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crusader ewsmagazine · the creativity crisis · islam in america the n salpointe catholic high school · 1545 e copper st tucson az 85719 · september 2010 · vol 60 issue 1 salpointe football undefeated lancers begin an exciting season [page 25]

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2 · table of contents the crusader crusader the newsmagazine in this issue on the cover 10-11 news islam in amierica debates heat up over the proposed islamic center near ground zero 18-19 features creativity crisis as us creativity declines an investigative report shows how our students fare 26-27 football sports despite a challenging schedule ahead lancers off to an impressive start above left the tucson islamic center photo josh pettigrew above students work at a pottery wheel in mrs culligan s open studio photo claire danielson left anthony black and jared sires play against catalina foothills photos sean logan right jacob hallum of the men s cross country team races at a meet photo sean logan

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september 2010 table of contents · 3 columns 07 09 15 24 la vie en rose claire s conundrum the dignoti deal logan s lowdown vicious cycle dubious diction killin it if everyone cared inside opinions 05 06 editorial letters to the editor news 12 13 15 schedule changes amigos de las américas the news in brief features entertainment 16-17 20 22-23 new faculty a semester in preview reviews and entertainment sports 25 28 29 30 31 game statistics golf swim and dive cross country women s volleyball

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september 2010 opinions · 5 crusader volume 60 2010-2011 september 2010 national scholastic press association best of show spring convention 2007 all american 2006 07 2007 08 pacemaker 2006 07 columbia scholastic press association gold crown award 2005 06 2007 08 gold medalist 2006 07 2008 `09 quill and scroll society george h gallup award 2007 08 arizona press women gold medalist 2008 `09 editorial the newsmagazine another year more than a thousand different paths lead to one school year s the crusader is published by the salpointe newspaper class circulation is 2,000 and it is distributed free to students and faculty copies are mailed to parents and select high schools throughout the u.s to contact us call 520 547-9388 write to 1545 e copper st tucson az 85719 e-mail crusadernewsmag@gmail.com https www.salpointe.org/publications/publications.htm the crusader does not necessarily reflect the views opinions or policies of salpointe catholic high school or the school administration editorial board editor-in-chief natalee dawson `11 assistant editors claire danielson `12 sean logan `12 opinions editor kyle d ignoti `11 news editor chase g erwin `11 features entertainment editor claire danielson `12 sports editor copy editor art editor sean logan `12 kyle d ignoti `11 zoë urcadez `12 news staff members brandon bavier `11 zoë urcadez `11 emily monroe `14 features entertainment lauren furrier `11 kyle dignoti `11 emily monroe `14 zoë urcadez `11 sports luke bakewell `13 jenna ortiz `12 wilson troxel `12 send your feedback to crusadernewsmag@gmail.com adviser ms michelle mathews head of school fr bob carroll o carm questions comments alpointe though that name is now familiar to everyone in our community it means something different for each student at this school for some it is an old concept defined by years of green combination locks and shouts of panda express today the seniors know the drill they know where to go when the dreaded green slip is handed to them and the treats each vending machine on campus yields to them this year might seem like a final chapter they might focus more on how to write the epilogue than what that last precious chapter contains to the juniors this year is the moment of reckoning after years of dread they have been warned endlessly about the challenges this year will bring juniors struggle with new burdens and responsibilities and try once again to define themselves in the context of this institution this year the balance of responsibilities and social interaction may prove to be delicate the sophomores will struggle to reestablish the relationships they founded last year more than anything they fight against the powerful flow of students in the hallway jostling their way into a second year at our school they take on the expectations of their families coaches and friends they try to live up to their own standards all the while aware of what salpointe expects of them being a freshman is not easy through our time here all of us have learned that truth the hard way the freshmen will work to redefine them selves only to learn how hard that can be they ll keep friends from middle school while making new ones they ll weigh the possibilities of the future against the joyous frivolity of the present and then they ll have to decide who is the class of 2014 we all meander down different paths our goals are different the footsteps we leave behind us will lead to many different destinations still for our four years here we all share one thing in common we were are and will be lancers so what does that mean for the upcoming year it means getting to school twenty minutes later and leaving ten minutes later than we did last year it means spending less time eating lunch or doing homework during lunch depending on your modus operandi it means adjusting as we always do so flawlessly to the rhythm of a new year the challenges of this year will be unique and facing them will not always be easy we can expect more struggle more frustration and more conflict between our expectations and reality still we will continue to make this school into the excellent environment salpointe has been for sixty years we will share this path for yet another year so let us aim to make it the best one yet adjusting to change is rarely easy as humans we are creatures of habit but a break in the routine could bring great benefits it s a trite message a cliche full of promise and for today it should remain our mission.

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6 · opinions the crusader l etters in a rush to the e ditor toeing the line lunch woes i was wondering why there are only five minute passing periods if you have to go to your locker there is no way you will get to class on time you don t want to be late so you go to class and then you ask the teacher if you can go to your locker they always say no because you just had a passing period i think if they made the passing periods seven minutes there would be enough time also you would save time because then you wouldn t miss anything when you leave class and people don t have to repeat things the other good thing is that then the teacher would not have to let you go to the bathroom they really could say you had enough time to go earlier it would be your fault that you didn t go t his year s lunch has been very irritating to me the reason is that i have 2nd lunch and i have my 4th period all the way past senior patio when the bell rings and it is time for us to go eat lunch by the time all of the kids walk over to the cafeteria and the snack bar there are incredibly long lines now that there are only thirty minutes for lunch everyday it is extremely annoying having to wait in line for up to 20 minutes finding a spot to sit down and then eat what i ask is why not have a system that lets students who have 4th period in extremely far away classrooms out just a few seconds earlier so they can be within a reasonable distance of the cafeteria once the bell rings an alternative is to bring my own lunch but the food here is too good travis velasquez `13 i would like to bring up the concern about the line at lunch that leads to the snack bar this line becomes very difficult to move through if you are trying to go to the gym to get your food from the line there everyone is very hungry by this time of the day and we all would like to get our food as quickly as possible in order to resolve this issue i believe that we could curve the snack bar line back toward the corridor by the theater then there will be a passageway for other people to walk through by doing this it will make trying to get food easier for everyone and will no longer have to push your way through the crazy snack bar line i hope that salpointe will take this into consideration so lunch will be more organized tyler linscott `13 alyssa thompson `13 comic it s a conspiracy byzoë u rc adez editor s note have an opinion about an issue at school write a letter to the crusader it must be 150-200 words typed we do not accept anonymous letters the preceding letters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the crusader or its staff.

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september 2010 opinions · 7 l a v ie e n r os e vicious cycle when stress prevails priorities suffer i m writing this during my lunch break on paper that s supposed to stay in my math notebook i ll open with that because i think it sets the stage for an all-too-familiar scene we ve all done such things at some point trying to finish tasks that could have been done ages ago in ten minutes and with superhuman speed we high schoolers barter our time with all the skill of wall street stock brokers minus the starched suits and years of experience that s the thing or one of the things about teenagers we take rationalization out of the realm of mere utilitarian necessity in our hands it becomes an art form what it all comes down to is stress stress rearranges our priorities telling us that it s acceptable to forgo sleep in favor of a late-night study session i m entering my fourth year of high school in a flurry of stress and i know i m not alone modern teenagers face elevated levels of anxiety and that s a reflection of the strain placed on our society as a whole we need to be better do better have better resumes in the end we suffer and so do our communities that s because our motivations are in metamorphosis they re becoming inauthentic when we re worried about simply finishing something on time we throw quality out the window trust me our teachers have noticed and if we continue this trend into the future our voters our readers and god forbid our patients will notice too i m a prime example of stress conquering priorities i m overwhelmed by the work i must do in seven classes and as editor-in-chief of this lovely publication so everything else falls by the wayside there s a joke i ve used gratuitously in conversation with my friends guess how many hour of sleep i got last night when we go without sleep it s like we re running on reserve batteries much like the ones in the backs of our calculators our sleepless selves are less equipped to solve problems and deal with complicated situations in such a state even a multiple-choice question on a test can seem daunting and insurmountable that s when that old faulty adage comes into our minds when in doubt go with c c doesn t work here we are back at the starting point and i m not really sure how to fix it the cycle of stress and sleeplessness feeds back into itself like the game i played on my dad s old motorola in the fourth grade the snake winds around the screen growing until it can t help but devour itself how ironic that i didn t then see the metaphorical significance snake would have only eight years later our whole generation struggles with the curse of the self-destruct button we take on far too much lose time for trivialities like food and sleep and then hold ourselves accountable for our inability to exceed our own wild expectations that s the cycle of impossibility we endure for hundreds of thousands of years the human race has made tools walked upright and formed civilizations all without the expectations of today but then again they d had sleep natalee rose dawson `11 editor-in-chief heard on campus i don t know how to put this but there s a hole in your floor mrs huey -emily began it makes too much sense -carlos solórzano illustrations by maxwell shepley-spears

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8 · ad the crusader want to take out an ad in the crusader contact us by e-mail at crusadernewsmag gmail.com or give us a call at 520 5479388 our ads are modestly priced and seen by a readership spanning the salpointe community 293-6740

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septembernews 9 · 2010 the crusader news ·9 c la i re s c on u n dr u m dubious diction say what you mean to say i like have something to say i think about what it need someone to trust us is we say nowadays but i have nothing personally it seems to be cool not to have an opinion anymore invested in my own beliefs i m just inviting you to we might step on someone s toes and then god forbid join me on the bandwagon of mediocrity here we um they think we have an opinion and maybe even judge want to say what s on our minds but we dilute it and us for it if we state our opinions and we are passiondumb it down afraid of sounding opinionated or pas ate enough to voice them then being judged by others sionate about something ya know we look for peer based on our beliefs shouldn t matter approval on everything from our clothes to our manhowever there is a difference between having our nerisms to our words right we add question marks opinion heard and respected versus having it judged to the ends of declarative sentences so they no longer so i implore you not to judge people s opinions but like declare something instead we make ourselves listen and respect them in fact we should applaud sound as fickle and as unsure those who are brave enough to voice in our opinions as we feel their opinions in today s society for so i entreat you i implore you i exhort expressing ourselves to our having the courage to express an you i challenge you to speak with con opinion at all most would rather like-minded peers we get viction to say what you believe in a man button up no matter how passionin such an uproar about cenner that bespeaks the determination with ate they are on that subject sorship and then we censor which you believe it because contrary to ourselves around our peers in the immortal words of taythe wisdom of the bumper sticker it is not lor mali i entreat you i implore our words define us so we enough these days to simply `question au you i exhort you i challenge you need to back them up and thority you have to speak with it too mean what we say to speak with conviction to say today we take for granted what you believe in a manner that ­taylor mali the fact that we can say so bespeaks the determination with much to so many people so which you believe it because coneasily we don t think about what we say before voic trary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker it is not ing it however words still have just as much impact enough these days to simply `question authority you our word our promise in particular has suffered from have to speak with it too the lack of conviction in our language our word used to mean our binding oath like a signed contract really why does the value of our word fluctuate more frequently than the value of a dollar is our eternal oath worth $0.807325 or are we trustworthy and good for our words because while we may begin to break the little promises now what will the net worth of our word claire danielson `12 be when it comes down to the big promises when we assistant editor features editor ripped from the headlines that s one tiny cow delayed reaction a cow named swallow born in yorkshire england measures just 33 inches tall guiness world records has documented the cow as the smallest in the world owner caroline ryder told the unique daily celebrity does not sit well on swallow s shoulders she ll spend the day where she s happiest in the middle of the herd grazing or in the cowshed listening to radio 2 her station of choice five years ago a man in germany was shot in the head and miraculously survived he only noticed this fortunate fact recently when he felt a lump in the back of his head where a bullet was lodged under the skin doctors removed the bullet likely placed there accidentally during a holiday celebration all information thanks to the unique daily and worthyweirdandwacky.com it s getting hot in here two men from north carolina were rescued from a hot industrial dryer where they had become trapped according to authorities one of the men went into the dryer to extract something and the other followed to assist him thirty firefighters took thirty minutes to free them from the machine both men are expected to recover though probably never from the embarrassment.

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10 · news the crusader islam in america m proposed islamic center near ground zero ignites controversy and sparks national debate over the place of religious freedom in the face of tragedy by chase gerwin states and i don t know of any that have not condemned any new yorkers are protesting the buildthe terrorist act that took place in this great country of ing of an islamic community center ours we were in shock and disbelief as much as anyicc near ground zero because they body else was we still don t claim it is disreunderstand how a group spectful towards the 3,000 the purpose is to build a community cenof few people decided to new yorkers who died on ter that would promote inter-faith dialog make everybody s lives so 9/11 some say that oppoand present islam in a positive manner that miserable said maqsood sition to the icc has been is more appropriate and reflective of what ahmad chairman of the deeply disrespectful and muslims really are board of trustees for the unnerving to muslims in islamic center of tucson america over a hundred maqsood ahmad the people who opmosques in new york city pose the building of the have gone up uncontested icc are appealing to the yet two-thirds of new muslim people to move their location farther away yorkers in a recent from ground zero and to be sensitive to the feelings poll are still of those who were personally affected by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 there are 19,000 mosques in the united

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september 2010 news · 11 against the icc being built within two blocks from ground zero many have the notion that building a mosque means victory for the muslim people and that building a 100 million dollar 13-story icc two blocks away from the hallowed site does not sit well with them in addition politics has inflated the tension and swayed the view of the american people on the issue of an icc being built i don t think the average american cared at all what was happening until it was brought to the national level by a few people at first this was only a local zoning issue it came from a local issue to a national issue which is totally uncalled for said ahmad muslims and supporters of the icc being named park 51 for its address are trying to build a place of worship and gathering as is their constitutional right mayor bloomberg has openly supported the construction claiming americans have to stand by the constitution the building is being called an icc because it offers much more than just a place of worship with a full basketball court and other amenities so calling it a mosque does not properly describe the building it would be like calling salpointe a church instead of a school just because it has a chapel this is the greatest misinformation that is being spread out there everyone is talking about a mosque but i looked closely as to what they are really trying to do and achieve and it is really a community center and the purpose is to build a community center that would promote inter-faith dialog and present islam in a should go to the tucson islamic center positive manner that is more appropriate and spend time with the muslim commuand reflective of what muslims really are nity it will have different art and cultural ac you will find that islam is a religion of tivities in the building and reflects that of peace and teaches us a lot of tolerance of your average jewish community center others said ahmad said ahmad both sides have a valid argument most a negative new yorkers externality think that it is it is not just the ground zero issue it is from the coninconsiderate a culmination of islamaphobia which aptroversy with to build a 100 pears to be a very calculated process by the icc at million dollar which this bigotry is being promoted ground zero icc right near is the hate the site where geared to3,000 people maqsood ahmad ward the averlost their lives age american to muslim exmuslim tremists they in america the majority of people ashave proposed that the icc should be sociate the muslim religion with terrorism moved farther away than two blocks away this is due to how some people who are or from where rubble fell on 9/11 on the othwere muslim have interpreted the religion er side people are just trying to practice and came to believe that violence was the their religion in peace with no intention answer another reason that might lead of being belligerent and they are being americans to believe that islam and terrorharassed by the american people they ism go together is how the media portrays have denounced the actions of the extremthe two said doris mollenkopf ists and should be treated as citizens not the muslim communities in america as terrorists the ultimate outcome of the have strong morals and accept others they icc has yet to be decided encourage people who judge them differently to come and spend time with them so left the islamic center of tucson above they can build cultural understanding left map of lower manhattan showing it is not just the ground zero issue ground zero and where the mosque is beit is a culmination of islamaphobia which ing built appears to be a very calculated process by above right a salpointe student sits outside which this bigotry is being promoted said the islamic center of tucson ahmad photos by josh pettigrew ahmad also suggested that people

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12 · news the crusader new year new schedule the change in class times is intended to enhance student and teacher experiences but some think it causes problems by brandon bavier s tudents returning to salpointe this year started a new schedule that had them beginning and finishing later the primary reason is that we re starting a brand new initiative with our teachers to improve student learning across the board said mr mike urbanski the associate head of school teachers meet daily before school in faculty department or professional learning teams plts to build school-wide collaboration that focuses on student learning ultimately we are going to be intervening earlier with students that are perhaps not learning as they should said urbanski although most students aren t concerned with coming in later many are concerned with having less time for lunch partially because of the growing lunch lines while urbanski agrees it was a problem he believes that now that students have their ids the lunch lines should start moving more quickly i miss lunch being longer said francyne amaro teachers have had the biggest adjustment to face although they are only required to be on campus 15 minutes earlier their shift in down time is their largest obstacle they have to start their day with a meeting rather than getting their classrooms set up which is what they re used to said urbanski some teachers are concerned that the new schedule will not allow as much time for helping students especially before school i m very concerned about when students will be able to get the help they need from their teachers said ms anne baffert chemistry teacher new schedule the new schedule has caused some students to feel confused while others are glad they can come in later each morning photoillustraion by brandon bavier some other changes include a short break between second and third periods and a shorter first period by 5 minutes programs already in place to help students such as tuesday tutoring teacher s office hours and the learning lab are still available i think we have a model in place that we are just going to refine and make more formal and prob after a week or so i was able to ably change in some ways as make the transition it is really nice well said urbanski urbanski agrees that there not coming to school so early are a few negatives such as the shorter lunchtime he also -kevin schneider pointed out that the later release time impacts some sports practices even though the schedule will probably be permanent it will be refined until it works well to meet the needs of the community next year if we need to make some adjustments to the schedule for the benefit of the students we will said urbanski another benefit of the schedule for the students is that they have more time to sleep according to urbanski research shows that students who sleep longer and start later do better in school he believes that the later start will help students as they will have more time to get prepared for the start of the school day.

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september 2010 news · 13 nine students went to latin american communities in order to change the world one service project at a time by josh pettigrew and wren gardiner students experience amigos a migos de las américas amigos is a non-profit non-governmental and non-religious organization that sends high school and college-aged students to rural latin american communities for six to eight weeks during the summer thousands of communities benefitted from the work of 20,000 youth volunteers involved over the past four decades volunteers work with local youth and community leaders in hopes of creating sustainable projects this year a record nine salpointe students participated in amigos using their summer breaks to help others in need the volunteers were wren gardiner hali tease brian steffes yi lian klimecki matt gautreau diego gomez sean mccann elle o brien and abram villegas gardiner steffes and o brien went to san pedro paraguay mccann went to paraguari paraguay the san pedro and paraguari projects were a little different in that they were the last amigos projects that are construction based as part of their projects they had the tasks of planting 100 trees to help prevent paraguay s growing deforestation problem and either building eight fuel efficient stoves for families who had to cook over open flames or building eight sanitary latrines for families who didn t have them in addition they hosted camps for the kids for two hours every weekday focusing on weekly themes such as reforestation and basic hygiene gardiner s favorite aspect of the trip was trying new things eating different foods and learning more about the world my partners and i really liked building the stoves because we could see how many of the families needed them and how much everyone benefitted from them it was priceless said gardiner o brien said she felt proud of herself when she finished the project it was rewarding because she got to see the smiles of her community i felt like i made the world a better place my supervisor told me to expect nothing and gain everything and i did said o brien the greatest part of steffes summer was getting to know his host family the best part of my trip was the relationship that i built with my host family and the sense of making even little things better for the people in my community said steffes mccann enjoyed the exchange of american and paraguayan cultures the most the fourth of july was the greatest part of the trip my host family and i made a whole bunch of american food and had a big feast i really enjoyed this because i felt that my family gave me part of their culture and i gave a part of our culture it was truly a great experience said mccann yi lian klimecki went to boaco nicaragua where she like those volunteer ing in paraguay taught weekly camps however hers focused more on topics like dental hygiene physical education and youth leadership for klimecki another aspect of the trip was a community based initiative or cbi it could be anything from setting up a soccer league and competing in tournaments with neighboring communities to repainting the school or creating a community garden it was something the community agreed would be beneficial the major goal involved with the cbi is sustainability klimecki and her partners worked with community members to paint a mural and restore a park area for children the part about amigos that i benefitted the most from was the relationship i built with the people in the community i felt like i connected with everyone there i feel like i have a second family and i will never forget them or the experiences we shared klimecki said i would recommend the amigos program to others but you have to be committed you cannot go because anyone tells you to go you have to go because you want to make a difference in the world said o brien in order from left to right abram villegas elle o brien matt gautreau wren gardiner brian steffes yi lian klimecki hali tease and sean mcann not pictured diego gomez photo by fernando loya

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news · 14 the crusader the news in brief staffers and contributing reporters deliver short succinct stories about events occurring within the salpointe community and around the globe by claire danielson emily monroe and michael giordano hospital violence v banned books iolence in hospitals has become a common danger in the healthcare industry after the shooting of a doctor at johns hopkins hospital in baltimore md on sept 16 2010 healthcare professionals are looking at the causes for rising violence in hospitals statistically the most violence occurs in emergency rooms where the anxiety is highest among patients and visitors one in four nurses in america have been assaulted over 20 times in the past three years according to the emergency nurses association the american college of emergency physicians is attributing the rise in violence in emergency rooms to the increase in violence and substance abuse in society as well as increased waiting times nurses in massachusets are calling for a change in legislation to make assaulting a healthcare worker the same legally as assaulting a police officer the nurses from massachusetts also blame blame the rise in violence on a new law making security guards more covert to make waiting rooms more family friendly but they also put people who are possible threats more at ease s alpointe is one of the few schools in tucson that is permitted to read books that have been banned in other schools to celebrate our right to read the library staff will be hosting banned books week from september 27 to october 1st to participate in this celebration fill out the banned book survey that can be found on ms sally dooley s wiki page or at http deconcinilibrary.wikispaces.com banned+books+week+survey the library staff will post the results and try to include all the books students should take advantage of this unique reading opportunity the banned books can be found in the library at the end of september support our right to read starting september 27 trip to france rising poverty level m any have marveled at the idea of seeing the eiffel tower or wondered about the ways people live in foreign lands others have dreamed of eating a croissant or a macaroon from an original parisian pastry shop those people and possibly others will be interested to know that salpointe s own ms vanessa manion is planning a trip to france ms manion is planning a two-week trip and she is looking for enough students to sign up in order to make the trip possible the trip is open to all salpointe students not only to those studying french on this trip students will immerse themselves in the everyday lives of the french people they will spend four days seeing the sights and eight days living with a french family the travel time for the trip will be 2 days one to get there and one to come back the deadline to apply for the trip is october 5 tosignupseemrs.manioninroom314,oremailher n ew statistics by the census bureau reveal that 43.6 million americans have fallen below the poverty line in the past year the poverty line is $22,000 for a family of four around 40.5 million people will benefit from supplemental nutrition assistance program or snap food stamps by the end of this fiscal year sept 30 that s 10 million more than last year food banks are finding their visitors to be more newly impoverished people president barack obama released a statement to try to push his health-care reform and infrastructure plan in response to the new statistics.

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september 2010 news · 15 thed ign oti deal killin it i mma let you finish but kanye s back t he entire world has yet to forgive kanye west for his unfortunate flub at the 2009 mtv video music awards vma when he rushed the stage and interrupted country/pop-star/whatever-she-calls-herself taylor swift however the chicago rapper has garnered some forgiveness from most especially those who admire west for his musical abilities the producer turned rhyme spitter is back in the limelight once again for opening his mouth this time though west is putting the past behind him reconciling and assuring doubters that he s changed since imma let you finish but but really though swift s okay now her self-righteous performance at the vmas says she is was music impacted greatly by his upstaging of her absolutely not if anything west is stronger because of it lyricism wins time and time again his talent far surpasses anything that he says after a few drinks the web-world stopped when kanyewest appeared on twitter many celebs have implemented the site to communicate with fans and to voice their opinions about everything from fine living to new music to trending topics though west has taken to twitter in a self-redeeming effort to seem relevant again he tweeted when i woke up from the crazy nightmare i looked in the mirror and said grow up kanye i take the responsibility for my actions west gave a more than moving performance at the 2010 mtv vma s with his performance of runaway which featured a solid buildup and dazzling ballerinas pusha t of the clipse came onstage to drop 16 bars during west s moment to make up for himself following last year s performance mtv named the song in which west pokes fun at himself and other scum bags his best single to date certainly west is not the college dropout that he was in 2004 since then west has managed on numerous occasions to be inappropriate it s true that an artist grows with time kanye is no different some including me would argue that west is a better artist now than he was pre taylor-gate kanye s also managed to pick up groups like the clipse for his g.o.o.d music record label this past year in other words the world said wake up mr west and he listened while many still boo and hiss at anything kanye says or does this is going to be kanye s golden year but why is any of this substantial because kanye is one of the world s most critically acclaimed and some might also argue hated rappers in the game following his drunken outburst at the vma s an internet story circled that west had died a popular response from the public was g.o.o.d but look at where kanye has come from since then he s releasing a new song weekly on his website kanyewest.com killed the vma s and in my opinion was solely responsible for making the 2010 vma s mtv s most-viewed award show in the network s history let s not forget that west s new album dark twisted fantasy is set for a november 16th release date kanye s not going away for now why because with every track he releases west shows that lyricism still matters in a rap-world where artists like soulja boy are allowed to exist he shows us that hip-hop music is still respectable that a song is more than just a raw beat and that music has personality and soul most importantly west illustrates that music can be a therapeutic way to heal one s self and to right one s wrongs it s time to move on world mr west is back in the building kyle dignoti copy editor opinions editor heard on campus are you doing anything in the drama department sometimes i think the whole school is the drama department -michael giordano

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