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The members of the Anime club seem like one big family. There is certainly a lot of love, and a lot of creativity, among this group of Manual students.

The Anime club was formed two years ago in 2010 as a place where students could come together and discuss and watch anime. Since then, its turned into more of a social club, though all of the members are still really big anime fans.

A very dedicated anime fan is known as an otaku. Otakus not only watch anime and read manga, but they also attend anime conventions, do cosplay of the characters, and own merchandise surrounding anime franchises. Cosplay is when people dress and act like the characters from different series. Cosplays are shown at conventions, where participants meet other cosplayers, pose for pictures, and discuss the series. 

The club’s president, Brevyn Fleming (11) has created a number of her own costumes to participate in conventions in the area, including Chisaii Con in Shepherdsville, and others in Cincinatti. “My favorite cosplay I’ve ever done was Panty from Panty and Stocking. And once I hand-sowed an entire floor length dress in one week for a One Piece cosplay.” said Fleming. Her entire cosplay list can be found on her Tumblr page, Colonelemu.

Fleming and Vice President Christina Sutter shared with us the list of rules for attending a convention:

-Do not glomp (run/jump hug) cosplayers

-Do not scream

– Ask permission before taking pictures

-Do not take props from people

-Do not hit people (especially with your props!)

-Do not touch people without permission

-Do not sexually harass other cosplayers

-Do not stalk

-Do not insult other people’s cosplays

-Be polite

-Do not rave in a binder or a corset!

-Don’t throw things

-Don’t harass homestucks

“Homestucks” refers to people who cosplay as characters from the wildly popular web comic Homestuck, which features a very large cast of characters. Abby Stowers (11), who also designed the club’s many fliers around the school, draws fanart of Homestuck as well as other animes and mangas. Her artwork can be seen online on her Deviantart page, NemuriMoya.

If you are interested in attending an anime convention, there are many coming up in the area, including the Sukoshi Con in Louisville on July 19-21, as well as OMGcon in Paducah, Ky from June 14-16th. For a full list of anime conventions throughout the country, please visit here. The anime club meets on Tuesdays after school in the Library from 2:30 to 3:30.

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At a weekly meeting on Thursday, February 21, Key Club held the elections for next year’s club positions. Each candidate made a short speech and answered questions from the members of the club. Every position, from president to sophomore class representative, was filled through a vote unless the position was uncontested. Before the elections began, most of those running passed out candy in hopes to gain votes from fellow club members.

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New elections and the annual officer luncheon are being planned as executive council begins their end-of-year routine.

Elections will be determining the new president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and pep representative for the 2013-2014 school year.

Timberly Hibbs (10) is anxiously awaiting this year’s election. “I’m excited about running in this year’s election because as a sophomore I have more experience with executive council. I think it will be a fun experience and it will look really good on college applications,” he said.

Hibbs plans on running for vice president in the 2013-2014 school year.

There are high hopes of change to come with this year’s elections. “If I’m elected as the president, my first plan will be to improve the homecoming dances. The dances have a bad reputation and don’t sell very many tickets so that leaves a shortage of money for the red/white week budget. I plan on getting better DJs and better decorations and food,” said Maranda Sutton (10).

Planning has just begun for the annual luncheon for the officers. The date and location are still to be determined.

With minutes to go before President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney were due to go on television for their first national debate, Occupy protesters made their case by marching on University of Denver’s campus. The march went right between the student’s Debate Fest and Magness Arena, the venue for the actual debate. Due to the loud chants and large amount of flashing police lights following the protesters, the march drew a crowd of its own.

On Sept. 22, the members of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) gathered. The group included Dot Ridings, a women’s activist and journalist from Louisville. The commissioners’ task was to make the final decision on which candidates would receive invitations to the first Presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3. And, as usual, the decision was easy.

To be invited to a debate, a candidate has to meet three criteria: to be within the age and residency requirements specified in the Constitution, be on the ballot in enough states to make winning the Electoral College a possibility, and have at least 15% support in an aggregate of polls. This time, as every time, many candidates met the first two requirements — a couple dozen, by Ms. Ridings’ reckoning — but only two had 15% in the polls. “We pulled together 10 polls, all the polls you’ve ever heard of,” Ridings said, “and only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met the criteria.”

So on Wednesday, Obama and Romney will be the only two candidates sharing a stage, as per a rule that has been in place since at least the 1984 debates, before the CPD even existed. Before the Commission on Presidential Debates was formed in 1988, the debates were sponsored by the League of Women Voters, historically an independent and nonpartisan group that included Ridings as its first vice president and a president.

The league started sponsoring the debates almost by default in 1976, after the Federal Election Commission ruled that television networks could not. At first, it did not want to call the meetings between presidential candidates “debates” at all. “We tried to call them forums, but the media called them debates.” Ridings said. “We never said that’s what they were, but that’s what the public termed them.”

The league’s relatively short tenure — it sponsored the 1976, 1980, 1984, and part of the 1988 debates — got off to a rocky start. During the Philadelphia debate in 1976, the soundstage went dead for almost half an hour, though Jimmy Carter, according to CNN, later credited the debates with his victory that year.

1980 was a year that everyone watched. Incumbent Jimmy Carter was up against Republican Ronald Reagan and Independent John Anderson. Four debates were scheduled, one — the Vice Presidential debate — in Louisville, but the operation soon ran into significant problems and criticism. The league had not invited an independent candidate in ‘76 — Eugene McCarthy did not meet the threshold in the polls — but Anderson, at one point, was rivalling Carter. While Reagan wanted to debate both Carter and Anderson, the President refused to share a stage with the independent.

Louisville newspapers at the time chronicle the story: In June of 1980, Louisville celebrated when it found it it would host the Vice-Presidential debate. Tickets were distributed to the public. Ridings and the league’s president at the time, Ruth J. Henderfeld, sang the city’s virtues. The local Chamber of Commerce planned a horse race down Main Street.

But then, the content of the articles shifted. Carter did not want to debate, and editorials appeared in the Courier-Journal, the Louisville Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other papers criticizing the league’s handling of the debates. Finally, the headline came: Anderson and Carter would debate in Baltimore, and Reagan and Carter would debate in Cleveland, but the vice presidential candidates would not debate in Louisville. The league braced itself for backlash. Criticism — for inviting Anderson to the first debate, for not inviting him to the second — came from all sides, though the consensus was that the Louisville league had conducted itself well.

1984 was a different year, a different election, a different atmosphere. Ridings became president of the league, and Louisville was again chosen to host a debate. League records showed many local corporations donating to the event. Marsha Weinstein, a Louisville women’s advocate and a future president of the league’s Louisville chapter, attended the debate between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Weinstein was a Mondale supporter — he supported the Equal Rights Amendment — and she was not disappointed. By many accounts, Reagan’s challenger presented himself well, which helped him briefly in the polls. “I was honored to have been there,” Weinstein said. “It was an exciting time for Louisville.”

Then, in 1988, the problems returned. Candidates began to negotiate a debate contract on their own, which eventually led the league to pull its sponsorship of the debate. “The demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetuate a fraud,” President Nancy Neuman said in a press release. In the league’s wake, the Commission on Presidential Debates was formed.

But the league’s impact on the conduct of presidential debates lasts. As a current or former member of both the League of Women Voters and the Commission on Presidential debate, Ms. Ridings sees the parallels between the past and present. The league created most of the rules, including the eligibility requirements, and its format of question, short answer, and rebuttal has been a staple of the debates for decades — in fact, Wednesday’s debate on Wednesday will be the first to deviate greatly from that format, with fifteen-minute topic segments and more time for discussion.

In addition, the candidates did not want a single moderator for a debate. Despite that, single moderators are now a staple of the debates. “We’ve pushed hard on a lot of things,” Ridings said, “that have since come to fruition.” will continue to cover the upcoming presidential debates. Stay tuned on Wednesday for live updates from Denver, Colorado.


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A video featuring Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear endorsing the President Project is sweeping across students’ Facebook newsfeeds after it was released Thursday on the President Project’s Youtube channel.

In the video, Gov. Beshear implored the president to give the 2012 graduation commencement address, which has been the President Project’s main goal since its formation in late September. Gov. Beshear’s endorsement represents the highest support for the initiative yet. Other endorsements include those from Congressman John Yarmuth, the Kentucky House of Representatives, Mayor Greg Fischer and Superintendent Donna Hargens. (Click here to see a full list of endorsements.)

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The President Project is asking supporters to write letters, which will be sent to the White House. (Click here for more information on writing a letter.)


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On Monday, January 9, 2012, senior Jake Sims, along with Matt Garofalo (12) and Allison Traylor (11), took initiative and held a voter registration for anyone turning 18 before Election Day in November.  At the end of his junior year, Sims was elected as the president of Teen Republicans. After a summer of shocking unenthusiastic reactions from students about national political issues, Sims knew that he had to change his peers’ involvement in politics.

Upon returning back to school, Sims had a brilliant idea that would hopefully get more Manual students excited about the upcoming election and politics as a whole.

“I sought to establish a bipartisan atmosphere among students—a grassroots example of the kind of cooperation needed in Washington,” Sims said.

The Teen Republicans then teamed up with the Young Democrats to hold the voter registration drive in the senior cafeteria during lunches. The main message the two clubs wanted to convey was that regardless of your political views, voting is a privilege we all possess and is an important part of our country’s democracy. 60% of Manual’s eligible students have already taken their turn in becoming a registered voter.

“Voting is fun. It’s great to see how excited people get when they fill out their forms,” Sims said.

One senior, Aaron Dyche, is proud to say he is now a registered voter.  “I was excited to do it because my family is really involved with politics and I get a chance to participate. Also, I needed to make sure I represented the small Republican part population at Manual,” Dyche said. 

After Texas Governor Rick Perry released a controversial campaign ad on Dec. 6, many Manual students have responded with mainly negative feedback to each other on Facebook and in person.

The video is 30 seconds long and shows Gov. Perry standing in a field and wearing casual clothes as he talks to the camera about problems he sees and goals he has. He stated that gays serving openly in the military and schools not allowing kids to celebrate Christmas or pray are major problems, and that he plans to end Obama’s “war on religion” and bring Christianity back to Washington.

Many students have said the ad was very offensive because the Texas governor insulted gays in the military. Christian students also took offense, saying he misrepresented them and how not all Christians were against gays.

“The fact that there’s even a chance that someone so ignorant could become president is so scary,” Jesse Shelburne (10) said. 

“I feel like it’s wrong for him [Perry] to criticize gays in the military, because they’re just as American and brave as any straight person so, they should have the right to defend our country,” Alex Luckertt (10) said.

The video has gained 4.7 million views in four days and has a dislike ratio of about 1212:36.

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“This is it, this is what our country needs,” my mom hollered through the house while watching the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Half-heartedly listening, I happened to catch a few recurring words from the speech blaring through my television: change, hope, and promise. Words even a fourteen-year-old, politically unaware kid could relate to and feel optimistic about. Through my television I saw a tall, articulate, intelligent man promising a better future for myself and my country. There was a resounding genuineness to the way he spoke and presented himself. He was young–at least compared to his competition– and he seemed to carry all the values I found important in a leader. He was the diamond in the rough, the one politician who was inherently immune to the plague of corruption infecting politicians faster than swine flu. If fourteen-year-olds could have voted, I certainly would have made time in my teen schedule of friend-mingling and video game-playing to vote for Mr. Obama.

I was young, stupid, and naive; but my hopes and wishes paralleled those of many Americans at the time. Hopes that maybe someone really could change the unfavorable status quo. The fact that he was the first black president was an accomplishment and change in-and-of itself.

But as time went on criticism seemingly began to break through the chorus of “change” and “hope”. I dismissed this bickering early on as people wanting a quick fix to a huge, time-consuming problem. After all, the man inherited a national debt of around eleven trillion dollars. “We’re still just suffering from the damages of the Bush administration,” I would reassure friends. Some responded with concurring silence, some shot back with insulting remarks, but no response was worse than a simple inquisition: “How do you know?” These four benign words instantly entered me into a nerve-racking, brain-searching, mental disorientation. Should I admit my only reason was because my mom had told me so? Should I admit I heard a democratic talk show host declare it, and I trusted it as if it were a biblical commandment? “I’ve done research,” I usually came back, pained by the guilt of lying.

It wasn’t until a few months ago that anything changed. At seventeen years of age, it dawned on me that I would be eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election. A right that, in a democratic nation, comes with an obligation to be self-informed and knowledgeable of political affairs. I realized my fast-approaching surge into adulthood would be crippled by a dependent, uninformed mind. That if my opinion of government was simply the product of others’ rambling, I had no personal identity or significance.

So I started reading and I started listening. I tried to be as impartial as possible. When I read something clearly biased to one side, I tried to balance it by reading an account from the other side. I backtracked all the way to President Obama’s campaign speeches and promises. I attempted to objectively pair those past promises with later or present action. My findings were disheartening. Although I did find Obama had followed through on some of his campaign promises, there were many he had flatly and apathetically dropped.

Civil liberty promises such as closing Guantanamo Bay have not only been cast aside by the President, but he’s now sending September eleventh terrorists to be tried in their fake, unconstitutional trial system.

Amidst a current national union rights battle, I recollect on the words once spoken by our president. ‎”If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America,” he promised during a campaign speech in 2007. But it has yet to be seen and it is years later.

“I’m as opposed to the high-end tax cuts today as I’ve been for years,” Obama said in a press conference on Dec. 7, 2010. “In the long run, we simply can’t afford them. And when they expire in two years, I will fight to end them.” Unfortunately, when the time came as president, Obama extended the tax cuts for two more years. America is waiting, perhaps hoping, but not changing.

It was a personal betrayal I felt with Obama. He was the only politician I ever trusted, and I was punished for opening my trust with such vulnerability. The political system took a beloved revolutionary; a savior; a personal hero and stripped him of his ostensible, distinguishing integrity.

I have closed the once open door of free flowing trust and admiration for Obama. I have perhaps locked it because of still-lingering pain, but I have not thrown away the key. I will continue to watch, listen, and read as objectively as possible.

As re-election day draws near, Obama has once again begun making crowd-pleasing promises. Promises that address many of the fundamental concerns people have for our country. Promises that tempt my inner ignorance to scream, “Yes! he’s changed!” But until I see definitive action from our president, and the integrity to materialize what he says, I cannot vote to re-elect Obama.