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                                                                                                                                                                        2 Rising gas prices
                                                                                                                                                                        Is the cost worth driving?

                                                                                                                                                                        3 Fall sports
                                                                                                                “seriously awesome news”                                Total EV sports wrap-up

                                                                                                                                                                        7 iWant iPod nano
                                                                                                                                                                        Review of Apple’s latest
                                                                                                                                                                        fancy little gadget

            volume 9, issue 2                                                                                                        November 2005

Rosemount man drives hurricane relief efforts
Delivers food, supplies, and hope to Katrina victims                                                                                                                     by McKenna Ewen
                                                                                                                                                                         Managing Editor

    When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf            “How can you not do something when           Valley, with both Lakeville and Rose-          Mark, another niece, and her fiancée were
Shores, Rosemount resident Laura Slet-         you see people suffering so much?” asks          mount Cub Foods collecting food. The           on their way to Jackson, Mississippi with
to watched the television as a weeping         Laura. But Laura didn’t simply “do some-         Slettos’ five-year-old niece handed out         the truck full of supplies merely eight
mother held her three starving children at     thing”; she collected $1,287 in donations        flyers for a total of nine hours encourag-      days after Katrina struck. He reached the
the Superdome. She immediately woke            for gas money and contacted Drugstore.           ing customers to donate supplies to the        devastated coastal cities before either the
up her husband Mark Sletto and told            com, which then donated half a semi-truck        truck. The generous donors were told that      Red Cross or FEMA came to their aid.
him that someone needed to take action.        full of supplies. The Dollar Tree in Apple       anything put in the truck would be in Mis-     The military was just arriving.
     Laura started by networking from          Valley also came to their aid by collect-        sissippi within 24 hours. An anonymous               The journey consisted of downed
home, calling Mississippi churches and         ing one-gallon water donations from its          carpenter unloaded all of his work sup-        power lines, large debris, and natural gas
asking them specifically what they need-        customers.                                       plies for the day into the Budget truck,       leaks. “It was dangerous down there, but
ed and how to help. A church member of            She was not the only one hard at work.        including his compressor, nail gun, and        people down there still needed food and
Ascension Lutheran Church in Jackson           Her husband Mark rented the largest truck        other construction supplies.                   water, and someone needed to deliver,”
responded, “Send food, send water. Peo-        available from Budget Truck Rental and               Without any previous experience with       says Mark.
ple have to do something.”                     parked it outside the Cub Foods in Apple         the coastal region or delivering supplies,                          ‘Mark is da man’ p. 2

We can’t live without them
                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Jean Chung this a good thing?                                                                       FLASHING THEIR PHONES: No member
                                                                                                of concert choir is without an electronic friend
by Irina Vaynerman
Staff Writer                                   to,” says junior Jill Eekhoff, “I think it’s
                                               really easy.”                                    saying, “All I could think about was how
                                                     You might even say that cell phones        all my friends’ numbers were in it, and
     Cell phones. They’re everywhere—                                                           how if it got into the wrong hands, they’d
                                               have become more of a necessity than a
from pockets to purses and backpacks.                                                           be harassed…It’s like my little baby.”
                                               privilege. Students use them as a safety
We can’t live without them. They’ve                                                                  Some students disagree. Junior Sean
                                               while driving, comforted by the fact that
transformed the lines of communication                                                          Metcalf thinks cell phones hold such ap-
                                               they will be able to call someone for help
as we know it. Life without them would                                                          peal for a different reason—to be cool.
                                               if needed.
be impossible, wouldn’t it?                                                                     “Cell phones are more or less tools to fit
                                                   “When I’m driving and I use it, I can do
    A gallop poll in 2003 found that three                                                      in,” he says.
                                               stupid things...but you know that if some-
out of every five Americans has a cell                                                                Still, others manage to tough it out
                                               thing happens, you’ll always be able to get
phone. At Eastview, it seems the statis-
                                                                                                                                                                        A Brief
                                               help,” says Nicole Howard, junior.               without them. Those few brave souls live
tics are even higher.                                                                           each day without the comfort of having a
                                                   Cell phones are not only convenient but

     It’s difficult not to see the hundreds                                                      beloved, silver, flippy pal. They’re forced
                                               are also a vital means of social interaction.
of cellular phones that inundate the halls                                                      to communicate with their friends face-
                                               Parents, friends, and family members need                                                                                                           of
during passing period and even in class.                                                        to-face, and even worse, use their home
                                               to have some way to connect with EV stu-
Senior Ryan Mundahl admits to sending
out a record 26 texts in Mr. Vande Berg’s
                                               dents while they’re away from the house.
                                                   “I don’t like to leave it at home because
                                                                                                     Most of the students who remain cell                          Cell Phones
AP European History class.                                                                      phoneless attest to borrowing their friends’                   From the message in a bottle
                                               I feel like people can’t reach me,” says se-
     Whether it’s a blatant phone call in                                                       phones when they need to make a call.                          to the carrier pigeon, the rela-
                                               nior Shannon Osgar.
the middle of the locker bay or a secre-                                                            “I’ve only had my phone for two                            tive ease of communication
                                                   The cell phone has become our primary
tive text under a desk, it’s clear that cell                                                    months,” says junior Wendy Szempruch.                          has come a long way thanks to
                                               source of communication to others, and
phones have become a staple in our ev-                                                          “Before that, I just had to mooch off of                       the cellular phone.
                                               almost a crutch. Sophomore Susie Close
ery day lives.                                                                                  other people. It wasn’t hard since most
                                               was traumatized by the loss of her phone,
    “I could text in every class if I wanted                                                    people have one.”
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Gas prices stomp student mileage staff box                                                                                                     lightningpress
                                                                                                ing a high school student.” Jobs available
                                                                                                for students are only part time, usually       Editor-in-Chief
                                                                                                pay barely above minimum wage, and cut               § Grace Welter
                                                                                                into the time students spend doing school
                                                                                                work or relaxing after a long week. Stu-
                                                                                                                                               Managing Editor
                                                                                                dents spend more and more hours work-
                                                                                                ing to pay for their cars, gas, and insur-
                                                                                                                                                    § McKenna Ewen
                                                                                                ance, which means less time on their
                                                                                                education.                                     Front Page/News Editor
                                                                                                      Hannah Hinckley, a junior at the               § Jean Chung
                                                                                                School of Environmental Studies, comes
                                                                                                back to Eastview for choir every day           Graphics/Design Editor
                                                                                                and therefore has no choice but to drive            § Kelsey Eliason
                                                                                                her car. However, she does carpool with
                                                                                                other students to SES, so it cuts back on      Feature Editor
                                                                                                some pollution and costs.
                                                                                                                                                     § Alyssa Cassada
                                                                                                   “I definitely like riding my bike when I
                                                                                                have the choice,” says Hinckley. Unfortu-
                                                                                                nately, that option will no longer be avail-   Sports Editor
                                                                                                able during the winter months.                       § JW Boyden
                                                                                                     Other students have the option of rid-
                                                                                                ing the bus or walking to school, but most     Opinions Editor
                                                                                                students agree that the benefits of driving           § Michael Lenz
                                                                                                outweigh the cost. Taking the bus, while
                                                                                                reliable and cost-free, has its downsides.     Variety Editor
                                                                                                    “You don’t have an activity bus to wait          § Becky Griffith
                                                                                                for if you drive yourself,” agrees senior
                                                                                                Alyssa Falos. Others, like senior Emily
                                                                                                Bowman, like the fact that they can bring
                                                                                                                                               Staff Columnists
                                                                                                all their things to school in their car with          § Grace Welter
                                                                                                no hassles.                                           § Jean Chung
                                                                                                     The rise in prices seems to have little
by Michelle Aderhold                                                                            or no effect on some students. Many share      Staff Writers
Lightning Reporter                             students need to fill their tanks every 2-3       junior Joe Weise’s mentality, saying, “I             § Briana Eull
                                               weeks, the money adds up.                        don’t pay for my own gas, so it doesn’t              § Ally Huang
                                                     “I’m a frequent driver,” says senior       affect me very much.”                                § Irina Vaynerman
      In the past three months, gasoline       Paul Cochran, “but because of the gas                Senior Jake Anderson points out that
prices have fluctuated daily from $2-3          prices, I don’t drive as much anymore.           the price rise in Minnesota compared to
                                                                                                                                               Lightning Reporters
per gallon. Terrorist attacks, international   It’s not as fun knowing how much money           other areas is relatively low: “Other re-
relations, natural disasters, and the ever     I spend.”       Student drivers are cutting      gions would normally get their gas from
                                                                                                                                                     § Michelle Aderhold
dwindling supply of oil in the world all       back on miles and piling on work hours to        sources destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,”             § Kasia Bartczak
contribute to the stress of many student       compensate for the gas prices.                   he says. “Because we get our gas from                § Jennifer Bissell
drivers here at Eastview. Gas prices range         “It’s hard to pay for gas on your own,”      Alaska, we’re not affected all that much.            § Kelsey Eliason
from around $15 to even $40. Because           says senior Emily Bullis, “especially be-        I’m not too upset about the prices.”                 § Blake Hanson
                                                                                                                                                     § Diane Kulseth
Mark is da man                                                                                  for the smaller cities along the Missis-
                                                                                                                                                     § Jon Latterner
             CONTINUED from p.1                permission. Just do it,” advises Mark. The                                                            § Hannah Newman
                                                                                                sippi coast, including Bay St. Louis, Pass
                                               military officials let his truck roll by, often   Christian, Long Beach, and Gulfport,
                                               times without fully stopping, probably as
                                                                                                                                               Staff Cartoonist
   Arriving in Jackson, Mark was directed                                                       some of the hardest hit cities.
to Christ United Methodist Church, the         a result of the giant “Donate Food – Ka-                                                               § Carl Rettke
                                                                                                     After more than a week and a half,
local distribution center. By the time he      trina” sign posted on the side of his truck.     many of the predominately poor neigh-
left, that center had moved to a larger for-   “The military guys didn’t care [because]         borhoods had yet to receive any relief.
                                                                                                                                               Staff Photographers
mer Winn Dixie store. The site contained       they knew [we] were doing good things,”          In fact, volunteers warned Sletto that he             § Stacey Birk
roughly 150 volunteers and had a three-        he says.                                         would not be safe in certain areas because            § Jennifer Bissell
hour policy; anything brought in would             Mark managed to make 13 drops, the           of heavy drug usage.                                  § Jean Chung
be out within three hours. The majority of     worst being the cities along the coast in-           “An awful lot of bad things were hap-             § Kelsey Eliason
the routes would not allow semi-trucks to      cluding Waveland, Mississippi, a town of         pening, but also a lot of good things,”               § Cole Trace
pass, so Mark became a crucial deliverer       nearly 7,000. In that area, children slept in    says Sletto. The communities were united
because of the large but maneuverable          their front yards without tents or sleeping      showing a large amount of gratitude after      Printer
size of his truck. His was one of about six    bags, adults wandered around absolutely          each truck delivery. He received hugs at
                                               devastated, and the smell of death, both
                                                                                                                                                     § Sauk Centre Web Printing
others that made the journey from Jack-                                                         each stop and was prayed for on several
son to the hardest hit areas of the coastal    animal and human, rose from the ditches                                                         Advisors
Mississippi.                                   and sewers.                                                                                           § Ms. Jessica Crooker
                                                                                                    “Just to see someone coming to help
       On the way to each drop, security            On average, Mark loaded trucks for                                                               § Mr. Charlie Hokkanen
                                                                                                makes such a difference,” says Sletto. For
was very strict to prevent looting and         roughly 5-7 hours and than drove roughly         many of the people, the trucks showed
violence. Only certain people were autho-      10-14 hours a day to different drop points.                                                      The Lightning Press is an open fo-
                                                                                                they were not forgotten and motivated           rum for student expression. This pa-
rized to pass at each checkpoint. “When        There was no time to rest when he served         them to continue fighting. “While I was
[you’re] down there, don’t ask anyone’s        as the supply line of both food and water                                                        per is dedicated to the free expression
                                                                                                down there, I thought to myself, is there       of the thoughts and opinions of the
                                                                                                anything that I could be doing more im-         students of Eastview High School.
                                                                                                portant than what I’m doing now? And            However, the articles and opinions of
                                                                                                no, there wasn’t.”                              the bylined author(s) do not necessar-
                                                                                                                                                ily reflect the opinions of Independent
                                                                                                                                                School District 196, the administra-
                                                                                                                                                tion of Eastview High School or all
                                                                                                                                                members of the Editorial Board. All
                                                                                                                                                information is current as of October
                                                                                                                                                9, 2005. Our mission as the Edito-
                                                                                                                                                rial Board of the Lightning Press is
                                                                                                                                                to provide a quality publication for
                                                                                                                                                Eastview High School that reflects the
                                                                                                                                                thoughts and opinions of the students
                                                                                                                                                currently attending EVHS.
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                2005 fall sports wrap-up
                           Melander wins section crown, 9th at state
by Hannah Newman
Lightning Reporter

     The 2005 cross country season ended                                                                                     set an amazing PR, was unable to finish
marvelously for both the boys and girls                                                                                      the race due to physical exhaustion and
teams. At the Lake Conference meet,                                                                                          stopped a few meters before the finish line.
numerous personal records [PR] were at-                                                                                         Remarkably, McKenzie Melander won
tained. In the boys JV race Eastview won                                                                                     the Regions meet and set her PR of 14:44.
the gold, silver and bronze places: Kirk                                                                                     McKenzie Melander is the first girl to
Landon crossed the finish line first, fol-                                                                                     win the regional meet for Eastview. A
lowed by teammate Bryan Griepp who                                                                                           highlight of the season occurred when she
was followed by Andy Kump. Top finish-                                                                                        placed 9th at the state meet. There were
ers for the girls JV were Melissa Goettig,                                                                                   many reasons for success this year. Raija
Anna Williams and Raija Naegeli. For                                                                                         Naegeli, one of the girl’s captains, noticed
the boys Varsity team, Seth Rosvold, Tra-                                                                                    that she “thought it would be difficult for
vis Burkstrand, Marty Maloney and Da-                                                                                        us to be good this year after losing Natalie
vid Pechuta achieved all-conference status                                                                                   Yarborough and a lot of good seniors, but
for their Lake Conference race. McKenzie                                                                                     a lot of girls stepped up to fill their posi-
Melander also received an all-conference                                                                                     tions.” Captain Anna Hoeschen appreciat-
award. Mia Blundetto and Ally Law-                                                                                           ed that even people with injuries supported
rence received all-conference honorable                                                                                      the team. It was a great season, but to im-
mention. Rachel Stack, on course to                                                                                          prove even more, coaches’ advise runners
                                                                                                                             to put in the summer miles for next year.
                                                  Senior Seth Rosvold and Sophomore Mckenzie Melander both ended
                                                  their seasons with strong finishes.

Adapted Soccer
by JW Boyden
Sports Editor                                                              Volleyball
   The Dakota Hawks
CI team finished the
                                                                                          by JW Boyden
                                                                                            Sports Editor                   Girls Tennis
season 12-3. They fin-                                              The volleyball team finished the sea-                                               by Diane Kulseth
ished third at the state                                      son with a 13-11 record. They lost in the                                              Lightning Reporter
meet. The two-time                                            section semifinals to eventual state cham-
defending state cham-                                         pion Chaska. Coach Egan will certainly
pion Dakota Hawks                                             miss the great senior leadership from this
PI team finished the                                           year’s team, but the up-and-coming un-
season 12-1. They                                             derclass talent should be able to take the
were state runners-                                           Lightning girls on to another strong season.
up. Even though the
team is made up of
kids from all different
Dakota Valley High

                                                                 Girls Soccer
Schools, the adapted
sports team contin-
ues its dominance in
the league with their                                                                  by JW Boyden
strong team bonds                                                                        Sports Editor
and        comraderie.
                               Jonathan Schmitz                 The girls soccer team finished the season
                                                            with a 12-4-6 record. They lost in the section
                                                                                     semifinals. The team
   Boys Soccer                                                                       surpassed       many
                                                                                     team records by be-
    by JW Boyden                                                                     ing the first senior
    Sports Editor                                                                    class to beat Eagan
                                                                                     and to not lose to                                        Megan Williams
                                                                                     Apple Valley in the
        The Eastview boys soccer team finished
                                                                                     same season. Se-              It’s hard to believe, but the Girls Tennis sea-
    their season, ending with a final 4-11-8 re-
                                                                                     nior Captain Erinn      son has rapidly come to a close. With a trium-
    cord. The team was very young this year
                                                                                     North recalls her       phant 4-3 victory over Eagan, Eastview clinched
    playing with only four seniors (two were
                                                                                     favorite memory of      the second place spot in the Lake Conference.
    goalies) and had its first freshman on the
                                                                                     the season, “My fa-       Returning junior, Meghan Williams and senior Dawn
    team since the 2000 season. The boys de-
                                                                                     vorite part was our     Olsen won the 1AA sub section individual doubles
    feated defending state champion Blooming-
                                                                                     trip to Duluth be-      tournament. Senior Kelsie Allen took second in singles.
    ton Jefferson in the first round of sections
                                                                                     cause we played an         Throughout the season, the girls grew closer by go-
    before falling to Burnsville in the section
                                                                                     excellent game and      ing to Brainerd overnight, playing mini-golf, and go-
                                                                                     really bonded as a      ing on long bus rides. They also grew closer simply
                                                                                     team.”                  by being there for each other.“We cheer each other on
                                                                                                             and that’s mainly how we bonded,” says Williams.

  All Photos: Mark Eliason                                 Sam Zieminski                                                          Fall Wrap-Up Continued pg. 8
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Student aides help teachers breathe easy                                                                                                                                 A world apart:
                                                                                                                                                                         Japanese students embark
by Kasia Bartczak                                                                                                                                                        on fun-filled journey
Lightning Reporter

                                                                                                                                                                         by Jon Latterner
       Although students bemoan                                                                                                                                          Lightning Reporter
the mountains of homework
and tests coming their way, few
                                                                                                                                                                             Now that school has started, excuses
realize that somebody has to
                                                                                                                                                                        to just get away are becoming harder and
correct them. Just as students
                                                                                                                                                                        harder to find, but for Japanese students,
have seven classes a day, so do

                                                                                                                                                Photo: Kelsey Eliason
teachers. Correcting tests and                                                                                                                                          the chance to get away during this cold,
                                                                                                                                                                        quiet winter looms ever closer.
homework for seven classes is no
                                                                                                                                                                             Leaving on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, dedi-
small task. Teachers are therefore
                                                                                                                                                                        cated Japanese students will be traveling
grateful for the services of student
                                                                                                                                                                        to Chicago for a little bit of testing and a
aides. correcting exams and filing
                                                                                                                                                                        lot of intercultural fun.
                                                                                                                                                                             From the enlightening Japanese Lan-
        Typical of teenagers, the
                                                                                                                                                                        guage Proficiency Test (JLPT) to the
question behind student aides’
                                                                                                                                                                        authentic noodle houses of the Mitsuwa
hard work is “why?” Student
                                                                                                                                                                        Shopping Center, the students will be im-
aides give up an hour of their day
                                                                                                                                                                        mersed in Japanese language and culture.
to do boring tasks, without any
                                                                                                                                                                           Aside from the good food, cheap shop-
gain for themselves. What is the
                                                                                                                                                                        ping, and abundant sleep time, the best
                                                Jamie Lou is one of many student aides to spend her free period in                                                      part of the trip is…
    For some students, there is a euphoria
                                                the fish bowl working for teachers.                                                                                          “We get to go with our friends!” says
that accompanies doing good works and
                                                                                                                                                                        Alexis Nguyen, a former student in Japan
helping others. Other students note the
                                                you learn more,” says student aide Chris      would aide in. Also, the teacher a student                                and a senior veteran to the JLPT program.
recognition for student aiding. Colleges
                                                Boyd.                                         wants to aide for must sign a form from                                   The tightly knit group of Japanese stu-
interpret student aiding as a dedication
                                                   There are no stringent requirements to     the attendance office, which needs to be                                   dents is known for their dedication to the
to your community, and as community
                                                be considered for a student aide position.    returned to guidance.                                                     program and for their even stronger dedi-
service. For service organizations at
                                                To find out if a teacher wants a student               Student aides spend their study                                   cation to having a good time.
Eastview, student aiding is a relatively
                                                aide, all you have to do is ask. Students     hall helping teachers for a variety of                                         With veterans making up the major-
easy way to rack up service hours. There
                                                aid for a variety of subjects; obviously      reasons. Still, whatever the motivation                                   ity of those attending, this trip has clearly
are also more practical benefits to student
                                                the core subjects are covered, and even       behind it, student aides’ work is greatly                                 given the students a powerful motivation
                                                gym teachers have student aides. The          appreciated.                                                              to further their Japanese capabilities.
    “If you took the class last year, it acts
as a good refresher, which, in turn, helps      prospective aide is only required to
                                                have a study hall during which he or she

Fake babies on board
Simulated babies give us a chance to see (mostly)
the softer side of Eastview child development                                                                                This shows a prime example of what not to do with a baby.

students as they fufill their roles as parents.
by Jennifer Bissell
                                                how to control you emotions, ask for help,
                                                                                                  Photos: Jennifer Bissell

Lightning Reporter                              and take care of yourself.”
                                                   “Overall it was fun to see what it would
                                                be like,” said Brittany Hanson.
       Since Eastview’s opening, students            My advice to anyone thinking about
enrolled in either Child Development or         having a baby is to get one with a chip in
Parenting have been choosing to adopt a         its back to turn it off at night—they seem
simulated baby for the weekend. Instead         to be realistic enough.
of the classic egg or bag of flour, Baby
Think It Over needs to be fed, have its
diaper changed, and soothed whenever it
decides to have a crying explosion.
      The baby is intended to be realistic
opportunity for students to gain a greater
sense of knowledge about parenting, peer
pressure and their personal values. From
dirty glares to having to stop in the middle
of a softball game, the baby can be a huge
burden on students.
   “It prevented me from doing the things I
wanted,” says Braydon Dyck. Samantha
Stevenson agrees, saying “It was really
hard to leave and come back to writing a
paper after the baby was done crying.”
    Although students generally wanted to
smash it into fake baby pieces during the
numerous midnight crying episodes, some
students say that they did enjoy taking it
home and that it was a good experience.
    “I loved that baby just as much as my
family!” says Michael Awada. “You learn
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           During high school, Eastview’s
teachers had jobs ranging from boring to
interesting--to even life-threatening.
    Maybe it’s just to make the rest of us
feel better about our low-paying and/or
miserable jobs, but read on to learn what
teachers did just to make
                                                                                           by Blake Hanson
                                                                                           Lightning Reporter
                                                                                                                 job?     So did your teachers while
                                                                                                                          they were in high school.
a little extra cash.                                                                                                                      worked at a Hy-Vee grocery store in
                                                                                                                                                                                             I want YOU for
   One of Spanish teacher
Kate Aydin’s jobs was                                                                                                                          While on the job cleaning a bird’s              the lightning
to push around a cart and                                                                                                                 cage, biology teacher Kevin Engstrom
                                                                                                                                          was hospitalized and almost died after
sell coffee and doughnuts
in a business building.                                                                                                                   he contracted a rare disease. “ It was so
     “I bagged groceries,”                                                                                                                rare that the doctors documented it in a
said teacher Tony Olsen-                                                                                                                  medical journal,” said Engstrom.
-he worked at Tom’s Red                                                                                                                       Math teacher Judy Hoffman worked
Owl.                                                                                                                                      at a fast food restaurant in Chicago, “I
     English Teacher Ann                                                                                                                  came home smelling like fried chicken
Strey made money as a                                                                                                                     every day,” she recalls.
lifeguard and by teaching                                                                                                                       Spanish Teacher Dianne Telshaw
swimming lessons.                                                                                                                         was left to baby-sit three young children
       Staff member Dave                                                                                                                  she didn’t know for a week and was also
Telshaw worked at an ice                                                                              that we would play late at night    given the keys to the SUV. “ I didn’t even
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Lightning Press is looking for inves-
hockey rink and cleaned movie theatres                                                       when no one was using the rink,” said        have my license yet,” said Telshaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                          tigative reporters, photographers, and
with friends.                                                                                Telshaw.                                         You think your job is boring, horrible      cartoonists to take advantage of our new
    “We even made a boot hockey league                                                         Social Studies teacher Eric VandeBerg      or too time consuming? Think again.             color design.

New director, new look, new band
Eastview marching band steps it up
by Ally Huang
Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                                           cess,” agrees sophomore trumpet player,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Michelle Patten.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Renewed interest and a more positive
    “Everyone will look back                                                                                                                                                           attitude toward the potential of the band
and see 2005 as the year that                                                                                                                                                          seem to have helped the band the most.
the Eastview Marching Band                                                                                                                                                             “They believe in the program,” says Mr.
finally got it,” says Ben Harloff,                                                                                                                                                      Pasquerella, “When you believe you can
                                   Photos: (Center) Stacy Birk, (Lower Right) Cole Trace

Eastview’s newest band direc-                                                                                                                                                          succeed, you will.”
tor. The band stepped up its                                                                                                                                                               With this season finished, many are
rehearsal etiquette and student                                                                                                                                                        already looking forward to next year.
leadership to achieve an unprec-                                                                                                                                                       Preparations for next year’s show are un-
edented amount of success in the                                                                                                                                                       derway even now, and with this season’s
2005 season.                                                                                                                                                                           success, returning members of the band
    For the first time in Eastview                                                                                                                                                      hope to compete on an even higher level.
marching band history, the band
placed first and second at the
Eden Prairie and Rosemount
competitions, respectively, and
finished off the season with sec-
ond place at the first Minnesota
Marching Band Championships.
The band also earned separate
awards for outstanding hornline,                                                             New director Mr. Harloff gets into the music as he leads the band during practice
colorguard, soloist, and percussion.
    “I think what largely contributed to
our success this year was Mr. Harloff                                                        new band,” says Josh Allen, junior bass      dedicated directors that specialize in
pushing us farther than we had been                                                          clarinet player.                             drumline music has really helped the bat-
previously,” says Chris Larson, senior                                                          The staff also includes great directors   tery and pit grow this year.”
mellophone player. Other students and                                                        for colorguard and percussion, as well           “I think great student leadership
staff agree that the new director, Mr. Har-                                                  as Eastview’s other band directors, Mr.      within the sections especially helped the
loff, has been a huge part of the band’s                                                     Henry and Mr. Pasquerella. Mr. Harloff       band,” says drum major Nick Rueck-
success. A former performer in “Blast,”                                                      agrees that without his fellow staff, the    ert. Individual sections among the band
a show comparable to Eastview’s own                                                                                                       independently held their own rehearsals
                                                                                             marching band would not function or
Bravo!, Mr. Harloff has used his talents                                                                                                  outside of regular practice throughout the
                                                                                             succeed in the same way.
to help the marching band look, sound,                                                                                                    whole season.
                                                                                                Unlike previous years, the staff has
and play better.                                                                                                                             “The dedication of the band’s mem-
                                                                                             expanded to meet the needs of individual                                                  Senior trombone player Pat Kallal
    “When I look at even the basics block                                                                                                 bers has greatly contributed to the suc-
                                                                                             sections. Tom Carter, a senior percus-                                                    keeps the mood light as the band
compared to last year, I see a whole                                                         sion member, agrees: “Having steady,                                                      travels to a competition.
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  AP trip and
by Brianna Eull
Staff Writer
                                                                                                                       Another opportunity               main office with Mrs. Winslow. The next
                                                                                                                    Eastview will have to                fundraiser item available will be Eastview
    The Eastview AP European His-
                                                                                                                    go abroad is through                 Lightning scarves and mittens, which are
tory students have the opportunity to
                                                                                                                    the theatre department.              to be sold during the upcoming perfor-
travel to Europe during this coming
                                                                                                                    They will have the op-               mances of The Sound of Music.
year. The annual AP Euro trip will
                                                                                                                    portunity to perform                      As well as selling various Lightning
take place over spring break, from
                                                                                                                    Corleone: The Shake-                 gear items, Maureen Hensley and Cynthia
April 6 –15, 2006.
                                                                                                                    spearean Godfather                   McKeen have organized letter writing
   The “Panorama Italiano” trip will
                                                                                                                    at the world renowned                campaigns to various local companies for
take students on a ten day scenic tour
                                                                                                                    International Fringe                 corporate sponsors, including the Apple
around the historic and beautiful
                                                                                                                    Festival in Edinburgh,               Valley company, Wirsbo, as well as Coca-
sights of Italy. From Venice, Flor-
                                                                                                                    Scotland in August,                  Cola. The theatre department has also
ence, Montecatini, Siena, Sorrento,
                                                                                                                    2006. However, many                  received a generous $5,000 grant from
Capri, Pompeii, and finally to Rome,
                                                                                                                    students are unaware                 the Eastview Community Foundation
the AP Euro students will have the
                                                                                                                    of the extensive fund-               to be used for scholarships for students
opportunity to enhance their studies
                                                                                                                    raising efforts by the               wishing to go to Scotland. The Apple
with their friends while they explore
                                                                                                                    theatre students in an               Valley American Legion has also shown
the places they have learned about in
                                                                                                                    attempt to fund their                great support of the theatre department by
                                                                                                     trip. Fundraising events have been                  hosting a steak fry on October 30, 2005.
     Students will have the chance to see            Out of the 30 spots for AP Euro stu-            organized by the two co-chairs of                   The event sold 410 tickets, and was so
Michelangelo’s David, Mount Vesuvius,           dents, there are approximately 5 remain-             the Eastview Theatre fundraising                    successful that one may possibly be held
the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum, and          ing and will be filled as soon as possible.           committee: Maureen Hensley and                      again in May. The fundraising plans for
St. Peter’s Basilica, home of the Catholic      Any juniors in AP Euro interested in go-             Cynthia McKeen. Together, along                     the theatre department are obviously very
Church. Students will be able to shop in        ing, as well as seniors who previously took          with theatre students and their par-                extensive, and are planned to be a year-
Florence, as well as visit the sub-tropical     AP Euro have the chance to travel with               ents, they have organized the selling               long event. Thanks to the dedicated the-
island of Capri, the Island of Dreams.          the group. Interested students should                of “Lightning Pride” wristbands for                 atre parents, students, and the rest of the
      The tour will be conducted by the         contact Mr. Beach in C232 or A308, or                $2.00, as well as luggage tags and car              student body for supporting the theatre
American Council for International Stud-        email him at Todd.Beach@district196.                 window clings for $3.00. All of these               department as they raise money for their
ies (ACIS), a very reputable agency.            org for more information.                            items are available for purchase in the             trip to Scotland.

 freshman Amy Hart
    1. The holes in the ceiling tiles.
    2. Saying “Yeah dawg” -- that needs to stop.
    3. License plate making.
                                                                    spam           by Jean Chung and Grace Welter
                                                                                   Staff Columnists

    4. My face, because I hate feet. Feet are
    nasty and ugly.
    5. “Embrace the totally dork in yourself;
    life’s too short to be cool.
                                                                              junior Billy Bronson
                                                                                                                                                                                                  GRAPHIC BY CARL RETTKE

 sophomore Kelly Williams                                           1. The spiritual super-ego that lives
                                                                    within us all.
                                                                    2. “Fo shizzle,” actually, all the izzles.
    1. My parents.                                                  3. Arm-wrestling.
    2. Saying “OMG.”                                                4. My face, because I already eat with
    3. Fishing. It gets boring really fast, I                       my face. My feet are too sweaty.
    could never do it.                                              5. “Do not dwell on the past, for if you
    4. My face, because I know where my                             do this in the present, you will only find
    face has been. Feet are gross.                                  distraught in the future.”
    5. “Why be cool when you are cool?”
                                                                                         senior Chad Ries
            the questions                                                1. Destiny’s Child.
                                                                         2. Saying stuff is “Bomb” needs to stop.
          1. Who or what sank your battleship last                       3. Okie-noodling. It’s when people in Okla-
          quarter?                                                       homa catch cat fish using their arms as bait.
          2. What are some catchphrases that East-                       4. Feet, because I want my toes to become
          view students should really stop using?                        more dexterous.
                                                                         5. *runs away*
          3. Name a lesser known test of willpower.
          For example, butterfly-catching takes a lot
          of patience.
                                                                                                ignore this disclaimer
                                                                                        We at Canned Spam would just like to make it clear that we are not responsible for the mental health of
          4. If you could eat using only your feet or
                                                                                        our interviewees. We do NOT pressure small children (i.e., freshmen) into answering nerve-wracking
          your face, which would you choose and                                         questions in small, dark rooms with machines recording every word; we never need to find replacements
          why?                                                                          for the numerous freshmen we’ve already started to interview but are unfortunately too traumatized to
          5. Quote.                                                                     continue the process; we certainly do not perform cruel experiments on them afterward in the name of
                                                                                        science. Thank you.
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An inside look at
the new iPod
by Kelsey Eliason
                                               thick, which is small enough to fit almost
                                               anywhere. Freshman Katie Whisler says,
Staff Writer                                   “It fits comfortably in my pocket,” which
                                               is impressive considering how small cer-
     Those small, pure-white mp3 players       tain jean pockets are. Tipping the scales at
that everyone seems to be carrying around      a spectacular 1.5 ounces, the nano barely
just got even smaller—and cooler. From         exceeds the weight of a pack of gum.
its new look to its different way of stor-           Despite the coolness of its new de-
ing information, it’s no wonder the nano       sign, the more important benefit of the
is expected to be a big seller this holiday    iPod nano is its new memory storage.
season.                                        Until the nano’s release, the iPod Shuffle
   The iPod nano was released on Septem-       was Apple’s only mp3 player to utilize
ber 7 and since then it has been constantly    flash memory technology. The concept of
selling out of electronic speciality stores    flash memory reels in buyers because it
like Best Buy. It replaced the iPod mini       contains no moving parts, unlike a hard
and outmatches it in a few specifications,      drive (found in the regular iPod). Accord-
but is essentially the same product.           ing to iPod guru Moses Baumgartner an

                                                                                                                                                                                  GRAPHIC BY KELSEY ELIASON
      The nano comes in two sizes, hold-       employee from Best Buy, the nano’s flash
ing two gigabytes or four gigabytes. It        memory is less prone to skipping. Not
can contain up to 500 or 1,000 songs, re-      only is flash ideal for joggers, but for any-
spectively, and the general price range is     one who would like to enjoy their music
$200-250 at stores like Target or Amazon.      while doing something other than sitting
com.                                           down. In essence, the iPod nano never
     iPod nano is much closer to the iPod      skips a beat.
than the mini used to be. Like the regular          Yes, the nano seems like the perfect
iPod, it’s sold in traditional iPod white or   gift for that special someone, but there are
the new slimming black design. Buyers          some down sides. The first complaint of         capability, the new feature of regular iP-
                                                                                              ods. But who knows? In one year’s time,       You can buy an iPod nano
will also rejoice over its color screen and    many customers is that the screen is easily
                                               scratched. It also is rather expensive for     the iPod has gone from a black and white      at Best Buy, Target,
photo capabilities.
     Perhaps the most appealing aspect of      its size, despite the drop in flash memory      screen to a color screen with photos to a
the nano is its size: a mere quarter inch      prices. The nano also does not have video      wider color screen with videos. Perhaps       and
                                                                                              the iPod nano is next.

     how to play
                                                                Sudoku puzzles  You want ’em, we got ’em.
           Sudoku, as complicated as it might seem
           at first, is actually quite simple. The ob-
           ject of the puzzle is to fill in the nine by
           nine grid so that every row and column, as
           well as every three by three box, includes
           the numbers one through nine. Every
                                                                                                                                 the inventor
                                                                                                                                      by Ally Huang
           puzzle starts out with a few numbers to                                                                                    Staff Writer
           get you started. These puzzles might seem
           very mathematical, but in truth, Sudoku is                                                                                    If you read the variety section in the
           mainly logical thinking.                                                                                                 newspaper, maybe you already have no-
                                                                                                                                    ticed the nine by nine box under ‘puz-
                                                                                                                                    zles’. Maybe you already are addicted to
                                                                                                                                    this puzzle, which is known by the name
                                                                                                                                         Sudoku was first created in 1979 by
                                                                                                                                    Howard Garns and published in the New
                                                                                                                                    York Post under the name “Number
                                                                                                                                    Place.” The puzzle soon was picked up by
                                                                                                                                    Japan where it received its modern name
                                                                                                                                    of Sudoku, which literally means “sin-
                                                                                                                                    gle number.” In 2005, the Sudoku craze
                                                                                                                                    caught on in Britain, and eventually, in
                                                                       Answers: (No peeking!)                                       the United States. Today, there are numer-
                                                                                                                                    ous Sudoku puzzle books and computer
                                                                                                                                    programs, as well as its appearance in
                                                                                                                                    daily newspapers.
                                                                                                                                        So if you’re looking for something to
                                                                                                                                    do or need a break, grab a pencil and dive
                                                                                                                                    into a Sudoku puzzle.

                                                                      (These puzzles are exclusive to the Lightning Press, courtesy of
                                                                      Howard Garns. They’re ranked “very easy” for new players)
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Eastview gymnast flies high at Junior Olympics
and World Age Group Championships
by Grace Welter

    Junior Sarah Prosen was 1 of 2 people       air before they dismount.
from Minnesota to represent Team USA
in World Age Group Championships. The                 In order to secure a position on the
girls from Team USA, Prosen and 3 other         World Age Group Championships team,
gymnasts (respectively from Virginia, Cal-      Prosen had to perform her skills at a cer-
ifornia, and Arizona), placed third overall     tain degree of difficulty and compete in the
at Worlds.                                      Junior Olympics, also called Nationals. At
                                                Level 10, Prosen faced not only members
     At Worlds, Prosen placed 17th in her       of her class of difficulty, but also against
event, the double-mini. Prosen says “Not        Junior Elite gymnasts, a level above 10.
too many people know what it is. It’s sort         Prosen was also required to place in the
of a combination of trampoline and vault.”      top four at the Elite Challenge in Arizona
Gymnasts approach a small trampoline at         in order to qualify for Worlds.
a run, jump once to perform a skill, land
on the trampoline a second time, and per-         Eastview gymnastics began
form another skill or series of skills in the   November 14th.

   Final Fall Wrap-Ups
                                                                                                Sarah Prosen (Far Left) finished 17th in the double-mini event at
                                                                                                the World Age Group Championships.
                                                                                                                              Photo Courtesy of Prosen Family

 & Diving
                           Eastview Diver Paige
                           Hanegraaf placed 3rd in
                           the sectional meet and
                           advanced on to the State
by JW Boyden
Sports Editor

  The team finished 5th at the section 3AA                           Photo: Mark Eliason
swimming and diving meet. They finished
with a final dual meet record of 4-6. Con-       Paige Hanegraaf in diving. Senior Cap-
gratulations to section finalists and all        tain Leslie Strobel said, “My favorite part
section individual swimmers Leslie Stro-        of the year was being able to experience
bel, Brianna Denny, Bettina Merkle,             everything for the last time; I got to go all
Rachael Anderson and to state qualifier          out for it.”

Intramural Flag Football
by JW Boyden
Sports Editor
                                                that the Badgers and its highly skilled indi-
                                                viduals went on to break. Jordan Dockter,
    The first snowfalls of late autumn here      the team’s designated quarterback, added
in Minnesota can only mean one thing, the       to a record-breaking passing season last
end to another great flag football season.       year to solidify himself as a world-class
This year’s champion Badgers were the           intramural QB here at Eastview. Dockter
first intramural flag football team to re-        thanks God for his natural ability but at-
main undefeated at a perfect record of 10-      tributes the team’s true success to the hard
0. However, this was not the only record        work and dedication of his teammates.

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