THE HUSKIAN SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 1 Bullying IN SPORTS Football: by. Maureen Pappin Mid-season report 2.7 million students are bullied by. Ty Collins each year. One out of 10 students drop out of school each year due to bullying. 75% of school shootings have been linked to a bullying issue. 160,000 students miss school every day because they are too scared to come to school and face their bully. Between 15 and Don Schrader: SHSD’s New Superintendent by. Hailey Fisher 25 children commit suicide each year due to bullying. Bullying is a very serious issue and it needs CODY CANNON / THE HUSKIAN After effectively serv- the small town of Glide, perspective, Sweet Home to be stopped. Bullying has in- Josh Holman goes for the sack. ing the district as a super- located just northeast of has more students in our creased within the last decade due intendent for six years, Roseburg, to come play high school than they to modern technology. It allows This football season at Sweet Home High School has become one unlike any in the past several years. A sense of integrity and will has been supported by talent that will take the team as far as they wish to go. Larry a part in the Sweet Home have in their entire school the bully to feel more powerful be- community. district. Schrader claims cause they don’t have to face their In mid- August, the Sweet Home Football program began laying the foundation to their upcoming season. The team quickly set their first goal, to deliver a dose of payback to the Stayton Eagles in the early September Endowment Game. With a team full of varsity newcomers filling the positions of former graduated players, they were ready to dominate after the loss of nearly 40 points last year to Stayton. As the team assembled that Friday night, they did nothing less than rule at their own Husky Field, with a win of 22-0. The offense FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 17 Horton retired, which left the school district with the job of When Schrader began that his job is a little dif- victim. selecting a new super- his position as a superin- ferent here than it was in they want to say all over a text or intendent. After much tendent in Glide, which Glide; there he had to do consideration they came he served for six years, everything. He was prin- to a decision. On July 1st, there were only 700 stu- cipal for the elementary 2011 Don Schrader began dents total in the Glide school and the middle his role as the new Sweet school district, and the school, as well as a Spe- Home District number has decreased cial Ed director; some- Superintendent. He left since. To put that into times he even mowed the School FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 4 They can say whatever FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 4 MARUEEN PAPPIN / THE HUSKIAN Dear Student Body, Hey! We wouldn’t want you to forget about our sweet Dear Annie. She’s just itching to answer your questions. So write her a quick note about whatever has you puzzled and turn it in to her box outside of room A12, and she’d be overjoyed to give you her advice. Thank You, Newspaper and Yearbook Staff PAGE 2 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear The Huskian, As one of your fellow classmates walking through the hallways here at Sweet Home High School, I have noticed that the negativity is so bad that people judge others without even using words. I want to make you aware so that maybe you will notice it as well. I am hoping that maybe by making it aware to you it can motivate you to help me change things. It’s up to the students to make our school a positive environ- nior things don’t seem to have ment and a place we enjoy. changed much; school is still I hear people being in- just as difficult. Seniors may be sulted or put down on a daily in a different state of mind bebasis. I don’t understand why. ing older than the lower classThe rumor is when people are man, but I don’t think as a role uncomfortable with the way model for the younger kids that they feel about themselves, the upper classman should behave way they look, or other things that way. We as seniors are they choose to take it out on oth- suppose to be positive and a er people and make other peo- good example. ple feel bad about themselves. If you feel that there are issues of your own that you are un-comfortable with, there are other ways to let out your feelings. Some advice I’d like to give Editors: yEARBOOK: is to pick either a reMitchell Garcia Chancey Fuesler Emily Conrad Belen Toscano ally close friend or Kristen Peterson an adult and talk it AD SaLES: Emily Thompson Hailey Rice out. Putting others Hailey Fisher Ty Collins down when you feel Quin Wise down is only putting Staff Writers: other people in the Judy Alexander Faith Parrish same spot you are Cody Cannon Troy Underwood in. I asked a fellow Malissa Decleve Krysta Wolbert student how they Brandon Moran Kaitlyn Watts feel about the way Maureen Pappin people judge others Your opinion matters! Submit a letduring school and ter to the editor by email, or drop it he said, “One thing in the Dear Annie Box (in Techno I have noticed is it Hall). Also, you can send a letter appears upper classaddressed to The Huskian, 1641 Long men think they are Street, Sweet Home, OR 97386. better than the [email protected] er classmen. I hear them making insults Editorial Policy: All views expressed in the Letters to the Editor, to the lower grades Opinion, and Dear Annie sections are the sole and walking through views of their authors. They do not in any way the halls pushing reflect the opinion of Sweet Home High School. people out of their Letters to the Editor will be published at The way.” I know that as Huskian’s consent. Business ads that are placed in The Huskian are purely for advertisement a lower classman I and do not show their support for any opinion had a hard time, and expressed by the authors in The Huskian. even now as a se- The SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL Huskian The other negativity I would like to point out is that not only are students unfairly judgmental, some of them choose to let out their bad day on teachers and become horribly disrespectful. I have witnessed students cuss out teachers or talk bad to them knowing that the worst that could happen is that they would get written up or get reported to a higher authority. Teachers are not given the right of self-defense and students take advantage of it. If you are having trouble with a class or you are getting a feeling that there is friction between you and your teacher, try talking it out with your teacher. If you go in while nothing is going on nine times out of ten your teacher will be more than happy to talk out the situation. You must be open minded and understand that you are not the teacher’s target; they are only trying to guide you to success. As you’re talking to your teacher really try taking in what they say. Sometimes it seems like they are being hard on you or being rude to you, but teachers are human too and they have bad days just like you do. As much as it sucks for you when they have a bad day, you being the student may be put in the situation where you think they are being unfair and believe me it will happen. Be the adult that you know how to be as a high school student and hold in your opinion. If it bothers you too bad just do like I suggested before and have a conversation with your teacher at a decent time of the day and I can assure you that your teacher will give you an apology. I hope that after reading a couple of examples of what happens every day, it will be an encouragement to change things around the school. I also hope that by pointing it out it will bring more awareness and help people realize that others have feelings, not just students, but teachers too and a lot of our everyday problems can be avoided, creating the positive environment that a school should have. - Breanna Hall SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 3 The New Teachers At Our School Mr. Garcia by. Maureen Pappin Mr. Garcia is our new Spanish teacher here at Sweet Home High School. Mr. Garcia grew up in Dayton, Oregon. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Linfield College and his Master’s at George Fox University. Prior to teaching, Mr. Garcia worked for Wilco Farmers as the lead warehouse assistant and delivery driver. Before teaching in Sweet Home, he taught a Spanish One class at West Linn High School for half a school year. Mr. Garcia enjoys teaching Spanish because he likes to share about his Mexican heritage with others and he also enjoys speaking Spanish. “And my best years came from high school, so why not teach high school Spanish,” says Mr. Garcia. Mr. Garcia states, “Sweet Home students are great! They are respectful, humorous, cooperative, and dedicated.” In addition to that, he also thinks highly of the staff members. He appreciates how much they give to our students each and every day. Mr. Robinson Mr. Banta by. Krysta Wolbert by. Kaitlyn Watts Although Mr. Robinson started late last year, he has come back full time and ready to teach. His current subject is English, and he’s also the head coach of the Girls Junior Varsity Basketball team. A small town boy born and raised in Baker City is now our new wellness teacher here at Sweet Home High School. Mr. Banta attended college at Willamette University spending four years for his undergraduate and five years total for his Masters’ degree. With this being his first year teaching he seems to be doing really well. When asked about his first impression of the school, his response was, “I have liked it a lot so far. It seems like there are some good students here and really good teachers. It’s a nice place to start out a career.” Considering this is his first year teaching, we’re glad he feels welcome. Mr. Robinson spent his childhood in La Junta, Colorado. After high school he went to Point Loma Nazarene College. After graduation, he went to work at high schools in Silverton, Redmond, Woodburn, all here in Oregon, as well as stint in Roseville, California. At Roseville High School, which was the last school that he worked at, he was the head football coach. His classes were much smaller there too; he went from three classes a day with about 20 students in each class, to six classes a day of 30 or more students. “It wasn’t better, just easier and more controlled,” Robinson stated. Roseville High School also had about 4,000 students compared to our 800, so moving to our school has been quite a different experience. Robinson was used to seven-lane highways and the hustle and bustle of the big city. Now he lives in the much smaller city of Salem, where he commutes to work five days a week to the even smaller town of Sweet Home. He moved to Oregon for his family, and also to get away from the violence and the big city life. We are excited to have him working with us full time now, and hope he has a great year. When asked how he got interested in wellness he answered, “I have always been strongly interested in the body’s functions. I was an exercise science major all through college and considering they go hand in hand, this was the job for me.” From the looks of things, he seems like he will fit right in and enjoy himself here. He has made his way onto the football field as an assistant coach and he has become a major part of this town’s favorite Friday night event. We are happy to have him here at Sweet Home High School, and hopefully this year brings him many good students and great experiences. Miss Brosterhous by. Brandon Moran Our new teacher, Miss Brosterhous, is now in charge of the business classes. Miss Brosterhous has lived in Oregon her whole life and came to Sweet Home from Medford. She studied at Oregon State and Portland State for her bachelor’s degree and at Western Oregon for her master’s degree. This is her first time teaching a class of her own, but she does have some student-teaching experience. She decided to teach business because she believes all aspects of business are fun. She also enjoys teaching computer programs, dealing with numbers in accounting, and talking about our legal system and business law. She thinks Sweet Home is a small, close community, and that they are very supportive of their high school. Miss Brosterhous stated that she thinks Sweet Home High School is a welcoming school, and full of positive people. She also mentioned that the students are respectful and seem to enjoy each other as well as the high school. PAGE 4 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 New Superintendent by. Hailey Fisher CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 in, is his main concern. Furthermore there Schrader also says that are more resources here in his transition was good. He Sweet Home. He has been liked Glide, but he also loved busy since he started, and the switch to Sweet Home. he has already faced several “The people are accepting, challenges. However, from everyone I talk to has a smile his tackling on their face,” acknowledged problems isn’t very difficult. Schrader. He also stated that He just has to follow the pro- he feels like part of the group. cedures and state laws to At the high school, ad- approach any problems that ditional academic require- may arise. Student safety ments for each graduating and a positive environment class have been added and for kids to learn and grow will continue to be added lawns. perspective, Bullying by. Maureen Pappin OCTOBER 28th, 2011 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL each year. Students have to shows that no one cares for testing, which resulted in pass certain tests in order to the place and makes people higher test scores; he would graduate and move on. For uninterested in going inside. like to see that improvement some students this may be a If things are neglected, then continue. The ultimate goal more difficult task than for things will begin to fall apart. is to get everyone to graduate others. In order to address The students, teachers and from high school and leave these new requirements, a community take pride in a no one behind. As far as per- plan must come into play. good quality building. He sonal goals go, Don Schrader Schrader says, “The admin- also states that, “If we are wants to get involved and be istrators have a good plan looking good on the outside, a part of the community. for the academic require- we know things are going A positive message that ments.” In addition the well on the inside.” It makes Schrader would like to leave struggling students must be you feel better about where everyone with is, “I think if determined, and there will you live, when the appear- we have the mind set, that if be interventions available for ance is kept up. Things will we think we are the best, we them. go well, and be less stressful. will be and if we feel that way Mr. Schrader feels that The new superintendent when a building is neglected, was encouraged by last year’s uncared for, or rundown, it new goals for high school others. Think about how you right. We do need to stand to- If you or someone you would feel if you heard some- gether as a student body and know is experiencing bully- one say a scathing remark say, ‘bullying isn’t tolerated at ing, you need to report it. Mr. then it will rub off.” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sages, and write evil things about you. You would feel this school.’ We need to have Winslow says, “The most im- online. Plus they can main- online about her. She is one helpless, sad, and distraught. a bigger effect as a student portant thing to do after you tain their anonymity mak- of those victims that received Just remember to treat others body. If you are being bullied have reported a bully is be ing it much easier for them the worse of the worst of bul- how you want to be treated. you need to tell them, ‘Stop or persistent. There are times an to bully and not get caught. lying. I will report you.’ adult doesn’t get to it imme- When you bully someone, forms of bullying. Her death whether it be cyber bullying, was a tragedy and the people verbal bullying, physical bul- of her small town wanted to lying, whatever it may be, it take control and punish her can hurt. We all need to re- bullies. alize the depth of our actions Phoebe’s school faced several and words. Words can kill. different charges in court, For example Phoebe Prince such as harassment, statutory hung herself due to extreme rape, stalking, and violation of bullying and harassment. She civil rights with bodily injury. moved to Massachusetts from These bullies got exactly what Ireland, looking for the aver- they deserved. Suicide is not age American teenage life. the right way to end bullying, Instead she found out how but Phoebe Prince’s suicide cruel high school students showed our society how bad can be. Girls would call her a bullying can truly be. We all slut, send her nasty text mes- need to consider how our ac- She experienced all Six teenagers from tions and words can impact I have learned that there are more ways then one to Another way to end bul- diately, so it is your job to be stop bullying. One way, ac- lying is by getting more in- persistent and keep coming cording to Mr. Winslow, is volved at school. Join more back to remind us.” He also having our student body pre- clubs and sports. By doing says it helps to have a witness vent bullying. “From the bul- this you will have another because it makes it easier to ly’s standpoint, they just want support group who you can prove the case. If you are bul- to get a reaction out of their trust and turn to. And re- lying someone, you may not victims. That’s what they member, high school does realize until it’s too late the want and that’s what they ex- not define the person you will extent of which your actions pect. If our student body has be. High school is only the have harmed that individual. some courage, and starts to first step into life. After high Likewise, if you are being bul- stand up to bullies we can stop school you can start living lied, report it. You may be it. If the student body stands your life and start working to- surprised by how much sup- up and says to the bully, ‘No wards your dreams and goals. port you receive from your you can’t do that here any- Remember, you define who peers. It’s time for our school more’ we can prevent this,” you are, not the words or ac- to take a stance against bully- says Mr. Winslow; and he is tions of some childish bully. ing. SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 5 Foreign Exchange Program by. Hailey Fisher Anna Chang Anastasiya Domashenko Anna Chang is 17 years old and a foreign exchange student that has come to Oregon from Taiwan; an island off the coast of China. She has four people in her family back home, and is happily hosted by the Kelly family. Anna claims she likes America because, “School is fun, and relaxing.” In Taiwan, school begins at 7:30 a.m., and doesn’t get out until 5:00 p.m. There are many differences between the two countries. Anna is used to eating mainly vegetables cooked in a variety of ways, where as in America there are a lot of fast food restaurants and we consume a lot of meat. We use meat as a main dish, while in Taiwan they use it as a side. In Taiwan they can’t receive their license until they are 18 years of age. However, they have many more buses for transportation. Taiwan’s building styles and sizes are different too. Our buildings are built outward, and their buildings are built upwards, consuming less surface area. The rain here is a lot cleaner than it is in Taiwan, where they deal with tropical Acid Rain. School is way different here from her country. Around 60 students Anastasiya Domashenko is from the country of Kazakhstan, which is near Russia. She is 17 years old. There are three other members of her family back home in Kazakhstan. She is hosted by the Kelly family, along with Anna Chang. Anastasiya wanted to come to America to try another culture, and she feels it is interesting to experience things in another country. She has come to find she likes America, although she still misses her family back home. She likes being able to choose her own classes, and being a part of the Girls Soccer team. She feels that there are many differences between countries. The food has been a big change for her. Another difference is the way Americans spend their evenings. In Kahzakstan she claims she usually hangs out with her friends. In school, they have a more difficult schedule than here, settle in one classroom all day, and their teachers switch from classroom to classroom, instead of the students. The teachers also base the class on lectures, leaving them to study for their tests. Here, there is more homework than in Taiwan. She claims that school is more difficult in Taiwan because the teaching styles are very diverse. After she graduates, she plans to go back to Taiwan, spend another year in school, and move on to college. Yoshiko Tomono Yoshiko Tomono is 16 years old, and came here from Japan. She is from a family of four, and is staying with Maurine Zucher. She wanted to travel to America to learn, expand on her English, and make a lot of new friends. She likes the freedom, and nature, and the countryside of Oregon. Some differences between America and Japan according to Yoshiko are the roads. In Japan the roads are a lot smaller than they are here. People also drive on the right hand side of cars, not the left. Also the food and buildings are different. The Japanese buildings are built taller and closer together, while they are wide and roomy here. Differences between schools include things like everyone here chewing gum and bringing water to class. In Japan the students are not allowed to bring gum or water to class. There are many rules for their school, and it is stricter there. They are not allowed to dye their hair, wear makeup, jewelry, or heels, and they are only allowed to wear their school uniform. Here, everyone wears jeans all the time. After graduation, she plans to go back to Japan, and take one more year at Josai High School. which is also the same for every student at school. After she graduates from Sweet Home, she plans to return home, pass her exams, and to attend the Russian Federal University. Maxx Nguyen Maxx Nguyen is from Vietnam, which is in South East Asia. He is 16 years old, and comes from a family of four. He is hosted by Rodney and Carla Hathaway. Maxx wanted to come to America to exchange cultures, learn new things, improve his English, and to experience living in this “wonderful country.” Maxx really likes the life here, and the fact that everyone is nice to him. He likes the food and people. He says “Everything is wonderful to me; friends and teachers are good and always help me when I need it.” Maxx also says that there are many differences between Vietnam and America. He has to purchase his lunches at school, and he says the food is really good. He is also not required to wear a uniform here, and he has a chance to ride to school on a school bus. He now studies many new subjects with new ways of teaching, and learning. Maxx also participates in Boys Soccer and he enjoys it. When he graduates from Sweet Home, Maxx plans to find a suitable college in the field of Economics, and his dreams include being a businessman. Shiho Harada Shiho Harada is an exchange student from Tokyo Japan, and is 17 years old. She wanted to spend a school year in America to change her lifestyle and to learn and develop her English more. She is from a family of four and is hosted by Bob and Cynde Burford. She likes America for many reasons she says. She enjoys the nature in Oregon, along with the quiet, the mountains, trees, and the stars. She has made many new friends already. She also likes that she is able to try and experience new things. She likes the weather here and that there are no earthquakes, like there are in Japan. She also likes that the breaks here are four minutes between classes. School is different too. There is a ten minute break between every class in Japan. Students are also not allowed to be off campus during lunch times. After she graduates from here, she will return to Japan to take the entrance examination for the University of Japan, and will continue to learn more English. PAGE 6 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 Human Trafficking by. Kristen Peterson The legal definition for human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, and forced labor. Human trafficking is this and more. The United States Justice Department states that a little over 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year alone. Human trafficking is a topic that most people overlook, but what they don’t realize is that this form of human slavery is reaching epidemic proportions. When Americans imagine slavery, they remember the most common example from our own history; African Americans being held in a Caucasian’s home and being forced to work for them during the period before the Civil War. As bad as that type of slavery was, modern slavery is much worse. Before the Civil War, slave owners would try to get a lifetime of service out of their slaves. It was in their best interests to provide at least some basic level of care to get 40 to 50 years of work out of a slave. Today, these modern slave masters will drive their captives to death in a matter of four to five years. By working them as sex slaves, drug mules, or sweat shop factory workers, their goal is to make as much profit as they can in as short a period as possible. And when you wear this poor unfortunate human being out, you simply kidnap another and start again. Oregon passed a law in 2007 which made it clear that human trafficking was a crime and was defined as a class B felony. This law is known as Oregon Revised Statute 163.266, it is also Oregon’s trafficking in persons statute. The law reads, “A person commits the crime of trafficking in persons if the person knowingly: (a) Recruits, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains by any means, or attempts to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide or obtain by any means, another person knowing that the other person will be subjected to involuntary servitude as described in ORS 163.263 or 163.264; or (b) Benefits financially or receives something of value from participation in a venture that involves an act prohibited by this section or ORS 163.263 or 163.264.” This basically means that if somebody was to do any of the things listed above, that they are breaking the law. The state of Oregon claimed that this law should decrease the incidents of human trafficking in our state and make us tough on the slave trade. The problem is that since the law passed, there have been no convictions in the state for human trafficking. According to Hopkins Relations, an organization that monitors human trafficking in the United States, “Oregon does not have effective trafficking legislation. There have only been 8 trafficking charges under Oregon’s statute- with none of them arriving at conviction. The trafficking statute is used to stack charges against a defendant, before ultimately dismissing the charge and convicting under Compelling Prostitution.” So although Oregon does indeed have a law that is supposed to be useful in preventing or stopping trafficking, they are obviously not enforcing very effectively. Shared Hope International, which is a non-profit organization that raises aware- ness of human trafficking, gave a report card to Oregon based on the human trafficking laws. On this report card, our state received a “D”. There are a number of reasons why we received this grade, one being that the law does not make trafficking a minor a distinct and separate crime. The compelling prostitution of a minor law is not part of the trafficking law, which means that most child victims are left with very little protection and without the label of “human trafficking victim.” The person who trafficked the child, also gets away with just a Class B Felony under the prostitution law, which is a maximum of ten years and a $250,000 fine, but most get out in half of that time or less because of “good behavior.” The second reason is that the law against solicitation of prostitution does not distinguish the solicitation of an adult from buying sex with a minor. Under Oregon’s statute, the person would get a class B felony, but if they are convicted under the solicitation law, all they will get is a misdemeanor fine. Also, the man or woman who is convicted of the trafficking in person law and the solicitation of prostitution is not forced to register as a sex offender until they have multiple cases on their record. Our very own I-5 is one of the main corridors where human trafficking takes place. You’re probably wondering, “How could our little state of Oregon have one of the busiest places for human trafficking?” Well being that I-5 is the main corridor up to Seattle and down to Los Angeles, it’s a highway that a lot of people travel and nobody would suspect anything if they saw a couple of young SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL girls sitting in the backseat of a vehicle. There are other contributors to Oregon’s high human trafficking rate which includes a high runaway rate, and Portland having the highest per capita legal strip clubs in the nation. However there is something that Oregon is doing now to help strengthen the prevention of human trafficking. That is the Polaris Project. The Project’s objective is to both raise awareness about the issue and prevent trafficking by putting stickers in places like bars, restaurants, and grocery stores with a hotline number on it. This hotline can be reached at any time and anyone is encouraged to call if they see somebody that is the victim of human trafficking. 1-888373-7888 is the number that the Polaris Project uses that also connects with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. You can call this number 24/7. Although the hotline might be helpful, it might not be enough to stop human trafficking. If our state really wants to prevent this from being a daily tragedy, our police officers need to be trained more often and harder to look out for this type of crime. As of now, officers are not specifically trained to see a young girl in a car or on the street that is in distress and think, “Hey, she might be in serious trouble.” The officer is bound to think that she is just having family or friend issues. Not only do Oregon police need more training, but they just need to look for it more. On top of the officers getting more training, judges need to actually enforce the law! As stated earlier, there have been 8 different cases charged with human trafficking, but every single one of them was plea bargained away as compelling prostitution. Ultimately, the compelling prostitution law needs to be changed to include Oregon’s trafficking in person statute. Right now the compelling prostitution law does not reference the statute at all which means that a person could be accused of human trafficking, but instead they can plea guilty of compelling prostitution and get off with a lesser penalty. By changing the prostitution laws, it will be harder for someone who is guilty of human trafficking to get themselves out of the situation and they will finally get what they deserve. The police being trained and looking for human trafficking, the judge actually enforcing the law to the full extent, and the change of the compelling prostitution laws so they include Oregon’s trafficking statute, are the three magic touches that Oregon needs to fully prevent human trafficking. Key Club by. Brandon Moran At the last Key Club meeting, we not only held elections for new officer positions, but also decided to try something new this year, co-presidents. Nicole Ailshire and Joanne Stoddard are the new co-presidents. Curtis Froman has filled the position of vice-president, and Brandon Moran is the secretary for the year. Kyle Blackwell is the Key Club treasurer, and Sara McCartin is the new bulletin editor. Even though we have new officers, a new Kiwanis Club advisor, and new members, we will still do as much as we can to help our community this year and for many more years to come. On Friday, October 28th, Key Club will be holding a dance at the high school in the activities gym. Mr. Augsburger and the leadership class have agreed to give the Key Club the chance of putting on this year Halloween Dance. The event will be a costume dance, so dress up! Remember, this is still a school dance, we remind you to dress and dance appropriately. The proceeds will go to support future Key Club events and charities. We hope the event is a great success and we hope to see you there too! Entertainment SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 Privacy Vs. Surveillance Who’s Winning? by. Troy Underwood Right this moment, take a quick glance around your surroundings. If you aren’t at home or on the toilet, chances are you’re being watched. Since 9/11, our government felt it needed to covertly step into our personal privacy via the ever-watching eyes of security cameras and the hear-all wiretap. Is there really such a thing as privacy nowadays? try in the world. Having over four million security cams in use, which is more than the entire world combined (not counting other surveillance devices), you truly have no where to hide. Although the majority of citizens in Great Britain oppose this, their government takes pride in their ever-watched society, claiming that crime is a stoppable act. Consider this hypothetical, yet real life situation; you wake up in the morning and walk out to your car, but across the street is your nosy neighbor with his security cams fixed on your yard. Later, you drive off to work and when you come to an intersection, there’s a camera watching to see if you run a red light. Once you arrive at the parking lot of your job, security cameras on the building watch as you enter and exit. Finally you make it to your desk, but what’s this? Glancing to your upper right at the ceiling is yet another security cam watching your every move. Smile folks, your lives are on film 24/7. Frighteningly enough, there are readily accessible sites (i.e.www. extremesurveilence.com) that offer surveillance devices that are seemingly innocent (alarm clocks, pens, teddy bears, even computer speakers!), but come equipped with a microphone and camera. Technology is invading our homes and striking from anywhere, and unfortunately you would never suspect it. Frighteningly enough, you aren’t even safe when sitting at your computer at home now. For instance, in 2010 Lower Merion School District in Philadelphia issued laptops to their students, which all had webcams. Little did the unsuspecting students know, but these webcams could be covertly activated by the school’s administrators. Basically, they could spy on you and your family at any time and you’d never know it. As of 2011, Great Britain has been labeled as the most paranoid coun- Although this heightened level of security which is almost entirely based off of the fear of terrorism may seem inconvenient, it can also be comforting to an extent to know that the baddies are being watched. Also, as our society continues to advance technologically, our battle for privacy is pretty much inevitable to fail; you might as well start accepting this now. Are there ways to escape this personal invasion? The honest answer is no, not anytime soon. As technology further dominates our lives it will also dominate our security, privacy, and existence; welcome to the 21st century. Either way you look it at, privacy is becoming an extinct luxury in the modern world. Smile, they’re watching you. PAGE 7 Belen on Books by. Belen Toscano The new school year haunts everyone; back to sitting in class with blank stares abound, coming home to more assignments, and most tragically, knowing that there’s less time for reading! This also means less free time to choose what to spend it on. Quick selections of novels to escape from school are provided for you here, hopefully helping you cope with what school brings. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz strikes a stone at heads; you’re thinking, “Gosh, this hurts. What a painful experience.” Yet, you don’t want to throw a stone back; in fact, you’ll probably want to emotionally aid Oscar during his numerous plights with society and the people around him. Oscar is literally cursed to a bad life; for starters he has trouble with his own self-image and can’t get along with his family. Like the stone, this one is a tearjerker. Thoughtful and pensive, it will take you back to your most vulnerable days. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan isn’t like those typical zombie apocalypse stories you read about. In the Forest, a religious order controls a village seeking refuge from dangers outside. These dystopian leaders hide secrets and add to an already rising tension. The heroine, Mary, is a dreamer who seeks to escape that place and find adventure elsewhere; a trait relevant to many young adults. And honestly, who doesn’t love a good apocalypse story? No, these novels aren’t shallow Debbie Downer pieces objectified, but they are some pretty good books. Hopefully your escape from school and other aspects of life are beneficial, something these novels may provide. PAGE 8 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL HAUNTED HOUSE A STORY BY JUDYTH ALEXANDER / ILLUSTRATION BY BELEN TOSCANO T he boy, dressed in a badly made vampire costume, marched ahead of his two friends. His costume included a cape with a black exterior and bright red interior, he had black pants with a black dress shirt on, and he had plastic vampire teeth on. Behind him was a girl dressed in a tattered white knee-length dress, white boots, and white wings to complete her angel outfit. Beside her walked a boy in a black cloak, black gloves, and red and black face makeup. He had decided to dress up as Darth Maul. As they were walking, the vampire, Adam, kept glancing back at the two behind him. After several minutes of this, he let out an exasperated sigh and turned to face them while walking backwards. “Would you two hurry up?” The angel, Wendy, rolled her eyes. “Would you slow down? You didn’t even want to go.” He stuck out his chin and pouted at her, “Just ‘cause I don’t like scary things doesn’t mean I have to walk slowly.” Wendy rolled her eyes at him. The Star Wars boy, Brent, stared at Adam for a moment before stating, “I think your fangs are falling out.” Adam looked alarmed as his hand flew up to his mouth and felt his fangs. He glared upon discovering that they were fine. “Oh, I guess I was wrong.” “Of course you were wrong.” Brent just shrugged in reply, looking unconcerned. Adam frowned at him. They continued down the street, heading toward the haunted house. Adam and Wendy were bickering about something and Brent was watching them with amusement. As they got to the haunted house, Adam eyed it warily. Wendy was looking ahead of them, her eyes bright with excitement, waiting for something to jump out at any moment. Brent looked bored as he waited for them to get inside. The front of the building was decorated with spider webs all over the windows and doors. When it wasn’t the season of tricks or treats, the building was an old warehouse, so they weren’t expecting much. The front door looked old and it creaked when they pushed it open; they noticed the other doors looked the same when they got in the hallway. The floor creaked in a couple of places and spider webs hung from the ceiling and corners. It also sounded as if there was background music playing moans and creaks and other creepy sounds. The third door in the hallway was open, and they peered in as they were about to pass it. Adam jumped when he saw a woman lying in a bathtub with a dark, blood like liquid splashing around inside it. She tilted her head and blinked over at them. Adam hurried passed it and paused as he waited for his two friends. Brent had glanced in and then stopped next to Adam, while Wendy had stayed for a moment longer to study the room with a grin on her face. After a moment, she joined them and they headed to the next room. As they came to the room, they looked in and saw three open coffins lying in a row on the floor with a person in each one, their arms lying by their sides. The three of them stood and stared for a long moment, waiting for something to happen. Brent was starting to believe it was all for show, and Wendy was starting to feel disappointed, when one of the people blinked and turned their head to stare at them. They started to sit up, with blank looks on their faces, and move toward the three. Wendy looked excited now, but Adam just looked terrified. And then they started making noises, mostly of garbled words and moans. Now the three could get a good look at them; they were all dressed in tattered clothing, and their skin looked deathly pale with bruises and discoloration all over them. At this point, they decided to head forward. Adam still looked horrified from the previous room, and he hadn’t had much time to collect himself before the door they’d just passed opened, and Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre stepped out, revving chainsaw in hand. Adam yelped upon turning around and seeing him; even Wendy looked startled, though still excited. Brent eyed the man, looking like he was unwilling to run away if he were to start chasing them. Leatherface looked around, as if looking for someone, before seeing them. He tilted his head with interest and looked them over, taking a step toward them, to which the three of them stepped back. Adam was terrified as he waited, and even Wendy looked suspicious, but all the man did was shake his head and disappear back in the room he had come from. Distantly, they heard his chainsaw rev, but Adam still looked relieved, and Wendy looked a tad disappointed. Brent looked amused at Adam’s relief. They then walked toward the last door, which they presumed was the exit. As they were walking, Adam kept glancing around, while Wendy moved to the door with a bounce in her step. As she grabbed the door handle and began to push the door open, they glimpsed the night outside, and then a giant spider fell from the ceiling and onto them. Adam screamed in terror and Wendy yelped in surprise; Brent jumped, but otherwise seemed fine. Realizing that it was fake, Wendy successfully pushed it off of them as Adam swung at it in blind terror, his eyes clenched shut, to get it off of him. Wendy laughed at Adam as she watched him stare at the spider with wary eyes. He pouted at her. Pushing the door open again as the spider slowly made its way back towards the ceiling, Wendy exited the building and glanced back at her friends. Adam looked relieved to finally be free of the place. “Now what?” Wendy asked as they headed down the sidewalk. Brent shrugged, “Movies?” Wendy didn’t look excited at the idea, but nodded. “Sure.” Adam frowned, “No horrors?” Wendy gave him a disgusted look, then just looked put off as she replied, “Fine.” Adam nodded, looking satisfied. Wendy and Brett started arguing about movies while Adam took one last look at the haunted house as they turned the corner. A look of shock came over his face as he saw a “For Sale” sign flapping in the breeze of a deserted lot. SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 Kindle Fire The Little Tablet That Could? by. Troy Underwood OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 9 price tag. Is this the game only is this tablet fast, but mobile device market in changer? Let’s take a pre- also fully equipped with terms of performance and emptive look. the latest features to easily battery life. The iPad on Literally out of no where, compete with others; even this tablet got thrown into ones that are in the $500 the other hand is using a FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 10 Whether you are a sup- could buy a full-fledged existence. Unlike its Kin- range! The real show steal- porter of them or not, quad core laptop at the dle eReader brethren, the er here though is the tablets are slowly being price of the entry level Fire is in a totally different incredible adopted by the public. Al- iPad. But that high price field of competition, and tag on the Kindle beit not nearly as popular might not last for much Amazon boldly claims it Fire. Could this as netbooks and laptops, longer. The company that can take on the iPad. First be the little tablet but since the release of the literally started mass scale off, the Kindle Fire is us- that could? ‘fabled’ iPad, we’ve gone ebusinesse, Amazon, plans ing a dual core processor, nuts over that slate with to release a new member which is a nice commodity based a touch screen! However, to the Kindle family; enter in a tablet as most experi- famous Tegra 2 SoC some unattractive features the Kindle Fire. This new ence slowdowns and get (system on chip) which of these devices include tablet stirs some hype with bogged by apps. Also, not has been dominating the that nasty price tag; you an incredibly low $199 price The Kindle Fire is off NVIDIA’s Games Turned Into Movies by. Brandon Moran Most often when you think of movies and games, you’ll think of movies that have been made into games. But what about the movies that are based off of games? There are many video games that have been made into movies such as Final Fantasy, Dante’s Inferno, Dead Space, and even Warhammer 40,000. The movies and games do have some differences though, like content and graphics. Some movies might have different content such as picking up where the game left off, or giving some background story on the game’s plot. Some movies like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children pick up where Final Fantasy VII the game left off, while others like Dead Space: Down Fall recalls the events before the game starts. However, some movies might have little to do with the plot line of the game at all, such as Warhammer 40,000. In the graphics department, there is a split on the preference for either the movies or the games. For example, Final Fantasy VII the game, had bulgy graphics that some may have liked, while the movie had superior animated graphics. Many games either have inferior graphics or come close to the movies, but based on opinions there are a few games whose graphics put the movies to shame. In Dead Space: Downfall, the animation is decent, but the voices were way off and not to mention annoying. The movie of Dante’s Inferno was unique in that different production companies worked on different parts of the movie, so after a few levels in hell, his appearance would change drastically. The final difference is skills or moves used in the games and movies. The majority of games that have a leveling system, or where you can learn spells, usually show more of the attacks in the game than in the movies. There is also a decrease in special moves such as in the Final Fantasy VII game, Vincent Valentine, who was one of the main characters, could use his demon form, but in the movie Vincent not only had a small role, he never changed forms. Nevertheless, movies do have some things that the games lacked, such as TOP: Scene from the Final Fantasy Movie RIGHT: Screenshot from Final Fantasy: The Game in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children; Cloud Strife was able to use multiple swords at once in one scene from the movie, while the game he only used one at a time. In the movie, Dead Space: Downfall, the majority of the weapons from the game don’t make an appearance in the movie, the closest to a weapon from the game is the plasma cutter. The end results are that movies are never truly based off games. There are always differences between the game and the movie. Graphics are far superior to the games, but not always more preferred. There will be skills that only appear in the movie, and skills that only appear in the game; mostly more appear in the games than in movies. Also the last and biggest difference is content. You don’t see the same content in the movie as in the game. In any case, for those of you who love your games, you might want to enhance your enjoyment with a movie version of it. You never know, you just might find a favorite film to go with that favorite game. THRILLER NIGHTS PAGE 10 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL HALLOWEEN EVENTS by: Kaitlyn Watts corn mazes, you then maybe a corn maze begins. and throw your own. is the right place to be on thought it couldn’t get any they also include a pumpkin For the little ones, Halloween night. Lone Pine scarier, they threw in live patch and hay ride for the the our town provides a walk Farms in Junction City pro- people to pop out, scream, little ones. It’s four dollars a United States. People of all through after school of all vides a wide variety of dif- and scare you all through the person for a draft horse hay ages wait all year to see who the participating stores on ferent activities that all ages maze; do you think you can ride and three dollars for a can outdo each other with Main Street, to show off can enjoy. From 10 A.M to 5 handle that? The haunting tractor drawn ride, pump- the best costume. So for us their costumes and have a P.M you can come and have begins on September 30th kins are also available. teenagers and adults who good time on Halloween fun with the whole family, and continues each Friday, There are many different Saturday, and Sunday night activities going on through- tween fall and winter, Halloween is the second most popular holiday in Just when you memorable your friends and yourself, Straddling the line be- day. Yet if you’re willing to and it’s at the cheap price trick-or-treating, you might take them to Heritage Mall of $4.00 for ages eleven and through October 31st. They out Oregon and if you’re want to attend a costume in Albany, they’ll always under, and $6.00 for twelve are open from 7:30 P.M to looking to be scared this party instead. In the U.S. have something up their and up. Now if you’re in- 10 P.M. Fridays and Sat- Halloween or even just have costume parties have been a sleeve for a fun time. terested in having a night of urdays the prices will be at a good time, then you won’t terror, at Lone Pine Farms $15.00 per person, and Sun- be disappointed. Have fun, the Haunted days are $13.00 per person. and be careful. Corn Maze is were the fright Not only do they have their their productivity; this was no 3G/4G support. This is Kindle Fire in a particular a good move on Amazon’s a feature that is absolutely price field, I’d place it in part to keep the Fire’s necessary for tablets to be the $350-$400 range. ity are always what people size conservative. truly effective on the go. look for in tablets. fortunately, Amazon also may be considered to old for special event for many years, so you may want to provide some entertainment for If dressing up in a crazy costume is too childish for Kindle Fire by: Troy Underwood CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 slightly more power hun- Ask traditional Un- gry 1GHz dual-core Apple yourself what a tablet can was conservative with the A5 processor. In most sce- do for you and if it will be Fire’s storage capacity as narios, the Tegra 2 boasts more than just a shiny, ex- well. Knowing from expe- In all honesty, tablets If there was one thing are a waste of money to that absolutely sparks my me; until the Kindle Fire interest in this tablet ver- made its unexpected ap- sus all others is that beau- pearance that is. You are better performance/power pensive toy. The Kindle rience, tablets truly need at tiful price tag. In this price literally getting a tablet efficiency and takes the Fire comes equipped with the very least sixteen giga- range, there is no competi- with crown away from Apple. a 7” multi-touch display, mance as a $400-$500 However, as the Kindle eight gigabytes of internal Fire has not been released storage, free cloud stor- bytes of storage. However, tion for the Kindle Fire; it’s Amazon argues that as you that good. In fact, Amazon purchase items from the only makes a net profit Galaxy Tab, or even the to the general public yet, age of all Amazon con- site (apps, movies, music, of ten dollars per Kindle etc), you can safely unin- Fire (Part assembly for iPad 2! My advice to you stall them and keep them the Kindle Fire is $190!). and see if this new tablet lizing the Tegra 2 though, Wi-Fi connectivity. In my ‘in the cloud’ of Amazon. However, they predict that can take the pressure from things are looking pretty opinion, tablets beyond 8” the higher tier tablets and bright for the Fire. become too cumbersome Something I must be criti- Fire will kick off extremely cal of the Fire is that it only well due to their huge fan has WiFi connectivity and base. If I had to place the Keep it up Amazon! this is all on paper. From tent, eight hour battery other tablets currently uti- with continuous use, and Features and usabil- to tote around, and loose the same perfor- HTC Evo View, Samsung as always is to wait it out if that price tag holds up. GEAR UP SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 11 What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? by. Kristen Peterson From the moment you hit age work with the patients in hospi- genetic counselor. The closest ap- area of science because millions five people ask you, “What do you tals or private practices. Com- proved graduate program is locat- of people need their help. If you want to be when you grow up?” mercial counselors mainly work ed in Stanford University in Stan- feel like you would enjoy learning Looking around our school, you with companies who design and ford, California. If you are curious about genetics and you like to help realize that a great amount of stu- sell the genetic tests. Diagnostic about the rest of the graduate people, this is the right career for dents really don’t know what they laboratory counselors work in the programs visit www.gradschools. you. For further information on want to pursue once they hit col- lab to test the results and refer the com. GC please visit www.abgc.net. lege. Genetic Counseling is a new patient to a physician. Research- and interesting career that after ers assist in any research being schooling could lead learning a little more about, you done about genetics. you to an average of might consider for yourself. The final product of your This career allows you to $61,000 a year once Genetic Counseling (GC) is explore different skills that can you have 5-9 years a career that is often over-looked. help you in other areas of your of experience in the People always think about being life as well. The ability to trans- field. a doctor or a scientist; but, what late complicated information into tion is growing by about mixing these two together? simple comprehension for a wide the minute. GC is a mixture of science, medi- range of audiences is just one of and cine, and psychology. The actual the skills you would learn. Others are needed in this definition of a genetic counselor is would include emotional intelli- someone who is a healthcare pro- gence, analyzing complex prob- fessional with specialized training lems, research skills, and in-depth in the areas of medical genetics healthcare understanding. and counseling. In basic terms, Schooling is less complicated This occupa- more More people GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH Reed College by. Hailey Rice genetic counselors speak with than most would think. In or- Over the past year, the staff at the Huskian has featured public uni- people who have concerns about der to become a certified genetic versities in Oregon. This year, we will shift our focus to the wealth genetic risks or who want to learn counselor, you first need to obabout their inheritance patterns, tain a Bachelor’s degree in biolo- of private universities in our state. Reed College, for instance, offers and then they provide answers. gy, psychology, or genetics. Once of Portland, Reed is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college This field allows you to choose you have earned your degree, that is known for its rigorous academic programs. According to their from a variety of options when it you need to apply for an Ameri- website, a higher percentage of graduates from Reed earn PhDs in all comes down to your “specialty” can Board of Genetic Counseling fields than graduates from almost all other colleges and universities in GC. There are four main areas (ABGC) approved graduate pro- across the U.S. While the price of tuition ($42,000 per year) may in which you can work including gram. This graduate program will seem intimidating, Reed, like many other private universities offers clinical, commercial, diagnostic allow you to earn your Master’s excellent opportunities for financial aid. More than 50% of students laboratories, and research. Clini- degree in genetic counseling, and cal genetic counselors specialize in from there you can take the final receive aid and the average student receives about $33,090. With an certain areas of patients like pre- exam offered through ABGC and natal or cardiovascular, and then hopefully become a fully certified a small student population and a great location. Nestled in the hills opportunity to receive a top notch, award winning education and the availability of incredible financial aid, it’s hard to turn down a college like Reed. For more information, please visit www.reed.edu. OPINION SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 12 Libya & The Middle East Cleaning up the Mess. by: Cody Cannon The fight in Libya still moves on as the rebels try to clean up the mess of their revolution. Seems as though this has been going on for awhile now, hasn’t it? When you look at Egypt and Algeria their revolutions went by so quickly, why isn’t it the same with Libya? The other thing you have to think about is, is it really our mess to deal with? To start off with let’s examine the similarities and differences between Libya and all of the other Middle Eastern countries that revolted and why this one is taking longer than all of the others. To start off with, what is different between Libya and Egypt? They seem to be the same deal, right? The difference is the military. In Egypt’s case the military, when questioned to go with Mubarak or the people, they chose the people. In Libya, however, the military made the opposite choice and stayed loyal to the dictator Gaddafi, leaving a rag-tag group of civilian freedom fighters the difficult job of fighting the revolution. If Libya were the same case as Egypt, this whole ordeal would’ve probably been over with about three or four months ago. Some people say the United States should have acted quicker and done more to help them. The French wanted us to help invade and support the rebel troops. If we had, this thing would’ve been over in the snap of a finger. And that points to a major question concerning this crisis, did we do the right thing by just standing by and waiting until the worst happened? There are always two sides to a story. If we did step in, then yes, Gaddafi would have been brought down quicker and this whole ordeal would be done and over with. On the other hand, however, if Gaddafi was taken down that quick, who’s FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 13 A POLITICAL CARTOON by: NICK HALL On Matters Spiritual In this regular column, Faith Parrish will be discussing matters that deal with spirituality, morality, religion and other sometimes controversial topics. It is not the intent of The Huskian that this column represents the truth, or fact, but is merely a thoughtful discussion of the quest to find those truths and facts. To Judge or Not to Judge by: Faith Parrish Our society has changed in many ways in the last few decades. Things that were not socially accepted in the past are now the new trends. Ideals that used to be frowned on are now the accepted and preferred thoughts of the youth of our society. Times are indeed changing. And while some of these changes are for the better and even promote more thoughtful and accepting communities, there are some actions that in our heart of hearts we know are wrong. We do them anyway because this new way of thinking tells us we can do whatever we want to do, without fault, because we want to do it. But, being the humans that we are, other peoples’ acceptance is not enough to make us feel whole and good. We need the acceptance of the things we look up to, our heroes and gods. We need the approval of the things we feel are reflections of the sort of people we aim to be. This extends to any sort of belief a person has; we believe in heroes and idealism because of what they mean to us. So whether it be a god or a celebrity, we try and do the actions that we think would make us accepted by those idols. For many people of faith that follow the Bible, there is one verse that has been turned to FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 14 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 The Infection of MTV by: Emily Thompson have sex. MTV.com Jersey Shore has been on MTV from December 3, 2009 to present time 2011. Jersey Shore consists of young people in their 20’s having a “good time.” A good time meaning that it’s they get to be wild without boundaries. The cast of this MTV hit series are paid to party hard and live it up. Every single episode involves drinking, ‘sleeping around,’ fighting, cursing, and wearing revealing clothing. These young adults are regularly causing trouble for themselves. Considering all this, it is my opinion that this show is a bad influence on the minds of our youth. actions are not appropriate for young people to observe. The cast shows young people how to make fools of themselves and how to party hard. Jersey Shore glamorizes alcoholics and people who do nothing but party all night and sleep all day. If teenagers observe this all the time, no matter if they want to be like the cast or not, the infection has begun the moment you get sucked into the show. Even though the cast is in their early twenties, the show obviously targets a teen audience, which can be seen in their advertising. Jersey Shore is meant to look appealing to the eyes of teenagers. First, they excessively party. They are constantly going to clubs, drinking and acting foolish. They loose control of themselves and the situations around them. When they have a problem they tend to “solve” it by drinking and partying. Partying, drinking and dancing are not the ways to get rid of your problems. It might let you forget them for the night, but in the morning they are there along with your hangover. This behavior is unhealthy and the wrong way to deal with problems. If you continually use partying and drinking as a prescription for your problems, soon enough you become an alcoholic with no ambition. If it’s not obvious, these Secondly, they are extremely inappropriate and sleep around quite a bit. The cast go to clubs, meet people, and soon enough they are in a bed together. They use people for sex and have one night stands all the time. Inappropriate language and sexual lingo are heard in the house regularly. Young people watch this and are pulled into using the cast’s sexual lingo and learning about these cast members’ sex lives; is that what you want your children to be learning about? The show also glamorizes sex, they advertize sex as fun and something you can try with anyone and everyone. Teenagers going through puberty don’t need any further temptations to Thirdly, the way the cast of Jersey Shore treat each other is also a bad influence. Drama, drama, drama! There is always someone cheating on their boyfriend, talking behind each other’s backs, cussing each other out and doing many other unrespectable things to each other. Teaching young people how to fight, cuss, and start drama is not the way to raise a healthy and honorable generation. In society you have to work with many different people and we don’t need to be taught those kinds of social skills. If young people are raised and taught to be disrespectful they will not be taken seriously in the working environment. I have spoken with some students who watch this show, and they say that they don’t want to be like the cast, but enjoy watching the show because it’s funny. The problem is that the show is infecting their minds and they don’t realize it. Jersey Shore is an encouragement and an acceptance of bad lifestyles. Hopefully, our generation will become our future presidents, policeman, teachers and numerous other important careers where you have to be respectable and honorable. If this show continues to influence young teens and adults we will have a major increase of backstabbers, alcoholics, and sexual promiscuity; hardly the characteristics that we should want in our future leaders. Once again, I believe that the Jersey Shore is a terrible influence to our generation. This cast shouldn’t have the right of influence over anyone. Do we really want this generation’s future to be meaningless and self-destructive, or do we want it to be respectable and hard working? PAGE 13 Libya & The Middle East by: Cody Cannon CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 to say we wouldn’t have to stay over there and run a make-shift government that could end up being worse than the one before. We would basically have another Iraq on our hands where we would have to send hundreds of troops over there to constantly monitor the country’s political structure. In my opinion, if we went over there when everyone said it was the right time, we would have a giant mess on our hands. Even waiting as we did, we’re still stuck helping clean up the mess. Even though Libya finally set up their own government and got a new flag, guess who’s still looking over things? NATO. The U.S. is still over there making sure that every little thing goes right, because the government had to stick their nose in someone else’s business that in no way shape or form is going to help any of the United States’ causes. However, I do see how Europe wants NATO over there, they want to make sure that oil production is always at its highest, and that Europe has all the oil it needs; but again, that doesn’t help any of the U.S. causes. And it’s not like Europe’s going to help us out any time soon. The only reason that the U.S. went over to Iraq was because there was always the threat of Al-Qaida, and still today we have that very same threat. Correct me if I’m wrong but, do you see any sort of terrorist threat in Libya? The only threat over there was Gaddafi, and where is he? He’s gone. Gaddafi has left the building, so why haven’t we? PAGE 14 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 Woot! 400 New Words Added to the Dictionary! by: Faith Parrish OCTOBER 28th, 2011 To Judge or Not to Judge by: Faith Parrish CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Our language, like our culture, is ever changing. As we change and grow, so does our means of communication; sometimes for good or for bad. Ever since it’s birth in 1911, the Oxford English Dictionary has done its best to stay current with the words our society adds (and kicks out) over the decades. The twelfth addition of this dictionary is due to be released soon and in it are some very interesting words that attest to the change in communication in our society. The Oxford English Dictionary almost has a scrapbook like feel to it, in that the words that are added and removed from it say a lot about our culture at the time. Many of the 400 new words would have never come about had it not been for advances in our technology over the last ten years. Among the words being added, are ‘retweet’, ‘cyberbullying’, and ‘sexting’. Retweet is a common phrase to anyone who can’t get enough of Twitter. If the word is unfamiliar to you, it means the action of forwarding a tweet, or message that another person has posted on Twitter. Cyberbullying is the act of bullying another person over social devices, such as Facebook or cell phones. And lets just not even acknowledge how sad FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 18 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL time and time again to assure ourselves that we are doing right and that no other man can tell us we are doing wrong by our faith. That verse is Mathew 7:1; “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” It’s actually been proven that Mathew 7:1 has surpassed John 3:16 as the most referred to verse of the bible. Take a second and think about that. John 3:16 reads “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have ever lasting life.” As a society, we now refer more to “Do not judge me”, than “This is what God has done for me because He loves me.” That right there is a clear indication of what our minds see as important today. We care more about making sure that our peers do not question our actions, than we do for what the results of our actions will be; how human of us. But I’m not here to argue over what our focus in the bible should be, no, I’m writing this article to disprove the idea that many people believe, that this verse shields them from the persecution of others. Mathew 7:1, in all its surpassing glory, has only become popular because of a misunderstanding. How many times, when a person is confronted with their own hypocrisy or sin, have you heard them reply, “The bible says you cannot judge me,” often adding how judging is an unchristian thing to do? Personally, I can’t recall all the times I’ve heard this and then have to hold back a roll of my eyes or a frustrated breath at the misuse of this passage. As with many arguments against the bible, this one passage is being used by itself, without any care to what the rest of the Holy Book has to say on the subject of judging; and herein lies our problem. For instance, take a look at John 7:24, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment.” That’s a bit different of a sermon there, isn’t it? Or Proverbs 31:9, “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Or even Leviticus 19:15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” All three of these verses are in fact telling us to judge, and not in an off handed, interpreted way, but flat out telling us, ‘do judge’. But don’t take this as a free pass to go condemning everyone who you think does wrong; there are rules to the judgment God allows us. First off, we are to judge righteously. What this means is that we are not suppose to judge on factors of society or our personal morals. Isaiah 11:3 tells us, “He shall not judge disputes by what his eyes see, or what his ears hear...” Hence, judging on things like clothing, music preference, etc. is a wrong thing to do. We are told not to judge on appearances at all, but on actions. The bible stresses that none of us can see into another’s soul, that we can never truly understand everything about another human being. On the Judgment Day, that is what the Lord will judge. This is what verses like James 4:12, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” are telling us. Where God wants us to judge, is in difficult situations so that we make good decisions in life, like befriending those who draw us closer to God as opposed to farther away. He also makes it clear that we should not take our own judgment so far as to condemn, because only God knows the true depths inside someone’s heart. There are also many cases where the bible tells us to do something that would be impossible to do without judgment. Passages in the Bible tell us to have nothing to do with ‘evil doers’. We are told to beware false prophets and stay away from all who do evil. Tell me, how are we supposed to distinguish these people from others without judging? The idea here is to let God judge the person, while we must evaluate their actions and how those actions effect others. In conclusion, what all of these verses mean when they tell us things like “remove the plank from your own eye before pointing at the speck of dust in your brother’s eye” is that we are not suppose to have double standards. We are allowed to judge, and even told to, but we are warned to not be hypocritical in these judgments. Verses tell us that if we judge others in hypocritical, unrighteous ways, then that is the way that we too will be judged on Judgment Day. We are told to correct our own wrongs, before we try to correct others. It all boils down to the fact that we all, as a whole, need to stop interpreting scripture for our own benefit. Just because we would like to not be judged by other sinners, does not give us the right to try and make the Bible sound like it means something it does not. There is no “Free Pass”, we are each responsible for our own actions and we will, eventually in one way or another, be judged by them. Sports SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 JV Football by: Cody Cannon They say the road to success is paved OCTOBER 28th, 2011 Boys Varsity Soccer PAGE 15 by: Maureen Pappin play with the same consistency. When with all of the blood, we play hard for evsweat and tears you ery snap of the ball put out into what game, they’re a good you do. ball team.” If that be the case, then the JV Watching the team is going to have players every game, a very decorated and from the sidelines to impressive road, as the actual game it- well as an obvious self, these guys live winning season. and breathe football. So far in the season the JV team has With minimal er- ror throughout ev- a record of 4-1, an ery game, these guys impressive record to have proven that they what assures to be deserve to be where an impeccable sea- they are today. son. Coach Knight Heading CODY CANNON / THE HUSKIAN into says, “We have a league, Coach Knight great group of tal- says, “At this point ented kids. The key we don’t have any for them has been JV2, it’s all going to to come out from be JV and the key for the beginning snap them is to integrate to the end snap, and all of the sophomores FULL ARTICLE ON PAGE 17 Brice Roberts kicks for the Varsity Soccer Team They had the look of hope and strength as they marched on to the field. They scattered to their positions and the battle began. It was Junction City versus Sweet Home. They all had that look in their eyes; the look all soldiers have before entering a battle. As Junction City dribbled the ball towards Sweet Home’s goal, their strength kicked in. Bryce Roberts blocked the first two goals easy, but then the tide began to turn and you could see the desperation in all eyes. The team fought their hardest and gave it their all, but they didn’t get the win tonight. “We remembered playing this team last year, and they were very good, so at first we hung back to see how they played this year. Then after we got the hang of their game we started to play more defense. We tried to get possession of the ball and go for a goal but we weren’t quite there tonight,” says Coach Ryan. They just didn’t get the win they’ve been looking this tonight. Unfortunately, this has been the theme of the soccer season this year. Despite a tremendous effort and hard work, the wins have been tough to get this year. “We have all the tools in our tool box we just forget to use all of them. We practice all the little things over and over, but then something we didn’t practice pops up and we don’t know what to do. We have very good defense and communication skills this year,” says Coach Ryan. Ryan explained that the team has good technical skills, but they forget to defend sometimes. They struggle to get everything together. “They are a work in progress. I try to never be negative with them because they are such a good group of kids.” As a reporter watching this group, they do work together as a team and not individuals. They support each other and act as a family. We’re sure that with a bit more practice and effort, those wins will start pile up! This article was written on 10-3-11, some statistics may have changed. PAGE 16 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 Varsity Girls Soccer by: Krysta Wolbert The weather was overcast; the clouds had been rolling in and out all day. But it didn’t faze the girls’ varsity soccer team; they were ready to get out there and play against their arch rival Elmira. They started out strong and keep it up all four quarters. Their hard efforts are what landed them a final score of 4-0. The team started out very strong this year, but injuries have impacted them greatly. Even with that they won their first game against Stayton, tied their second game against Cascade, and got their second win against Elmira. FAITH PARRISH / THE HUSKIAN Megan O’Donnel kicks for Varsity Even though they have lost most of their players on defense, the team is working hard to rebuild the defense and figuring out each player’s strengths and weaknesses. They work hard at practices to get their team prepared for the rest of the season. The girls are aiming to be good team players and have lots of dedication. Hopefully they can keep their winning streak up this year and make it to the playoffs again. Good luck girls! Girls JV Soccer by: Judith Alexander year, the tice fun.” said Ami ing well together, team down. Girls Junior Varsity Olmstead. even while learn- Working Their Way To The Top JV Volleyball by: Kaityln Watts Asked if the team has improved from years before, Katie Virtue answered, “Yes, it has! Everyone is a lot faster and we have lots of very experienced players on our team this year.” Sabrina Davis also stated, “Our varsity girls have went to playoffs the past two years, and that has never happened in Sweet Home High School soccer history.” This article was written on 10-3-11, some statistics may have changed. This SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL Whether they’re KRYSTA WOLBERT / THE HUSKIAN The JV Volleyball Team groups up for a pep talk With quite a few varsity players graduating this year, the coaches are looking to the JV1 players to fill their spots next year. This has put pressure on the team to perform at a high level. This has been a difficult task considering the amount of injuries that have occurred this year. The team is still keeping their heads high and continuing to play their hearts out. After Emily Marchbanks, the team’s main setter injured her ankle, that left freshman Mckenzie Cochran to take her place until Marchbanks It’s a new season ing how to work as on or off the field, a new coach, Mr. for the girls, and a team. The team these girls are stayGarcia, who is also even with a rocky has been having ing strong and mak- fully recovers. When asked how the team was the new Spanish start the girls have a good time play- ing improvements teacher. This is his been working hard. ing together. They everyday. This is first year coaching “They’ve been doing communicate very a team full of hard can still come together as a team and treat one Soccer Team has girls soccer, and he well,” says Coach well with each oth- workers and it’s says he’s enjoying Garcia, and they er, and are adapting very obvious they it. The girls on the have been getting to being on a team. love what they’re team all seem to like better as the season Demi Stratman and doing. Keep up the him, and he’s been goes on. They’re Natalie Curry, goal effort, ladies, and helping them to get very aggressive on keepers, have been have a good season. better. “He’s funny, the field and the doing well at keepwhich makes prac- team has been work- ing their opposing This article was written on 10-3-11, some statistics may have changed. doing this year overall, Emily answered, “Well I can honestly say we have definitely had our ups and downs, but at the end of the day we another like family.” SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 17 Cross Country by: Kaitlyn Watts No Bench, No Half-Time, he will be running a 16.25. outside of practice they don’t and No Time Outs. Our cross Freshman, Jakob Hiett, has country team has started out set his goal to break 18 min- other like a family and pro- with a great season. With a utes in the 5K race. show it. We look out for each vide good support. They will race to the finish, the boys With a tough league battle came in third and the girls in against Cottage Grove, and fourth at our home meet at Sisters in the lead, our team is It’s good to hear that the Camp Tadmor. When Daniel working their way to the top. team has some outstanding Danforth, a returning junior, With only two teams making goals, and by the looks of the was asked if the team had im- it to state and three teams still proved from the years before, fighting for the title, it’s go- team it’s obvious they will he responded, “We lost a lot of ing to be a long hard season. grown from last year, maybe really good runners this year, “As inexperienced as the team not in size, but definitely in but we got a lot of talented is, they are working hard and expectations and heart. freshman coming in that we will surely do their best. They repeat Coach Snow, they will can build on.” Daniel hopes work well together as a team go far. that by the end of the season and even if they aren’t friends go far this year.” Coach Snow says. achieve them. The team has To KRYSTA WOLBERT / THE HUSKIAN This article was written on 10-3-11, some statistics may have changed. Nicole Rassmussen runs in the Mud Pit at Tadmor for Varsity. Football: Mid Season Report JV Football by: Ty Collins CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was on fire with a touchdown on nearly every drive, and the Husky Defense dictated the game leaving a goose egg on the score board for Stayton. The next week became another challenge, and with the Husky’s minor mistakes nearly having a losing impact, the end of the game was uncertain, but the defense controlled another set of series which sent the Cascade Cougars home with a loss. Sweet Home felt another week of success with their win of 22-16. When the Huskies played Central in Mid-September, the attitude was slightly different than past weeks. The Central Panthers had built up quite a program of their own, and based their efforts off their ranking as the best 4A team in the state. The Huskies struggled throughout the game, but never quit fighting. Even in their final attempt of the game with two back-toback touchdowns in the third quarter, Central still held on to the lead, ending with a loss for the Huskies at 18-37. The loss couldn’t keep the Huskies down, and if anything, the loss did nothing but increase their drive to be the best team they could. The team collected themselves again the next week under the lights at Taft High school, and brought the Tigers down with an amazing win of 50-21. The Sky-Em league season began the next week in Elmira as Sweet Home went to battle against the Falcons in one of the most exciting and memorable games of the season thus far. With constant back-to-back touchdowns throughout the first half, the Huskies went into halftime with a lead of 22-20. But as the second half started, the tempo had also changed sides. Elmira began controlling both of Sweet Home’s offense and defense, which sadly ended the game with a loss for the Huskies, 39-22. The largest feat that these players have set upon themselves is to become nothing less than they’re highest expectations. Even with two major losses this season, this young group of players will never abandon their duties on the field. The Huskies have proven that they will dominate, even under the strong impact of loss and adversity. This group of players has the power to go as far as their integrity will take them, which very well may be a championship ranking at the top. by: Cody Cannon CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 and freshmen together from the JV2 team to the JV team.” Coaches Rosa, Knight, and Gaskey have definitely taught these boys right and from what I’ve seen on the field, these guys are definitely league material. They dominated their latest game against Elmira, scoring a safety against them and making the score 36-6 at the fourth quarter. From the running game to the passing game, these players have their routes down and could run them with their eyes closed. But don’t take my word for it; to witness the magic that these guys make on the gridiron, you need to be there in the stands, rooting for the green and gold! So always remember that they can’t do well without the support of their Sweet Home High alumni, so come out and root on the Sweet Home Huskies! PAGE 18 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL Water Polo Woot! 400 New Words Added to the Dictionary! by: Emily Thompson by: Faith Parrish CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 it is that sexting, (do I need an explanation?), has been added to our dictionary. Also being added are the terms ‘jeggings’ (a cross of jeans and leggings), also the abbreviations ‘lol’, ‘fyi’ and ‘omg’ and a ♥ symbol has been added next to the word heart. My personal favorite being added is ‘woot’, a text exclamation for happiness. Different words are also having their definitions added to, as the words take on new meanings in our society. For example, the words ‘follower’ and ‘friend’ will now include people who follow others on social media sites, such as Twitter and Tumblr, and people who are friends with people on social sites such as Facebook. In order to make room for these 400 new words, 200 are being cut. Among the words being axed are ‘Cassette tape’, ‘brabble’, ‘growlery’ ‘video jockey’ and *gasp*. I personally was surprised at the word ‘Cassette tape’ being taken out, but the Oxford team claims to have entered the words into a system which browses the internet for use, and all of these came up in a ‘hardly ever used’ category; and honestly, I have no idea what a video jockey is. Aside from the headache teachers are going to be dealing with as students protest that “yes, ‘lol’ is in fact a word”, these changes can be seen as good or bad. We could be happy that society finds so many creative ways to communicate, or we can mourn the fact that we live in a generation where ‘lol’ and ‘omg’ are widely accepted terms. Whichever side of the line you stand on, we all can at least be happy we have a dictionary as dedicated to staying current as the Oxford English Dictionary, woot! EMILY CONRAD / THE HUSKIAN Sten Weld looks to score. game. “1-2-3 Huskies!” This it is good to have speed, stepped up and helped motivational shout is but technique is where their team mates indi- what starts every Sweet the real game comes in; vidually.” Also before son consists of 7 games. Home High School Wa- you need the skills to their second game, Em- With only a couple ter Polo game. Our co- be able to get the ball, ily Claborn, a second more games left the ed Water Polo Team is dodge the players, and year player, said she es- season is coming to a made up of Brie Davis, score. pecially likes this year’s close. The Water Polo sea- They have had Emily Before their second team because of the some close games, some Claborn, Jake Johnson, home game Assistant tight knit relationships. tough games, and some Katie Turner, Michael Coach Martin There second game was awesome wins. Moser, Sten Weld, and described the team as against Cottage Grove. that, even though they Zach Pratt. They had “young,” and that they Though game didn’t win every game, a great start to the sea- are learning a lot each didn’t end as well as the or score every goal, son, beating Corvallis 6 day; as well as increas- first game, it was good they didn’t give up; they to 3 in their first game. ing their strength and practice and a glimpse gained strength, knowl- During the game, Head knowledge of the sport. of what the team need- edge, and most impor- Coach Martin She also commented ed to work on for the tantly friendship! told the team, “They on outstanding lead- rest of the season. Even are faster than us, but ership this year from though they didn’t win, we have better tech- Jake Johnson and Sten the team stayed strong nique!” In water polo Weld. “They have really and had fun during the Elric Benson, Craig Willa this This article was written on 10-3-11, some statistics may have changed. With SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 Rowdy 40 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 PAGE 19 by: Quin Wise When is the only time you can have a quarter of a high school student body paint themselves up, wear neon green and gold clothes, and cut up athletic jerseys our teachers wore when they competed here? The answer is one of the proudest traditions at Sweet Home High School, Rowdy 40! For over thirty years, it has been one of the deepest rooted traditions of our students at athletic events, and although it has gone through quite a few changes, some good, some bad; it is still a tradition that I’m proud to have taken part in myself. It all started in 1983 when Rob Younger brought the idea from a different school he worked at previously. It was an important league game for basketball and Mr. Younger was the coach and Steve Thorpe, a student at Sweet Home at the time, remembered when he came to the wrestlers and asked to help support the team by showing up and being loud. With the whole wrestling team there yelling their hearts out, they would have a serious home court advantage. The wresters jumped at the opportunity. The next day they all attended the game in tattered jerseys and some dressed like 80’s Rockstars. They were extremely loud and gave the whole court the feeling that they owned the place. It got even better. The day after that, the basketball players returned the favor and came to the wrestling tournament. Aside from having a great time, they were forming a serious bond and forming a great tradition. Back then they did it for big games, not every Friday night. It was about school spirit and helping out other teams; not how crazy you can dress. “We were pretty crazy, we did some stuff, myself included, that if we did today, we’d be expelled,” Dustin Nichol said proudly. Despite pushing the limits of acceptable fan behavior, Nichol and the other students who started the Rowdy 40 tradition were focused on helping the team, not bringing attention to themselves. I asked founding Rowdy 40 members Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Nichol what each of their favorite memory was. First, I was told the story of Mr. Nichol, who still had hair in his senior year, leading cheers at the bottom of the bleachers with a full sized M-16 squirt gun. Mr. Thorpe said his favorite memory was simply being part of the core group that started the legacy that became Rowdy 40. Rowdy 40 started out as a way to give only special and important games that extra push they needed for victory, where players felt honored to compete having fans get rowdy and have a great time while supporting their team. Unfortunately it has changed to an event where students dress up, compete for attention, and pay little to no thought to the game in front of them. The change Rowdy 40 made was a slow process and didn’t happen because any single group or time period. The change is slightly the fault of the students for not focusing on the game, but rather each other. But this is not the only factor that changed Rowdy 40. The attitude change can be largely credited to the changing rules concerning fan behavior. Noise makers and props at games are no longer allowed, neither are some of the ways the students once behaved. Students and crowds are heavily restricted and are pressured to behave and may not be as intense as they once were. What a lot of the students don’t understand is that rules are put into TOP & RIGHT: What Rowdy 40 looked like in the mid-1980s. place for respect and to make the game or event welcoming to away teams; but that doesn’t mean that we have to lessen our support for our own team. It could change back to its traditional ways of 30 or more years ago if the students and faculty worked together for one thing, only using it for big events. If Sweet Home students Rowdy 40’ed only when a team had a big or important game and used it far less often, the process would be far more effective. Many students may say if Rowdy 40 helps us win games, why not use it more? The answer is because then it will be over used and no longer as effective compared to its original use. Also it will get more involvement and will have more students prepare for it and it will be on a larger scale because it would be a special event. Now, because it is done so often, you only have a small group of students trying to Rowdy 40 and the crowd doesn’t get as excited. how they used to love to Rowdy 40 for each others big games or tournaments built a bond between the two sports and the entire school that we should try to recapture. I enjoy the Rowdy 40 games a lot, but not when they are every night we have a game. I realize it makes our school unique from many others because we have such intense fans and a home team advantage. But I think we should listen to our founding fathers and not do it every night to When it first started, there was keep the value up to its original a bond from wrestlers and bas- intentions. Mr. Thorpe explained ketball players who did it for their to me, “If you have apple pie every huge events. Now, since it has lost night for dinner, the value will go its effect, the bond between the down and it won’t be the same.” I sports where it was most popular feel we should put that philosophy has weakened and the gap from to work in our Rowdy 40. team to team has widened. The original attitude between Wrestlers and Basketball players and PAGE 20 ISSUE 1, VOLUME 72 OCTOBER 28th, 2011 SWEET HOME HIGH SCHOOL Setting It Up For Success Varsity Volleyball by: Hailey Fisher around, kies were led by setter, Tif- came out super strong, and and Volleyball began for the fany Miller, who served 18 played with all our heart!” Varsity girls. Starting with a consecutive before Brandi Trewin proclaimed. week of hard-hitting triples, the Cottage Grove Lions Serving the last few points, which took place at the Sports could score a single point. Sonya Corliss wrapped up Performance Team Camp in The Huskies finished the the win, 15-9, and after five Coos Bay, followed by the first game of the match full long, nail biting games, the next two weeks of doubles; of excitement, only allow- Huskies defeated the Cottage practice after practice, the ing the Lions to score five Grove Lions. girls prepared for the com- points. The second game For the Varsity Volleyball petition soon to come their was a turning point for the team, energy is the key in way. The Huskies, coached Lions. The Lions switched competing. If they can keep by Alicia Meier, started off up their defense to make a the energy up, they know with a jamboree in Cottage comeback, putting the Hus- they can do anything they Grove, which gave the team kies in a struggle for points. want. a preview of their season. The Huskies finished up the thinks that, “We have a lot When school kicks off, so do second game just short of a of potential in us, and if we the pre-season games. All few points. The third game put our minds to it, we can the hard work paid off when was just as powerful, as the achieve anything.” the varsity girls took home Huskies pulled through, and all four wins of their pre-sea- came out with a two point son games. They started off lead. Due to changes in mo- their season strong, with an mentum, the Huskies were experienced squad anchored again defeated in the fourth by eight seniors. game by two points, which August rolled The varsity also participated in three tournaments this season. In the Sisters Invitational Tournament, the Huskies took first in the consolation bracket. They also took part in the Santiam Christian Tournament, which they gladly took third place, while beating their rivals, Sisters! Tuesday, September 27th, the Huskies brought home a win against Cottage Grove. Unlike most other matches, this victory was a battle. As the whistle blew, the Hus- serves brought devastation to all. The last game was the deciding outcome for the match. The Huskies went out and gave it everything they had. Point after point, the energy rose, as they jumped to their feet and screamed with the rumbling cheers produced from the crowd. A series of rallies brought the parents to the edge of their seats, as sweat was being wiped from the faces of the athletes. Every person in the crowd, both Huskies and Lions, were drawn in with the intensity of each play. “In the end, we Brandi Trewin also Overall, the season has been going well. The team has had its downs, but more importantly its ups. They work hard at each practice not only on team goals, but individual goals as well. They bring excitement and intensity to each game. This year, the team has set goals that include not getting more than two points behind at any given time, and to keep the energy, communication, and momentum up throughout each game. Another goal is to participate in the state championship game, which will take place at Lane Community College in November. We hope to see you at the matches cheering on the girls!
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