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VIEWS State Champs: Lacrosse and softball win state titles ng viki September 22, 2006 Hoover High School the 525 Seventh St. NE North Canton, OH Volume 57 • No. 1 Change comes to Hoover New students, teachers and rules Students enjoy summer opportunities Traditions • What is a tradition? • Team traditions • Student-life traditions • Spirit Week VIEWSthe v iking Letter from the Editors H Editors-in-chief Rachel Bosyj • Brittnie Viscounte Managing Editors Hopefully, we’ve all adjusted (or are almost done adjusting) to the new Amy Robenstine • Kelsey Stults school year. Everyone’s found a table to sit at during lunch, figured Copy Editors out which teachers to watch out for and learned how to navigate the Lauren Boyd • Brian Hines • Rebecca Paasch hallways in less than four minutes. News Editors Meanwhile, The Viking Views staff has been hard at work to prepare Kaitlin Kline • Rebecca Mohr • Sandie Young the first issue. Other than some changes in design and a few new News-in-brief features, we hope to bring you the same quality of work as we always Rachel Bundy have. Features Editors One new feature this year is the personality profile, in which we randomly choose one Hoover student and write a story about them. Emily Boardman • John Jackson • Jessica Kincaid This issue, we interviewed junior Jyo Sinha. You can read all about him Personality Profile in the features section. Kelsey Robbins Also in features is our new “Life After High School” section. We will Sports Editors be gathering information on colleges, college preparation, jobs, and life Rachel Bouer • Pat Brady • Elise Devore • Dominic Garrini after high school. Opinion Editors Other than the above, The Viking Views is the same magazine that Nathan Floom • Rebekkah Rubin • Kevin Zieber you all know and are comfortable with, and we hope to stay true to you V-Mail Editor throughout the school year. Erin Druga Like usual, we still have a focus section. This issue, we went in depth on traditions: the much-anticipated Spirit Week, what makes a tradition Scene Editors a tradition, school traditions and sports traditions. Chelsea Gory • Miranda Oberholzer • Alison Ritchie Congratulations to the lacrosse and softball teams, who hold the title of state champions. Calendar Hopefully this will be the start of a new tradition. Also in the sports section, take a look at how Michelle Bair three freshmen made the varsity cross country team and are impacting the team greatly. Poll Finally, to our disappointment, we didn’t receive any letters to the editor this issue. We Dan Boyer realize that it’s early in the year, but The Viking Views is your newspaper, and we need you to Focus Editors contribute your opinions. Bailey Adkins • Alyssa DeGeorge • Abby Hall So make the best of your time at Hoover. It may seem like the school year has just begun, Photo Editors but we’re already an eighth of the way through. Nora Cauley • Derek Quinn • Sarah Tharp Web/Assistant Editor Rachel Bosyj Brittnie Viscounte Joe Curran Art Editors Kali Amos • Lindsay Quinn Editorial Policy The Viking Views is a student-produced newspaper Letters that exhibit a blatant disregard for such standards Business Manager distributed 12 times a year to approximately 1,900 will not be considered for publication. David Esber students and staff, as well as members of the community. Unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority As student editors make content decisions independently of the editorial board. No one individual may be held Billing Manager of the school’s staff and administration, the paper is responsible for opinions expressed therein. Signed Sam Edmunds considered a forum for student opinion. 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Public Relations content in order to maintain the paper’s high standards against obscenity, libelous material, and personal attacks. -The Editors Kaitlyn LeBlanc • Maggie Morrow • Crystal Olsen 24 Adviser COurTEsy Of Ms. Pam McCarthy Liz POrTEr The Viking Views Hoover High School 525 Seventh St. NE North Canton, OH 44720 E mail email@example.com Web http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~vv1nc 14 LinDsay Quinn DErEk Quinn On the Cover: 40 The boys lacrosse and girls softball teams celebrate winning their respective state championships. Photo illustration by DEREK QUINN 2 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Leah Hecht poses in front of a “Welcome to Genesis Land” sign while on a tour of Israel this summer. Hecht’s trip was cut short due to escalating violence in Israel. COurTEsy Of LEah hEChT FOCUS OPINION IN EVERY ISSUE 22 what makes a tradition 18 editorials 24 sports traditions 19 your views 7 news in brief 26 school traditions 19 my view 13 life after high school 27 spirit week 20 something completely different 14 personality profile 21 more than a sandwich 17 trends 20 the floomin’ onion NEWS 28 movie reviews 4 katrina update SCENE 29 cd reviews 6 new staff 30 urinetown review 32 back to the classics 7 new students 31 entertainment column 33 calendar 8 new changes 36 sports updates 37 halftime SPORTS 38 game faces FEATURES 34 cross country 39 stopage time 10 summer vacations 35 boys’ soccer 39 best of the best 12 all you need is love 37 state champs 40 sports captured Don’t miss... COurTEsy Of amy Burnham •Still rebuilding after one year •What did you do over the summer? Even though hurricane katrina usually, summers consist of people happened a year ago, the damage taking vacations to a beach or to still remains. read the Katrina up- a theme park, However, this past date on page 8 to see how Bay High summer, several Hoover students School reacted to “Pieces of Para- went on vacations a little out of the 4 dise,” made by broadcast and video productions students last year. ordinary. Turn to page 10 to read more. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 3 news Revisiting Bay St. Louis Ten months after hurricane, Hoover grads return to Mississippi John Jackson Staff Writer Savage understands that it will just take ent community members like the Johnson P time. sisters and Mrs. Lis Bosarge, who played “Pieces of Paradise: Rebuilding Bay St. “The issue is not that they are not try- large roles in the documentary. Louis after the Storm,” the documentary ing, but that they can only do so much,” she “They remembered us; we remembered showing the destruction of Hurricane Ka- said. them,” Wasko said. “It was such a cool feel- trina on the citizens of Bay St. Louis, Mis- But all agreed that the hope of the Bay ing. Of course we didn’t experience what sissippi, was proudly shown for the first St. Louis people was still thriving. they did, but we definitely felt a connection time this past June to local citizens. “Their spirits are exactly the same, noth- with them. We told their story and we were Three Hoover alumni, Brittany Wasko, ing but positive and hopeful,” Wasko said, so thankful that we were able to do that.” Courtney Mooney, who reported in the in an email interview. As for the actual showing of the docu- documentary, and Amy Burnham, traveled mentary, Savage said it was one of the most to Slidell, Louisiana with a group from “Their spirits are exactly incredible experiences of her life. Habitat for Humanity to do service and see All who had a part in making the docu- the same, nothing but posi- mentary were a little anxious about the the premier. Associate principal Mrs. Peggy Savage tive and hopeful.” crowd’s reaction. and Video Productions II teacher Mr. Tom -Brittany Wasko “We were really nervous for them to see Wilson also traveled down separately for it,” Wasko said. “We didn’t want to offend the premier. For the showing of the documentary, or upset anyone.” Returning to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi the citizens of Bay St. Louis gathered in a Mooney’s main concern was that the a second time was a different experience large cafeteria. The estimates of attendance documentary reflected the community as for Savage who had journeyed down the ranged from 300-500 people. the citizens saw it. first time in the taping of the documentary. “I was definitely surprised at the number The fears were put aside once they real- “I was less emotional than the first of people w+o showed up, considering the ized the audience was enjoying it. time,” she said. “I could detach myself and fact that it was in the middle of summer,” “They laughed; they cried; they were so see areas of improvement.” Wasko said. appreciative of what we did,” Wasko said. Savage said the improvement was that The number of people was encouraging “Seeing their smiles and their tears meant “heaping piles of debris” and trash that had for Mooney. the world to me.” accumulated after the storm had been taken “We put a lot of time and effort into At the end, Savage said there was a “si- away. V producing the documentary,” said Mooney. multaneous standing ovation.” Mooney agreed, but said in an email It was very rewarding at the final premier “Not a dry eye in the place,” she said. interview that the rebuilding process “was night, especially sharing it with the com- Mooney observed that it wasn’t just see- pretty much at a standstill,” and added that munity firsthand.” ing the documentary that was good for the most people were still living in FEMA Before and after the premier, Wasko and people but also just being together. trailers. Mooney were able to reconnect with differ- “It was a great experience because it brought them together as a community and nCourtney gave them a chance to reflect on the disas- Mooney, Brittany Wasko and Amy ter,” she said. Burnham pose The people thanked Savage and the in Bay St. Louis, video production team for giving them a Miss. voice. “They can’t believe how much we care,” Savage said.“What we did was such a good thing.” Wasko agreed. “Going to Mississippi was, without a doubt, the best memory from high school,” CourTesy of AMy BurnHAM Wasko said. “I waited four years for some- thing so great, and it was definitely worth it. The people I met and how they survived is a story worth being told, and I was glad to be a part of that process.” g V 4 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 CourTesy of AMy BurnHAM If you’d like to help... American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ CourTesy of AMy BurnHAM Emergency Communities http://www.emergencycommu- nities.org/ Modest Needs http://www.modestneeds. CourTesy of AMy BurnHAM org/donation/hurricane/ The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa. org n(Top) A demolished building 10 months after Katrina. n(Above Left) 2006 graduates Brittany Wasko, Courtney Mooney, and Amy Burnham take a break from relief work. Wasko and Mooney went to Mississippi last April with the Video Productions and Broadcast classes to document the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. n(Above Right) Mooney and Wasko help replace siding on a dam- aged home. n(Left) A ruined home lies in pieces 10 months after Hurricane Katrina hit Bay St. Louis. CourTesy of AMy BurnHAM 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 5 Happy to be here news 10 new staff look forward to year Kelsey Robbins from Kent. Staff Writer Foughty and Jackson didn’t always I have their minds set on teaching. t’s a new year at Hoover High school, “I decided to be a teacher when I realized with new students, new rules and new I couldn’t do anything with my biology staff. degree,” said Jackson. Mr. Joe Foughty, a 2000 Hoover While Foughty “ended up here without graduate and graduate of Malone College, planning to,” he agrees that “timing is Gamble Keith teaches 11th and 12th grade Economics and everything,” and that teaching is “strictly a freshman World Studies. Foughty was born people job. You have to love people; you’re and raised in North Canton, and played around them all day everyday.” football and baseball. Keeping up with “As a kid, I wanted to grow up ‘business’. his interest in sports, he now helps coach I wanted to make money, I wanted to be the baseball, girls’ basketball, and ninth grade business man,” says Foughty, “but now I football. know that God gave “Nothings me a gift to work changed at all. It’s “I wanted to make money, I with young people, the same as when I and that’s why I’m a Daugherty Foughty was a student here,” wanted to be the business teacher. I’m here to said Foughty. Growing up in man, but now I know that teach young people and build strong Green and teaching God gave me a gift to work relationships.” in Medina for seven years, new English with young people, and Mrs. Carrie Keith, who also teacher, Mrs. Carol that’s why I’m a teacher.” came from Buckeye, Eastman, says it is -Mr. Joe Foughty, is not only here to “different here than teach science, she Eastman Ohman Social Studies anywhere else I’ve said she expects “to taught.” learn from the other “All my kids teachers to make will go here. Hoover is a great school. me a better teacher myself.” I’ve subbed here, at Jackson, Green and Keith, who has degrees from The Barberton, and this is the only place I ever University of Akron and University of felt comfortable and at home. I was treated Phoenix (AZ), said her favorite part of like I belonged here,” said Eastman. teaching is “talking to the kids, getting to She has two little boys ages one and know the kids.” Lauter Shaw three, and a stepdaughter, Morgan Eastman, Keith has two daughters, Jessica, 3, and a freshman at Hoover. Eastman previously Haley, 11 months. taught at Buckeye High School. These core course teachers aren’t the only New science teacher, Ms. Sarah Jackson, new staff members this year. Others include said her favorite part of teaching is “the new cafeteria staff, Mrs. Lisa Shaw, Mrs. Jill interaction with all the students.” Lauter and Mrs. Stephanie Ohman; new ISI Jackson graduated from Louisville, monitor, Mr. Nick Gamble; and new monitor, then attended the University of Toledo for Mrs. Lisa Daugherty. Also joining the Hoover a biology degree and received her masters staff is student teacher Randy Wallace. Wallace Jackson 6 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 New students learn the ropes David Esber Staff Writer C hange is hard for everyone, but for those students joining the class of 2010, coming from private and home schools, the change is even more difficult This year’s freshmen class consists of 427 students, 52 of which are new to the district. For those coming from the Middle School, the transition was simple, except for getting lost in the new, expansive environment, freshman Chris Rossi found, even after attending the various orientations. Pam McCarthy “Sometimes, just finding the classrooms was hard,” Rossi said. Derek McKeaver, Andy Kelly and Derek Harper enjoy a donut And while the school tries to prepare new students, Sept. 12 in the library. All new students were invited to attend coming from a home school setting took some and meet one another. adjustments as freshman Estelle Byelene found. Meanwhile, Byelene found that past friends made for a smoother “It was a challenge to come from waking up at eight in the transition. morning to six,” Byelene said. “I was on the softball team when I was younger and know a lot Other students have found different ways to ease into the new of people from church,” she said. school year at a new school, like freshman Sami Stults, who Regardless of the difficulties in finding classes and lockers, attended Canton Country Day. most students are enjoying the change. “I took summer gym, which helped me know some familiar “Hoover is a really neat place to be, and I’m really excited for faces,” Stults said. all the new opportunities I can be a part of,” Stults said. Foreign exchange student adapts to culture David Esber Staff Writer A s the sea of students clad in orange “In psychology, it helps to learn about said. and black made their way through all different cultures, and I hope to learn Food aside, she feels it will be hard to the halls August 23, bleary- more about the culture in North Canton,” be away from her friends and family for the eyed students began taking their seats in Inzunna said. “It interests me.” next ten months. homerooms. While here, she has had some difficulties “I am sad that I had to leave my family,” New to Hoover High School this year are communicating, even with her background she said. “That was really the hardest thing 427 freshmen and 104 new students. Also of 12 years learning English. in coming here.” making her way through the “I can speak English and Fortunately, she has the help of her bustling hallways is senior express myself, but it is still teachers, who have assisted with both the Heila Inzunna of Culiacan difficult,” she said. “In English, language barrier and other issues she has Sinaloa, Mexico, who is there are different words which had. staying with the Adams’ makes it harder, but I like it; I “Mrs. Mogus has been very nice,” she family during her 10-month like the people.” said. “She has helped me with all of the exchange program. Yet, she has absorbed the problems and answered my questions.” Inzunna, who has visited city and has taken part in It has been made very clear to her that the United States before, what it has to offer, such as the quality of education at public schools but had never visited joining the cross-country team, here is much better than at home and that North Canton is excited to something not offered at her Hoover High School is much like the experience the culture, the school in Culiacan. private school she attends at home. She climate and to learn more “In Mexico, my school only also said that Hoover is much bigger than about the city. Her brother, offers basketball, football, art her school in Mexico, which has taken who had visited Alaska on a similar and cooking,” she said. some getting used to. exchange program, was her inspiration to While she hasn’t had problems getting Despite some homesickness and culture join. She is very excited to participate after used to the new culture, she does feel that adjustments, she said the experience will spending three weeks in Michigan prior to the food has taken some getting used to. be well worth it in the end. coming to North Canton. Even though she doesn’t mind it, she said “[It’s] an opportunity for me. It’s for Coming to the United States as a part that food in Mexico is spicier, and has more my future and my career; it’s very good of the exchange program, she said, will flavor. It has also been difficult for her to to know other cultures,” she said. “It’s an aid her in her future plans, which include get used to eating at different times. experience about life, and I want to know attending a university in Mexico to study “At home, I wouldn’t eat breakfast until more about [North Canton]. I hope you psychology. nine, but now I am at school then,” she want to learn more about my culture. I want 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 7 to teach people about what it’s like where news No naps in study hall New rules are observed, old rules are enforced A Lauren Boyd nother school year is ahead and that “I think seniors should have that privilege just Staff Writer means new schedules, new teachers, new because they have been there the longest,” Hawley friends and new opportunities. And this said, “and by letting juniors have that opportunity, I school year, it means new changes as well. think it kind of down plays the whole honor of the For the 2006-2007 school year, Hoover seniors getting the privilege.” administration is reinforcing old rules and introducing Pallija said that when students go into the real new changes. world, they will have to rely on themselves a lot “We’ve been studying what makes good high more. think... What students schools great,” Principal Anthony Pallija said. “We’re trying to make students responsible with Students have several new rules freedom,” Pallija said. “They always relied on us. to follow this year. Academic assist We’re trying to make [them] more adult-like.” has been moved from L-6 to DD- Another new addition to Hoover is the new lottery parking system. In previous years, students “As long as someone isn’t 0 and there’swhich astudents can detention in now Wednesday were assigned parking spots based on a first-come being loud, I don’t think it serve numerous detentions in a first-serve basis rather than a lottery system. should matter what they’re row. Mr. Todd Henne, associate principal, said that One major change is that juniors students used to come to school early to get a good doing in study hall.” have the ability to have late arrival parking spot. - Pete Volpe, 11 or early dismissal if their schedules “We wanted to avoid people camping out to allow it. In previous years, this get the best spot,” Henne said. “That’s too much. I option was only given to seniors. wanted to take that away.” However, Pallija is looking to give Just like the early dismissal and late arrival juniors more flexibility and make opportunity, the parking system can prepare high “You get three chances. them more responsible with their school students for the real world. time. “When you go to college, anything you want, At least it’s not like you’re “We’re giving juniors a lot more there’s others who want it too,” Henne said. “The tardy one time and you get a responsibility,” he said, “and we’re beauty of it is how it worked out like it did.” hoping they respond.” All of these rules and changes have been made at detention.” Junior Megan Lilley, who has Hoover to better the school, according to Pallija. -Elise Previtera, 11 early dismissal this year, said she “Everything we do, we look at the whole building likes being able to leave school and say, ‘What will do good for Hoover?’” Pallija before most students. said. “I think it’s a good opportunity,” However, onr rule that is sparking more Lilley said. “You save time because controversy than others is the no sleeping rule. As in “It’s study hall. They there’s not as much traffic and plus, previous years, according to the student handbook, you’re not spending as much time students are not permitted to sleep during study hall. will stare at walls and play at school.” They are to go to study hall with work. Also familiar calculator games.” The option of early dismissal to many students is the tardy rule. Detentions are - Robby Kress, 11 and late arrival is also appealing to given after the third unexcused tardy to school. junior Pete Volpe. According to Mrs. Peggy Savage, Associate “I think it’s cool that they’re Principal, nothing has really changed and Pallija said giving juniors some opportunities that staff is just enforcing the handbook. gV of being an upperclassman,” he said. Junior Robby Kress could not take advantage of the opportunity because of his schedule. “It’d be nice because you don’t have to sit through another class or study hall,” he said. However, freshman Katie Hawley said that she doesn’t think it’s fair that juniors get the privilege DEREK QUINN because all of the seniors had to wait until their senior year. 8 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 News in brief Compiled by Rachel Bundy inductees are Paul Himes, Constance Howes, Mario Mattachione, and the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department. nHomecoming is scheduled for Sept. 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will have a jungle theme. The dance will be held in the gymnasium. nThe National Honor Society has recently REbEccA PAAsch elected new NHS officers for the year. They include president, Allison Mayhew; vice president, Eric Leopold; treasurer, Kyle Junior Lauren O’Toole explains Leadership Council to a parent on Parents’ Night. The Roshak and secretaries Jenn DeMarco event was held Sept. 11 at Hoover High School. and Susanna Foote. nMs. Sarah Jackson is the new Key club advisor, following the retirement nJunior Cory Williams was involved in nThe 2006 Hall Of Distintion Induction of Mrs. Laura Abrashoff, the previous a severe car accident, leaving him in banquet, presented by the North Canton advisor. ICU for two days with a broken pelvis and Alumni Association, will be held on some minor cuts and bruises on Sept. 1. He Sept. 27. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. nSenior Chris Magoon was recently is receiving care in his own home, and may in the commons, followed by the ceremony selected as the Repository Teen of the return to school in December. in Hoover Hall. This year’s honored Month for the month of September. Patron Subscribers Dr. James Amundson Pearle Vision Jimmy John’s at Washington Square Dr. Craig Balloon Kumon Math & Reading Center of N. Canton Belmont Business Systems John M. Lazor Jr. DDS, FADSA Inc. Bill & Mary’s Diner/Creative Catering Morris Office Environments Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLP North Canton Collision & Towing, Inc. Chicken Manor Restaurant North Canton Medical Foundation Dr. Iqbal A. Choudhry North Canton Veterinary Clinic Discount Drainage Supplies Ian B. Ritchie Fischer, Evans & Robbins, Ltd. Stanley R. Rubin Attorney at Law The Hall Family Steve Wern Signs Frank Ianni D.D.S. Inc. Bobbi Stults Industrial Tool Co., Inc. Ted & Marilyn Stults Tom Jackson Commercial Real Estate 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 9 features COURTESEY OF: MAURA HANLON COURTESEY OF:JENN DEMARCO COURTESEY OF: SAHIBA GILL Summer fun at home and abroad COURTESEY OF: LEAH HECHT Becky Paasch Staff Writer W hile some of us were sitting on he graduated from high school to bring in plays and programs others took the the couch at home, with nothing attention to rarely produced historical opportunity to help people out while to do and completely bored, other operettas. expanding their spiritual side by going on Hoover students were out exploring the “It’s really unique. Our company is the mission trips. world, tapping their creative potential and only one in the world dedicated to historic Junior Valerie Fitler went with her youth helping others. Several Hoovers students American operetta,” he said. group from The Chapel in North Canton to spent their summer vacations in theater Rubin’s company is for anyone aged 16 the Dominican Republic. programs, on mission trips, or on vacations and up, and is the only volunteer theater While there Fitler worked with others to in exotic countries. company in Ohio that allows high school teach local children Bible stories and arts Local summer programs gave high students to participate. and crafts, and said that she would love to school students interested in theater an “It’s a rare opportunity for high school do a trip like this again. opportunity for extra practice and new students—it’s a great experience and good “I would most definitely go again…it experiences. Junior Pete Volpe took part in for your resume,” Rubin said. “We have was such an experience and such a different a performance of the musical “Wonderful quite a few Hoover students and we’re life and I grew spiritually like none other,” Town” with Young People’s Performing always interested in new singers.” Fitler said. Arts (YPPA) group in Green. One of these Hoover students was senior Senior Allison Mayhew went with Volpe said that he learned about the Maura Hanlon, who was in both productions St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to Martin, program from a friend who “talked me into over the summer: “The Student Prince” and Kentucky, where she helped repair houses it,” but that he enjoyed it so much that he “The Prince of Pilsen.” and lawns. plans to do the program again and become While she found working with the “Some people had more pop cans in involved in Hoover’s Drama Club. company to be very different than the high their yard than Hoover probably has in their “It was my first time in a show like that school productions she usually takes part trash cans at the end of the day,” Mayhew so it was a good first performance and I got in, she enjoyed it. said. “We also cleaned house siding and to meet a lot of new people,” Volpe said. “It was a lot of fun—the people were a normally it’s a job for a power washer, but Several other Hoover students took part lot of fun to work with,” Hanlon said. “One we didn’t have one, and the people didn’t in summer performances by the Canton of the things I liked was that we got to work even have a hose attachment, much less a Comic Opera Co., which was founded by with adults so it was a different experience hose. The first day we had one bucket and Hoover alumni Joseph Rubin in 2003. than doing shows at Hoover.” just a bunch of sponges.” Rubin founded the company before While some Hoover students were While the hard work was physically 10 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 exhausting, Mayhew said she found the work very rewarding. The state of the anything else in Europe.” terminals, right up to where the planes town when Mayhew’s group first arrived Gill said she found Turkey to be very were,” she said. surprised everyone. different from both the rest of Europe and The trip was a 16th birthday present from “We were laughing and having a good America. her grandmother, that was delayed a couple time and we crossed the bridge in to “The infrastructure in America just years. Martin…and everyone was speechless. isn’t there. The size of Canton is about DeMarco said that the wait was worth it The entire town has been flooded several their third largest city,” Gill said. “It’s not however and was eager for the trip to start times,” she said. super-rich like America, but it’s not super- on the way over. Senior Denise Newbauer also went on impoverished. It’s like the majority of the “It was really exciting—on the flight a mission trip with Akron Baptist Temple world.” over, it was an overnight flight and I to Waveland, Mississippi to help clean up Senior Jenn DeMarco also took a trip stayed up the whole time because I was so still-remaining aftermath of Katrina. to Europe with her family, though hers excited,” DeMarco said. g V “It’s been a year and I thought there lasted and covered 12 countries in western wouldn’t be so much left—a lot of the Europe. houses were like how they were the day the “I really like Italy and Holland because (Opposite page, clockwise) n Jenn De- hurricanes hit. The streets were cleaned but both were really diverse—you had Marco and her cousin pose in front of that’s about it,” she said. everything from the ancient parts of the the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. n Maura While they didn’t go on mission trips, towns to the countryside,” DeMarco said. Hanlon sings on stage. n Sahiba Gill and other Hoover students managed to do some DeMarco also saw many differences family traveled to Turkey this summer. traveling, even abroad. between Europe and America, especially in n A note in the Western Wall in Isreal was Junior Sahiba Gill went to Turkey the security at the airports. placed by Leah Hecht. (Below) n Leah with her family for two weeks, seeking “When we landed in London it seemed Hecht sits in front of a sign in Israel. (Left) an experience “unique and different from really weird because the security was n Israeli soldiers talk to Hecht and the so lax—you could go in and out of the other students about life in the military. Rebekkah Rubin Staff Writer Middle East fighting complicates trip T his summer junior Leah Hecht Conflict in the Middle East has occurred old friends, the activities were fun and traveled to Israel for a trip to connect for centuries, rooted in historic religious educational. with friends and to learn about Jewish disputes. The violence between Israel and “The Western Wall was really moving,” religion and culture. While enjoying a its surrounding nations recently escalated Hecht said. “It wasn’t what I expected, warm day swimming at the beach her after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert though; it wasn’t that tall.” journey seemed to take a turn for the worse gained power earlier this year. She was amazed by the number of when fighting broke out along the Israel/ Hecht and the bus of 100 other Jewish people praying there at the Wall and was Lebabnon border. teens, who set off from the Pittsburgh Jewish able to feel the importance of it and the July 12 marked the first day of a war Community Center, were determined not to historic land, a sensation she never felt between Israel and Hezbollah, a Lebanese let the violence spoil the trip. from looking at pictures or reading about terrorist organization, which lasted 34 days. “We weren’t really concerned about our it in a book. safety,” Hecht said. “We “The sun shines every day,” she said. were more concerned However, there were some minor about the rest of our setbacks because of the violence in the trip.” North. For many of them, “There really weren’t a lot of restrictions this was their first time in the beginning, but after the fighting in the country and they started, we were prevented from going to wanted to experience some of the places we were supposed to Israeli life to the go,” Hecht said. fullest. One place they were unable to visit From repelling off was a camp in Northern Israel where they of a cliff in the desert were going to interact with Israeli teens; to going to a rock however, the location was moved to COUTESEY OF: LEAH HECHT concert featuring Rita, Jerusalem where safety was ensured. g V a singer comparable to Madonna, all while Continued on p.16 bonding with new and 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 11 features Tara Martino (left) was joined by sister Wendy in Southern Califor- Career Spotlight: nia. Both girls, daughters of sci- ence teacher Mr. Joe Martino, are Hoover grads who work in the en- Tara Martino tertainment industry. Four years of feeling comfortable, of graduate) three years later. She stayed with knowing exactly what to expect. Four years E! for four years working as a talent relations of high school, but what’s next? and then moved on to work for ESPN for For 1997 Hoover graduate Tara 10 months. Being a “huge sports fan,” she Martino, it was Indiana University where enjoyed starting a new entertainment/sports Up” “You, Me, she majored in telecommunications. She program for the network. & Dupree” and “Miami graduated in 2002 and said that she was After her run with ESPN, Martino moved Vice”. “lucky enough to go to IU where they on to a job with NBC Universal Studios Even though Martino enjoys working have a top telecommunications program.” where she is a publicist for upcoming films. with Universal Studios she would like to It landed her two internships with General She sets up interviews for movie celebrities eventually get back into sports, but will Hospital and E!. In order to have both for major LA based talk shows. Martino wait “to see what happens.” internships, she had to move to California. works with celebrities including Will “I just try to go with the flow,” Martino Martino lived on her own until she was Smith, Kate Hudson and Justin Timberlake, said. joined by her sister Wendy (a 2000 Hoover and promoting movies such as “The Break – Crystal Olsen All You Need Is Love A soft heart can deliver hard news Announcements of the new fall line-up for television shows brings that Couric is currently facing always been there; deterring networks visions of dramatic characters, daring doctors and dark villains to one’s from hiring a woman to be at the helm of their evening news? mind. But this season, a change has been made that will most likely If so, then CBS finally got the picture, there was not a better choice impact television and American culture for more than just a mere year for their evening news than Couric, regardless of gender. or two. In a field previously dominated by men such as Tom Brokaw, Couric has to deal with proving to her critics that she can deliver Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, a familiar face has stepped into a the hard news stories that they want, while creating the fast-paced position that is not so familiar to someone like her. environment that her busier-than-ever viewers are clamoring for. It’s Katie Couric, known by millions as the perky face of the Today show a no-win situation that she will have to overcome to gain the trust and on NBC, made television history on Sept. 5 as viewer-ship of a nation that talks about the choice of a solo female the first female solo news anchor for network news anchor more than they actually watch the news. nightly news. Couric signed with CBS to host Aside from changing the way news is delivered, Couric faces ushering their nightly news, fill the position as managing in an entire generation of aspiring broadcast journalists. Young women editor, contribute to 60 Minutes and host news who would not otherwise see themselves being successful in television specials after co-hosting the Today show since will be inspired to continue on with their dreams and work towards 1991 with Matt Lauer. their goals. Couric will dictate the methods used to teach broadcast On the Today show, Couric raised ratings in classrooms and influence the future of where the news broadcast within her first year there and continued is going. to keep the show at number one all Kelsey Stults the way Younger generations than ours will see a female reading the news until her departure. She won the Peabody from their earliest memory, making it an absolute norm to them. Think Award for her series on colon cancer awareness of the implications that will have for females in the future. No job will following the death of her husband, Jay, who battled the disease. be considered out of reach, unattainable or unavailable to women. Months before her first broadcast even aired, skeptics everywhere Society will eventually be impacted in way that is beyond the style that were not hesitant to speculate that Couric would turn the news into the news is read in. a “soft-show” filled with feel-good stories and no “real” news. Many There is no doubt that we will see more of Couric in the months and questioned the choice that CBS made in hiring her, asking if she was years to come. Only time will tell how well she deals with the criticism the right face to usher in a new era of nightly news. and stays true to her roots that got her where she is today. Her hard- Clearly a new era has already begun with or without Couric. After hitting stories that are sure to come through will prove to those with shooting a magazine picture to promote her new job, she was airbrushed any doubts that she belongs where she is right now. Not just belongs— to look twenty pounds lighter without her consent. Such an instance but also is truthfully needed there. illustrates how America focuses on the weight of women, even when it Couric has faced extreme challenges in both her professional and has nothing to do with the job they need to perform. It is safe to say that personal life and has been able to overcome those challenges and face Brokaw, Rather or Jennings never had to face that problem. them head on. There is no doubt that she will be able to do the same They also never had to deal with Internet news sources, blogs and as she faces winning over viewers, trust and even more journalistic satellite radio, all of which are causing fewer and fewer Americans to integrity. turn on their television sets to view the news every night. Her role as a woman behind the news desk will give an interesting The choice for a solo woman news anchor is long overdue considering and fresh perspective that has not been seen in years past and there have been women as co-anchors, talk shows hosts and weather perhaps then the critics will conclude that she truly is the face of a new reporters for quite a significant amount of time. Has the skepticism era of nightly news. 12 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Should you retake LIFE after the ACT? High School The ACT and SAT tests are the most widely accepted college entrance exams. Each year, nearly one million U.S. students take these tests. But is re-taking them really worth it? According to www.missouri.edu, more than 61 percent of ACT takers take the test at least twice. The web site indicated that students who re-take the test usually increase their scores. However, it also noted PHOTOS/DENISON UNIVERSITY PUBLIC AFFAIRS that if a student takes the test more than two times, the scores start to decline. Senior Molly Price has taken the ACT test twice and scored better the second time. “I think retaking it really does help College Spotlight: because you already have a feel for what’s going to be on it. I did better the second Denison University time around,” she said. However, some students, such as senior Chaz Adkins, scored well enough the first Denison University, located in based scholarships offered each year. time that they don’t have to take it again. Greenville, Ohio, is a private four-year For acceptance, Denison recommends According to www.testprepreview.com, Liberal Arts college. The campus features four years of English, at least three years of there are many ways to prepare for this test, historic buildings spanning 1,000 acres. Out a foreign language, mathematics, science of 5,020 applicants, only 1,940 (38 percent) and social studies. such as going online. were accepted for the class of 2010. The application deadline is Different websites Along with 48 majors, Denison offers January 15, and applicants will be will give you the test three degrees: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in notified by Apr. 1. Campus visits dates, type of questions Studio Art; a Bachelor of Science in all are available this fall Oct. 9, Oct. on the test, how long science subjects; and a Bachelor of Arts. 20 and Nov. 10. Reservations the test will take plus Costing about $29,860 per year, it’s no are required, and Denison asks other information. The internet also surprise 93 percent of students receive some you make your reservation five has study guides and free practice tests form of financial aid. An average financial days prior to your visit. If you have any available to help you. aid package can cover up to $24,545, along questions, or would like Junior Matt Hertweck just recently with about 1,000 merit- more information, call 1- signed up to take the ACT test for the first 800-DENISON. time. - Kaitlin Kline “My mom bought me a big ACT book for studying. I plan on looking at it about two times a week,” said Hertweck. So if you’re wondering whether or not you should re-take the test, chances are you’ll do better the second time around. - Erin Druga Above left: An aerial view of part of Denison University’s campus. Far left: Historic Doane Hall. Near Left: The moon rises over a Deni- son building. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 13 features LINDSAY QUINN QUINN LINDSAY H “ EY, Aren’t You... Jyo Sinha?” Sandie Young Staff Writer Chances are that if you don’t already know of Jyo Sinha, you’ve at least heard of him. This science enthusiast par- ticipates in multiple clubs and extracurricluar activities and Name: Jyo Sinha still finds time for his rigorous academic schedule. Age:16 Grade: 11 H e might seem quiet and shy but studying tiny particles through microscopes, he’s the one raising his hand, reading books and attending club meetings Clubs: Key Club, Lead- making his voice heard. His piercing brown eyes and dark are some of his daily activities. Strong views and well-educated answers may ership Club, SERP, complexion reflect his pride in his heritage. Traveling the world, meeting new people, come from the fact that North Canton was not his first major moving experience. Mock Trial, Model UN 14 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Junior Jyotiraditya Sinha, better known devastating, but not to Jyo Sinha. He loves debates at home based on current events as Jyo, has lived in eight different places: it because he sees every move as a new and political affairs. six in India and two in the United States. He opportunity. “[Jyo] wins more than me,” Mr. Sinha was born in Janshedpur, India, and moved “I’ve gotten the chance to see different said. from Pittsburgh kinds of people and different cultures,” Glenn Cummings, who teaches Sinha in in April 2005 he said, noting that there are 18 different AP Government, thinks his situation is very because of his languages spoken and recognized by India’s beneficial. father’s latest “I think constitution. “I think outsiders see the big picture job transfer. However, moving does have better than we do,” Sinha joined outsiders disadvantages. “I see Cummings said. Hoover High “Each time you move, you have to leave Jyo has met more at the end of see the friends behind,” Jyo said. a really different types of his freshman year and had big picture Some may think moving a teen eight different times would be harmful but many bright people than many will in a lifetime. He no adjusting. trouble better don’t see the positive aspects of Jyo’s situation. He takes all honors and A.P. future for has had the chance to experience two “People here than we courses and takes them seriously. Jyo said India,” completely different were great,” the fact that he’s traveled a lot has shaped types of cultures. he said. “I do.” - Glenn his perspective. - Jyo Sinha, “I think [moving] didn’t have any problems.” Cummings, “I like to get things done and do [it well,” Sinha said. “I give it the amount of 11. benefited me with all the globalization that’s As an Social Studies importance it deserves.” going on,” Sinha said. experienced Jyo enjoys school and exhibits a “Moving a lot helps me understand people traveler, Jyo teacher noticeable sense of pride in everything he a lot better.” fit right into does. He enjoys all subjects but has earned His numerous moves have helped him Hoover. He got major accomplishments in science. He is become a bright, ambitious young man by involved with extracurriculars and wasn’t involved with SERP, and did an award- observing different lifestyles. He’s always afraid to voice his views in class. In his winning science willing to help and his overall outlook short time here, Jyo has at some point been fair project last makes him completely unique. involved with Key Club, Leadership Club, year working with “I get a broad view of things, a bigger Science Experimental Research Program “I like nanofiber, which are picture,” Jyo said. (SERP), Mock Trial, Model UN, orchestra. tiny fibers less than Sinha misses India but he still He attended an eight-week summer school to get 500 nanometers long. corresponds with friends there and even program this past summer at Harvard, It took him to districts visited them last Christmas. India is an focusing his studies on economics at the things and even to the State extremely diverse country. Jyo explained Ivy League School. “I’ve moved a lot, so I’m used to going done Science Fair. At states he won the third that each different group has seasonal festivals with bright colors and plentiful to new schools,” Sinha said. Charles Collier, who had Jyo in his and do prize engineering achievement award, food. According to Sinha, there are a lot of similarities between India and the United AP History class last year, thinks he dealt [them] and even received a States. “amazingly” with the adjustment. scholarship to Ohio “I see a really bright future for India,” “I didn’t realize he’d just arrived because well.” Wesleyan University. Jyo said. “The mood is really positive.” he did so well academically,” Collier said. “I find [science] Sinha is happy at Hoover, but according His classmates also notice him. He has - Jyo pretty exciting, to Sinha’s father, Jyo frequently asks if an air of intelligence that all can see. Junior Sinha, 11 intriguing,” Jyo said. they are going to move again. Jyo seems to Emily Schillig recognized his serious Jyo’s father, accept change and look forward to it. attitude toward school. Jagdishwar Sinha, “All the people at Hoover are great– “He makes me look at things in a says his son spends a teachers, classmates, the whole bunch,” different way,” Schillig said. lot of time studying and researching. Mr. Jyo said. “Thanks for welcoming me.” g V To many teens, moving would be Sinha explained that his family even has 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 15 features Ohio State Buckeyes Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1,000 Michigan Wolverines Hoodies! Over Jerseys, Hats, Tees, Hoodies 20% OFF 4,000 Hats! with student ID PHOTO COVVURTESY OF LEAH HECHT Canton Centre Mall • 330.477.3377 – Belden Village Mall • 330.493.3850 Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Stark County, Ohio, Inc. Two Israeli boys play chess during recess at a school that Leah Hecht and her youth group Joe L. 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And given how fitted the jeans are, they are best worn with a looser, tunic-length top. – Miranda Oberholzer Ranging from pants to T-shirts, Super-sized calories slip by camouflage clothing is back in style. It was a popular pattern Mmmm…McDonald’s. Lots of people eat there. They might order a for high school students Big Mac a medium fries and a medium Coca-Cola. About how many back in the 1960s, but it has the tendency to keep calories do you think is on that tray? coming back. Interesting 600? 700? Try 1160. If you guessed enough, a middle school in too low, you’re not alone. Colorado has banned this According to a new study style, claiming that they have done by Pierre Chandon and become a political symbol that Brian Wansink, published in the is a disruptive form of patriotism Annals of Internal Medicine, as the (www.mtv.com). However, Hoover meal size and portion sizes increase, doesn’t have this rule, so you can buy it’s harder to estimate the total calories. This camo fashions at most local teen stores. - Michelle Bair problem surfaces when people eat fast food. The super-sized portions offered at The Louis Vuitton and Dooney and restaurants set Americans up to fail. Bourke handbags that graced Chandon suggests in an article by the Associated Press, looking at the the arms of girls all over the meal in pieces to make calorie counting easier. school last year seem to have Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom said, in the same article, that people should be been replaced by the ever-cute eating smaller portions and avoid the super-sized burger and soft drink. Coco Chanel Purses. Whether She said that the idea is that you can always get more food if you are they’re real or fake, those stylish little C’s are everywhere. – Emily hungry. If you cut your portions down, at least you have a fighting chance. Boardman - Jessica Kincaid 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 17 opinion Our Mission Statement: “We strive to provide our honest opinions while rep- resenting all sides, and to fairly portray the student Views body’s expressions.” ‘The times, they are a’changin’ Every year the Hoover High School instead of three will land you in detention. By the time the next school year comes administration decides which rules will Although we at The Viking Views around, certain rules that were put in place stay, which will go and what new changes question the necessity of restricting this year will be long forgotten, some will need to be put into operation. This a 45-minute nap for a tired student continue to be enforced, and more likely year has been no different with several who chooses to sleep rather than do than anything, there will be more new ones. alterations that have students talking. homework, we believe that students will Changes are necessary for growth For the 06-07 school year juniors have complain about and find objection to any and development, and are a very real the option of coming in late or leaving new slightly undesirable rule, change part of the world outside of high school. early. A Wednesday school has been or restriction that is presented to them. Finding a positive way to deal with even offered giving students who need to serve Out of all the adjustments that were inconvenient changes early in life will be more than one detention the option of put in place last school year, how many one lesson learned you could always use. completing them back-to-back. Those in can you recite off the top of your head? The cycle will repeat regardless of the need of academic help can skip the long There might be one or two, but most fuss that is made the first two or three haul to L-6 and receive aid in DD-O. Rules of the changes become ingrained in months of school. So, embrace the new that have always been in place are being our everyday routines and actions, and rules or not, we believe that changes more strictly enforced. Sleeping will be eventually just become the norm. A change are going to be inevitable. It’s best to prohibited in study hall, and two tardies is only a change for a short amount of time. find a positive way to deal with them. Traditions help unify school Here at Hoover, traditions are very near and dear to us. Whether it’s a box for a football player, or a senior toilet seat for no real reason at all, we’re all about tradition. The list goes on; virtually every sport and activity has its own traditions One lesser known tradition amongst seniors is the passing of the senior toilet seat. It all began about four years ago when then senior Drew Riley decided that the senior class needed to have a symbolic toilet seat to accompany them during their final year at Hoover High. No one knows why, but one thing is certain: it is a distinctive symbol of our collective excellence. Hoover is home to other traditions that involve more of the student body. The most cherished one is Turkey Gravy Day. The mere mention whips us into a frenzy, which grows every year. In essence, the role of traditions at Hoover is that of a unifier. One thing that we all have in common; one thing we all have to share. We believe that traditions serve their purpose and get us all a little more interested in our school. Rubin’s column. What you may not know comments or you may choose apathy and is that it is up to you to fill that page. That this page will remain as devoide as it is space is set-aside for you, the reader, to now for the rest of the year. express your opinions. Feel free to send We call upon you Hoover to exercise us a letter about anything you feel strongly your right to be heard. You may heed the about, even if it criticizes the paper itself. call and rise to fame and greatness or you Most esteemed readers, The Viking Views is your paper, Hoover. may ignore us and continue to leave your As you can see, the Vmail letter space has It is what you make it. You may choose paper letterless. been temporarily replaced with Rebekkah to share ideas, criticisms, complaints and –The Editorial Board 18 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 - Editorial Board - Rachel Bosyj n Nathan Floom n Amy Robenstine n Rebekkah Rubin Kelsey Stults n Brittnie Viscounte nKevin Zieber Your Views What do you think about the strict enforcement of the “no sleeping in study hall” policy? I’m sure the real intention of teachers Who is honestly bothered by some kid The new “no sleeping in study hall” rule, in my opinion, is an act of communism. was to have students get more work passed out sleeping? They aren’t disturbing This is one of the most random, ridiculous done, but it’s doing just the opposite. All anyone. Sure, they could be doing work, rules at Hoover that I have ever heard. the people that don’t have anything to do but that is their choice. They may not When you don’t have anything to do, what during study hall are disrupting others by even have anything. I thought high school is so disruptive about taking a little nap? throwing things at each other and making was all about more freedoms in trade for –Trevor Stevens, 9 snide remarks to teachers. This not only greater responsibility. Forcing students annoys study hall teachers, but it also to stay awake in study hall is something distracts other students from fulfilling the I would expect out of the middle school, I think that sleeping in study hall should original intention: to get homework done. not the high school. I got a really good not be allowed because your academics – Vanessa Burrowes, 11 idea-everyone who doesn’t have work to are more important. Sleeping is meant for do should be assigned homework by their home not school. School is for learning not study hall teacher! No more drinking sleeping. I think that will change the outcome I don’t agree with the no sleeping in fountains locker passes, or bathroom of student’s grades and such because it study hall rule. Study hall is for homework passes, either. Seriously, what’s next? makes them want to do something. I think and studying. If you don’t have anything to –Dan Gordish, 11 that not allowing sleeping also makes it get caught up with, then you should be able better for the school environment. I agree to get caught up with sleep. I think the only thing that matters is with the schools decision on no sleeping. –Desirae Kissack, 9 they’re getting their homework done –Lisa Wenning, 9 because then they should be able to do what they want, like sleep. –Lauren Grasinger, 11 My View Staff member Amy Robenstine responds The news that it disruptive to other students who are those students would just sit in their seats sleeping in study trying to work? I don’t think so. On the with nothing to do for 45 minutes being hall is banned is contrary, I believe that it would be more completely unproductive. How is that any upsetting. When beneficial because those students wouldn’t better than taking a nap? you’ve had a rough be chatting, which we all know teenagers Lastly, some students really do need night studying for are prone to do. those 45 minutes of sleep time. With all the tests and finishing Secondly, I’ve been told this rule is not homework, projects, and tests we have, it’s projects, the last new. However, if it has been in place in difficult to get to bed at a decent hour. As thing you want to the past years, why did study hall monitors we’re all aware, teenagers need about eight hear is that you’re encourage students to nap? If it is such an hours of sleep a night, which is a rarity for not even allowed important rule, why hasn’t it been addressed most kids. Getting this much needed sleep to put your head down during that much- before? is practically impossible without leaving anticipated study hall. Though changes Thirdly, what are students without some work undone. Plus, we have to wake are to be expected each year, I think this homework expected to do? I understand up at the crack of dawn to even make it to is overstepping the line for a couple of that carrying a book isn’t that difficult, school on time. So, unless teachers lighten reasons. but most people are too concerned with the homework load, or administration First of all, who is it bothering if a what has to be done for homework to changes the start time to 8:00, students student takes a nap during study hall? Is remember to bring extra item. Therefore, should be allowed to sleep. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 19 opinion The Floomin’ Onion Babies... on a plane? We all can remember the first movie that As I sat through the movie I couldn’t help However, when it comes down to it, we ever saw, or at least what our parents but glance at the innocent little children the children are really not to blame. The told us we saw. For the majority of us these around me, most of whom don’t even have a parents who actually take their child to the movies are of the Disney sort, full understanding of planes, the film are to blame. Do they really think that ranging from “The Lion King” mafia, or snakes. I wondered how their child will not pick up on profanity at an to the lovable dwarfs in “Snow they could possibly understand early age, or sex for that matter? I must say, White.” Presently, there are all the profanity and sexual overtones “Snakes on a Plane,” is a far cry from “The sorts of cute and cuddly movies that only a semi-adult could figure Fox and the Hound.” currently out such as “Cars” and out. Children are very impressionable at an “Madagascar” which are geared to Movies are rated R for a early age and I feel that parents should watch tiny little kids and adults who are reason. They are for people who closely what they watch. What the children kids at heart. are almost adults or a least have might have learned from that movie may lead Over the summer I went to go Nathan Floom some sort of maturity; not for 2 to some issues later down the road. see the much talked about “Snakes year olds. The rating system is Movies and TV influence children a lot. on a Plane.” The movie had all the designed to rate movies based on That is why children’s movies tend not to good attributes of a proper rated R film. It the age group that it is deemed acceptable use profanity and violence, but rather try to had creative profanity, violence, violent for. The catch is that parents can take their teach life lessons and above all entertain deaths, nudity, gore, violence, snakes, kids into any movie they want. the kid in all of us. “Snakes on a Plane” Samuel Jackson and a plane. What more When I was a child my first movie was in no way teaches any sort of positive life could anybody ask for in a R film? What I “Alladin;” according to my Dad I freaked out lesson, other than the fact that if you listen didn’t expect to see when I went to see and had to be taken out of the theatre. I was to Sammy J you will live to see another day “Snakes on a Plane” was a bunch of little terrified to the point of hysteria by the cute when you somehow end up on a plane, kids. It shocked me to see kids, some of blue genie. These children who saw “Snakes filled with snakes. whom could not have been even four years on a Plane’’ with me will undoubtedly reflect When it comes down to it, get The old inside a rated R film. Shouldn’t they be fondly 10 years from now on their first movie mother*&%@#@$ kids out of the mother- seeing “Bambi” or something? experience, “Snakes on a Plane.” @&@%$%@-rated R “Snakes on a Plane.” And Now for Something Completely Different... Will the ends justify the means? Secrecy is a time honored American all is the right thing to do. Proponents of the believe the human rights advocates who tradition. It is a standard operating procedure, Patriot Act, and legislation like it, argue that condemn the facility as a place that strips a by-the-book approach utilized up to the these are necessary measures to thwarting one of basic rights of man? Or should we highest echelons of government. Within the terror, while opponents believe believe the war hawks whose realm of reason, secrecy is necessary for a that rights given to us by the only true goal is information, government to function. It is understood that constitution should always come regardless of who gets hurt? governments must keep certain things in the first. As for whether or not these At the center of all this is dark, but when all is uncovered and exposed, programs are effictive is in the eye the age-old question; do the will the ends justify the means? of the beholder. We, t he public, ends justify the means? When Five years have passed since Sept. 11, know little about what attacks documents are declassified and its effects haven’t subsided in the least. have been thwarted, if any. 40 years from now, will we find In the wake of the attack, Americans have had Should we focus on touting that we have acted as savages, to face a new level of fear, hysteria, and some ourselves as the model of freedom? might say, paranoia. Or should we abandon our morality Kevin Zieber committing atrocities in thewill we of some idealistic battle? Or name New measures have been taken to and sink to terrorist tactics in order find that we have acted responsibly essentially limit freedom in the hopes that to prevent potential attacks? and accordingly? I’d like to think that we will freedom might be secured in the long run. Days ago, President Bush confirmed that find the latter. The U.S.A Patriot Act, NSA wire-tapping, and the CIA has been keeping secret interrogation I believe that if we are to be satisfied now, secret CIA interrogation and detainment and detainment facilities that we can with our performance as a nation 40 years facilities may seem like accessories to a only assume were, and still are, used for down the road, we must become that ideal totalitarian system, but you’d be surprised to conducting practices that might make the of freedom that we are trying to instill in find these and other operations to be in use average American’s stomach turn. There other nations. We cannot expect others to right here at home. These types of program have already been several scandals follow in our example by forgetting what are now being relied on heavily since the involving questionable interrogation we stand for. To quote Edward R. Murrow, attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. practices, such as the Guantanamo Bay “We cannot defend freedom abroad, by The debate continues to rage over whether detainment facility in Cuba. abandoning it at home.” or not sacrificing freedom for the good of the What are we to believe? Should we 20 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 More Than a Sandwich Are we free from apathy’s stranglehold? Be grateful, America. Be grateful. strikes our country. Yet, why is it that we seem overjoyed to help other countries; it will prove When was the last time you had to survive unable to provide help for those outside of the best for America in the long run. It would for weeks in a displaced-persons camp our country? be impossible for impoverished nations to pull because the military group that has taken Cows in Europe receive more in subsidies themselves up alone; they need assistance. over your government will not allow United than half of the population of In the United States, when a Nations peacekeeping forces to enter your Africa. Currently trade rules are tragedy occurs, killing hundreds country? allow this to become a reality. The of people, aid is usually available This is currently occurring to 1.9 million One Campaign states that in the as quickly as possible. It is almost people in the Darfur region of the Sudan, past 20 years, Africa’s share of impossible for us to realize that according to CNN. Aid and food has been world trade dropped to 2% from in many places around the world, prevented from reaching about 355,000 6%. And to think, our government hundreds of deaths as a result of Sudanese because of the war in northern allowed this to take place. AIDS, violence and famine isn’t Darfur. Already, more than 200,000 people One of the glories of our unusual. have died from starvation and violence. government is that it is run by “Who watches the watchman?” When was the last time your family had to the people. Yet, the greatness Rebekkah Rubin asked the Roman poet, Juvenal. It live on a dollar a day? of a republic is measured by the is our duty, as American citizens, One in five people around the world have to greatness of the people being to be grateful for the benefits that we receive, do just that, according to The One Campaign, governed. purely based upon the country that we live in. a reality which is impossible for Americans to Perhaps we allowed all of this to occur It is simply a matter of luck that we’re living in fathom. when we stopped caring about the rest of the America and not in the Sudan. When was the last time that waking up in world. Maybe it was when we became so fat Fortune should not be dictated by luck and the morning meant you had to spend hours and comfortable in the safety of our country. we can help prevent that. walking to and from the nearest well to get Or it was when we became consumed and Choose your passion. Whether it be saving water for your family, meaning that you are obsessed by the fact that we might not always the environment, dedicating your life to end unable to attend school? be as safe as we thought we were. world hunger or helping to achieve world One in seven people around the world do We Americans consider ourselves to be peace, by advocating a cause, you can help not have access to clean water, according to the world’s watchmen, but we seem to be change the future. WaterAid. blind to the problems of foreign countries, the Go out and do something. Take advantage of Living in America, we’re able to band very countries with which we share the world. your government-given freedoms of assembly, together and fight back when a disaster The United States government should be petition and speech and maybe at the end of the day, you’ll feel better about yourself. Student Views: What are your views of Steve Irwin and how did you react to his death? tJessa Chevraux-9: A lot Patrick Orr-12: “I wasn’t Mrs. Dicola-Staff: “I was of people looked up to him as surprised that much. You can heartbroken because he was a role model, so it was very only play with fire so long.” trying to do good in the nature upsetting.” world.” u Matt Flannery Haas-11: “When I Paul Adams-9: “I think it was Milano-9: first heard...I laughed, but then good that he died doing what “I seriously I realized he was a real man, he loved.” almost cried. not just a crocodile hunter like Now there he plays on TV.” won’t be anymore “crikey.” Matt Hertweck-11: “It was a pBrooke Davidson-10: “It true shock and a blow to man tMatt Mantyla-12: “He was made out to be invincible hurt me more than I thought it kind – simply tragic.” u to animals. I wouldn’t have would, at first I thought it was guessed he’d die like that.” just another celebrity death, then it really hit me. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 21 What Makes a Tradition, a Tradition? Abby Hall • Staff Writer You’re a freshman; you’re clueless and confused. Suddenly, Spirit Week to show school pride at Hoover. Mr. Pallija comes over the intercom saying that it’s Turkey Gravy “I love it because it brings the whole school together no matter Day and seniors are allowed to leave their classes early. You’re a what stereotype they are,” Hohan said. “It makes everyone feels as freshman; you’re clueless and confused. The bell rings and you if they’re part of something.” notice the upperclassmen moving quicker to lunch than most days. Senior Caroline Hindley agrees. Hindley said Spirit Week is her You’re a freshman; you’re clueless and confused. You decide favorite tradition because everyone dresses up. to take your time going to your Hindley also commented, “I think locker. By the time you get to the cafeteria, the lunch line runs all “I love the Hoover that people need to participate more. Underclassmen don’t know what they’re doing, and they kind of look the way to A hallway. You realize something: you’re a freshman and Vikings. That’s what I’m at us like we’re on crack.” Despite what you believe about you’re about to partake in another school tradition that you haven’t even heard about. passionate about.” traditions at Hoover, one thing is certain: Hoover has an extreme But what is a tradition? – Dave Stuffey hatred towards Jackson Logan said. “A tradition is an event that But it hasn’t always been that way. is held annually and is well “The Whistler” “Our main rivalry was Louisville,” known throughout the school and Jodi McKean said, Hoover graduate community,” junior Jenna Logan said. “I’m glad we have traditions of 1987. “We would have a huge pep rally the night before we because Hoover can be really boring, so we have traditions to make played them. We would burn the [Louisville] leopard, and someone school more exciting.” would donate an old car, and the football players would smash it However, sophomore Chris Talamo said he is not excited about with big sledge hammers.” traditions. Talamo describes a tradition as “something I’m forced Out with the old, in with the new. When asked what tradition to do every year.” she would like to make before she leaves the high school, junior Though Talamo doesn’t enjoy most traditions, he said that he Christiana Barbaro said that she would like to participate in a real anticipates the tradition of senior pranks. Freshman Friday. “I want to be a part of that so I can go down in history for “Kind of like in the movie ‘Dazed and Confused.’ I think we pulling a sweet prank against the school,” Talamo said. should initiate in the freshmen every year,” Barbaro said. “They Sophomore Jenna Hohan said one of her favorite traditions is could go on missions for us, or we could just have them make the 22 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 DEREK QUINN (Left) ---Zach Meleg, Leyna Chovan, Alyssa Marulli, Paul Frank, Andy Glaws and Justin VanDyke paint up for the softball State Championship game June 3. (Above) Jodi McKean (far left) poses with the other senior class officers in the 1987 yearbook. YOUR THOUGHTS How do you feel about high school traditions? MS PAM MCCARTHY “I think traditions are good, because they give you something to be proud of.” –Alex Huth, 11 football player’s boxes for us.” Freshman Louie DeGeorge said that he isn’t so fond of the “They’re good, because it’s like carrying on Freshman Friday idea. something people have done before you, and it “They don’t need a Freshman Friday. [The upperclassmen] gives you a sense of unity.” always pick on me anyways,” DeGeorge said. “They make me –Brittany Annis, 12 take up their trays at lunch all the time.” While old traditions may disappear, traditions of senior pranks may change yearly and new traditions may be established, one “They’re bad, because then we don’t get tradition has been around for years. It is almost guaranteed when as excited because we know when to expect you watch a home football game, you will hear the infamous things.” whistle coming from the band side of the reserved section. –Alexa Gordish, 10 “When Jeff Logan started playing football [in 1976] I started whistling,” Dave Stuffel, Logan’s grandfather, said. “I’ve been whistling for about 30 years now, and it’s just grown since then.” “I think they’re good, because it makes going Stuffel said that even though most Hoover fans support his to school more fun - it gives us something to whistling, there are some people that he irritates. look forward to.” As a precaution, Stuffel said, “the sales lady always tells [ticket –Dani Garfield, 11 buyers] that they’ll be sitting by the whistler,” Stuffel said. While many wonder why Stuffel whistles, he claims it is for a simple reason. “They’re great, but there’s one tradition I’ve “I love the Hoover Vikings,” he said. “That’s what I’m been missing - ‘Cookie Tuesday.’” passionate about.” –Eleni Bourlas, 10 Whether you’re a senior strutting around the school, trying to work through a serious case of Senioritis, which also seems to be a “I think they’re going to be good. I’m looking tradition at Hoover, according to Hindley, or if you’re a freshman, clueless and confused, traditions are what you make of them. forward to participating in all the traditions There’s one tradition that holds true year after year: most of that we have.” the seniors will graduate and, once again, will be clueless and –Matt Theiss, 9 confused freshmen at college. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 23 Traditions create unity, Rachel Bosyj • Staff Writer Take a walk down C Hallway and look at the ‘Big Senior Picture’ “It’s good to spend time with your teammates outside of hanging on the walls. Senior class shirts and football jerseys are practices, meets, games, competitions or whatever,” senior Tracy seen even in the oldest pictures. Students still wear these jerseys Risaliti said. “You get to know everyone on a more personal level and shirts to show team spirit. which makes everyone feel more comfortable with each other, Several of Hoover’s athletic teams have their own traditions which in turn, can only help your team compete better.” as well, ranging from dyeing hair to team feeds to final senior One popular restaurant for team dinners is Mama Guzzardi’s, hits, that they follow year after year after year. But why do they more commonly known as Mama G’s. Both the swimming and continue to follow these traditions? Is it for team unity or is it to cross country teams have Thursday night team dinners there. feel a part of something bigger? “It’s always Mama G’s, never anywhere else or it wouldn’t be a “Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious tradition,” senior Andy Hoffman said. minds,” as columnist Ellen Goodman once said. Not only do traditions revolve around eating but there are also Assistant Principal, Peggy Savage believes that “kids follow many focused on pumping up the team and their unity. the traditions because when they are younger they hear about all For the girls soccer team, one way they have always started these neat things that the older kids do and they want to have their their games is by holding hands during the National Anthem and turn.” then finishing it screaming, shouting and running straight into their Head Cross Country coach Travis Ackerman agrees. huddle, junior Jackie Nicodemo said. “You wait four years to be a senior and then you get to be the leader and you want to pass everything down. You want to connect past success to future success,” he said. Many of Hoover’s team traditions revolve around team feeds. The cross country team has pasta parties, the football team has Thursday night team dinners, the girls basketball team has a home- cooked meal before every away game, the swimming team goes to Mama Guzzardi’s every Thursday and the list continues. “Everyone has to eat, so we might as well eat as a team,” senior Stephanie Gibson said. According to Gibson, it’s a tradition for some of the parents to cook a meal for the girls basketball team before every away game so the players have a good meal in their DEREK QUINN bodies. “The parents really love doing it and we really love eating it too,” she said. “The tradition just stuck.” Another sport that involves parents cooking for team members “We do it for team unity and to let the other team know we are is cross-country. Every Friday night before a meet, several there and ready to play our best against them,” she said. parents cook pounds of pasta and hundreds of meatballs for eager The cross-country teams also have pump-up cheers. runners. “During warm-ups, it’s tradition for every team competing to “Pasta parties started about 15 years ago because Coach Clegg do some sort of pump up cheer,” Delamater said. “With all the wanted everyone to eat pasta before races and realized that having teams standing around getting ready to run, the louder and more a pasta party would be a good way to do that,” Travis Ackerman intimidating your cheer is, the better.” said, head cross-country coach. However, not all pump-up tactics involve yelling and screaming. Not only are the pasta parties good for health reasons, but they For the girls soccer and basketball teams, it is done through are also good for team unity. decorating and signs. 24 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 develop lasting bonds “For most home and important games we always have and will continue to decorate our lockers with inspirational messages and signs and make bags for each other,” Nicodemo said. “We do it show support for everyone on the team.” Following in similar footsteps are the girls and boys basketball teams. On the girls side, the parents have decorated the locker room for years. “They want us to feel special and get us excited for the upcoming game,” Gibson said. “They’ve decorated for years and it seems to work so they continue to do it,” Many traditions are set aside especially for seniors. “I think it’s good for seniors to have special traditions because it’s a way to pass down all the hard work they have put in over the years and let the underclassman know if they work just as hard then their time will come to be seniors and have the same traditions,” senior Scott Gnau said. One such senior tradition is the “final hit” in football. The final hit occurs on the last Thursday night practice, usually before the CoURTESY of KRISTEN GIbbS Jackson game, where all the players stand around a tackling bag and the seniors make a final hit in front of everyone. “It’s an old and really nice tradition to honor the seniors and give them one last ‘hurrah’,” Gnau said. Savage agrees. “I remember watching my oldest son do his final hit and it was emotional seeing his senior season coming to an end,” she said. Not all senior traditions are sad however. It has become tradition for the cheerleaders to decorate the senior football player’s yard the Thursday before games. “It’s something the guys look forward to their senior year and for us it’s just another way to support them before the games,” senior Tara Adams said. “The cheerleaders have done it for as long as I can remember and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.” Another senior tradition involves an old swim jacket. Every year a graduating senior passes down a swimming jacket to an upcoming senior. “My sister started the tradition about 10 years ago. She gave her senior swim jacket to an upcoming senior and used it to represent passing down the senior leadership,” Matt Johnson, head swim DEREK QUINN coach said. No matter what the tradition or how old it is, most athletes follow them for the same reason: to connect the past to the present and the present to the future. “Traditions bring teams together and even brings the alumni together with the current teams,” Hoffman said. Gibson agrees. g (Opposite page) Several Hoover swimmers shave their bleached hair before the sectional meet. It’s tradition for the swim team to bleach “The traditions that have been going on for a while connect their hair before the distict meet and then shave it off before section- teams over the years. Every year it gets passed on and it makes you als. g (Top) Kristin Gibbs and Susie Johnsen pose with the swim team want to continue them,” she said. “You don’t want to be the year jacket originally passed down from Johnsen to an upcoming senior girl. to break the tradition.” Now, at the end of each season, the jacket is given from a graduating For others, traditions make the team what they are. senior to an upcoming senior. g (Above) Suzie Semroc dissects a frog “Our traditions are important because they are what makes in Anatomy while wearing Matt Wakulchik’s football jersey. It’s tradition hover football what it is. Without them we would be just an average for girls to wear football players’ practice jerseys on Fridays. team,” Orr said. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 25 Traditions enrich high school Kayla Carpenter • Staff Writer You see a few seniors walking towards you with a gift. And breakfast. then they hand you a toilet seat. “It started by default because there was no place to announce Since 2004, the senior class has been passing a toilet seat down the senior bests,” Savage said. from class to class. This tradition was started by Drew Riley, Lee But now, it is becoming a standing Hoover tradition. Crumrine and Matt Ricciardi. “It has turned into one of my favorite traditions because it’s just This year, senior Andy Hoffman has this infamous seat. wonderful to see all of [the seniors] together before they go off to “I got it from Stephen Wakulchik on the senior’s last day of college,” she said. school last year,” Hoffman said. “I guess they give it to whoever Apart from the school wide traditions, clubs and organizations they think is the coolest junior.” have their own traditions. Hoover High School has annual National Honors Society traditions, some school wide and (NHS) has many traditions that are some within clubs. performed throughout the country. A favorite of all of these traditions One of the traditions is the happens in the cafeteria. induction ceremony. “Turkey Gravy Day might just “All of the new members take be one of the best days all year,” turns lighting candles,” NHS sophomore Stacia Bagnolo said. advisor Flo Rankin said. Some students who buy turkey NHS also has a spring service gravy tend to buy a lot. project and it brings the members “Well, on Turkey Gravy Day, I closer together. get the full lunch plus one serving, “We’re all working like we’re then I get another full on the same team,” she said. lunch and another serving, and then I go back up to get “[Our traditions] make NHS has an annual “tapping” to inform the new members of their acceptance. “That tradition is so big I almost overlooked another serving,” senior Erik Kennelly Hoover, Hoover.” it,” she said. At Hoover, the seniors give the juniors an said. “Then, I have – Stacia Bagnolo engraved card to inform them of their acceptance. been known to skip This year’s “tapping’ will be held January 30, out of study hall to go sophomore 2007. get some more.” Leadership Council also has traditions. Last year on a Turkey Gravy Day, the kitchen had “Every fall, we have Leadership camp,” senior Chris Magoon, problems, and was unable to produce the famous turkey gravy. member of Leadership Council youth staff said. “It helps us to get The administration called Taco Bell and ordered tacos for the to know each other a lot better.” whole school. Making Taco Bell Day an annual tradition is in Choir has their own rituals. Before performances they hold discussion. hands and sing “May the Lord Bless and Keep You.” “Taco Bell should be made a tradition because it adds variety “It’s very awe inspiring,” senior Erik Essig said. “I always get to our menu,” sophomore Rachel Libertin. “The food is really goosebumps.” tasty and the amount you get for the price is awesome. Unless they The choir also has a “promo” day each year. They leave school change the price this year, I think the school should make this a at nine and distribute flyers and posters around the community. tradition.” “It’s a lot of fun because we get to be crazy high schoolers Outside of the cafeteria, Hoover has pep rallies for fall and together,” he said. winter sports. At the auditions for the musical, everyone has their own Peggy Savage, associate principal and former Hoover student, traditions. class of 1977, said when she attended Hoover, they had pep rallies “Every year, my mom drives me to my audition and we sing every Friday. my song on the way,” he said. “We’ve being doing that since sixth “Our pep rallies were very elaborate and everyone attended,” grade.” she said. “We did the ‘class rah’ cheers, and of course we booed On the Hoover flag line, they have dinner and get ready together the freshmen.” every Friday before the games. However, many students still enjoy pep rallies. “We’re already really good friends from being together in band “Pep rallies are a good way to get everyone revved up for the everyday, but this just makes us closer,” Morgan said. football game that night,” sophomore Kelsey Morgan said. The traditions at Hoover make it what it is. A new tradition which was started two years ago, is the senior “They make Hoover, Hoover,” Bagnolo said. 26 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 We have spirit – yes, we do! Amy Robenstine • Staff Writer Walking through the doors at Hoover High School, the first up for, but there is usually one that stands out. sight is Willy Wonka and one of his Oompa Loompas. Turn the “Nothing beats Wacky Wednesday,” Scaglione said. corner, and see a mass of bright colored clothings. Most people Palmer, however, has a different opinion. would run in fright, but students know it is just Wacky Wednesday “I don’t even know how Wacky Wednesday relates to football,” in the middle of the highly anticipated Spirit Week. she said. “I think the hall decorating is an important part of the Spirit Week, the week before the Hoover vs. Jackson football week. It was intended to pull classes together in order for one class game, has been an ongoing Hoover tradition for many years. that had the most spirit to triumph over the others.” During the week, each day has a different theme, allowing the Some students believe that the idea of two spirit weeks, with students to dress in a variety of outfits they would not usually wear another during basketball season, would be even better for the to school. school. According to Mrs. Peggy Savage, Associate Principal, when “I think we did that my freshman year and it was awesome,” she attended Hoover, Spirit Week didn’t exist and their rival was Scaglione said. “Especially if you were sick for the first week, or not Jackson. didn’t have anything to dress up “Back then, our biggest in.” rival was Louisville,” she said. Others aren’t so sure. “We’d have a big bonfire the “Even though basketball is night before the game.” popular, the week is before the English teacher, Ms. Rita huge Jackson game and there is Palmer remembers those days so much community spirit that as well. it would be incredibly hard to “The average student wore duplicate that excitement later on CoURTESY of LIz PoRTER spirit tags that were handmade in the year,” Close said. from construction paper by the Sophomore Sarah Maj said cheerleaders and their friends,” she feels like one spirit week is she said. better. Senior Kristen Scaglione “I think one per year is enough. said she thinks the idea of a Otherwise it kind of loses the bonfire or big pep rally is still a anticipation aspect,” she said. good one. Though everyone has a “We have the ‘traditional’ pep different opinion on themes of rally, but no one seems to care outfits, everyone agrees that Spirit about those,” she said. “There Week is a positive tradition that needs to be a way to make the should live on. pep rallies more fun.” “I like the traditions that tie CoURTESY of LIz PoRTER The pep rally before the today’s classes back to previous game in the 1960s was a much classes at Hoover,” Palmer said. bigger deal. Close said she believes it’s part “The coach always spoke and of the “high school experience.” the cheerleaders put on skits for (Top) Neil Michaels, Tara Adams, Ryan Adley and Kristen Mieskowski “It’s a week where no one the whole school,” Palmer said. pose for a picture on Wacky Wednesday. (Above) A senior football really cares what people look like Though Spirit Week has player’s yard is decorated for spirit week. or how they act, and everyone, evolved, and the parade and bonfire no longer exist, students are including the teachers, sort of lets go of stress and have fun,” she still excited to show their school pride. said. “In high school that’s really important, because you have to “It’s so much fun and it really brings a ton of the student body have fun!” together,” senior Amanda Close said. Maj agreed with Close about how important Spirit Week is. Most would agree that it is a good time for school unity. “High school wouldn’t be the same without Spirit Week,” she “It provokes talking amongst people about the crazy outfits and said. ek Spirit We it brings them together,” junior Jessica Crofford said. s This year’ ober 23-27! According to Savage, Spirit Week is a good way for those “quieter” students to be involved as well. “It’s important to have themes that are safe so the crazier kids t ing up Oc aren’t the only ones dressing up,” she said. “It’s for everyone.” There have been many interesting themes for students to dress com 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 27 scene ‘Hollywoodland’ Reviews Nathan Floom Staff Writer It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s “Hollywoodland,” sporting Adrian Brody and Ben Affleck in a murder mystery/drama that will leave you dead in your seat wishing that the real superman will rescue you. “Hollywoodland” takes place in the late 50s when television was black and white, cable didn’t exist and “Superman” staring Reeves (Affleck) is the biggest thing on television. The film centers on Luwis Simo (Brody), a quick talking, gum chewing, private investigator who picks up the seemingly open and shut suicide case of “Superman” star Reeves. He digs deep into the life of Reeves and untangles a mass of adultery and deception that seems to apply to every character. In the end Simo struggles to deal with the case, which is constantly going against him. The film’s best quality lies with Adrian Brody whose acting prowess has been seen on many big films such as “King Kong” and the three academy award wining movie “The Pianist,” which he took home an Oscar for best actor. He lives up to his name in “Hollywoodland,” fitting the flawed detective role perfectly, in addition to showing raw emotions that only a true pro could achieve. As for Mr. Ben Affleck; he should hook up with Matt Damon and write another movie. COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES/USED WITH PERMISSION The general plot of the movie is interesting; it takes the story of Simo and Reeves and sort of reverses them, making the film end with the suicide. The film fails in the fact that it is very predictiable, almost to the point of being stupid. The ending comes at no surprise and you know right off the bat who is corrupt and who isn’t, though every person in the film seems to be flawed. In the end you are sure to be wishing that superman would come and help you fly away from this unique but ultimately uninteresting film. ‘World Trade Center’ Kali Amos between the Twin Towers, Port Authority conversations to each other, their family’s Staff Writer Sgt. John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and grief, and the rescue workers looking for Officer Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), and them. When the previews for “World Trade their families who are waiting for news of In order to make this film as accurate Center” came out, one wondered how their survival. as possible Cage, Pena, Maria Bello appropriate this film would be. On one side, The plot starts out with a brief glimpse (plays Donna McLoughlin), and Maggie the story of the New York City firemen and of the policemen’s daily lives at home Gyllenhaal (plays Allison Jimeno) all police officers needed to be told. Perhaps, and at work. Then after they have started spent time with the people that they were however, it was too soon to be making a a normal day, they are called in because a impersonating. movie about them. plane hits one of the twin towers. Gyllenhaal visited Allison Jimeno After watching the movie one can Sgt. McLoughlin gathers a group of men several times so that she could fully conclude that not only does this film help to evacuate the building. While inside the convince the audience of what it was like bring to life the emotions and decisions second airplane hits and they are forced to to be pregnant during that traumatic time. that the rescue workers and their families run to the elevator shaft for safety. Pena also spent a few months living had to deal with, but also keep the viewer When the rubble falls most of the with Will Jimeno and his family so that he entertained. group is killed, except for McLoughlin could better play Will’s character. The director, Oliver Stone, mainly and Jimeno who manage to barely survive alternates between the two rescue workers trapped under large slabs of concrete. that are trapped in the elevator shaft The rest of the film focuses on their Continued on p. 32 28 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Noise Bob Dylan: ‘Modern Times’ Throughout much of the decade of the release, he creates music that is highly 60s, songwriter and folk artist Bob Dylan listenable and compelling for fans of his was the man to watch. In his early career music from all the periods of his different before 1965, Dylan evoked the spirit of styles. timeless folk music in the early century One thing that is evident as soon as while bringing forth a feeling of protest for “Modern Times” begins is that it’s filled the current times in such songs as “Blowin’ with mostly fun and sharp material, the in the Wind” and “The Times They Are best example of that being “Thunder on the a-Changin.” Progressing from this, the Mountain.” The more bluesy “Rollin’ and musician transformed his music into full- Tumblin,” is devilishly exciting for anyone out rock and roll with the album “Highway who’s wanted Dylan to explore the blues 61 Revisited.” With it, Bob Dylan was genre a little more. listeners going to experience this emotion set in stone as one of the most influential For the most part, Dylan’s lyrical genius if the creator himself seems too scripted, musicians of the century. His career extends universally to every track. And as too troubled to really care? continued with more successful releases. should be expected; he’s been doing this But that aside, “Modern Times” is However, starting in the 70s and up until for over 40 years. But if there’s one major a huge triumph for Dylan. He deserves these past few years, Dylan has existed complaint about “Modern Times,” it’s nothing but respect for doing what he does somewhere between a joke career and just that while all the songs are to evoke some best: creating well rounded and beautiful worn-out music. He’s made some unusual sort of strong emotion from the listener, pieces with great, thought-inducing lyrics. decisions with his music, creating pieces Dylan himself never really seems to feel And after 31 albums and over 60 years of that were more country and bluegrass than this emotion himself. He’s getting up in age, it’s amazing to observe as Bob Dylan rock and roll, but it’s obvious Dylan has the years, obviously, but it’s truly a shame even further solidifies the truth that he is, in done this for himself and what he feels to not hear the emotion pouring out of his this reviewer’s opinion, the most legendary will make a good album for the fans of the voice like when he sang “Like a Rolling musician of this century. genre. But with “Modern Times,” his latest Stone” or “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” How are the Rating: 9.0 – Brian Hines Christina Aguilera: Tom Petty: Beyonce Knowles: ‘Back to Basics’ ‘Highway Companion’ ‘B’Day’ Christina Aguilera’s “Saving Grace,” the first Beyonce is back at new record, “Back to single from Tom Petty’s new it again, showing her Basics,” sets her apart from album sets the standard for growth and maturity as an mainstream pop stars. She the rest of the CD. The first artist on her new album, grabs inspiration from blues single on the album starts “B’Day.” She once again 7.5 8.0 8.0 and jazz works of the 20s, off with some good old- proves her originality by 30s and 40s, making her album stand out fashioned rock and roll. The song opens experimenting with the new among today’s usual releases. with “I’m passing sleeping cities...” From sounds and edgy lyrics in her sophomore She gives her audience a taste of big Petty’s first album in 1976 to his latest solo album, the first since her multi- band, fast tracks in her single, “Ain’t No release in 2006, he has certainly passed platinum solo debut three years ago. Other Man.” Aguilera slows down the a number of sleeping cities. “Highway The first two singles, “Déjà Vu” and pace on ballads with more serious issues, Companion” is his 19th album in 30 “Ring the Alarm” are already big hits with like the domestic violence she endured as years, and his third solo album. fans. “Ring the Alarm” is perfect for any a child in “Oh Mother.” Petty plays all the instruments on woman ever been scorned by a cheating Aguilera’s sound can be compared to the album like a man with 30 years man. “Déjà Vu,” along with “Upgrade that of blues legends Billy Holiday and experience. The sound is easily identified U,” are duets in which she teams up with Ella Fitzgerald in tracks such as “I’ve as Petty, but compared to his other albums, rap artist and boyfriend Jay-Z. Full of Got Troubles.” “They’re going to see this one is a little more mellow. He mixes catchy hip-hop based songs, this album a whole other side of Christina,” Linda his signature rock and roll sound with a will keep listeners entertained for hours. Perry, assistant producer of Aguilera’s little bit of softer Neil Young mixed in. This upbeat album proves that record, said. Her throwback theme and If you liked Petty’s albums in the past, Beyonce is a force to be reckoned strongest vocals yet, show a new side of then this album is for you. “Highway with, and guarantees this will Christina. Companion,” is the perfect companion not be the last we hear of her. For anyone who may not have liked for future lonely drives. her in the past, take a second look. – Chelsea Gory – Joe Curran – Crystal Olsen 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 29 COURTESY OF ERIC MULL PHOTOGRAPHY scene ri neto wn’ ‘U Hotblades (Carlos Lopez), Hope Cladwell (Holly Ann But- ler) and Little Becky Two Shoes (Amanda Ryan Paige) perform the song and dance number ‘Snuff that Girl.’ Bottom: Bobby Strong (Chris Murrah) leads the cast of ‘Urinetown’ as they sing ‘Look to the Sky.’ Alison Ritchie politicians enforce a ban on the use of Whatever sparks the songs lack, the Staff Writer private toilets. People are forced to pay choreography, artistic design and the a fee for the use of public amenities. performers set ablaze. The actors, while Many people know not to judge a book Bobby Strong (Chris Murrah), a poor kid brilliant in their performance, were letting by its cover. But those people should also with his head in the clouds, falls in love loose and having fun on stage. They let the be told not to judge a musical by its title. with Hope (Holly Ann Butler), who just sheer wit and audacity of the script carry Anyone who doesn’t go see “Urinetown” happens to be the daughter of the CEO of them. Most notable were the voices of simply because its title is of poor taste is the company. After Bobby’s father is taken Penelope Pennywise (Michele Ragusa) and going to miss one of the best and most off to “Urinetown” for violation of the law, Little Sally (Karen Katz), who were both original musicals put on by The Carousel Bobby brings together the underclass to pitch-perfect. Dinner Theatre. start a revolution against corporate greed. “Urinetown” is the type of off-Broadway The plot of the musical is as outlandish “Urinetown” is a dumb musical for musical that people will either love or as the name suggests. Set in the future, a smart people in the best way possible. It hate. Audience members will either leave 20 year-long drought has depleted the is a political satire filled with humerous during intermission or be begging to stay world’s water supply. quips that shatter any previous illusions A people might have had about what musicals should and should not be. The “Urinetown” audience is involved in the show, yet will be performed at remains detached from the characters, and for good reason. The writers don’t The Carousel Dinner Theatre want you to relate to the people, they 1275 Waterloo Rd. want you to analyze the situation Akron, OH 44306 while laughing hysterically about it simultaneously. The songs, while being both Through Nov.4 clever and original, were not memorable enough to ever consider purchasing the soundtrack. “Urinetown” is a musical that should be For tickets call: corporation monopolizing and corrupt experienced and not listened to in a CD player. (330)724-9855 30 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Don’t Think Twice – It’s All Right Entertainment summer wrap-up Much to the dismay of most of Hoover’s student body, the even ended. It’s a shame that the director of the horrible “Rush school year is up and going again. While we all are receiving our Hour” movies had to take the helm. Bryan Singer, the director of first large projects and essay assignments, I think we should take the first two films, had another huge project to undertake, though. this time to try and remember all of the high points of the summer “Superman Returns” was one of the only movies I truly enjoyed in terms of music, movies and all kinds of entertainment. Fret not, this summer. Like “Batman Begins,” “Returns” reinvents the my peers, the summer was good enough to remember and will be Superman franchise with new actors, new stories and brand new sure to brighten your day! conflicts. It was highly enjoyable, and I’m a little peeved that it Let’s start out on the music side of things. After a fairly wasn’t a huge box office hit. I’m excited for the sequel that will uneventful early year for album releases, except of course The most likely come from this. Flaming Lips’ “At War with the Mystics,” the summer brought Of course, the best movie this summer was the blockbuster hit some pretty good releases. Alt-rock favorite Sonic Youth and record-setter “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s came out with “Rather Ripped,” a great return for a band Chest.” This sequel had almost no flaws whatsoever and that has been placed on a high pedestal for the last decade. will, in my opinion, go down in history as one of the Guster also released “Ganging Up on the Sun,” an best summer blockbuster flicks with movies like “Jaws,” excellent follow-up from their debut album that continues “Indiana Jones” and the original “Star Wars” trilogy. their rich, relieving sound. But best of all, The Format, Everything worked so well with the movie. The special following up their insanely successful “Interventions effects were the best I’ve seen in a movie since the “Lord and Lullabies,” banged out the nearly flawless “Dog of the Rings” trilogy. Johnny Depp was, of course, a Problems.” The release continues with the Format’s well- smash hit yet again with his Jack Sparrow character, Brian Hines known pop sound combined with a surprisingly rich and whose awkwardness alone brings in droves of people. fresh brass section that can be best heard in the title track. Interesting story, great action sequences and an awesome I feel guilty for listening to something so pop, but I don’t care; it cliffhanger made this movie the best one of the summer. sounds fantastic. So that was it for summer of 2006. Pretty average overall with So while the music side of things was pretty good, films for some big disappointments in movies, but music has been pretty this past summer were pretty awful, starting with “X3: The Last good over the middle of the year. There’s some big things coming Stand.” The first two movies in the trilogy were so well made and up in the fall and winter, so while we slave away in school, at least exciting but the last entry sputtered and died before the first act we have something to look forward to. Back to the Classics Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961 Maggie Morrow Staff Writer Combining the quirky character of writer whose unlimited bank account has Despite its title, the movie’s main focus Holly Golightly with the fabulously been provided by a wealthy older woman. is not Tiffany & Co. The only connection stylish Audrey Hepburn may have been He has a witty sense of humor and takes to the jewelry store in this movie is Holly’s one of the smartest things Hollywood has a romantic interest in Holly. And after belief that “nothing very bad could happen ever created. spending more time with her he becomes to you [Tiffany’s]. If I could find a real-life “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the 1961 disgusted with himself and leaves his place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s classic about flighty socialite Holly benefactress. then I’d buy some furniture and give the Golightly (Hepburn) and her neighbor Paul After numerous failed romances, Holly, cat a name.” Varjak (George Peppard). They instantly terribly upset over a public disgrace, This film isn’t the quality some expect become friends when Holly sneaks into heartlessly abandons Cat in an alleyway. from a classic, but it’s not a bad film. The Paul’s apartment after a fight with one of Paul confronts her about her inability to acting quality, sets and costumes are great. her many “super-rat” boyfriends. be depended upon and leaves her stranded But the storyline is a little shakey and has As the pair become acquainted with in a taxi to look for Cat. The final scene a confusing chronology. one another, the details of their lives spill is the most vivid and best remembered of What attracts most people to “Breakfast out onto the silver screen. Holly is a flakey the movie: Holly, with tears in her eyes, at Tiffany’s” is Hepburn’s signature style, New York gold-digger with an unnamed finds Cat, and shares a kiss in the rain with sophistication and stardom, which often feline called Cat. Paul, in contrast, is a Paul. times makes or breaks a potential classic. 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 31 scene Indies in Town VIKING VIEWS FILE PHOTO Lindsay Quinn Staff Writer Aspiring to make it to the big screen, four •October 7 – “Russian Dolls:” Xavier directors will be showing their independent is an upcoming novelist who tends to sit films at The Canton Palace Theatre’s Fifth on the pessimistic side of things. But one Annual Art Film Festival. From comedies, thing he’s sure he has right is his love for to French, to a documentary, the Palace will women; he can seduce any woman he be filled with a variety of audiences. chooses. However, his lack of commitment •October 5 – “Elevator to the Gallows:” in business, love and life starts to catch up To kick off the Festival, the Palace will be to him in this comedy directed by Cedric hosting a complimentary Pre-Movie Party Klapisch. Not Rated. in the balcony before opening with director •October 8 – “Guys and Balls:” Louis Malle’s French film. This drama In Sherry Hormann’s sports comedy deals with a murderous wife, in which she she focuses on two things: soccer and art films for the public, though. They are and her lover’s plans take an unexpected homosexuality. In this mix of themes, Ecki, usually shown every Thursday with a large turn. Not Rated. a young gay male, plays on a soccer team variety of genres to see. For the art film •October 6 – “Word Play:” New filled with homophobic teammates that lovers, Art Film Club memberships are York Times daily crossword puzzle; it’s soon kick him out after hearing his secret. available for $10 a year. A membership history, it’s creation and it’s addicted This urges Ecki to form an all-gay soccer gives benefits of free popcorn, preferred solvers. It’s exactly what Patrick Creadon’s team to compete against his former team balcony seating and notification of documentary is about. His film moves in a match of grudge, realization and harsh upcoming screenings. through all aspects of the not-so-simple competition. However, this film will be The Film Festival will be showing each of crossword puzzle, and even over to the only for limited audiences, as it has been these films at 7:30 p.m. for a $5 admission, as annual crossword convention in Stamford. given an R rating. an art film fundraiser. For more information Rated PG. This isn’t the only time the Palace offers visit www.cantonpalacetheatre.org. ‘World Trade Center’ Continued from p. 28 Be CLEVER. Be CREATIVE. And WIN! Cage and Pena were able to keep the audience involved even while stuck under the rubble by using facial expression and changes of voice. The only actress that was not fully convincing was Bello. While she does try to make it sound as if she is truly panicking over her husbands disappearance, the audience can tell that she is a little too calm about the situation for it to be real. It was the details in the set that made it seem like you were really at the towers in 2001. The set designers made every detail accurate from the “Zoolander” movie billboard to the shops in the trade center. While most of the movie was filmed in New York City they had to improvise for the towers. The film crew rebuilt a three dimensional model of the World Trade Center in Los Angeles so that the buildings could be seen. The model is so realistic you can not tell the difference between what the towers had looked like and the new model. The only part of the film that I would have taken out was the flashbacks that showed McLoughlin and Jimeno’s past. They do not relate with the situation, and only take away from the families roles in the movie. World Trade Center truly shows how people can help each other in the most desperate of times. It is a movie that will be forever used to illustrate what went on during that historically significant day. 32 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 things to do September/October 22 23 Homecoming First issue of Dance 7:30-11 p.m. The Viking Woody Allen’s Views out “Don’t Drink the Water” at Coach Although we cannot promise publication, please let us know about your cultural event! today! House Theatre - E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 p.m. 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 “The Guardian” in Last showing of “Nat Ringling Bros. and Ringling Bros. and Author Maddox at theaters today Barnum and Bailey Barnum and Bailey “Rocktoberfest” at EJ King Cole and Friends” Border’s Books and Circus at the Canton Circus at the Canton Thomas Hall - at Actors’ Summit Music, Cuyahoga Parson’s Dance Civic Center - Civic Center - 6 p.m. Theater - Falls - Company at EJ Thomas 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Hall - 8 p.m. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 New Evanescence “49 Up” “The Texas and “The Departed” Leonardo DiCaprio “The Open Door”, “The Man of Her The Killers Chainsaw Massacre: open in theatres Dreams” at the Canton “Sam’s Town”, and The Beginning” Palace Theatre - Jet movie release Eric Vincent Concert 7:30 p.m. “Shine On” at Lake High School 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 33 CD releases 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 “Urinetown” continues Second issue Sister Hazel Kasey Chambers at Carousel Dinner “Absolutely” of The Viking Theatre - “Carnival” 3 p.m. CD Release CD Release Views out today! Compiled by Michelle Bair sports Fabulous freshmen A group of young newcomers fuels the varsity team Alyssa DeGeorge Staff Writer “Froshy,” “fresh meat,” “fish,” “newb.” Upperclassmen might make fun of them, but the freshmen are making their marks on the cross country teams. “[The freshmen] are doing awesome,” said Travis Ackerman, head coach of the boys’ team. “They’re actually a little bit better than I expected.” Of the seven varsity members on each DDEREK QUINN team, four are freshmen. Freshmen Sarah Tirrell, Allison Peare and Erin Garfield are running for the girls and freshman Parker Queen for the boys. being a freshman can be hard. Freshman Sarah Tirrell runs with senior Jackie Delameter during the varsity race at the Tiffin Lauren Linz, a junior runner, said she is “We know we’re the little ones on the Carnival Sept. 9. impressed with the freshmen. team,” Peare said. “It’s hard sometimes “Usually the freshmen are a little because [the upperclassmen] have more Everyone seems to have high intimidated, but this year they haven’t been experience and they know each other.” expectations for the future. scared to show their talent,” she said. Sarah Tirrell, another freshman on the “We have a tradition at Hoover that Queen is ranked number seven on the varsity team, agrees. for years we went to [the State meet],” boys’ varsity team. “Sometimes it’s a little intimidating Ackerman said. “Since the 1990s, there’s “I’ve been running since seventh grade, because [the upperclassmen] know the only been two years that we haven’t and from then, I’ve improved a lot,” he courses and we’re just freshmen learning,” gone.” said. “In seventh grade I wasn’t that she said. Both teams have a goal to make it to great, but now I’m just up there with the However, according to the girls’ head the state race, but according to Kirkland, upperclassmen.” coach, Jason Kirkland, the whole team, they’re taking it “one meet at a time.” Senior Kyle Roshak said that freshmen including the freshmen, is very close. Blake says that the freshmen will help to don’t usually make the varsity team. “It’s one big family,” he said. “It’s like contribute to this goal. “It’s very rare just because they’re they’re 45 sisters on the team.” “A lot of people thought we were going younger and not as physically developed,” Roshak says it’s similar for the boys’ to be worse after last year’s seniors left, but he said. team. we feel we can be just as good,” he said. However, Ackerman said he feels that “We always try to take the freshmen The boys’ team is currently ranked having strong freshmen runners helps other under our wing and incorporate them second in the federal league, and the girls runners to do better. in whatever we do,” he said. “We’ve are ranked fourth. “If [the freshmen] come in and work developed a good team atmosphere.” Peare is excited for the future as well. hard, everyone else works hard,” he said. According to Ackerman, there are no “It’s exciting because I have three more “It looks bad if freshmen are working hard feelings about the freshmen talent. years of cross country and knowing that harder than juniors, so juniors work harder “With running, it’s unique,” he said. “As I’m running good now, it’s like I know and it kind of snowballs.” long as everyone’s doing the best they can that, hopefully, I’ll run even better as I get Freshman Allison Peare, who is ranked do everyday, it doesn’t matter how fast you older,” she said. first on the girls’ team, realizes that she are. They all accept it.” Senior Whitney Stevenson says the helps to push other runners. Kirkland said he is glad the freshmen freshmen will have a big impact in future “Me running my fastest is going to push can contribute to the team. years. other people to run harder,” she said. “We all realize we need each other to “I think that our freshmen from this year Linz agrees that freshmen like Peare are succeed,” he said. will really take control of the team and helping the team. Junior Andrew Blake agrees. really help it,” she said. “We’re really glad to have them,” Linz “We’re accepting them as a part of the Linz is just glad the freshmen are able to said. “It’s always nice, no matter what team because we know they can help us make a difference. grade they’re in, to have a leader.” now and are the future of the program,” he “They just run their hearts out and Even with their success, it seems that said. they’re good at what they do,” she said.g V 34 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Fresh face brings change Experience of new coach to boys’ soccer program brightens future of boys’ team Dominic Garrini Staff Writer In 1989, The Simpsons premiered, “This team brings a lot to the table: good potential to get to where those teams went” famous female golfer Michelle Wie was senior leadership and great team speed. Baasten said. born, and Neil Baasten started coaching Also, they are adapting quickly to me as The season has gone well for the boys high school soccer. Baasten started his coach and the new system,” Baasten said. so far this season. They are 5-2 overall and coaching career at St. Thomas Aquinas According to Hoffman the team is 3-0 in the Federal League as of press time. high school 17 years ago. Over his 17- adjusting well to the new system. Junior Tyler Schuller believes that the team year tenure at Aquinas, he had a 170-87- “It’s working better than other systems.” could win the Federal League and do much 84 record. Also, he won the Greater-Akron Hoffman said. more in the post season. District and Tri-County Coach of the Year In the upcoming season, Baasten has “Well, we’d like to win the Federal awards four times and Stark County Coach very high hopes for his team. One of those League and eventually win districts and of the Year twice. Bassten will bring all hopes is accomplishing something Hoover hopefully move onto regionals,”Schuller of this to a program he has wanted to be hasn’t done, and that is winning a district said. involved with for a while: the program here title. In the long run, Baasten looks to do at Hoover High School. “This season, we would like to beat great things here at Hoover. “I have had long contact with the Jackson take the Federal League title, and “In the big picture, I’d like Hoover boys’ Hoover program and a good soccer to be viewed as one of the best teams relationship with former athletic in Stark County and mentioned as one of director Joe Eaton, but it never those special teams. I’d also like to bring worked out. I’m very happy to some Federal League championships home take a chance with this great and one day put the icing on the cake by oppurtunity,”Baasten said. winning districts and going deep into the Players enjoy Bassten’s post-season,’ Baasten said coaching. Baasten’s 17 years Baasten enjoyed his 17 years at Aquinas have brought great knowledge but felt he always had something left to of the game to the players, and accomplish. Baasten will try to do that here it also makes the players more at Hoover in division one. confident. One in particular is “I wanted to coach at a division one senior Andy Hoffman. level, and I felt I could. I also felt that I “With a coach with so much could take Hoover soccer to the next level,” experience you don’t second said Baasten. –guess him, you learn to trust he After almost three years off, it wasn’t because he knows more than you a tough decision for Baasten to decide about soccer,” Hoffman said. whether or not he wanted to take the At Aquinas, Baasten coached Hoover job. Baasten just missed too much at the division two level, and by about coaching to say no. the end of his tenure their division “Well I missed the contact with the three. Hoover is a division one players, and the second reason was my program, and that was one of the love for the game and coaching the game,” reasons that Baasetn decided to Baasten said. come out of retirement and to North Canton. hopefully win the district title,” Baasten In his time back, Baasten has enjoyed However, that wasn’t the only reason. said. his experience. It filled a small void left “I like the fact that Hoover was a Division In 17 years, Baasten has seen a lot of after his retirement from Aquinas in 2003, one team, and I have never coached a soccer teams. Some of Baasten’s best have and he’s more than happy to be back. Division one team. I also thought they were included the 1992, 1998, and 2000 Aquinas “I love coaching at Hoover,” Baasten a good team that could get better, and I’d teams. Baasten believes that this Hoover said. g V like to take them there,” Baasten said. team can achieve the heights of those Baasten will have the players to take teams. Hoover to the next level. Hoover returns “This team is up there with my better New head boys’ coach Neil Baasten instructs two All Federal League players in junior teams at Aquinas, which are the 1992, junior Tony Kendle at a recent soccer prac- tice. Taylor Kiefer and senior Mike Tabeling. 1998, and 2000 teams. This team has the 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 35 sports Volleyball SPORTS NORA CAULEY UPDATES: The girls’ volleyball team is starting their season out strong with an overall record of 5-4 and a 4- 2 record in the Federal League. Hoping to improve their record of 18-5 from last year, the varsity team Girls’ Tennis has six returning letterman, including senior captains Sarah Tharp and Nicole The girls’ tennis team started their season Dunlap. -Rachel Bundy off right with an outstanding record of 17-0. In the last match against McKinley, Hoover won Football by 5 points. Leading in singles from Hoover were senior Kelly Piero and sophomore Lauren Bolender. -Elise Devore The football team has opened up their season with a record of 3-0. In the first game against Central Catholic, Hoover won 35-12. The next week, Hoover matched up against DC Coolidge and easily won 43-7. The following Friday, the Vikings met Louisville for the 83rd time. In the game, the Vikings went into the 4th quarter Girls’ Soccer down but piled 19 points on the Leopards in the 4th quarter. Junior Kevin Dahl had three rushing touchdowns and an interception. -Elise Devore Girls’ Golf After a win against GlenOak with a score of 1-0 Sept. 14, the girls’ soccer team had a record of 5-2. The previ- ous Saturday Sept. 9, the team beat Despite losing their first Revere 1-0. The goals in both games two matches of the sea- were scored by Jackie Nicodemo and son the girls gold team assisted by junior Georgie Strohm- has bounced back. enger. Their losses this season were Led by senior captains to Lake and Cloverleaf earlier this sea- Morgan Monaco and son. Since then, the team has played Marrisha Trompeter. The Louisville and Austintown Fitch. The girls have won three of team will play West Branch away this their last give matches Monday. -Rachel Bouer bringing their overall record to 3-4 with a 1-3 record in the federal league. -Sarah Tharp Boys’ Golf LINDSEY QUINN Defeating St. Thomas Aquinas Sept. 13, the boy’s team protected their undefeated record, improving it to 5-0. With scores of 30 and 31, the team was lead by junior Anthony Bontrager and senior Mark Grady. This season, the boys CHARITY DIZDAR have also put up wins against Boardman, Jackson, Lake and GlenOak. -Sarah Tharp 36 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Halftime Sports Briefs n Though some of you may barely notice the many tennis greats, including Lleyton Hewitt, n The Tiffin Carnival, Sept. 8, proved to be minute details in a magazine or newspaper, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, as stated more difficult than usual for the JV Boys’ cross there are some that are worth catching. In the on his personal webpage. His skills have country team. Instead of the planned race, Sept. 2 issue of ESPN Magazine, brought him much fame, as have his good they ended up running a time trial against one James Blake, the fifth-best tennis looks and charisma. Now, that list other team while the JV Girls ran their race. player in the world, is pictured has another addition: his Hoover This chaotic saga began when the JV girls wearing a Hoover Football t-shirt Football t-shirt. race was postponed twice due to lightning, from 2002. However, Blake is not a I have begun to investigate thus setting the starting time back an hour graduate of Hoover, as he grew up how he acquired this t-shirt, and I and a half. In the meantime, the JV boys in New York. A mysterious addition, plan to report back to you with an assumed that their fate was sealed for the too, is that there are no apparent update next issue. day and that they would be unable to run their connections between him and race, so they decided to do a time trial with the North Canton community, n Despite the fact that it’s the GlenOak JV boys’ team. especially the football team. Blake Rachel Bouer early in this school year, Hoover However, the girls’ race started while the didn’t attend college anywhere near basketball guard, Steph Gibson, is boys were still on the course, which lead to Ohio either; he went to Harvard until he already thinking about her next season. Over much confusion. Boys were stopped to wait dropped out to pursue a life of tennis. the summer, she and Kent State University while the running girls passed and much other Despite many physical setbacks including made an oral agreement about her basketball pandemonium ensued. At least they could a broken neck and a bad case of shingles, career in college. say that the day was unique and hope that he manages to be one of the best all-around “I want to go to school there and it’s where I something like this never happens again. players in the world. His game has defeated want to play basketball, too,” she said. Softball, The Hoover lacrosse team ended their season last year in Columbus, where they won the Division II State Championship. The team was led by past senior Tim Gates and current senior lacrosse Mark Lepkowski. A strong group of seniors provided leadership and helped the team come together. state champs “It was good to have so many seniors because they were able to provide a lot of leadership for the underclassmen,” junior Pat Orr said. This year, though, the Vikings will be moved up to Division look back I and will have a lot of holes to fill. “We need guys who didn’t play last year to step up and MS. PAM MCCARTHY on past play varsity lacrosse. We will also need to have good team [defense],” Orr said. seasons Lepkowski agrees with Orr saying that the way they practiced was also a big help. “We were successful because of all our practice and work in the off-season, and we had a good group of senior leaders,” The Lady Vikes softball team ended their seaon on top. The Lepkowski said. young Vikings team stayed true to their number one ranking as -Pat Brady they beat West Chester Lakota West in the semifinal game 4-0, scoring all four runs in the sixth inning. They, then, went on to defeat Elyria in the state final by a score of 2-0. They were led by sophomore McKenna Russ, who hit a two-run homerun and sophomore Jessica Simpson, who pitched a shutout. With the Vikings being so young, not everyone expected them to finish on top. “It was amazing, like a true underdog story,” Russ said. Simpson did what she had done all year to seal the victory. “It was sort of intimidating, but I knew I would do fine since I had the rest of the team backing me up,” Simpson said. The Vikings only lost two seniors from their lineup and will enter their season in the spring as a favorite to win it all again. “We just need to play together, practice hard and not get RACHEL BOSYJ over confident,” Russ said. The Vikings finished the season with a record of 30-2. -Pat Brady 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 37 sports GAME FACES Some athletes do everything they’re supposed to and BY DOMINIC GARRINI get little recognition. Junior soccer player, Alyssa Marulli, ALYSSA MARULLI is one of these people. Marulli doesn’t always score the game-winning goal but will always do whatever she needs to do to get her team a victory, even if that means eating a Subway sandwich before a game. “I have this odd phobia that if I don’t eat a Subway sub before a game that we will lose,” Marulli said. Marulli has been a member of the Hoover soccer team since her freshman year. Marulli first got the interest in soccer from her brother. “I play soccer because my brother played it and encouraged me to play,” Marulli said. She and her fellow players go through rough summer practices, but this doesn’t faze her. “I go through all the practices and things during the summer because I love playing and I love the team,” Marulli On Friday nights you may see senior Seth Allman running said. a kick-off back for a touchdown or maybe he’s just cheer- Despite this dedication, she could live without summer ing for his team on the sidelines. No matter where he is, he conditioning. always loves the game. “I really don’t dislike anything about soccer…but I hate “I love the game, whether or not I’m on the field. ” Allman the running conditioning practices,” Marulli said. said. However, whether liked or not, practices are held Football in high school is tough to juggle with homework, everyday. With this daily repetition, Marulli said she has family and sometimes chores, but Allman has his schedule developed a habit. worked out. “On an average day, I’ll go to school, then go home to “I go to school, to practice for three hours, then I get home get something to eat, then practice, then go home to do do my homework, eat and go to bed. It’s a daily routine,” homework and do it all over again the next day,” she said. Allman said. Some days stand out among this chaos, though. Her SETH ALLMAN Allman had a hectic summer with lots of football. Football previous years of Hoover soccer has brought her some season started the last day of school with a mini-camp after good memories. exams, and then the following Monday conditioning started. “My best moments of my high school career so far are Two-a-days were required through August. All this work leaves tying Jackson last year,” she said, “because it was the first many people wondering why someone would go through this time they hadn’t won a game in league play. Also, beating much work for a sport. Green was pretty big, too.” “I go through with all the practices and conditioning because there’s nothing else like being on the field on a Friday night at Memorial Stadium,” Allman said. Allman has had a good high school career, though last season he was followed by some injuries. All of his hard work paid off, as he was named an alternate captain of the team. He has many fond memories from his career, his favorite coming from this past season. “My favorite moment of my high school play so far has been beating Jackson and going to the playoffs,” Allman said. He loves one thing in particular about Hoover football, that he will miss the most after his senior season, which is wearing the Hoover jersey. SARAH THARP “There hasn’t been a feeling in my life so far like putting that jersey on and running out of the tunnel in front of thou- sands of screaming Hoover fans,” Allman said. 38 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06 Stoppage Time BEST What’s wrong with sports? OF THE Nothing completes a day better than sports. things. First, it would stop teams from putting in no–name big men to foul Shaq because their other BEST Whether it is Monday Night Football or The World man is in foul trouble. Second, it would prevent big Girls Soccer Series of Darts, any sport would satisfy the craving. LeBron and other superstars from sitting the bench But they definitely have room for improvement. because they’ve got four or five fouls. As much as I Jackie Nicodemo: Let’s be honest; nobody wants to see the Royals play Sasha Pavlovic, I’d rather turn on my TV and like Has six goals this every year or watch LeBron James sit on the bench LeBron in there. see season for the whole third quarter. This next one will take two steps. First, the First of all, we need more of a good thing and and NBA need to develop a farm system like NFL that means the World Cup and the Olympics every the MLB. Once this is in place, all three Boys Soccer two years instead of four. Why wait leagues will adopt a relegation system like so long for the two greatest sporting Sam Maj: the European soccer leagues. At the end events in the world? There’s nothing Had eight saves of each season, the last place team in each like the passion of countries battling league will be replaced with the first place against Glenoak it out for pride and bragging rights. To team in the lower league. This will help some countries, like the Ivory Coast, with two things. One, it will make it harder it is the only way for them to come for teams to tank at the end of a season for together. When their team qualified a high draft pick, a la the 2003 Cleveland Boys Cross Country for the 2006 World Cup, they stopped Pat Brady Cavaliers. Second, it means we won’t in the middle of a civil war to cheer on have to watch the Royals suck every year Adam Stackpole: their team. If the Olympics were every two years, anymore. Now that the teams can’t tank, we need to Placed 11th at Tiffin we would have a rotation so that we either had the prevent the players from tanking. Meet summer or winter Olympics to look forward to every All player contracts in every sport should be year. incentive-based. Too many players have a great year While we’re at it, we could totally eliminate last year of their contract and then when they sign the Girls Cross Country the World Baseball Classic. Although baseball’s the big bucks, they have a convenient nagging for not a bad thing, watching it eight out of 12 months hamstring or something of the sort that lets them sit Allison Peare: is enough. Speaking of baseball, there are a few and count their money. The level of play would there baseball players that should Placed fifth at Tiffin greatly increase if every player was be behind bars. actually playing for a paycheck. To Meet Any professional athlete ...it would be cool to do this, there would also have to be who uses steriods should go see Barry Bonds and set numbers for the contracts, or it Football to jail. Enough suspensions Rafael Palmeiro in the would be impossible to get anyone and fines. Kick them out of same jail cell. signed. Phillip Howard: the sport and put them in jail. While we’re talking about Scored four touch- While it would be tough to money, the Yankees should have to downs against DC validate putting them in jail, cut their payroll to 40 million and it would be cool to see Barry Bonds and Rafael see how they do with Alex Rodriguez eating up Coolidge then Palmeiro in the same jail cell. If we can’t put them their payroll. And they shouldn’t be allowed to half in jail, any positive tests should be the end of their build a new Yankee Stadium. Golf career and nothing else. Eliminating the cheaters Next basketball can’t be mixed with summer. The isn’t the only solution, however. NBA needs to use a March Madness play-off format. Mark Grady: All games should be commentated by a fan from Their play-offs drag on way too long. All they need is Scored 31 against St. each team. Regular commentators are boring. We take the eight play-off teams from each conference to Thomas Aquinas need good biased opinions and heckling. Fox Sports seed them just like the NCAA does and put them and World does this on occasion for soccer games and four different regions and play it out. This would in it’s successful. This would add another dimension much more exciting than a seven game series that be to watching games on TV. Who wouldn’t want drags on for over two weeks; the whole tournament to Volleyball watch a Sox and Yankees game with two die–hard could be done by then. fans going at it? In addition to better comentating, Finally, NASCAR needs to be eliminated totally. Ana Kidder: we need to see our star players in basketball games. pointless. They drive real fast in a circle, that’s It’s Had 16 points No more fouling out in basketball. It’s stupid. There’s no suspense. You can bet your life that the it. against Boardman Teams don’t gain an advantage by fouling so why turn’s going to be a left one. What we need is next should there be a limit? This would prevent two 09.22.06 THE VIKING VIEWS 39 DEREK QUINN CHARITY DIZDAR SPORTS CAPTURED: n Junior fullback Mitch Rose plows through a DC Coolidge defender. n Junior Casey An- derson dives to return a ball against Minerva. n Sophomore Lindsay Fisher and freshman Reisdorf play doubles during a recent game. n Senior Chad Kostelnick races towards the finish line during the Tiffin Invitational. n Senior Katherine Hinley battles for a ball with a Revere forward. n Junior Nate Shin- DEREK QUINN NORA CAULEY gleton watches his drive soar during a golf meet against lake. n Junior Tyler Schuller “breaks the ankles” of a Green Defender. LINSEY QUINN DAN BOYER DAN BOYER 40 THE VIKING VIEWS 09.22.06