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Tuesday, January 15 , 2013

Pennies for Possibilities


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The fourth annual mr. Canyon Ridge high School proved to be successful! Who came out on top?

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Driving in the snow


BY SABRYNA SCHMIDT
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When Christmas neared and Canyon Ridges biggest fundraising event began, Pennies for Possibilities took over the school during the month of December. Student Council runs this event and the classes compete against each other to raise the most money for needy families who need Christmas. The winner of the classes (the class that raises the most money for the cause) receives a half day off before spring break. Though the fight was fierce between the seniors and the juniors, the juniors came out on top bringing in around $6400. Seniors raised $5200, sophomores brought in $2000, and the freshman delivered $1400. Canyon Ridge student council, students, faculty, and the entire community worked hard to contribute around $15000 for six families for Christmas. between the two high schools, Canyon Ridge and Twin Falls, $30000 was

raised for needy families. This years Pennies for Possibilities at Canyon Ridge was a little different than previous years. Canyon Ridge students went to businesses and the result was amazing. businesses are still donating money for next years Pennies and as money and merchandise trickles in, more families can be helped. Wreny blick, a junior at Canyon Ridge, took extra time out of his normal schedule and raised over $1000 by himself. businesses like lithia, Requa Farms, Ford middlekauff, etc., donated money to help the families. Fred meyer donated an additional $200 in food including a turkey, fruit basket, and other merchandise to the six families. mr. belliston, supervisor of student council, stated, businesses were great. All the contributions helped out a lot. After all the money was raised, student council went shopping for the families. Families asked for the bare necessities because they did not have basic things

that many take for granted. blankets, shoes, sheets, and soap were a few things that they needed and asked for over the typical things that many consider Christmas presents. Carmen Perez, student council vice president and senior at Canyon Ridge, was amazed at the experience. She stated, Anyone could see the true happiness and the true spirit of Christmas. The families did not have anything and were amazed at what we brought even though they knew we were coming. She called it a, . . . bonding experience. People come together in student council because the people who are not usually emotional really are. She stated that she wished everyone could be there when they bought and delivered the presents for the families. If every person could see what we do, we would still be getting loads of money. The end result of Pennies for Possibilities at Canyon Ridge alone gave six families a Christmas that was truly wonderful,

while teaching an entire community that Christmas is about giving. Thank you to everyone who donated time, effort, merchandise, money, and anything toward the families in need. We look forward to next years season of giving.

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Student Council members join together to count the thousands of dollars in change that was raised.

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Samra Ramovic passes present over to Carmen Perez, adding to the large pile of gift for the needy families.

Synergy performance
BY RILEE EMERSON
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Come on, Its Christmas! was the first song heard at Canyon Ridge high Schools first annual Synergy! Christmas show on December 8. The show was performed at the CRhS auditorium, and had two show times. Their first showing was at two p.m. and the second at seven thirty p.m. The show featured solos, duets, a trio, a quartet, and a reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas . The show started with a group number, and then continued with a duet singing My Grown up Christmas List and a trio that sang I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. After that there was a duet between Aaron burton, senior, and

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his father blake burton, who sang their favorite Christmas song Welcome to Our World. Afterwards there was a duet performance of Silver Bells accompanied by two guitars and a performance of Believe from the animated movie The Polar Express by the whole group. Following this was a quartet performing What Child is This and jake Packham, (12), singing his solo Mistletoe, where he brought a young girl up on stage for a special performance. The night wouldnt have been the same without the traditional Carol of the Bells, which was performed in the form of a piano solo by hailey Whitehead (11). To bring an even more traditional feel, reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas was given

to all the young children, and those who are still young at heart, up on the stage. To close the show, the whole group came to sing a medley from Dr. Suess How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This was the most colorful part of the show by far, as all the group was dressed in bright, mismatched colors and clothes, even having green hair thrown into the mix. The show was something to remember and as one sophomore, Porter Casdorph said, it is a way of getting to express myself and have fun with my friends. mrs. Goodrich, Synergys director, commented that the kids are very dedicated and very involved; we have athletes, the student body president, and people with after school

jobs. Sometimes, they have to come in at six thirty in the morning to practice. She also went on to say that we are learning as we go, and we already have new ideas for next years preparation. Even though some people couldnt attend, there is another chance to see the part of the show at the next concert, scheduled in February. Synergy has truly added holiday cheer to the season.

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Synergy performers all look at jake Packham while singing youre a mean one, mr. Grinch.

Getting prepared for college


BY KATHERINE JACKSON
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As the beginning of senior year begins, students already have to think about the year to come. many things come as one goes into their senior year. Seniors now get to choose class rings, senior pictures, senior wear, and ones cap and gown. There are many other choices that one can choose to make as one enters a mile stone in ones life. Scholarships start to become an important aspect of senior year, where the students must find the scholarships that will prove most beneficial. Why

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would one need to worry so much about scholarships? College. There are many colleges in the country to choose from. The question is how does one know which one to choose? The main thing to look at is the cost. one should try and find a college that they can afford. Kim Draves, counselor here at CRhS, states you should go to the financial department and look at the financial packages that the school has to offer. Try and find a college that has a good financial department and also has a lot to offer. Another way to get money is through scholarships. ChobANI PlANT

Seniors should try and find a college that has the program that they want to do. Some people go into a college doing something that they dont really want to do. Kim Draves says, Find the school that has the main program that you want. If you end up not following what youre fully into, stop doing that and then switch schools. Its a hassle trying to switch all of the credits. you could lose a lot of money. If one has a passion for something, then why not follow it? Now one of the main things that attract people is how the college looks. one FEATuRES:

piece of advice from Kim Draves is Go on campus. Visit the college and see if you sees yourself there in four years, or at least two. Check out the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, and look inside the classes. This is an important task, as going into a completely new area can make students doubt their college of choice. College is a big part of life. Try and find a college that is affordable, a main program offered that is ideal, and a college that is attractive in the way it looks. There is a lot more to college than one may think, so make a smart choice. ComEDy jAm

Winter is a lovely season that brings holiday spirit, candy canes, Christmas trees and snow. Snow can be very dangerous to drive on as it makes the road very icy and slick. black ice is hard to see on roads, as it appears invisible, leaving drivers unaware of the potential dangers it can cause. The best way to avoid a head on collision is to drive as little as possible. For those who have a life and need to use your car, keeping cat litter in the back of the car can really come in handy. If one gets stuck in the snow somewhere, they can simply take the cat litter out (poor kitty will have to find somewhere else to pee) and pour it in front of the tires! The cat litter will help melt the snow and give traction to help the car get out of the snow and back onto the road. before driving, one must always check that their car is safe to drive. one should always use an ice scraper to rid the ice from the windshields. many people feel like they must keep driving the speed limit even during cold weather conditions. If visibility is limited and the roads are very icy, go however slow that is needed to go in order to be safe. When coming to a stop, one should pump their brakes and gradually slow down much farther behind the stop then one usually would. It is never a bad idea to keep blankets and a few hard candies in the car during the winter. If in the case one gets stuck or stranded, a blanket can become a new best friend. hard candies will keep the mouth and provide some, not much, food and nutrients if it is a dire situation. This can be very helpful while waiting for help to come and get the car out of the snow. Some sort of survival kit should be prepared before the first years snow. In case of a break-down, things like a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, an ice scraper, and a few pairs of extra socks can be useful. Cold weather brings some dangers to the roads. Slick roads encourage many collisions, and winter season there have already been several reports of car sliding on the ice. Remember that it is always safe inside the home, and one does not have to travel on the roads when it is not necessary. Drive safe!

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A Toyota Salara that is very unsafe to drive during the winter season.

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Nick Perius crowned Mr. CRHS


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Business Professionals of America put on the fourth annual Mr. CRHS on December 12, 2012, where ten seniors went on stage in efforts to show off their talents and charm. The night started off with BPA President, Samra Ramovic, giving a warm welcome to the audience. With this, she introduced BPA advisors Mrs. Bean and Mrs. Bollinger, BPA officers Ana Pelayo and Senada Kadric, and the emcee of the night, Mr. Hall. Once Mr. Hall took his place of four years at the podium, he called out the contestants. Jake Packham, James Andrus, Kiefer Starks, Cody Gates, Aaron Burton, Jacob Quaintance, Nick Perius, Jacob Newton, Blaze Requa, and Kerim Muftic all came out on stage during their brief description. The ten boys all stood proudly next to their escorts, and then they left the stage.

After some door prizes were handed out, the talent began. There were various talents to be shown, and the crowd was excited for what was to come. Jake Packham started off the competition with his talent of singing. He began the song with his use of the ukulele, and then set it aside so he could perform more freely in front of the audience. Following this was James Andruss talent, which was quite memorizing. He announced that he would be doing a waltz, which he had choreographed himself. The audience was amazed at the result of his efforts. Jacob Quaintance took the stage and started off with some jokes. Is the sun out here? he says as he refers to the bright lights. He then started talking of his love for impersonating cartoon characters, taking the voices of the Tazmanian Devil and Chewbacca. the teacher asked me, did you do your homework? To which he simply responded

with his famous Chewbacca noise. After this, he gave a great performance of Silverbells. Later on, Blaze Requa showed off his talent of cow tipping. A cow was waiting on stage when Blaze came rolling in on his mini tractor. He then prepared to tip the cow by ripping off his shirt, and proved to be successful in his talent of cow tipping. Many talents were shown throughout the night and the audience loved each one. After Kerims talent, some door prizes were given, and then it was time for the impromptu questions. Jake Packham was asked what movie has been most influential on his life, to which he responded, The Land before Time has definitely been the most influential to me. I learned that big dinosours are bad, always. Id say that movie has blessed my life the most. Aaron Burton got the question if you are what you eat, then what are you? which caused Aaron

to be confused as to how he got this question. He then responded, From the famous words of Jack Black Im a big bowl of awesome. Blaze Requa was asked if you were an artist, which medium would you use, and what important message would you share? Blaze delivered his answer plain and simple with, Merica and left the stage. After last years Mr. CRHS winner, Josh Gonzales, performed, the ten contestants then came back on stage for awards. Each senior stood in anticipation next to their escorts, and then Mr. Hall revealed the winners. Awards included the best Evening Wear which went to Jake Packham, Talent to James Andrus, Personality to Nick Perius and Peoples Choice to Nick Perius. Runner up went to James Andrus, and our fourth annual Mr. CRHS is Nick Perius! Nick proved successful in being not only the peoples choice, but the judges choice also.

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Carrie Clifford and Aaron Burton duet to Heaven in Mr. CRHS. They amazed the audience!

Cody Gates demonstrates his amazing moves of Evolution of Dance to the audience.

Nick Perius shows off one of many trophies alongside escort Veronica Fustos.

Nick Perius and Bobby Rios show off their skills in the talent competition.

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Romney after the election: Where is he now?


BY COURTNEY BERTONI
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After a devastating loss in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney has had to deal with a difficult recovery. Many republicans are now asking the question; where is he now? Rumors are flying, but whats the truth? The morning after the governors loss, the man was seen surrounded by family. His wife, children, and grandchildren gathered around and bonded over chocolate milk. As for the

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candidates future, it is uncertain. Some sources say he will delve into his nonprofit work or become a more active member of his Mormon church. Although supporters of Romney do not expect any kind of political future, there is opportunity for the candidate to take a place in the Republican Party. Romneys help has been requested in helping to plan the GOPs next four years. However, as soon as 2016 rolls around and the next election begins,

Romney will take no part in the election. Romneys own wife stated, Absolutely he will not run again. Many conservatives now see Romney as a major role model. After all, the man is still in his prime at sixty-five and as healthy as he can be. He has built his own business and invested in countless amounts of stock and other business related funds. Many agree that Romney may have a future in financial advising. In the Mormon community, the man is seen as highly

esteemed. Romney is so highly viewed that many would like to see the candidate publish a book. According to sources, Romney kept a detailed journal of his travels while campaigning. Whether or not Romney will publish his private articles remains unseen. As for now, Romney is enjoying the quiet life, spending some time with his family. Even those closest to him do not know what is next for the candidate. Be on watch!

CRHS students and their Senior Projects


BY AUTUMN MYERS
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The Class of 2013 is the first class in Idaho to be assigned with the senior project. Many groaned in pain at the thought of having to do more work. Although some may view the senior project as a waste of time, others are making their senior project memorable. Sarah Pak completed her senior project over the summer, the Mutt Strutt. She chose to help the animal shelter because of her passion and love for animals. The community was invited to CSI and bring their dogs, in efforts of raising donations. She rose over $1,000 for the animal shelter, and 300 lbs. of pet

food. This was a tremendous donation that she had made. It was such a great turnout that many are hoping for it to be an annual event. Another senior, Sara McLain, did a fundraiser for her senior project. She titled it as the 5k Walk for Wishes. The fundraiser, as the title says, encouraged people to walk 5k in efforts to raise money for Make-AWish. Sara explains, I went through a program called Kids for Wish Kids! We raised $200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Idaho chapter! The reason why she chose to donate to Make-A-Wish is because her cousin was diagnosed with cancer, and the organization was able to make his wish come true. She was able to make

a big difference with the senior project, which many did not expect. With this, Sara is glad she was able to make a difference. When I first found out about the senior project I wasnt thrilled at all. Although, after doing the project and knowing that I helped a childs wish come true just made it all worthwhile! Sara McLain and Sarah Pak are just two of many seniors who are changing the community with what some may see as a school assignment. This project has been very beneficial, and seniors didnt expect it to be. Many are very doubtful of the idea of senior projects. 40 hours minimum being involved with the senior project may seem

like quite a task, but if one involves a passionate thing to do, it it makes the project much easier. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors, start thinking! The senior project is nearing quickly! For those who have no idea what to do their project on, think of a passion! For those who have a love for animals, take after Sarah Pak and talk with the animal shelter! For someone who may love to act, find a way to put on a play with a huge audience! The senior project is helping students to make a difference, while helping themselves! Many have chosen to do something that will benefit the community and there are many more great ideas to come!

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Its all Greek for Twin since new Chobani plant moves to town
On December 17, 2012, history was made here in Twin Falls, Idaho. The opening of the Chobani plant not only marked the beginning of a new era in the Magic Valley, but also in the state of Idaho. The opening ceremony started of with the star spangled banner played in a rendition on the electric guitar. As everyone took their seats the Lead Director of Sales kicked off the string of speeches that would take up the better part of the afternoon. As the first main speaker stood up, the crowd was full of excitement and pride for their new factory. This factory is not only the
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single biggest yogurt plant in the world, pushing nearly a million square feet, but was built in 326 days. The first of awards presented was a silver hard hat presented to Chobanis lead Architect. This man put in over 5 years of work days by working weekends, holidays, and long into the night. This man went above and beyond what was expected and his efforts paid off. On a project that was supposed to take nearly five years, this man made it possible for it to be open within the year. His award was well deserved. After this, a look at the history of the company was showed to the audience. It told the story about how Chobani was originally

started and then the original five, the five people who started the company were given a standing ovation. Idahos Butch Otter was next in the lineup telling the story of how important this factory is to the foundation of Idaho, and exactly what his role is. As his speech wound down, he offered forth a state proclamation making December 17 official Chobani Day in Idaho. The speech right after the Governor was Twin Falls own Mayor Greg Lanting. He told the story on just how excited he was when Chobani told our City Council that they were looking at the Magic Valley. The struggles of how the power change

with the recent elections was made apparent in his speech. Yet he managed to show off all of the gear he took during the ground breaking in January. Just like the Governor before him the Mayor signed a proclamation making December 17 Chobani Day in the city of Twin Falls. The final speaker of the day was founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. He told a story of the start of the company. Chobani was started in 2005 when Hamdi bought a yogurt factory that was going out of business in New York. His first order of business at his new company was painting the walls. This wall painting experience was described as the trust fall everyone

was looking for. After two years of perfecting their patented yogurt recipe they were finally ready to hit the shelves. In 2007 the first cup of yogurt hit shelves, and from there it took off. By 2010 Chobani was the #1 seller and producer or yogurt in America. By 2011 they were voted Americas yogurt, and by 2012 they became an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team. Despite all of these achievements, Hamdi says that their greatest achievement yet is the Magic Valley factory. This factory is the largest in the world, at nearly 1 million square feet, and was built in under a year. This is a milestone in Magic Valley history.

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Nerissa Schmechel, senior, shows off her new Chobani mittens at the Grand Opening.

A slideshow is presented about Chobani, revealing that it become the #1 Greek yogurt in 2010.

Governor Butch Otter expresses his excitement about Chobani and its importance to Idaho.

The original members of Chobani ,who helped the company take off, smile for the camera.

Founder and CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, tells his story of starting the company.

Is the Petraeus Scandal a national security risk?


BY SARA BUDDECKE
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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA director last week after an FBI investigation revealed he had an extramarital affair. The investigation also prompted questions about whether his paramour had inappropriate access to classified information. The scandal also has sparked an investigation into whether Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, sent inappropriate messages to a different woman, leading President Obama to put Allens nomination to become NATOs supreme allied chief on hold. The FBI uncovered the Petraeus affair while it investigated e-mails that his paramour, Paula Broadwell, allegedly sent to a Petraeus family friend, Jill Kelley, according to a U.S. official. Kelley, meanwhile, is the woman to whom Allen allegedly sent inappropriate e-mails, according to the Defense Department. Below is a summary of what we know about the situation. New developments A week after resigning as CIA director, Petraeus testified Friday in closed hearings to the House and Senate Intelligence committees about the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. -- Petraeus said the Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism committed by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican. Petraeus stated that he thought all along he made it clear that there was significant terrorist involvement, according to King. The congressman said the clear impression he got from Petraeus in September testimony was that the attack arose

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out of a spontaneous demonstration. According to King and other lawmakers, Petraeus testified that his resignation was not linked to the attack, a concern raised by administration detractors, given the timing of his departure just before the beginning of the hearings. Kelley visited the White House complex three times since September 28, a White House official said. The first two were for meals in the White House cafeteria with her sister and a White House staffer who met the Kelley family while visiting MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and the third one -- on November 4 -- was a White House tour along with her husband and their three children, said the official. Petraeus: I did not pass on classified information Opinion: 5 things weve learned from Petraeus scandal The Petraeus affair -- The FBI uncovered the affair between Petraeus, 60, and his biographer, Broadwell, 40, after Broadwell allegedly sent anonymous, harassing e-mails about Kelley -- first to Allen in May, and then to Kelley and her husband in June -- according to sources familiar with the case. -- Allen told Kelley about the e-mail he received, and Kelley eventually told an FBI agent -- a friend of hers -- about the messages, sources say. -- Kelley, 37, and her husband are friends of Petraeus and his family and friends of Allen. A Central Command spokesman said she is a volunteer with no official position at MacDill Air Force Base, where the U.S. Central Command is headquartered. -- The FBI determined that the messages came from Broadwell. One of the messages to Kelley was along the lines of stay away from my guy, a U.S. official says. -During the investigation of the e-mails,

other communications surfaced connecting Petraeus and Broadwell, who is a married mother of two living in North Carolina, an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at Kings College London. -- Broadwell, a West Point graduate, had written a biography of Petraeus, published in January, called All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. She met Petraeus in 2006 when he spoke at Harvard, where she was a graduate student. She wrote the book after researching Petraeus for her Ph.D. dissertation on his leadership skills and visiting him and his team in Afghanistan, where he became top U.S. commander in 2010. Petraeus and Broadwell began their affair in fall 2011, a few months after he returned to the United States, retired from the Army and took over at the CIA, according to a Petraeus friend. They ended it in the summer of 2012, Petraeus friend said. On Election Day, November 6, Petraeus told Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about the affair, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official. Clapper advised Petraeus to resign, the official said. On November 9, Petraeus quit the CIA over the affair. The House and Senate intelligence committees were informed of the FBI

investigation the same day. Petraeus resignation came just days before he was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the

September 11 attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. Will national security scandal create national security risk?

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her boyfriend because he makes me want to be a better person. Riley Shindle may be different, but hes an absolutely and amazing athlete as well as student, so it makes sense for him to be an idol. The couple just had their two year anniversary and that is truly something to idolize. Although, this next student doesnt idolize her man, she looks up to someone else entirely. For students who play sports, they will usually have a famous player of that sport that they admire and aim to be like. Yet, its not always a player thats motivates a student; sometimes its the coach that counts. Cameron Kendrick (9) says her idol is Coach Stacy Boer because during volleyball, if we were struggling, she would be there to pick us back up and to keep pushing to seek greatness, because thats what our season was all about; seeking greatness. All in all, idols can be just about anyone. An idol will be an individual that will motivate and inspire you to be yourself, to be a better person and to reach for your goals, no matter what; an idol who will be your hero.

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Chasing storms: Mr. Ridgeway Student idols of CRHS


was his most favorable path. He feels other professions Guest Writer in atmospheric studies High school science might get a little tiresome teacher Mike Ridgeway of because of the repetition Twin Falls revealed how his and complex math. Thats passion for weather and the great thing about Earth first-hand storm chasing science and teaching in experience allows him to general, said Ridgeway. Its further educate and engage constantly changing and students. As an Earth youre always learning new and atmospheric science ideas. Throughout the years, teacher at Canyon Ridge High School, Ridgeway Ridgeway has become a enjoys sharing his interests seasoned storm chaser with with students as he enters about 15 chasing excursions his 26th year of teaching in under his belt, his first being in 1991. He the Twin Falls recounted a School District. particularly By pursuing close call a career in in which a e d u c a t i o n , I was the kid that alRidgeway is ways went outside and tornado in the free in the looked at the clouds... I panhandle of summers to can still pictures some Texas narrowly missed his car. e x p e r i e n c e of the stuff I saw. The tornado weathers raw -Mike Ridgeway was moving power though at a 45-degree his hobby of angle towards storm chasing. Ridgeway first me, said Ridgeway. If I discovered his love for didnt go and gun it, Id end weather as a child, following up behind it and would have his familys move from Twin been pounded by hail. You Falls to Chicago. I was want to be the one doing the kid that always went the chasing, not the one outside and looked at the being chased, he added. While chasing storms, clouds, said Ridgeway. often poses There were and still are lightning some really potent storms the most serious threat, in the Chicago area. I can according to Ridgeway. He still picture some of the stuff spoke of an instance when he was photographing I saw, Ridgeway added. Ridgeway and his lightning in the middle of family returned to Twin the night near Twin Falls. Falls during his freshman Ridgeway heard a buzzing year of high school, and noise, felt the hair on his he obtained a bachelors arms rise and knew he was degree in secondary in danger. I crouched down physical education with a low and sure enough the minor in Earth science from lightning struck in a rock BSU in 1986. Ridgeways pile about 50 yards away, passion for weather led to said Ridgeway. Ridgeway the development of what said he then bolted back to he said is one of Idahos the safety of his car scared few, if not only, strictly to death. They dont need atmospheric science classes. to find some dead science The class updates teacher on the side of the students on current weather road, he added. In Ridgeways situations and covers the basics of atmospheric experiences, the most studies, including topics exciting chase in his opinion such as air masses, air was not an actual chase pressure, wind, and but rather witnessing the weather-oriented natural chaos caused by a milewide, rain-wrapped tornado disasters. In the late 90s, near Allison, Texas. It was Ridgeway installed the class so dark, said Ridgeway. into Robert Stuart Junior We knew it was out there High Schools curriculum but thats something you but the class was cancelled dont chase. He spoke of because they put more the destruction left in the English and math in, tornados damage path. according to Ridgeway. There were many cows dead Upon Canyon Ridge High and beaten up. So many Schools opening in 2009, homes destroyed, said Ridgeway was able to revive Ridgeway. Ridgeways wife his lost class. It was a no Janaye, daughter Nicole brainer for Mr. Dickinson, and son Alex do not share the principal here, said his love for weather but are Ridgeway about the classs supportive of his dangerous reinstallation. Ever since hobby. My wife worries more then its been great. Ridgeway said he has about the driving, said considered pursuing a Ridgeway. Theres so many different career relating to reckless drivers out there. weather but found teaching You just have to be careful. BY Kameron Yeggy BY BAYLEY SHIRLEY
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CRHS Grand Total: $15,000 TFHS & CRHS: $30,000 Class Totals: First Place-Juniors with a total of $6,400 Second Place-Seniors with a total of $5,200 Third Place-Sophomores with a total of $2,000 Fourth Place-Freshman with a total of $1,400 Collectively, CRHS gave a wonderful Christmas to six needy families.

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There are famous people all over the globe. Most of them are idols, a person of inspiration that we look up to. To Jayleen Lovell (9) Katy Perry is my idol, because she shows you how to be your own person and to go your own way. Instead of being a copy, be an original. And on that note, one of the biggest idols to people is Lady Gaga. Why? Lady Gaga is a woman who doesnt want to fit in, she wants to stand out, and thats exactly what she does. With wild costumes and outstanding songs, Lady Gaga has redefined normal. However, not everyone idolizes a celebrity. For some, an idol is someone that lives life to the fullest and stays true to themselves. And for this student, their idol is the exact description of a hero. A friend, a family member, and even a neighbor can be an idol. Almost anyone can be, but for Karlie Haskins (10), her idol happens to be her boyfriend. It may be clich but this sophomore idolizes

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Tattoos and piercings


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Attention Seniors! Senior Trip Information Where: Silverwood Theme Park When: Seniors leave 10pm Thursday May 23 and return 10am Saturday May 25 How much: The cost is $90 including bus fair and admission to both parks **Payment plans are in the making with Mrs. Larsen. Listen to announcements for more information** Make sure to bring money for food and snacks for the bus ride! Students may bring pillows and blankets for the bus ride. Music players and phones are acceptable as well.

Tattoos and piercings symbolize different things to people; even if others may not understand it fully. Like, how does a butterfly mean strength when one touches their wings, they crumble to pieces? Or a lip piercing symbolizes somebodys hero. What do they mean? Why are people getting them? Senior Brandon Greco says, Some people get piercings because it is the in thing. Tattoos are just awesome no matter what anyone says! According to www. designboom.com, tattoos began over 5000 years ago from the Polynesian and Tahitian. They came up with it from the Polynesian word ta which meant striking something and the Tahitian word was tatau which meant to mark something. Together, the word became tattoo. Tattoos could have even started from a cut and rubbing dirt on it. When it healed it left a small mark. Brandon also stated, I love tattoos, theyre an art! Tattoos may be a type of art, but what about piercings? According to k12. ia.us, piercings came from

many different cultures and different piercing meant different meanings. The first piercing was the nose-ring. They were discovered in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. Tongue piercings were the first practiced piercings for ritual practice. The longest type of piercing is the earlobe. Theyre also the most common. Aaron ODell, senior says, I think ears, noses and belly-buttons are okay and normal now; but anything else seems a bit excessive. People now days just feel they need these tattoos or piercings and it now symbolizes revolt against parents or because others disagree. Times have changed, and there is almost no one now that says they dont have some sort of tattoo or piercing. Brandon Greco also said, Piercings dont really symbolize anything. Tattoos on the other hand can symbolize anything. People get things to symbolize their grandparents passing or to have a bond with someone. Like my dad and I with our tattoos. Everyone has their own view on tattoos. Whether it is a positive or negative, tattoos create an impact.

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Mrs. Lauda: biological extraordinaire


Mrs. Lauda is a Biology teacher here at Canyon Ridge. She began teaching at Twin Falls High School her first year, and transferred to Canyon Ridge when it opened. She started teaching Physical Science and Biology but has since focused on Biology and Biology 2.I earned my degree in Microbiology and have 25 years of experience working in labs, as why she chose to teach Biology. Having Biology, with Mrs. Lauda as ones teacher, is quite the experience. She tries her best to make science fun, especially for students who may consider it a bore. The best experience teaching is seeing a student who struggles, get hooked and become engaged and interested in Biology, Mrs. Lauda says she likes to expose students to different aspects of science. My goal is to make the student want to know more, and hopefully not bore them, she states happily. Growing up, Mrs. Lauda dreamed of being a dancer on Broadway. I loved performing, I loved dance, and thought it was a glamorous and exciting career until reality set in. After that, I set my sites on the medical field. Mrs. Lauda aspired to becoming a doctor throughout college, but then got another reality check. She realized that being a doctor would be too demanding. I knew I wanted to have a family and be a mom, I wanted a well-rounded life. Her next career choice as a Medical Technologist would prove to have fewer demands, but a high demand for Crazy Cake. Crazy Cake is something Mrs. Lauda enjoys baking for her family. All of the ingredients you can find in your cupboard, she explains, no need for milk or eggs. It has ingredients like cocoa, flour, baking soda, and sugar, which are stirred right in the baking pan. Mrs. Lauda enjoys teaching the recipe to her kids so that when they leave for college, they are able to satisfy their craving. Many students are familiar of the Sun Valley ski resort, and so is Mrs. Lauda. One day, she went to the resort with her husband for a day of skiing. She recounts the day, I was skiing, and I caught an edge, and skied off of a cliff! Thankfully it was a snow covered landing. People were talking to my husband saying, Wow! Did you see that? He climbed back up the mountain to find me crawling over the edge with my skis in hand. Mrs. Lauda doesnt consider herself a risk taker or an expert skier. She does love teaching and really enjoys the students at CRHS.

Seasonal employment
Twin Falls just received their very own Chick-Fil-A, and Madsen171@robotsayshello.com high school students are jumping on the scene. As Some might say its in their craigslist ad Chickimportant for teenagers in Fil-A is opening in January in high school to have some Twin Falls! We kind of afterare currently school job. Part looking for times jobs can energetic, act as a way motivated, to get some After school jobs may and outgoing independence, not be for everyone, candidates to as it introduces but it is a great start fill a variety people to the into learning what it is of positions. w o r k - f o r c e to be an adult. These include and how to working with earn their customers own money. up front and Landing a preparing our summer or products in the kitchen. The even winter (seasonal) ideal candidates are those job can be a great who love working with accomplishment for people (servant hearted) every teenager. Generally and hope to develop into a speaking, younger leadership role. Energetic people -- including high and outgoing are some school students with no perfect examples of high significant resume -- are at school students looking a disadvantage in the job for a job. After school jobs market. Some traditional may not be for everyone, employers are still in the but it is a great start into game of hiring teenagers, learning what it is to be an like McDonalds, and a few adult. A plus side to having grocery stores here in Twin a job in high school is the Falls. money, and who doesnt As most people know like money? BY SHANNA MADSEN
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Mrs. Lauda smiles happily at her desk as she eagerly awaits her next class period.

Comedy Jam: the funny guy Christmas changes


forth but still succeeded at being the usual funny guy we all know him as. The show took place in the fine arts auditorium at CSI and had a near capacity crowd in which everyone was on the verge of tears. His jokes where hilarious and extremely original, including some jokes about his last name and how sports experiences just made for awkward situations. In our opinion, Schmechel did incredible for his first time, even though he was clearly nervous he played it off pretty well and succeeded in making us laugh so hard we started to cry. When Schmechel was asked why he wanted to do stand-up comedy he simply stated it was part of my bucket list. While most people wait until their midlife crisis, young Schmechel is getting started early. He plans on doing stand-up again so keep an eye out for him. Schmechels fellow performers had great interaction with the audience. A handful of members in the audience were picked at random to go up on stage and take part in the show. The audience interaction gave added humor with its impromptu part of the show. It is safe to say Schmechel has some great potential in the comedy world. Its nice to know we have our claim to fame. BY KATHERINE JACKSON
Sta Writer
Jackson314@robotsayshello.com

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Russel Romney takes center stage with these two hilarious comics.

BY TYLER GALBREATH & SARAH PAK


Sta Writers

Comics have one of the hardest jobs; it is their job to make everybody laugh. This is a difficult job because not everybody thinks the same things are funny. Tyler Schmechel is known to be an all-around funny guy, and has always been able to create all kinds of laughter. Tyler took his rare talent to the stage for his first ever stand-up comedian show at which he got the wonderful opportunity to open for a hilarious improvisation comedy group. Clearly nervous, Schmechel paced back and

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The audience members were asked to control the two comedians as they played out a hilarious scene in the woods.

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The comedic duo made sure to involve the entire audience throughout their act.

The week of Thanksgiving is also the week for people to start thinking about Christmas. There are people who go Black Friday shopping looking for a good deal on a great gift for someone. As the years go by, people think about Christmas gifts more and more. Whether or not people realize it, over the last 50 years, Christmas has changed drastically. In a 1961 survey, Americans said that they spent an average of $119.82 on Christmas the year before. The same survey was given again last year. This time the average was around $764 on Christmas this year. Now why this sudden change in the amount spent? There are a few theories to this. One of them is that people are getting better paying jobs so they are able to spend more money on the things that their family is asking for Christmas. Another theory is that there are more credit cards. There are around 1.4 billion

credit cards in circulation. In 1961, there were only 11 to 13 million credit cards. Although credit cards can pay for something when money is scarce, people still have to pay off all the money spent on their credit cards. In October 2011, 14.2 million Americans were still working to pay off last years Christmas shopping. Another altercation for Christmas is baking cookies on Christmas Eve. The night before, kids would be in the kitchen baking cookies to leave on the table with milk for Santa. Today, people either dont make cookies for Santa anymore or they simply buy cookies that have already been baked. This is very different, as many families would join together in baking cookies for Santas arrival. Christmas 50 years ago is very different than it is today. Gifts are becoming increasingly important, as people are asking for more. With new electronics such as the iPad and iPhone, costs for gift givers increase. Christmas has seemed to go from family time of giving, to the time of taking.

The effects of caffeine


BY RILEE EMERSON
Sta Writer
Emerson413@robotsayshello.com

What does morning coffee, late afternoon soda, and a Monster energy drink all have in common? They are all drinks? Well that is correct, but they all have caffeine. Caffeine has a debatable reputation in the field of health and this debate has yet to see its end. Caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world, with ninety percent of the population consuming it. This additive is found naturally in tea leaves, kola nuts that are used to flavor soft drinks, and of course the coffee bean. There are other man-made forms, but all have the same effect: stimulation of the nervous system. This means that drinking caffeine affects the brain, spinal cord, and other nerves. Once caffeine enters the system, it takes around a hour to take effects, and then stays for four to six

hours. This is the point of caffeine, an energy boost to keep a person awake during that early morning class. However, it is an addictive substance which means there are side effects. This includes being unable to fall asleep or stay asleep, a faster heart rhythm, higher blood pressure, dehydration, and complete dependence, which means that the body couldnt function without it. These are all caused by caffeine consumption at a constant rate. How caffeine affects an individual is hard to say, because everyone has a different tolerance. This can make the need for caffeine higher for one person than it may for another, and it can make the crash worse. Caffeine withdrawal is much like other addiction withdrawals that include irritability, headaches, and muscle aches, which often leads the person to drink more caffeine, a cycle of

addiction. Does this mean that someone should cut off completely from caffeine? Not necessarily, the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) says that as long as a person stays under the 400 mg limit and do not drink more than 600 mg, the equivalent of 4-7 cups of coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant that can help someone stay alert but can easily become an addiction. So, an occasional coffee or cup of tea is perfectly fine, but keep in mind that even the best energy boost can have a really bad crash.

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Opinion
state. Going out-of-state can be beneficial, but seniors must think, is it worth it? Scholarships can help with the cost, but there is still the cost of housing, books, and other fees included in the costs of attending. Staying close to home saves money, which is very important. One must remember that although there are scholarships out there that can cover ones out-of-state tuition, it is not guaranteed to the hopeful student. A lot of scholarships have many applicants, which lessens the possibility of winning the scholarship. Seniors must be smart in their choices of college, and not choose a school simply because of the state its in, or if its where their friends are going. A visit with a counselor will definitely help guide students unsure of how to decide their college choices.

School Uniforms Choosing a College


BY AZIA NUTTING
Photography Editor
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For many years now, the Twin Falls School District has made up a school dresscode. From not allowing spaghetti straps to not be able to wear hats in the building, but for the past few years the idea of school uniforms came into play. In a personal opinion, school uniforms fit the goodygood type of schools that seem to focus more on behavior over education. Its plain and simple, school uniforms are not meant for public schools. Dress-codes have been so deeply enforced lately because students just cannot seem to follow simple rules. I completely agree that some of the codes are flat out stupid, but theyre also not that hard to abide by. Leo Campos, senior, says, If we had to wear school uniforms I would not be too happy about that! I think it would be dumb because students wouldnt be able to express their individuality and everybody would look the same. On the other hand, senior Nick Perius, senior, responded, I think uniforms would be kind of cool. I used to have to wear them at my old school so I guess its because Im used to them. Many people may vote no on school uniforms because of one main reason, it doesnt let their kids and students express their individuality or personality. Brooke Bertoni, junior adds, Getting school uniforms would be lame because we should be able to express ourselves. Expressing individuality is what makes

Catching Zs
BY KATHERINE JACKSON
Sta Writer
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up ones personality. It is just a part of someones life that allows him or her to be their selves. I agree that no one wants to see stomach hanging out of tank tops, or boys pants hanging so low that their boxers are showing, but school uniforms take it to a whole new level. If students want to wear something and then waste their parents time because they have to call home for abusing the dresscode; then fine, let them! They had the decision on what they were going to wear when they rose out of bed, but dont make other students wear a school uniform because a couple of dim-witted students cannot follow the rules. Leo also added, I think it would worsen the school because so many kids would go against it and either wouldnt wear them anyway or just transfer. Nobody likes to look or dress like their archenemy, so why try and make them? School uniforms are unnecessary for todays generation. There may be movies where the highschool students are wearing tank-tops with mini-skirts and ten-inch high heels, but sorry to break it to you girls; this is reality, those are Hollywood movie stars. If each student would just stop abusing the dresscodes then there would be no issue with uniforms, and it probably wouldnt even have been brought up. I understand that when its nice and warm outside and students want to wear summer clothing, but dont forget were still in school. Respect what we have now.

BY AUTUMN MYERS
Managing Editor
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Many seniors have high hopes of traveling out of state for college. They look at schools in states such as New York or California, simply because they would like to be in the state, being completely oblivious to the actual tuition or distance. Many would love to get as far away from home as they possibly can, which can be a big mistake. Out of state tuition is higher than that of in state schools. Out of state tuition, depending on the schools, ranges from $20,000$40,000 a year, for just the tuition. With the costs of books and room and board, a year could cost over $60,000. Why go to a school in California for a Business major, when you can get the same education for around $3,000 - $5,000? Many students shiver at the sheer thought of having to go to CSI, myself being one of them. Theres always the chance of me going, but lets hope I dont! CSI is a great start though, its a good way to ease into the college life. Also, one can stay with their parents (if they still want their kids in the house). The expenses of living on campus can add up quite quickly, and with parents, college freshman will not have to live on top ramen so much. I can see people transferring to a specialty school out of state after their

first two years. Personally, I plan to go to a university within the state, and then after I would like to transfer to University of Montana School of Journalism after my first two years. This can be a great choice, as there is always the possibility that I will change what I would like to do in life. So if I decide to go into business, I wouldnt have wasted my years in Montana. Another reason for someone to travel out of state is if their field of interest is offered elsewhere. Someone who would want to major in Interior Design would have to most likely travel out of state, as it is not offered within Idaho. Staying in state is not as bad as an idea as many make it out to be. For those who are unaware of why in-state tuition is lower than out-ofstate is because taxpayers have contributed the most to the school systems, therefore the lower tuition is a sort of reward. Going to an Idaho school such as BSU or ISU enables students to stay close to their families, but allowing the distance needed from their parents. Also, most everyone has been in Boise or Pocatello. This means that when moving, college freshman will have a sense of where they are, as they already have an idea of where places are in the town. Transferring to a University in another state may be too much for students who have never even stepped foot in the

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One has many college choices and must do their research to find whats best for them.

Diet soda vs. regular soda


BY KATHERINE JACKSON
Sta Writer
Jackson314@robotsayshello.com

Waking up early in the morning and going to school for eight hours can be a drag. Its really tiring on students, as it causes a lack of sleep. School starts at 8:00 a.m. causing students having to be up before the sun. People go through the day being tired, but would people really benefit if they were able to wake up later in the day? The main problem is if we start school later, we have to stay later in the day . If we stayed at school after the usual release, we wouldnt be able to do as many activities in the evening. We would ,most likely wake up later and then go straight to school. We already dont have a whole lot of time to do things at night as it is. We would lose a lot of time at night to do other things that we would

want to do. Starting school later would help us stay awake more, but we would lose a lot of time. Samantha Coates (12) opinion is We should actually start earlier in the day because then we would be able to go home earlier. Would it be easier to start earlier and be able to come home earlier? Such as starting school at 6:00 a.m., and finishing school at 1:15, this would be quite an adjustment. Many students would have a lot more time in their day, although it would take away the time of sleep, students have to debate the sleep and school. If we started later, it is a proven fact that teenagers brains do not fully start working until around nine oclock that morning. So if we started one hour later than now, we would be able to work more than we already do now.

One of the biggest controversies today is between diet soda and regular soda. Many drink diet soda over regular soda beverages because they think that since it doesnt have any calories that it must be better. The true is that diet soda is actually worse than the regular soda. It can lead to many problems later on in ones life. The four biggest ones are kidney damage, weight gain, tooth enamel decay, and bone loss. In a 2009, Nurses Health Study of 3,256 women, found a 30% drop in the level of kidney function in the people who drank two or more servings of diet soda a day. Evidence is slowly arising, revealing that the sweeteners used in diet soda may scar the kidney tissue. When you think diet, do you think of weight gain

as well? A study was done in 2005 at the University of Texas Health Science Center, where they found out that there was a 57.1% risk for obesity in those who drank diet soda. Scientists think this is because the sweet taste of diet soda alerts our digestive system that highcalorie foods should be following soon, resulting in a loss of appetite. Now some people absolutely love the way that teeth look. Well, diet soda is proven to wear down the enamel. This is caused by the phosphoric acid found in many diet sodas. It is more often found in darker sodas then lighter ones. Citric acid is another cause of the enamel decay. Our teeth need more care than simply brushing them three times a day! Without our bones, we wouldnt be able to move a whole lot. Diet soda is related to bone loss which is caused by the phosphoric acid. This

acid causes calcium in your bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal. Diet soda has many other effects linked to it. There are some reported cases about cancer as well. Diet soda is one major thing that you should stay away from. Many think that diet soda is better because it has zero calories but its worse. Any soda is bad for the body, and everyone is better off with drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water.

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At Canyon Ridge, the vending machines only contain diet sodas, but regular can be found at the Hawk Shop and The Nest.

Standardized Testing
BY COURTNEY BERTONI
Features Editor
Bertoni435@robotsayshello.com

Celebrating New Years


BY SHANNA MADSEN
Sta Writer

Every student knows the horrors of the dreaded standardized testing. Every year up to a students junior year, one must take this test. The test consists of different sections, such as reading, writing, and mathematics. The assessments are considerably easy to pass with at least a proficient score; but are these tortuous tests really necessary? In my opinion, as well as various other students, these tests are not essential to a students success in high school. They do not pertain

to high school graduation in any way, nor do the scores go on a transcript. However, there is a federal mandate that states all students must take the ISAT, Idaho Standardized Achievement Test. Due to the No Child Left behind Act of 2001, standardized testing is now used to track student progress in schools. Though testing created a way for the federal government to follow student progress, it does not allow students to better themselves in school. If a student does not want to learn, nothing may make him learn. So, what is the reason for the ISAT?

Whats the point of celebrating New Years Eve? Each year, no matter where you go, there is a pesky announcer that tells you how far it is from 12 oclock. Like any other year, this New Years was the same. The announcer told the audience every hour mark and eventually got down to minute mark when the moment is nearing. Seconds are being counted, as it is just a few seconds away from New Years. Then, the crowd joined in a mass New Year countdown and started screaming Happy New Year followed by the deafening noise of paper horns, which I believe sounded more like duck

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calls. People were united in harmony and collective happiness as they knew that 2013 had now finally began. A lot of these people have been counting down the days until this very day. In the weeks prior to New Years, most of my conversations went something like this: ShinyHappy Person: so what you are doing for New Years Eve then? Me: Nothing. Slightly Less Shiny-Happy Person: Nothing, they respond confused. How can you not be doing anything? It was a night not much different than a typical Friday or Saturday night, you might counter. Although to many, New Years Eve was regarded by most people as something special when the fact is, its

gigantically over hyped, over-priced and something that rarely delivers much more than a massive hole in your wallet - and a thumping headache from all of the noise makers. Many people choose a New Years resolution in some sort of celebration for the new year, but many prove to be unsuccessful in reaching their goal, even though they have a whole year. And now all that is left is to wait another 300 some days until we hear the words, Its New Year, bro! Its New Year! Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!! Its New Year, bro! For 2-3 minutes again. New Years is a fun event for many, but it seems to be over-rated for me. The same thing every year that never changes just isnt fun.

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Sta Writer
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Arts & Entertainment


Black Friday, voting, growing up, and many other random things that the brothers choose to talk about. Viewers love to see these guys be themselves in front of the camera. Most of these subscribers and viewers are those of the Nerdfighters. John Green explains that everyone can be a nerdfighter, all they need to do is fight against suck. John Green is one of the greatest authors the world will stumble upon. Allyssa Hernandez says, John Green is a great person and an even greater writer. John Green describes how I feel perfectly, Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.

Christmas Band Concert 2012 novel of the year: The Fault in our Stars
BY AUTUMN MYERS
Managing Editor
Myers908@robotsayshello.com

Its on the radio and playing at home, its at the mall, and here at Canyon Ridge High School. Its Christmas time, and Christmas music filled the air as Canyon Ridge High Schools Symphony Band and Drum Corps took the stage. The concert was held on December 10th and 7 pm. The concert featured both CRHS and Robert Stuart Middle Schools Beginning and Intermediate bands and was directed by Ted Hadley, a teacher at both schools. The night started with RSMS Beginning band and their performance of Surprise Symphony and Holiday Sampler, which featured parts of traditional Christmas songs, such as Jingle Bells and Carol of the Bells. Afterwards was RSMS

Intermediate Band, who played Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells, and a variety from The Nutcracker. CRHS Drum Corps came next; performing in 3 separate groups playing 1 song each, including Silent Night, Carol of the Bells, and The Little Drummer Boy. Than the CRHS Symphony Band took center stage, and began with a Celtic Carol, which included 2 solos. This contained carols like O Come All Ye Faithful and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The concert ended on a joyful note, and seemed to get better as audience members left the auditorium to be greeted by the smell of freshly baked bread. The bread was part of a Band Department fundraiser along with Worlds Finest Chocolate Bars. The night yielded a successful concert.

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Rage Against the Machine


BY AUTUMN MYERS
Managing Editor
Myers908@robotsayshello.com

Forming together from L.A. since 1991, there has been a band who makes their voices heard. Rage Against the Machine is a rock band that has opinion against politics, social issues, and world news, and proudly voices it for the world to hear. Rage composes of American rapper, poet, musician, and activist Zack de la Rocha is the vocalist, with bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. The two main forces in the band are da la Rocha (whose Chicano father was a political activist and artist known as Beto), and Tom Morello whose uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the Kenyan freedom fighter who went on to become the countrys first president. His parents were involved in the civil rights movement, and his political education began early when the KKK hung a noose outside his fathers garage. People have noted Rage Against the Machine for its fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants

against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of hardcore punk, hip hop, alternative metal, and funk. Their self-titled album was released in 1992. It was released when hip hop and hard rock were very popular, and with this album, they created a new style soon to be known as raprock. Their first album is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Rage Against the Machine introduced their views with their lyrics of social inequality, with many of their songs discussing racism and governmental control. Rage has thousands and thousands of fans, but many are unaware that they are conveying a message. Several may look to Rage as having great music to rock out to, but once one pays attention to the lyrics, they become aware that Rage has strong political beliefs. With Rage Against the Machines powerful lyrics, and talented instrumental sound, makes this band worth a listen. For those who havent heard them, you wont be disappointed.

Time Magazine recently released their list of the top 10 fiction novels of the year. Authors include J.K. Rowling, Ben Fountain, Chris Ware, and 7 others, including John Green. The Fault in our Stars by John Green tops the list as the number 1 novel of the year, and proudly stands above the rest. Green himself expressed his excitement on his YouTube channel shared with his brother, Vlogbrothers, saying that he couldnt believe he topped these other authors. The Fault in our Stars is a novel that will keep the reader truly engaged, as John Green knows his way with words. The #1 New York Times bestseller gives the audience something completely new. In his most recent novel, readers are first introduced to main character Hazel Lancaster, who soon meets Augustus Waters at a Cancer support group. Augustus shows Hazel a new way of living, something that she has been avoiding her whole life. TFIOS is a romance novel, with two teenagers falling in love, but is also a tragedy that will affect readers. Allyssa Hernandez, senior, comments, Hazel and Augustus are the most genuine characters Ive ever read. When you read the book they actually seem like real teenagers, because

John Green gets teenagers so well its a little spooky. Allyssa Hernandez is actually one of John Greens biggest fans. John Green takes on the viewpoint of a teenage girl and plays the role quite well throughout the book. John Green is also known for Looking for Alaska, which is the 2005 novel that has contributed much to his success. Many may be quite surprised to learn that this is his first novel, as he shows such strength for writing that many authors take years to acquire. Green was awarded the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska, and nominated for other various awards. The novel engages the reader in Mikes life, who is nicknamed Pudge, as he starts his new life at the boarding school. The novel has received some controversy but o, it is taught in many high schools and college curricula. It has even been published in more than fifteen languages. Vlogbrothers is the Youtube channel shared between John Green and his brother Hank Green. They take turns uploading videos on any sort of subject; they are rarely seen together because they live in different states. The videos show that they are just like everyone else. They dont make the videos to promote their selves, but they make these videos because they want to. Subjects include

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Allyssa Hernandez, senior, idolizes John Green. She owns a shirt that has John Green on it, along with a customized bracelet. The bracelet has book charms that resemble many books, including her favorite, The Fault in our Stars.

Christmas Choir Concert 2012


BY BAYLEY SHIRLEY
Sta Writer
Shirley015@robotsayshello.com

New Apple products


BY TYLER SCHMECHEL
A&E Editor

Earlier this year on Oct. 23 Apple gave their annual unveiling assembly. This is where they show case all of their hard work for the year and show the consumers all of the new, cool products that they have in stock for Christmas. Yet this year was special for many reasons, first because of the unveiling of iPad mini. This 7.85 inch iPad has been a long sought after addition to the iPad family since their conception in 2010. This small hand held tablet has been the talk of the tech community for the past two months. Yet despite the huge attention that it has gotten it did not steal the show. On of the many surprises that were unveiled during the conference was the iPad 4 generation. This

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regular sized iPad forced many consumers jaws to hit the floors, Not because of how awesome the tech is on it, but because the iPad 3 gen. came out only six months before this one. This is the first time in Apple history that a next gen. product has been unveiled within a year of the old gen. The product thought that has gained the most attention in the recent months wasnt even unveiled, but was spoken about. This year apple dropped a bomb stating that they were trying to have a gaming console on the market by 2015. The rumor that apple would release a gaming system against their long time rival Microsoft has been just that, rumor. For the first time in 10 years Apple not only recognized the rumors but gave life to them.

The CSI Fine Arts Center was alive with the sound of music on Monday, December 17th. Canyon Ridge held their second choral performance of the year and with lots of holiday cheer as well. The Choral department consists of the Crimson Singers, Dolce Serenada, Divina Voce, and Synergy. This concert was centered on the Holiday season, seeing as how it is Christmas time. And On this night, Synergy started this concert. With moves to thrill and voices to please, Synergy began the concert with an upbeat number that energized the audience. They hit the stage with an entertaining dance number called Its Christmas only settle down afterwards with a slow heartwarming vocal piece called Believe from the ever popular movie The Polar Express. After Synergy, the Crimson Singers made

their way to the stage. The Crimson Singers are a mixed choir of boys and girls of all grades. Boys dress in grey and the girls in crimson as they took their places on the risers. And out from their mouths came different sounds altogether. Sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses; each section took their part and did it justice. They sang each piece with spunk and liveliness, smiling with every word. The next group to perform was Divina Voce. Divina Voce which means Divine Voices, lived up to their title with beautiful vocals and powerful sections coming that just came to life. They always aim to please, and thats exactly what they did. Dressed as the best they did as well, in crimson silk dresses and fitted tuxes. Divina Voce consists of altos, tenors, basses, and sopranos as well as the Crimson Singers. However, there is a choral group at CRHS that doesnt consist of

men. The vocal group of Dolce Serenada, sweetly sings, is a group made of all girls. With sopranos taking the high notes, altos on the low notes, and the second sopranos snagging notes between the two, the girls held their own without boys. And they did exceptionally well with four songs to sing that night. They sang the songs of An African Noel, Carol the Bells, Baloulalow, and Ding-A-Ding. After the women sang, Synergy was afterward. With moves and amazing vocals to wow the audience, Synergy completed the concert with a fantastic finale that took it home. Synergys final song was a Grinch Medley that was fun as well as vocally dynamic. This concert was done in Christmas spirit for all to see and it was a very merry concert. May this concert be as well performed and produced next year .

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game play review


BY SABRYNA SCHMIDT
Sta Writer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the ninth Call of Duty title, is the game all of the hard core gamers have been waiting for. It was released November 13, just ten days before Black Friday. BO2 made $500 MILLION dollars just within the 24 hours it was released. Black Ops 2 is also the fourth game developed by Treyarch. The three best platforms for this game are the PC, PlayStation 3, and XBOX 360. In the story mode, it is set to be in the year 2025 and a group of soldiers are trying to track down a terrorist. During this time, Mason visits Woods at a retirement home to get the full story of

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what has happened to their target. There is also a new feature that is called Strike Force Missions which will determine the ending of the game depending on how you play them. Multiplayer is huge in the Call of Duty series. Most people will skip the story mode all together and go straight to multiplayer. Multiplayer is the same in Black Ops 2 in the way that you can create a class with your favorite gun (two attachments), a secondary weapon (one attachment), a lethal weapon, and a tactical weapon, an extra slot, and then your choice of perks. There is also a Wildcard which allows the player to choose an extra

perk. There are 15 maps total with 4 DLC map packs that are supposed to come out during 2013. Zombies. Up to four players can run around the map on Zombies mode. The player starts out with a gun and tries to fend for himself and not die a terrible and slow death by the zombies. Tranzit is the new storybased mode that takes you from area to area trying to ward off the zombie invasion. Each time the player kills a zombie, they get an amount of money to either buy a new gun, or put/rebuild boards so that it makes it harder for zombies to enter. Black Ops 2 is definitely Treyarchs greatest.

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Managing Editor
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A flash mob appears at Canyon Ridge


There are tons of videos of flash mobs online, but who has ever witnessed one? On January 8, 2013, Canyon Ridge experienced their first flash mob. It occurred during both lunch periods, and shocked those sitting at their lunch tables. Those in the flash mob were the students of Mrs. Beans advertising classes, who joined together to put on the event. The idea of the flash mob was to advertise something, and the students agreed to promote self-acceptance. Those in the flash mobs had to actually accept themselves to even get up and dance in front of everyone! Each period, 6 and 8, spent their class time in a fun way. Dancing! The students would move out of their seats and to the front of the room to practice their dance moves. Mrs. Bean worked with the class to come up with songs to dance to. The dance routine was made up of the students choices, I Like to Move It, Dynamite, Gangnam Style, Jump On It, Bird is the Word, and for the girls, Call Me Maybe. After weeks of practicing, the day had finally arrived. The flash mob was released early to get their lunch (if they could eat from all the nerves) and waited for the music to start at a lunch table. Each member of the flash mob blended in perfectly, leaving everyone unaware. The students of Canyon Ridge were at lunch and it was a normal day, until they heard music. People surrounding students started to stand up with signs, and the lunch room went dead quite. All eyes were drawn to those standing. The first song that caused the flash mob to come into view was Fergie saying Lets get it started. As the flash mob put down their signs, they then broke out into dance. Dancing to I Like to Move It, people realized what was happening. People were amazed that a flash mob was occurring during lunch, causing many to pull out their phones to film the dancing. Vince Burke filmed the event walking through the flash mob, getting a close up view. After Bird Is the Word, the boys went back to their seats, leaving the girls to finish the dance routine. The girls all danced to Call Me Maybe, and after that, they went back to their lunch table, almost as if nothing happened. With this, the students cheered their approval. Kalise Dudley, senior, was a part of the Advertising flash mob. She comments that her favorite part of the dancing was, the middle part. I like the dances moves. Kalise tells that she would do this again and that, I was nervous at the beginning, but it got easier halfway through. Kalise among many were nervous as the time neared, but it seemed to get much easier with others dancing by their side. Julie White, senior, was also involved in the flash mob. She was also nervous going into it, but she admits it was fun. I messed up a lot even though the dance moves were easy, Julie says with a smile. She actually compiled the music file together for the flash mob. Julie also comments with, I think its really cool to be able to say Ive been in a flash mob. The advertising classes did something quite out of the box for a project! They were able to send out a message to the entire student body, which is quite a brave thing to do. The class and Mrs. Bean are both very happy with the outcome. Watch out for the advertising classes! They might have something else up their sleeves.

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The flash mob join together in dancing to the world-wide famous song Gangnam Style.

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Dynamite was the second song performed by the flash mob, where they each raised their arms at different times.

In and out of theaters: Red Dawn review


BY BLAKE MAUGHAN
Sta Writer
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Red Dawn starts out with clips describing world events shortly before the film itself takes place. The economies of all of the European countries are on the verge of collapsing. North Korea has joined the Union between China, Russia, and other East-Asian countries and continues to test the patience of America and our allies. Obama, Biden, and Clinton proceed to verbally accuse North Korea. Then the movie itself starts and we meet a U.S. Marine named Jed Eckhert

who is on leave in Spokane, Washington, where he grew up. He is staying with his dad, Tom, who is a local Police Sergeant and his brother Matt who is on the local high school football team. After Matts team, the Wolverines, lose they head home and the power goes out. The next morning they are woken up by items in the house shaking and run outside to see North Korean paratroopers dropping onto the town. An F-16 flies overhead and shoots one of the transport jets down. Their dad tells them to get to their cabin in the woods just outside of town while

he does what he can to fight the invasion, even though the local police are clearly out matched. Jed and Matt save some other teens including Robert Morris, Daryl Jenkins, and Pete before they find their way to the cabin. In the process they are engaged by North Korean soldiers who they proceed to run over. The North Korean commander in the region named Captain Cho and some soldiers show up with Tom and the Mayor, Daryls dad. They use a megaphone to tell them to come out of the woods and that no one will be harmed

if they do. They hand the megaphone to Tom who tells his Matt and Jed to do what he would do and kill Cho, who executes Tom. Jed says that he is going to fight for his dads memory and for their country and that the others are welcome to join him, even though it will be horrible and bloody from the beginning. They name themselves the Wolverines after their high school mascot. As they fight using guerilla warfare, the North Koreans receive a Spetznaz unit from Russia. Jed says that Spetznaz operatives specialize in counter-insur-

gency, which means they are definitely there to stop the Wolverines. While they lose some members, they kill Cho and get the phone. On the way out, Daryl is stabbed by the Spetznaz commander with a tracker that they use to find the Wolverines. Daryl later finds out he is being tracked and so he has the rest of the Wolverines leave him behind. In the end, the Marines get the phone to Central Command and the Wolverines free people from prisons and get them to join their cause, with Matt as the leader.

Holiday-must-listen albums Book Reviews


BY BAYLEY SHIRLEY
Sta Writer
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The holiday season rolled in, and then rolled out. Along with it came new album releases. Albums that people have anticipated for weeks on end until that special date occurred, resulting in the purchasing of that certain record. Upbeat songs and even slow songs, each album has its own separate feel and style. When your happy, you enjoy the music. But when youre sad, you understand the lyrics (Anonymous). So, from genre to genre, this list of albums differs from R&B,

Country, Holiday music, Rock, Pop, and even straight up Hip-Hop that people have awaited. 10. Alicia Keys: Girl on Fire 9. Taylor Swift: Red 8. Cee-Lo Green: Cee-Lo Greens Magic Moment 7. Phillip Phillips: The World from the Side of the Moon 6. Blake Shelton: Cheers, its Christmas 5. Rihanna: Unapologetic 4. Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox 3. Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Soundtrack 2. One Direction: Take Me Home

1. Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday-Roman Reloaded (The Re-up) For the end of the year, these albums were ones that were well awaited for the release of. Whether one enjoys Pop or Country, these albums are delightful picks to listen to. The year is ending and these albums were the special picks well expected for the last few final 2012 months. However, whats more anticipated than these albums? The newer albums that are bound to come out. So wait if you have to, unless you choose now for the music; this list is bound to provide a great selection.

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New Years Performances


BY SABRYNA SCHMIDT
Sta Writer
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The year 2012 has flown by and towards the end of the year we have events like Christmas and following that, New Years celebrations. The biggest place to be when that New Year comes around is in New York! Fireworks are often lit after the ball drops. In the big apple they have an 11,875 pound ball that will reach the bottom of a 77 foot high pole as soon as the last second of the year passes and the New Year begins. The ball is 12 feet in diameter and has been a tradition since 1907. The drop is often televised

on our local channels and has millions of viewers worldwide. The ball is always raised at 6 P.M. on New Years Eve and is followed by several opening ceremonies. Fun New Year crafts and 2013 glasses were handed out while all the people waited until 7 oclock. At 7, the countdown begins and every hour everyone screams how many hours are left. To make the night even more exciting, celebrities will often make appearances and make the countdown with the crowd. This year Psy (artist of the famous Gangnam Style), Taylor Swift, Neon Trees, and Carly Rae Jepsen performed

in Times Square. There is an annual party in Los Angeles as well. The famous Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve was a hit! The Los Angeles party was hosted by Dick Clark himself and Ryan Seacrest, while Fergie hosted all of the intermission party segments. Some performances included, The Band Perry, blink-182, Christina Perri, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, One Republic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz and will.i.am! It wont be long until we have our celebrations from the passing of 2013, but until then, keep those New Year resolutions going strong.

With all this snow and nowhere to go, what does one do with spare time? Read a book of course! The New York Times Best Sellers list is out yet again with multiple note-worthy novels. Number one for fiction is a novel called Threat Vector. The book was written by up and coming authors Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. This is the books first week on the list but has already made its way to the top. The book is a historical spin-off based in Taiwan. The plot describes an incident of how China has threatened to bomb and invade Taiwan. An intelligence agent named James Ryan Jr. must stop it. However, his administration is no longer a secret. Want to know what happens next in this thrilling novel? Pick it up at your local book store. Another great read in nonfiction is Proof of Heaven, written by Eben Alexander. The book is a biography of a highly esteemed neurosurgeon. He accounts his near death experience after suffering a near fatal infection with Bacterial Meninigitis. Suddenly, the doctor slips into a coma and finds himself in heaven. As for what happens next, one must buy a new book. The novel has been on the list for seven consecutive weeks; it promises a great read.

A nonfiction read that is a guaranteed to keep a reader in suspense is called Unbroken. The book has been on the list for an incredible amount of time, ninety-eight weeks. Laura Hillenbrand tells her awe-inspiring story. The Olympic runner was kept as a prisoner of war during World War II. The story will bring the reader to tears and back again as she retells her tale of survival. The last book for this edition is called The Last Man. Written in a manner that is close to home, it is told by the endearing Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative must complete an intensive mission. However, this is not regular routine. The agent must infiltrate Afghanistan to find a missing C.I.A. representative. This incredible novel has been on the list for eleven weeks. Due to its historically accurate nature, the book is extremely heart wrenching. Will the agent be able to complete his mission? All of these great reads are available online or in any local book store. Almost any book can be ordered at Barnes and Noble or Hastings. It is only a short drive for days of warm entertainment and fun accompanied by a homemade cup of hot chocolate. Do not let the cold create boredom and days of nothingness. Pick up a good book today and get to reading!

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BY JUSTICE STRAUB & TYLER GALBREATH Dear Tyler and Justice, My parents insist on running my life. They always try to tell me what to do, when to do it, and are constantly trying to control every facet of my life. What should I do? -Phillipe Dear Phillipe, Alright listen Phil, heres what you gotta do: first off, get some Twinkies, theyre going fast. Not sure how that helps, but Im down for some Twinks, so hook a brother (or two) up. Step two is to put your phoot (yeah thats foot with a ph) down and tell them whats up. You might end up getting grounded, but at the same time you might sway them. Or not. 50/50 eeeehhhh more like 80/20. Actually make that 90/10 know what just deal. Dear Guys, Every year I make the same New Years resolution to actually lose weight and stay in shape, but I have never been able to follow through with it. Since you two are obvious beef-castles, what do you do? -C.W. Dear C.W., First off, thank you, I
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needed that to get through the day. Second, heres what we do to maintain these rock-hard bodies: you start with three raw eggs with a bowl of nails, but no milk (hardcore, I know). Next, you want to run naked through your neighborhood yelling This is how you do it! followed by an intense pushup session of at least four. Follow this and you too can bench 450. Dear Fellas, Whats up? I know you told me to stop, but I just cant stop creeping on that guy! I feel like he wont know how I feel unless I insist to give him creepy letters. Since Im running out of hair, Ive started giving him squirrels. Is that better? -Stalkerella Dear Stalky, First off, we would like to state for every reader we do not condone the stalking of people. Its weird and creepy; if youre a stalker knock it off. You know who you are. Back to the stalker at hand! Look lady, I swear we made this clear last time. You have got to stop! Im worried for his healthwait time out, where are you getting squirrels? Let the squirrels go, they did nothing! Actually, can we have one? Kinda like a publications squirrelI feel like we were saying something important. Oh well. Next question! Dear Tyler and Justice, Im contemplating getting a tribal tattoo, from one of those Canadian tribes. Problem is, Im not from that tribe, and I hate Canadians. What should I do aey? -Sascatchatoon Dear Sassy, Merica. Just saying. Well you have to really consider all the factors: is that something you really want? Can you withstand the pain? Is there even a Canadian competent enough to do that tattoo? If you dont know what competent means, youre probably Canadian. If all else fails, get like a pretty flower or the sun. Ladies love flowers and sunshine. Dear Guys, So I was at Wal-Mart and I needed to buy my girlfriend her Valentines Day gifts early, before they ran out. What should I buy her? -In Love Dear every teenage girl, Alright so first of all, youre going to need to buy three items. If you need some ideas, see our article The Wal-Mart Game.

Help preserve the fuzzy animal of the month


BY BLAKE MAUGHAN
Sta Writer
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Its population levels are tragically decreasing from their high levels less than fifty years ago. It comes in many breeds and colors. What is it? The second best mammal of them all: the mustache. From the Dali to the Fu-Manchu, these babies have been rocking guys faces since at least 300 BC. They tend to be increasingly popular as the weather gets colder, with an annual peak in November; their close relative the beard also shares this population boost. Luckily, their third cousin twice removed, the unibrow, continues to warm the bench on the endangered species list where it belongs. Mustachiologists say that this sudden spike in population, which tends to be very short lived, is independent of Noshave November. While some see these creatures as being parasites that live off the human face, they actually help to prevent skin cancer. While they will most likely never return to the proud days of

the 60s with hipsters everywhere tending to their pet lip scarfs, the mustache is still going strong. Even our own Vice Principal, Mr. Gemar, is often seen sporting a Horseshoe, which is often mistaken for a similar breed known as the Handlebar. The American Mustache Institute wants to give men with mustaches $250 annual tax cuts so they can afford to pamper their hairy little friends. Thicker breeds tend to require little care as mustaches feed by absorbing leftovers from soups and other liquids through their skin and they tend to have the larger surface areas than thin-breds. One has many choices from a large breed such as the Chevron, a thin-bred like the English, or even some freak-of-nature Freestyle. Much like any mustache, they all need someone to harbor them. Please, help us save these wonderful fuzzy friends of mankind. A study shows that mustache wearers in America earn an 8.2% average higher salary than those who are clean shaven. Spread the word and mustaches!

Shirley and Schmechs what if?


BY BAYLEY SHIRLEY AND TYLER SCHMECHEL It is that time of year again. No, not the playoffs, or even Christmas, although it is close to both of these. It is the time of year that states like Texas and Mississippi dread but states like Hawaii and Vermont count the days down to. It is the State Health ranking time, as produced by the Attorney Surgeon General. It is this time where states put on their church clothes to see how they compare to the other states. Each wants to look as presentable as can be so that they do not become singled out in a bad way. For the past 23 years Hawaii and Vermont have been able to maintain top ten appearances. These are usually referred to as dynasties but the question remains which dynasty is overall the strongest? And this year the title went to Vermont with Hawaii comSta Writers

What are the dangers of winter?


BY SABRYNA SCHMIDT
Sta Writer

Winter is here and when winter comes, so does snow. Snow can bring a lot of fun and joy into someones life if you like catching snowflakes on your tongue and making snow angels. Snow can also bring a very dangerous side. It makes the road all icy and freezes your car door shut. Here are some tips on how to stay alive and safe in the winter. The most dreadful thing during in the winter other than having unwanted family visit? Yellow snow. The worst thing EVER is when you think you are having a great time outside playing in the snow, and you decide to take a break for some fresh snow; and then to find out the snow isnt so fresh. Yellow snow

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is the second most dangerous thing in the winter. But yellow snow has nothing on the first most dangerous; snow with unexpected gifts. Doo-doo. They can be everywhere. You have to watch out for crap like that (no pun intended). Christmas time is a very popular time for second cousins and weird uncles to visit. The best ways to avoid unexpected guests is to booby trap the house. Like the famous movie Home Alone, things like oil on the front step, loud angry television conversations and gun shots (making it seem like the people who live in the house are talking to the people outside), and rigged doors should help those pesky visitors away. Other things like faking death or illness will also work. These steps may be easier for

some because it is just a phone call away. Of course the easiest way to keep unwanted family away is to just not invite them, but we all have those crazy family members who will just show up out of nowhere. These are all very important tips that you should take into consideration. Just remember kids, snow is dangerous. It might seem all fluffy and cuddly, but snow is a hazard! Dont touch it! Ever! Even if theres a fire!

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A fellow student walks too fast on the ice and slips.

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The sweet side of Valentines Day is what you like best. The smell of flowers and delicious taste of chocolate bring out the cuddly you.

ing in at a close second. But the question still remains which state is the least healthiest. Surprisingly Texas did not win this title in a close 47th place, but instead the title of unhealthiness goes out to Louisiana and Mississippi. The twist gets better, in the fact that these three states have been on the bottom of the food chain foryou guessed it 23 years. Apparently these people have a really hard time following through with those New Years resolutions. This is why I have begun to wonder what if those people kept their New Years resolution? The simple and plain truth is nothing. There would be no immediate change in their health, at least not in 1 year. Heck, to stop being such a heavy weight contender, these three states would have to keep their resolutions for about 46 years. Why 46?

The Wal-Mart Game


BY JUSTICE STRAUB & TYLER GALBREATH The Wal-Mart game is a fun way for teens to spend Saturday nights (those of who dont party) when with friends. Okay, so there is no confusion, this is how one goes about playing the Wal-Mart Game. The goal is to get three items that would disturb the cashier the most. Nothing of a sexual nature is allowed in the game; there are no exceptions to that rule, so dont cheat. You will have to be creative. Here are a few examples of item combinations that are sure to raise the eyebrows of cashiers and potentially get security guards to follow you around the store on any future visits: 1) Duct tape, folding chair, and the new Justin Beiber album
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Its the little things that count! Instead of dining and dancing, make it a day to serve others. It will demonstrate generosity and compassion. Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Sentimental feelings evoked on Valentines Day are mixed with some complications this holiday. You might provoke uncomfortable feelings. If so, speak up to your loved one but do so calmly there will be a mix of emotions.

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)

Teasing and jealousy darkens your mood. If you are in a relationship, go somewhere quiet where you can talk. If you are single, its better to be alone or with someone you trust rather than to seek love.

Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)

The playful and generous side of your personality should shine and make it easy to have a great time. However, a sensitive person might react with jealousy so find someone to balance out the mood.

Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

Try keeping things simple today. Less stress equals a more fun day. Reconnecting with someone is another way to celebrate the holiday.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Your romantic taste bends toward the sweet side, which is good. Yet, your jealousy brings out hidden issues to the surface. Passion is a part of the package and addresses the uncomfortable feelings. The key is to be honest with not only yourself, but your partner too.

Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22)

Passion is pulsing as you seek satisfaction of deeper levels than youll find on any Valentines Day card. Youre not into flirting or playing with people who arent willing to commit to full contact romance.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Keeping a positive attitude is one of your strong point and a good skill to have on Valentines Day. Youll be happier sitting this one out or spending time with an undemanding person.

Sagittarius (Nov 22- Dec 21)

Knowing what you want is one of your strengths. Clean up unresolved issues and fix the problems between you and your loved one.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

The idea of love is a wonderful thing and something you can believe in. yet, the concept may not live up to reality for you on this years holiday. Take it off and enjoy the day with friends that also feel the same.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Even a romantic person like you can recognize that Valentines Day is more about digging deeper passionately in your relationship. You dont do well with disrespect and being ignored.

Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

2) Chlorine, kitchen knives, and trash bags 3) Pain Medicine, pliers, and a towel 4) Red Bull, beach ball, and glow-sticks 5) Rope, a toilet plunger, and Vaseline 6) Foam Finger, body paint, Jonas Brothers T-shirt 7) Super Glue, Feathers, and an air horn 8) Jogging shoes, Nixon mask, and a trench coat 9) Bolt cutters, night-vision goggles, and gloves 10) Taser, a paddle, and tennis ball 11) Goldfish Crackers, shark mask, Jaws Soundtrack 12)Strawberries, whipped cream, balloons This game can be played at more than just Wal-Mart. Mix it up, and try going to like Target or Sportsmans.

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weeks hoping that the Earth would spontaneously combust or something and get them out of writing that last rhetorical analysis essay. Missing a few assignments are we? 8. We Reluctantly Buy Christmas Presents. Admit it! You thought you were going to get out of it on an apocalyptic technicality, am I right? Well, I guess I gotta go buy my family Christmas presents now #apocalypsefail. 9. We Watch Zombie Movies. Seriously, we were promised zombies, were we not? Oh, all right. Then well just have to watch Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later in a weekend zombie fest. Mggggggggh . Brains. 10. We Plan Our Next Freak Out. I dont know about you but open-ended relief and happiness make me a little queasy. What should we freak out about next? Oh, right. The fiscal cliff, when tax increases and spending cuts kick in unless Washington gets its act together. I dont know about you but thats scarier than the Apocalypse! How are real estate prices looking in Canada?

10 ways to...Play with Snow!


Throw It

What to do after the worlds end


BY SARA BUDDECKE
News Editor

Eat It

So the apocalypse was a no show unless, of course, youre Tim Tebows career. Hopefully you didnt blow all your money on useless junk in an end-of-theworld bender. That would be awkward, right? Well, it sure was fun rattling each others cages and planning end-of-the-world hookups, right? Youll always have that commemorative apocalypse coin that you bought for 88 cents on the Internet to remember that time we survived the end together. So, what happens now? 1. We High Five! We high five each other for surviving something that was never really a threat anyway. HIGH FIVE! 2. We Watch Gangnam Style AGAIN. Doesnt surviving the apocalypse make you feel like doing a little dance? Watch it again and then you can brag to your family over the holidays that you were the one billion, two million, forty-six thousand and fiftieth person to watch it. Opa, Gangnam Style 3. We Complain. We take some time out of this first day of whatever to feel cheated out of some spectacular event that never

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was. Not even one single Zombie. Ill be honest; I feel a lit bit ripped off. 4. We Tweet. We can come up with clever hashtags to make us feel superior to the Apocalypse that never was such as #nopocalypse and #apocalypsefail. 5. We Feel Superior. We can look at all those people who bought lifetime supplies of food and spent their last hours rushing down to an undisclosed bunker and feel superior that we didnt waste our time hunkering down. LMAO what is that woman with 35k jars of pickles do now??? LoLoL #fail 6. We Plot. We plot to one day make our kids or grandkids watch the movie 2012 and tell them we survived. Or, we go more instant gratification like so many people, who tweeted: Still think the power companies should shut off the power today for 10 minutes just to make everyone freak out. Thats cold. 7. We Confess. We can confess our darkest secrets on the Internet (#endoftheworldconfession) just to cleanse our souls for the next Mayan cycle. Look at all the students didnt turn in any homework assignments from the last two

Build A Fort

Bury yourself

Put it in someones shirt

Play Dodgeball

Seniors and their Senioritis


BY TYLER GALBREATH
Sta Writer
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Snow Angels!

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For those of you who dont know Senioritis has been a term we senior have used for decades to explain the sudden urge to just not do anything anymore. For most this urge hits us about mid-year, when we are all so close to finishing. Others get this feeling at the end of their sports season, or at the begging of the year. This could be a dangerous occurrence for anyone who wishes to graduate on time. Without that certain urge to do your work one might start to fall behind, and in all

of our years of schooling we ing to me and Im sure many all know once you start to others. I would hope all of fall behind, you start to fail. my fellow seniors can fight If a senior were to fail any of off the Senioritis and finish their classes this could mean out our high school career. they will not graduate. Senior Kennedy Bell says that she has caught a mean case of senioritis saying I do believe in senioritis, it is not an excuse I use to get out of work, I have gotten senioritis pretty bad, but my mom has done a great job keeping me on track with homework, scholarships and all the athletic things Photo I participate in. We have Senior Wesley Gatesputs by Justice Straub off his govbeen in school for 13 years ernment work thanks to his ravenous now and to not graduate case of senioritis. Instead of working, on time would be devastat- Wesley casually takes a nap.

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Our NewYears Resolutions


BY AUTUMN MYERS
Managing Editor
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Every New Years provides new endings for many. An ongoing trend is the act of setting a New Years resolution that will be accomplished by the end of the year. The most popular is, you guessed it, losing weight. I dont know about you, but the thought of doing that is terrifying. Exercising? Who does that anymore? I thought it was 2012; we have games to do that for us. Congrats to those who are able to keep that New Years resolution and shed off some pounds, you have done something that is what I consider reaching for the stars. Those who choose this goal do very harmful things such as limiting their food intake. They choose to not have dessert and instead of eating the two slices of cheesecake to have water. I find that incredibly damaging. If I were to walk away from the cheesecake, I would break out into hives.

I would hear voices. Autumn you know you want some of this speaks the cheesecake. It wants me, and I want it. Another popular resolution is spending more time with family right? Studies show 50% say they will spend more time with the family and organizing get-togethers. This is something I could never do. I cant even spend time with people. Once, I was at home and I heard the doorbell, I just stood there. Autumn, my mom calls, open the door! I stand there silently. She rings the doorbell again, this time I go to watch T.V. Autumn I have Wendys! She yells, and it causes me to jolt and run to the door. For those who choose to spend time with family as their resolution, make sure to bring a lot of food, because thats the only way my family comes together. Learning something new is another popular resolution. Many choose to change their lives with

this, whether they learn to fix a computer, or learn to drive a stick shift. Once, I tried learning a new language. It was a dark point in my life, freshman year. After my daily get thrown in the trashcan by senior football players, I would skip merrily to Spanish with chicken nuggets falling out of my hair. In Spanish, I felt like I was in another country. But then I realized I was sitting in a classroom in Twin Falls, Idaho. Learning Spanish was more than learning something, if I didnt, I would fail the class. Gee, so much for New Years resolutions right?

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Riverhawk Review - Twin Falls, ID - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Riverhawk wrestling 2013


BY BLAKE MAUGHAN As the initial school sports fade away, others come to take their place. Among them is Wrestling. This year the wrestling team has a new head coach, Coach Pehrson. He has helped with wrestling in years past, and now he has the opportunity to lead the team to a brighter future. Here are his responses to some questions about this upcoming season. Q: How can you improve the program? A: As a coaching staff we have spent a lot of time working on plans to improve the attitude, dedication and direction of the Canyon Ridge Wrestling program. We know that having kids who will give Hawk wrestling a good name is important and our boys will work hard every day to give our program success on and off the mat. Q: What is your philosophy on coaching wrestling? A: I believe in two things when it comes to my philosophy, be in better shape than the other guy and work harder than the other guy. Q: What are the goals for your program? A: The goals for our program are to take this program in a winning direction and build a program that our wrestlers want to be a part of on the
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Zoe Strauss, senior, looks, before she inbounds the ball versus Twin Falls.

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Silvester Begic, senior, wrestles a Buhl opponent.

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Brinley Miller, senior, throws it down against multiple Twin Falls defenders.

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Kaleb Price, senior, wrestles a Buhl opponent during a tournament.

last day of the season as much as they want to be there the first day. Q: How will you increase numbers in the program? A: We had almost 60 kids take the hydration test this year. The numbers are there, our emphasis will be on ending with far greater numbers than we have ended seasons past with. We want to build wrestlers who will see the season all the way through. Q: How will you discourage weight cutting? A: Wrestling has put weight cutting requirements into place to keep high school athletes safe. I do not discourage weight cutting, I just demand that it be done in a healthy manner as laid out in the rules dealing with cutting weight. Q: What will be your policy for kids that break the rules? A: Wrestling is a privilege for getting the job done in the classroom and being a decent human being. When a wrestler gets in trouble it makes us all look bad. The consequences for that behavior will be dealt with according to the situation at hand, but they will range from extra conditioning both individually and as a team and can go as far as being suspended for matches. Q: How long have you been coaching wrestling? A: I have been coaching wrestling for eight years at

four different schools. I love I have taken this amazing coaching wrestling and as journey with for almost 6 long as my body holds up years. I have watched them and allows me to do so I will grow from tiny little pimple probably always be found in faced wrestlers that drove the winter time in a stinky me crazy into much bigger wrestling room. pimple faced wrestlers that Q: What improvements still drive me crazy but that do you hope to see this I love. By the time these year? boys leave this program A: I hope to see us they know that I have a son become more of a team. I and a daughter of my own want to see us become a who will always be my top brotherhood who works, priority, but they also know trains, fights and succeeds that they are also my boys together. I want to see and I will walk through life the name of our program with them every day. Its not hard to see become respected because of our work on the mat that Coach Pehrson and and our influence on the his staff really care about community off of the mat. the wrestlers, as well as the I want Hawk Wrestling to sport itself. This year is filled be a model other schools with potential and the sky look to. Secondly, I believe is the limit for the wrestling we will see the first state team. championship wrestler in a Riverhawk singlet this year. Q: How will you get the parents involved? A: We will be implementing a parent booster committee specifically for wrestling. We want to get the whole community behind us and out to our matches and that has to start with the parents of our great wrestlers. Q: What makes Photo by Jamie LeBlanc you want to coach this Riverhawk wrestler, Garrett Gonzales, sophteam this year? omore, goes for a pin in a recent wrestling A: I want to coach tournament. Canyon Ridge has some great this team this year up-and-coming wrestlers, and the program because these are boys looks very promising for the next few years.

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National Football League draft prospects


BY JUSTICE STRAUB
Humor Editor
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Rebecca Johnson, junior, defends against a Twin Falls High School opponent.

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Cody Gates, Senior, dribbles the ball down the court in anticipation of scoring.

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Brinley Miller, senior, shoots up a free throw versus Twin Falls.

Unfortunately for those who do not take a serious interest in the NFL Draft, you are in for a boring year. While the draft is ripe with potential prospects, none are in the high-profile positions like quarterbacks or wide receivers; the prospects are the deepest and most proready is at the offensive and defensive line. Sportsfans look forward to an exciting draft for this coming season. While I understand the want for your team to take a top name wide out, or star quarterback, chances are your team is vying for guys like DE Damontre Moore out of Texas A&M. Just an fYI, UC is underclassman. Top Prospects Defensive End:

Bjoern Werner/Florida State Damontre Moore/Texas A&M Sam Montgomery/LSU Outside Linebacker: Jarvis Jones/Georgia Barkevious Mingo/LSU C.J. Mosley/Alabama Chase Thomas /Stanford Offensive Tackle: Luke Joeckel/Texas A&M Taylor Lewan/Michigan Jake Matthews/Texas A&M Eric Fisher/Central Michigan Lane Johnson/Oklahoma Offensive Guard: Chance Warmack/Alabama Jonathan Cooper/North Carolina Barrett Jones/Alabama Defensive Tackle: Star Lotuleli/Utah Johnathan Hankins/Ohio

State Sheldon Richardson/ Missouri Jesse Williams/Alabama John Jenkins/Georgia Safety: Eric Reid/LSU Tyrann Mathieu/N/A Matt Elam/Florida Robert Lester/Alabama T.J. Macdonald/USC Cornerback: Dee Milliner/Alabama Johnathan Banks/ Mississippi State Xavier Rhodes/Florida State David Amerson/ North Carolina Jordan Poyer/Oregon State Inside Linebacker: Manti Teo/Norte Dame Kevin Minter/LSU Nico Johnson/Alabama Shayne Skov/Stanford

Tight End: Tyler Eifert/Notre Dame Zach Ertz/Stanford Jordan Reed//Florida Wide Receiver: Tavon Austin/West Virginia DeAndre Hopkins/Clemson Keenan Allen/California Quarterback: Geno Smith/West Virginia Matt Barkley/USC Tyler Wilson/Arkansas Center: Khaled Holmes/USC Mario Benavides/Louisville Braxston Cave/Notre Dame Running Back: Montee Ball/Wisconsin LeVeon Bell/Michigan State Kenjon Barner/Oregon Fullback: Trey Millard/Oklahoma Lonnie Pryor/Florida State Zach Line/SMU

National Hockey League CRHS boys basketball


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BY BLAKE MAUGHAN
Sta Writer

Jordan Bastian, junior, sizes up his options in front of a Twin Falls defender.

Cade Summers, senior, looks to pass or shoot versus Twin Falls defenders.

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Lance Teske, junior, throws up a free throw versus Twin Falls High School.

The 2012-13 National Hockey League season had been delayed due to another labor dispute. The managers initially wanted to reduce players shares of Hockey Related Revenues from 57% to 46% and to extend entry level contracts from three years to five years. They also want to set a uniform salary for each contract year, eliminate signing bonuses, and extend qualification for unrestricted free agency from seven years within the league to ten years. The National Hockey League Players Association was pushing for an unlinked salary cap which would steadily ride during a five year period. The managers came up with a time-limited offer to use the current definition of HRR as well as a linked salary

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cap to pay the players 49% of revenues for the 201213 season which would decrease to 47% in six years. Neither side would accept any offer the other came up with, while many players have said they would rather have this season not occur than meet the managers half way. 423 games have been canceled because no agreement has been made yet. Gary Bettman said the business is probably losing between $18 and $20 million a day and the players are losing between $8 and $10 million a day. Employees at the league office have had a 20% pay reduction and some teams have resorted to lying off some of their employees as well as cutting wages. Hockey fans can be now be happy, as the hockey league has came out of their lockout.

BY TYLER SCHMECHEL
A&E Editor

It is that time of year, winter. The cold months that drives people indoors, and close to warmth. Yet for the select athlete this isnt just a cold season, but a basketball season. Hard wood floors, popcorn, oiled leather. Theses smells accompany the long winter for the dedicated fan. This year Canyon Ridge is looking to outperform their previous team. Despite a rocky start, the team is starting to come together into one cohesive unit. The Varsity team is made of a good combination of Juniors and Seniors allowing the Juniors to gain the experience needed to compete at a high level next year. Yet the Juniors do not hold the majority of the spots on the team. The Seniors cannot be forgotten with many

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familiar faces returning this season. These players include Cody Gates, Trae Bishop, and Cade Summers. The Freshman cannot be forgotten with a strong record a strong team this group of boys is looking at huge amounts of potential. As prospects start to look up for the team, their dedicated fan base has definitely been a driving factor for the team to continue competing in each and every game. As the game continues one can almost see the effects that a loud crowd has on these boys. So keep it up Crimson Crowd. This year for the first time in Canyon Ridge history the Basketball program played in a three day tournament over Christmas break in Boise. With a strong showing from both boys and girls of Canyon Ridge.

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College playoff system set to take form


By Blair Kerkhoff The Kansas City Star (MCT) MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ The post-Bowl Championship Series era took shape Tuesday with some firm dates for a fourteam playoff that marks the biggest change between college footballs old and new ways. The semifinal round _ two games that will match the teams seeded first and fourth in one game and second and third in another _ will be played in the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Years Day 2015. Those winners will meet on Jan. 12 for the first national championship under the new format. Next season will be the last played under the current BCS structure. There will be four other major bowl games over the two-day window of New Years Eve and New Years Day in the new format, and theyll be paired as semifinal sites every three years. Those days will belong to college football, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. One of the four other major bowls will be the Orange Bowl. The three other bowls for this rotation havent been announced, but speculation has centered on the Fiesta in Glendale, Ariz.; Cotton in Arlington, Texas; and Chickfil-A in Atlanta. The Rose and Sugar will be the semifinal sites for the 2014, 2017, 2020 and 2023 seasons. The Orange Bowl and one of the to-bedetermined bowls will be the semifinals for the 2015, 2018, 2021 and 2024 seasons. The two other to-bedetermined bowls will be the semifinals for 2016, 2019, 2022 and 2025 seasons. Like the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, Calif., and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, the semifinals in the other years are expected to be separated by geography _ an East site paired with a Central or West site. One thing that is known: No matter whether the Rose and Sugar are semifinals, those games will always be played on Jan. 1 at their familiar time slots: late afternoon kickoff for the Rose, leading into an early-evening kickoff for the Sugar. That means the national semifinals will be played on New Years Day when its the Rose/Sugar year, and on New Years Eve when other bowls have the games. The championship game will be bid out separately and could be in any one of the six bowls, though not in a year when its playing host to a semifinal. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is expected to be chosen as the site of the first national title game. Plenty of details, like the composition of the committee that will select and seed the four semifinalists, must be ironed out. But it will happen quickly. College football is less than two years away from reshaping its conclusion _ but already there is concern. It came from Alabama coach Nick Saban on Tuesday. Saban, whose team was a day removed from blasting Notre Dame 42-14 for its third BCS national championship in four years, believes teams from his conference could be underestimated by the committee because of the competitive nature of the Southeastern Conference championship game. Although there are no restrictions of the number of teams from a conference that can play in the semifinals, Saban fears the SEC championship game, which this season matched his second-ranked Tide with third-ranked Georgia, could cost his conference. We may be eliminating a team _ after they lose that game, which I think would be incredibly unfair, Saban said. Had a four-team playoff been in play for the 2012 season, a selection committee would have had some difficult decisions. Undefeated Notre Dame and SEC champion Alabama would have been easy calls. But how about oneloss Oregon, Kansas State and Florida? Or twoloss Stanford, the Pac-12 champion that won at Eugene, Ore.? Or Georgia, which had two losses but beat Florida and won the SEC East? Saban brings to light a complication for the selection committee. The five major conferences _ SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast _ have different scheduling rules. All but the Big 12 play a league title game. But some leagues play eight conference games, others nine. The SEC tends to have a blockbuster league championship game, but the 14-team league plays eight conference games. Every year, Alabama misses five league opponents. The 10-team Big 12 plays a complete round-robin. Saban doesnt want to eliminate the SEC title game. I mean, how much fan interest is there in that game? Saban said. Thats as fine a competitive game as Ive ever been around, so why would we get rid of that? The SEC has no plans for that, but fan interest trends have gotten plenty of attention around college football. Viewership for bowl games surpassed last season. Mondays BCS title game drew a 15.7 overnight rating on ESPN, up 14 percent from last years championship, an Alabama win over LSU. But it was down from the 16.1 in 2010, when Auburn beat Oregon. T h e a v e r a g e attendance for bowl games, about 49,000 per game, was the lowest since 1978-79. Throw empty seats by the thousands at conference championship games in the Big Ten, Pac12 and ACC, and college football has to (C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald/MCT) wonder whats Alabama head coach Nick Saban hoists the trophy going on. a 42-14 win against Is college followingChampionship game Notre Dame in the BCS National at Sun Life Stadium on football too Monday, January 7, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Florida. saturated by big games? Overpriced? Do major bowl games and still championship inconvenient kickoff times unnamed game? make it an easier call to stay Our business is to home? make sure the home Theres a balancing act between being there in experience is as good as person and the experience possible, Magnus said. But you can get home through there is no substitute for technology, said Burke being at the game. Thats especially true Magnus, ESPN vice in the SEC, whose teams president for college sports programming. Not just the have won the last seven BCS beautiful picture on a 60- championships. Fans pack inch HD set but the mobility the Georgia Dome every of live streaming on phones year to watch the division and tablets and the ability winners square off in what to keep in touch with data, has become one of the seasons best matchups. scores and stats. Fans in the stands The trends relate to should be a priority, Saban college footballs format this way: Neutral-site bowl said. I think we should make games will be used for the more decisions about what national semifinals. Will those sites be filled for the the fans like and what the games, with fans knowing fans want to do and what there will be another week gets fans in the stands, Saban said. Because thats of travel if their team wins? S e m i f i n a l - g a m e whats important to the attendance, we dont know, success of the game. ___ its a whole new deal, (c)2013 The Kansas City Star Hancock said. Were not going to know until January (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star 2015. Will it even matter, as (Kansas City, Mo.) at www. long as ratings are good for kansascity.com by MCT ESPN, which will pay about Distributed Information Services $470 million annually for the rights to broadcast the

National Football League postseason prequel


BY JUSTICE STRAUB
Humor Editor

After a rigorous season of ups and downs, the playoffs are finally here, and in dramatic fashion as well. We saw teams like New England and Denver clinch their division in record times, the Packers start out 2-3, and the Giants

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once again drop the ball down the stretch during the regular season. After what had to be the most fantastic Sunday this season (December 16th), we really got to see the playoffs develop. The Broncos routed the Ravens to show their AFC dominance, San Fran and New England had a shootout for the ages, and

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the Falcons put up a gooseegg against the defending champs for the Giants first shutout since the 90s. And who could forget about the Seahawks back-toback 50+ point games? Sorry Arizona and Buffalo, but you got to find out just what happens when a good team gets going. All in all, the season had to be a tremendous success for all fans of football, even after the replacement ref fiasco. Some classic games took place, like New England-Houston, both of the St. Louis-San Francisco games, the Houston-Lions Thanksgiving game, and the Giants-Redskins game. Who would have thought that rookies would have the impact they did? Two rookie running backs, including

late-round draft hero Alfred Morris, topped 1,000 yards within 12 weeks, RG-III showed the world just what a dual-threat quarterback really looks like, and linebacker Luke Kuechly made his presence felt as a tackler. And who could forget Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson chasing records of some of the NFLs greats for yards in a season? This was a dominant year for both players and all fans of football. We can only wait for what gems the playoffs bring us, and hope for a repeat next year. Playoffs this year set up many exciting and sure to be eventful games. All of these games lead up to the NFC and AFC Championship games and finally, everything leads to

the Superbowl. Sportsfans await the games excitedly. This years AFC playoff teams are the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Indianapolis Colts. The NFC playoff teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Greenbay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and the Washington Redskins. With so many amazing teams, it will be a tough battle to the Championship games and to the Superbowl. Luckily, all of these games will be eventful to say the least so sports fans will be able to see the true athletic talent of the best of the very best. Everyone stay tuned for possibly the most exciting postseason yet.

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History in the making, the birth of the first Superbowl


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that we know it as today. Before the NFL there was two separate conferences the AFL and NFL. Each body had their own playoffs and championship game, but the age old question arose. Who is the best team in the nation? So for the first time these two spate conferences decided to combine into one body creating the NFL, but with the two sub bodies the AFC and the NFC. This was 1967 and this was also the first year the Super Bowl was played. With the Kansas

City Chiefs representing the AFC and the Green Bay Packers representing the NFC the first best team in the nation was finally chosen. Green Bay one the game easily 35 to 10. Since then there has been 46 other Super Bowls, with each getting more popular than the last one played the previous year before. With Super Bowl 48 only a couple weeks a way the question of top dog will finally be settled for at least another season of football.

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