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  VOLUME 8, ISSUE 3                             10307 CHAMBERLAYNE RD. MECHANICSVILLE, VA, 23116                                                            November 30, 2010

                   NEWS          2-3
                                           Juniors tackle senior competition in 21-14 win
               FEATURES          4-5       TAYLOR DAY
        FEATURED SPREAD          6-7       sports reporter
                   ARTS          8
         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-
                                           ball game.
 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
      HP7: Deathly
                                           practice in, but scheduling practices
                                           proved to be a challange.
               page 9
                                               “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-

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                                           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
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

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.

        P                                                                                                                                         C
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—                                                                                   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

        R                                                                                                                                         O
    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
                                                                                                                                          ertson said.
                                                                                                                                              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

        O                                                                                                                                         N
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             club wasn’t able to provide their                                                              feel like if we raise a good amount of                       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

                sports Editor
                              Jake Lee

                   arts Editor
                          Alex Howell

    EntErtainMEnt Editor
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                                                                                             HHS Chapter
             opinions Editor
                      Kendall Burgess

                                                                                                 F.C.A. meets every Friday morning
                huMor Editor
                                                       Value                                          at 7:45 in the auditorium!
                     Allyson Schettino

             dEsign ManagEr                    F.C.A. y
                          Silvie Chang
                                                I                                                “F.C.A. is a really great group, we do
                                                 Servin rk
              wEbsitE Editor
                        Tyler Zalewski
                                                                                                 lots of service projects to help out the
                                                           o                                     community and our school. I highly rec-
                photo Editor
                                                  Teamw ce                                        ommend coming on Friday mornings!”
                      Hannah Tibbett

          businEss ManagEr                         E                                                          -Caitlyn DeLille
                        Tyler Zalewski

                       Christina Cox
                     Emily Wigginton
                      Kenny Spurlock                    Come support the F.C.A. at the Virginia Center
                           Nick Allen
                      Carter VanHuss                        Commons Chick-fil-A near Martin’s!
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                                                                                                                          for details	
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                       Maxwell Berry
                           Taylor Day

                                                  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
                             November 30, 2010
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                                                                                   SILVIE CHANG & BRITTANY ALLEN

Firefighters-in-training observe controlled land clearing
features reporter

   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
                                                                                                     BRITTANY ALLEN
                                         FALL                                                        features editor                                         ANNA WEST
                                                                                                                                                             features reporter
                                                                                                        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
                                                                            DEREK MARTIN
                                                                                                     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,”
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                                                                                                                                  Richmond Chris-
                                                                                                                                                             Parker said.
                                                                                                                                                                 Voting for the first time brings
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                                                                                                                                                             sion regarding voting for the right
                                                                                                                                                             candidate, pride in standing up for
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                                                                                                                                                             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
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                                         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
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                    Winter Break
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                                                                                                                                                             the election for many reasons.
                                                                                                                                                                 “I turned 18 in July and I really
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                                                                                                                                                             wish I took the time to register.
                                                                                                                                                             I have been looking forward to

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                                                                                                           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
                             November 30, 2010
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         FAL L I NG I N TO W I N TE R

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WINTER FASHION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                         ALEX HOWELL

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-
                                                                                                                                                           ing them.
                                           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                         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
                                                                      ENTERTAINMENT                                                                                      9
                                                                             LAURAJANE BLASER

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
entertainment reporter
                                           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
a different person that she knows in
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cause it is a really catchy, solid song,      However, Swift is not the only          cians,” Thompson said.

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                                                                                     KENDALL BURGESS

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

         P                                                                                                                                          C
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

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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

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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.

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                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

                                                                               HUMOR                                                                               11
                                                                              ALLYSON SCHETTINO

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
 humor reporter
                                            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
 went there).
                                            “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
 live without…”
    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
    Cody Pace
                                            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-

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              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
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                                                                                       JAKE LEE

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
(BCS) system.
                                                ESPN has released many proposals;
                                             these include four, eight, 16 and 24-
                                                                                                                      Old Trusty
    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.
                                                                                                                                               feel better.TM
                                             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.”
    Cheatham, who is a Virginia Tech
                                             most recent playoff plan seriously                                       Phone
                                             shopped to major football-playing
fan, is looking forward to playing college   schools would have grossed nearly                                        Number:
football. He also hopes that when he         $376 million a year, more than double                                                               9363 ATLEE ROAD
gets there the BCS will be changed to        the current bowl payouts.                                                804-798-0313               MECHANICSVILLE,
some sort of playoff format.
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                The number of teams                   The number of kills sopho-
                ESPN recommends to                    more Mary Dustin had
                put in a college playoff              against Cosby High School

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