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Volume 41 Number 2

Volume 41 Number 2

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Published on September 30, 2011 by the Bryan High School Norseman in Bryan, Texas. To zoom in or magnify, please use the toolbar at the bottom of the viewing window.
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NORSEMAN
Volume 41, Number 2 • September 2011
The Bryan High School 
• IN-BRIEF •
www.BryanHighNoresman.com
ONLINESEE MORE
Trsh the Tiers’ by brinin cnned food
 Emily Nash
 Assistant Editor 
The Crosstown Showdown food drive is an annual competi-tion between Bryan High and A&M Consolidated to see whichschool can donate the most canned foods to the Brazos Valley food bank in a week.Although Consolidated won the competition last year, to-gether the two schools raised 17,000 pounds of canned food.Student Council sponsor Cyndi Owens is hoping to raise even
more than that this year and council members are nding ways
to get students to participate.“We’re going to set up stations at the main campus doors sopeople can drop off their food when they come to class so they  won’t have to carry it all day with them until they get to fourthperiod,” Owens said.Not only is Student Council putting bins in the front of theschool for canned goods, they’ve also found other ways to getstudents aware of the food drive competition.“We’ve been making posters and a lot of our Student Councilmembers are really excited about ‘trashing the Tigers’ in thiscan drive, so they’ve been spreading the word as well,” seniorJohn Fuller said. “We’re pumped about helping the food bank and beating Consol!”Although collecting food for needy families is the most im-portant part of the food drive, a motivating factor for many stu-dents is another opportunity to beat Consol.“We really push the ‘Against Consol’ thing to get the rivalry going,” junior Hailey Smith said. “I just know we want to beatConsol, because it was really close last year. We almost tied.”The food drive will beginMonday, October 3rd and willlast the entire week leading upto the Consol game on Friday.
Flexible Yer Pln (FYP) bends into to sessions
 John Fuller 
 Editor 
FYP, the Flexible Year Plan, is a pro-gram that allows schools to send studentshome who meet certain criteria two weeksearly. Traditionally, the FYP two-week period has been held at the end of eachschool year.This year, however, FYP will be split
into two, one-week periods. The rst FYP
period will be the week after winter holi-days. The second FYP period will be atthe end of the school yearas it has been in the past.“Previously, the reme-diation for TAKS was com-ing after TAKS was taken,”Dean of Instruction Donna Willet said. “So, the deci-sion was made district- wide that we needed tohave some of the reme-diation prior to the start of TAKS.”Because of the change in structureof FYP, some of the requirements havechanged as to who is required to attend.The attendance and mastery of coreclasses requirements are still preservedin the switch, but instead of using TAKSor practice TAKS results, students willinstead be required to pass commonunit assessments.The common unit assessments are typi-cal exams taken in a student’s core classes
 but will focus specically on skills needed
for TAKS. To be exempt from attendingFYP in January, a student must make anaverage of 70% on all their common unitassessments in the fall.“We decided when we wrote curriculumin the summer what the main skills werethat we were going to teach in a unit,”English Department Chair Lisa Prejeansaid. “In English, they are given a freshpiece of text and the students have to usethose same skills to demonstrate theirknowledge of such skills.”Students who do not pass their coreclasses or common unit assessments, ormeet the attendance requirement in thefall will be required to attend FYP fromJanuary 3-6, 2012.For those students who do attend FYP,they will continue to follow their seven-period schedule from the fall.“English, Math, Science and SocialStudies will obviously be focusing onskills for TAKS or the EOC if they’re in9th grade,” Willet said. “The other classes will be supplied with warm up exercises
from specic content areas related to core
classes. With the remaining time in class,they will do one of two things: review ac-tivities from the fall that willhelp their students be suc-cessful in the spring or they may be able to include someactivities or lessons that have been cut.”Students who are re-quired to attend FYP in Jan-uary will automatically berequired to attend FYP in thespring due to state require-ments, but students who arenot required to attend FYP in January may still be required to attend FYP inMay if they do not pass TAKS.Also, students will not have the oppor-tunity for credit recovery during FYP be-cause of the shortened schedule. Instead,FYP will remain strictly TAKS and EOCfocused.
FYP Requirements
• 90% Attendance (8 absences)• Passing all core classes• 70% average on common unitassessments• Seniors: Completed TAKS re
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quirements• 90% Attendance (8 absences)• Passing all core classes• 70% average on common unitassessments• Seniors: Completed TAKS re
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quirements
Fall Spring
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The ‘News’ category of 
The Norseman
is the best way tostay up-to-date with the news& information at Bryan High. Assistant Editor Emily Nashtakes a look at BHS’s orchestraprogram.Following an incredibly hot sum-mer, staff writer Justin Sandersfound out how school organiza-tions cope with the heat.To stay up-to-date withthe latest sports scores forBryan High School athlet-ic programs, be sure to visit bryanhighnorseman.com/sports.Two staff writers debate thenew spirit stickers found in thesilver cafeteria and throughoutthe blue campus.Column comparing American & otherinternationalculturesColumn regardingtechnology andhow it affects stu-dents today 
 
Morris helps students calculate individual approach to math
 Emma Raleigh Assistant Editor 
Though math is a subject most stu-dents struggle with, good teachers canmake the subject less of a hurdle andeven instill a sense of respect for the sub- ject.Jill Morris, math teacher and depart-ment chair, has been an educator for 15 years, seven of which have been at BryanHigh.When learning math, grasping con-cepts can be made easier through practi-cal examples and explanations, and Mor-ris values the difference it can make instudent learning.“I try [to bring in practical examples],”Morris said. “There are some skills that you have to learn so you can do othermath things that have real world appli-cations.”Senior Nash Porter appreciates how Morris strives to ensure students areable to comprehend concepts and ideas.“She can relate things to you, and putthem into a perspective that’s easy to un-derstand,” Porter said.Senior Tristan Miranda-Sohrabjiagrees and also attributes the success of Morris’ students to her ability to work  with different learning styles.“Mrs. Morris really caters to the in-dividual’s speed of learning,” Miranda-Sohrabji said. “She is willing to break down problems to makesure the student under-stands.”Some of the activities,like labs, bring fun toMorris’ class and give stu-dents better understand-ing of what they learn.“Later this year we willdo a BarbieBungee JumpLab where weuse statisticsto decide thecorrect num- ber of rubber bands neededto allow Bar- bie to safely  bungee jump,” Morris said.While Morris takes time to help herstudents, her main goal reaches beyonddaily assignments.“I enjoy helping students learn and be successful and realize that they canachieve things on their own,” Morris said.“I hope that they discover that learningis not something that stops outside of school.”Miranda-Sohrabji has taken what Mor-ris strives to convey to her students andapplied it to his life beyond the world of math.“If anything, she has taught me to bediligent and to approach all tasks as if they were of the utmost importance,”Miranda-Sohrabji said.Morris is currently working on herdoctorate in Educational Administrationto further her education. Her colleaguesnot only admire her drive to be a life-longlearner, but appreciate the work she does within her classroom.“She’s very smart, and she lovesher kids,” Calculus teacher MikeMcCarley said. “She’s good atmaking kids ‘see’ the math.”Morris’ favorite class to teach isstatistics because it was her majorduring college and she really en- joys the content.“It is a very useful class becausestatistics are used so often in ev-eryday life,” Morris said. “I can in-clude real world examples in classand we can discuss how statisticsare used and sometimes mis-used.”
Whilemathmightbetheeld
Morris excels in, her students ap-preciate the fact that she understandsthat it might not come as easy for them.“I like that she’s relaxed, and she lets you learn in a way that’s easiest for you,so you can get the most out of her teach-ing,” Porter said. “She lets you think out-side the box to get things, while helping you get the right answer.”
Student learns life lessons, teamwork through volleyball
 Stephani Whisenant  Assistant Editor 
Determination is an important value on and off thecourt, and one student who possesses that ability issenior volleyball player AlyssaMicheletti.Micheletti has been on the volleyball team since her fresh-man year, and she says the
sportplaysasignicantrolein
her life.“It’s a huge part of my time,”Micheletti said. “Everyday practice goes until 5:30, andthen we have games. When we
havehomegameswenish
about 8:30. With away games, we sometimes don’t get homeuntil 11 or 12.”Although volleyball takes upa lot of time, for Micheletti, thepros outweigh the cons. Vol-leyball helps keep Micheletti inshape and helps her maintainhealthy relationships with herteammates.“Being part of a team is great,”Micheletti said. “Everyone is re-ally devoted to the team.”
WhileMichelettimaybenetfromtheteam,theteamalsobenetsfromher.
“She’s a really good player,” junior Abbey Cullen said.“She’s really smart. Since she’s a senior,she has a better knowledge of the gamethan a lot of players do.”The players are not the only people who notice this drive in Micheletti. Vol-leyball coach Caroline Simpson said shesees a lot of good qualities in her.“I always see drive [in her],” Simpsonsaid. “Watching her grow up with volley- ball as her main sport has made her work 
hardandshetriestoxthingsandcor
-rect herself when she makes mistakes.”When it comes to getting her game faceon, Micheletti is always on top of things.“You get the same kid everyday with Alyssa,” Simpson said. “You’re not goingto get the ups and downs on the court, which is what I really like in a kid. Youdon’t have to worry about her.”As for drive, Micheletti is also very ac-tive in the classroom. Many of her teach-ers notice her desire to excel in academ-ics as much as her desire to do well insports.“Alyssa has good work ethic,” history teacher ChadCryer said. “She is disciplined, and insightful, and is al- ways willing to voice her opinion.”When it comes down to it, Micheletti says she hasgained a lot from volleyball, and thinks that learning to balance her time has been the most rewarding of it all.“Knowing that it’s hard to balance school work and being in volleyball [is very rewarding],” Micheletti said.“But it feels like an accomplishment knowing you arekeeping up when you have so much to do. And winningis fun too.”
Senior Alyssa Micheletti serves
Volleyball Schedule
10/110/510/810/1210/1510/1910/2210/26ShoemakerBeltonA&M ConsolidatedTempleCopperas CoveEllisonHarker HeightsShoemaker
 Marisa Lindeman Staff writer 
Can you remember rushing homeeveryday after a long day in middleschool to check if someone commentedon your newest picture on your MyS-pace page? Or, Christmas morning your freshmen year, when getting your
 veryrstiPhone,youbolttond3G
service so you can download the Face- book app? It may seem like every yearthere is just another social networkingsite trying to consume all of our lives, but I feel like Twitter will remain popu-lar for a long time.
OnethingthatIndentertaining
about Twitter is how it asks you “Whatis on your mind?”. You literally canput whatever is on your mind. And when I say literally, I mean literally.On Facebook, when you’re posting astatus you feel like it should be mean-ingful and not annoying to the rest of  your friends. On Twitter, I could tweet“Squirrel” and not give a care in the world to what anyone thinks. You know  why? On Twitter people can’t commentor like any of your tweets so you feellike you’re just throwing stuff out inthe free world.
AnotherthingIndfunaboutTwit
-ter is the frequency at which peoplecan post each day. On Facebook andthe ancient MySpace, we feel for thesake of anyone who is our friends, that we have a limited amount of times wecan post or they will click the unfriend button. On Twitter, it is the completeand total opposite. In all honesty, you will probably gain followers on Twitterposting a ridiculously high amount (50-60 times per day) rather than by beinga boring ‘ole tweeter who posts in mi-croscopic amounts. Most of the time, apopular tweeter is a happy tweeter.The most fantastic thing about Twit-ter though is how personal it is. Thoughthere is always that one person that youfollow who takes theirtweets a little over theedge. Other than that,though, it really shows what people you may not know very wellthink about and how they live their lives.This feature is evenmore interesting with famous people.Even though, for themost part, famouspeople do not follow  you back (when they do it’s extremely exciting), you can still track what they do on a daily basis. For Facebook, mostcelebrities use it as a source to promotetheir talents, but on Twitter you cansee them get a little more personal.So for now, Twitter is currently dominating all of the social networkingsites out there. I will be staying tunedto what is coming out next!
 Regina Flores Staff writer 
Facebook or Twitter? One or the oth-er. Which would you pick? I personally prefer Facebook.Twitter is just a bunch of statuses.Some people like to tweet about abso-lutely nothing just to get their numberof tweets up, which is annoying. I loginto Twitter and see pages of tweets fromonly one person. Others write whateveris on their mind, often personal thingsthat you don’t want toknow.Some-times Fa-cebookersplay games with theirstatusesand such, which isalso an-noying, but most of the statuses you read on thereare pretty legitimate and will keep yourmind fairly occupied when you’re boredor will inform you of important eventsand information.Another good thing about Facebook is that you can create events or groupsand add people to them and keep intouch with all of your friends. You alsohave the option of informing the rest of the group whether they’re attending anevent by a simple click of a button. Thisfeature is not possible with Twitter.Facebook is so much more personalthan Twitter. On Twitter, there is no way to have a personal conversation withsomeone; it’s either wall to wall postsor messaging. Facebook chat is so muchmore convenient. If you like someone’stweet, you don’t have the option of lik-ing it or commenting on it like you doon Facebook. You can re-tweet, but a lotof people follow the same people so they often see the same tweets twice. Youcould also reply to the tweet, but repliesare public, so all of your followers couldsee what you’re saying. Seeing so many replies can get pretty annoying.On Facebook, you can have friendsinstead of just followers and can keepin touch with friends and relatives any- where. It’s also much, much easier to
ndyouracquaintancesonFacebook
than on Twitter. Photos, photo albums,notes, blogs and practically anything so-cial related is available on Facebook.There are some positives to Twitter,though. People often rant about theirlives on Twitter, which can be interest-ing. You can go on there when you’re bored and say whatever the you feel likesaying. It’s a good place to dump out your emotions, but even so, Twitter is boring to me. There are so many moreoptions with Facebook, and I wouldchoose it over Twitter any day.
Social Media Debate: Facebook or Twitter?
New Rip Tide washes over awaiting, adorning music fans
 Eva Araujo Staff writer 
It was August 30th and Beirutfans all over the world rushed totheir local record store to pur-chase the small brown Indiealbum with
The Rip Tide
writ-ten on the middle of it. Not hav-ing anything to feed our Beiruthearts since 2007, when the band released
The Flying ClubCup
, this album had to be the best. Although Zach Condon,lead singer of Beirut, did give us
 March of The Zapotec
EP back in 2009, the feeling of a full al- bum just wasn’t there.As a Beirut lover myself, I hadalready pre-ordered the albumon iTunes, so I woke up thatmorning, had my coffee, anddownloaded
The Rip Tide
.This album starts off great with the trumpet powered song“A Candle’s Fire”. It begins witha slow, quiet accordion, thensurprises you with powerfuldrums and the beautiful har-monizing of trumpets that weBeirut fans love so much. Thenthe song leads into Condon’sstrong, almost perfect voice.One thing I noticed about thealbum was that the lyrics wereactually understandable. Intheir past albums you’ll noticeall the words in a song blendinto one. It’s almost as if Con-don doesn’t take a break to breath through a whole song. Of course, I love the usual sound of Condon’s voice in the previousalbums, but it’s nice to actually understand what he’s singingabout.To me,
The Rip Tide
kind of has a happier sound to it thanBeirut’s past albums. When youplay it you just feel good, as if everything is going to be okay.There’s one song on this al- bum that I just adore. I canlisten to it over and over againand not get tired of it. “EastHarlem”, the third song on thealbum with a beautiful accordi-on start and leading into a lively piano melody, with trumpetssounding every once in a while.It is the best song on
The RipTide
.A strange thing I noticedabout this album, though, wasthat the band mainly focused onusing piano, strings and hornsfor their songs. In their previousalbums, they had sort of a coolelectronic sound mixed withthe main Beirut instruments, but there is ab-solutely noneof that in thisalbum. I guessCondon just wanted to giveoff a more natu-ral sound ratherthan a “pop-like”computer sound.I must say the length of thealbum was very disappointing with only ten songs. I mean,come on. It’s the shortest al- bum yet, and I know Beirut cangive us more than this. Howev-er,
The Rip Tide
is really good
andIdidn’tndonesongthat
I didn’t enjoy, so I guess thatmakes up for the shortness.I did wish that
The Rip Tide
  would have had songsthat were as good orgreater than “TheConcubine”, “A Sun-day Smile”, or “Nant-es”, but there really  wasn’t a song beauti-ful enough to make my hair stand up when Ilistened to it like those amazingsongs did.Overall, I was pleased with
The Rip Tide
, and it will surely  be put on my list of best new al- bums.

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