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Check out the new In this issue: Expressions page the Fort Mill High School Loudspeaker Olympic Pinch pg. 3 International festival pg. 5 Alexander McQueen pg.10 Fort Mill High School, 225 Munn Road, Fort Mill, SC 29715 Issue 10. 2009-2010 Edition Church group charged with kidnapping Haitians By: Kelsey Short When the earthquake struck Haiti several weeks ago, several children to their church run orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The group thousands of people from all over the world went to the poverty-stricken country claims to have received the children through a well known Haitian pastor. to lend their assistance. With all of the missionaries and doctors traveling to The Baptist Haitian Orphan Mission team’s spokeswoman, Laura Port-Au-Prince, it seemed as if many of the Haitians had hope. It was very Silsby, stated, “In this chaos the Government is in right now, we were just obvious that many people died because of the earthquake, and thousands of trying to do the right thing.” They also claimed to have had the documentation children lost their parents and became orphans. Other children, however, are to help where they could, but when later analyzed by authorities, they did not still hoping that their parents will eventually be found. For a Baptist church have the proper documentation for what the group was trying to accomplish. group from Idaho, waiting for the parents to show up was not good enough. The government has limited the number of adoptions because Thirty three children were taken by the Baptist group while in Haiti to help they are worried that orphans or lost children are more vulnerable to being the recovering country. Their ages ranged from several months to twelve years trafficked. “By no means are we any part of that. That’s exactly what we are old. The group claimed that the children were orphans, but when asked, several trying to combat,” Silsby stated. The Americans planned on bringing more of them said they were not orphans and that they still had parents. Even though than 100 children back with them, in an attempt to send them to new families. there are a vast amount of orphans in Haiti now from the earthquake, there are These children have been through a lot, and there is still hope for thousands of still plenty who are looking for their families. The American church group of ten people to become reunited with their families who were lost in the earthquake. believed that what they were doing was helping the Haitian children, but when Although the group stands by their actions and calls themselves found, many of them were sick, diseased, and dehydrated. The Americans who “honorable,” the Haitian government is strongly disagreeing. The claimed that they went to Haiti to help have been arrested and will have a hearing sentencing for the group is still to be decided and as of now, the under kidnapping charges. The group says that they planned on taking the children that were taken are either in hospitals or in Haitian orphanages. Barefoot burglar By: Chelsy Meltzner Don’t ask, don’t tell By: Alyssa Davis It all started when Colton Harris-Moore was only eight years old. He The United States Military had a tough childhood; his father walked out on his family, leaving Harris-Moore is currently examining its “don’t ask, to live with his alcoholic mother. He was in and out of school, was constantly don’t tell” policy. President Obama, getting in trouble, and eventually moved into a halfway house for youth offenders along with various military officials, after being convicted of theft and possession of stolen property. In April of 2008, are trying to remove this policy and Harris-Moore escaped from the halfway house in Camano Island in Washington ban openly gay, lesbian and bisexual State. Since then, he has committed more than 50 different burglaries, and individuals from serving in the military. is still on the run. Harris-Moore doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime The “don’t ask, don’t tell” soon either; on February 11 it looked as if the teen thief struck once again. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is policy was created in 1933 and has Harris-Moore, now 18, who has never taken a flying lesson in his life currently being discussed by military remained in effect ever since. The and taught himself to fly on the Internet, has allegedly stolen more than three officials. policy basically says that any citizen airplanes. Recently, authorities found one of the stolen airplanes, which Harris- Photo courtesy of Google Images entering the military is not required Moore had crash-landed in the San Juan Islands. They then moved the crime to state their sexual orientation. It scene to the local grocery store, the Homegrown Market. “Someone broke into is also not mandatory for military officials to ask about it. Many military the store Wednesday night, and the owner arrived Thursday to find large chalk- members find that the elimination of this ideal will cause many problems. outline feet drawn all over the floor. Cash was taken and a security system “In a way, I think it should just be left alone,” Navy Airman Lindsay monitor was left in a sink with water running over it,” employee Sherri Pierson Runkle said. “Personally, I think everything’s fine the way it is now…” said. “Two of the footprints were leading out the door, next to a chalk-scrawled Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in charge of making the message: ‘C-YA!’,” she added. This burglary has many striking similarities to new plans on this topic. In a previous hearing, he stated how he Harris-Moore’s past crimes. This past fall, when authorities found another airplane planned to remove the existing policy by the end of the year. He also that the teen thief had crash-landed, they discovered bare footprints not only stated that the plans for a new one will be drawn up within 45 days. throughout the plane’s floors, but also on the walls. Harris-Moore has also been Many people feel the removal of this policy will decrease the amount caught wearing no shoes on multiple surveillance videos from hardware stores, of citizens who join the military. Since America is at war with the Middle East, banks, bars, and restaurants, giving him the nickname the “Barefoot Burglar.” there is still a great need for military personnel. Many government officials Harris-Moore is not afraid of getting caught either. Many young believe that the change in the policy will deter potential US military volunteers. people have admired Harris-Moore’s braveness, and he has created his own Obama may currently be trying to bring home the men from Afghanistan, fan-base along the way. T-shirts with his face plastered across them, and but in order to do so he must first send more to resolve several conflicts. sayings like “Run, Colton, Run!” and “Momma tried.” There has also been a There are, however, some military members who would like to see Facebook fan club created in his honor with nearly 16,000 members, as well the removal of this policy. For example, Bob Kavanagh once wanted to join the as various Youtube parodies. Harris-Moore has even been compared to a military. He felt he couldn’t though because he did not want to hide his sexuality. modern-day Jesse James and Huckleberry Finn. The search goes on for the “I had straight roommates in college and it was never an issue. teen bandit; however, authorities have found it difficult to find Harris-Moore, I don’t know why it would be an issue in the military,” Kavanagh stated. since he is moving from place to place so quickly. Until he is caught, or turns Whatever the outcome may be, the military and President are himself in, the legend of the barefoot burglar will live on for quite some time. trying hard to come to a reasonable decision. However, the removal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will continue to be a major cause of dispute. No homo By: Hannah Lyhne Toyota’s apology By: Harrison Cahill The amount of influence that the church should have on the government is a topic that has led to many heated debates around the Toyota’s recent recall of their most popular selling car, the world. This idea of the separation of church and state has been the Prius, has sent the company into a world of turmoil and financial root of multiple conflicts between religious and political organizations trouble. On January 29, Toyota’s President, Akio Toyoda, apologized to for years. When thinking about this separation, many people’s first the world for the faulty product. Toyoda also stated that the company thought is the removal of religious influence from the government. will investigate their latest line of luxury Lexus Hybrid vehicles The situation is the reverse for Pope Benedict XVI, as he feels due to the same brake and accelerating systems in both brands. that the state has abused its power to meddle in the affairs of the church. “Under this situation, [we] must regain customer trust. Tackle the Following the gay-friendly legislation that was passed in Britain, the Pope problem. My role is to carry it out. We lacked customer perspective. It’s began urging British Catholics to fight against it with “missionary zeal.” very unfortunate,” Toyoda stated during the Toyota conference. However, The legislation itself has finally disallowed religious freedom some are beginning to think that the apology may be too late for Toyoda arguments to be a valid reason for schools and religious organizations and his company. Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst for automotive website not to hire gay men and women. Many church members fear that this Edmund.com, thinks that not recalling the Prius earlier will cost Toyota new law will “force [the church] to accept homosexuals into its ranks.” a hefty amount and may cause irreparable damage to the company. While the new law seems to have been designed to promote freedom “What we heard this morning was more foot dragging,” of expression and equality among people, many are making the case that it is Krebs stated. James Bell, an analyst for the Kelley Blue Book, also not and that the state is pushing its control too far. The Pope has expressed believes Toyota has driven itself between a rock and a hard place. his belief that “the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve “For reasons we may never learn, Toyota appears to this goal has been to impose unjust limitation on the freedom of religious be pulling their bandage very slowly, and therefore keeping communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.” That is, he does not their recall situation … firmly in the public eye,” Bell says. believe the government has the authority to reform the activities of the church. Even though there have been no reported fatalities and only This struggle for power between the church and state two injuries related to the braking problems, the 124 reported braking has yet to be resolved, and until the ties between the two are problems is enough to put the company into a crisis. It is going to take a severed, it seems that a resolution will remain impossible. lot of time and money before Toyota is able to regain customer trust. February the Loudspeaker Two 2010 News 2 Former York mayor killed By: Harrison Cahill Orchard Park Former York County Mayor Melvin Roberts was found dead by police on February 4th. When police arrived at Robert’s home after receiving an emergency call, they found Roberts’s body behind his home student makes it big in Hollywood on Roberts Avenue. Police have yet to identify the assailant but they have a description of a man standing about 5’11” tall and weighing about 200 to 240 pounds with a foreign accent. However, many of Roberts’s fellow attorneys are By: Lauren Harper completely dumbfounded about the recent news of their There are so many people living in the town former colleague; they all knew Roberts as a fiery defense of Fort Mill with amazing abilities in sports, music, attorney, willing to take on the best prosecutors in the state. theater, art, and many other areas. Usually we see Criminal law attorney Jack Swerling of Columbia stated that, these phenomenons in people at the high school “He could outwork most young lawyers, and he still loved it.” age, but one exception for this would definitely be Swerling worked with Roberts while they in former Orchard Park Elementary student, Dana defended Antonio Mobley during a trial in 2007, Vaughns. Vaughns Former York Mayor and attorney, Melvin Roberts when he was accused of shooting Dawud Chester. is a 12-year-old that listen to the jury’s decision during the trial of Antonio Roberts helped Mobley be found not guilty. has major talent; he Mobley. Roberts had a long history of helping York has just kicked off his Photo courtesy of Google images County getting up and running. In the 1960’s, Roberts career as part of the took a break from his career at the bar and served on the city council for many years. In 1972, Kidz Bop family and he was elected to for a two- year term as mayor. Roberts even showed that he was not afraid is looking forward to battle the system that had made him so successful when he sued York County, the State of to his bright future South Carolina, and the state’s administration court for underpaying attorneys of poor defendants. in the entertainment Roberts’s legacy will never be forgotten as he has had a great effect on many i n d u s t r y . attorneys in South Carolina. York City Councilman Charles Johnson was close to Roberts The now until his unexpected and untimely death. “Melvin Roberts was a good man, a fine man, home-schooled and I am sure all in York are very sorry to hear that this happened,” Johnson stated. sixth-grade student was chosen as Shake that baby By: Hannah Lyhne A Fort Mill native and former one of five new members for Kidz While parenting isn’t easy, especially for two Hospice House in Rock Hill for what was Orchard Park Elementary Bop, a popular teenagers, it is typically assumed that parents want believed to be Owen’s last few days, he began student, Dana Vaughns, is now a proud Kidz Bop kid. series of albums to protect their children. However, when four-month- making a miraculous recovery. After about 24 Photo courtesy of Fortmilltimes. that feature many old Owen Carduff began having seizures, it became hours in Hospice, Owen began “acting more like com of the most admired clear that his parents had not been protecting him. a normal baby,” crying about messy diapers, and chart-topping In fact, his father, Michael Carduff, was charged with and making sucking motions with his mouth songs at the current time that are all performed unlawful conduct toward a child for shaking Owen. when offered a surge of hope in what his family by kids. The newest CD, Kidz Bop 17, was On January 11, Carduff, believed was a hopeless situation. released recently, and is the fourth album on 18, and Kayla Lythgoe, Owen’s 19- While the infant still has which Vaughns is featured. His other recordings year-old mother, brought Owen to a long way to go, he has already for Kidz Bop include Kidz Bop 16, Kidz Bop Piedmont Medical Center. The baby’s made it so much farther than anyone Christmas, and Kidz Bop Sing the Beatles. Last seizures were causing him to shake believed was possible. Owen will May, when he was chosen, Vaughns’s life took uncontrollably. After discovering most likely have to undergo years of a crazy turn for the better when he was picked bleeding in the baby’s brain, doctors rehabilitation, and he may not progress for the popular brand. The Kidz Bop series not at PMC had Owen airlifted to Levine as fast as other children his age. For only records albums, but also commercials Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. instance, doctors believe that he will and videos, and does concert performances. At the hospital, he remained in be unable to sit up until he turns two Vaughns’s inspiration to become critical condition for several days. Surviving damage to 70 percent years old; normally, babies are able an entertainer came after he saw the 2004 The doctors ran tests on Owen of his brain, Owen has proven to do this before they are a year old. dance movie, You Got Served. Upon seeing there and found that 70 percent himself to be a survivor. Although, it seems entirely possible the movie, he persuaded his parents to enroll of his brain had been damaged. Photo courtesy Heraldonline.com that Owen will surprise doctors yet him in dance lessons so that he could get Because Owen’s body could again. In the words of the medical moves like those he idolized in the movie. not function properly, he was put on director of the hospice, “Babies and Not only does this kid have the voice and the life support. However, his family eventually chose to their brains are incredible and resilient…they just moves to make it to Hollywood, but he also has the take him off of this. According to his grandmother, have the ability to overcome insults that adults acting abilities. Vaughns was featured in the 2009 Charlotte Williams, “If we chose to keep him alive, can’t.” Owen’s family now believes that he will Disney movie, The Hannah Montana Movie as a the doctors told us Owen would basically be a recover and be able to live a fairly normal life. back-up dancer during the “Hoedown Throwdown” vegetable.” Doctors told the family that eventually In addition to babies’ innate abilities to overcome scene that helped to make the movie a hit. Owen would “just get exhausted and stop breathing.” trauma, in the words of Owen’s grandfather, This young new sensation is loving life as After being transported to Wayne T. Patrick “He’s a survivor; he beat death, like, four times.” he is able to pursue a dream that is dear to him. “I’ve always wanted to be in the entertainment SC to ban cell phones behind the wheel industry. It’s just a passion. I always wanted to be that person on TV and I can’t believe I’m actually By: James Byrd South Carolina may be the next state to put a ban on texting while driving. doing it,” Vaughns said. The busy preteen juggles North Carolina became the 14th state to ban texting while driving on December his social life and his business carefully, with first of last year. South Carolina legislators are following North Carolina’s lead visits with his friends in Fort Mill becoming more and have been considering adding laws that prohibit the use of cell phones and more precious as he splits his time between while driving. While North Carolina has a ban on texting, South Carolina Los Angeles and Fort Mill. Vaughns states that may take it a step farther, banning all use of handheld phones while driving. his favorite song to perform is The Black Eyed Of the six proposed bills this year regarding cell phones while driving, Peas’s hit, “I one could not only make texting illegal, but any use of a cell phone illegal Cell phone use behind the Gotta Feeling.” while driving a car. With this bill passed, the only legal way of using a cell wheel may become illegal in Not only is this phone while driving would be to use a hands free method such as speaker the state of South Carolina. young star a phone or a Bluetooth headset. If this bill is passed, the result of being caught Photo courtesy of elev8.com. triple threat with in the act of texting or the handheld use of any phone will be considered a misdemeanor charge with acting, singing, a fine of $100. Although the charge is a $100 fine, it will not add any license points to a driver’s record. and dancing Distracted driving kills nearly 6,000 people every year, and with cell phones being the main experience, distraction for young adults behind the wheel, it is no question that cell phone use plays a strong roll in the but those of us deaths. Studies show that 52% of 16 and 17-year old drivers use cell phones while on the road, contributing here in Fort Mill to nearly 1,000 car crashes in 2007. With percentages expected to rise almost 4% a year, it is no question ‘gotta feeling’ that cell phone use will continue to affect teenage drivers in a negative way. Some studies say that texting that Vaughns behind the wheel is almost six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while intoxicated. has a very The Kidz Bop series, which just released With texting and driving posing such a threat to the lives of young drivers, South Carolina legislators s u c c e s s f u l its 17th albulm, features many popular aim to pass a bill that will prohibit texting and driving. The vote to pass the bill that will ban the use of texting career and songs that are all sung by kids. Photo courtesy of Google images while driving and the use of handheld phones while driving has currently been postponed. Legislators hope life in front of to pass a bill and put a law into effect restricting the use of cell phones and saving lives sometime this year. him. February the Loudspeaker Three 2010 Sports 3 Team win for the nation Olympic pinch By: Harrison Cahil Photo courtesy of Google images By: Alyssa Davis Fame, glory, and magnificence are There is nothing better than Super Bowl Sunday. From the all words that coincide with the Olympics. constant yelling and cheering to the classic nachos and Buffalo However, one word that usually gets misconstrued is money. Few people know wings, there is no other nation crazier about football than America. the struggle that many Olympic athletes face On February 7, the 54th NFL Super bowl took place in Miami, major financial difficulties while preparing for Florida. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints faced off against veteran the games, and almost none of the athletes Super Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. are paid for competing in the games. With the The owl tarted ust ike ny ther, omplete ith he Star pangled B s j l a o c w t “ S Winter Olympics on the horizon, competitors are feeling the crunch when buying new Speed skates can cost Banner,” sung this year by Carrie Underwood, and then followed with the equipment uch s kis, kates, nd obsleds. around $2,000 a pair. s a s s a b famous coin toss. The Saints won the toss and started as the receiving As a matter of fact, a top-of-the-line bobsled will run about team. However, the Colts scored the first points of the 2010 Super Bowl $5,000 more than an Infiniti M35 Sedan, which is already base when kicker Matt Stover made a 38-yard field goal. The first half was priced around $45,000. Then the sledders must also take into taken over by the Colts, leaving Indianapolis fans with a strong sense of account the $5,000 runners that are needed to actually make the sled go. It is a pretty steep price for a simple sled. And for enthusiasm. The Bridgestone Halftime show, performed by The Who, gave figure skaters like Mark Ladwig, paying for practice alone can run the two teams a time to recap and go over plans for the next two quarters. someone about $800, not to mention the $20,000 a year he and Starting towards the middle of the third quarter, the Saints caught his partner, Amanda Evora, pay for a coach. Also, unless they are up and tied the game. The Saints then continued to score another two planning to make their own costumes, skaters like these two must touchdowns, leaving the Colts hopeless during the fourth quarter. Two be ready to pay upwards of $1,000 for professionally-made ones. What about those speed skaters? One of the top women attempts at a touchdown for the Colts left every football fan anxious speed skaters in the world, Katherine Reuter, barely gets by with the and excited for this year’s outcome. With the help of three 40 plus field money she is paid. When she began her Olympic career at the age goals from Saint’s kicker Garrett Hartley, New Orleans took control of 16, Reuter moved into a college dorm room supplied by the U.S. of the scoreboard. At the end of the night, only one team could call Olympic Education Center and received around $650 monthly in order themselves champions. The New Orleans Saints claimed their victory to cover her housing, food, travel, and most importantly, her skates. However, she found it difficult to work with such a small amount for the first time in 43 years, with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. when a new pair of speed skating skates costs roughly $2,000. Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, “There is no way that is possible,” Reutter said, “When could hardly contain his excitement. With I first started, I was completely dependent on my parents and his first Super Bowl win under his belt, there grandparents and any friends or friends of family willing to help me.” is nothing but a great future ahead for him. Like Reuter, many other athletes were beginning to struggle finding a steady source of income and training for the “I keep thinking of the word ‘magical,’” Olympics year-round. One solution that arose was Home Depot’s Brees said. “When you think about the Olympic Job Opportunities Program. This gave Olympic athletes Drew Brees led the Saints to their first relationship between the Saints and the the opportunity to work a steady job with hours flexible enough to Superbowl victory. Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans, get the necessary training in for their events. Women’s bobsledder, Photo courtesy of Google images it was more than just a football game and Bree Schaaf, found relief through Home Depot’s program. “It allowed me to train and compete without the stress of more than just a football team. The hopes, the dreams and the struggles fitting in multiple workouts around a 9-to-5 work schedule. More of that community were all reflected in that football team. It was a importantly, it eliminated the stress of accumulating credit card great night for the people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.” debt to par for bobsled equipment, travel, and just the cost of Whether it was for the city of New Orleans, the victims of living year round,” Schaaf said. Schaaf’s performance dramatically Katrina, or the pure adrenaline rush, the Saints were proud to finally improved, and she eventually won the U.S. championship last winter. However, Schaaf was shocked when she discovered that show America what the NFL is all about, the American Dream. her job was gone three days after winning her championship. Boys basketball playoff right around Stories like Shaaf, Reuter, and Ladwig are not uncommon to find when watching the Olympics. Unless the participating athlete is a celebrity outside of the Olympics, the chances of the corner By: Lucas Smith finding large sponsorships or contracts are few and far between. Despite having only two seniors on the Fort Mill boy’s “When it comes to an Olympic dream, no cost is too high,” basketball team during the 2008-2009 season, the Jackets Schaaf said. It’s athletes like these that goes to show the world missed shot druing a game vs. managed a solid year ending with a first round loss in the state that money is not always a driving factor in the world of sports. Dwayne Grainger rebounds a T s os h m t t playoffs. his hortage f eniors, owever, eant hat here as w nowhere to go but up for the boys in their 2009-2010 campaign. When asked about the influence of having a majority of New number two By: Sara Allen o t t underclassmen n he eam ast ear, unior ndrew cCartney l y J A M With the absence of the top player on the PGA tour and the stated, “I think the opportunity for the younger guys to get a number two player not as focused on golf as he used to be, there is an lot of playing time last year really helped prepare us for this opening for the other players to take over. Phil Mickelson took a break Gaffney. season.” Most of his teammates would probably agree with him. from the tour to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with breast cancer After great seasons by young players in May and had surgery in July of last year. He returned in June for the such as Junior Rion Herriot and Sophomore Mark Photo courtesy of Lucas Smith St. Jude’s Classic, but avoided fans and other golfers. When the press Blackmon, there were high expectations coming into finally caught him for an interview, they described Mickelson as “his eyes this season for the squad. Fortunately, they have not fallen short of the hype. tinged with stains of pink, his voice no longer steady and sure.” Mickelson Fort Mill has proven to be among the top teams in the entire state this year, resumed his normal tour schedule after his wife had the surgery, but he putting some very impressive wins under its belt, including victories at Gaffney, hasn’t been playing well. In his current tournament, he is tied for 42. In Nation Ford, and two victories against Lancaster. The victory against Gaffney was the the two previous tournaments this year, he finished tied for 45 and 19. first time the Warriors had been defeated on their home court in over two seasons. Woods is taking a break from golf because of recent events and This ear’s oster ncludes wo eniors Dequann uffin nd radley offit), even y r i t s ( R a B M s Mickelson isn’t at his best, but Stricker is on his game. He is 42, hasn’t juniors (Andrew McCartney, Jaquann Dupree, Aaron Chapin, Steven Auslander, Trent won a major, but surpassed Mickelson for the number two spot. Stricker Butler, Rion Herriot, and Dwayne Grainger), and sophomore Mark Blackmon. This, once won the Northern Trust Open, giving him enough points to be the new again, should prepare Fort Mill for yet another successful season going into next year. second-best golfer in the world. He currently has 7.91 in the Official Although Fort Mill has experienced great success, they have also had their World Golf Rankings and is slowly getting closer Woods 13.10 points. moments where they have faltered during conference play. They have been hit with Sticker had a six-stroke lead going into the final round. “The losses at Clover, York, and home versus Gaffney. On a positive note, each of these games position I was in, if I don’t win the tournament, I’m going to be looked were merely losses in which the team came up short in coming back late in the game. upon as the guy that didn’t finish it off,” Stricker said to the Seattle Times. As the playoffs are inching closer and closer, Fort Mill should be optimistic During his interview, Stricker admitted to not being a good about where they currently stand. As second in their region, they will be looking front runner because he didn’t know how to protect his lead. Once at a fairly easy few rounds to kick off the playoffs, but could likely find themselves Stricker found out that he had surpassed Mickelson, the tears began to playing Gaffney for the upper state championship, a feat that has not been reached flow. In his TV interview, Stricker was seen wiping tears from his eyes, since the 2006-2007 season in which Fort Mill claimed the State Championship. The world has a new number two golfer. Mickelson is Look out for the Yellow Jackets in the state tournament this year, as they out, Stricker is in. The only one standing in Stricker’s way now looked promising in their opening-round victory against an experienced Blythwood is Woods, who is currently out of the picture. Just over five points team. A late run for the very young and talented lineup Fort Mill presents this season separates the two players. If Stricker can continue winning, would not be a surprise. We wish the team luck in the remainder of the playoffs. the world may soon have a new number one golfer as well. February the Loudspeaker Four 2010 Expressions 4 February the Loudspeaker Five 2010 Campus Life 5 Fort Mill gets a facelift There have been many renova- tions done around our school lately, By: Lucas Smith including a new The opinions of some needed of the beginning of last summer until very paint job in the renovations to Fort Mill by the students at recently. The back-side was repainted, commons area. Fort Mill High School have been expressed new scoreboards were built on both sides, for a very long time. As many of you may and a new air-conditioning unit was added have noticed, a few renovations have (much to the relief of athletes performing already begun to unfold across the campus. there). There were also lighting upgrades. At the beginning of last summer, the Right down the hallway, many of you school began by making a few additions. athletes have surely noticed the extension These additions include an entire bonus- to the weight room. With the ever-growing auxiliary gymnasium, complete with its own population here at Fort Mill, the original separate boys and girls locker rooms and weight room was just becoming too cramped. bathrooms. The gym resembles that of a Therefore, this led to a more spacious Photos courtesy miniature sized version of our main gym. addition, as well as a load of new equipment. of Lucas Smith The purpose for this is to help make room As for the commons area, students for multiple extracurricular groups and have probably noticed during their lunch teams to have areas to carry on practice break the new paint-job around the upper All of this was done in almost only without disturbing each other.In the main parts of the walls and ceiling. Also, a a semester. For those who are still saying gymnasium, there were also a few upgrades new assortment of lights on the ceiling that Fort Mill needs to clean up, that is that have been put in throughout the period has the lunchroom looking much brighter. exactly what it seems to be doing now. Band receives top award By: Lauren Kirby When people hear about Fort Mill High School, one of the first things that comes to mind is the marching band. The band here at Fort Mill is constantly being recognized for the hard work and dedication they put in to their performances, and also the awards they are honored with every year. Fort Mill High added band into the school’s curriculum in 1949, and since then, the talent has progressed more and more each year. Over the years, there have been many different people to instruct the band who have clearly done an excellent job. Deborah Long presents award to Fort Mill Head Director, John Pruitt and Assistant Director Chad Band. Pence have instructed the band for the past few years. Fort Mill has now won 22 State Championships, 4 titles in the 4A division, including the one they received this past year in 2009. After they took home another 4A title, the band was honored at the House of Representatives in Columbia on Thursday, February 4, 2010. The entire band gathered in the House of Chambers where they were honored by Representative Deborah Long. She presented the resolution to Directors, Pruitt and Pence who were joined on-stage by two drum majors, Ahmez Nash and Josh Harris. The championship band stands on the stairs at the The Fort Mill High School Band was given a great honor to be acknowledged at the House of House of Representatives. Representatives and after all of their hard work this year, if anyone deserves it, they do. With Photos courtesy of Fort Mill Times. 22 state titles in the bag, the Fort Mill Band is a group that should definitely not be left unheard. Budget cuts Black Tie Affair prom By: Kelsey Short copy of the requested guest driver ’s By: Lucas Smith license. No guest born before April 23, In the last edition of the Loudspeaker, Prom may not be for another two 1989 will be permitted into the prom. Any there were a few key notes addressed concerning months, but for the last three weeks, guest may be denied access to prom, by the recent meetings over the possible budget prom tickets have been on sale in the any faculty member, for reasons such as cuts that the Fort Mill School District will be commons. Every Tuesday during both having a criminal record. Again, there facing in the near future. As mentioned in the lunches, the prom committee has been will be no exceptions on dates of birth. first article, a special committee involved with selling tickets. The tickets will be on sale Prom may seem to be a good decision-making on this issue was assembled to for $25 during the month of February. ways away, but deadlines are coming determine exactly what should be done in order Starting on March 2, tickets will stil l quickly, and ticket prices will be rising to cut off about $2 million from school costs. only be sold on Tuesdays at the Student soon. The 2010 Fort Mill High Prom will Earlier this year, the school district Information Desk, but the ticket price will be on Saturday April 24, from 8 pm until encountered a total financial loss of $2,298,788 in be raised to $30. There will be NO prom midnight. Prom will be at the Rock Hill state funding. An even bigger obstacle is the predicted tickets sold during the month of April, Magnolia Room, the same location as $3.2 million loss in the 2010-2011 school year. so time for buying tickets is running out. last year. This year ’s theme will be “Black In the last article on the matter, the list Another deadline that students Tie Affair.” With dates getting closer, it’s of activities in danger of being cut was still just a need to keep in mind is their outside about time to buy tickets, get forms in, few possibilities given by the special committee. It guest forms. The forms need to be given and start looking for a dress or a date has come to light throughout this meeting that the to Mrs. Dowd before the month of April if you have not found one yet. These majority of the financial cuts will be dealing with begins; there will be no exceptions for things need to be done, so you can start personnel matters. This means that much of what is late guest forms. Each form needs a valid planning all the fun parts of your prom. done in the meetings will not be released publicly. School board member Michael Johnson stated in an interview that “95 percent deals with personnel.” International Festival By: James Byrd The group did come to a plan that they are Every year in late February, Fort Mill High Scool celebrates its annual International recommending to the school board, which would Festival. The International Festival takes places this year from February 22 to February 26. require things such as cutting school’s operating The International Festival is held to help raise international awareness for the student budgets by 25 percent, ending spending on body. Every day of the festival starts off with the morning announcements, featuring a student teacher training and professional development, of Fort Mil High that comes from another country or who speaks a different language. These and raising the instructional fee for students to students then speak in their native tongue and briefly describe their culture to the school. enroll to $25. These three ideas are only a few The highlight of the festival to most students is the day when the foreign language on the list given by the committee, but alone they department sells food from different countries, all over the world, in the commons area during will equal about $422,000 in combined savings. lunch. The food brought in comes from our school’s Spanish and French classes and has ties to It is somewhat of a relief to many that numerous parts of the world. There is always a little bit of everything at the International Festival, the committee has, indeed, come up with a few anything from sweets to spices, from Europe to South America. The food is not only unique, but solid suggestions to assist the school board it is always an interesting buy at a very low price, something that everyone in high school enjoys. in solving this problem. This is thought to be a What most people may not know is that all of the proceeds go to the Lil Gainey Scholarship. very significant sign of progress in coming to a The scholarship is for graduating seniors and is given to only one student every year. The Lil resolution, but there will still not be any cuts Gainey Scholarship is in honor of a former Fort Mill High foreign language teacher, Mrs. Gainey. set in stone for at least a few months. It is still Mrs. Gainey is honored every year during the International Festival and will never be forgotten. comforting to parents, students, and teachers In recent years the International Festival’s food sales have been a terrific success and this alike to know that we are, indeed, progressing year hopes to be no different. The foreign language department will be serving food in the commons toward the best possible solution to this crisis. on February 23, and hope the Fort Mill student body will continue to make it such a success. February the Loudspeaker Six 2010 Recognitions 6 Teacher of the Month Mrs. Martin By: Hannah Lyhne This January, Mrs. Faye Martin earned the position of the Teacher of the Month. This is Mrs. M a r tin ’s 1 5 th year teaching at Fort Mill High School. Mrs. Martin grew up on a farm in Bristol, Tennessee. While in junior high school, she participated in a 4-H organization where she learned skills that “you just needed to know,” includi ng how to plant flowers, how to keep beds made, and how to make milkshakes. This organization helped her realize what she wanted to do with her life. While on a trip to Washington D.C. with the program, she became interested in traveling and being able to communicate with people in their own languages when she did travel. He r in te r e st in tr a vel i ng and speaki ng a forei gn language led her to majors in Spanish and Education at East Tennessee State University. After finding Mrs. Martin teaches Spanish 1 and 2 at Fort Mill High School. her passion for Spanish, teaching others about the Photo courtesy of Hannah Lyhne language “seemed like a good thing to do.” She began her teaching career in Tennessee, but after a while, she decided it was time for a change. Having relatives in t h e a r e a , s h e m o v e d t o Fort Mill and began teaching Spanish 1 and 2 at the high school. S p e n d i n g j u s t a f e w m inutes with Mrs. Martin made it obvious that she truly enjoys her jo b a t F o r t M i l l H i g h S c h o ol. In addition to her passion for her subject matter, her interest in h e r s t u d e n t s m a k e s i t c l ear that teaching is more than just a job for Mrs. Martin. Besides t eac hing S p a n i s h c l a s s e s , M r s. M a r tin is a lso in vo lve d in th e Spani sh C l ub and hel ps w i th th e s c h o o l ’s a n n u a l I n t e r n a tional Festival. Outside of these commitments, she also makes an eff o r t t o a t t e n d m a n y o f t h e school’s activities, including pageants, sporting events, and drama produc t ion s . O n e o f h e r f a v o r ite p a r ts o f te a ch in g is g e ttin g to know the students and thei r diff erent pe r s o n a l i t i e s , s o s up p o r tin g th e m o u tsid e o f Sp a n ish cl ass i s i mportant to Mrs. Marti n. W h e n a s k e d a b o u t h e r favorite memory from her teaching career, it seemed to be difficult fo r M r s . M a r t i n t o c h o o s e o ne. She smiled as she recalled a trip to Europe with students from an o t h e r s c h o o l , l a u g h e d a s she mentioned a memory from the Spanish Club, and beamed as she de c i d e d t h a t h e r f a v o r i t e m emory from Fort Mill High School was being a b l e t o w o r k c l o s e to h e r o wn ch ild r e n , Ch a d a n d C o u r t n e y. A l t h o u g h a t t e n d ing the high school at which their m o t h e r t a u g h t m u s t h a v e b e en special for Chad and Courtney, it s e e m s s a f e t o s a y t h a t M r s. Martin’s impact on the students of F o r t M i l l H i g h S c h o o l e x t ends far beyond her own children. Mrs. Martin helps the class review before a quiz. Photo courtesy of Google images Photo courtesy of Hannah Lyhne February the Loudspeaker Seven 2010 Editorials 7 When you need it College costs too much most By: Katie Wilbanks By: Kelsey Short Go to school, make good grades, to college go to college, and be successful. That should be a Many things may is how I was always told the direction of top priority seem to overpower life would go. What if doing the first three for most you in life. Going to didn’t lead to the fourth? In a lot of cases, people and school, having a social going to a good college and making good should never life, and maintaining grades can lead to a successful life, but if be second a job are some of the college fees and loans become too much, guessed, things that typically then where does that leave the students? but sadly consume a teenager ’s The idea of college really terrifies it is, and life. What happens when me,, but not because of moving away or for good you are overwhelmed how hard the classes will be. I’m scared reasons. I with everyday life? of what happens after college and used to be excited to go off to college and Hopefully, your friends where my life will take me. I’m scared plan out my career, but that was before I will rush to the rescue. that it will all be for nothing. The cost saw the prices of tuition. That can really Going through some of going to college is becoming more become a reality check for many students. things in life can be tough. expensive every year. Without a lot of We are all at the point in our lives For example, break-ups, money to begin with or a scholarship to where we have to make a lot of crucial family troubles, and help, many students will find themselves decisions, and it’s hard to figure out what school stress can put a lot of pressure on people. thousands of dollars in debt from will be our best opportunities. College is Luckily for some of us, we have wonderful friends student loans. At that point, it really a great opportunity for those who choose who can help us get through anything. I have four makes me wonder if it is even worth it. it, and college, like all decisions, comes really close friends who have helped me through With the way the economy is right with many pros and cons. If college is one of the toughest patches in my life. Having now along with the high unemployment for you, then that is great, and you could someone to talk to and confide in is really important. rate, there is no guarantee of a job after end up being very successful, but for If you do not tell people what is stressing college. What scares me is that I will go others, college may not be in the cards you out, all of your feelings will continue to to college, take out all of these student at this point in life. It’s coming down to build. Eventually, the stress will become so loans, and then have no way of paying cost and opportunity, and the choice is intense that your feelings may burst out of you them off. I don’t like how this is the way getting tougher for each passing student. in an unintended way. You could scream at a friend, say something you don’t mean, or even many students are viewing college. Going harm someone or yourself. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to release any negative energy you have in a positive way. Having friends to listen to you makes this so much easier. the Loudspeaker By: Lucas Smith out and given to each classroom. Friends will be there to listen to what you I decided it The fact is, this is not the way we go have to say, whether it be good or constructive. would be in about distributing our news anymore. I say constructive because it is imperative that everybody’s The only thing that bothers me you express your feelings so that you will not hurt best interest about this is that there is certainly a others’ feelings. Though this may seem elementary, if I took a v e r y l a r g e a m o u n t o f w o r k a n d e ff o r t p u t a friend is defined as a person who gives week off i n t o t h i s p a p e r, a n d i t i s s o m e w h a t o f assistance. In other words, it is basically a friend’s from my a disappointment to me that students job to help you surmount obstacles. Talk to them. incredible do not seem to be willing to take Expressing what you feel to friends who r h y m i n g even five minutes off of Facebook to care is one of the key things that should be learned skills and see what the school newspaper staff before it is too late. Don’t forget that bottling up all just speak h a s w o r k e d d i l i g e n t l y t o p u t t o g e t h e r. of your emotions can lead to your downfall. Just talk the truth. Don’t get me wrong; I know to someone. After all, isn’t that what friends are for? This week that there are a number of people I have an issue with something who support the Loudspeaker; otherwise this entire article would College influence on which I know my fellow writers here at the Loudspeaker would be somewhat pointless. I just know probably agree with me, and that that the majority of the time when By: James Byrd is the lack of student attention I tend to ask others if they have g i v e n t o o u r s c h o o l ’ s n e w s p a p e r. EVER read the paper online, their The decision of what to What I mean is that it seems answer is almost always “no.” do after high school is to be pretty apparent that not many To p r e t t y m u c h s u m u p w h a t I ’ m something that everyone people tend to visit our website and trying to communicate to the readers faces. Should you go to r e a d w h a t w e h a v e p u t t o g e t h e r. and supporters of the Loudspeaker, a four year college, a Believe me; I understand that it is is to feel free to express and invite technical school, learn much more of a hassle to get to a all of your friends and acquaintances a trade or try to earn computer and log on in order to to take a peek at the Loudspeaker ’s a living with only your r e a d t h e p a p e r. B a c k i n t h e g o o d website. A little bit of attention means high school education old days, it was much easier and a lot to the writers and staff on our under your belt? The convenient for readers to access school newspaper and we thank those simple fact is that the Loudspeaker when it was printed who do enjoy tuning in each edition. not everyone goes to college after high school, Photos courtesy of the Loudspeaker staff and that is not always a bad thing, although some tend to portray who earn a decent living and support loving families with only a high school it that way. Everyone lives their own lives, has their own dreams, diploma or a degree from a technical school such as York Tech. There are goals, and desires, which do not always require higher education. trades that can be learned such as plumbing, which will earn a decent Every student is familiar with the college speech that living with very little schooling after high school. Someone’s work should teachers, parents and administrators like to give. The overall gist of be something that he or she likes to do, not something that he or she has the speech is that you must go to college to live a successful life. A to do. Working in a field that someone truly enjoys is worth more than college education is something that is held in high esteem in today’s someone who works a job that he or she hates, just for the bigger pay check. society. Parents and teachers like knowing that the children that Everyone dreams of success, but the level of success is not always they have raised or taught have gone on to college. In their defense, measured in the way people may have to come to believe. Someone who parents and teachers just want to help push kids in what they think has earned a Master’s Degree in Business could go to work everyday and is the right direction. This is for the most part, a good thing. No one dread every minute of it, while someone who learned a trade goes to work can blame parents and teachers for caring about the kids they raise. everyday because he or she likes what he or she does. Success is measured The only problem that may occur is if a student feels as if they not always in the amount of money earned or the years of schooling are a failure if they do not go one to a college or university after high someone goes through, but as to how much they enjoy doing what they school. People should choose a path that they will enjoy; they should do. The decision as to what path students choose after high school should choose something that they would like to do everyday. There are people be one that they hope will lead them to a life they consider to be worth it. February the Loudspeaker Eight 2010 Columns 8 Fashion forward: How to duct tape: Heart Spring fashion for 2010 note holder Have you ever wanted By: Sara Allen By: Lauren Kirby right triangle like the inside corners to give someone a note, but in a 2010 SAG awards in a stunning purple gown. you folded before. Now fold the top Sandra Bullock walks the Red Carpet at the Even though we have just learned different way than just passing a on each side down so they are even that winter will continue for another six sheet of paper to them, or mailing with the bottom of the right triangles weeks, it is never too early to start shopping them a letter? If you’ve ever seen an formed from the side corners. Photo courtesy of Google images for the upcoming spring. Although we still Origami heart, you know that there Tape the sides of the heart have a ways to go before bathing suit is a little slit down the middle. The together so the front piece doesn’t season, floral dresses and capris are just slit allows a space to hold a note. pop up from the bottom piece. Also, around the corner. New trends and old styles Paper, however, is easily ripped; cover the entire back so there is a are being seen everywhere, so make sure the heart would be ripped easily clean finish and none of the folds you are keeping up with the in-style fashion. if not careful. Here’s a solution, are showing. The heart is complete. According to many popular fashion make the paper out of duct tape. Just slip a note into the slit experts, there are a lot of exciting and new First choose the color for the on the front of the heart. This is a trends for the 2010 spring season, but heart. Then make a rectangular sheet more personal “card” than a Hallmark also a lot of old styles that are still okay to of tape by overlapping strips stick card. It is great for Valentine’s Day repeat. Every year there is a new style, brand, or pattern, but for this year there side to sticky side. Trim the sheet so or anniversaries and is easily made. is apparently a color. This past week at the Grammys, fashion guru Jay Manuel there is no sticky showing and the stated that purple was the “it” color for not only award season but for the spring longer side is or longer than twice too. Bows are also coming back from years ago, but now they are being worn the length of the shorter side. Fold on shirts rather than in your hair. Even if these items or colors don’t always work the rectangle in half so the crease in for you, make sure you try them out and stay updated with the latest trends. the length of the short side. Now fold For all the old trends that are still in style this season, ripped jeans the bottom corners up so they meet are still a major hit. All of the celebrities are still strutting around Hollywood at the crease. You may need to put in them, and if they can still get a way with the Photo courtesy of Google images Rihanna rocks a pair of skinny, tattered jeans. a small piece of tape to hold down old style, why should we go and spend tons of the corners. Now fold the top corners money on new jeans? Other old trends that are down so they meet at the crease as still acceptable items for the season are classic well. Don’t tape these folds down. cardigans, ruffled dresses or blouses, jeweled Flip it over so there are no sandals and any sort of denim accessory. folds showing. Fold the top corner So girls, even though we have a ways until A heart-shaped letter holder make any down to the bottom corner. It is note more personal than a Hallmark card. spring time, make sure that you hit the stores now. okay to tape this fold, if you are It is never too early to start shopping for new colors Photos courtesy of Sara Allen going to wait until you make the and popular celebrity styles. Who knows, you might next few folds to do so. You can see get something amazing before everyone else. a triangle from another fold by the Spring 2010 will be here before you know it, and side corners. Fold the points over so we have to make a fashion statement because it’s they touch the edge of that triangle not only a new season, but also a new decade. on both the right and left side. Now fold the inside top corners down so Relationships: they form right triangles. You can leave it like this, or to make it a bit sturdier, fold the outside right and She said: Arguments happen left corners over again. After that fold, there should be a corner on By: Alyssa Davis the top, fold this over so it forms are The reality of arguing is simple: respectfully listen, politely explain, and then come to a reasonable agreement. Chances are, you’ve been in an argument with someone you were dating. They did something that really upset you, so you told He said: Be a gentleman them how you felt. Of course, your boyfriend or girlfriend then felt the need to defend By: Harrison Cahil themselves which in turn, led to an even bigger argument. The biggest factor in the Living in the south, there are common courtesies that every longevity of a relationship is how a couple learns to settle these disagreements. young southern man is taught. Small things like pulling the chair out When I’m really close to someone, I tend to trust them with my every at the dinner table for a guest, opening the door for a woman walking thought and action. Sometimes this means venting about a bad day. However, into a building, saying “yes ma’am” and “no, ma’am” instead of “yeah” venting oftentimes turns into an argument. When I’m in a bad mood, I look and “nah” are some of the characteristics taught to youngsters. for a fight. I know it sounds ridiculous and immature, but how many times has However, as the years pass, many of us young “southern your girlfriend or boyfriend done this? How many times has he or she started gentleman” lose these cornerstone characteristics and replace them with arguing with you over the dumbest and most insignificant thing? When things volatile actions that would make the worst tyrants of the world turn their like this happen, you have to realize what he or she is feeling. They want you heads. Why we lose these gentleman-like attributes is beyond me, but a word to feel upset like they do so that you can understand. It’s completely selfish of advice, women love having a gentleman. Even though it may seem that and really just needs to be stopped. If this the pretty girls always go for those bad guys, in the long run, most of them happens in your relationship, you need settle down with someone that will treat them with respect and put them first. to sit down with him or her and let them It is very simple to be a kind and caring guy, it just takes a few know what a strain it’s causing on your steps to get there. Be kind to people; this way your “crush” sees that you relationship. If they hear how much it hurts are a caring and loving person. Another way is to be friendly towards her you, perhaps they’ll work on changing it. friends, this shows that you are willing expand your social circle and include Now, when it comes to arguing, her friends; which you should. Also, if you get to the stage where you are there are two different types of people. meeting her parents, you have to; absolutely have to be respectful towards The first person is the “know-it-all.” the parents. They are the alpha and The “know-it-all” will fight to the very omega of your impending relationship, so bitter end in order to prove his or her When in doubt, talk to your boyfriend it would be smart to show your gentleness point. These people are ALWAYS right, or girlfriend to work out your problems towards them too. It is very simple instead of fighting about them. even when their argument may actually showing girls that you are a gentleman, Photo courtesy of Google images be wrong. The second type is the and believe me; it will go a long way. subordinate. This individual will always give into the “know it all.” They I feel that too many times in our feel the need to just agree with their boyfriend or girlfriend in many society, men are disrespectful to women. different conflicts, thus making him or her the one to always say sorry. Women have enough pressures by trying to The key to solving any dispute is learning how to find a common ground. look pretty, worrying about stressing jobs, It’s always been said that opposites attract; however, opposites and keeping up with the times; they need also argue. When it all comes down to it, arguing is a way for a couple no negativity from men. It is outdated and to understand each other. Whether you’re the “know-it-all” or the Opening a door for a woman is one of completely unacceptable to be forceful and the many things a man can do to be a subordinate, learning to listen to one another will solve any argument. rude to them. Women need to be treated with gentleman. Relationships are like a roller coaster, every single one will have respect, and following these simple steps Photo courtesy of Google images its ups and downs but it’s up to both individuals to hold on for the ride. can make you a sought after Casanova. February the Loudspeaker Nine 2010 Lifestyles/Health 9 Chocolate gets a little sweeter By: Katie Wilbanks Although the excitement of Valentine’s Day taste is enough to bring a smile to most people’s faces, the Photo courtesy of Google images has come and gone, there are still many lingering serotonin found in chocolate is also a natural mood-booster. reminders of the holiday. The new jewelry, the cuddly As with almost any kind of food, the better quality teddy bear, and the rest of that box of chocolates keep the chocolate is, the better it is for you. Typically cheap, the memories fresh in our minds. However, after all of the everyday chocolate bars have very low amounts of the indulgence from special dinners and decadent desserts, beneficial cocoa solids and very high amounts of sugar do we really need to finish that box of chocolates? and fat. Also, processing milk and white chocolates under While we may not exactly need to finish off the last high pressures and temperatures can diminish its nutritional few truffles, it could actually be a lot healthier than many value because it destroys the cocoa’s flavanols. Instead, suspect. Chocolate is made from a plant called the cocoa stick with dark chocolate with high amounts of cocoa solids. bean that is rich in flavanols. These flavanols are antioxidants While chocolate can be very good for you, that can protect the body from the harmful effects of aging, With Valentine’s Day just behind us, we ask our- moderation is key. Think of it as a treat. Although it does pesticides, and pollutants. In addition to these antioxidants, selves, “Do I really need that last chocolate?” contain many vitamins and minerals, it is obviously no chocolate also contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals, and studies substitute for fruits and vegetables. Having a few extra squares, especially have shown that this tasty treat can help lower blood pressure in addition to on an occasion as special as Valentine’s Day, is not going to kill you, boosting immunity and possibly preventing cancer. While the delicious chocolaty so smile and shamelessly enjoy the last few of those Russell Stover’s. Foods to avoid The government is taking more By: Chelsy Meltzner Everyone loves going out than your money By: Sara Allen Photo courtesy of Google images to eat, whether it is grabbing a The government has a lot of power, but should that power include being snack on the go, going to dinner able to take your baby’s DNA? It is government mandated that babies are with the family, or just getting a screened for genetic diseases when they are born (in the United States). Some little something to satisfy your states keep the babies’ DNA stored indefinitely; one of those states is Florida. sweet tooth. However, most Annie Brown, a Florida resident, took her daughter, Isabel, to the pediatrician of us are clueless as to what when the doctor asked them to come because he needed to tell them something we are eating exactly. Some about their daughter. It turned out that Isabel carried a gene that put her at risk restaurants have begun posting for cystic fibrosis. Doctors ran tests and found out that Isabel did not have the calorie counters on their menus, Vitamin Water is filled with disease. As grateful as the Brown’s were for the information, they wondered how but even that doesn’t seem to sugar and has a high amount the doctor knew how Isabel had the gene when they never agreed to genetic testing. help very much. When trying of calories. Their doctor explained that when Isabel was born, the hospital tested for genetic to decide what or what not diseases and kept the DNA in a lab. Many parents don’t know that their baby’s DNA is to eat, there are a few foods and drinks that everyone taken and stored, but when they find out they take action, like the Browns. In Texas and should try to avoid, whether they are on a diet or not. Minnesota, parents have filed lawsuits; because of these there is now a debate about One of the most popular drinks among kids, teens, and whether or not it is appropriate for the government to have babies’ genetic blueprints. athletes is Vitamin Water. Vitamin Water may seem healthy “We were appalled when we found out. Why do they need to store my baby’s and have fun flavors, but it is deceiving. The nutritional facts DNA indefinitely? Something on there could affect her ability to get a job, or get health are based on one serving size, but one bottle contains 2.5 insurance,” Brown said in response to finding out the government had Isabel’s DNA. serving sizes, which is confusing, and has high calories. Minnesota’s state website claims the reason for keeping the DNA is so tests Quiznos is a favorite fast-food restaurant among many, can be repeated and if the DNA is ever needed to help a parent identify a missing or but offers some not-so-smart choices. Everyone assumes deceased child. Another thing parents don’t like about having their baby’s DNA taken that salads are healthy, but that’s not always the case, like is sometimes the DNA is given to outside researchers with the name attached without Quiznos’s Chicken with Honey Mustard Flatbread Salad. With parental consent which is needed if the researcher wants a sample with a name on it. 1,070 calories, 71 g fat, 1,770 mg sodium, this salad has half In the US, 20 papers have been published since 2000 using newborn blood samples. a day’s calories and enough fat grams for a whole day. When The debate is on-going if it appropriate for the government to take babies’ DNA going to Olive Garden, be sure to stay away from their Grilled without consent of the parents. Lawsuits continue to be filed over the issue. About every Shrimp Caprese, which has a garlic-butter sauce that gives seven seconds a new baby is born, and those babies are having their DNA taken from you 2/3 of your daily fat and almost two times your sodium limit. them. Since the genetic testing is state mandated, there isn’t much people can do to stop it. A surprising product that made the list was Smoothie King’s Hulk Strawberry Smoothie. One small smoothie has more calories than two McDonald’s Big Mac’s, and is full of sugar. One Grande Starbucks’ Double Chocolaty Chip Not your average sleepy-head By: Lauren Harper Photo courtesy of MSN.com Frappuccino Blended Creme with whipped cream contains Do you ever feel lazy when you sleep in 510 calories, which is 1/3 of a daily allowance of both fat and until one or two in the afternoon, and feel that you saturated fat. Wendy’s Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings have have wasted the day sleeping? Well, for one British more salt in them than allowed in a 2,000 calorie diet, while teenager, this is an understatement. Louisa Ball has a Dunkin’ Donuts’s Coffee Cake Muffin has as many calories as very rare disorder that causes her to doze off at times, three of their glazed donuts. One quarter of Chili’s Onion String and then not wake up until several days later. The and Crispy Jalapeno Stack appetizer and Macaroni Grill’s neurological disorder, Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), Fettuccine Alfredo both provide more fat than necessary in a is a condition that does not have a cure, and there are healthy diet. Other snacks that one should stay away from are Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) has affected only around 1,000 known cases of it around the world. Louisa Ball for over a year now. Ruffles’ Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips which Ball is a regular 15-year-old girl most of the time, have 17 percent of one’s daily fat, Reese’s Puffs Cereal, but when she is about to have another “episode,” where sleep comes for many days at a time, containing more sugar than most candy bars, and Kellogg’s she is quiet and does not talk much. Her longest sleeping episode lasted for 13 days. Her Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts which have 420 calories, friends and family are able to pick up on when she is about to have another period of prolonged and more than half of one’s daily limit for sugar and fat. slumber by her moods and behaviors. The sleep periods usually come around every four to Trying to eat healthy can definitely be confusing, and five weeks, during which Ball is thrown into a sleep where she wakes up occasionally. When some foods can be deceiving. On a 2,000 calorie diet one, she wakes up for those short periods of time, Ball experiences a lack of appetite, extreme should remember these tips. Try not drowsiness, irritability, confusion, and her overall frame of mind is a ‘dream-like state.’ Ball Photo courtesy of Google images to exceed 65 g of fat, 20 g of saturated was diagnosed with the syndrome about a year ago when her symptoms began to occur. fat, 300 mg of cholesterol, 2,400 mg of This disorder is primarily found in adolescents and can greatly affect the sodium, 300 g of carbohydrates, and demeanor of the child. Episodes of KLS occur in cycles, and symptoms can occur for up 50g of protein in one day. Even though to a decade. Those who suffer from the disorder are usually unable to attend school or some of our favorite, best-tasting care for themselves. While having the incident, those with KLS sleep for the majority of foods are the worst for you, there are the day or night, only waking up to eat or use the bathroom. They appear “spacey, and healthier options to everything. Try have lack of energy and emotion.” When they are not having an episode, they function looking for organic brands, brands as normal children or teens with no visible symptoms. This bizarre syndrome is definitely that have no or reduced sugar options, not one to be taken lightly because it causes great portions of sufferers’ lives to be and also portion-size is important; limit spent sleeping. This ends up leaving them missing out on a well-deserved childhood. yourself. If you remember these tips, Ball used to be an ardent dancer, but with her condition, she is unable to Reese’s Puffs cereal and remember to steer clear of these is an unhealthy way to compete. There is no known cause for KLS, but there is a chance that Ball will dangerous foods, it will be one more start your day . eventually just grow out of it. Her life is altered by the disorder, but this teenager tries to way to have a healthier you in 2010. stay positive about it all and will hopefully get a lot less of sleep in the years to come. February the Loudspeaker Ten 2010 Entertainment 10 Alexander McQueen Ke$ha is taking over the radio By: Kelsey Short found dead Photo courtesy of Google images “Wake up in the mornin’ feeling like P. “I Kissed a Girl.” Perry and Ke$ha have been Diddy” begins the hit song that has taken over good friends for some time. Ke$ha was the By: Katie Wilbanks radio stations across America. Kesha Rose female voice in Flo Rida’s hit song “Right The world of fashion is Serbert, or better known as Ke$ha, released Round,” but received no credit for her part in known for artistic, meticulous, the hit song “TiK ToK” in August of 2009. the song. Since she wasn’t credited for the and “out-there” designers. When Ke$ha is a singer and song writer, getting her song, she refused to appear in the music video most people think of fashion first hit by appearing in Flo Rida’s hit song and changed her name from Kesha to Ke$ha. though, they think of the major “Right Round.” Her number one hit single “TiK ToK” made the top of the Billboard names like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, can be heard on radio stations, Hot 100 and became the first and Chanel. Typically, the more in clubs and in people’s cars. number one hit of the decade. Photo courtesy of Google images small time designers are left in Alexander McQueen The rest of Ke$ha’s The song reached top five in the dust. Alexander McQueen was known for his album has the same upbeat and several countries, including New may not have been a name heard flamboyant designs. techno feel as her single “TiK Zealand, US, and Canada. For its outside the fashion industry, but ToK.” Her album, Animal, was second week at number one, “TiK he definitely left an imprint on the fashion world. That released in 2010 and has become ToK” set the female download is, before his sudden death on February 11, 2010. the number one selling album record. “TiK ToK” also became McQueen was a British designer. He was in the US. Ke$ha grew up in a the most played song on the radio the chief designer at the Givenchy house in 1996; musical family, her single parent while on its fifth week on top. however, he became the creative director for Gucci mother, Pepe Serbert, was an Ke$ha’s album includes other in 2001. McQueen had some of his own boutiques aspiring singer and songwriter. Pop sensation Kesha has taken popular hits such as “Your Love and designed very controversial wardrobes. Ke$ha’s mother over radio stations with her hit is My Drug” and “Blah Blah Blah” Like most designers, there was meaning received a publishing deal when single “TiK ToK.” ft. 3oh!3, with whom Ke$ha has behind McQueen’s designs. He made clothes as a Ke$ha was just a child, and Ke$ha was often worked with several times before. Most of her way to express himself. Some of the themes of his at her mother’s shows and studio sessions. songs are very pop-inspired and upbeat, making clothing included the role of technology in humans’ Ke$ha’s mother strongly encouraged her to them the perfect dance music. With catchy lines lives, the impact of chadors (a dark traditional garment pursue a singing career, and Ke$ha began and suggestive lyrics, the songs are best suited worn in public by Muslim and sometimes by Hindu writing songs at a very young age. She has for older teens and young adults. Ke$ha is not women that covers almost all of the head and body) appeared in several music videos while also exactly a role model, but her music has caught on women, and the historical suppression of women. performing in top musical hits. She sang the attention of many. I would say that her album Most of his designs were flashy and some were background in Britney Spears’s song “Lace will become a best seller and that even more of even made of everyday items, like recycled scraps. and Leather” and was in Katy Perry’s video, her hits will begin to be heard all over the world. Off the runway, McQueen designed outfits for Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Queen Elizabeth II also recognized his fashion abilities. She Google to challenge Facebook Photo courtesy of Google images made him a Commander By: James Byrd of the British Empire Checking email, posting statuses, and uploading Photo courtesy of Google images in 2003 because he photos are some of the key features offered by today’s started many trends social networking giant, Facebook. Millions of people that are still seen today. have accounts on social sites such as Facebook, Though not much has Myspace, Xanga, and Twitter, but could a new name be been reported about entering the race with a goal of taking Facebook’s throne? his actual death, many Google, the search engine and e-mail giant, Google’s goal with Google Buzz is to create The fashion industry lost one of its assume that it was a has entered the industry with its launch of Google a networking service that is a appealing and most innovative designers, Alexander suicide, and the UK Buzz. Google has integrated new features into its easy to use as the Facebook interface. McQueen, on February 11, 2010. Daily Mail is going as email service, Gmail, with goals of making Gmail a prime competitor for Facebook. The far as to say that he hanged himself. Regardless of new Google Buzz has the same basic features used by most networking sites including: how McQueen died, he will always be remembered status updates, photo and video sharing, and messaging between users. Google Buzz also as a fashion icon. “He changed the way so many of features integration with other sites that share the Google name such as: Twitter, Picasa, us see shows,” Hal Rubenstein, a fashion director Flicker, and Google Reader. Google’s goal is, and always has been, to organize the web’s of InStyle magazine, stated. There is no doubt that information in the most convenient way possible, a goal that has become harder to achieve McQueen’s legacy will live on for a very long time, if not since the creation of site like Facebook and Myspace. Google’s goal with Google Buzz is to forever. Cindy Weber Cleary, also a member of InStyle create a networking service that is a appealing and easy to use as the Facebook interface. magazine, said, “He was a huge talent, a master of Google’s step into the industry has not been as smooth as the company may tailoring and always willing to push the envelope.” have hoped. There have currently been reports of a privacy issue for the users of Google Unfortunately, McQueen died just days before Buzz. While signing up for the web service, the contacts on a user’s Gmail contact book London Fashion Week, and though he did not plan to are automatically added to the user’s friend list which is publicly posted for anyone to see. show any of his masterpieces at this event, he most Google’s privacy flaw could potentially reveal users’ email to the public showing what the topics likely would have been there to admire the works of of the emails are, and how often users email people in their address book, giving random others. Also, McQueen was scheduled to show a viewers information on who you email, what you email, and just how often you email them. line of his clothing in March. This abrupt end to his Google Buzz is currently working to resolve the privacy issues in their new life is a terrible event for the fashion industry. They service. The social networking industry may be seeing a new name, but for the time being, have lost one of their most innovative designers. Google is hardly a threat to Facebook’s massive lead over other sites in the industry. Lil Wayne locked up By: Chelsy Metlzner As kids, the dentist always told us to brush our teeth, use mouth wash, and floss multiple times a day. However, it looks as if doing just the opposite has paid off for a certain celebrity. One of the industry’s hottest rappers of all time, Lil Wayne, has postponed his trip to jail, once again, due to emergency dental problems. On February 9, when the rapper did not show up to court, his lawyer released a statement announcing that Lil Wayne would not be able to make it because of a cracked tooth. However, this is not the first time an incident like this has happened. The sentence leads back to July of 2007, when authorities pulled over the rapper on his tour bus while in Manhattan, New York, after performing at one of his concerts. Police allegedly saw and smelled marijuana smoke coming from the door of the bus. After searching the vehicle, a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun was found, and Lil Wayne was charged with second-degree attempted weapon possession. He originally pleaded not guilty, but after the judge began DNA testing the weapon for traces of Lil Wayne’s DNA, which came back positive, he changed his mind. In October of 2009, he pleaded guilty and entered a plea deal with the prosecutors. The rapper was originally facing up to 15 years in prison, but the plea deal reduced that time to only about a year, with the possibility of getting out early with good behavior. Lil Wayne’s trail was initially supposed to begin back in January, it kept getting rescheduled. He was then expected to be sentenced February 10; however, his tooth troubles have set the date back until March 2. He is scheduled for surgery February 12, and his lawyer said that he will need at least ten days to recover. “I don’t want this to get pushed back anymore. This is the last adjournment,” Judge Charles H. Solomon told Lil Wayne. It is likely that right after his court date in March, Lil Wayne will immediately begin his sentence. The Grammy-winning star is not afraid of his future. “This is Lil Wayne going to jail. Nobody can tell me what that’s like. I just say I’m looking forward to it,” the rapper told Rolling Stone magazine recently. Lil Wayne has been busy preparing for his time in the slammer though. He recently performed his last concert before his jail-time begins, released a new album, Rebirth, on February 2, and is working hard on his upcoming album Tha Carter IV. He also posted a video on his website the night before he was supposed to go to court, saying goodbye to all of his fans, “To all my fans, my real fans, I really, really, truly love you. I love you with all of me for real.” Lil Wayne’s court dates are not over yet though; he is still facing another trial in Arizona for drug and weapon related charges scheduled for the end of March. Maybe after these charges and time in prison, Lil Wayne will not only clean up his act, but his mouth.
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