       on winning
                                                                                                        BY   GAVIN LABATE
                                    SPORTS              was able to pull off several goals and they                                         SPORTS
    With the season coming to a close                   never looked back, finishing the Tartans
Niskayuna girls varsity lacrosse




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team knew they had to finish out
the season strong in order to put                                                                                       Baseball
themselves in a good position                                                                                           vs. Queensbury W 7-1
to secure the number one seed
in Sectionals for Class B. They
                                                                                                                        @ CBA W 6-5
finished strong and with authority.
They closed the regular season
by winning six out the last seven
games. This hot streak included a
                                                                                                                        Girls’ Lacrosse
very impressive win over Saratoga                                                                                       vs. Scotia W 13-0
Springs, who is currently ranked
34th in New York in Class A, by
a score of 14 to 8. The Warriors
finished the season with a                                                                                               Boys Lacrosse
record of 11-6 overall(10-5 in the                                                                                      vs. Shaker W 13-5
Suburban Council) which put                                             Warrior photo/Chris Nelson
them 4th overall in the Suburban GOING ALL OUT: Number seventeen Beth Halayko hustles for
                                   the ground ball against Scotia.
Council. This good ending to the
regular season resulted in them                                                                                         Softball
finishing 20th in the state in class B.         off with a final score of 13-0. Defensively,                              @ Catholic Central W
  The hot streak didn’t end at the end of
the regular season however. After receiv-
                                               junior Karlee Blank posted a shutout for
                                                                                                                        13-0
                                               the Warriors by stopping ten shots on
ing a first round bye in Sectional tourna-      goal; while on offense, the scoring was                                  vs. Shenendehowa L
ment, Niskayuna played Scotia-Glenville        fairly distributed with nine people scor-
on Thursday on our home field. Within the       ing at least one goal and junior Leanna                                  Boys Track
                                                         Pace leading the way with three goals.
                                                           With the senior leadership of defense-                       Placed 2nd @
                                                         man Michelle McKee, attacker Kendra                            Sectionals
                                                         Lamb, midfielders Kelsey Lamb and Mia
                                                         Valletta, they will use their experience to
                                                         help guide the Warriors to victory not only
                                                         in Sectionals but States. It is obvious in
                                                         their on game demeanors that they have
                                                         been working for a long time to reach this
                                                         moment. Valletta herself was featured
                                                         in the Times Union, speaking about her
                                                         ambitions for the rest of season. With
                                                         these leaders, whose will to win seems
                                                         evident, one can’t help but see they have
                                                         what it takes to push on into States.
                                                           The Silver Warriors have seen the light
                                                         as they move on to the Class B sectional
                                                         final against Averill Park this Thursday
                                                         at 5 P.M. on UAlbany’s campus. Averill
                                                         Park, who like Niskayuna is also in the
                                                         Surburban Council, have played against
                                                         the Warriors twice during the regular
                                                         season. In both meetings, Niskayuna
                                                         came out victorious with an overall dis-
                                                         mantling of the team, by scores of 13-4
                                                         and 14-1 respectively. While it may seem
                                                         that the team would take this game as
                                                         a victory before it has been won, no one
                           Warrior Photo/Chris Nelson
REACH FOR THE SKY: as the                                on the team is looking beyond this game.
girls raise their sticks in their hud-
dle before their game against Scotia.
Silver                              The Warrior Magazine                           June 1, 2007
The Final Stretch: A Summer Countdown
by Caitlin Bast
                        MAGAZINE   than just a season; it is a time    closet (when have I ever
     If by chance anyone were      more magical than Christmas         really needed a character
to look at my math notes from      with memories of swimming           sketch of Huckleberry Finn?).
the past couple of weeks           at     the    nearby       pool,         Even though I have
they would notice alongside        catching fireflies and bike           stressed that summer does not
the doodles and half attempted     riding in the sweltering heat.      require any heavy thinking
problems     are    a     series   Writing this now on the             I also have come to find
of numbers. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7,8.       brink of June, the possibilities    that most of my best
What could this random             of      camping,       concerts     memories are of this season.
series be? A sign that the         and water balloon fights are         Whether it be travel, camp,
fluorescent lights of math          almost     overwhelming.       In   working at a summer job
room are in fact capable           order to better prepare             or just doing absolutely
of melting brains? No, they        my brain for the all the fun        nothing summer allows us to
are the dates in June that         and freedoms of summer              pursue your own interests
we have organized classes.         I have a tradition at the           and        create      lasting
Six days (not that I’ve been       conclusion of all my Regents        recollections of people and
keeping count). Six days           exams; I throw out all              places we are not allowed
and Regents exams until            the notes I took during the         to fully appreciate during
two and a half months of           school year. I have come            the strain of the school
freedom      from      anything    to find that holding on to           year. So as you begin to
more mentally taxing than a        this information only means         cram for all your finals
brain                   freeze.    that I have tons of dusty           don’t stress out; take a deep
     For me summer is more         paper in my already cramped         breath and think summer.
                            Summer Statistics!
What do you do during the summer?                    What is your favorite summer dessert?
Silver                               The Warrior Magazine                                             June 1, 2007
 Summer is spelled: F-O-O-D
By Katie Nottke                                                                        nuggets. However there is
                        MAGAZINE                                                       one delight that gives these
    Summer is a frivolous                                                              dishes a run for their money:
time of fun, friends and fair                                                          the taco. The taco cookout is
weather. Kids look forward to                                                          a classic, and nothing pleases
their two month break from                                                             children ages six to sixteen
school while parents dread                                                             more than a bad excuse
the days when children will                                                            for Mexican food. It may
do nothing more than laze                                                              not be the most authentic
around. But while the use of                                                           dish, but it is mighty tasty,
free time is a controversial                                                           and followed by a frozen
issue, there is one thing that                                                         treat like a Choco-Taco?
we can all come together                                                               The dynamic duo of tacos
and agree is great about                                                               and creatively presented
summer: the food. We all                                                               ice cream is a summer
spend countless hours during                                                           favorite that is here to stay.
the summer eating an ice                                                                   On that note, let us not
cream while sitting poolside,                                                          forget the one thing that
flipping burgers over the                                                              is better than our favorite
grill or snacking on a bag                                                             summer meals: desserts! Ice
of popcorn at the drive-in.                                                            cream sends our taste buds
Wherever, whatever or why                                                              to a world of chilly, sweet,
ever it is being eaten, food                                                           ecstasy. Frozen desserts are
is undoubtedly the most                                                                the favorites on any occasion,
popular part of summer.                                                                whether it is a family outing
    There are many summer          There’s s’mores in that tree! Get ‘em RJ!           to an ice cream shop,
activities that revolve around                       Warrior courtesy / Katie Nottke   enjoying Rocket Pops under
food. Like a barbeque! At                                                              Independence Day Fireworks,
these     social   gatherings,     remember too what brought                           or a refreshing treat on a
friends and family come            you all together: food.                             hot summer day. Although
together while one lucky           Don’t     forget!   Everyone                        ice cream is a classic, the
adult among them, sporting         enjoys a good cookout.                              title of ultimate summer
a classic summer fashion-              And while we’re on the                          dessert must go that classic
friendly Kiss-the-Cook apron,      topic of cookouts, let’s                            fireside treat: the s’more.
provides grilled goodies for all   not forget about the food                           S’more      what?!      You’re
to enjoy. Although the host        served at the ever-popular                          killin’ me, Smalls. This,
provides burgers, hot-dogs         institutions we like to call                        the king of all summertime
or perhaps an adventurous          summer camps. As an avid                            foods, masterfully combines
chicken dish, barbeques are        fan of summer camp and                              marshmallows,          graham
often potlucks (communism).        camp food, I will admit that                        crackers, and chocolate into
Guests may arrive with             the highlight of my summer                          one beacon of magnificence.
various salads, pastas, chips,     comes in the form of a good                             So, whether we are dancing
dips and a favorite frozen         meal in the mess hall or                            to Popcorn at a wild summer
desserts. So while you may         at cookout. Nothing beats                           celebration of techno music
remember games of cops and         camp classics like grilled                          or enjoying an actual bath of
robbers, capture the flag,         cheese and tomato soup                              Jiffy-Pop next to a campfire,
and tag while your parents         or the more contemporary                            the only correct way to
chatted with their friends;        fried    macaroni-and-cheese                        spell summer is F-O-O-D.
                          ATTENTION:
    SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS COM-
    ING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS
    COMING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER
       IS COMING, SUMMER IS COMING, SUMMER IS COMING.
      WATCH OUT AL GORE! IT’S GONNA GET HOT BECAUSE...
                     SUMMER IS COMING!
 Silver                                             The Warrior Magazine                                              June 1, 2007
                                         SUMMER KIDS: AN ANALYSIS
                                         by Dan Stone                                           ing Him go on a Family Vacation:
                                                                      MAGAZINE                  Your parents have roped you into
   Dear Readers,                             So, finals are over, the weath-                    yet another fun-filled adventure in
                                         er’s nice, and you finally have a                      which you will spend approximately
         Let’s face it, as soon as       chance to relax, right? Wrong. It’s                    400 hours in a car and all of two
 school starts in September,             time you made a choice: What are                       minutes looking at some really big
 w e ’r e a l l c o u n t i n g d ow n   you going to do with your sum-                         thing that you never wanted to see
 until the end of school. It’s
                                         mer? As a middle class kid from                        in the first place. Your parents will
 a constant struggle to pay at-
                                         the rockin’ town of Niskayuna, you                     love it because they think that it’s
                                         probably fit one of these roles:                       great “quality time,” but you will
 tention, do work and maintain             Summer School Kid: So, you didn’t
 grade point averages. And                                                                      spend most of your time contem-
                                         quite pass Math. Hey, that’s okay,                     plating how to kill yourself and
 as the editors of Silver , we           we’ve all had failures to deal with
 know that.
                                                                                                your family members with items
                                         in the past, and yours is no differ-                   commonly found in a mini van. To
      So, here’s to you, the fine,       ent. Just buckle down, work hard                       those of you who find yourselves
 young students of Niskayuna             and try not to let the heat kill you.                  in this position, I say Godspeed.
 High. Congratulations on                  Chingachgook Kid: You’ve spent                            The Kid Who’s Working Four
 hanging in there for 9 and a            every summer of your life at Camp                      Part-time Jobs: Need money for
 half excrutiating months. We            Chingachgook, probably have a                          college? Your parents want to see
 adore you.                              reference to it in your AIM profile,                   you having more responsibilities?
                                         and keep up with your camp friends                     Seemed like a good idea at the
                                         through Facebook. If you could,                        time? Whatever the reason, you’re
             - The Editors               you would eat, drink, breathe and                      stuck with more part-time jobs
                                         marry Camp Chingachgook. Your un-                      than you could ever want. But hey,
                                         dying love for your camp is frankly                    work all day, party all night, right?
                                         quite baffling to the rest of us.                      Nope. As it turns out, jobs involve
                                           The Kid Whose Parents are Mak-                       actual work, and you’re going to
                                                                                                end up collapsing into bed at 9,
                                                                                                thankful just to be off your feet.
                                                                                                    The Kid With the Summer Ro-
                                                                                                mance: A general rule of thumb is
                                                                                                that in every group of guys, there
                                                                                                will be at least one who has a sum-
                                                                                                mer romance. Be sure to say your
                                                                                                goodbyes in June, because you’re
                                                                                                not going to see him again until
                                                                                                September. He will constantly ig-
                                                                                                nore his friends and spend all of
                                                                                                his time in a dazed stupor with
                                                                                                his summer love. His AIM profile
                                                                                                will become flooded with sappy
                                                                                                lyrics and tiny, pink hearts. If
                                                                                                you’re a girl, the opposite will
                                                                                                happen. Chances are, your friends
                                                                                                will force their boyfriends onto
Typical bush kids...                                          Warrior courtesy / Katie Nottke   the group, and you will see more
                                                                                                than enough of them. Trust me.
                                                                                                   The Kid Who is Doing Absolutely
                                                                                                Nothing: There are always those
                                                                                                lucky few who somehow manage
                                                                                                to spend their entire summer
                                                                                                without a single responsibility.
                                                                                                These brave few will spend most
                                                                                                of their time sleeping and party-
                                                                                                ing, with only the occasional break
                                                                                                for a swim or a movie. It is their
                                                                                                stories that will make the rest of
                                                                                                us hate our summers even more.
                                                                                                       So that’s it. If you don’t fit
                                                                                                one of those groups, you’re prob-
                                                                                                ably lying to yourself. Or maybe
                                                                                                I just didn’t get to you because
                                                                                                articles are only supposed to be
                                                                                                500 words. In any case, I wish you
                                                                                                the best of luck in whatever you
Typical beach goers...                                        Warrior courtesy / Jacob Finkle   decide to do with your summer.
Summer Sensation                       It’s sweepin’ the nation!
 Editors:
Sarah Barry
R.J. Kosineski
Katie Nottke
Asst. Editors:
Stefan Dosch
Jacob Finkle
John Qiao
                               The Warrior Magazine
            Silver
          Volume 9, Issue 15            June 1, 2007

								
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