All Things New

The new media center is projected to open after Fall Break, according to new librarian Angie Cox.

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Central room of the library under construction

“We’re in the process of getting furniture delivered; obviously we have to get the books and computers set up, but we are getting very close,” Cox said.

Cox envisions a completely different set-up for the media center to go along with its new look.

“A quiet library makes me sleepy,” Cox said.  “I want kids to feel welcome to come in here and collaborate with their classmates.”

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Angie Cox and Adam Robinson welcome students to the new media center at the circulation desk

The media center will allow students to connect their Ipad screens to a TV monitor, similar to what a teacher can do with their classroom multi-media system.

“When you go to college, [the library] is a very different place,”. Audio-Visual Coordinator Adam Robinson said. “This environment reminds me more of a college library.”

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Construction on the café is almost complete

The media center is directly connected to a café, which will be run by food services.  It is set to open at the end of September.

“[The café] will be serving muffins, coffee, pastries, and possibly smoothies,” Robinson said.  “It will be open from seven to two every day.”

Because the cafe is run by the cafeteria staff, students can use their ID to purchase goods.

“The new media center and cafe will be set up for comfortable studying,” Cox said.

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The snack bar will have bar stools for students who want to grab a snack before class

 

If you’re disappointed by the fact that there will no longer be construction in the media center, not to worry.  There’s still a beautiful view of dirt and heavy duty equipment outside of the Vandermeer Gym.

Can’t Stop the Jorts

*Due to the graphic nature of this topic, viewer discretion is advised.*

The Friday before ‘Senior Week’ is better known by its thigh squeezing, quad exposing, infamous counterpart- Jorts Day.

Even the name makes the most seasoned teachers cringe, striking fear into the hearts of those who dare to venture the halls on this day.

“I can’t un-see what I see on Jorts Day,” English teacher Casey Tedrow said.

Participating boys descend upon the Hall of Excellence like a pack of wolves. The potency of their jean shorts is concentrated by traveling together.  Their goal?  Maximum eye damage.

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Eli Baker, Will Boston, and Connor Noble sport their jorts (2015)

If you spot a native jorts wearer, remain calm.  They sense fear and will prey on your disgust.

Like any hot-button topic, Jorts inspires multitudes of feelings.

“[Jorts Day] is like Vanilla Ice, a stain on American Culture,”  History teacher John Frank said.

A few senior boys would counter, arguing that Jorts are a pillar of American virtue.

“Jorts are the beautiful backbone of this country,” senior Bailey Barrett said.

To the senior boys, Jorts Day is the inaugural event in the celebration of high school graduation.

“Jorts bring out the beauty within us all,” senior Hunter Dotson said.

The day is continually celebrated by chants during passing periods and a massive gathering of all Jort-wearers in the Hall of Excellence at the 2:50 bell.

“Denim: it brings people together usually but when coupled with too much thigh exposure it drives us apart,”  Spanish teacher Adam Gaff said.

Prepare yourself Center Grove, the Jort-pocalypse is upon us.

 

Update 5/13/2016: Jorts Day 2016

Pictures by: Chloe Tyson

Dance Champions Take the Stage at Worlds

Photos provided by Tiffany’s Cheer and Dance Champions

Compiled by Paxton Welton

Tips for the 2016 Blood Drive

By: Lacey Siderewicz

InterACT is sponsoring a Blood Drive on March 10 and 11. For many, giving blood is not easy, especially if they are donating the standard one pint.  People are prone to getting sick or feeling faint when they give  blood. However, there are ways to prevent this.

“Just drink a lot of water before and eat healthy stuff the day before you donate,” junior Daniel Root said. “It’ll help you not feel as sick during and after you give blood.”

It is recommended that students increase their water intake in the 24 hours leading up to a donation.  The extra fluid helps the veins become more prominent and easier to tap (meaning students won’t have to get stuck by the needle multiple times).  

  For many students, the decision to give blood is difficult because while they want to help, they also have a fear of some part of the process.

“I recommend that you do not watch when they are taking the blood,” senior Alicia Otto said.  “It’ll make you sick and feel worse if you just sit there and watch it, especially if blood scares you.”

During the process, it is important to consciously remain relaxed.  This will keep muscles from tensing up.

            “During donation, my nurse told me to alternate flexing each of my quad muscles because my arm was losing too much blood,” junior Bailee Leathers said.  “I was definitely heading toward passing out, so that tip was a big help.”

Reading a book or talking to the other donors can also help keep the donor distracted.

“I recommend listening to music while you’re giving blood so that it keeps your mind focused on something else and helps you stay calm.” junior Haley Miller said.

After donating, it is crucial to eat and drink as soon as possible.  Eating after will help to replenish the body and to get sugar levels back up to normal.

“Make sure you eat and drink right after you’re done,” junior Blake Jarosinski said. “Drinking water and eating some cookies or snack foods as soon as you get done is important.”

Drinking water, eating healthy before, keeping calm and refueling after are all ways to help students feel better while giving blood. Donating blood is not for everyone, but those who are bodily able can be encouraged by these tips.

 

To participate, students must fit all requirements:

-Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)

-Weigh at least 110 pounds

-Be in good general health

 

If you are an athlete, it’s recommended that you do not practice the night after donating.  

 

If you are able, sign up to help this great cause during lunch this week.

10 Hidden Hollywood Classics

By Bailee Leathers and Keaton Clark

Butter up the popcorn kids, here are 10 of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. These quotable, heartfelt films will keep you on the edge of your seat or crying into the cushions of your couch.  Either way, you’ll be wondering how you lived your life without them. Whether it’s a movie marathon with the valentine this weekend, or you know, your dog and a pint of ice cream, there’s something for everyone.  Check out our list to discover a new (to you) favorite.

  1. Kicking and Screaming (2005)

Phil Weston’s (Will Ferrell) life has constantly been overshadowed by his father, Buck Weston.  When the opportunity arises to “stick it to his Old Man”, with the help of (cameo) Mike Ditka, Phil jumps at the chance to turn a soccer team of 10-year old misfits into champions.  Phil’s competitive nature, aided by coffee and a deep-seated desire to beat his dad, launches his team into a roller-coaster of quotable shenanigans.  (PG)

  1. Heavyweights (1995)

Gerald Garner’s (Aaron Schwartz) summer plans are foiled when his parents force him to attend Camp Hope, a weight loss camp. At first the summer promises great fun (with very little weight loss) until the camp is taken over by fitness-dictator Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller).  Join Gerry and his friends as they rebel against their twinky-hating oppressors.(PG)

  1. Never Back Down (2008)

After Jake Tyler (Sean Faris)  is forced by his mom to move to Orlando, Florida, he is angry and refuses to adapt to his new school. When he falls for it-girl (Amber Heard), she invites him to a big party, where he is beaten up by her boyfriend Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet). The trend in Orlando is mixed martial arts, and this is very foreign to Jake. With Jake’s built up anger and determination he trains to face Ryan again. (PG-13)

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Popular-girl turned misfit Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is the exact opposite of her fun-loving, sundress-wearing little sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik).  The only similarity? Neither of them are allowed to date, or at least Bianca can’t date until Kat does.   Bianca’s love-struck admirer, Cameron (Joseph Gordon Levitt), must convince fearless bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to embark on the dangerous quest to win Kat’s affection.  (PG-13)

  1. Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Based on a true story, Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo Dicaprio) runs away from home at the age of 17, and is somehow able to impersonate a teacher, pilot, doctor, and lawyer before his 18th birthday. How did he do all of this? He is simply a brilliant manipulator, and a master at forging checks, perhaps the greatest and most successful. His life is going smoothly until a savvy FBI Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) catches onto Abagnale’s illegal endeavors. Abagnale must  remain on the move to escape the long arm of the law. (PG-13)

  1. Shutter Island (2010)

Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a U.S Marshal sent to investigate the disappearance of a mental patient  accused of drowning her three children in this Neo-Noir psychological thriller. He and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) travel to a distant island known as Ashecliffe Hospital, a place to rehabilitate the mentally insane. Many of these patient are violent murderers. As the investigation deepens, Teddy dives into many secrets about Ashecliffe, some he never wanted to know. Detective Daniels must confront his fear and find a way to escape the island. (R)

  1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Gilbert Grape, (Johnny Depp) a boy acting as the man of the house, supports his family with his job at the local grocery store. He cares for his mother (Darlene Cates) who is too overweight to leave the house, and his little brother Arnie (Leonardo Dicaprio) who is mentally impaired. Gilbert is often stressed and frustrated, but his emotions take a turn when he meets Becky, a new girl in town. (Juliette Lewis). (PG-13)

  1. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Cal Weaver (Steve Carrell) has everything: a great job, a beautiful house, and a lovely wife and kids. However, his life is turned upside down when he finds out that his wife, (Julianne Moore) is having an affair with another man and wants a divorce. Cal is forced to move on with his life and is depressed until he and the dashing and handsome Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) become friends. Jacob coaches Cal into getting “back in the game”. (PG-13)

  1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

    Going for her big break in the world of journalism, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) begins to research for an article about all the things women do to make men end their relationship, with herself as the subject.  The object of her case study, Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), is a womanizer with a bet that he can win over any girl in 10 dates.  Neither knows of the other’s ulterior motives as they begin their “relationship”, with hilarious antics around every corner.  (PG-13)

  1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

    Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a genius; he can solve problems that no one else in the world can, but he has hid this his entire life. He lives a simple life fooling around with his lifetime friends in Boston, including his best friend Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck). Ignoring his brilliance, he works as a janitor at MIT. After solving a nearly impossible problem on the board while he is at work, he can no longer hide his brilliance. Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Stargard) tries to help Will reach his by his full potential by understanding his mind. After Will is arrested for multiple charges, he is forced to see a therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). Will and Sean’s relationship will forever change their lives. (R)