VOLUME 8, ISSUE 3 10307 CHAMBERLAYNE RD. MECHANICSVILLE, VA, 23116 November 30, 2010
I N D E X ROUGH TOUGH POWDER PUFF
Juniors tackle senior competition in 21-14 win
FEATURES 4-5 TAYLOR DAY
FEATURED SPREAD 6-7 sports reporter
ENTERTAINMENT 9 Guys in cheering uniforms? Girls
OPINIONS 10 with eye paint? Yes, you heard right.
HUMOR 11 It was Nov. 9, 2010, and the powder
SPORTS 12 puff football squads took the field yet
again for the annual powder puff foot-
From a bird’s eye view...
The highly anticipated game that
Legalization of put the junior girls up against the
marijuana senior girls was originally scheduled
page 2 for Oct. 20. It was cancelled several
California ‘s Proposi- times due to inclement weather. The
tion 19 lights debate seniors hoped to take advantage of
these cancellations to get some extra
practice in, but scheduling practices
proved to be a challange.
“We had four practices that every-
Harry Potter pre-
one actually showed up to, but the
miere works its magic
other three we had [due to inclement
Girls’ volleyball weather] only about seven or eight
semi-finals people showed up,” returning senior
page 12 running back Maria Piccolomini said.
Hawks beat county While the seniors had a few extra
rival, Lee-Davis practices and the advantage of senior
release, the juniors seemed very lim-
ited on the number of practices and
the attendance for their practices.
“Well, our team had about four or
MICHIGAN TEACHER PUNISHED five practices but I don’t think there
by local school board after sending was one practice when the entire
two students out of the classroom team was there. Between volleyball,
field hockey, fall league for basketball
for saying various slurs. On Oct. 20,
Howell High School teacher Jay Mc- and travel softball, we couldn’t find a
Dowell received two day’s suspen- good time to practice,” junior running Junior Taylor Woolard jukes around senior Charlotte Stockdale in hopes of scoring a touchdown for
sion for his actions, which the district back Taylor Woolard said. her team, while avoiding having her flag pulled by other defense players. BEN TOMS-LUCY
said was in violation of students’ free Fewer practices, compared to those the middle. We could only run the ball to play in.
speech rights. held by seniors, did not seem to af- once every four downs and we started “I loved playing. I wish there were
fect the juniors. The juniors came out at the 20-yard line, but that helped us. more games like this. We could play
STUDENTS CAN’T GET ‘F’ GRADES strong, scoring a total of 21 points The main difference was we couldn’t against Atlee and Lee-Davis too. It
at West Potomac High School in Al- during the game, while holding the run the ball after our defense caught it was kind of cool to be playing on the
exandria, VA. The school eliminated seniors to just 14 points. and if they fumbled the ball they got field that our boys play on. It was like
failing grades for all students, instead “To prepare, all we did was prac- it again,” Woolard said. we all switched roles for a night. Our
replacing them with “Incomplete” tice, learn some routes and plays to There was one rule in the book cheerleaders were the best. Overall it
marks. Students are given the oppor- run, and defense worked on position- that neither the juniors nor the se- was so much fun,” Woolard said.
tunity to re-learn the lesson and catch ing, too. Mr. Massey prepared us well niors liked. “I hope that in the future admin-
up, at which point they are graded on for the win,” junior quarterback Lo- “There were some weird rules istration will allow all grade levels to
mastery of course material. gan Majewski said. that I personally wasn’t too fond of. have to opportunity to play, because
The juniors had a heavy offen- Example: if you get an interception, powder puff is really something that
BEATLES AVAILABLE ON ITUNES sive attack, with Majewski leading as the ball is turned over and you start all students should be able to take part
starting Nov. 16. The record company quarterback. on the 20-yard line as opposed to run- of, whether they are cheering or play-
label responsible for The Beatles al- “Since I was QB I got to make the ning the ball from where you picked ing,” Matthews said.
lowed the entire remastered catalog decision on what to run and who I it off,” senior running back Brittney The question now raised is this,
to be sold on iTunes. Apple hinted at passed it to,” Majewski said. Matthews said. who can stop this year’s almighty ju-
“an exciting announcement” the day The rules of powder puff football Throughout the night, crowds of nior powderpuff team? In the words
before, but then mistakenly pre-load- are different from those of normal spectators were drawn in under the of Majewski, “The junior class next
ed The Beatles’ catalog before the set high school football. lights, creating a great Friday-night year has nothing on us.... no one can
release time. “We couldn’t run the ball through football-like atmosphere for the girls touch us!”
Hanover gets caught in a whirlwind Fisher House
One of the season’s first tornadoes goes on a rampage JORDAN SHANKS
news reporter The Fisher House Program pro-
vides a comfortable, stable home
On Oct. 27, a single supercell for the families of soldiers who are
thunderstorm struck the Richmond stationed worldwide. When sol-
area, causing damage throughout the diers come home to receive surgery
region. The storm even touched down after an injury, their families stay in
as a low-intensity tornado over an 11.5 a Fisher House.
mile path. The width of the tornado’s The purpose of these houses is to
path spanned 200 to 250 yards. The provide the families with something
tornado first touched down just east reliable, an acceptable alternative to
of the Diamond in Richmond at a hotel suite. Multiple families stay
5:00 p.m., traveled through northern in a Fisher House at once. The Fish-
Richmond into central Henrico and er Foundation has saved American
finally into the Cold Harbor area of families over $15 million dollars in
Hanover County. The tornado ended hotel expenses so far just by allow-
at approximately 5:20 p.m. No deaths The tornado caused huge damages to homes. Playgrounds and fences were destroyed, trees were up-
ing them to stay in a home.
rooted, and in some cases the insides of homes were viesible from the outside. STEVE D’ADAMO
were reported and only one injury Zachary Fisher, the founder of
resulted from the storm. The damage which registers a F1 on the scale. Connolly said. the Fisher Housing Program, served
caused by the tornado consisted mostly History teacher and football coach English teacher Frannie McMillan, in the U.S. military before being
of downed trees and power lines and Tom Connolly left football practice early who lost power for close to three days injured. This ruined his chance
damaged more than 100 structures. after receiving multiple calls from his due to storm damages, experienced of going to war. Fisher wanted to
A few homes experienced siding and wife concerning the weather. “We were the effects of the storm firsthand. continue serving in some way, so
roof damage, and some houses were lucky,” Connolly said. The Connollys’ “It was really frightening, it sounded he decided to make a business of
deemed uninhabitable. In addition, street, on the other hand, was a scene of like a freight train,” McMillan said. “I building military fortifications for
wind speeds reached between 80 “total chaos.” One of his neighbors had haven’t seen my cat Mittens since the the coastal service.
and 90 mph in areas affected by the two trees fall on his home and another tornado.” Some citizens have been or will
tornado. neighbor’s chimney was completely This is just one of many unfortunate be affected by the program and
Despite the damage, the tornado ripped off of his house. “You could look incidents caused by the storm. Hanover all that if offers. The Distributive
is considered to have been relatively right into his house,” Connolly said. County still showed evidence of the Education Clubs of America, also
weak. It was only rated F0-F1 on the Connolly and his wife escaped with storm nearly a week after it took place. known as DECA, decided to host a
Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity, relatively little damage compared While trees downed in roadways and basketball tournament at the school
which ranges from F0 to F6. The storm to their neighbors; roof damage and other public places have been mainly in order to show their apprecia-
was classified both a Gale Tornado missing patio furniture were the cleared, it may be weeks before the tion.
(F0 on the Fujita Scale of Tornado extent of the damage. “I have no private yards of Richmond-area citizens Members of DECA volunteered
Intensity) and a Moderate Tornado, idea where [the patio furniture] is,” are free of the storm’s effects. at the tournament.
NUMBERS: 7 90 1
Point win by the Mph wind speeds of Injury reported
junior powder puff the tornado that hit after the tornado
team over the seniors Mechanicsville hit
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ASHLEY DUSTIN & ASHLEY IRELAND
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IGNITES DEBATE
The recent measure in California starts controversy in the US
RUTHIE CHEN & MELISSA CARPENTER Weed, pot, dope, grass, ganja, cohol, this is not really true. “Just
managing editor & editor-in-chief police priorities where they belong.” Mary Jane, bud, herb: the list of nick- because we have legalized alcohol,
Opponents argue that the measure names for marijuana stretches on. In it does not take away the risks…At-
Images of glazed eyes, an unfurling leaves a multitude of gaps concerning today’s society, coming up with a new titudes have softened....and the pub-
stream of exhaled smoke and couch law enforcement. However, the ini- nickame for marijuana is now seen as lic has misinterpreted the discussions
potato tendencies have long con- tiative still maintained existing laws something almost as cool as actually about the use of medical marijuana,”
tributed to the social stigmatization prohibiting selling drugs to a minor smoking the illegal drug itself. Mil- Robertson said.
of marijuana, which has been hailed and driving under the influence. lions of people, ranging from teens to “Marijuana is not a harmless drug.
by politicians and lobbyists alike as a Fiscally, California’s State Board of adults, illegally smoke and sell mari- Anything that is smoked is going to
“gateway drug.” Equalization 2009 analysis estimated, juana daily. Prop 19, the initiative to be harmful to one’s lungs and health,”
California’s most recent statewide “a $50 per ounce levy on cannabis legalize marijuana in California, has Robertson stated.
ballot featured the infamous Proposi- sales could generate $1.4 billion a year brought on fierce backlash across the Also, while advocates allege that
tion 19, officially known as the Regu- in new tax nation. legalizing and taxing marijuana will
late, Control, & Tax Cannabis Act— revenue...at greatly increase state revenue, the ac-
an initiative that, if passed, would a time when General tual fiscal benefits are tentative, and
have legalized recreational marijuana the state is concern may cause serious unintended conse-
usage and allowed local governments experienc- is not just quences to public health.
to both regulate and impose taxes on ing financial limited to “Because California is financially in
marijuana-related activities. pressure.” parents crisis, [advocates have] looked to the
Supporters of the initiative have Other fi- worried legalization of marijuana as a way to
cited ending Mexican drug cartel nancial ben- about their increase revenue. However, I believe
dominance, redirecting law enforce- efits include children, that the problems that will be caused
ment focuses and priorities to more possible sav- but edu- by increased marijuana use will far
pressing crimes and generating bil- ings to local cators as exceed any financial benefits,” Rob-
lions of dollars in potential tax rev-
enue as potential benefits.
due to free-
YES ON well. Susan
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger, gov-
Retired Orange County Superior
Court Judge James P. Gray, a Prop. 19
ing up cell
space in jails 19 Hanover
ernor of California,where legalization
has been most debated, recognizes its
supporter, said, “Sixty percent of drug for more seri- Drug and flaws.
cartel revenue comes from the illegal ous offenders, Substance “Any patrol officer, judge, or dis-
U.S marijuana market.” Certain ex- as well as a A b u s e trict attorney will tell you that Propo-
perts say legalizing marijuana/moni- reduction in Counselor, sition 19 is a flawed initiative that
toring its distribution would decrease costs of law enforcement resources. stated that as marijuana usage has would bring about a host of legal
illicit drug sales and the political/so- While Prop. 19 failed against a 56 been increasing among teens, “this nightmares and risks to public safety,”
cial dominance that the revenue en- percent opposition in the polls, “Yes is a particular concern for our young Schwarzenegger commented.
ables. Additionally, it would weaken on 19” released an official statement: people today whose brains are still de- Overall, the proven risks of public
criminal drug trafficking networks. “Over the course of the last year, it veloping.” health and safety have outweighed
“Yes on 19”, the official advocacy has become clear that the legalization While supporters may argue that projected benefits, as shown by the
group, alleges on its website that the of marijuana is no longer a question the effects of marijuana usage are initiative’s failure in the recent vote
initiative would “put [California’s] of if but a question of when.” slight and less than the effects of al- in California’s Midterm elections.
SODA sells soda floats for fourth graders
HANNAH TIBBETT are being made to restore the tradition
news reporter of shirts
With only about a week of prior
2011 On Friday Oct. 22, the SODA club
sold ice cream floats during all four
notice and a few soda flavors for the
ice cream floats, the club brought in a
ISSUED MONTHLY lunches in an effort to raise enough
SEND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR TO little over $270.
10307 CHAMBERLAYNE RD. money to purchase shirts for their “It didn’t really matter to me that
MECHANICSVILLE, VA, 23116 fourth grade students. Last year, the we didn’t have shirts last year, but I
http://thehanoverhawkeye.com club wasn’t able to provide their feel like if we raise a good amount of
email@example.com fourth graders with shirts due to in- money then the county will be able to
sufficient funds, compared to a few make up the rest of the funds and we
years ago, that the county normally could definitely get the shirts,” senior
Melissa Carpenter provides. The floats were sold for just SODA member Michael Goolsby said.
$1 a cup, or $1.50 with toppings. According to SODA sponsor Kari
Managing Editors SODA is a county-wide group of Phlegar, the club is working toward
Ruthie Chen & Ashley Dustin high school students who go to local two goals with the fundraiser money.
Senior Brittney Mathews and junior Taylor Coombs
elementary schools to teach fourth prepare the soda floats. hannah tibbEtt “Last year the county didn’t have
Copy Editors graders about the effects of drugs enough money to supply shirts to our
Allyson Schettino & Matt Kellner and alcohol, how to avoid them and students with shirts, the county gave fourth graders. The county is trying to
the effects of bullying. According to them wrist bands that had “SODA” on remedy the money for that and if they
nEws Editors the SODA website, “Students work in them, which some members claimed do then we will use the fundraiser
Ashley Dustin & Ashley Ireland teams to serve as positive role models was a disappointment in comparison money for senior scholarships and if
for a class of fourth grade students.” to the usual shirts. However, the club not then the money will go toward
fEaturEs Editors Last year, instead of providing the members seemed excited that efforts the shirts,” Phlegar said.
Silvie Chang & Brittany Allen
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
F.C.A. meets every Friday morning
Value at 7:45 in the auditorium!
dEsign ManagEr F.C.A. y
I “F.C.A. is a really great group, we do
lots of service projects to help out the
o community and our school. I highly rec-
Teamw ce ommend coming on Friday mornings!”
businEss ManagEr E -Caitlyn DeLille
Kenny Spurlock Come support the F.C.A. at the Virginia Center
Carter VanHuss Commons Chick-fil-A near Martin’s!
Anna West Check
Chris Stegner Blackboard
16 56 $1
Derek Martin Thousand square Percent of the state of Cost of one soda
Caitlin Ivey feet, the size of California voted against float without top-
Emily Smith the Fisher House Proposition 19 pings
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SILVIE CHANG & BRITTANY ALLEN
STUDENTS BURN THE HOUSE DOWN
Firefighters-in-training observe controlled land clearing
The fire EMS program is a class
where students come together to
learn about becoming a fire fighter
from fireman Jason Burrow.
Burrow has been a fireman for
about 13 to 14 years. His class is for
upperclassmen interested in learn-
ing about becoming a fire fighter and
eventually climbing up the firehouse
pecking order to become a captain.
Burrow’s class has exercises that
simulate the actions fire fighters have
to do whenever they are called. For
instance, the class performs bunker
drills, in which the students must get
their gear on as fast as they possibly
can. The gear includes a jacket, boots,
gloves and electrical equipment.
Bunker drills must be completed in
one minute or less for the students to
pass. Another minute is given to put Professional firefighters prepare to douse the flames when the land is sufficiently cleared or if the situation starts to get out of control. Students in the
on the air pack needed to breathe in fire EMS program were given the chance to watch and learn from this experienced team, but could not actually put out fires. BEN TOMS-LUCY
environments with excessive amounts
of smoke. fires. Red helmets are a step above ting in the way, and to make it more dents need to learn responsibility and
The color of a helmet shows a fire- yellow helmets, and white helmets useful, fire fighters placed flammable have a good work ethic. Burrow en-
man’s ranking. Those who are taking are the captains who are in charge materials such as pallets and straw all forces this policy by being a self-disci-
the fire EMS program wear blue hel- of operations and fight the fire along around the house in cupboards and plined person.
mets, allowing them to observe fire with the lower ranking firemen. closets. Once the house was cleared Senior Robbie Hannon had not
fighters in action while they perform Fire fighters gave the class a rare of all the other fire fighters, a captain been very interested in fire fighting
their duties. Sometimes they will hand treat. They saw land being cleared walked into the house with a lit flare until he learned about the program at
tools to the pros but they do not partic- as profesionally trained fire fighters and placed it on a pile of straw. The about the age of 13.
ipate in actually putting out the fire. burned down an abandoned house. students watched as the house burned However, Kondakor said, “I’ve al-
Yellow helmets are the lowest The county had purchased property in a magnificent fire. ways wanted to be a fire fighter since
ranking that participate in fighting with a perfectly flammable house sit- As potential fire fighters, the stu- I was a little kid.”
Hot places to chill this chilly season Election Day
FALL features editor ANNA WEST
The start of the school year replaced
Kings Dominion peaceful summer days spent relaxing Election Day may just seem
at the pool with stress-filled nights like another day off of school for
9% spent working on neglected Eng- most students. Seniors who are
Ashland Berry lish projects instead of getting sorely already 18, however, actually got
Farm 7% needed shut-eye. After five days of to participate in this event for the
the same old routine, most students first time.
Hunting 8% are ready to have fun and take a break “It was a little strange because
from the monotony of school. I was the youngest voter there. I
A variety of options present them- went with my parents, so of course
Football Games they tried to help me out some,
selves to students in the fall. Around
17% Halloween, Kings Dominion and but I liked the independence of it
Church most,” senior Casey Parker said.
Ashland Berry Farm provided fun in
the form of fright, and football games Parker wasn’t the only one
offer opportunities for socialization who voted on Election Day. Se-
and supporting the school. nior Mara Nelson, who also par-
WINTER As fall comes to a close, students ticipated, said, “It felt great. I’m
search for different places to chill finally able to have a say in some-
Ice Skating with friends. Many people wish for thing that I’ve had opinions on for
28% Sledding next to snow as soon as winter is even men- so long.”
Bass Pro Shops tioned, not only because of school Their vote in this election af-
closings but also because it provides fects not only them but the rest of
Camping 8% ammunition for snowball fights, the community as well.
sparks the creation of snowmen and “We all have a voice, and it’s
causes people to flock to nearby hills important to use it. Not as many
for sledding. people vote during mid-term
18% Skiing Resorts While temperatures remain warm, elections because people think
Fireplace with however, students can satisfy their that they’re not as important as
hot cocoa 34% need for snow by visiting ski resorts, presidential elections, which is
or even just stopping by a local ice not true, at all,” senior Charlotte
skating rink. Stockdale said.
200 students were interviewed for this survey
Being 18 comes with a lot of
responsibility. Not only are 18-
year-olds now legal adults, but
they actually get to have a voice
that matters in the future of the
community and the country.
“It made me feel more empow-
SUNDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY ered and like I had a bigger say in
what happens in the world now,”
28 29 30 1 2 3 4 SAT Testing
Voting for the first time brings
mas Parade 10 a.m. a lot of emotions, such as confu-
sion regarding voting for the right
candidate, pride in standing up for
Islamic New Year
8 Band Concert
10 11 beliefs and importance in consid-
ering how one vote can make a big
Richmond Ballet Peason’s Corner
Christmas Parade Distribution Presents The Winter Festival impact on the rest of the world.
3 p.m. Nutcracker “I was a little apprehensive
when it came down to actually
12 13 14 Chorus
Concert 15 16 17 18 filling in the circle on the ballot
Candlelight Tours Maymont by Brunch with Santa as both candidates definitely had
at Maymont Man- Moonlight in Richmond their pros and cons,” Nelson said.
Not all seniors who are 18 took
advantage of this time to vote in
Register for Jan.
the election for many reasons.
“I turned 18 in July and I really
Begins 22 SAT
wish I took the time to register.
I have been looking forward to
Begins 27 28 29 30 31
New Year’s Eve
voting for a while. Not that many
people vote when they’re young
Holiday Glitter: Monument Av- and it’s a shame because every
enue After Dark Walking Tour vote counts,” Stockdale said.
9.55 34 18 14
Hours of daylight Students polled Years spent without Years that fire EMS
on the shortest day enjoy drinking hot the ability to vote in teacher Jason Burrow
of the year chocolate elections has been a firefighter
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FAL L I NG I N TO W I N TE R
1. The Chunky Knit: Designer labels such as D&G, Chanel
and Missoni have embraced this comfortable and cozy staple.
Fisherman-style cable knits, oversized cardigans and printed
wools are most flattering in shades of brown, gray, black,
ivory and teal.
2. Jeggings: Seen mostly in black, dark blue, and varying neu-
trals, this fall trend transitions seamlessly into winter paired
with ankle boots and a knit tunic.
3. The Biker Jacket: A modern, short version of this leather
jacket can be found for under $50 at H&M and Target.
4. Over-the-Knee Boots: While fall’s ankle boots are still in
style, over the knee boots are the latest must-haves and can
be found in camel, black, gray and brown.
5. Statement Jewelry: Bold cuff bracelets, bib necklaces and
oversized vintage rings in a variety of metals are all the rage.
Winter accessories are sold at Forever21, Target, Urban Out-
fitters and Rue 21 at affordable prices.
1. The White Oxford: This tailored button-down shirt can
be worn under cardigans, sweaters, or thick coats for a sleek
but casual look.
2. The Cardigan: 2010 fashion has a new take on an old sta-
ple. Variations on winter cardigans for guys include contrast-
stitch, merino wool, hooded and zipped, all available at GAP
or The Banana Republic.
3. The Crewneck Sweater: Designer Jil Sander recently de-
buted her winter menswear collection at Fashion Week,
STUDENTS REFLECT ON SEASONS
which included this season’s hottest colors for men’s sweat-
ers—cool neutrals contrasted against shades of navy and
charcoal gray. This staple is flattering on everyone and is
available at J. Crew, Macy’s and Urban Outfitters.
ASHLEY DUSTIN & ALLYSON SCHETTINO
managing editor & copy/humor editor 4. The Graphic Tee: A shirt that comes in any color, design,
or size, this look never gets old and fits any budget. The lat-
Boots, scarves, sweaters, jackets and mittens are back in style. The transition of pris- est designs can be found at Urban Outfitters, Kohl’s and Old
tine fall weather into the dreary days of winter marks the long awaited opportunity for Navy.
Past student passes away many girls to pull out their winter boots and plaid scarves. Boys will likely look forward to
spending any possible snow days locked in a room playing Black Ops. The smell of winter is in the air and, 5. The Military Peacoat: Military-inspired coats in shades of
ASHLEY IRELAND soon everyone will wake up 20 minutes early to make the painful trip outside to scrape layers of ice off the car’s navy, black and dark green can be purchased at JC Penney,
news editor windshield. GAP and Old Navy.
On Oct. 18, 2010, recent Hanover graduate Michael The refreshing fall weather is coming to a close, and will be replaced with the biting cold. Many students are not looking forward to the
Elliott Biddle passed away as a result of a tragic ac- advent of winter.
cident. Biddle is remembered and missed by his past “My favorite part about fall is how the leaves are changing colors. I also love going to the football games, and it’s not too cold, or too hot outside,”
classmates. junior Mackenzie Scott said.
Senior Victoria Curtis, lived down the street and Most people associate fall with a return to school, football games, leaves changing and maybe a seasonal trip to Carter’s Mountain. By the end of Hallow-
grew up with Biddle. een though, decorations disappear from yards, and students begin to anticipate Thanksgiving and, eventually, other winter holidays. However, some students
“I think what I will miss most about him is when I are not as anxious for the family gatherings and bright lights that come with the winter season.
would be washing the car in the driveway, and he and “It’s really dumb that Christmas decorations go up right after Halloween; they shouldn’t go up until after Thanksgiving. I’ve already seen Christmas trees. It should
his friends would ride by and honk their horns. He be more like Halloween. [The] Halloween decorations only go up two weeks before the holiday,” senior Ryan
would talk to me in the driveway. He was always so Cooper said.
nice and positive,” she said. Winter varies as the best and worst season. Some students detest the cold, icky
Senior Sara Madonia was also a neighbor of Biddle. weather while others enjoy wearing their big, warm clothing. A fresh blanket
“He and my neighbor used to come over to my house of snow covering the ground is often the most warming sight of the holiday season,
every afternoon, and we would just goof off, and have though driving in such conditions often proves to be hazardous.
stupid conversations. He was such a sweet person. I “I hate winter! It’s my least favorite season. I don’t like the cold, the days are shorter, and I’m always
will really miss him visiting and having the those con- tired…I prefer summer because it’s warm and the days are long while the nights are short,” senior Blake Potts said.
versations,” Madonia commented. The holiday season can carry some students through the first part of the winter. The pretty lights, cheerful music and excit-
Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 22 at ing sales at the mall keep everyone’s spirits high.
Hanover Memorial Park. “Even though I hate winter, I like Christmas. Sometimes it feels like the season is kind of rushed, but I love Christmas music, food, lights and taking time
The Hawk Eye staff is sorry for the loss would like off from school. It’s nice to be out of school and to have time to relax, enjoy and hang out with my family,” Potts said.
to send our condolences to the Biddle family. Very few people enjoy the full season of winter. Once the holiday break is over, students only have exams to look forward to. There are a few breaks in January, but there isn’t another
long break until the end of April, spring break.
“Most people don’t like winter but I think it’s alright. I love getting out of school for snow. Sports, mostly basketball, also keep me motivated until spring break,” freshman Travis Barton said.
Regardless of weather or premature decorations, many people cannot deny the refreshing splendor of the winter holidays.
8 November 30, 2010
CLASSY COMBO CHORUS CONCERT
Hanover and Lee-Davis choral groups sing for a joint concert
CHRISTINA COX hue said. “There are a lot of rhythm
arts reporter changes and the pronunciation is dif-
On Nov. 9, the chorus department ficult.”
partnered with Lee-Davis for a joint “The main way we learned [“Twa
Fall Concert. Hanover was represent- Tanbou”] was listening to online
ed by Sound FX, Chamber and Men’s tracks and practicing pronunciation
Chorus. Together, the two high school in class. We had to do a lot outside of
choruses performed a mix of songs school because the concert is so soon,”
that originate from different cultures. said Mayes.
“I’ve never been in a fall concert here The only song (besides “I’se the
before and I loved the different cul- B’y”) written in English in the concert
ture pieces,” senior Tori Haskins said. is called “My Gentle Harp,” written by
“Sinhanba” is a song that derives Thomas Moore. The tune is the same
from Africa. “Zum gali” is a Jewish as that of “Danny Boy” by Frederick
dance song. “It’s different in style and Weatherly. “‘My Gentle Harp’ is my
adds diversity to the show,” senior Hanover and Lee-Davis’ combined chorus rocked the house with their interesting multicultural songs. Both favorite song in the concert; ‘Danny
groups worked diligently to prepare for the event, and both schools’ hard work paid off. CHARLIE FRISE Boy’ is one of my favorite songs,” ju-
Emily Sandy said.
“‘Zum Gali’ is the hardest one to nior Julia Graham said. “It’s beautiful
sing because it’s so high for a really and it could relate to anybody’s life.”
long time at the end,” senior Ashleigh The singers, all in all, seemed to
Dickerson said. believe the concert was a success. “I
“I’se the B’y” is a song that comes think it was amazing,” Donohue said.
from Newfoundland, Canada. “It’s my “We did really well when the two
favorite!” junior Maggie Mayes said. choirs came together. We didn’t have
“You sing it in a Canadian accent, to practice as much because we were
eh?” both well prepared.”
Mayes participated in both Sound Donohue also thought marching
A B to “Sinhaba” was the best part of the
FX and Chamber. In her opinion,
“Twa Tanbou,” a song written in Cre- A: Choral Director Jamie Barrack led one of Hanover’s choral groups, Chamber, during the concert. B: Lee-Da-
show. “We don’t normally do stuff
ole (French-African) is the most dif- vis performed as part of the concert as well, led by director Jennifer Breeden. CHARLIE FRISE like that as standstill choirs. Also, ev-
ficult. Twa Tanbou is a 26-page-long eryone seemed to love “Twa Tanbou”
fast tempo. “The diction is very diffi- “Twa Tanbou” is junior Josh Dono-
song written in four (sometimes split because of the upbeat rhythm,” he
cult,” Mayes said. “If it was rated 1-6, hue’s favorite song. “It’s very fast
into eight) parts, and written in a very said.
it would be a five.” and requires a lot of energy,” Dona-
Jazz band plays during tornado Artist of the month
Student jazz group played at Mechanicsville Music
ALEX HOWELL area. the music on the CD is music that was
arts editor “We started to play one of our already written that they purchased.
songs, and lightning and thunder just “We decided it was cooler to make
Ever been paid for playing in a
came out of nowhere. It was pretty up our own songs, so that’s what we’re
band at a music store during a torna-
crazy,” Brandt said. in the process of doing right now. We
do? Students from Hanover have.
The band was given the opportu- already have four new ones and are
J-Bomb, a student run jazz group
nity to play at Mechanicsville Music currently working on another one,”
formerly known as the Swingin’
after they introduced themselves to Brandt said.
Wailz, was formed last year by for-
the owner, Rick Alvey. Most of the songs the members of
mer student RJ Santucci. The group
“We played on Wednesdays earlier J-Bomb write are based off of impro-
has grown to include senior Lindsey
in the year, but then we stopped go- visation and not written music. Anna Gordon
Gregg, juniors Christina Stephens,
ing to play as regularly. That was the “We don’t really make songs; we
Collin Landrum and Matt Santucci,and EMILY SMITH
first time we had been back there in a make forms and then improv off of arts reporter
sophomore Ben Brandt.
while, and we were run off by a tor- that. The songs are different every
On Oct. 27, J-Bomb played at Me-
nado,” Brandt said. time we play them,” Santucci said. Q: How long have you been taking
chanicsville Music after school for the
The band already has one CD out, “I’m really glad to be a part of this art classes?
customers of the local music store.
currently unnamed. They use micro- group because I know we’re insipiring A: Since 4th or 5th grade.
This also happened to be the day that
phones they set up themselves and you through jazz,” Brandt said.
tornadoes ravaged the Mechanicsville
record the music on a laptop. Most of Q: What is your favorite project to
do in art?
VCU National Portfolio Day A: I really enjoy painting people.
Q: What is a piece of art you are
most proud of?
A: A Holocaust piece I did with a
dress from Goodwill.
Q: What are you working on right
now in art?
8324 Bell Creek Rd. Suite 500
A: I’m working on a recycled proj-
559.DANC (3262) ect, possibly using old contact lense
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
The Joy of dance is A: Chuck Close
timeless, Q: Why do you think you enjoy
taking art classes so much?
its language endless,
A: I am a visual learner so I think
its expression Students from all over the Richmond area visited VCU for their annual Portfolio Day. CAITLIN IVEY it is easier to express opinions and
captivating. CAITLYN DELILLE held on the same day.
feelings through art instead of say-
arts reporter National Portfolio Day at VCU was
held on Saturday Nov. 16 from 1 to 5 Q: What is your favorite thing to
National Portfolio Day is recog- p.m. In total, there were 33 colleges work on in art?
nized throughout the entire United represented at their site. A: I usually focus on humans and
States. During this event, hundreds Each college representative sat at life struggles.
of representatives from prestigious art a table with a banner hanging off of
colleges around the country come to- it depicting the college that they rep- Q: What is your favorite art class
gether to help aspiring artists perfect resented. Students who wanted to get you’ve taken?
OUR portfolios that they plan on submitting their portfolio critiqued by one of the A: IB Aart is a lot of fun because it
STATE to the art institute of their choice. colleges got in the long line that lead is very independent.
OF THE National Portfolio Day is held to the table.
ART STUDIO in several places all over the United The lines for each of these tables Q: Have you ever had any exciting
FEATURES: States, such as Virginia Common- were hours long. National Portfolio experiences with art?
wealth University, Minneapolis Col- Day was not restrictive in the types of A: Over summer I went to Flor-
lege of Art and Design, School of the people that were allowed to get their ence, Italy, with my family and I
Programs • Online Reg- Art Institute of Chicago and other portfolio reviewed. There was a smor- learned a lot about different cul-
istration & Payment • Par- sites. gasbord of people represented in each tures and how that affects their
ent Friendly Waiting Area • “This is a great way for students still of the waiting in the lines to get their art.
Dancewear, Shoes and Tights • in high school to get their artwork out portfolios critiqued by the different
into public and see how they measure colleges represented. Q: What has challenged you the
up to others,” junior Kristen Debarros Participants brought in various most about art class?
said. types of portfolios. They included A: It is very independent so I have
Many students wanted to partici- electronic portfolios, which consisted to motivate myself to form my
www.thedanceco.org pate in the National Portfolio Day but of videos that had been made or skits ideas into my art.
were unable to because SATs were that had been recorded by the artist.
33 8 26 27th
Colleges repre- Years of art Page-long song Of October
sented at National classes for senior sung at the joint when jazz band
Portfolio Day Anna Gordon chorus concert played
November 30, 2010
DEATHLY HALLOWS HITS THEATERS
Will the seventh Harry Potter film meet expectations?
CHANCE LEE first came about when the idea was
entertainment reporter proposed for Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire, but the plans were
Ever since the novel Harry Pot- scrapped. As a result, a few important
ter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit U.S. scenes and concepts were cut.
book stores in 1998, J.K. Rowling has Another rather minor change
enthralled audiences with mystifying ocurred when Jamie Waylett, who
works about “the boy who lived” and played Vincent Crabbe, did not reprise
his loyal companions. However, in his role for The Deathly Hallows. All
2007 the adventures of Harry Potter of Crabbe’s roles as Malfoy’s lackey in
sadly came to a close with the advent the plot were taken over by Gregory
of the final book in the series, Harry Goyle, played by Joshua Herdman.
Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Student response to the film was
Fortunately for Potter fans around largely positive.
the globe, multiple movies have been Junior Chris Childress said, “Sur-
made to chronicle the series on the prisingly they [the movies] are pretty
big screen instead of in 12 point font. good, even though they are based for
So far, seven films have been made, a younger age. I think [the Deathly
starting with The Sorcerer’s Stone and Hallows] will be the best one.”
ending with The Half Blood Prince. Everyone interprets the books in
But on Nov. 19, 2010, the first part of their own way, and the big screen
the film adaptation for The Deathly version is merely the personal view of
Hallows was shown in theatres. The a director and a few writers.
second part is slated for a release in Sophomore Trent Welstead said,
July 2011. “Well, I never read the book so I
Hopefully the two films can give think it’ll be good, but the people who
viewers a spectacular display of spe- read the book will just say it [wasn’t
cial-effect-generated wizardry, and good].”
offer them one final hoorah before However, all the filmmakers can
the Potter franchise finally comes to do is try to appeal to as many Pot-
a fitting end. ter fans as they can by including the
The first difference between the most details and events from the
film and the book is the fact that the book as possible. Hopefully, the deci-
film is split into two parts. The film- sion to release the movie in two parts
makers did this so that fewer scenes will provide the extra time needed
would be cut from the final product. to make the last two Potter films the
The idea of a two-part Potter film masterpieces that fans yearn for.
The cover to J.K. Rowling’s final Potter novel, The Deathly Hallows. HP-LEXICON.ORG
“Outsourced” to India: Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
NBC introduces new TV series similar to “The Office’s” humor and plot
LAURAJANE BLASER other workplace TV shows because it
entertainment editor includes large amounts of Indian cul-
ture. Commercials for “Outsourced”
NBC’s new comedy TV series “Out- are fresh and appealing to the audi-
sourced” has humor similar to that of ence.
“The Office.” The new show is based “I think they [“Outsourced” com-
off of the 2006 film Outsourced, in mercials] are utterly hilarious in all
which the main character goes to In- aspects because they’re Indian people
dia to train his replacement at work. and they don’t understand the English
The TV show first aired on Sept. 23. culture very well,” freshman Tanner
The protagonist, Todd Dempsey, is Sigmon said.
played by Ben Rappaport. He is out- Sigmon said he would be inter-
sourced to India to manage the call ested in viewing the show because “It
center for the American novelty com- would be both funny and interesting
pany he works for. His sales team con- to see how these people learn about
sists of comical characters that repre- English and the humor of their lives
sent the various kinds of co-workers within the Indian call center.”
that could be found in any office. For anyone who enjoys “The Office,”
“Outsourced” is different from “Outsourced” might be worth viewing.
Colorful people within “Outsourced” make it easy for the audience to watch. DENISON.EDU
Taylor Swift will Speak Now in new album
Country artist’s new album racks up hits on the music charts
another romantic love song by Taylor
Swift,” senior Lauren Thompson said.
country star who is at the top of the
charts. Sugarland’s new album, The
Swift’s goal is to write songs that Incredible Machine, has been com-
Teenagers across the world re- her fans can relate to, which explains peting with Swift’s album for the
joiced when Taylor Swift’s new studio the songs’ personal nature. Many number one spot on the Billboard Top
album, titled Speak Now, was released were written about some of Swift’s 200 Album chart. In addition, Jason
on Oct. 25. To date, over one million personal relationships as well. For Aldean’s anticipated album, My Kinda
albums have been sold. The album example, “Forever & Always” from Party, was released earlier this month
also features Swift’s single “Mine,” the Fearless album was written after and is expected to be very successful.
which was released in early August. Swift’s traumatic breakup with Joe “[The song] ‘My Kinda Party’ is my
Swift’s inspiration for the album Jonas. favorite because it has great lyrics, a Made-to-order salads,
fell behind the phrase commonly “I love the fact that she’s genuine, catchy beat and is romantic. Jason Al- flatbreads, and subs on
heard at wedding ceremonies, “Speak especially to her audience. It’s really dean is also one of my favorite country freshly baked bread.
now or forever hold your peace.” To important for girls and guys our age artists,” senior Daniel Webster said.
Swift, the phrase meant a final chance to have a good role model to look up Other country artists with album
to express feelings that have been bot- to, and she’s not provocative or any- releases this month include Rascal Now serving breakfast:
tled up for years. thing. She just says how she feels in Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, English muffins, flat-
Not only is Swift a singer, but she her songs and always displays a posi- Trace Adkins and Reba McEntire. The breads, and Seattle’s Best
also writes the lyrics and notes to- tive message,” senior Ashleigh Dick- releases were expected to help secure
her own songs. According to Swift, erson said. votes for the Country Music Awards coffee.
the songs in her new album are made On Nov. 9, Swift became the young- on Nov. 10. Swift is nominated for a
up of all the words she meant to say est person to win the Broadcast Music chance at the Female Vocalist of the
when the moment was right in front Incorporated Country Songwriter of Year award to win the CMAs.
of her. Each song was written with the Year award. Her songs “Fifteen,” “[Country] songs tell a story and
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10 November 30, 2010
SHOULD STUDENTS HAVE JOBS?
EMILY WIGGINTON KENDALL BURGESS
opinions reporter school, teaching students to stay fo- opinions editor time commitment to jobs after school
cused and organized. becomes too much to handle with
Everyone knows school is a job in Students can also learn how to Teens with their busy schedules homework. Summer jobs are most ide-
itself. Demanding and time consum- handle money. Beyond the basics of already have a hard time juggling al because working a lot in the sum-
ing, it rules many students’ lives in how to go to the bank and cash their schoolwork and sports. Add an after- mer can add up to enough cash to get
addition to sports, extra-curricular pay checks, they also learn to save and school job to the mix and in most cas- through the school year.
activities and, for seniors, applying to manage money. Employed students es, you’ll see grades dropping. “Jobs can take up way too much
colleges. The stress levels of students learn the value of getting paid and “I think that having a job during time and can take away focus from
can rise throughout the year as they how much to spend between checks, the school year is counterproductive what you want to do in school and
work hard for their futures. Many along with how much to save for fu- because it takes away from your free your free time,” senior Justus Allen
students, though, decide to add more ture events that necessitate money. time and time for schoolwork,” junior said.
to their schedules by acquiring a job. “I save all my money, the second I Tony Khoury said. Alternate jobs like babysitting and
Though the stress may be high, seek- get a check it goes into the bank, into Teens’ priorities in their high school working around the house or yard
ing employment could be a very good savings,” Warner said. years should be to get high scores in can be planned according to students’
thing for students. It’s not uncom- Colleges can also consider careers order to get in the best possible col- schedules. These are great jobs to do
mon for teenagers to work during for some extra cash.
the school year. In fact, about 70 to Students involved in extra-cur-
80 percent of teens work during their ricular activities, such as sports or fine
educational years. arts, have the most difficulty with
“I chose to get a job because I time management. Having practices,
needed the money and I wanted in- rehearsals, or games every day is a
dependence, to get out of the house. large commitment. By getting home
I needed gas money, too,” junior Jor- later, this lessens the time allotted for
dan Warner said. homework. On top of that, getting
Many students find jobs during someone to cover shifts when you
the summer and many tend to keep have late games or concerts can be a
them throughout the school year, pain and very hectic.
forcing them to balance school work It’s true that parents don’t want to
and paid work. This could be helpful pay for everything teens spend their
later in life as people grow older and money on. In that respect, students
start families, since they may have to should save money from a summer job
balance two lives again. High school to last them through a good percent-
students, especially older ones, are age of the year. Most parents will help
Working after school is exhausting for students, so when they need to take the time to get
close to starting their lives in the real out their kids if they have a necessity.
their homework done, sleep is the only thing on their minds. KENDALL BURGESS
world, in college, or even just going Another factor is stress; having
out and living life. as a beneficial aspect to an applica- lege. Extra stress from a job puts a too much on your plate as a teenager
Many students need money for tion. Working shows the colleges damper on how well students can do can create a lot of nerves. Teenage
gas, consumer goods, food and to help that a student possesses the abilities with their school work. years are supposed to be spent going
their families in hard economic times. to balance work and to work peace- Worrying over a job can take fo- to football games on Friday nights and
Money for older teenagers is a drive; fully with others, as well as demon- cus off of what should be the priority: spending time with friends; instead of
many either no longer wish to bor- strating character and drive. school. Losing focus in school is harm- being stuck working and missing out
row from the family or are no longer Seeking employment is the stu- ful to grades and getting into college. on school events or other fun experi-
allowed to. In these hard economic dent’s choice. If they don’t feel like “I don’t have a job because it ences.
times, more students are searching they can handle the stress, they do doesn’t give you time to do homework It’s difficult and straining for a stu-
for jobs to help take financial burdens not have to get one. However, if they or study, so it will affect your grades,” dent to have a job during the school
off of parents. Parents find that jobs feel like they can and need the money junior Julie Palmer said. year. Grades and academic accom-
can help children understand the im- then by all means get a job, have fun The best option for students is to plishments are the deciding factor for
portance of work ethic and responsi- with it and gain the experience that get a summer job and if necessary, a college acceptance, not how many
bility. Working could even help with working brings. part-time job for the weekends. The jobs you juggled.
Weighing in: do calorie counts work?
KENDALL BURGESS the nation to provide consumers with themselves. When consumers see a
opinions editor calorie counts on their menus. This high calorie count for a small portion,
bill applies to any restaurant with hopefully they will use calories wisely
Many restaurants have begun the twenty or more locations. to fill themselves up. Also, those striv-
trend of putting the calorie content of It’s evident that places like McDon- ing to lose weight or cut out the worst
their servings on the menu. There are ald’s and other fast-food chains dislike of their diets can more easily distin-
many who are surprised by the high this bill because it may make consum- guish the evils of certain foods. It’s
amounts they see. But will these list- ers less likely to purchase food there. easy to be blissfully unaware of how
ings stop consumers from purchasing True, not everyone will stop eating many calories are in a burger.
their favorite item on the menu? there just because of high calories, but Nowadays, people are eating out
“Seeing the calories doesn’t change as shown in research, it has taken its more and more. Newsweek found
my opinion on the food or what I’ll toll on over half of consumers. Fast- that “about 50 percent of the food dol-
order, but I could see how it may help food chains will coincidentally be hit lar goes to eating outside the home.”
other people” junior Scott Lata said. the hardest by this new bill. Coincidentally, the foods they eat are
Opinions really are dependant This trend could possibly mean worse for them and many times con-
upon the person. Foodservice con- restaurants will begin to search for sumers are unaware of the high calo-
sultants from Technomic, Inc., found healthier ingredients in hopes that rie counts of their menu items.
that, “As a consequence, 82 percent consumers will choose their menu Showing calorie counts is a ben-
say that calorie disclosure is affecting items versus other fattier foods. At eficial thing, and the general public
what they order and 60 percent say it least, that is the hope with this bill agrees, as shown in a Technomic, Inc.,
is affecting where they visit.” being passed. survey that states, “Eighty-six percent
There are very few things to be happy about Being known as an obese nation Another desire for this bill is that of participants said menu labeling was
with a 580-calorie McDonald’s (not-so-) has caused legislators to pass health people will make better decisions for a positive move.”
Happy Meal. KENDALL BURGESS care bills requiring restaurants across
This Thanksgiving the Hawk Eye Staff is thankful...
CHRIS STEGNER people in newspaper. Nick Allen -- For my four siblings.
opinions reporter John Waters -- For my passion for Emily Smith -- For Daniel Tosh.
music. Taylor Day -- To see the California
The Hawk Eye staff would like to Emily Wigginton -- For Lego Star Condors once again soaring.
wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Wars and ice cream. Brittany Allen -- For newspaper
Here are a few things we are person- Tyler Zalewski -- For Life. class, awesome writers and funny
ally grateful for: Mr. G.S. -- For the First Amend- people.
Jordan Shanks -- For my family ment and the Second Amendment be- Max Berry -- That the world prob-
and health. cause the Second protects the First. ably won’t explode in 2012.
Carter VanHuss -- For my family. Caitlyn DeLille -- For my family. Alex Howell -- For my family and
Cody Pace -- For the Old Spice Matt Kellner -- For my family and the all of the influential people in my
guy. that we are going to be together for life.
Silvie Chang -- For having a roof Thanksgiving. Mrs. Naughton -- For my kids, my
over my head and being able to re- Laurajane Blaser -- For adorable students and my job.
ceive an education. clothes, my bed and my polka-dotted Chris Stegner -- For my editor
Ashley Ireland -- For living in a blanket. Kendall Burgess, all of my peers on
country that has freedoms. Kendall Burgess -- For good friends, the Hawk Eye staff, my girlfriend and
Jake Lee -- For good friends that my amazing family, being alive and of fried chicken.
support me through hard times. course my girl Taylor Swift. Christina Cox -- For the new Har-
Chance Lee -- To have the op- Ruthie Chen -- That I’m graduat- ry Potter movie, family, friends and
portunity to raise chickens over the ing this year and that the majority of food.
spring. us don’t have to worry about having Derek Martin -- For America, fam-
Kenny Spurlock -- For the won- our basic necessities met. ily, friends and food.
derful Hanover indoor track runners Melissa Carpenter -- That I don’t
Ashley Dustin -- For my best Ally Schettino -- That the speed
and soccer players. have a stutter and for my newspaper
friend. limit on 295 is now 70 mph.
Anna West -- For the wonderful staff.
45 82 $7.25 580
Million turkeys are Percent of people Per hour is mini- Calories in a
eaten each Thanks- are affected by the mum wage in M c D o n a l d ’s
giving in America calorie count 2010 for Virginia Happy Meal
NOVEMBER 30, 2010
EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS
Oh beautiful for spacious Texas, for amber waves of grain
CODY PACE changed it so that it not only has its in America. It has been rumored that cal creature, Cody Pace. It was last
humor reporter own unique sound, but it also can China wants to take claim of Texas officially spotted at the Dallas-Forth
be understood by “common folk” or and then start infiltrating America to Worth airport in 1922. However,
Deep in the south resides a state “Yankees.” make space for their growing popula- frequent sightings are reported by
with a group of people bigger than Texas is also known for its famous tion. However this rumor has yet to deranged citizens multiple times per
anything else. A place with its own expressions and their meanings. For be confirmed. year.
language and a place that brought us example, a Texan is at a restaurant in Another aspect, in which the awe- Also, remember Texas the next
legends like George W. Bush, The town. The Texan someness of Texas is superior to all time you go to sip on a cold, delicious
Beatles, Jesus, “Stone Cold” Steve Aus- sits down and or- others, is in the realm of hunting. beverage known as Dr Pepper, you
tin, and Sandy Cheeks from “Sponge- ders himself/her- Hunters rejoice, Texas boasts the can thank Texas. That’s right folks, a
Bob.” self a steak. He largest herd of whitetail deer in the Texan invented Dr Pepper and he was
Texas also boasts several universal or she gets their world. So if hunters obviously extremely smart and a rebel
landmarks. The Great Wall of Texas order and says to because there is no period after doc-
can be seen from outer space and pro- the waiter, “I’ve tor, fun fact for you.
tects its holy borders from foreign seen cows hurt In Texas, the Armadillo is the of-
invaders. The Sphinx overlooks the worse than this ficial state mammal. These cute and
desolate lands to the north, and the cuddly animals are more than meets
Tigris and Euphrates blockades it to the eye. Their armored shell enables
the south. them to fall asleep anywhere they
This juggernaut of a state is none please in the great state of Texas.
other than Texas, and they’re not go- These fearless creatures fall asleep
ing anywhere (unless there is more in the middle of the road. Eighteen
“change.” Then they might decide to wheelers are no match for this ani-
leave.) “As the country in and of our- mals shell. Texan scientists have even
selves, we are considering leaving the a n d considered changing the standard is-
union, however our departure would get well.” Now, foreign- want to sue Kevlar vests for the police force
officially cripple our economy. ers might be confused by this go and con- with the shell of the armadillo.
While Texas still remains as a expression and they may think quer as many Texas is the state where boys were
part of the union, it is one of the few that a cow was injured but got bet- deer as they see never boys to begin with. Texas is the
states to have their own version of ter. But what this Texan is implying fit, then pack your sovereign gateway between this world
the English language. Though Loui- that the steak that was ordered was bags and clean your and Mount Olympus, the only place
siana has developed a distinct dialect, extremely rare. utensils because Texas needs where people come before gods. They
Cajun folks are the only ones able to Another reason why Texas is le- the deer population taken down a bit. have been men and had a beard since
understand this very unique form of git is because six countries flags fly If the thrill-seeker in question yearns the day they were born. What would
the English language. Texans have a over Texas. These countries have al- for a deeper sense of adventure Texas the U.S. do without Texas? That is a
similar version, however they have ready staked a claim in the best state is also home to the exotic and mythi- question I never hope to answer.
Say “yes” Several days rendered spiritual flops
CODY PACE Reporter exposes the events that didn’t make spirit week
CARTER VANHUSS cess, the Committee of Days reviews would be “Narnia Day.” This day
the list. Since the committee is de- would create an opportunity for a
Dear Taylor Alison Swift, humor reporter
signed to be like Congress, the com- school-wide field trip to Narnia
I’m sure you get this all the time,
This past month, as many of you mittee is run by a mixture of monkeys Thursday would be “Mexican Inde-
but I absolutely love you. Like on
remember, we held spirit week. Many and five-year-olds with energy drinks. pendence Day,” which as we all know
a scale of 1 to love, I’m there! You
of you, including myself, may won- This sounded like my kind of party. regularly occurs on Cinco de Mayo,
and your music are the only things
der, “How does one pick spirit days The projected list included all five when the Mexicans fended off the
that keep me going, and I’m totally
for spirit week?” days of the week. Monday played host giant alien space ships and protect-
okay with every one of your songs
First, a rough list of names for spir- to “Hogwarts for a Day,” in which all ed their cheesy (yet oh so delicious)
sounding exactly the same.
it week is suggested. When I found of the wizard community is free to American franchises from destruction
We both share a love for Ten-
a copy of the original, it was quite roam about with no fear of persecu- by laser beam. Obviously a real holi-
nessee, and that’s funny because
unimpressive. The list included little tion. day, and not an American invention.
you’re the only Ten-I-See (yeah, I
more than a “School Colors Day,” Tuesday was especially reserved for For Friday, it was decided upon
“Don’t Wear Shoes to School Day,” “Band Day,” which, contrary to popu- that “Flannel Friday” would be the
It’s about time for me to wrap
and half of an uneaten cheeseburger lar belief, is not the day that you can best way to encourage all of the
this letter up, but I did write a little
from the cafeteria. represent your favorite music group. school’s lumberjacks to show their
ditty for you. I think you’ll recog-
Next in the long and laborious pro- Wednesday, it was decided upon, true colors.
nize it, maybe.
“Taylor looks at me, I fake a
smile she won’t see that I want and
I need everything that we should
be. I bet he’s beautiful (referring to
Taylor Lautner), that guy she talks
about. He’s got everything I have to
It’s a work in progress; I plan on
playing it for you on our first date.
So, until next time, I love you for-
ever and always.
With All the Love That I Possess, A B C
A, B, C: Students participate in Spirit Week through Spirit Days, or riding in the annual Homecoming parade. MICAH THOMAS
New holidays promise to brighten the holiday season
Who needs National Deviled Egg Day when you can celebrate T. Rex Day?
NICK ALLEN about all the other great holidays in Rex. Participants often dress up like Nov.25. It gives people a chance to
humor reporter November? Rex-a-saurus himself in an attempt to write to letter to Aunt Beatrice re-
Oh, you were talking about Cookie enter the psyche of the most vicious questing not to receive a hand-wo-
Not only does November fol- Monster’s birthday on Nov. 2, along prehistoric fiend ever. ven Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
low up Halloween, the world’s most with National Deviled Egg Day? Then Other activities also include hunt- sweater-vest.
extravagant display of childish be- there’s X-ray Day on Nov. 8, and But- ing smaller and weaker species. Cel- National Water Day.
havior, but it also precedes Winter’s ton Day on the 16th. ebrated on Nov. 1. This day is not nearly as boring as
Holiday Entailing Merriment and Gift Wow! November really is chock- Pre-Winter’s Holiday Entailing it sounds; it is more of a competition
Giving on Dec. 25, the codename for full ‘o wonderful holidays! What am Merriment and Gift Giving. than a holiday. On Water Day, (Nov.
Christmas, hereafter referred to as I getting at? November needs a seri- Pre-Whemagg is a holiday designed 9) participants attempt to outdo their
W.H.E.M.A.G.G. ous facelift, and that, dear readers, is to give those expecting to receive ter- friends and relatives by gifting them
(My superiors informed me it is where you enter. I have developed rible gifts on Whemagg a chance to with the most posh water bottle they
not even almost politically correct to a concise list of holidays that people avoid them, annually celebrated on can find.
mention anything religious in an off- would actually enjoy celebrating and
hand manner, such as the actual name should be.
of everyone’s favorite holiday, hence
Winter’s Holiday Entailing Merri-
I need you to decide which one will Vote for November’s New Holiday
become the next power-house holiday
ment and Gift Giving. Shhh! Don’t rivaling the likes of Whemagg and Yes, I choose to celebrate Tyrannosaurus Rex Day on Nov. 1 by becom-
tell my editors about this scandalous Valentine’s Day So, with only a little ing the T-Rex and hunting smaller species.
parenthetical insert.) more ado, your proposed November
How would you like to follow Hal- Holidays. Yes, I choose to celebrate Pre-Winter’s Holiday Entailing Merriment
loween with the rigorous festivities Tyrannosaurus Rex Day. and Gift Giving on Nov. 25 in hopes of avoiding pointless gifts.
of Turkey Day? I wouldn’t. What did Despite appearances, this holiday
you say? November is Good Nutrition is not about looking at old bones of a Yes, I choose to celebrate National Water Day on Nov. 9 in attempts of
Month, National Epilepsy Month, and gigantic dinosaur in a daft museum. having the most ostentatious water bottle known to man.
Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month? What It’s actually about becoming the T-
1 100 5 0
The day Tyranno- Taylor Swift’s Spirit Days that States better than
saurus Rex day is rating on a scale sadly missed Spirit the sovereign land
celebrated of 1-10 Week of Texas
12 November 30, 2010
JUST LEADS TEAM FROM 0-10 TO 10-0
Hawks hope coach Just’s demeanor will carry to the playoffs
KENNY SPURLOCK area.” watches film and has bonding time. The
sports reporter Amidst all the speculation about team has over 50 players, so it is vital that
him, Just shows his true personality all the players bond well together
2005 was the year the Hawks started by teaching and leading the boys to a to ensure success on the field. On
their football program with coach Josh successful season. game nights, although lots of hype
Just. However, the team ended the “I think coach Just has definitely made and suspenseful moments occur on
season with a 0-10 record and ranked an impact on our boys this year. He has the field, most of the players say that
278 in the state. This year, the boys been with the majority of the team since they thrive off of the fan support in the
have an undefeated season of 10-0 and freshman year and has helped many of stands.
are now fifth in the state. Many are them out even before,” Rohle said. “The energy that comes from the
surprised, but some feel that this was Junior Chris Childress was once a student section gets me and the boys
destiny. member of the football team and is hyped and wired in every single play,”
“I think our football team this year honored to have been coached by Just. sophomore Donte Haynesworth said.
has the energy and experience to make “Coach Just is without a doubt the best “I love it when the crowd screams my
it far and in the state finals,” junior coach in the area in my mind,” Childress name after I make a big play.”
Auguste Rohle said. said. “He has done an outstanding job in Looking back at the history of the
With the dynamic star players and turning this program around by turning team, they have come a very long way
a huge fan base in the stands, the boys boys into men.” by improving every year.
are ready to play every time they step So what is it that Just does that made “I think the difference from the team
on the field. One man and his excellent his team come from being the walk- now to the team in 2005 is that the
coaching staff have put all of their time over team to being one of the most senior class now has either had an older
into making sure the team performs well feared teams in the state? The answer is brother or sibling that played in the past
on Friday nights. At first glimpse, most he mainly concentrates on the bases of and has grown up with the Hanover
see Just as an intimidating, confident a good team, which are practice, team football program through them and
man who is a force to be reckoned with. bonding and fan support. with the team,” Rohle said. “The
The players do not look at his strong “Our practices are set up in periods in boys now definitely have much
demeanor and feel uncomfortable; they a time-by-time format, starting at 3:45 experience and the motivation
look at how he has impacted them and to 7 p.m,” Just said. to keep the tradition going of
has affected the results in their season. During every practice, the boys making it further and further
“Most people, when they see or ritually do a variety of periods and drills. into the state tournament.”
think about coach Just, they always From footwork drills to pride drills, the With all the memories
look at him as an intimidating, die-hard boys do it all to make sure they’re ready of past years and the
football lover,” senior Kenny Morris for 7 p.m. on Friday nights. current season, the boys
said. “I admit I was scared to even have a “Practice is when we identify the will go a long way with coach
conversation with him at first, but then weaknesses that happened that Friday Josh Just leading them in the right
I learned that he’s hard on us because he night so that we can be ready when we direction.
believes we can be the best team in this come out in our next game,” Just said. “A team that has momentum is BEN TOMS-LUCY
At the end of each practice the team a successful team,” Just said.
Girls’ volleyball overcomes Lee-Davis, advances to regionals
JAKE LEE court. She made a lot of key plays and got
sports editor us out of tough situations when things got
stressful. She does well under pressure.”
At the beginning of the volleyball The girls were able to play in the
season, the girls’ volleyball team set out Central Region Playoffs because of their
a goal to play their archrivals, the Atlee 3-2 district win over Lee-Davis. The
Raiders in the district playoffs. They not two teams had already played twice this
only played Atlee in the playoffs but they season, each winning one game.
went on to the Regional Tournament to The girl’s volleyball season started with
face Cosby. a 6-6 record, which was unsatisfactory to
The girls played Cosby competively coach Karl Lippa.
by scoring 21, 18 and 20 points. “We had a lot of drama in the
Junior Shawna Kirby said, “Playing beginning and weren’t playing as well
Cosby, we learned that we shouldn’t give together and Lippa tells things like they
up like we had in some of the matches are and he basically said the drama
because losing by five points stinks, needed to go,” Winston said. “We all had
especially when you were ahead by eight a little meeting after one of the games
from the beginning.” .After that, we started playing much
Kirby shined against Cosby with nine better as a team.”
digs. Junior Logan Majewski excelled as Lippa was proud to see the girls
well with six kills, seven digs, five blocks acheive their season goal. “The season
and one ace. In addition, Mary Dustin turned around when we let our volleyball
had eight kills and one ace. do the talking and left everything else off
Junior Halee Winston said, “Logan the court,” Lippa said.
Junior Logan Majeski slams the ball over the net, trying to score on L-D. BEN TOMS-LUCY Majewski is definitely a leader on the
College: playoffs or BCS?
BEN NACHMAN Many polls have shown that the
Old Trusty Construction
guest reporter majority of people oppose the current
BCS format, such as an ESPN poll in
The college football playoff debate which 62.2% voted for a playoff while
has been discussed since 1971, and 37.8% still support the BCS system.
many fans disagree with the current Bill Hancock, director of the BCS,
system. The majority believe colleges is not in favor of a playoff system and
should use a playoff bracket or a similar stated, “A 16-team playoff is the only
system. Several polls have shown way to have a playoff because it would
significant fan support for replacing include all of the conferences.”
the current Bowl Championship Series
ESPN has released many proposals;
these include four, eight, 16 and 24-
Those ready for the switch refute
the validity of the BCS National
team playoffs. This would end the Construction:
debates of split champions; there
Championship Game. The teams in the would only be one winner. USA Today they get the
championship game are decided based
upon coach and media polls rather than
said, “It would be fairer, narrowing the job done, real fruit smoothies,
playoff picture to two teams and one
via previous on-field competition. This game.” they do it fresh salads, grilled
is the case with head-to-head, bracket-
style tournaments in other major sports
A playoff system also limits
controversy between various polls or right, and do flatbreads, bistro
and levels of college football.
Texas A&M’s coach Dennis
rankings. In a playoff system, Virginia
Tech or the University of Virginia could
it for a great sandwiches, toasted
Franchione said that a playoff system
would take away the intensity of
play number-one-ranked Auburn. price. wraps, open early
This couldn’t happen in today’s system
rivalry games. He also remarked about
the conflicts that would be created by
because teams play in bowls based on for breakfast
their rank; thus, it takes out the upset
a playoff system. These conflicts might factor that is seen in college basketball’s Address:
compromise student athletes’ studies,
final exams and other academic
March Madness tournament. 12172 Perrin
Discussing whether he would like a
The current BCS contract only
goes through this season. Next year Mill Estates eat better.
fans could see a significant change in
college football playoff, senior Deane the way college football is run. This Lane
Cheatham said, “College football may increase the popularity of college
should go with a playoff, even though I football. USA Today states that the
doubt it would happen.”
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