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Holocaust survivors Briefs newS
Issue 7
Volume 20
News
Briefs
ABC Awards Ceremony
Final Exams
Thursday
A.................7:15 - 8:05
4.................8:15 - 9:30
5...............9:40 - 10:55
6.............11:05 - 12:20
SHARP Vandalisms
In early April, a series of
vandalism caused SHARP
School to suspend their recycling program, which was
a primary fundraiser for the
school. If anyone has information on the crimes, they
are asked to contact Mary
Lillie at (480) 472-8971.
Go Tennis!
Congratulations to tennis
players Hilary Valenzuela
and Carly Benshoof for winning third place in state
doubles tournament and
Ben Smith and Nate Paulson
for winning fourth place.
By Cassie Hinckley
Editor
Have you ever wondered
who puts on some of the cool
fundraising events at Red
Mountain? Many are done by
the Academic Booster Club
(ABC). The ABC is a parent
teacher association that works
to promote, support, recognize,
and reward academic excellence.
“It’s important to recognize
the hard working students,” said
Mrs. Hoopes, president of the
Academic Booster Club.
The ABC is working hard on
the upcoming Sophomore and
Junior Awards Ceremony. The
ceremony will be held on May
13, 2008. It will start at 6 p.m.
in the Red Mountain auditorium.
Summer Sundown
Red Mountain students who
are behind in core credits
necessary for graduation
can attend Summer Sundown free of charge. The
program has limited space,
and seniors will be receiving
first spots, then juniors, and
if room permits, sophomores. See counselors for
more information. Session I
will be June 2 - June 20, and
Session II will be June 23 July 11. Both sessions will
run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.
News
1-4
opinion 5-7
focus
8-11
A&e
12-14
sports 15-16
[email protected]
Everyone is welcome to come
and recognize the underclassmen. Red Mountain is one of
the few high schools to hold an
underclassman awards ceremony. Some of the awards that
will be given out are: perfect
attendance, GPA of 3.7 or higher
and each department will hand
out their own award to deserving students.
“We decided that the underclassmen needed an award ceremony too,” said Mrs. Hoopes.
“Not being recognized for two
years is too long.”
With about 240 members,
the ABC has done a lot of work
this school year. Something the
ABC has been doing all year is
trying to motivate the students
at Red Mountain to do their very
best. One way they have done
this is by handing out student
reward coupons. Every quarter
they hand out coupons to improving and deserving students,
and the students received ice
cream, a barbecue lunch, and
brownie sundaes during lunch
throughout the school year.
During finals, they also handed
out Smarties to all the students
as a good luck gift.
“Our goal is to encourage
our students to strive for excellence,” said Mrs. Hoopes.
The ABC turned to the teachers this year and asked them
what they needed to be done this
year. The teachers responded by
saying that they needed to figure
out a way to promote school
spirit. Some of the events the
ABC came up with to promote
school spirit were The Best Seat
in the House for the Homecoming game, won by sophomore
Jenna Lee and the Lazy Boy
for a Day, won by junior Teresa
Najera.
The Academic Booster Club
not only focuses on the students,
but they also do what they can
for the staff.
“Once a month we have a
luncheon for the teachers in the
different departments,” said
Mrs. Hoopes. “Just as our way
of saying ‘thank you.’”
They also award a Student
of the Month and Teacher of the
Month. Earning Student of the
Month or Teacher of the Month
gives you a reserved parking
spot in the front parking lot and
various gift certificates.
The Academic Booster Club
does a lot for the students and
staff. However, they could use
more support from the parents.
“We need more help from
the parents,” said Mrs. Hoopes.
“There is so much work that
needs to be done, and we need
more help to do it.”
A flyer will be sent home
over the summer with registration materials about the Academic Booster Club. Parents
and guardians of Red Mountain
students are encouraged to look
over the flyer and consider becoming an active member of the
Academic Booster Club.
For more information contact
Karen Hoopes, ABC President,
at (480) 250-7296 or email
[email protected]
PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ
Sophomore Monet Lee is one of many to be invited to the ABC
Awards Night.
Holocaust survivors
Tell their stories to keep the memory alive
Congrats Cortni
Congratulations to junior
Cortni McConnell for winning first place in the mental health poster contest.
Her work will be entered in
next year’s national competition. McConnell was
responsible for the painted
cow that appeared in the
media center last year.
May 15, 2008
Underclassmen honored with
This year, final exams will be
held Wed. and Thurs., May
21 and 22. The bell schedule is as follows:
Wednesday
A.................7:15 - 8:05
1 .................8:15 - 9:30
2 ...............9:40 - 10:55
3..............11:05 - 12:20
7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ
By Sarah Allmandinger
Staff Writer
Monday, April 14 was a
significant day in the eyes of a
select few, lucky students. Red
Mountain was pleased to present Dr. Alexander Bialywlos, a
Shindler’s list survivor of the
Holocaust and Jack Nemrov, an
American Liberator of Dachau.
With only two hours to spare,
there was not enough time for
both speakers to tell their entire
stories. It was unfortunate that
they were only able to tell bits
and pieces of their life changing
experiences.
Dr. Alexander Bialywlos
actually goes by the name of Dr.
White. The name White comes
from the translation of his last
name, Bialywlos, meaning white
hair. He is the second child
of four and one of the three
survivors out of his 34 immediate family members. His uncle
and cousin also survived. He is
from Krosno, Poland, a small
town near the Czechoslovakia
boarder.
Once the German armies
invaded Poland in 1939 and
gained total control within two
weeks, many Jewish families
fled east, including Dr. White’s.
“Soon after the invasion,
we started running away,” Dr.
White said with a heavy polish
accent. “We didn’t know where
we were going. We were just
running away from the Germans, who were coming from
the west. We didn’t make it
very far, only 15-20 miles away
from our home town. It wasn’t
long before the Germans caught
up to anyone who was fleeing.”
When the Germans entered
the town that Dr. White and his
family were hiding in, there
was little conflict between the
Germans and civilians. The
Germans were being pleasant and passing out candy and
cigarettes to everyone. Because
the Germans were acting in such
a way, White’s father decided to
return back to Krosno to see if
they could return back home.
“A day after my father left,
Hitler’s troops marched into
the town we were staying at,
all hell broke loose. An order
to everyone in the town was
dispatched: Every Jewish male
between the ages of 16 and 60
was to report to the town square
immediately at the risk of being
shot; I was 16,” said White. “If
it wasn’t for my mother lying
to an SS soldier about my age,
I would not be not be standing in front of you today. The
following morning, very early,
there was a knock on the door.
A 16-year-old boy who had been
sent to the town square, was
pale and bloodied; about 200+
people were gathered, marched
out, lined up in front of a ravine
and Germans started machine
gunning them. When the boy
heard the shooting he passed
out, dropped into the ravine.
The dead and wounded fell on
top of him, and when they were
gone, he worked his way out of
the ravine.”
This was Dr. White’s first
encounter with mass murder.
“As a 16-year-old boy, this
was simply incomprehensible.
How could people come into a
nice peaceful town, take innocent people out, and just shoot
them?” said White.
Between the times of running
away and going into the ghetto,
White and his family spent a
majority of the time hiding in
houses of non-Jews willing to
help out and hiding even in the
cellar of their own home. After
being moved into the ghetto,
every occupant was ordered to
hand over any kind of winter
jackets, stockings, scarves, hats,
anything that was going to keep
them warm for the winter.
One cold Monday morning,
every woman and child was ordered to meet at the cattle ranch
near the train station. Everyone
would be shot on arrival.
“You can imagine what we
were feeling,” said White. “We
hid my mother, my sister and
my youngest brother while my
father, I, and my other brother
who is two years younger than
me, worked.
“We wouldn’t let my mother,
brother or sister go out in the
street because we were afraid
they would get caught and be
taken away. I was sent to work
in a refinery and one evening
when I returned, my father was
sitting there crying and tearing
his hair out, ‘Where’s mom and
sister?’ I asked my father. ‘They
went out when the Gestapo
promised if they would voluntarily come out of hiding, they
would be permitted to stay in
the ghetto.’ My mother and sister, tired of hiding, went out and
were taken away,” said White.
White would find out the
following day that his mother
and sister were taken out to
a forested area and were shot
along with everyone else that
was in hiding. Soon after, the
ghetto would begin liquidation;
starting with anyone that was
unable to work, such as elderly,
small children, and the ill.
“Everyone was loaded
into cattle cars and shipped to
concentration camps. They
were sorted by who was healthy
enough and could work, usually
about 20 percent were sent to
work in the factories.
See HOLOCAUST, page 4
Index
Graduating?
Learn all you need in order
to prepare.
PHOTO BY ERIC STOSS
- page 3
Adviceman Returns
Sports recap
Red Mountain’s male advice
columnist’s final strike.
PHOTO BY ROSALINDA ALBRECHT
www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/newslab
- page 7
Coaches remember the
2007-2008 school year.
PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG
– page 16
Please recycle
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May 15, 2008
Red Mountain
News
Art Show “draws” crowd
By Rosalinda Albrecht
Editor-in-Chief
Red Mountain continues
to break out the bookshelf art
with our annual Art Show.
Following one week after
the district art show, the Red
Mountain art show ran from
April 28 until May 2. The
kick off night of April 30, students turned the Media Center
into their personal gallery
containing everything from
jewelry to photography.
The pieces included were
judged to be the artist’s personal bests, and everyone in
an art class is encouraged, if
not required, to participate in
the event. This gives students
a chance to exhibit their work
where they may not otherwise
do so.
“I want a personal best
from each student,” stated
Mrs. Nau, who teaches photography and Photoshop. “A
personal best is different depending on who they are and
how far they’ve come in their
photography. A lot of the
Photoshop students will do
things on the side because it’s
a personal interest for them,
and they get really involved
and do extra projects. It may
or may not be an assignment
for them.”
Contributing artists, who
had worked on assignments,
tried to contribute their best
work and found that they
were able to get recognized
by people they know. While
some plan to sell their art,
for most the experience is
enough to simply have their
name mentioned. Many of
the artists take this chance to
express themselves in a way
that they may not have been
able to in any other show.
For Senior Dillon McClelland, this means working with
different media forms he had
previously not experimented
with. Scream, a large blended
acrylic piece featuring a mirror in the mouth of the subject, was McClelland’s first in
the blended acrylic style. His
“Triple Eyed Inner Peace” is
also the first of his work with
prismacolor.
“I like for people to look
at my artwork and tell me
what they think about it, and
the art show in the media center is the only way to do that,”
said McClelland. “When I
had [my artwork] here before,
I’ve had people say they
wanted to steal it. I’ve had
offers for people to buy it, but
I’m not going to sell it right
now.”
McClelland said that he
plans on displaying his art
at other shows and will be
attending the Art Institute
of Phoenix for a three year
degree in Graphic Design.
This year, the show
included two large wooden
boards which students paid $2
to spray paint for five minutes
of painting time. This project
was the brainchild of Mrs.
Nau, who spent her own
money on the project. After
her friends at First Fridays,
the Valley’s most publicized
art walk in Phoenix, had pedestrians contribute their own
art, Mrs. Nau decided that it
would be a great way to get
all of the students involved
in the show, regardless of
whether they had an art class
or not.
For those in the art
program, this show reiterates what they have learned
in class, which rests on what
they can do differently rather
than what they have to do the
same.
“I think I give a lot of
open-ended assignments, to
where you can go and interpret it however you will and
get a lot of assignments where
they’re getting forced to come
up with something on their
own,” said Mrs. Nau. “One
student refers to it as forced
creativity. Some people like
it, some people don’t. A lot of
students are trained that there
is one correct answer, but I
think in photography and Photoshop and most of the arts,
there isn’t one answer, there’s
a multitude of answers.”
Cancer never sleeps:
Relay for Life keeps vigil
By Valerie Nunez
Editor
For years, Red Mountain High School has
played local host to one of the most successful
cancer fundraisers in the nation, Relay for Life.
This year, the event started at about 1 p.m. on
Saturday, April 12 and ran until about 7 a.m.
on Sunday, April 13.
To those unfamiliar with Relay for Life, the
primary idea of it is that “cancer never sleeps.”
All participating teams are to have at least one
member on the track at all times throughout
the day and night, with teams making camp on
the football field. Continuously walking, jogging, or even rolling on Red Mountain’s track
symbolizes Relay’s purpose.
“This event has raised many newcomers’
awareness of the seriousness of cancer, and
it has also raised thousands of dollars,” said
sophomore Alex Liu, of Red Mountain’s Block
team. Liu alone raised about $200 for this
year’s Relay for Life.
Teams come from not only Red Mountain but all over the city. Throughout the
night, there were various fundraisers and all
$173,815 raised at the event went to the Relay
for Life Foundation in an effort to find a cure
for cancer. By selling food, merchandise, or
flat-out donating money, Relay for Life was
able to raise money. The teams that generated
the most profit were Hawthorne Elementary
School with $31,400, Fremont Service Club
with $8,616, and Hot Tamales with $7,800.
Camp Keller Williams raised the most money
online with $3,000.
“The highlight was definitely the luminary
ceremony. It was a great reflection time. My
grandpa died of cancer after a very hard fight
against it. It was a time, for me, to pray for
him and others fighting cancer. It was just
very beautiful,” said sophomore Kayla Ruhland, also of the Block team. “I cried, part of
it was tears of joy because there were so many
people there joined to fight a common cause
and knowing that I was making a difference,
and partly they were tears of sadness because
of the loved ones lost. It was definitely a great
experience.”
At approximately 9 p.m., the luminary
ceremony was held in honor of those afflicted
by cancer. The football stadium lights were
darkened, and all participating in Relay for
Life were asked to congregate on the track in
front of the west bleachers. Hand-held candles
were distributed to participants, and tears were
shed as people walked slow, thoughtful laps
around the track, thinking of loved ones’ fights
with the disease. Small luminaries honoring
those lost to cancer bordered the track, and in
the east stands, luminaries spelled out the word
“hope,” which then was changed to “cope,”
and finally to “cure.” Many saw this as the
highlight of the night. Fireworks were then
set off, and soon after, the never-ending relay
around the track was back in business.
“The luminary was a time for contemplation. We walked around solemnly, and I
thought about how direly humans need the
cure for cancer, and the frailty of the human
race,” said Liu.
As the night pressed on, a significantly
smaller amount people could be seen up and
about, but many were determined to stay
awake throughout the night. With various
teams hosting Guitar Hero, Rockband, and
other videogames, younger generation attendees had plenty to do while awaiting the sunrise.
As night slowly transgressed to day, sleepy,
disheveled heads arose, and the population
depleted as people began to leave for proper
repose. However, everyone left Relay for Life
knowing what a noble cause it is, and thinking
of what they might do in the future to help
others.
“Relay is a great cause,” said Ruhland. “It
generates a lot of money, but it also raises cancer awareness, which is just as important.”
PHOTO BY RUDY RAMIREZ
This year, Relay for Life was able to raise $173,815 to be spent on cancer research.
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Graduation
preparation
Getting ready for
the big day
By Eric Stoss
Staff Writer
With graduation coming
fast, seniors are undoubtedly nervous and excited at
the same time. This year
graduation will be held on
April 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the
football field. Seniors will
be required to show up at a
practice on April 22 at 6:55
a.m. and then come back
that evening to line up at the
football field at 6:30 p.m. All
seniors must pay any fees and
return any textbooks to the
bookstore. It is imperative
that seniors remember the
times and dates if they wish to
participate in graduation.
As May 22 approaches
seniors are preparing for
graduation. Some are trying
to pass their classes, others
are applying for scholarships and still others are just
counting down the days until
graduation.
“I’m trying to find the
motivation to keep studying,”
says senior Alyssa Turpin.
Whether it is Mesa Community College, Arizona State
University or University of
Arizona, most seniors say
they will be going to college
after graduation, although
only 48 percent of Arizona’s
graduating students will actually attend college according
to ASU’s Web Devil.
“I will be attending the
University of Arizona, majoring in Education and earning
a minor in Family and Human
Development,” says senior
Paige Eulate.
Many seniors are excited
about the prospect of going
to college and experiencing a
new kind of independence.
May 15, 2008
News
“We are almost out. We
are done. I can’t wait for
college,” says senior Jordana
Bradburn.
Some students will simply
be celebrating their new found
freedom and enjoying their
summer vacation by going
where they please.
“I’m going on a cruise and
spending time with my girl,”
said senior Colton Reese.
Students are told to remember many things around
graduation, like to keep their
grades up and stay on top of
the homework.
“I just stay focused. I’m
almost there. There is no reason to have it all washed away
because of a lazy attitude,”
says senior Aaron Kleinpeter.
Graduation can be very
nerve racking, and some Red
Mountain students may be a
little nervous about messing
up on the big day.
“I tell myself ‘don’t fall
while walking to get my
diploma,’” said senior Austin
Hoopes.
After graduation, the new
alumni will head their separate ways and move on to face
the world.
“I won’t forget where
I came from,” said senior
Heather Carman.
Students, to some extent,
are already thinking like
adults whether they are taking
on new responsibility in life
or working hard to get somewhere in life.
“I will remember that you
have to work hard to accomplish anything, and your past
decisions are going to affect
the future,” say senior Kellen
Baker.
Other seniors are simply
looking to the future with
hope and confidence.
“After graduation I won’t
forget where I want to go
during life,” says senior Kylie
Rutledge.
PHOTO BY ERIC STOSS
Senior Andrew Fiedler adjusts his graduation cap in the reflection.
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Important:
Graduation information
1. COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE - May 22 at 6:55 a.m. on Red Mountain High
School’s football field. All graduating seniors are required to attend. You may
wish to wear sunglasses, a hat and carry a bottle of water.
2. COMMENCEMENT - May 22 at 7:30 p.m. on Red Mountain’s football field.
Seniors are to line up at the north end of the field promptly at 6:30 p.m.
A. All correspondence and distance learning course work must now be completed. See your counselor if you have not completed a course that affects your graduation.
B. A commercial firm will take pictures. Please inform relatives and guests to remain off the track and field until the ceremony is ended.
C. The cap and gown are yours to keep.
D. Seniors with honor stoles may return them to the Red Mountain
Bookstore May 23 between 1 - 3 p.m., May 27 through June 6
between 8 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
E. Conduct yourself in a manner in which your parents and fellow graduates will be proud.
F. DO NOT bring any of the following to commencement:
•Fireworks of any kind, noisemakers, air horns, or anything that will detract from your graduation ceremony.
•Any student under the influence or in possession of alcohol or drugs will be removed from the ceremony, and if applicable, the police will be notified.
•No graduate is allowed to leave until the conclusion of the
ceremony.
•No cell phones or other electronic devices may be carried during
the ceremony.
•No sunglasses may be worn during the ceremony.
G. APPAREL -Caps and gowns must be worn. No writing or
attachments other than tassels are permitted on mortarboards. Graduates must report to their line leaders without any purses,
packages, or parcels, as there are no provisions for securing these items.
•Females are to wear dark slacks, skirts, or dresses that are
no longer than the graduation gown. No corsages or leis are permitted. No bare feet or flip flops are permitted. It is recommended to wear chunky, low-heeled shoes for ease in walking on the field. The mortarboards are to be worn straight so hair should be styled accordingly.
•Males are to wear dark dress pants, dark shoes and socks, white shirt and dark tie.
3. RETURN OF TEXTBOOKS and PAYMENT OF FEES - When all textbooks are
returned and any remaining fees paid to the Bookstore, students will receive
clearance for graduation. Bookstore times: May 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
and May 22 immediately following graduation practice until 12:00 p.m.
Each year a number of seniors do not graduate with their class because
they fail to meet the graduation requirements. The question always arises,
“Can my son or daughter participate in the graduation ceremonies even
though they only lack ½ credit? The answer is no. Only those seniors who
meet the Mesa Unified School District’s graduation requirements may participate in graduation ceremonies -THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. For questions
regarding graduation, see Ms. Barriga in the office.
Security
at
Red
Mountain
Since safety is crucial to any student’s academic or social life, The Roar
took a few moments to discuss Red Mountain’s security with Assistant
Principal Lorig.
The Roar: What is your biggest concern at
this point about safety at Red Mountain?
Mrs. Lorig: Probably my biggest concern is
the fact that the student population is staying as big, if not bigger, and we’re losing two
security positions, an attendance position,
and most likely the team leaders on campus,
which puts us at less people doing overall
security and the same amount, if not more,
students.
Q: How do you feel the security officers
have done this year?
A: I think they’ve done a good job when you
look at ratio of how many security people
there are versus the number of students and
the amount of ground to cover on campus,
which is very large. I do see areas where we
can improve, but there are always areas in
need of improvement.
Q: What changes will be noticeable next
year as far as school security?
A: We may have to re-think how we organize
study hall, ICR, and sweep, because right
now, we’re tying up, at some points during
the day, two security guards and since we’re
losing two security guards next year, we’re
not sure how that’s going to be able to work.
That’s one definite change. I think, just the
job assignments in general, where people
are posted and at what time, that’s probably
going to change.
Q: What could be done to increase safety
on campus?
A: I think the students are really good about
using the secret witness program. I wish
more of them would step forward and realize it is truly anonymous, when they know
something that shouldn’t be happening or
that could be an area of concern for us to
check out, I wish students would trust us
more as administrators or security. We are
here for you. We’re not working against you;
we’re actually here for you. The more you
share with us, the better we can do our job. I
think that would be one of the biggest areas
of concern. If I could just send out a plea to
students to be more open about the things
that have gone on. For example, the fight
that happened [May 1]: apparently, other
students knew that it was brewing. That was
something that could have been prevented, if
any student had stepped up anonymously to
say, “Hey, I’m hearing that these two people
are having some kind of conflict, and it might
get physical.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
A: I want to reiterate that we appreciate those
students who have the courage to come
forward, and we, obviously, as administrators,
appreciate the work by security and other
staff to make Red Mountain a great place.
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May 15, 2008
Revisiting history:
News
Holocaust Studies’ guest speakers tell their stories
HOLOCAUST
Continued from page 1
The rest were sent to what
they referred to as ‘special
treatment.’ Special treatment
meant they would be sent
to the gas chambers to be
killed,” said White about his
experience leaving the ghetto
and entering camps.
When complete liquidation
came, Dr. White, his father
and his younger brother were
able to slip out of the ghetto
into hiding in his family shop.
They hid along with some
others for a while until early
in the morning one was brave
enough to grab some tools
and act like he was going
to work. The whole ghetto
was surrounded by machine
guns. Later, when they were
all coming out of hiding, the
new owner of the store caught
them climbing out.
“We told him ‘we didn’t
know whether anyone was going to remain in town or not,’
just like the first time around.
He said, ‘Wait, I will go find
out some information, and I’ll
be right back.’ Well he came
right back with a Gestapo
man, Becker. I knew him
very well. He used to come
to my family’s shop. We
followed him into the ghetto
where everyone was lined up.
There was shooting going on
in every corner. There was a
woman I knew, Rachael, and
she had two little babies. I
witnessed the same Gestapo
shoot her and both of her two
babies. The three of us were
sent from camp to camp until
we came to the Krakow camp
where I lost my father during
the selection. He was sent
to Auschwitz where he was
gassed. My brother was shot
in the town where we were
working in an Air Force glass
factory. While in the Krakow
concentration camp, I was
saved by Osker Shindler for
the duration of the war,” said
White.
Dr. Alexander Bialywlos
was fortunate enough be
one of only 1,100 people on
Shindler’s list. One memory
that will never leave his mind
is what his father said to him,
just before he died.
“One thing my father said
to me before we were separated was ‘do me one favor…
be a mensch, be a human
being; be a decent, charitable,
fine human being,’” said Dr.
White’s father.
Another visitor that came
to Red Mountain was Mr.
Nemrov who was a participant of D-Day in Normandy
and is an American liberator
of Dachau, an extermination
camp in Germany and one
of the most horrifying camps
found.
“I have discussed this with
Dr. White several times, and I
still can’t get this to penetrate
my mind. here is a country
of people, very intelligent
people, well educated people,
many of them could speak
perfect English, very creative,
very productive, and I’m just
appalled with what occurred
in their country. Contrary
to all laws of humanity, how
could they have allowed
the guards. They weren’t
attend the presentation, it was
tary, and they just love what
truly was,” said senior Carlea
something like this to happen? going to shoot them but they
a life changing event.
they are doing. I feel honored Cox.
I still can’t understand it,”
were beating the guards with
“I thought that the presenthat they come this far out to
“Hearing about the
said Nemrov.
the butts of their rifles. I
tation was really great and
tell their stories. They live in
Holocaust, from a different
knew I had to stop them. If a
that it made the class seem a
the Sun City area, and they
standpoint, especially from
Originally Dachau was
a training camp for future
superior were to come in and
100 times more real than what came all the way out here for
an American Liberator, was a
see this, they would punish
it really is,” said senior Sandy
us. I feel incredibly honored.
nice change of pace. In class
commandants of new death
my men strictly by the book.
Gutierrez.
To me, there are no words
we always study about the
camps. The death camp was
established about six months
I pulled my men away, and I
“I thought the presentation
to explain how I feel. I can
sufferings and experiments
after Hitler came into power
closed up the gates. Before
was a real eye-opener because live it through him, and I
but to hear it from another
in 1933. It was originally
we left, we handed our rifles
we learned a lot in class and it think that it is so rare today
point of view, from someone
to some of the surviving
showed us that the holocaust
that students can actually live
who was there to rescue and
made to house prisoners
prisoners. They tried to finhappened to real live human
the history,” said Holocaust
witness the unimaginable,
because the jails were filling
up so fast that they couldn’t
ish off the guards, but they
beings and not just figures in
studies teacher Mrs. Holmesgave you a different aspect
dispose of the bodies quick
were too weak to do much
pictures,” said senior Kate
Bacon.
and appreciation for what
enough.
damage. We locked the gates
Scanlan. “We are incredibly
“It was very real. Too often the troops did as well as the
back up and started to walk
lucky that there are survivors
in history class we learn about true horror of the situation.
“As we got closer and
towards the crematorium.
that can come and talk to us,
WWII and the Holocaust. We To hear first hand what he
closer to the German front,
we kept hearing rumors about
There were six ovens, four of
and they can keep their expedon’t really relate to it. We
saw was as an individual who
these camps. We didn’t identhose ovens were small and
riences alive.”
think of it as history or the
wasn’t aware of what was gotify fully what was going on
meant for burning the linens
“I liked the whole aspect
past especially with black and
ing on was interesting and it
of the prisoners because they
of the presentation. I think
white photos, things of that
was unsettling to see how he
in these camps. The Russians
were so infested with lice.
it made it more realistic for
nature. The fact that they are
broke down at certain points
were liberating these death
camps way before we were,”
It took a higher degree of
everyone. I was more exited
still alive, and they took the
and how he holds on to everyNemrov said. “The last few
temperature to kill the lice
and happy with the fact that
time to come all the way out
thing that he has seen and just
days of April and the first few
than it did to burn a human
he left us with the, “be a
here and speak to us about
the talk of how human beings
body. The other two ovens
mensch” (meaning human in
their experiences, made it
can treat each other like that
days of May were absolutely,
German and special human
seem like the Holocaust is
doesn’t register in his mind.
totally shocking. By this time were for burning the human
our fine young American men, bodies. I brought in some
in Yiddish), speech instead
still around and that it could
He gave an entire different assome of the toughest fighters
people to pick up the remainof just sad stories. It gave
happen again,” said senior
pect to everything that we’ve
I’ve ever seen, who could go
ing decomposing bodies and
us something that we can do
Daniel Duchrow.
heard in class,” said junior
bury them in a ditch near the
to help with the rest of the
“Seeing a Holocaust
Kacee Crandell.
though the devastation of batcrematorium. We threw some
community, to not be so mean
survivor and a liberator of a
As for my experience
tlefield, tighten up their guts
and kept going. When we
lime on them and covered
to each other, and to respect
concentration camp made us
meeting these two extraordigot to these camps, the stench
them with dirt. There was
one another,” said senior Bre
realize how good we have
nary survivors, words cannot
was unbearable. When we
no way to identify who these
Cabrera.
it, it was really great to have
describe how I felt. I wasn’t
people were…then we found
“It’s incredibly signifithem come because we have
expecting to walk away a
came to the camp itself, there
the opportunity that so many
new person. Their stories
were two large cast iron gates. some human bones that hadn’t cant what we watched. It’s
They were unlocked. When
been completely burned in the unfortunate but this may
others don’t. Their stories
made my class a reality; to
we stumbled through the
crematorium. By that time
very well be the last class of
are stories that I won’t ever
be able to put a face on such
gates, there were freshly shot
we had been there about four
Red Mountain students that
forget. They told it like it was an inhumane tragedy was
or five hours and some major
are going to be able to hear
happening right here in the
an experience I will never
bodies laying on the ground.
took control of the camp and
people like Dr. White and Mr.
now and the way the stories
forget. Never shall the melanThe main camp only held
male prisoners. The woman
ordered us to get out. just like
Nemrov speak. For me, as a
were told made me feel like I
cholic sound in the speaker’s
and children’s camp was
that, so I went. How many
history guy, to see the history
was there experiencing it with
voices leave my mind nor the
about a mile away. I didn’t
survivors there were from that in front of me makes me feel
them,” said senior Jennifer
look in their eyes from the
camp…I really don’t know.
very honored,” said student
Hamula.
overwhelming emotions of
go to that camp. When we
We put up a sign saying that
teacher, Mr. Whaler.
“During Dr. White’s
depression, incomprehension
came in, it was hard to digest
the odor. If you can imagine,
500 souls are finally resting in
“I love the presentations.
presentation, you really felt
and reluctance in the fact that
full grown men looking 75,
peace,” said Nemrov.
I’ve had the opportunity to
touched that you could put
such a young crowd wants to
85 pounds? It seemed to be a
After Nemrov and his
work very closely with Mr.
a face on the prisoners, you
hear and learn about somemen were ordered to leave
Nemrov through the teachwere really able to hear the
thing that will never affect
compulsion that if they could
the camp, tents were built
ing tolerance program, and I
pain in his voice and all the
them directly. To be apart of
keep moving, they would
stay alive. So here they are, I
to house former prisoners
always get goose bumps when struggles he went through
something that changed to
wouldn’t say walking around
because their barracks were
I listen to him. I’ve heard
and how it affected him. He
course of history, even if I am
but tottering around and at
infested with disease. Many
his story many, many times.
couldn’t even go into detail
63 years late, I still feel like
They are a dying breed, our
about certain things that were
I have made a difference befirst they just looked at us like survivors remained in camps
for many years after the war,
Holocaust survivors. They
too emotional for him like
cause I will carry on this story
we were just another killing
squad coming in to finish
due to the fact that no one in
are not going to be around
hearing the screaming women
in the hopes that an epic like
them off. They looked at us
the world wanted them nor
forever, yet they feel very
being separated from their
this will never happen again.
and just kept tottering by. I
did anyone know what to do
strongly about what they are
husbands and children and it’s
with them.
accomplishing. They don’t
hard to completely understand
spoke to one prisoner in JewFor the students that did
get paid for this, it’s all volun- how devastating the holocaust
ish and told them that I was
Jewish and an American. I
guess they thought we were
an imagination. They stared
gathering around us. They
reached out and began to
feel the fabric of our uniforms, and they realized that
we were real. They held on
to our arms and wouldn’t let
go. I guess they didn’t want
us to disappear on them.
Just imagine these fine,
young, tough Americans
that I had under my command, some of them were
crying because of what they
saw. Some soldiers just
wanted to help. My men
would reach into their sacs
and give their rations to the
prisoners. Two prisoners
grabbed the food, gulped
it down and dropped dead
right in front of us. If I live
to be a thousand, I’ll never
get that out of my mind.
There were still a few unarmed German guards in the
back part of the camp. Two
of my men went absolutely
wild when those two prisoners dropped dead in front
PHOTO BY SARAH ALLANDINGER
Shindler’s list survivor, Dr. Alexander Bialywlos (left) and American liberator of Dachau, Jack Nemrov (right), spoke about their experiof us, and they went after
ances during World War II at Red Mountain.
An Editor’s Goodbye:
Opinion
May 15, 2008
The Roar
5
“Farewell, my Youth! for now we needs must part, or here the
paths divide.” -Rosamund Marriott Watson
By Rosalinda Albrecht
Editor-in-Chief
Already, there has been enough said about
our school’s double decade anniversary. Since
the year began, nearly every function was
carried out with at least a tinge of nostalgia.
However, I’d like to take the opportunity to
ruminate on the past three years alone.
The past three years, have not only been a
literal “learning period” in my academic life,
but also have been a social one. I have been
surrounded by people I am proud to call my
peers from the first time I entered the gates of
the school. Over the course of these years, I
have learned not only to love our school, but to
understand it, even from my somewhat fanatic
sophomore year where I attempted to protest
everything from the gates to the somewhat
disconcerting menu choices.
With graduation drawing terrifyingly
close, I feel a need to thank a school which has
allowed me to criticize, examine, and inform
them for the past three years. After watching
the growth that has occurred academically,
socially and even physically, there’s a certain
responsibility to acknowledge this.
I feel that my fellow seniors and anyone
who has privileged me with their presence in
the past three years deserves at the very least
an honorable mention. I’d like to thank you
all for advising me, correcting me, arguing
with me, trading CDs, offering me rides home,
drinking my excess coffee, shopping at thrift
stores, suggesting books, teaching me how
to play Guitar Hero, discussing life in empty
fields, playing your instruments and letting me
sing, inspiring me, and delighting me. I will
not list names, there is not enough space in this
newspaper for that. There is not enough time in
the day to say all I would like to.
I do wish that you find whatever dream it
is you have and pursue it. If anything, you
“Big Dog” not man’s best friend
By Sam Whitaker
Staff Writer
Domo arigato Mr. Roboto, as some of you
might say, but if you’re anything like me, a
technophobe to a mild degree, then you may
be telling Mr. Roboto to stay away by the time
I’m through.
BigDog, a product of Boston Dynamics,
“dedicated to the science and art of how things
move,” is the most advanced four-legged robot
in the world.
“It is a quadruped (four-legged) robot that
walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and
carries heavy loads,” says the Boston Dynamics website.
However, BigDog has more than just a
basic maneuvering ability.
“BigDog’s
control
system manages the dynamics of its behavior
to keep it balanced and to allow it to steer,
navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions
vary,” says the Boston Dynamics website.
So what is the goal behind BigDog?
The people at Boston Dynamics are trying
to make a robot with enough mobility to allow
the robot to go anywhere on Earth that people
and animals can go and to move like they do.
That seems harmless enough right? I mean
it’s just a robot after all, but why are they
building robots with such high maneuvering
abilities? What is the purpose behind this
goal? According to the website, the program
is being funded by the Defense Advanced
Research Project Agency (DARPA). The goal
of DARPA is to maintain the technological
superiority of the United States military and
prevent technological surprise from harming
our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research that bridges the gap
between fundamental discoveries and their
military use.
Have we learned nothing from the Terminator movies?!
Just kidding. This thing is no Terminator,
but it could very well be a full-fledged war machine soon. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s
not like I’m against the military. I just
don’t like the idea of unmanned,
technologically advanced war
machines being sent against
our enemies with the
possibility of being
captured, copied, possibly modified, then
used against us.
Unfortunately
we, the human race,
can’t just stop the
advancement of our
technology. That just
would be absurd. So as
frightening as this whole
BigDog thing may be, I’ve
come to realize that all we
can do is just accept the fact
that this is the way the human
race is heading. The only other
thing you could do is protest and
that would most likely ineffective.
We’re just going to have to look to
the future, and then brace for the
impact.
For more information on
BigDog visit http://www.
bostondynamics.com or http://
www.darpa.mil.
Photo courtesy of BostonDynamics.com
Although Big Dog is not an actual canine, the future of this militray project will most likely have a bite worse than it’s bark.
owe it to yourself to follow your ambitions.
Your dreams may change, your ideals may
disintegrate, and your morality may find itself
blooming into something more than a set of
rules in the future. In the coming years, you
may change genres as often as you change
clothes, and in every way, hopefully become
more yourself than anyone else. Soon, we
will embark on an open world, following
whatever dreams and possibilities are open
to us. Though this sounds rather Hallmark, I
honestly believe all of the trials we have gone
through on campus and in our life in the past
three years are just the beginning of a world
that we will control. While teachers, mentors,
and parents have told us that we are the future,
the somewhat disconcerting revelation is that
we are.
My wish is that outside of the boundaries
of these walls we will continue to progress and
look back without regret at whatever lessons
we have learned within these hallways, classrooms, and cafeteria tables.
photo by valerie nunez
As her final act as editor-in-chief, Rosalinda
Albrecht takes a chance to look over The Roar
after making some transfiguring changes to the
paper over the past three years.
The Roar
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Editor-In-Chief: Roz Albrecht
Editors:
Valerie Nunez
Joyce Tammany
Cassie Hinckley
Megan Thorson
Writers:
Sarah Allmandinger
Eric Stoss
Sam Whitaker
Advisor :
Mrs. Saquella
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May 15, 2008
Opinion
Educated
guess?
A new amendment questions teacher’s rights
to discuss the reputation of America.
(Since the 200 year old country is not old enough to defend itself.)
By Rosalinda Albrecht
Editor-in-Chief
As if the recent massive cuts in teaching and
librarian positions planned
for Mesa Public Schools
next year were not enough
to shock Arizona’s public
schools, a new amendment to Senate Bill 1108
proposed a cut to curriculum. The new plan, the pet
project of Mesa Republican
Russell Pearce, would disable teachers from teaching
lessons “counter to democracy or Western civilization” in public schools.
The real problem here
is in the vagueness of the
amendment. Instead of
citing specific instances of
what teachers should not
say, it allows for a wide
range of interpretation.
Due to this formless nature,
the state legislature holds
nearly limitless decisive
power over the education
system. How far is too far?
If this bill is meant to be
taken to its fullest extent,
should teachers preach that
our country is flawless or
should we mention the fact
that for a century of our
history, racism, sexism, and
in many places corruption prevailed? Can we
erase history, or should we
rewrite it for the benefit of
the reputation of “Western
Civilization?” Does capitalism not have its flaws as
any system will? To ignore
the faults of a system or a
culture is to condemn you
to those flaws.
“It’s difficult to know
from this [if the bill would
affect my class] because it
is extraordinarily general,”
said Mr. Brimhall, who
teaches AP comparative
government, a class which
focuses on a variety of
government systems in
different countries. “What
constitutes denigration or
disparagement or dissent
of values of American democracy? First of all, what
are the values, per say, of
American democracy and
Western civilization? Does
this mean that you cannot
critique American policy?
Is everything America does
as a nation or a society
correct? It depends on how
the amendment is interpreted. In Comparative
Government, we study five
different countries. Iran is
one of them. The history
of the United States, as it
relates to Iran, has basically
been disasterous. The CIA
sponsored the coup of a
democratically elected
leader of Iran and has mangled the relationship ever
since. We talk about that as
history. It’s up to students
to make up their own mind
as to whether America
could have done things differently or conducted their
policy in a different way.
However, to some, the idea
that U.S. foreign policy
has any flaws whatsoever
would be considered heretical. It is basic historic fact,
but I’m not sure if it would
be considered to ‘disparage
western values.’ It seems
like they want the U.S. to
be a flawless system, but
students know that there
are rich and poor people,
and they know that our
foreign policy isn’t always
100 percent correct. They
know that racism exists,
they know that money has
a significant influence on
the political process. If we
whitewash history, then
they’ll know that we’re
lying to them, which means
that they won’t believe anything we’re saying at all.”
Masqueraded as a boon
to taxpayers, this proposal
would also prohibit clubs
on campus at state universities from forming under the
division of race, such as the
Black Business Students
Association already in
existence. Interesting
reasoning, considering residents at state universities
already pay around $1,000
each semester to have their
rights taken from a man
who has never had a teaching position in his career or
come close to touching the
educational system other
than the policy he promotes
of fend-for-yourself funding for public schools.
Pearce stated that he
intends this proposal to target schools using taxpayer
money to “indoctrinate”
students into holding
“seditious” viewpoints.
“Seditious” is a somewhat
funny word to describe
a balanced discussion of
other government systems.
With Arizona falling into
one of the worst educational slumps in the country,
this kind of thinking is
not only blatantly closedminded but also slightly
frightening. Are politicians
and parents so terrified of
a student revolt that they
are willing to sacrifice our
already waning educational
standards? What experience has Pearce had that
educators and school board
officials don’t?
“The reason American government classes
were created was to teach
students the values of
American society and how
to be an active part of our
democracy,” stated Mr.
Brimhall. “I don’t honestly
think that most teachers
get in front of a classroom
and say that America has a
lot of problems. [In Mesa
Public School’s standards],
there is a whole section,
under “Foundations of
American Government”
on teaching the value of
the Western tradition. It’s
definitely in our standards
that we need to teach these
things. However, to teach
that the founding fathers
were perfect, flawless
demigods is false. In government, if I teach that they
were men who made mistakes, I think that actually
makes our history a more
compelling story. It makes
it seem more admirable
because it demonstrates
that there’s a struggle and
failures and success, that
it wasn’t just a clean road,
and we had to fight to be
where we’re at now. I
agree with its the amendments main premise, I don’t
think that the purpose,
especially in a high school,
is for a teacher to get up
and rail against the United
States or be extremely
negative about the country.
I think that the point of a
government teacher is to be
objective and present both
sides and let students make
up their minds. I think that
any government teacher
I’ve ever seen teaches the
standards and realizes the
importance of showing the
students what a wonderful
and fantastic country this is.
I’ve never seen a teacher
stand up and disparage or
ridicule the United States.
I think this bill is creating
a solution to a problem,
which doesn’t exist.”
More disturbing is
Pearce’s insistence on embracing American “culture”
by denouncing the very free
speech it is founded upon.
Pearce is not defending his
American “culture” and
“democracy” by limiting
free speech; he is making a
mockery of it. His fellow
Fountain Hills Republican, John Kavanagh,
stated that he hopes this bill
returns cultural studies to
a “melting pot” model, a
funny claim for a bill that
seems to plead for just the
opposite. Making vague
statements about “American values” and stating that
if a person wants a different
culture to “go back to that
culture,” Kavanagh dodges
the issue. Considering
America’s history and culture is comprised of people
who specifically did want
a different culture, this
statement sounds more than
somewhat counteractive.
If Arizona hopes to keep
a balanced view of democracy and “western civilization” I’d suggest following
through on the views those
ideals promote. By censoring opposing viewpoints,
on some level, you are
proving them right. If this
is “American values” at
their finest, I’d rather take
a one way ticket to Canada
than attend one of Pearce’s
“diversity” classes.
District’s latest budget cuts
Trim more than money
Loss of librarians costs in education
am fortunate to be here. The students, faculty, staff, and administration are outstanding, and the education students receive is
excellent.”
Though Hawkins will be able to
continue to inspire literacy and a love of
reading in her students, this does not make
up for the instruction schools face losing.
Librarians are not simply clerks responsible
for checking out books like cheap imports,
By Rosalinda Albrecht
but are accountable for a myriad of tasks
Editor-in-Chief
which the new resource center specialists
may not be equipped to handle. Not only
It’s Kerouac I’m looking for. Within a
are certified librarians trained in checking
few words, I’m directed to a shelf courtesy
out books to students, but they are also
of my librarian and a carefully executed
instructed on delivering information on
use of the dewy decimal system. Later that how to locate and print electronic sources,
month, it is statistics for the amount of stay
organize and maintain the book collections,
at home collegiates for my English essay
consult with teachers on necessary materion the Boomerang Generation. In seconds,
als and supervise staff, acquisition, and
a knowledgable librarian is explaining the
technical services.
library’s system of databases. My high
“Replacing a librarian with a resource
school career has relied on the understandcenter specialist is like replacing a teacher
ing of librarians and their ability to explain
with a teacher assistant,” said Hawkins.
various nuances of research. These are not
“Teacher assistants are important, but they
people who check out books like Wal-Mart
do not have the special knowledge, skills,
cashiers. The people employed in the
or training to be a teacher. Likewise, relibrary have not only been trained to sugsource center specialists are also essential;
gest books, keep collections, but to oversee
however, they do know have the special
various aspects of research to aid students
knowledge, skills, or training to be a librarand encourage reading. With positions
ian and to teach information literacy skills.
so crucial to student success, it would be
Certified librarians are vital to student sucexpected that positions held by people with
cess and academic achievement.”
master’s degrees in
Hawkins pointtheir field would be
ed out that over 60
ensured a job. Not
studies have been
so, says the Mesa
conducted nationPublic School Disally and shown a
trict, as it prepares
correlation between
for a $20 million
student success
budget cut over the
and school librarnext three years.
ies with qualified
The solution
school librarians.
to these monetary
“The library
tribulations, claims
will be open and
superintendent Debra
students will be
Duvall, is to replace
able to check out
and/or eliminate
books,” states
librarians, nurses,
Hawkins. “But
and speech experts
instruction from a
in the district, cutcertified librarian
ting money from
will be lost.”
the personnel funds
These are not
at a school level
the only positions
rather than reducbeing eliminated.
ing expenses from
Red Mountain Librarian
Many of the
school improvement
school nurses who
accounts or cutting
typically work at
district positions.
only one school
For librarians alone,
will now be forced to either quit or take
this means the removal of 87 jobs. Instead
up a position servicing several schools
of paying the added expense of supporting
under the new proposal. Numerous speech
librarians, for example, each of whom are
specialists, who work closely with special
certified teachers, MPS will pay a nominal
education students and students with learnrate for pseudo librarians, called “resource
ing disabilities, will also be “phased out” in
center specialists.” These specialists,
order to accommodate new positions with
although helpful and critical in their own
less expensive “technical training.”
way, will not be able to replace the services
For a school district considered one of
of certified librarians, many of whom have
the best in the country, this move is dramatmaster’s degrees in their field, say library
ically surprising to me. Arizona already
employees.
has degenerate standards of success, and
Jessica Hawkins, Red Mountain’s librar- to remove people directly responsible for
ian, is among those affected by the recent
student success seems like an even more
budget cuts. Though the 2007-2008 school viable reason not to enroll in the Mesa Pubyear is her first working for Red Mountain,
lic Schools, the reason for the budget cuts
she has spent 16 years in various librarian
in the first place. By removing employees
positions, whether collegiate, high school,
directly responsible for student success,
or public. Regardless, after the conclusion
the district is not only cutting their budget,
of this year, her position will be eliminated. but surely trimming their time remaining
Hawkins is among the district’s luckier
as one of the more respected districts in
employees. Since each librarian employed
Arizona.
by Mesa Public Schools has a teacher’s
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certification, efforts have been made to
concerns on this matter, please visit http://
make use of librarians in teaching posiwww.mpsaz.org/main2/govboard/index.
tions. Next year, she will be able to take
html.
advantage of that opportunity, and will
remain at Red Mountain.
“I plan to teach English at Red Mountain next year and continue to sponsor the
Book Club,” said Hawkins. “I love Red
Mountain. It is an exceptional school and I
“The library will
be open and
students will be
able to check out
books, but instruction from a
certified librarian
will be lost.”
-Jessica Hawkins
May 15, 2008
Opinion
Teen
drivers
Can their recklessness be prevented?
By Valerie Nunez
Editor
As a license-less sophomore living too
close to campus to commute via bus, I
have grown accustomed to walking home.
I’ve always been a bit weary of the drivers
on Red Mountain High School’s campus,
but it was not until recently that I realized
how the rush to get home can undermine
personal safety.
On Tuesday, April 15, 2008, I was sure
to look both ways before crossing the fourway stop intersection on the northwest end
of campus, however, the hurried teen eager
to get home did not consider pedestrians
when he careened around a corner from
which I was perfectly visible. I was not hit
by his car, but it was a close call. He did
not slow his vehicle.
“Over the years, on-campus accidents
have gotten worse,” said drivers’ education
teacher, Mr. Potts. “There are more students driving to and from school, and the
parking lot is more crowded, which results
in more accidents.”
When did it become acceptable for
any driver to be so self-absorbed as to be
oblivious to pedestrians or bikers who,
most often, have the right of way, not to
mention just as much right to use the road
as drivers? Is it really so important to be
the first off of campus? Do drivers not
consider that their carelessness can result in
irreparable damage?
“I think what happens with teenage
drivers is that they have this feeling of
being invincible,” said Mr. Potts. “They
haven’t had enough driving experience to
realize what a car can do.”
Although it’s not possible for teenagers to gain experience that can only be
achieved through years of driving, the fiveor-more month period of having a permit
can be a young driver’s most beneficial
learning time.
“When teens have their permit, they
should be driving every single day with
someone helping and instructing them,”
said Mr. Potts. “The key to being a better
driver is to practice, practice, practice, so
that when they finally get their license they
will be more prepared. Another thing that
will hopefully increase safety and reduce
accidents is the law that will be starting
June 1.”
Arizona’s new law states that under-18
drivers, for the first six months of having
their licenses, will be limited to having
no more than one teenage passenger, with
the exception of siblings, unless a parent
is in the vehicle. The law also prohibits
driving, unless accompanied by a parent, between the hours of midnight and 5
a.m., unless commuting to or from work, a
family emergency, or sanctioned school or
religious activities.
Teens across the state may be dissatisfied to hear of such unfair restrictions, but
it’s all for the better. It must be remembered that road rules were not created
to limit drivers; they were mandated to
increase safety, so pedestrians, bikers, and
other drivers might be reassured that they
will not be in an accident on the way home
from school, especially when they have the
right of way.
PHOTO BY VALERIE NUNEZ
In the rush to get home, Red Mountain teen drivers can undermine safety precautions.
Adviceman’s final strike
Emerging from the Advicecave, Adviceman is back again,
this time to help with boy troubles and zombie plans
Dear Adviceman,
This guy says he really likes me, and I
really like him too. Recently he has been
acting strange. I haven’t seen him in
almost two weeks, and he doesn’t even call
anymore. He also says he wants to be with
me, but he can’t right now. If he likes me
so much, what’s the deal?
-Confused
Dear Confused,
If this guy really likes you so much, then
what IS the deal? I’m sorry, but if this guy
really wanted to be with you, he’d be with
you. There’s no excuse. My advice, stop
wasting your time, confront him. Either
he’s in or out. Go to tell him, “If you want
to be with me then be with me already!”
If he says yes, then fine, and if he says
no, then even better. Personally, I don’t
know what you see in him. From what
you’ve told me, he sounds like a real loser.
Anyway, you’ve got a life to live, so stop
waiting around for a “maybe.”
Dear Adviceman,
Recently I’ve heard others talking about
having a “zombie plan” for when a zombie
invasion happens. What are keys points
you think should be in a zombie plan?
Sincerely,
Oh-How-I-Don’t-Want-To-Be-A-Zombie
Dear Fellow Human,
Food, water, location and a plan B are the
key points in a “zombie plan.” A bountiful
source of food and water is very impor-
tant because you never know how long
you’ll have to fight off those blood-thirsty
zombies. Your location is vital because the
more exposed you are, the worse off you’ll
be. You’d think that location wouldn’t
be that big of a deal, that you could
just fight them off on the run, but
you’d never guess that some zombies have been known to be capable
of running. That’s right, running
zombies! To be able to fight off those special running zombies, you’ll need a good
stronghold to keep them at bay. Also, a
few blunt objects and sharp pointy sticks
are always helpful if you’re going to
combat the zombies. The most vital of
all the points in a good zombie plan
is a plan B. There’s no such thing as
a never-ending source of food and
water, and even the strongest of
strongholds are bound to weaken
and fall. (Don’t underestimate
the power of a zombie army.
If you do, it’ll be the end of
you!) Your plan B is a plan
of retreat. You need a place
where you’ll know that
there’s potential food, water
(A spring would be nice!),
and some sort of inhabitable structure that could
be easily defended. However, you should only use
this plan as a last resort,
when you absolutely
have no other option because while you’re in the
act of retreating you’ll be
very exposed. You’ll have
to remember to keep moving so as not to get boxed in
by the zombies. I think that about covers
it. You’re now prepared should a zombie
attack occur. One more thing, good luck!
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Dear Red
Mountain
Dear RMHS students,
On Saturday, May 3, I was excited
to join you at your prom at Villa Siena.
Everything was stunning! The event was
celebrated in an unassuming building, hidden from the street that literally transported
those who entered to a private Tuscan
getaway. There were multiple picture
stations in front of stone fireplaces, by bubbling fountains, or under the arches of the
courtyard. The best part was how fantastic
everyone looked. Oscar pre-shows had
nothing on the stylish students that strutted
their stuff at prom. For the girls there was
an endless parade of bright dresses, highheeled shoes, and perfectly coiffed hair.
The guys weren’t too shabby either in their
tuxes and suits—all in different styles.
The glamorous evening did not lack fun
either. In the ballroom you danced to the
music, watching the screen to see if the
camera guy got a shot of you on the overhead screen. While waiting for pictures or
just to cool off from dancing, you lounged
in the courtyard or by the food table.
Hugs and compliments were easily passed
back and forth between each other in the
hallways, flashes danced from those whose
cameras were capturing the moment, and
the DJ was inundated with song requests.
It was crazy and hectic… it was prom!
Things didn’t really slow down until
the DJ announced it was time to crown the
prom royalty. That’s when things got ugly.
Traditionally, the announcement of the
prom’s king and queen is the climax of the
evening and no prom would be complete
without it. But a couple dozen students decided to spoil the moment with rottenness.
Basically, it seemed there were a small
percentage of prom attendees who didn’t
agree with the choice of the prom king,
Kyle Hutchinson, and subsequently booed
him when his name was announced. If
you know him, Kyle has incredible school
spirit, is kind to all, and after talking to him
you can’t help but think, “Wow, what a
nice guy.” That’s why he was overwhelmingly elected.
This is what I know if you were one
of those students who booed Kyle. First
of all, you don’t know him, which is your
loss. Also, you lack maturity and pride.
Finally, I know you are a bigot, because
you judged him on the one thing you know
(or your friend told you) about Kyle: he is
openly gay.
Some would say that booing someone
who is gay is not that bad. People who
booed or beat African-Americans in the
South 60 years ago didn’t think it was that
bad, either. The people who booed or beat
Jesus, Joseph Smith, Mohammed, Isaiah,
or Martin Luther for their religious beliefs
didn’t think it was that bad, either. The Nazis who booed or beat handicapped people
and put them in concentration camps didn’t
think they were bad, either. All those
examples seem pretty extreme, but your
behavior will seem so in another 50, 100,
or 500 years.
Ladies and gentleman, you will never
forget your prom. You will never forget
what you wore, who you went with, what
Villa Siena looked like, how you felt, and
who won prom king and queen. Neither
will you forget when Kyle was booed during one of the most significant moments of
his life.
Hopefully that memory resonates with
you. If you were one who felt outrage, I
hope you will stand up and speak the next
time you are witness to such ugliness. If
you were one who exhibited cowardice, I
hope you never know what it is like to be
persecuted or victimized for who you are,
whether by choice or not.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Dilbeck
RMHS teacher
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Focus
May 15, 2008
The Roar
Hit the HIT Center this summer
By Sarah Allmandinger
Staff Writer
Most students know of
some kind of famous bodybuilding gym, and we know
that there is every activity under the sun meant to improve
muscle strength and cardio
stability. It’s important to
find a good gym that focuses
overall on physical well-being. The HIT Center has the
knowledge to improve sports
performance and to protect
against sport related injuries.
“What makes the HIT
Center superior is we are
extremely different from other
gyms due to the sophisticated
equipment that we have in
the facility. For each of our
different programs, we have a
series of test which allows us
the ability to design programs
based on each individual’s
needs,” said Kelly Barnes,
HIT Center executive director.
“We also are strictly a personal training facility, so clients are never working out on
their own. They are provided
with a trainer that will work
one-on-one with them for an
entire hour workout. We also
limit the number of clients
we take each hour. This allows the client to experience
a more private gym setting
and get the most out of their
workout.”
Students at Red Mountain
are benefiting from the programs at HIT Center.
“What I like about the HIT
Center is that I have seen an
improvement in almost every
aspect of my game (soccer),”
“What makes the HIT Center
superior is we are extremely
different from other gyms due
to the sophisticated equipment
that we have in the facility.”
said junior Ryan Ban. “The
HIT Center has helped me in
many ways but I have really
seen a lot of improvement in
my leg strength and running
times.”
For many reasons, people
come to the HIT Center
to improve their physical
well-being. Every sport or
activity has a specific program
that targets specific muscles
to help better perform in
a specific activity. On the
slight chance that someone
approaches the HIT Center
with an activity where there is
no program meant to improve
that activity, a program is created. This is what makes the
HIT Center better than other
gyms.
“The HIT Center training techniques are founded
on solid, proven scientific
research. Founded by an extremely experienced exercise
physiologist has allowed us
to be on the cutting edge of
new training techniques,”
said Barnes. “Additionally,
the comprehensive testing
each new client must undergo
allows us to set up unique and
personalized workouts. We
use this testing to determine
the optimal level to which
each client should be exercising based on physiological
parameters.”
Every aspect of the sport
or activity is reenacted to
help build the necessary
muscle needed to improve an
exercise. What people like
about the HIT Center is they
get one-on-one time with an
instructor.
“Although we consider
ourselves to be an elite training center, we take the time
to get to know each client,”
said Barnes. “We take pride
in the fact that our clients feel
comfortable coming to the
HIT Center and truly enjoy
the time they spend here.
Additionally, we regularly
see excellent results from the
majority of our clients.”
The HIT Center is not
just for serious athletes. It’s
appropriate for anyone who
wants to get into shape. However the HIT Center is mainly
meant for sports.
“The HIT Center has
training programs that can be
tailored to any demographic,”
said Barnes. “We specialize
in weight loss, athletic development, and overall fitness
and can therefore accommodate any type of client.”
The HIT Center is ideal
for any athlete to get into
shape or for anyone who just
wants to improve their overall
fitness performance. This
facility provides exactly what
anyone would need to achieve
their goals.
Notes from the underground Hip-Hop scene
By Sarah Allmandinger
Staff Writer
The underground hip
hop scene is not widely publicized, but there is at least one
musician trying to bring it out
into the open, Marcus Bourland a.k.a. SLiKK. His name
comes from his childhood,
given to him by his family.
“My uncle Matt went by
the name of Slick. I used to
get into so much trouble, and
I would lie all the time when
I was younger. The name
just got transferred from him
to me and it stuck ever since
I was seven,” said SLiKK.
“The only difference is I
changed the C to a K.”
His life experiences, such
as family problems, childhood
and his teenage years, have all
influenced his work. When in
high school, writing became a
release from the problems he
was facing.
“I used to write a lot of
poetry going through school,”
said SLiKK. “Being able
to express my emotions and
things that were going on
with me and turning those
experiences into words made
me realize that rapping is like
poetry to music. Music is
what a person turns to when
they are having a bad day, and
it’s their relation to a song
on an album or on the radio
that helps them. That’s what
music is for me.”
Major influences have had
a huge impact on SLiKK’s
music perception. He has the
influences of several different
styles of music, everything
from alternative, to hard rock,
to hip hop.
“I listen to a lot of under-
ground hip-hop like Atmosphere, Swollen Members and
Canibus. These artists stay
away from a lot of what the
mainstream artists do such as
rapping about their money,
or the girls that they’re with,
or the cars they have,” said
SLiKK. “I try to listen more
to people, what’s going on in
their lives, and how they have
changed. I try to stay away
from what those rappers do on
television,” said SLiKK.
SLiKK doesn’t want to
be just another rapper on
TV making party videos and
songs. He strives to tell his
story among others and he
takes other artist’s ideas and
makes them his own.
“I see what others do,
and I see how I can relate to
their work and better it in my
own way,” said SLiKK. “An
example like Lil Wayne, he
has the best word play. He’s
on point all-around, but at the
same time that’s like the main
stream vibe mixed with the
underground vibe. I try to go
off of that.”
Wanting to be a copy-cat
is one thing SLiKK is least
interested in becoming. He is
striving to become one-ofa-kind in a world of similar
people. Studio One Media,
a recording studio for both
records and videos, is helping
him find his own flow and
flavor.
“Right now I’m working with Studio One Media,
and they are helping me cut
an entire video album. I’m
also working with a freelance
producer, Billy Love, and he’s
getting me into the studio and
trying to get some more tracks
out of me. If you were to go
onto mystudio.net, there are
a few other artists that I’m
working on collaborations
with,” said SLiKK.
Even though SLiKK is getting studio time and making
videos, doesn’t mean he has
been working in the music
business for long. He still
thinks he has areas to improve
upon.
“I’ve been working in the
music industry ever since I
was in high school, about five
years now, which, compared
to other artists, isn’t very
long. I know I still have other
areas in which I can improve
on. I’m good, but I could be
better; better lyrically, finding
beats, writing beats, punch
lines, everything. Everyone
could improve someway, and
that’s what I’m trying to do,”
said SLiKK.
Although changes need to
be made, SLiKK has the opportunity to meet several different natures of people and
has been able to mold himself
into what he is today.
“Since I’ve moved back
here from Maine, I’ve put all
of my effort into my music.
Anyone that has put an effort
into their music, their dream
is to make it big, and the
scene out here really helps
me do that especially because
there is such a wide range of
cultures. There’s everything
from punk bands to rap artists
to rock bands to country singers, and it gives you a lot of
different vibes,” said SLiKK.
SLiKK made the transition
from uni-cultured Maine, to
multi-cultured Arizona and
has had the chance to work
and perform with people who
have all kinds of backgrounds.
One person he would really
enjoy working with would be
the person who inspires him
most.
“If I could work with one
artist, I would really want to
work with Will Smith,” said
SLiKK. “He can do everything. He can keep it clean
and still sell records. He
Rapping is like poetry to music for musician Marcus Bourland a.k.a SLiKK.
does the acting thing, and he
overall has a great character.
His records actually got me
into rapping. I used to dance
in front of my mirror singing
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, Willenium, and Wild Wild West.”
Will Smith is an inspiration to keep working towards
a successful career, not just in
his music but in other aspects
as well. Wanting to help others relieve their hard times is
another goal for SLiKK.
“I want to at least make
it and have a single out there
to hear on the radio,” said
SLiKK. “I want to bring a
new flavor of hip hop up and
let people know that it isn’t
dead. Everyone says hip hop
is dead and that it’s all about
rap or gangster rap, but it’s
not. I want to bring that back
and be known for it, whether
it be on TV or on the radio or
just here locally in Arizona
and to be known as that kid
that brought back hip hop. I
also want my album to help
people, if someone were to
come up to me and be like,
‘when I’m having a bad day,
I throw your CD on,’ or when
someone goes to sing my
song they be like, ‘I can relate
to that,’ those would be huge
goals for me.”
Currently SLiKK is
recording songs and videos
and trying to be heard among
hundreds of other up and
coming artists. One card that
he brings to the table is a new
flavor of style mixed with old
fashioned hip hop. See his
videos and hear his songs on
www.mystdio.net/SLiKK.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY SLiKK
May 15, 2008
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Mountain Lions get ready for summer
Jackie Canez
(sophomore)
“Summer vacation is like a
really long Christmas, but
you don’t get anything. If
you do, it’s just like a bad
sunburn.”
Brendon Cluff (junior)
“Summer vacation is pretty
much the highlight of my
year because all you really
have to do is sleep. All the
rest just falls into place. Not
to mention that there is no
school, which is like the best
part.”
Priscilla Hamlett and
Emily Sherer
(sophomores)
“Summer makes my year.
It’s so chill. No grades, just
fun.”
Mandy Forsyth (junior)
“I’m excited for Warped
Tour, Dark Lotus and the
Gigantour. This summer is
going to rock.”
Joe Moriarty (junior)
“I plan on sleeping a lot
this summer. When I’m
not sleeping, I plan on
hanging out with friends.”
Lori Lefors (junior)
“I’m going to Florida with
my boyfriend this summer. I’m excited. It should
be a blast.”
Rebecca Atkinson
(sophomore)
“This summer I am going
to go up to Payson with
some close friends. It
should be tons of fun.”
Katie Sanders (senior)
“Since I am graduating, I
will work to earn money
for college. I will try and
fit in some fun stuff, too.”
Leia Boetel (sophomore)
“Summer is long and
burning. At least we get a
long break from school.”
May/June Horoscopes
What do the stars say about you?
on the 28-29. Walking or another form of
routine physical exercise might help relax
your mind. Health is strong and vitality is
good in May.
By Megan Thorson
Editor
Aries
(March 21 - April 19)
Your main focus this month is on matters surrounding security, spending, and
ownership. However, a sub-theme of May
involves having fun, enjoying hobbies
and other amusements, romance, speculation, activities with children, and general
playfulness. The extrovert in you comes
out to play. You have a strong sense of
the dramatic now. You are likely to enjoy
financial rewards from work, particularly
on the 1-2, 11-13, and 18. The need to be
lenient with friends arises. Spontaneity is
the key in May. Follow your heart!
Taurus
(April 20 - May 20)
May is a power month for you. It's
time to turn on the charm, ask for what
you want, and pursue your personal goals
and desires. A romance or creative project
moves forward after a lull. Job offers are
likely to knock on your door. Opportunities to enhance your home also occur, and
you are identifying strongly with your
family. Clear up money matters in the
first three weeks of the month, after which
financial judgment is somewhat impaired.
You make a distinct impression on others
this month--put your best foot forward.
Gemini
(May 21 - June 21)
May is mentally stimulating for you,
but mostly quiet for the first three weeks.
Feelings of being blocked by circumstances or others arise on the third, and the
urge to rest is strong. It’s all systems go
on the 22-24. You’re plugged in, talkative, and brimming with ideas. Avoid
scheduling new endeavors on the 25-26,
however. Pay attention to a fabulous idea
Cancer
(June 22 - July 22)
You have been more assertive and driven in the past months, but all that calms
down this month as fiery Mars leaves your
sign. You are more detached than you
have been recently, and many pressures
in your life lift. Overall, May is a pleasant
month devoted to dreams of the future and
friendly socializing. Partnership matters may have been strained, but begin to
improve now. Watch for impulsive spending or disputes over money, particularly
around May 22. You have more energy
than usual to make money.
Leo
(July 23 - August 22)
A more self-assured and assertive spirit
grabs hold of you in May, after the first
week of the month. You can’t be ignored!
The desire to move about, explore, and
mark your territory is strong. Any efforts
to restrict you will surely fail. Success is
what you crave now, and you are willing to take all the necessary steps to get
ahead. Recognition and reward comes on
the 11-12 and 20-21. Avoid new initiatives on the 22-27. Any decisions made on
the 24-27 in particular are likely premature.
Virgo
(August 23 - September 22)
An adventurous, "don't tie me down"
spirit gives way to a desire (or need) to
take care of business in May. You are in
demand professionally. What you have
(and haven't) done comes up for inspection this month, so keep everything above
reproach. Lay low on May 3 and 24-26,
however, when energies are confusing
and you could inadvertently misrepresent
yourself. If gossip flies, take the high
road and let your behavior speak for itself.
This is another first-rate month for love.
Romantic matters are moving forward.
Libra
(September 23 - October 22)
You are attempting to re-invent yourself this month, and the urge for selftransformation is strong. Wanting more
from life is a theme now and through next
month. May is a good month in which
to borrow or to settle debts, if necessary.
Either way, dealing with debt now tends
to generate positive outcomes. However,
avoid financial transactions, especially
with friends, on the 12-14 and 25-26.
Intimate matters are strong, but don't try
too hard to read between the lines with a
partner. Romance thrives on the 17-18.
Scorpio
(October 23 - November 21)
Focus this month is mostly on partnering, sharing, and intimacy. Nevertheless,
the demands of your work, and perhaps
even the public, are large in May. This is
a strong month for settling differences on
a personal level, and for going after what
you want professionally. Communication is key when it comes to dealing with
sensitive issues with a partner. Impulsive
decision making should be avoided on the
21-23. Confidence works on the job, but
haughtiness doesn’t. Love is especially
potent on the 1-2, 12-13, and 17-18.
Sagittarius
(November 22 - December 21)
Practical matters are strong for you
in May. Money matters move forward.
Although gains are not necessarily explicit
just yet, finances look more hopeful. Intellectual work and studies are favored
this month. Towards the end of the
month, partnering comes into focus. It's a
strong period for any kind of negotiation
and smoothing over differences. The best
periods for you this month occur on the
11-12 and 18, when you should keep your
eyes open for opportunities.
Capricorn
(December 22 - January 19)
The first three weeks of May are mostly
dedicated to enjoyment, play, and romance. Your charm is easy and natural.
Pressures are easing in your life and you
are coming out of your shell. The lines
of communication are opening. Tensions
in a close partnership lessen. Making a
point of getting out of the house and taking in plays, movies, and other forms of
entertainment will do wonders. Learning
new skills help improve your work, which
will come into stronger focus towards the
end of the month.
Aquarius
(January 20 - February 18)
Activities in and around the home figure strongly in the first half of May. Less
attention to career responsibilities brings
you closer to your roots. Romance is
hopping in the second half of the month,
when play time is more important to you
than usual. You’ll have plenty of heated
discussions with a partner this month.
There will be times when you might find a
partner is coming on too strong or pushing
his/her own agenda at your expense. In
the last week of May, be cautious with
your money.
Pisces
(February 19 - March 20)
Plenty of visits, errands to run, social activities to attend, correspondence
to write and respond to, and other busy
activity are featured for the first three
weeks of May. This month is a great time
to tell someone how you feel, even if
they already know it. Family members
are friendlier to you now and news you
receive is mostly pleasant. Love settles
down and becomes more intimate. Avoid
making important love decisions on the
25-26. Enthusiasm for work projects
returns, and more diversity as well as opportunities occur on the job.
Horoscopes courtesy of http://www.
cafeastrology.com. Horoscopes edited for
appropriateness.
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Concert cool-down
By Joyce Tammany
Editor
The Roar
So maybe Arizona isn’t cool enough to host a big-name music festival like Coachella, South By Southwest, or Lollapalooza, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get a decent crop of all-day concerts. Even if the names are unfamiliar, festivals
relieve the boredoms of summer, provide a chance for discovering new music, and are just a good time to spend with
friends. Here are some festivals coming your way this summer, as well as some others to look forward to in the coming
year.
Edgefest
Warped Tour
Arizona’s biggest music festival is so
big that it recently moved to Schnepf
Farms in Queen Creek. Tickets last
year were around $30. With three
stages, Edgefest is the best way to
get the most bang for your buck.
It also has the widest spectrum of
performers, featuring local acts, indie
favorites, and big headliners, such as
last year’s The Plain White T’s, Jimmy
Eat World, Social Distortion, and Bad
Religion.
America’s biggest punk rock circus is
now in its 14 year. This year’s tour has
a bit of a pop twist, with The Academy Is… as the headliners, but acts
like Against Me! and The Bronx keep
the tour true to its roots. Tickets are
cheap at $25.72, but beware of Ticketmaster fees – they’ll add more than
$17 to your purchase. Your best bet is
to get your tickets at the door, but no
matter what you pay, with 244 bands
over ten stages, it’ll be worth your
money. The tour will be at Cricket
Pavilion on June 25.
PHOTO BY JOYCE TAMMANY
PHOTO COURTESTY OF STACIE MRAZ
Hot Hot Heat performed a sweaty but satisfying set at last year’s Edgefest.
Projekt Revolution
Cobra Starship will be hitting the road again
this summer as a part of Warped Tour.
Tempe Music Festival
Linkin Park’s traveling freak show has
been noted for its lineup of both rock
and hip hop acts. Though 2007’s tour
featured only one hip hop artist, and
this year’s tour has none, concertgoers
can expect a wide array of bands that
fuse many styles of music together.
This year’s tour features Atreyu
headlining the smaller, general admission stage, while Linkin Park shares
the main stage with The Bravery and
other acts. The tour stops in Phoenix
at Cricket Pavilion on August 7, and
tickets cost $20.75 - $70.75.
This two day festival is held annually
at Tempe Beach Park, right off of Mill
Avenue. Like Edgefest, each of the
three stages features local favorites,
up-and-coming indie acts, and big
headliners, like this year’s My Chemical Romance and Fergie. General admission tickets for this year were $40
each, but the $65 Landshark Lounge
tickets come with food and drink
vouchers, as well as the best view of
the main stage.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STACIE MRAZ
My Chemical Romance blew the audience
away at last year’s Projekt Revolution.
PHOTO BY JOYCE TAMMANY
Canadian quartet Billy Talent brought their
unique style of punk to Tempe.
Buddy Holly lives!
at the Broadway Palm
By Joyce Tammany
Editor
It has been nearly 50 years since
“The Day The Music Died.” On February 3, 1959, a plane carrying Buddy
Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Lawrence,
and Ritchie Valens, crashed, killing
everyone inside. These musicians are
dead and gone, but for two magical
hours at the Broadway Palm, they are
brought back to life in Buddy: The
Buddy Holly Story.
Buddy feels less like a traditional
musical and more like a lost episode
of Behind The Music – a visual whirlwind of a biography, spliced with
concert footage. The play depicts
Buddy’s struggles to establish himself
as a rock act in the country-loving
town of Lubbock, Texas, his rise to
rock star status, and his tragic end.
The brightly-colored sets transport
the audience back in time to record
label offices, radio station studios,
and other places pivotal to Buddy’s
career. Throughout the show, ticket
holders are treated to
recreations of Buddy’s
live performances,
including his last concert
alongside The Big Bopper
and Ritchie Valens. Each
actor demonstrates his
best showmanship. Some
wave their guitars wildly; others prance across
the stage or even stand
on their instruments.
Todd Meredith fully embraces his role as Buddy
Holly. Meredith’s admiration for Holly’s music
lasts long after the show
is over – he and fellow
cast mate, Anthony Rand
(who portrays bassist Joe
B. Mauldin), record songs
written and inspired by
Buddy Holly together as
Not Fade Away. MerePHOTO COURTESY OF TIM TRUMBLE
dith’s voice may struggle
Actor Todd Meredith reprises his role as the legendary Buddy Holly at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in
to match Buddy’s disMesa.
tinctive vocal style, but
his performance as both
an actor and musician
who just wants something to do in
tickets are $45. Tickets can be pur(he also play’s Buddy’s guitar parts) is
east Mesa this summer, Buddy and any
chased at www.broadwaypalmwest.
pitch perfect.
other of the shows at the Broadway
com. To hear music from Not Fade
The Buddy Holly Story has an apPalm are perfect choices for a night
Away, check out www.myspace.com/
peal that goes beyond an audience
out on the town. I guarantee you’ll be notfadeawayrocks.
of “theater geeks” and aging teendancing in the aisles.
age rebels from the 1950’s. Whether
Tickets for the show and the preyou’re a lover of the arts or someone
show buffet are $45 - $54. Show only
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Summer Concert Calendar
Who
Kool Shades
Crash Coordinates
Eisley, The Myriad
Fall of Troy, The Dear Hunter
The Phenomenauts, The A.K.A.’s
Mindless Self Indulgence,
The Birthday Massacre
Murder By Death, Dios Malos
Von Bondies, Die! Die! Die!
Gigantour featuring Megadeth
Dresden Dolls
The Police, Elvis Costello
Iron Maiden
The Cure
Kanye West, Rihanna
Jimmy Eat World, Minus The Bear
When
May 16, 6:00 p.m.
May 16, 7 p.m.
May 18, 7 p.m.
May 19, 7 p.m.
May 20, 7 p.m.
May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where
Club Congress, Tucson
The One Place, Phoenix
The Brickhouse, Phoenix
The Clubhouse, Tempe
The Brickhouse, Phoenix
Marquee Theatre, Tempe
May 21, 7 p.m.
The Clubhouse, Tempe
May 21, 8 p.m.
Club Congress, Tucson
May 22, 4:30 p.m. Mesa Amphitheatre,
Mesa
May 23, 6:30 p.m. Marquee Theatre, Tempe
May 24, 8:00 p.m. Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix
May 26, 7:30 p.m. Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix
June 4, 7:00 p.m. Dodge Theatre, Phoenix
June 8, 7:00 p.m. Jobing.com Arena,
Glendale
June 18, 7:30 p.m. Dodge Theatre, Phoenix
The Reel Reviews
How Much
$5
$10
$15 @ the door
$12 @ the door
$10
$25 @ the door
$12 @ the door
$8
$36 - $275
$22 @ the door
$40 - $225
$20 - $75
$37 - $57
$39.85 - $79.85
$29 - $32
by Eric Stoss
21 (10/10)
21 is one of the best movies in quite a while. Without a doubt, this movie is worth seeing. The
movie is about an MIT student, Ben Campbell (Jim Strugess), who ends up counting cards in Las
Vegas as a part of his professor, Micky Rosa’s (Kevin Spacey), “business.” This film has everything
one could want: comedy, suspense, action, drama and romance. We see as Ben changes from a shy
enigma to a confident young genius with the ability to turn gambling into a profitable business.
Each character in 21 seems to grow as well: we see the professor turn darker; we see a fun loving
guy turn serious, we see jealousy of one character turn into hate, and we see one character turn
from powerful villain into a mysterious, neutral, self-involved man. The actors and actresses give
life to their roles and perform them as if they were playing themselves. By the end, you are left
wanting one of two things, more or the ability to go count cards. This movie is completely worth
the $7 to see it.
Superhero Movie (8/10)
Sometimes movies are hilarious simply because being stupid for the sake of being stupid is funny.
As with most movies with the title ending in “Movie,” such as Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2 or Epic
Movie; Superhero Movie is completely stupid. These movies take scenes from many films in the
genre and poke fun at them. This point is one downfall of Superhero Movie, because it only takes
from about three noticeable movies. Otherwise the movie, for the most part, is a complete rip
off of Spiderman. As would be expected from such a movie, we see no growth in the characters,
but then again the movie is meant to completely lack any seriousness. Superhero Movie does not
let down, though, when it comes to the comedy. By the end of the movie, you get a good laugh
and go home with a pretty big smile. I recommend this movie for those that like to laugh and
who believe that stupid for the sake of stupid is funny.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF YAHOO! MOVIES
Sports
Boys volleyball
Serves up points
Danielle Carpenter, captain
of our Red Mountain varsity
cheer team, has achieved
the honor of being named Varsity.com’s cheerleader of the
month for April.
PHOTO BY PORTRAIST BY REG
Junior Benjamin Dockter spikes the volleyball.
tently and have improved. I’m excited about
the future. We’ve got everybody but Logan
coming back. We’re gonna miss him a lot. I
think we’re building a program going in the
right direction.”
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Cheerleader
of the month
By Sam Whitaker
Staff Writer
By Valerie Nunez
Editor
This year, Red Mountain’s boys volleyball
team has experienced nothing but the sweet
taste of success. The team was off to a good
start and only improved as the season continued on.
“We finished 13-4 and won the conference
championship,” said Coach Peebles, the boys
volleyball coach. “We will qualify for state as
either the seventh or eighth seat, depending on
the results of some upcoming matches.”
With an immense amount of skill and an
ever-improving team, varsity boys volleyball
was able to achieve their goal of making it to
state.
“We have a possibility of going deep in the
tournament. I think we’ve got a good solid
group,” said Coach Peebles. “If we play well
together, like we have been in the last few
weeks, we can do well in the tournament.”
The team consists primarily of underclassmen, with just one senior, Logan Platchek.
With a senior and three juniors, all who have
been with the team since they were freshmen,
the team has had the opportunity to thrive.
“We’ve kind of built the program around
those guys and developed into a really strong
team,” said Coach Peebles. “Throughout the
season, we’ve played well off and on. As
we’ve progressed, we’ve played more consis-
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The Roar: What did you
have to do to earn the honor
of being named Varsity.com’s
cheerleader of the month for
April?
Carpenter: I had to be a
team leader, and I was captain
of my team this year. I really
had to live up to those expectations and be the best that I
can be. My coach saw that in
me. She gave me the application to fill out, and we sent it
in to Varsity .com.
The Roar: What was your
reaction when you found out
that you won this award?
Carpenter: I was really
excited. I couldn’t believe
that I won because there are
so many applicants. It’s na-
tional, so it was all throughout
the United States.
cheering at the ball games and
being a positive role model.
The Roar: What kind of
prize did you win?
Carpenter: There was a
prize packet with Propel
water, Secret and Cover Girl
stuff.
The Roar: Is there anything
else you’d like to add?
Carpenter: I’m very
thankful for being a varsity
cheerleader for three years,
being captain and supporting
my squad, my school and my
coach.
The Roar: Being captain of
your cheer team, do you feel
that you’re a natural-born
leader? Or was it something
you had to strive for?
Carpenter: A little of both. I
felt like I had to strive to accomplish it because I’m kind
of shy, and this helped me get
out there.
The Roar: What kind of
cheerleading experience do
you have?
Carpenter: I cheered at
Fremont for a year, and I’ll
be cheering for three years at
Red Mountain on varsity.
The Roar: What kind of effect do you think cheerleading
will have on your future?
Carpenter: It taught me to
be more confident, a leader,
and to accomplish what I
want in life.
The Roar: What made you
want to be a cheerleader?
Carpenter: I love getting
out in front of crowds and
PHOTO BY SAM WHITAKER
Junior Danielle Carpenter was
named April’s cheerleader of
the month by Varsity.com.
Baseball takes a swing
at our questions
By Sarah Allmandinger
Staff Writer
Spring is upon us, and Red Mountain’s baseball team has been slamming the competition with a 14-4
record. The Roar sat down with a
couple of Red Mountain’s top baseball
players to discuss their season so far.
Seniors Jim Sanchez (center fielder)
and Dean Espy (short stop), shed light
on the past season.
The Roar: How does this year differ
from last?
Espy: “We have a lot of seniors and
returnees we’ve all played together
for a while now so it’s just like
another year for us. We’ve molded
together and bonded well.”
The Roar: What do you like better
about this year?
Sanchez: “Everyone knows each
other better and everyone had more
faith in each other so we worked better as a team.”
Espy: “It’s our senior year. It’s our
last chance, and we are fighting for
a championship. It’s fun to be with
these guys for the last time.”
The Roar: What qualities do some of
the players bring to the table?
Sanchez: “Everybody is cool with
each other and likes each other
whether they are a sophomore or
junior. Most of our players played
football at the beginning of the year,
so everyone knows each other pretty
well.”
Espy: “We got a bunch of athletes,
football players, golfers, basketball
players, so it’s a good combination of
athletes.”
The Roar: How strong is the team
this year?
Sanchez: “The team is very strong.
Most of our starting line up is returning players from last season. We did
well last year, so this year we are
doing even better.”
The Roar: How has the team evolved
and/or improved from last year?
Sanchez: “Everyone has taken on
bigger and better rolls. Instead of
not being expected to step-up during
tough situations last year and this
year, they’ve stepped-up.”
The Roar: What are the goals for this
season?
Sanchez: “To go to state championship and win.”
The Roar: Who is the biggest competition?
Sanchez: “We are our biggest competition. We could play against anyone,
but when we beat ourselves like mak-
PHOTO BY PORTRAITS BY REG
Senior Dean Espy prepares to return the ball from the infield.
ing errors, that’s what our competition is.”
The Roar: What is your biggest challenge this year?
Espy: “Not letting the success get to
us. When you’re doing well it’s easy
to get a big head and it’s also easy to
get knocked off that top spot.”
The team didn’t let those wins
give them a big head. They kept
their poise, maturity and were able
stay down to earth. They made it
into the state playoffs ranked number two in the state until they were
defeated by Highland with the score
of 8-4.
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Sports
Coaches wrap-up
Coach Grantham
Junior Varsity Football
Coach Hamilton
Girls Softball
“We had a good season. We finished six and three. Our
goal for junior varsity was to get ready for varsity and we
accomplished that.”
“We just won our first play-off game, 9-0 against North
Canyon. After the season is over, most of the girls will
play on club teams to keep their skill levels up and to
keep them in shape.”
Coach Faccio
Varsity Baseball
Coach Jones
Football
“We have done very well this season. We are ranked
one or two in Power Ranking. Right now we are focusing
on winning the playoffs.”
“Even though we didn’t get to play in the state championship, the football team did great. The guys on the
team made this season awesome. Spring training for next
year started on May 5 and with hard work, next year’s
team should be very good.”
Coach Ross
Boys Golf
Coach Appel
Girls Basketball
“We had a very young team, but we did very well.
We finished seventh in state and first in the East Valley
Regions. Next year we should be just as good.”
“We had to replace the whole team from last year
but we did really well. We made it to the state playoffs
and we did better than other teams thought we would.
The girls are doing summer camp, open gyms and summer
leagues, and we are taking a group of girls to Washington
to compete in a tournament.”
Coach Fajardo
Girls Dive
Coach Graves
Boys Tennis
“The season went very well. A lot of the divers qualified for State, and that’s not easy.”
“Our season was very good. We won east valley region
for the sixth year in a row, and made it to state quarterfinals. Our record at the end of the season was 13 wins
and three loses.”
Coach Pagel
Junior Varsity Baseball
Coach Sessions
Boys Basketball
“The junior varsity baseball team had a fine season,
especially since we won our last eight games by a combined score of 80 to 10. We saw an immense amount of
improvement. The team had a great attitude. We have
high hopes for the future of Red Mountain baseball. Many
of the players will be playing summer and fall baseball as
well as lifting in order to get stronger.”
“We had a really good season. We made it into the
state tournament, and a lot of the boys had individual
sucess.”
Coach DiDomenico
Wrestling
Coach Teatro
Girls Track
“We peaked perfectly as planned. We were 5A State
Runner-up and Dual Meet Semi-finalists. We implemented
a power lifting program, increased our technique package
vastly by utilizing sixth period and club twice a week, as
well as summer camp and providing a multitude of competition opportunities.”
“Cross country was very successful, the team did a
great job producing two all region athletes and finishing
in the top ten at state. We are going to region. At this
point in time, we are taking the most girls ever to region.
In the past years, we've taken about 22-24 girls and this
season we have 34 going.”
Coach Gillen
Badminton
Coach Rushing
Girls Golf
“The Badminton team made Red Mountain history by
winning back to back championships. Our record was 7-0.
The girls have been lifting and conditioning all semester.
We are in the gym hitting already and will continue in
the summer. We are going to start the season strong and
competitive.”
“The girls did really good this year. We won city and
regionals. We finished 3rd in state.”
Coach Graves
Girls Tennis
Coach Thomas
Boys Track
“We had a great year, went 13-3 overall and won our
sixth region championship in a row. We got very close
to advancing to state finals this year and it honestly was
very disappointing and very hard to take that we were
not there in the end. But, we know what we have to do
and it is definitely hard work. I believe we can do it; our
main goal is always to win state title. Next year we will
have a brand new tennis facility to play on so I believe
that we help us tremendously.”
“The boys have had a standout season this year, taking home trophies at the Queen Creek Invite and Basha
Relays. We also have won four out of five dual meets.
We are looking to show strong at region and secure a solid
second place. We have the ability to score big points at
state in a few areas and should score the most points at
the region meet that the boys team ever has.”
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