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 www.eastviewnews.com November 2005
Rosemount man drives hurricane relief efforts
Delivers food, supplies, and hope to Katrina victims by McKenna Ewen
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
...is 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.
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-
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.”
2 lp news
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-
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
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
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
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.
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.
lp sports 3
2005 fall sports wrap-up
Melander wins section crown, 9th at state
by Hannah Newman
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.
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
Schools, the adapted
sports team contin-
ues its dominance in
the league with their by JW Boyden
strong team bonds Sports Editor
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
4 lp feature
Student aides help teachers breathe easy A world apart:
Japanese students embark
by Kasia Bartczak on fun-ﬁlled journey
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
lp feature 5
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
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,
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.
6 lp variety
AP trip and
by Brianna Eull
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
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
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.
lp variety 7
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,
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of its size, despite the drop in ﬂash memory screen to a color screen with photos to a www.amazon.com
the nano is its size: a mere quarter inch prices. The nano also does not have video wider color screen with videos. Perhaps and www.ebay.com
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
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
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)
8 lp sports
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
Eastview Diver Paige
Hanegraaf placed 3rd in
the sectional meet and
advanced on to the State
by JW Boyden
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
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.