Spyglass: Volume XXIII | Issue VII | April 2008


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SpyglassJoplin High School April 2008 This Month Volume XXIII Issue 6 Page 3 Editorial Page 4 MAP Testing Pages 6 Prom 2008 Page 7 Restaurant Reviews Page 9 Horoscopes Page 10 Media Reviews Page 12 District Music Results


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2 JHS News April 2008 Joplin Speech and Debate Goes National By: Nikki Burkett Speech and Debate is at it again. Recently at the Neosho Tournament hosted at Crowder College and at the Joplin tournament hosted at La Quinta Inn, JHS qualified three students for nationals and three alternates. Qualifiers are Senior Adam Blood (also the district champion in Original Oratory) in Public Forum, Senior Tom Morning in Public Forum, and Senior Jake Miller in Dramatic Interpretation. Serving as alternates for Student Congress for nationals are Junior Shekar Dukkipati, Junior Andrew Frost, and Freshman Stewart Pence. Also receiving honorable mention are the two fourth place Student Congress winners Junior Alixi Morris and Sophomore Olivia Watkins. The team will be back in action at the MSHSAA State competition, in Columbia, Mo., on April 18-19, and then the team will host and compete in the annual mock trial competition hosted at JHS on May 3. Congratulations to our national qualifiers and alternates. Important Dates for Seniors April 17 Senior Banquet at Cycle Connection May 1 A+ Breakfast April 18 Last Day to Nominate Teachers to Lead the Senior Class April 25 Mandatory Senior Meeting at 9:00 am in the auditorium April 25 Senior Honor and Awards Ceremony at 9:30 am in the auditorium April 26 Prom at 8:00 pm at John Q. Hammons May 7 Walking Papers Due May 7 Pick up graduation tickets after turning in walking papers from Mrs. Wilson May 14 Baccalaureate at 7:00 pm in the auditorium; Seniors must arrive at 6:00 pm May 16 Mandatory Graduatoin Practice at 9:00 am at MSSU May 1 Deadline for all fees to be paid May 18 Graduation at 3:00 pm at MSSU; Seniors arrive at 2:00 pm Photo by Phil Travis Seniors Jake Miller, Adam Blood, and Tom Mourning pose with their trophies after the most recent debate tournament. All three will be competing at a national level this summer. Congratulations to the 2008-2009 Class Presidents Class of ‘11 - Dylan Prauser Class of ‘10 - Steffan Triplett Class of ‘09 - Alyssa Brister (417) 627-0795 WHITE RHINO SALON & SPA Services Included: -Specialty color/ perms -Nails Pedicures/Manicures -Waxing -Facials -Massage -Cuts -Updos -Make-up -Hair extensions


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March 2008 3 Violence is Still Not the Answer. By Laura Dimmit Okay. It’s time for a talk, everybody. Let’s talk about violence. Some common examples of violence include: hitting, kicking, biting, stabbing, tripping, shooting, strangling, and punching. And, the simple fact is, these activities, and more, happen way too much in America today. According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, more than eighty Americans die from gun-related violence every day. That’s more than 29,000 people a year. And whether it’s because of video games, TV shows, movies, parental neglect, or just the degredation of the youth of today, we are no doubt the most violent generation so far. You can see it just in the way we talk. Who hasn’t said, “I’m gonna kill you!” to someone, at least once. Do we ever mean it? Well, probably not...but, increasingly, American teens are turning to violence to solve what seem like such trivial problems. For instance, on February 6, 15-year-old Hughstan Schlicker shot his father in the head with a 12-gage shot gun. Not out of self-defense, not out of the heat of passion; he told the police he shot his father because he refused to let him access the Internet. The boy was quoted as saying, “...I wish I could take everything back; I wish this was a bad dream but it’s not.” We have become so impulsive and impatient that these types of accidents occur entirely too often. The more news I watch, and the more I pay attention to the world around me, the more obvious it becomes that our culture is just saturated with a “violence is the answer” belief. Senseless acts, like the one I’m about to describe, simply blow my mind. Last week, a 29-year-old disabled woman, Dorothy Dixon, who was also 6 months pregnant, died after weeks of continued abuse from her roommates. The autopsy revealed 30 BBs lodged in her body, and burns covering a third of her skin. The injuries were inflicted by the two adults and three teenagers sharing the house with her. Why does this horrible behavior continue to perpetuate? According to the National Institute on Media and the Family, the average child, by age 18, will have witnessed more than 200,000 acts of violence, and more than 40,000 murders. It has also beeen proved in numerous studies that young children who witness media violence are more likely to display agressive behavior and feelings with their peers. Does this mean that any kid who sits down and watches TV sometimes will end up pulling a gun on someone? Well, of course not. However, there is definitely something to be said for the fact that we as a nation are becoming more and more desensitized to violence. According to the American Justice Department, one out of every four kids will experience “servere abuse from another youth.” Antother study found that 76.8% of the children surveyed said they had been bullied by another child. If you don’t believe that bullying is real, consider this. Recently on CNN.com, one headline read “Teen’s vicious beating taped by classmates.” Eight teenage girls filmed themselves brutally attacking a fellow classmate; slamming her head into the wall, and taking turns kicking her. The damage was so thorough that, when the victim’s father arrived at the hospital, he could not even recognize his own daughter. And, on the subject of violence, let’s consider the story of Kennesaw, Georgia. In 1982, this little town unanimously passed an ordinance requiring that every household own and maintain a gun, with exceptions for previous felons, the disabled, and those who held religious objections to guns. Since the law was passed, the town has seen a significant drop in crime. The last gun-related murder there was committed in 1986, and that was by two out-of-town travelers who, while drinking in their hotel room, dared each other to shoot. One Kennesaw resident said that, “We don’t have a [crime] problem like they do other places, because would-be crooks all know we’ll have guns.” Now, perhaps in a small town like Ken- nesaw (which has a population of about 11,000), requiring all the citizens to have guns might actually help keep everyone safe. However, I would feel very uncomfortable if that kind of law was passed in Joplin--I feel that there are plenty of residents who just do not need to have access to a gun; and the same goes for many teens. And heaven help us if such a law was passed in New York City--can you imagine? In the end, perhaps there’s no one person or entity to blame for the increase in violence in America. All I can leave you with are some words from Ghandi: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Cartoon by Hunter Dowell AtheWSoerndiofrros:m Some words from Laura... By the time the next issue of the Spyglass comes out, I, along with the rest of the class of 2008, will be gone. The sensation that I will be graduating soon is more than a little bit bizarre to me; hopefully I’m not the only one who feels that way. As we all sat waiting to pick up our caps and gowns at the last senior meeting, I expected only to feel relief and excitement. However, I found myelf feeling strangely subdued. In less than a month, I’ll be free from the expectations that high school placed on me; in less than a month, I’ll even be largely the Spyglass is a Joplin High School newspaper class publication. The paper is printed monthly or quarterly. Opinions expressed in this publicaion are not necessarily those of the Joplin R-VIII school district staff or administration. free from the authority of my parents. The 400-or-so members of our class are getting ready to face “the real world” head on, and I certainly hope that we’re all ready. We’ve certainly had support from a variety of sources over the years--I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been changed for the better by at least one teacher, and for most of us, our families have helped shape us into who we are today. And, while from time to time we all complain about the trials of attending a large public high school--too many people, not enough lockers, not enough funding, MAP testing--JHS really isn’t a bad place to be, and I imagine that next year when we’re slammed with huge freshman research papers and aloof professors, many of us will long to be back here again. As for me personally, I have had a blast writing Editor-in-Chief Laura Dimmit Advertising Manager Jessica Uitts Staff Writers and Photographers Qwyntnn Brown Nikki Burkett Morgan Bryant Rodney Chowning Hunter Dowell Sponsor: Brenda White editorials this year, and hopefully you’ve enjoyed/bothered to read them. If anything I wrote made you stop and think for a moment, I’ve done my job. To the remaining Spyglass staff: make me proud, and remember to use spellcheck. To the best secretary ever, my mom: You know you’ll miss me. What will you do when no one comes to bother you between classes next year? To the class of 2008: Good Luck, and Dream Big, because no matter how cheesy it sounds, we really can do just about whatever we set our minds too. Oh, and don’t even think about bringing Silly String to graduation, because I do NOT plan on coming back the next day to pick up my diploma. Good-bye for now. ...and a few words from Morgan too I’ve been on the newspaper for a resounding one year, and it’s been oodles of fun. I saw a bunch of crappy movies and a good one. Will I ever forget Dragon Wars? Probably not. Will I try to? Yes. To the newspaper staff, it’s been fun, weird, and a lot of other adjectives that I can’t think of now. I will leave you with these lasting words: ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK! NCAA CHAMPIONS!!! Cover photo by Qwyntnn Brown. Sophomore Collin Van Ostran prepares to serve during tennis practice.


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4 JHS News Joplin on the MAP By Rodney Chowning MAP stands for Missouri Assessment Program. This was created by the organization MODESE, that is, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This year the sophomores and juniors took MAP tests. The seniors passed by with nothing besides showing up for school at 10:15 the first week. Hopefully, the seniors didn’t sleep in and used their extra time to study up on some materials. Freshmen took a simulated MAP test. The sophomores took only the Mathematics MAP. Juniors, however, took the Science and Communication Arts MAP. This will be last year also that any junior class will have to take the Comm. Arts MAP, so congratulations to the class of 2010 and subsequent classes. Good test taking tips that could’ve been applied for the MAP tests and any other test follow. Have a good breakfast with everything incorporated like pancakes with eggs and a glass of milk. The night before get a really get a good night’s sleep -- which means go to bed at 9 not midnight! Know your materials for your test. Also, bananas are your friends; they are brain food. When you take your test, take your time and don’t rush because rushing and making mistakes go hand-in-hand. If you get done with enough, time go back and check your answers over. If you choose to erase, then erase well and don’t leave smudges. Ms. Gormely was in charge of making the MAP look good for the student body. She made a video this year with a political theme and also the well-known American Idol theme. Her objective was to lighten up the mood for the students and release some tension. She also wanted to get her word out to the students. “The MAP should be taken seriously because it is an evaluation of each student’s abilities,” Ms. Gormely said. “This is the last year for the MAP -- but, of course, something else will take its place.” So students who disliked MAP can rejoice. But, not for long since next year there will be another type of test. Photos by Laura Dimmit Signs announcing MAP testing filled the hallways of JHS during the beginning of April. April 2008


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April 2008 Prom 2008 PROM 2008 POSEIDON’S PARADISE Restaurant reviews on page 7 3110 E 36th St Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 625-1156 Mon - Thurs: 4 pm -10 pm Fri: 4 pm -11 pm Sat: 12 pm - 11 pm Sun: 12 pm-9 pm Great Food for Good People! 1216 N. Main 623-7230 Mon-Thur: 5pm-9:30pm Fri & Sat: 5pm-10pm Closed Sundays Let’s go Outback tonight! 5 Big R’s Bar-B-Q “We’ve got the meat you just can’t beat!” Hours: 1220 E 15th Joplin, Missouri 417-781-5959 Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 9:30 PM The Kitchen Pass 1212 S Main 64804 624-9095 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sundays Altitude is Everything! Mon-Thurs: 4pm9pm Fri: 4pm-10pm Sat: 11:30am-10pm 2850 S Range Line (417) 623-7722


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6 Prom 2008 April 2008 Helpful Hints and Tips for Prom By Qwyntnn Brown What length? Make sure your dress fits you perfectly. When you have it fitted make sure to wear whatever undergarmets and shoes you are going to waer on prom night. This will allow for the most comfortable fit. What length? Try a white shirt with black button and a vest if you’re not a big fan of ties. This way you will match your date and be as comfortable as possible. Your Accessories Don’t overdo it! My advice don’t bring a purse and worry about it all night. I say make your date useful and use his pockets for all of your stuff! Colored Vest? This all depends on wheather or not you are wearing a tie or not and how much money you are willing to fork out. Your date may appreciate the little bit of extra thought you put into matching her. What shoes do I wear? You don’t want to be on your feet for hours in uncomfortable. Try some flats. You can even get some with a small heel. With most dresses you wont be able to even see them. If you are worried about the color get them in white and take them to just about any store that sells formal wear, and they can dye them the color of your dress. What shoes to wear? Your date will more than likely be wearing heels. If you don’t want to be shorter than her. I suggest asking her how tall their shoes are going to be. This will allow you to buy shoes that compensate for the height difference. The shoes are a way of making you more confident for your special night.


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estaurant Reviews Restaurant Revie Restaurant ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsRestaurant ReviewsRes- April 2008 Restaurant Page PROM 2008 By Laura Dimmit is fun, but I just don’t think that having a Waiting for a table at a restaurant canoe hanging over your table really fits with is probably one of my least favorite things the whole prom thing. However, the food to do, so I was quite excited to only wait was very good. I had the “Loaded Chicken for about fifteen minutes at Timberline on a Breast,” which was basically chicken covered Saturday night. The Timberline Steakhousefirst thing I will tell with onions, various cheeses, bacon, and you, though, is that if you’re looking and Grill scallions. Everything was reasonably priced for the perfect prom 2850 South Range Line Road as well. Granted, a restaurant, I wouldn’t Joplin, MO 64804 steak is a steak and it necessarily suggest 417-623-7722 will be kind of pricy, choosing Timber- Monday-Saturday 4 PM to 10 PM but one could defi- line. The food was Sunday 11:30 AM to 9 PM nitely eat for $10 if excellent, and I’ll Do they take reservations? Yes. they wanted to. Our get to that later, but server was friendly, it just doesn’t have that “prom night” vibe. and she always remembered to bring us drink When you walk in, they have little buckets of refills, so no worries there either. peanuts sitting on the benches for people to So, if you’re looking for a nice, munch on. I appreciate peanuts just as much classy before-Prom restaurant, I wouldn’t nec- as the next person, but I can imagine that if I essarily suggest Timberline. If you’re looking were on my way to prom in my long for- for somewhere to go on a date, or just to eat mal dress and heels, that walking around on and have a good time, however, it should be peanut shells would not be very fun. Also, the the perfect place for you. décor (high-quality outdoorsman/lumberjack) RESTAURANT ADS ARE ON PAGE 5 By Qwyntnn Brown mato, cinnamon pecans, red onions, Outback Steakhouse is an and Blue Cheese vinaigrette. The eclectically decorated Australian/ food was better than I had expected American steakhouse where the it to be. The service was a little atmosphere is informal and Outback Steakhouse under par. I would the food is 3110 E. 36th St. recom- rustic. Reser- Joplin, MO 64804 mend this vations aren’t 417-625-1156 restaurant required Mon - Thurs: 4 pm -10 pm to my but on busy Fri: 4 pm -11 pm friends nights they Sat: 12 pm - 11 pm for prom. are requested Sun: 12 pm-9 pm I feel as to those not though it willing to has some- wait. At Outback the average entrée thing for everyone and you would costs around $10.99, but I had the be very pleased with the food. I was Steakhouse Salad which $12.99. The very pleased with my entrée choice salad included a seared sirloin atop and with good company it is even mixed greens, chip like croutons, to- better. By Hunter Dowell Choosing a place to eat for your prom night can be tough; The Kitchen Pass is a great restaurant for a nice sit down meal. The Kitchen Pass is located down- town at 1212 Main Street; their telephone number is (417) 624- Kitchen Pass 9095. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11-10. You can call for reservation if you want to eat in a rather large group or if you want to make sure you can get in the night of your request. If you want a 1212 Main Street Joplin, MO 64804 417-624-9095 Monday-Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM decent amount of food for the price, a bacon cheese burger and Do they take reservations? Yes. fries with a drink can be $9, then I would say come to this restau- rant. The service was great and fast, I never had to ask for a refill. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all you prom goers! By Brenda White Wilder’s Steakhouse on Joplin’s Main Wilder’s Steakhouse Street is an institution. Wilder’s has been in Joplin since Heck was a pup (which I’ve heard was quite a while back). The restaurant has endured in 1216 N. Main 623-7230 Joplin because what they offer has appealed to generation after generation of Joplinites. Mon-Thur: 5pm-9:30pm Fri & Sat: 5pm-10pm Closed Sunday Reservations aren’t required, Need Reservations? Maybe but for an occasion as special as prom, you might want to consider put- ting yourself on their schedule. Check out The dinner prices are what you would their ad for the telephone number. expect for a nicer restaurant. However, you Wilder’s gave themselves some- definitely get what you pay for. The service what of a makeover a few years back, is equal to the food, and the atmosphere is and they are still a popular place to go for comfortable but not casual. dinner. They offer a great selection of tasty I would definitely recommend this steaks and chicken. On a scale of 1 to 10, I restaurant to friends. In fact, I have eaten would give their entrees a 10. (I’m especial- there with friends, so it’s no stretch to rec- ly a fan of chicken, and theirs is pretty hard ommend it. You’ll be pleased if you choose to beat!) this restaurant as your before-prom eatery. 7 Big R’s Bar-B-Q 1220 E. 15th Joplin, Missouri 417-781-5959 Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 9:30 PM By Brenda White For a good down-home bar-b-q meal, big R’s doesn’t have an equal in Joplin. Iced tea from a jar tops off the casual ambiance. Needless to say, the atmosphere isn’t stuffy or sophisticated. But the food makes up for anything the décor lacks. If Suzy-Q’s are on your list of things to eat, you won’t go wrong at Big R’s. For before-prom dining, you might want to take extra, extra, extra precautions that your delish food doesn’t end up on the front of your shirt or your gorgeous dress. Or, save Big R’s for another evening that isn’t quite so dressy so you won’t have to worry about sauce on your face! The price is right. The service is great. It is conveniently located and NOT on the strip of hundreds of other restaurants on Range Line. I recommend Big R’s, but bring your appetite!


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8 Prom 2008 April 2008 Prom By Qwyntnn Brown The Flip Shop- Recieve unlimited access to all trampolines, the foam pit, and all gymnastic equipment. Carousel Park- Recieve unlimited: rides on go-karts, playing mini-golf games, usage of Lazer City- Enjoy “duking it out” with ulimited laser tag. batting cages, rides on bumper cars, as well as amusement rides. Departing from JHS at approximately 12:30 a.m. will be 25 groups of 12 students. As they then go on an adventure to three destinations that were chosen in advanced. Itineraries are available in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. You do have to attend prom to attend Hollywood Theaters Northstar 14- Choose between two movies in theater, either Nim’s Island or The Forbidden Kingdom. Project Prom. The goal for this year is 300 participants, so if you would like to sign up you will need to fill out a release form and have you parents sign. The cost for Project Prom is $17 and that includes three of the above listed activities, a t-shirt, transportation to each of the Wii Party- A party at JHS, involving one of the year’s most famous Promgamingsystems. activities and back to the school, and breakfast in the morning. The fun lasts all night until around 6:00 am when the vans arrive for breakfast and prizes. *Must be classified by credit as a Junior or Senior *The guest of a Junior or Senior *Must be in “good standing” as declared by the administration Carl Richard’s Bowl East- Enjoy unlimited pool and bowling. *Middle school students are not allowed *No usage of tobacco *No usage of alcoholic substances *No possession of weapons *Not currently under any *No possession of illegal out-of-school suspension substances *Guests must be pre-approved by *No fighting the administration before attending *No inappropriate language guidelines*Guests cannot be dropout of any school not just JHS


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April 2008 Potpourri 9 Sports, briefly Track By Rodney Chowning The results for the Nevada track meet are in. We had 19 entrees to finals at the meet. For the girls we had: Taylor Tyrell in 100 yard hurdles, the 4x200 relay team, the 4x800 relay team, Ashlie Shimmen and Bailey Calhoune in shot put, and Ashlie Shimmen also in discuss. They boys are: Gates Sanders in 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash, Taylor Six and Barney Bettasso in 800 meter run, Logan Simon in 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles, the 4x100 relay team. 4x200 relay team, 4x800 relay team, Mike Honeywell and Colby Snyder in pole vault, and Tyler Burgess and Alex Swift in shot put. Congratulation goes out to the competitors. Girls’ Soccer By Rodney Chowning The Girls’ Soccer team is going down a good path at this start of the season with a winning record of 4-1. The first game was a loss to Springfield Catholic 0-3. Their next opponent was Willard, which was won for redemption, 3-0. They then went on to win the Neosho Tournament. First game won against Neosho junior varsity, a dominated game of 10-0. Then Neosho varsity lost to Joplin, 3-0. The championship was against Van Buren Ark, 4-0. Good job girls, keep it going and win it all! State bound musicians Compiled by Nikki Burkett Vocal SOLOS Daniel Burkett Chris Dorris Kate Foster Christopher Grills Charity Musick Sherryl Steele Brad Thompson Brittany Thurman Kelly Yount Sam Yount Meredith Mitchell ENSEMBLES Ogden 8 Arwood 6 Smith 6 Foster 3 Instrumental SOLOS Lynelle Jones Josh Glasson Ali Wilbert Josh Wise Sam Martin Kaylee Riddle Alan Liu Kelli Scribner Amelia Warstler Kelsey Ogden Kate Foster Cory Hounschell David Keshavary Chase Neely ENSEMBLES Woodwind Trio Violin Duet Cello Duet What’s up with that? I will miss you guys!! By Nikki Burkett So I totally spent Easter with my friend and her family. I am not going to lie; it was great I got good food and lots of candy. I got to spend time with a friend and look at cute boys. But I didn’t tell you that. I almost got really angry with the school but then I didn’t. I am taking one of my best friends to prom, Lauren Bynum, and a student told me that I could not sign up a girl and I got very upset and troubled by this. Well obviously knowing me I went ahead and got the form to sign her up because she is a sophomore, well they accepted her so I am not that angry but I almost was. So yeah the musical is coming up soon. The set look amazing thanks to me, okay and some other people, but mostly me. Everyone go see the musical. Who doesn’t love a man eating giant plant? Come and see why you can’t not love it. Yeah the set looks GREAT!! Oh and now Laura Dimmit the long-standing stage manager actually has an apprentice to take over next year, Congrats Lauren Bynum, that’s right my prom date lol. Well, guys I am out for now, but I have a little to say before I do. LAURA, you are the best person eve. Alto power will go on but won’t be the same without you, you have a brain the size of Texas so go out and use it. MORGAN go share that cynicism with the world, be sure to help little starving Africans with some sarcastic jokes, and well go KU I guess. And JESS educate the world on what good music really is. KATE what else can I say except the past four years of dating have been great, and you will always have a special place in my heart. And to the most important person in my life, DANIEL I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR GETTING INTO MSU , I KNOW YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT BUT YOU HAVE TO COME BACK AND SEE ME. YOU MEAN MORE TO ME THAN ANY ONE ELSE EVER COULD, TAKE CARE OF SAM UP THERE AND I LOVE YOU!! April Horoscopes By Morgan Bryant Aquarius 1/20-2/18 The early bird catches the worm, but by that logic late people don’t get worms. Famous Aquarians: Carol Channing, Alice Cooper, and Mozart Pisces 2/19-3/20 Don’t worry about your obsessive tendencies, this month you’ll get hooked on phonics. Famous Pisces: Johnny Cash, Liza Minnelli, and George Harrison Aries 3/21-4/19 Behind every great man there’s a great woman. And behind every invisibility cloak is a Harry Potter. Famous Aries: Sandra Day O’Connor, Gregory Peck, and Francis Ford Coppola Taurus 4/20-5/20 Is what you’re looking for worth the search to find it? Famous Taurus: William Randolph Hearst, Orson Welles, and Gary Cooper Gemini 5/21-6/21 If you lived during the Middle Ages, you wouldn’t be alive anymore. Famous Gemini: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Errol Flynn Cancer 6/22-7/22 Cancer is a bad name for an astrology sign. Famous Cancers: Meryl Streep, George Orwell, and Ringo Starr Leo 7/23-8/22 If you can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, I’d use vinegar. Famous Leos: Mick Jagger, Herman Melville, and Napoleon Virgo 8/23-9/22 We got to the moon before we put wheels on luggage. Famous Virgos: Sean Connery, Mickey Mouse, and Buddy Holly Libra 9/23-10/22 Sure, you still can’t fly, but neither can Batman. Famous Libras: Olivia Newton John, Truman Capote, and John Lennon Scorpio 10/23-11/21 Killing two birds with one stone is mean, in the un-metaphorical sense, of course. Famous Scorpios: Pat Sajak, John Cleese, and Kurt Vonnegut Sagittarius 11/22-12/21 It takes more effort to frown than to smile. Famous Sagittarius: Donny Osmond, Franklin Pierce, and Jimi Hendrix Capricorn 12/22-1/19 You’ve got gum on the bottom of your shoe. Seriously. Famous Capricorns: Howard Hughes, Louis Pasteur, and Dolly Parton


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10 Entertainment April 2008 Chihuahuas, Lightning, Polio, and Fins! Broadway at it’s Best! By Hunter Dowell Young Frankenstein The Musical Where to be begin? The lightning flashes, the music sounds and you’re thrown into Mel Brooks’s hilarity in a crowd-pleasing spectacular event called “Young Frankenstein.” Mel Brooks musicals never fail to please audiences of all ages, even if the little kiddies you bring don’t understand what rolling in the hay means. After the ever-stunning success of the “The Producers” in 2001 no one ever believed you could top a show about springtime for the Hitlers. Oh, but you can! The lights dim and then, as you grab your seat in excitement, deafening lightening fills the orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony. Some critics have said that the special lights and the exaggerated sound effects drown the actors in a blunder of ever-not-so-funny tragedy. So that’s not exactly what they said, but what they were getting at is that Mel Brooks went over the top, again. Mel Brooks took the movie “Young Frankenstein” and tore it apart to create something bigger and better. Rodger Bart plays Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein (Fronkensteen), who is fascinated with the brain and human body, but fails to see that his legacy lives forever in Transylvania Heights. He inherits the castle and laboratory and faces a dilemma to continue the family business, make mad monsters, and fall madly in love, or quickly run away! Of course he stays. The incredible Sutton Foster (“Thoroughly Modern Millie” the title role, and in 2009’s Shrek the musical) plays Inga, Frankenstein’s sexy lab assistant. Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally (Karen Walker) plays the untouchable Elizabeth. Christopher Fitzgerald, best know for originating the role of Boq in “Wicked,” plays Igor. Shuler Hensley plays the stunning and green Monster. This musical will have you laughing at it’s witty lyrics and it’s puns that would be funny for everyone, especially the older ones in the audience. Mel Brooks never seems to fail, and this monster of show will bring down the house with numerous showstoppers and an outstanding cast. Disney’s The Little Mermaid The Musical Hunter Dowell poses with Cristopher Fitzgerald (Igor) outside the stage door. Ashley Trotnic, Hunter Dowell, and Shuler Hensley (The Monster) pose after getting autographs. Disney has done it again. There is nothing on stage quite like Disney magic; “The Little Mermaid” is no exception! Out of all the Disney movies, this one has to be last on my list to be on the stage. There are so many obstacles; the most obvious being the plot takes place mainly under the sea! Oh how Disney achieves so much! All the actors that “live” under the water have wheels on their feet, a lot like the ever so popular Heelys shoes; they glide around the stage ever so gracefully. I was skeptical but they achieve the unthinkable. As the show goes on, you believe they are actually swimming. The show did disappoint me by changing the ending slightly. Ursula doesn’t change into the beautiful Vanessa; she just bombards on Eric and Ariel and decides to take over, after tricking King Triton into trading his soul to rid the contract binding Ariel’s. To defeat Ursula, after her gigantic tentacles come out over the audience, Ariel has to break the magic seashell. This is done in a matter of a few seconds. There is a lot of smoke and she is dead. Besides from the lame and quick ending, the wonderful songs that are added to the now traditional old ones create a beautiful and magical show. Sierra Boggess plays Ariel; she does an amazing job and sounds a lot like the Ariel we all know. Sherie Rene Scott, a Broadway veteran, plays Ursula she creeps you out and also makes you laugh; she can play a perfect villain! Norm Lewis plays King Triton and delivers a few songs that would make any father shed a tear for his daughter. Sebastian is portrayed by Titus Burgess, and does an awesome job in “Under the Sea”. Four different guys, alternating for matinees and night performances, originally played Flounder. Two of the actors had to leave shortly after opening for their height exceeded Sierra Boggess, and now Trevor Braun and Brian D’Addario portray the role, Brian D’Addario is on the cast album. Sean Palmer plays Prince Eric; this is his first lead on Broadway. This show is ultimately amazing! If you are going to see any shows on Broadway, see a Disney produced show; it will blow your socks off! Titus Burgess (Sebastian) comes out the stage door to applause. Eddie Korbich (Scuttle) stops to sign autographs. Tracy Jai Edwards as Serena and Gaelen Gilliland as Elle’s mother stop to sign autographs. The poster for the new Disney musical promises miracles. Laura Bell Bundy gave an outstanding performance! Legally Blonde The Musical Calling all fourteen-year-old blondes, this is a show for you, and of course you older not blonde people can see it also. “Legally Blonde the Musical” was a surprise hit on Broadway. With it’s sudden success, MTV snatched the rights and aired it on television for the world to see. Let’s just say this show on a twelve-inch screen does not do it justice. This bubblegum of a show is more then just a blonde wig. Laura Bell Bundy, playing Elle, delivers a sarcastically awesome performance and gives actual depth to the role originated by Reese Witherspoon. Emmett, played by Christian Borle, belts his heart out to spine tingling notes. And Orfeh rounds up the cast as Paulette. “Legally Blonde” is a bombshell in talent. Every song is jam-packed with so much energy that you will by cheering along with all the sorority girls as the scamper across the stage. Each performance delivers more spunk then you can imagine! Laura Bell Bundy, Christian Borle, Orfeh, Richard H. Blake (Warner), Nikki Snelson (Brooke), Michael Rupert (Professor Callahan), and Kate Shnidle (Vivienne), deliver an “Elle of a show!” The cast and show shine brightly in the midst of the Broadway madness. The musical has so much more depth then the movie would ever dream. If you have teenage girls see this show; trust me, you will enjoy it as much as they do!


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April 2008 Entertainment 11 Continued from page 10 Cry-Baby The Musical The genius that brought “Hairspray” has come back to Broadway in the new musical, “Cry-Baby.” The original cult film written by John Waters, starring Johnny Depp, transfers wonderfully to the stage. The basic plot of the story is good girl falling for the wrong guy. They fall madly in love at first sight when they meet at the annual Polio Picnic. What turns into a musical showdown of classic “Grease” style songs and dancing, this musical will please the young adolescent in all of us! I went in to this show expecting nothing much, knowing nothing about the movie or who was even in it, except knowing that Johnny Depp originated the role of “Cry-Baby”. When the orchestra started playing in the Marquis Theatre I started to get excited at the nineteen fifties flair circulating the room. Curtain opens and a class of very preppy people start singing about saving people form Polio and having bomb shelters. I loved it! The show is perfect for teens and adults. Don’t bring children; there is some language and a bit of nudity... The cast involves many John Water veterans who have been in “Hairspray” and many who have been in the Mel Brooks musical “The Producers.” Harriet Harris (who originated Mrs. Meers in “Thoroughly Modern Millie), who plays Mrs. VernonWilliams, delivers a hilarious part of a socialite mother trapped in the secrets of her past, and Elizabeth Stanley (April in the revival of Company on Broadway) playing Allison is a sure way to get anyone really excited. James Snyder is making his Broadway debut in Cry-Baby and is sure to make his mark! Other cast members include Christopher J. Hanke (Baldwin), Alli Mauzey (Lenora), Carly Jibson (Pepper), Lacy Kohl (Wanda), and Chester Gregory II (Dupree). The spirit of the fifties is sure to whisk you away in this awesome spectacular of a musical. As of right now the show is in previews, meaning the show is running for live audiences to see if they need to change anything or if they need to work out kinks. All tickets for all seating is a standard $54 dollars. For this show it was a steal. Keep in mind that a regular show like “Young Frankenstein” or “Little Mermaid” costs around $110 for good orchestra seats. Elizabeth Stanley (Allison), Alli Mauzey (Lenora), and Harriet Harris (Mrs. Vernon-Williams) stop in the freezing cold to take pictures and sign playbills. James Snyder as Cry-Baby also poses for fans outside the stage door. THIS HEADLINE IS NOT A SPORTS METAPHOR By Morgan Bryant When one types in ‘leatherhead’ in dictionary.com, a link pops up which says, ‘see friarbird’, and one learns of a rather large bird which lives in Papua New Guinea, Australia, eastern Indonesia, and New Caledonia. If one types the same word in the search box of Wikipedia, one learns of a small town in the county of Surrey, England. I’m going to assume that it is titled ‘Leatherheads’ because of the type of football helmets they wore in the 1920’s, because I saw neither friarbirds nor England in the movie. Let’s get on to the ‘we meet our heroes’, eh? We meet our heroes, ‘Dodge’ Connelly (Clooney), an aging football player trying to get his football team more recognition, Carter Rutherford (Krasinski), an All-American war hero wunderkind who joins the team, and Lexi Littleton (Zellweger [barf]) the stereotypical reporter doing a story on Rutherford. And (here’s the surprise of the century) there is a love triangle between them. When the Duluth Bulldogs (Yeah...) feel the need to gain more fans, ‘Dodge’ convinces Rutherford to drop out of college and join the team. Yes, he dropped out of PRINCETON to join the DULUTH BULLDOGS. Holy bad decision, Batman! Littleton then starts running around with the team to get the real story behind Rutherford’s war hero status. Because there was no real villain in the story, can they be considered heroes? To its credit, this movie looked very 1920’s. More 1920’s than the actual 1920’s did. There were points when Zellweger (gag) looked a little 1940’s, in which case she would be very avant garde. If they wanted to make this film really like it was from 1925, the filmmakers could have made it black and white and silent. It would then, undoubtedly, lose some of its appeal to young viewers, though. The best part in this movie watching experience, for me at least, was the preview for ‘Baby Mama’ starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Huh-larious. And, oh my gosh! Indiana Jones! Awesome! Some have called Leatherheads slapstick comedy. Some have called it screwball comedy. I call it not worth $6.25. This movie was pretty much the opposite of surprising. The characters are trying to gain popularity for pro football. Ooh, I wonder what will happen! Will pro football ever be popular? The Super Bowl is the freaking most watched thing on television every single year. Yeah, pro football becomes popular. I can’t really imagine why Leatherheads is rated PG13. The movie poster said for ‘brief strong language’, but I don’t remember hearing any ‘brief strong language’. Or perhaps it’s because I’ve become so used to ‘brief strong language’ by all the television and movies I’ve seen in my lifetime I just didn’t notice. I can’t talk about this movie without talking about John Krasinski, and therefore without talking about The Office. Great show. Watch it instead of Leatherheads. Renee Zellweger (projectile vomit) just bugs the crap out of me. She plays a 31 year old in this movie. PFFT!!!! Check your math, lady. Fun Fact! Keith Loneker, who plays one of the football players, is from KU. Rock Chalk, homes! In the end, this movie tries terribly hard to be funny, what with its screwball-esque dialogue, but just can’t score. (Aw, that was lame. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. I promise, no more football euphemisms.) In the end, not even the coffee drink I snuck into the theatre could keep me awake through this movie. Literally. It was only after the movie was over did I find out that Shine a Light was playing. Rolling Stones AND Martin Scorsese. Awesome. Leatherheads stars George Clooney, John Krasinski, and Renee Zellweger. It is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and takes 114 minutes of your life away.


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12 Prom 2008 “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo will do the job for you...” JHS teacher makes prom possible for all who wish to attend By Nikki Burkett JHS is home to a local hero. Mrs. Debbie Leatherman, a teacher here at the high school, started a program several years ago known as the Fairy Godmother project. This program helps girls get to prom in style. Several companies in the area contribute to get the girls’ dresses, accessories, make up, and hair dos for prom. Each teacher was given invitations to give out to girls he or she thought could use help to get ready for prom. The girls were invited to the preview day where volunteers helped the girls pick out dresses and accessories such as necklaces and earrings. TJ Formal and B’s Bridal both donated dresses to the cause. On the day of prom all thirty-six girls will go to the “Salon Day” where they will receive “the works”. They will have their hair, make up and nails done for the big night. A big thank-you goes out to Mrs. Leatherman and the other women who help with this Fairy Godmother project. April 2008 Domino’s East 1714 Range Line 417-624-3460 $5 each! By Anne Brown Keisha Moody and Mrs. Leatherman step away from the prom preparation excitement to pose for a picture. By Anne Brown Put on your best dancing shoes just like this JHS student as she models a pair of heels fit for prom. 3 or More Medium 1-Topping Pizzas Expires 6/30/08. Deep Dish & Additional Toppings Extra. Late Night Special $899 1 Large 1-Topping Pizza Expires 6/30/08. Deep Dish & Additional Toppings Extra.



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