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Volume 28 Number 1

Volume 28 Number 1

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InhisIssue
Opinions2..3
News5Features6:,
Sports9
Entertainment
10-11:
Etc.12
Twoseniorsnamedsemifinalists
Senior
Andy
YorkhasbeennamedaNationalMeritSemifi~nalist.YorkwasselectedfromapoolofaboutonemillionstudentswhotookthePSATintheirjunioryear.
Tiffany
Jacksonwasalsoselectedasasernifinat-
1stin
theNationalAchievementScholarshipprogram.Jackson.
UILacademiceventpa.rticipantswanted
Lastweek'sUILmixerforstudentswasthefirstofseveralactivitiesofferedtothoseinterestedinacademiccompetition.UILeventsincludejour-nalism,speech,one-actplay,currentissuesandevents,science,computerscience,literarycriticism,readywriting,spelling,math,andaccounting.Participantsattendanumberofpracticemeetspriortothedistrictcontest,which
will
beMar.
26-2.7
atPflugerville.
For
informationonhowtobecomeinvolved,seeUILcoordinatorandcomputerteacherJerryNorrisinRrn,
113..
BISOboardraisestaxes,hearsresults
ofdemographer's
study
In
a
unanimousvote,theBryanschoolboardap-proveda3.8~centtaxincreaseatitsSeptembermeeting.Theincreasewasnecessarytofunda$86.5millionbudgetforthe1998-99schoolyear.Theboardalsoheardinformationgatheredbyalocaldemographerconcern-ingprojectedhousingstartswithintheBryandistrict.PatGusemantoldtheboardanincrease
in
studentsthrough
2007
couldnecessitateanotherelementaryschoolandanadditionalmiddleschool.
Vol28No.1
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f:,
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....
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Bryan
HighSchool
Makeovercontinues
Schoolunderconstructionthroughfall'99tocompletenewfeatures,openotherfacilities
Janic·eCotsonis,MistyMcCann
Staffwriters.
Itistakingtonsofbricks,hundredsofhoursofmanualla-borandover30milliondollars,butBryanHighisfinallygetting
amuch-anticipated
facelift.
Gilbane
Construction
Corn-
panywillworkthroughthefallof
1999
tocompletetherenova-tionstothemainbuildingandthenewninthandtenthgrade
earn-
pus.Studentshavenoticedthenewlook,especiallythechangeofcolorstograytealandpurple,
in
thehallsandclassroomsinthemainbuilding.
"I
don'treallylikethenewti
le,I
thinkit
should
bethe
schoo
I
colors,"
junior
AndreaGreensaidAccordingtoPrincipalJoeKopec,studentswilljusthavetoadjusttothenewcolorscheme.
"The
colorswereproposedand
I
likedthem.
I
hinktheymakeforanall-over
pleasingef-
feet,"Kopecsaid.Although
the
differentcolorsareverynoticeable,thesearenottheonlychanges
in
themainbuilding.Manyteachersaresettlingintonewclassroomsthisschoolyear.Mostoftheseroomshaveexpandedspaceandnew
furni-
ture.
''It
isnicethatwecanspreadoutandbecomfortable,whereaswewerecrawling
all
overeachotherintheoldlab,"
photogra-
.phyteacherMichaelKellingsaid.Thephotolabhasexpandedprintinganddevelopingareas.Otherteachersarestillwait-ingforfurniture.District
Pur-
chasingManagerBrianBrayhasdevotedmuchtimetotryingtokeep
furn
iturede
I
iveries
onschedule."Therewasonedayweworkedfrom
7
a.m,
to
11
p.rn.
tryingtogetfurnitureordersandofferstogether,"Braysaid.Heassuresfacultythatallfurnitureforthemaincampuswillbecomingsoon.Teachersin
the
fineartsbuildingarehavinglesstroublewithgettingfurniturethantheyarewithgettingstudentstoclassontime.
"It's
hardtogettoartbe-causeofitbeingontheothersideoftheschool,"sophomoreBrianKapchinskiesaid.Ontheotherhand,therehavebeennothingbutgoodcom-mentsaboutthebandball."Otherbandswould
be
jeal-ousofthesizeandsetupofourbandhail,"banddirectorRobertTowellsaid.DannyDunnisequally
im-
pressedwiththesizeoftheband
hall,
thebeUeracoustics,andnumerouspracticerooms.Nowthatthefineartsfaeil-ityhasopened,thecompletedconstruction
and
openingofthe
ninth
andtenthgradecampusisexpectedto
follow,
i
SeeCONSTRUCTION
pg.
5
Studentsadjustingtochanges
Tocarro
Williiams
Staffw.riter
With
changecomesadjustments,somethingvirtuallyevery
stu-
denthadto
face
beginningthisyear.Theadjustmentsareviewedbysomeas.annoyances.
"The
noiseduringclassisreallyannoying....allthebangingandhammering,"saidjuniorDavidHampton.Anumberofteachershavemovedto
different
classroomswhilerenovationscontinueon
the
secondfloor.The
fine
artsteachersseemhappywiththeirnewfacilityinspiteofafewairconditioningproblemsandtheoccasionalsmellofdeadcrickets."Wesmellcricketseversooften
but
thestudentsand
1have
gottenusetothe
smelt,"
art
teacher
BobLelandsaid.The
distances
betweenbuildingshasconcernedsomestudents."Thelongwalksfromthefineartsbuildingtothefrontpartofthemain
building
ortothefrontportablesareapainand
some-
times
I
unlate,"saidjuniorBrittneyStevener.
SeeCHANGEpg.S
Artistic
expression
is
the
goa!
of(l-r)Shanel!
Morgan,
Amy
WoodersonandPaul
Kristynikin
BobLeland'sartclass.
photobySandyFarris
Concentrating
on
thecadence,JennaStephensonpracticesunderthewatchfuleyeofA&M
percussioninstructor
KevinGrubbs.
photo.bySandyFarris.
Facilitymarksneweraoffmearts
SarahSnyder
Co-editor
"[Theblackboxtheatre]hasitsfaults,butonthewholeit'sbetterthanRoom
141
[theatre
fa-
cilityoflastyear),"theatreartsstudentMelissaHorsmansaid.Themediatechteamisan-othergroupwhoseworkingspacehaschangeddramatically.Thenewareaallows
stu-
dentstosegregatethefilmingstepsbyhav-
ing
oneroomfortheset,anotherforedit-ing,andaclassroomforlectures."ThisisthefirsttimeI'vebeenabletodothis,"Tay-lorsaid."Now,weareabletoworkwithfewerinterruptions.Designingthebuildingwasdonewithfacultyinput.HeadbanddirectorRobTowell
en-
joyedthisopportunity."It'sjustbeenreallyfu
D
workingwiththearchitectsinde-signingtherooms,They'vebeendoing
a
lottomakeitworkandhavebeenreallyhelpful,"Towellsaid.Themovingprocess,
which
began
at
theendoflastyear,wasamonumentaltask.CustodialsupervisorBobLippardand
his
staffreceivedpraise
from
thoseaffectedbythemove."Theydeserve
all
thepraiseintheworldforwhattheydo,"saidchoirdirectorJohnHornbeck.Thepopulationofstudentartistsisgrowing,andaspartofthe$33millionconstructionprojectwhichbeganin1997,afineartsfacilityhasbeenestablished.Makingitsgrandopeningthisyear,thebuild-..
ing
housesseveral
lilt'sjustbeenre-
fieldsofartand
allyfunworklnq
hundredsof
stu-dents.
withthearchi-
PrincipalJoeKopecisenthusias-ticaboutthisnewaddition.
tectsindes.igningtherooms."
RobTowell
"With
these
Banddirector
wonderfulrooms,the[musicprogram]
will
beabletomovetowardsexcellence,"Kopecsaid.Otherfeaturesinthemusicroomsincludeanextended
mu-
siclibraryandchairsdesignedtoaidinposturecorrection.Amongthemostuniqueofchangesisthetheatrearts'blackboxtheatre.apitch-blackcube
which
posesasablankcanvasfor
drama
studentstocreatesets."It'sagoodteachingtoolforgettingstudentsawareofallfac-torsinvolved
in
aperformance,"theatreartsteacherCharlesHobbysaid.Studentsagreetheversatilelearningspaceisexciting,buttheydon'tlikethelimitedaudi-encespace.
 
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September28,1998
It'snotabouttheBenjamins
Absencescost
Bryan
Highmorethanjustmoney
"Alltheywantistheirmoney,"astudentremarksinrespecttothestepsBISDadministrationhastakentokeepstudentinschool.Thisispartiallytrue.Yes,theywantthemoney,buttheywantittobettereducatethestudents.They'renottakingitandgoingtotheBahamas.Onemajorreasonthatwe'reencouragingstudentstocometoschool...thatnowthatwe'vefinallygottenourTAASscoresup,ourattendanceisholdingusback.Weareonlyconsidered"accept-able"insteadof"recognized"mostlyduetoourattendancelevel.Backtothestudents.Eachtimeastudentmissesclassto"chill"orwhathaveyou,BryanHighlosesmoney.Now,whywouldtheaverageBryanHighstudentcaretoknowthis?It'snotgoingintothestudents'pocket.right?Thisarticlewas
typed
onacomputerpaidforbythedistrict.EverythingfromthegroovynewbelltonestoyourtextbookscomefromMomandDad'spocket,throughtaxes,whichcaneventuallyaffectthesizeofyourpocket.
TheNorseman
editorialboardencouragesallstudentsnottoleave
"thy
portals"untilthetimeisnecessary.Andifyou'rereadingthis,youprobablyaredoingthisalready.Nowit'stimetoapplypressuretoyour
buddies-get
themheretosufferwithyou!Whyshouldtheygettostayhomewhentheycouldbehereinclasswithyou?Nobodysaidschoolhadtobe
fun
ordesirable,andifithappenstobeforthemajorityofourstudents,thengoodforthem.Thatdoesn'texcusetherestofthestudentswhojustcan'tquitestandthedura-tionoffiveentireclassperiodsaday,whopoutitoutoftenanddecidetostayhomeorleaveperiodicallythrougbouttheday.Growup.Getalife.Andstopcostingusmoney.
NorsemanEditorilllBoard
Friendsendsupport
intfmes
of
trouble
It
wasjustsup-posedtobeanothercheckupwiththder-matologist,butbythetime
I
eftmylifehadbeguntochange.Duringmylastvisitto
Dr.
JamesChilds
I
asked
him
tolookatafewratherweirdmolesfiguringhewouldsaysomethingalongthelinesof"Theyarenobigdeal,butwecangetridofthem
if
youwantto."Nope!Wrong!Donotpassgo,do
notcollect2001
Hetookonelonglookandsaidthattheyhadtocomeoff
and
hemeantnowl
1
cau
justimag-inethelookofhorrorthatcrossedmyfacebecausehegavemeoneofthoereassuringsmilesandsaidhejustwantedtocheck
them
formelanoma,
a
typeofskincancer.Ohthat'snot
0
bad.Mygrandfatherhasskincancerandallhehas
to
doisgethisskin
Clintonsexscandal
Givethepresidentabreak
Beingthepresidentofthe
U
nitedStatesofAmericameansmorethanbalancingthebudgetanddealingwithforeignaffairs.Thetitleal
0
carrieswithitatrustworthyconnotationfilledwith
DebbiePerez
Co-editor
ethicalexpectations.
J-I
istorybasproven,however,thatnooneisperfect;andlet'sfaceit,eventhePresi-dentmakemistakes.Preidentlintonhasdeceivedthenation,andmostpeople
condemnhim,
Thesimplefactthathehadan"affair"defineshimasanimmoralperson,right?Heliedtotbecountryabouthis
personal
affairandthenationisreadyforhisres-ignationorimpeachment.Wbywasn'tthenation'sreponseasabruptastoday'swhenpastpresi-dentsliedtothecountryaboutissueconcerningev-eryone.RememberLyndonB.JohnsonandhisVietnamcover-up?OrevenReaganandhisconnectionwithIran-Contra?Andofcourse
AslongasI
can
still
claim
mysocialsecu-
rity
when
I
re-tire,
Ireally
don'tcarewhathedoes.
therewaalsoWatergate.Theseisuesrelatetothenation,whichmakethemevenworseinasense.Dealwithit.Presi-dentshaveliedbeforeaboutmoreimpor-tantissues.Truethatdoesn'texcuseClinton
JaniceCotsonis
Staffwriter
testedeverysooften.Whatarelief!Guesswhat,
I
waswrongagain.
I
printedsomeinformationonskincancerofftheInternetthenextnight.Melanoma,atitsworst,canbefatal.
I
wasers,andcards,andami
11
ionphonecalls.Finally,
1
gotgoodnew
!
Therewerenoirregularcells.
I
mperfectlyhealthy.Mybigcancertraumaturnedouttobenobigdealthistime,butwhatifithadn't?
I
wouldhavemadeit.
I
havewaytoomuchsupportfromthepeoplewholovemetoletmyelfbebroughtdown,evenbysome-thingasbigascancer.Sohere
i
mystunned!
1
loggedoffinaha
I
fdaze.Whatdo
I
donow?Callmyfriends,that'swhat.Myfriendswereamazing!Allofthemknowthat
I
aveatendencytoex-aggerateand
are
for."
lowthingswayoutofpropor-tion,butnot
a
singleoneofthemblewmeormyconcernsoff.
On
Friday,August
21
Thadthethreeworstmolesremoved.Foraweek
I
waitedforthelab
results
tocomeback.
I
otflow-point:supportyourfriends.Gototheirvolleyballgamecalltbemupwhentheyhavetbe
flu,
ortreatthemtoicecreamaf-tertheircrushoftheweekhasgiventhemthehaft.Betherefortbemno
matter
howtrivialorridiculoustheirproblemsseem.Besides
as
Mamaalwayssaid,that'swhatfriendsarefor.
"Mamaalwaysthat'said,whatfriends
causesco~ro~rsy
Clintoncheatshiscountry
Liar.Cheater.Hewascaughtcheat-ingonhiwife.
It
soundslikthetopicofaJerrySpringerShow.No,it'sactu-allythehottopicofthenewspapers.
It
hasbeengoingonsince
1992.
Thecharactersare,ouroneandonlypresident,BillClinton,andhis
mistre,
MonicaLewinsky.Thenewspapershavebroadenedourhorizonsanddefinitelytaughtuswhatourtextbooksandteachersdonotteach
u
aboutBillClintonin
school.
Foranolderman,BillClintonhasbeenengaginginanawfullotofhanky-panky
in
theWhiteHouse.Butthestoriesarehardlythestufffound
in
romancenov-els.NotonlyisClintonthefirstpresident
to
testifyinfrontofagrandjurybutalsothefirstin42presidentstogetcaughthav-inganaffairduringhispresidency.Whatstartedwhilehewasstillgov-ernorofArkansas,endedduringhispresi-dency,nearlysixyearslater.If
OUf
economycrasheslintonistoblame.
And
ifrevelationscomeupagainafterthoserevealedonAugut
17,
1998,heiscooking.MostofAmericaagreesthatClintonnolongerdeserveshispreidency.Ac-cordingtoFoxFiles
53
ercentofAmeri-
from
lying,butitshouldn'tkeephimfromdoingthejobthatweelected
him
todotwice.Whenwevoteforapresident,wechoosesomeonewhowillbenefitthenation.Theyarepeoplejustlikeus,de-rivedfromasocietywhoseprincipalshavealteredoverthepastdecades.Wearesoconcernedwithwhatothercountries
think
abouttheUnitedStates.Asasociety,wearetoblamefortheirnegativeattitudes.Wehaveenforcedtheideathataffairsoccuroftenandaresometimeseitherex-pectedoraccepted.Whenwegetolderandstartsearchingfora
family]
doctororlawyer,wearenotgoingtoaskhimabouthissexlife.Morethanlikely,
it
wi
II
notconcerneveryone.Wbyshouldit,thenbeanis-sue
with
PresidentClinton?WhateverthePresidentdecidestodowithhispersonallifeis
his
business.Aslongas[canstillclaimmysocialse-curitywhen
I
retire,[reallydon'tcarewhatbedoe.Co-editors
Debbie
Perez;
SarahS"yder
Assistgnteditors
AngelaMorse,WillWise
Staffwrit,ers
CarolAndrews,
Li..Carr,JaniceCotsonis,Sarah
Davidson,
Takeittia
Gooden,
Leif
Keyser,
Misty
McCan
II,
EvaRay,ChaunteWhite,TocarroWillimns
Adviser
SalldyFarris
TheNorsemanisapublicationoftheBryanHighSchoolJournalismDepartment,3401E.29lh,Bryan,TX77802.(409)731-7400.MemberUIL-rLPCcans
donotthink
he
learned
hislesson.
65
percentdonotbelievebetoldthewholetruth.And
65
percentalsobe-lievethathewasson')'forgettingcaughtnotsorryforwhathedid.Heis
a
sorry
ex-
cuseforapresidentanddefinitelyasorryexcuseforahusband.Heisahypocritewhosuffersfromalackof
horne
training.Hehasnorespectforthepeoplehelove,ourcountryorhimself.He'soutgettingbusywithotherwomen,insteadofbeingbusywitbtheaffairsofourcountry.owweasacoun-tryarebusygettinglaughedatandtalkedaboutbyotherworldleaders.Our
country
issupposedtobe
run
byastrongman,notoneweakenoughtoen-gageinanaffairasamarriedman.Thatonlyreflectsonusasacountry,whichmakesoursocietylookweak.Moralityisalsoabigissuein
this
sexscandal.Ifhedoesn'thaveenoughmor-alstotayfaithfulandcommittedtohiswife,someonewhomheissupposedtolove,whywouldheremainfaithfultoourcountry?We'restrangersto
him...
agroupofpeoplehedoesn'tknowfromAdamorEve.Clinton
i
supposedtobearolemode
I,
amentor.Andpeoplewonderwhyour
society
hassuchadepletionofmo-rality.Well,lookwhowehavetolookupEva
Ray
Staffwriter
to!
Letterstotheeditorarewelcome.LettersmustbesignedanddeliveredtoRm.172orplacedintheadviser'sbox
in
tbemainoffice.TheNorsemanreservetherighttoeditorcondenselettersaspacepermits.Materialwhichcould
beconsideredobsceneorlibelouswillnotbeconsidred
forprint.TheNorsemandoesnotguaranteepublicationuponsubmis-
sion.
 
September28,1998
Where'sthelimit?
Americansblurthelineofmorality
ouSaid
It!
Youcanfindone------drawnclearlydownthecenterofahillsidehigh-way.AnydrivercantellyouthatifyoucrossthelineanddriveontheothersideyouwillputyourLifeindanger.Weknow
it,
weliveit.It's
Scienceteacher
partofoureverydayac-tions.Stayontherightside
0
f
the
I
neandyou'llbesafe.Thelineneverspeakstoyouasyoudrive.
It
doesn'tbegorpleadwith
you
tostayon
theafe
side.Beingrichdoesn'tmoveit.Be-ingdesperatedoesntmoveit.
lt's
justthere.Awarning,are-minderofthedangersthatliejustfeetaway.There'sanotherlinethat'muchmoreelusiveandjustasdangerous.Weseemtobe
hav-
ingamuchhardertimefinding
thisLine....
thelinebetweenwhat
is
rightandwhatiswrong.
Canyouseetbeline?It'stbere.Americanhavebeenknownforhavingstandardsofintegrityandmorality.However,youmayhavetolookreallyhardtofinditbecausethelinehasbecomesmudgedandwornfrombeingcrossedsomanytimes.
Cornpro-
mised.Di.sre-garded.Movedbydesperation,greed,andseJf-centeredness.Stretchedto
fit
thecircumstances.Forexample,weknow
it
iswrongtoliedon'twe?Of
T
helatesttrendinHollywoodmoviessuchasSixdaysandSevenNightsandHowStellaGotHerGrooveBackhavepromotedtheideathatextremeagedifferencesinrela-tionshipsareacceptable.
thatjustshouldn'thappen?Alinethatshouldn'tbecrossed?YouhavetowonderatourstandardsasJerrySpringerandotherslikehimbroadcastAmerica'smostweirdandmostpervertedonnationaltelevision."It'smyright,"
"1
candowhat-ever
I
want,"wetellourselvesaswecrossthelineandpulloutintooncomingtrafficdaringtheap-proachingcars.Haveyoudrawnyourline?Haveyouformedasetofstan-dardsforyourself?IfAmericansaregoingtoremainstrongandrespected,wemusteachclearlydrawtheLinebetweenrightandwrong.Forexample,canyousay
unconditionally
"No
it
isnotokaytosteal,"
"It
isnotokaytolie"
"It
isnotokaytocheatorflauntperversions?"Ordoyouhavetosquintandstrainjusttoseeyourownline?Lifewillbe
full
ofquetionablesituationssoyoumaywanttocheckthe"driver'smanual"formoreinfor-mation.Youcanavoidthetraumaandanxietyoftheconsequencesofalifelivedonthewrongside.Findyourcenterline!!!!
Howdoyoufeelaboutagedifferences
ia
highschoolrelationships?
"It'snotabout.thenumberofdays
that
youlive,it'saboutthenumberofdaysyoudedicatetotherelationship."
MalcolmManley,
12
"Agedoesn'tmatter
as
long
as
theyareoldenoughandmatureenoughtomaketheirowndecisions."
TranikaMontgomery,
9
courseitis!
But,
weare
no
longersurprisedorevenshockedwhenwehearthatsomeonewerespectorlookuptobasliedforself-gain."Justthisonce,"«Noonewillknow,"and"Wewon'tgetcaught,"wethinktoourselvesasweignorethelineandswerveintotheotherlane.Notforlong,justlongenoughtopasstheotherguy.Whataboutstealing?Weknowit'swrongtosteal,don'twe?Surewedo!But,theftisthefastestgrowingcrime
in
ourcityandcountry."Imightgetawaywith
it,"
"Theywon'tmissthis,""Jneedthismorethantheydo"wethinktoourselvesaswecrossthecenterstripeeventhougha
"It
wouldn'(
mailer
if
theywereolder,butiftheywereyounger
I
wouJdfeellikeIwasdatingmylittlesister."
BryanPalmer,
10
"I
thinkthat
it
is
O,K.
for
high
schoolkidstodateeachother,butanyoneolderthanthat,no."
JaimeMontoya,
10
..I
wouldlovetohave
an
olderwoman
if
shehad'paper'andcouldtakecare
0
f
me."
NathanAllen,
11
"It'
bettertodatesomeoneolderthanyounger,butoverthreeyearsisalittle
1
much"
Brittany
Young,
11
cariscorning.Whataboutourmoralinteg-rity?Aren'ttheresomethings
Thegameofnuclearholocaust;everyonegrabyourbomb
xchangestudentexperiencesanotherculture
I
toodbesidethetrafficlightacro
s
from
BH
,nervouslywait-ingforittotumWALK;3min-uteslater,
T
realizedthat
I
badnotpushedthebuttonyet.Afteranotherthreeminutes,itstillhadnotallowedmetocrossthetreet.Thatcausedmetowalkangrilytothenextlight,where
I
succeededinswitchingthelightto
WALK.
But
I,
beingusedtoadifferentsystem,wasquitesurprisedthattheWALKphasewasmuchtooshorttocross.AndtheblinkingDON'TWALKsignob-viouslytoldmenottogo.Eventuallyalightcameoninmymind,andthenexttimethelightwasWALK,Icrossedthestreetsafely.Orwhataboutthis:
I
riedtoopenacanoffrozenorangejuiceconcentratewithacanopener,untilmy"mother"calledmyattentiontothewhiteplasticzipperenablingmetoopeniteasily(whichIhadoverlooked).My"mother"isnotmyrealmum,andtheotherfamilymembersdon'tbelongtomyrealfamilyeither.Theyareoneofhun-dredoffarnilieallovertheU.S.,whofortunatelyallowforeignexchangestu-dentstoshareoneyearoftheirfamilylifewiththem.
I
mentionthoselittlemishapstodemonstratehowdifferenttwoculturescanbe,andwhatthesedifferencesre-sultin.MyculturemademeaGermanbystampingitsvaluesonme.AndallGer-manstogethermaketheGer-manculture.
It
isthelittlethingsthatmakethedifferencesinthewayoflife,anditisdifficulttosummarizeallthenewimpressionsandexperiences;muchislargerandmorespreadoutthaninGer-many-everythingisdiffer
nt,
Asanexample,schedulesinmyGer-manschoolareonaweeklybasis,likethecolJegeshere,andwedon'thaveasmanycoursechoiceseither.Wedohavedifferentschoolswherestudentswithdifferentprofessionalaimsareseparatedtoprovidethefittingedu-cation.Theregularschooltimethatiscollegepreparatoryis12yearsasopposedtofour.AmIimplyingthatGermanyhasmoreculturethantheUnitedStates?No,itisjustthatGermanyhashadalongerhistorytodevelopitsculture.Thereisnorightandnowrongculture-therearejust
differences-end
tounderstandthisisim-portant.resortingtothis
type
ofviolence.Attheratethattechnol-ogyistakingusinthewarfaredirection,we'llhavethepowertoplayGodanddestroytheuni-versewhenit'sdeemedneces-
sary.
SomeoneouttherehasalreadydecidedtoplayGod,andholdthefateofpeople'slivesinhisownhands.He
has
alsodecidedthattheoldsaying"Twowrongsdon'tmakearight"doesn'tapplytocivilizationstoday.[fyouhaven'tfigureditoutI'mre-ferringtotheKenyaandTanzaniabomb-ingsandtheactsofretaliationthattheUnitedStateshastaken.OfcourseI'mnotencouragingtheterrorismthattheU.S.embassieshavebeenreceiving,but
J
feelasthoughourgovernmenthasputthewholeworldinjeopardybybombingpeopJewithobvi-ouspsychoticissues.Itwouldbenaivenot
to
noticewhatisgoingon.Also,youcan'tdenythefactthatathirdworldwariswellprobable,Thenuclearage
is
here,andweallshouldliveinfearbecauseifone
mad
ter-roristseeksrevenge,thereisnodoubthewillgetit,evenattheriskoflosinghiscountryandhisownlife.It'sadark,coldnight.Everyoneistuckedtightawayintheirbeds.Aflashoflightappearsfromnowhereandfillstheskywiththeamountoflightofasunnydayatnoon.Childrenspringoutofbedwithoverwhelm-ingcuriosity.Parentsflyoutofbed,withinstinctalonetellingthemtogototheirchildren.Theywon'thavetothinktwiceaboutwhatistakingplaceoutside.Surelyit'snotanactofGod.AndbeforelittleSusiecandrawbackherpinkcurtains,Mommasnatchesherandcarrieshertothesafestplacepossible.Susiewonderswhyhermotheriscrying,notknowingthattimewillnotallowanexplanation.Sonowtheworldthattookanin-comprehensibletimetocreateisde-stroyedattheblinkofaneye.Thelivesofbillionsofinnocentpeoplewereter-minated,and
nobody's
evenlefttocare.Andthedeadbodiesaresotorchedthatthereisnoevidenceofthecarnagethatlayshiddenbeneaththeashes.Isthisthewayexistencewillend?ItseemsasthoughnocivilizationonEarth
can
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Quantitydoesn'tequalqualityinservicelearning
Agroupofteenag-ersaredoingtheirser-vicelearningproject,butdon'tevenknowit.Theideabehindtheprojectistomakethemabetterperson,buthowcantheybecomebetterpeoplewhentheythinkofitasjustsomethingelsetheyhavetodotograduate?InDecemberof1995,theschoolboarddecideditwouldbeagoodideatorequirecommunityserviceoftudents.Now,allthirdAngelaMorseperiodclassesarere-
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quiredtoparticipate,in-steadofLettingstudentshavethechoiceofjoin-ingaserviceclubsuchasInter-actortheKeyClubontheirown.Theseclubswerefannedforkidswhowantedtodocommu-nityservice.Theoptionisthere,whynotletpeoplechoose?Thequalityoftheworkthestudentswillbedoingisaverybigissue.Somestudentswon'twanttohaveanythingtodowithcommunityservice.Thismayseemselfish,butit'sthewaysomestudentsfeel.Thinkaboutit.Ifyoudon'twanttodosomething,youusu-allydon'tdoaverygoodjob.Dowereallywanttoriskstudentsdoingabadjobforthecommu-nityandgivingBHSabadname?Therearethosewhofeelthatthestudentswillbenefitfromtheexperiencebybecomingbetterpeople--bettermembersofsoci-ety.Theideabehindimplement-ingservicelearningisthatitwillbeincorporatedintotheclassessothatstudentsmaynotevenknowthatthey'redoing
it.
WouldsomebodypleaseteUmehowyou'resupposedtobenefitfromanexperienceyoudon'tevenknowyou'rehaving?Communityserviceorser-viceleaming--nomatterwhatyoucallit,thebottomlineisthat
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alongwithmanyotherstu-dents,don'tseethepoint
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