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  1. 1. The PurPle SageWaunakee Community High School Volume 9, Issue 5 Presented by The Wednesday Society February 16, 2011 Waunakee, WI Construction builds onOpinion Dance team Lily Vanderbloemen News Editor controversy As the school community is rightly aware, WHS has leads to been undergoing construction Is homework helpful? To read the great throughout the school year. This construction includes increasedFeatures debate, see page 4. the addition of a new office, a second stor y above the awareness 1200 wing, additional science classrooms, as well as Olivia Knier renovations to the commons. Editor in Chief To n y R o t h s c h a d l , t h e The WHS girls’ dance team project superintendent, said, placed first at the regionalTurn to page 8 to read on “There is usually quite a bit dance competition on Januarythe romance scene at WHS. of communication between Principal Brian Kersten stands in the construction zone of what will be 29, qualifying for the state the architects and users of competition.“Entertainment the new front office. (Photo by Lily Vanderbloemen) the space before it gets built.” At state, the girls placed “The Social Network” Therefore, changes to the again once construction to that D u r i n g t h e w i n t e r, second, which is higher thanand “The King’s Speech” initial construction plans have addition resumes. Rothschadl approximately 10 construction the WHS dance team has not been made. Principal Brian said, “At the end of March, workers have been working ever placed before at theare joined by successful Kersten also said, “changes early part of April, when all that on the project, but by summer state competition. However,competitors “Inception” cost money.” snow goes down, then we’ll Rothschadl estimated that a recent controversy emerged ”and “Toy Story 3” in the Kersten meets every other go back to building that area as many as 100 men will be regarding the “Get Crazy ” Monday for half an hour to an up on top.” working on the construction.Best Picture Category. The completion date still lies theme of their competition hour with the project members In spite of the poor weather, routine. – Senior Emily Drewry to address questions or other the new office area has made at the start of the 2011-2012 on Oscar nominees The controversy has sparked situations that come up during great strides. Mud and water school year. some thought in the minds For more on the Oscars, the construction process. cover the ground as tarps of Principal Brian Kersten see page 11. The construction of the outline what will be the walls. and Activities Director Brian second story addition has been Water drips from the ceiling Smith. In the minds of someSports halted due to the unfavorable as heat vents blast through spectators of the regional and Gymnastics weather conditions, or as the room heating the workers state dance competitions, the heads to Kersten said, “Mother Nature within. The outlines vaguely dance and costumes with a the Badger won.” Classrooms had been resemble a front office, but “Get Crazy ” theme pushed disrupted in November by within two to three weeks the envelope past the point of Conference various construction sounds, a vast improvement will be The front office begins to take making a bold statement. As a meet. and noises can be expected apparent. shape in February. For more, (Photo by Lily Vanderbloemen)  see DANCE page 3 Gr ding Our School see page 15.Sage Page Lily Vanderbloemen giving them either a four or a Turn your dollar into a News Editor five. In regards to friendliness fabulous piece of art. and knowledge, the officeTurn to page 16 to learn As first semester came to a staff scored B’s. Comments WHS students close, the staff of The Purple d from students included, “Mrs. t Car how now. Sage distributed a survey to and staff give Harrison is awesome!” “Very r Repo roughly 240 staff and students friendly,” “Always willing to the high school at WHS. The survey consisted WHS help,” “I love them.” One staff of nine areas to be graded with its very own member wrote, “Friendly, most ter 1 three criterion each. For each helpful staff that I have ever s Seme report card on criteria, those surveyed had met!” TS the option of selecting a grade MEN s the first COM ith name of one through five, with one Administrators (including ood w semester of being the lowest and five being DE principal and assistant GRA Very g the 2010- the highest. The results of the principals): SS B stic ld of survey are shown below. Fanta get a ho B • 4.16 C LA 2011 school rs A/B to e With an average ranking ini strato Hard extra mil h year. Office Staff (including front of a 4 or 5, they received a Adm ff C the unc and guidance office): e Sta Go zed l B. The survey asked about Offic lors rgani A/B • 4.48 B availability, friendliness and se Diso The office staff received Coun ial Staff personal connection and B lines taff the highest grade of an A/B, overall knowledge of the d d Custo and Foo ts Grea ntered which would be similar to school community in this en a B+ or A- on our grading Kitch er Staff ce section. Consistently across B id Self- ing room system, out of all subjects in the board, all three areas Prov rs C us Conf rs question. The area the office scored a B. Comments from he Teac ts staff scored the highest in was e B numb nough students included, “Very good availability and willingness to n Stude Building with names,” and “Grabs and tE Stric help, with 95 percent of people Mommo are the best!” One ol Scho N/A WHS REPORT CARD GRADE SCALE s Rule  see REPORT CARD Sc hool 4.5-5.0 A 3.5-4.0 C page 2 4.0-4.5 B 3.0-3.5 D
  2. 2. NEWSLily Vanderbloemen, News EditorReport Card great!” Teachers commented, As one student put it, “Why do the categor y of teachers, another student said, “Cell “Wide variety!” and “We have we run out of cookies by late comments were made phones are allowed to go off from Page 1 a great staff!” One student said, “Love all my teachers,” lunch?” regarding the differentiations depending on the student. without being taken,” and “[I] always see people usingteacher noted that we have, and another wrote, “Awesome C o u n s e l o r s ( i n c l u d i n g One teacher said, “Not a good phones in class.” A common“Amazing administrators.” teaching community.” guidance and Pathways): idea to classify all students theme among the comments C • 3.96 into one category! It’s not fair was that the rules were notSchool Building: Custodial Staff: The counselors had the to all.” Other comments from equally enforced. One teacherB • 4.16 B • 4.09 second to lowest score of students included, “Mixed, as said, “Not all teachers are The school building received The custodial staff had an a C. An area of particular kids tend to be rude, many on the same page and theyan overall ranking of a B. In average score of a B. The criteria weakness was accessibility, students are helpful and kind,” should be,” and anotherregards to safety and set-up, that people were surveyed where counselors scored D/C, or “Average. There are ups commented, “Not consistentlyit received A’s. The lowest on included: accessibility, which would be a D+ or C- on and downs for ever yone.” enforced.” One student madescoring category was sense w i l l i n g n e s s t o h e l p a n d WHS’s grading scale. A student One student said, “In general, the comment, “Rules are notof community, in which an knowledge of school building. comment regarding this said, okay, but some bad seeds. equally enforced. If the ruleaverage score of a C was In the area of accessibility, the “Guidance counselor is hard One faculty member made the is not enforced, then there is “received. One student made custodial staff scored comment regarding no point in the rule existing.”the comment, “What sense of an average of a C and the students as, “self- However, one senior wrote, ”community?” Other comments received B’s in both Why do we run out of centered, rules don’t “[School rules] have gottenprimarily dealt with the willingness to help and cookies by late lunch? apply, entitlement.” much better since when I wasconfusing room numbers as knowledge of schoolone faculty member said, building. One student – From a Student Survey A n o t h“The p e r s o nwrote, er students a freshman and less stringent.” While these grades“The room numbers should commented, “I have here are nice to one are subjective, the schoolbe consecutive.” In addition, yet to meet an unfriendly to get a hold of, and when another compared to other community can learn froma student said, “Poor parking janitor.” One teacher said, she is available you have to schools. There could be more them. It should be noted thatarrangements after 8:15.” “[The custodians] have gone wait 10 students and miss sensitivity to people of lower one staff member made the the extra mile for me at times part of class.” Another student income and to other cultures.” comment, “I think we have anTeachers: – outstanding.” said, “My guidance counselor amazing school all around!”B • 4.09 is never there.” In both the School Rules: Te a c h e r s r e c e i v e d a n Kitchen & Food provider areas of friendliness and Strict Enough Editor’s Note:overall grade of a B. Areas staff: knowledge, the counselors School rules include dress Grades were calculatedgraded were knowledge of B • 4.04 scored an average of a B rating. code, cell phone/iPod use, based on results of a WHSsubject being taught, teaching T h e k i t c h e n a n d f o o d One student said, “I love my Pu r p l e Pa s s , e t c . T h o s e Semester One Report Cardstyle and friendliness and providers received an overall guidance counselor, she has sur veyed were given the survey given by The Purplepersonal connection. Teachers grade of a B. In the areas of been super helpful to planning option of circling whether Sage. The survey wasscored the lowest in the area friendliness and knowledge of my classes.” they thought the rules were administered to approximatelyof teaching style with a C kitchen and menu items, the ‘weak sauce strict,’ ‘somewhat 240 students and staff fromoverall, while the other two staff received B’s. Regarding Students: strict,’ ‘strict enough,’ ‘very January 26 through Februarycategories’ average rankings this criteria, one student C • 3.62 strict’ or ‘hardcore strict.’ After 4, 2011. Those surveyed werewere B’s. As both faculty commented, “Very nice and Students scored the lowest averaging the data, ‘strict required to give their gradeand students pointed out, helpful.” Regarding efficiency, on the survey with an overall enough’ is how the school or staff position but remainedteachers vary greatly. As one the kitchen and food staff grade of a C. Students were ranked overall. Some students anonymous. The survey doesstaff member said, “Depends received a C ranking, with the graded in three areas: respect made comments on how strict not reflect the views and oron the person, some are not lowest rankings dealing with t o w a r d o t h e r s , b e h a v i o r the rules were such as, “Chill opinions of the staff of Thevery approachable; others are the issue of few food choices. and attitude. Similarly, to out with the phone rule.” While Purple Sage.New unit introduced in English 9 New brand at Koko group’s personal utopia, then outside of their normalOlivia Knier volunteered to explain its classroom environment, andEditor in Chief features and name to the entire it gets students’ attention. Freshmen groggily strolled group of students and teachers After the groups came up andinto the PAC not knowing what present. shared their personal utopias,to expect from their English English Instructor Lisa which involved anythingteachers on a recent Friday Carothers led the activity. from realistic humanitarianmorning. As they sat down Regarding the presentation for goals to riding on elephantsfor a multimedia presentation English 9’s Dystopia unit, she instead of cars, the groupsEnglish 9’s new “Dystopia” unit said, “We thought we would swapped utopias and foundkicked off. do something a little different the flaws of their peers’ designs A dystopia is the opposite and kick this unit off together.” before writing a summary ofof the term “utopia.” It can be She later commented that how utopias can go wrong.a perfect world that has gone getting students together who As Carothers concludedterribly wrong due to some do not see each other regularly this exercise, she said, “The Kokopelli Café staff (from left to right) Josh Christie, Courtney Buett-apocalyptic event or just a in their English classes builds a problem with a utopia is that mann, Sarah Wirth, Hailey Fancher, Kayla Tarantino and Alison Malekworld that is only perfect for a sense of unity among the class they are usually not a utopia stand at the ready for their customers.select group of people. and a more diverse exchange for everyone.” set up is an easier transition Olivia Knier This event took place for half of ideas than in class. In the upcoming unit, “to what the Kokopelli staff Editor in Chiefof the freshman class on Friday, An idea like this to get students will be able to choose will experience when theyJanuary 28 during first hour. students excited about a new from four novels, The Road Kokopelli Café has recently get a job in the community.”The students were handed unit came about with a simple by Cormac McCarthy, The undergone changes to improve She said the set up of usinga worksheet to complete discussion between teachers. Hunger Games by Suzanne its products and efficiency. individual blenders and otherduring a video presentation Carothers said, “The teachers Collins, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Kokopelli Café changed their hand machines are not whatand were asked to write a were collaborating. Since it’s a Bradbury and Feed by M.T. machines, the brand of their most eating establishments indefinition of a utopia based new unit, we thought it would Anderson, with the theme of products, added new products our community use. The skillson the images, sounds and be a good idea to get [students] dystopia to read during the unit. and eliminated old ones during of cleaning and using moreclips in the presentation. The working together to show them Meanwhile, English 9 students exam week. industrial type machines thanpresentation included many that all ninth graders are doing will no longer read Fallen When asked about the were previously used shouldpositive images including this new unit with them.” Angels or write a research reason for the change, Special be useful in the future of thewarm vacation destinations. She also commented that it paper regarding the Vietnam Education Instr uctor and Kokopelli staff at various jobs.After, the freshmen divided gave students a chance to see War as previously been done Kokopelli advisor Monicainto groups to design their another side of their teachers, in the class. Dedrick said that the new  see Koko page 3 Page 2 The Purple Sage February 16, 2011
  3. 3. NEWSDance occurred to these individuals, according to Kersten, there is Smith. He also commented on the pride he felt for the Koko Company and right now is one of a few coffee brands which Pepsi owns. An employee of from Page 1 still work to do. dance team when they were  from Page 2 the Pepsi Company visitedresult, the administration plans While it is unsure exactly open to working with the O b v i o u s l y, t h e s w i t c h the school for a meeting withto make some changes on the how the school plans to raise National Alliance on Mental could raise some concern Athletic Director Brian Smithway sensitive issues such as awareness for some serious Illness Wisconsin. The group for the faithful regulars and and after seeing Berres Brothersmental health are regarded in mental and emotional issues approached Kersten and Smith newcomers to Kokopelli, but cups all over the school, askedthe school. that can often be overlooked after the dance had been overall the change has been where they had came from. The dance team performed in the high school setting, performed at the regional meet positive. Smith explained that the schoola routine at the regional Kersten confirmed that he to suggest writing an apology The regular iced cappuccino had a coffee shop and took themeet that some fans deemed is planning to take some to be read before the state and iced chocolate drinkers Pepsi representative there. Theinsensitive towards those who steps in order to increase performance. After Kersten a r e g e t t i n g u s e d t o t h e representative kept in contactsuffer mental health problems. the sensitivity towards these and Smith finished preparing r e p l a c e m e n t f o r t h e s e with the staff of Kokopelli after “In response, they altered their issues with the help of staff it, they showed it to the team, eliminated drinks: chocolate the visit and suggested theycostumes, eliminating and according to and caramel frappés. The think about changing their ”t h e w o r d s “ Ps y c h We have to heighten aware- Smith, “They were new products also include brand to Roasted Bean.Ward” from their strait ness about some issues. receptive to the caramel cappuccinos and After much sampling, testingjacket-resembling ideas of changing French vanilla cappuccinos. and consideration of the newtops and drafted an –Principal Brian Kersten the uniform [prior to Otherwise, all the products m a c h i n e s a n d p r o d u c t s ,apology to those they the state meet] and are the same, just a different “[the vote] was pretty even,offended which they read from the guidance department making amends. They got it.” brand. According to Dedrick, so we decided to go for thebefore their state competition and school psychologist Craig In regards to a future system “people have said they like change,” said Dedrick. Theseperformance. Wille. Kersten also said that he of review before dances can the new hot chocolate better.” votes were casted by various When asked about his has received countless emails be performed, Kersten said, The new brand, Roasted Kokopelli regulars includingthoughts on the situation, and phone calls from schools “It would be cumbersome Bean, is a division of the Pepsi Administrative Assistant PatK e r s t e n s a i d , “ I t ’ s v e r y and individuals all around the to schedule the review of Harrison,unfortunate that the situation country regarding the issue. all dances before they go to Attendanceoccurred, but now it’s Athletic Director Brian Smith performance, but I want to Secretaryhappened. It can be a reminder echoed Kersten’s tone of make clear that we should use Deb Paulson,to us to be sensitive about the learning from this experience. this as a learning moment to be Assistant[difficult] issues some students “You have to learn something conscious of the many issues Trevor Evansface on a daily basis.” from every situation, but it’s people in society face today.” and various Dance team coach Erin just really just a matter of Kersten closed by saying, students.Cotter, in an interview with awareness when anybody “ We d o n ’ t w a n t t o j u s t Tr y out thethe Capital Times, said, “The in the school comes up with apologize and hope it goes new Kokopellithought never crossed my something. They have to be a w a y, w e h a v e t o m o v e products duringmind or the school’s or the aware because of the visibility forward to heighten awareness its 8:30-10:15parents’ or the kids’ that it was of this school. Because of about some issues.” New machines at Kokopelli produce caramel and a.m. hours.about mental illness.” While our school’s success in many mocha frappés sold for $1.50 each.the thought may have never things, people look at us,” said (Photo by Olivia Knier) The decisions you make Today can have a lasTing impacT on your fuTure. sTarT by choosing edward Jones. Market volatility can make you second-guess your long-term investment strategy. You may have questions, and it’s essential that your financial services firm and financial advisor provide Free cookie for you with the attention you deserve to help ensure you’re on track to meet your long-term financial goals. At Edward Jones, we believe our unique, face-to-face approach makes us best-suited to serve long-term investors, attendees of especially when it comes to meeting their current needs and future financial goals. Waunakee sports Call today to schedule a complimentary financial review. 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  4. 4. OPINIONJamie Warner, Opinion EditorHomework: root of success or insomnia? work we have to do can lead they are going to be the ones one third of all children (thoseLily Vanderbloemen Olivia KnierNews Editor to a decline in sleep, but do who have to grade them. Many under 18) suffer undue stress Editor in Chief you honestly believe you will assignments are superfluous, from exactly that, excess America often prides itself on be getting anything more but there is still something you You get home from practice work. Many studies show thatbeing one of the best countries than six hours of sleep at can get out of them, whether around 6 p.m., eat some dinner people who relax, even forfor education. However, when college? If anything, we should it is learning to take better and shower, and now it is 7 only a short time, are moreexamining the statistics, the be thanking our teachers for notes, using critical thinking p.m. Your time to relax, with productive when they returnUnited States has actually been preparing us for the workload or increasing your vocabulary. some reading or T.V. perhaps, to their workplace, or in ourfalling behind. in college, where you are If you still find those stupid has vanished. Why? case, our studies. Students and According to the Associated not assigned twenty pages of imperialism history questions Graded homework for teachers will work better withPress, high school graduation reading and a worksheet but irrelevant, just think: some day the three classes on your each other if students have lessrates nationwide are 70 rather sixty pages of reading you will be a whiz on Jeopardy. schedule tomorrow is due in busy work and teachers havepercent but dipping below 50 and an essay. Staying up High school is ultimately a approximately 13 hours. In less homework to grade.percent in some of our nation’s working on homework is not small stepping stone in our life short, too much homework Not only does too muchlargest cities such as Detroit ideal, but it is our only option. preparing us for the avalanche increases student stress levels homework stress us out, itand Indianapolis. If you are sleep deprived, you of adulthood, and homework to unhealthy amounts and can could lead to an unhealthy Spending 8:15 a.m. to 3:25 will find time to make it up is a tool to help expand on our waste their valuable time. decline in the amount of sleepp.m. in school from Monday somewhere, and maybe that knowledge. If you are serious With weekends filled with we get. Staying up late to finishto Friday with free weekends, does mean dropping one of about getting a good education work schedules, potential busy work for a class makesdays and even weeks off, we your various extracurriculars. and learning more than ninety family activities and other you irritable and unfocused todo not have it that bad when If you are finding homework “quality ” minutes provided various catch up items from learn the following school day.compared to other developed completely bogging you down, every other day, you will do the week, there is little time Obviously, this is not healthy forcountries. Some students tr y not going on Facebook your homework. to relax. Working to increase any human being, especiallynot only spend longer hours when you sit down to work on In six years when we are all our knowledge is important as growing teenagers.in school each day but also your essay; you will be amazed out there looking for jobs, you students, but constantly being We all have 24 hours inare in class half of Saturdays. at how much time you save. will thank your high school for loaded with extra work outside a d a y, c o m m i t m e n t s t oOur federal government has Fi n a l l y, t h e h o m e w o r k the free education it provided the 7.5 hours we spend at extracur ricular activitiesbeen striving for improvement assigned, is assigned for a – no matter what stress it school every day is unnecessary inside and outside of school,in education systems in the reason. My math teacher, Mr. evoked. and unhealthy. According to a need to spend time withUnited States, and cutting Millar, recently told us how we Parenting Magazine, almost our families and friends andhomework makes this harder. would never use trigonometric different circumstances that Students are busy. With proofs in real life, require a lot of attention. Whyclasses, sports, jobs, clubs, but we would use should our time be wastedfamily and friends, everyone the critical thinking doing worksheets to cramr uns short on time. The behind them. This is superfluous informationextra workload we bring an excellent point. into our overflowing youngon ourselves we do for our If you are finding minds? It should not. If therepersonal enjoyment or for that all the work and is something crucial for us tocollege application. Yes, it can topics in a class learn in order to live well, moreinduce stress. However, in pointless, power to the teachers that arethe real world when we are a do not fostering our society by helpinglittle stressed out because we take the us learn valuable information,have to drive our kids to soccer class; but are worksheets of graphingpractice, clean the house and for the translated trigonometricmanage the PTO meeting, and m o s t functions really going to helpour boss wants that proposal p a r t me get my first job? Absolutelyon his desk by Monday, we those not. These types of assignmentscannot simply sleep in first classes are unnecessary and a wastehour. By learning at a young are not of time.age how to manage stress, required. In closing, high schoolwe will learn to efficiently E v e r y teachers should reconsidermanage time and to prioritize, piece of what topics are worth givingmaking us better citizens and homework homework on and are crucialemployees. Also, we have a teacher for the student to understandbeen doing homework for assigns leaving high school withoutyears and now have it naturally is with a giving students or themselvesbuilt into our schedules. purpose the stress of finishing busy There is no doubt all the because work. “School is a B “A. I’ve worked at another school “A-, we have a good because it’s ballin’.” in the past. Students and staff here community.” John Putnam are wonderful, very enjoyable.” Amanda Mathwig Grade 12 Amy Neitzel Grade 11 Family and Consumer Education Instructor “ our school? “B. Most teachers “B. It’s still school, How would you ” are fun, and most but there are good students are good people.” Henry Lemcke teachers.” Morgan Parnell grade Grade 10 (See News for more on results of student survey) Grade 9 Photo poll by Lydia Dorn and Jamie WarnerPage 4 The Purple Sage February 16, 2011
  5. 5. OPINION WEDNESDAY SOCIETY speaks Q uotable THE UOTE A Warfare of Words The disagreement goes beyond that of the original “ misunderstanding, and the cycle of ill-feeling and counter A barrage of bitter hostility is let loose at a new foe, ill-feeling will continue to run until someone decides to stop and sharp retaliations fly back and forth within a harsh it. We urge those embroiled in a disagreement to do just that: battlefield. Indignant retorts flare forward and crater to drop their weapon of words and save each other further I realized the earth. Before more damage ensues, it is important to damage. After all, life is hard enough as it is. Why wage war remember a point often lost in the chaos and heat of anger: when you could live in peace? that if I had what started the disagreement in the first place. Every single human being makes many mistakes daily. A spark of disagreement can come in a variety of forms: We do not think about everything that comes out of our to choose, It can be an insensitive word, a poorly timed turn of a mouths. If we did, we would be spending the majority of phrase, or just a simple misunderstanding. What all our time processing what to say instead of conversing and reacting. Now, this does not mean to spout off whatever pops I would misunderstandings have in common, though, is that they are rarely intentional. Few people are insensitive simply for the sake of being insensitive. Instead, people perform careless into your head at any given moment; instead, take in your environment and react respectfully. rather have actions accidentally, without knowing who they will affect. The response they can evoke, on the other hand, can be Many situations we face each day could turn sour, but this is not what makes us who we are. How we react to these birds ” fueled with the intention to hurt. People tend to be angry if they find something to be angry about, and unfortunately situations is what speaks volumes about our character. We all have a different sets of morals, different words, phrases than they target the person instead of the controversial problem. Then, rebuttals are the same, and soon, what started as and situations that may be innocent to one and offensive to another. In some situations, someone is going to be offended airplanes. an innocent but insensitive comment has escalated into a no matter what. The best thing we can do is to lay down our malicious pointing of fingers. arms and stop anger from escalating. – Charles LindberghBusting unions holds workers in contempt and fatten their wallets at eight hour work days, Madison, among others, says representing Abbotsford. ThatGlenn Will the expense of employers, restrictions on child labor, the governor is union busting. statement alone is an insult.Columnist consumers and taxpayers, overtime pay, regulations In essence, Walker wants The upper crust is not sharing Capitalizing on the public’s bleeding the state’s budget on health, employee safety, to make Wisconsin a right-to- the pain. These proposalshistorically low support for dry. (Also, unions historically welfare and other issues that work state, meaning no one has are designed to help the richunions during hard economic donate large amounts of money have made working more to join a union for employment. maintain their wealth. Walkertimes, Scott Walker dealt a to Democratic campaigns.) enjoyable for all Americans. Business owners would is suffocating the middle classtremendous blow to public Walker keeps reminding us Are union members fat cats rejoice because unions would after he specifically said duringsector employees in the state “the state’s broke,” which for wanting better working be weakened, meaning all his campaign that he wantedof Wisconsin on Friday. is why Wisconsin cannot conditions? Collective workers would lose a body that to help them. A statement The plans to cut collective afford extravagances like bargaining is necessary and fights for better pay, reasonable from his campaign websitebargaining stem from Walker’s collective bargaining. This is union actions defend working hours and a multitude of other reads “Every decision must beargument that unions leech the conservative party line people. positive things. Right to Work considered in the context oftaxpayer dollars and are regarding unions, and in S e n a t o r Fr e d states have a historic legacy of what it means for job creationovercompensated. What a modern times like these it Risser, a Democrat ranking lower in their quality and economic recover y.”great way to thank the people could not be more wrong. representing of living, as they have lower Does hurting one hundredwho work for you, right? Many of the overlooked wages, higher poverty, less and seventy five thousand state Members of the state comforts that American access to health care union workers really reflectemployee unions, including families enjoy were and poorer education these values?public school teachers, would won through for children, according Walker is walking a thin line,lose their ability to argue for the sweat to data from the U.S. and he knows it. He alreadypay, while also being required and blood o f Department of Labor put the National Guard onto pay increasing amounts for u n i o n and the U.S. Census alert to fill in as prison workerstheir pensions and healthcare. members. Bureau. Is this right in case of strikes. HopefullyThese steps will make a tough I t i s for Wisconsin? No. this is a sign that there willeconomic time even harder for important to “We’re all going be a significant reaction tomany Wisconsin families. remember to have to share Governor Walker ’s union- Conservatives validate their that union in the pain,” busting proposals becausearguments by pushing negative bargaining is said Assembly Wisconsin families deservestereotypes of union members. responsible Majority Leader strong advocates.The Right says that workers for the Scott Suder, ain unions are less efficient weekend, Republican THE PURPLE SAGE Editorial Staff The Purple Sage Waunakee Community High School EDITORIAL Contact us by e-mail: purplesage@waunakee.k12.wi.us 301 Community Drive POLICIES Waunakee, WI 53597 The Purple Sage is written and produced entirely by OLIVIA KNIER KELLY MARTIN EMILY DREWRY Waunakee Community High School students. 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  6. 6. OPINIONThe cure for senioritis must learn in the workforce, of material. Throughout theEric Momou with friends, punctuality and many lectures of teachers, it isColumnist such. Assessing time whilst most likely that your mind will As the onslaught of the prioritizing recreational wander. As the last snowfallcoming ‘dog days’ of a fourth activities is a benefit to hits and all melts away, theyear to high school come to a your sanity. Analyze what inkling bit of sunshine willclose, it is interesting to note quadrants of your life demand impart you with malaise. Youthe precautions teachers havetaken to prevent students from the most; but differentiate the imperative from the lax will feel elated yet contrarily entrapped. At no time in your Thumbs up! Thumbs down...contracting a pandemic we areas. In so doing order is high school career will payingseniors know all too well. established, and unexpected attention be more rewarding. Dance Awkward As I have already been events do not tend to pop up. Most of the information can besubjected to this malady (as Time is an investment and the lost easily. Retaining such is a team takes romanticmany of my teachers can best investors know how to difficult endeavor. So make it second at encounters.attest) I believe I will give you make a profit. The profit being: a focus to submit your mind state.five tips for what to do after success. to the lectern; you are almostcontracting it—because it will Learning is an incentive for done. Listen to a tee. Celebratinginevitably come. the future. Understand that Lastly, it is not wrong to Wisconsin Saint Do not strive to finish all the countless hours you invest entertain yourself with sports Valentine withwork to perfection as that in comprehending secular thoughts of summer and the teams. Our chocolates andis a foolhardy endeavor. information do not go in vain. future. On a regular basis,However, given deadlines and In short, learn with personal give yourself what you have football team flowers. Thethe stresses of everyday life, purpose. Understandably, this earned. Studying, reading and apparently martyr’s sadanxiety sets in. What one may is a simple idea; however, as conceptualizing come at adeem perfect, to another might the senior days dwindle, it cost to your psychological heard and story is aban-well be comparably pathetic. becomes easier to lose sight wellbeing, so take a rest finding obeyed “Go doned for moreIn a relative sense, perfection of this fact. Some will follow yourself in the process and do Pack Go” merry thoughts.is an illusion. Reaped from self- their schedules religiously: something you love. Demandsdiscipline, it is possible to excel; they seem to adhere to the come often with fortitude, yelled at ourhowever, depression is likely to mundane with strict, dutiful but rewards are rare. Thus, televisions. The muddyensue if a standard is virtually acquiescence. take the remaining carefullyimpossible to meet. Therefore L ear n to analyze what planned area of life to relax Februaryit is wise to convince yourself fragments of your learning and indulge in association with Democratic slush: a sureof future shortcomings. will benefit you in the field you others. revolutions sign of spring. Deadlines are your friends. wish to pursue. Wasting your For the present, life seemsAs laughable as that statement high school years on classes to remain in a neutral state. in Egypt and Also, the peopleis, it is tr ue. While I am that do not benefit you will It is neither exciting, nor is it elsewhere, who leave ahypocritical in this respect inevitably lead to senioritis. unbearably boring, but heed along with their layer of saidwith my procrastination, I Doubtless, senioritis will come; the idea that senioritis is butfind this a vital issue that it is how that remaining energy the beginning of a future to coverage in the slush throughoutbecomes increasingly is channeled that makes a come. media. school.important as life progresses. difference in your future.It is a rudimentar y skill all Do not feign comprehensionVested interest in controlling Egypt blocks true democracy the United States to the figure will have an overwhelmingJamie Warner for several years despite presence there whether or notOpinion Editor and has relied h a v i n g the revolution is successful. As the people of Egypt grow on us for military complete If the revolution fails andcloser to a new government protection and control the Islamic Brotherhood isand the strength of democratic aid. In return, over Egypt oppressed like they wereideals escalates, media interest the United States for almost thirty before, then they will becomerises, too; it seems there has wins an enticing years. Instead, he embittered and more likely tobeen little on the news not strategic point in has used police side with terrorist organizationscovering some aspect of the the Middle East, suppression of to gain representation or toconflicts. especially useful in competing political strike at the United States. One person who oddly the Iraq War. powers such as If violence is the only way ahas not seemed interested However, when the Islamic group can find freedom, thenin politicking or putting his making a decision Brotherhood we should not be surprisedopinions on the table is whether to interfere to gain more when they turn to violentPresident Obama, who has with Egypt’s power for himself, terrorist organizations. If webeen decidedly on the fence revolution, we need to blaming faults and let people have free speechthroughout most of the ordeal. look beyond what is in it ineffectiveness on and representation, the resultHowever, Obama’s reluctance for us. We need to look his subordinates. will be peaceful.to take a side does not reflect at what is morally right. There are fears that The United States is oftenthe situation’s unimportance. If Egypt has a an Islamic revolution accused of being hypocritical, Instead, Obama is stuck successful revolution, will be a terrorist siding with dictatorsbetween two competing forces: decades of oppression threat for the United running faux democraciesself-interest and morality. The will end. According States. However, the while extolling the virtue ofside of self-interest is backed t o t h e C I A Wo r l d Islamic Brotherhood democracy here. The situationby the militar y advantages Factbook, 20 percent is actually fairly in Egypt is a chance for ourof keeping the status quo of Egypt’s population moderate. The country to take a clear sidegovernment, and the side lives under the poverty p l a n n e d l e a d e r, against a harsh, oppressiveof morality argues for letting line. Former Egyptian Mubarak’s vice leader. We need to stand fordemocratic processes go President Mubarak president, is democracy and human rightsunhindered. has not made any even more in Egypt, letting the revolution Egypt has been a close ally of significant change so. Besides, they run unhindered.Page 6 The Purple Sage February 16, 2011