A publication of the journalism class of Vancouver Christian High School School tradition sees troubling times If Share House participa- headed by two other Inside this issue: people: Dr. Debi tion continues to lag, sev- ering ties may be inevita- Miller, mother of ble alumnus Grant Miller and current student Melissa By Andrew Jankowski Miller, who is also the school’s co- Ever since the 1999-2000 founder; and the school year, serving at Share current coordinator, House has been a regular Mrs. Dori Millay, community service opportu- 4 mother of current nity at Vancouver Christian. students Sean and A volunteer carefully lifts the lid Originally run by Mrs. Students voice Caleb Millay. off of a cake at Share House. Kathy Chritz, mother of opinions about Millay, as well as alumni Jeremy and Kendra Halloween most past volun- comes on the third Monday Chritz, Share House entails teers, have reported having a of each month. student volunteers going to fun and rewarding time at Millay believes that the- downtown Vancouver to pre- Share House. reasons have to do with stu- pare and serve a meal for the Recently however, partici- dents being involved with homeless. pation in this event has been sports (football and volley- Since Chritz stepped dwindling despite the fact down, Share House has been that the opportunity only Share, continued on page 3 6 Students shed light North Korea threatens world peace on mission trips North Korea’s nuclear nuclear weap- weapons program among ons, the region worldwide concerns is once again threatened by By Kevin Abihai the notion of war. North Ko- More than five decades rea has been http://www.theseoultimes.com ago, the United States and pursuing long North Korea were engaged in 7 range nuclear North Korea displays its military might a bloody conflict on the Ko- missiles since during a parade in the capital of rean Peninsula. That conflict, Injuries give the Clinton Pyongyang. called the Korean War, ended students a administration. in a stalemate at the 38th different In 1998, North Korea test North Korea recently deto- parallel. experience at VC fired a long-range missile nated a nuclear missile Now, thanks to North Ko- over Japan and into the Pa- rea’s aggressive pursuit of cific Ocean. Nuclear, continued on page 2 Nuclear, continued from front page too close for the North to use the weapons,” Lee said. “They might use Editor underground in mid-October, but offi- them to hit Japan.” Kevin Abihai cials said that the blast was far less Park thinks that it will be used as a powerful than the North Koreans bargaining tool. “[North Korea] will Reporters and Photographers wanted it to be. probably threaten other countries be- Kevin Abihai Fears have arisen around the world cause they [themselves] don’t have Charvel Nelson over the potential of North Korea to enough food.” Josh Holland use these weapons to hit South Korea, Lee expressed optimism toward Andrew Jankowski Japan, or even the United States. the United States involvement in the Neshia Starks Although situation. “I North Korea think that the This Issue’s Contributing Writers may seem U.S. is doing Slayer1 like a world their best to Mlayer2 away, for help,” Lee Elyse Brouhard South Ko- said. “They Mitch Brouhard rean natives have troops Rebecca Watson Jong-Suk stationed in Lee and http://www.nytimes.com South Korea Advisor Grace Park, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice in case of Stuart Reitz the crisis hits [right], and Japanese Foreign Minister, Taro war.” right at Aso, discuss the North Korean threat. Park said Principal home. that the best Roger Miller “My family [in South Korea] felt way to deal with the threat is to isolate threatened because the test site was so North Korea. “The U.S. should not The Spotlight is a monthly publication pro- close to home,” said Grace Park. give food or money to North Korea duced by the journalism students at VCHS. “They could kill a lot of people with anymore because they just demand those weapons.” more and more.” For information regarding advertising in Lee and Park say that tensions be- As a result of the recent actions of The Spotlight, e-mail Stuart Reitz at tween the North and South have be- North Korea, the United Nations email@example.com come far more intense since they left placed tougher sanctions on North Korea. Korea in an attempt to stop their nu- Vancouver Christian High School is located at: “I have spoken to my father in clear weapon development. However, 8100 E. Mill Plain Blvd. South Korea,” said Lee. “He said that sophomore Shawn Neldon believes Vancouver, WA 98664 he is nervous about the North using that those sanctions aren’t helping. Mailing address: nuclear weapons.” “If North Korea wants to develop P.O. Box 87625 Lee said that despite North Korea’s nuclear weapons, then they are proba- Vancouver, WA 98664 threat, the South is ready to respond. bly going to do so, no matter what,” Phone: 360.735.7915 “They [the South] have a draft in place said Neldon. Fax: 360.735.8049 just in case they go to war with the Many people in South Korea, as E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org North,” explained Lee. well as the United States, believe that a A l - war may break out as a result of the t h o u g h North’s development of nuclear weap- the North ons. If that were to happen, Neldon may have says that the U.S. should hold back. nuclear “If we get involved in another war, weapons, a lot of Americans will probably die Lee said and people will get extremely angry,” that they said Neldon, referring to the current probably situation in Iraq. won’t use While North Korea’s determination them on to produce nuclear weapons seems t h e clear, the world community remains on http://www.enterstageright.com S o u t h . edge. Only time will tell how the crisis North Korean dictator “ S o u t h will come to its ultimate end. Kim Jong Il. Korea is Share, continued from front page great opportunity to get service hours. “People who’ve never done it ball coaches have a zero-tolerance should [go],” said Jordan Taylor, jun- policy on allowing their players to ior. miss practice in order to volunteer), “I thought it was a really fun and a jobs, and other miscellaneous activi- goo d exper ience,” said Nick ties. She also believes that some stu- Jankowski, sophomore, “It was fun to dents may not see the benefits, “It’s talk to some of the people because not just service hours. You learn they would just talk to me and ask me something.” why I was there.” Some students, on the other hand, “It was such a good experience,” believe that there are different reasons echoed Akers. behind the lack of involvement in VCHS students who go to Share Share House. House won’t simply be among their “[I think] it was a fad,” said Zak peers and the homeless. Other people Watters, junior, “Once the hype died donate their time to the community as Dr. Miller, former coordinator down, people lost interest. I don’t hear well. for Share House, works with any announcements, and the hype has Taneisha White, a social justice students downtown. dissipated.” manager, goes down to Share House twice a week, while Rikayah volunteer,” said Mobbs, “but not eve- Sonia, a full-time paralegal major ryone does, and I’m glad to see at Clark College, is doing a work [VCHS students] down here.” study with Share House. She re- “[Volunteering] makes you feel like ceives pay from Share House and a good individual,” said Sonia, “It’s a is considered a staff member. good experience. You meet lots of Mike Mobbs, a political activist, interesting people.” is a staff member who works “This is good service for the home- there three times a week. less,” said White, “and students None of the three workers had should come down here to fulfill their worked with VCHS students until requirements and make a difference.” October 16th, the first Share However, according to Millay, House visit of the year. Regretta- more needs to be done in order to bly, only two students who are make students fully aware of Share loyal veterans to Share House House and motivate them to volun- showed up to volunteer. teer. Some of her suggestions include Mobbs believes that the reason making a video about Share House, student participation is so low is using word-of-mouth from past volun- due to a lack of knowledge about teers, and getting Mrs. Miller to come Share House, as well as a lack of into chapel on a Friday to talk about it. leadership. “You guys need lead- Some alumni, such as Julie Eck- Nick Jankowski goes to sign up for ers. If someone had taught me to man, a 2006 graduate and former Share House before remembering his volunteer, I would have. You VCHS Share House volunteer, are commitment to the football team. guys have someone to teach you willing to come back to work with how,” he said, referring to Mil- VCHS and Share House. lay. Millay warns that if participation Although not all students feel it was Sonia, however, was more critical among the student body does not pick a fad, other students have noticed a of VCHS students. She believes stu- up, the school will have to call Share lack of announcements for Share dents who don’t come down to Share House and tell them not to expect help House. House who aren’t involved with jobs from VCHS. “The main person who facilitated it, (unaware of the athlete’s restrictions) “That would be sad,” she said, Kendra Chritz’s mom, is gone,” said and other related activities, “are slack- “They rely on volunteers.” Patrick Akers, junior, “and no one’s ing off. They have no excuse.” Both really pushing it.” Sonia and White are extremely busy http://sharehouse.org Still, students who have gone to with their jobs and education, yet they Share House with the school will gen- manage to regularly participate. erally agree that Share House is a truly “I think everyone has the time to Holiday celebrated, shunned by students Students are largely unaware of all over the country become filled with een . Halloween’s rich history Halloween costumes (for children and Although many people do not cele- adults), candy, lawn decorations, and brate Halloween’s traditions, they of- By Andrew Jankowski all types of paraphernalia. ten celebrate the day in other ways. Halloween isn’t restricted simply to Most churches will hold some sort October is a very spiritual month. Western cultures. Nuri Aur, a sopho- of harvest party, which usually gives 2006 held Friday the 13th, a very grim more from South Korea, says that the children an opportunity to dress up day for the superstitious. But no matter young Koreans celebrate Halloween to and get candy in a safe, family- what year, there has always been learn about western culture. They do friendly environment. one day in October that still Josh Espasandin, freshman, manages to ruffle the feathers of goes with his family to either his Christians: October 31st, a.k.a. grandmother or aunt’s house to Halloween. visit family and get candy, “kind Many Christians, including of like Easter.” students at VCHS, question the Sam McIndoo, senior, cele- purpose and practices of Hallow- brates the Jewish festival of Rosh een. Hashanah around this time of Dale Walseth, senior, thinks year, which, as he explained, “is those who celebrate Halloween kind of like the Hebrew New are, “[ignorant] about desecrat- Year.” ing their holy temples,” referring Still, students who do not con- to the body and mind. done the celebration of Hallow- Britney Schwager, senior, een have strong feelings about feels that Halloween is a bad their stances, while those that do holiday because, “it has a very celebrate Halloween harbor no ill Satanic history and although feelings against their counter- some people say, ‘It’s cute,’ and, parts. ‘You get free candy,’ it’s a seri- “I think people choose not to ous holiday for witches.” celebrate [Halloween] because However, despite their strong it’s too close to spiritualism,” feelings about Halloween, nei- said Zak Watters, junior, “and ther Walseth nor Schwager know people don’t want to deal with it. much about the history of Hal- It can be spiritual if you want, loween. Jason Sprenger (front left) and Ben Carlson go but it doesn’t have to be de- Although Halloween was through their Halloween goods as Zak Watters monic.” once, in fact, a pagan holiday (it (back right) and Josh Espasandin disapprove. “I think that if [people who was believed that spirits could celebrate Halloween] saw what it come to the living world on that was doing to them from another almost everything that western chil- day), Christian missionaries changed dren do on this day, although for them, person’s perspective, they’d stop,” the holiday and gave it Christian it’s for educational purposes. said Espasandin. meanings. “I think of [people who refuse to But simply because some Christians In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III do not celebrate Halloween doesn’t celebrate Halloween] the same way I made Halloween the eve of a festival hold others back from celebrating it. think of people who refused to read celebrating the Virgin Mary and mar- Harry Potter,” said Carlson, “It’s their Sabrina Gates, freshman, loves tyrs: All Saint’s Day. October 31st dressing up for Halloween. “It’s one of choice. If it causes them to sin and then became known as All Hallow’s the best [holidays], although the best is think bad thoughts, then they shouldn’t Eve, which has since evolved into Hal- Christmas,” she said. celebrate it, but personally I don’t find loween. anything wrong with it.” “I celebrate [Halloween] by getting However, the fact that Halloween is candy,” explained Ben Carlson, senior “I don’t care [if they don’t celebrate a “religious” holiday hasn’t stopped and student body president, “I don’t Halloween],” said Jordan Taylor, jun- corporate America from turning it into celebrate what it’s come to stand for.” ior, “More candy for me. I don’t care the second most profitable holiday in if they do [think Halloween is evil] These students too are largely unin- the nation. Around September, stores formed about the history of Hallow- and they shouldn’t care if I don’t.” Students discuss impact of God on lives Faith has made people more patient out with them, so I By Neshia Starks decided to hang out Rachel Risor, a 2005 alumni, looks with God.” back on her time at Vancouver Chris- Both girls tian High School and only regrets one a c k n o w l - thing. edge that “I wish that I had taken my faith k n o w i n g seriously from the beginning. I grew a Christ has lot in my faith, but sometimes I won- c h a n g e d der how much further I could have their outlook gone.” on life and For nine months, VCHS students on their rela- get the opportunity to see how the Bi- tionships. ble can be integrated into their every- “It’s a lot day lives. easier for me Most students, like sophomore Lucy to have for- Akers, have never had a problem with giveness for Lucy Akers, left, shares her trust in the Bible with Clare believing in God. “I’ve been a Chris- other peo- Bonallo. tian my whole life but I didn’t take it ple,” com- seriously until I was 11 or 12.” mented Akers. She feels that knowing viewpoint. “He’s really mature and Akers grew up attending Sunday about God’s grace helps her to stay knowledgeable about spiritual issues,” school and going to church activities, patient and compassionate toward oth- she said. but eventually realized that being a ers. All three students feel that eve- Christian was more than just saying When asked who one of her spiri- ryone needs to evaluate their spiritual- she was. “It just started meaning more tual role models might Akers was ity. They also have different advise for to me,” she said. quick to answer. “Patrick, definitely new believers. Junior Lianna Gunn went through a Patrick,” she said laughingly referring “It’s not going to be easy, but similar experience. Gunn remembered to her older brother. whenever you feel alone, realize that being a Christian all of her life but Patrick, who was ASB Chaplain for you’re not,” Gunn shared. That advice didn’t begin to take her faith seriously the 2005-2006 school year and is a particularly helped Gunn through her until the 8th grade. “The friends that I worship leader, is grateful for God’s transition from VCHS to Running had, I didn’t like the way they were,” immense grace. “When I was young I Start. “It helps me realize that what Gunn remarked, “I didn’t like hanging felt so hopeless that I pondered suicide I’m suffering, someone else is suffer- for a ing through, so I’m not alone. You’re w h i l e . hurting and God’s hurting.” The only “Don’t under-estimate the value of t h i n g reading your Bible,” Lucy advised. “(I that kept love this school because) it keeps me me go- reminded of integrating the Bible into ing was everything. It’s good to be surrounded knowing by Christians because you can grow that God from them.” g a v e “Just know that God has you in his h i m s e l f hand and now he won’t let you go,” so I concluded Patrick. could As for Risor, she feels that VCHS is live,” he the perfect place for people to grow. said. “Just take every opportunity you get L u c y there because God uses each one to is thank- change you.” Every Monday morning during announcements, this cross ful for his serves as a reminder of God’s love. Students fulfilling God’s commission Students share their experience Students agreed that on Mexico kitchens, volunteered at churches and with mission trips mission trips, witnessing is different we held block parties for the children,” because of the language barrier, but said Joyner. By Charvel Nelson the fruits of the labor are the same. Junior Whittannie Irwin, who went “It is neat to think that we serve thewith her church to Idaho this past sum- Going on a mission trip can be a life same God, even though we speak Eng- mer, said, “We held backyard Bible changing experience. When Christ left lish and they speak Spanish, and that clubs in different locations, and we His disciples He gave them one job: to He cares the same about me as He helped the church by painting rooms spread His word throughout the world. cares about a little kid in Mexico,” and doing yard work.” Many students at VC have had the said Gunn. Students found that the reception of opportunity to share His word and Students shared that going on a mis- the Gospel varied depending on the grow in God. t sion trip doesn' mean you have to go group receiving it. As a school, VC tries to go to Mex- out of the country, it is more about Joyner said, “I saw a lot of people ico every other year with a group of witnessing to people. who truly need Christ and, in New students. Junior Ashley Joyner, who has been t York, they don' always realize that Senior Britney Schwager, one of the to Mexico with her church, had an they need God. In Mexico, many of students who went them are aware that they with the school, said, need Christ and they are “I had never been on a trying to find Him, but they missions trip and I t don'know how.” wanted to go for the All students shared that experiences and to they would love to go back help serve those in to Mexico or to any other Mexico.” place God may call them to Many VC students go. The hard work and go with their churches sharing the gospel build up on missions trips. great memories and experi- Junior Lianna Gunn ences that will never be stated, “I wanted to go forgotten. for the kids and I knew Whittannie Irwin (far left) helps a church in Idaho by “Definitely go. It is it would be so much cooking. worth your time, it is worth fun and such a good your money, and it is an experience.” Gunn went to Tijuana, opportunity to go to New York with a amazing experience and I Mexico with her church. would go [again] in a heart beat,” said group of teenagers from around the Sophomore Sarah Brown said, “I United States. Brown. was expecting Mexico to be a ton of Gunn stated, “If you complain all Joyner said, “I was expecting New fun and I hoped to grow closer to God York to be really fun but nerve- the time on a mission trip, it is not while I worked with the kids.” helpful. But if you love serving and racking because I was nervous about “The first time I went [to Mexico] I having to share my testimony and how you love doing things for other people, wanted to go because I enjoy helping to bring up Christ in a conversation you would have the time of your life out with church and all my friends with a stranger.” and would never forget it.” were going and I knew it would be “Jesus came to them and said, "All Joyner said that three days before really fun. I have been to Mexico six the group went to New York, they authority in heaven and on earth has times,” said senior Chelsea Nelson. been given to me. Therefore go and went to Texas to learn how to talk to While in Mexico, the students held people, how to bring up Christ in cas- make disciples of all nations, baptizing activities and did work for the families ual conversation, and how to keep them in the name of the Father and of there. the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and people interested, which has helped Schwager said, “For the majority, her communicate with people about teaching them to obey everything I we helped build an addition to the Christ. have commanded you. And surely I am church and for a few days we handed with you always, to the very end of the “In New York we did a lot street out food and clothes in the rural ar- ministry. We walked around and age.”—Mathew 28:18-20 eas.” talked to people, we helped at soup School leaves injured limping along Past and present crutch users Bartosch only had to use crutches reflect on their crippled life at for four days, but says he remembers VC the experience. “People would move out of the way when I came through,” By Kevin Abihai stated Bartosch. Jordan Taylor, who broke his tibia, also noticed the difference. “People Life at VC is pretty normal for most would move out of my way and let me students, but try practicing the daily go first in line because I was injured,” routine without a working pair of legs. said Taylor. Whether it’s a broken, fractured, or Students volunteered to assist crutch sprained body part, students can usu- users in other ways. ally look forward to seeing a crippled “People would help me carry my Light staggering through VC’s halls backpack and books,” said Taylor. mounted on crutches. Bartosch was helped at lunch. Jordan Taylor (right) tests his Matthias Bartosch, a German ex- “People would get food for me so I balance with former crutch user change student at VC, had the misfor- wouldn’t have to get up.” Matthias Bartosch. tune of injuring his ankle twice at the Although VC may look pretty sim- beginning of the school year. “I had to ple to traverse, a simple step or bump get crutches about the time school Taylor added, “You can’t do any- becomes a mountain for the injured. started,” said Bartosch. thing when you are using crutches.” David Watson used crutches during his freshman year for six months because Bartosch, who played football for of his fractured ankle. He noticed the Light and participates in P.E., was some significant obstacles during his saddened by his injuries. “I wasn’t days. “Stairs were a big problem for able to play sports for a while,” said me,” explained Watson. “Also, it got Bartosch. really slippery outside when it rained.” Despite the problem of mobility Taylor had a slightly higher peak to with crutches, users pointed out a few overcome, thanks to the multiple cam- lighter sides to using them. “I get at- puses at VC. “Getting on and maneu- tention from girls because they feel vering through the bus was tough with sorry for me,” joked Bartosch. crutches,” said Taylor, who had gotten Watson found that despite the im- used to hopping on and off the bus mobility with crutches, you can still with ease. “And the tables and chairs exercise your body. “I got stronger at Evergreen Bible Church are set up arm muscles from using them for all really narrow, so it’s hard to get that time,” explained Watson. around them.” Crutches present a different, and All three users pointed out that sometimes challenging side to normal walking on crutches gets painful and a VC life. Those who have gotten to little annoying after a while. experience life at VC on metal sticks The bus stairs prove to be quite presented some simple advice to avoid “It hurts walking on one foot for six an obstacle to climb with the use of crutches. “Don’t break your months,” said Watson. crutches. ankle,” exclaimed Watson. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED By Elly and Snoop Mr. Wilbraham: Well that’s sad. Clifford: I can’t smile. Maybe she doesn’t love you. But Mr. Wilbraham: Okay son, stop I’m sure she would like you better Mr. Wilbraham: Why in the fidgeting and stay very, very still. if you did what I told you. world not? Clifford: Can you please hurry Clifford: No, she would like it if I Clifford: I’ll pee my pants. up . . . I have to go. did things she told me to do. Mr. Wilbraham: Three seconds. Mr. Wilbra- Look at the ham: Stop mov- flashing light ing. You don’t and everything have to go until will be better. I say you do. You will be happier, you’re Cl if f or d: I mother will be don’t? But I happier. . . have to pee. Clifford: I’ll be Mr. Wilbra- happier when I ham: You can can go to the go to the bath- bathroom. room if you stop moving and Mr. Wilbra- look into this ham: If you little box here. look into the stupid light you Clifford: Mis- won’t even re- ter, the only box member you I’m interested in have to pee! is the outhouse. Clifford: Why? Mr. Wilbra- Do you have ham: Now there superpowers or is the problem right there, no re- Mr. Wilbraham: I think we would something? spect at all. Kids today. Well, I can all like tha— remedy that. Mr. Wilbraham: Close enough, Clifford: —She says, “Clifford kid. Clifford: Wanna bet, mister? Andrew Babcock, your life would You’re not the boss of me! be so much easier if you would just Clifford: Yeah right. You’re just a listen.” I think she thinks her life crazy old man. Mr. Wilbraham: Come on kid, would be easier if I listened. it’s not that big of a deal. Just look Mr. Wilbraham: A crazy old man at the little red light! Mr. Wilbraham: Well, if you with a shiny light. . . *blink, blink don’t listen to me, the only thing FLASH* Okay, kid, now you can Clifford: Gosh, it’s just a stupid your mother will have to remember go. picture, my mom never buys any you by will be this picture. anyway. Clifford: Too late. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Timeline and Iraq: A losing combination Timeline for U.S. withdrawal war. The fact is that we are in Iraq What if we didn’t get what we spells failure for Iraq now, and I don’t really care if it was wanted done in Iraq when time was wrong or right, we need to finish the up? We would leave Iraq bruised, bat- By Kevin Abihai job we started. tered, and most importantly, vulner- That’s where the notion of a time- able. If that happened, we would es- It seems like line comes in. Who are the morons in sentially be giving the terrorists, as yesterday that Congress who want a timeline for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld terrorists were Iraq? Don’t get me wrong, I want the put it, “a lifeline.” flying jet liners troops home too, and I know that they The way we finish the job is letting into our skyscrap- would love nothing more than to see Iraq control itself. We are in the proc- ers. Now, five their families. But if we set a timeline ess of training an Iraqi military that years after that for Iraq, everything that our valiant will stand up to terrorists and defend fateful day, our brave and noble troops troops fought and died for will be in the nation with minimal or no U.S. are in Iraq fighting to preserve our vain. military to back them up. freedom. And congressmen want a The Korean War was more than Is this an easy job? Absolutely not. timeline? half a century ago, and troops are still Then again, who ever thought that I can be a pretty political person stationed at the 38th parallel. Troops dethroning a dictator, electing a new sometimes. The government, intensity of my setting up a political per- military, and sona usually restoring the depends on the infrastructure of level of intelli- an entire nation gence in con- would be easy. gress. In this We’ve been in case, the idea of Iraq for almost a timeline for four years. Just pulling our because nothing troops out of is working does- Iraq has lit my n’t mean we get political soul out of there as and heated my quickly as pos- www.jrtc-polk.army.mil sible. A strong, bones. President Bush rallies the troops (left) while democratic Senator Ted Ken- stable Iraq is the First of all, the reason we nedy cries about the war. goal of Presi- went to Iraq in the first place was to are still stationed in Eastern Europe, dent Bush, and I oust a certain someone named Saddam sixty years after WWII. Face it. Re- support his decision to stay the course. Hussein, a tyrannical dictator as well building a nation or nations doesn’t Do I hate congressmen in general? as a royal moron, and because they happen over night. We never set a No, I don’t hate them. I just wish that had chemical and biological weapons timeline for our stay in Germany and they would utilize a small fragment of (which we did indeed find). I love Korea, why should we set one for common sense every so often. how some complain about the age of Iraq? What can we do as students of these weapons. The fact is that we still VCHS? Well, we can’t pull off a Mr. A timeline is a huge step in the found them and Saddam Hussein had wrong direction for the war. Our ene- Smith Goes to Washington, but we sure can pray. Pray for protection for the potential to use them. mies aren’t stupid. It took a pretty our troops, comfort for their families, Some congressmen see the war as a high level of intelligence to plan an losing battle. I’m baffled by their pes- attack like 9/11. If they knew that and wisdom for our leaders . . . lots of simism. They complain about how we American forces had a timeline for wisdom . . . like Solomon’s wisdom. never should have gone into Iraq and Iraq, our enemies would catch on God is always in control, no matter how Iraq is worse off because of the quickly. how many idiots are in Congress. BEHIND THE PRAISE By Neshia Starks I am generally very good at making plans. Give me any situation and within five minutes I can usually concoct an idea of how to execute it perfectly. That being said, I’m sure that I’m not the only one that this has happened to. You figure out all of the intricate details, how everything will pan out, and then, when the magic moment comes, nothing goes as you planned. When I was planning this column, I found the perfect song and, in sweet anticipation, I traveled to the worship music box to find it. I brought the lyrics to my computer, typed it out, humming the melody all the while, and then realized that it was the wrong song. Instead of being upset, I decided that I would seize the moment and study this song. Surrender By Martyn Layzell I’m giving you my heart and all that is within, I lay it all down for the sake of you, my King. I’m giving you my dreams, I’m laying down my rights I’m giving up my pride for the promise of new life. And I surrender, all to you, all to you (2x) I’m singing you this song, waiting at the cross And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss. For the sake of knowing you, the glory of your name To know the lasting joy in sharing in your pain. How does this song relate to our lives? Simple. You have to surrender your life to God. The only thing that holds us back from surrendering to Him is pride. But if you think about it, isn’t pride the epicenter of sin? The last time someone hurt you, did you forgive or did you refuse to surrender? If you forgave them you probably experienced a sense of relief, a knowledge that everything would work itself out. If you didn’t forgive, you were probably led into bitterness, which in its turn leads to a steady gnawing away of the spirit. God is amazing. He created us with an inner need to have a relationship with Him. But in order to know God, we have to admit that we are nothing without Him. We have to surrender our hearts, dreams, rights, and pride in order to share in the infinite joy that is God. This month I dare you to surrender something to God, whether it be stress about college ap- plications, fatigue, or that relationship that is pulling you away from Him. CONSPIRACY THEORY What if Alexander the Great had If Alexander had died on that day, I Greek contributions may have never died in his first battle against believe that the Greek armies would existed. Greek culture and its affect on Persia have been defeated. The turmoil that Rome would not have spread so would have arisen from his death widely. As a result, the Roman empire By Joshua Holland and Mr. Reitz would have left a massive power vac- may have been much less influential or possibly even destroyed in its infancy. In May 334 B.C., Alexander the Without the domination of Roman Great lead his Greek and Macedonian society, Christianity would not have been able to grow in the Islamic envi- forces across the Granicus River. This was his first major military engage- ronment that would likely have taken ment with the Persian empire. Alexan- over the western world. der lead his famous cavalry unit, If Alexander the Great had died on across the Granicus in a charge to shut that day, the Bible might not have down the Persian defenses. During this been translated into the Greek lan- charge, the Persian army sent out a guage which made it easily readable counter charge with their katafraktoi, for so many influential people. His or Persian knights. The charge lead to early death may have kept the Olym- the death of many key Persian nobles. pics from becoming a world event. It Many of these were killed by Alexan- may have snuffed out the potency of Greek theatre as we know it. The in- der or his body guards. Despite his success, a noble fluence of scholars like Socrates, knocked Alexander off of his horse Plato, and Aristotle may have been with an axe blow that stunned him. As destroyed with the Greek historical the Persian noble was on the verge of www.markchurms.com record. making his fatal blow, Clitus the But Alexander, did not die on that Alexander the Great leading his army day. The Persian Empire was de- Black, one of Alexander’s body into battle. stroyed and history as we know it ran guards, killed the attacker. its course. Alexander died on his jour- As we now delve into the world of “What if?”, think, what if Alexander’s uum in Greece. Darius III, king of ney home. God’s providential timing body guard had not made the timely Persia, would have tried to capitalize was perfect. Greece gave way to the blow? What if Alexander the Great on his victory to unite the Persian Em- Roman Empire, which became a safe had been killed? How would our world pire and move into Greece. haven for western civilization allowing be changed? Also, if Alexander had died, many the rise of the Christian faith. PICTURE PERFECT Do you fancy yourself a problem solver? Are you perceptive enough to catch the details? Can you think outside of the box? If so, use the clue to find out what the object in this picture is. The object can be found within our hallowed halls. The first brilliant mind to decipher this mind-numbing challenge and report the true findings to Charvel Nelson will receive a thought stimulating candy bar from our world renown lunch counter. Can you be picture perfect? Clue: Where the prize lies. Athletes of the Month Max Lenoir and Carly Grogan always can do better.” Athlete of the Month, Carly are the athletes of the month for Miller emphasized that Lenoir Grogan, has played volleyball for VC October really deserves Athlete of the Month. for two years as a strong-side hitter. “His personality is very confident Reitz chose her for her talent and and I believe his confidence builds her winning attitude. By Charvel Nelson security in the team. The team trusts “When she is on the court she has a him to do his part and to get his job never say die, never give up attitude. Max Lenoir and Carly Grogan were done,” said Coach Miller. Carly does not like to lose. It bothers chosen to be this month’s Athletes of Goals Lenoir has set for himself and her as much, if not more than anybody the Month. Both coaches noted their the team are, “To break school records else,” said Reitz. hard work and confident attitude. and for the team to play as hard as we Reitz hailed her for her defensive Max Lenoir plays tailback, line- can until the end of the game.” prowess, “She knows where to be and backer, and back-up quarterback. He is she reads the attacker very well. Be- also a kicker. He has been chosen by cause of that she seems always to be at his coaches Roger Miller, Duane La- the right place at the right time.” Fave, Jeff LaCasse, D.J. Millay, and Grogan, a junior, said she owes her Arnie Eastman. success to persistence, “I have been Coach Miller said, “He has made a playing for a really long time. I try, lot of progress and he has matured as a and I know how to play the game football player over the last year. He pretty well.” has a very good work ethic and he She continues to be excited about t doesn'complain.” playing in the future, “It’s just a lot of “He is really beginning to under- fun and seeing a team improve over stand the offense so he is able to help the years is really encouraging.” out in many different positions,” said Goals Grogan has set for herself and Miller. the team are, “[I] always try to do bet- Lenoir has played football for VC ter than what people expect me to do. for two years. [My goal] for our team is to play better “I really don’t know [why Mr. as a team and to play hard in every Miller chose me], he must be crazy,” game and expect to win.” said Lenoir, sophomore. Grogan encourages those who do “He works hard and is showing a lot not play the sport, “Play. It is a lot of of potential. He is very consistent on fun and its a lot of work, but it makes his kicking,” said Miller. Carly Grogan displays perfect you feel a lot better about yourself, Lenoir said, “[My motivation when passing form during warm-ups. that you can actually be involved in a it’s tough] is myself, because I know I really fun sport.” GAME REVIEW Slump of sequels fails to impress critics Rehashed sequels provide cheap, Slayer1: Have some mustard be- brain. simple fun cause it’s Easter in your face! Mlayer2: Yeah, we could just re- Andrew: You guys are idiots. Like view both By Slayer1, Mlayer2, and Andrew hardcore. of them and Jankowski Slayer1: Or hXc, as the cool kids give them say. bad ratings! Andrew: Ok guys, what should we Andrew: We could do a super A l l do this month? We can do Call of Duty quest! t h r e e : 2 or Lego Star Wars: Original Trilogy. Slayer1: What? YEAH!!!!! Mlayer2: My brain’s an antelope! Andrew: Wait, no! Super review! Noo!!!! Sorry, I’ve got Oblivion on the Game, continued on page 13 Game, continued from page 12 This game seems like yet another ge- yond all hope. neric WWII game, only with better In all, I’d say that this game is Call of Duty 2 graphics. I give it a 3/5. pretty fun and good to play if you’re in Slayer1: Call of Duty 2 is for Xbox the car, bored insane, and aren’t look- 360, PS2, and PC. Lego Star Wars: Original Trilogy ing for a difficult challenge. In all, 3/5 Mlayer2: Who even owns an Xbox Andrew: Ok, so I’m doing this one dismantled Lego sets. 360 yet? Seriously, they’re like $7 by myself, because they’re doing Mad- Slayer1: Actually, I’ve played this million. den ’07, and I hate sports video games a lot more than you, so I can review Slayer1: I do! AHAHAHAHA!!!!! passionately. Bet you didn’t see that this too. Andrew: At any rate, this game is a one coming, huh? Andrew: What? Aren’t you doing lot like most war games. This is set in At any rate, this game is for the Madden ’07? WWII, and you can be the Germans, PSP, and is basically like all the other Slayer1: No, there wasn’t much to Russians, British, or Americans. Star Wars Lego games out there write on. Mlayer2: And by Russians we (which apparently means the other Andrew: Yet another shocking mean Marina and the Polyakovs. Star Wars Lego game, making this the twist! Slayer1: That sounds like a band second), except it leaves out the more Slayer1: Lego Star Wars pretty (singing to the tune of the Josie and recent three episodes. Which means no much pwns because it’s funny and it the Pussycats theme) MARINA AND Jar Jar Binks. makes fun of the Star Wars stuff that THE POLYAKOVS! BLAH BLAH Let’s see . . . what’s awesome about isn’t usually funny. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH! this game? Nothing really, except for Andrew: I’m sorry; did you just say Mlayer2: Wow, that was stupid. the fact that Princess Leia can slap “pwn?” Besides that, you basically just Andrew: And by Germans we people. But I was hanging out with plagiarized that entire novel that I just mean Matthias. this one guy and he shot me! I was wrote and just said that it “pwns.” I Slayer1: This column in no way like, “What the heck? I only slapped think I hate you now more than that condones reminding Matthias how you, and you shoot me?” So, naturally, time we were playing Medal of Honor German he is. I had to shoot him back. and you shot me in the face with a Andrew: Although everyone will sniper rifle. anyways. Mlayer2: And by British we mean In Summation anyone who has ever attempted to imi- Andrew: Well, this has been our tate the accent. super ultra deluxe review. This was Slayer1: So basically, everyone in quite possibly the stupidest thing I all of America. have ever written. Like, it’s hXc stu- Andrew: So British and Americans pid. are the same…? Slayer1: Stop saying hXc. Slayer1: AUGH! A conundrum! Andrew: Only if you never say Mlayer2: Ah ah ah! Can you spell “pwn” again. conundrum? Mlayer2: I want to review Hello Slayer1: Well I hope so, since, you Kitty: Island Adventure next time. know, we had to type this out. Slayer1: Who gave you your 1st Andrew: I kind of want to shoot Amendment rights back? cvr.pl/dema.htm you in the face, in the game, of course. Mlayer2: Why, America, of course! Mlayer2: You can’t kill someone “This game seems like yet another All three: God bless America! who’s funny! I’ll confuse you with my Land that I love! Stand beside her, and generic WWII game . . . ” witty jokes! guide her, through the night with the Andrew: There’s also this craaaazy light from above! new invention for the game called The cinema sequences are actually Full choir and orchestra: From the smoke grenades. pretty funny. I’d have rather watched mountain! To the prairie! To the Slayer1: Wow, those sound ex- them than Star Wars: Episode 1 any oceans, white with foam! GOD tremely useful. day. BLESS AMERICA! MY HOME Andrew: Ok guys, we need to Other funny stuff occurs within the SWEET HOME!!! move on. What are we to do for rat- levels, like this crane that allows you Mlayer2: Oh my gosh! Where’d ings? to drop storm troopers (and your they come from? Slayer1: I give it a 3/7. friends, if you’re devious like that) Andrew: I don’t know! There’s no Mlayer2: I give it a 3/5, because over the edge. I also found these room for a full choir and orchestra in it’s really easy to die. creepy storm troopers in this weird hot the journalism budget! Andrew: I agree with Mlayer2. tub, and was basically freaked out be- All three: Uh-oh. WORD OF WISDOM Live a life worth living for. Live and acceptable and perfect will of a life with a passion for Christ. God.” Philippians 2:5-7 states, “Let this By Charvel Nelson mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of A couple months ago, Mr. Miller God, did not consider it robbery to be talked about passion for Christ. I got equal with God, but made Himself of the great idea to do a column on the no reputation, taking the form of a word. I realized not many verses have bondservant, and coming in the like- the word passion in them, so here are a ness of men. few verses that help us live a life with Christ came down to ultimately die on the cross to save us from an eternity a passion for Christ. The online dictionary definition of in Hell without Him. We should not passion is, “Any powerful or compel- hesitate to do the work of the Lord, ling emotion or feeling, as love or when He did not have second thoughts hate.” about coming down as a servant for us. To live a life pleasing to God we Matthew 6:19-20 states, “Do not cannot be so attached to things of this store up for yourselves treasures on world, but rather things of God that are earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. righteous in His eyes. www.crescent-theatre.co.uk But store up for yourselves treasures Romans 12:2 states, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be trans- in heaven, where moth and rust do not Christ showed great passion with formed by the renewing of your mind, destroy, and where thieves do not the blood he shed for us. that you may prove what is that good break in and steal. God created this earth from the second, like it, is this: You shall nothing and one day it will go love your neighbor as yourself. There back to nothing. All that we have is no other commandment greater than now we won’t have when we die. these.” It will not last forever. “Where A high school youth pastor gave me your treasure is, your heart will this definition of passion, “It is a be also.” – Luke 12:34. Have strong and deeply affectionate re- your heart set on God. sponse that fuels a person to pursue a Mark 12: 30-31 states, “And desire or conviction with complete you shall love the LORD your abandonment.” God with all your heart, with all Love the Lord to the best of your your soul, with all your mind, ability and have that passion set deep and with all your strength. This inside you for Him and His glory. is the first commandment. And MOVIE REVIEW: FACING THE GIANTS Facing the Giants puts a godly on and off the field. scene. The movie strongly conveys the perspective on football and fac- In the beginning of the movie, the message to turn your struggles over to ing your problems Shilo Eagles are found losing their God. final game of the season. We discover Another message is that no matter By Joshua Holland that the coach is on the verge of losing what happens, we need to praise God. his job if he can’t turn the team Moreover, it preaches to have faith Facing the Giants, directed by Alex around. This, coupled with problems that God will follow through with His Kendrick, is about a Christian high at home, gives us the setting of this promises. These Christian values are school football team and their coach as film. one major strength of the movie. they struggle to make their first win- I found the scene where Coach Tay- The story is another strength. As the ning season and deal with their issues lor spends a whole night in prayer and reading the Bible to be a powerful Giants, continued on page 15 Giants, continued from page 14 ing him and having him do a www.fredericksburg.com 100-yard death crawl. The movie shows death crawls as one player bear crawling with another player on his back. When the team sees this, they realize their own strength and begin to play that way. The movie climaxes in a battle between the Eagles and the www.variety.com unstoppable force of the Gi- The Shilo Eagles sit in the locker room ants in the state champion- before the big game. Coach Grant Taylor [Alex Ken- drick] urges his star linebacker to ships. push himself at the movie’s turning Though the story was amazing, it for that problem. I give this movie 4 point. lacked in the acting department. Sec- out of 5 football helmets. ond time director Alex Kendrick over film continues, we see the Shilo Ea- extends himself by also producing, gles turn their entire attitude around in writing, editing, composing, and star- their practice immediately following ring as the lead in this movie. the third loss of the new season. Coach Because of this, the movie’s acting Taylor shows the team’s starting mid- left much to be desired. The story and dle linebacker that he has more moral values portrayed in the movie, strength than he knows by blindfold- though, almost completely make up GUESS THE STUDENT Mystery Guest #1 trapezoid because its different and shape would you be: A sphere Age: 14 unique. If you were a crayon, what color Gender: Female If you were a crayon, what color crayon would you be: The color Eye Color: Brown/ crayon would you be: Lime green green, because it is a sign of intelli- hazel because it’s a happy color. gence. Hair Color: Brown Favorite Movie: A Mystery Guest #2 If you think you know who BOTH Walk to Remember Age: 18 these students are, then contact Char- Favorite subject: Gender: Male vel Nelson within three school days. History because it’s fun. Eye Color: Brown or green. It de- Only one guess per student and the Shoe size: 10 pends on what I’m wearing. first person to guess correctly will be Pet peeves: When a teacher erases a Hair Color: Sandy brown given a candy bar of their choice from white board and one little mark is Favorite Movie: Constantine the student store. left. Shoe size: 11 1/2 If you were an underwater animal, Pet peeves: Men that curse around what kind of animal would you be: A women and “your mom” jokes. dolphin because they beat up the If you were an underwater animal, sharks. what kind of animal would you be: A If you were a shape, what kind of tiger shark shape would you be: I would be a If you were a shape, what kind of THE GOOD AND THE BAD By Neshia Starks And Andrew Jankowski The Good • David Watson is injury free for the first time in his high school career. The Bad • Everyone else’s injuries are making up for it. The Good • The above joke was the first The Good and The Bad joke we came up with this month. The Bad • Up until the Homecoming game, it was an accurate joke. The Good The Bad • The plumbing system seems to • It is working in the opposite work very efficiently. direction. The Good The Bad • Setting our clocks back gives us • Seeming to wake up an hour another hour of sleep. t earlier isn'worth it. The Good The Bad • The football team won two • This is the first time the volley- games this season. ball team has had fewer wins than the football team. The Good The Bad • There are lots of new students • Shawn Neldon will always be still coming in mid-term. “the new kid.” The Good The Bad • The first and second issues of • Kevin is blaming all of the mis- The Spotlight have been re- takes on Neshia. leased. The Good The Bad Halloween just isn’t safe anymore . . . • Halloween is upon us. • Mrs. Brown beat me up, took my candy, and is now selling it for twice the price. MUSIC REVIEW Evanescence’s sophomore album opens door to more mature sound The Open Door re-affirms notion to a couple of line-up changes, side you still too weak to survive your mis- that band is anything but evanes- projects, and legal issues with the takes?" cent s band' former manager; but the wait is “Lithium” brushes upon the sketchy finally over. The Open Door was re- topic of depression and anti- leased in early October, selling nearly depressants (lithium is used in such 500,000 copies in its first week. medicines). The song mournfully de- In my opinion, The Open Door is clares: "Lithium, I want to stay in love much more musically sophisticated with my sorrow/Oh, but God, I want to and mature than its predecessor. One let it go." Some people may be afraid of the other reasons behind the album' s to let go of certain things for fear of lengthy pre-release period was Lee' s the unknown, but ultimately surrender- "desire to allow the creative process to ing will help them move on. fully take its course and not rush pro- Parts of that theme reoccur in duction." There is certainly a lot of “Lacrymosa” (which, incidentally, creative music on the album. The line- contains music from lachrymose of www.thegate.ca up change has given the CD such a s Mozart' Requiem in D minor) with the different sound from Fallen that it re lyrics, "Now that you' gone/I feel almost appears as though there is an t like myself again," and "I can'change By Andrew Jankowski entirely new Evanescence. t who I am/Not this time, I won' lie to The lyrics also contain rather inter- keep you near me." In the course of writing this, I saw esting topics and themes, some of The song “The Only One” talks a that it turns into a Bible study, bit about whom you candid editorial, or essay. So should trust: "All our re you' getting 4-in-1! What ve lives/We' been wait- other reviews give you that? ing/For someone to I have decided to review call our leader/All your the new Evanescence CD, The m lies/I' not believing/ Open Door. Some may won- Heaven shine a light der why I am able to write a down on me." To me, review for Evanescence, a that could mean being decidedly non-Christian band. wary of a false prophet They are "Christians in a (Matt. 7: 15-16; Matt. band;" like Switchfoot or The 24: 10-13; Mark 13: Fray, in the sense that Chris- 21-23) tian meanings can be taken However, not all from their lyrics. content is as whole- Lee was even asked to teemix.aufeminin.com www.williamwalker.com some as the previous write music for the Christian- examples. The content acclaimed film The Chroni- Amy Lee shows Christian character by not flaunting her- is often dark. cles of Narnia: The Lion, The self in risqué clothing while carrying her unique sense of The song “Snow Witch, and The Wardrobe. style White Queen” seems Although the music wasn' t to be a chilling dia- used in the movie, parts of the song which even touch upon Christian logue of sorts between a stalker and a was used as the intro of “Good themes, from which listeners can de- woman (the "snow white queen"), with Enough,” the thirteenth track on the rive Biblical applications. the feelings and reactions of the film’s CD. In “Sweet Sacrifice,” Lee seems to Queen. Ever since the release of their criti- taunt an abusive ex-boyfriend or hater The song “Like You” is an eerie cally acclaimed debut album Fallen in with, "You poor, sweet, innocent tribute to Lee' sister, who died tragi- s 2003, Evanescence had been strug- thing/Dry your eyes and testify/You gling to put forth their next album, due know you live to break me," and "Are The Open Door, continued on page 18 CAIN AND ABEL Homelessness spins web of critical problems Although homeless issues are the Indifferent”) in the New York 0.14% . . . this country is the stingiest understated, they are still hot Times, “. . . the United States and 188 in the Group of Seven industrialized topics for politicians other countries signed the United Na- nations . . . and the world knows it.” While the American populous in By Andrew Jankowski general may not always be generous, even the before mentioned organiza- God loves everyone, including tions’ efforts can be crippled by larger the poor. In ancient Israel, laws ex- executive paychecks. For instance, isted that required wealthier citizens Franklin Graham, son of famous evan- to aid the poor (Lev. 19:10; Deut. gelist Billy Graham and head of the s organization Samaritan' Purse, made 15: 7, 11; Deut. 24:10). Nowadays, poor and homeless about $350,000 in 2003. people are still around in the United Even the efforts of Share House and States, perhaps one of the wealthiest other soup kitchens aren’t enough. nations in the history of the world. “They make really easy, inexpen- According to a 2004 census, about sive things to make that aren’t always 3.5 million homeless people were healthy,” said Bruce Deile, a homeless http://primates.ximian.com living in the US. Yet even with the man living in Vancouver, Washington, aid of such organizations as Share “There are rarely fruits and vegetables A homeless woman begs for change in House, the Salvation Army, the Sa- or meats; mostly pastas, which are full a large city. maritan' Purse, and even the gov- s of starch.” ernment’s efforts with welfare money tions Millenium Declaration, a mani- Deile even alleges in one of the and food stamps, the vast majority of festo to eradicate extreme poverty, editorials he wrote that politicians are the population does next to nothing to hunger, and disease . . . the percentage aware that the efforts of non-profit charitable organizations aren’t enough. aid the homeless. of United States income going to poor According to an editorial (“America countries remains near rock bottom: Cain and Abel, on page 19 The Open Door, from page 17 thoughts; how we will go to great lengths not to think (i.e., blasting our cally at the age of three due to an un- music so as to drown out thought), but known disease. The song has elements we are kept up and haunted at night by such as how we may feel in the face of them. When something really bothered deep loss, such as the death of a loved me, I used to be troubled for days until one, "I hate me/For breathing without I was able to resolve it. Now, however, t you/I don' want to feel anymore for when something bothers me, I write it you." down. This process helps me clarify Although it is said that time heals why I am being bothered in the first all things, turning to God can help ease place. the pain. Our thoughts can be terrifying, but “All That I' Living For” talks of m t re don' think you' by yourself when the terrifying power of our own dark something is bothering you. You can thoughts: "All that I' living for/All m turn to a friend, parent, or someone that I' dying for/All that I can' ig- m t else for advise, and you can always m nore alone at night/All that I' wanted turn to God. for/Although I wanted more/Lock the The Open Door is likely to be a hit last open door, my ghosts are gaining with Evanescence fans, and is cer- en.wikipedia.org on me." This could be where the al- tainly more than "kill-yourself-music," bum' title is derived. s as intelligently labeled by creative Evanescence has gone through I remember freshman year, during dissidents. In all, The Open Door re- many evolutions, but stand chapel, Mrs. Miller talked about our ceives 4 out of 5 . . . doors. resilient behind The Open Door. Cain and Abel, from page 18 “aggressive panhandling,” which may dling, and reasons that salaries like mean panhandling in groups, follow- Graham’s are so high. According to him, the city council of ing people, reaching into a car to re- A lot of effort is put into running Asheville, NC (headed by Mayor ceive money, and lying about their any type of corporation. There are Terry Bellamy) is aware that non intentions. However, certain politi- CEOs that make several million dol- profit organizations don’t fully meet cians wish to outlaw panhandling alto- lars, so Graham’s salary may, in fact, the needs of the homeless, yet have gether, which, if an infraction occurs, be modest in comparison. made panhandling (also known as can result in a jail sentence. Panhandling can hurt tourism in roadside beg- some of the ma- ging) illegal. jor cities, as Homeless tourists don’t people, such want to see pov- as Deile, erty on their make their vacations. l i v i n g Perhaps the through pan- most obvious handling. The reason is that media has people may lie long por- in order to ob- trayed home- tain drug money. less panhan- However, Deile blackvoices.aol.com www.tbn.org dlers as lazy has something to and devious, Terry Bellamy (left), mayor of Asheville, NC, who supports laws against pan- say about people who often lie s handling, and Franklin Graham, who runs The Samaritan' Purse. who refuse to about their give out charity needs for to the homeless food in order to buy alcohol or drugs. While some may wonder what panhandlers, “If you paint over us with While not all panhandlers have du- would be so bad about going to jail such a broad brush, you leave out bious intentions, Deile admits that versus sleeping out on the streets, good, honest people.” there are panhandlers who do lie about Deile offered this insight, “In jail they While prayer for the less fortunate their intentions. “When I was up in don’t care about your dietary needs, is always good, it is even better to turn Spokane,” he said, “I saw a group of and you always run the risk of getting prayer into action and help out with men under a bridge who would liter- raped.” charitable contributions of money, ally wait around and panhandle, then For some people, panhandling is talent, and time. True, those who will go off and buy drugs and alcohol and one of the few things left that they can always take advantage of any system just have a continual party.” do in order to receive money. Deile, are constantly a threat, but as Deile As far as food stamps go, Deile said contracted Lyme’s Disease from a job said, leaving out the honest people that homeless people don’t fully un- he held with poor working conditions. isn’t fair. derstand good nutrition, and will buy He is now unable to hold down a good The proper way to deal with the only junk foods because they taste job, lives in constant pain, and cannot problem of homelessness is certainly good. Deile has suggested that the get the disease treated due to the high unclear, and while panhandling will be government step in regarding food cost of medicine. unnecessary when Jesus comes back, stamps and not allow alcohol and junk However, there are economic rea- the world still has a long way to go foods to be purchased. sons for these laws against panhan- before it eradicates the cause all to- Today, some laws exist against gether. MAN ON THE STREET Kids share the weird things that their children! their parents do “They kiss,” Mariah said with the agreement of her sister and friend. By Elyse Brouhard Yeah, those parents, they need to stop that kissing and that scrunching of I forgot to interview people until the each other’s bottoms. Tell me, what is last minute this month. This is always the world coming to? a frustrating occurrence. Conveniently “When they clean the toilet,” KJ for me, I know where to locate people said matter-of-factly. I see, this is what whom I can coerce into being inter- the world is coming to. Obviously, it viewed. has been some time since I’ve been This month, it was all made easier seven . . . too long, in my opinion. by the fact that my interviewees were I’m not quite up-to-date on the em- almost all under the age of twelve. barrassing things parents do to their “I’m bigger, that’s why.” Kids un- young children – though I am pain- wisdom from a six year old. I’ll have der twelve are the only people with fully familiar with the things parents to start asking him for advice. which I can use that kind of reasoning. do to embarrass their teenagers. Well, the lesson we learned this Beyond them, I’m not really bigger “It’s funny to see them there, wip- month was a valuable one: Don’t let than anyone. ing the grossness out,” KJ’s sister your children speak in public. I can My question for the month is, Kristen expanded on the toilet cleaning only hope that in the future, my kids “What are the weirdest things that subject for me. What a great excuse will be able to put up with my oddities. your parents do?” for never cleaning the toilets, “Sorry, I More importantly though, I hope that “They scrunch each other’s bot- don’t clean them, it scares my chil- they will know to never tell anyone toms,” said Buster. He couldn’t really dren.” about them. “Kids, no spreading silly explain why it is so weird “. . . it just Diego simply said about his parents, stories about Mommy.” is.” Gosh, the things parents do to scar “They’re scary.” What great words of STUDENT CORNER Freshman Rebecca Watson uses Being Me different mediums to express herself As I was sitting in church one day The pastor was about to pray What would I be By Neshia Starks If I wasn’t me I wouldn’t be here Rebecca Watson can not remember Where would I be out there Hanging with a gangster a time when she has not been singing Stuck with a stranger or drawing. “[I’ve been doing both] High in a basement ever since I was really little,” she said. Left there without a statement This month Rebecca submitted a Walking home alone in the rain Would I be stabbed and left in pain poem and artwork to display for the Singing the saddest song you would ever hear school. The self-portrait was created in I’m about ready to give up all these tears Rebecca’s art class. “It’s one of my When I think I lost my friends favorites because it’s negative space, Could that possibly be where it ends So I lifted my head and sighed which are black and white pictures.” Thanking God that I’m alive If you have an original poem, art To be in church today piece, short story, song or any other To wake up every day masterpiece that you would like to But sometimes I wish others could see share with the school through Student Rebecca used negative space to That being me isn’t what it seems to be I feel alone sure Corner, please do. Give a copy of your create this self-portrait. I pray there’s a cure work to Mr. Reitz or Neshia Starks. Others feel just like me EDITORIAL Our young men need to step up are not holding those few who are ac- to God’s plate countable for their actions. I am not naïve enough to think that nobody but Forgive me for wanting to get this the perpetrator knows what is going off my chest, but at the risk of sound- on. ing insecure, I wanted to take this op- Our school graduated some strong portunity to discuss an occurrence that male leaders last year and I honestly seems to be happening more fre- believe that we still have guys with the quently to me these days. potential to take the lead in the spiritu- On a number of occasions, most ality of this school. often during lunch, I have been walk- So what are you waiting for? Is it a ing and talking with students as I regu- matter of a lack of Christ-like male larly do, and happen to stumble upon a role models? Personally, if I am con- conversation that suddenly stops when sistently failing the student body in my presence is realized. Quite often how I show my Christianity, I really the silence is followed by a chuckle, or need to know. And just so you know, I at least the immediate separation of the will always try to make myself avail- parties involved in the conversation. able to counsel or simply listen to any- Understanding that it most likely one who is struggling with their faith. has nothing to do with me, I inevitably But guys, we have got to step up to ask myself “What could they possibly God’s plate. Every time we make a be talking about?” But the answer to decision to pass on an opportunity to that question becomes a secondary from Him in hell. do what is right in the eyes of our concern almost immediately. A sample of some things I have Lord, we are making a decision to What has become a primary con- heard within the last three days is dis- overlook the importance of someone’s cern to me, in these instances, is the concerting. salvation. Would you want someone to spiritual condition of your school. I I have had one student declare that overlook yours? I hope your answer is say “your” school, not because my their rear end itches in the middle of no. – Mr. Reitz spirituality as a teacher doesn’t matter playing a review game in history class; in the school community, but because only he didn’t use the term “rear end.” it matters far less than the student Another student answered a ques- body’s spiritual condition. tion posed to his Bible class with In essence, you as students control “screw that.” the spiritual temperature of the school. A group of three students were sing- You decide whether we are a school ing a song that spells “sex” in our hall- full of kids from Christian families or ways for all to hear. We might thank a school full of young Christian men Jammin’ 95.5 FM for that one. and women who have a genuine heart I’ve overheard several boastful con- for Jesus Christ and a concern over versations about how often certain whether those around you will spend students drive recklessly. eternity with God in heaven, or away Most recently, I’ve heard that some comic genius actually thinks it is funny to leave boogers on the bath- room wall and feces on the toilet seat. Good one. What do all of these less than Christ-like events have in common? They have all involved boys at our school . . . and I mean boys. Let me cut to the point. In no way do I think that all of our guys are par- ticipating in these juvenile behaviors. However, I do think that most of them Calling All Writers! Do you want to have your voice heard in the school newspaper? If so, here’s what you need to do: Talk to Mr. Reitz, Kevin Abihai, Andrew Jankowski, Ne- shia Starks, Josh Holland, or Charvel Nelson about your idea to get it approved. Get started! Turn in your work to the journalism staff. You can write articles, reviews, columns, editori- als, or even submit your own personal writing (short stories, poems, etc.). Make sure you turn your work in on time to get it published and be prepared to revise your work to make it better. You can write for the paper once or for the entire year. The decision is up to you. Good luck!