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TODAY IS EDGAR
Epic Proportions graces LC
PHOTO BY MAGGIE THORNTON
by Maria Chumov
“Epic Proportions,” a romantic
comedy production organized
by LC students and LC Drama
teacher, Greg Pschirrer, resulted
in plenty of satisfied and high-
spirited viewers throughout the
three days of its début on Feb.
19-21. The play features juniors
Melissa Utter (Louise), Emmet
Stackelberg (Phil), freshmen
Jesse Ward (Benny), sophomore
Jon O’Grady (D. W. Dewitt) and
a backup cast including: seniors
Zach Wymore, Juanita Andersen,
Laura McDowell; juniors Duncan PHOTO COURTESY OF GREG PSCHIRRER
Smith, Eric Grossman, Haley
Brinjones, Mackenzie Gwinn; Epic Proportions was performed at LC from Feb. 19-21. Overall,
everybody involved said the play was a tremendous success.
sophomores Jon O’Grady and
Michael SanMiguel; and freshmen so I had no frame of reference, performers. “The cast was [made Senior Zach Alden, juniors Amanda Thompson and Beverly Am-
Max Chumov and Mica Pointer. and I had to build my character up of] only 16 people, and that stadter, and sophomore Kevin Dunham represent the various
The epic is set in Arizona from scratch,” said Anderson. was great because in small shows emotions Washington students feel about changes to the WASL.
WASL to become
in 1934 when movie-making “That was really exciting because everyone really wants to be there
started to grow in popularity. I could find new and different and they always put in honest,
The story is about two brothers, ways to try and make people laugh hard work,” said Andersen. “Also,
Phil and Benny, who decide to without having to worry about when there’s a smaller cast it’s
join the production of a film living up to people’s expectations easier to bond and work together to
called “Exeunt Omnes,” which
is ironically Latin for “Everyone
Out.” The two brothers are
separated into crowds “3” and
and being ‘like the movie.’”
“I liked her (the character of
Louise), she was really cute,”
said Utter. “I had a couple
make the show the best it can be.”
“The best part of the show
is watching months worth of
work come to life on stage and
HSPE next year
“4” in the shooting of the film. of pretty funny scenes with watching the growth in the Proficiency Exams, or the HSPE.
Phil dwells in the crowd with the Benny and Phil; it was fun.” performers,” said Pschirrer. by Melissa Holmberg Dorn has six goals for the new
easier task while Benny is forced Pschirrer as well as the rest of “It’s great to see them taking Staff Writer testing: to shorten the tests, reduce
to endure pain in different scenes the cast and crew, believed the this experience and applying it the amount of time students spend
of the movie, like the 10 plagues show was a good representation to their lives and enriching it.” on written responses, return
in Egypt. During the making of LC talent. “They [the cast According to Pschirrer, the Students will enter the 2010- scores more quickly, increase
of the film, Phil and Louise, the and crew] were great and very timing was the most difficult part 2011 school year with the the use of technology to reduce
manager and organizer of most professional. They would do of the play “since it’s a comedy. large relief that the WASL paper wastage, provide more
of the scenes, fall in love. Their things instinctively without It takes hours to make sure that (Washington Assessment of diagnostic information (strengths
relationship, however, starts me asking,” said Pschirrer. the timing works out so the Student Learning) will no longer and weaknesses) to families and
to weaken when Phil takes the “All the actors were great joke lands with the audience.” be haunting their spring. Instead, teachers, and to minimize costs.
place of D. W. Dewitt (O’Grady) and it turned out to be a really For Utter, the scene and costume the new superintendent of student The MSP will be administered
and becomes the main director. funny show,” said Utter. switches were the hardest to deal learning, Randy Dorn, plans to twice each school year, and will
Louise starts to have feelings “I think the play went really well; with. “I had a lot of extremely introduce a new form of testing allow students the opportunity to
for Benny, which only results by the time we opened everyone quick changes that involved that will be less costly and provide show proficiency more than one
in a chaos for the whole cast had really gotten into the show changing dresses, shoes and hair a quicker way to view results. time a year. They will provide
as Phil and Benny battle each and into their characters. The so I had to have a lot of people The WASL is a standardized diagnostic growth information that
other. Dewitt saves the day by audience turnout wasn’t that great, backstage to help me,” said Utter. testing system that is given to will allow teachers and parents
bringing everyone back to their but the people who did show up LC’s Drama Department is grades three through eight and to track their child’s strengths
senses, impersonating Moses. were really responsive and really preparing another performance ten. However, the WASL, is not and weaknesses in school.
The story ends when Benny energized us,” said Andersen. called Seussical on April 23- as effective of a test that the state The HSPE will be shorter and
encourages the cast and decides “That was great because after 24 featuring some of Dr. Seuss’ wishes it to be, because it is very contain fewer extended answer
to lead them out of the secluded doing the show so many times, most popular stories like “The time-consuming, expensive, questions. The test, however, will
set they were forced to live in. you start to wonder if it’s still Cat in the Hat” and “Horton and the results take months to still be a graduation requirement.
Each of the actors were forced funny, but by opening night any Hears a Who!” According to determine; these downfalls do According to Dorn, the
to make up their own personality doubts of that were long gone.” Pschirrer, the musical will be not provide apt warning about tests will be just as rigorous
for their character. “There’s no Working with other actors in the a “family show so it’s aimed a struggling child’s need to as the WASL; however they
movie of Epic Proportions (yet), cast was influential to most of the at kids and the whole family.” stay in their same grade instead will be much more effective.
of moving on to a higher one. “I hope they plan to make the
The new state assessment new tests less time consuming so
Novell crowned Miss Spokane system will be called the
Assessment Program or the
“WCAP,” which will be taken
that we all can use our time for
things that will further benefit our
learning,” said senior Alix Silha
State testing has benefited
completely on computers. students throughout the years
by Sydney Harmon The next part of the competition She then competed for Miss The WCAP includes two because it challenges their ability
is the talent competition; Spokane. Novell said, “I did Miss different tests that will be given to take tests more thoroughly.
Staff Writer Novell did a tap dance with her Spokane for the experience.” to either elementary students, or In fact because of the state
tap shoes covered in jewels. Novell would encourage any high school students. Grades 3-8 testing programs students
LC senior McKenzi Novell The competition categories senior between the ages of 17 will be given the Measurement in the past have been taking
won the title of Miss Spokane on include stage questions, evening to 24 to do the competition of Student Progress, or the more and more AP (Advance
Sunday, Feb.19 at Northern Quest gowns, and Life and Fitness. next year. Novell said, “Miss MSP. High school students Placement) classes and earning
Casino. Along with winning Novell wore a beautiful black Spokane is a scholarship will be given the High School college credit in high school.
the title, Novell also won the dress covered in jewels, and pageant. It also helps with
The News Brief
People’s Choice Award and a her platform is “assisting interview skills and confidence.”
scholarship for over a thousand
dollars. Novell is planning on
going to the Miss Washington
Novell said that she prepared
for the competition a by speaking,
In order to be qualified to be Miss
Spokane, a girl needs to be role
model for others, present herself
competition in July of this year. raising money for Children with confidence, be talented, page 2: WASL schedule page 7: Girls basketball
Novell competed against 13 Network, staying in shape, intelligent, active on issues that are
other Spokane girls and won. She helping at elementary schools, and important to her, and independent, changes drastically finishes fifth in State
said, “It feels really good to win, completing community services. according to Missspokane.net page 3: Robotics Club page 8: Special Olympics
my hard work really paid off.” Novell first preformed at the Miss The application for the
Novell took the title from Alyssa Outstanding Teen competition pageant is set up like any college page 4: Rhoades and page 9: Boys basketball
Fennell, last year’s Miss Spokane. with Julie’s Competitive Edge application; it asks for your GPA, Johnson with Tech Award page 10: Spring cleaning
The steps of the competition Dance Studio, and then competed future goals, club involvement,
involve a private interview that is in the Miss Outstanding Teen and your activities your page 5: Bryson Williams ti page 11: Slumdog
only with the judges. This part of pageant three years in a row. community. This application can climb Mt. McKinley Millionaire boosts Oscars
the competition is worth the most On her final year Novell be found on the Miss Spokane
at thirty percent of the final vote. won Miss Outstanding Teen. website at www.missspokane.net. page 6: Olaf Olaf Olaf page 12: Starbucks
NEWS /// Issue 4
2009 WASL Schedule Six receive first
Students taking the Reading and Writing WASL will need to bring
number two pencils and check the posters in the front hall to find
their assigned rooms. Leave all electronics at home.
at music festival the Teleman String ensemble
by Chloe Mell and the LC Vivaldi ensemble.
Twelve students received
March 16 Reading March 17 Reading Staff Writer an excellent rating, which is
WASL WASL ranked directly below superior.
Monday Tuesday Eastern Washington Music Sophomore Ellie Hockett,
8:00 - 10:10 Period 1 8:00-10:10 Period 1 Educators Solo and Ensemble
Festival took place Feb. 7
junior Hana Alicic, freshman
Patrick Li, freshman Katie
10:20 - 11:10 Period 2 10:20 - 11:10 Period 3 2009. “Solo and Ensemble” Larson, junior Karl Gunselman,
is a music festival where junior Nicole Larson, freshman
11:10 - 11:50 Lunch 11:10 - 11:50 Lunch students from all over the Molly Rupp, junior Tierra
eastern half of the state come to Cominos, sophomore Nate Braks,
11:50 - 12:40 Period 3 11:50 - 12:40 Period 4 perform in front of judicators sophomore Kym Gerard, The
to get a score and a ranking. bassoon duet, and the oboe duet
12:45 - 1:35 Period 4 12:45 - 1:35 Period 5 Six LC students received all scored an excellent rating.
first place. The first place “It used to be that we had more
1:40 - 2:30 Period 5 1:40 - 2:30 Period 6 students qualify to attend a state fundraising, so we could pay the
competition come April. Seven student fees so more students
students received first alternate, wanted to sign up. But now they
March 18 Writing March 19 Writing meaning if the person who scored have to pay their own fees and
first place were to drop out, the the number of students and the
Wednesday WASL Thursday WASL alternate would take his/her enthusiasm level has gone down.”
place in the State competition. Said choir director Kathleen Blair.
8:25 - 10:35 Period 1 8:25 - 10:35 Period 1 Judicators gave first place awards Alden has participated in this
to sophomore Ryan Katz on snare festival for six years and has
10:45 - 11:30 Period 2 10:45 - 11:30 Period 2 drum, senior Kellan Smith on received nine superior ribbons.
trumpet, junior John Loft on string Sophomore Anton Nosov
11:30 - 12:10 Lunch 11:30 - 12:10 Lunch bass, sophomore Grant Eadie on participated in solo ensemble for
viola, senior Stacer McChesney the first time. “ I tried every year
12:10 - 12:55 Period 4 12:10 - Period 3 on tuba and sophomore Michael but I was always injured, I had a
Terhune on mallet percussion. broken wrist or a fractured collar
1:00 - 1:45 Period 5 1:00 - 1:45 Period 5 These students all received bone, and those prevent me from
superior ratings, which on the playing. This was my first year
1:50 - 2:30 Period 6 1:50 - 2:30 Period 6 scale the judges have is the and it was so much fun! I think
highest score you can received. I am going to do it next year.”
*Schedules for the April Math and Science WASL days (April 13, 14, 20, 21) have yet to be determined. They were included in the “I am very proud of our students
18/30 students from LC that this year,” band instructor
Chase Youth Award
received a superior. Others include Larry Jay said. “ I have high
senior Maureen Ferries on flute, hopes for the years to come.”
senior Janet Hong on violin and “Its so fun because we get to
piano, junior Brandon Moss on meet so many new people!”
commission to hold ceremony
viola, freshman Perri Greely on said Nosov, “and prove that LC
viola, sophomore Phillip Siler on is better than everyone else.”
French horn, junior Bobby Larson “I always sense a difference after
on snare drum, the woodwind my students have participated.”
by Heather Lewis could include a community regional youth department. “Grand Trio” percussion Blair said. “They seem stronger
involvement, courage, creativity, The commission is named after ensemble, LC string quartet, musicians because of it.”
Staff Writer leadership, youthgroup, and high former Spokane mayor James. E.
Chase Youth Awards
school/middle school clubs.
All nominees will receive
a nomination ribbon and a
Chase, who helped establish the
commission in 1985 and was a
champion of youth in Spokane. Advanced
honors local teens certificate. Individual award More than 2,500 students were
recipients in the youth, nominated for the awards last year.
who work to better middleschool, teen, adult divisions
will receive a medallion and
Sophomore Tessa Lee said,
“I have no idea what the chase
their community. letters of commendation. Group youth awards are but some of
award recipients in each division my teachers have talked about
will receive a plaque and letters it, and I thinks it’s a good idea
The Chase youth commission of commendation. According to to honor students who help the
is honoring our community’s the Chase youth commission.org. community, maybe I would
outstanding youth, teens, and Doors will open 30 minutes go if I was getting honored.”
adults. All nominees will be prior to each presentation. Youth Second grade elementary by Kevin Dunham dependent on intelligence. You
honored at the annual Chase and middle school celebration teacher Debbie Morril sent out a have to be willing to work hard.”
youth awards ceremony on 5:30-7:00 p.m. Teen and adult nomination for one of her students Staff Writer LC offers AP courses in science,
March, 26, 2009 at Whitworth celebration 7:30-9:00 p.m. “This Jacob Headley she said. “Jacob math, English, history and more.
University Cowels auditorium. is our chance, as a community Headley was a student in my 2nd Advanced Placement (AP) AP History teacher Susie Gerard
These teens, youths, and to let young people know just grade classroom at Brentwood students, test time is approaching said that is important to “make
adults include people who how much we value them for elementary. Jacob has earned rapidly. Test dates start in early sure you are caught up in your
are making a difference in their character and contributions the honor of Character Counts May and run through May class and study class handouts
our community or making to Spokane,” said Joanne Student of the Month; he would 15. Tests cannot be made up such as reviews, and or a review
positive choices. The categories Benham director of Spokane be perfect for the nomination.” except in rare circumstances, book. Look over everything.”
for which you should see Beyond earning college credits,
guidance counselor Denise AP Tests “demonstrate your
NEWS Editor Writers Gilmore in the student office. maturity and readiness for college,
Conor Wigert Zach Alden The AP tests are scored on and also “Show your willingness
Lacey Bachman a rubric from 1-5, depending to take the most rigorous
Sports Editor on the qualification level of course work available to you,”
Jaime Buckles the student, with one being the according to Collegeboard.com
Jordan Butler lowest and five being the highest. To sign up for the AP test that
Opinions Editor Tucker Clarry Each test is 86 dollars, paid for corresponds with your course,
John Slater Kevin Dunham in the business office, but can see Gilmore in the student office.
save you big money by reducing According to Woodard, successful
Features Editor Rebecca Hance
the amount of credits needed for AP students possess “dilligence,
Amanda Thompson Sydney Harmon college. More than 90 percent and resilience because in my
Advisor Photography Editor Melissa Holmberg of colleges and universities in class I spend a lot of time
Jennifer Showalter Beverly Amstadter Holland Kapstafer North America recognize the AP showing students how they are
Heather Lewis Program and accept credits for doing things wrong. You can’t
Ad Manager Kristen Lindsay Advanced Placement. However, get upset about being wrong.”
Editor-In-Chiefs Andy Wood Chloe Mell
most colleges require a score of
three or above to earn the credit.
When taking the test, you should
bring numerous number two
Conor Wigert Layout Editor Kenny Rukavina Junior AP English teacher Eric pencils with erasers, and remember
David Sheppard Maria Chumov Annie Pokorny Woodard said that the students that the test will be held at a site
Alexis Storms that should do AP are “Any to be determined. Preparing
Waste Manager students who are able to keep up for the test is essential, and it is
Sydney harmon Maggie Thorton
with a faster work load. I really helpful to go to collegeboard.
don’t think that success in AP is com for more study tips.
News Page 3
Robotics club goes for gold in Seattle
by Zach Alden around it, while a PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBOTICS CLUB before.” robots) for extra speed. The
Staff Writer machine program.”
design has been a collaborative
effort between the Robotics Club
The school’s robot involves and the Pre-engineering class.
Lewis and Clark’s unique responds to a remote four teams Two grants were given to the
Robotics club will compete control signal. throwing school for this project. The
using a student-made robot in “It’s a really cool balls into each two donators were from the
late March at For Inspiration thing to build,” other’s robot- Office of Superintendent of
and Recognition of Science and said senior Robert trailers. The Public Education and the Bezos
Technology (FIRST) Robotics Kincaid, an active robots then family, totaling at $10,500.
Competition. FIRST hosts annual participant of have to carry The club purchased a robot
competitions in several categories Robotics Club, them back to starter kit for $6,000 and added
each year. The team, Tyga Style, which meets every the thrower. around $2,000 in accessories,
produced a robot, officially titling Tuesday during The robots can such as the extra engines.
it “The Holy Tronity.” The club’s lunch. During the block other The students enjoyed producing
nickname for the robot is Laquisha. six weeks allowed robots, but a robot, a new activity for many
Each high school group received to construct the accessories of them. “It’s extracurricular
the same box of parts and was robot, the students like buzz and constantly changing,” said
allowed a maximum of $3,500 met every Thursday saws and Kincaid. Nanni said he learned
worth of add-ons and accessories. and Friday in the flamethrowers about circuitry and power tools.
The Holy Tronity is 112.5 lbs Gonzaga University are not The competition will be held
and five feet tall, fitted with carbon engineering labs and allowed. Tyga in Key Arena in Seattle from
fiber and steel to complement Saturdays through Style designed March 26th-28th, bringing together
its four engines. “It has a great Monday at school. the robot to 64 teams from around the
body,” said senior Alex Nanni. David Grunzweig, have four Inland Northwest. The winning
But what is the difference one of the officers, engines (twice team will receive scholarship
between a robot and a machine? said, “I met all these as many as money, though the best reward
Junior Erica Howie said, “a robot cool people I hadn’t Members of the robotics club pose with their robot, The Holy the other will be, as Nanni said, “beating
responds to the environment really known Tonity. Their competition begins Mar. 26 and ends Mar. 28. competitors’ the geeks at their own game.”
Penny drive PHOTO BY ANDY WOOD
PHOTO BY CHLOE MELL
Seniors Maddy Greeley and Ilsa Payne walk through a market in San Salvador, El Salvador. Both
seniors are involved wit Los Hermanos, a club that raises money for a school in El Salvador.
Los Hermanos raises
by Jordan Butler head start on helping children with
Staff Writer their developmental delays. All
10k, travels to El Salvador
Lewis and Clark’s CO-OP class, the proceeds from the penny drive by Kristen Lindsay attended: freshman Perri Greeley, was to establish friendships with
taught by Lisa Weiler, held their that we collect go straight to the junior Andy Wood and seniors the people there and let them
annual penny drive this month school for them to use for whatever Staff Writer Robert Kincaid, Ilsa Payne, Juanita know that we’re committed to
in an effort to raise money for they may need it for.” Weiler said. Los Hermanos is an LC group Anderson and Maddy Greeley. helping them,” said M. Greeley.
the Spokane Guilds School. Last year Lewis and Clark students that raises $10,000 annually “On the 26th of December around M. Greeley also added that
The focus of the CO-OP class and staff collected $627.80 in for the high school in the small six of our members traveled to the “language is barely a barrier at all.
is to teach students about life donations. This year we collected town of Huisisilapa, El Salvador. village to make contact with the I should probably mention as well
as a business owner and how to over $1,000 in donations which is These small town residents live students and teach them a little bit that Perri and Andy haven’t even
make your business attractive almost $400 better than last year. in poverty and have virtually about our culture while learning taken a Spanish class and Robert
and have a good reputation. According to Weiler, collections no economy, according to had only finished first year when
“The point of my CO-OP
class is to teach my students
included $549 in cash and ten
buckets full of change. One
senior member Maddy Greeley. “The school, which we went, and it wasn’t a problem
“The school, which is the only at all,” said M. Greeley. “Perri
about business ownership and student from history teacher John rural high school in El Salvador, is the only rural had one of the best experiences,
entrepreneurship.” Weiler said.
“We have a penny drive to
Hagney’s class donated $251.
Winning class donations
was built through the efforts of Los
Hermanos,” said Greeley. “This is
high school in El even though she mostly spoke
to her family in sign language.”
teach them what they might do included Hagney with $281.50, really important because without Salvador, was built Eight out of the ten members at
as a business owner to help the
marketing of their business. When
English teacher Cory Davis with
$158.30, and English teacher
a high school education, the youth
of Huisi don’t have a chance at through the efforts LC will graduate in June, so Los
Hermanos is asking more people
businesses have penny drives they
build their reputation into a good
Jennifer Showalter’s class with
$144.53. The classes received
going to college, and many are of Los Hermanos,” to come and check it out. If you
forced to come to the United are interested in being apart of Los
and viable one.” Weiler said. donuts this week as a prize for States illegally, as many of their Hermanos and getting involved,
The Spokane Guild School their great efforts and enthusiasm. fathers and siblings have done.” theirs in return,” said senior attend the meetings. They are held
is a comprehensive treatment “I always enjoy any opportunities Los Hermanos currently member Mallory Whittaker. every Monday at lunch in English
center for children aged from to help out and donate money in has 15 members. Ten of Each student had the opportunity teacher Cory Davis’ room, 229.
birth to three, who show the community for the benefit which are from LC while the to stay with a different family “Contact any of us in the group
delays in developmental skills. of others,” said freshman Katlin others attend St. George’s. while visiting the village. They - myself, Juanita Andersen,
“They provide great services Nystrom of Hagney’s class, Each year the members of taught the children how to use Ilsa Payne, Mallory Whittaker,
to children aged from birth to “and this penny drive was a Los Hermanos are given the Microsoft Word and Excel, a little and Andy Wood are all pretty
three with physical and or mental perfect opportunity for me to opportunity to travel to Huisislapi bit of English and also painted a lovely people and we really
disabilities.” Weiler said. “At a give to charity and help other and the school they helped to mural in their town plaza. “The want your help,” said M.
younger age it is easier to get a people with their special needs.” create. This year, six LC students real purpose of the trip, though, Greeley. “So come talk to us!”
FEATURES Issue 4
class offers lots
of adventure fun
by Annie Pokorney Mt. Spokane and ventured into
Staff Writer the wilderness on skinny skis.
The group did experience
Every year the Outdoor Living some hardship however, as
classes embark on several their bus broke down at Costco.
adventures. In late Jan, the Ice fishing and skiing are
PHOTO BY KEVIN DUNHAM
classes took a trip to Eloika Lake not the only field trips the
to gain experience in ice fishing. classes take, the students get
Two SPS district employess, Mark Rhoades of LC and Yvonne Johnson of CTE, were named as They next traveled to the Mt. the chance to do more fishing,
Innovators of the year for their work with TEConnections by a national technology journal Spokane Nordic center on Feb eagle watching in Idaho and
12 to get in a few kilometers kayaking on the Little Spokane.
of cross country skiing. “[The trips] give kids experiences
27 outdoor living students they wouldn’t normally get,” said
Johnson win Tech award
experienced frozen fishing at the outdoor living teacher Paul Neff.
its best at Eloika Lake in Elk, The trips usually correspond
Washington. Ice fishing, for with what the students are
those who currently
have never studying in
by Maria Chumov was looking for in 2008 were Spokane public schools. “It’s ventured the class,
Staff Writer educators across the country where all the computers come from to a frozen w h i c h
who were initiating programs the manufacturers,” said Johnson. lake for focuses on
The Technological Horizons that would enrich student After the computers are fixed some fish, outdoor
in Education (T.H.E.) Journal performance,” said Rhoades. and in working condition, is fishing experiences
has named LC teacher Mark TEConnections is a club the students donate them to through a and natural
Rhoades and district employee devoted to fixing and refurbishing families. “Our target audience hole in the history.
Yvonne Johnson as Innovators of broken computers, but according is low income families who ice on a When the
the year for 2008. Rhoades is a to Johnson, “it’s more than just don’t have a PC,” said Johnson. frozen lake. class is
computer teacher at LC and runs a repair shop.” The program By donating computers to “It was focusing
TEConnections, an after school focuses on providing a chance families, students are able to r e a l l y on birds or
program. Johnson works at Career for students to discover their perform community service as well c o l d ! ” prey, for
and Technical Education (CTE), talents and “equips students as gain basic training in computers said junior example,
and also runs the TEConnections with the skill sets in Information “The students get the benefit Hanna Gay. they take
program with Rhoades. Technology (IT),” said Johnson. of applying the skills and “I didn’t the eagle
According to the T.H.E. Journal The program shows students’ developing them personally catch any watching
online website, the magazine how communication and because they have to talk [fish], I trip to Coeur
is “dedicated to informing and interaction with other students and with families,” said Rhoades. just sat by D’Alene.
educating K-12 senior-level people is essential for most of the According to Rhoades, the heater.” Gay’s
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
district and school administrators, careers that they would pursue. one of the missions of the G a y ’ s favorite
technologists, and tech-savvy “I was looking for real work for TEConnections program is for favorite part Ice fishing can be an excellent new trip was
educators within districts, schools, students. It’s an opportunity for students “to develop soft skills, of the trip hobby to start during the winter. the eagle
and classrooms to improve and students to gain some hands-on or communication skills” that are was looking watching
advance the learning process experience,” said Johnson. “The frequently required by employers. at the fish that were caught. trip before she went skiing.
through the use of technology.” hands-on part is giving them Rhoades sees TEConnections A few students from a similar The float down the Little
Rhoades and Johnson were two the equipment to work with.” as a “win-win-win” situation, as program at Ferris attended Spokane River stands as Neff’s
of the educators nominated for the “I think that if they have the students who build the computers the fishing trip. They caught favorite trip with the class. He
honor among numerous others in hands-on application of what benefit from learning, the more fish than the LC students. said, “Cross country skiing sure
the US. “I was kind of surprised. they have learned, it enhances families that the students donate A few professionals exhibited the can be a lot of fun too,” said Neff.
It’s always good to be recognized,” their education,” said Rhoades. computers to benefit with their way to hold their fishing rods before The goal of the outdoor living
said Rhoades. “At least I’m TEConnections receives its impoved access to technology, the students could begin fishing. class is to give students the
being recognized for what I do.” computers from the Instructional and the computers and materials A few weeks later the class chance to get outside and learn
“What they [the Journal] Technology Support Center for themselves are not wasted. drove up to the Selkirk Lodge on about our natural environment.
Tincan Media needs new members to join club
by Maggie Thornton submitted work to two film that is completely free to join.
Staff Writer festivals in Spokane. He is also The program provides all the
learned a collection of specific equipment that one would need
Spokane’s own local media skills for any aspiring filmmaker. to make a documentary. Their
production company is looking “[The program] helps to office is located within walking
for members to join their high improve technical skills of distance of LC on the West 800
school division. Tincan Media, aspiring filmmakers. You learn to block of First Ave. downtown.
formally known as eMerge, is an work with camera and advanced The Tincan Media group also
organization that teaches middle editing software and all elements puts on a summer program
and high school teens how to of film,” said Lockwood. where teens are paid to make
operate technical equipment used “The Youth Media group meets at documentaries around Spokane.
in the production of a film. The Tincan Mondays and Wednesdays “I learned how to use a camera,
program recently shifted its focus from 3-5pm at Tincan’s downtown headphones, microphone,
from a news package format to offices. Two new after-school and how to interview,” said
creating short community based groups meet at Havermale and junior Nannette Phillips.
documentaries around Spokane. Rogers High Schools. The Youth Phillips was one of the many
“[Tincan Media] is a media Media program is also teaching students that participated
center downtown that deals with video production to teens in West in the program put on this
a lot of high schools. The most Valley School District’s Contract- summer by the group.
popular program is a documentary Based Education Building “It’s way harder to make a
group that makes films to submit Bridges program. Additional movie than I ever thought it would
to local film festivals,” said Youth Media outreach includes be,” said Phillips. However,
sophomore Dylan Lockwood. training staff at the YWCA and she found the experience
The organization was started supporting their development to be an overall good one.
with the help of several grants of a video production program To get involved with program
including grants from Bill and PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET for youth in their programs,” contact the teen center at
Melinda Gates and Paul Allen. Members of the Tincan Media group work on a summer project. according to their website. (509) 216-3451 or visit
Lockwood, a member of the Participating in the program their website at http://www.
Tincan Media group, has been involved with the program for three months and has already is a volunteer opportunity virtualteencenter.org/index.html.
FEATURES Issue 4
Bryson Williams wants to climb McKinley or at least has been in the same begin at 7,000 ft at the base, and
PHOTO BY BEVERLY AMSTADER
by Krissy Lindsey boat, when it comes down trek their way up to the summit
Staff Writer to being a broke high school at 20,320 ft. McKinley is “kind
student, wanting to do something of known as one of the coldest,
they love,” said Williams. meanest and biggest mountains in
Some kids like to play soccer, some Mt. McKinley is located in central the world,” according to Williams.
kids like to ski local terrain, and Alaska and takes about a month “It’s used as a training ground for
some kids like to ride their bikes to climb. “McKinley is known for other mountains like Everest.”
for fun. Senior Bryson Williams its bad weather, so there could be Mt. McKinley is also
likes to climb mountains. His known as Denali because it
newest challenge: Mt. McKinley.
“I’m going to be the youngest kid
“I’m going to be the is placed in the centerpeice
of Denali National Park.
from Spokane to climb it,” said youngest kid from As a way to raise money for his
Williams. “It’s the tallest mountain
in North America.” But he’s going
Spokane to climb it.” McKinley adventure, Williams
has designed Nalgene-like
to need a little help along the way. water bottles displaying his own
Williams calculates that it a couple times where I’ll be held personal logo. The water bottles
will take an estimated $5000 up in a tent, enduring 100 mph are selling for $10 each to sponsor
to successfully attempt this winds for a week at a time,” said his climb and sport four different
climb. “I’m trying to scrounge Williams. “It could take awhile.” colors; blue, green, orange
up as much as I can right now,” Along with enduring painful and a specific shade of purple.
said Williams. “The challenge weather, Williams will be Williams is planning on leaving
that I am having is trying to carrying about 120 lbs. of gear. by late May or early June. If
save up for college as well as “Each person will have their own you’re interested in buying a
attempting to save up enough to backpack,” said Williams. “But bottle, or just donating a little
live on a mountain for a month.” along with that comes the sled money to the “Help Bryson Climb
The money that he gathers that each of us will be hauling McKinley” fund, contact the kid
will go towards “gear, plane behind as well.” Williams will be carrying around two different
Williams wants to be the youngest person to climb Mt. McKin- tickets and other necessities.” joined by seven other climbers. backpacks; one full of books
ley in Alaska and needs LC students’ support and donations.
“I’m sure everyone understands, Williams and his group will and one full of water bottles.
LC students Students can find help with
place in Miss Spo- their Culminating Projects
kane’s Outstanding PHOTO BY MARIA CHUMOV the subject. Ac-
cording to the
must include “all
the written docu-
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET the Culminating
body of evidence
The last part of
the project is the
in front of a panel.
in the process of
project is avoid-
ing the project
Maggie Thornton, Britney Cozza and Robin Kuharski were the all together until
top three competitors in the Outstanding Teen competition. the last minute.
by Lacey Bachman I really wanted to try because “The students
are so swamped
Staff Writer it sounded like she had a with college ap-
lot of fun,” said Thornton. Students can start working on their projects as early as freshman year. The
The Miss Spokane’s Outstanding The girls began by applying topic for the project is up to the student, as long as it is school appropriate. plications, in-
Teen organization awarded two online and from there filled out all ternships, tough
LC juniors spots on the court, the paper work and attended many classes, and
after their participation in the meetings in effort to compete. by Maria Chumov Some key things that students trying to get their grades up. An
pageant. Robin Kuharski and After entered in the competition, in their
Layout Editor must do create a projects are the independent project like thistheir
“4 P’s:” product, paper, could fall to the bottom of
Maggie Thornton competed the candidates went through a
in the pageant on Jan 17. “series of mock interviews that portfolio, and a presentation. For list,” said Smith. “I think stay-
Miss Spokane’s Outstanding prepared us to speak with the judges LC seniors must create and students to “create a product,” stu- ing focused on it is really hard.”
Teen pageant is “a competition of the actual pageant and we had present a Culminating Project dents must choose a topic of their According to Smith, students
for high school students between to prepare a talent that showcased every year as part of their gradu- choice (from personal experience should know that the culminating
the ages of fourteen to seventeen, our personality,” said Kuharski. ation requirement. Students can and/or from personal approval), project is “unavoidable. It is a state
they compete to have the title The platform chosen by each do a project of any topic that is gather research on the topic, and requirement and they can start on
of Miss Spokane’s Outstanding candidate was an issue they found safe and appropriate for school. integrate effective, creative ideas it as early as freshman year. So,
Teen,” said Kuharski. important about the community Students also have personal men- there is no reason why students
tor teachers that can assist them can’t present in their senior year.”
in creating their project and mak- “The project is sup-
“The winner’s job throughout that they wanted to change or
the year” says Kuharski “is to work with throughout the year. The Culminating Project web-
raise awareness of their platform Thornton’s platform was ing sure it is finished by May 2. posed to be a stretch site offers a checklist of things
and to better their communities.” promoting recycling within According to the culminating and will take a signifi- that students must do to be suc-
Thornton finished as first runner schools and Kuharski’s project website, one purpose of cessful in the culminating proj-
up and Kuharski was awarded centered around improving the project is to have students cant amount of time.” ect: “sign up for a class offering
second runner up. Coming in nutrition education inside “think analytically, logically and culminating project, decide what
at second and third place both elementary schools. creatively, and to integrate experi- and analysis of the information. product you will create, fill out
girls attained spots on the court. The winner of the pageant is ence and knowledge to form rea- LC Culminating Project Coordi- your academic mentor form, have
“We still have to make some a junior at North Central High soned judgments and solve prob- nator MaryBeth Smith said, “The your parent/guardian sign the
appearances at places like the lilac School, Brittany Cozza, whose lems.” Another purpose of the project is supposed to be a stretch acknowledgment form, propose
parade and be good role models in platform was Students Against project is for students to “under- and will take a significant amount your project in a letter of pro-
the community,” said Thornton. Destructive Decisions (SADD). stand the importance of work and of time, so, it has to be something posal, begin your project keeping
Both girls were inspired Thronton’s advice for those how performance, effort, and deci- they [the students] are interested all work in your portfolio, reflect
to participate in the pageant interested in competing in sions directly affect future career in.” Students are required to in- on your work in an i-search paper
after talking with senior the pageant in years to come and educational opportunities.” vest a minimum amount of 20 when finished, and bring all your
Kenzi Novell, winner of is “do a lot of research about In creating the project, students hours of work into their projects. materials to your presentation.”
last year’s Miss Spokane’s your platform, and choose are expected to use their prior The paper must represent stu- For more information, visit the
Outstanding Teen pageant. something you really care about knowledge and research to gain dents’ extensive research and LC Culminating Project website at
“Kenzi told me about it and so you really want to do it.” a new level of understanding. reflect the students’ thinking on www.theculminatingproject.com.
FEATURES Issue 4
‘Wonder Squad’ PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INTERNET
making a game
by Jaime Buckles The group’s meetings are
Staff Writer “sporadic,” and signaled by
a classic 1989 Game Boy
The LC Wonder Squad are being ejected into the air,
working on a new video game attracting fellow members.
called Wonder Squad Roll During these meetings,
Playing Game (WSRPG). The they dance and sing, often
group describes the game as the coordinating Broadway routines.
life and death of superheroes: a In their spare time, they discuss
dying race’s last stand against the downfall of Microsoft.
the evils of the “interweb.” One of the most attractive
The Wonder Squad, consists products of the Squad is their
mostly of Lewis and Clark Youtube videos. Mostly filmed
sophomores who prefer to be in the backyards and with
called by code names. Members minimal plots, they capture the
such as Marc Parker (Darc Marc), love of watchers. The Squad
Ryan Katz (Rambunctious Ryan), has not recently posted a new The members of Olaf Olaf Olaf, from left to right: juniors Bobby Larson, John Loft, Grant Oakley
Kevin Grow (Karate Kevin), video but they will return. and Michael Nave. The band was started as a hobby while the four attended Sacajawea Middle
Michael Telhune (Stupid Michael), They are calling for all actors School. Since then, their recognition has grown with their dedication to the music they perform.
Cooper Mellena (Cucumber interested in participating in new
LC band Olaf Olaf
Cooper), Nick Hansen (Super videos. The Wonder Squad wants
Mr. Hansen) and Rane Buyser creative, pristine and serious actors,
(The Guy With a Cape) make who can bring their own props.
up the highest ranking members. The Squad has simplistic
views for their future: “Love
Olaf gets 3rd place
Although the squad counts
approximately 60 human members and passion,” said Katz.
to date, millions of entities are They ask for more friendship.
affiliated with the group, including During the interview, Katz
highly valued members like love and Parker’s eyes caught, and
in RAWK contest
and hatred. “They are the only together they said, “We wish
emotions we feel,” said Parker. to express more emotion. An
And those are the values that emotion explosion, if you will.”
mold the organization as a whole. Grow, on the other hand,
Members view their Squad as said, “Our plans for the future
a belief system, described as a include ladies. With that, money
code of ethics, that cannot quite and fame. I’d like to see more
be explained, but it includes interviews, and possibly a motion by Alexis Powers four different preliminary rounds. Their music is “like a giraffe
a steady crusade against the picture movie. In fact, we’d like Staff Writer Each band played one round drinking a peach smoothie and
growing evils of “the land.” an animated television show.” and the audience voted for their licking your cheek,” said Loft.
The Wonder Squad is The only thing the group LC student band Olaf Olaf favorite. The bands earned bonus Olaf Olaf Olaf started with the
essentially made up of super had to say to readers was Olaf placed third in the RAWK points given by a panel of judges; boys playing together in the jazz
heroes, if you want to force them “send information to Hansen.” Final Four competition on the four bands with the most votes band at Sacajawea middle school.
into a stereotype. “Can’t put If interested in contacting the Saturday, February 21 at the move on to the Final Four round. “We decided to start a band
a bar code on me,” said Katz. group, forward questions to Parker. Service Station in north Spokane. “We were mildly and and it was kind of a joke band
The competition is put on by indirectly asked to play the called Scantily Plaid and we
Byte this! How
RAWK, an organization that preliminary round and we made decided to shift our music to the
supports young bands that would it to the finals,” said Oakley. style we are now,” said Larson.
not otherwise get promotion. A “wild card” band was also After a few years of hard
With over 600 audience chosen to play in the Final work, Olaf Olaf Olaf’s indie-
PC storage works members in attendance, including
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, the
Service Station was full of energy
and despite coming in third place,
Four round. Judges randomly
select a band that played in one
of the preliminary rounds to
compete with the Final Four.
progressive style was born.
“It was really just a
mistake, an accident; the
fates made it so,” said Nave.
by Melissa Holmberg bytes are simply a letter, number Olaf Olaf Olaf did not disappoint. This year the judges chose You can see Olaf Olaf Olaf in
Staff Writer or symbol on the computer. The four LC students who make another LC band, Bodhi Drip. one of their upcoming shows at
You can get a good picture of how up Olaf Olaf Olaf include juniors: Along with Olaf Olaf Olaf, the Empyrean or you may find
The brain has cells that hold large megabytes are by imagining Michael Nave, guitar, Grant the bands who made it to the them “freelance dinner-jazzing”
information and help you to a big, lengthy book, such as the Oakley, keyboard, John Loft, bass, Final Four were Death by Adam, anywhere around Spokane.
remember things. Computers Bible or a dictionary. These books and Bobby Larson, drums. All the Green Light Go and Raw Nerve. “We find a place with a piano
have information holders too, are about five or six megabytes. members contribute with vocals. Olaf Olaf Olaf’s set included and see how long we can play until
only instead of having cells they Go look at a single page in a The competition started with a sing-along and a few someone kicks us out,” said Loft.
have things called bytes. Not book and count all of the letters twenty high school bands from kazoos, not to mention an To learn more about Olaf
like a bite out of a sandwich, but in the words and the spaces the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area encore with their infamous Olaf Olaf, visit their MySpace:
a byte as in a form of memory. between the words, and you can that were chosen to play in one of song “Chips and Tunnels.” w w w. m y s p a c e . c o m / o l a f 3 .
Unless you are really into figure out how many bytes are
computers, however, chances in the page. At this point in this
are you probably don’t know article there are 1,163 bytes.
much about bytes and what they Do you have a lot of pictures
do. So here is some information on your computer? When saved
that will make understanding in a computer a single picture
them a little easier as to how takes up more storage than
they relate to the actual world. over a thousand words of text
A byte is a basic unit of do. Now imagine how much
measurement for information storage a whole memory card
storage in computer science full of pictures would take up.
and is an ordered collection of Do you have some music in an
“bits.” Think of “bits” as in bits iTunes library? A single three-
of a sandwich out of a whole minute track takes up more space
sandwich and each byte out than a big stack of books full of
of the sandwich is the storage text. A twelve track CD takes up a
system on your computer. library of books on your computer.
Each byte denotes a single If you just bought a fancy new
binary value of 0 or 1. Most bytes computer and are wondering how
have eight bits, but this depends many essays, songs, and pictures it
on the size of the computer’s can hold, you should first go look
operating system or hardware. at the amount of gigabytes it has.
For example, computers built A gigabytes is over a thousand
a long time ago won’t hold as megabytes, so depending on how
many gigabytes of megabytes of many gigabytes your storage
bytes for storing information as system holds, you can upload as
a computer built today would. many CDs and pictures as you want.
Bytes in large quantities are With all of the new technology
called megabytes. Megabytes are being invented today, computers
about a million bytes, while single will soon be able to hold even more.
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Girls basketball finishes
fifth at state in Tacoma
by Sydney Harmon
PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOK
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
The LC girls basketball team Firststring.com is the first sports networking site that connects ath-
finished overall record of 28 letes. Athletes can correspond with teammates, opponents, and
wins and 3 losses, and placed coaches. The site features sections for every high school sport.
fifth in state. During the post
season they won the district
playoff game against U-High,
keeping the lead the entire game,
ending with a score of 54-35.
site becomes reality
In the second half of the
season, the girls won against G-
Prep, 63-24, on Jan. 13. They
were not touched by U-High,
63-45; NC, 66-30; Mt. Spokane,
88-44; and Shadle, 63-47. by David Sheppard The Team Profile contains
These wins were key parts pages for team stats, a team
of LC’s run to a perfect 20- Co-Editor-in-Chief message board, and a public
0 regular season record. and Sports Editor roster and schedule. The message
During the G-Prep game they board can only be seen by those
won by twenty points, with a score who users approve to see it.
63-43. The closest game they Firststring.com, a website The individual Athlete Profile
played was against CV, 46-44, a launched in March 2008, hopes also encompasses a variety of
game in which sophomore Riley to become the country’s premier features that would be very
Holsinger hit a game winning internet sports community. useful for a high school athlete.
shot with five seconds remaining. The website consists of a Athletes will be able to display
They ended the season variety of features that make highlight videos, photos and
beating EV, Mead, and Rogers. communicating with teammates, articles written about them.
The girls then faced their first coaches and opponents They can also list personal
loss in over 50 games against easier and more enjoyable. rankings stats in this section.
Mead with a score of 59-57, Founder Jonathan Eppers Privacy and safety are both
on Feb. 19. They then played is convinced that Firststring. major concern for Firststring.
against CV, and won 49-40. com will be a very successful com. “Users can control who can
After the Tigers’ disappointing idea. “There are currently ten see their profile,” Eppers said.
loss in the District Championship, million high school athletes “Athletes can still have family
they were determined to get in the United States,” Eppers and friends view their profile.”
revenge and advance to State Freshman Devyn Galland drives to the basket in the Rubber said. “Our goal is to have five The website now offers a feature
for the seventh consecutive year. Chicken. The Tigers finished the season 28-3 and fifth in State. to eight million of them online called “Play by the Rules.” It uses
The girls played in regionals within a three year timeframe.” built in tools for athletes to monitor
from Feb. 24-28. They lost Eppers, a former high school their profiles and flag issues or
against Walla Walla with a a chance to redeem ourselves, and five minutes of the third quarter. In football and soccer player, has conflicts with website personnel.
score of 70-52. The girls then we wanted to send home the team the last 13 minutes of the game, the a specific vision about where While Firststring.com does
went on to play three more who gave us an embarrassing loss.” girls managed to sink 32 points. Firstring.com will go. “While not consider itself a recruiting
times and won all three games. LC girls then went to the state The last game for the girls developing Firststring.com, my website, it does offer a section
After the frustrating loss to playoffs where they lost their was against Bellarmine Prep goal was to connect high school for recruiters and potential
Walla Walla, the Tigers faced first game against on March 4, on Saturday, March 7, where athletes and coaches,” Eppers said. college athletes to communicate.
a difficult road to the State which elimiated their chances the game was close with score Though Firststring.com mirrors Since the recruiting system is
tournament: they would have to for the state title. The girls lost of 60-55. With 1:08 on the sites like Facebook.com and strictly monitored by the NCAA,
win three game in a 24 hour period. with a final score of 48-61, which clock the score was 55-53. Myspace.com, but Firststring. Firststring.com will not breach
The girls played Kamiakin puts them in the running for fifth Cheerleader and senior McKenzi com definitely has specific any NCAA rules or regulations.
and won with a score of 79-46. place. During the game, their was Novell said, “The end of the benefits for people involved Firststring.com is starting to get
The Mead game on Feb. 26 was a two point difference, but the game was intense because the with high school athletics. involved in signing endorsement
a high stress game because the Eagles scored 28 points leaving other team was catching up.” “Facebook and Myspace deals with some major apparel
Tigers did not want to end their the game with a 13 point loss. Then junior Daisy Burke scored are global websites for your businesses and dealers. All
season. They ended the game The Tigers then went to play two free throws with 11 seconds friends with tons of interests,” Firststring.com members can
with a ten point lead, 55-45. Jackson, on March 5, and won on the clock, and that gave LC Eppers said. “While you may receive 20 percent off their
In the second game against with the final score 63-31. the fifth place title. Kliewer said, have a wider variety of people first order at Eastbay.com. In
Walla Walla, the LC girls were The Tigers played Kamiak on “Obviously fifth is not first but we on these social networks, addition, the website is planning
convinced not to lose again Friday March 6, and won with a brought home some hardware.” Firststring.com has more a to sign agreements with Under
and won the game, 45-48. 43 point difference, with a score The LC girls wrap up their concentrated niche of followers.” Armour, Hilton Hotels and GNC.
According to senior Sarah of 69-26. The game started slow, season with a second place The website’s has a number of The site also plans to partner
Kliewer, “We were caught off and the first basket made was by title in Districts, third in features, including both an Athlete with high school summer camps
guard for the first game. This was senior Jeneva Anderson in the last Regionals, and fifth in State. Profile, and a Team Profile. all over the country next summer.
LC takes home three awards
from annual sports banquet
“I found out two weeks before Powers was another trainer from
by Kenny Rukavina the awards ceremony and it LC that was an applicant and a
me by surprise. I didn’t
Staff Writer caught would win,” said Hebner.
girl from Cheney,” said Hebner.
The team that got the Junior
She’s been an athletic trainer for Female Team of the Year was
two years and has trained many the Lewis and Clark Basketball
The Spokane Regional Sports different teams. Over the years, Team. “It feels good, it’s a little
Commission handed out awards she trained the girls’ soccer team, unexpected, it’s good to know all
to one LC coach, one LC team, boys’ basketball, and boys’ soccer. the hard work we put in is getting
and one LC trainer. Jim Redmon Being an athletic trainer, she has recognized,” said basketball
won the Junior Female Team to make sure that all of the athletes captain Jeneva Anderson.
Coach of the Year award, the are ready to play. She also has to The girls basketball team
Lewis and Clark Girls Basketball address an injury if there is one on finished 28-3 and fifth in
Team won the Junior Female the field, and make sure that they the state as I write this.
Team of the Year award, and get the proper treatment for it. Their coach, Jim Redmon,
Whitney Hebner won the Student Hebner was one of three was the Junior Female
Athletic Trainer of the Year award. applicants for the award. “Ashley Team Coach of the Year.
SPORTS Page 8
hopes to build up
strength next year
PHOTO BY BEVERLY AMSTADTER
Megan Berriochoa takes on Coach Mark Vandine during the Special Olympics vs. Staff game.
Special Olympics takes on staff
by Beverly Amstadter ket of the game for the staff Barnes. “However some of the
team, before a steal and break- staff are gettin’ kind of feisty.
Photography Editor away by #35 Junior Eric Yoder. The third quarter proved the
The Special Education Throughout the first quarter break away point for the Tigers
class defeated the staff team there were many back to back when junior Christian Easterling
twice last week in a com- baskets, but with four minutes sunk another three for his team to
petitive basketball game that to go #52 junior Brandon Win- bring the game to 51-28. Also in PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOK
had the crowds on their feet. ham scored a three to bring the the third quarter Principal Shawn
This year was the fifth annual game to 7-4. The first quar- Jordan was called for a techni- Senior Jesse Halley shows strength while taking on his opponent
competition between the two ter ended with a score of 15-8. cal foul by Anderson, however good overall, although I wish I
teams and the staff is yet to win a In the second quarter, MVP of the reason for the call is still un- by Kenny Rukavina did better at state, I only lost one
game. “A couple years ago Mrs. the staff Vandine sunk a three known and very controversial.
Nowak and I were eating lunch and in the third minute to bring the With five minutes to go in the Staff Writer GSL match,” said VanVoorhis.
The LC team is planning on im-
we just came up with the idea of a game to 23-11 (Tigers). “The third quarter freshman Grace The LC wrestling proving next year. “The wrestling
basketball game,” said Mrs. Mey- student team is totally schooling Thomas had back to back points team finished with a record of program is going through a re-
er. “I always hope we’ll win but the staff,” said senior fan Gilo bringing the Tigers to 65-34 end- 2-6 in the GSL. “The season building period. We had some big
we never seem to that ‘W’ (win). Taka. “It’s really fun to watch.” ing any hope the staff team had left. had many highs and lows espe- parts of the program graduate the
We put forth a valiant effort.” The first half ended with a The final score of the cially with the re-scheduling of last couple years, so kind of start-
This year proved no differ- score of 35-15 for the Tigers. game was 67-40 for the Ti- matches due to snow days,” said ing over with some very inexperi-
ent. With the Tigers winning the Reffing for the game was se- gers who remain undefeated. JV coach Jeremy Richardson. enced wrestlers this season,” said
tip it was almost all down hill nior Jeneva Anderson and fresh- “We try to learn from LC bas- As of February 21, Central varsity wrestling coach Ty Lingo.
from there for the staff. Spe- man Sarah Barnes. “It’s a re- ketball coaches Jim Redmon and Valley’s wrestling team was tied Lingo predicts that within two
cial Education teacher Mark ally intense game but the Tigers Jeff Norton, but we can’t remem- for first with East valley, with to three years LC will have a
Vandine scored the first bas- are really pulling it off,” said ber any of the plays,” said Meyer. a score of 9-1. In second place competitive season again. In
was Mead with a score of 8-2. the mean time, they are going to
Although they finished tenth in work on getting their wrestlers
the league, the LC team enjoyed more experienced and trained.
King of the Hill, a match against “We had a great freshmen class
Ferris, Lc’s greatest rivial, on and sophomore Nolan Temple-
Jan 29. “A Sweet highlight was ton was a regional qualifier this
when Peter threw his guy out at season and we hope to have him
King of the Hill,” said junior Ja- improve on those efforts over the
vier Flores-Sparks. King of the next few seasons,” said Lingo.
Hill was a match against Ferris, The wrestling team has many
LC’s greatest rival, on Jan 29. graduating seniors this year, but
Senior Peter VanVoorhis, the despite so many people leav-
wrestler who threw his opponent ing, some of the younger wres-
at King of the Hill, placed third tlers have made a goal to make
in regionals and was a state par- up for the loss. “My goal is to
ticipant. He was one of eight try to get into state and/or re-
wrestlers to get their letter this gionals next year,” said fresh-
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INTERNET year. “My season turned out men wrestler Ryley Hovde.
In their last match before returning home, the Sounders FC lost for the first time in Argentina.
Sounders go for the big league
LC goalie. “Since Shadow [Spo- 300 children in the Seattle area.
by Conor Wigert kane’s old semi-professional Along with SCORES, the Sound-
Editor-in-Chief soccer team] left there isn’t a ers also have a six week youth de-
lot of good soccer to watch in velopment program that “will be
Come this spring, the area. I am probably going instructed by the finest coaches
soccer fans and players alike to go down for opening day.” in the northwest,” according to
in Washington will have The team promises to be good, their website soundersfc.com.
their own team to support. recruiting the likes of former Furthermore, the football
The Seattle Sounders FC Swedish national team captain club is offering a high school
will be joining the line up of Freddie Ljungberg, Washing- boys preparation camp right
teams competing for the Ma- ton Kasey Keller and they also before the high school season.
jor League Soccer title when received first draft pick in the Before they were a MLS team,
the season begins this April. MLS super draft, Steve Zakuani. the Seattle Sounders were in the
The Sounders will be join- “The line up looks promis- same PDL league as the Spokane
ing the Seahawks as games will ing,” said Hollman. “There Shadow before the Shadow club
be played at Quest Stadium are a lot of experienced vet- folded around two years ago.
on the Xbox pitch with tickets erans and young talent.” After the Shadow folded, Spo-
ranging from $16-$75 a match. Along with being a MLS team, kanites lost all connections to
Training began in Rent- the Sounders work to help kids in any local teams. Because of this,
on on Jan 21 and will con- the area by providing them with an it is not only important to Se-
tinue up until the first match. after school program, SCORES, attle soccer culture that they now
“It’s big,” said senior Chris that works to promote literacy. have a professional team, but
Hollman, an avid soccer fan and The program already serves over it’s important to the whole state.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF YEARBOOk
A-Rod’s demise is here
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
Taylor Eglet dribbles by a CV defender in a 47-45 win on Feb. 3
Boys Varsity Alex Rodriguez has continuelessly been a bad role model to children who look up to sports athletes.
by David Sheppard a drug test in 2003. Then he did prehensive surgery is necessary
Co-Editor-in-Chief what Isorry andhe would: sincere. once the season is completed.
to be try to be Many believe that this is a result
and Sports Editor
second in the GSL
While some may believe that of the wear and tear on his body.
So many professional athletes A-Rod came across as honest While this is probably true, I find
in this modern era act foolishly and forthright in his exclusive it hard to believe that steroids
and are terrible role models for interview with ESPN’s Peter did not play some sort of role
with a 59-55 win over Mead dur- children. On more than sev- Gammons, I believe the contrary. in A-Rod’s most recent injury.
by Beverly Amstadter ing the first round. “Games are eral occasions, I have wondered He said that he had taken per- For those of you who have never
Photography Editor won and lost in two minutes,” what gets into these athletes’ formance enhancing drugs from seen A-Rod in his casual clothes,
said Taylor. This proved an im- minds. One athlete who tops the 2001 through 2003, but it does jeans and a tight T-shirt, you can
The boy’s basketball team portant victory for the Tigers as list for me is Alex Rodriguez. not seem plausible that a guy who not truly appreciate just how big
finished the regular season during their last game against I think we all know that A-Rod hits 52, 57 and 47 homers respec- this guy really is. When I saw him
with an overall record of 11-9 Mead they suffered a 43-55 loss. was Major League Baseball’s tively in the three seasons would in a hotel lobby in May of 2007,
heading into post season play The Tigers next took on G-Prep poster child for the clean, steroid- abruptly quit taking the juice. nearly two years before anything
where they finished off earn- once again, however after “one free, innocent ballplayer. MLB It seems likely to me that more in- was released about his flunked
ing second place in districts. of the hardest games [they’ve] commissioner Bud Selig wanted formation will trickle out over the test, I said to myself, “There’s
Regular play ended with played,” according to many play- to portray A-Rod as the savior coming months and perhaps years. no way this guy is natural.”
an exciting win over Rogers ers, the team could not quite of the game who could rewrite Another interesting twist on I hate to be the one who said,
51-50 on Senior Night which grab the win. The game ended Barry Bonds’ homerun record the story that just recently broke “I told you so,” but I could not
placed them in third place. with a score of 57-55. Carrying without the skepticism of use of is A-Rod’s current injury that but help but crack a small grin
According to many play- the Tigers throughout the game performance enhancing drugs. he had surgery on earlier this across my face as a lifelong
ers, a huge turning point for the was junior Austin Ehlo who Unfortunately for the com- week. It was a hip injury that Red Sox fan. Seeing a Yankee,
team came with the win over G- knocked in four three point shots. missioner and true baseball fans required repairing of torn carti- even more a Yankee who I de-
Prep, an exciting game ending The team came back to win an around the world, this would not lage and a cyst. The recovery spise, face a long journey back
with a one point victory to LC. important match against Ferris 52- be the case. Sports Illustrated time is expected to be six to nine to trustworthiness and reliability
“After the Prep win, it seemed 43, qualifying them for regionals. reported that A-Rod had flunked weeks, but a much more com- is a very pleasing in my mind.
like we all realized our style of Making it to regionals was a
basketball and we played that lot farther than the boys bas-
Gymnastics does well in season
style more confidently and consis- ketball team has gone in a de-
tently and got more wins because cade. The last time they ap-
of it,” said junior Sage Poland. peared in regionals was in 1999.
In fact, after the G-Prep game the The team worked to keep
team finished off their remaining it exciting. During their first JV members competed which at the Jan. 14 meet hosted by
ten games with only three losses. round of regionals the boys by Amanda Thompson gave the girls more practice Ferris, the team conquered with
According to many of the play- took on Pasco which they won Features Editor since the scores did not count an all around score of 132.07
ers this season was also a lot more in double overtime 75-73. The for the overall season score. following behind U-high, who
enjoyable. “It’s fun to win,” said Tigers grabbed the win when According to the GSL web- placed first by only 30 points.
Poland. “It kind of feels like the senior Taylor Eglet made a fade The LC gymnastics team, site, the team competed at the According to GSL.com, the
football season two years ago,” away just inside the three point which began competing in early Dec. 10 meet at Rogers and teams had an accumulating
said junior Austin Ehlo. (Two line as the buzzer went off. Dec., finished off the season left with an all around score of score of 110.35 at the final meet
years ago our football team The boys proceeded to the in the end of February placing 131.85 trailing only 30 points of the season hosted at Shadle
won the state championship.) second round where they lost second overall in their meets. behind University and giving Park. The team placed third and
The team did have more suc- to Walla Walla by 15 sending The team competed in four cat- LC a second place win. “Over- sent one freshman member off
cess this year, as last year they them into the losers bracket. egories including bars, beams, all both JV and Varsity stepped to compete at state in Yakima.
did not make it to districts. There they faced G-prep once vault and floor and placed certain it up a lot,” said sophomore Freshman Josette Johnson is
“It feels good to do so well be- again which resulted in a 49-34 girls into each competition de- Stephanie Gouche. “We proved the first LC gymnast to go to
cause we’re doing it for the se- loss, ending the season for the boys. pending on scheduling and athlet- we are making a comeback.” state in 20 years and compet-
niors,” said junior Levi Taylor. “Overall it was really a great ic skill. When the girls compete As of Jan. 7 the girls had a fi- ed Feb. 20 in the bar category.
“They’ve worked really hard to season,” said Poland. “We the team members with the usual nal GSL score of 1-8 and team The team has 21 girls
get here, and T-time [senior Tay- worked hard and ended up go- low score go first and the usual captain senior Kelsey Doyle and five who compete in
lor Eglet] literally took a punch ing way farther than in recent high scoring members go last. and House had high hopes for all varsity competitions.
in the eye to get where he is.” years. Hopefully next year we At the first meets of the season, the team to excel in the season Head coach sheri hause was
In districts, the boys began strong can be even more successful.” which are GSL meets, mainly According to the GSL website, unable to be interviewed..
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OPINION Issue 4
Students can enjoy cleaning Nouns should
by Amanda Thompson
PHOTO BY BEVERLY AMSTADER
be used as verbs
When the winter snow begins to by Melissa Holmberg Crochet which could be taught by
melt and the rainy days of spring and Holland Kapstafer English teacher Jennifer Showalter.
commence, the dust and cobwebs Furthermore, deleting verbs
start showing their unlovely Staff Writers would make the dictionary an
faces all throughout people’s The verb has turned into easier book to read; therefore
winterized abodes. It’s the time a useless part of speech; the attracting more readers.
of year that many dread and few noun, however has become all Helping verbs, verbs that help
enjoy. It is called spring cleaning. the more permanent. English express mood or tense, are okay
Spring cleaning is a fresh kick classes in Washington should to use when necessary, since we
off to what lies ahead in the warm adjust their curriculum to have already learned so many
summer months filled with sun fit some new standards. verbs it would be impossible
bathing and vacationing. Nobody For example, why say “I am to eliminate them entirely.
wants to dust and vacuum going to go play games after I do Some steps you might take to
around the house in the middle my chores”? You could eliminate follow the trend would be to buy
of summer when the clutter in the verbs, replace them with nouns, a dictionary and scribble out all
their closet gets out of control and say “I will game after I chore.” the verbs. Another way would
and the dirt covers every carpet. Instead of wasting your time be to play endless hours of video
As dreadful as it may sound, with the lengthy version, you can games in which poor grammar is
cleaning can be a fun and save your breath for singing along used. Then, when your parents
joyful adventure that both with the radio in the car. Along ask what you’re going to do
young and old can learn to with saving your breath you also
enjoy. By doing a few simple decrease your vocabulary and “The verb has
things to jazz up your cleaning therefore decrease the amount
of global word pollution; after
turned into a useless
“As dreadful as it Junior Maggie Thorton and senior Zach Alden descover some all, the planet does need saving. part of speech.”
With a decreased vocabulary
may sound, cleaning keys to successful cleaning are cheerfulness and organization.
you no longer need to learn as later that day you could say “I’m
can be a fun and dirt throughout the house, but
if your feet ache after a long
cleaning is to stay focused and
have fun; otherwise you will
many words, eliminating the need movie and party. I home… later.”
joyful adventure.” period of time, wear tennis shoes. go insane throughout the day.
for English classes, and for that
matter, English teachers. This
Not only will this confuse your
parents, but it will delay their
Drink coffee, eat a healthy Cleaning with other people is saves the school budget some response giving you time to make
experience, you can make the evil breakfast and keep hydrated always a good idea too because serious cash. Perhaps the school your escape with out them knowing.
adventure worth all the effort. throughout the day. Before you then they will keep you focused would then be able to purchase a Some disadvantages might be
When you’re getting ready to start cleaning, get all the supplies and help out along the way; snack machine with that extra cash . the thousands of teachers out of a
begin your cleaning process, go you will need out and ready. four hands are better than two. In this snack machine we job. Unemployment riots of angry
around your house and make a Make sure to turn on music If you want to clean your would have Skittles, Doritos, Top teachers with books and rulers but
list of all the things you need to that pumps you up and gets backpack for instance, then you Ramen, and most importantly, think of the snack machines!!!
clean, placing the most important you energized. Turn it on loud can take everything out and muffins. Instead of offering an Another disadvantage could be
at the top and the least at the throughout your house. Songs sort through the papers that you English class, LC would have a the loss of IQ, but nobody really
bottom. Make a list of items like “I will survive” by Gloria need and don’t need. Throw new program called Knitting and wanted intelligence anyway.
you need to get from the home Gaynor or “Fearless” by Taylor away all the garbage and restock
improvement store and buy them Swift are perfect for cleaning the your binders with fresh paper
all before you begin the next day. bathroom and “Hot and cold” by and a couple pens or pencils.
When you wake up the day Katy Perry is great for cleaning The same idea applies to cleaning
Day essence is lost
you decide to clean, get into the stove. Salsa songs are perfect your locker or your car. Go through
comfortable clothes that you for mopping the floor because everything and make that area or
wouldn’t mind getting bleached you can slide across it just like item look brand new again. Start
or stained. Shoes are not my they do on Dancing with the Stars. off the spring season with a fresh
favorite thing to wear when The most important thing new outlook on life and clean like in stores around Labor Day,
cleaning because they track to remember when you begin you have never cleaned before. by John Slater
but it seems to be on its way.
Laguna Café is impressive
Opinions Editor Somehow, we became obsessed
Once every year, on the with not only spending an arm
fourteenth of Feb., a day rolls and a leg on random pink things
around dedicated to celebrating that nobody will care about in
by Kevin Dunham ravioli, and a the kind of love that exists two weeks, but we somehow
host of upscale between two (hopefully) unrelated thought that the general public
Staff Writer b u rg e r s , people. This love is symbolized has great entertainment in
minus the by hearts, unusual amounts of watching us *ahem* express our
Twigs on Regal may have some upscale price. pink and red and Hallmark cards feelings to our significant other.
new competition from local Laguna Café’s inscribed with love poems or other As a high school student, I have
newcomer, Laguna Café. Laguna service, quality sweet epitaphs. It’s nauseating. subconsciously built a natural
Café is a restaurant located in and price are The experience of Valentine’s shield to protect my psyche
the Twigs strip mall that serves leagues above Day is like eating ten pounds of from public displays of affection
breakfast, lunch and dinner for less Red Robin sugar and following it up with (PDA), but that doesn’t prevent
than pricey costs. A nice dinner and similar a Supersize chocolate shake. it from existing all the same.
for two will run you between forty restaurants After a few minutes, you start The random couples I see on a
to sixty dollars, if you buy desert. like Outback feeling slow, after which the fairly regular basis who display
Popular choices at the Café are Steakhouse and pain of side aches and cramps their affection in public seem to
the three cheese ravioli in your TGI Fridays. set in. Then you need Tums. be engaged in a spirited game
choice of a sun-dried tomato Sadly though, St. Valentine’s Day (or just of I-Can-Eat-Your-Face-Faster-
pesto or a creamy mushroom Laguna Café Valentine’s Day, as consumerism Than-You-Can-Eat-Mine than
sauce. The ravioli comes with probably won’t has driven out any sort of religious actually kissing. That or they
a starter salad for only $10.95. sing you happy or holy aspect of the day) was, are glued together at the lips
A favorite of mine, the Tuscan birthday on at one point, a day for calmly and remaining completely still,
Chicken Caesar Salad is greens command, and privately commemorating which is almost more disturbing.
covered in a house Caesar a popular the bond you have with your On top of all of this, Singles’
dressing, croutons, chicken and feature of the special someone. That kind of Awareness Day, which is ironically
shaved parmesan cheese. The previously thing is cute, which is a word abbreviated as SAD, falls on the
starter included is your choice PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET l i s t e d that I don’t often use. In the same day as Valentine’s. In a
of soup. I would recommend restaurants. twenty-first century, Valentine’s nutshell, single kids and adults
the Yukon Gold Potato soup. The Laguna Café is an affordable, comfortable As for desert, Day has transformed…no, are given the short end of the
As for service, Laguna Café and family-owned restaurant on the South Hill. Laguna Café devolved…into something rather stick, if given any stick at all,
does quite well for itself. The had five or so repulsive, at least for most people. while they endure the sight of
servers were polite, friendly, is a cross between a chic little choices, of which my friends and I The amount of merchandise the infinite couples surrounding
and always around if you need a coffee shop and a family owned ordered the raspberry cheesecake. American youth purchase, let them expressing their feelings.
spare fork or napkin. Sophomore restaurant, which Laguna Café is. Maybe it was last, and it was sweet, alone is available, is shocking, If I was to understate, I would
Nate Braks said, “I really liked Laguna Café does have a limited but one thing I know for sure was to say the least. Stores are loaded say that I dislike Valentine’s Day.
how everyone treated you. They menu, but what they make, they the cheesecake was killer, and with pink stuff piled on more I’m also male, which makes
came across as really liking make well. From the Chicken Pot much less pricey than expected. pink stuff and planeloads of this justifiable as a defense
what they do, and that’s a plus.” Pie to the Laguna Burger, this All in all, Laguna Café is a candies and balloons as soon mechanism for the part of my
Laguna Café is located next place has something for pretty winner in my book, mainly as the hype surrounding New brain that loves to build things,
to Verizon and Quiznos on much everyone. I had a hard because of its reasonable prices, Year’s dies off, which, according get said things dirty, destroy said
South Regal. Not much in the time deciding what to order, even good food and quick, friendly to the stores, is December 30. things…you know, guy stuff.
way of curb appeal, but the with the small menu. For dinner, service. It’s no five star restaurant, Valentine’s Day has not quite And just so you know, I do have a
inside is where they focused Laguna Café serves flat iron steak, and it doesn’t try to be. Laguna turned into the consumerfest significant other, and she happens
their attention. The restaurant shrimp, meat loaf, Caesar salad, Café has its niche and sticks to it. that it Christmas, which arrives to dislike the holiday just as much.
OPINION Page 11
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
Starbucks has a bad rap
By Sydney Harmon PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
Starbucks is one of the most well
known coffee companies around
the world. Starbucks is viewed by
some as evil for the fact that it is
a corporate giant and run smaller
coffee companies out of business.
Starbucks is known for having
a store at every corner. For
example Grand Blv has two
stores three miles apart. This
causes problems for smaller
local companies that are trying to
grow because favor people go to
Starbucks because of familiarity.
Senior Chris Hollman, an
employee at Rockwood Bakery
said, “Working at a local coffee
shop you kind of learn to hate
Rapper Lil’ Wayne has proven time and again to the music Starbucks. They spread like the
industry that his creativity is the gold standard in his genre, plague, choke out small shops,
topping other well-respected names like Ludacris and TI. The Starbucks franchise has come under fire in recent years
and serve mediocre coffee.” because of the number of stores it has opened nationwide.
Lil’ Wayne bests
In poor economic times, any However, it has several redeeming qualities like employees’
company who employees a small benefits and eco-friendliness that people don’t often consider.
army deserves a little more credit
than what they have been getting. health insurance, they also match 25 percent by 2010 according
The company has been accused any funds that employees put to www.greenerbulidings.com.
of not agreeing to the Fair Trade towards their 401(k) plans. Any In 2007, Starbucks was using
agreement; this means they have company who can say that they 25 gallons of water and 6.78
been buying coffee far cheaper have an 82 percent approval rate kilowatt-hours of electricity per
than at market price. They recently from their employees, cannot square foot in each of it stores,
“Paper Trail” fails in comparison, bought one million pounds of free be as horrible as perceived. The according to Greener Buildings.
By Kevin Dunham Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” trade coffee beans and are making company has on of the lowest Starbucks has decided to make
Staff Writer is not even worth mentioning in it the coffee of the day every 20th turn over rates of any of the other a push for reusable cups. The
the same breath, and Ludacris’ day of each month, according to major corporations, according company plans to use reusable
Lil’ Wayne truly is the best “Theater of the Mind” is nothing the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. to Workforce Management. ceramic cups and in the cafes
rapper alive. No one has improved close to what “Tha Carter III” is. The thing that saves Starbucks On top of employing thousands and sell more of their signature
at the rate that he has. “Tha Carter His unparalleled lyricism and from the seventh layer of hell is the they also, as a company, have been cups. They also plan to hire
I” to “Tha Carter III” shows a tremendous work ethic make fact that all employees who work pushing to become green. With consultants in the stores to show
transformation unlike any. Other Wayne what he is, the best. His over twenty hours a week receive their plastic cups now reading, the ways to low each stores waste.
artist have progressed over time, imagination may be attributed full health insurance, according “15% less plastic than before,” Starbucks is not bad for the
but not nearly as fast as Wayne. to his high-all-the-time lifestyle, to Workforce Management. and “45% fewer carbon emissions world, and not just because of its
Wayne shows he is as but truly he is just a visionary. Starbucks is one of the only major to make it,” this shows that it not ability to addict people to caffiene.
multifaceted as anyone with He is pushing rap to places that companies that offer benefits only the people of America they Starbucks is helping the people of
“Tha Carter III.” The differences it hasn’t been taken before. to their baristas. In addition, are worried about; they also care America by providing them with
between “A Milli” and “Let the When half of “Tha Carter Starbucks offers a stock portfolio about the greenness of our world. jobs and benefits, and also helping
Beat Build” are astounding. III’s” original songs were leaked, to employees as a stock opinion. Starbucks’ goal is to cut the bean growers of the world
“A Milli” is the equivalent of a Wayne turned around and released On top of the stocks and the energy in all of their stores by become more economically stable.
freestyle rap, whereas “Let the it as an EP, and continued to
The biggest mistake I
Beat Build” blends a soul hook do work to improve. Other
with Wayne’s familiar rhythmic rappers may have just released
style and imaginative lyrics. the CD how it was, but Wayne
Every song on the album has chose to rerecord new songs.
its own unique sound. What is On top of his work on his
even more impressive is that
some of Wayne’s best songs have
not even been released on an
actual CD, songs such as “Sky
records, Wayne always says yes
to an opportunity of appearing on
a track, and then lets his manager
work out the financial side. No
made my freshman year
is the Limit” and “Whip It” not other rapper has appeared on nearly By John Slater Disclaimer: The events depicted in this editorial are fiction.
to mention numerous others. as many singles as him, and no one
Looking past all of the awards is as open to contribution as him. Opinions Editor Any similarity to the work of John Lasseter is entirely intentional.
and fame to the true tellers of Often when he appears on
success; respect, critical acclaim another track, his verse is better The first year at LC is never easy. to feel that things had gone too and stuck by me. I, though,
and comparisons to the greats than the whole rest of the song. It’s tough gaining your footing as far. I just wanted science class was too blinded by my hatred
Lil’ Wayne is truly the epitome This goes for “Last of a Dying a freshman. We all make mistakes. to go back to the way it was. of Buzz to take note of this.
of rap. No one works harder than Breed” off Ludacris’ latest Now, as a junior, I will find Then I did the one thing I Buzz and I did not work
Wayne, and no one wants to be CD, “Theater of the Mind,” myself thinking back to that year regret most about that year. well together. Our work was
the best nearly as bad as he does. and TI’s “Swagga Like Us.” (often late at night, when I’m One afternoon, during a interspersed with bickering and
“Tha Carter II” was good, All things considered, its just not incapable of falling asleep) and all chemistry lab, I replaced one of fighting. It would have taken
but he blew us away with “Tha fair to say that anyone is better. that happened in that period of my his chemicals with elemental something drastic to unite us.
Carter III.” No one in recent No one has the imagination, life. It begins in my science class. sodium while he was weighing That is exactly what happened.
memory has done that or even determination, or pure desire to Like many freshmen, I took a measurement of water. The “Pipe Bomb” Hall Pass
come close to doing that. TI’s be on top like Lil’ Wayne does. Honors Science 9 from Mr. Bennett. When he poured the water Incident (PBHPI) occurred while
His class was an intellectual on it…well, need I elaborate? we were cleaning test tubes. The
high and, for awhile, I was My immediate thoughts were of kid who planted the fake device,
one of his favored students. fear and panic, and it only got worse. Sid, locked us in the building
Mr. Bennett had me follow A short, stout kid from Idaho, who simply because we were the last
him around, watch him went only by Mr. PH, had seen me ones to realize what was happening.
correct class papers, and, in the act, and he ratted me out. At that moment, our lives in
likewise, I received his favor. The class virtually revolted danger, we realized that we were
I used to bring in the latest issue against me, and Buzz tackled me. not so different from one another.
of “Scientific American” and Then he tried to use his Both of us had the same goal: to
we would talk about an article. wristwatch laser to stun me. It ensure Mr. Bennett’s room was safe.
Then a new kid, we’ll was about to get really bad before With our newfound teamwork,
call him Buzz, came along. Mr. Bennett reentered the room we not only discovered that
He stole my spot as the and we all hurried to our seats the “bomb” was fake, but also
favorite, and as something of pretending nothing happened. turned in Sid to the authorities.
a showoff, he was in constant Buzz and I wound up Last I heard he was
need of appreciation. He had spending a great deal of time transferred to Richland.
a handheld computer, and the together, in and out of class, Mr. Bennett was so proud
articles I used to carry to class laboring to make amends for that he even wrote “STEVE”
he could download instantly. the damage we had done. on the underside of our shoes.
After only a few days One of my best friends, a wiry kid Mr. Bennett has moved
of his presence, I became we called Slinky, was unwavering on to other classes, other
beyond irritated with this kid. in his alliance with me. kids since then, but Buzz?
It got to the point where I began He believed I was a good person He’ll always have a friend in me.
OPINION Issue 4
‘Slumdog’ an upbeat PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
change of pace at Oscars
By Conor Wigert
PHOTO COURTESY OF INTERNET
and News Editor
Hollywood received one of its
lowest viewings last year for its
annual Academy Awards with the
blame being put on the shoulders
of the pessimistically-inclined
nominees of the year such as
“No Country for Old Men”
and “There Will Be Blood.”
One of this year’s heavy hitters,
“Slumdog Millionaire” takes a Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s Senate seat was a
subject matter that could make “No shocker, even in a state where government corruption is com-
Country” and “Blood” look like monplace. Again and again he denies it, and he just makes a
“Horton Hears a Who” and adds bigger fool of himself each time. Somehow, though, the expres-
an unexpected twist of optimism. sion of utter bewilderment somehow fits that face.
Blago has no honor
Faced with a corrupt criminal
system accusing him of cheating
on India’s equivalent of “Who The optimistic, cheerful ending of “Slumdog Millionaire” put
Wants to Be a Millionaire,” a refreshing spin on what could have been a hard-hitting,
Jamal, who grew up in the slums depressing story. The movie industry, dominated by the high-
of an overpopulated India, finds stress “There Will Be Blood” and gut-wrenching “No Country for he cannot seem to answer any
Old Men” last year, accepted the change with open arms. By John Slater questions presented to him at all.
himself revealing his life story
to prove he legitimately knew Opinions Editor Always finding a way around
the answers to the questions he a wide audience with its “Who award for Best Young Actor. the question, he is indirect and
was asked while on the show. Wants to Be a Millionaire” Director Danny Boyle is no Ex-Illinois Governor Rod unsure in his speech, making
Along the way the audience roots, the gang persuasion that stranger to putting a happy Blagojevich is currently one of him sound downright foolish.
is exposed to the harsh realities corrupts Jamal’s brother, Salim ending on a sad story, as he did the most laughed-at political This is all not mentioning his hair.
that have faced Jamal throughout and M.I.A on the soundtrack. in his 1996 hit “Trainspotting,” figures of modern times. It may He looks as though he stepped
his lifetime, beginning with his Leading the cast are two a story about heroin addicts be his policies, it may be what he directly out of “Grease.”
mother’s murder. The slums where newcomers, Dev Patel as tagged with an upbeat message. says, it could be his hair. I think For some reason, he thinks
the movie takes place provides the Jamal and Freida Pinto as his “Slumdog” captivates audiences it’s a combination of all of them. that extraordinarily thick
movie with something Hollywood “destiny” love interest Latika. with its rise-through-the-slums His policies are probably the bangs are stylish. He looks
and its audiences are not used Patel’s performance has caught storyline, and despite a storybook least hilarious of the lot. They are less like the governor of a
to seeing; life outside of the the attention of critics and ending that is closely followed divisive, scheming and driven by state than like a chorus boy
drug-ridden suburbs of America. audiences alike, winning both by a modernized knock off of greed and corruption. These are straight out of West Side Story.
“Slumdog” adds diversity to this the British Independent Film a Bollywood music video, took things that only Dick Cheney, I personally would like to know
years nominees with its foreign award for Most Promising home 8 academy awards including who absorbs light and happiness, what’s on his forhead that he
lifestyle but remains relevant to Newcomer and the Critics Choice Best Picture and Best Director. would find entertaining. must keep so throughly hidden.
His attempt at selling Barack Blagojevich’s ousting was
Obama’s vacant Senate seat complete and total, with
Animal Collective album not only failed, but became a
national joke. Jon Stewart of the
Daily Show has used it as prime
material for his segment entitled
not a single vote in favor of
keeping him on as governor.
The 59-0 vote was undoubtedly
embarrassing to Blagojevich,
is among their best work
“Scum-Dog Million-Hairs.” but worse, it was an excuse for
Clearly, he is not in a good place Americans to laugh at government.
to make executive decisions. Even still, after all of the
Even so, he tried to appoint Oprah drama surrounding him, he
the album, with a softened Avey of their early tracks). What starts Winfrey to fill Obama’s seat. appeared in front of Illinois’
By Tucker Clarry Tare and just an enlightened slow becomes a more robust and Winfrey was laughing when she senators and said, “I have done
Staff Writer and euphoric escapement. confident clamoring with similar said she would not fill the position. absolutely nothing wrong.”
Track 2) “My Girls” (95%)~ cricketing vocals that jump On top of trying to do the If one thing is clear, it’s that
“Merriweather Post Pavilion”, The first song heard off of the through the song with smacking governor’s job, his logic in whatever Blago says should be
Animal Collective’s latest album and in a heated competition percussion and echoing clicks. interviews is backwards and reversed to discover the truth.
album, did not really receive an for the best, “My Girls” offers Track 9) “Lion in a Coma”
opportunity to peacefully arrive. the pop trip of a “Leaf House” (88%)~ With a woozy intro and
The band’s album played as the that brings the primal urge to just heading Eastern feel, “Lion in
figurative pinata as hopeless fans listen to the damn thing on repeat. a Coma” is a break from some
scraped and batted their way into With chirping synths, Panda’s of their more droning/sublime
finding any sort of leak or early drowning bellowing and layering constructed songs and more of a
release of the latest work by Avey, of claps and bass “My Girls” streaming feel. It continues the
Panda Bear and The Geologist. brings each repetition like a tide repetitive vocals but with a swifter
Something instantly different becoming stronger and stronger and stronger sound. With clanging
than their last album, “Strawberry sticks and a freer Avey who makes
Jam”, was the absence of the an accessible version of himself.
abundant crackling and yelping
lead vocals of Avey Tare and a lot “What starts out as
Track 11) “Brother Sport” (95%)~
A personal favorite and possibly Something
more Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), the best dance songs unfettered
which will bring bliss to those
who were fans of his solo album
hollow noise...turns by the band from Maryland,
“Brother Sport” is just flat out
on your mind?
“Person Pitch” and mourning into the holiest of dazzling to get lost in. Moving
for those who adored the “For from one grand whisping world of
Reverend Green” and “Peacebone” jams.” melody to another until blasting a Send a Letter to the Editor
tracks of yester-albums. psychedelic dreamland of noise
~Songs Worth Noting~ and harmony of chorus with sound. to the Newspaper Advisor,
Track 1) “In the Flowers” (80%) –
The introduction to the album, let before it slowly subsides and shifts. Animal Collective’s Jennifer Showalter, at
alone feels awfully familiar. The With lines like “I don’t mean “Merriweather Post Pavilion”
beginning harkens to the times to seem like I care about material is the closest thing they have firstname.lastname@example.org
of their song “Did You See the things like my social status/I just yet to or ever will release to a
World” with what feels like a want four walls and adobe slabs pop album and by far its most
giant splash from you cannonball- for my girls,” the song is catchy accessible. The hardcore fans may
ing into a lagoon of electronic/ with the repetition but not overly be taken aback by the lack of their The Journal Staff wants
experimental/noise delight. monotonous, one of the strongest former flavors but will surely be
What starts out as hollow styles that Panda Bear offers. too busy forgetting it all with to hear your feedback!
noise and a tale of being caught Track 5) “Daily Routine” (85%)~ the droning euphoric insertion
dumbfounded by the joy of dance Starting with cricketing organs into their minds caused by “My
and getting away turns into the via dabbling, it feels like what Girls” and “Brother Sport”.
holiest of jams with a booming the band does to jam their way The album itself serves as an outlet
sensation following “If I could through a potential song and lead to give pure euphoria, and could
just leave my body for the night.” to their finished song (maybe even be their most accessible album yet.
The song sets the setting for nostalgic enough to feel like one [95%]