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Issue Issue V IVI Life & Style IV Issue Issue April 2007 February 2006 March 2005 October 2008 What is 5 inches? Is the dress code truly fair to everyone... Kelsey M How many girls try to Staff Writer hide? Here, an instance where a student sees the When shopping for a cute skirt, how dean approaching and many girls actually think about the dress code at quickly tries to hide, us- their school? On page five of our high school ing the lunch table. handbook, it states “all hemlines (including dresses, shorts, skirts etc.) can not be more than 5 inches about the knee.” Seems like a simple and pretty lucid rule; however, it causes a chaotic amount of confusion amongst the 324 females that attend MHS. Questions pertaining to fairness, as well as clarity of the rule itself often are sought when a girl is asked to change her outfit. Hon- estly, what is five inches anyway? And is it fair Pictured below, Kelsey M, stand- for all girls, short or tall, to have to abide by this ing tall for a clear length check. strictly enforced rule? Mrs. Colleen Larson, the new Dean of Students, here at MHS, has had 50 to 60 incidents of girls that have disobeyed the skirt rule since the beginning of this school year alone. “Basically, I think it’s a more than rea- sonable rule. If someone is wearing something inappropriate, I simply ask them to call someone and get a change of clothing. When the girls ques- tion the length of the skirts, that’s when I actually Above, another student, much pull out the ruler and measure,” says Mrs. Larson. taller, poses to prove her dress was not challenging the code Mrs. DeBlois, Academic Dean of Stu- of conduct. dents has this to say about the five-inch rule. “I agree with the (Photos taken by Kelsey M & Timmy M) (Continued on Page 24) Driving with Cell Phones …. Breegan S that paying attention to what lies ahead anyone; take it from Senior Kendra S. Staff Writer should be the number one priority while on “I think it is a really bad idea [to the road. use your cell phone and drive]. My sister Officer Josh Mello’s illustrious Cell phones have become increas- does it and I fear for my life. I wish she approachable demeanor and soft eyes sud- ingly intricate over the past few years; you would stop.” denly harden when asked of his opinion on can flip, slide, swivel, and adjust your way Using your phone while in motion using a cell phone while driving. “Famous to get in touch with a contact of yours. can put you into extremely scary situa- last words. ‘I wasn’t paying attention, I These maneuvers all contain movements tions, but furthermore, it endangers those was checking my cell phone.’ Those are and brain cells that would be better used around even if they are fully focused on the famous last words.” focusing on the car ahead of you. the road. Insight into the world of car Slamming on your brakes at the “Recipe for disaster,” was the wreckages leaves us with an understanding last second to avoid wreckage is scary for simplest way Officer Mello could navigate (Continued on Page 19) STYLE PAGE 19 Dolce and Gabanna, Fendi, and the Donna Karan: A look at what’s hot this season: Around Town and On the Runway Rachelle P high’s, or those cute platforms…these colors will knock those Staff Writer last season gladiator shoes out of the water. So, Fall is just around the corner and it’s getting to the We all love the fashion week, the outfits, and the de- point where those gladiator shoes and the accented miniskirts you signers. From Dolce and Gabanna, who was our top fashion de- see so much of around school, as well as the summer dresses, just signer of the month, to Vivienne West- aren’t going to cut it anymore. But now the wait for the new fall wood as our number 10, who is also the update is finally over. Deep colors like reds, plums and all the infamous designer of Carrie Bradshaw’s variations gold, greens, silver, black, white, and navy blue are wedding gown in Sex and the City: The being brought back to the fall of 2008. Movie. “I’ve seen a lot of scarves, and ballet flats with the Remember every woman’s little skinny jeans around school. Those are okay, and I like designers black dress? Instead of plain and simple, too, but I get most of my clothes from Wet Seal, and as long as on the runway we’re seeing frills, bows, it’s cute, I’ll buy anything,” says sophomore Omani W. and even faux fur are making the dress that It’s most likely going to be cold this fall, so the best way much more sexy and bold. to warm up are boyfriend styled sweaters, available almost any- Lastly, the bows are back! Bows where. If you’re not quite into the whole sweater thing, then why on dresses, pants, coats, and shirts, have this season in a praising not try long fitted shirts with a button up jacket or zip up/ pull up-roar. To make the “Bow Effect” even cuter, add one to your over hoodie? Oversized layers look hair. “I like bows, when I think bow, I think droopy and can make you look like girly, and it just makes me you might have gained a bit. Figure feel good about myself be- flattering is a better way to show off cause it’s cute,” says sopho- your curves. more Karesse A. Also the buttoned, knee There’s your fashion for this length jackets along with any type of fall! New colors and a new black pants with an accented belt is a plus to keep your legs from variation to the things of the freezing. These make your form appear much narrower. past, you can never go wrong As for shoes, the peep-toes are back! Soft colors like with a classic iconic dress or gray, red, and black are good to make your shoes look awesome anything else for that matter and brightening it with the new fall theme. Whether they are ankle boots, knee up. (Continued from page 18) his mind to text. I know it’s wrong but it’s your roadway privileges taken around cell hard to stop.” away until you turn eighteen. Does- phone usage during driving. It is recommended for driv- n’t sound worth it to make that one “Enough accidents that shouldn’t ers to pull over into a gas station or phone call, does it? have been caused involved cell a parking lot if it becomes immi- phones, too many.” nent that they use their phones for As it is, 26% of all drivers any reason. have been involved in an auto- A distraction on the road is accident within the past five years, never a good idea, as Senior Savoy but the most troubling part seems to K, relays, “I recently got into a car be that 25% of those crashes were accident so I think any distractions cell phone related, an easily avoid- from the road won’t lead to any- able circumstance. While some ad- thing good. I wasn’t even using my mit their wrongdoing, the troubling phone! Imagine what would have thought remains that there are many happened if I was.” on the road that still may not be paying attention. The Rhode Island law states Many will even admit to that within the first year of having a their wrong doings. For instance, license you may not use your phone senior Valerie H. says “I’m guilty, for any reason on the road. If when I drive around I use my phone caught, you will immediately have STYLE Page 20 Coffee from Around the World: An inside look to some of the most Worldly Inspired Coffee Houses here in Newport Rachelle P made to be a log cabin, but don’t let that fool you. Their coffee Staff Writer comes from the Arabian Peninsula and is very laidback and re- laxed. High demands of the House blend cup is at its peak, along Believe it or not, there are coffee houses in our sur- with the chocolate chip cookies and Panini’s. This wonderful rounding areas that are very worldly inspired by different cultures little shop sells all three courses including dinner! Take home around the earth. From the Forests of Latin America to the rolling dinners like Fettuccine and Lasagna are very popular. Workers hills of Europe down to the oasis of Arabia, these coffee houses here are wonderfully optimistic and love to answer any questions have been selling products like there’s no tomorrow. you may have. The store offers extra occasions like Wednesday night reading group for young children at 9:30 every week and Starbucks: they also cater parties. It was nominated the “Readers Choice The first on our list is Starbucks. As I recently found Award for the Best Coffee in Rhode Island” by the Rhode Island out, Starbucks receives its coffee from a variety of places in Latin Monthly, in 2008. America, the Asian Pacific, and even small parts of Africa and Arabia. This is where the “believe it or not” part comes into play; I did some background research on Starbucks at their main web- site, and found that these places are where the coffee from that store comes from. In- teresting isn’t it? What’s great about Cappuccino’s: Starbucks With coffee imported from Italy and pastries made with is that it’s a special Italian flare; Cappuccinos makes a perfect place to have just one of a one-on-one close up on Italy. You can’t get better than that can those you? Of course you can! The food and coffee is tremendously places authentic as is the scenery inside the café. The Tosca Almond where you Bar’s and Cocoa Mocha Bar’s are extremely popular as are the say “Hey! This is good! Let’s get another round!” East Main road Mocha and Espresso drinks among the teenage crowd. Extra ser- is the home of our very own Starbucks. It’s a great place just to vices include wedding and special event cakes, a bakery shop, hangout and get some great coffee, not to mention really good and lunch specials every day, also every Wednesday is a buy one pastries as well. Speaking of pastries…the high demand of the get one cupcake free day. Workers here are friendly and make cookies and other baked goods makes it nearly impossible to sure you get you order under 5 minutes! They cater for parties keep them in stores! Same goes with the Lattes and Frappuc- and make small cookie and chocolate favors which can be that cino’s. Starbucks not only sells its own coffee, but cute mugs to elegant touch to any party. Located on 874 West Main Road, purchase also. This place is a great place to hangout and crash Middletown, RI, in the Home Depot and Cinema Shopping Cen- after a hard day at school, or if you were walking around town ter, this and happened to want a quick caffeine boost. Check it out, be- may not cause not only will you get what you want, but great service from be the your naturally relaxed and cheerful employees as well. Though, best don’t get saddened by the thought of only one Starbucks, there is place to actually two close to our town, the one in Middletown and there put a is the one in Newport. So Enjoy! coffee shop… Custom House Coffee: but the So, there’s a huge football game tonight and you want to interior kill some time before the game. Unfortunately, you’re too ex- over- hausted from a day at school. Why not head to Custom House rules Coffee? There are two, one in Middletown and another in Ports- that to a mouth. The one I wrote about is right off of Rt. 114 at Clock max. Tower Square, in Portsmouth RI. This place looks as if it was (photos taken by Rachelle P) STYLE page 21 Bachelor : Dan Cooney Bachelor : Mark G Editor’s note: The bachelor and Kelsey M bachelorettes are selected by the Staff Writer staff to represent single students The Wave: Have and should be recognized for their Ladies, look out. There is a single foot- any pick-up lines? easy going and friendly personalities. They are good friends who may go ball hunk on the loose! Mark G, or as his Mark: I don’t need unnoticed in the school. friends like to call him “Marky,” is 5’9”, sen- one. The way I ap- ior at MHS, a stud looking for that lucky lady proach the ladies to spend all his time with. speaks for itself. “Mark, hm. He’s tall and a little shy, but once you bring out his personality you realize The Wave: Where can you be found when he’s a funny dude and mad chill. He’s got your not in school? some swagger. My boy is a real ladies man,” Mark: I’m either playing football or basket- said best friend, William S. ball and when I’m not doing that just chillen “He’s a funny kid and has great style,” with my friends. said fellow classmate Allison V. Amber S who has had the pleasure of The Wave: If you could change one thing dating Mark says, “Marky is a nice boy and is about yourself what would it be? very respectful.” Mark: I wish I could be a little taller to im- What girl wouldn’t want this amazing prove my athletic skills. man in her life? The Wave: What is something no one knows The Wave: What is the first thing you look for about you? in a girl? Mark: Most people don’t know that my mid- Mark: Um, probably their eyes. dle name is Terrell. The Wave: What do you consider your big- The Wave: Would you prefer boxers or gest turnoff? briefs? Mark: I don’t prefer girls with big teeth. Mark: Boxers. Favorites: The Wave: If you could plan a perfect date, Celeb Crush– Beyonce Movie– Harold and Kumar what would it be like? Food– chicken Mark: First I would take her out to dinner at a Color– blue Future Aspirations– wants to own his nice restaurant and then take her to a movie of own business/corporation her choice. The Wave: How would you describe yourself to someone who just met you? Mark: I’m athletic and have a great sense of humor. (photos courtesy of google images) STYLE page 22 Bachelorettes: Katie & Cassie O Jordan P Style Editor No doubt Cassie O has swept many off their feet, but at this moment in time she is single and ready to mingle. She is Along with her close girlfriends, one thing Katie O loves known to be quite the heart breaker, but her charming smile and to do is dress up and gallivant through Newport for a night out on her happy-go-lucky personality is definitely worth the effort. the town. “Cassie is hilarious, she has something to say about eve- “Katie always dresses so cute, I love all of her outfits,” rything, and it always cracks me up,” said junior Rachel P, a says fellow classmate Sarah J. friend of Cassie Besides looking fabulous she is quite the mathematician. Cassie is very blunt and will always tell it how it is. She She is currently studying Accounting and Algebra II honors. She almost seems opposite from her sister at times, and she loves to may come off as quiet at first, but once you get to know her she is gossip, but at heart she is an honest, loving person who will con- quite the wild thing. tinue to be there for you, listen, and support you in what ever you To many, she is a great friend, to family, she is a won- do. Cassie is a genuine young lady and any man would be lucky derful sister, and to one lucky fella, she can be the best thing that to call her his “girl”. ever happened to him. After reading this short, but very sweet interview The Wave conducted with our very own bachelorette of this issue, if Below The Wave gets a more in depth look at the real Katie you like what you see, then don’t be shy to hit that up. O. JP: What do you look for in a man friend? JP: What do you look for in a man friend? CO: “Intelligent, hard working, and a good sense of humor. Oh, KO: “Just a good personality and he has to make me laugh.” and good looking.” JP: At first sight, what do you find most attractive about a JP: At first sight, what do you find most attractive about a guy? guy? KO: “The first thing I look at is his teeth and his hair,. His teeth CO: “His teeth, his style, and their first impression on me.” have to be nice.” JP: One thing that would repulse you. JP: One thing that would repulse you. CO: “I hate it when they have nothing to talk about, zero conver- KO: “Greasy hair and not knowing how to dress. Absolutely no sation starters in mind.” sense of style is the worst.” JP: How would you describe yourself to someone who has yet JP: How would you describe yourself to someone who has yet to me you? to me you? CO: “I’m always happy, very optimistic thinker, and friendly.” KO: “I’m outgoing, fun to be around, funny, very loyal, and a good listener.” JP: Do you generally look for someone with the same inter- ests as you? JP: What hobbies or activities do you enjoy? CO: “No not really, I like them to be more athletic and always up KO: “Gymnastics and shopping.” for anything.” JP: Do you generally look for someone with the same inter- JP: Describe your perfect date with a man friend. ests as you? CO: “First, he’ll pick me up, then we’ll go out to a nice dinner or KO: “No, I’m more into guys who do manly sports, surfers are some coffee, he pays of course. More specifically, if it were dur- usually pretty cute.” ing the summer time, we would spend the day at the beach and have some fun in the sun.” JP: Describe your perfect date with a man friend. KO: “Well, he would pick me up in a sexy car, preferably a JP: If you could secretly giggle at one thing pertaining to Porche, take me out to dinner, then we would catch a movie ei- your sister what would it be? ther out or back at the house.” CO: “Well, I would have to say she is ridiculously obsessed with the entire Beckham family.” JP: If you could secretly giggle at one thing pertaining to your sister what would it be? JP: Any pick up lines? KO: “She’s, no doubt, into the blondies.” CO: “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put “U” and “I” together.” STYLE Page 23 Bachelorettes continued... Favorites: Favorites: Subject- Math Subject- English or Spanish Food/Restaurant- Steak with A1 sauce and Food/Restaurant- Mashed potatoes and gravy mashed potatoes Season, why?- “Fall because I love all the Season, why?- “Tie between winter and sum- changing colors.” mer, summer you can wear cute dresses and go Fashion Icon- Kristen Cavalleri downtown without getting cold.” Celeb Crush- Jesse McCartney Fashion Icon- Victoria Beckham and Whitney Movie- “There’s a lot, I don’t really have a fa- Port vorite.” Celeb Crush- David Beckham TV Show- Beverly Hills 90210 Movie- The Breakfast Club Ice-cream- “I’m lactose intolerant.” TV Show- Desperate Housewives, The Hills, Starbucks- Pumpkin Spice latte and Beverly Hills 90210 Ice-cream- Peanut Butter Cup Starbucks- “Caramel Macchiato or Frappa- chino, depends on the day.” (Photos couresty of Google.com) STYLE Page 24 Amber C News Editor What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning?... “Food!”- AJ J (12) “Yay! School!”- A.J S (9) “I have to pee.”- Brit- tani M. (12) “Oh what a glorious day!”- Brian A (10) “Where’s the “Oh God, I snooze but- have Amber in ton?”- Chelsea class.”- Mr. W. (11) Eric Godin (Continued from page 18) rule unfair is constantly on the minds of then there are others who do their best to school rule because its not punitive and not those girls aforementioned. abide by the rule,” says senior Pat W. meant to punish. Rather meant to establish “To be honest not many girls own The rule has brought much con- an acceptable standard in academic set- skirts that are five inches above the knee, troversy into the halls of MHS and from ting.” not cute ones anyway. And as for being that tension has erupted. There have been Despite the amount of issues that fair, shorter girls may seem like they have several meetings and attempts at making Mrs. DeBlois, as well as Mrs. Larson has an advantage because when your tall its the rule more agreeable. It is evident that had with girls who refuse to see the rule as more obvious but we get in trouble just the the faculty is doing their part in revising fair, they hold a firm belief in a modest same,” says junior Cassie O who has had the rule because the new rule that is being dress code. numerous altercations with the deans about enforced is that the hemline must be five Although she has not had any her skirts not reaching the five-inch mark. and a half inches above the knee rather issues this year, in previous years another “I hate being tall,” says senior than just five inches. As the faculty en- faculty member that has played a huge role Erin H who has also been told to change deavors to amend the rule, the students in enforcing the five-inch rule introduced her outfit due to dress code violation. “I could do their best to abide by the rule and the mathematical aspect of the issue. could be wearing the same skirt as some- challenge it on a different level then dis- “Mathematically it is fair for all one else and it would automatically be obeying the rule completely. Is there an girls because on every girl (give or take a shorter on me.” end to this on-going fight in sight, or will little depending on height) will have 60% In the midst of the disagreements girls still fidget with their skirts when pass- of their [top] leg covered,” says math between the girls at MHS and the faculty, ing a teacher? The basic belief is that the teacher Deana Smith. there also lies the opinion of the male stu- teachers of MHS hold the deciding vote on On the contrary there are mem- dent body. the dress code. The question is will the bers of the female student body that dis- “I think in some cases the rule students and teachers work together to agree with the rule and consistently try to should be applied, but in others it’s a little revise the rule or will it remain the same? get away with wearing their skirts. The excessive. There are some girls who abuse idea that height differences make the skirt the rule and wear really short skirts, but
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