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  1. 1. The PurPle SageWaunakee Community High School Volume 9, Issue 4 Presented by The Wednesday Society January 26, 2011 Waunakee, WIOpinion“This can only meanone thing: the Taking the old system to the curbapocalypse.” Melanie Guitzkow Reporter –Lily Vanderbloemen on the immenent end of the Next time Mom tells you world. to take out the trash, do not fret because a new trash and For more see page 5 recycling system has hit theFeatures town. As of January 1, Pellitteri See no evil? Waste Systems began buisness Turn to page in Waunakee. Pellitteri has 8 for more added Waunakee to its list of residential customers which includes Fitchburg, Middleton, Verona and Oregon.Entertainment A new system for Waunakee“The film is raw and will start April 4 and is similar to the current waste collectionrealistic and shows system in Madison. The newmore than the glitz and system is completely automaticglam of winning.” aside from the driver of the –Sierra Gillespie on The vehicle. The reason for the Fighter. change is the inefficiency in For more turn to page 10 the current system. The trash Pictured above are the new trash bins at the Village Center that Waunakee will be getting this March. TheSports collectors face repetitive heavy bins come in three different sizes: (from left to right) 95 gallon, 65 gallon and 35 gallon. Households will lifting of garbage thousands receive the 95 gallon bin automatically unless requested otherwise (Photo by Lydia Dorn). Boys of times each week, which basketball can possibly lead to injury. jumps According to Pellitteri, the new to new automated system is also more environmentally friendly. heights as Since this new system will be they done with an automated cart continue collection system, Waunakee their residents will be receiving new undefeated trash and recycling bins. Flyers containing more information season. about receiving the new See page 13 bins have been distributed for more throughout Waunakee.Sage Page The carts are free of charge and will be delivered Thank gosh, it has throughout the month of finally opened. March. The carts come in three different sizes: 35 gallon, holding approximately three Examples of current Waunakee residents’ trash bins with and without wheels. (Photo by Lydia Dorn). to four kitchen trash bags, 65Q gallon, holding approximately exchange can be made for tag bought from Pellitteri aluminum/tin cans) go into the Turn to page 16 five to six kitchen trash $25. The different sized bins Waste Systems attached to it, recycling cart. Pellitteri highly bags, and 95 gallon holding are displayed at the Village signaling that there is trash in encourages residents to buy approximately seven to eight Hall, Village Center and Piggly an alternate barrel needing to the largest bin for recycling in uotable kitchen trash bags. Residents will automatically get the 95 Wiggly. As usual, trash will be be picked up. Recycling, however, will order to recycle more items with Pellitteri. Carts should be UOTE gallon carts unless a form noting otherwise was returned collected weekly. However, the trash will not be picked be picked up ever y other week starting with the set out by 7 a.m. at the latest for pickup.“ before January 21. However, if up unless the correct carts new garbage collecting Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n residents would like a different are used. Excess trash outside system. All recyclables (i.e. regarding the new system, cart size after they have already of the cart will not be picked cardboard, paper, newspapers, visit www.Pellitteri.com. Nobody received the 95 gallon bin, an up unless it has a trash bag magazines, plastics and steel/ can go back and start a new Waunakee students having less sex than state peers Designed to seek out areas and will do the same this year. Wisconsin students admitted beginning, but Branden Statz Reporter of detrimental behavior that Wille said the survey, “was not to drinking within 30 days of can cause the most significant given here particularly because the test. That number is about anyone Risky behavior can be found mortality and social problems of any great concern, rather 27 percent for Waunakee stu- in many forms. It can deal during adolescence, this sur- this survey is simply widely dents. When looking at mari- can start with anything from drinking, vey calculates the numbers used in schools.” In fact, ev- juana use, about 37 percent of to sexual activities or to drug and finds those problem areas. er y school in Dane County Wisconsin students said they today and use. The truth is, risky behavior District psychologist, Craig takes a similar survey. On the had tried marijuana before, ” is all around us; for that rea- Wille, collects the data from whole, Waunakee’s results are compared to 19 percent of make a new son, Waunakee school district this survey, breaks it down into much lower than that of other Waunakee students. Sexual officials decided to give the averages and compares the schools state wide. behavior, also considered a ending. Wisconsin Online Youth Risk results among other schools When polling students in risky behavior, is much lower Behavior Survey to all students in Wisconsin. grades seven, eight, nine and in Waunakee compared to in grades seven, eight, nine and Students took the survey via eleven, pertaining the use – Maria Robinson eleven. the internet in February 2010 of alcohol, about half of all  see Survey Results page 2
  2. 2. NEWSLily Vanderbloemen, News EditorTis’ the season of judgment Taco Bell/KFC opens Trial necessarily wishes to en- fect our lives, not just to helpJenna McGowan ter into the law field. an aspiring lawyer get ahead.Reporter As Breunig said, “[Mock trial] Through the Mock Trial com- “Since its inception in 1983, helps with critical thinking and petition, students have the op-the Wisconsin High School all that jazz. It is also good portunity to argue on both theM o ck Tr ia l Pr o g r a m h a s prosecution and defense sidesbrought our legal system to of the trial. The program allowslife for thousands of students,” students to analyze caseclaims the State Bar of Wis- material, present wit-consin, the group which puts nesses and receive feed-on the annual high school back from actual judgesmock trial competitions and attorneys.across Wiscon- Te a m s r e c e i v esin. case studies at The Mock Trial the beginningprogram uses facts of the year andand case materials from have a series ofreal Wisconsin attorneys two scrimmages be-for high school trials fore heading off to theacross Wiscon- regional tourna- Waunakee’s newest fast food restaraunt opened its doors onsin, including ment. So far, the Tuesday, January 11. The drive-thru and inside were packed asWaunakee High WHS team has hundreds of people filed through the doors to try a mouthful ofSchool. had one scrim- the new food in town. The Mock Trial mage in December. Fitzpatrickprogram here in said, “As a team we all workWaunakee is really well together. Weheaded by have only had one scrim-social stud- mage and that’s where weies instruc- because learned the ropes of howtor Char- it helps you mock trial really works.”lie Fuller think on If a team does well at the re-and has attracted “eight o r your feet.” Junior Megan Fitz- gional level, they have the op- The menu offers a variety of choices from biscuits to cinnamonnine students, [this year],” patrick also said, “It’s really a portunity to move on to state. twists. This dual restaraunt allows you to have both food from thesaid junior participant Mikaela whole new way of thinking. For the Waunakee team, they KFC menu as well as the Taco Bell menu. For more on the open-Breunig. You always have to be a step have a busy February coming ing, turn to page 16 (Photos by Lydia Dorn). Although the Mock Trial ahead of the other team.” up with a scrimmage on Feb-program has an obvious em- Survey Results The program is also de- ruary 3 and the regional com-phasis on educating students signed to help students gain a petition on February 12. “As aon law-based procedures, not deeper understanding of legal team we want to win regionalseveryone involved in Mock procedures and laws that af- in February,” said Fitzpatrick.  from Page 1 the importance of this surveyStudents cheer R-E-S-P-E-C-T may make students want to Wisconsin as well. Nearly answer more truthfully. half, 45 percent, of Wisconsin “In general, in these risky be- Musso and Max Chamberlin. when students say negative students admitted to having havior areas, Waunakee’s re-Madison Wescott A key note speaker, Jay Wil- things. Some say that it really sexual intercourse within the ports are significantly lower inReporter son from the News 3000 Sports hurts their feelings; others say past three months compared every area than the rest of Wis- Student fans represent section, came in and talked that it makes them play harder. to a mere 18 percent in Wau- consin,” Wille said. Althoughtheir community based on about why sportsmanship Students have even said that nakee. this bodes well for Waunakee,their actions, especially how is important. Afterwards, when they start cheers, they When taking a look at social “There are still areas we canthey cheer at sporting events. the students broke into start off slow. If a supervisor support, an astounding 87 work on, especially regardingTherefore, Waunakee Athletic smaller groups with does not say anything they percent of Waunakee students the use of marijuana. BecauseDirector, Brian Smith, took sev- students from keep escalating until some- agreed that their families love even if there is only one personeral students to a local sports- other schools one says to stop. Smith them and that Waunakee High using these risky behaviors, wemanship summit this past and brain- said, “They [students] School supports them, a much need to do everything we canDecember. stormed push the limits that are larger number than that of the to help him or her,” said Wille. Smith takes various parents, ideas set for them.” state level. The survey will be adminis-coaches and students to this on In 2001, the Although some people may tered his February to studentsannual event this year located Badger North be worried about the reliability in grades seven, eight, ninein Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin. and South con- of a survey like this, the survey and eleven.Each year, different groups ference was is 100 percent anonymous, andof people attend. When changed from nineSmith chooses stu- to 14 teams. Therefore, ac-dents to go to tion had to be taken to make SAVE THEthe summit, how to sure the schools, coaches andhe chooses make games community stayed positive. Ac-ones that lead and events cording to Smith, our school’sthe cheers atsporting events and are ingrades eleven and twelve. This more respectful. “Sportsmanship is a big part of high school sports, so we positive attitude has noticeably improved over the years. “We want the attention focused on PLANET,method is used in hopes ofolder students setting a good feel it is important that kids know what the guidelines are the players, not on the students in the stands,” Smith said. RECYCLE THISexample of cheering with re- and how they should act,” said The students who went tospectful and positive attitudes Smith. Students have been the summit learned quite afor the younger students. This asked why there has occa- bit. “I like to hear how otheryear Smith took seniors BeauMurray, Jared Staege, HaileyRipley, Lindsey Laufenberg, sionally been bad sportsman- ship. Nobody quite knows the answer. Players on the field schools’ rules compare to ours when it comes to sportsman- ship,” said Laufenberg. PAPERCalvin Witt and juniors Leo have been asked how they feelPage 2 The Purple Sage January 26, 2011
  3. 3. NEWSOne problem at a timeOlivia Ruch  NEWS briefs TUCSON, Arizona – A federal jury indicted Jared LaughnerReporter last Wednesday on three counts in connection with the An ever present concern in Tucson shooting spree on January 8 which woundedtoday’s society is what will 13, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords andcome in the future. One in- caused six fatalities. Justice Department officials ensuredternational educational or- that this accusation is only temporary until all the factsganization, Future Problem are known and they fully intend to indict the suspect onSolvers, also known as FPS, two more counts after they can build up their case. Thisengages high achieving stu- temporary accusation was expected as these officialsdents to solve problems of the have only 30 days to bring an indictment, mandated byfuture. the federal criminal code. At this time, it is uncertain FPS was introduced to the when the final indictment will be determined. On aWaunakee High School in separate note, Gifffords has made tremendous strides1999. Dr. E. Paul Torrance, in her recovery and was taken outside for the first timewho was one of the biggest Team members working (from left to right) sophomores Jenna Fra- last Thursday since the shooting.names in creativity, started zier, Michaela Johnson, Taylor Mulcahey, Kara Schultz, juniors Cassiethe international program. Ac- Bright, Mikaela Breunig, sophomores Ally Pulvermacher and Molly Mc-  WAUNAKEE, Wisconsin – After hearing positive feedbackcording to the Future Problem Donough and supervisor Martha Barlow (Photo by Lydia Dorn). from WHS students regarding the Laude System articleSolving Problems Internation- from the December issue of the Purple Sage, Principalal website, the goal of the pro- The top two teams move on people on my team before Brian Kersten in conjunction with the full school boardgram is, “to develop the ability to the international competi- FPS, but our relationships decided to move the laude system forward for a meansof young people globally to tion. Last year two Waunakee have grown stronger and we of recognition at the graduation ceremony this June. Thedesign and promote positive teams attended the interna- have more memories with initial course list published in the December issue of thefutures using critical, creative tional competition. FPS,” said Freshman Danielle Purple Sage is still current, with the exception of a fewthinking.” Martha Barlow, supervisor Amundson. possible additions to the class list, including Math 4. As In FPS, there are multiple of the FPS program at WHS, “In FPS, we learn different soon as grades are calculated for first semester, staff willsmall teams; each team said, “FPS is one of the most ways to solve complex prob- be working with Director of Curriculum and Instructionwrites a booklet on an as- intellectually challenging lems about a wide variety of Tim Schell to calculate laude scores via Infinite Campus.signed future problem. Then things you can do, and prob- topics. The methods we use It should be noted that laude-qualifying classes of secondthe teams submit their book- lem solving is one of the top can be applied to many prob- semester seniors will qualify for calculation in the laudelets to the state FPS board to twenty-first century skills that lems that people face in the score; however, the GPA of the student in those classesbe reviewed and critiqued. employers look for.” Members workforce,” said Amundson. will be determined from their cumulative GPA over theThis year’s challenge for FPS of the FPS team meet weekly Future Problem Solvers is a course of their first seven semesters of high school. Seeparticipants is to address the for one hour collaborative great opportunity for students the Purple Sage’s December issue for the proposedglobal issue of genetic testing. sessions and an additional with big ambitions for the fu- method of laude calculation.Judges at the state competi- two hours when completing a ture. Interested students cantion determine rankings of the problem. contact Martha Barlow to be amany teams who participate. “I was friends with the part of next year’s team. Information compiled from msnbc.com and Principal Brian Kersten by Olivia Knier HAVING MORE RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS IS NOT THE SAME AS HAVING MORE MONEY. When it comes to the number of retirement accounts you have, the saying “more is better” is not necessarily true. In fact, if you hold multiple accounts with various brokers, it can be difficult to keep track of your investments and to 608-849-3110 see if you’re properly diversified.* At the very least, multiple accounts usually mean multiple fees. 124 W. Main Street Bringing your accounts to Edward Jones could help solve Waunakee, WI all that. Plus, one statement can make it easier to see if you’re moving toward your goals. Hours: *Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss. 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  4. 4. OPINIONJamie Warner, Opinion EditorDrunk driving: life in danger, law in question due to drivers with a highly stop? It is like any addiction: How many times have you lose their lives every day thanksKelly Martin dangerous amount of alcohol if there is no consequence to seen a name in the paper on to countries like Sweden. IfSports Editor in their system. continuing, nothing will stop their sixth offense? Six times you are caught with a blood Wisconsin has the highest Despite the impact of drunk them from doing just that. a person has been caught alcohol concentration of 0.02rate of drunk drivers of any driving in our state, we have In states such as California, risking the lives of you, me, in Sweden, you receive a heavystate in the nation. not done anything to change it. a f o u r t h D U I o f f e n s e i s our families and our friends. fine and a prison sentence (or According to criminal law We are one of the only states in considered a felony. You will How can anyone possibly be both), and lose your driver’sexpert Wayne Campbell of the United States that charges a serve up to three years in allowed on the roads after just license. Compare that figureEzine Articles, in 2009, there repeat DUI as a misdemeanor, state prison and permanently one offense, let alone six? to Wisconsin’s limit of .08.were over 44,000 convicted not as a felony. A first There are no excuses According to the National “drivers under the influence, time offense is not for drunk driving, and Highway and Transportationand more than 26 percent of even considered a it is weak laws like Safety Administration, it isadults drove with alcohol in crime but a mere civil Six times a person the ones in Wisconsin suspected that only 3.3 percenttheir systems. Lives were lost infraction, although the has been caught risking the that make me want to of accidents in Sweden have ”in 238 cases, and almost 4,000 punishment increases lives of you, me, our go into government. alcohol involvement, a starkpeople were injured in alcohol- with repeat infractions. All it takes is one contrast to the United States’srelated crashes. Almost 45 Fo r i n s t a n c e , t h e families and our friends. person deciding to 38.6 percent.percent of fatal automobile punishment for a – Kelly Martin drive drunk one time We need to change the lawscrashes were due to alcohol. third offense is a fine to take an innocent here. The obvious difference Wisconsin alone recorded of $2,000, a license life. The victims of in official statistics betweena total of 605 traffic fatalities suspension for up to three lose your license, at the least. carelessness could be anyone: the United States and otherin 2008. Out of those 605, 250 years and jail time up to one In Wisconsin, on your fifth or your mom or dad, brother or countries along with Wisconsinincidents were alcohol related, year. sixth conviction an offender sister. These offenders do not and other states shows howalmost 42 percent, and 208 had If a person already has three would spend up to six years in seem to comprehend the harm stricter laws with strongera blood alcohol concentration offenses, who is dumb enough jail, be fined up to $10,000 and their selfish actions cause. punishments can make all theover .08. This means almost 35 to believe that person will one have their license suspended What gives me hope is that difference.percent of the crashes were day wake up and decide to up to three years. thousands of people do notSemester exam woesChris Pedersen concentrate, and the school’sWebpage Manager insistence in making everyone take the same test in the same Every year students engage environment is the opposite ofin a painful ritual of physical fair. Besides, the bubble sheetsand mental anguish, downing make it very tempting to followgallons of stimulants and patterns, and in one’s searchtreading the edge of insanity to find a pattern he or shejust to be able to do it again in inevitably is tempted to chooseseveral months. I am talking the wrong answer. Humansof course about finals, a are built to look for patterns. Iftrying and ultimately pointless I had not had a bubble sheetestablishment that must be I would not have written five-changed. letter messages in the bubbles, The biggest issue with finals and I would not have to retakeis they are based on the idea this charlatan class.that a several hundred question Another issue is the Remakes slipshod Franken-filmstest can represent a semester tremendous freedom examof learning. Throughout week grants students.a semester one learns (or Everyone knows the purposerather should learn) hundreds of school is to crush the human Sierra Gillespie to see the same movie as and their reputations in the dogof tidbits of information. A spirit so kids are prepared for Entertainment Editor the original. They have seen eat dog world of Hollywood.teacher can only test so many the monotonous busy work the original countless times Who is to say that athings in a 90 minute period, of the corporate world. This Last month the movie “True and know what to expect, blockbuster in the 1930s iswhich forces them to narrow last week I slept enough, ate Grit” opened, and with it came considering most remakes going to be a blockbustertheir focus and only test the a hearty breakfast, and even mixed reviews. I personally did are made decades after the in 2011? Obviously many“important details.” How could read a novel. For once this not see the film for reasons original movie. It is basically things about the script haveyou possibly know if I will year I was not stressed. I was besides it being a western. the same, classic movie with to be updated, and the actors’need to remember the shape happy, talkative, and even The 2010 version of “True younger actors. performances are going to varyof General Sherman’s beard managed to make a joke that Grit” was based off the 1969 Unfortunately, this seldom as well.down the road? Maybe I want was actually funny. Anyone version of the same name, happens. Scripts are changed, Most remakes are not biopics,to be a painter, and someday I who has seen “Ferris Bueller’s starring the king of westerns, dialogue revamped and so the actors are going to wantget hired to paint a mural of a Day Off ” knows people should John Wayne. No offense to story lines torn apart and put to recreate the character theyCivil War battle that happens not be stress free or, dare I say Jeff Bridges, but it is kind of back together. Ultimately a are playing, instead of playingto incorporate him. I will not it, happy during the school impossible to successfully completely different movie the character the same way theknow how to do so because I year. reprise a role that originated has emerged, having only a first actor played it. This onlydid not have time to study that As a solution to these with the most legendary actor title and characters’ names in leads to more audience upset.along with all the other details. problems, I propose everyone of a genre. common. Remember : the audience The next issue is that tests write an essay or two per class This leads to my belief, to Movies that are remade wants the same movie withdo not necessarily reflect one’s over the course of two days put it bluntly, that remakes of are generally remade from different actors, unless theknowledge of a concept. A with a constant screeching movies are awful. Aside from a blockbusters or cult classics. audience is unaware thatpoorly worded question, the bell in the background. There handful of remakes that trump This leads to a simple question: the film is a remake, whichdeafening silence or simply is nothing wrong with that the original, (like 1997 “The why? If the movie was so good completely astounds me.the format of the test can scenario, and I think it is Parent Trap”), most remakes in the first place, why remake M o v i e s l i ke “ T h e L a kecause problems. I can think something any institution can do not match the first. it? In doing so, the entire House,” “Something’s Got toof several people who need get behind. When an audience watches production is risking a boatloadsome background noise to a remake, they are expecting of money, their precious time  see REMAKES page 6 Page 4 The Purple Sage January 26, 2011
  5. 5. OPINION WEDNESDAY SOCIETY speaks Q uotable THE UOTE New year, old habits Little Liars.” It is obvious that with attitudes and actions “ such as these, no resolutions will be met. As the Times Square Ball drops at midnight signaling the What can we learn from our sad, victory-deprived new year on January 1, a few things traverse through our minds. One, is anybody going to kiss me? Two, do I need to example? The new year can be a great starting point, but it is also important to consider the days after the holiday. After True leave now as to avoid said kiss? Three, I have a lot to change for the new year. Focusing on that third and final thought all, it is much easier to say you will work hard to accomplish a goal when you are not yet working. The most important compassion might meanwhile conquer thought number one as well. From Waunakee to New York, people have taken the new thing to do when trying to set New Year’s resolutions is to have a manageable goal. Also by setting reasonable goals, is more than year as a time to resolve to be better. A typical scenario starts like this: impassioned by a chorus of Auld Lang Syne you will more likely go above and beyond those goals. Second, dress for success. While what you wear will not flinging a from a television and tired after a night out with friends, our hypothetical subject groggily makes a promise that this determine if you reach your goal or not, the attitude of success is what is needed. Start the year with a positive coin to a year will be different. The old man Father Time is stepping down to Baby New Year, so they can finally turn over a new attitude; be the Little Engine that Could. If you go into the year already thinking you are going to fail, then you will beggar. It leaf and start fresh as a new person. This year, they will be better than they were the last. certainly not meet your goal. The key here is confidence; however, if your New Year’s resolution is to become more comes to see They decide to lose an immense amount of weight by their spring break trip in three months and fall asleep excitedly confident, good luck. Finally, if you do fail in your resolution, do not wait until that an edifice imagining their future life. The trouble begins January 3. On January 1, our figure is too tired to worry about much next New Year’s day to make another resolution. The new year might provide impetus to start a resolution, but if which of anything and uses it as an excuse not to start the drastic lifestyle change needed to accomplish their goal. On January your goals are manageable, there is no need to wait. Do not use the holiday as an excuse for procrastination and save produces ” 2, they hit the gym ready as ever. The person uses the light machines because this is their first time, and they need to resolutions as a plan for next time. If you feel you need to wait twelve months before changing something, then your beggars needs start small. Then January 3 hits, this year as a Monday (the absolute worst day of the week). After returning from school goals are probably not realistic, and they will not be met anyway. Whether it is getting a date to prom or becoming restructuring. and work, our subject has no ambition to exercise and instead more organized, the three most important aspects of a opts for the comfy luring couch with a box of chocolates left successful goal are reasonable, positive, and gradual. – Martin Luther over from Christmas and the season premiere of “Pretty King, Jr.Falling bird fatalism fueled by media fad In the late 1990s, a similar to maximize profit fueled by media hype. TheLily Vanderbloemen panic was present, for people through hyped birds could have died fromNews Editor believed the new millennium television weather mishaps as well as Birds are falling dead from would bring its own apocalypse. shows and environmental reasons. Maybethe sky, fish and crabs are Clearly that did not happen, references a bunch of aliens flew down towashing up cold on river and these disastrous events did until the earth, got out their gamma raybanks, and number one not present themselves until fad is over. guns and targeted insignificantseeded football teams are further into the new century. After all, birds and fish. Yeah, wholosing divisional playoff games. Who knows? In the year 1000, December 21, 2012 is knows.This can only mean one thing: the Romans may have been just a fad. While people maythe apocalypse. preparing for their own end, When a few adamantly believe in the As the Mayan calendar although their empire did not birds drop dead, 2012 phenomenon, do notsuggests, 2012 may be the end collapse until 500 years later. ever yone is get caught up in the fad.of the world. Some interpret Movies such as “2012” and rushing off to There is nothing we should bethe ending of the Mayan Histor y Channel specials a far-fetched l o g i c a l concerning ourselves over forcalendar as a global “spiritual consume many people’s lives apocalypse explanations for 2012 as far as an apocalypse istransformation.” Others as they feed off the thrill of as the the mysterious considered. There is a betterbelieve a new era will emerge learning of the world’s end reason. deaths have chance of Iran nuking theor the world will undergo a in 694 days (and counting). Little fact, p r e s e n t e d United States than that – butgreat restructuring, although Media industries have profited actually themselves. Flocks have then again that would be anhow this happens is unclear. off high-seeking frenzies no fact, fallen victim to death in the apocalypse in itself.A third group insists the end of such as these, and like any supports past. Just now we are fearfullythe world is approaching. company, they will continue this claim, and connecting the incidents THE PURPLE SAGE Editorial Staff The Purple Sage Waunakee Community High School EDITORIAL Contact us by e-mail: purplesage@waunakee.k12.wi.us 301 Community Drive POLICIES Waunakee, WI 53597 The Purple Sage is written and produced entirely by OLIVIA KNIER KELLY MARTIN EMILY DREWRY Waunakee Community High School students. Opinions Editor in Chief Sports Editor Copy Editor in The Purple Sage are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the newspaper staff or the school district. Students, staff, and members LILY VANDERBLOEMEN JOSH LERDAHL AARON SCHMIDT of the community are welcome to submit Letters to the News Editor AIDAN SCHLITTLER Advertising Manager Editor. Letters should be 250 words or less and must be Sage Page Editors signed. Letters may be delivered to room 1502, or sent JAMIE WARNER CHRIS PEDERSEN to our mailing or email address. Opinion Editor LYDIA DORN Web Page Manager The Purple Sage is published monthly and is printed Photography Editor by South Central Publishing. The Purple Sage is a SARA VINCENT TAMMY RADEMACHER member of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the National Scholastic Press Association and the Kettle Features Editor ANGELA GILBERTSON Adviser Moraine Press Association. 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  6. 6. OPINIONNew country a milestone of peaceSudan, Africa’slargest country, issplitting into two.The southern portion,which was slighted fordecades, will finallyearn itsindependence. Thumbs up! Thumbs down...Jamie Warner Half the Half theOpinion Editor school year school year On January 9, the inhabitants is over. to go.of the southern portion ofSudan, the largest country inAfrica, were presented with a Exam week: Failed Newvote to choose whether to gain a second, Year’sindependence from the rest ofthe country. miniature Winter resolutions: “To- With an overwhelming body Break. day doesn’tof support for independencein South Sudan (99 percent count”... for aaccording to the BBC) and Boys basket- month.people who want to stick ball remainsto the old ways a rare sight, If South Sudan were to gain independence, the oil pipelines leading to undefeated after Baby Newthe vote is certain to pass for Port Sudan would be redirected. Juba would be its capital. Source: CIA defeating Yearindependence. The only things World Factbookthat could stand in the way of Monroe. delights andindependence are violence is if it is unrestricted by poor police officers have died in inspires, but theat poll stations preventing cooperation. borderline cities. The Souththe people from voting or The reasons for the split are also ranks behind the North The new fate of Old Fathercorruption skewing the results. largely ethnic and religious. in most measures of quality trash Time is swept toThe division of Sudan and The North is mostly comprised of life: infant mortality, water system. the side in thecreation of a new country is of Muslims with a connection sanitation, education and fooda milestone achievement and to the Arab culture. The South, stability and will also need to While it is true commotion. Iswill mark the end of a bitter on the other hand, is made up build a new pipeline to start you can’t spell the holiday moreconflict between the north and of non-Arab Christians or other earning money from theirsouth regions. denominations. The South oil reserves. Once they start “Pellitteri” morbid than The long-anticipated split has had poor representation a steady oil export, they will without “litter,” commonlyis a bad relationship finally for decades, with the North need to develop an effective and an thought?breaking. South Sudan has sucking the oil profits. The budget to develop the region.been slighted in the exchange tension has often escalated Making a new country is hard automated Examfor decades. Although it into violence. In one case, work, after all.has most of the nation’s oil the North tried to impose There have been complaints trash system schedulereserves, it needs the North’s strict Islamic law on the entire that South Sudan is not ready takes us one logistics: Withpipeline connection to the country, although the action for independence, but I believe step closer to exams first andMiddle East to effectively sell it. was stopped. the short term problems can Because of this reliance, the Sudan was on a course for be resolved over the years. a robot apoca- third hour, shouldSouth has not received the splitting. While the division of a After they gain independence, lypse, it is I stay or should Irevenue from its oil. Instead, country may seem a bad thing the people will be inspired andthe North is thriving from the for the Northerners, something motivated to build their home. greener and go?South’s resources; Khartoum, was going to happen about the In addition, South Sudan’s more efficient.its capital, is a boom town. situation there. It is good that geography, grasslands, swamps The heinousThe one-way relationship calls the country decided to resolve and forests, is hospitable toback an image of a mistreated, its differences peacefully long-term civilization and is a Volunteer nonconform-soot-covered factory worker instead of resorting to an contrast to the North covered Connect: ers who refuse towho slaves all day but is alternative, like civil war. in desert. When the South’s Waunakee’s new use a number 2unappreciated by the wealthy While the split needed to temporary problems are ironedfactor y owner. While the happen, it will cause short- out, it will be lasting and stable, philanthropic pencil ondivision is difficult for the short ter m problems for South and we will see Sudan finally arm. Scantrons.term, the only way the country Sudan. There was violence at living in peace.can move on in the long term the elections. Already, severalRemakes in the horror genre, and frankly The people who work in slated to be remade in the near well, I would enjoy far more I am getting fed up. “Friday the this genre not only have a future. It seems as though my movie remakes than I do. 13th,” “A Nightmare On Elm fascination for remaking rule of remakes being released Sadly, Hollywood does not from Page 4 Street,” “Halloween,” “Prom American horror movies, but at least a decade after the value my opinion, though IGive” and “Disturbia” are all Night,” “My Bloody Valentine” have started going overseas original has been amended, share it with many others.remakes of classic movies, and and so many other late 70s, to remake Japanese movies. for a majority of the films in Unfortunately, movies willno one would have expected it. early 80s horror movies are “The Ring,” 2002, was scary, production for being remade continue to be remade overIt is sad to think that our current remade, and for what? To but based off 1998’s “Ring.” were released within the new time, and there is nothing Iscreenwriters are constantly gar ner a little more bad Please, can we have a little millennium. can do to stop it. My only hopereferring back to other works press? It is quite unfortunate creativity? If movie remakes were is that Hollywood will leaveinstead of creating their own. when movies that were not Apparently not, for many occasional, my opinion about the true cinematic gold alone,Can we just have one solid, successful in their first run are films such as “The Birds,” them would be completely and remake things that needoriginal movie? remade. Unfortunately, in the “Teen Wolf,” “Lara Croft: Tomb different. If Hollywood took the remaking and redeeming. The movie remake horror genre, this happens Raider,” “Bourne Identity ” time to choose the appropriatefascination is really booming almost constantly. and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” are films to remake, and did them Page 6 The Purple Sage January 26, 2011
  7. 7. FEATURES Sara Vincent, Features EditorCheck out your new favorite titles to iPods and Nooks With the introduction of new electronic devices into the market, it seems that peo- How to Download Can’t find the book you are ple can download almost anything to their From School looking for on OverDrive? iPod Touches, iPads, Nooks and other e- readers. This is no exception to WHS. Now, 1. Log on to the OverDrive Station Just go to Mrs. Ramsey in at the LMTC or at home, you can check out books and read them in a sophisticated computer (found to the right of the the LMTC with the title of the color printer in the LMTC). and technological manner. 2. Open the internet. book you would like, and she 3. Go to the High School LMTC page. will get the ebook version. 4. Click on the “OverDrive Download How to Download Station” link under the OverDrive icon. From Home 5. Connect your portable device. Popular Titles on 1. Student must download the 6. Note: iPhone users should see “How to Do it From Home” in order to OverDrive OverDrive station application (Mrs. download. • The Hunger Games series Ramsey can help with this). 7. Select “Test your device for 2. Connect and test your device for compatibility” on the right. • Thirteen Reasons Why compatibility. 8. Select the audiobook you would like • Sarah Dessen novels 3. Check out which audiobook you to check out. would like to download. 9. Place it in your eBookbag. • The Girl with the Dragon 4. Select the title and place it into your 10. Go to Checkout. Tattoo series eBookbag. 11. Download it to your device. You will 5. Hit the download button. have to choose which chapters you • The Twilight series would like. Information compiled by Anna EvansenFreshman Noah Stamsta explores European sport of cyclocrossCaroline Patz and sunglasses if you would still find comfort, adrenaline,Reporter like. and fun in it. Noah explained, Cyclocross competitions can “I love cycling in general. Not Picture this: You are on a be found almost everywhere if only is it aerobic and basedbike, going up a hill. It is steep; you have the right connections, on athletic level, but your skillreally, really steep, but you and are usually held at parks. on the bike and handling.know you are strong and you Since the courses are made Also there is a ton of strategycan do it. You need to finish the using stakes and red tape, one in biking; you are constantlyrace. Your heart is pounding, can be made anywhere. thinking. You are planningyour legs are burning with a Races are age categorized when to accelerate to breaksoreness you cannot put into for all racers under 18. Noah your opponent, reading yourwords, and your lungs are races 15-16 year olds. competition to see when theyfrantically gasping for air. Course laps are anywhere are in pain and the win is yours Freshman Noah Stamsta from one and a half to two to take, telling when to back offsaid that pushing yourself miles in length and racers and ease up because you areto physical capacity is the usually do 3-4 laps, each race just wasting energy.”hardest part of a sport called lasting around 30 minutes. Cyclocross is a fairly easycyclocross. Noah Stamsta with his cyclocross bike before one of his races this past Noah was involved in sport to get involved with. Cyclocross is a form of spring. (Photo submitted) cyclocross this past season Those interested in gettingbicycle racing on a course from mid August through the involved can look aroundmade up of many different beginning of December. online for competitions,kinds of terrain including “Races are about ever y or talk to someone who ispavement, wooded trails, and weekend, sometimes two a already active and competing.grass. A cyclocross course also weekend. It’s a great way to Cyclocross is a sport for anyonehas many obstacles meant to stay in shape after the road who wants a real challengechallenge the rider. cycling season, and to prepare or is looking to jazz up their Obstacles include barriers, for the next road cycling normal cycling.sand-traps, stairs, bunny hops, season,” Stamsta added. The sport’s trials presentand steep hills. Cyclocross seems to be a themselves in no small way. Barriers are about 18 inches sport all its own, with no true “ The hardest thing is thetall, and a rider must dismount comparison to anything else. aerobic endurance you need.his or her bike, jump over Stamsta said, “cyclocross You are always at your maxthem, and then mount again is definitely focused more heart rate during a race, but youafter crossing. on bike handling than the need to stay focused and alert. Sand traps are areas in the road season. It’s a bunch Racers are around you, the trailcourse that are simply filled Stamsta during a cyclocross race lifting his bike over a barrier, one of of technical turns and bike is uneven, barriers and otherwith sand. the many obstacles on the course. (Photo submitted) handling techniques to stay obstacles are always coming Stairs are self-explanatory; upright and riding whereas up. You have to be preparedthey are just normal stairs. the bike up the hill, and then are specifically designed for the road season is much more for all of the things while still Bunny hops are like barriers, remount again at the top. traction, and a special brake strategy with longer races, focusing on your race and yourbut are much smaller and can A lightweight road bike is system called cantilever is open stretches of road, and current position,” Noah said.be hopped over while the rider used to complete the race. used. where things like drafting Despite its challenges,is still on the bike. Stamsta said, “It is what In addition to the bike, you come into play.” cyclocross is a fantastic, up and There are hills that are too people would picture as also need a helmet, gloves, Despite the fact that coming sport for those whosteep to bike up so that the a bike with a really skinny clip-in mountain biking shoes, cyclocross is a difficult and have the mental and physicalrider must dismount, carry frame and wheels.” The tires biking shorts, a team jersey physically taxing sport, people strength to take it on.January 26, 2011 The Purple Sage Page 7

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