Perks of Being a
PT Spirit Defined
Meet Mr. Hanley
and Ms. Keller
Photo by Julie Griffith
Volume 4 Issue 1
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
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Meet the Staff
Business & Sports Editor
Life & Style Editor
Special Features Editor
PT Focus & News Editor
Voices and Student Work Editor
People Features Editor
Smoke Signals is produced six times a
school year by the students of Media
II, III, and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School.
The staff adviser is Mrs. N. Sitler.
Commentaries, reviews, and opinion
columns are the expressed opinion of
the author and not of Smoke Signals,
its advisor, or the
Peters Township School District.
PT Focus pages 4-5
Life & Style: 10-11
Perks of a PT Kid: 16-17
An Interview with Logan Lerman
Student Work: 22-23
Moo Moo Is Being Sued
Power Rankings: Band Shirts
It’s no secret that the yearly band T-shirts
are something always draw the attention
of the fellow students. However, it begs the
question: which are the best? Here are my
rankings (five to one) of the band T-shirts
over the past decade. Keep in mind, this is
only my opinion.
5. Halftime is Gametime (2007-08)
With so many to choose from, it’s
tough to choose the top five. In the fifth spot
is “Halftime is Gametime.” I know, a classic
band T-shirt. However, this band shirt is
too opinionated for me. I’m assuming the
sports teams feel that when the game is
actually being played would be considered
“gametime.” Or, maybe someone in
the student section feels that the time
spent waiting in line for the concession
stand is “gametime.” Who knows? Can
you prove that halftime is definitively
“gametime?”What time is it now?
band shirt. If that’s coincidence, wow.
What are the odds? If not, job well done.
My main issue with this one is that you’re
lying to me a little bit. I mean, I need
things besides band. Food, water, shelter
just to list a few.
3. We’re Talkin’ ‘Bout Practice! (201011)
If you don’t get the reference,
then this band shirt probably isn’t that
great. If this is you, it’s an Allen Iverson
reference. I don’t have time to explain. I
only have limited space. In any case, you
sneaky band kids! You thought you could
sneak an AI reference past me? Not so
fast. Also, it’s a high risk, high reward type
of shirt. You can’t just dive into one of
the best interview quotes of all-time and
expect everything to be peachy. You must
be careful. Luckily, you pulled this one
off. Band kids, I know that you practice
often. So I will allow it. Now, something
like “they are who we thought they were”
wouldn’t necessarily make much sense.
4. All You Need is Love Band (2012-13)
The more I think about this shirt,
the more I like it. I didn’t love it originally,
to be honest, but it is has just gotten better
over time. I think it’s mainly because this
year’s band routine actually ties in with the
2. It’s OK, I’m With the Band! (2005-06)
Does being a member of the
band garner you a “get out of jail free”
card? I’m not entirely positive, but
more power to them if they think that it
does. Band kids, was this your attempt
at YOLO? I know in 2005 the great
YOLO wasn’t established, but if you had
known about it, was this your attempt?
TELL ME! IOIWTB? It just doesn’t
really flow off the tongue like YOLO
does. Either way, can I use this like I
would with YOLO? Oops, I broke my
parents’ favorite lamp. IOIWTB! Yes?
1. BAND… We’re Kind of a Big Deal!
Ah, the best of the best. Why?
Because it’s so easy to use in every day
conversations. For example, someone
asked you why you took two forks to eat
your jello-like side dish with your lunch.
Well, uninformed questioner, because
I’m with the band, and I’m kind of a big
deal! Easy as that. Is the band getting in
over their heads with this band shirt?
Probably, yes. Regardless, I love it. Just
because I can’t resist another example:
someone asks you to borrow a pencil
because they need one for the test. Uh,
no, I’m in the band and I’m kind of a big
deal! Touché, band kid.
Million Dollar Design by Production Tech
Engineering teachers Mr. Walsh and Mr. Ansell challenged
their production technology students to invent a new product by
combining two existing ones, ideas that could potentially make millions. The students responded with creative and unique ideas, including a heated ice cream scooper, a golf ball with a GPS unit built
in, heated and cooled cup holders, and an alarm clock pillowcase
just to name a few.
“The goal of this department is to prepare our kids for the real world
scenarios they’re going to have when they get in the work force,” said
The students thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. Sophomore Cory Little, a student of Mr. Ansell, praises the class in general.
“This is a great class to take. It really makes you think and
stretch your problem solving skills to their full potential. I look
forward to more challenges that await in the future,” said Little.
These ideas are used not only to encourage student creativity, but
to teach them to solve problems, use the scientific method, and
prepare them for the real world.
“I do believe most of these ideas could actually end up
on the market,” said Mr. Ansell, “but the learning process is really
what we’re looking for here. Thomas Edison had thousands of inventions that didn’t succeed, but it’s the one or two that did, that’s
why we remember him the most.”
PT Competitive Cheer Debuts
ing I have ever coached,” said
The classification of
the team will be under the nontumbling medium varsity division which allows for 13-20
members. The squad this year
includes 19 girls. At tryouts,
the girls were judged on an extreme routine learned at camp,
a cheer, jumps, stunts, and overall performance.
Since the team is
new, the girls will compete in
only three or four competitions; which include local,
UCA (Universal Cheerleading
Association of America), and
state. Naturally the team and
coaches want to place well at all
competitions; but some of the
major goals include teamwork,
dedication, perseverance, grace
under pressure, sportsmanship,
The squad includes
freshman through seniors.
Photo by Jenna Taimuty
“The memories and
thrill of competing were my
two biggest inspirations for
creating a competitive team,”
stated head cheerleading,
PTHS, Stockhausen had the
opportunity to compete as a
cheerleader. During her junior year, her team made it to
Nationals in Tampa, Florida.
Stockhausen wanted the current cheerleaders to have the
same experiences and memories throughout their high
school careers that she once
had. The first competition is
in early November. By that
time the girls will learn a new
routine, stunts, pyramids, and
“I hope to watch all of
their hard work pay off as they
perform on the competition
mat. This year’s squad is the
most dedicated and hardwork-
There are some challenges that come along with
this variety. Stunts can be difficult due to the fact that all of the
girls are at different skill levels.
The fact that the team will only
have three weeks of practices
and preparation before the first
competition is a huge test. Being a new team, no one knows
what to expect. The girls will
have to go all out and give it one
hundred percent to set the standards high.
Sideline and competitive cheerleading follow the
same rules and regulations set
forth by the AACCA (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators). The rules and regulations
are constantly revised and published in an ongoing effort to
make cheerleading a safe and
Making a Moment Magical
Autumn is a time for
reflection both figuratively and
literally. The annual Reflections Contest sponsored by the
PTSA was held this October.
This year marked the
43rd Reflections Contest. It encouraged students to become
inspired and demonstrate creativity. This year’s theme, “The
Magic of a Moment” gave students from all grades the opportunity to show off their
artistic skills as they submit
entries to go with the theme.
Students could submit works
in visual art, choreography,
literature, film, music or photography. All entries had to be
original and show off the best
of the students’ abilities.
“I think it is good to express
yourself, be creative, and have
fun,” said Reflections Contest
Chair Person, Mary Lou Bulseco. “We have a lot of talent in
Peters and it is fun to see how
they interpret the theme each
Last year’s winner was
junior Emma Lee Ducoeur. She
created a picture titled “Perfect
Match” based on the theme,
“Diversity is…”. She described
it to be an image of four white
matches and one black. Ducoeur was very excited for this
“I just like how it’s all
grade levels and there are so
many different pieces you can
enter in,” Ducoeur said.
Each year’s theme
is created in hopes of inspiring students to express their
thoughts for this theme in any
“I entered] because I
thought of a really creative picture and when I entered, I didn’t
think it would even move on.”
“[When I found that I won,] I
was so excited. I didn’t believe it
at first because I didn’t think my
picture was that good.”
If students have an
idea, they should not hesitate
to enter and should never let
doubt hold them back. The
judges deeply appreciate every
entry due to the effort, hard
work, and creativity that was
put into the piece.
“Ever yone enjoys being acknowledged for their
work. The kids can
get awards as well as
money depending on
how far their work
goes. This is just one
way to build confidence in our kids,”
Mrs. Bulseco stated.
typically lasts from the beginning of the school year to mid
October. This year’s deadline
was October 24. Even when
the contest is over, students
are encouraged to create art
for whatever may come along
and spark their imaginations.
The school is looking forward
to having more imaginative
participants every year.
Last year’s winner, “Perfect Match”
by junior Emma Lee Ducoeur.
Athletes of the Month
Passion is needed in a champion, but it is often lacked
in athletes. This is not the case with Shiloh
Simonson, a champion with a surplus of
passion. As a captain on the PTHS volleyball team, Simonson plays a major role.
“The person who has made the biggest impact on the way I play is Misty May.
Ever since I met her, she told me to ‘dream in
gold”,” stated Simonson.
Simonson, deriving her passion from
the American Olympic Gold Medalist, is an
inspiration to numerous young volleyball
players. She is not only an amazing athlete
but a team player as well.
“If my team has a good attitude I
know I’ll play well. Even when they’re down, I play for them and
devote myself for the win,” said Simonson.
Anyone who watches this team can see that they have
truly made a name for PT volleyball. With a section championship in 2010 and another secured for 2012, girls volleyball has
made a huge comeback from previous years.
“The cause of all our team’s success starts from a great
bond between all of us,” stated Simonson. “We play like this because we are all so skilled and disciplined we do everything that
needs to be done. Practice really does make perfect.”
Regardless of her vigorous volleyball schedule, she has
managed to keep her grades above average and stay on honor
roll each year.
“It’s really a demanding schedule, but I always put academics first,” said Simonson.
She does not just excel at the competitiveness in academics; she thrives off it in athletics as well.
“I’d have to say my favorite part of the game is the competition,” stated Simonson.
As an amazing athlete, student, and inspiration to
young volleyball players, Shiloh Simonson will continue on to
The ability to carry a team is a skill not possessed by
every athlete. The few that have this ability are the ones who
stand out, like senior running back Mikey Minjock. As the
running back, he has been able to set the course for the football
team’s successful season.
“We lost a lot of good players last year, but we’ve really
stepped up this year and showed everyone that were going to
do it big,” he said.
Not only has Minjock run for at least 100 yards every
game, but he has had at least one touchdown as well. The Friday night home games really boost the team’s morale.
“The crowd really pumps me up and also pushes me
to do well,” he stated.
Minjock and his teammates use the constant roaring
cheers of the Rowdy Red section to motivate themselves to go
the extra mile to get the victory. Minjock has distinguished
himself as the clear leader of the team and with that comes a
lot of responsibility.
“When we as the offense do well, then it really helps
the defense want to do well and it is the repeating cycle that
helps us win,” he said.
The team has strong hopes of reaching the playoffs
again this year, and is seeking redemption for a crushing playoff defeat that abruptly ended their season. They are out to
show everyone that last year’s 38-7 loss to North Allegheny was
just a fluke. In the process of achieving a playoff berth once
again, they have been steam rolling teams in their path.
“I want to help out the team and pick everyone up,”
He is not only a leader on the field, but also in the
classroom. He maintains at minimum a 3.5 GPA and is an
honor roll student.
It’s easy to see why Mikey Minjock has been given the title as the athlete
of the month. It takes a true athlete to be
awarded with such recognition. With his
dedication to the sport along with his intense work ethic, it was an easy choice in
awarding him with this honor.
Photo by Julia Schurle
Penn State: A Road to Recovery
As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold,
the loyal blue and white ascend
to their palace, Beaver Stadium. It is quite obvious that
Penn State is still in the process
of transitioning back to a state
of normalcy amid the atrocities
committed by embattled exfootball coach Jerry Sandusky
and the cast of executives who
strived to cover it up. However,
it is evident that change is in
“The whole college
vibe was missing last year.
Football was not the same, but
neither was campus life. I feel
like we, as students, have done
our best to restore that,” stated
sophomore Kevin Dazen.
Last season, the team
lost a prodigious coach in Joe
Paterno after allegations surfaced that his former defensive
coordinator, Jerry Sandusky,
had sexually abused as many as
15 minors over a fifteen year period. He was fired before a game
against Nebraska among heart wrenching cries of support by
the student body to keep him
through the end of the season.
“It was absolutely wild
down in Happy Valley,” said
Dazen, “Thousands of students
came out to support our pride
in the school. A bunch of students were maced to try and
keep the crowds back, and television trucks were flipped as
The fallout from the
scandal left the school devastated. It was discovered that
Paterno was suffering from an
aggressive form of lung cancer,
and he died two short months
after being fired. Sandusky was
indicted on 45 of 48 charges
of sexual abuse to minors and
was subsequently sentenced to
at least thirty years in prison.
The NCAA ended the chaos in
Happy Valley by reprimanding
the football program, including
vacating every win from 1998
to 2011, placing a four year
postseason ban on the team beginning this season, stripping
them of scholarships, allowing
any player on the current squad
to be openly recruited by other
colleges, and hitting them with
a 60 million dollar sanction as
Despite the sanctions,
the team is off to a 4-2 start with
big wins over Navy and Northwestern at home, and students
and alumni still pile into Beaver
Stadium to cheer on the Nittany Lions. The scandal bended
the spirits of the school, but it
did not break them. Life at the
campus still goes on, and, in
some cases, is flourishing.
“As far as I’m concerned, nothing has changed.
We still are the “WE ARE” nation, and we always will be. ”
Under Review: Sleepers and Slumpers
ShaneDazen|SportsEditor & JoshGlicksman|ManagingEditorinChief
Fantasy Football. It is a religion in some circles. It is a cause for anxiety and a cause for celebration. It’s back. With the season well under
way, and, as injuries pile up, here is a list of players that will take your squad over the top as you look towards the postseason. Sports Editor
Shane Dazen and Managing Editor-in-Chief Josh Glicksman give advice for this fantasy season.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears- Some might say, “What are you
Jackie Battle, RB Chargers- With the absence of Ryan
Mathews in the team’s first few weeks, Jackie Battle has been earn- thinking? He’s looked terrible the first couple of weeks. He throws
ing more carries and has been efficient in finding the end zone. more interceptions than a vintage Tommy Maddox!” Exactly why I
Although I expect the Chargers to give Mathews every chance to love him. This year he is reunited with WR Brandon Marshall. Last
succeed based solely on the fact that they spent a first round draft time they were together, the duo hooked up for over 100 complepick on him in 2010, Battle would be a possible flex player in any tions, 1,265 yards and 6 scores. Not to mention a career-high in
passing yards (4,526) and completions (384) for Cutler. Buy low,
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Bills- The kid gets touchdowns, while you can.
plain and simple. Fitzpatrick has found 12 receivers through
Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots- Not to toot my own horn
Week Four, which, for all you mathematicians, is an average of (wow I sound old-fashioned), but I drafted him in two of my three
three TD passes per game. He can be rather sloppy at times (4 leagues. Ah, the New England running back, always overshadINT’s in a 52-28 loss to the Patriots) but the benefits far outweigh owed. BenJarvus Green-Ellis never got any love, yet he continually
the downside of his game. He is on pace to throw 48 touchdowns, produced as a solid flex back. In his last two years with the Pats, he
and although I do not see him coming anywhere near that total, found the end zone at least 11 times each year. Ridley on the other
look for at least 30.
hand, is making a strong case for a second RB in your lineup. He
already scored 20+ points in the first two out of four weeks. Get
Tony Romo, QB Cowboys- I am sorry Josh, but Romo him now before it’s too late.
is wildly inconsistent, and, opposite to what most think, is not a Dump ‘em:
premier FANTASY quarterback. He was picked off five times in
Mike Vick, QB, Eagles- Am I the only one not seeing the
a Week 4 loss to the Bears and is averaging two interceptions per 2010 Michael Vick that fantasy owners want to see? Four intercepgame. The frustrating thing about the whole situation is that he tions against the Browns? Come on, Vick. Head coach Andy Reid
shows flashes of brilliance at times. He has a fantasy dream team hasn’t even put benching Vick out of the question. This isn’t what
around him at the receiver position, including stars Miles Austin owners want to hear. In addition, I feel that every year Vick beand Dez Bryant and a stalwart at the tight end position in Jason comes more injury-prone. I’m not sure if I ever want Vick on my
Witten. Until he taps into his skill, look for a more steady option team again.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders- McFadden didn’t even
Michael Crabtree, WR 49ers- Trust me, I have had reach 35 yards on the ground in his first three out of four weeks.
too much experience with Crabtree failing week after week for
my team, so most likely he is doing the same for yours. A once Not to mention only one score from the running game. Moreover,
promising first round draft pick, Crabtree has never lived up to the Raiders haven’t given McFadden the ball twenty times yet this
his potential as a big money receiver. Up to this point, he is av- year. Lastly, it’s only a matter of time before McFadden suffers his
eraging 49 yards a contest and has yet to find the end zone. That yearly injury that will keep him out a couple weeks. Add this all up,
is lackluster production in my book. Unless he turns it around and you get a bad RB. Sell high on Run DMC while possible.
quickly, I would stay away from Crabtree.
Best Photos of the Season
4. Quarterback RJ Pfeuffer tries to
find an open receiver. It was a rough
night for Pfeuffer and company as
they lost the game against Upper St.
Photo by David Tennent
5. Matt Girouard, boys varsity soccer
player, fights off a Moon defender in
a 5 to 1 victory.The senior captain is a
1. Senior Christian Schratz receives a midfielder for the team.
Photo by Emilou Landas
pass during a field hockey game. Schratz
is the first male field hockey player in
6. Katie McGovern, the libero for the
team, lines up for a perfect pass. This
Photo by Rachel Cowler
is the junior’s second year on the var2. Junior Jill Kovac serves the ball for sity volleyball team.
Photo by Heather Matthews
the varsity volleyball team.“[Serving]
is one of the few times where you have
complete control over what will happen,” 7. Football captains Greg Lippert,
John Fazio, Matt Loether, and Cole
Kochman walk to the coin toss. “It’s
Photo by Heather Matthews
a tradition and it shows team unity,”
3. Starting varsity goalie, Neil Harrison, senior Matt Loether said.
Photo by David Tennent
punts the ball during a game against
Moon. “I like hanging with friends and
being active,” said Harrison.
Photo by Emilou Landas
Garrett Warmbein has been the epitome of school spirit for as long as anyone can remember. His leadership as a senior class
president has inspired all to get involved and support our school.
Warmbein leads with pride alongside fellow officers Bryan Hall, Brett DiCello, and Jeff Bergman. Together, they strive to unite
the senior class and become role models for the underclassmen.
The class president wants to see our student body become more involved during pep rallies.
“We need to have more group chants that get everyone to show spirit,” he said. Leaving a legacy behind for the underclassmen
is a huge personal goal.
“School spirit shows how devoted and mature a student body is. Without it, we cannot become unified to achieve our
goals. It shows other schools who we are and what we’re about,” said Warmbein.
The New Kid
Mary Bregenser is a new face, transferring from Upper St. Clair. She has had quite an experience at PTHS. If you travel to different schools around the area, you will find that the spirit
level in schools differ greatly, especially in Peters Township. USC possesses a school spirit
that is electric. The students there truly love to support each other whether it be at school
or sporting events.
“Students really got into the pep rallies which made it one of my best memories
from USC,” said Bregenser.
Bregenser wishes to see the student body get more involved at the pep rallies
and sporting events here at PTHS.
“Our school spirit shows that we are proud of our school and we support
one another. It shows others that we are confident in ourselves and our teams,”
The Band Member
Senior drum major Austin Chappell is head of the most spirit packed
group of the students in school, the PTHS Marching Band. Participating in football games and pep rallies, Chappell has found it very hard for the students to get
rowdy, even with the lively music of the band.
“I would like to see a speech from the main senior football player to
pump up the students,” stated Chappell.
The band has their own traditions for football games. However they would
like to see the student section continue those traditions in the stands.
“My best school spirit experience is when the band does the rollercoaster
during the football games in the stands” said Chappell.
Our school spirit reflects who we are as a school, how much we care about the
sports teams, and how well we support our classmates as a whole.
“School spirit shows that we are proud of what we have done to make this school
what it is,” Chappell stated.
Every graduating class has a job. It is to leave behind a school spirit legacy. So let’s
make ours reflect what we know we have.
The Rowdy Red Tweeter
Rowdy Red tweeter Tom Nettles has posted a legacy that extends well beyond 140 characters, not just
through sports and academics, but also through school spirit.
Nettles shows his spirit at almost every team sporting event there is, especially the football games. He does so particularly by organizing the designated theme for the student section during each home game through a Twitter account. The amount of
pride shown truly reflects who we are to other schools.
“Other schools see that we get rowdy and we love cheering for our teams,” said Nettles.
One of the most memorable school spirit moments for the Rowdy Red tweeter took place during his junior year.
“Our PT basketball team beat USC at their own school and the entire student section rushed the floor at the end of the game,”
However, Nettles and many of his classmates would like to see more spirit at our own pep rallies and other school sponsored
events. Who’s to blame him? You can never have too much school spirit!
Defined . . .
If you’re looking for a “Mr. Involved”, look no further than Chase Maszle. Maszle does everything from BYOD to planning events
for pep assemblies. Although he’s working hard, he feels there still needs to be improvements made to facilitate school spirit. Maszle wants
to take the Smoke Signals highly successful Faculty Face-Off one step further.
“I wan’t to see a real live cage fight between the iconic teachers, Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Farrell, with the classic Mrs. Beckjord
refereeing. I bet that would raise PT pride, don’t you think?” said Maszle.
Our very own Rowdy Red student section displays our spirit in unique ways, but Maszle thinks that creating a soon-to-be classic
fight song will further enhance our spirit. Maszle still has some memorable times while displaying his pride with his fellow PT Indians.
“My best school experience was when I got the entire student body to participate in the pep rally,” stated Maszle.
Seeing that Maszle does not even come close to the amount of voices that impact our school, we need every
voice included to determine the fate of the discreet bubble we call home. Who we are and how we display our
school spirit, whether it be bringing obnoxiously loud horns to football games, planning black outs, white
outs and everything in between, makes us the Indians we are proud to be.
Athletes value school spirit and relish in it. It is extremely important to them to have
their peers rooting at home games. Senior soccer player, DJ Jaap, believes that cheering
should extend beyond sporting events into pep rallies.
“I’d love to see all of the students getting pumped up for the next sporting event,”
said Jaap. “Slowly yell PT then eventually get faster and faster.”
During his four years in high school, Jaap has been both an athlete and a fan.
Last year’s overtime victory verse USC in basketball is what Jaap believes is PT spirit
at its finest.
“Spirit can show how dedicated we are to our school and district. It can
reflect who you are as a person,” said Jaap. “School spirit shows how dedicated the
students are to the particular team. If we have great school spirit, we will be known
Athletes need our help to succeed, so help them by showing off your
support. Let’s show other schools that we can do it better than anyone else.
Our school spirit is a topic which needs improvement as it is a reflection on who we are as a school. Senior lacrosse player, Mario Toscano, views our
school spirit based on athletic achievements.
“Our school spirit shows how supportive we are of our fellow student athletes,”
The pep rallies that take place prior to some football and basketball games obviously require a little more “pep”, as recently the student body seems to have lost their
“Watching the dance off between Jesse[Scheier], Connor[Jackson] , and
Brendan[Dazen] [was my best school experience]” stated Toscano.
Maybe the missing piece to a perfect pep rally is a creative experience, much like
that memorable performance that raised the spirits of the audience.
Cheerleaders typically have an infectious spirit that motivates you to get on your feet and support your team.
Senior Audra Bastyr, along with Alexis Miller, is the co-captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Although her
job is to get the crowd going, that can be a difficult task to carry out.
“I would like to see more involvement from the student body. Being a cheerleader, we want the whole school to be
enthusiastic and engage in all school spirit,” stated Bastyr.
Bastyr feels that our school used to have an immense sense of spirit but it may be slipping away. She wants the school to stay
together in showing support for athletes and school events. By showing spirit, we reinforce that as students, we support each and every
sport or activity; and more importantly each other.
“School spirit shows the pride we have in Peters,” said Bastyr. “We are only in high school once, so why not make the best of the
years we have left with our classmates?”
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10 Life & Style
Lexi Miller|Life&Style Editor
Pinterest is taking
over the cyber world.Sounds
extreme, right? However,
since the launch of the website in March 2010, the number of people using the website is so high that they now
require invitations to join. It
has been mentioned in prestigious publications, such as
TIME Magazine and the Wall
Street Journal. Pinterest, a virtual pinboard, allows users to
become inspired through its
seemingly endless pins.
Users can create their
own self-named ‘boards’ and
fill them with pins (or pictures)
from categories such as weddings, interior design, fashion,
hair and beauty, health and
fitness, recipes, and even cars.
You can create your own simply
by taking a picture and uploading it to the website, or you can
browse the millions that have
been posted by other users. A
feature recently added to many
popular websites is that you can
now pin something simply by
downloading the “Pin It” plugin from Pinterest’s website that
interests you directly from the
webpage, and it will show up on
the board you assign it to.
Once you invite your
friends to join Pinterest, they
can sign up using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, and
even link those accounts to
their boards so that friends
and followers can see and comment on pins. Users follow each
other and posted pins will show
up in the News Feed, which is
similar to a hybrid of Facebook
and Twitter’s interfaces. To add
a friend’s pin to one of your
boards, you simply click “repin”.
Users can also like and comment on each other’s pins.
Style is one of the most
popular categories of pins on
Pinterest. This category features
Doin’ It Like Dazen
Fashion means more than putting
on a nice dress shirt and slacks only when
you’re obligated to. Today, fashion means
being well dressed from head to sock. The
standard black and white is a fading trend,
and it is becoming more and more evident
in society. A plethora of celebrities have
been role models for the ‘crazy sock’ movement, in- cluding Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and
One Direction. To go the extra yard on an outfit, it
is essential to have a pair of socks that matches your
shirt, pants, and shoes. Look for socks with intricate designs and colors that pop out. Do
not follow a fading trend, be the trend.
creative ideas to inspire users.
Pinterest has great ideas on
what to wear for each season,
and can keep you up to date on
all of the latest trends. For this
time of year, boards are filled
with pins of oversized sweaters,
colored jeans, sock buns, and
“I got so many new
ideas on how to wear scarves
from Pinterest,” said sophomore Rachel Noonan.
Pinterest’s app for the
iPhone, iPad and the Droid is
easy to use and navigate. They
are free to download and use.
Visit Pinterest on the web and
learn more about it at www.
Pinterest.com. It is definitely
worth checking out!
Photo by Lexi Miller
A sample of a profile page on Pinterest.
Cure To Peters Plague
As the school year
progresses, so do the germs circling around the school. Every
school year has a sickness and
in our case, “the Peters Plague”.
When I say plague, I mean the
common cold or the traveling
flu. Every September marks
the beginning of the end for
students who catch the deadly
cold. It’s miserable to be sick,
but each year, it happens. Fortunately students, a cure has been
found. Here are the best tips to
out-run the cold.
First off: always, always, always wash your hands!
Since we are around fellow
students all day, everything
we touch has been touched by
someone else. Door handles,
keyboards, desks and lockers
harbor the common germs that
can create a cold. To avoid the
illness, clean your hands.
“I wash my hands often and I never share drinks. I
hate sharing drinks. The drinks
will get you every time,” said
senior Maddy Maggs.
Never, under any circumstances, share a drink with
another student. If you do not
have time to get to a sink, carry around hand sanitizer with
you. Before and after you eat
would be a great time to use
it and after any time you use
a device that other students
During the day,
avoid touching your face or
putting your hands near your
mouth. As I said before, hands
carry most of the germs and
they have no business being
in your mouth or around your
face. While participating in
sports or being in school, try
to stay away from other sick
students. Germs can easily be
transferred by just talking to
someone who is sick.
AP Images Carolyn Kaster
Being fashionable is
important in today’s society.
Your wardrobe should consist
of assorted clothes that compliment, accessorize and add
a colorful flare to your closet.
Trying several outfit ideas will
help you get a sense of what
looks good with what, or what
to look for to complete an outfit
You should wear
clothes that look good with
your skin tone. Brighten up
this season by wearing colorful oranges, reds, and pinks.
Scarves, long necklaces, stylish belts, or colored pants can
create a plethora of different
As fall comes around
the corner, it is important to
look your best without the expensive costs. A must-have is a
colorful scarf which can complete any outfit for any type of
day. You can learn a significant
number of ways to wear or tie
it, which can create multiple
different effects. Scarves can be
found in many different patterns and colors; make sure
to look for bright and vibrant
A simple tip for success is to enhance any top by
adding a long necklace. Long
necklaces give your look some
dimension. The necklaces can
have clusters of gem-like crystals, beads, or feathers. They
can even be long chains of plain
gold or silver. It does not have
to be extravagant, but adding a
little bling can go a long way.
Besides wearing stylish belts with pants and jeans,
it is also a good idea to wear
with sweater dresses and skirts.
It can make any look dressy or
preppy. Wear them with winter
sweaters or with a cardigan to
heat up the winter season.
Say good-bye to blue
jeans and hello to colored pants.
Animal prints, floral patterns,
and dark colors are just the beginning of all the different designs that can be played with to
create unique looks just for you.
These colorful pants allow you
to mix and match with anything
in your wardrobe.
It is okay to play
around with different patterns,
colors, and fabrics when trying to find the look best for the
season. However, you have to
explore and look to find the
‘perfect’ attire. Searching on
Pinterest and looking through
magazines are some places
that you can look for new
trends and ideas. This season
is yours; make it fashionable.
AP Images Mary Altaffer
Boots Are Back
It’s the time of year to break out the boots. This year there
are many new and upcoming boot trends that are make a statement
Combat boots can give any look a punk rock feel but also
be cute at the same time. Lace them all the way up or bend down
the tops for a different look. This new generation of combat boots
has a small wedge, and come in various colors and textures. Colors
include typical black, forest green, and gray, but there is also navy
blue, maroon, and some unique ones with plaid print or a snake
skin style. Combat boots looks great with jeans or leggings. Tight
pants tucked in really make the shoe stand out.
Next, riding boots have mde their way into everyday
fashion. They come in an array of leather, suede, or a soft velvet
like material. These boots have little accessories on them such as
long zippers up the sides, buckles on the top, and a small wedge
for some extra height, making each pair unique. Just like combat
boots, riding boots come in several different styles and colors,
but the most popular are leather in different shades of brown. If
you prefer suede, there are colors such as black and gray. Paired
with skinny jeans, leggings, or a dress, these boots will be sure to
impress. They also look super cute with a cropped leather or jean
UGGs always seem to find their way back onto everyone’s
feet around this time of year. However, new iridescent, sequence,
and bright colored ones have given UGGs a refreshed look. Be sure
to check them out soon; some styles are already on back order.
Keep your feet warm while keeping yourself in style with
these boots for the season.
1. Napoleon Bonaparte introducted the idea of buttons on
sleeves of jackets. [www.weirdplanet.net]
2. It seems like we’re finally meeting the future of fashion as metallic clothing is now a high fashion trend. [www.schekys.com]
3. Although women are currently the primary wearers of jewelry,
it was actually men who began the style as they used jewelry to
demonstrate their social status. [www.weirdplanet.net]
4. 2012 is making a turn back to the 70’s as the bright bold colors
are fashionable once again. [www.refinery29.com]
5. Faux is now foxy. Synthetic hair animal hats are kicking off the
eye-catching trends of runway fashion. [www.buzzfeed.com]
Red Carpet Memories:
Homecoming is much more than dressing up for one
night in the fall to go dancing with your friends. It is a week
of school pride and unity, and participating in these activities
will have made 2012’s Homecoming one to remember.
1. Servant Day
Senior Servant Day is one of the only legal forms of
slavery in America today. Most seniors love to be auctioned off, however the fact that they must obey their
owners could turn some possible servants away from
the activity. This year, the servants participated in a
project runway fashion show at the Homecoming Pep
Rally. Who wouldn’t enjoy watching students dress up
in a huge bear costume or tap dance down the halls?
2. The Red Carpet
This year’s Homecoming was a huge success for the Student Council. They took
Hollywood from California and brought it
to Peters Township. With the red carpet to
the “Batman” lights, Homecoming was a
night to remember for all.
3. Drum Roll Please?
We can never be truly sure who will win our Homecoming game, but all in all it’s just a lot of fun to
attend. From the golf carts that carried the court
to the hopes of winning our last home game this
season, the student section roared. This year we
played Woodland Hills and the end result was a
4. Caring About Character Counts
Everyone loved to dress up on twin day
or hat day because it was something no
one ever did throughout a normal week
of school. However, this year we had
a Classy Wednesday, where students
dressed up and looked snazzy for a typical day at the high school.
Photos by Sarah Yoest, Linsdsay Spinabelli,Jenn Coffey, Mrs. Boni, and Carlee Wickstrom
14 People Features
40 Years of Pride and Excellence
The Peters Township
Mighty Indian Marching Band
is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It was founded by
Dr. Robert Dell in 1972. In his
23 years of directing, he hoped
to unite the school and township through music. The current director is Milton Barney,
the band teacher. He aspires to
further improve the band.
“The band has grown
into a much bigger family since
‘72, and there is really no experience like it,” said Mrs. Donna
The band puts on an
extraordinary show during
halftime at all of the football
games. PT held its annual band
festival on September 15. The
attendance was booming and
the crowd was entertained by
the band, drill team, and silkline.
Beginning their sea-
son in August, the band has playing music together.
spent numerous hours prepar-
“Being in the band has
ing for their “Beatle Mania” had a good effect on me because
themed performance featuring I’ve met new people and I’ve
songs by the Beatles such as strengthened friendships,” said
Magical Mystery Tour, Eleanor sophomore band front member
Rigby, Sergeant Pepper, and Kayla Goedert.
Every year, more kids
“The band is marching join marching band because
on--through pride and excel- they have heard of the amazing
lence,” said Mrs. Fox.
memories that result from be
The band front has
really stepped up their performance this year with their
Union Jack dresses, blue flags,
silver and blue pompoms, and
headbands that sparkle. The
Drumline has perfected their
drum feature to the ever popular “Yellow Submarine”.
Band students, past
and present, agree that being
a part of the marching band
is a positive experience. The
members will always cherish
the memories of marching and
Breaking the Tradition
“I wanted to Cara Casilli.
The girls all warmed up
try out for field
hockey because to him and, as a result, the team
my cousins from grew closer. Schratz has earned
Woodland Hills his position and has scored the
played, so I de- single most points by any player
cided to play and make history,” on the team. Because of his accomplishments, and the team’s
said senior Christian Schratz.
This year the Peters hard work, they have done very
Township Field Hockey Team well this season which, resulted
welcomed their first male team- in a playoff berth.
Schratz feels intense
mate, senior Christian Schratz.
After practicing all pressure at times to always
summer and trying out in Au- score. He wants to be a leader
gust, Schratz’s hard work paid on the field and make his teamoff and he made the team, fol- mates better. He believes that
lowing in his family’s footsteps the team’s hard work will pay
and surprising many. Heading off.
“I’m pretty much your
into this season Schratz set high
friendly neighborhood field
goals for himself.
“I obviously want to hockey player, who just wants to
take the overall single season fhock!” stated Schratz.
scoring title in the WPIALs,” he
said. “I want to score lots of hat
Although Schratz was
excited to start playing, many
of the returning female athletes
did not know what to expect.
“It’s not much different
with Schratz on the team, we all
like to joke around and we all
Photo by Rachel Cowler
get along. The only difference is
we have a much larger student Schratz drives the ball down the field in
section at games,” said junior hopes of scoring a goal.
ing in band. The band practices
every Tuesday and Thursday
night for two hours and they
run through all of their sets,
songs, and band front moves.
In addition, they rehearse parade marching, along with their
pregame show including “His
Honor” by Henry Fillmore, the
fight song, the PTHS alma mater, and the national anthem.
On The Landline With
On October 8, 2012, Madelyn Estep, Hannah Squeglia, and myself had the opportunity to interview Logan Lerman.
A phone interview was set up between us and other schools
around the country. The interviewers could ask him questions
about anything they wanted to, ranging from “favorite scene
to shoot in Perks” to “what turns you on?” Plenty of questions
were asked about Perks but also about his career in the movie
industry from here on out.
Lerman revealed that he did not initially want to be an
actor, but he wanted to (and still wants to) work behind the camera. He said he really likes the movie making process and wants
to be a part of that for the rest of his life. There are also plenty
of other movies coming up that he is/will be working on in the
coming year as well as movies that are in post-production right
As far as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, he thinks the
movie was a very faithful adaptation of the book. He was glad
that Stephen Chbosky was the director because he knew what
needed to be done to make the movie successful and live up to
the expectations that his novel made.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a popular topic for
questions. He admitted that he was terrified when he went to
see the show in Dormont, and that he was begging to not have
to dress in the “risqué” golden shorts. Unfortunately for him,
they didn’t back down in their costume choice and he had to
go on with the show. After they shot the scene, he said that he
was glad that he wore them otherwise it would have ruined the
whole scene and wouldn’t have looked as authentic.
All in all, Mr. Lerman seemed like a very down-toearth 20 year old movie star. One of his last notes of the interview was what he wanted everyone to take out of Perks, and that
Keller Dances Through Life
Ms. Keller, the new
English 9 teacher, returns to
PTHS, the site where she completed her student teaching
with Ms. Hitchens several years
ago. Previously, Keller taught
at Bentworth Middle School
in Washington County. She believes that being a new teacher
means sacrificing time and energy to improve students’ education.
“I am changing the
world every day, it’s not a major change but if everyone uses
their talents for good, it changes the world.” she said.
Not only does Ms. Keller teach
English 9, but she is also teaches dance including tap, ballet,
jazz, and acrobatics.
“I like dance mostly because it’s ously enjoys reading; favorite
a performing art- personally, books are the Harry Potter seexpressively, and entertaining. I ries. This summer Keller got the
enjoy performing because I get opportunity to visit J.K. Rowlto share a part of myself with ing’s homeland.
others and because it takes me
“I caught the travel
outside of myself somehow- a bug.” said Keller. “I traveled
looking in to go out or beyond,” to England besaid Ms. Keller.
fore the summer
She manages to main- Olympics
tain a life outside of school fol- visited the South
lowing many interests from Downs, where I
running to hot yoga. She par- attended a music
ticipates in a variety of activities and literary arts
like reading, hiking, camping, festival.”
and spending time with her As for her educhocolate lab Lucy. Currently, cation
backher favorite singer is Alex Clare, ground, she atand her favorite concert was tended Baldwin
seeing John Mayer. Being an High School and
English teacher, Keller obvi- graduated from
Duquesne University, double
majoring in English literature
and secondary education.
“If I had to pick another job,
I would be a college professor.
I can’t imagine doing anything
else but teaching,” she said.
Photo By Madi Start
Ms.Keller participates in one of her favorite hobbies
The New Teacher on the Block
and creating a
questions and explore in order
to discover and create meaning
beyond the literal,” stated Mr.
Hanley, a new English teacher.
Mr. Hanley currently
teaches Academic English
10 and Speech. Mr. Hanley
encourages students to ask
questions in order to learn
by opening their minds. He
shows great passion when
teaching and strives to create
a great learning environment
“My Aunt Kathy
really inspired me to become a
teacher. She is the principal of
a small Catholic school and her
dedication and devotion to the
students, faculty, and parents of
her school community helped
in my decision to become an
educator. Also, I do not see
myself in any profession other
than a teaching,” stated Mr.
Mr. Hanley was
motivated to teach at the high
school level because he had a resources in order to facilitate
wonderful Honors English 11 a smooth transition from room
and AP English and Literature to room.”
teacher named Mrs. Timms.
She challenged her class to think difficult for the first couple
critically and logically about the weeks, Mr. Hanley has gotten
literature they read. “I hope to the hang of the way PTHS
challenge and inspire students operates with the help of the
to see literature in the same way administration, his fellow
that Mrs. Timms helped me to faculty, and even students.
see beyond the mere surface of PTHS has helped Mr. Hanley
a text,” Mr. Hanley said.
adapt to his new environment
He wishes to teach his and overcome his challenge.
students the same way that his
“So far, my favorite
former teacher taught him; by moment at PTHS has been
learning beyond the limit.
the warm welcome I received
“I truly enjoy working from administration, faculty,
with students in order to staff, and students,” stated
facilitate their understanding Hanley.
of literature. I also hope that
the works we read inspire is a large part of his life,
independent thought and Mr. Hanley pursues various
critical thinking,” added Mr. interests outside of the
classroom. “I enjoy reading,
However, being a attending Pitt basketball
new teacher at any school games, playing tennis and
brings challenges. Initially, he racquetball as well as taking
struggled with transitioning our two dogs Gatsby and Mr.
from classroom to classroom to Darcy for walks in the park,”
teach. Overcoming challenges he said.
such as this is a test for any
Teaching is not only
profession especially teaching about educating the students
demonstrates but also a learning experience.
It can help define a person
Mr. Hanley stated, “I by overcoming obstacles and
have organized materials and figuring out the strengths and
weaknesses someone possesses.
For Mr. Hanley, teaching has
taught him many lessons that
he will carry throughout the
rest of his life.
“I have learned to
appreciate the little things in
life as a result of teaching,” he
Photo by Chris Watschak
Mr. Hanley teaches his first period Academic English 10 class.
Photo by Julie
Photo by Jul
It’s funny how the
personalities of some people
change once they find their way
into the spotlight. And upon
hearing that the Perks of Being a Wallflower author, Stephen Chbosky, was scheduled
to come back, I didn’t know
what to expect. I figured he became more self-centered since
the filming of his book, that he
transformed from Charlie (the
main character of his novel)
into more of a stereotypically
stuck-up celebrity. After the entire experience, I couldn’t have
misjudged him more.
that the “typical high school student” isn’t always the successful
one, and that kids shouldn’t try
to be someone else in order to
fit in. Chbosky wanted students
to learn from his experience.
One that took him from the
suburbs of Pittsburgh to the
bright lights of Hollywood.
“Forget should. Should
is a waste of your time. Do what
you want to do,” he said. “Let’s
put it this way: If you have a
voice or a point of view that is
unlike anybody else’s… then
you’ll do really well.”
During the general assembly with the juniors and seniors, his inner Charlie glowed.
He began by saying that he
didn’t have a default prepared
speech telling kids not to do
drugs and to stay out of trouble. His objective was not to
try and make the students like
him; Chbosky wanted to tell
the students that those who are
comfortable with themselves
triumph over those who mindlessly conform. Individualism
counts more than following the
approach worked better than
the typical guest speaker strategy, when an adult tells the
student body about his or her
experiences in life and why kids
should or shouldn’t do things.
He kept the students entertained throughout, even cracking a “your mom” joke in reply
to one of the student’s questions. Additionally, he really
seemed to enjoy being back and
reflected on shooting here.
“It looks really beautiful,” he said “I wanted [the
school in the movie] to feel just
really warm and inviting and
welcoming. It felt more like the
Pittsburgh that I remember in
my heart. The red lockers are
gorgeous. Your wooden trophy
display is great. The cafeteria
was perfect. This library, when
we shot in this library, I loved
gave the school another set of
reasons to not revamp our facilities. So when the school looks
the same another decade or two
down the road, everyone can
thank him. At least none of us
will get lost during our school
reunions. Nothing will have
All in all, one can certainly take a lot away from the
whole experience. It’s not too
often that a celebrity from the
Pittsburgh area -- or any area -returns to his roots and makes
an impact on a high school student body. He showed everyone
the value of following their personal dreams.
“He was so personal
and full of intelligent inspiration and you just knew he was
dedicated to his craft,” said senior Madelyn Estep.
Estep, along with fellow senior Kristina Carbonara, and myself were privileged
enough to interview Chbosky
before the general assembly.
Hannah Carpenter, Lindsay
Spinabelli, Julie Griffith, and
Chase Maszle served as the
crew to help create such a great
After all these years,
Steven Chbosky is still Charlie.
And that should make all of us
feel pretty good about remaining true to who we are.
Photo by Jul
Perks Of Being An Extra
In June of 2011, Stephen Chbosky began production of The Perks of Being a
wanted to be a part of this
once-in-a-lifetime event, but
only members of the Class of
2011 were old enough to be extras in the movie. Two of these
lucky alumni were Jesse Dunleavy and Taylor Laster.
Although the girls
had nothing but good things
to say about their experiences,
their roles as extras required a
lot of dedication.
“The filming of the
scenes took a while, the days I
was there I stayed for an average of six to ten hours,” Dunleavy said.
“We would start at
odd hours and sometimes
work all night. There were
parts in which we were not
needed and other times when
we kept having to take new
shots that would last for
hours,” Laster said.
In addition to long
hours, extras had to endure
difficult filming conditions at
“The hardest shoot
we ever had to do was film for
ten hours dancing to the same
song “Come on Eileen” even
though the scene is only a couple minutes long in the movie.
We were there all night shooting, dancing for hours, and the
song was stuck in my head for
weeks,” said Laster.
During their long
hours on set, the girls had a
few run-ins with the stars of
the movie, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller.
Dunleavy met Watson under
unusual and slightly awkward
“I saw Emma Watson
when I was in the bathroom
washing my hands, and all I
could think to say to her was,
‘I like your scarf.’ She was very
polite,” said Dunleavy. Later,
Dunleavy and her cousin got
Photos by N
Spread designed by Julie Griffith
up close and personal
“My cousin, Melissa,
and I were in the back
room because we were
shadowing someone on
the crew and Logan was playing the piano and we asked him
if he preferred cake or pie… he
Meanwhile, Laster enjoyed a more casual conversation about our city with Watson and Miller.
“In the homecoming
scene I got to talk to Emma
and Ezra about Pittsburgh and
how they liked filming here.
Emma was very nice and really
seemed to enjoy working and
acting,” Laster said.
that her motivation behind becoming an extra was due to her
participation in media classes
throughout the high school.
“It was neat to see
some of what we learned being
used in real life,” she said.
Laster, the former vice
president of Thespian Troupe
185, wanted to be an extra in
order to have a different acting
“Being an extra would
be a great way to do something
besides live performance,” said
Laster enjoyed Perks
so much, she signed on as
an extra in Batman as well.
Dunleavy, on the other hand,
is a Wallflower through and
through, but she has not completely ruled out another movie role.
”Perks 2? I can see it,” said
Up And Coming Artists
Azealia Banks (Interscope)
(Hip-Hop) (Parental Warning: Explicit
Language) Straight out of Harlem, this selfmade electronic rapper released her latest
EP 212 at the beginning of the summer.
Since its release, Banks has caught the eye
of numerous critics, DJs, and hipsters alike.
From Brooklyn to L.A., Azealia Banks has
been played in every club and has produced multiple videos in anticipation for
her fruitful future career. She describes
herself as a combination of Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, and Foxy Brown. Banks
writes all her own lyrics and has rapped
over tracks by electronic DJs such as Diplo.
Her latest single, “Esta Noche” was released
on September 25th.
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∆lex Young (Independent)
(EDM) Chances are you are a student at
Peters Township High School and between
the ages of 14 and 18. I’m also assuming
that you have not achieved the status of
acclaimed EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
DJ. Well, ∆lex Young, a fifteen-year-old DJ
from D.C. has, and he is no amateur. Young
falls under a subgenre of EDM called ‘Trap’,
known for its emphasis on bass, ticking,
and inter-spliced vocals. ∆lex Young’s new
noise makes you believe you’re playing Ocarina of Time in the wrong neighborhood.
His beats are very reminiscent of late 90s
Nintendo games. They radiate through listeners, whether to make them dance or motivate them in their endeavors, be it practice
or video games.
Beach House (Sub Pop)
(Indie Pop) Electronic synth is making
a very apparent comeback in all music
genres, including indie pop. Beach House,
a Baltimore duo consisting of Alex Scally
and Victoria Legrand, has been producing
trendy pop since 2004, but gained significant status with their recent album Bloom
on Sub Pop Records. The first single off of
Bloom, “Myth”, sounds like it’s straight off
of the Urban Outfitters soundtrack (and it
most likely is). A slow, but bright lull from
Beach House’s smooth mix of organ and
slide-guitar creates a dream-like state for
listeners. I would suggest Beach House to
fans of bands like Grizzly Bear, Iron and
Wine, and The Postal Service.
Photos by AP Images
Evil Takes Residence
The ever-growing Resident Evil
series has returned with its 23rd installment, Resident Evil 6. Makes sense, right?
The numbers have been lost behind many
remakes and subtitles, and now they are
back with another game on the main road.
Since Capcom’s start of the franchise
in 1996, the fan base has escalated into
more than just a 3D polygonal game on
the original Playstation. The series invented a whole new genre of survival
horror. The games have started, not
straying away from, but expanding from
just survival horror to an action-packed
adventure through the zombie infested
Raccoon City, and around the world.
Resident Evil 6 is part of a new
generation of RE games, in the sense that it
is not only the gaming aspect of “fighting to
stay alive” and “what could be around the
corner?” but, a helicopter jumping, car exploding, action-adventure game. It is still
the same with the signature puzzles and
enigmas, along with the original characters.
The gameplay is solid, but can be
a little repetitive when it is just waves of
J’avo (which have adapted to using teamwork, weapons, and healing themselves)
and is Gears of War-esque with an awkward cover system. There are four separate plot lines to play and they all consist of
different characters and scenarios, and all
come together in the end to finish off the
epic main plot. Multiplayer returns and is
still just as fun. Some online game modes
need to adapted and patched with DLC
(Downloadable Content). The game is definitely bigger, but bigger isn’t always better.
I went into the game with an open mind
and I really enjoy it so far. It’s just different
than what original RE fans would expect
from Capcom’s newest game. This title
is still just as horrifying, mind-boggling,
and frustrating as previous titles and is
a must buy for fans for the franchise.
one else. In order to gain
respect from the voters,
Huggins is given a devious campaign manager,
Dylan McDermott, who
will do anything to win.
His efforts include giving
Huggins and his family a
complete makeover, destroying Brady’s reputation, and even getting rid
of Huggins’ “Chinese”
dogs. After a few miscues by Brady, Huggins
gradually gains the support of the voters until it
close and the men must
wait until election day to
decide who had the more
Over the course
of the movie, punches,
both literally and figuratively, are thrown between
the two politicians creating awkward and hilarious moments for the film.
Jay Roach, director of the
Austin Powers movies
and “Meet the Parents”,
created a true comedy
masterpiece in this hit
movie. “The Campaign”
is being released on DVD
on October 30.
AP Images Matt Sayles
is a satirical comedy about
two men from North Carolina battling it out for a
congressional seat in the
14 district. Cam Brady,
played by Will Ferrell, is
looking to win his fifth
consecutive term in office
when he receives news
that there is an opponent
running against him for
the first time in his political career. The unfavorable candidate, Marty
Huggins, played by Zach
Galifianakis, is called
upon to challenge Brady
after he leaves an explicit
message on a family’s answering machine; which
was intended for some-
Design by Christine Gaab
The Entertainment Must List
Frank Ocean caused a media stir when he admitted his
first love was a man on Tumblr a couple months ago. It’s a shame
that his amazing debut album, Channel Orange, has not gained as
much attention. Rarely an album comes along that is excellent
from beginning to end. There’s no question that Ocean can croon
as well as soul singers, or that his rich voice can touch several
octaves. Because of this, his vocal ability is not what makes Channel Orange an album for generations. His musical power rests
in his raw honesty, making him down-to-earth to listeners. In
the song “Forrest Gump,” he admits “I’m nervous Forrest.” Gump
acts as a metaphor for a past lover. It’s hard to pick, but standout
songs include “Pink Matter (feat.
André 3000),” “Pilot Jones,” and
“Super Rich Kids (feat. Earl Sweatshirt).” In Ocean’s words (referencing “Thinkin’ Bout You”) “The best
song wasn’t the single.” It would be
a shame if that’s all people rememAP Images Mark J Terrill
bered of Channel Orange.
Jon Hamm never receives enough recognition. After
missing out on yet another Emmy for Mad Men, Hamm has become the world’s best loser. But he deserves some overdue praise
for his acting chops (see: Don Draper season 5), his comedic skills
(see: guest role on 30 Rock and various SNL episodes, including
the hilarious sketch “New Senator”), and his better than Clooney
MellowHype. The rap gang Odd Future has two very
recognizable names: Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. But
two of its lesser-known members, rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain, are making a name for themselves out of their
duo MellowHype. Both have significant talent; Hodgy has seriously good flow and Left Brain creates insane layering with beats.
The duo proves that all members of Odd Future are gifted rather
than just the main few. On October 9 their third album Numbers
dropped. Starting with the single “La Bonita” which shows off
Left Brain’s skill at rapping as well; MellowHype shows they have
broken away from the Odd Future mold. MellowHype’s sound is
more hypnotic than angry, but it still retains the signature dark
quality of OF. Standout songs are “Astro (feat. Frank Ocean),” “P2
(feat. Earl Sweatshirt),” and “65/Breakfast.”
The Exchange in Dormont is a store that lets you buy,
sell, and trade CDs, DVDs, video games, and various forms of
technology. More than that, The Exchange is a pretty cool sanctuary for awesome music, and it’s all sold fairly cheap. You can end
up making some memorable purchases (The Chronic for $12 in
Dave Matthews Band can do no wrong. At least, it
seems that way after the release of their eighth studio album,
Away From The World. The band uses heavy jazz instrumentals
to accompany Dave’s passionate voice. Beginning with the single
“Mercy,” DMB creates a theme of people uniting. Other tracks
such as “Sweet,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and “If Only” channel the early
DMB with a mix of sultry and sweet lyrics. Mostly though, this
album is commendable because it really takes you Away From The
World and into DMB heaven.
Stop The Violence
Every nine seconds a
woman is assaulted or beaten
in the U.S., according to domesticviolencestatistics.org.
Nearly one in five teenage girls
who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if
Photo By Julia Gauthier
The school was decorated with ribbons and bows in honor of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month.
presented with a break-up. The
worst part about it is around
95 percent of women who are
physically or verbally abused
never report it to the police or
government. Domestic violence
is possibly the most misunderstood issue in the world today.
The majority of people do not
comprehend what qualifies as
domestic violence but it is important to know the warning
Sam Lee, a volunteer
and employee at Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern
Pennsylvania, tries to stress to
everyone the value of understanding the indications of an
“It is not about anger,
it is about control,” said Lee.
“Trust your gut if something
doesn’t feel right.”
Lee said that most of
the cases they are faced with at
the shelter are not one single act
of rage but rather a progressive
climb, getting worse and worse
until the victim may find them-
selves in real danger. It starts
with a possessive and controlling boyfriend or girlfriend and
it escalates from there. In one
case, a 15 year- old girl seemed
to be living an ideal life with an
amazing boyfriend and loving
family. Things went downhill
when he became possessive and
she broke up with him. On her
16th birthday, he told the girl he
was heading over to her house
so they could talk. When she
still would not take him back
he took measures into his own
hands and stabbed her sixteen
times as a “special” birthday
does not just encompass women. There are also many men
who face abuse every day. Lee
explained that although they
are not as common, they still
deal with many cases involving
men as the primary victim.
“I remember one man
who was killed by his daughter’s boyfriend,” stated Lee,
“The boyfriend was trying to
shoot the man’s daughter, so he
jumped in front of her and was
If you find yourself in
a relationship that encompasses
any of these signs, call the domestic violence hotline: 1-800791-4000 or visit loveisrespect.
org. Visit the Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern
Pennsylvania Facebook and
Twitter pages to learn more or
get involved. Start small and tell
close friends, and most importantly, recognize that it is not
your fault. There are thousands
of undisclosed locations scattered throughout the country
where anyone can seek safe
shelter. Being happy should be
your primary goal and living in
a violent or abusive relationship
will not help reach it.
As Lee said, “There are
far too many people to date in
this world to be in a relationship
[that] you are miserable with.
There are millions of fish in the
sea, don’t fall for the shark.”
Ahmadinejad: What You Should Know
minister of Iran, is a
key component in the
Libyan tragedy, and for
that matter, in world
peace. His name needs
to be heard. The everyday citizen should be
aware and knowledgeable of Ahmadinejad’s
evil. He is currently
plotting an attack involving nuclear weapons that would affect the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Ahmadinejad
is a real danger, refusing to put an end to the
production and potential usage of nuclear
weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu recently threatened to launch an
attack on Iran. Netanyahu conveys that it is
not a matter of if, but a matter of when he
will use the bomb. Additionally, the United
States has put out resolutions ordering Iran
to end all nuclear weapon productions. Ahmadinejad refused, stating he will not be
brought down by a threat from Israel or by
an order from the United States. Ahmadine-
jad is a world threat with extensive undeserved power, who oppresses his own people,
and has a long history of destruction.
Not only is Ahmadinejad criticized for his tactics, but also for his beliefs.
It is just as important to be aware of the values he possesses. He has spoken out against
homosexuality and truly believes Iran is a
completely pure nation. His position on
human rights is rather disturbing, with a
complete disregard for freedom of speech.
Ahmadinejad believes the “abuse of freedom” is the reason for the Libyan violence.
Other’s opinions are not tolerated.
Tensions with the United States
began during the George W. Bush administration. Going back eleven years, Ahmadinejad has also commented on his feelings
towards September 11, 2001. Ahmadinejad accuses the U.S. for creating the tragedy. Conversely, the United States believes
Ahmadinejad was involved in attacking on
the U.S. Embassy in 1979 and 1981, where
52 Americans were taken hostage for 444
days. His last presidential term will end
soon, but will a loss of power occur?
AP Images Richard Drew and Vahid Salemi
Ahmadinejad sits here at the 66th session of
the United Nations General Assembly. He
refuses to halt Iran’s nuclear weapon program.
Moo Moo No More
Moo Moo Frozen Yogurt, located on
our search down to five candidates. Since Moo Moo was
Valley Brook Road, is now facing a hefty
made for the community,
lawsuit due to copyright infringement on
we wanted the community’s
its name. The owner of The Moo Moo Yoopinion on the name.”
gurt Bar in Greensboro, Arkansas claims
Everyone who visited Moo
that the Moo Moo Frozen Yogurt shop in
Moo had the opportunity to
McMurray, Pennsylvania, has been hindersubmit a name idea. The creing their business. Moo Moo Frozen Yogurt
ator of the winning choice will
is being forced to change their name. Owner, Frank Chao, was
receive a $100.00 gift card to
the store. The new name can“We were stunned. We were not aware of Moo Moo’s Yodidates are Moo Yogurt N’at,
gurt Bar,” said Chao.
Cowtastic, Udderly Delicious,
When Chao did the initial search to see if the name Moo
Udderly Moolicious, and Fro
Moo was in use, nothing came up according to the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Moo Moo Yogurt Bar
Although the lawsuit
only trademarked their logo and sign.
has caused a few difficulties,
Moo Moo Frozen Yogurt in McMurray is now being reMoo Moo in McMurray is not letting
named. Although the name change will cause some minor setthis minor setback affect the store.
backs, Mr. Chao used the opportunity to get the costumers inThey are looking forward to the exvolved.
citement of the new name and will
“Moo Moo has asked the community to choose the name,
continue to serve delicious frozen yowe have acquired nearly 75 name choices, and we narrowed
gurt in a fun, family atmosphere.
Community Comes Together
to Stop Prank
It doesn’t matter what kind of bullying takes place, the
fact is the outcome is often humiliating and awful for the victim.
In this case, however, the victim, Whitney Kropp, and her hometown West Branch, Michigan, got the last laugh in their homecoming prank.
It started when a few students in the sophomore class
of Ogemaw Heights High School picked Kropp for Homecoming Court. At first, she was pleasantly surprised, but hours later
when Kropp found out that it was all a prank, her thoughts had
quickly changed from excitement to humiliation and suicide.
“Suicidal thoughts are often easy to go to, but I think with a little
guidance or support those thoughts can be changed,” said sophomore Michele Mackay.
When classmates of Kropp heard that she was thinking
about suicide, they united together to created a Facebook page
against bullying. Within a couple days, there was already over
100,000 likes on the page. Local businesses helped reverse the
outcome of the situation by donating a homecoming dress, shoes,
and a complete makeover to Kropp.
The night of the Ogemaw Heights homecoming football
game, community members and students came to cheer her on
by wearing her favorite color, orange. During the homecoming
ceremonies, she received a round of applause from the crowd,
and even the visiting varsity football team.
“Finding the courage to participate in the homecoming activities
would have been the hardest part for anyone to do,” said sophomore Caroline Taylor.
Even though this prank took place over 400 miles away, it could
“If it were to occur here at Peters, I feel as though there
would be a similar reaction from the community,” said Student
Council President Carla Hoge, “Hopefully we will never have to
find out how exactly the community and students would react in
Photos by Reid Elattrache
Moo Moo Frozen Yogurt offers
a total of 12 flavors.
What in the World?
Ever heard of a ‘Bagel Head?’ Men and women in Asia have adopted this “fashion trend” of injecting saline into their foreheads and inserting a thumb in
the center of the injection to form the shape of a bagel.
The process consumes about two hours and it lasts for approximately sixteen hours. So, you might meet a ‘bagel
head’ on Wednesday, but by Friday, the bagel will deflate.
Four-year-old Jasmine Hudson wrote a message in a
bottle and released it off of the English Channel, hoping for it
to end up further down in the hands of her aunt. However, five
months and ten thousand miles later, the bottle surfaced on a
beach in Australia, according to the responding individual.
Thinking about holiday gifts already? Do not forget to add the 18 carat gold iPhone 5 embellished with
53 diamonds. A British company produced a hundred
of these beauties, taking weeks to complete the handmade work of art. Oh, the catch is, they are $32,298.
93,000 miles later Oscar, the globe-trotting dog
from South Africa, has traveled through thirty countries,
five continents, and hundreds of famous landmarks with
his owner. A day before he was due to be put down at an
animal shelter, the owner rescued Oscar, and the two have
been traveling together ever since. Oscar’s story has raised
awareness to abandoned dogs in over 20,000 dog shelters.
Picture This ....
Photography is a popular elective at PTHS. Many students express themselves through the use of a camera
and Photoshop. These students have come to learn new techniques for capturing the moment. Below are a few
snapshots from the photography course.
Mandy Magnotti, Grade 12
Rachel Noonan, Grade 10
Emmalee Ducoeur, Grade 11
Cole Medvid, Grade 11
Dan Pletz, Grade 12
Design by Jenn Coffey
Erin Pakela, Grade 10
What is your favorite
What is your favorite part
What is your favorite Halloween
costume as a kid?
What is your favorite Design
to carve into a pumpkin?
“A scary face”
How do you plan on spending
your Halloween this year?
What is your favorite fall drink or food?
What is the strangest candy item you’ve
ever recieved trick or treating as a kid?
What is your favorite thing about fall?
If you are going trick or treating
what are you dressing up as?
“Going to a Partying”
What is the best costume you’ve seen?
“When Mr. Bastos was an