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2010 haslett high school 5450 marsh road haslett mi 48840 volume 15 issue 6

Budget cuts break bank

graphic by
andrew BEAUMAN

Teachers and
students react
by elizabeth YOUNG
tor in this huge
deficit is the loss Budget cuts.
of students in the It’s a subject the school board addresses, teachers worry about
district. and students as a whole tend not to know much about. What
“The graduating people may not be aware of is the severity of the deficit—$1.8-2
class is probably some- million—and how it may affect all aspects of the high school.

Tough cuts take where around 230-235. But the people who are aware are concerned.
The birth rate is lower Budget effects on student programs
than it has been in years There have been rumors that student athletes will have to pay
more to participate. Some students have also heard that they may

tough decisions
in past. The kindergarten
groups of the last couple years be responsible for funding their own sports.
have been somewhere around 165 “I haven’t heard (about) sports getting cut, like ‘We’re not
students, now you’re talking about a loss going to carry them anymore,’ but I have heard of budget cuts
of nearly 80 students,” Duda said. to the point where the sports are on their own to fundraise all the
by emma CLAUCHERTY money,” freshman Sam Wegenke said. “Their starting budget will
In addition to a lower birth rate, Michigan communities are
The school board meets to make a very difficult decision next losing families as they move out of state. “What we’re starting to be zero and if they fund raise money and stuff, they can keep their
month. It has been discussing, debating and arguing over this see and all school districts are experiencing it, is (we are) losing sport. But if not, they’re on their own to try and get money.”
decision since last year. Board members polled over a thousand families because the parents are being forced to look for employ- Math teacher and girls golf coach John Moore believes that
school district parents to get their opinions over the issue. What- ment outside of the state of Michigan,” Duda said. “I don’t know the budget cuts will force his team to be more active in providing
ever they decide will impact every school in the district. Whatever if people recognize the fact we lost nearly 100,000 students in the its own funds to play.
they decide will impact an entire community. The school board state just in the last four years. That’s a lot of students.” The loss “The girls are going to have to pick up some more of their
meets in a month to cut $1.8-2 million from the district budget. of families across the state is a main factor in the state-wide school own costs or we’re going to have to do some fundraising or some
“I’ve been in the (school system) for 35 years and this is the budget crisis. mix of things in order to get things to go,” Moore said.
worst I’ve ever seen it,” superintendant of schools Mike Duda Eliminating $2 million from the budget will be a difficult task to One prominent issue the school board has to consider when
said. do seamlessly and unnoticed by a community. making cuts is how to deal with massive transportation expenses.
The struggles of the Michigan government and economy haven’t “We take this very, very seriously,” school board member Sophomore Tara Mahon feels that some of the parent survey re-
been any secret for the past few years. The government funds Kristin Beltzer said. “These are not easy times for Haslett Public sults could be used to incorporate less costly changes in athletic
schools with the 6 percent sales tax placed on all goods. After the Schools. It’s not easy times for the state of Michigan. We’re going transportation.
automobile industry went bankrupt, spending took a nose dive to have to make some very tough decisions.” “It would cut down a lot of costs if you took only one bus for
across the state. No money was coming into the state, so they state The school board must make these decisions fairly soon. each sport as opposed to two buses,” Mahon said. “For basketball,
had none to give to the schools. Many schools will not be able to “June thirtieth or July first of this year, all school districts have freshman and JV are on one bus and varsity is on another bus, so
survive this severe decline in funds over the next few years. to present a balanced budget to the (State) Board of Education,” if you just took one bus, it would cut down on fuel costs and you
“School districts are going to be falling off the cliff. They are Duda said. wouldn’t have to pay for two bus drivers.”
going to no longer be able to afford to operate,” Duda said. “The The magnitude of the situation has been under the radar of the Another suggestion for cutting down on transportation includes
problem is that there is no silver bullet coming. There is no relief community in some ways. Many parents, students and teachers having athletes find a ride home from away athletic events rather
coming for this whole recession. That’s the scary part about this. do not understand the severity of what the district is facing at the than providing two-way transportation. However, science teacher
It’s difficult and all districts are in this scenario. It’s the worst for all moment. Dan Kohler is uncertain that this would be the safest option.
districts and you will see school districts actually going bankrupt “I don’t think people understood the gravity of the budget prob- “Having people getting their own transportation back from
this year.” lem,” Duda said. “My sense is that most of us when we have these games would concern me,” Kohler said. “Now you’ve got students
Last year the legislature cut $165 per student from district bud- kinds of issues sitting in front of us do not react one way or the getting rides with other students late in the evening. That’s a really
gets; this year it is eliminating another $250 per student which trans- other until the actual reductions come about.” big concern.”
lates to about $2 million for the Haslett school district. A large fac- Opinions page 3
Decisions page 3
2 March 12, 2010 news
Juniors struggle to schedule
by bailey MCMILLAN and have their classes paid for by feel the counselors are not in-
cassie STASZUK the school. Those who decide creasing their efforts to match
to dual enroll at MSU will have the challenging requirements.
Scheduling can always pose
to pay for half their tuition. Junior Sarah Budde believes
problems and challenges for
“The worst part about this that the counselors do not have
students. But when a person
whole situation is that I can enough time to help her with
can’t get into a class he or she
only get high school credit for her schedule.
wants, or if the school doesn’t
calc II because the Michigan “They could work with us
offer a more advanced class
Merit curriculum requires (the more, and help us out so it’s
entirely, scheduling can turn
junior class) to take a math not all on us,” Budde said.
into a full-fledged nightmare.
class for high school credit their Dimet believes the counsel-
This year, many of the typical
senior year,” Dimet said. “I ors are struggling to answer
“senior” classes are filled with
think I could get college credit some of the student’s schedul-
more juniors and even sopho-
for Spanish V.” ing questions.
mores. With all of the different
Junior Christie Hamilton, “They didn’t seem to have
graduation requirements for the
who is in a situation very simi- any definite answers,” Dimet
class of 2011, the juniors really
lar to Dimet’s, began taking said.
have to challenge themselves.
Spanish in eighth grade. She The counselors are stretch-
Many juniors, including
believes that the school district ing themselves thin running
Aaron Dimet, are not being
wasn’t ready for an inpour of between the high school and
offered the challenging classes
students who wanted to take an middle school this year. Be-
they need to fill their schedule
advanced Spanish class. cause of the budget cuts, the
or graduation requirements. Di-
“The district didn’t expect middle school no longer has
met, who is currently enrolled
us to go farther than this,” specific counselors. They are
Current athletic director Jamie Gent sits in the athletic office that will belong to associate principal Darin in Spanish IV and AP calculus,
Ferguson next year. Gent will step down from full-time duties, but continue to help with event scheduling. Hamilton said. “It was kind of shared throughout the district.
will not be able to advance to
disappointing because the ww- That means the high school
photo by keeton SNOWDEN the next level. As many stu-
wdistrict set us up to take more counselors must help with new,
dents are aware, calculus II and

New athletic
advanced classes, but now they much harder requirements and
Spanish V will not be offered in
aren’t offering them.” have less time to spend helping
the 2010-2011 school year.
Dimet believes this problem the soon-to-be seniors
“Two of the classes I was
could have been fixed with “Scheduling is a frustrating
hoping to take next year sim-
some planning. time,” Dimet said. “But not
ply aren’t being offered by the
“It might help if [the school offering classes makes it even
school, mostly due to lack of

director to replace
district] determined next year’s more so. I’m just really disap-
eligible students,” Dimet said.
schedule as soon as possible so pointed that the merit curricu-
One of the options for stu-
they can let us know exactly lum ends up detracting from
dents in this kind of situation is
what they’ll be able to offer,” my education, credit-wise. It
to dual enroll and take classes
Dimet said. should be helping students get
either at Michigan State Uni-
With all the difficulties and (more) college credit before
versity or Lansing Community

Gent for 2010

frustrations that come with they graduate, not less.”
College. Students who attend
LCC for dual enrollment will scheduling, some students

Promises broken: MME

by kerry MORRIS and gabe NESTER

As the budget declines, the rumors grow tre-

mendously. From teachers and students there
have been whispers all over the school of associ-
ing more ways to save money. He respects the
way the athletic program is run, but he sees an
opportunity to alter a few things and he is look-
scholarship gone and missed
by jenny LITTLE
ate principal Darin Ferguson leaving his current ing forward to doing so. No major changes will
position and replacing the athletic director Jamie be made, however. He plans to pick right up Every March, juniors across “I feel really bad for the The proposed 2011 budget
Gent. Other rumors have Gent and Ferguson where Gent left off and continue the job. the state are required to take people who had the scholar- includes a reformed version
splitting the job half and half. Beginning next year with the new title of the Michigan Merit Exam. One ship and got it taken away,” of the Promise. Under the new
The truth is that at the end of this school year, APAD (associate principal and athletic director,) of the incentives to do well on junior Lizzie Schab said. “They budget, students would receive
Gent will retire from his full-time position at the Ferguson sees that the biggest problem will be the test has been the Michigan might have needed it to pay for a $4,000 tax credit for getting
high school. “I will still be scheduling all events balancing time between both jobs and his fam- Promise Scholarship. After the tuition.” a degree from a state univer-
and contests while working at home,” Gent said. ily. Although he has the full title, principal Bart last state budget was decided The removal of the Promise sity, then working one year in
Next fall, Gent’s job will be split into three Wegenke and fellow associate principal Andrea in 2009, students no longer can Scholarship is giving college Michigan.
positions. Gent will organize sporting events, dis- Rumsey will help out with the task of athletic receive that scholarship. students a rough time finan- Until then, students have
trict director of finance Steven Cook will manage director. He expects this will make the balance The Promise Scholarship cially. to find other ways to get the
financial aspects and Ferguson will take on the easier. was signed into law in Decem- “It’s disappointing,” said money.
majority of Gent’s former duties. During the day, students will see him in his ber 2006 by Gov. Jennifer Gra- Central Michigan University ju- “I’ll have to push for more
Superintendant Mike Duda came to Ferguson normal office and also doing his daily attendance nholm. The scholarship provid- nior, Ashley Reisbig, an Ionia scholarships and I’m getting a
with the idea of him taking over Gent’s job. With runs through the halls. After school, however, he ed up to $4,000 to students who High School alum. “It’s making job this summer,” Schlachter
the problem of the budget being so small, hiring will move into his new office down in the athletic passed a certain grade level on us come up with money that we said.
a new person wasn’t an option. portion of the cafeteria. their MMEs or by completing didn’t have to before. I know a Reisbig will have to resort
“Due to the budget issues, we can’t replace his Everyone in the school district is making ad- two years of post-secondary lot of people who can’t come to other methods for obtaining
position,” Ferguson said. justments because of the budget restraints, and education. The Promise was back to Central because they money.
Ferguson’s familiarity with directing sports Ferguson is more than happy to help out. “We awarded to approximately don’t have the money.” “I’ll have to take out other
made him a practical candidate for the job. Fer- have a little more with a little less,” Ferguson 96,000 students statewide. Students are in agreement loans or ask my parents for
guson was a head basketball coach for six years said. The scholarship was put that the scholarship was neces- money,” Reisbig said.
and a head football coach for 10 years at the Gent knows this is not a job for just anybody. to an end in September 2009 sary. Schab maintains hope for
school district he worked for prior to Haslett. “You can’t do this job and not enjoy it,” Gent by the Senate Appropriations “There’s always someone other scholarships.
Without hesitation, Ferguson agreed to do the said. It includes many after school hours and Subcommittee on Higher Edu- who needs the money,” senior “I’ll try to do as well as I can
job. “I grew up here,” he said. “I like this com- weekends, as well as dealing with new parents, cation in an attempt to cut the Anna Schlachter said. “And on the ACT to try and get other
munity.” students, coaches and teachers. estimated $1.7 billion state bud- there’s always someone who scholarships from the colleges I
In taking this job, Ferguson has hopes of find- get deficit. will benefit from it.” want,” Schab said.
3 March 12, 2010 news
Tough Decisions from page 1 Reactions from page 1
In order to assist completing this arduous task, can make this work.” The future of the music eliminated, class sizes will in-
the school board administered a survey to all Solutions to the budget reduction are in the ents know what’s best for their
and art programs is just as crease as well, which could kids, but most of the kids at
Haslett parents. The survey included questions process right now. The school board is currently uncertain. Sophomore band create problems for teach-
asking exactly how the district should reduce the examining one of the district’s biggest money this age now know what’s best
member Monica Walker be- ers. Kohler worries that larger for them.”
budget, whether that is adding a fee to all after- vacuums: transportation. lieves band and choir have a chemistry classes could lead
school activities or reducing transportation. The “Transportation costs us well over a million However, polling students
strong impact on students’ lives to safety issues when conduct- could lead to skewed results
school board wanted to get a feel for the types dollars a year. The school district does not have and hopes they will not be af- ing labs. Moore, on the other
of programs that were important to the commu- to provide transportation but the fact is we know because people may not be
fected too severely. hand, is concerned about how aware of the budget situation.
nity. The main goal of the survey however was it is very important to some families,” Duda said. “Both of the music pro- changes in class size will affect
to alert parents with the crisis facing the district “To say that we’re just going to cut transportation There is also the potential that
grams we have are really im- students’ learning. people would treat a student
at the moment. altogether would not be accurate. We know we portant because statistics show “Classes will be bigger than
“Part of the (survey) was to put some of those can’t do that, but we’re going to have to make survey too lightly. But Mahon
that more people who are in- they are now,” Moore said. believes that students could
issues on the table so that people had an under- some modifications in what we’re doing. Some volved in music programs go “That means less personalized
standing of how difficult some of these issues are examples of that might be reduce the number give effective opinions if they
to better colleges and get bet- attention and more lecture-for- were knowledgeable about the
going to be,” Duda said. “Hopefully, the com- of bus stops that we presently have set up for ter grades,” Walker said. “And mat with very little follow-up.
munity has a better sense for some of the issues students.” issue.
they make a lot more friends It means the availability of “I think that students
that we’re struggling with right now and the chal- While the parent survey indicated the commu- too because there’s a social as- teachers will be less because
lenges.” nity supported making reductions in transporta- would take it seriously if they
pect of it.” now if you’ve an extra five were more informed, like if we
Overall, the school board is pleased with the tion, it opposed eliminating it altogether. Science teacher Michelle kids per class, then that means
community concern over the budget issue “We Surprisingly, the survey showed large parent were to have a class meeting
Pifer also supports keeping you’ve got an extra 25 kids a about the school budget and
had 63 percent of our people complete the support for an increase in athletic fees, as well as both the music and art pro- day. That’s 25 more quizzes, 25
survey,” Duda said. “We were hoping for 30- a fee put on all after-school programs including about what we have to cut,”
grams in school. While Pifer more tests, 25 whatever you’re Mahon said. “Then they can
35 percent return on that and the fact that so music. understands that cuts will have doing.”
many people took the time to get involved and “Those are things that we will probably be conduct an opinion based on
to be made, she hopes that en- Moore also feels that the in- what they learned and (have)
express their opinion about some of these things looking very closely at,” Duda said. tire programs won’t be elimi- creased number of students will
truly says a lot about the community. They’re All Michigan school districts are feeling the been told.”
nated completely. take a toll on teachers. Wegenke, on the other
involved, they want to be involved, they have burn of the recession. Partnering with other dis- “That’s the reason a lot of “It does affect individual
ownership for this district. They want to make tricts to split costs on services is another option hand, feels that surveying stu-
kids stay here…we have such a teachers…how much stress they dents could have gone one of
sure the things they have come to enjoy here are being looked at. “There is always going to be good music and art program, have during the day,” Moore
continue.” talk between districts in order to find some com- two ways, the first being less
including photography and said. “I think you’re going to than productive.
Diverse opinions and values of the community mon ground.” Beltzer said. “We did that with the TV station,” Pifer said. “I have teacher illness go up be-
make the budget reductions more complicated the bus maintenance and transportation so may- “The teachers could have
would hate to see those go. cause they’re just going to be been like, ‘Here’s a survey.
for the school board. be there’s some opportunities to do some other They really produce some worn out.”
“It’s not that black and white to be able to cut things too.” Take it. Do the best you can,’
amazing results for kids and As far as students go, and that way would not have
programs,” Beltzter said. “Some things like mu- As decisions about the budget are made, the a lot of kids go on to that in Moore isn’t worried about
sic are going to be important to (some) parents, school board’s main focus is still to do what is gone by even moderately
college.” some of them. He knows that well,” Wegenke said. “Kids just
some things like athletics are going to be impor- best for Haslett students. “I will tell you this: I Budget effects on teach- the top students will still suc-
tant to parents, and some things like technology think we have as a school district by and large would have screwed it up just
ers and academics ceed because they are “aggres- to make fun of it and just be-
are going to be important to parents. That’s re- done a great job over the years of keeping the sive” and active in improving
One of the biggest dilem- cause, if they got done with it
ally very difficult for us sometimes to make those cuts away from students. I think school districts their education and preparing
mas is the future availability of sooner, they’d have more free
cuts because all those things are important to in general have done that,” Duda said. “When- for the future.
academic classes. Junior Paige time to do what they wanted.”
people.” ever we have had to make reductions in areas I But Moore is worried about
Grettenberger worries that she However, if teachers were
The survey addressed the six main areas of think we’ve tried to make it as seamless and easy the average students.
won’t be able to challenge her- to emphasize the gravity of po-
district funding; technology, transportation, ath- a transition as we possibly can for students” “Your middle students, the
self and complete her gradua- tential budget cuts, the results
letics, counseling, library/media and music. Par- Elimating $2 million cannot be expected to go ones that need a little bit more,
tion requirements next year if of a student survey could be
ents voted on the areas they believed the district unnoticed, but the school board wants it to seem shall we say, prodding, they’re
certain classes are cut. different.
should make their highest priority. Completely that way for the students at least. “We are always the ones that are going to be
“I’m kind of upset about “If the teacher said,
eliminating one area of funding is not an option. going to put kids first,” Beltzer said. “We want a affected,” Moore said. “There’s
the classes ‘cause there are ‘They’re thinking of cutting
“Even if we were to examine each one of those quality education for kids but when it comes to just not going to be the time to
really no options for math,” choir or football or the play
areas in that survey, we still wouldn’t come up dollars we have to figure out the best way that get around to those middle-of-
Grettenberger said. “It’s not and the musical,’ then that
with enough dollars to be able to balance our we can provide that and sometimes making those the-roaders that, with a little bit
like I’m going to take busi- would get the kids’ attention,”
budget,” Duda said. “As we work through this decisions is not going to be very easy. Everybody of nudging and a little bit of
ness accounting when I really Wegenke said, “and then they
we are going to be seeking other avenues to look in our district needs to take a look at that and we help, would do better.”
want to be getting ahead. And would be like, ‘Well, if I mess
at where we can make reductions and having dis- need to start saying ‘Okay, how are we all going Opinions on the online
there’s no time to do a col- up on this survey, (it) might say
cussions with our employees to find out how we to work together to make this work?’”
lege course that’s an hour, two survey that I want those things to be
hours long when I’ve got sports While the parent budget cut when in reality, I don’t…be-
Spring play will be a “tearjerker” and…other classes to study and
pay attention to.”
survey was considered a suc-
cess and will help the school
cause I really love and enjoy
those things.’”
Cutting classes also means board as they begin making de- The next three-and-a-half
Lauren Ezzo plays of the story is in the Czech- The play, though depressing,
cutting teachers. While layoffs cisions, many students feel that months will be filled with long
ghetto, Terezin.” is also inspirational.
lead in production are likely to be made before they should have a chance to discussions and debates as the
Ezzo, along with support- “Even though it’s sad, it’s up-
the start of next year, Pifer be- voice their opinions as well. school board decides on the
about WWII and ing actors senior Noah Timm lifting,” Ezzo said.
lieves that her position is safe “I think students should be fates of the different school
and junior Lyndsay Manson, Anderson believes that while
the Holocaust will be starring as the play’s the subject of the play is de-
for now. polled because it affects their programs. It’s not going to be
“I am a newer teacher here lives more than it affects their easy and sacrifices will have to
by bailey MCMILLAN lead role. The angle of the pressing, it’s a story that needs
so I am certainly concerned if parents’ lives,” Mahon said. be made.
play is very unique. to be told.
there is going to be any layoffs “They’re the ones that will have “It’s just going to be a
Taking place during World “It’s a very serious subject “It’s a really moving play and
as far as teachers go,” Pifer less classes and that will have hard decision to find out which
War II in the middle of the matter,” Ezzo said. “It’s a very it’s a very important historical
said. “However, earth science teachers cut from their school.” things to cut and which not to
Holocaust, this year’s spring small, personal show.” tragedy,” she said, “It will make
is a class that is very much Wegenke feels that stu- cut because there’s so many
play, “I Never Saw Another Senior Meghan Anderson, you cry. But it’s inspiring and
needed because it is part of the dents, particularly high school things that are valuable here,”
Butterfly,” lacks a convention- a newcomer to the stage, be- it’s a really good story.”
MME and I am one of the few students, have a better idea of Wegenke said. “If you cut one,
al setting. lieves that the small cast’s Ezzo, who agrees with Ander-
who can teach (it). So I’m not what they need in their school. it might look like a small thing,
“The play is a Holocaust chemistry will make for a son, believes that the play, run-
as worried as some of the oth- “The parents don’t go here but then there’s always the
story told through the memo- better performance. ning from March 26 through
ers who are in the same posi- every day. They don’t have to ripple effect…When it’s all said
ries of a survivor,” senior Lau- “It’s a small cast, which March 27, will be a tearjerker.
tion as me.” experience the things that we and done, it never goes down
ren Ezzo said. “The majority makes it a lot of fun at prac- “Make sure you bring the tis-
As teaching positions are do,” Wegenke said. “Most par- like you think it goes down.”
tices,” Anderson said. sues,” Ezzo said.
4 March 12, 2010 opinion

Future holds greater Scholarship game

responsibilities When I was little, I wanted to be a veterinar-
is impossible to win
meant that all I would have to do is wish for whatever I wanted Pages and pages filled with all types of schol-
ian right up until I realized I would have to and I would have it. It turns out growing up means work and arships ranging from $250-$10,000, and I won’t
euthanize animals. I was mildly heartbroken responsibility. get any of it.
at the thought, but the dream was quickly re- Back in sixth grade, everybody always thought that the No matter how perfect an essay you write,
placed by one of being an actress. I wouldn’t 10-problem math sheet and the chapter of a novel assigned for or how high an ACT score you earn, or how
by jenny have to put down animals, I could play pre- homework was ridiculous. We all spent the rest of the day trudg- many extracurricular activities you’re involved
LITTLE tend all the time and would, of course, be best ing through hallways and grumbling to friends. If only we could in, there is always someone who will outdo
friends with Johnny Depp and the Pink Rang- see to high school. Nearly everyone I know is in at least one AP by ali FOOTE
er, Kimberly, from Power Rangers. It couldn’t class. We all have nightly math homework and essays aren’t un- I feel like I’m playing an unbeatable game,
get better. common. The difference in attitude is also clearly present. Now where it’s me versus college. And so far the
Sometime in the near eight years since I developed my starry- we know that, while still not always fun, this all matters. Maybe ball hasn’t bounced into my court.
eyed dreams, I realized how improbable my fame would be and it’s maturing or the fact that the future is within sight, but the College is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.
started thinking of other possible occupations. As I bounced knowledge and will to do our work is there. We know it’s impor- Not only because it’s a million times academically harder than
around from English teacher to forensic scientist to psychologist, tant to our college-bound lives. high school, but because it’s one of the biggest expenses I’ll
I dis- covered just how scary and insane growing up Learning balance was another skill I never even considered ever face.
really is. When I was 10, being needing when I was little. I now know that I need to juggle study- I spend hours applying for all different kinds of scholarships.
older was all I wanted. Now, ing with relaxation to be even close to successful (or sane). And the whole time, I sit there thinking about how pointless it
I’m almost out of high school It didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t always be so free to do is because I won’t receive a dime from any of them. So now I
and deciding which college what I want. If I missed a night of homework, I would get a sit here puzzled as to how I’m going to pay for my education. I
to go to. I find myself look- lunch detention. That’s nothing I couldn’t get over. Now if I could go to a smaller school and make it easier for my parents
ing fondly back at the days miss a night of homework, I lose points and run the risk of fall- and myself. But I feel like I have worked too hard to not go to
when being grown merely ing behind. the school I’ve been working hard to attend.
I miss the days when I could just hang around the house To qualify for these scholarships, you either need a tear-
without worrying about getting to places on time or if I have jerking sob story to whip out in essay form or an incredibly
enough money to go out with friends. My parents were my time convincing way with words to win over the judgmental and
management. They made sure that I was where I needed to be hard-to-please minds of the people handing out the funds. With
at the right time. It only makes sense that it didn’t occur to me both of those notches on my belt, I still find it incredibly dif-
that I would have to do that on my own some day. It’s that ficult to even begin an essay when all I can think about is who
sort of balance I am still learning. I’m competing against. I think about the numerous academically
Now, the future is right before me and it’s an odd advanced students my own age applying for the same scholar-
sensation. I know that I can do pretty much anything ship who have a million times greater chance to receive it than
occupationally as long as I’m willing to do the work. me. I’m a white, middle-class female who attends an average
The weirdest part is, while I always wanted to be at high school, with an average grade point average and average
this point, I never saw it happening. I imagined myself achievements. I am in no way an appealing candidate for the
getting to about 12 years old and then Peter Pan- money of any type of scholarship.
ing my way through the rest of my life. These gruesome details also entitle me to little money when
Nevertheless, I’m glad to have made it this far. applying for financial aid. The government is going to look right
I’m thrilled at the thought of what my future past my form and move onto the girl who lives in a two-bed-
will hold, even if I’m figuring it out as I go. room apartment, whose father died in a tragic car accident. She
works two part-time jobs but still manages to volunteer at the
animal shelter.
I just can’t win.
Even if I received a $500 scholarship, that wouldn’t make a
dent in the hefty tuition price tag. According to, the
average cost of tuition is increasing about 8 percent per year.
That’s a rate I cannot keep up with.
It’s not only me I’m concerned about. What are my younger
brother and sister going to do? I’m going to use up all the
money and leave them just enough to attend the local commu-
nity college.
Things just aren’t looking up from here.

College costs add up

Here are some of the typical tuition and costs for
Michigan colleges:
• MSU Tuition and Fees (for in-state stu-
dents): $11,434
• MSU Housing and Meal Plan: $7,444
• WMU Tuition: $4,836 per semester
• WMU Housing and Meal Plan: $3892
graphic by
• LCC Tuition: $73 per billing hour
andrew BEAUMAN • Textbooks and supplies: $700-$1,100
Sources:, ,
5 March 12, 2010 opinion
STAFF EDITORIAL: Extra credit isn’t like free candy, folks
“Is there anything I can do to bring pleted assignment teaches students that
up my grade?” quality doesn’t matter. It does teach that if
“Is there any extra credit I can do to you do the work then you’ll get the points;
pass this class?” it doesn’t matter how much time and ef-
“How many points are you offering fort students put into an assignment, just
for that extra credit assignment?” so long as it is finished.
These questions may be an example We believe there should be a school-
of some questions students ask during wide extra credit policy, one that will sta-
many classes. The issue is extra credit, bilize the handing-out of extra credit. It
which may or may not be offered by isn’t fair for some students to gain 50 extra
teachers. There are many teachers who credit points by completing a few easy as-
give extra credit away like free candy, signments while other students are offered
while others offer a limited amount (or five extra credit points, at the most, for
none at all). There truly seems to be no writing a four-page paper.
middle ground in the battle for extra There needs to be some evenness to this
credit. school’s extra credit policy. Balance is key
Much debate goes into the whole to maintaining steady extra credit stan-
“extra credit” system and whether or dards. Furthermore, extra credit should
not it is valuable for students to have not just be given out all willy-nilly. Extra
this opportunity. Some teachers see ex- credit assignments should be challenging
tra credit as a last-ditch opportunity to and should help students utilize what they
turn some student’s grades (and GPAs) have learned throughout the year.
around. Others view extra credit as a Extra credit is not a stupid device, ei-
useless tool that just raises a student’s ther. If students truly care about their
grade instead of actually teaching the grades and GPAs, they would be jumping
student. They could argue that students illustration by andrew BEAUMAN all over any extra credit assignments they
who do easy extra credit assignments could get.
illustration by andrew BEAUMAN
and earn a higher grade are being Everyone deserves a second chance to
cheated of their education. They are also being taught that it is more essential to improve their grades, even if they didn’t give it their all the first time. These
earn high grades than to gain academic accomplishment. students just need to understand that these extra assignments will hopefully be
What students need to realize and accept is that extra credit is not a “one-size- challenging and take some time and effort. After all, they don’t call it extra credit
fits-all” grade. Teachers could argue that offering extra credit points for a com- for nothing.

‘Call of Duty’ eclipses math homework

It’s 3:00 on a Tuesday afternoon. I’ve got of Duty.” that Xbox and CoD4 for my birthday. Imagine
nothing to do. Just a little bit of math home- Playing “Call of Duty” (CoD) is a labor of This game was a the possibilities. With all the time I’ve put into
work. I’ll do it later. There’s “Call of Duty” to love. While it is incredibly fun and addicting, that stupid piece of plastic, I could have: cured
be played. at the same time, it is insanely frustrating. Any bad influence on cancer, learned to fly, solved world hunger,
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” was re- player will tell you that this game makes you my grades, but become a professional football player, been

leased in November. Since then, millions of a complete jerk at times. It’ll make you say granted the Rhodes Scholarship, won The Mas-
students and homework assignments have horrible, foul things that one wouldn’t even
it was also freak- ters, signed a multi-million dollar record deal,
by chris ANDRESEN been affected. The game is the sequel to the think of saying outside the realm of Xbox ing sweet. become President and maybe even have main-
wildly popular game “Call of Duty: Modern Live. To be frank, the game just straight up tained decent grades in math (in that order).
Warfare”. This game was a bad influence on my grades, but it was pisses people off. All right, kids. I know CoD is the greatest
also FREAKING SWEET. To say I anticipated the sequel coming That said, because this game is so frustrat- thing ever. I know how much fun it is to play
out is a gross understatement. ing, it forces players (including me) to play until the wee hours of the morning. But remem-
Back to the present. It is now 8 p.m., and my backpack re- more to improve their skill. School work suffers because of this. ber: play in moderation. Too much CoD is a very bad thing. It
mains unopened. My math homework remains untouched. Unfor- Let’s flashback to 2007 for a little while. I don’t have an Xbox detracts from your grades and makes your thumbs sore.
tunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. Damn you, “Call 360 yet, and my GPA is sitting at a solid 3.6. Let’s say I don’t get Take my advice to heart, and please, game responsibly.

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Alice Through the Ages by liz RINGLEIN

Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland SYNOPSIS
Lewis Carroll’s
bizarre masterpiece,
“Alice’s Adventures in Alice in Wonderland
Wonderland,” has been a
well-loved children’s tale for over (Tim Burton) REVIEW
140 years. It attracts the senses Tim Red Queen, however, is not to
through its mystical plot, eccen- Burton be confused with the Queen of
tric characters and the outlandish March has done Hearts. The Red Queen is a chess
scenery of the world of Wonder- Hare’s it again. piece in “Through the Looking-
land. home. He has added his Glass” but she is perceived more as
It starts off with six-year-old Upon ar- twisted views to a the Queen of Hearts in the movie.
Alice sitting with her sister on rival, a chaotic classic tale, reinvent- Throughout all of Underland, every
a river bank on a hot day. While and disheveled tea ing it and producing creature is anxiously waiting for
contemplating how to busy her party is commencing a modern but dark Frabjous Day, the day that Alice
mind, the sight of a hurried-look- and she becomes a guest, version of “Alice in Won- kills the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky
ing white rabbit scampers by along with the Mad Hatter derland.” and ends the Red Queen’s reign.
her. Being a naturally curious girl, and a sleepy dormouse. The movie, however, The movie has subtle hints
Alice chases after the rabbit and Being rather offended and does not follow the original to the classic tales interwoven
goes down a large rabbit hole in confused by the other guests of story plots of either of Lewis throughout it. Whether it’s through
pursuit. the party, Alice leaves the gather- Carroll’s books, but is more of a direct quotes, strong allusions or
Alice falls down the hole for ing and finds herself in the garden creative continuation. Alice Kingsley characters such as Tweedledee and
what seems like hours and, when of the demanding, implacable is now 19 years old and faces an Tweedledum, Burton stays true to
she finally hits the bottom, finds Queen of Hearts. The Queen, engagement to Hamish Ascot, the the books without losing his vision.
photo illustration by andrew
herself in a dark hall with locked screaming “Off with his head!” at BEAUMAN homely and intolerable son of the He has tweaked every single thing
doors lining it. Exploring the hall any unsatisfactory patron, orders man who has taken over Alice’s late in the film without ruining what
for unlocked doors, Alice comes Alice to join the croquet game, father’s company. Not sure about the book represents.
upon a glass table with a tiny where the equipment consists of a how to answer Hamish’s proposal, The Mad Hatter in Burton’s ver-
golden key that unlocks a 15-inch flamingos for mallets and hedge- Alice runs away and chases a white sion steps up as more of a hero and
tall door leading into a beautiful hogs as balls. rabbit, dressed in a blue waistcoat, protector of Alice than someone
garden. After meeting a gryphon and to a large rabbit hole just off the who spits riddles and is absorbed
Finding herself too tall for the hearing the mock-turtle’s tale, Ascots’ property. Falling down the in his tea-drinking. His relentless
door, Alice goes through three Alice is ordered to appear in court hole, Alice finds herself in the world and selfless commitment to Alice
size changes, small to big to small to find out who has stolen the of Underland. and her destiny is touching and
again, an emotional breakdown Queen’s beloved tarts. Growing Although Alice does not remem- heart-warming.
and two more size changes be- once again to a normal size and ber her original visit to Underland, With laughs and heart-wrench-
fore she finally makes it through riling up the court into an uncon- everyone has been awaiting her ing moments, the movie has a
to the garden. Here, she encoun- trolled argument, Alice is awoken return. However, she believes that terrific range of emotional demand
ters a caterpillar, famously smok- by her sister and finds herself still she is just trapped in another dream from its audience. The version that
ing a hookah, atop a mushroom. on the river bank and, pondering of her’s that she has had for as long Tim Burton has directed is a mar-
After a few more size changes whether or not her adventures as she can remember. She quickly velous and bizarre new spin of the
and meeting the Duchess and the that day were real or just a dream, finds that Iracebeth, the Red Queen, equally strange books that have
ever-grinning Cheshire Cat, Alice she runs off for dinner back home. has conquered her sister, Mirana, been around for so many lifetimes.
is pointed in the direction of the the White Queen, and now is the Definitely a must-see.
tyrannical ruler of Underland. The
Alice Timeline
1865: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published by Lewis Carroll.
1871: Carroll publishes the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”, which is more successful than its predecessor.
1903-1915: Three silent film versions of the movie are made.
1951: Disney creates the animated film, “Alice in Wonderland”. Also a part live-action version of the story is created at the same time, with sup-
porting characters portrayed as puppets.
1966-1999: A series of made-for-TV movies is created by various television stations.
2006: “The Looking Glass Wars” is a spin-off of the original and the first of three books written by Frank Beddor.
2009: The SyFy channel aired a mini-series called Alice.
March 5, 2010: A movie extension of the original novels is released, directed by Tim Burton.
8 March 12, 2010 feature

Fear of ovens
and swimming
in the ocean don’t
hold Bird back Ailurophobia
by kat SMITH
by kerry MORRIS
At the age of 13, most girls are afraid of things like creepy
crawly spiders and the occasional teenage boy. Though their Warm salty tears stream down the pink cheeks of her face as
fears may last for a little while, they are generally able to get she sits and awaits the return of her doctor in the office.
over it with age. Am I gonna die? the young girl wondered.
For senior Emily Bird, this doesn’t seem to be the case. At four years old, junior Molly Duda had a horrible encoun-
When Bird was 13, she accidentally bumped her arm on ter that forever ruined her.
the red hot coils of her oven, and hasn’t been able to A longtime friend named Creed lived at Duda’s grand-
put her hands in an oven since. The fear of being burned ma’s house. She would visit frequently and play hide and
seems pretty common, but it’s a little different when the seek with him. But one day Creed didn’t want be found. Lit-
phobia is so intense that even giant oven mitts cannot give tle Duda found him crouching behind a plant with his back
her the ability to bake. turned and decided it would be a good idea to seek him.
“I seriously cannot take stuff out of the oven,” Bird said. “I When she went to say hello, Creed, unaware and caught-
know it sounds weird but I am incapable of baking unless off guard, lunged at her and clawed Duda’s neck and chest
someone else can help me.” severely. Laying in agony on the floor and scared to move
Surprisingly, there actually is a name for the fear of ovens, in fear of another attack, Duda suffered and waited until her
clibanisophobia. And even if Bird is able to shake off her fear, grandpa came upon her and took her under his wing.
there is another fear that still plagues her. Selachophobia, the From that point on Duda will deal with Ailurophobia: the fear
fear of sharks. of cats. Still to this day, she cannot stand them.
After her older brothers made her watch the movie “Jaws” “I give them a look of disgust or punt them across the room,”
when she was only three years old, Bird can’t be in open water Duda said.
that is over her head. Not only the ocean, but any body of wa- After the incident she was taken to the doctor to get checked
ter. Pools, lakes, anything. for cat scratch fever. The area attacked was inflamed and she
“It doesn’t matter what type of water it is, if I’m completely was nauseated. Both are symptoms of the illness that 40 per-
under and have my eyes shut, it makes no difference,” Bird cent of cats carry. Luckily, Duda did not end up having the
said. “I still feel like a shark could come up and attack me.” sickness but was still left with the aftermath of the attack.
Though the phobia seems easily avoidable, Bird is even af- Having bad dreams, and crying every time Creed, or an-
fected by it in her sleep. She has the same reoccurring nightmare other cat came in contact with her, her grandma decided it
where she is underwater and opens her eyes, seeing only a giant was best to give the cat away.
shark coming straight for her. Bird does have a plan of attack if In addition to this clash, Duda also had problems with a stray
this nightmare ever comes to life. cat that took refuge underneath the porch at her old house.
“I limit myself to swimming in only bodies of water with a “It would scratch at the back door constantly,” Duda said
bunch of other people,” Bird said. “That way, when a shark “And then she had kittens and all they did was meow all the
comes it can eat the other people first, giving me the chance
to swim away to shore and safety. I know it seems kind of
Strangest Phobias time. It was dreadful.”
Whenever Duda is near a cat now, she experiences a
evil, but it will definitely work.” shortness of breath out of anxiety of what the cat may
Having one phobia seems like it’d be enough to shake Peladophobia – fear of bald or may not do.
up a person’s life pretty well, but Bird is able to manage Eisoptrophobia – fear of “They have ugly faces, and they slink around ev-
with two. seeing one’s self in a mirror erywhere,” Duda said. “They smell like tuna and are
Dextrophobia – fear of lazy,”
“It doesn’t really hold me back much now, but when Cacophobia – fear of ugli-
I’m older I could see myself running into some prob- things on the right side of Duda can’t seem to get away from the horror of
ness cats, her friends play jokes on her about it and wher-
lems,” Bird said. “And I don’t really think I’ll be getting the body
over it anytime soon.” Sciurophobia – fear of ever she goes, someone owns one as a pet. She
Geniophobia – fear of chins
squirrels hopes that with more exposure to them she will
Paralipophobia – fear of ne- overcome her phobia. But for now, cats remain the
Anatidaephobia — fear
glecting responsibly enemy.
that one is being watched “Their demeanor is that of a patient from ‘Shutter
Phagophobia – fear of being
by a duck Island’,” Duda said.
9 March 12, 2010 sports
Haslett names former MSU
defensive end Saint-Dic
Defensive Line Coach
by jerry EASTWOOD and even at the professional forced fumble in a career with
level in the National Football eight. All of that helped him get
Wednesdays after school usu- League. He is knowledgeable a chance to play for the Kansas
ally are the hardest for players about the game and brings the City Chiefs.
on the defensive line. As they experience that the Vikings “I enjoyed my time with the
enter the weight room, they need. Saint-Dic is very differ- Kansas City Chiefs,” Saint-Dic
anxiously wait for their defen- ent than many coaches. He said. “It was a dream come true
sive line coach. They know the isn’t the kind of coach to yell as many people told me I was
conditioning and the drills they at a player if he messes up or too short and not fast enough to
are about to do are intense and makes a bad play. Saint-Dic play at the next level.”
they have to go hard each and has his own way of coaching Saint-Dic knows the difficulty
every time. The clock hits 2:45 that he feels will bring the best of being a player. The two-a-
p.m. Jonal Saint-Dic enters the out in his players. days, the lifting, the training
school and prepares them for a “My coaching technique is camp, the off-season condition-
long challenging session. simple,” Saint-Dic said. “I work ing programs and more are all
Saint-Dic, a former Michi- on the little things like your part of being a football player.
gan State University defensive footwork or your technique But Saint-Dic actually finds it
end, has come to the Vikings to on the line, working hard and being a coach much more dif-
teach the defensive line. Saint- most importantly, going hard ficult.
Dic decided to work at Haslett every play.” “Coaching is a lot tougher
after full support from head Saint-Dic also is going to be than being a player,” Saint-Dic
varsity football coach Charlie disciplined with his players. said. “When you are a player,
Otlewski and the ability to get He will treat them with respect you know your abilities and
the job right away. but if they don’t try or make a what you are good at. When
“Coach O. showed a lot of mistake, they have crossed his you are a coach, each player is
love for me,” Saint-Dic said. line. like a math problem. You have
“He didn’t hesitate to give the “I am going to treat them to break down each player indi-
job to me. He said if I wanted it like men and I expect them to vidually. You have to figure out
I could have the job. I wanted act like men,” Saint-Dic said. their strengths, weaknesses, how
it and he gave it to me.” “If they aren’t going hard or fast they are and how strong
It will be Saint-Dic’s first time make a mistake, I will bench they are.”
being a coach. He knows that them like most coaches do and While he puts his NFL career
this is a chance to gain valuable they will probably make up for on hold, Saint-Dic is focused on
experience and knowledge it with running.” coaching the kids and provid-
about what it takes to become Wherever Saint-Dic has ing his knowledge of the game
a coach at the next level. How- gone, he has been a winner and for the younger generation. Not
ever, the most important thing his records and awards prove only will he be teaching them
to Saint-Dic is to teach kids to it. When he was a senior at about the game, he will also
be better players. Elizabeth High School in New teach them that there is a life
“Coaching at Haslett will Jersey, he was second team All after football as well. photo by taylor PARKER
help get my feet wet with coach- State Honors after recording “I want to teach these kids
24.5 sacks. When he attended MSU alum Jonal Saint-Dic and Coach Charlie Otlewski talk to future varsity football players junior Paul
ing,’’ Saint-Dic said. “I want to about life,’’ Saint-Dic said. “Foot-
Marvin, sophomore Johnny LaRosa and junior Andrew Heinz.
come in here and teach these Hudson Valley Community ball is something I did. It didn’t
kids about football and life. I College, he got the most sacks define me as a person. Life is coaching staff has and hopes the staff. It is better to learn take his coaching to the next
love kids and being around in a career with 21 and was more important than football. It to gain valuable information from someone who knows a level whether it is as a college
them. I want to teach them dis- named Northeast Football Con- helps you figure out what you from Otlewski. lot about the game.” coach or an NFL coach.
cipline and pass on what I have ference Defensive Player of the are going to do and to do that “I hope to learn a lot from As Saint-Dic approaches “The sky is the limit for me.”
learned. I want to make these Year as a sophomore. In 2007, you must come up with a plan Coach O.,” Saint-Dic said. “He his first season of coaching, Saint-Dic said, “I am only 25, so
kids better players and men.” while Saint-Dic was at MSU, and set high goals.” has a lot of experience and he knows he has a long road I am a fairly young coach. But
Saint-Dic has played foot- he was named First Team All Even as a coach, Saint-Dic he knows what he is talking ahead of him. But Saint-Dic is in five years I hope to be one of
ball for over 10 years, which Big Ten. Saint-Dic also holds will still be learning. He sees about. Haslett has a great staff determined that his intense pas- the top defensive coordinators
includes high school, college the Big Ten Record with most the knowledge that the Viking and great friendships within sion for the game will help him in the country.”

The love and passion for gymnastics

My feet that matters, and all worries ever something upsets me, I I was surprisingly able to ac- ter and actually be more pro- passion is there.
by kat
pound against seem to fade. Gymnastics has know that I can go to the gym complish a lot that day, and ductive at practice. Before each beam routine,
SMITH the beam after been my safe haven my whole and completely forget about not only gymnastics-wise. I A friend of mine talked to Coach Marcie looks at me
flying through life, and though at times it whatever is wrong. Last year, I also had time to forget about me about how running proves sternly and says, “Kat, find
the air. I ar- causes stress, it somehow man- was so upset after typical high what had happened and move to do the same for her. When your bubble.” And from there I
rive in my ages to calm me down at the school relationship troubles, I on. Gymnastics is the best ad- her feet hit the ground and her know exactly what to do. Block
own world same time. didn’t even want to consider vice I’ve ever been given. strides take her wherever she out all that is surrounding me
and nothing I love gymnastics because to getting out of my house until I’ve noticed that this part wants to be, she enters her own and go big on everything. After
else seems to do well, you need to put your- my older sister, who is currently of gymnastics is the same for world. She is able to put every- practicing the same routine for
matter. self in your own little bubble, my coach, threw a leotard at me each member on my team. thing behind and concentrate months, the confidence is there.
Sports are and having that ability can help and forced me into her car. We After some of the girls have a on what really matters at that All that matters is that my feet
a great way to channel thoughts with pretty much anything in went to open gym at The Sum- rough day, I always tell them moment, running. You can hit the beam, and the rest of my
and get through pretty much life. We learn to block every- mit where I was able to finally to use their frustration and put take this to any sport really; it world slips away.
anything. You are given the thing out and focus on what we smile again. She pushed me it towards what they are work- doesn’t matter as long as the
ability to block out everything need to do to succeed. When- to my limit on each event and ing on. It makes them feel bet-
10 March 12, 2010 sports
Death Sentence
The problems with concussions
Senior Colin player; you have to speak out
Kopke was playing about any possible concussion
against the DeWitt symptoms you have. Accord-
Panthers when ing to, 85 percent of
he got slammed concussions go undiagnosed,
into the ground. which is an eye-popping num-
As soon as he got ber to see.
hit, he knew some- Along with getting a con-
thing was wrong. cussion, you have a better
by jerry Kopke’s vision chance of getting diagnosed
EASTWOOD became blurry and with depression. According to
he started seeing Dr. Kevin M. Guskiewicz, you
spots. He got up are three times more likely to
and figured he could just shake be diagnosed with depression
it off, so he stayed in the game if you have had three or more
and continued to play. After a concussions and one-and-a-half
couple of plays, Kopke was still more times likely to be diag-
seeing fuzziness and spots and nosed with depression if you Left: Senior Eric Ratkiewicz’s height gives his team an advantage. Middle: Junior Tim Stockwell and senior Brian Pless- photos by taylor PARKER
decided to take himself out of only had one or two concus- cher battle for the ball in the air. Right: After winning two out of three games, Ratkiewicz, senior Shelby Deimling and
the game. He told the coaches sions. Stockwell receive their first place trophies.

IM Volleyball is a success
what he was experiencing and This is why the NFL has fol-
they allowed him to sit. A cou- lowed a new concussion guide-
ple of days later, after taking line, stating that a player who
some tests, Kopke got back the has shown any signs of a pos-
results and learned that he had sible concussion cannot come by jake LAMPMAN
“I feel that overall it went Many of the participants, change is the amount of time
suffered a concussion. back into a game and if they
It’s Thursday, the 2:23 very well,” Terres said. “We including senior Torey Deim- they got to play.
Concussions have become are diagnosed with a concus-
bell rings to let Haslett stu- had 45 participants including ling, enjoyed the intramural “Some of the kids would
one of the most serious issues sion, they must sit out the fol-
dents out where many hurry Mr. Alescio, Mrs. Pringle and league more than the volley- get mad when we had to take
regarding sports because of the lowing week. And mostly all

off to the locker room to get myself, and it was competitive ball class just because it was the nets down,” Terres said,
long term dangers. In profes- the players support it because
changed for basketball prac- competitive alone, and every- “because they would be in the
sional sports, concussions have they know that there could be
ended the football careers of something developing inside tice, cheer practice and band It’s better one wanted to win.
“It’s better than volleyball
middle of a close game and
we couldn’t let them play it out
practice. However, there are
Troy Aikman and Zach Thom-
as and have contributed to Kurt
their brain and the possible
long term damage could poten- 42 students along with volley- than vol- class because everyone takes because there was a practice
Warner ending his hall of fame tially be life-threatening. ball teacher Patty Terres, her leyball class it serious,” Deimling said. “In
volleyball class you can run
coming in right after us.”
With the exception of the
Haslett has followed these intern Bryan Alescio and var-
career. This also has become a
problem with players because guidelines as well. If a player sity volleyball coach Colleen because ev- into the net and go over a line, time limit, the league was
but in IM if you do that it just a success in the eyes of the
eryone takes

they don’t speak up if they is diagnosed with a concussion, Pringle that head down to the
practice gym to participate won’t go over well because participants. So much so that
have a concussion or a pos- they cannot play in any game
sible concussion-like symptom. until they are approved by a in the intramural volleyball it serious. the other team will call you
on it.”
Terres is trying to get a gym
time for a spring league. This,
According to the Associated doctor and the trainer. These league that wrapped up Satur-
Press, after doing a poll of 160 are the mandatory steps the day afternoon. -Torey Deimling, With competition one can combined with outdoor spring
Terres, who thought of the senior expect some disagreements sport practices, could possibly
NFL players, nearly 20 percent school needed to take and they
idea so kids could play volley- among some of the athletes, open up longer gym times.
of players said they have hid- have made sure that no player
ball outside of the actual class but Levine believes it comes The season wraped up
den or downplayed the effects comes back into the field of
and school, was very pleased with a territory. March sixth, in which junior
of a concussion. And over 50 play until they are fully healed
with the first session that the “There were times when Tim Stockwell and seniors
percent of the surveyed group from their concussion
high school has ever had. and a good time.” people got a little too into it, Shelby Deimling and Eric Rat-
said they had a concussion. Concussions have become a
Terres started IM volleyball Senior Kyle Levine, who is and there were arguments,” kiewicz won the tournament.
Even after one concussion, serious matter in the world and
so that students who couldn’t one of the IM participants, Levine said. “But it’s going to “I don’t think it could have
problems may arise. it is up to the coaches and play-
take the class this semester also thought it was a favorable happen because it’s a competi- gone any better,” said Terres.
One of the studies that has ers to help diagnose any possi-
would have the chance to experience. tive sport and they all pretty “The kids are competing and
proved the problems of concus- ble concussion right away. For
play. And so it could be a little “It was probably my favorite much go hand in hand.” having fun, and that’s all you
sions was of former NFL player the coaches, if a player comes
bit more competitive as well. part of the day,” Levine said. Although everything can ask for when running an
Andre Waters. Waters was a up and says they have dizzi-
Terres was very pleased with “It went well and the best part went relatively smoothly, the IM league like this.”
safety in the National Football ness, have blurry vision or say
the results of the league. was how competitive it got.” only thing that Terres would
League for the Philadelphia Ea- they are seeing spots, you need
gles and the Arizona Cardinals. to sit them out. There is no ex-

By the numbers...
In 2005, Waters committed sui- cuse ever to put a player back
cide at the age of 44. They did into the field of play if they are BREAKING NEWS:
a study on the brain and found experiencing any symptoms
the long term effects of Waters’ that could be from a possible Robert Currier has of-
ficially been offered the
concussions disturbing. Waters
had the brain tissue of an 85-
concussion. And to the players,
don’t be afraid to speak up if 52
The number of wins fresh-
18 137.325 position as the girls var-
year-old and had shown early you have any concussion-like The number of points senior The score posted by the sity basketball coach.
signs of Alzheimer’s because of symptoms. It doesn’t make you man Taylor Grenawalt had in Dominic Choma scored Haslett/Williamston/Bath This was Currier’s first
the multiple concussions he sus- a wimp or soft if you need to be wrestling this season, making against the DeWitt Panthers gymnastics team at the re- year of coaching varsity,
tained while playing football. pulled out of a game or have to him one of Haslett’s most to help lead the Vikings to a gional finals, earning them a
dominant and productive 59-53 victory and winning
although he was work-
According to, sit out of practice. This is about trip to the state finals, a first in
your life and having the ability wrestlers this year. the season series against the Haslett High School history. ing under the title of in-
one concussion can cause mul-
tiple problems. Symptoms can to live a long, healthy life for Panthers 2-1. terim coach.
range from confusion, head-
aches, nausea, mood changes,
years to come.
4.57 1
“He did a good job
this year and now will be
The 40-time junior Jake Lamp- The number of times the the permanent replace-
sensitivity to light and more. man ran at the ESPN Rise
Most people say that after one competitive cheer team has ment,” athletic director
Combine, where hundreds of won the league title. The
concussion, you are fine but it athletes in football Jamie Gent said. “This
still can lead to long, everlast- team outperformed every- decision was approved
performed. one this season and earned
ing effects. This is why as a by all.”
Haslett’s first league title.
11 March 12, 2010 sports


Talented diver demolishes McLauchlan’s
records everywhere he goes • McLauchlan

by zach PARKER
McLauchlan also broke holds the 6-dive
“I remember my dad teach-
He is one of the varsity record twice with record (334.15).
ing me how to dive. The first 334.15 ponts with six dives and
time I jumped, I did a belly
smacker instead of a dive,” ju- the hardest 471.50 points with 11 dives.
“He is one of the hardest • Holds the 11-
nior Chris McLauchlan said.
Starting at the age of six, working working athletes I have ever
coached in any sport,” boys
dive record,
McLauchlan found his true
athletes in swimming coach Bob Oliver which he broke
love in diving. said.
Tuesday (471.50).
“It’s the greatest feeling in any sport. McLauchlan is getting

the world standing at the edge looked at by multiple colleges
of the board and knowing you - boys swim throughout the nation, but he • He also has
have everyone’s attention,” coach Bob Oliver is leaning more toward Michi-
McLauchlan said. gan State University. “I’m five pool records
McLauchlan has had a suc-
cessful career at Haslett High
thinking about going to State around the area.
because it’s close to home
School. He is the only person and I have been working with
in the school’s history to be their coach for a while now,” • Holds the
named an All-American. er and harder to regain that McLauchlan said.
“I was a freshman when I title.” Even though McLauchlan is Haslett Invita-
was named All-American and McLauchlan was also leaning toward MSU and has tional Meet re-
it was the greatest feeling in named fifth in the state and big plans in his future, he will
the world,” McLauchlan said. was on the dream team for the never forget who taught him cord.
“Now each year I work hard- state of Michigan. the basics—his dad.

Kosloski is highly dedicated to team

No matter how many times son’s competitions, Kosloski is dominates the team’s practic- task as many may think. “You
she steps onto the mats to per- proud of the way her team has es. Because such perfection is really need to work on body
form, Hayley Kosloski always delivered. demanded, Kosloski reaches control to be a flyer,” Kosloski
gets anxious. Even though the “At the beginning of the sea- out to struggling teammates said, “so I try to work hard at
junior has been cheering since son, we were really committed who need extra guidance all times.”
freshman year, she still gets and it’s paying off,” Kosloski through certain manuevers. Kosloski also has high
the jitters. said. “We have done really, re- “I figure out the counts for hopes for next year’s cheer
“I get really nervous before ally well.” most of our moves,” Kosloski season, and a hidden hope.
I perform but it goes away Getting to this point has tak- said, “so I like to help peo- “I would love to be a cap-
once we start,” Kosloski said. en a lot of concentration and ple if they’re struggling when tain next year,” Kosloski said
Being on the varsity cheer effort from the team. Warm- learning them.” in a humble tone, “but we just
team that has claimed the ups, stretches and the deter- Kosloski is a flyer for the have to see how everything
first spot in most of the sea- mination to perfect each move team, which is not an easy plays out.”

Junior Chris McLauchlan dives in the pool during one of his meets.

photos by taylor PARKER

Junior Hayley Kosloski doing a backhand spring during practice.
12 March 12, 2010 photo story
defeating dewitt for
Left: Junior Zach Parker goes up against a De-
Witt player for the rebound. Middle: Seniors
Meghan Gifford, Ben Rathbun, Cammy Hen-
ry and Emily Veit paint signs for the game at
four corners. Below: Players on the sideline
jump up in excitement for their teammates.

Right: Coach Rob Porritt fires up
the boys during a time out in
the fourth quarter. Below: Junior
captain Zach Porritt defends a
Panther as the crowd cheers on. Right: The buzzer announces the end of
the game and the Haslett Vikings win dis-
tricts. Below Right: Seniors rush the court
to celebrate.

Photos by Ryan Cyzman

and Taylor Parker

photo story by TAYLOR PARKER