“ ”
Food to a body is like
gas to a car...it is a must.
-Physical Education
Instructor Alyson Shaefer
See page 8 for more
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Lily Vanderbloemen, News Editor
Market volatility can make you second-guess y...
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Volunteer Connect: Sign up
The Waunakee community
Problem Solving team is
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Jamie Warner, Opinion Editor
Jamie Warner
Opinion Editor
With problems suc...
When an earthquake struck Haiti in January, Americans
were eager to give aid to ...
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“Would you take any of the
”new classes?
Photo poll by Olivia Knier and Ly...
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Sara Vincent, Features Editor
Adam Stroud: an acoustic craftsmanSara Vinc...
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Purple Sage: How long have you
been a vegetarian?
Ellen Drewry: I’ve been a
vegetarian since my
tenth birthd...
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Sierra Gillespie, Entertainment Editor
Mark your calendars, ‘Due Da...
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Emily Drewry
Copy Editor
Magic in the air
Wands, glasses, scarves
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The power of alliteration
Brandyn Liebe
Tolkien’s masterp...
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Kelly Martin, Sports Editor
Cross country sends runners to state
Kelly Mar...
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  1. 1. “ ” Food to a body is like gas to a car...it is a must. -Physical Education Instructor Alyson Shaefer See page 8 for more healthy habits. NOVEMBER 17, 2010 Purple Sage Waunakee, WIVolume 9, Issue 2Waunakee Community High School Opinion Features Sage Page Sports Quotable UOTE ”– Mr. Rogers “The tears and sweat often bring out the best in us. Presented by TheWednesday Society The One Act to State for 20th year The Wisconsin Green and HealthySchoolsProjectisajoint project between the Wisconsin Department of Instruction and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that has been making a statement throughout school districts across Wisconsin. It has recently made its way into the school district, where the implementation of the initiative here is being headed by fellow science department instructors Betsy Ippolito and Karen Olson. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, the program aims to “increase students’ knowledge and awareness of Wisconsin’s natural resources and the environmental, health, and safety concerns and challenges that face our schools, our communities, and our earth.” To do this, the program recognizes schools that complete thethreestepprocess to become certified as a Wisconsin Green and Healthy School. The first of these three steps is forming a Green and Healthy Schools Team and signing a Green and Healthy Pledge. In the second step, the team must complete a series of six assessments on various areas related to the school’s general environment, such as waste and recycling, energy, water and school facilities and grounds. Ippolito said, “Before we can start changing the school for the better, we have to know where change is needed.” After these assessments are completed and the problem areas have been identified, the third step begins. This is where the team creates a plan to eradicate any issues and meet the Green and Healthy Schools program standards. The Wisconsin Green and Healthy Schools program is web-based and self-paced, so there is no immediate pressure for our school to become certified. Either way, Ippolito and Olson are charging ahead with their plans to gain certification. They hope this project will create an overall awareness of a healthy school environment, help build a stronger sense of community, and give students real world problem solving skills. More importantly, they believe this process will allow everyone involved to realize that every action has an effect, and that little things help to change the world for the better. Jenna McGowan Reporter Sierra Gillespie Entertainment Editor WHS One Act made history on November 6, when they qualified for state for the 20th year in a row at the Mitby Theatre at Madison College. This year’s One Act is The Isle of Dogs. Seniors Stephanie Shepro and Nathan Taylor, provide some insight on the production. Purple Sage: How long have you been involved in One Act? Stephanie Shepro: I joined One Act my sophomore year and have been a part of it ever since. PS: What role do you play in this year’s One Act? SS:IplayDameOliviaBuckbill who is an enthusiastic theatre board member. PS: What is an interesting aspect about the play? SS: It’s a dark comedy, so there’s a lot of humor, but then there are moments when it becomes serious. PS: What challenges do you face getting into your character? SS: My character, though very outgoing like I, has a tendency to speak for others, which isn’t like me. I have to be able to become a different person on stage, which is what acting is about. PS: What challenges does the group face as a whole? SS: Not laughing when we’re not supposed to. Everyone has to stay in character. PS: Are you ner vous? SS: Of course I’m nervous. Ever y performance gets judged by different people and we have to hope they love it. PS: How does your set change from district to sectionals to state? SS: We always like to change our set, to improve it. There [are] always additions and even more painting between performances so it’s never the same. PS: Do you get stage fright? SS: Most definitely! I still have the dream where we’re doing the play, and I forget all my lines, so I have to make my part up and fail miserably. PS: Do you have any pre- p e r f o r m a n c e r i t u a l s ? SS: Oh sure, but the only way to find out about them is to be in One Act. PS: How long have you been Junior Brandyn Liebe (William Shakespeare) aids Senior Stephanie Shepro (Dame Olivia Buckbill ) after she is stabbed. Jack Rosenberry (Cuthbert Burbage) watches Buckbill’s death. (Photo by Jeremiah Kirch) involved in One Act? Nathan Taylor: This is my fourth year. P S : H o w w o u l d y o u describe this year’s One Act? NT: Vile, vulgar, putrid, contagious and charmingly witty. PS: What is your role this year, and what challenges does your character bring? NT:IplayNicholasDebeaubien, the young playwright, who is a silent character. It’s proved very difficult to develop a character with no dialogue, but I’ve finally lived my life long dream to be Harpo Marx and not be judged, though I suppose I am being judged. PS: This year you made t h e s w i t c h f r o m c r e w to cast. Why, and what challenges does that bring? NT: I transferred to cast because I can make funny faces; that’s really it! The most difficult part of acting in this production is trying to keep up with those more seasoned actors. I also miss the crew greatly because they’re such a tightly knit group, and it’s hard to leave them. PS: How does this One Act differ from past One Acts and plays from other schools? NT: You really have to do your homework for this piece. There are many Shakespearian references that are integral to the comprehension of many jokes and the conclusion. WHS One Act will be performing at state at UW- Oshkosh on November 20 in the Festival Theatre at 1:15 p.m. Football travels to Camp Randall for second year in a row. See page 13 for more. Waunakee schools go green and healthy football advances to stateDetails on page 13. ” Entertainment “Why is ‘she’ not paying her debt to society by paying a simple tax on all of her ‘seashells’ or whatever it is she writes them off as? -Junior Brandyn Liebe See page 12 for the complete Top 5. Flip your newspaper over to page 16 to view a timeline of terriffic trinkets. From timeless to the toys to be. Your community government: a proposed plan to build a new elementary school was voted down. For more on the referendum see page 6.
  2. 2. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 2 NEWS Lily Vanderbloemen, News Editor 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 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, especially when it comes to meeting their current needs and future financial goals. The decisions you make Today can have a lasTing impacT on your fuTure. sTarT by choosing edward Jones. Call today to schedule a complimentary financial review. www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Tammy A Reefe, AAMS® Financial Advisor . 314 E Main Street Waunakee, WI 53597 608-850-6267 Shelley M Moffatt, AAMS® Financial Advisor . 221 S Century Avenue Waunakee, WI 53597 608-849-6649 124 W. Main Street Waunakee, WI 608-849-3110 Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesday: 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Waunakee Community High School unveiled a new student information system at the beginningofthe2010-11school year. Infinite Campus went live for teachers’ training this July and has been functioning for students since the doors opened on September 2. The system is a replacement for the attendance system SASI of previous years and family communication site ParentConnect. It is available to all WHS students, parents and staff, each party with a different level of functionality. According to the Infinite Campus website, the program offers assistance for: administration, curriculum, instruction, school services, communication, reporting and analysis. A support team made up of teachers has been assembled to assist the transition. Rebecca Cassel moved from the middle school to become the computer resource teacher at the high school this year. Her main task is to assist students, parents and teachers with Infinite Campus. T h e p r o g r a m a l l o w s students to check grades, view attendance, and accomplish various other tasks. According WHS campus is now becoming infinite Emily Drewry Copy Editor to the provider’s web detailing, “[The system] delivers out of the box functionality, proven rapid implementations through training and ongoing support.” Infinite Campus has seen mostly positive reactions since its debut in September. Sophomore Elise Moss said, “I think it’s a great way for students to be able to see what their grades are and not have to go ask the teachers.” Senior Josie Johnson also spoke positively about the system and said, “I like [Infinite Campus] better than ParentConnect because it’s easier to access.” The change in systems stemmedfromtworeasons:the first being the discontinuation of SASI as a system, and the second being what Principal Brian Kersten referred to as the school, “wanting to move towards a real-time web-based application.” The research began in August 2009 and included an in-depth study done by Tim Schell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the district. Infinite Campus was compared to two other options, Power School and Skyward, which were chosen in five other area districts. Infinite Campus was selected over the other online programs because Kersten found the “information to be readily available.” Schell also referred to Infinite Campus as “the winner [between the other two possible solutions] in features, ease of use, and road mapforfutureenhancements.” Middleton-Cross Plains, Lodi, McFarland, Monona Grove, Stoughton, and Sun Prairie districts all use Infinite Campus as well. The transition from SASI and ParentConnect to Infinite Campus was “a forklift upgrade,” according to Schell. This refers to the vast amount of data integration that had to happen in order to prepare the system. “Migrating from SASI to Infinite Campus has been a major undertaking, and I think the community, parents, students, and teachers, have been patient and accepting of the inevitable glitches in a project this large,” said Schell. While implementing a new system was a huge transition, members of the staff have embraced the change. Math instructor Karin Carson said, “There are things [in Infinite Campus] that are nice that weren’t in the old system, but there are also things that are cumbersome.” It may take time to learn the quirks of the program, but, “With change, there’s always hesitation, but teachers have really embraced it and jumped right in,” Cassel said. Calendar: View due dates for assignments. Schedule: View current grades. Reports: View progress reports, report cards, schedule, missing assignments, and unofficial transcript. Change Account system: Ability to change username/ password. Payments: Directly make payments to your lunch account. Attendance: View tardies and absences. Food Service: View lunch account balance.
  3. 3. NEWS The Purple SageNovember 17, 2010 Page 3 Volunteer Connect: Sign up The Waunakee community Problem Solving team is starting a Volunteer Connect program. Community problem solving is a division of the future problem solving program. In the community problem solving competition, team members actually find an area of concern in his or her community and then attempt to solve it. After much thinking, the FPS team felt an area that needed attention was involvement and volunteering by the student body.Althoughmanystudents want to volunteer, or need the hours for something, they often never get organized. Thus, FPS decided to start the Volunteer Connect program. The team will provide a topic of the month, to help give volunteer ideas and even organize trips to places to volunteer. The month of November, w i l l b e f o c u s i n g o n volunteering with the elderly. On the website there is a list of places to volunteer with the elderly and more information. FPS will be organizing a trip to the Manor on November 20. To sign up, visit the website and send a message with the names of volunteers. For more information visit the facebook page (search Volunteer Connect) or the website www.wix.com/ volunteerconnect/thinktwice. Any questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to waunakeecmps@yahoo. com. –Article Submitted New classes introduced to curriculum To build or not to build, that was the question Olivia Ruch Reporter On Tuesday, November 2, the citizens of Waunakee v o t e d o n a t w o - p a r t educational referendum. The proposal included building a new elementary school and expanding Prairie Elementary and the Waunakee Intermediate School at a reported cost of $23.5 million. Waunakee homeowners would have increases in their property tax bills of approximately 3 percent in order to pay for the expansion. Although the vote was close, the referendum did not pass. Superintendent Randy Guttenberg said, “[I am] disappointed the referendum did not pass, but respect the decision of the community.” The proposal was brought on by an overcrowding in the elementary, intermediate, and middle schools. According to Guttenberg, “Our enrollment is anticipated to grow by about a thousand students by 2018.” The intermediate school currently utilizes some space in Heritage. Guttenberg said, “The students in the elementary schools and the intermediate school will likely see larger class sizes, more students moved to schools outside of their regular attendance area and possible temporary classrooms.” W h e n a s k e d i f t h e referendum was to be proposed again, Guttenberg said, “Schools cannot secure financing to build schools without approval through a public referendum, and since our enrollment is anticipated to continue to grow, we will need to bring a plan back to the community in the future.  When this will occur and what it will entail still needs to be discussed with the board of education.” High school students in the district should not be directly affected by the voters’ decision. They will be affected from the referendum to expand the high school, which was passed in April 2010. New teachers to math department Lily Vanderbloemen News Editor In addition to new math instructors Trygve Fritz and Samantha Heyer, Math Instructor Courtney Ring was also added to the high school staff this school year. Pr i o r t o t e a c h i n g i n Waunakee, Ring taught at Brodhead High School where she taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Ring was also the math advisor and prom advisor at BHS. Ring currently teaches Geometr y and Algebra/ Geometr y 2B. She first discovered she liked math when tutoring students in high school for NHS. Ring also had a teacher, Mary Waltz, who Ring said, “made everything different and exciting.” This past fall season, Ring coached the seventh grade volleyball team at the middle school. She is also involved in the high school student council and is looking to get involved with the soccer program here at Waunakee. Her other hobbies include: playing volleyball, swimming and downhill skiing. If Ring could travel anywhere Math instructors Courtney Ring, Samantha Heyer, and Trygve Fritz in their respective math classrooms. (Photos by Lydia Dorn) in the world, she would travel to Hawaii. Ring said, “What I have learned about myself over the years is that I do not need to go far away to have fun, I just need to find a place that is relaxing to me.”  The math department welcomes Ring along with the other instructors to the Waunakee High School staff. Chris Pedersen Web Page Manager W h e n s t u d e n t s g e t their course directories in December, they will find seven new course offerings. The new courses are Mandarin Chinese, a compacted FST/Pre-Calculus course, IT Essentials, Game Design, Jazz Improv, Issues in Psychology, and Spanish for Heritage Speakers. For a class to be taught at Waunakee High School, it must first be approved by the appropriate department. It then advances to a building review. Passing that, there is a district wide review with the department chairs. A sub- committee of the school board approves it, and finally the full- board votes. All seven of these classes were approved by the school board on November 8 and will be added to the course listing for next year. A class needs about 15 students enrolled to be taught. According to Principal Brian Kersten, “We feel with the size oftheschoolitisanappropriate time to look at adding another language. One of the fastest growing languages in the world in addition to Spanish is Chinese.” Waunakee High School currently offers Spanish, French, Japanese, and Latin language courses. K e r s t e n , D i r e c t o r o f CurriculumandInstructionTim Schell and Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction Amy Johnson recently met with representatives of the Middleton-Cross Plains school district to discuss co-hiring a Mandarin Chinese instructor. Finding a qualified teacher may prove to be an issue, but according to George Mavroulis, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Cross-Plains, “The candidate pool is not deep, but I think we can find someone due to our location near UW.” A compacted pre-calculus and advanced algebra course will help students who want to take Calculus during his or her senior year. Currently, the only way for someone to do so is to take both Geometry and Advanced Algebra courses freshman year or have already skipped a year of math. Many college math, science, and engineering programs have calculus as a prerequisite, and this compacted course will help Waunakee students be competitive with other students. According to high school math teacher Erin Schroeder,“[Enteringtheclass] will be like Advanced English,” meaning it will require some sort of qualification process. Currently, computer science courses are part of the math department, but next year they will be listed on their own in the course directory. The first of two new additions, Computer Essentials, is a course done by Cisco, a multinational networking and communications company. The class will allow students to earn A+ certification. This is an entry level certification that shows competence as a computer technician, or as computer science teacher Aaron Pavao put it, “qualifies [you] for jobs that make more money than I do.” This class will also work as a dual credit with Madison College. Game Design will “help bridge the gap between Computational Thinking and Computer Science I,” said Pavao. The class will cover games and their effect on society, programming logic and more. Computational Thinking is a prerequisite for both classes. Jazz Improv will be geared towards students with a music background interested in improvisational work and as jazz composition. This course aims to give students the tools to improvise as well as transcribe music. In the past, this interest was served through Independent Studies, but “is about 90 percent individual work, so there are less checkpoints and it is less effective,” according to band instructor Ryan Gill. Jazz Improv will be offered every other year. Currently, AP Psychology is the only psychology course available at the high school. Many students, however, either want to learn about psychology but are not ready for an AP level course or simply are not interested in taking the AP test. Issues in Psychology is a class that will be open to sophomores through seniors, and provides a smaller workload than AP Psychology. “I think it fills a niche that is long overdue,” said psychology instructor Charlie Fuller. Although there is inevitably some overlap, the material covered in psychology will be different from the AP course material. Potential topics include family dynamics, addiction issues and mental illnesses. Spanish for Heritage Speakers will benefit native Spanish speakers. In the past, native speakers could take Spanish IV or Spanish V, but these courses may not offer enough of a challenge. Spanish for Heritage Speakers will be designed specifically for these students and will run much like an English class. The focus will be mostly on literature and proper grammar rather than pronunciation and culture.
  4. 4. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 4 OPINION Jamie Warner, Opinion Editor Jamie Warner Opinion Editor With problems such as oil depletion and global warming looming in the distance, people have been turning to biofuels as an alternative to oil companies. However, while modern research may give more power to biofuels, concoctions to this day have not been effective. In fact, it is questionable whether biofuels have helped the environment at all. To make room for farmland, natural habitats are sometimes destroyed. In the U.S., corn plots that would be used for food are being replaced with corn for biofuel, turning away food in addition to taking up more space. Plants take carbon from the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen, fighting global warming. Biology students might be familiar with the concept that around half of a tree’s mass is made of carbon from the atmosphere. Removing the trees and thus adding to global warming in an attempt to solve that very problem hardly seems efficient. In the U.S., the problem is particularly bad. Since we cannot grow sugarcane, we have to make biofuels out of corn, which is much less efficient. Most of the energy biofuels produce through the processes we use is spent producing them in the first place. For this reason, biofuels intheU.S.havebeensubsidized extensively. Because the biofuel industries here are too ineffective to stand on their own, the government needs to prop them up. It does not need to be that way, however. In Brazil, the biofuel industry is running smoothly without government support, a far cry from biofuels in the U.S. which are struggling to stand. In Brazil, the more efficient sugarcane makes biofuels a legitimate source of energy. Greater efficiency and innovation are rewarded instead of having i n e f f i c i e n c y and bad ideas c o v e r e d u p by the tricky t a x e s a n d subsidizations used to make t h e b u s i n e s s profitable in the U.S. Because the Brazilian system is more conducive to good ideas, good ideas have come. One such innovation is hydrocarbons, which are chemically similar to fossil fuels but are still made with biomaterial. Because of this, hydrocarbons can be mixed in with gasoline and such products without requiring a specialized engine. Such hydrocarbons would also be purer than petroleum, so refineries would have to do less purification. Through a joint effort between oil companies Shell and Cosan, hydrocarbons are becoming a reality. T h e s u c c e s s o f t h i s venture could then pave the way for future fuels, such as ethanol made from non- food biomaterial, or cellulosic biofuel. With this technology, making biofuel would not deplete food sources but would make food and biofuel prices more stable and provide more land that can be used to produce food. Once hydrocarbons are brought out onto the market, then innovations can be made with less risk. Scientists and engineers can team up and be funded by oil companies to try to make better fuels, adding to the research done by the current government- funded workers. Biofuels as they exist today are inefficient and subsidized heavily. Current energy research done in the private market, however, has made a new path for improvement. Biofuels ineffective; hope for future Understanding social norms is the catalyst for c o m p r e h e n d i n g s o c i a l interaction. Often, what is unsaid makes the biggest impression, yet the unsaid may be difficult to decipher, such as the many nebulous aspects of personality. Although qualities of persona are broad in scope, all people fit into differing personality types. The categories are introversion, extroversion and ambiversion, which denotes a middle and often disregarded type on the personality spectrum. Learning the attributes of both may breach the communication gap between acquaintances, students and teachers, work mates and such. Understanding both types might well benefit you in communication with others, as well as knowing your own intuition. It is thought that 50 percent of all individuals are introverts. Contrary to common opinion, introversion is not the quality of being reclusive, as most introverts enjoy social interaction. Rather, it is the social stimuli— namely preference—that the individual would interact with. Introversion dictates that a person would much rather be with close associates—those whom he or she has known for a longer amount of time. T h e s e p e o p l e a r e distinguishable from the shy and socially anxious. Introverted people might classify as socially competent. Tending to ponder and reflect, the method in which they relay information is more likely to be steeped on a cognitive basis. The result? They tend to have a better comprehension of rationale and are often misunderstood by their extroverted contemporaries. They are described as intuitive and regard the world as an interesting, endless smorgasbordofinformation—a codex of sorts to be deciphered through meditative processes. Mainly, this group of individuals benefits more from single activities such as music, literatureandarchitecture.They are judging—not judgmental mind you—but meticulous and thorough. Leaving no question unanswered, life is unambiguous to them because they are life’s problem solvers. In contrast, extroverts thus have a tendency to gain and reciprocate energy from the outside world. They thrive on the notion of social interaction. In doing so from this vantage p o i n t , c o m p r e h e n d i n g an introvert may prove exceptionally difficult. This group of people is primarily interested in their stimuli. They are well spoken, genuine, and interested in new things. Primarily, extroverts are known as sensors of their environment. They thrive where introverts would stilt and hesitate. They are the world’s multitaskers—often able to complete several given tasks in the most distracting environments. As a result, they are confident. They are personable and apt to change decisions. Extroverts conceptualize the world around them through a different scope. Often impulsive, they are quick to action. Unlike introverts, these individuals prefer freedom to explore their curiosity: meeting new foods, sampling new delicacies, and learning new cultures. Predominantly, extroverts are in the limelight. Choosing sociable occupations, they might well be impromptu comedians, newscasters, teachers, or authoritative figures. The question is how does one communicate with an extrovert? The communication barrier seemsdauntingforanintrovert. As an introvert, it is important to desensitize oneself to the constant, often tiring influence ofextroverts.Itseemstomethat we benefit most by exploring Eric Momou Columnist Understanding the two archetypes of communication Thumbs up! Fall of Disney teen girl icons One Act, Football, Cross Country, and Swim Team to state Facebook addiction. “It will just take a minute to check it, and then I can go start my essay.” New Harry Potter movie. We know how it ends already, but there is suspense all the same. Thanksgiving food A lack of stom- ach space to be filled with Thanksgiving food Raking leaves. Making a wind-resistant pile is a challenge of engineering unsolved to date. “Conan.” After a calam- ity with NBC, he is finally no longer “legally prohibited from being funny on tele- vision.” Thumbs down... see MIND page 6
  5. 5. WEDNESDAY SOCIETYspeaks THE Quotable UOTE When an earthquake struck Haiti in January, Americans were eager to give aid to their local struggling country. Today, though, Americans have a financial crisis of their own. Even though Haiti, now struggling to get back on its feet, has been hit back down by an outbreak of cholera, the financial problems here are taking away from problems elsewhere. Unfortunately, the rest of the world’s problems do not stop when the U.S. is not prepared to deal with them. Also, many of these issues stem from the U.S. itself. Take Guatemala. According to the Associated Press, the murder rate in this country is more than three times the rate in Mexico, and nearly half of the country is controlled by drug gangs and criminals. We are at fault for much of the damage there. The reason illegal drug gangs are so common is because of the strong U.S. demand for illegal drugs. The same gangs we support go on to destabilize governments and lower the standard of living for people in other countries. Yes, we have problems of our own that need to be attended to, but so do our neighbors. Our problems are interconnected, and we should not focus on a short-term problem in neglect of something that could come back to harm us. Cleaning up our mess – F. Scott Fitzgerald “ ” Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. The Purple SageNovember 17, 2010 Page 5 OPINION EDITORIAL POLICIES OLIVIA KNIER Editor in Chief LILY VANDERBLOEMEN News Editor JAMIE WARNER Opinion Editor SARA VINCENT Features Editor SIERRA GILLESPIE Entertainment Editor Editorial Staff ThePurpleSageiswrittenandproducedentirelyby WaunakeeCommunityHighSchoolstudents.Opinions in The Purple Sage are the opinions of the author and donotnecessarilyreflecttheopinionsofthenewspaper staffortheschooldistrict.Students,staff,andmembers ofthecommunityarewelcometosubmitLetterstothe Editor.Lettersshouldbe250wordsorlessandmustbe signed.Lettersmaybedeliveredtoroom1502,orsent to ourmailing or emailaddress. The Purple Sage is published monthly and is printed by South Central Publishing. The Purple Sage is a memberoftheColumbiaScholasticPressAssociation, theNationalScholasticPressAssociationandtheKettle MorainePressAssociation.SubscriptionstoThePurple Sage are available for $20 per year. Mail subscription requests or other requests to our mailing address or e-mail address. KELLY MARTIN Sports Editor JOSH LERDAHL AIDAN SCHLITTLER Sage Page Editors LYDIA DORN Photography Editor ANNA EVANSEN ANGELA GILBERTSON Production Assistants EMILY DREWRY Copy Editor AARON SCHMIDT Advertising Manager CHRIS PEDERSEN Web Page Manager TAMMY RADEMACHER Adviser Contact us by e-mail: purplesage@waunakee.k12.wi.us The Purple Sage Waunakee Community High School 301 Community Drive Waunakee, WI 53597 OSRIC Gnome THE PURPLE SAGE Okay, the G.O.P. won Midterms; now what? Glenn Will Columnist I will admit the Republican sweep of this election was impressive. Other than that, I am outraged. I went into the election Tuesday cocky, thinking that it would be a repeatof2008andtheDemocrats would keep everything they had earned. I was wrong. I got home from school and checked the exit polls (yes, I am a political junky). They were not looking great. I said to myself, “Whatever, it is just polls, not anything to base the future on.” (Ironically, I had been ignoring the polls the whole election.) I sat back, watched some television, ate some dinner and then headed to wispolitics. com to find that the polls were indeed still going for Ron Johnson and Scott Walker (two politicians I deeply despise). Around ten, I sat online, went to my Twitter account and saw that Russ Feingold’s staff had posted, “Don’t lose hope, only 52% reporting!” This gave me hope, false hope, but still hope that the Democrats could still pull out of this thing alive. It hurt the next morning when I saw that glazed-over face of Johnson and the slick, grimy face of Walker on the cover of the State Journal. I had already yelled out obscenities the night before, but I felt terrible. Why did I feel so personally i n v e s t e d i n t h e election?Ididnotvote in it (for reference, my birthday is May 9); I only helped volunteer for it with my friends and my family. We did not invest our time for nothing. I believed in Feingold and Barrett and hoped they would both pull off victories. They did not, and I honestly think it is a turn in the wrong direction for Wisconsin. You probably think this is just me being a sore loser, which, admittedly, accounts for a quarter of the force behind this. Unfortunately, I also read the campaign promises of Johnson and Walker, watched the Senatorial debates and talked to political journalists and professors at the University of Wisconsin’s Robert LaFollette School of Public Policy to predict what was likely going to happen in the future. My conclusion on Scott Walker is that public schools, Medicare recipients and the state university system are all going to be demonized by his “cutting the fat.” As a man who did not even graduate college, I guess it appears he does not want anyone to come out ahead – because schooling is overrated... right? After that, how are we supposed to get out of a budget deficit if we cut taxes? Bringing in companies is great, and I support him on wanting to bring jobs, but large tax breaks for them loses our government millions in revenue it could be getting. Lying and not looking after the public? Way to go Scott, you are already doing a terrific job. Ron Johnson, on the other hand, is hard to pin down. He never really told us what he was going to do. He did, though, tell us hundreds of times that he was self-made man (if winning management from a company owned by your brother-in-law is “self- made”). He lost every debate he was in, mostly because he only answered half the questions, used incorrect data, and stuck to his repetitive and sometimes incorrect rhetoric. After losing the debates and gaining only insignificant paper endorsements, he still beat the maverick bipartisan junior senator, Russ Feingold, after spending millions from his own pocket to do so. How can someone bring “change” to Washington if they do not even have a clue what they are going to do? Using hot words and clichés does not work when you are trying to work policy and budget (something he would seemingly do well with, as an accountant, if he knew where his funding was from). I guess I will say I have a little more hope for Johnson, as he can do a little less damage to our state than Walker can and will. Balancing the budget is always a good thing (like in the Clinton era), but is it worth it if you are cutting programs that help people? I would like an apology for how awful this election turned out. I was told the other night that yelling at someone for their vote was wrong, and you should never do that, but is it really wrong if you are simply looking out for your country?
  6. 6. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 6 OPINION “Would you take any of the ”new classes? Photo poll by Olivia Knier and Lydia Dorn “Spanish for Heritage Speak- ers because that’s something I don’t know a lot about.” LuAnn Miley HS Assistant “The jazz one would be really cool because I love jazz music. [Also] Issues in Psychology because I’m really interested in psychology, and it would be a nice precursor to AP Psychology” Steph Shepro Grade 12 “Game Design be- cause I like games, and I’m very inter- ested in how they are made.” Eric Swanson Grade 9 “FST/Precalc so I could get ahead in math.” Kara Schultz Grade 10 “Jazz Improvisation [because] it’s another branch of music that a lot of people could explore and Issues in Psychology beacuase that’s hopefully my career choice. I’m really interested in the mind.” Andrew Zobel Grade 11 Nick Stamm Columnist French pension plan not worth its costs a common sight during months of protesting. It is believed that at one point 40 percent of all the gas stations in France were closed due to the gas shortage problem. Off the coast of France in Many countries around the world have had to make tough decisions on how to save their money during these trying economic times. Recently, France, in what they believed to be the best financial solution to save their pension plan, decided to raise their retirement age from 60 to 62 years old, even with massive protests going on around the country. As you could imagine, the people of France were not thrilled at the prospect of having to work for another year ortwobeforereceivingbenefits from the government. Protests throughout the country were rampant with many turning violent as the idea was debated in France’s Parliament over many months. As part of the protests many people boycotted their jobs and refused to work in protest to the possible change to the retirement bill. In particular, the oil and docking industries t e m p o r a r i l y l o s t m a n y employees to boycotts of this plan. Oil shortages and empty gas stations all around France were the Mediterranean Sea, ships were lined as far as the eye could see with full cargo loads simply waiting to get into port and unload their cargo. Looking back at all of this mayhem and chaos, is it truly worth it for France? By raising the retirement age, does the government really expect to solve a massive debt problem? It seems they think making people wait for two more years after 60 years of hard work wiill earn them money in the long run. Maybe they can save short term because all of a sudden they are not paying another two years’ worth of citizens’ typical wages, but what about in the future? Chances are the extreme majority of people who are 60 now will be alive and well by the time they are 62 years old. France still ends up in the same situation, and what really is gained? Given more time and a little more thought, it is very possible that a better long term solution to save France’s pension could be found. A solution that does not put any more financial pressure on its people, especially in these times, is what the country needs. Voters back from school bills The Waunakee community voted on November 2 against a referendum to add a new school at the elementary level. The school would have been placed on Woodland Drive, in a plot currently occupied by fields. However, Waunakee residents denied any money to be used for constructing a new school. In April, a new elementary school was put to vote and was denied. It has been made clear that we need more space, but the price tag is blocking voters from considering it. Waunakee’s last elementary school, Arboretum Elementary School, was a bust. The school is too small for the needs of Waunakee. Only a few short years after that school was built, another school is needed. Clearly, Arboretum was not big enough. Why would voters approve a school that would exceed its capacity so quickly, though? The reason is that the price tag was considerably lower than a full size elementary school would have been. Waunakee voters have expressed their concern over spending such a large amount of money. Therefore, the school referendums put up for voting are referendums with smaller price tags. Lower priced schools mean smaller schools that will not fit needs of future students. This means that schools have to be built every few years instead of one large school being built and lasting for ten or more years. Waunakee voters have to know that overcrowding is an imminent threat. In order to fix this issue, there is a cost, and it might be large. Money spent on education is priceless; education is what makes the United States strong. Elementary education is the first step in a child’s schooling career. A voter’s mindset should be in the long term rather than the short term. Waunakee is one of the fastest growing communities in the area; the public schools here are also some of the best in the area. To keep up with the growing community, schools have to be able to handle the students. Additionally, splitting up elementary students into multiple schools is harmful for the students themselves. Waunakee is still a small town, and if students are split up in four, five, or six different directions concerns arise. Are all the different schools teaching the exact same thing? Are these students learning more than those students? Making sure multiple schools are performing exactly the same is difficult. It could lead to a wide contrast in the quality of education. Parents want the best for their children. If they hear that one school has been performing even the slightest bit better than another, they may want to move their student to the school that is performing best. Neighborhoods may also be split up with a growing number of schools. It is not fair to the children to go to a different school than their friends whom they have previously gone to school with. What Waunakee citizens need to understand is that education costs money. Teaching the next generation should not be taken lightly. Children hold the future, and it is our responsibility to make every effort to shape them well. Education does just that. from Page 4 Mind  our creative juices. However, it is important to express ourselves as well. We thrive on the complements of our work. Extroverts fill the void made by introverts in aspects of expression and voicing the thoughts made by creativity; they are the complementary. Thus, I believe that instead of conforming as extroverts do, many introverts would find it beneficial to follow their own life course, pursuing whatever they deem worthy to pursue. Itseemsasifweareoften constrained by society’s restraint on personality. In a world where extroverted people are described as more socially competent it is exceptionally difficult. Aaron Schmidt Advertising Manager For a list of new courses and to read more, see page 3.
  7. 7. The Purple SageNovember 17, 2010 Page 7 FEATURES Sara Vincent, Features Editor Adam Stroud: an acoustic craftsmanSara Vincent Features Editor Senior Adam Stroud surrounded by his many handmade guitars and banjo. His creations usually take six months to finish. (Photo by Glenn Will) It is 9:37 a.m. on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Senior Adam Stroud sits on an old, blue couch strumming a hand stained acoustic guitar, playing a chord progression; switching between sweeping finger- picks and strumming. The sound is warm, melodious and familiar; at least to the others in the room. This is because Adam is playing one of his own hand-crafted guitars. Noticing that his friend received a text about an interview for the paper in less than ten minutes; he gracefully stands up and places it on the couch, making sure the neck is supported. His care is unparalleled. His care for guitars is unfortunately not translated to being on time, and he arrives ten minutes late for his interview at MNMs coffeehouse. Purple Sage: Why did you start to make guitars? Adam Stroud: It was a combination of the fact that I had absolutely nothing to do and had recently decided to become a “bro” and start playing guitar. Soon enough, I got bored with just playing guitar, and I was pretty curious about how they worked, so that’s when I started to make them. PS: How did you go about learning how to make a guitar? AS: I could have gotten kits to make them, but instead I bought this book, “Guitar making: Tradition and Technology.” For my first guitar, I followed the book the whole entire way, just to get the basics down. It was terrible. PS: How long did it take to make your first guitar? AS: Six months. [The guitar] is so bad, you can’t even play it. I’m considering smashing it against a wall like in “Animal House.” PS: How did you go about improving the quality of your guitars? AS:WellthesecondoneImade was electric, and I used the same techniques, but I really got better just with experience. The second one is awesome, I still play it. PS: How do the materials used differ from acoustic to electric? AS: With acoustic guitars you have to use one soft wood and one hard wood, and with electric, it doesn’t really matter, you can use all hard woods. An example of a hard wood would be an oak, whereas a soft wood would be a pine. That’s so you can get the right sound because the woods have to balance out so you can get the right sound. That’s one of the creative things you can do. You can vary the sound with the different types of wood you use. So all guitars are different in a way. PS: Does it take a lot of time to get all the pieces together so the guitar does not fall apart? AS: There are some pretty tough gluing procedures, and the wood can’t just be flat and thick like a table. The wood is thin and it has to be rounded. The bending of the wood is the hardest part. You need to soak it in water and then put it on a hot pipe and steam all the water out of it and give it shape. PS: How many guitars have you made? AS: I’ve made eight guitars and a banjo. PS: Have you sold any of your guitars, or have you kept all of them? AS: I sold one to a guy who had just graduated from the Air Force Academy, it was an electric one. He just told me how he wanted it to sound and how he wanted it to look and I just made it for him. Sometimes I give them to friends. PS: Have you ever made a guitar for a school project? A S: I made one for an independent study with Mr. Staskal sophomore year, and this year second semester, Mr. Staskal is trying to get a guitar making group independent study. It’s open to anyone who is interested in making guitars. If people are interested they should contact Mr. Staskal or me. They wouldn’t need wood working experience to take the course. Introduction by Glenn Will. Contributions by Caroline Patz and Danielle Schiestle. Girls’ swim team a welcoming environment for students with special needs The Waunakee High School girls’ swim team is a strong and competitive team with many talented and driven swimmers. Among the girls on the team, there are two unique swimmers that do not seem to let anything get in their way of swimming and competing. Kayla Tarantino and Pilar Shogren are two autistic girls on the swim team who love to swim. Sophomore swimmer Annabell Pedersen said, “They come to practice like anyone else and are always included in what the rest of the team happens to be doing. They have both swam in meets, and there are always people cheering for them at the end of the lanes. They are part of our team. They are as much a part of the team as anyone else.” All the people on the team show their support in different ways, and many girls were excited to see students with special needs join the team. Freshman swimmer Elena Patz said, “I was really excited to see them join the team because not many special needs kids go out for sports.” Having Kayla and Pilar on the team has helped the two girls as well as bringing out the best of the other swimmers on the team. Other people on the team agree Kayla and Pilar have caused them to make changes within themselves as well as broadening their perspectives. However, it is not only the girls on the swim team that show support for Kayla and Pilar. Their special education instructors, Kristin Benedict and Cindy Howard have been encouraging the girls from the season’s get-go, and have seen the positive influence the swim team has had on Kayla and Pilar. Benedict said, “I believe that the swim team has helped Kayla make friends that she probably would not have had if she weren’t on the swim team.” Many of the other swimmers have seen the two girls’ swimming skills greatly improve from when they first joined until now. Swim team coach Kayla Proctor said, “Of course I was also excited to see them join the team.  I hoped that joining the team would help them grow, but in return they really helped everyone else grow.” The two girls have changed the team in great ways. Patz said, “I feel that people on our team really do have a more open mind now because we realize that they can do anything we can do, and we definitely respect them for it.” Melanie Guitzkow Reporter ”“Mr. Staskal is trying to get a guitar making group inde- pendent study second semester this year. It’s open to anyone who is interested in making guitars. –Senior Adam Stroud
  8. 8. Page 8 Page 9 Purple Sage: How long have you been a vegetarian? Ellen Drewry: I’ve been a vegetarian since my tenth birthday. PS: Why did you start being a vegetarian? ED: I didn’t like the ideaofeatinganimals. PS: How do you stay on track? ED: My parents help out a lot by not making a lot of meat dishes. PS: What other foods do you eat that most people do not have to eat? ED: I eat a lot of tofu and some vegetables that aren’t very popular. Interview by Anna Evansen Physical Education Instructor Alyson Schaefer gave The Purple Sage some great advice about nutrition, healthy lifestyles and school lunches. Inteview by Lana Scholtz • About 5-10 percent of the world’s population is vegetarian. • A pescatarian is someone who eats no meat, with the exception of fish. • Vegans are people who do not eat animals or bi- products • Though not officially proven, studies suggest that vegetarians are less likely to have cancer. • The amount of meat consumption in the U.S. has increased 400 percent in the past 50 years. • Studies show that following a vegetarian diet may decrease your risk of a stroke. • One third of the world’s grain is used to feed animals that are being raised for food. • Lacto–Ovo vegetarians do not eat meat, but do consume animal products such as milk and eggs. Source: www.vegetarianvegan.com Factsabout vegetarianismandveganism Interviewwitha vegetarian Don’tWorry,BeHealthy What are some easy things students can do to improve their everyday health? 1) Never ever skip breakfast…..this meal kick starts your engine and your body. I often tell my students food to a body is like gas to a car…it is a must. 2) Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water! (Even more if you are an athlete.) It is the nectar of the gods. 3) Eat five small meals a day to keep that engine going. These need to be healthy meals and do not over eat. Eat more veggies and fruits….this seems to be the deficit in most teenagers’ diet. 4) Watch the portion sizes. American restaurants serve way too much food in a serving. Keeping the body properly fueled helps maintain or lose weight. If you skip meals the body will then go into starvation mode and store food as fat….not good. What can students do to lead healthier lives? Things kids can do to lead to a healthier lifestyle are as easy as moving more in their daily activities….. biking or walking to school, parking farther away so they walk farther to school, taking the stairs whenever the opportunity arises and at lunch going for a brisk 10 minute walk. Also, step away from the video games and facebook. Instead, take time for you and your health. Or else you will be unable to continue even the simplest of activities if you lead an inactive lifestyle. Take time to de-stress.  Take deep breaths and re-evaluate what you are stressed about and if you can control it. Stress can kill, so kids need to control it … prioritize.  If the situation is out of your control, let it go. Kids should be active 30-60 minutes at least five days out of the week. It is imperative to lead a longer life and healthier life. Also, how do you feel about the school’s cafeteria food? I am not too familiar with [cafeteria food] but what I have seen is the portion sizes and they are way too generous. Kids may feel obligated to eat an entire sub that is as big as their head. I do know there are nutritional choices too. I will tell you this: kids should be able to take responsibility to choose what is right for them. We all have the power of choice, but we need to use it responsibly and take ownership for our choices. I have heard that you like to refer to the book “Eat This, Not That” in class. Do you think the students can learn some important things from the book? “Eat This, Not That” is great. It is an eye opener to what kids may think is nutritious but really [tells which] foods have hidden fats. Anxiety The Situation: You are really nervous about an Advanced Algebra test you need to get an A on. Your Meal: Grilled chicken wrap, no mayo Why: Eating between 4 and 5 ounces of protein helps your brain create dopamine and norepinphrine neurochemicals that keep you alert. FoodstoIncreaseYour Brain PowerRestlessness Situation: You need some serious shut eye before your gymnastics meet tomorrow, but the past couple nights you have not been able to fall asleep. Your Meal: Nonfat popcorn half an hour before you go to bed Why: The carbs will induce your body to create serotonin, a neurochemical that makes you feel relaxed. Depression Situation: Issues at home are doing you in emotionally. Your meal: Grilled salmon or sushi Why: A study in Finland showed that people who eat more fish are 31 percent less likely to suffer from depression. Skip sweet simple carbs. The sugar crash can actually deepen depression. Confusion The Situation: Though you take good notes in math, you can not seem to make sense of anything your teacher is saying. Your Meal: Pineapple chunks or a cup of berries Why: Antioxidants from the most colorful fruits and vegetables help pick off the free radicals that wear away at your memory. Because your brain consumes so much oxygen, oxidants can do heavy damage there. Produce grown by the Pay-it-Forward Community Garden used in school lunches: Carrots, Peppers, Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Mixed Greens, Green Beans, Summer Squash, Oregano, Thyme, Cilantro Source: eatthis.menshealth.com Spread by: Sara Vincent and Anna Evansen The Purple Sage
  9. 9. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 10 ENTERTAINMENT Sierra Gillespie, Entertainment Editor Mark your calendars, ‘Due Date’ is here It is somewhat difficult to believe that just a decade ago Robert Downey, J r . , c u r r e n t l y one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, was on a downward spiral out of control. The actor was arrested on multiple occasions for drunk driving, possession of heroin, and possession of firearms. Downey was arrested several times, and his substance abuse only seemed to be getting worse. For a while, the actor disappeared from the limelight, but he came back with a bang playing the lead role in “Iron Man” in 2007. The casting of Downey for the role was risky but successful, as “Iron Man” grossed $5 million world wide. Sierra Gillespie Entertainment Editor Nightmare: a dream Meghan Caulfield Columnist When a band comes along with such sheer power and such ability to hold a high ranking status, people and the media have a way of trying to make it fall from its fame. The band Avenged Sevenfold is a perfect example of this. Late last year, Avenged Sevenfold’s long-time drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, was found dead in his home. Despite the devastating loss, Avenged Sevenfold managed to finish their fifth studio album, Nightmare, without flaw. Nightmare was released on July 21, 2010, crushing any notions that Avenged Sevenfold could not progress further in their music. Mike Portnoy of the band Dream Theater helped Avenged Sevenfold with drums to finish their newest release. In past albums, Avenged Sevenfold has shown both a heavy metal side as well as a screamo side to their music. Imagine the perfect combination of both, and you have Nightmare. Their newest album in its entirety is an album worth listening to, but there are a few standout tracks. “Nightmare,” the radio hit and opening track, sets the tone for the album perfectly. “Danger Line” and “Buried Alive” seem very reminiscent of Avenged Sevenfold’s last, self-titled album. “God Hates Us” is an attention-grabbing track with a suspenseful intro that also seems to be similar to former Avenged Sevenfold material. While listening to “Fiction,” a beautiful track, you cannot help but remember the deceased drummer, Sullivan, through the touching lyrics. It also features Sullivan’s piano playing and his personal vocals. This was the last track Sullivan had the honor of working on before his death. Although “Fiction” seems like it would be a sufficient closing track for the album, there is one more song featured on Nightmare— the nearly 11 minute track, “Save Me.” This track ends the album well, with large portions of straight instrumentals unique to Avenged Sevenfold. While to fans and fellow bands, Avenged Sevenfold may never be exactly what it once was, there is no denying that Avenged Sevenfold still remains one of the best bands in the hard rock scene. It is unknown as to what the future holds for Avenged Sevenfold. Whether they continue or put the name to rest, fans will be supportive with whatever choice the band decides on. Downey used the success of the film to his benefit and three years later is on top of his game. He put his shady past behind him and has been cranking out hit after hit. H i s m o s t r e c e n t f i l m , “ D u e Date” takes a step away from the superhero/ action star role he portrayed for the past three years but still manages to act in a heavily publicized film. Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant father who leaves his wife at home in Los Angeles while taking a quick business trip to Atlanta. At the beginning, Peter is planning on flying home, but when his bag accidently gets switched with that of Ethan Tremblay, played hilariously by Zach Galifianakis, things start to go wary. With much struggle, Peter boards the plane, but after a bit of ruckus, both him and Ethan are thrown off the flight, and placed on a “no-fly” list. Unfortunately, Peter’s luggage, wallet and identification are all left on the plane, a n d t h e o n l y possession he has is his Blackberry. W i t h o u t identification or money, Peter hasnopossible wayofrentinga car. Driven by the pending birth of his first child, he reluctantly agrees to ride to California with Ethan. Ethan is an eccentric character with qualities that quickly grow to annoy Peter. An aspiring actor, Ethan heads to Hollywood in hopes of making it big. The pair encounters a plethora of misfortunes along their way to California, each more intense than the last. The duo goes through a total of three cars, several broken body parts, intense emotional episodes, a few run-ins with the law, and one extreme case of deep sleeping. W h i l e D o w n e y a n d Galifianakis mainly carry the film, small appearances by Jamie Foxx and Juliet Lewis sum up the cast to just about star-studded. Though similar to the 1987 film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “Due Date” has striking differences. The two main characters of the latter have similar qualities to the original road trip film; however, they are different enough to make up a whole new movie. Downey plays the Steve Martin character, an uptight b u s i n e s s m a n t r y i n g desperately to get home to his family, and Galifianakis plays the John Candy character, an unconventional man who takes his time getting places. These similarities aside, not much else can compare the films. “ P l a n e s , T r a i n s & Automobiles” is aimed for a wide audience, and is definitely more appropriate for children than “Due Date.” Still, “Due Date” manages to harness the humor that Galifianakis first showcased in “The Hangover,” and appeals to audiences mature enough to appreciate it. “Due Date” is a fresh look at the road trip story that generations grew to love in “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” and the movie provides entertainment for viewers. Credited as a comedy, “Due Date” is really a range of genres, showcasing all sorts of emotions from the lead actors. The majority of the film is laugh out loud comedy, but the story is filled with small bits of intense emotion, adding some insight to the lives of the main characters. Downey plays his role to a tee, showing that his acting chops were not diminished in spite of several stints with the law. Galifianakis continues giving off hilarious yarns, but does show off some deeper qualities throughout the film. Though comparable to “Planes,Trains&Automobiles,” “Due Date” is a completely different film, and much more up to date. The comedy is intensely hilarious, yet still somewhat meaningful. “Due Date” may not be “The Hangover,” but it will definitely live on for quite some time. The humor may slowly widdle away with time, but the overall meaning will always remain. Conan O’Brien returns to television Tommy Wiesler Columnist “Conan.” It was “the most anticipated television event since television’s last most anticipated event,” according the TBS promotions. The last most anticipated event being when Conan O’Brien took the micophone as the fifth host of “The Tonight Show,”on June 1, 2009. However, when O’Brien’s predecessor, Jay Leno, moved to primetime to host “The Jay Leno Show,” it messed everything up. Leno got horrible ratings, which led to bad ratings for O’Brien. Instead of getting rid of Leno, NBC’s solution was to give Leno a half hour slot at 11:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and move “The Tonight Show” to 12:05 a.m., giving O’Brien even worse ratings. At the start of the argument, O’Brien gained support from all of his fans and even other late night talk show hosts. David Letterman supported O’Brien, for O’Brien was supposed to be the successor of “The Tonight Show” after Johnny Carson’s era, but it was given to Leno. Talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel mocked Leno on his show, and appeared on “The Jay Leno Show” to make fun of him. Even amid all of his support, NBC gave O’Brien two choices: Move to 12:05 a.m. or leave NBC. O’Brien left the network, saying he did not want to damage the greatest franchise in television by moving it into the next day. His last show aired on January 22, 2010, earning his best ratings to date. As part of his contract termination agreement, O’Brien was not allowed to return to television until September 1, 2010. O’Brien instead toured the nation on his, “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,” which sold out rapidly. Soon it was announced that O’Brien would host a show on TBS. O’Brien would own the rights to the show, allowing it to go where ever he wanted. NBC gave him support, allowing him to use his popular characters, such as Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog on the new show. O’Brien named his new show “Conan” and prepared for the premiere on November 8. The premiere was hyped up, with O’Brien doing a promotion almost every day, including stunts such as driving an explosive packed car off a cliff and launching a blimp. “Conan” aired with nearly the same band since his beginnings on “Late Night” and his hilarious co-host/ announcer, Andy Richter present as well. O’Brien kept a lot of his original stuff and the show became a success. He had great guests: Lea Michele, Seth Rogan and musical guest Jack White, who jammed with O’Brien. It was good to see him back where he belongs. In case you missed the premiere, full episodes are on teamcoco.com. Be sure to watch “Conan” weeknights at 10 p.m. Central Standard Time on TBS.
  10. 10. The Purple SageNovember 17, 2010 Page 11 ENTERTAINMENT Emily Drewry Copy Editor Magic in the air Wands, glasses, scarves and cloaks are flying off the shelves, yet Halloween is clearly past us. The reason for the recent outbreak of WizardFever?TheNovember 19 release of the seventh installment of the “Harry Potter” film series. Fans ever ywhere are squir ming in anticipation of the latest excuse to p r o v e t h e i r a l l i a n c e t o Gr y ffindor, Sly the rin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw. “Harr y Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” hits theaters nationwide Friday, and judging by the palpable excitement in the entertainment world, it will not disappoint. T h e “ H a r r y Po t t e r ” series revolves around a young wizard, Harry, and his lifelong battle against Lord Voldemort, the evil wizard who he famously defeated before he could speak. Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and have spent their years of schooling battling evils in the wizarding world on the side. The film follows friends Harry, Ron and Hermione on their journey attempting to complete headmaster Dumbledore’s mission and eliminate the evil from their world, once and for all. They must find and destroy all of the lost Horcruxes, the keys to Lord Voldemort’s immortality.Dangerescalates when the students become fugitives after the Ministry of Magic is taken over by Death Eaters. In order to survive, they must encounter, battle and defeat Voldemort. “The Deathly Hallows” is the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling book series. The decision to split the book into two films was made on the claims that it would be impossible to accurately portray all the action in one movie. Part one runs 146 minutes and is directed by David Yates, returning after success in leading the fifth and sixth movies. The leading roles will be reprised by actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who have portrayed the famous trio for nine years. Since this is the last book of the series, “Deathly Hallows” is even more valuable in the eyes of Potter fans. The first screen test held on August 21 garnered rave reviews as well as mentions of it being the perfect “Harry Potter” film. Avid fans also claim it to be the most faithful to the plot of the book. The release of the final two parts of the series brings near the end of an incredible ten year run for the Harry Potter enterprise. Over $7 billion revenue has been attributed to the films, and over 400 million copies of the books have been printed, in over 69 languages. The enormous success of the books, movies and merchandise has not only shocked the industries, but will surely influence culture for decades to come. The first “Harry Potter” book was released in 1997, and was titled “Harry Potter and the Philosopher ’s Stone.” The title was only changed to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for the release of the book in the United States. After the success of the first book’s release, Rowling continued to pen what became a series of seven, while stories of Harry Potter grew with the turning of each page. Beyond just acting as a series of children’s books, “Harry Potter” was adapted into a motion picture for the first time in 2001, and since then, the success of the series has only grown. The films widened the fan base of the series, drawing in millions of new “Potter” fans not familiar with the books. Each “Harry Potter” film is more successful than the last, making the series one of the most bankable in the movie and book industries. This past summer “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,”athemeparkdevoted to the “Harry Potter” series inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, was opened, insuring the positive mark that “Harry Potter” has made on our culture. With the much anticipated release of part one of the final “Harry Potter” movie Friday, the series will insure its place in our hearts forever. The film will keep fans on the edge of their seats until the final film is released next summer. Microsoft Kinects with us Ryan Minor Columnist W i t h n e w c o n s o l e s , controllers, motion sensors, and a “Halo” game, Microsoft is looking to win big this holiday season. While PlayStation 3 has its new game, “Move,” playing blandly titled games like “The Shoot,” and the staff at Nintendo sit back waiting for “Zelda” and the new DS to print money (again), Microsoft is unveiling some new wares. A t t h e E l e c t r o n i c Entertainment Expo this year, Microsoft released the new Xbox 360 with 250 GB storage, a smaller frame, a sleeker look, touch-sensitive buttons, quieter and colder running fan, Kinect port, and built in Wi- Fi. The new console’s Kinect port is going to allow people to make better use of another of Microsoft’s additions: the ‘Kinect’ sensor. The Kinect is a powerful tool combining its color and 3D cameras to quickly scan you into the game. When combinedwithitsmicrophone, this allows it to navigate menus fancy, but its real use is its incredible game interaction. Whilemostofthelaunchtitles are casual games, the horizon is filled with possibilities. The new dashboard brings a sleeker look to the Xbox, but is disappointing with its new color scheme, sound effects and sharper edges. The dashboard does bring one endearing quality to sports fans: a section devoted entirely to ESPN, making any ESPN game available in HD live. Lastly, the new controller aims to make some slight improvements. It comes with a new shinier paint job, grayscale ABXY buttons, and dips on the analog sticks to hold your thumbs in place. The most notable improvement is a new D-pad which transforms from a disc to a plus for easy control. The new Xbox 360 comes in four kinds: the four GB’s, and the 250 GB’s, with or without Kinect bundled. Without Kinect, the four and 250 GB prices are $200 and $300, and with Kinect $300 and $400, respectively. Those looking to use Netflix or Zune may want the Behemoth 250 for another $100, and those who want Kinect can add another $100. But the real question is: what should you ask for this holiday season? The 4GB is a nice and reasonable $199.99, and can generally satisfy the needs of the average consumer, though bundling it with Kinect saves $50. Those who play games dependent on the D-pad may want to make the switch because of its new pad anyway. Those with old Xbox 360s really should try to make an upgrade during Black Friday, and those with only one controller (or those with 3 who like to play with a couple of buddies) should think about grabbing the new controller. In all, these new gadgets are not necessary to enjoy your games, but having them will definitely enhance your gaming pleasure. ‘The Lost Hero’ starts off new series Brittney Hauke Columnist Finally getting a n e w b o o k i s amazing, especially when you have been waiting forever for its release. If the book is part of a series, you can finally continue on from where you left off, after a while or so of freaking out about what comes next. That definitely happened to me when “The Lost Hero,” part of the “Heroes of Olympus” series by Rick Riordan, came out. It is the sequel series to R i o r d a n ’ s a c c l a i m e d “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. There has been a movie adaptation which in my opinion was nothing compared to the book, and a graphic novel adaptation as well. Set a few months after the events in “The Last Olympian” (the fifth and final Percy Jackson story), “The Lost Hero” opens with the three new protagonists of the story. Jason, Leo Valdez, and Piper McLean. Jason wakes up on a bus full of teenage kids and knows nothing about how he got there. Piper and Leo both insist that they are his friends and tell him that he is on a field trip with Wilderness School, a place for “bad kids.” When they arrive at their destination, The Grand Canyon, Jason’s condition goes from confusing to life- threatening. Dylan, another student from Wilderness School, actually turns out to be a wind spirit: anemoi thuellai in Greek, or venti in Roman, as Jason calls them. The three friends almost die right there, just before Jason appears to be lightning proof, can float in the air and is an expert fighter. His weapon of choice is a coin that, when flipped, turns into either a sword or a lance. Dylan escapes, and shortly after, two teenagers turn up in a chariot, claiming that they and our heroic threesome are actually demigods. The new arrivals introduce themselves as Butch, son of Iris, and our favorite daughter of Athena from the previous series, “Annabeth.” They have come because Annabeth had a vision from Hera that involved a guy with one shoe, which happens to be Jason. Said problem is the fact that her boyfriend, the for mer protagonist Percy Jackson, is missing. The five make their way to Camp Half-Blood, home of demigods, to get Jason, Leo and Piper situated and find out who their godly parents are. Of course, it is not that simple. Jason has the feeling that he is not meant to be at Camp Half-Blood and he has a strange tattoo on his arm. Plus, Chiron, the head councilor of the camp, said that he is supposed to be dead. As the threesome get settled in, they realize that they are all part of the newest “great prophecy” that the Oracle has given, and must go on a quest to save Hera from the awaking forces of the earth. Overall, the book is packed with a satisfying amount of classic mythological tales. In my personal opinion, the previous series is better, but this is only the first book. Already there are tons of twists and turns, and there is a lot of promisewiththecomingbooks. If you finish “The Lost Hero” and want something else to slow the wait for “The Son of Neptune,” check out Riordan’s new Egyptian mythology series “The Kane Chronicles,”starting with “The Red Pyramid.” Because, while getting a new book is great, there is always long wait after it has been finished.
  11. 11. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 12 ENTERTAINMENT The power of alliteration Brandyn Liebe Columnist Tolkien’s masterpiece Jack Rosenberry Columnist Incelebrationofthebeloved J. R. R. Tolkien classic, “The Hobbit,” finally being transformed into motion picture, set to release late 2012, I recommend watching all three “Lord of the Rings” movies in a row. The movies bring life to the original stories. The majestic plains and special effects are just two of the many reasons to watch. Director Peter Jackson, also directing “The Hobbit,” had a vision, and that vision has been turned into one of the most famous movie trilogies in the past decade. The success was not just the efforts of the acclaimed director and seemingly flawless staging crew. The actors chosen to play the principal characters also made the movies great. Whether it was Elijah Wood playing the uncertain yet determined Frodo Baggins, or Viggo Mortensen as the courageous Aragorn, the actors of LOTR bring heart and soul to the vision of the movies. It might have had great writing, directing and special effects, but the actors make the movie memorable. Each character faces an incredible struggle throughout the series. The main struggle is the battle to beat the evil force bent on destroying the hobbits, the solution being simpler than they thought. That evil force is only a physical threat in the first five minutes of the first movie. Otherwise, it is an inanimate object in the shape of a ring twisting the minds of several of the characters. When reminiscing of my favorite part in the movies, I always think of the Ringwraiths. Creatures of such evil are truly frightening. There must also be mention of the insane character of the movies, Gollum, also known as Smeagel. This sad creature is the proverbial rock in the road for most of the movies, causing the characters to take a longer route. Overall, LOTR is a great set of movies commenting on thehumancondition.Beyond the classic novels penned by the incredible author, the movies themselves are legends. They put countless actors on the map, racked up millions of box office dollars, showed how the tireless work of cast and crew can create something special, and ultimately portrayed a successful conversion from literature to film. The release of “The Hobbit” in December 2012 gives the entire public something to keep their minds off the supposed end of the world. Who cares about the end of human life as we know it if we get to see another LOTR film? Comic by Robert Kueffer ‘Shh, girl, shut your lips’ Listen to 3OH!3 Angela Gilbertson Production Assistant On Friday, November 5, a well-known band, 3OH!3, headlined a fantastic concert at the Orpheum Theatre. The band was formed at the University of Colorado. When a band members Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte agreed 3OH!3 was the perfect band name in the city of Boulder where the area code is 303. The duo met in college, and music was a huge part of both of their lives. Starting a band was the perfect way for both of them to take the next step in their love for music. Fo r e m a n a n d M o t t e wanted their music to be fun, energetic, and make people want to dance. From what I experienced at the concert, there is no better way to describe their music. I have been a huge fan of 3OH!3 for awhile now, so I was very excited to see them in concert for the first time. Little did I know, I would have the privilege to meet Foreman and Motte. Hunter from Z104 gave us meet and greet passes, which was exciting but intimidating. When I met the band I managed to I hold myself together, talked and got pictures. They were very nice andhadagoodsenseofhumor. Then the lights went out. The sound of screaming fans came from every direction. Flashing lights started to go off. Music started playing. Voices started singing. And that is when I knew we were in for a good show. Once I heard the first line to their song “I Can Do Anything,” I started singing and d a n c i n g a l o n g w i t h everyone else. Throughout t h e i r w h o l e concert they sang hit songs like “My First Kiss,” “Don’t Trust Me,” “Double Vision,” and many more. My personal favorite, “Déjà Vu,” was played near the end and was even better live than the studio version.Theupbeattempoofall of their songs keeps the crowd pumped up and energetic. One aspect of the concert I really enjoyed was how Foreman and Motte interacted with the crowd. They yelled out lines, asked questions, and pointedpeopleoutinthecrowd. One of my favorite moments was before their song “Love 2012,” when they asked how many of us believed in the issue of the end of the world. A good amount of the fans believed in 2012, which I found very interesting. Just when I thought the concert was over, the crowd started chanting “3OH!3” again and again, and before I knew it, they came out to sing their encore song “Don’t Trust Me.” This was a huge gift to the fans because there were multiple requests for it throughout the night. Though I am a huge fan, I can see where some people do not particularly enjoy 3OH!3. Their music is repetitive, and some songs sound similar. Their c o n t i n u a l “ g e t up off your feet” sound gets kind of old to some people. Even though their slower songs are not their typical style, they still find a way to make changes to keep people interested. If they continue to play their same old genre without a variety, they may start losing fans. Overall, the night of November 5, 2010 was excellent. Seeing one of my favorite bands perform live, meeting Foreman and Motte, and being part of the crazy crowd were all parts of making the night to remember. Tongue twisters: something we can all like and dislike at the same time. We all know the famous “She sells seashells by the seashore,” however, I have a problem with this so called harmless tongue twister. So without further adieu, the top five things that I find wrong with the phrase, “She sells seashells by the seashore.” 5. Taxes How does the government get money? Taxes. How do they pave new roads and keep this country clean? Taxes! How much talk of seashell taxes did you see in the past election? None! Where is the tax on dead animals? Why is “she” not paying her debt to society by paying tax on all of her “seashells” or whatever it is she writes it off as. This is some sketchy accounting. Is she writing this off as food? Just because at one time some part of whatever it is she is selling was edible, it still cannot go tax free! Shame on you, “she.” 4. Selling of shells One brief thought ... Who in their right mind would be dumb enough to buy a seashell on the beach? Justreachdown!Therearefree seashells sitting in the sand! 3. Seller of shells Does she have a permit to be selling seashells on a public beach? Is she paying rent on the property of which she is soliciting remains of dead sea creatures? Yes, I am pretty sure the DNR will have no objections whatsoever. 2. No rights What kind of world do we live in today where a woman cannot sell seashells on the beach without being ridiculed in vocal warm-ups across the nation? How dare you call yourself an American when you live in a country based on the capitalist system, while still poking at a small seashell business (probably local) trying to make it through these economic hardships just like the rest of us! (Yes, I do realize this completely contradicts previous reasons.) 1. The phrase is not “She” You may be thinking, “Well Brandyn, everyone knows that this ‘she’ you speak of is obviously the famous ‘Sally’ from the phrase, ‘SALLY sells seashells by the seashore.’” Wrong! The “she” of which you apparently know everything about, is actually named Mary Anning. Mary Anning was a fossil collector who lived in the early 1800’s. She got her claim to fame by discovering marine fossils from the Jurassic Era. She sold the fossils she found on the beach where they were discovered. So naturally, when Terry Sullivan came up the famous phrase (allegedly), it was about dear Mary. A rule with tongue twisters as well as with everything else, it is important not to jump to conclusions. Here we are yelling about Sally, when in fact Mary actually sold sea shells by the sea shore. Pay attention, and you could actually learn something.
  12. 12. The Purple SageNovember 17, 2010 Page 13 SPORTS Kelly Martin, Sports Editor Cross country sends runners to state Kelly Martin Sports Editor The cross country team sent juniors Taylor Zimprich and Sarah Heinemann to the state meet at Wisconsin Rapids on October 30. “Everyone seemed faster this year, so individually we had to step up and work even harder to improve,” said Zimprich, “Sarah and I always ran together in practice, so we pushed each other every day.” Zimprich’s season took off at the Janesville Midwest Invitational. “It was our first actual look at our faster competition,” said Zimprich. “It was a real eye-opener for the competition to come.” Zimprich set her personal record that meet with a time of 15:15 and took 22nd. She headed to conference with her team hoping to take a win for the girls; they came up just a few places short of a victory in 4th place. Individually, Zimprich placed 4th and was ready to compete in sectionals. “I was nervous before sectionals, knowing that state was the next step, however, once we took off, I knew I was feeling good,” Zimprich said. At sectionals, she set another personal record of 15:14 and placed 5th overall. Zimprich was the second individual qualifier for the state meet. “I was so happy that Sarah and I made it to state together. There were so many superior runners and the course was very hilly, so times were naturally slower,” Zimprich said. She ran a 15:27, placing 39th in the state and 17th out of the individual qualifiers. Heinemann’s season started at the Janesville Midwest Invitational where she set her personal record of 15:05. “[An] awesome thing about this meet was that it was the only meet with a DJ. The cross country team was jamming out to the music and we even had a cross country mosh pit,” Heinemann said. She advanced to the conference meet in Baraboo. The course consisted of many hills and rugged footing. “A girl from Baraboo just powered right up it, she knew exactly where to place her feet. Another girl and I who were right behind her were slipping on the roots and rocks trying to keep up,” said Heinemann. She placed second overall and made first team all-conference. Heinemann moved on to sectionals knowing what was ahead. “Taylor and I had to go out fast and just hold on,” Heinemann says. She was the 4th individual qualifier with a 30 second drop in time from the time she had last year at this meet. Heinemann placed high enough to advance to state. She said, “I was really happy my teammate Taylor made it to state with me. It was nice to have a familiar face [while] running. Taylor and I have been running together all season so it wouldn’t have been the same without her there.” Heinemann went to state last year, but this year she improved and placed 37 out of 190 runners with a time of 15:24. “I had more of an idea of what to expect this year but the course had some slight changes that I wasn’t expecting,” Heinemann said. Both girls are happy with improvements made from last year and in the 2010 season. Zimprich concluded, “Next year, we hope to win conference as well as take our team to state.” Player of the Month: Bri Dziuk Purple Sage: How long have you been swimming? Bri Dziuk: I have been swimming for 12 years. PS: What’s your favorite swimming memory? BD: Qualifying for state junior year. Being in the at- mosphere of the UW-Nata- torium was pure bliss. That and breaking the school re- cord in the 500 free sopho- more year. PS: Who’s your favorite swimmer and why? BD: Michael Phelps. He is simply a boss. PS: How will you fit this sport into your life after high school? BD: Swimming is a passion of mine that I will never stop. Warriors head to Camp Randall for state Kelly Martin Sports Editor Senior Austin Maly starts on defense for the first time this fall. He knocks the ball from Franklin’s quarter- back, resulting in an interception by junior Cole Bollant, to help Waunakee seal a trip to Camp Randall Friday, November 19. (Photo by Adam Stroud) The Warrior football team earned the opportunity to defend their Division 2 state championship title. The Warriors were the Badger North conference champions for the eighth year in a row and on Friday, November 19 they will play Cedarburg at 1 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium for the 2010 Division 2 Championship. The Warriors dominated the playoff rounds again this year. Junior Leo Musso and senior Derek Straus racked up points for the team against Beaver Dam in the first round, winning 35-0. In the second round, Waunakee faced Milton where Musso, Straus and senior Christian Foster led the Warrior offense to a final score of 54-21. In round three the Warriors faced 11-0 Monona Grove. Senior Sam Russell kicked a 28 yard field goal to put the first points on the board. Monona Grove scored late in the second quarter. Foster intercepted a pass and scored and Straus added a 53 yard touchdown run. Monona Grove answered with a touchdown. Then with 2:30 left to go in the game, Straus ran 26 yards to bring the score to 24-14. Kickoff began in Kettle Moraine at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November13whereWaunakee faced the Franklin Sabers in the semi-finals for the second year in a row. Looking back in Waunakee football history, every time the Warriors faced a team for the second time at the semifinal level, they have lost. Polls taken on ESPNMadison. com also predicted a victory for the Sabers. “ That was some real motivation for us, everyone in the world may have voted against us, but our family knew that we worked too hard to get this far and it wasn’t our time to go home,” Musso said. Franklin arrived at Kettle Moraine having given up only 146 points to opponents the entire season. Head coach Pat Rice said, “[Franklin] has a very explosive offense, and the more we can keep the ball out of their hands the better chance we have.” Senior Austin Maly started for the first time on defense Saturday night, where he helped shut down Franklin’s offense. “We challenged the Hogs up front to be able to move the sticks,” Rice said. “Therefore, if we move the sticks, we control the game.” The score remained 0-0 for the first quarter, but the Warriors kicked it into high gear for the second quarter. Junior Hunter Darger scored on a one yard drive and Musso followed with a 30-yard option pass to senior Jared see FOOTBALL page 14
  13. 13. The Purple Sage November 17, 2010Page 14 SPORTS NEED TO RECORD YOUR MUSIC?? NEW!! VICARIOUS STUDIOS HERE IN WAUNAKEE!! Great Gear!! Courteous, Professional and Relaxed Atmosphere Low Prices!! Make your dream a reality... Call VICARIOUS STUDIOS today!! 608-333-3550 Senior Kevin Fong chases down a ball in the sectional finals during the Middleton game on October 23. Heartbreak came in the final minutes when Middleton shot the winning goal to bring the Cardinals to victory 3-2 over Waunakee. (Photo by Mi Jo Mucklow) Cardinals stop boys in sectional finals Willie Freimuth Reporter The Waunakee Warriors boys’ soccer team wrapped up their season on Saturday, October 23, after losing to the Middleton Cardinals in the Division 1 sectional finals. This is the farthest any Waunakee boys’ soccer team has gone in Division 1.  All-state accolades were awarded to seniors Corry Hinz­, Jared Denu and Calvin Witt.  Hinz, Denu and Witt were also awarded first team all-conference, as well as sophomore Casey Grosshauser, junior Tyler Gatz, and seniors Kevin Fong and Mikey Genova. “It was pretty amazing [winning first team all-conference] because no other sophomore received the award,” said Grosshauser. Senior Jesus Tinoco made second team all-conference and sophomore Joe Witt and junior Alex De La Rosa were awarded honorable mentions. The team traveled an emotional rollercoaster the last two games of the season.  On October 21, the team rallied in overtime to beat Madison West with a header from Denu.  The ride plummeted to a halt as the boys faced the Cardinals in Middleton. The Warriors were off to a fast start when Genova hammered a pass from Denu into the back of the net. The Cardinals responded with two consecutive goals before halftime, taking a 2-1 lead. Waunakee was not fazed and came out in the second half with a scoring corner kick from Grosshauser.  Denu headed the ball for a goal to tie the game up at 2-2.  Heartbreak came in the 88th minute, when the Cardinals scored the goal that sealed the deal for the Warriors. “I was disappointed that we lost because we would have went to state,” Grosshauser said. The season ended with a record of 18-4-2. The team earned a share of the conference title and a regional championship.  Middleton ends volleyball run at sectional semi-finals Mandy Rice Reporter The Waunakee girls’ varsity volleyball team made it to the sectional semi-finals for the second year in a row. The team lost this year to the Middleton Cardinals and last year to Madison LaFollette. Both teams have gone to state in the last two years–Middleton last year and LaFollette this year. Their season came to an end on Thursday, October 28, in Middleton. The match stayed tight the entire night, but Middleton pulled ahead winning 3-1. Waunakee lead in the third set 22-20, but with a failed block and a few additional errors, Middleton pulled ahead. Waunakee senior Hailie Ripley stepped up in the match and had a total of 30 kills, but it was not quite enough to pull the team ahead of the Cardinals. The match ended with the final scores of 23-25, 28-26, 23- 25, 21-25. The girls were seeded number one with a record of 21-10 overall. In the Badger Conference, Waunakee finished a close second behind Sauk Prairie. “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about a team of girls who work really hard,” said coach Anne Denkert. “It’s so easy to win, but so hard to lose.” Looking back on her senior career, Ripley finished a successful four years as a member of the varsity team. “[The most memorable game] last year [was] beating Sauk see VOLLEYBALL page 15  Olivia Knier Editor In Chief from Page 13 Football Staege to make the score 14- 0. Waunakee’s defense was able to keep the Saber offense at bay, while Russell kicked a 32-yard field goal near the end of the half. Franklin answered with a two yard touchdown with seconds left in the half. At the beginning of the third quarter, Musso ran 15 yards for his only touchdown of the night. After a missed field goal, the scoring concluded at 23-7. “I thought it got pretty rowdy when [junior] Cole Bollant intercepted the ball. I was so excited I jumped up from the bench I was sitting on, then unfortunately started to cramp again,” said Musso. Looking back on the Waunakee semifinal history, Musso said, “It’s a pretty good feeling because there have been many great teams before us, and for our team to do that was pretty special and fun.” “[Cedarburg comes] from a pretty good conference and have a pretty good running back. They should be a great opponent, but hopefully we can knock them off,” Musso said. “[This year at state] I’m going to hold on to the ball and not let my teammates down. After that, we’re going to try to bring home that second gold ball and hopefully we get to put it on the Hogs again this week, so we can have another great game.” The Bulldogs have an overall record of 12-1, their only loss to Homestead 21-24. Cedarburg has given up 185 points to opponents, an average of 14 points a game. Waunakee heads to state giving up an average of only eight points a game. Offensively, the Bulldogs average 36 points a game with a total of 476 points. Waunakee has scored 563 points, an average of 43 points a game. Starting for the Cedarburg offense is four year varsity running back senior Logan Lauters. Lauters has a total of 33 touchdowns this season, matched by Waunakee’s Musso. Cedarburg’s running offense is also led by freshman Hudson Walton, who has scored six touchdowns this season. Their leading receiver, sophomore Matt Johnson, has two touchdowns. Waunakee’s Straus easily tramples Walton with 13 touchdowns, and Maly, who leads Waunakee’s receiving offense, has eight touchdowns. “I think we just need to come out and play hard-nosed, physical Warrior football. It will be a whole team effort like last year to bring home the title,” Staege said. Offensive line/Defensive line coach Paul Martin said, “whoever makes the least amount of mistakes, who wins up front, and whoever has the least amount of turnovers, will be state champions.” Freshman Elena Patz swims the 100 fly at the state meet in the UW- Natatorium. (Photo by Aidan Schlittler) The last pre-race adrenaline rush took place for some members of the girls’ swim team last Saturday at the state meet held at the UW- Natatorium. All the of girls dropped time in their races at the sectional meet and the 200 medley relay, the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke qualified for the state meet. Coach Kayla Proctor was thrilled with this result and attributes it to the tough work ethic and dedication of the team as a whole, “Everyone worked really hard. At the end of the season, times were dropped and everyone had ended with [either their] best times of the year or personal best times.” At the state meet, Senior Jordan Houden had a time of 1:10.17 in the 100 yard breaststroke. The 200 medley relay (consisting of seniors Bri Dziuk and Houden, freshman Elena Patz and junior Kelsey Geiger) took home a time of 1:55.84. In the 100 butterfly, Patz had a time of 1:00.05. She was followed by sophmore Elissa Hermsen with a time of 1:00.61. Reflecting on her experience going to state as a freshman, Patz said, “I think it was a really great experience because it’s a lot bigger meet than I’ve ever been to and it will really prepare me for the next three years of my swimming career.” Patz conluded, “I think [the] season went pretty well. I had a lot of good times and I liked getting to know the girls.” State meet wraps up swim season