Asha Jones ’15
The season of pigskin has come to an end. The Cavs end the season behind with a record of 4-5. Unfortunately with a record like that they could not make it to the playoffs this year.
The team started out with a winning streak of 3-0. With mounds of dedication they tried their best to keep that streak going against Madison, but misfortune led them to a devastating first lost.
No one can explain why the season turned out the way it did. Captains Jalen Dingle ‘14, Raylan Hill ‘14, and Jaylan Clark ‘14 all agree on one thing though, it was hard adjusting to the new coaching and not enough players. “With the late hiring of the coach, we never got the feeling for his new system. It’s very hard to learn a new coaching style” said Jalen Dingle ‘14.
The loss of key players is what really brought the team down. “The lack of back up players was a real downfall for the team.” said Raylan Hall ‘14.
As the wins went down so did the Cavaliers spirit. No one was expecting the astonishing loss at the Homecoming game where the Cavs lost to Clawson 48-32. “It was still fun.” said Caldin Rodgers ‘15. Although the players may have thought it was fun, fans felt a little different. “I was hyped for the game, it was my first Homecoming game but taking a loss didn’t make it good.” said Nate Jordan ‘17.
Even though the team will be losing a lot of key players due to graduation, hopefully the Cavs can pick it up next year and be better prepared.
Ruling over the case of the City of Detroit’s motion to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, today Judge Rhodes ruled that the city of Detroit is eligible. Rhodes was quoted saying “This once proud city can’t pay its debts. It’s insolvent. At the same time, it has an opportunity for a fresh start.” Rhodes also indicated that pensions would be cut if bankruptcy was granted.
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Christina Wurzinger ’16
We’ve all heard the term; “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and yet society still can’t seem to wrap their heads around it. Constantly day to day people are being judged by their appearance. It’s almost as if how you look and act suddenly reflects who you are, and we all know that’s far from true.
It really blows my mind how someone can just judge you off of your looks. It’s beyond sickening, it’s not what’s on the outside it’s what in the inside. People honestly just can’t seem to realize this. What you wear, and what you look, and feminine or masculine presentations do not define your personality or who you are.
We’ve all been through things throughout our lives, whether good or bad. Our looks don’t tell others those stories. Stereotyping is plain wrong, and it needs to stop. Soon, myself and a few friends of mine plan to participate in activities to raise awareness about prejudging. We want to send a message that prejudging hurts and it is not acceptable. And you can do your part, get involved, and don’t judge books by their cover. You never know what may be on the inside.
DeMarria Motley ‘16
This year Dominique Stalling will be the new cheer coach. Stalling is looking for cheerleaders for basketball season that will thrive, practice hard and be committed to what she needs. Stalling requires young ladies that will put forth all effort and not joke around.
During football season, Stalling also coached the cheerleaders. The girls claim to love Stalling because she pushes them to do their best. During the football season the girls came up with at least 10 new cheers. Stalling gave the girls the opportunity to make up cheers and present them to their teammates.
Stalling is helping her team improve by having the girls take gymnastics lessons, to help improve their skills and structure. She hopes it will benefit the team in the future.
Mar’Keia Petty ‘14
The Math Department is coming together to improve students’ ability to do math. Many Students have problems adapting to the math high school has to offer but there are many different strategies the Math Department staff has put together so that students have a better understanding of the work and are comfortable with their math skills in and out of school.
The math department is always trying to find new ways to encourage kids. According to Math Teacher Marian Guracech, each math teacher has different strategies to keep learning constantly and to provide frequent evaluations to meet each students needs. The new strategies help students be more aware and active, but every student may not adapt to those strategies. So some strategies could change to benefit the student.
ACT & MEAP sample math questions are given to students to give them a feel on how the test are, and the standards they have to meet for each test. It’s very important to the staff that every student is exposed to different sample questions from those tests. Students are getting a lot of help from those questions which has helped students do better on their class work. “Freshman year there were a lot more notes than the following years. Over the years things became more hands on which improved my math skills.” said Guracech.
There are many success stories of students on how the combined efforts of teachers and students leads to a smart, bright future.
Christina Wurzinger ’16
Philadelphia’s Alex G. and L.A.’s R.L.Kelly recently released their 7” split. (The talented/dynamic/amazing/beautiful duo) Released a mixtape on September 24th, the melancholy tone yet almost nostalgic, dreamy, lyrics create a phenomenal mixtape. With six songs that’ll have you in a whirlwind of emotions. Within a matter of minutes you’ll be captured in a lo-fi dream world.
Being a huge fan of Alex G., and R.L.Kelly myself, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that the both of them were going to collaborate with each other. Once again, both of them exceeded my expectations, particularly with the lyrics. They’re beyond relatable, a bittersweet fantasy constantly switching between many strong emotions.
Specifically, “The voices” is one song that really stood out to me, I found myself in an indescribable state of mind, being able to relate my own personal feelings to a song is beyond importance for me. Not only this song, but in all of them I was able to take my own feelings and relate them to the songs.
The whimsical atmosphere created with various instruments is beyond comprehensible. Overall, I give this mixtape 5/5 Shields. When music hits me on such a deep emotional level I can’t help but find myself hooked. I highly recommend anyone who’s into post-alternative or lo-fi to check not only the 7” split out, but both of their music.
You can check out Alex G here: sandy.bandcamp.com
You can check out R.L. Kelly here: rlkelly.bandcamp.com
Antonia Ruthenberg ’15
The three-time defending AL Central Champions are receiving something new. A 44-year-old something. With almost no managerial experience and 18 seasons of catching being the one thing under his belt, Brad Ausmus takes the manager position from Jim Leyland after he stepped down about three weeks ago.
Ausmus worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager. He managed Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, but he’s inexperienced as a manager compared to some other potential candidates. The Tigers also interviewed bench coach Rick Renteria and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach as well as Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon.
He emerged from the woodwork as Detroit’s pick for Leyland’s absence. Ausmus needs to be prepared to take over a team currently holding proudly AL championship series three straight years running, positioning himself for another big season with some of the most powerful boys in the 2014 season.
Ausmus is 24 years younger than the man he is replacing, and he inherits a roster and several big names, including Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. He will have the opportunity to take a win right away in the begin, having to deal with pretty high expectations.
The contrasts between Ausmus and Leyland are obvious, he will have to prove he can guide this star-studded team through the inevitable rough patches. But it wasn’t long that he was on the other side of that player-manager relationship. He played for the Tigers for part of the 1996 season, and again from 1999-2000. He played in the majors from 1993-2010. He played a total of 1,971 games with four different teams.
With no experience of being a manager and all of his experience in MLB being on the real fields, his chances were slim but right. His preparation is helpful, he has a good fit with this team. But keeping his reins on such a powerful, headstrong team could become a challenge leading him face first into the 420 foot wall at Comerica.
Robert Swetlic ’16
When you walk into the Lakefront Bistro, the first thing to grab your eye is the display case filled with the most delectable looking desserts. Once you manage to peel your eyes away from the assortment, the friendly staff will seat you and quickly take our drink orders.
The staff was pleasant and friendly, and despite the fact that myself and fellow diners were acquainted with the staff, they kept up their level of professionalism throughout the meal.
At first glance the menu may seem small, but that doesn’t mean it will be an easy choice. The menu will have you torn between the homestyle meals you love and the interesting meals you’ve always wanted to try. In fact, the culinary class smokes their own meat in the courtyard near the lunch room.
I had the pasta and meatballs as well as the Italian Egg Drop soup. And both we delicious. The soup had me prepared for the kind of egg drop you get at a Chinese cuisine restaurant, however it was as far from that as you can get. The broth was light, with spinach, egg and interestingly shaped noodles.
The first thing that struck me about the pasta entree was the beautiful way the food was plated. And it tasted even better than it looked. Perfectly seasoned and excellent marinara sauce.
After the pasta came possibly the most delicious dessert I have ever tasted. Italian vanilla custard with fresh berries on top. This dessert was to die for. The texture of the italian custard was unlike anything I had ever tasted before and it was certainly delicious.
The Lakefront Bistro was not only professional but they also prepared excellent food. Upon leaving I couldn’t help but wish that I had asked for a second meal in a to-go box. I would give the Lakefront Bistro four and half out of five Shields and highly recommend it to citizens looking for a great meal at a great price.
The Lakefront Bistro is open Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. And it costs $6.00 for one meal, including delectable dessert.
Antonia Ruthenberg ’15
When coming back from summer vacation, students expect everything to be the same as last year. However this year, something was amiss. As rowdy students flooded into the school, they found that someone was missing, Math Teacher Mark Cunha.
On July 5th, Cunha had an accident while on a family vacation with his wife and two young daughters. He suffered a major blow to the back of his neck paralyzing him from the neck down.
Math department leader and close friend Nicole Peddycord found out on July 9th. “The amount of time that passed between updates from Mark’s wife killed me, but I waited patiently for good news.”
When school began, teachers in the department had an odd disposition about them. Peddycord was feeling down, working next to Cunha for six years, and being close friends with him, she the usually upbeat Peddycord seemed to hang low on the first day. “I was the first person to know, I was completely disheartened, [it felt] like something was missing at school.”
Soon, news spread to students and other faculty members. Everyone’s heart went out to Cunha. On the day of the Pep Rally, it seemed strange that he was not there to catch for the football toss as he does every year. However, when he and his wife made an appearance at the Homecoming dance in his wheelchair, students crowded around to show their support.
Everyone is doing what they can to help Cunha in any way possible, as his absence is a major loss to South Lake’s community. Science teacher Paul Voydanoff changed the focus of his annual “Wig for Kids” fundraiser to raising money for Cunha. In September, he held a 50-50 raffle fundraiser at Homecoming to offset the costs of hospital bills and transportation. “The substantial amount of help we have received is great, (we have raised) over seven hundred dollars.” says Voydanoff.
The staff misses Cunha, him not being there to eat lunch with the science guys made a difference. Fridays are not the same with the math department. He wasn’t there to toss jokes around at lunch or to his neighbors in classrooms next door. The staff misses his personality. “He is just an all around great guy.” said biology teacher Jamie Fahrney. Science teacher Paul Cusumano said, “Him not being at lunch with all of us wasn’t the same, laughing was always a thing we did with him.” His humor had a way of lighting up the school, his personality is surely being missed.
The changes that came with his absence were tough, but he is on the road to recovery. On October 1st he was released from the hospital and continues physical therapy in his home. Now there is hope that he will soon be back in his classroom where he is meant to be at South Lake High School.
Christina Wurzinger ‘16
I’ve always found myself profoundly interested in feminism. I was never “really” educated on where feminism in this day and age stands. Dedicating my summer to various pro-feminist blogs, and books drowning in girl power. After reading Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monolouges”, I had found myself in a whole different realm of exhilarating inspiration from girls all around the globe.
After my extensive research I came to my own conclusion on what I view as feminism. Every woman no matter what race, age, etc. has probably had derogatory remarks spit out at them at some point. Those remarks may not intended to have anything to do with gender, but they do. Let me explain why, calling any female a foul remark because of what she wears, what she does, what she believes in, who she is, or what she looks like is a direct attack to all females. If one girl is shot down, then we all are. Feminism is truly a woman’s thriving appreciation and acceptance of who she is no matter what barrier attempts to block her way.
The fact is various people, not just men, but WOMEN as well don’t seem to understand this whatsoever. I see so many girls speaking their mind and doing what they want yet they’re considered, b******,sluts, and whores.
Not too long ago I was talking to a friend about feminism, and why I think each woman should embrace her own inner feminism. He looked at me and said “girls just think they should be treated better than anything and everyone else”. This is a prime example of how women are told that ideals pertaining to their gender, and their own self acceptance is looked down upon.