The junior theatre majors will host their workshop in the Experimental Theater at YPAS on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb 6. at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
The junior theatre majors will host their workshop in the Experimental Theater at YPAS on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb 6. at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.
Oh crap, junior prom is just days away. What can a guy do to look good for the dance for a low price, and fast? Looking stylish for one of the biggest nights of the year isn’t as hard as you might think. Anything from a basic tuxedo to an outlandish suit and tie can be found in just a few easy steps, or even clicks of the mouse.
Resorting to a plain black tuxedo may be the standard choice for a prom-goer, but it is far from boring. Splurging types can resort to buying a tuxedos, but the more economical choice would be to rent a tux. Stores such as Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank rent tuxedos for an evening at a reasonable price. While you don’t get the satisfaction of owning your own tuxedo, your wallet will think you. However, if you don’t rent your tux before the week of prom you will most likely be charged rush fees. Sorry, juniors.
For a more outlandish choice on your prom attire, the world wide web is the place to go. The go to website for a crazy suit would be Jack Threads. A members only site, Jack Threads is a cheap source for odd clothes that may tickle your fancy. Prom goer Alton Chancy (11,MST) ordered a suit from the site weeks ago, with a leopard print pattern. “I wanted to do something different for junior prom,” Chancy said. “I had been looking at this suit for a while, and it was clear I needed to pursue this outfit.”
Chancy’s suit was under $100, and was shipped directly to his home. To buy a suit from the site, you have to provide your exact body measurement so the suit can be tailored to your fitting. Since prom is only a few days away for junior, getting a suit in time would be difficult without express shipping. Once again, sorry juniors.
Prom can be one of the most exciting experiences for a high school student, so why would you want to look bad doing it? Dressing up nice is a part of the experience, and everyone should have the opportunity to do so. It just shouldn’t have to be expensive.
Earlier in the year, Carly Rodman (11,J&C) and a few other juniors had the idea to have a boys field hockey game, similar to the powder puff football game for girls. They believed that the game would attract a large amount of spectators since it would be humorous to see high school boys play a sport predominantly played by women.
The idea surfaced in January, so Rodman first went to Mr. Kuhn to promote the idea. Kuhn was in support of the idea and then directed Rodman to Mr. Mayes so she could potentially finalize the plan. Mr. Mayes was also in support of the idea; however, Athletic Director David Zuberer wouldn’t allow the game to be held on Manual’s field hockey field. Rodman considered her options and decided that the field at Noe Middle School would be the next best thing. She then got the approval from John Gribbins (athletic director at Noe) for the junior senior game to be held on their field. So, after a couple months of talking to administrators and athletic directors, the planning of the event is finally nearing completion.
What sets the junior senior field hockey game apart from the powder puff football game is the fact that Rodman has taken it upon herself to set up a donation system with an organization for the game. There is a $5 minimum donation upon entry to the game. All the money will be donated to OXFAM, a charity organization that aims to end world hunger and feed the less fortunate. Rodman also set up a website where people can make online donations prior to the game.
“Our goal is to raise $500 through the online donations. As a way to motivate people to meet the goal, I went to Mr. Mayes to see if he would let a student throw a pie at his face if the $500 goal is met,” said Rodman, “he has yet to give a final answer.”
The game is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, and is to be played on the Noe Field Hockey field. Rodman has compiled full teams for both the junior and senior class. The coaches for the senior team will be Emma Harris (12,J&C) and Renee DuFour (12,HSU), both varsity starters for Manual’s field hockey team. The junior team coaches are Emma Baird (11,J&C) and Katherine Stodghill (11,J&C), also varsity players for Manual. Mrs. Cooper is the sponsor of the event and will be overseeing all planning that’s going in to it.
All equipment for the game will be provided by the Manual field hockey team. This includes sticks, balls, protective eye wear, shin guards, and goalie pads. Players will be required to provide jerseys, cleats, and mouthguards.
“Everybody seems to love going to the powder puff game every year, so the goal is to have a similar response from the student body for the junior senior field hockey game,” said Rodman.
Rodman talked to the Dazzlers dance team in hopes that they would perform at halftime of the game. They agreed to perform, which should attract even more spectators, given the fact that they are considered one of the best dance teams in the state.
Rodman’s ambitions to make this game happen and gather donations has made its way to Stuart Ungar, journalist for the Courier Journal. Ungar wrote a piece, “Manual junior takes field hockey stick to hunger”, which can be read here,
Stay tuned to www.manualredeye.com for more updates about the junior senior field hockey game. Below are the rosters for the junior and senior team:
-GOALIE: Dakota Elzy
-GOALIE: Allie Judge
This morning, over 1900 students got to watch a promposal, here’s an alternate view from inside the classroom.
Maybe it’s just me, but
Awkward is really cute.
Can’t girls be more like you,
Extravagantly gorgeous and fun to be with.
You’re one of the lucky few.
Just wanted to see and ask,
One on one, face to face
How do you feel about going to prom with me?
Nine more weeks until that day.
“So what is it going to be,” I’ll ask.
One on one, face to face,
No or Yes?
The junior students are required to learn about their country’s history. In this episode of ‘Manual On,’ the questions asked deal with the beginning of our country’s independence.
‘Manual On’ Season 1:
This year the traditional senior prank took the form of covering some juniors’ cars in mustard, ketchup, vinegar and flour. The combination left a big sticky mess on the car windows, rendering them unfit to drive.
“I thought that the senior prank was pretty brutal this year, but we were all kind of expecting it so I cant say I was surprised,” said Brigid Neary (11).
Though the prank was a hassle, it only affected about 10-15 juniors. Other seniors didn’t agree with the decision to prank just the juniors. “I think it would’ve been better if we pranked the entire school as a whole, not just a couple juniors,” said Sarah Rohleder (12).
The home stretch, the last inning, the final four: I’ve heard everything from my teachers to describe these last four weeks of high school for me and my fellow classmates. I’ve also heard too many reasons for why we shouldn’t succumb to senioritis, and until these last few weeks, I thought I was immune to it—that is, until my teachers decided to throw this incredible homework load on me for the last few weeks. Do they want me to remember my last moments as a high schooler as being under great stress?
Not to throw any of my teachers under the bus, but from day one of my senior year, my homework load hasn’t been anywhere close to heavy or challenging. I’ve had two classes that I actually had to put some time into and only one that I had to work really hard in. Come March, that one class turned into a study hall, luckily. A few weeks later, spring break came, and as my teachers expected, senioritis hit me. But that wasn’t the only thing that hit me—my homework load also began to increase. I thought this was supposed to be the ending? Now it feels like it’s only the beginning.
Teachers have continually given my classes that tired speech: “The end is almost here, don’t give up now!” I had to cure my senioritis fast—I didn’t work as hard as I did my first three years to give it all away at the end. I had to get back into the junior swing of things. I even had to start using my agenda again, which is unheard of for seniors at this time of the year. I haven’t felt like I’ve been working this hard since junior year—on which I know every senior can look back and feel the pain. I understand that teachers get frustrated with slacking students, but giving us more homework shouldn’t coincide, in my opinion.
I’m not the only one that notices this change. The other night my mom came into my room around 11:30 and asked why I was still up. Her eyes widened when she saw a pencil and punctuation packet in my hands. I told her I was still doing homework. While she was proud that I wasn’t just skipping it, she was in shock—my older sister had everything but homework to worry about her last few weeks of high school. I never thought I’d have to say, “Sorry, not tomorrow, I have to stay after to work on a project,” when asked if I wanted to go senior prom dress shopping.
So should teachers buckle down at the end of our last year of this hormone-ridden thrill ride we’ve all finally made it through? Are seniors just lazy? I’d like to say neither.
Jaws dropped and whispers filled the room yesterday as the next juicy piece of gossip entered the Manual cafeteria: Sandy Jefferson had only gotten a 35 on the ACT. During the morning announcements, a moment of silence was held for the death of the stellar class ACT average.
Jefferson, a junior, had taken the national standardized test, scored out of 36, with the rest of her class on March 6. Witnesses reported seeing her looking uncomfortable and out-of-focus, answering each question in ten seconds instead of five. “She definitely didn’t look her best today,” homeroom teacher Katherine Brogan said. “I wonder if she got enough sleep the night before, or if she had some sort of family emergency or breakup. Those things happen, but I’m still surprised. She’s such a bright girl – I never expected her to mess up this badly.”
Some students, both those who knew Jefferson and those who didn’t, expressed empathy for their fallen classmate. “I know how she feels,” sophomore Vijay Deol said. “When I took the ACT for the first time,I missed like two questions on the math section, and that almost bumped me down to a 35 too. Not everyone can be perfect.”
Others reserved their sympathy for more important matters. “I feel really bad for her,” senior Penny Zhang, a former friend of Jefferson’s, said. “I know she worked super-hard to get that 36 like everyone else, but I guess in the end her own stupidity got the better of her.”
“It’s her own fault,” fellow junior Oscar Byrd said. “I mean, if she’d just studied harder, maybe she would have done better. Like, what was she doing all this time? Having a social life? All her friends were studying for the ACT! But I’m not gonna say anything else. Her parents have probably already yelled at her enough.”
Jefferson declined to comment for this article, but sources close to her said she is currently spending long hours in the counseling office, trying to salvage some semblance of a future from this abysmal test performance.
This is a satirical article and is meant to be read as such. All names are invented and are not intended to represent specific Manual students.
“Why am I here?” he repeated. He didn’t miss a beat; his voice was sharp. “I think that corporations are being too intrusive into our everyday lives. I think they have more or less taken over our electoral system. I fear corporations more than I fear our government.”
Meanwhile, a woman who identified herself as Erin paced behind the fountains with the assistance of a cane.
“I feel that I am part of the 99 percent,” she said, speaking tersely and to the point. “Big Pharma has robbed my life… Big Pharma companies are in bed with the government.” She also expressed problems with government bailouts. “Example: Chase Bank took the bailout, forgot how many billions of dollars they got; however, after that, they turned around and laid off over 14,000 workers. How is that bailing out?” she said.
Another man, whose name and occupation he “would rather not say,” sat by one of the fountains. He wore a rusty chain around his neck connected to a cinder block, upon which he had written the word “debt.” On the back were names of certain individuals and organizations: Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Bill Gates, as well as AIG, TSA, and the Federal Reserve. “[The debt is] a weight hanging around people’s necks, you know?” he said. “And it’s people that make money not for producing any product, just from moving money around. Simple as that.”
The noise at the occupation was mostly contained to few small groups — the musicians, those by the fountains, those sitting outside the Panera next to the park. A circle of self-described anarchists, all in their teens or twenties, sat around several stacks of fliers and pamphlets advocating their cause. Soon, one of them began to raise his voice.
“If we don’t do it, no one will!” he shouted, and then paused deliberately, looking around at his companions, grinning, and then finishing, “Occupy Louisville!”
“If we don’t do it, no one will!” he began again, motioning for his friends to join him. Some caught on and shouted with him, “Occupy Louisville!”
After a few more recitations, those in his circle and some surrounding people started to chant with him. “If we don’t do it, no one will! Occupy Louisville! If we don’t do it, no one will! Occupy Louisville!”
The chanting continued for a few more minutes until the chanters collapsed into giggles and scattered cheers.
They and the rest of the people sitting in the square were participants in the Occupy Louisville movement, a protest characterized as the masses rising up to rectify the misdeeds of the super-rich “1 percent” of the population. Begun in New York City as Occupy Wall Street, the movement spread in both scope and population, as thousands of the “99 percent” expressed their support. As thousands of people marched down the Brooklyn Bridge, resulting in 700 arrests, other protests arose in cities across the country, including Boston, Los Angeles, Louisville, and Lexington.
“We’ve been occupying Lexington for the past four days, 24 hours a day,” Moody, who had attended the Lexington protest, said. “It was the [third] city to occupy. It was New York, Boston, and Lexington.”
Major unions soon threw their weight behind the occupations. Hundreds of uniformed airline pilots marching down Wall Street created a powerful picture, as did the support of other unions.
The movement also drew support from several politicians, including Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. “I support their message to the establishment, whether it’s Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that is not relevant to their lives,” Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Minority House Leader, told ABC News.
The “change” referred to a variety of complaints and goals of the movement. According to the protest’s “Declaration of Occupation,” the grievances ranged from foreclosure on homes to dependence on foreign oil to the production of weapons of mass destruction. The Occupy Louisville protesters had similarly diverse demands: James Bircher, ex-employee of a Florida marina, wanted to repeal the Glass-Steagal act; Jerry Moody wanted to ban corporate donations to elections. Other protesters wanted to halt overseas wars, make government finance transparent, or end the wage gap.
Another Louisville protester, who identified himself as Matt, said, “We want to at least try and get a few people’s minds awakened to the fact that we’re not as free as we should be. Freedom is not what it’s supposed to be.”
Problems with Protest
Like many protests, the movement drew criticism from from politicians, members of the media, and those who the protesters would describe as fellow members of the “99 percent.”
Some thought that the protests unfairly scapegoated the rich. Republican presidential candidate Harman Cain told the Wall Street Journal, “Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself . . . it is not a person’s fault because they succeeded. It is a person’s fault if they failed.”
Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CBS News, “We have a very capable financial services sector that makes loans and allows business to start and thrive. Are there bad actors on Wall Street? Absolutely. And are there bad actors on Main Street? Absolutely. All the streets are connected – Wall Street’s connected to Main Street. And so finding a scapegoat, finding someone to blame, in my opinion isn’t the right way to go.”
Matt Garofalo (12) supported the idea of the protests but thought that there was a better way to meet demands. “I think that the protest does not portray the issue in the most serious and professional manner possible,” he said. “I would rather try to contact the bank executives, try to understand their position, and then try to negotiate a settlement. If they were not willing to meet, then I would build a case and sue. I’m not really a confrontational/protesting type of person. I’d rather just sit and work it directly if at all possible.”
James Miller (10) fully supported the occupations. “I’ve been hoping to go to the one in Louisville to show my support and I plan to soon; and if I had the resources to go to New York, then I would,” he said.
However, Miller thought that the demands were somewhat vague. “I’m not too sure on what exactly they want done myself, despite reading their Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street,” Miller said. “I do think the movement is, nevertheless, still important for drawing attention to the one central problem it is standing against: the wealthy’s control over the country. I think when the movement has even more attention not only from the public but from the government, they can start making more specific demands.”
Support and Solidarity
On the first day of the Louisville protests, a diverse group of about fifty people gathered at 4th and Jefferson. Each one sat in his or her own group, each with his or her own issue with corporations or the government. They were, however, united in one aspect: their support for the Wall Street protesters.
A Manual student who wished to remain anonymous sat with the group of young anarchists. “I decided to come because I really respect the way Occupy Wall Street is going,” she said. “. . .If you look at their demands and the way that they’re running things, I really like it, and I love the idea of having Occupy Louisville or Occupy Lexington or whatever for people who can’t get to Wall Street but who still have grievances.”
“We heard about the protests on the news, so we thought we’d come down and show our support for the kids,” Teresa Inman, a retired protester sitting in the shade of Panera Bread, said.
A bartender, who also wished to remain anonymous, sat on the far side of the fountain. “My biggest reason is because I believe that people do have the power to change things,” she said. “It’s just a matter of getting them all together to do it. And it kind of spreads. It’s really contagious . . . it sparks something for people to see that maybe we can do this. That’s my biggest reason is to show support for us, for people.”
Between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on that first day, a few dozen people attended the occupation: a tiny number compared to the thousands of protesters marching through the streets of New York. But that, said Moody, was just a typical part of the movement.
“I think it will keep on growing,” he said, “especially as the economy turns worse . . . we’re practically slaves, and so in order to recapture our humanity, we have to do this.”
Emily McConville is a junior at duPont Manual High School. She is the assistant copy editor of Manual Redeye and the copy advisor of the Crimson Yearbook. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Brown also contributed to this article. She can be contacted at email@example.com
Photos by Tyler Darnell.
On September 14, it was announced that 43 Manual students are semifinalists for National Merit. Manual is ranked first in the state for National Merit scholarship in public schools, and 14th in the nation.
There are about 22,000 high schools whose students take the PSAT, but only 1% of these students end up being National Merit scholars.
To qualify, students had to take the PSAT, a nationally standardized test, in October of their junior year. Doing well on this test determined whether students would qualify for scholarship.
Administrators weren’t surprised that so many students were National Merit scholars this year, because at Manual, the number consistently stays about this high. But they were still proud of students who qualified.
“Every day when I walk into Manual I am stunned by the surrounding students, and that day I was extremely proud to announce the National Merit scholars,” Mr. Larry Wooldridge (Principal) said. “So much about Manual is a legacy, and we make our school more impressive when we have 43 National Merit scholars attending our school. It makes the incoming students want to come to Manual even more.”
“These students that are National Merit scholars have to want to qualify, as well as their parents, and all of these students have worked hard to get their scores up to par,” Ms. Amy Medley (Counseling) said.
The benefit of National Merit status is that students have a chance at getting National Merit scholarships to colleges and universities, though not all schools provide these scholarships. This can change some students’ options for colleges.
“I took a PSAT class at the beginning of junior year, and that helped me improve my score for when the real test came along,” Bennett Heine (12) said. “My parents were happy because being a National Merit scholar helps out with college scholarships.”
For some semifinalists, a benefit of their scores was their parents’ reactions.
“I was excited when I found out that I had qualified to be a National Merit scholar, because my sophomore year my score wasn’t necessarily high enough to qualify. My parents said that they had always believed that I was capable of achieving this goal,” Maggie Heine (12) said.
Manual’s goal for next year, according to Ms. Medley, is to have 50 National Merit scholars at Manual. She feels that even more students have the capability to reach National Merit status, though 43 is itself a high number.
Erian is a junior at duPont Manual in CMA and a staff writer for RedEye.