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Bump, Set, Spike: Girls volleyball updateOctober 14, 2005Hoover High School • North Canton, OHVol. 57 • No. 2VIEWSgt h e v i k i nGet ready forHalloweenSexualPredatorsRestricted:Proposedordinanceharshest in stateTeenage STRESS•Causes and effects•Health hazards•How to cope


LLetter from the EditorThe year is in full swing as the first grading period iscoming to an end. Fall can be stressful with so many extracurricularactivities, college applications and schoolworkpiling up. With so much going on, it’s not surprising thatstudents are feeling tense. In fact, it has become so muchof a problem that we decided to take an in-depth look inthis issue at the factors of stress and how to cope with itseffects.It has been a productive nine weeks here at Hoover.Mrs. Rashmi Chopra traveled to Romania and back, returningwith new ideas on teaching economics. TheKatrina Project continues to gain participation throughoutthe building. Mrs. Nidy’s classes were successful in organizinga basket raffle, and school fundraisers continueto be planned.Luckily, a relaxing weekend of dressing up, eating way too muchcandy and visiting haunted houses around the area is just aroundthe corner. We have included some Halloween tips to help withlast-minute costume ideas and suggestions of frightening places tovisit.While driving to these places, be careful if using your cell phonebecause it can be a major distraction. A new law has been proposedto prohibit teens from chatting while behind the wheel.Phones aren’t the only place kids are talking. We received aflurry of letters-to-the-editor and My Views this issue as students takea newfound interest in voicing their opinions.Sharing opinions can be helpful because sometimes all a personneeds to deal with stress is someone to listen or give advice.The Viking Views’ StaffEditor-in-ChiefManaging EditorsCopy EditorsNews EditorsFeatures EditorsSports EditorsScene EditorsOpinion EditorsFocus EditorsIn BriefTrendsPollIn the SpotlightCalendarSports BriefsPhoto EditorsArt EditorsWeb EditorViking Views ExtraBusiness ManagerStore ManagerAdvertising DesignCirculation ManagerPublic RelationsSteffany BagnoloKaci Lapp • Shannon Pifer • Katie RojekMiranda Oberholzer • Rebecca Paasch • Kaley SmitleyMike Howes • Rebekkah Rubin • Tammy WilliamsKristy Ferruccio • Brian HinesRachel Bouer • Dominic Garrini • Tyler DrakeNathan Floom • Ashley Fogle • Kevin ZieberJacob Brown • Ashley Kline • Aaron MillerRachel Bosyj • Derek Quinn • James WilliamsJessica CroffordKT BelloMelissa ReynoldsRebecca MohrEmily BoardmanPat BradyDan Boyer • Julie Saternus • Sarah TharpKellen Safreed • Katie Sponseller • Logan WernJustin FryerErik LongBrittnie ViscounteAmy RobenstineJosh GoryAli HicksKelsey StultsAdviser Ms. Pam McCarthyThe Viking ViewsHoover High School525 Seventh St. NENorth Canton, OH 44720E mail vv1nc@northcanton.sparcc.orgWeb http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~vv1nc/KRISTY FERRUCCIOPreparing for Halloween a little early this year, editors Katie Rojek, SteffanyBagnolo, Kaci Lapp, and Shannon Pifer dress up in creative costumes.Editorial PolicyThe Viking Views is a student-produced newspaper distributed 12 times a year toapproximately 1,900 students and staff, as well as members of the community. Asstudent editors make content decisions independently of the school’s staff andadministration, the paper is considered a forum for student opinion. It is thereforeexempt from prior review or restraint in both principle and practice.Letters to the editor are accepted and encouraged. Letters must be signed, but,upon request, they may be published anonymously at the discretion of the staff.The Viking Views reserves the right to edit letters for space and content in order tomaintain the paper’s high standards against obscenity, libelous material, and personalattacks. Letters that exhibit a blatant disregard for such standards will not beconsidered for publication.Unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the editorial board. No oneindividual may be held responsible for opinions expressed therein. Signed editorialsand columns reflect the opinion of the writer and not the Viking Views, adviser, orschool. The Viking Views takes all measures possible to make a clear distinctionbetween fact and opinion in all news printed.In the event of an error, the Viking Views will print retractions as they are broughtto the attention of the staff.-The Editors2 the viking views 10.14.05


contentsCONTENTSCOURTESY OF JESSICA KINCAIDInside Mansfield Reformatory Freshmenand sophomore REACH studentstoured the Mansfield Reformatory Oct. 4.The facility stopped being used as a jailapproximately 50 years ago, however, itwas built in the 1800s. At least four maincells were used to house serious criminals.The architecture is European,creating an overwhelming large building,that seemed creepy when touring, saidsophomore Jessica Kincaid.NEWS4 schools raise money5 basket raffle6 sexual predators7 new driving laws8 trip to romania9 homecoming photoessay10 pray at the pole10 school store11 oktober festFEATURES12 haunted houses13 fright fest15 west nileFOCUS18-19 balancing schooland other activities20 health hazards21 stress relief22 seniors applying tocollegeOPINION24 editorialsON THE COVER:An overworked studenttakes an ‘accidental’break from homeworkafter studying for hours.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH THARPKATIE SPONSELLERSARAH THARPHSHLAB/ USED WITH PERMISSIONSHANNON COURTESY PIFER OF KEVIN COOKWARNER BROTHERS/ USEDWITH PERMISSION101012103933SCENE30 movie reviews31 cd reviews32 harmony spotSPORTS36 volleyball37 sports scholarshipIN EVERY ISSUE1116161725252626262727273435353838394040news in brieffeatures columnget to knowtrendscause it feels so empty without melivin’ out loudyour viewsmy viewbest letterletters to the editorviking virtuepopular viewscomic stripcalendarspotlightgame facesupdatessports briefssports columnsports captured10.14.05 the viking views 3


news NEWSHoover responds to KatrinaBasket raffle fund raiser a successRachel BosyjStaff WriterHoover’s reaction to Hurricane Katrinagenerated immediate relief from students.However, Project Katrina’s purpose is toextend the aid yearlong. The intro to businessand marketing classes kicked off theyear with a successful start.Mrs. Nidy’s intro to business classesraised over $3,000 during the month of Septemberas part of A Year of Giving: theKatrina project (Kids Actively Teamingto Rebuild schools In Natural DisasterAreas). At the schoolwide meeting,held after Hurricane Katrina hit,Nidy announced that her students hadalready come up with the idea of a basketraffle. In just two weeks, she and her studentsput together the fundraiser as the kickoffto the yearlong project.“The students did everything and theyreally got into it,” Nidy said. “They got mostof the donations, kept everything organized,and got the school and community energized.”The students wanted to do somethingmore unique than just collecting money duringlunch periods.“We knew more people would be willingto get involved if we did a project wherethey could easily get involved and have agood time,” sophomore and Public RelationsManager Charity Dizdar said.The basket raffle was also a way to getthe school and community involved. Manylocal businesses donated items for the basketsand because the students had a stand atthe football game Friday night, a lot of communitymembers were able to buy tickets.“We had zero troublegetting donations.Over 70 businessesdonateditems. It wasunbelievable,the stuff comingthrough the door,LOGAN WERNthe baskets keptgetting bigger andbigger,” Nidy said.It was due to the generosity from areabusinesses that added to the scale of theproject.“The raffle wouldn’t have happened ifthe companies hadn’t stepped up. Once wordgot out about what we were doing, we hadbusinesses calling us, asking what they coulddo to help,” Nidy said. “It was amazing tosee everything come together so quick.”Dizdar said that the raffle could havebeen better if they would have had more thantwo weeks to get everything together.However, the community was more thanhappy to get involved.“I know a lot of people got involved, includingmyself, because people like to takechances and gamble,” Fran Benson, winnerof the sports basket, said. “It was a cheapway to have some fun and support the schooland the victims.”Nidy was happy with the start to theproject.“We had a decent start for just twoweeks,” she said. “We always do one communityproject a year and this year it waseasy to pick the project because when somethingso tragic happens in your own country,it just made sense to help them.”Benson agrees and is excited about gettingstarted on another project.“[The people affected by the hurricane]have lost a lifetime of savings and some justhave the clothes on their backs. If I were intheir shoes I would want people to help me,”she said. “I plan on donating to all thefundraisers. If I’m available, I’ll be there.”Nidy is also excited to see where theproject ends up in a year.“Seeing the devastation on TV was likeseeing some other place. I know every dimewe send to the schools will help everyoneout,” Nidy said. “When you rebuild a school,you rebuild a community.” !vArea schools step up for victimsTammy WilliamsStaff WriterUnexpected weather can leave manypeople homeless, jobless and lifeless. HurricaneKatrina has proven to be the worstnatural disaster to hit the United States.Countries all over the world have openedtheir hearts by sending millions of dollarsin aid to the south.It may take years to restore New Orleansand the other cities affected by the storm,but America has begun to pick up the pieces.Organizations such as the Red Cross have4 the viking views 10.14.05helped tremendously. Celebrities are providingshelter in their homes for victims.Schools all over the country are creatingprojects to help victims.“These people lost so much. I cannotimagine if everything was covered in water.It brought me to tears,” English teacher RitaPalmer said.Locally, northeastern Ohio schools havebeen introduced to the Federal League Challenge.The concept is for the Katrina projectsat their school to try and raise the mostmoney. On the 17th of each month, schoolleaders will be providing Hoover with aninterim report of the totals collected for thatmonth. It is not yet certain which schoolswill participate.“There seemed to be a positive feelingabout participation,” Superintendent MikeGallina said.Whichever school raises the most moneyHoover will have to somehow match thatprice and give it to them to help their project.Oct. 17 is the first interim report due date.The challenge ends March 17, 2006.“It’s going to be something different witha lot of variety of projects. I hope everyonewill support our efforts,” Associate Princi-


Student Council hosts meetingCountywide gathering promotes leadershipKatie RojekStaff WriterAbout 50 students in Stark Countyskipped their classes Oct. 5, chosing to enhancetheir leadership skills with the helpof Student Council, instead.Hoover’s Student Council reached out toarea schools this fall by hosting the annualcountywide meeting. The event was held inthe media center during the school day.Senior John Arnold is Hoover’s StudentCouncil president as well as Stark County’sStudent Council president, so he felt that itwas “his obligation” to host the meeting thisyear.“It was the perfect opportunity to get studentcouncils from other schools togetherto bounce ideas off one another,” he said.The event also gave students from areaschools a chance to tour Hoover’s buildingand meet some administrators.“Ultimately I wanted to show otherschools our facilities and what a great schoolwe have,” Arnold said.Six local high schools attended, includingCanton South, Central Catholic,GlenOak, Malvern, Minerva and Timken.The total turnout was about 60 people, whichincluded other student council advisers andHoover students. Mrs. Wrenn Nicodemo,Student council advisor, was happy with thenumber of attendees.“The turnout was a success,” she said.Hoover hired John Namy, the executivedirector of Ohio’s Student Council, to helporganize the event. The theme was leadership,with an emphasis on team cooperation.Nicodemo believes this was appropriatebecause it “offers a lot of different benefits.”Students participated in a variety of teambuildingactivities, as well as listened to inspirationalspeechesmade by Namy,Principal AnthonyPallija and SuperintendentMr. MikeGallina.“Mr. Gallina reallybrought homethe message,”Nicodemo said,when referring toGallina’s closingspeech.Freshman DavidBenedetto attendedthe event, and feltthat he gained valuableknowledge.“I wish all kidswho would everhave to work on ateam could learnabout what welearned from thespeeches,” he said.Students also took part in a communityservice activity, where they designed andcreated Christmas and holiday cards for theresidents of area nursing homes and shutins.Nicodemo feels that this was a nice additionto the agenda.“It was a nice idea and time well spent,”COURTESY OF KATIE HOFFMANshe said.The decision to host the event was decidedduring the last county Student Councilmeeting last spring, and required a lot ofeffort to put together. Namy was booked lastspring, and the ExecutiveCouncil metduring the summerto organize andbrainstorm ideas.H o w e v e r ,Nicodemo recognizesthe additionaleffort that was requiredby Hoover’sstaff.“Student Councildid a nice job,but we couldn’t dothis without the helpof the library staff,custodians and administration,”shesaid.Overall,Benedetto believesthe event was welldoneand worthwhile.I don’t think youcould find anyone in here that wasn’t havingfun,” he said. “It couldn’t have been doneany better.” !v!(above) Area Student Council memberswrap up a student in toilet paper as one ofseveral team-building activities. Otheractivites included trivia and card tossing.pal Peggy Savage said.Other Katrina projects include theSpooky Science Night and Water Jugs(money collection) for October; the Staff/Student Challenge for November; Januaryis to be announced, movie and a makeoverfor February and March Madness. Doingprojects for natural disasters is nothing newfor Hoover. Key Club and leadership are acouple of clubs that have done Relay ForLife and tsunami projects in the past.“Several staff stepped in for monthly activities.Staff and students are always quickin response and generous,” Savage saidHoover representatives include Gallina,Savage, English teacher and creator of theFederal League Challenge Rita Palmer, andNorth Canton City Schools treasurer ToddTolson.The most effective project is the SisterSchool Project, in which Hoover will be ableto communicate with a local Mississippischool, and the money Hoover raises willgo to that school.“Having the devastation on television, Iwanted to do something, so I came up withthe idea,” Palmer said.Schools are doing all they can to help victims.In particular, Glenoak and Perry highschool’s student councils are active withKatrina projects. Perry’s student council iscollecting personal items, toiletries, electronics,loose change, clothes and shoes forthe victims. They have also had numerousbake sales with their Career Tech and MedTech programs, which have raised over $800and are still selling.Schools like Perry are excited to start theproject.“We have so many projects going on, andas far as I know, we accepted the federalleague challenge,” Perry principal MarkDean said. !v10.14.05 the viking views 5


North Canton proposessexual predator lawThe ordinance states that sexualpredators must live at least 2,500 feetaway from a school, park, library orpublic pool, effectively banning themfrom the city.Katie RojekStaff WriterNorth Canton students who walkhome from school may sometimesworry about a shadowy manstanding in his front yard; however,with the new city councilordinance, this apprehension may become unnecessary.North Canton City Council recently issuedan ordinance stating that anyone whohas been classified as a sexual predator mustestablish a residence at least 2,500 feet awayfrom any North Canton school, park, libraryor public pool.Councilman Daniel Peters decided to issuethe ordinance when he noticed that publicfacilities are not protected under the currentOhio law. The Ohio law states thatsexual predators must live at least 1,000 feetaway from any public school. Peters howeverdidn’t think this was enough.“I just wanted to address the institutionsthat weren’t protected,” he said.Peters pointed out that in public schools,the administration has a responsibility toprotect its kids; however, there is no oneprotecting North Canton’s recreational facilities.6 the viking views 10.14.05Number of Registered Sexual PredatorsNorth CantonCanton andEast CantonGraphic by Logan Wern“I was standing in the Dogwood Poolparking lot one time, and I saw a van pullup, drop off their kids, and keep going,”Peters said. “Usually when you frequentthose places, your guard is down.”Peters believes this ordinance will helpprevent many attacks by sexual predatorsbecause “[victims] are not right in front ofthem.”According to Peters, the city of NorthCanton has a charter government, so citycouncil may create an ordinance about anythingthey see fit, and it will supersede thestate law. The ordinance must pass throughthree council meetings before it can be madea law. The last meeting was Oct. 10. Ifpassed, it will be the strictest sexual predatorlaw in Ohio. Peters, however, believesthis is necessary.“One of the criteria for [being a registeredsexual predator] is that they must beviolent, normally toward children,” she said.“These are the worst of the worst, and aremore prone to re-offend. You would be surprisedhow many of these guys live amongus.”According to the Stark County Sheriff’swebsite, there are more than 200 registeredsexual predators living in Canton, and 18living in North Canton.Senior Kathleen Weiss used to live nextdoor to a sexual predator, and the fact thathe knows where she lives makes her uneasy.“It makes me nervous sometimes whenI’m outside or alone,” she said.Weiss supports the new ordinance, andbelieves it will benefit the community.“I definitely think it’s a good idea,” shesaid. “I don’t think [sexual predators] shouldbe around, so they aren’t tempted.”Senior Paul Huffstetler used to live neara sexual predator; however, his opinion variesslightly from Weiss’.“It depends if [the sentence] is for therest of their lives,” he said. “I think peoplecan change, but I also think that [the ordinanceis] a good plan initially.”Huffstetler also notes how age differencecan affect one’s opinion.“I feel like [the fact that sexual predatorslive in North Canton] should bother me,but it doesn’t,” he said. “I don’t feel vulnerable,but I think it’s a good idea, because itdoes keep younger kids protected.”Despite the varied public opinion, Petersholds confidence that he made the right decision.However, he still advises caution tothe citizens of North Canton.“Regardless of whether this law is inplace or not, you have to be careful anywhereyou are,” he said. “But this takes thekid out of the candy store.” !v


Cell phone restrictionsproposed by governmentRebekkah RubinStaff WriterBrrring! Brrring!Trying to answer your cellphone, control the steeringwheel and watch out for oncomingtraffic all at the sametime is a large feat for some, orso the federal government believes.In late September, the NationalTransportation Safety Board(NTSB) revised their list of“Most Wanted” safety improvements.This list is a compilation ofsuggestions for legislature that thefederal government believes should bein effect in the states. Proposed on thatlist is banning the use of cell phones by teenagedrivers while they have their temporarylicenses.According to the NTSB, more than 120American teens die every week in carcrashes.“This is not a ban, per sé. It is just a restrictionfor teenswhile learning todrive. At this crucialtime, teensneed to be morefocused on learning,”KeithHolloway, aspokesman forthe NTSB, said.Sue Bertsch,an owner and instructorat DrivingAcademy ofOhio, agrees.“In their first year of driving, 80 percentof new drivers will be in an accident,” shesaid. This law would help lower that numberand allow teens to concentrate on driving.In order for this proposal to become law,it has to be proposed and voted on by theOhio legislature.Sophomore Georgie Strohmenger thinksthat this restriction would be useful if it hasbeen proven that cell phones increase therisk of accidents.“I never really use my cell phonewhile driving,” she said, “so it won’taffect me. But people on cell phonesdrive really slowly, so if theyaren’t on the phone, they willbe more alert.”Bertsch also thinks thathands-free devices for cellphones should be mandatoryfor all drivers.“People become really distractedby cell phones by dialing and seeingwho is calling. It would be less risky if theywere hands-free or voice-activated,” shesaid.“When teenagers are in control of acouple-ton vehicle, they don’t need anymore distractions like phones ringing,”Holloway said.However, Strohmenger believes that it isunfair that this restriction would only be forteenagers.“Nobody trusts teenagers, but adults arejust as reckless. People misjudge us,” shesaid.Both Holloway and Bertsch agree thatthis ban should not be thought of as a negativerestriction.“It should be emphasized that this is onlyduring the learning period for the teenagedrivers and being distracted by cell phonesrepresent a large percentage of highway fatalities,”Holloway said.As a driving instructor, Bertsch has firsthandexperience as to how most teenagersdrive. She understands the risk that cellphones cause, especially for teenagers whoare just learning to drive.“Most [teens] would be safer drivers ifthey drove the same way with their drivinginstructors as they do with their friends andpeers,” she said. !v!Junior AmandaClose talks onher cell phone inthe parking lot afterschool. A proposedlaw wouldmake it illegal totalk on cellphones whiledriving for driverswith their temporarylicesnse.10.14.05 the viking views 7PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KATIE ROJEK


Economics teacher visits RomaniaMrs. Chopra attends economic conferenceMiranda OberholzerStaff WriterAll too often it seems wehear the words, “I have nochance so what’s the use in trying?”But luckily not everyonethinks that way. When RashmiChopra, a Hoover economicsteacher, came across an onlineadvertisement for an economicsconference in Romania, shejumped at the chance to sign up.Little did she know that shewould be accepted and flyinghalfway across the world Sept.16 to attend.When she found out throughan e–mail that she had been acceptedto “The Training ofWriters Workshop” inBucharest, Romania, Choprawas thrilled to have the chanceto learn with economics teachersfrom 14 different countries.“As a person I learned thingsthat make me more of a globalcitizen now,” Chopra said.It would seem that HooverHigh School Principal AnthonyPallija agrees.“Mrs. Chopra has a great internationalbackground and a passion to teach,” Pallijasaid.Students agree with Mr. Pallija’s evaluationof Mrs. Chopra.“She is a fantastic teacher, anyone notprivileged in having her is missing out,”economics student Tim LeBlanc said. “Ithink she was chosen for her superior knowledgein the subject of economics.”Knowledge is obviously something thatMrs. Chopra has an abundance of and sheseems eager to spread it around.“This is so much better than just giving$10 to the tsunami victims. This is helpingspread intelligence that will be around forgenerations to come,” Chopra said of the“[In America] we take a lot ofthings for granted. There are somany things that we’ve cometo expect that aren’t there forthird-block countries, things thatare just given to us.”-Mrs. Rashmi Chopraconference.Since there were teachers from allwalks of life, with different pasts and differentexperiences, it would seem thatthey might not all get along. There weredifferences in the ways they taught andthe ways they learned. One may think thatthe differences in these people were toovast.They would be wrong.All of the teachers therewere given the chance to sharelesson plans and curriculumwhile working in small groupsfor much of the time.“It was a combination ofreal work with a lot of fun,”Chopra said.Attending the conferencealso allowed her to evaluatelife in America.“[In America] we take a lotof things for granted. There areso many things that we’vecome to expect that aren’t therefor third-block countries,things that are just given to us,”Chopra said.But when you are involvedin something like theCooperative Education ExchangeProgram you can, ina sense, erase the differencesbetween people and just focuson the topic at hand. ForChopra, and most likely theother teachers at the conference, it is alove of economics.“When I can make some students see howimportant the subject matter is,” Choprasaid, that is when she will be satisfied.Everyone who attended the InternationalEconomics conference have an enthusiasmfor economics but that wasn’t the onlyreason that they held this conference.“It was a coming together of countries,and also of people,” as Chopra simply putsit. •v•Mrs. Rashmi Chopra poses with otherteachers from the United States at aneconomic conference in Romania. Theywere joined by teachers from 14 differentcountries.COURTESY OF KATIE HOFFMAN8 the viking views 10.14.05


1 2 3Tammy WilliamsStaff WriterStudents danced the night away atHomecoming 2005 “Polynesian Paradise”in the commons. Palm trees and barbariandecorations filled the commons as studentswere able to enjoy cookies, punch,and water.•v•(1)Senior Erica Schnackel and BrandenMorris have punch together. • (2) Acouple dances together in the commons.•(3) Sophomore Nora Cauley enjoys acup of punch. •(4) Homecoming king andqueen Tara Beavers and Andrew Dahlpose for a picture together. •(5) SeniorsHeather Phillippi and Katrina Mannsearch though the keychains for theirpictures. •(6) A couple have a romanticdance during a slow song.•(7) A couplegets their picture taken. •(8) RachelZorbas, Beth Little and Jenna Erlinschpeiltalk with Matt Neal while taking a breakfrom dancing.PHOTOS BY MS. PAM MCCARTHY4567 810.14.05 the viking views 9


School storeopen for businessRebecca PaaschStaff Writer‘See You at the Pole’ kicks off yearKatie SponsellerStaff WriterFriends, guitar music and prayer is whatapproximately 50-some students met forWednesday, Sept. 21. As the Fellowship ofChristian Students (FCS) kicked off with theannual “See You at the Pole.” Prayers weresaid for Hurricane Katrina victims, nationalleaders, teachers, students and a successful10 the viking views 10.14.05year for the club.With success comes many changes to theclub.“The officers put more variety in things,”teacher and FCS advisor Jeff Kreis said.“There are different things they want to dothat will bring in more membership.”The officers all share Kreis’ view that theorganization of the club has risen to a newlevel.“We just want toreach out and getmore people involvedbecause weKATIE SPONSELLERSARAH THARP•Jacob Brown exchanges Reese’s forcash with a customer at the school store.The familiar, candy stocked windows sat empty for the first severalweeks of the school year.The school store is now open, under new management, and onceagain filled with enough sugar to satisfy even the most persistentsweet tooth.Mrs. Kathy Snyder, who ran the store for the last two years, nolonger has the time due to her new full-time job in the main office.“I miss it this year, it was a part of me for two whole years, butI’m sure Ms. McCarthy will do a wonderful job with it,” Snydersaid.Ms. Pamela McCarthy and her newspaper students now havecontrol of the store, with junior Amy Robenstine as the store manager.“We were talking about the store, and I had always wanted towork in the school store so I thought it was kind of cool,” saidRobenstine.“Ms. McCarthy saw it as a vision to say ‘wow, maybe my staffcould run this,’” Principal Anthony Pallija said.Pallija also sees the store as “a great learning experience” forstudents, to learn how a business runs, and the work required.Robenstine agrees with Pallija about the amount of work involved.“It’s fun but it’s stressful,” she said, “there’s a lot of paperwork.”As store manager, Robenstine is in charge of the day-to-day runningof the store as well as ordering and stocking the food. She isalso responsible for keeping track of money and inventory.Robenstine and Snyder agree that one of the most difficult aspectsof running the store is training students to work in the storeand use the cash register.“The cash register is really confusing,” Robenstine said, “it tookawhile for everyone to get used to.”However difficult the running of the store is, students are gladto have it open again.Freshman Mike Kohler said he enjoys the convenience of beingable to get snacks to eat after school, or whatever else he needs.“It’s nice to have a place students can go during the day to buy apencil and get a nutritious snack,” Pallija said. •v•Sloan Adams praysduring “See You at thePole” on Wednesday,Sept. 21. The Fellowshipof Christian Studentshope to have asuccessful year fortheir club and haveseveral activitiesplanned.really didn’t do much last year,” presidentRussell Aldridge said.Aldridge explained some of their newideas this year which include weekly meetingswith videos, music, games, youth pastorsand outside service. Some of the pastprojects are still planned for the year tocome.“We are doing Operation Christmas Childso there’s a greater awareness of poverty andcompassion for people in the world,” vicepresident Karin Case said.The project involves filling shoeboxeswith gifts, school supplies, socks and otherbasic necessities for children around theworld.While these projects, according to Kreis,take a long time to get running, FCS’ plansfor the year don’t stop there.“I think our focus is where people cancome and not be judged. So people can beaccepted,” Case said.According to Kreis, “See You at the Pole”brought nearly 40 members to the next meeting.“It’s going to be a good year,” he said. •v


in briefJessica Crofford•Mr. Tim McCarty, Mrs. Valeta Drake andMr. Tom Wilson attended the 36 th annualCleveland Regional Emmy Awards atthe Wolfstine Center on Saturday Sept. 17.“Hometown Heroes: The Story of NorthCanton” was nominated in the CulturalAffairs category, but fell short. The winnerwas a program called “Young Lincoln,”produced by WFYI. “Hometown Heroes”was recognized for winning the StudentRegional Emmy competition.•Erica Belden and Amy Liu were namedNational Merit Semi-finalists.The highest scorers on the PSAT/NMSQTare semi-finalists and they represent lessthan 1% of each state’s high schoolseniors. To be eligible for scholarships,Erica and Amy must qualify as finalists.•A Making High School Countassembly will be held Nov. 2 in HooverHall for freshmen.•Louise and L.V. Kline won the highestaward at the Stark County Fair. The fairwas Aug. 30- Sept. 5.•Mrs. Peg Deibel is the new Animeand Manga Guild Club adviser.•Mr. Kim Jacoby is starting a newmen’s A cappella choir.•To honor veterans, “OperationWelcome Home” is being held Nov.10 in Hoover Hall. The program will beginat 8:30 a.m. and include political speakersand veterans.•Mr. Tom Wilson, Mrs. Valeta Drake and Mr. TimMcCarty attended the 36th annual Cleveland RegionalEmmy Awards. COURTESY OF VALETA DRAKE•Kavita Betkerur and BenShadle were the Brown DerbySeptember Teens of the Month.•Sophomores can begin to sign up for thePLAN practice ACT test Oct. 19, tobe given on Nov. 15 at 7:25 a.m. Toregister, bring a check for $10 made out toHoover High School to the GuidanceOffice no later than Nov. 1.•The Drama Club’s fall play is a classic1940s comedy called “The Man WhoCame to Dinner.” Rehearsals havebegun.Oktoberfest brings students togetherBrittnie ViscounteStaff WriterIn the 1800s, a German king namedLudwig married and wanted to have a giantfeast to celebrate. This month-long feast,starting in September and ending in October,has become a German tradition. It’s nowcalled Oktoberfest and is held in Munich,Germany, each year.“It’s basically just a bunch of people gettingtogether to celebrate friendship, familiesand having fun together,” said Germanteacher, Kelly Rostedt.Hoover has been having its own“Oktoberfest,” where all students taking aforeign language are invited to learn moreabout the German culture and meet newpeople. It will be held Oct. 17 this year.“Just like in Germany, we’re getting togetherto enjoy food and each other’s company,and it’s also an opportunity for the[other students] to learn a little about Germanculture,” Rostedt said.•The premier of www.CarleyEnsley.com willbe Oct. 6. This is a site to celebrateCarly, her art and her spirit. Log on to thewebsite to share any memories or thoughtson the message board.“We play gamesthat...German studentsstudents makeup in class a fewdays prior to the festival,”said MatthewBusch, German IIIstudent. “They’remeant to help everyonelearn a little bit ofbasic German.”Students alsobring various Germanfoods, such as potatopancakes, bratwurstsand chocolate cake.“My favorite partof Oktoberfest is theblack forest cake. It’s delicious,” Busch said.Rostedt said she enjoys seeing everyonehaving fun and interacting with each other.“I just love to help spread the German culture,”she said. “I guess I just want to getthe German out.” •vCOURTESY OF VALETA DRAKECOURTESYCOURTESYOFOFKELLYKELLYROSTEDTROSTEDT•Emily Frank and Jessica Bender hang upsigns with German phrases and greetingson them at last year’s Oktoberfest. Thisyear, Oktoberfest is on Oct. 17.BRITTNIE VISCOUNTE10.14.05 the viking views 11


featuresFEATURES•(Far right) Cedar Point HalloWeekendsguard keeper greets you when enteringthe park.• (Right) Cedar PointHalloWeekends Fright Zone gives goodscares.•(Bottom right) Groundskeeperin the basement of the Haunted SchoolHouse.• (Bottom left) Up close andpersonal with the monsters at TheFactory of Terror.CEDAR POINT/USED WITH PERMISSIONPanic around all cornersCedar Point HalloWeekendsHalloween is rated as thesecond most decoratedholiday. People of allages can participate inthe festivities that rangefrom trick-or-treating todressing up andattending costumeparties.12 the viking views 10.14.05Kristy FerruccioStaff writerAs a girl walks down the dark and scarypath into the deep forest, she is surroundedby terrifying monsters and the stench offear. This is no ordinary Halloween story;this is what happens when you go to CedarPoint’s HalloWeekends. The five hauntedhouses and two haunted pathways are theultimate fright.The Fright Zone is full of fog machinesand scary costumes, accompanied by strobelights and creepy voices. Danger lurksaround every corner.The Fright Zone stimulates the sensesas if it were real, due to the added elementof being outdoors; everything outsideseems to feel like an actual event.The haunted houses are based ondifferent spooky themes, including ghoulsand goblins.When walking into CedarPoint, the Lair of the Vampire is the firsthaunted attraction. This haunted house isput on by a fraternity. By making groupsgo by themselves, thrills become up closeand personal. No one is leading the way, soprepare for the spooks that linger in the darkhalls that follow.A member of the fraternity, AdamDouglas thinks their haunted house is thescariest one in the park.“We work really hard at making thehouse as scary as possible, so all ages willenjoy it,” Douglas said.The Lair of the Vampire and the otherhaunted houses all bring in long lines. Thepark sees more activity late at night than


they do the whole day. After 5 p.m. thetickets are half-off to get into Cedar Point,so if you’re interested in the hauntedactivities, and not the rides, it would be inyour best interest to wait a few hours andsave some money.“I see some nights where the lines to thehaunted houses are three or four hourslong,” police officer Jeremy Zeeter said.Along with the lines for the hauntedattractions, there are also longer lines forthe rides.“It seems like during HalloWeekends theride lines get a lot longer,” Douglas said.The Fright Zone, which is the walkthrough a haunted path, does not involveso much waiting.“If you want a good scare and don’twant to wait hours in line, then the FrightZone is the right thing to do,” Douglas said.Caroll Connole, a worker at CedarPoint, said the Fright Zone is her favoritescary attraction.“I wouldn’t wait in those long lines forthe haunted houses when the walk is funand scary enough to leave you chilled,” shesaid.As the night goes on and the streets getdarker, the scarier the whole amusementpark seems to get. The monsters aren’tallowed in certain areas of the park for thesafety of young children, but when you getinto the Fright Zone it’s a whole differentstory, according to Connole.“The people in costume are very goodat what they do. They understand everythingthere is to know about safety and they won’tendanger anyone at anytime,” Connole said.“If you are willing to wait in long linesfor a few minutes of thrills, then Cedar Pointis worth it. The attractions are scary and theatmosphere adds to the excitement. Plus, weall must admit we get a chuckle out of otherpeople’s fear,” Douglas said.•va review of this falls haunted housesTHEPOINTOL.COM/USEDWITH PERMISSIONAli HicksStaff writerName: Factory of Terror–Labyrinth of DarknessPrice: $10Times: 7 p.m. and midnight Fri. and Sat. from Sept. 30 - Oct. 30,Some SundaysAddress: 1036 Market Street SECanton, OHScariest feature: The zombie with the chainsaw was by farthe scariest feature in this haunted labyrinth. Visitors would firstbe taunted by him while waiting in line for the haunted houses;you saw him again during the course of the labyrinth. He meetsyou at the only way out of the room and the only choice you haveis to run straight for him, and hope you get through the doorwayand onto the next obstacle.Least scary feature: During one of the periods of pitchdarkness,a sudden bright lightwould flash, and a loud buzzsound and then turn off in acouple of seconds.Unique quality: It wasstrange and quite disturbing tobe stalked by a monster afterexiting the attraction from theback of the building, and havingto walk (or run) to the front ofthe building, to get away.Rating:HOUSEOFTERROR.NET/USED WITH PERMISSIONName: Haunted School HousePrice: $11Times: 7 p.m. and midnight Fri. and Sat. and, 7 p.m. -10 p.m. onSundays and Thursdays from Sept. 30 until Oct. 30.Address: 1300 Triplett Blvd.Akron, OHScariest feature: When going to this school house, you haveto expect the unexpected. Who would think monsters would popout from the walls above you? And people will forget that handscould still reach out for you at your feet. It seems we always expectthe pop-outs to come at our face.Least scary feature: The skeleton sitting on the toilet wasnot scary in the least. In fact, it was funny. He could speak for himselfand would laugh at you when a monster would jump from out ofnowhere. He would then yell,“Hey, get out of my bathroom!”Unique quality: TheHaunted School House is threefloors tall. When you reach thelast floor, you go downstairs bywalking into an actual coffin.There were flowers anddecorations around the coffin. Itfelt like you were actuallywalking into the ground.Rating:HSHLAB.COM/ USED WITH PERMISSION10.14.05 the viking views 13


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Beware the buzzWest Nile Virus spreadsRachel BouerStaff writerThis summer, the city of Canton found11 cases of mosquitoes infected with WestNile Virus. This is over a 50 percent increasefrom last year, according to the Canton CityHealth Department.West Nile Virus is a menengital illnessspread through bites from infectedmosquitoes according to the Centers forDisease Control (CDC) website. Birds oftenhave this disease and their deaths are a mainsignifier of a wildlife West Nile epidemic,the CDC said.News of West Nile’s appearance in thearea has kept some Hoover students on theirtoes.“Ever since I first heard about it, I wasfreaked out,” sophomore Hannah Harrissaid. She explained that she first learned ofthe disease two years ago when birds andpeople became sick. This was when eightsicknesses and three deaths in Stark Countyin 2003 were the result of West Nile.According to the Canton Repository’sSept. 15, 2005 article, there have been noknown people infected with the virus sincethese deaths, but the possibility is stillimminent. The CDC website published thatthere are many ways people should work toprevent getting it.“Personal protection, such as usingrepellent, keeping window screens in goodcondition, and control of [mosquito]breeding sites are… important steps,” itsaid in a recent West Nile informationalarticle.However, Dr. Gilbert Rowley, localinternist, said he doesn’t think that rightnow is a time for humans to worry aboutthe virus. He did say, though, that it is“prudent to be careful about mosquitoesany time.”Sophomore Heather Brown agreed thatthere’s not a big reason to worry right now.She knows that she is very prone to gettingmosquito bites, and she said she is awareof the risk this implies.“If anyone in my family is going to getit, it’s going to be me,” she said.The CDC said that four out of fivepeople who have West Nile Virus aren’teven aware of it. Twenty percent will havemild symptoms and only about one in 15Avoid Mosquito Bitespeople will have severe symptoms.“Fever, headache, muscle ache, and stiffneck are the classic symptoms,” Rowleyexplained.Because 80 percent of those infected haveno symptoms, there are many more peopleinfected than are aware of it, the CDC said.These people could include some Hooverstudents, as there were a group of infectedmosquitoes at the Stark County Fair, saidthe Canton City Health Department, asprinted in the Canton Repository.Sam Stern, a Health Department intern,said in the article that the threat is not toogreat to create panic.“There’s no big need to worry, as long as[people] take the right precaution,” Sternsaid. •v· Use insect repellent· Wear covering clothing· Be aware of mosquito hours (early morning andevening)Mosquito-Proof Your Home· Drain standing water· Install or repair screensHelp Your Community· Report dead birds to authorities· Clean up the area and remove containers andstanding waterSource: The Centers for Disease Control10.14.05 the viking views 15


Kaley Calls It Like It Is Kaley SmitleyQTraditions of Halloween:The HistoryAs Halloween draws near, the holiday frenzy approaches.Halloween leads to Thanksgiving, which leads to Christmas, thejackpot of the financial retail year. Halloween itself has become oneof the most commercialized holidays. In fact, Halloween is thesecond largest commercial holiday of the year, ranking just behindChristmas. Sales of Halloween candy and costumes have alwaysbeen financially successful, but in later years Halloween decorating(both inside and out) has become more and more elaborate, almoston par with that of Christmas.However, Halloween has quite different origins from Christmas,which celebrates a birth; Halloween celebrates the dead. Theholiday originates from two sources: the Catholic Church and thedruid pagans of Ireland.In the Catholic religion, All Hallows Eve is celebrated every Oct.31. “All Hollows Day” or “All Saints Day” follows on Nov. 1, andis a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. Coincidentally,in the fifth century B.C. in Ireland, summer officially ended on Oct.31. This holiday was celebrated in Ireland as Samhain, the CelticNew Year.It was believed that every Samhain, the disembodied spirits ofall who had died throughout the preceding year would come backseeking living bodies to possess. The Celts believed that duringthis time, the barrier between the living and spirit worlds was broken.The still-living, in order to avoid possession, dressed in ghoulishcostumes, noisily paraded through the streets and were asdestructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits.The custom of trick-or-treating originated from a ninth-centuryEuropean custom called souling. On Nov. 2, All Souls Day, Christianswalked from village to village begging for soul cakes, or currantbread. In exchange for the cakes, the beggars promised to say prayerson behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. It was believed prayercould hurry a soul’s passage out of limbo into heaven.The Jack-o-Lantern custom stems from Irish folklore. A mannamed Jack, a drunkard and prankster, tricked the devil into climbinga tree. Jack then trapped the devil by carving a cross on the trunk ofthe tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that if he would refrain fromtempting Jack forever, he would let him out of the tree. Jack’s evildeeds denied him entrance to heaven, but he was also forbidden toenter hell because he had tricked the devil. So, the devil gave him acandle to light his way through the cold darkness. He then placedthe candle inside a turnip to make it last longer.Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine in the 1840s found thepumpkin more prevalent than the turnip, and so today Jack-o-Lanterns are carved pumpkins. Irish immigrants, in fact, areresponsible for bringing over the holiday of Halloween. The firstaccounts of Halloween are in the 1840s, when New Englanderscelebrated by playing pranks on their neighbors, such as unhingingfence gates and tipping outhouses.So this Halloween, whether you trick-or-treat, dress in costume,play pranks or carve pumpkins, know that beyond all the newlyavailable retail merchandise, you are celebrating an ancient andrespected holiday.You’ve seen me before: Michelle SaylorAge: 16Grade: 11Viking Views: Are you going trick-or-treating this year?Michelle Saylor: “I want to go, but usually my parentswon’t let me because I’m older now. But I find ways aroundthat. Last year my friend and I took her brother trick-ortreating.”VV: What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?MS: “‘The Grudge.’ It’s supposed to be scary, but it reallywasn’t at all.”TH: “I don’t really eat fastfood that often. The onlyplace that I like to go to atall is Arby’s.”VV: What’s your favoritesort of candy?TH: “Reese’s PeanutButter Cups. I love anythingthat’s chocolate and peanutbutter.”VV: Are you going to any haunted houses this year?MS: “Yeah, I’m planning on going to one that’s not tooexpensive.”VV: What kind of fast food places do you like to go to?16 the viking views 10.14.05– Kellen SafreedKELLEN SAFREED


Help Improve your healthWe all know that we should exercise, but do any of us realizehow beneficial exercise can be to our lives? Physical activity hasmore benefits than just the normal fat burning and increasingcardiovascular endurance. While exercise does do both ofthose things, certain forms of workouts, such as aerobicexercise and strength training can also help reducedepression and anxiety.However, these are just a few positives to exercising.Studies have shown that regular physical activity two orthree times a week can actually improve mood andself-esteem, as well as reduce stress levels.Now, maybe you are thinking that you’re notstressed out and you have healthy self-esteem.Guess what– there are still more benefits.Since exercising makes the body stronger, increases circulationof blood and nutrients and helps flush the body of toxins, it increasesthe body’s ability to fight diseases, therefore increasing our immunesystems.Regular physical activity has also been proven toincrease performance in not only athletics but the workenvironment as well. So before shoving the idea of exercisingaside and opting for an action film and a bowl of popcorn onthe couch, keep all these benefits in mind.!KT Bellotrends TRENDSHip new handbagsThey sparkle and shine. The sequinedpurses of today all seem to have one thing incommon: they add fun and spunk to anyoutfit. To take part in this new trend you canpurchase these purses at any major retailstore. Even a place like Wal-Mart sellsthem. Although some say that it’s not funbecause everyone has one, there are manydifferent kinds and colors. Just find one andyou can be involved in this new trend.!Rebecca MohrDo it yourself: halloween costumesLooking to be creative this Halloween? Make your owncostume! All you need are the right materials and a great idea.Remember the best costumes come from the most creativeideas. Don’t be afraid to use odd materials, and just have fun!A possibleidea for aone-personcostume is:Aninterestingidea for a“couple”costume is:A greatgroupcostume is:Popcorn: Start with a large cardboard boxand spray paint it white. Cut stripes out ofred construction paper long enough to fit thebox. Cut holes in the sides for arms, one onthe top for the neck and leave the bottomopen for the legs. Glue pieces of popcorn onthe top of the box and on a hat.The Crocodile Hunter and his wife: All youneed for these costumes are some khakishorts and shirts, along with boots and highsocks. One person could carry a pillowcasefilled with rubber snakes and the othercould tote along a stuffed crocodile. Be sureto perfect your Australian accents beforeventuring out in these crazy costumes!The President and his Secret Service: Oneperson dresses up as the President (graysuit, tie, etc.) while the others dress up assecret service agents. They should bewearing black suits, and have darksunglasses, along with earpieces.!Amy RobenstineNew Ipod NanoThe Canton Best Buy has a serious problemwith the iPod Nano. They can’t seem to keepthem in stock.Replacing the popular iPod mini, the Nanois almost precisely half its size.The Nano comes in a 500 song version for$199 and a 1,000 song version for $249. Applehas taken the time to justify its price by addinga color screen and photo viewing. Whenplugged into your Mac or PC, it automaticallydownloads the pictures to your computer.When you want to show off pictures on thego, without a wallet full of prints, the Nano isyour answer.This iPod has everything the original iPodhas and more. One thing the traditional iPodand Nano do not have in common is batteryproblems. Apple has equipped the Nano witha more than sufficient 14hour battery.!Derek QuinniPod Nano\ Used with permission10.14.05 the viking views 17


STRESS:how to find it,face it, andfight it(with timeto spare)The sources ofstress, how to dealwith it, its hazards toyour health, and thenerve-rackingcollege hunt18 the viking views 10.14.05Photo illustrations by Sarah Tharp and Dan Boyer


tThe bell rings, signaling the end to seven hours of school.What may be to other students a time of rejoicing as they floodthrough the hallway and out the door, is to some students merelythe beginning of the day. After activities like tennis practice, dramarehearsal, and late night for the paper, they finally head home. Now,they move on to Spanish homework, completing an Anatomy studyguide, finishing the English portfolio, and reviewing for thateconomics test. They tumble into bed past midnight, mentallygoing over the schedule for tomorrow.Sound stressful? Welcome to a day in the life of a typical highschool teenager.Stress, as a result of pressure and over-scheduling, is a fact ofteenage life. Students today are under intense pressure from parents,society, and theirselves to excel in all areas, including sports, schooland the arts. In addition, most teens are struggling with gettingtheir driver’s license, working at their first job and dealing withnormal teenage life.Senior James Wang said his stress comes mainly from school,which is often cited as the biggest stressor in teenager’s life.Pressure to complete assignments, get good grades and ultimatelybe accepted to college, exertspressure on high schoolstudents.“School in general gives mestress – college applications,and SAT IIs – right now I’mcramming for those,” Wangsaid.Senior Marie Borowczakagrees with Wang. LikeWang, Borowczak’s schoolschedule is challenging, asshe’s enrolled mainly inadvanced classes.“The demand of all my classes contributes to the stress I have,”Borowczak said.Other students cite balancing extracurriculars and sports withschool as major causes of their stress. Attempting to balance schoolalone is challenging; trying to be involved in sports, music andother activities is especially difficult for the average student.“It’s hard to balance honors classes and athletics,” junior SarahArbogast said. Arbogast plays on a lacrosse team in GreenTownship, while also being enrolled in honors courses.Other students also said their stress comes from beingoverburdened with extracurriculars and classes. Many participatein at least one sport and artistic activity, combined with service andacademic organizations.“The large amount of extracurricular activities I have, combinedwith school and running cross country, causes me stress,” seniorAmy Liu said.Liu currently participates in cross-country, JETS team, NationalBalance.Kaley Smitley – Staff WriterHonor Society, French Club, art and many more activities. Overtime, she has developed her own strategies for managing stress.“I have to manage my time very well – sometimes it starts catchingup to me and harms mental and physical health. I have to be reallyself-disciplined,” she said.Wang tries to eliminate stress by simply refusing to acknowledgeit. In this way, he purposely behaves in a relaxed manner and refusesto become panicked.“I try to take everything in stride – if it’s due Friday, I’ll kind ofhold it off till Thursday,” he said.Borowczak said she doesn’t cope well with stress – she lets itmotivate her. In this way, stress actually aids in helping to completetasks.“I don’t really deal with it – I just freak out until I get it done!”Borowczak said.Students often feel pressure from the desire to live up to theirown or others expectations.“I feel pressure from myself the most – but I also want to live upto other people’s expectations as well,” Wang said.Arbogast feels pressure to live up to expectations as well. She“I have to manage my time very well – sometimesit starts catching up to me and harmsmental and physical health. I have to be reallyself – disciplined.”- Amy Liu, 12believes the pressure in her life comes mainly from her family.“I feel pressure from my family members to get into a goodcollege and pick what I want to major in,” Arbogast said.Some students say the people pressuring them the most arethemselves. Many feel that self-motivation stemming from pressureis necessary to succeed and be accepted to college.“I pressure myself to get good grades,” said Trompeter.However they deal with stress, students all agree that it is areality among today’s teenagers. Regardless of the sources oftheir stress, ways to cope, or pressure they feel, stress is a universalphenomenon.Senior Mary Benedetto is one student who feels that stress isever-present.“A lot of students in high school try to overreach theirboundaries – what they’re capable of doing. I think most tend topanic and stress about things that aren’t really important,”Benedetto said.10.14.05 the viking views 19


Hazards.Kaci Lapp – Staff WritercCertainly, stress is something that many teenagers face on adaily basis. Students who partake in many extracurricular activities,hold part-time jobs, compete in different sports, or students whoare inundated with homework all experience different levels ofstress and the symptoms associated with it: headaches,stomachaches, backaches and exhaustion.However, many students may not realize just how serious stresscan be on their bodies.“Stress increases your cognitive load, and that reduces yourability to devote attention to normal tasks,” said Akron graduatestudent and cognitive psychology professor, Adam Tolli. “Littlethings start to feel more taxing when all that cortisol is released“What we can say is that people who areunder stress may be at risk for some downwardimmune changes.”- Kiecolt Glasser, Ph.D., OSU College of Medicineinto the bloodstream.”Cortisol is just the beginning. According to the AmericanPsychological Association, 90 percent of all doctor visits are dueto the weakening effects stress has on the immune system. This iswhy teenagers who are stressed out on a regular basis sufferfrequently from the cold and flu.“We certainly have excellent evidence from our laboratoriesand others that a variety of stressors are associated with downwardchanges in immune function,” said psychology professor JaniceK. Kiecolt-Glasser, Ph.D. at Ohio State University College ofMedicine.However, Kiecolt-Glasser’s warning is not a death sentence.“We can’t say that people who are under chronic stress aregoing to get sick,” Kiecolt-Glasser said. “What we can say is that! Grades! Tests! Homework! Project due dates! Death (of pets, familymembers, or friends)20 the viking views 10.14.05people who are under stress may be at risk for some downwardimmune changes.”Unfortunately, “immune changes” are not the only changesoccurring as a result of stress. Stress can also work inside ourarteries, gradually causing the damage that can lead to heart disease.Researchers are finding that stress is opening the door for infectiousdiseases and even cancer.As if this article hasn’t stressed its readers out enough, studieshave also demonstrated a relationship between stress anddepression. According to a study performed by Drs. Hammen andMayol in 1982, “…a link between the occurrence of stressful lifeevents and depression has been reasonably well established forclinical depressions as well as fordepressive moods in the generalpopulation.”Luckily, there are some thingsstressed out students can do toreduce the amount of stress on theirminds and their bodies: it’s as easyas laughing. According to MichaelMiller, M.D. and director of theCenter for Preventive Cardiology atthe University of Maryland’sMedical Center, laughter boosts theactivity of one’s immune system’snatural killer cells and other defensesagainst infections. Laughing can also help to expand capillaries,increasing blood and oxygen flow throughout one’s body.According to Wf2la4.webfeat.org, students need to be organizedto reduce stress. If organization is not an option for some students,they suggest considering cutting back on after-school activities.Students should perhaps narrow down after-school activities tojust two or three things. This could also aid in organization. Finally,the website suggests that students eat well-balanced meals to allowtheir bodies to function during stressful times.Tolli suggests that students find a hobby and use that hobby asa de-stressor.“I dive into music to forget about the negatives of stress,” hesaid. “Students should pick something they’re interested in, anduse that as a means to unwind.”Common causes of teen-age stress! A bad hair day! Parents fighting! Parents yelling! Having to give a speech! Divorce! Being tested! Pressure to take drugs/drink alcohol! Competing in a sport! Breaking up with agirlfriend or boyfriend! MovingSource: wf2la4.webfeat.org


Relief.Brian Hines – Staff Writer(Above) Sophomore Mandy Grandjean does yoga in her backyard. Many Hoover studentshave gotten involved with yoga to relieve stress. (Bottom right) Sophomore PaulFrank relaxes as he listens to music. Students feel that listening to music or playing theireown helps them wind down after stressful days.Even at a relatively early point in the school year, stress levelsare quickly rising, causing many students to panic and lose controlof themselves. Failing to turn homework in, bombing tests, andstaying up until midnight to finish a project due the next morningare all things people will do under the insane amount of pressureand stress forced upon them. Sometimes it involves a sport—theamount of practices overlapping the time one needs to work onschool assignments. In either case, the amount of stress studentsface during these hard times may cause meltdowns.So how does one cope with the pressure?“I like to go into my room and just relax and listen to music,”sophomore Jared Wackerly said. “I like hip-hop and some emotypestuff, it really helps me at times.”Music is a popular outlet for all kinds of people whenstress builds up inside of them. Whether it be playingan instrument or listening to your favorite songs inyour room while reflecting, music can help people startto relax and calm down.“Oh, I listen to music a lot,” senior Katrina Mannsaid. “When I’m stressed I like to listen to real low andmellow music.”Sophomore Greg Hoopingarner, who participates inthe Hoover band, likes to play his favorite instrumentwhen he’s under the pressure of work.“I either punch something or beat the crap out of mydrums,” he said. “It helps me level myself out, youknow?”Getting rid of stress doesn’t have to be a complexmedical situation. Simply drinking a few glasses of watercan make someone feel better, because dehydration canadd to stress levels. Also, eating healthysnacks and exercising creates endorphinsthat spread across the body, whichimproves one’s attitude.Another popular outlet for getting rid ofstress is an art form that’s beginning to topthe film industry in revenue as of late. Videogames are popular with teenagers, and forgood reason.“I like to play either a fighting game orsports game,” Wackerly said. “Nothing thattakes too much thought; just sitting backand having fun.”Mann is hesitant to play video games.“They might be too much of adistraction,” she said. “If people use themwhen they’re stressed and then don’t stopplaying, then they’ve procrastinated anywork that they have to do.”Freshman Lindsay Sumser agrees.“If that’s how people get rid of stress, let them,” she said. “ButI personally think it’s pathetic how kids can sit, playing their Xboxs,PS2s, and Gamecubes for hours and hours at a time instead ofgoing outside and exercising in some way.”Relaxation depends on what one enjoys, however. Stress canbe relieved in any way that involves people and enjoyingthemselves. There is no medical marvel; the answer to a stressfreelife is based on one’s preference.Sumser agrees, and shares her favorite tactic.“My biggest stress reliever would be wearing sweatpants anda big hoodie, watching a chick flick and eating Ben and Jerry’s,”she said.10.14.05 the viking views 21


iIn about eight months, seniors will be freshmen all over againas they throw their caps up and say farewell to high school. The 30minute lunch periods, overcrowded hallways and seven hour schooldays will be over. It’s on to wearing flip flops in the shower, newsleeping patterns and long study sessions.Senior year is filled with applying to college – and the stressthat goes along with it. Most college applications are due inNovember, leaving students with little time to visit schools andwrite essays. However, many resources are available to make theprocess easier. College representatives are visiting Hoover,guidance counselors are willing to take time to plan ahead, andapplications are available in the guidance office. The Internet is anew way to make college searches quicker. Websites are offeringinformation about every college and university, and most offeronline applications.All students have access to Ohio Prep-HQ through the guidancewebpage. It is available to help students learn about differentschools, paying for college and applying online.“I would definitely just encourage students to get into theguidance website and look around, then of course meet individuallywith your guidance counselor,” said Mrs. Barbara Tarantino,guidance department chairperson.In past years, approximately 87 percent of students graduatefrom Hoover with the intention of attending college. Most studentsapply to three to five schools. It is recommended to apply to one“I’m afraid of either not liking theschool I decide on, or just missing seeingmy family and friends everyday,”- John Arnold,12dream school, one you will love to be on campus and have a fairchance of getting into, and one fall-back school. Tarantino saidscheduling time on your calendar to get everything in way beforethe deadline is crucial.“One of the most important things when applying to college iskeeping track of deadlines,” Tarantino said. “This really helps withrelieving stress.”Currently students should be narrowing their search, visitingschools, and beginning to turn in applications. It is important tovisit schools, she said, because often students are sold bymarketing techniques in the brochures received.“Students need to be asking themselves, ‘is this a place I cancall home for four years?’ If you’re not happy on a campus, thenno matter how great the school is, it may not be the place for you,”Tarantino said.Senior Allie Boyer plans on applying to six colleges this fall.22 the viking views 10.14.05College.Shannon Pifer – Staff WriterAfter visiting most over the summer, she has a good start towardgetting into the schools of her choice.“The top three things I’m looking for in a school are: size . . .proximity . . . and third, majors – I’m not sure what I want to do yet,so I want the school to have lots of options so that if I change mymind, I can have things to choose from,” Boyer said.Applying to college can be stressful, and can affect senior yearschoolwork, she said. It seems like this is just a stepping stoneuntil ‘real school’ at college.“I feel applying to college is way more important than tryingreally hard this year. Most colleges look at last years’ grades,”Boyer said.Senior Emily Frank agrees that applying to college can bestressful, because next year will be a sudden step into becomingindependent. She is looking forward to college next year, but feelsapplying to college is distracting while trying to balance her senioryear at the same time.“It takes my focus off high school work, but at the same timemotivates me because I know I need to do well,” Frank said.With three schools in mind, Frank has already begun theapplication process. She applied to one school online already, andintends to apply to the others soon. While focusing on finding thebest academics, campus, and financial aid available, she intends tostay within Ohio.“It feels stressful because there are so many different parts thatdifferent people have to help youwith,” Frank said.Senior John Arnold plans onapplying to two schools this fall–Mt. Union and Miami. He islooking at the type of classesoffered and how they relate tohis major, the size of school andwhat type of people attends theschool. However, he feelsslightly anxious.“I’m afraid of either not likingthe school I decide on, or just missing seeing my family and friendseveryday,” he said.Filling out applications little by little and balancing high schoolactivities doesn’t feel overly stressful to Arnold because he knewwhat was coming, and prepared to deal with it.“Just the large amount of work it takes, and the amount ofinformation they ask for, as well as asking teachers to write lettersof recommendation [is the most stressful part about applying],”Arnold said.Boyer has been spending spare time writing essays to includein the applications. She spends long hours writing each essay,being sure to give it every effort to make it the best possible.“I’m worried about getting accepted, and then having to decidebetween schools,” she said. “I’m scared that if I choose the wrongschool, that my whole future will be messed up because I didn’tpick the right school.”


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opinionOPINIONCourtyard chaosDue to the actions of a small number ofseniors, the administration has repeatedlythreatened to close the courtyard to allseniors during study hall periods. In fact,seniors were actually banned from thecourtyard for two days because of frisbeethrowing and the trash that hascontinuously been left in the courtyard.It appears that the administrationfeels that banning all seniors from thecourtyard is the best solution to thisproblem. Considering that theinappropriate actions are only carriedout by a handful of students, how is itfair to punish the rest of the senior classwho do view the courtyard as a privilegePep rallies unspiritedVery rarely do students actually prefer togo to their classes rather than to get out ofthem. One exception to this is for pep rallies.Pep rallies, which should be a fun way torecognize students, have turned intomonotonous assemblies where studentswould rather sleep through them than cheerDriving away distractions24 the viking views 10.14.05mission statement“We strive to provide our honest opinions while representing allsides, and to fairly portray the student body’s expressions.”and do take care of it?Perhaps the administration believes thatby upsetting the seniors who do not abusethe privilege, they will somehow pressurethe others into behaving while in thecourtyard. But when do we ever actuallylisten to each other? Immaturity will alwaysshow its ugly face because there will alwaysbe those few people who believe that theiractions are highly entertaining to everyonearound them. Therefore, the idea of usingpeer pressure to get others to act their agesimply won’t work.Instead of banning all seniors from thecourtyard, would it not make more sense toban only those students who arefor their classmates. They are disconnectedfrom the students who aren’t beingrecognized, and they don’t provide muchmore than a study hall for others who areforced to go to them against their will.We challenge students to make themenjoyable again. In years past, there wereOur nation’s higher powers have seen fitto propose that America’s young driversshould not be legally permitted to operate theirrespective cars while yakking on their cellphones. This action could easily be seen as apositive step forward in a country in whichadolescent car accidents are prevalent, butwhy stop at the teens?We live in an age of rampant, ragingtechnology. Cell phones have become readilyavailable to any citizen who desires one.Anyone who feels it necessary to blab ontheir phones while driving experiences a levelof impaired concentration—not just theyoung.These hypothetical regulations should beextended to all walks of the American populace.We’re all susceptible to accidents as a resultof diverting our attention to our phones, andour nation’s driving laws should reflect this.–Editorial Board–Steffany Bagnolo • Jacob Brown • Ashley Kline • Kaci LappAaron Miller • Shannon Pifer • Katie Rojekdisruptive? It’s a simple solution.Granted, the whole situation iscompletely ridiculous seeing as how thereare seniors in high school who cannot pickup their own trash and throw it in thegarbage can as if it were some kind ofmonstrous task to undertake.Seniors, let us suggest that if you do notwant to sit in a crammed study hall room forthe remainder of the year, where you cannottalk or work on homework with friends, thatyou begin to view the courtyard as aprivilege and take responsibility for youractions and belongings. Simply put: act yourage and do not ruin the experience foreveryone else.bonfires, parties and community events afterthe school day to recognize those studentswho deserved it. Bring them back.If there is truly an event to rally around,let the students and community membersdecide for themselves, and make itmemorable for those who choose to attend.


‘CAUSE IT FEELS SO EMPTY WITHOUT MEIs freedom of speech really free?I never thought I’d see the day whencitizens of the United States openly askedfor their rights to be taken away, but it hashappened. I didn’t catch this on CNN or anyother news channel, but rather in the highschool I attend five days a week.When the first issue of our newspapercame out to all of the friendly faces that graceHoover, I was shocked at what I was hearingabout a controversial letter that dealt with astudent’s beliefs as to why HurricaneKatrina destroyed the Gulf Coast. Studentsweren’t saying things like, “I disagree withher opinions,” but instead were saying,“Why did The Viking Views even allow thatin the paper?”That unsettled me for several reasons.First, I couldn’t understand how such anopen-minded school population wasn’topen to an idea that had never been sharedbefore, as conservative as it may be. Whatreally upset me, though, was the true lack ofappreciation of the rights that the studentsof this high school have.Ashley KlineWhere do we draw the line?While studyingbrainwashing tacticsand cults in APPsychology,thetextbook refers to AlQaeda and otherterrorist groups ascults. After readingthat, I questioned whether or not it is fair tolabel these organizations as cults.There was a time when Americans anddemocracy were considered to be the evildoersof the world. Before America wonindependence from England, the voice ofrevolution was strong in the hearts ofAmericans who strived for freedom from anoppressive state.How is one able to differentiate betweena terrorist and a revolutionary?Revolutionaries use violence and wage warsjust as terrorists do. Revolutionaries are justas ruthless in achieving their goals for whatthey believe is a new and better society.Unfortunately, these feelings aren’t justheld by Hoover students. According to “TheState of the First Amendment,” a nationalsurvey distributed each year. The studyshows that 17 percent of students don’tbelieve unpopular opinions should beshared, 49 percent believe that professionalnewspapers should be controlled by thegovernment, 30 percent of students feel thatmusicians shouldn’t be allowed to publishpotentially offensive lyrics and 42 percentof students believe that a newpaper shouldhave to seek prior review before publishinga controversial story. That’s just plain scary.If this study truly mirrors ourgeneration, we need a major revamp onthe way that students feel about this right.Without the freedom of speechguaranteed by the First Amendment, wewouldn’t have the same music to listento, there would be no such thing as beingable to protest, and believe it or not, therecould be no government elections withoutthe First Amendment.Terrorists believe their way of life is whatis best for the citizens of their respectivecountries, just as Americans feel democracyis best for our society. With that in mind,could the democratic way of life beconsidered cult-esque as well? TheAmerican empire rejects any alternative formof government or economic system, suchas communism and socialism, which doesnot fall in line with the principles ofdemocracy and capitalism. American leadersare also in the middle of an unattainable goalto try and convert the rest of the world to ademocratic way of life. Look no further thanour current presence in Iraq.If Americans consider terrorists groupsto be cults because they disagree with ourlifestyle, does that mean that the wholeMuslim/Islamic world is some kind of cultorganization as well, simply because theyresist Western society?A vital factor in determining cults iswhether or not the group in charge promotesJacob BrownBy saying that oneperson should not beable to have theirbeliefs published, itwould mean that noone should have theiropinions published. Everyone in America isguaranteed the same basic rights to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness, andthat should never be taken away becausesomeone opposes your outlook on asubject.I hope for the sake of everyone in thisnation that these ignorant views concerningthe limitation of free speech aren’t serious.Even in the early 18th century, thephilosopher and writer Voltaire realized howimportant it was to be able to expresspersonal opinions. He said “I detest whatyou write, but I would give my life to make itpossible for you to continue to write.”That’s the kind of attitude that makesour way of life possible, and I hope it canbe carried on for generations to come.LIVIN’ OUT LOUDfreedom of speech and thought. Andobviously here in America, free speech is aright every citizen is guaranteed. But whathappens when a person goes against thestatus quo? The person is put on an FBIwatch list, and may even be forced to go“underground” to avoid harassment fromgovernment officials. From this, one cangather that we can only speak up to a certainextent.American leaders choose enemies for thepublic. Since they have distinguishedmembers of the Muslim society as terrorists,then the rest of the world will view them asterrorists. Perhaps they are just reactingagainst an oppressive state just as theAmericans once did. Major change ingovernments and the way society operateshave never occurred in a convenient fashion;blood has always been shed. And today itseems that war is inevitable, and oneperson’s terrorist can be another person’sfreedom fighter.10.14.05 the viking views 25


your viewsQHow do you feel about the newsexual predator laws in NorthCanton?Congratulations toDiatra Joseph forwriting this issue’sbest letter. She wonthis Starbucks GiftCard. Send us a letter and, if we choose ityou could win a prize, too.Best letterIn my opinion, I think the proposed sexoffender law is a little outrageous.Essentially, all sex-offenders would beforced to leave North Canton because the“off limit” zones all overlap or only havesmall gaps between them. Sex offendersmay be able to stay in a very confined area,but the ability to move around in the city,go to work or even enjoy a weekend maybe seriously limited.One of my main concerns about this lawwould be—where can they go? If they allleave but try to stay local for family andjobs, Lake and Plain Township wouldsuddenly become densely populated withsex offenders.I think this rule is a little too extreme. Icould understand serious sex offenderswithin 3,000 ft. of an elementary school oryounger schools, but high schoolers andmiddle schoolers should have enoughcommon sense to not jump in a van with astranger.myview–Diatra Joseph, 12The new law that designates sexualpredators 2,500 feet away from schools isfair because it gives parents a sense ofsecurity for their children….–Charlie Fisher, 9…I think that the new law is a very goodidea. North Canton is not a place that sexualpredators should be or live in. There aremany kids living in North Canton, and Ibelieve that they should be as safe as theycan be….–Chris Modrak, 9Sex offenders should not be allowed inNorth Canton because if they are, a largeCategory 5 hurricane will come down fromLake Erie and smite the city of North Canton.–Mark Patton, 12...I feel that the proposed sexual predatorlaw is not a good idea. If the law is to havethe sexual predators move out of NorthCanton, they will move to another place andcommit the same crimes outside of NorthCanton. The law won’t help all people fromgetting hurt….–Brittany Kohl, 9Staff member Logan Wern respondsIn today’s society, you can never be toocareful who you trust. Many people meetsomeone and think they are a good person,and then they turn out to be totally different.This is true many times of people who aresex offenders, and they cannot be trusted.I strongly support the new law beingpassed that sex offenders can’t live in NorthCanton. I think this will definitely helpsociety, and protect people. Little kidsshould not have to worry about living neara sex offender.It really bothers me when kids at myschool talk about how they live by a sexoffender. Our community does not deservethat. Kids and teens should not have toworry about things like that.I am really glad they are making this law.It helps me to feel safer about the communitythat I live in. I definitely think it will improvesociety and make North Canton a betterplace.–Melissa Reynolds, 12I believe it would be a good thing tomove the sex offenders out of NorthCanton…. But what about those of us, likemyself, who live outside of the city limitsin Greentown? I fear for the safety of myyounger brother because this law will notapply to us….–Ken Moor, 9The sexual predatorlaw proposes that anyregisteredsexualpredator cannot livewithin 2,500 feet of anyschool in North Canton.Many people feel thatshould this law beimplemented, it will make North Canton asafer place and keep harm away from ourchildren.26 the viking views 10.14.05This is completely ridiculous, 2500 feetis nothing. It doesn’t put anything betweenan ill-minded person and their goal. Somestudents live much further than 2,500 feetaway from the school. So, those childrencould easily have a neighbor who is a sexualpredator.Furthermore, this idea is completelynaïve. Pushing sexual predators outside ofNorth Canton only endangers ourneighboring children. So many people wantto live in a perfect little bubble with nothingbad in it.Wake up. This isn’t reality. By pushingthese people out of our territory, you’re justpushing them onto someone else’s.It would be nice if we would all try tothink about someone else for a change.Moving sexual predators further away fromthe school isn’t going to change anything.They will still be here. That’s something weall need to wake up and realize.


It’s mail time!Parking PlightI have noticed lately that [theadministrators] have taken up a newmorning task–guarding the doors.The doors next to the teacher parkinglot entrance are now locked at 7:05 a.m. I’mnot even really sure why the time startedout this year at 7:10 and was then movedback a whole five minutes. Last school yearthese doors didn’t lock until the otherdoors did at 8 a.m.This means if I park at Dogwood, insteadof walking to the closest entrance, I haveto go around the library, into the parkinglot next to it, and then up to the door in thebus ports. Not all students can afford, orwant to have, a parking pass. Is this just ascam for students to buy a parking pass,thus giving the school more control overstudents and obviously gaining somemoney?I, myself, last year experienced twoseparate incidents where I was hit byanother driver in the junior parking lot–oneof which caused small damage to myvehicle–and I don’t really like the idea ofyou people looking through my car, seeingthat it is my personal property, and byparking there you hold the right to do that,in case you think I didn’t catch the fineprint at the assembly we had.But what I am really wondering is whystudents can’t gain access to the doors inthe teacher parking lot after 7:05 a.m., andviking virtue by Steffany Bagnolomind.”–Dr. SeussSo often we let the way others react tous control our actions. We hold back fromsaying something because we don’t wantto make someone mad. We don’t go to anactivity because “hardly anyone else isgoing.” It’s human nature to want to avoidconfrontation, so we let things pass byeven if we disagree. Why let people youdon’t know have control over who youare or what you say?If people get angry with you for say-Letters to the editorwhy there is an administrator sometimeswatching the door just to make sure no onegets in. Isn’t there something better ourtax dollars can pay the administration todo instead of standing in front of the doormaking sure people don’t get in and theygo to another door, running the risk ofbeing late?Students get punished for opening thedoor for other students, despite the weatherconditions.... I would like for anadministrator, or whoever decided on thisruling, to explain to me why this has beenimplemented.–Matt Coffey, 12Irrational InequalityWhat [Becca Blankenship, Issue 1] saiddoes not have anything to do with religion,such as gays and lesbians caused thehurricane because “God” doesn’t like gaysand lesbians supposedly. Now, I don’t knowhow she got that since God doesn’t talk tohumans.That would be like saying hurricanes areattracted to African Americans–it’s just plainracial, radical, and doesn’t make any sense.So when tornado season rolls around anda tornado takes out half a small townsomewhere, is she going to say it wasbecause of red necks living out there?–Craig Rogers, 12“Be who you are and say what you feel, because thosewho mind don’t matter and those who matter don’ting what you believe, then they aren’tworth your time anyway. Your real friendswill appreciate that you have the courage tostand behind what you believe, even if theydisagree with what you say.Part of growing up is realizing that it’sokay to agree to disagree. On the same note,it’s one thing to share your opinions, andanother to try to force your opinions ontosomeone else. Just remember: you aren’talways right…but neither is everyone else.student viewsstudent viewsWhat stresses you out and how“What stresses you out? How dodo you deal with it?you deal with it?”MOLLY MOLDOVAN, 12:“My schedule andbalancing between work,COURTNEY MOONEY,school, practice and12: “I either eat breakfastsocializing.”at home or I don’t eat it atall, but I think they shouldhave more choices.”AARON WHITE, 10: “ It stresses meout that there is no self-expression in ourschool. For example, most people dressalike. I deal with this through my artwork–it helps me to forget about it.”CAMERONBODENSCHATZ, 11: “Ideal with it by runningcross country. I am able tothink about things and chillout.”LAURA MOKODEAN, 10: “Mydance class stresses me out. To relievethe stress I usually blare ‘Bootylicious’ byDestiny’s child.”MRS. COVINGTON,STAFF: “Angry peoplereally stress me out, so Ideal with it by just ignoringthem.”AMANDA CLOSE, 11: “ It stresses me outwhen a bunch of things pile up, like tests,projects, and obligations to clubs and otherthings. To help, I like to sit down with abowl of honey nut cheerios and watch ‘GardenState.’”JACOB CHEVRAUX, 10:“I don’t usually getstressed out because I ampretty mellow most of thetime.”DAN REISS, 12: “College stuff can stressme out. I deal with it by going to the guidancecounselors.”JEANETTE FRASCELLO,9: “My brother stressesme out, so I avoid him.”10.14.05 the viking views 27


Religious RebuttalsWow, I can now say that I finallyunderstand why this world is so distorted. Itseems, according to the individual who blamedthe gay and lesbian community in NewOrleans for Hurricane Katrina’s destruction,that God believes that a certain group of humanbeings does not deserve to live because oftheir sexual preference or beliefs. I find it quiteinteresting that God would wish to destroysomething he created, people with differences.It’s even more interesting that the churchesand people that worship in his name and whathe asks of us – to show love, care and respectfor other people– would be among the first totake action during a time of misfortune, if heonly wishes to have these selected peoplewiped out.As for the “Thou shalt not…” part, myattention was drawn to the commandment“Thou shalt not kill.” If this were the case,if true, why would God preach to us not dosomething, if he apparently does it himself?Just one more interesting thing that Inoticed. End of discussion.–Scott Rogers, 11Ok, listen, I’m a Christian, and I have beenfor a bit. If someone is going to argue whysomething is wrong using the Bible (or a C.S. Lewis apologetic or anything that Iconsider to be an apex of the Christian faith),then they had better do it correctly. I wouldlike to point out that while Sodom andGomorrah were gay, I find it hard to believethat is why the city was destroyed. Forheaven’s sake, there was an attempted rapeof an angel, and you think the city wasdestroyed because of two gay people? Ifyou look at the story before it was translatedfrom language to language, the ideas for thedestruction of the city were greed,inhospitality, and dislike of people not asgood as themselves, and not sexual sin.I would also like to point out that in nopoint in the Bible does it say “Thou shaltnot be gay,” or anything of that nature.This idea that people can come up withthis line of reasoning is scary to me. Thisidea is only one step away from being of thesame nature as Russia’s pogroms. Followingthis idea that was previously pointed out, itis too out of context to think that HurricaneRita is here to wipe out any of “those gays”that fled from Louisiana to Texas, and fromthat point how much more rationalizationwould it take to consider gay people noteven worth life?–Dan Merz, 12A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a copyof the most recent copy of the VikingViews. I always enjoyed reading it, so Istarted to browse. What I found totallyshocked me... I used to think that theHoover student body was accepting ofother people, whether they be black,white, Jewish, Christian, straight or gay.Apparently, Hoover is not as accepting ofthe gay population as I had hoped.I find the beliefs of a letter published inthe latest Viking Views to be horrible. ToOur Patron SubscribersIt’s stillmail time!say that God used a disaster like that ofHurricane Katrina to wipe out the gaypopulation of New Orleans is horrible.Really, when I read this letter, it wasn’t thegay people of New Orleans that I felt sorryfor. It was the gay and lesbians at Hoover.I had to ask myself how it would feel toknow that classmates felt this way aboutyou. How it would feel to walk down thehalls and wonder if everyone felt this way.I think that these people are the truevictims of such a hateful letter.–Alisha Forrester, 2005 HoovergraduateI, as a Christian, am utterly appalled atthe remark [in letter about how gay peoplecaused God to smite New Orleans]. First ofall, if God even wanted to punish thehomosexuals, wouldn’t San Francisco bewiped off the map?Secondly, why would God want todestroy New Orleans when the whole pointof the New Testament is forgiveness andaccepting God and turning from sin?Thirdly, Christ himself says we shouldbe open-minded…[so] open your mindbefore you open your mouth. By saying Godkilled them means they never had a chanceto repent. Therefore, you are saying Christdied for nothing.Do not say God did this and that, youare not God–therefore, you do not decidewhat God does.–Pat Arnold, 11Being a patron subscriber means you will receive a copy of each issue of The Viking Views. 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scene SCENEReviewsNathan FloomStaff Writer“Cry_Wolf”‘Cry_Wolf’Movies never cease to surprise. Whenyou go to see a movie, you don’t alwaysget what you expected to see. Sometimesthe movie that sounded good is really nobetter than a half-rate TV series. Then again,some movies that are made out to be badare actually okay.That is the case with “Cry_Wolf,” a talethat seems dumb at first, but is really quiteinteresting.The tale of “Cry_Wolf” centers on Owen(Jilian Morris), a kid sent to WestlakePrepatory Academy because he got bootedout of his old school. Once there, he meetswith Dodger (Lindy Booth) and gets invitedinto the “liars club,” a club in which Dodger’sgroup of friends try and figure out who isthe ‘wolf’ that is telling a lie. The group,after getting bored with the game, decidesto make a new one by creating a serial killerbased off the facts from a murder thathappened just off campus. They e-mail theirnew lie to the entire school as the ultimateprank.The only catch is that their storyabout the killer begins to turn into reality.As the story unravels it becomes much morecomplex and intoxicating.The basic premise of the story isdeceiving because it seems so dumb. Really,‘Rocky Willy Wonka Horror and Picture the Show’-1975 Chocolate Factory-1971Back...to the classicsKellen SafreedStaff WriterThe longest running motion picture inhistory, the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”can still be seen in theaters even now, 30years after its original release. Ironically, itbombed when it was first shown in 1975,but several years later it had grown into amidnight-showing phenomenon thatresulted in the ever popular “audienceparticipation.”“Rocky Horror” is not a movie that yousimply watch, at least not in a theater. You30 the viking views 10.14.05the way the film is made it leaves youguessing to figure out which member of the“liars club” is lying, or if the serial killer theycreated is real.The problem lies in the aspect of actingand the story. “Cry_Wolf” has onlyunknown actors and actresses that arehorrible at their jobs. This fact definitelytakes away from the movie resulting in poorstory quality. In addition, it gives little to noin-depth background on the main character,which leaves him and others shallow andunconvincing.This movie had a great idea, which isclever and up-to-date, but it fails in pullingit off in a spectacular way. Had the writertake part in it, ranging from puttingnewspaper on your head to hurling toast atthe screen.But what sort of cinematic effort couldgain such fame and notoriety? Narrated byan oddly serious man known as TheCriminologist (Charles Gray), the plotcenters around the events that occurred inthe castle of the evil scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) when visited by BradMajors (Barry Bostwick) and his fiancée,Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon). After theircar breaks down, Brad and Janet seek refugein Frank’s castle. Several bouts of innuendofilledsong and dance later, they are led toJAMES WILLIAMSused better actors and elaborated more onthe story, it could have been great. Not onlythat, but the dialogue seems oddly forcedand hollow at times. This further takes awayfrom its story, which sadly, had greatpotential.Yet another flaw is how short it is. Themovie is only an hour and a half long. Thewriters should have taken more time toexplain the background and make some ofthe characters seem more life-like, not hollowshells.“Cry_Wolf” is a lot better than it mayseem at first glance, but it is still far frombeing great. Waiting for the dollar theater tosee it would be a smart investment.the lab where they meet Rocky Horror(Peter Hinwood), the perfect man that Frankcreated.The following events, including anappearance of infamous rocker Meatloaf,lead to a confrontation with aliens from theplanet Transsexual. This drives the moviedangerously close to dumb instead ofamusingly weird, but is easily forgiventhanks to the incredible soundtrack. Theacting throughout the film varies; it isgenerally of standard quality, but there aremore than a few instances that are laughablybad. Fortunately, this only strengthens“Rocky Horror’s” cult classic feel.


NoiseRyan Adams and the Cardinals‘Jacksonville City Nights’Ryan Adams is a very busy man. Last year, the 31-year-old alternative countrysinger-songwriter announced plans to release a total of three albums–thus remindingthe general public of his ingenuity and prolific nature. Only a few months ago, Adamsand his Cardinals gifted us with “Cold Roses.”“Jacksonville City Nights,” the second installment in Adams’ three-albums, delvesdeeper into the rough country-like sound that once brought him critical admiration as amember of the 90s alt-country outfit Whiskeytown.It is laden with a mellow sound, founded on the driven instrumentation of theCardinals. Never before has Adams’ creative voice been so confident and easilyexpressed. He seems to have transcended the angry outbursts and celebrity fisticuffsof his past, moving onto an entirely new state of mind. This is especially evident on“The Hardest Part” and “Trains,” in which’ superior lyric-writing skills match the depthof the instrumentation and complement the raggedness of his voice.Adams may be on to something here: he seems to have tapped into a creativeflow that could eventually divert a music-appreciator’s attention from his offstageshenanigans to the emotional complexity of his music.Kaci Brown‘Instigator’-AARON MILLERPop singer Kaci Brown’s debut album,“Instigator” instigates a hatred of popmusic in the listener. Her voice is dull anddoes not stand out, similar to the gobs ofother female pop singers. Brown’s lyricsare even worse. When not singing aboutchecking out cute boys, she’s sayingthings like, “I’m a bum – I’m a bum bumshaker.” Her “hit song” “Unbelievable”sounds like she’s reading bad poetry overgrossly synthesized beats.If the 17-year old Brown continuesproducing music like this, I doubt she willhave any future in the music industry.“Instigator” shows that it takes more thana pretty face to be talented. The onlypositive in this bland album is that it is only40 minutes long.Kaci Brown’s album epitomizes thenegatives of pop music in general, andsours her image in the world of talented,respected musical artists everywhere. Hersingular star is due to her fabulous name.Switchfoot‘Nothing is Sound’In “Nothing is Sound,” Switchfootcontinues to examine the meaning of lifeand what’s important. Some of the trackscould be mistaken with those off theirbreakthrough album “A Beautiful Letdown,”and a few of the songs have a harder edge,which are pure Switchfoot.Their first single “Stars” was a safechoice, but almost a replica of all the others.But if you’re looking for variety, don’t giveup hope. “The Shadow Proves theSunshine” is a simple, introspective songthat doesn’t have overwhelmingbackground sound. More than one of thesongs you can rock out too, such as“Politicians,” which is reminiscent of Fueland Nickelback. Yet, at times, the lyrics canprove to be corny and over-the-top,especially in “Happy is a Yuppie Word” and“Easier Than Love.”Overall, the album sticks with the sameSwitchfoot; the rock-pop sound we’ve allcome to expect, and that’s a good thing.Blast...from the pastQueen‘Greatest Hits’-1992If energy and passion are two musts foryour rock music, look no further than the U.S. A. exclusive “Queen Greatest Hits” albumfor your fix. Originally released the year afterlead singer Freddie Mercury died, this albumis a compilation of some of the band’s bestsongs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.The essence of Queen’s style is capturedin the variety of different songs that are onthis album. First on the CD are well-knownclassics like “We will rock you,” but thereare also lesser-known songs such as thehumorous “Bicycle Race.” Unfortunately,this compilation doesn’t have the narrativesong “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but Queen stillshines with their catchy lyrics, variety andMercury’s amazing vocal range.This CD proves why Queen’s music hasbeen around so long. Check it out and seewhy they have become rock legends.-MIKE HOWES-KELSEY STULTS-JACOB BROWN10.14.05 the viking views 31


Harmony Spot more than just coffeeKevin ZieberStaff WriterGuitar, drums, piano, voice, but waitthere’s more! The Harmony Spot not onlyoffers restaurant style food in a caféequipped with wireless Internet, but also haslessons available for the above instrumentsand a full recording studio. If that’s still notenough, there’s also live music onweekends.The Harmony Spot is not aimed at beingjust a teen hangout, but also not just a café.“It’s a combination of your Starbuckswith a little Hard Rock Café,” DirectorMichael Rasicci said.The management plans on The HarmonySpot being a nice place to go and eat duringthe day or after school, and also the placeto see live local music at night.Why all the different things to do youask? Why not just focus on giving lessons,being a café, or being a venue for live music?Rasicci says that the whole focus of TheHarmony Spot is to “promote the arts,”‘Flight Plan’ stalls on the runwaySteffany BagnoloStaff WriterWhat would you do if you were on a longplane ride and fell asleep…only to awakeand find that your six-year-old daughter haddisappeared and the crew claimed she hadnever even been on the plane? Panic?Scream? Force the entire plane to besearched from top to bottom?This is just the scenario that Kyle Pratt(Jodie Foster) finds herself faced with in themovie “Flight Plan.”Having lost her husband just days earlier,Kyle is especially concerned with keepingher daughter, Julie (Marlene Lawston), nearher on their flight from Berlin to the UnitedStates. When she can’t find her right away,she panics.Knowing the layout of the plane becauseof her engineering job, Kyle forces the crewto search every possible place to try to findher daughter. However, the crew soon learns32 the viking views 10.14.05!Heather McArthur mixes coffee in the HarmonySpot. The Harmony Spot is the new coffee shopin North Canton.which includes everything that they haveto offer.However, The Harmony Spot is notlimited to what they have to offer right now.“We’re always open for suggestions,”that Kyle’s daughter is not even listed onthe plane’s official passenger list. Thisleaves the captain and crew questioningKyle’s sanity.As this unnecessarily long movie dragson, the viewer begins to wonder if some kindof plot is actually going to take place or ifthe movie is simply two hours of followinga crazy lady around a plane. The events thatunwind in the end serve as the only realaction of themovie. They arestill nothing shortof cliché andpredictable,leaving much to bedesired in this film.The effectsweren’t bad, butwith a movie thattakes place almostentirely on aplane—even ahuge one—there’sonly so much theTOUCHSTONE PICTURES/ USED WITH PREMISSIONRasicci said. Rasicci now teaches a classfor sound engineering students in the café’srecording studio.Lessons are also a great feature of TheHarmony Spot. Anyone who says they havenever wanted to learn to play an instrumentis probably lying, and The Harmony Spot isa great place to seize on the opportunity tolearn something new. Prices per lesson startat $12 an hour for beginners and go to $18for advanced.The new café is also a great opportunityfor local area teens, whether they aremusicians looking for a venue to play, orjust looking for a job. The spot gives backto the community.Hoover High School senior BrittanyWasko works there part time.“Working at The Harmony Spot has beena great experience so far; I’ve never been awaitress before, but now I’m loving it, and Iget along with everyone I work with, so itreally couldn’t get much better,” Wasko said.“It’s a great place to go after school withfriends for just a quick snack, or a homemadedinner. As far as desserts go, the Frenchsilk is awesome. I definitely recommend it.”producers can come up with. The mainproblem with this movie wasn’t the effects,music, or even the people. In fact, even JodieFoster couldn’t save the plot of this film.The movie lacked any real suspense orexcitement. Even the chase scenes were dulland unsurprising.Overall, “Flight Plan” was mediocre atbest. Save your $8 and wait for this one tocome out on video.


Corpse Bride raises dead, in good wayJames WilliamsStaff Writer1/2Summer draws to a close in 2005, andthe wave of rehashed movies has left a badtaste in the average moviegoer’s mouth. Theonly original movie of the summer worthmentioning would be “March of thePenguins,” indicating a fairly low standard.With another year of sequels on the waywe begin to wonder if every bit of creativityin Hollywood has been stamped out.Cue Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” afantastic piece of film, a downright tributeto the industry, and a genuine original moviedown to its very bones.Once again Burton throws a splash ofcreativity into the dull brew of the modernmovie scene, and he does it with stopmotion filming and silicone puppets to boot.That’s what grabs you first about “TheCorpse Bride”-the jaw-dropping visuals.Those who saw “The Nightmare BeforeChristmas” received only a taste of whatTaking Registration forClasses in Tap, Jazz, Acro,Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip-HopCompetitition Team for TinyTot Predance &CheerdanceCall 330-896-2600 or Come in!4195 Massillon Rd.Green Plaza Suite Lthose fantasticanimators can do.The movement,expressions, andflawless stylizationof the charactersmakes it impossible to picture the story withreal human actors.To summarize the plot, Victor Van Dort(Johnny Depp) finds himself caught up inone hell of a love triangle (punintended), having to choose between hisliving fiancé (Emily Watson) and his corpsebride (Helena Bonham Carter).The world of “Corpse Bride” is a worldin stark contrast and persistent irony, theliving town is drab and gray and uninviting,and all the real fun doesn’t start until theafterlife, where everything is presented inliving color and the real bulk of the musichappens. That might be a rare fault in thedippin’ dotsBelden Village MallCanton, OH330.494.5400Birthday Parties • FestivalsSchool Fundraising • Special EventsCorporate • Community • FairsBourn Academy of DanceMon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.Sat. 9 p.m. - 3 p.m.WARNER BROTHERS/ USED WITH PERMISSIONmovie, the music. What music there is isgood, but just good, not fantastic. No onewill walk out of the theater with a song intheir heads, to be sure. Then the inevitablecomparison takes place: “The NightmareBefore Christmas” had far superior music.Another note to gripe on, Depp, whileknown for being incredibly versatile as anactor, doesn’t sing a note. Sorry ladies.On the other hand, vast improvementshave been made over the original formula.The slightly jaunty movements of thepuppets from “Nightmare” have beenreplaced with smooth and unflawed motionand devoted attention to detail. For example,Victor plays piano at several points in themovie, and considering he’s a two-foot tallmarionette, it can’t be easy to make that lookbelievable. But it is, every key is hit in timeand there isn’t a fault to be found.And that’s not all, elaborate dancenumbers go off without a hitch, the dialogueis dubbed perfectly in time with theanimation. If you see this movie for no otherreason, see if for the beauty of its artwork.Don’t be fooled however, this is muchmore than a pretty moving picture. “CorpseBride” is first class entertainment, with acharming story, clever humor, and enoughquirks to keep up our creative spirits.UNIFORMSSchool • MedicalPolice • EMS • FireSports • Culinary330 498-0877MON - THUR 9 - 7FRI 9 - 6 • SAT 9 - 31339 N. Main • North Canton10.14.05 the viking views 33


MINE’S NOT A HIGH HORSEAaron MillerQWhat exactly is an“entertainment elitist”?Entertainment elitism is a debilitating condition that is oftenfound in high-schoolers, college students and aging hipsters alike.Although this particular ailment may delude the victim intothinking himself or herself above society’s normal cultural ground,it also carries with it a dangerous risk: those affected findthemselves relatively shunned by all—except for their fellowelitists. I assure you that you know one of these people. Theseare the people who devote entire walls to their CD collections.These are the people who consistently go to the library for reasonsother than to get their psychology project done. These are thepeople who know who the cinematographer was for some foreignfilm from Italy in 1963 that starred Marlon Brando’s estrangedcousin.I am an entertainment elitist. I admit it. And with thisconfession, I would like to offer a few telltale signs that you haveone of us on your hands. I realize that in doing this, I am in a waybetraying my brethren, but I feel that it’s necessary to divulge alittle information—we have, after all, been treating a lot of peoplelike jerks. Here goes:1. They are constantly carrying iPods. They use these asphysical evidence that they know more about music than mostpeople, and are not afraid to pull it out at any given time andfrantically scroll through lists of artists, albums, and songs. Someeven have speakers, which can easily be used as a means forbroadcasting their taste to anyone within listening distance. Theyare also usually pretty reluctant to hand it over.2. They all wear smug grins when pop culture is discussed.This is especially evident when one of their favorite bands ismentioned. They get all riled up and desperately try to hide theirenthusiasm. Anxiety shortly gives way to anger, however, whenthey start questioning the speaker’s loyalty to the band. Music tothem is almost like an exclusive cult. Everyone has to drink thecyanide Kool-Aid.3. They do not dance. Instead, they merely stand in one placeand slightly nod their head. They will periodically pause to wonderwhy people keep looking at them in strange ways. Those thatbecome enveloped in the “heat of the moment” on the dance floorare later deemed “poseurs” in darkened coffee shops, cast outand shunned.I should probably clarify that the previous rule only applies tomale elitists. Girl-dancing is encouraged.4. They sometimes carry around their favorite books, music,and movies for the sheer purpose of getting other people to noticethat they have them. When someone asks about them, they becomeantsy and quickly scurry back into the shadows of their local recordstore or independent cinema theater, much like Quasimodo intohis belfry.If we can catch this disease in its early stages, when theprospective elitist is looking into Bob Dylan’s back-catalogueand starting to read J. D. Salinger for the first time, it ispreventable. It is easily treated with high doses of top 40 musicand daytime television. If someone you know has begun toblather constantly about the importance of Quentin Tarantinoor the artistic merit of Bjork, please feel free to inform theEntertainment Emergency Center as quickly as possible. Doit for the good of mankind.“Asgard Rejects”Kellen Safreed34 the viking views 10.14.05


October / NovemberAlthough we cannot promise publication, please let us knowabout your cultural event! E-mail us atvv1nc@northcanton.sparcc.org.14Slipknot at theUS Bank Arena- 7:30 p.m.15Akron SymphonyOrchestraat EJ ThomasHall- 8 p.m.16The Simple LifeThrough the Eyesof RichardTreaster at theCanton Museumof Art“Dirty Love” intheaters today17Poetry night atMuggswigz– 8 p.m.A bright orange streak flies across yourvision. A roaring band is heard in your ear.You are at the Hoover halftime show puton by the Hoover Marching Band. Yourattention is brought to that orange streakyou saw earlier and now you recognize itas a flag member performing her routine.A name…a face…it’s Kelly Marks.Marks has been playing some type ofmusical instrument since the age of ninewhen she first started playing the piano.Joining marching band was the next step,so she took it. Appearing in the marchingband as a flutist her freshmen andsophomore year, Marks made the switchjunior year to flagline because, “a lot of myfriends were in it and you can’t really hearthe flutes on the field.”18 19 20 21The Hoover22Fall ChoirConcert“Stay” in theaterstoday- 7 p.m.AshleeSimpson’s album“I Am Me”released23 24 25 26 27 28 29Saw II intheaters today“House of Wax”on DVDOpen mic nightat MuggsWigz- 7:30p.m.Prints by MarcSnyder at KentState Stark FineArts GalleryLil’ Kim’s album“The NakedTruth” released30 31 1 2 3 4 5Happy“Little Manhattan”True Crime: NewHalloween!The Viking Viewsin theaters todayYork releasedcomes out today!todayOpen mic nightat MuggsWigz- 7:30 p.m.Past, Present andFuture at TheLittle Art Gallery- 6 to 8 p.m.Saves the Day,Senses Fail, TheEarly November,and SayAnything play atthe House ofBlues- 6 p.m.Ryan Cabrera’s“You StandWatching”releasedAngels inAmerica: TheMilleniumApproaches atKSU StarkTheaterDepartmentIn the spotlight: Kelly MarksKELLEN SAFREEDStraylight Run’salbum “Prepareto be Wrong”releasedArt-in-a-Case atMalone CollegeCampusThe Wizard ofOz at theCanton Ballet- 2 p.m.An Evening ofSmooth Jazz atthe Civic Center-8 p.m.You may have seen Marks in other partsof the school since she keeps a very busyschedule. “I am in NHS, Spanish club,Mock Trial, Marching Band, and in concertband season I am in symphonic bandplaying either a flute or a piccolo,” saidMarks.“I don’t really have a lot of spare time.When I do I mostly hang out with friends.”Another side of Marks is that she is verycreative. “I sometimes make my ownclothing,” she said.Overall Marks enjoys all of the activitesthat she is involved in and flagline is apostive aspect of her life.“Performing in flag is an exciting anddifferent experience,” Marks said.– Rebecca Mohr10.14.05 the viking views 35


sports SPORTSServing up success:Volleyball team hitting strideDominic GarriniStaff WriterAt Hoover High School, it is a tradition for the sports teams todo well. This year the girls volleyball team is no exception with a15-3 start.The team has bounced back from a slow 10-8 start ayear ago to have a solid start this year.They started the season with a victory in the BarbertonInvitational. This tournament proved to be a success as middlehitter Giavana DiPietro was named to the all-tournament team,and former player Rachel Busch was named MVP of thetournament.“It was very exciting winning the Barberton Tournament. Wehad won it in the past, but had a subpar performance there lastyear,” junior varsity coach D’Lynn Pritt said.The girls have also played well and come together as a team.“We play well and we are all friends off the court as well whichwill help us down the road,” sophomore Casey Anderson said.Federal League playThe team has beaten many Federal League opponents, andstepped up their game to defeat McKinley Sept. 29 giving them a5-2 record heading into the Federal League Tournament, Oct. 1.The girls and their coaches have a positive outlook on the leaguetournament and postseason play.“Our team goals were to play well, compete in the FederalLeague race and be well prepared and confident as we enter thepostseason tournament,” Pritt said.The team will have many tough opponents in postseason play.“We think that we are on the same level as all of the other teams,”senior Erica Deibel said.The team has encountered obstacles this year, with three earlylosses and a 3-2 Federal League start.“We have, like any other sports team, had many highs and lows.We have done a great job of staying the course,” head coach MiaThomas said.Postseason play•(Top) Giavana DiPietro spikes the ball over the net. •(Left)McKenna Russ bumps the ball to a teammate. •(Right)Giavana DiPietro serves the ball in a recent game. PHOTOS COUR-TESY OF MR. BILL GOULD.36 the viking views 10.14.05Despite the loss of two senior players, the team continues towin. Senior Lauren Klee is seeing additional playing time.Sophomores Ana Kidder, Hallie Legg, McKenna Russ, and CaseyAnderson continue to contribute to the team’s success.“I like the sophomores getting experience, and they are puttingin time and dedication to get better as they get older,” Deibel said.While most fall sports are wrapping up their seasons, thevolleyball team looks to put a strong ending on a winning season.“Our goals and expectations for the rest of the season remain asthey have been all season long. We are hoping that our best play isyet to come,” Thomas said. •V


College boundAmber Witt signs with CanisiusAshley KlineStaff WriterAfter years of agonizing conditioningworkouts, demanding practices and dozensof competitive basketball games, seniorAmber Witt’s hard work and dedication haspaid off in a big way.Witt will be fortunate enough to avoidthe stress of the college application processas she has accepted a full-ride basketballscholarship to Canisius College in Buffalo,New York.“I feel really blessed for thisopportunity,” Witt said. “I’ve playedbasketball for such a long time, and nowall of my hard work has paid off.”Canisius has always expressed interestin Witt, and it wasn’t until they offered herthe scholarship that she went to visit theschool in September. Once in New York,Witt met with academic advisors and theathletic director. But Witt spent most of hertime getting better acquainted with herfuture basketball teammates. It wasn’t untilthe last day of her visit to Canisius that Wittaccepted the scholarship and committed tothe college.The scholarship is worth over $30,000in tuition and fees. It covers the cost fortextbooks, housing, a food program andtuition.Paul Wackerly, the Hoover girls’ varsitybasketball coach, feels that Amber’scommitment helped her to earn thescholarship“Amber is a very talented player whoworks hard, and because of that she got anamazing opportunity,” Wackerly said. “I amvery proud of her.”Witt’s mother, Missy Witt, also feels thatthis is an opportunity her daughter has trulyexpressed interest in.Canisius is a Division I school in theMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference(MAAC). According to Witt, this will makefor a more competitive atmosphere than shehas been used to.“When I come in as a freshman, I amgoing to have to work even harder to getplaying time,” Witt said. “It’s going to bea different style of playing becauseeveryone is just as good of a player aseveryone else.”However, adjusting to a newShannon Pifer• (Top left) Witt drives past Stephanie Gibsonin practice.• (Above) Witt shoots over Reginadefenders last season.environment may not be too difficult forWitt because former Hoover student, BrettWackerly, also attends Canisius.“It will be really nice to have a familiarface there. Brett and I are good friends andhe’ll help me adjust to basketball and thecollege life,” Witt said.Witt credits her hard earned success inbasketball to the never-ending support fromher family.“My family has always been there forme,” Witt said. “They have never missed agame in all of the years I’ve playedbasketball, and they encourage me to strivefor the best.”Witt also recognizes the impact coachWackerly has had on her because he hasalways motivated her to do her best on thebasketball court.Besides accomplishing her goals inbasketball, Witt hopes to major in biologywhile at Canisius to eventually pursue a jobin the medical field.After one more basketball season atHoover, Witt will be moving on to newopportunities on the court at Canisius. Wittbelieves it will be a “very excitingexperience”.“I can’t wait until next year to playbasketball and attend Canisius because Iabsolutely love it,” Witt said. •VMerritt Woods10.14.05 the viking views 37


sports updatesGameFacesSARAH THARPGame FacesName: Lauren BolenderGrade: 9sport: TennispostioN: #3 SinglesHiGHliGHts:• Second place inflight #3 singles inFederal League• Played in USTAtournamentsGirls TennisName: Matt AndrewsGrade: 12sport: SoccerpostioN: SweeperHiGHliGHts:• Team Captain• Four-year letterman• All-county and all-federalleague last two years.otHer activities:• Track: 300 hurdles4x400 and 4x200• Academic Challenge•Mock Trial•Vice-President of NHS• At Left: Kelly PieroThe girl’s tennis team is still swinging with a record of 14-4. The girls won theLouisville doubles tournament on Sept. 17. Junior Rachel Bundy and senior KristenGibbs won the second flight. The girls will compete in the Federal LeagueTournament on Sept. 30.Story: Logan Wern • Photo: Sarah TharpGirls Soccer• At Left: Jackie NicodemoThe Hoover girls’ soccer team has had a few bumps in its season with a 6-5-3record. The girls are bouncing back from their slow start with recent wins againstMcKinley (5-20, Perry (3-1) and West Branch (5-0), and ties with Canfield (0-0),Marlington (1-1) and Austintown Fitch (2-2). The top scorer for the Vikings issophomore Jackie Nicodemo. The girls have since played Wooster and Jackson.Story: Dan Boyer • Photo: Rachel BouerGirls Cross Country• At Left: Natalie Cline and fellow runnersThe girls’ team placed third at the Cloverleaf Invitational on Sept. 24. They werelead by Taryn Cochran and Tracy Risaliti who placed sixteenth and twenty-thirdrespectively. The girls’ cross country team tied with Minerva for fourth at theStark County meet on Oct. first. They were lead by Taryn Cochran and WhitneyStevenson who ran 20:06 and 20:41 and took fourteenth and thirtieth respectively.Story: Rachel Bosyj • Photo: Jacob BrownGirls GolfracHel Bosyj• At Left: Katie MotzThe girls golf season has now come to an end. The Lady Vikes went 7-7 overall andwere 4-3 in the league. They recently placed sixth in the sectional tournament.Katie Motz and Morgan Monaco won first team federal league, and Kaley Smitleyreceived an honorable mention in the same category. Both Motz tied for tenth andSmitley tied for eleventh out of a 104 players total at the sectional tournament.Story: Aaron Miller • Photo: Dan Boyer38 the viking views 10.14.05DEREK QUINNBEST oftheBESTJackieNicodemo:Is the LadyVikings’ leadingscorerFerris Nimen:Won the StarkCounty open raceKatie Motz andMorgan Monaco:Were named tofirst team FederalLeague


sports briefsPat Brady• After a 1-3-1 start the boys’ soccer teamhas bounced back winning seven of theirlast eight and are now 8-3-2. The Vikingshave been led offensively by senior DrewFurlong(19 goals),a n dsophomoreTaylorKiefer (atleft withM i k eTabeling)(9 goals, 10assists)over thelast eight games. At the other end the Vikingsdefense has only given up two goals overthat span led by senior defender MattAndrews and sophomore goalie Sam Maj.The boys finish the regular seasontomorrow at Jackson.• The injury-plagued football team has stillmanaged a 5-1 record so far this year.Sophomore Kevin Dahl has stepped up forthe team in place of injured junior runningback Seth Allman. Dahl has scored fourtouchdowns in two starts Vikings includingthe winning touchdown on a 26-yard runagainst GlenOak. Junior Aaron Dodds hasstepped in on the defensive side of the ballfor Allman. Senior wide receiver KyleFeinberg (bottom right) is now playingdefense due to senior Mike Spalding’s injury.• School spirit is showing atsoccer games. The Hoover soccerfield, hidden behind the footballpractice field, is becoming afamiliar place for students. Linedup against the fence, students areshowing their support for theVikings and letting the opponentknow how they feel about them.The fact that the fence is so closeto the field has caused problemsfor the opponents. So much so,that teams have complained to thereferee at halftime. This is makingit tough for awayteams to play here.The boys play atJackson tomorrow fora share of the FederalLeague title, so thosewho have found theirway to the soccer field should go to Jacksonand continue the support. They then returnhome against Lake for their first post-seasonmatch.Kevin Dahl:Rushed for acombined 206yards againstLake andGlenOakDrew Furlong:Scored five goalsagainst McKinleyBoys CrossCountry:Ranked second inthe stateErik Kattman:Tied for medalistat sectionaltournamentFootball• At Right: Kyle Robbins and Scott GnauTied for the Federal League lead, the Vikings have won three straight games andkept a record of 5-1. They opened league play by defeating Boardman 19-15. AgainstLake the Vikings recorded their first shutout in over a year, with a 21-0 victory. OnSept. 30 they beat GlenOak as their defense held the golden eagles’ and Division 1prospect Mike Hartline to one touchdown, winning 14-10.Story: Tyler Drake • Photo: Shannon PiferBoys Soccer• At Right: Will BallasAfter a 9-0 win against McKinley, the boy’s soccer team improved their record to8-3-2. Drew Furlong led the Vikings in goals with five while teammates TaylorKiefer, Mike Tabeling, David Severyn, and Matt Andrews each had one. Ondefense, both Russ Aldridge and Michael Miller had one save. The boys arecurrently second in the Federal League.Story: Sarah Tharp • Photo: Derek Quinn• At Right: Adam StackpoleBoys Cross CountryThe boys’ cross country team took first place in the Stark County meet. Hooverwas led by junior Chad Kostelnik and sophomore Nick Stroemple who finishedseventh and ninth, respectively. This was the fifth meet the Vikings have won thisyear. The team is now ranked second in the state going in to Districts tomorrow atMalone College.Story: Pat Brady • Photo: Jacob BrownBoys Golf• At Right: Mark GradyThe boy’s golf team ended their season with a victory over McKinley in their lastregular season match on Sept. 27. They had their last Federal League tournamentSept. 30 where they placed fourth. Mark Grady won the tournament with a score of73. This brings their regular season record to 5-4, and their Federal League recordto 4-3.Story: Melissa Reynolds • Photo: Dan Boyer10.14.05 the viking views 39


4th QuarterQAre the Indians returning totheir former glory?Though in the prime of football season, it was a baseballteam that made the biggest splash this September. People allover the state became engrossed in the Indians late seasonpush, and though they came two games short of making it tothe playoffs, their success this season brought hope forfuture seasons.In the first four weeks of September the Tribe won 17 of 19games to put themselves only 1 1/2 games behind the ChicagoWhite Sox in the Central Division, and in the lead of theAmerican League Wild Card race. Only one month earlier theWhite Sox were 15 games ahead of the Indians, and theywere 41/2 games behind Oakland in the Wild Card race.The team was on a roll, and everyone began to take noticeof this group of young emerging stars. Of the eight everydayplayers only two, Aaron Boone and Casey Blake (both 32),were over 30. And of the five pitchers in rotation no one wasover the age of 30.They were playing the best baseball the club had seenthis side of Manny Ramirez, and doing it all with lesser–known players. The bullpen emerged as the best in theAmerican League behind E.R.A. leader Kevin Millwood, 18game-winner Cliff Lee, and closer Bob Wickman who tied forthe AL saves title. To complement the bullpen, the team puttogether the sixth best batting average in the majors, led byVictor Martinez who had the second best half batting averageof any player in baseball, designated hitter Travis Hafner,and center-fielder Grady Sizemore.They were young, charismatic and above all, winners,Jacob BrownRachel BouerTyler Drakesomething unfamiliar to Cleveland teams recently (except theCavs last season). But in the end, they kept true to theirroots, falling short–like all Cleveland teams do.Their biggest downfall was that they couldn’t win thegames that mattered, against quality opponents. Out of their69 losses, 36 were by one run. They lost a combined eightout of 13 games to the Yankees and Red Sox, their two biggestWild Card foes, and lost 14 out of 19 games to their divisionalchampion White Sox. They even managed to lose two out ofthree games against the Devil Rays, the second worst teamin baseball, when their postseason status was on the line.Even more crushing though were the final three losses of theseason, in the final three games of the season.With the Buckeyes and Browns both having the weekendoff, Northeast Ohio’s undivided attention was on watchingthe Indians self-destruct in the beginning of October. Thetribe had to treat these last three games like playoff games inorder to stay alive. That said, if this were the Divisional series(best of five games), the Indians just got swept by the veryteam, the White Sox, that they would’ve faced should theyhad made the playoffs. Not only that, but they got swept bythe White Sox benchwarmers, as the White Sox had alreadyclinched the Central Division.No, they couldn’t pull it out this year, as they folded underpressure–just like all Cleveland teams do. However theiryouth and vitality brings about a familiar saying to Clevelandteams:Just wait until next year.Katie SponsellerSports: CapturedShannon PiferCourtesy of Mrs. Kathi Russ[clockwise from bottom left] • Sophomore Matt Wakulchickruns past the opponents. • Senior Matt Smearcheck finishesthe race at the Stark County Championships. •Sophomore Casey Anderson hits a 10-ball during a recentgame. • Sophomore Georgie Strohmenger gets ready fora shot. • Senior Jacob Milligan drives by a defender.10.14.05 the viking views 40

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