CBE class sizes growing larger, pg 4 Jazz on Canterbury, pg 25 Interview with Olympian John Fairbairn, pg 15 Top ten undervalued bands, pg18 Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School 220 Canterbury Drive S.W. Calgary AB T2W 1H4 March 2014 Scarlett wows at the Alberta International Band Festival By Cassandra Betts From February 19 to 25, band students of all grades participated in the Alberta International Band Festival (AIBF). Held at the University of Calgary, the AIBF gave students the opportunity to showcase their musical talents in a competitive atmosphere, and receive recognition and feedback for all the work that they have completed up to this point in the year. Jonathan Bell, the jazz and choir director described the AIBF as “the premier festival that occurs in Calgary every year.” He stated that “although there are other festivals around, the AIBF brings together some of the best adjudicators in the continent and the best musical ensembles in the city and surrounding areas” and was very excited about his bands’ participation and performances. The festival gave all band students the opportunity to play their pieces with pride and, of course, to get out of class and have a few musical laughs along the way. Jazz 3 and Jazz 2 kicked off Scarlett’s participation in the festival on February 20, playing some classy tunes that helped set the bar for the rest of the festival. Both bands are led by the outstanding Bell and practice twice a week. Jazz 3 was given an “Excellent, Excellent” by the adjudicators. The Jazz 3 band is mostly composed of Grade 10s, with one Grade 11 to take on a leadership role and show them the way. Although the Grade 10s have all come from different junior highs and different musical backgrounds, the have gelled together beautifully and created some outstanding-sounding music for their performance at the festival. During the song “Time to Testify,” Chella Noble, Grade 10, played a fantastic solo on the alto saxophone that added texture and heart to an already wonderful performance. The Jazz 2 band is a mixture of Grade 10s, 11s and 12s. For their festival performance they played “Easy Money,” “Summertime,” (featuring Alexandra Palandino on trumpet) and “J.B.” The song “Summertime” is from the popular opera Porgy and Bess and has become something of a jazz standard. Jazz 2 certainly did the infamous song justice, and they received an “Excellent, Excellent” for their entire per- formance. Shannon Fitzgerald, Grade 10, is have two years of Scarlett jamming under The band lived up to expectations at the a member of Jazz 2 and was quite pleased their belts. Most of the members of Jazz 1 festival, receiving a “Superior, Excellent.” with their performance. “The festival adjudi- play in many other bands as well, and are They played “Ghost Train,” “Lyric Essay,” cators gave us some really great feedback,” some of the most talented musicians in the and “Pageant,” all of which are complex she stated, “and I think it was a good oppor- program. Michael Callander was featured songs that the Wind Ensemble tackled with tunity for us to perform in a setting without on the trombone during the song “Not To an enduring determination. Be Forgotten,” and the band should be very The last band to take the stage was the pressure of too large of an audience.” After Jazz 2 had finished their per- proud of the performance that won them the the Grade 10 Band. They are the only stuformance, they had the chance to work with dents who receive band the adjudicator Reggie Thomas. He gave as an in-school course the budding musicians some invaluable year-round. The Grade advice stating that “music happens on pur10 Band can be looked pose; your instrument is only a speaker for upon as a heterogeneous the music inside of you to come out.” mixture of talent; they On February 21, Jazz 1, Jazz all come from different Combo 1 and Jazz Combo 2 all showcased junior high schools and their talents at the AIBF. Jazz Combo 1 have different musical received the highest title that a band can backgrounds, yet they obtain: “Superior, Superior,” and they manage come together were awarded the top combo in the festito make beautiful music. The diverse mixture of val award for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Jazz 1 Combo is a much smaller instruments and personband then the other jazz bands, and in conalities makes for exciting sequence, each individual member is really performances. Many of allowed to shine. As is evident from their the students in the Grade incredible festival results, the Jazz 1 combo 10 Band also play in one Photo by Bobbie Callander is full of incredibly-talented musicians, and Ethan Hamshaw, Grade 12, Johnathan Bell, staff, and Michael Cal- of the jazz bands, and the structure of the band is perfectly suited lander, Grade 11, proudly display the trophies they won at the AIBF their dedication to their to highlight their superior sound. music certainly shows. Jazz Combo 2 plays a variety of prestigious Gold Award. They received an “Excellent, Excellent” for music and does not limit itself to just one After February 21 the jazz por- their performance at the AIBF after playing genre. Sometimes they play show tunes or tion of the festival was over and the focus “Foundry,” “Star of Dream,” and “As the movie scores; sometimes they play pieces turned to concert bands, which are led by Pat Summer was Just Beginning.” As a whole that were arranged by the students them- Brown. Band students had three days to rest they performed extremely well, especially selves. Jazz Combo 2 is composed of mu- up and practice their pieces before their next considering the fact that the woodwind and sicians of all grades who play a variety of performance on February 24. That morning, the brass classes are separate, and that they instruments, which leads to their unique the Symphonic Band took the stage with only get to practice together once a week. and engaging sound. Although they only re- the hopes of impressing the adjudicators. The AIBF was an important opporceived a result of “Good, Excellent” at the The Symphonic Band is the Grade 11 and tunity for all band students. Bell and Brown festival, that was mainly due to the fact that 12 band, and is full of talented young musi- were both incredibly proud of their students’ their choice of music did not necessarily suit cians. They played “Khan,” “The F Suite,” achievements, as was the rest of the school. the theme of the festival. Their sound and and “Lux Aurumque.” “Lux Aurumque” The results that Scarlett obtained were some energy, however, was excellent and the Jazz proved to be challenging, as the students had of the best in the festival, and can be looked 2 Combo will continue to impress through- only one practice before the performance upon with pride. The next big event for all out the rest of the year. to learn the music; however, they pulled band students is the Winds from the South Jazz 1 was also highly honoured through splendidly and received an “Excel- concert, which Scarlett annually hosts at the at the AIBF. Like Jazz Combo 1, they also lent, Excellent” for their efforts. Jack Singer Concert Hall. The band students received a result of “Superior, Superior,” The Wind Ensemble it often look forward to once again showcasing which is an incredible achievement and re- thought of as one of the most prestigious their incredible musical talent, and improvsulted in a Gold Award. Jazz 1 can be con- bands at Scarlett. In order for students to be- ing upon their already stellar performances sidered one of the most experienced bands long to the Wind Ensemble, they must audi- based on the advice that they received during at Scarlett. Composed mostly of Grade 12s, tion at the beginning of the year and show the AIBF. the band is made up of students who already a high level of commitment to their music. Page 2 -- EDITORIALS -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Editors-in-Chief Loula Agelopolous Lauren Morris Section Editors Editorials Kyra Bird Labeeba Mahmood News Abdelrahman Assad James Ewart Features Karlee Selent Entertainment Riannon Laarz Hailey Payne Fine Arts Brianne Godsman Sports Sam McIntosh Aaron Schmidtke Advertising Lourdes Morand Staff Writers Loula Agelopolous, Abdelrahman Assad, Paige Bernstein, Cassandra Betts, Kyra Bird, Nikki Chopra, Emily Conacher, Rebecca Dean, James Ewart, Helena Gagnier, Lucy Garrett, Brianne Godsman, Alexa Helson, Alia Kohlmann, Riannon Laarz, Amy Li, Labeeba Mahmood, Sam McIntosh, Sarah Miao, Lourdes Morand, Jessica Morris, Lauren Morris, Hailey Payne, Karlee Selent, Aaron Schmidtke, Michella Thai, Rachel Trimble, Cleo Williams, Amy Wang, Natalie Ward, Carley Willmot STAFF ADVISORS Douglas Brandt Claire Patterson Alethea Power PRODUCTION The Scarlett FEVER is the product of students in the Journalism 15, 25, 35 programs. It is produced eight times per school year and is distributed to the community of Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School. The FEVER operates primarily on a per-student allotment from Student Activity Fees, supplemented by advertising revenue. The newspaper is printed by International Web Express. ONLINE ACCESS The FEVER is now available online. Access it on the Dr. E.P. Scarlett website at: www.depscarlett.ca. Click on the “School Info” drop-down menu. ADVERTISERS Please contact Doug Brandt at [email protected] or Telephone 403-281-3366, ext. 2122 British invasion continues their first single “What Makes You Beautiful” was released in September of 2011, the The British Invasion may have team has continued to make two more wildbegun around the 1960s, but as the saying ly-successful albums. Although the band is goes: “History has an odd way of repeating blessed with fans and haters alike, the world itself.” Canada and the U.S. alike have be- has been left to ponder how the band became come captivated with modern so widelyBritish culture. From beauty to known in music, the UK seems to be havthe first ing a greater influence on North place. What America than it ever has. makes their Ranking third on the group stand list of most powerful countries out from in the world, Britain has been the rest is identified as the most influential a mystery, culture. The number of famous especially Brits has sky-rocketed in the when there past three years, some of them are Amerieven robbing the Americans of can fivetheir roles; the roles of Spiderboy bands man, Batman, and Superman, that create a for example, have all been grantsimilar style ed to actors of British descent. of music. In the film Lincoln Quite likely (2012) Abraham Lincoln himtheir Britself is played by none other than ish origin is Daniel Day Lewis. The sixteenth part of the president of the United States appeal. Photo by Cleo Williams A l o n g was unmistakably American, yet mucasting directors chose an Eng- The union jack proudly displayed on a lamp with sic and TV, lishmen to bring the role to life. Citizens of the UK are slowly taking control the British have also taken over YouTube. over all fields of entertainment. The problem Beauty gurus like zoella280390, and vlogis nobody seems to be objecting. Perhaps gers like Jack and Finn Harries from Jacksthe admiration has something to do with the gap are influencing the Internet to a great sophisticated accent or, more commonly ex- extent. Getting famous over YouTube has pressed, the charming ways of British peo- become common place over the past few years, and somewhat of a clique has formed ple. Thor, the godly Marvel movies within the YouTube world; the social group series has been subject to the infatuation. consists of a dozen YouTubers who are all Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, the star roughly around the 1.5 million subscribers of the movies, has a minute fan-base when mark. The majority of them sport British accompared to his British co-star Tom Hid- cents. The second British Invasion is in dleston. Both actors have appealing accents, but the public seems to commonly favour full effect and, to be honest, the infatuation tea-drinkers over surfer-boys, although it is more a longing for the unknown than anyseems the stars are not quite sure why either. thing else. Countries all around the world “I am surprised people like Loki have been asking themselves why the Britso much. I’ve been asking myself this three ish appeal to them so much and the question times now,” expressed Hiddleston at the pre- “Why do Americans love British people?” miere of Thor: The Dark World, when taken has been a frequently-asked question on a aback by how many fans were present to number of web forums. No matter the situation, a sophistisupport him. In resemblance to the British Inva- cated accent can often be pinned as the culsion of the mid-60s, more and more British prit for the obsession. Seeing UK citizens on bands are becoming well-known. With a sim- TV screens, computer screens, and stages ilar fandom to the Beatles, the most popular has resulted in North Americans being eager British band is undoubtedly One Direction. to learn more about them, and in doing so the First becoming a group at the suggestion of continent’s inhabitants have somewhat idolX Factor judge Simon Cowell, the five boys ized Great Britain. have taken the world by storm. Ever since By Cleo Williams March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- EDITORIALS -- Page 3 Rolls Royce rolls into uncertain territory with Wraith By Loula Agelopoulos Back in 2013, RollsRoyce announced they would be pushing automotive boundaries and using innovative engineering to create a better car. They did not consider though, that the boundaries may be there, because there is no need to go beyond them. The model they based their design on is the Wraith, which was originally produced in the late 1930s. The car has been altered both in its appearance and function. The new car is reportedly the fastest and most luxurious British car to ever be made by Rolls-Royce. The reason: its ability to read the road ahead. The goal behind the Wraith was, in the words of company co-founder Sir Henry Royce, “To take the best that exists and make it better; when it doesn’t exist, design it.” That is what the company has done by creating a car completely new to the world. A processor in the car translates turns and ramps into shift commands so the car can get maximum power from its engine. It may not sound like much, but considering the car is inanimate, it is an impressive feat. To achieve this maximum, the Wraith uses Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) to process GPS data to predict the driver’s next move and switch into the right gear. It also has a more direct steering response to aid precision in corners, and also contains more dynamic spring and damper settings. Another notable feature of the Wraith is its luxurious interior. It features Canadel Panelling in a beautiful open wood grain and the Starlight headliner, previously exclusive to its Phantom models. All of these features make up a very luxurious, very fast, and very expensive car most can only dream of owning; however, it also raises some questions such as whether Wraith is whether automotive com- will therefore try to gain prefer- would therefore not like being renor not technology can replace a panies should be spending money ence through luxury, in an increas- dered unnecessary. If this is just the human’s instincts. The Wraith has and time developing unnecessary ingly environmentally-aware soci- beginning, soon the world could be the ability to change gears according to the road ahead, but people have that exact same ability. Better yet, they do not have to rely on satellites and processors. People can see ahead and interpret using only their brain which, when the driver is alert, does not have as many possibilities for error as a machine. Though the technology used is undoubtedly some of the finest, there is always the chance that there could be a glitch or something could go wrong, and in the case of driving a car, this could lead to devastating results. An attentive driver would easily be able to see if the car was in the wrong gear, but if the car changes it to the wrong gear, the driver would not know. While Rolls-Royce would have surely ensured that error is nearly impossible, there is no need for a car to change the gears when a human could do it with little fear of error. Others might argue that having a car read the road ahead would take the fun out of driving. Some people enjoy doing all the work, anticipating the road ahead, changing gears, feeling the car and acting or reacting accordingly. Those people would probably find the Wraith a waste Photo by Loula Agelopoulos of time, and while it may be a Expensive luxury cars, such as the Rolls Royce Wrait, are often wanted by many, but for most are just out of reach beautiful car, there is no need to add all the extras meant to make it features for their cars, when they ety they will have to produce cars seeing cars that drive themselves “the best.” Without the excitement could be putting those resources to with more than just fancy interiors without the person having to do of actually driving the car, the better use, for instance exploring and the ability to read the road. anything at all and there are not No matter how one looks many people who would be happy owner of a Wraith misses out on electrically-powered cars or hy- the driving experience regular cars brids. If companies spent as much at it, the Wraith is an impressive with that; therefore, automotive provide. Others, however, would effort developing environmentally- car. Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly companies like Rolls-Royce should disagree with this opinion, saying friendly cars as they did luxurious leading the automotive industry focus their attention on developing the Wraith would provide a more ones, there would quite possibly into a new era, an era of smarter cars that are more fuel-efficient relaxing drive, without the worry be no more cars running on gaso- cars that can do more for them- and environmentally-friendly, and line and gases emitted could be selves; however, this is not neces- offer a smoother and faster ride of having to change gears. Yet another question that reduced. While companies may be sarily a welcome era. Many people without taking control away from could be asked in respect to the competing against each other and like driving cars, they enjoy it, and the driver. Page 4 -- NEWS -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 CBE class sizes start growing as budget cuts escalate By Sam McIntosh Beginning this year, students may have noticed that there seems to be a few more people in their classes than usual. All over Calgary high schools the average class sizes have jumped 10% from an average of 26.8 students per class last year to an average of 29.6 students in a class this year. Compare this number to five years ago when the average students in a class were just 24.2, and the jump is even more apparent. The suggested average number of students in a high school class is 27 and only Central Memorial, Jack James, and specialized programs were able to have averages that meet that. There have even been reports of up to forty students in one class at some schools and that is raising concerns from parents. They are worried that their child will not be able to ask questions or get specific help from The substantial increase in high school class sizes, however, is due to a slash in budget by the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) to high schools of 11% or around $62 million dollars. This cut is worsened by the fact that the number of students already in the high school system are at 110 763 students, an increase of 3.4 percent from last year’s 107 132 students. This is likely to increase as well, with an estimated 9 000 students entering high school next year which will put an even bigger strain on the resources of schools. The increased student population comes at odds with the CBE decision to reassign many teachers who have become lower grade or substitute teachers, in order to fit a budget that has been a grievance to both students and parents. CBE trustee Lynn Ferguson had been very critical of the budget but stated that “there are a number of factors that influence how a student learns.” This dismissive attitude may turn on the CBE as it seems to be the CBE against the teachers according to an administrator from last September. T h e CBE had been trying to brush off allegations of enlarged classes, and stressed students and teachers but the Alberta TeachPhoto by Sam McIntosh ers Association Increasing class sizes means the amount of desks in this room could soon be conducted its the new average in the school if the budget cuts continue after this year own survey and teachers and those teachers will become too found that each high school had mentioned stressed to perform their jobs properly. This forty students in a single class and some increase is even more surprising considering classes even had around fifty students. The younger grades have barely had to increase class averages for each school is also skewed their class size. Kindergarten to grade three as there can be options with barely twenty classes barely had an increase in class sizes, students and core classes with around forty while grade four to six saw no increase at all. students. The situation does look very grim for the CBE, students, and teachers in general as the increase of students and lack of teachers does not make a very promising combination. The provincial government has also been crippled by a lack of solid action; the many are not able to live up to their full potential. A vast number of students in a single class could have a variety of different questions about a subject and few teachers would be able to handle 40 and up to 50 Photo by Sam McIntosh If the CBE budget continues to decrease, this hallway could get much busier during school Minister of Education Jeff Johnson asked in the fall for any classes of forty or more students to be reported to him, but responses have been slow. Johnson later said he would not intervene in local school board decisions and that class size are not the only factor in determining a child’s success. Johnson may be slow to respond because of the fact that the Alberta government has slashed the budget for education which has led to this. This has also had an adverse effect on the teachers. As Frank Bruseker, head of the Alberta Teachers Union Local 38, says: “Larger class sizes make it more difficult for the teacher to get around and provide that individual one on one consultation with a kid.” Without this one on one consultation and the student not seeking further help from other resources, such as a tutor or class help room, a student is bound to fail. Even worse is the fact that only 34 new teachers were hired when enrolment in schools was increased by 3 631 students in the past year. This is a worrying trend in which a lack of teachers could have an adverse effect on future generations where students in a single class without it causing their teaching to suffer. It is important that high school students are given the best chance to succeed as they are the next wave of young people ready to go make their mark on the world. Kindergarten to grade nine has been preparing students for high school where they branch out and find out what they want to do with their lives. With these budget cuts, larger classes, and fewer teachers, there is an increased chance that some students will not do the best they can because they were not able to receive the attention that they deserved or needed. Even though the CBE reported that two thirds of the 3 631 new students were enrolled in the elementary level, and that is why they focused most of their funding at the kindergarten to grade three levels, increased high school class sizes will inevitably affect even these students when they get older. Students right now need to figure out what the best course of action for their future is and the CBE does not seem to be helping. March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER Problems with the Sochi Olympics By Abdelrahman Assad The 22nd Winter Olympic Games have just concluded in Sochi, Russia. The event kept millions of viewers glued to their television sets in order to cheer on their home countries; however, the road to the Olympics was not as successful as the games themselves. Sochi is a resort town located in a subtropical region -- and the Sochi National Park. This resulted in many demonstrations outside of those Olympic venues by passionate environmentalists. Dozens of environmentalists have been put in jail because of the demonstrations; many people believe incarcerating the environmentalists did not put Russia’s reputation in a positive light. This year’s Winter Olympic Games cost an estimated Photo by Loula Agelopoulos This year’s Winter Olympics have been very costly for the goevrnment of Russia with very mild winter $50 billion; the previous games in temperatures, causing limited Vancouver only had a price tag of amounts of snow which is a ne- around $7 billon, the construction cessity for the winter games. As price of one of Sochi’s Olympic well as the climate, safety was a ski-slope mountain highways significant alone. The high cost of the “Prior to the problem. Olympics could possibly Prior to the have a negative impact on event, suicide event, sui- bombers set off a the Russian economy, which cide bomb- series of bombs in can lead to higher rates of ers set off the nearby city of corruption. Complaints about the a series of Volgograd” athletes’ accommodations bombs in were also raised as athletes the nearby city of Volgograd, which caused stated that they did not have run34 deaths and approximately 100 ning water, did not have enough injuries. The United States gov- beds, and that the hotel room ernment also warned American doors could not close. Recent and foreign airlines to take cau- reports claim that the reason for tion, as terrorists may try to hide these poor accommodations is the explosive devices in toothpaste extremely high price of this year’s tubes in attempts to hijack the Olympics, resulted in these acgames. Russian President Vladi- commodations being the best that mir Putin ensured the safety of all the Russian government could athletes stating that he would an- provide. Not everything about nihilate all the terrorists that tried the games was quite as negative, to interfere with the Olympics. There have also been however. Canada welcomed their a few environmental concerns. biggest winter Olympic team The construction of the various ever, and they received a total of sporting venues has been causing 25 medals; 10 gold, 10 silver, and harmful effects to the UNESCO 5 bronze. The 22nd Winter Olymprotected sites in Sochi, such as pic Games proved to be very sucthe Caucasus Biosphere Reserve cessful. Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- NEWS -- Page 5 Incriminating evidence of abuses in North Korea in UN report By Sam McIntosh tion of human rights on the part of by the findings in the report. The On February 17, a UN re- the EU and Japan in alliance with a inhumane treatment in North Koport was released that showed the hostile U.S. policy,” has led to ten- rea has many parallels between the reports findings and crimes combrutal tactics that the North Korean sion in the region. The report also identifies mitted by the Nazis in World War government uses to stay in power and keep its people in line. Wide- around 80 to 120 000 prisoners Two. “When you see that image in spread use of torture, murder, slav- that have been put in prison camps your mind of bodies being burned, ery, starvation, and sexual violence where hundreds of thousands of it does bring back memories of keep the government in power North Koreans have died through the end of World War Two, and while keeping “the population in starvation, torture, and execution. the horror and the shame and the submission” the United Nations Many of their fates are unknown shock,” said retired judge Michael Commission of Inquiry on Human to their family, and the government Kirby who was a part of the invesRights reported. This is not the first uses this to spread fear among tigation. Many of these acts are intime North Korea has come under the populace so they stay in line. credibly barbaric and are used for fire for human rights abuses as Famines in these prison camps are no better reason than to keep the there have been previous reports as common as they are in the rest population submissive so they do of starvation and prison camps, but of the country where lack of food not rise up against the government. Though many counnever to this degree has there been killed many in the 1990s. The gov- ernment uses control of food as tries in the past few years have confirmation of the abuses. Ever since the Korean another way to control the popula- risen up against dictators in counWar, which lasted from 1950 to tion. Controlling the people even tries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and 1953, North Korea has been ruled more is the enforced class struc- Libya, there is little hope that the by a family of communist dictators ture implemented in the country. people of North Korea could have who have ruled with an iron fist The report states that North Korea a chance of organizing an opposis a nation “that does not content ing party. The oppressive regime and have locked uses “state surveillance nearly everyone which permeates the prielse out of the vate lives of all citizens country with only to ensure that virtually a few controlled no expression critical of visits. People who the political system or of have escaped have its leadership goes undetold horror stotected,” the report states. ries of people be“Citizens are punished for ing sent to work any ‘anti-State’ activities camps never to be or expressions of dissent.” seen again and an The government has been increasing lack of ruthless in taking down food. any perceived opposi Now, 320 tion; even when Kim Jong eyewitness testiPhoto by Sam McIntosh monies confirm Tensions simmer in the far east as North Korea faces scandal Un’s uncle was thought to be conspiring against that the abuses can be traced directly to the highest itself with ensuring the authoritar- the government, he was swiftly arlevels of North Korean govern- ian rule of a small group of people, rested and executed. The people of ment. The North Korean govern- but seeks to dominate every aspect North Korea have no institutions ment has received condemnation of its citizens’ lives and terrorizes other than government-approved ones which further tightens their from nearly every country; the them from within.” North Korea does not grip on the country. United States in particular praised With little political presthe report and wants North Korea have many allies but one of the few to take “concrete steps to improve that it does is also one of the most sure on North Korea to stop these the conditions of the North Korean powerful countries on the planet, vile practices due to their close China. The North Korean govern- business relationship with China, people.” These steps may be a little ment conducts many business deal- only political banter and the work difficult for North Korea to take as ings with China and they are im- of non-government organizations they have historically not had the portant allies. Even though many can help shed light on these crimes best relationship with the US, and who have read the report want against humanity and hopefully the west in general, as North Ko- the International Criminal Court build enough pressure on North rea has taken a very radical stance and the UN Security Council to Korea to stop and give up all against them. Even though the do something, China is one of five guilty parties involved. Even with UN has sent Kim Jong Un a letter permanent members on the council all of that, military action may be warning he could be prosecuted that can veto any decision so calls the only way to properly secure for crimes against humanity, he for action do not pass. This, in turn, the freedom of the North Korean is not likely to leave North Korea incapacitates the UN from launch- people. In any case, one can only anytime soon. The warning com- ing any criminal investigation into hope that the poor souls trapped bined with North Korea’s refusal the Crimes Against Humanity that in the camps and in the country as a whole, will be able to see their to participate in the study and their are presented in the report. Many non-government freedom from a tyrannical governimmediate rejection of its findings, calling them “a product politicisa- organizations have been outraged ment. Page 6 -- NEWS -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Algae-powered proposals slowly turning the world “green” By Karlee Selent A French chemist by the name of Pierre Calleja was working on a way to harness the special abilities of microorganisms’ found in bioluminescent algae to help ease some of Earth’s most pressing problem of global warming. Calleja’s solution came in the form of a cylindrical algae-powered lamp that requires no electricity, making it self-sufficient, operating through a process wherein all the energy produced during photosynthesis is collected and stored in a battery that helps to power the light in the evening. Bioluminescent algae are tiny fresh-water weeds that grow in shallow ponds and glow at night by emitting light produced by energy from chemical reactions occurring inside the algae. In other words, they soak up sunlight, absorb carbon dioxide, and breathe out oxygen, like most plants, while emitting a soft fluorescent glow. In essence, it is nature’s all-in-one version of a solar panel, a carbon sink, and a light bulb. Though the idea of a lamp powered by bioluminescent algae sounds promising, many question how much of a difference these little marine organisms can make in everyday life. The fact is that microalgae are incredibly efficient at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, approximately 150 to 200 times more than trees. An algae lamp can remove as much carbon dioxide in a year as a tree would in its lifetime. Extracting algae from aquatic environments, such as oceans, could potentially save fish and other marine life since rapid increases known as algae blooms have caused a widespread mortality due to harmful toxins that are sometimes released. Calleja noted that about 25% of carbon dioxide present in the air is thought to be generated from car exhaust. By using the algae lamps for roadside lighting, two social problems would be solved at once, fairly bright and consistent neon radiance. “The light that goes through the lamp is very special,” Calleja said, “it is a very soft light because it goes through a live animal.” Bio-engineering such a scenario has its challenges though. Sceptics are still waiting to hear how Calleja plans to overcome some of the plant’s problematic characteristics, such as the “light-smothering qualities of dense plumes of algae” and maintenance to prevent the “dirty fish bowl” effect in which a murky build-up starts to accumulate on the glass of the lamp over time. Inspired by Calleja’s idea, designer Mike Thompson, who invented the Blood Lamp, has created the Latro Lamp. The lamp dePhoto by Karlee Selent rives energy from an Mike Thompson’s verison of Calleja’s bioluminescent algae-powered algae chamber that lamp, the Latro Lamp, needs only water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight requires only sunwith each unit absorbing an estimated ton of light, carbon dioxide, and water to operate. emissions per year. An individual simply fills the glass chamber Having recently filmed a with water, leaves the lamp outside, breathes TED Talk, Calleja describes the genesis of into it, and the lamp begins to emit light. his concept and how he hoped to implement The lamp features a battery that stores enthe invention. During his presentation, he ergy made by the algae throughout the day showcases a prototype that appeared to emit and a light sensor that controls the lamp’s in- tensity, preventing the algae from becoming malnourished. Calleja’s start-up, FermentAlg, has been studying algae for nearly two decades and has attracted millions in investments. Although, the company performs many kinds of algae-based research, such as using it for food and biofuel. Eukaryote-based design is not a foreign concept to urban planters and architects. The blueprint of an algae-powered federal building in Los Angeles, winner of the 2011 Metropolis Magazine’s competition, incorporates an algae farm and bioreactor onto the sunny southern side of the building to provide energy, and clean wastewater and air at the same time. A video on YouTube, uploaded by an international cross-media program by the name of Shamengo, demonstrates how the lamp works. Though it has about 312 000 views, the comments prove that individuals do not seem to buy the idea, citing the lightsmothering qualities of dense plumes of algae and the need to frequently clean them. Also pointed out is how much the lamps would weigh and how they would prevent many overhead applications, as well as how vandalism would have to be taken into consideration. Though this breakthrough idea may have potential to solve one of humanity’s greatest problems regarding the planet, it is highly questioned whether or not it will become a reality in the near future. If this proposal goes through and is approved, then there is a chance that algae-powered lamps and buildings will begin to pop up in our everyday lives. Frigid, cold winter weather in Southern Alberta persists By Natalie Ward The province has been suffering a cold winter this season and it is not over just yet. Albertans have spent much of this winter in temperatures that have dropped below minus thirty and this is not taking into consideration the extreme cold produced by wind chills blowing through the province. Environment Canada has recently delivered wind chill warnings throughout parts of Alberta, such as Drumheller, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer, with temperatures expected to drop below minus forty in those areas, even getting as cold as minus forty five and minus fifty. Not only does wind chill drop the temperature, but it also increases the chances of frostbite on the skin. The extreme cold of this weather has highlighted the importance of remembering the basic rules of staying safe in cold weather. On December 6, Alberta was one of the coldest places on Earth. Whether that is something to be proud of or not, that is for readers to decide. During the two months of December and January, about five loca- tions in Alberta (including Banff, Brooks, ing. Such awful conditions on the roads have homes and businesses due to the extremeClaresholm, and Pincher Creek) had broken led to many vehicle collisions. On Sunday, ly cold weather. Not only have there been their coldest record temperatures, dropping December 8, Calgary police reported that maintenance problems, but events and facilito minus thirty five and even colder. Banff, there were 241 crashes on streets around the ties such as Canada Olympic Park have been for example, dropped to minus thirty-seven city, which resulted in traffic tie-ups. High- cancelled, rescheduled or closed until the point five degrees Celsius, which beat their weather warms up. 1922 record of minus thirty-three. On Friday, December 27, EnviLately, the weather in Alberta has been so ronment Canada had also issued a flash horrible, that even NASA noticed. NASA freeze warning for Calgary. A flash recorded the weather in Edmonton and comfreeze is when the weather conditions pared its data with the weather conditions on cause a drop in temperature within two Mars. They discovered that Mars was only to three hours from above the freezing slightly colder than Edmonton. mark to below the freezing mark. During Snow drifts have been a reoccurFriday night, for example, the temperature dropped from minus nine degrees to ring dangerous menace this winter with the minus nineteen degrees Celsius with five snowstorms and blizzards. The harsh winds centimeters of snow falling. blowing the snow around have created large Though it may seem as if Canada drifts along streets, buildings, houses, drivePhoto By Lourdes Morand will never warm up, things are looking ways, parked cars, etc. These drifts have made driving and parking difficult, turning Mackezie Sewell , Grade 12, freezing outside Scarlett up. The weather should begin to improve many two or three-lane roadways into sinon the first day of spring, March 20. Ungle-lane ones. ways have also had to be closed off due to til then, keep the winter coats, gloves, hats, This extreme cold weather has more serious crashes, such as Highway 881, and boots out and handy. The wind chills caused many problems for Canadians around which was closed on Monday, December 9. that are hanging around are still a danger to the country, as well as Albertans. Worsen- The Calgary Fire Department has anyone who does not have the appropriate ing weather conditions increased icy condi- been responding to water issues that have winter clothing with them to stay warm. tions on roads and a need for slower driv- been reported throughout Calgary in many March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- NEWS -- Page 7 Media Campaign Aims to Discourage Smoking in Youth By Brianne Godsman their relationship with tobacco,” he The Federal Agency alongside the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on February 4, that it is launching a $115 million multimedia youth tobacco prevention campaign. The campaign is called “The Real Cost” and aims to discourage teens from starting smoking and to encourage youth who already smoke to quit. The campaign launched on February 11, 2014 across multiple media platforms including over 200 different advertisements that are now present on television, in magazines, and on a variety of social networking sites. The objective is to educate youth on the harmful effects of tobacco with the goal of reducing the number of youth consuming tobacco in North America. Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Centre for Tobacco Products, hopes that this approach will be effective. “We think it’s important to reach out to teens— not to lecture them, not to throw statistics at them — but to reach them in a way that will get them to rethink states. Zeller, overseeing the new campaign, calls it a “compelling, provocative and somewhat graphic” way of grabbing the attention of more than 10 million young people aged 12 to 17 in North America who are using tobacco. The ads depict youth with yellowing teeth and wrinkled skin, attempting to show the “ugly truth” associated with tobacco. The campaign shows smoking for what it is, a widespread health issue, not a moral issue, not a reason to discriminate the smoking minority, not an opportunity to moralize or lecture, but an opportunity to raise awareness and concern for the long-term health of the youth of North America. This campaign works to personify smokers, rather than turning the individual into a number on a page. The issue of smoking is never simple enough to be presented in a graph or a pie chart. Kurt Vonnegut, an American writer, and honorary president of the fully the campaign will American Huhelp to bridge the gap bemanist Assotween youth understanding ciation, shared the effects of tobacco and a similar opinyouth understanding that ion: “The public they are personally at risk. health authori In 2011, the ties never mention the main FDA said it planned to reason many spend about $600 million Americans have over five years on camfor smoking paigns aimed at reducing heavily, which death and disease caused is that smoking by tobacco. is a fairly sure, The campaigns’ fairly honoureffects will be measured able form of through a multi-year insuicide.” person evaluation of the T h e same 8 000 youth over a public health two year period. authorities, Evaluation rehowever, seem sults will be used to assess to disagree with changes in key tobacco reVonnegut. FDA lated knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours Commissioner over several years to meaMargret HamPhoto by Brianne Godsman sure the impact the camburg argues that, “while Sabrina Yu, Grade 11 supports the campaign’s aim of decreasing paign is having. youth smokers by 300 000 over the span of the next three years The expected most teens unthem.” goal is to reduce the number of 12 derstand the serious health risks The campaign aims to to 17 year old cigarette smokers associated with tobacco use, they raise awareness about the long by 300 000 over the span of three often don’t believe the long-term term risks and make teens more years. consequences will ever apply to informed on their choices. Hope- Page 8 -- NEWS -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Violence in Ukraine continues as president flees By James Ewart One of the most trending civil unrests today is the rioting, violence, and protesting in Ukraine. Every day there is a new horror story coming out of this European country and it does not look like it will end well. This whole calamity started on January 19, 2014 on Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine when new anti-protest laws, which were quickly dubbed by protestors as the “Dictatorship Laws”, were announced. In the three days that followed, many riots broke out, police retaliated, and a magnitude of damage was inflicted on streets and buildings due to rioters building small bombs. Then, protestors became further angered by the arrests of activists and the police brutality they received. The people have two goals in mind: the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych, and the disallowing of the passing of the anti-protest laws. After four days of rioting, the protestors built a blockade in Kiev’s Independence square, where they built an encampment. Police used aggressive force in an attempt to remove the barricade but it resulted in 200 injured and three dead. The protestors blocked off several roads in the city and every day they violently clashed with riot police that resulted in the injuring of dozens more people. Early in February, protestors started to take more drastic measures to attain their goals. One terrible story is the attack on a government building. Protestors lit it on fire, 120 were injured and twenty were killed in the crossfire, and arrests were made. On February 20 the president and protestors had called a truce in order to stop the violence that has caused a death toll of 26 and the injury of 425 people. The country is in conflict over their national identity; their loyalties are split be- tween Rusthe most violent event sia and the in that country since West. Ukraiit emerged from the nians that Soviet Union in 1992. live in North The president fled America are the country on Febconstantly ruary 24 and citizens worried are touring his estate. about their Much to their shock, homeland the president has been and the news living in lavish wealth of a truce is while the country has putting them had bailout after bailat ease. That out. truce, how As the conflict Photo by James Ewart rages on, people are ever, was short-lived Daniel Caine, Grade 11, searches the web for the lastest hoping that this terupdates on the current state of Ukraine and dozens rible event will end of people were killed in a gun battle in In- soon and there will be peace again. Unfortudependence Square on February 20, caus- nately, it will be very difficult for the people ing the death toll jump to 77. All around the and the president to gain the trust of each world, people were shocked as it has been other. Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate over the ultimate question By Karlee Selent On the night of February 4, 2014, two scientific rivals faced off in a debate on evolution. Widely known as the “Science Guy” Bill Nye and Australia-native Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, debated on the topic “Is creation a viable model of origins?” at the Creation Museum. The event, announced in January, rapidly sold out its 900 seats, and visitors from twenty-nine states bought seats for the debate that streamed live for almost three hours on the Internet. Nye, the former host of the popular children’s television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, describes himself as “a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society,” according to his website. It has been questioned if Nye really is a legitimate scientist; however, as Nye has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is currently the executive director of The Planetary Society, a space interest organization. Ham is a young-Earth creationist, who advocates a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis and is president of Answers of Genesis, a non-profit Christian apologetics ministry that promotes the belief that the initial chapters in Genesis should be taken as literally true and historically accurate. The debate began with humorous opening comments from the moderator, CNN’s Tom Foreman, before Nye stepped out in his infamous bowtie and Ham with his intriguing accent. The two shook hands and readied themselves behind their respective Apple MacBooks. Since Ham won the coin toss, he began his five-minute opening statement mentioning that textbooks in American public schools have been indoctrinated by Darwin, and then proceeded to name scientists who believe in biblical creationism through a slideshow. When it came to Nye’s turn, he bones somewhere between Sinai and Aus- Ham if all animals were vegetarian before dropped the first references to fossils and the tralia? Somebody would have been hopping the events following Noah’s Ark, to which Grand Canyon to point out to Ham that the around along there and died, and we’d find Ham replied that they seemed to be. Earth is not 6 000 years old. The two men him.” Nye then added that fossils of kan- Nye then went on to insist that even then had thirty minutes to present their full garoos have only shown up in Australia, to his New England shipbuilding ancestors arguments. Ham clicked through slides of which Ham explained that, according to the could not have built a ship like Noah’s Ark, great scientists who happen to be atheists, as Creation Museum, logs from trees destroyed to which Ham defended, “Why would you well as scientists who believe in creationism. in the flood carried animals across the globe. say Noah was unskilled? I didn’t meet Noah. “I enNeither did you.” Foreman then shuffled courage through Q&A cards to pick up the pace. children Questions such as, “How does creationto folism account for celestial bodies?” and low peo“How did the atoms that created the Big ple like Bang get there?” were directed at the that and two men. While Nye openly answered m a k e that he did not entirely know and that he t h e m loves the mysteries behind the questions, their heHam did not hesitate to link his answers roes,” to the Bible. Ham an The debate ended with the quesnounced. tion “What is the one thing, more than After anything else, upon which you base your H a m belief?” directed at both Nye and Ham. Ham ended the question-and-answer concludsession by stating his love and belief for ed his arthe Bible which explains the origins of gument with his all living matter and ideas and history Photo by Karlee Selent on Earth, while Nye quoted Carl Sagan, explanat i o n The debate over whether creationism or evolution is a viable model of origins has been an “When you are in love, you want to tell of the on-going question among various scientists and young-Earth creationists for many years the world,” and that he bases his beliefs Seven on “the information and the process that C’s of Life (Creation, Corruption, Catastro- At the one hour mark, Nye began to discuss we call science.” The debate drew a few supporters phe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Commu- the purpose of reproduction among living nication), Nye presented a large portion of organisms and moved on to talk about the of Nye in the audience, including Aaron Kentucky limestone and proceeded to state Hubble telescope. Ham defends the age of Swonley, who wore a red bowtie and a white that it could not have existed if the Great Earth using Hebrew definitions in the Bible lab coat to the event. “I think they did a good Flood, following the story of Noah’s Ark, and 45 000-year-old wood being found in job outlining their arguments without gethad happened 4 000 years ago. millions-of-years-old basalt rock. “There’s ting too heated, as these debates tend to get,” Nye then showed a visual represen- no dating method you can use that you can he said. Many were impressed by both Ham tation of the kangaroo conundrum. “If there absolutely age date a rock,” he concludes. and Nye’s presentations and the debate’s rewas a kangaroo on Noah’s Ark,” he started, Once Ham started his rebuttal at the eighty spectful tone. By the end of the debate it was “and Noah’s Ark landed somewhere in the minute mark, the live stream froze due to the clear, however, that Nye and Ham would Middle East, and kangaroos ended up in more than 500 000 people who tuned in. The just have to agree to disagree. Australia, why haven’t we found kangaroo connection returned in time to hear Nye ask March 2014 -- Scarxxlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- FEATURES -- Page 9 Pink shirt day promoted actively by Lancers school-wide the event was a great success, as it encouraged students and spread awareness of the very prevalent problem in society that is bullying, and made them think about what actions they can take forward to and they find it is easy to torture someone else and boost their selfesteem and feel powerful, despite the impact that their actions create on others. Bullying is a life chang- ceived compliments on her looks. A stranger convinced Todd to bare This year the seventh anher breasts on camera. The indinual Pink Shirt Day was held on vidual later blackmailed her with February 26 nationwide. Schools, threats to expose the topless phoanti-bullying activist groups, and tos to her friends unless she gave even individuals who just a “show.” Two years after wanted to make a difference this incident, Todd returned to took part in it. At Scarlett, the live with her mother in March halls were flooded with Lanc2012. Todd was later told by ers adorned in pink, whether the police that the photo was the pink was found on shirts circulating on the Internet. or other articles of clothing. After several other abusive The idea of Pink messages posted on her FaceShirt Day was officially book account, she tried comgenerated at Central Kings mitting suicide by drinking Rural High School in the bleach, but she survived after community of Cambridge, being rushed to the hospital to Nova Scotia, when a grade have her stomach pumped. “It nine boy was being bullied killed me inside and I thought due to his choice to wear I actually was going to die,” a pink shirt to school. The Todd commented in her video. boy had decided to wear a After returning home, Todd pink polo shirt on his first discovered abusive messages day of school, and it did not about her failed suicide attake very long for peers to tempt posted to Facebook. pick on him. That same day Six months later, further mesDavid Shepherd and Travis sages and abuse were still bePrice who were bold grade ing posted to social networkPhoto by Labeeba Mahmood ing sites. After, a long period 12 students at a Nova Scotia school took matters into their Scarlett staff Gitana Rassin, Angela Barclay, and Caroline Hendry sporting their pink of no justice, struggling, and own hands, turning the tables bullying, Todd felt she had no on the bullies and creating what contribute to ending it once and for ing event that may cause people to way to end this all and, therefore, completely lose their self-esteem, committed suicide on October 10, became the inaugural Pink Shirt all. Bullying has been a seri- and when things do not change, 2012. She was found hanged in her Day. Shepherd and Price went to a nearby mall and bought over fifty ous issue for many years. It hap- victims may feel that they are home. Many other investigapink shirts and tank tops and gave pens everywhere: in schools, work- worthless, and some feel that the them out to the students for free places, shopping malls, and even only thing they can do to end the tions and surveys that took place and requested them to wear them online. Even if one has not been a torment is to commit suicide. At after Todd’s suicide declare that a victim of bullying, he or she likely the age of 15, Amanda Todd com- social networking site that can be to school the next day. In the days leading up to knows someone who has been. It mitted suicide by hanging herself used anonymously should not be the event, students were invited to could be a friend, a classmate, or a at her home in Port Coquitlam, used by people who are not menwrite their own messages on what sibling. Bullying can include cruel British Columbia. She was being tally strong and cannot afford to they would do to stop bullying on words, and physical violence. It is bullied by a teenager who was 19. be bullied. People make mistakes, paper copies of pink shirts that a persistent problem in communi- Todd posted a nine-minute You- when often they try to change the were hung up throughout the hall- ties- a problem that seems to have Tube video entitled “My Story: world outside their house does not ways. Angela Barclay, Scarlett’s no cure and is spreading like wild- struggling, bullying, suicide and let them do it. “The world never CALM teacher, was definitely in fire. self-harm,” which was a silent vid- forgives or forgets” said CassanMany people believe that eo but showed Todd using a series dra Betts, Grade 11. Todd has left the spirit of Pink Shirt Day as she is the teacher sponsor of this event. bullying mostly happens in junior of flash cards to tell her experienc- a story behind her, a story that will “Bullying is a matter that can high schools where, unfortunately, es of being bullied. The video post never be forgotten and hopefully change someone’s life, never for some students think that they are went viral after her death on Octo- will make a change one day. High school students algood and always for bad. It needs entitled to do anything they want. ber 10, 2012, receiving over 1 600 to come to an end,” says Barclay. Bullying is a serious problem that 000 views by October 13, 2012. ways think that bullying begins Barclay is a great supporter of Pink can take a significant toll on some- During the video, Todd stated when from junior high schools, this is Shirt Day as she not only wore her one’s self-esteem and attitude to- she was in grade 7 (2009-2010), often true. Between the ages of pink shirt with pride, but donned a wards life. Those who are bullies she used video chat to meet new 13-14 children have hormonal bright pink wig as well. Overall, are usually insecure themselves, people over the Internet and she re- changes in their bodies which can By Labeeba Mahmood make them think they can do anything and it will never bother anyone. Bullying can change anyone’s life. “The transition from a child to a teenager brings this thought to a teen’s mind that they have the right to do anything, and they are just testing their boundaries; things change when they come to high school. They become more mature and slowly realize the impact of bullying on victims,” says Brianne Godsmann, Grade 11. A victim often thinks that nothing can ever change; no one in the world will take a stand for them. This is not true at all. Things can change, and people like the Calgary Police stand up for them. “W5’s Predator’s Playground” tells the story of Eric from Whitby, Ontario. At age 12 he was targeted online by who he believed to be a cute, blonde, 14-year-old girl named Ashley Matthews. Prompted by the suspicions of Eric’s mother, an ensuing police investigation revealed “Ashley” to be a 38-yearold local male school teacher. It was a stunning betrayal of trust for Eric, the community, and dozens of other victims of the male teacher’s online luring – some of whom he had convinced to strip and perform sexual acts on their webcams. At the predator’s home, police found eighteen external computer hard drives loaded with child pornography including 9 500 pictures and 2 000 movies. Sandy Garossino, one of the founders of The Red Hood Project, demonstrates how easy it is for an online stalker to use social media platforms such as Instagram, Omegle, Kik, and Facebook to lure and exploit potential victims. While bullying is still an unfortunate reality all over the world, events such as Pink Shirt Day are definitely a step in the right direction. If enough people are committed to making a change, then change will inevitably happen. Here is hoping that soon there will not be a need for anti-bullying events, as bullying will be eradicated. Page 10 -- FEATURES -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 by Natalie Ward March’s Author of the Month is Abbi Glines, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She is a dedicated booklover, and keeps an active Twitter account. She writes young adult, romance and paranormal romance genres. Her first novel Breath was released in May 2011, and is the first novel in her Sea Breeze series, she then went on and continued to write and publish her work. She has seven New York Times Bestsellers and one number one New York Times Bestseller. Recently I had the pleasure and honour to interview and ask Abbi Glines a few questions about her writing and the books she loves to read as well. FEVER: How did you start writing? Glines: When I was a kid I sat down at the dinner table every night and my parents asked my brother and me about our day. I wanted my day to be more exciting than it actually was so I lied. I told big elaborate stories where flying elephants and mermaids visited the school that day. My parents listened to me, but in the end made me admit that wasn’t true. One day my mother bought me a notebook and told me that when I wanted to tell an interesting story to write it down instead of telling it like it was the truth. So, my writing began. I have always written stories. I wrote them for me. I loved writing them, but I didn’t think anyone else would want to read them. Finally, my husband bought me a MacBook and told me to write a book and that it was time I got published and shared my stories with the world. I wrote Breathe and it was released in May 2011. My life was forever changed. FEVER: What inspires you to write? Glines: My imagination is always going nonstop. A line in a song can spur an entire book, a couple I see holding hands or even fighting in public, even something as simple as a photo I see online. It doesn’t take much to get my gears turning. I can think up a story in a couple of hours. I rarely live outside my head. FEVER: You make such amazing characters that readers can connect with and see themselves in. Where do your characters come from? Glines: I think of favourite traits that I’ve seen in people I know or have met over the years. I’m sure several ex-boyfriends from my high school years have somehow inspired different traits in my characters. I that others can help me make my story better. Being humble is very important. When someone bashes your work remember everyone has an opinion. I have bad reviews on my books all the time but I have more good reviews. Books that one person may hate thousands may love. Once you put your work out there you are opening yourself up for the bad and good. Learn to balance it and not let it get to you. Accept that you’re writing stories you love and want to share and not everyone will love those stories too. It’s life. Get over it. Write what makes you happy, not what you think readers want to read. If you write what is in your heart then someone is going to love it. I thought I was supposed to write sweet fairytale romances because that was what I assumed readers wanted. I was wrong. Breathe got horrible reviews but it didn’t stop me. I realized readers wanted real problems, issues they could relate to and they didn’t want a perfect heroine. I wrote The Vincent Boys and it soared to the top. The heroine cheated on her boyfriend. She was real. She made mistakes and she suffered for them, but in the end she found her way. Never Give up. It was such an honour to be able to interview Glines. Glines makes a perfect author of the month because in Photo submited by Abbi Glines her writing people can see themselves Abbi Glines is the writer of the ongoing series Sea in the characters, readers can connect Breeze which consists of seven books so far with them ether it be with the same did not just admit all that and that I do not situation they are going through or how the own a Gryffindor robe... because maybe that character lives, and a people can see themis hanging in my closet... maybe. selves and connect. This is something people FEVER: Finally, is there any advice for up- do not see very often in books and reading it coming young writers? in her books makes them all the better. Her books also have a little someGlines: Write every day. Writing is a muscle that grows with use. Write even when you thing for every type of romance reader; they think it stinks and you have to trash it the have the paranormal in the Existence trilogy, then the steamy romance in Sea Breeze, with next day. WRITE. Share your stories. Don’t keep the mix of steamy and sweet in the Vincent them to yourself. My literature teacher in Boys series and the Rosemary Beach series. high school always encouraged me. She This is why she has been chosen to be this loved reading my stories and she was al- month’s featured Author of the Month. For ways supportive. Listen to critique. Don’t more information and a list of all her books get defensive. You won’t get better if you visit www.abbiGlines.com/ plus look out for don’t do this. I have seven New York Times the seventh book in her Sea Breeze series Bestsellers and one of those was a #1 New called Bad for You where addiction meets York Times Bestseller and I STILL ask for innocence, hitting bookshelves April 1st, critique when I finish a book. I still admit 2014. have never actually written a character after someone I know, just things about them that I liked or didn’t like have made it into the characters in my books. The rest is from that imagination of mine I mentioned. FEVER: What are your favourite reads? Glines: Samantha Young’s Dublin Street series is one of my all-time favourites. Mia Sheridan’s books [too]; anything that woman writes is gold. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire [as well]. I am a huge Potter fan. Harry Potter is the only series I have read over five times. I have my own wand, Butter Beer mug and even my own broom. We will pretend like I Does learning a new language and spending a few months abroad in a different country interest you? If so, being involved in an exchange program is an absolutely wonderful way for one to experience this. An exchange provides one with the opportunity to explore new countries, meet the local people, and discover a different culture, all the while learning a new language. There are so many options about where one can go, what languages can be learned, and how long one can go for, such as going to Spain for ten weeks to learn Spanish, which is what I am currently a part of. It all began in my grade ten year in May, while I was taking Spanish 30, when I was presented with the chance to be a part of the Spanish exchange program. This would enable me to go spend ten weeks in Spain to learn and improve my Spanish while living with a host family. Immediately I was interested, as travelling and languages are something that I really enjoy. As a result, I quickly signed up and was selected as one of the three students from Dr. E.P. Scarlett to participate in the program. Throughout the months of May and June, I attended a couple of meetings with the other exchange students. The organizers of the program taught us everything we would need to know about the first half of the exchange: hosting our partners for their ten-week stay here in Canada. By the end of May, I was also matched up with my partner, Elena. We emailed back and forth often, used Facebook frequently, and used Skype twice to get to know each other before we met in person. On August 23, my family and I, as well as the other Canadian exchange students and their families, arrived at the airport to pick up the Spanish students. It was a tremendously-exciting time for all of us (the Spanish and English students) when we finally met in person. That was the beginning of the first two and a half months that we would spend together, and the beginning of the best two and a half months I have ever experienced in my life. During this time, I became exceptionally close with Elena. We were matched splendidly, and got along instantly, becoming best friends in a short amount of time. The first week was slightly more difficult while Elena got settled into the Canadian lifestyle, which included living with my family, attending school at Scarlett, and making friends, though she handled it very well. Continued on Page 11 March 2014 -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School Continued from Page 10 Elena and I spent the majority of our time together, hanging out and having fun at home, or going out to meet up with the other Canadian students and their partners. We went shopping at the malls, swimming in the river in Fish Creek or at leisure centres around Calgary, as well as to a few of our houses for parties. Everyone in the exchange program befriended each other immediately and we became close friends with each other. On the weekends when Elena and I were not involved in school or having fun getting together with the other exchange students, my family and I took Elena sightseeing as often as we could. We explored around Calgary, Banff and Canmore, and even drove up to the glaciers in Jasper for a day. In August, we also managed to get away to spend a week at our cabin in Cranbrook, British Columbia, where Elena, my sister, and I went swimming, kayaking, sightseeing, and walking every day. By the end Elena for nearly four months after we said goodbye, as my ten weeks began on February 26. Over these months, Elena and I continued to email, usually every few days, though we used Skype frequently as well, usually spending an hour and a half on it every weekend together just talking about anything and everything. The second weekend of February, I attended one last meeting with the exchange group and the organizers as we prepared for our ten weeks away in Spain. We learned about the culture and language shock, the adjustment and adaption period, what we needed to pack with us, and what sort of things we would be doing over in Spain (such as attending school). There were a few people there who had attended the exchange program in previous years and had volunteered to share their experiences with us. They told us what it was like, how they adapted to the new culture and language, and what sort of things they did there, as well as answered any questions we had. Photo by Doug Brandt For exchange students from foreign countries like Spain, adjusting to the change in lifestyle in Canada can often prove to be quite the challenge of Elena’s ten weeks in Canada, we had gone swimming, hiking, golfing, kayaking, horseback riding, and shopping. The most difficult part of the exchange was the goodbye at the end of the two and a half months spent with the Spanish partners. On November 1, Elena had her bags packed in the back of the car and my family, Elena, and I drove towards the airport to meet up with the rest of the exchange students. We had two hours to bid the Spanish students farewell until the end of February (when we would see them again on our two and a half months in Spain), and during this time, nearly everyone had at least a few tears in their eyes. I, for one, was nearly sobbing near the end, as was Elena as she and the rest of the Spanish exchange students disappeared into security. I would not be seeing During the last two weeks I had left in Canada before I departed for Spain, I was kept busy packing and finishing schoolwork, as well as getting help from my teachers about organizing my homework and exams that were to be completed while I was away. The last weekend was spent with my sister, parents, and grandparents, having our last get together before I would leave them for three months. After that, everything was set and ready to go and all I had to do was attempt to wait patiently for the 26 of February to come around before I would leave with the rest of the Canadian exchange students and finally see Elena again after nearly four months apart. Seeing Elena after all this time and meeting her family for the first time was amazing and it is something that I will never forget. -- Scarlett FEVER -- FEATURES -- Page 11 Many families find them- the chorizo sausage was very good, their menu titled “Box’d” which selves wondering which restaurant with a hint of spice, but not to the boasts their renowned, “Soul in a would be a suitable destination for extent to overwhelm the dish. The Bowl” Poutine. While a novel form Mother’s or Father’s Day plans. quantity of chorizo was also im- of breakfast dining, the breakfast The age-old dilemma when it pressive considering the size of the bowl is a hearty meal that boasts comes to eating out is finding a res- dish, and for the price they were a variety of ingredients, certainly taurant that keeps everyone satis- not stingy with the meat they pro- a new class of breakfast altogether. fied with their meal, and it is often vided. That being said, the appar- A notable choice for difficult for everyone to agree on a ent lack of peppers and vegetables lunch are the sandwiches, such restaurant where they get what they in general was quite disappointing, as the Grilled Chicken N’ Bacon want to sandwich, which came loaded eat, eswith white chicken breast, pecially rather than “beefed up” with in larger unnecessary, and cost-reducfamilies ing, stacks of bread. Soup or or when salad is offered as a side, and dining the Signature Tomato Basil out with soup which was selected was extended phenomenal. The flavor and spicing was spot on, and as a f a m i l y. whole, the soup was almost as Luckgood as homemade. ily, many The atmosphere and espromithetic appeal of Ricky’s was n e n t lacking, their decor was dated c h a i n and could use some modernrestauPhoto By Lauren Morris izing, but on the whole this rants are quite suit- Ricky’s Chicken N’ Bacon Sandwich with a delicious side of soup made little impact on the dining experience as the food itself able for this purpose; they offer a range of as it would have not only made the was quite enjoyable and the service choices so that there is no need for dish more nutritionally sound, but good. Overall, Ricky’s was betcompromise when it comes to meal also more flavorful and varied. t e r time. One such restaurant is than Ricky’s All Day Grill, which ofo n e fers an extensive breakfast and might lunch menu, both until 4 pm. e x For breakfast, Ricky’s offers all pect a the breakfast classics: pancakes, chain omelets, eggs Benedict, “brekkito be, bowls,” while lunch selections a n d include salads, soups, burgers and t h e sandwiches, pastas, steaks, pizzas, dining and other entrees. The dinner menu expehas many choices included on the rience lunch menu, along with the addiw a s tion of fish and a limited selection i m of “all day breakfast” foods. pres One interesting brunch sive, Photo By Lauren Morris c o m selection is Ricky’s “BrekkiBowl,” a dish featuring “breakfast The Chorizo “Brekki-Bowl,” a unique yet classic breakfast mashup p a r e d potatoes with sautéed peppers, on- The dish however was very satis- to the mediocre expectations of ions and seasoning, topped with fying due to the variety of foods excessive cost reduction and copithree fluffy scrambled eggs, a trio combined together in the bowl, and ous amounts of salting. While not of cheeses, diced fresh tomatoes its size was perfect, filling without comparable to gourmet restaurants and green onions, all smothered in being excessive. The breakfast or independent businesses that ofranchero-hollandaise sauce.” The bowl in itself is an interesting form fer unique dining experiences, the Chorizo Brekki-Bowl came with of breakfast food, one that is not quality of Ricky’s food was comchorizo sausage mixed in with the particularly common in the brunch parable to that of Earl’s, yet less rest of the fixings. While the hol- world, besides at Calgary’s Over costly, a good option for dining landaise was absolutely average, Easy, which hosts a category on with a family. Page 12 -- FEATURES -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER Book Your Road Test Online -- March 2014 March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School FEATURES -- Page 13 The centenary of World War One gin its four-year long centenary By Natalie Ward By Helena Gagnier Photo by Lourdes Morand Poetic author Markus Zusak weaves a deeply moving and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and the power of words in his fifth novel, The Book Thief. Zusak is an established Australian author who grew up in Sydney and first began writing when he was 16 years old. Published in 2005, The Book Thief quickly rose to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list and remained there for over 230 weeks. The plot begins in Nazi Germany where the protagonist, a young girl named Liesel Meminger, is meeting her foster parents for the first time. A unique tone is established immediately as it is revealed that the narrator of the story is Death, who, contrary to popular belief, is depicted as being sympathetic and remorseful about taking lives. Death comes to know Liesel’s heart-breaking story through the discovery of her journal, and soon realizes that he had been present for almost all of the tragic events in which she was -- involved. Zusak breathes life into mans’ paradoxical tendency to be the Holocaust by giving the reader inhuman towards one another. Enhanced by Zusak’s an emotional connection and in- sight to the tragedy, which is often lost in the two-dimensional words of history textbooks. Zusak’s words are poetic and raw, cutting straight to the heart and leaving the reader with a sense of melancholy weighing heavily on their mind. Through Hitler’s speeches and Liesel’s writing, the undeniable influence of words over humans is spotlighted in both positive and negative perspectives. The importance of words is stressed from the very beginning of the story, where Liesel begins Photo by Lourdes Morand to learn to read from Rachel Esser, Grade 10, enjoying a real page-turner her adopted father, who himself is fluid writing, The Book Thief only just beginning to un- holds depth and believability that derstand the impact that creates a world of anticipation and hope for the future. The cast words can have. Intricate and thoughtful, of characters are relatable and rethe plot is easy to fol- alistically faulted, making them low but remains unpre- easy to root for. An eternal sense dictable with twists and of foreboding is carried throughturns that leave the reader out the novel, which gives more breathless and eager to weight and significance to every read on. As the charac- move the characters make. As ters develop, it becomes they falter and stumble through easy to sympathize with their lives, the reader is pulled them and their precari- along behind, left wishing they ous circumstances while could lend a helping hand to the wondering what their characters. The Book Thief is a fates will be. Notes of hope are woven through- must-read for anyone looking out the overall depressing for a book that will both warm time period, adding hints and crush their heart. Beautifully of sweetness to the other- crafted and elaborately thought wise bitter perception of out, Zusak gives the reader many humankind. As a result of thoughts and ideas to reflect upon. the distinctively immortal It is a story that sticks with one narrator, Zusak is able to forever, and is definitely worth Photo by Lourdes Morand Look for The Book Thief standing out among explore the strange habits reading. other books in the Dr. E. P. Scarlett library of humans, such as hu- For some, it may be difficult to imagine that the deadliest war in history occurred one hundred years ago. World War One was an important turning point in world history, impacting the lives of people all around the planet and claiming millions of lives. This year, 2014, will mark the centenary of the First World War, meaning the one hundredth anniversary, and even today, this one-hundred-year-old war continues to move and influence the world. Due to the introduction of modern warfare and technology, the devastation and tragedy of WWI was incredible. The total number of military and civilian casualties was over 37 million and 10 million of these were military deaths. About two-thirds of military deaths were in battle, which is unlike previous conflicts where the majority of deaths were caused by diseases. The high death toll also meant that WWI is still ranked among the deadliest conflicts in human history. WWI begun on July 28, 1914 and was directly set off by the assassinations of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie. Though this conflict began between Austria-Hungary and Serbia, other main powers of Europe became involved very quickly, resulting in what was a war between two countries becoming a world war. Soldiers in WWI dug sixfoot-deep trenches in the ground and fought most of their battles in these dugouts. Trenches were located at the front lines in these land battles. The land between the trenches of the enemy and ally was known as No-Man’s Land and was the most dangerous part of war as the soldiers were out in the open with no cover from their enemies. During the four years WWI lasted, this was typically how it was fought: trench-style. The war officially ended in June of 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles, which was a peace settlement between Germany and the Allied Powers (France, Britain, and Russia). Most people believe that the punitive conditions towards Germany in the treaty were the reasons for WWII to begin. Now, the world will be- of WWI, from 2014 until 2018. Countries around the world will be planning official commemorations in remembrance of those who lost their lives and of those who fought to change the history of the world. These memorials will be anything from movies and football matches to concerts and exhibitions, all commemorating the anniversary. Among those commemorating are Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Britain, Belgium, and Turkey. Canada will not only be commemorating on its own, but with the rest of the global community. It will be part of an international effort planning the one hundredth anniversary of WWI, which will begin this year. The plan is to have events marking the centenary in the countries most affected by this war and there will be several of them. Many of the commemorations and celebrations will begin next year, 2015, in France, Turkey, and other European countries; Canada will participate in the oversea events. It has been one hundred years since the Great War. Today, it may seem as if this war is distant history. In a sense, it is. Today, we only have black-and-white films of old-looking clothes, horses pulling worn wagons, and more unfamiliar scenes as evidence of what went on all those years ago. Yet the last soldiers who had taken part in the war have only recently passed, and those who were too young to fight but still experienced WWI are still alive. Millions of people still feel strong connections to WWI, though. They knew the people whose lives were changed by it. The countless documentaries, evidence, and art that still exist today continue to influence those who see and experience them, whether they have direct ties to the war or not. The war continues to link people of separate nations together because it creates a common sense of history between the nations and their people. It is incredibly important to keep the memories and evidence of this significant war alive. It is slipping towards the edges of living memory and the centenary of the war is there to keep us remembering and holding onto these memories for as long as we can. Page 14 -- FEATURES -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Exclusive with Herald journalist Stephen Hunt hired to take a position. By James Ewart March can be a difficult time to find lored blazer. One thing for sure is that floral the perfect outfit, especially for the fashion prints are once again making a comeback. conscious teen. With the fluctuating Cana- In the past, many pieces were more neudian weather, a girl is never quite sure what tral and monochromatic. Now, in the most to wear. recent fashion shows, designers create flo Luckily, Scarlett students can beat ral pieces that have edgier, bolder patterns. the chill by following some While the pattern may be of this season’s coziest, and more dramatic, most tops cutest, trends straight off the should be flowy and looseParis runways. Paris Fashfitting, as it will add a hint of ion Week ended in October feminism and romance to the 2013, leaving all trendsetters look. This ongoing trend has with visions of fresh new been spotted on the runways fashion. From pale pastels of Burberry Prorsum, Dolce to bright florals, no concepts and Gabbana, and Christian were left untouched which Dior. resulted in an influx of fash Though one ionable street stylers and stumight not always be able to dents. wear the bold designs that Formerly known this years’ trend has to ofas music-festival-wear only, fer, there are several ways Photo by Michella Thai to incorporate it into everyfringe is making its comeback.The fad has proven Libby Kizer, Grade 10, sporting day wear. In order to wear a floral denim and a stylish vest itself versatile by being floral design today as a base featured on runways such as Calvin Klein, pick a top with light colours with a more Emilio Pucci, and Marc Jacobs. Although dramatic floral print. This way, the colours it seems intimidating, fringe is unbeliev- will not overpower each other. For the more laid- back Scarlett ably simple to pull off. No longer confined to its bohemian stereotype, fringe has taken students, pair a lighter- coloured floral print the runways in the shape of formal wear top with dark- washed jeans that are cropped and casual essentials. A simple fringe top just above the ankle, and finish with a lightcould easily be worn over dark-wash jeans washed jean jacket with a pair of classic as a statement piece or dressed up with a black Conhigh-waisted skirt. The simple tasseled silverse. If one houette has the appearance of a complex is feeling design so the trend should not be worn with more daring, another eye-catching article to avoid busypair a bolder ness. printed flo The most flattering colours of ral top with fringe that work on almost all skin tones white jeans, are cream and tan. The basic, earthy tint neutral cokeeps the look simple so accessories and loured flats, makeup do not feel overdone; however, and a light other colour options are always available pink stateand a pastel pink tank with light fringing ment neckwould look more than exceptional with lace. By some light-wash denim. For the bolder wearing such Scarlett student, fringe can be taken to the light colours Photo by Cleo Williams next level: biker-style suede jackets and Yoshi Gallant, Grade 10, wearing with the bold dark gothic dresses are a more extreme a fashionable green fringe top top, the outfit way of exhibiting the trend. Just make sure will not seem the outfit follows one inspiration; nothing is overpowering, and the neutral colours will worse than degrading a gorgeous piece by balance the bold print. overthinking it. Now that the snow is slowly melt An ensemble should be simple to ing, spring is just around the corner. This put together. If one finds herself stressed out also means that some Scarlett student may over what would pair well with a new gar- have trouble finding an outfit that is suitable ment, chances are, going back to the basics for Calgary weather. So, if one is having will solve the problem. Sometimes less is trouble, try one of these spring trends that more, which describes fringe perfectly. Stu- are fresh off the Paris runways. If fringe and dents should take advantage of the fad while floral are not ideal designs, no worries; there it lasts through the warmer months. are several other trends that will compliment There are also some trends that just keep every style. Just remember that the complete showing up on the runways again, including outfit must have components which complithe little black dress, or the perfectly- tai- ment, rather than clash with each other. Regardless of grade level, students at Scarlett are always wondering what they will do after they finish high school. It is most likely students will choose a particular post-secondary institution to go to and a field to study in. Probably one of the most fast-paced jobs of today is a journalist, one FEVER: Describe a day at work as a journalist. Hunt: Some days I work at home, and other days I go into the office. What I usually do is write or finish stories so the editor can review them. I re-listen to interviews and write them down and edit them. The working hours range from eight to fourteen Photo by Phil Ewart The Fever sat down with Steven Hunt at Higher Ground Cafe to conduct the interview that requires strong research skills, deter- hours at work in a day. As a theatre critic mination, broadcasting talent, various writ- I attend and review the newest play(s) and ing skills, critical thinking skills and, above write them up for the Calgary Herald. all else, the drive to win the race in being FEVER: What should a critic be reviewing the first to deliver the news to the public. while attending a play? Over the exam break, the FEVER Hunt: You should ask yourself “Are you sat down with Calgary Herald interested in what the play’s theatre critic Stephen Hunt to “You have to be about?” and then ask yourself discuss what it takes to work a good listener “Why?” or “Why not?” You in the fast-moving media. Af- so you can write should also critique the design, ter travelling around across down everything acting style, and story. Also note the continent to places such as how the audience is enjoying it. said at an Los Angeles, New York, and FEVER: When writing an artiinterview.” Winnipeg and trying out sevcle, what does the editor look for? eral different types of writing including TV Hunt: Start with the story’s most important pilots, Hunt wrote for many different news details, so it grabs attention and use visuals sources as a freelancer writer before com- such as pictures or videos. ing to Calgary and working for the Calgary FEVER: How does online newspaper afHerald. fect you? FEVER: What is required to become a Hunt: It affects my job a lot, but in a posijournalist? tive way. I have my own blog. The stories I Hunt: You have to be a good listener so write for the Calgary Herald will get posted you can write down everything said at an on the Calgary Herald’s website. interview. Having many different writing Journalism is a career some may skills is a good foundation as well as doing want to pursue due to the intense, relentother careers involving writing. less work that results in being delivered to FEVER: Did you start right away at the the public on a daily basis, but regardless of Calgary Herald or did you work for another which careers students choose, it’s impornewspaper? tant to know the skills, duties, conditions Hunt: When I was a freelance writer, I sold and characteristics required for the job. stories to other media but the Herald was the first newspaper where I actually was March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER Almost all Calgarians have felt themselves slip into the gloomy gray thrum of the wintertime doldrums because of the seemingly eternal Canadian winters. Here are ten ways to brighten, lighten, and appreciate chilly days that make winter a time to enjoy: Ten- Café hunting - Explore the streets of downtown Calgary, keeping an eye out for cozy cafés that have potential to become a shelter on blustery days. Try out their signature drinks and treats, appreciating the atmosphere and listening to the music that they play. Bring a book or laptop for entertainment, or just look out the window and people watch. Savour Café on Fourth Street is a particularly good place to begin the hunt for the perfect café. Relax, and watch the world walk by. Nine-Movie marathonForget the snow by hunkering -- down under a pile of blankets and watching a marathon of personal favourite movies. Complete the night by inviting friends over, making a bowl of buttery popcorn, and watching as many movies as possible. The Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are guaranteed to sustain the marathon for hours on end. Otherwise, gather together a collection of favourite Disney movies and reminisce childhood. If that is still not satisfactory, create a marathon organized by mood. For example, a sad marathon might include movies such as Titanic or Marley and Me. Eight-Hit the hill - Make good use of the snow. Embrace the great outdoors by going skiing or snowboarding. Canada Olympic Park is close by and easy to access, for anyone looking for a quick getaway. Nakiska in Kananaskis is farther away, but is highly praised by many avid skiers. Seven-Read by the fire - Curl up by the fire with a good book and a piping hot cup of tea, and get lost in the world of words. Forget about reality for an hour or two as an adventure is played out in the imagination. The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu will provide a high-paced journey to last the reader for days. The Night Circus Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School by Erin Morgenstern allows the reader to enter a world entirely unlike anything reality has to offer, and is an ideal way to escape the cold. S i x Visit the zoo - There is nothing more heart-warming than seeing animals being their delightful, furry selves in the thick of a cruel winter. Go to the zoo for a day and enjoy the animals’ adorable -- FEATURES Botanical Gardens are full of thriving plant life and delicately fluttering butterflies that, if nothing else, represent summer to the fullest. Five- Go skating - Break out the skates and get on the ice. Playing hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and just fooling around are all great ways to get outside and be thankful of the cold weather. Places to do so include Lake Bonavista and Park 96 in Parkland, which are both located outdoors and are decently large, but still have cozy and welcoming atmospheres. Another rink is located indoors at Canada Olympic Park, and is an excellent option for skaters who are seeking a larger, more weather sheltered environment. Four- Thrift it Photo by Helena Gagnier A cozy fireplace is a great spot to read beside Thrift shopping can be fun, adventurous, antics, all the while sipping a de- and productive. Search the streets lectable cup of hot chocolate. The of Inglewood for any thrift shops Destination Africa exhibit may that seem promising, and explore be particularly appealing, as the them. It is impossible to know what steamy, warm environment full of lies in the realm of thrift shops, but lush plants and twittering birds will there are often some brilliant finds, likely transport visitors to a place if one looks hard enough. Three- Explore the ice of warmth and sunshine. Also, the -- Page 15 caves at Fish Creek Park - Adventurous people will definitely find value in checking out one of Fish Creek’s many attractions: the ice caves. Although it may be a bit of a walk to get to them, they are natural beauties that people will not regret visiting. A thick layer of ice coats the caves walls, creating the illusion that it is entirely formed from ice. As the visitor views this outstanding phenomenon, they are often left remembering the undeniable marvels that winter has to offer. Two- Visit the Devonian Gardens - For the people who are completely sick of winter, the Devonian Gardens are a place that one can escape the blustery world outside. Located inside The Core mall, the gardens have a variety of ponds and plants that create a tropical world right in the midst of Calgary’s heart. One- Build a snowman No matter how childish this may seem, the best way to escape winter is to enjoy it. Building a snowman creates something pleasant out of the snow and transports people back to childhood, when happiness is second nature. Carefree and light-hearted, building snowman is a fun activity to do either alone or with friends. Olympic athlete John Fairbairn trains at Scarlett By Cassandra Betts On February 14 and 15, twenty-nine-year-old John Fairbairn competed at the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia, finishing seventh in men’s skeleton. This Calgarian native graduated from Strathcona Tweedsmuir High School and went on to become a track and field athlete at the University of Calgary. It was there that Fairbairn encountered Scarlett’s own Kim Cousins, and where an enduring relationship would form. Before Fairbairn flew off to Russia to achieve his incredible Olympic results, the FEVER had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the talented athlete. While Fairbairn pedaled furiously on a bike in Scarlett’s weight room, the FEVER settled in to ask all the questions about his training, his life, and of course, his spectacular coach. FEVER: What does your day-today routine look like? Fairbairn: Today is a pretty typical day I’d say. The first thing I usually do is have my workout in the morning; actually a lot of times I come here to Scarlett and do my workout with Mrs. Cousins. We start around nine-thirty or ten o’clock in the morning and we’ll do a weightlifting session or some speed and plyometrics (jump training). Recovery and nutrition is really important to do right after your workout, so I’ll go make sure I get something to eat, rehydrate myself and then usually in the afternoon I’ll have some kind of physical therapy, so either a physiotherapist or a massage therapist to keep my body healthy. Later in the day I will do some more recovery-type activities. I’ll do exercises that my physiotherapists have prescribed to me, like stretching, cold tub or something else like that just to make sure my body stays healthy. Probably what a lot of people don’t realize is that while doing your workout really hard is important, what’s just as important is how well you recover from that, because you won’t be ready to go the next day if you don’t recover properly from your first workout. FEVER: How did you get into skeleton? Fairbairn: I used to be a track and field athlete. Mrs. Cousins was actually my track and field coach for a long, long time when I was with the University of Calgary Dinos’ track team. I graduated from school and I was just kind of done track and field. I knew that I had kind of reached the peak of what I was capable of achieving and I still wanted to be competitive in something. I knew there would be opportunities in skeleton, so I did some recruitment camps and things like that and they thought I was good enough. So we started sliding that October . I was lucky enough to race on one of the developmental circuits right away called the America’s cup, and I got to be coached by Duff Gibson who had just won a gold medal in skeleton in the 2006 Torino Olympics. I had a really great introduction to the sport, to be coached by the world’s best at that time. FEVER: What is the most enjoyable part of your sport? Fairbairn: That’s a good question. I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that one before. [Pause]. I think what I like best about skeleton is the challenge to strive for perfection. We always talk about “oh there’s no such thing as the perfect skeleton run,” but you can come really close, and when you achieve that really “as close to perfection as you can” and you cross the finish line and you see that your time is really fast, that you’ve finished well in a race, that’s pretty cool because it’s a lot of hard work. There is a lot of preparation that goes into that so that you can achieve your goal. FEVER: What do you find the hardest? Fairbairn: I’d say the hardest part is the travel: being away from friends and family. There were a couple winters where we were overseas for seven weeks at a time, and so you miss your wife, and you miss hanging out with friends and family. You have Skype calls and stuff like that so you can still call back home, but it’s not the same. FEVER: So your sport requires a lot of travel? Fairbairn: Our season starts midNovember, early-December and we’re pretty much on the road all the way from then until the end of February. We’ll have one or two weeks back home here and there in that time frame, but we’re on the road a lot. So head to Germany on December 29, and we just got back from being overseas on the seventeenth. So, you know, eleven, twelve days at home over Christmas and then back on the road. We’ll be back at home for one or two weeks before the Olympics. The travel’s a lot of fun at the same time. It’s a pretty great opportunity to get to go all over the world and compete but you still miss home sometimes. FEVER: What is the process that you must follow in order to make it to the Olympics? Fairbairn: It’s kind of complicated. We could qualify by achieving four top-six results on the World Cup or by our coach’s nomination. I made my selection through coach’s nomination, but you also have to be in the top three ranked in the country at the time of the Olympics, which you achieve through the results on your World Cup races. FEVER: What are your goals regarding the Olympics? Continued on page 28 Page 16 -- FEATURES -- Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School Isolated Islands: Frenchowned Kerguelen Islands By Hailey Payne dant rainfall combined with the glacial melt 3 300 miles or 5 310 km from the southern tip of Africa, the Kerguelen Islands are one of the most remote groups of islands. With a population of 130 (as of 2012), most are scientists, engineers, and researchers who stay at the main base on Port-aux-Francais. The Kerguelen Islands are a territory of France. The main island is called Grande Terre, also called Desolation Island. Grande Terre is surrounded by at least another 300 smaller islands and islets, forming an archipelago, or a chain of islands. Grande Terre is of volcanic origin and about 150 km east to west and 120 km north to south. Surprisingly, no point on the main island is more than 20 km from the sea. The highest point on the Kerguelen Islands is Mount Ross with an elevation of 6 068 feet. Mount Ross has also been thought to be the youngest volcanic peak, its elevation is not overly high when compared to other volcanoes, but it is not the lowest either. The first sighting of one of the Kerguelen Islands took place in 1522, when Juan Sebastian Elcano, a Spanish explorer, sighted Amsterdam Island. Later, in 1559 a Portuguese sailor sighted Saint-Paul Island. Even with these sightings, there were no landings until 1633 when a Dutch explorer, Anthonie van Dieman, visited and named Amsterdam Island. Dutch explorers were on a roll, Willem de Vlaminh, was the first who landed on Saint-Paul in 1696. Unusually, there were no indigenous people; when they landed they found the islands bare of humans. With the visits to different Kerguelen Islands, it is surprising that all stayed unclaimed until February 1772, when Yues-Joseph de Kerguelen de Tremarec discovered and claimed the Kerguelen archipelago for France. When he returned to France, he received a royal charter to further explore and colonize the islands. He set out on his second expedition later that year when he founded the future capital city of Port-aux-Francais. The Kerguelen Islands were under British control during the Napoleonic Wars and remained in British hands until 1815, when they were returned to France by the Congress of Vienna. The climate of the islands consists of frequent high winds that make it chilly but not severely cold throughout the year, much like that of the outer Aleutian Islands of Alaska and the Faroe Islands. The surrounding seas are generally rough while remaining ice-free year round. With precipitation falling almost every day of the year (averaging 300 days of the year), it is really wet and windy which makes a bad combination if people are trying to stay warm. Cook Glacier covers nearly one third of Grande Terre Island, and the abun- water keeps numerous streams and lakes full of water. Peat marshes, lignite, and guano deposits are found throughout the island. The vegetative growth is limited by rocky land and constant winds making it impossible to construct any airports. The primary vegetation consists of tussock grass, mosses, and Kerguelen cabbage. The cabbage served as a life-saving source of vitamin C for early explorers. It has drawn attention for its unique style of cross-pollination, which relies solely on the island’s winds because no insects exist on the island. Despite the climate, several animals and birds make homes or use the islands as a stopping point in migrations or in breeding. There are several species of penguins, along with elephant and fur seals, and dozens of birds including terns and albatrosses. The sea makes this sanctuary possible; the islands are located along the Antarctic Convergence Zone, where icy waters of the Southern Ocean meet the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. The waters’ mixing areas are very rich in nutrients, which support the ocean plants, phytoplankton, which are the foundation of the ocean food web. There are only around four trips open to tourists to visit the Kerguelen Islands per year. A trip to the Kerguelen Islands leave from Reunion, one of the twenty-seven regions of France, and takes twenty-eight days, half on land and half at sea. It is necessary for tourists to travel half the time on land because they have to travel through other islands. The ship covers 9 000 km in the Indian Ocean and visits three or four islands, usually in this order: Crozet, Kerguelen, and Amsterdam before returning to Reunion. A few small cruise ships have made stops in the Kerguelen. Heritage Expeditions offered a cruise visiting Kerguelen and other south Indian Ocean islands in late 2012. Quark Expeditions has also visited a few times, but the Russian scientific ship they used retired after the December 11 2011 to January 11 2012 voyage and they are not planning to make any similar voyages. If one who chooses to take the trip which leaves from Reunion is not an enthusiastic seafaring person, one can stay in a cabin for €15 000 and only have to endure the twenty-eight day journey going there and then again coming back. This could help because one can get a good rest on land before heading out again or staying on the ship. In summary, the Kerguelen Islands are a beautiful place with life-saving plants and an insanely long voyage. They also have high winds and rough seas. Dutch explorers were first to land and to see the animal life, but as beautiful as the Kerguelen Islands are, it may not be the best vacation destination. -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Getting in bed with gadgets By Jessica Morris The number of people who use technology is currently at an all time high. While many view this as a good thing, the amount of time spent with electronics can affect one’s sleep. Research done by the Sleep Foundation shows that 95% of people browse the web, text, email, or watch television before going to sleep. This statistic is surprisingly high and what is more surprising is how electronics affect people even after they turn out the lights. 1 in 4 people do not silence their phone before sleep and as a result 1 in 10 people are awakened; even if a person wakes up for reasons unrelated to technology, 50% of people will immediately check their phone. The problem is most people do not understand the effect that electronics have on the brain prior to sleep. Cell phones and computers interfere with sleep because the screens are bright and it affects the production of melatonin (sleep hormone) as the hormone is produced in dark surroundings. Melatonin is produced in the pineal gland of the brain and is a sleep inducing hormone that is responsible for setting the body’s sleep cycle into motion. The secretion of melatonin is increased soon after one is placed in the dark and decreases soon after exposure to light. In dim light, melatonin levels will start to rise about two hours before habitual bedtime and peak about two hours afterwards. This is partly responsible for tired feelings before bedtime. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica night-time light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin that controls sleep and wake cycles. Even just a two hour exposure to light from electronic displays suppresses melatonin by 22%, says the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Studies done by the National Institutes of Health showed that melatonin suppression can increase the risk of cancer, impair immune system function, and possibly lead to cardio metabolic consequences such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and heart disease. The importance of sleep for teenagers and everyone else alike is obvious. Unfortunately most people fail to realize the negative role their precious phone and other electronics play on sleeping. A study by the National Health Institute showed that 63% of people who used gadgets before bedtime did not have their sleep needs met. The best way to enjoy technology and sleep is to put away the electronics away 60 minutes before bedtime. Most teens want to have their phone by their bed because it allows them to stay connected with the world. Often times, even if someone does put the phone away, the temptation to check it when it dings, or to see if one got a text or email, is too strong to resist. By keeping the phone out of armsreach and putting it on “do not disturb” mode, the temptations can be more easily resisted. It is important for everyone, especially teenagers, to be well-rested. In order to get a good night sleep one needs to reduce the amount of blue light and stop sleeping with technology. March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER School has begun again, and it seems as though one cannot get to bed early enough. This often leads to panic in the morning, when one finds out what time they’ve woken up. More often than not, when one is running late, they will skip breakfast in the morning and head straight for the door. If one finds themselves running late, try one of the following breakfast ideas. They’re easy to make, tasty, and packed with nutrients. If one is running insanely late in the morning (like 15-minutes-to-get-to-school/work late), yogurt cups can be a life saver, since they are so convenient. They may seem easy to get and healthy, -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School will know what they’re eating. To create a yogurt cup, one will need a half pint jar or any resalable container, half a cup of plain, wholemilk yogurt, two tablespoons of mixed berry jam, three tablespoons of strawberry’s, chopped, a teaspoon of honey, and a one tablespoon of chopped or crushed almonds for added crunch. If one prefers a different jam, fruit or nut, feel free to change it ones liking. To start, take the jar, or container, and begin by layering the jam on the bottom. Then, layer the fruit, followed by the yogurt. To top off this intricate breakfast, drizzle the honey and sprinkle the nuts on the top. Seal the container, grab a spoon, and go! This breakfast takes less than 5 minutes to complete, making it easy enough to create during the morning, and can even be prepared the night before. Please keep in mind that the recipes should be adjusted according to the number of servings. One of most Photo by Michella Thai the and Photo by Michella Thai basic Healthy smoothies are one of the best ways to start the day c o m m o n b r e a k but yogurt cups from the grocery fasts are smoothies. What makes store are often over-processed and smoothies so popular? They’re packed with sugar. Why settle for easy to make and nutritious, just the yogurt cups at the grocery store like the following recipe. This when it’s possible to create one at recipe is easy to make, and easy home? to eat. The best part is, for all the Preparing yogurt cups at vegans out there, this recipe does home can help save money as well not contain any milk. This detoxias the environment from all the fying recipe calls for 1 cup mixed plastic. But more importantly, one frozen berries, 1/2 cup unsweet- ened pomegranate juice, and 1/2 cup water. If the preferred taste is a creamier smoothie, then feel free to substitute the water for milk. The recipe only calls for one step; place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend away until the drink is smooth. To bring this to school or work, pour the smoothie into a reusable double wall cup. (You know, the ones that look like Starbucks cups). This smoothie is simple, yet refreshing. The mixed berries will contain vitamins such as Vitamin C, while the juice from the pomegranate is an exceptional source of vitamin A, C and E and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and iron. Ever want savory food for breakfast but never have the time for it? This two minute shortcut to scrambled eggs recipe will satisfy that crave for savory food. All that is needed is 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, a pinch of salt and pepper, along with any herbs that one may want to include. To begin this delicious recipe, coat a 12 oz. microwavable bowl with cooking spray, like PAM. Next, add the eggs and milk. Beat until the eggs and milk are smooth. Then microwave the dish for 45 seconds on high. The eggs will not be fully cooked after 45 seconds, so when the 45 seconds pass, take the dish out and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Continue to microwave the eggs for another 30-45 seconds, or until the eggs are set. Top this warm breakfast with cheese, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with any herbs desired. This recipe is perfect for colder mornings, since the eggs will warm one right up. There we have it; three simple and easy breakfast ideas that are sure to lighten those hectic mornings. One will not always have the time to sit down and have a big breakfast, but there are little recipes that are almost as good as one of those sit down breakfasts. These simple and delicious, not to mention healthy, breakfast ideas will energize and push one through the morning. -- FEATURES There is an urban legend called “The White Death” about a cute little Scottish girl who is just like every other little girl: sugar and spice and everything nice. Unlike most girls though, she was extremely unhappy. She hated life and did not want to exist anymore. Finally, she hated life so much that she decided to kill herself and was able to go through with it. Her family, of course, was heartbroken. Seeing them, she realized that though she was physically gone, her memory was still alive in her family. They all coincidentally died days later, their limbs torn apart. Not one member of her family would remember her now. Her memory was finally gone and she got the life or, rather, the absence of life that she wanted. The legend goes on to say that when someone learns about the “White Death,” the girl’s ghost might come for them. She knocks repeatedly on one’s door, with each knock becoming louder and louder until the door is opened. Then she proceeds to kill the victim in fear of her existence being told to someone else. Her main goal is to prevent anyone from knowing about her. To disprove the story, many people think of this legend as a modern Aesop Fable. Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller. Many say he was a slave who pleased his master with his stories. He pleased his master so much that he was given his freedom in reward of his talent. Most of his stories have animals as characters, some of which are personified with human speech and emotions, though most still have animal characteristics. Aesop uses those qualities to focus on human traits or wisdom. Each tale displays a moral to be learned through the fable. For example in “The Tortoise and the Hare,” the moral of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. Another one of his entertaining fables is “The Fox and the Goat.” The story is about a fox who falls into a well and is stuck -- Page 17 there for quite a while before a goat wandered by asking what the fox is doing. “Stay away,” snarls the fox. “This is my water.” “That’s not fair,” snaps the goat. “Why should you get all the water?” Before the fox can say another word, the goat jumps into the well. Quick as a flash, the fox leaps on the goat’s back and out of the well. He runs happily off, leaving the goat stuck in the well. The moral of this story is not to always believe what one hears from someone who is in trouble. To relate “The Fox and the Goat” to “The White Death,” the girl knocking on the door would be like the fox convincing the goat to jump into the well. Both of these characters are manipulating the situation to get the outcome that they want. They are only thinking about themselves and not about how their actions affect the goat or the person opening the door. The people opening the door, or the goat, are not taking the time to think about their responses and the direction that they want to go. They are allowing others to directly influence their actions. Instead of seeing the fox’s cunning lie, the goat jumps to the most obvious conclusion, that he needs that water as well. If he took the time to figure out that the fox was stuck with no way out, he would not have ended up switching positions with the fox. In real life, few want to be the cunning liar or the manipulated victim. Most strive for the balance between becoming a liar and being so easily manipulated, thinking of oneself as being able to see though the lies, being knowledgeable in making smart decisions’ and being able to trust people who will not lie and not those who would. So, the next time readers hear a knock on their door, they should hope that they have put their trust in the right hands. Page 18 -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Top Ten Undervalued Indie and Alternative Bands By Aaron Schmidtke MGMT-The management, formally known as “MGMT,” have concurred the indie music scene for the past eight years. The band started in late 2004 at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA. The two founders, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, attended Wesleyan and just starting playing music together for fun. Their balance between indie and psychedelic pop is one never before seen in the music industry. Since starting the band, it has only become more and more recognized. They came to Calgary this past May and sold out the MacEwan Ballroom in minutes. The show was given a great review. MGMT began touring in 2005 after VanWyngarden and Goldwasser graduated. To promote their brand new EP Time to Pretend, they went on tour with the already indie stars, Of Montreal. After their tour, the band decided to sign with Columbia Records and release their debut album: Oracular Spectacular. The album sold over one million copies worldwide and was nominated for best international album at the 2009 BRIT awards. Their follow-up album Congratulations did not reach the potential at all that viewers wanted after the huge success of Oracular Spectacular. They did not live up to expectations from their previous album, but Congratulations earned them new respect in the music industry. They completely changed their sound from Oracular Spectacular which was more the indie side, to Congratulations which exemplifies the psychedelic aspect of their music. Their new self-titled album MGMT did not receive much praise either, but also continued down the psychedelic road. In the band’s short-lived career thus far, they have already achieved various honours and praise from Rolling Stone magazine including being ranked 494 on the best 500 albums of all-time (Oracular Spectacular), having two of their songs in the best 100 songs of the 2000’s (“Kids” and “Time to Pretend”) and being given the distinction of eighteenth best album of the last decade (Oracular Spectacular). MGMT has a number of popular tracks such as “Time to Pretend,” “Kids,” and “Electric Feel,” but a really underrated song to check out, is “Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters” from their album Oracular Spectacular. hit it big. The album nearly tripled the sales over six years, this band has grasped the Bon Iver-The name Bon Iver, pronounced over the previous, and this time was not only attention of alternative music lovers every“Bonne hiver,” the French term for “Good recognized in the indie world, but worldwide where. The name Passion Pit comes from a slang that was used to describe drive-in winter,” was chosen because the lead singer as well. In 2009, Bon Iver won the Grammy movie theatres back in the day. They would Justin Vernon is from Wisconsin which is very cold. Well, cold for the United States for Best New Artist and won Best Alterna- call them Passion Pits because of the privaanyway. Bon Iver is one of the most roman- tive Album (Bon Iver), not to mention being cy and romantic allure for teenagers during tic indie bands, or bands in general, out there nominated for Song of the Year and Record these drive-in movies. The indietronica music group has right now. At the moment, the band is tak- of the Year with their hit song “Holocene” a reputation of covering other indie arting a break ists and doing very well. Not only has and explorthe band covered such indie icons such as ing other options, Tokyo Police Club, Gotye, and Imagine but rest asDragons, but they have also covered a fair share of pop culture music as well includsured, they ing such stars as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, have not and Katy Perry. A few songs, such as officially “Take a Walk” and “Sleepyhead” by the announced group have received the attention of some they are popular alternative radio stations, but the broken up. band has many more hidden in their alVernon bums. Two studio albums have been recertainly is leased from the band: Manners in 2009 taking adand Gossamer in 2012. Gossamer revantage of exploring ceived praise for its steady sound and providing a consistent energetic vibe. Gosother opsamer had a number of great songs on it, tions. He but readers should be sure to give “I’ll be also leads his other Alright” a listen. This may be one of the weirdest songs one will hear in a lifetime bands Volbut a masterpiece in its own respect. cano Choir and The Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Shouting Zeroes-Without a doubt, Edward Sharpe Matches, & the Magnetic Zeroes came to work in while he the past couple years releasing two alcontinues to donate Photo by Aaron Schmidtke bums from May 29, 2012 with the release his voice Jane Geller, Grade 10, strums on her air guitar getting pumped to listen to these bands of Here to June 23, 2013 with the release of the self-titled album Edward Sharpe & on backthe Magnetic Zeroes. This was quite strange ground music for Kanye West. The band’s from the album Bon Iver. Many still question whether the because their first studio album Up from Bedebut album was completed almost single- handedly by Vernon. Vernon travelled to his band will ever play another show again, low was released nearly four years earlier. cabin in Medford, Wisconsin to recuperate but with their amazing skill set and voices This is one of the most unique bands out from the events of the previous year such as matched by no other, further performances there. The band consists of a revolving his old band DeYarmond Edison breaking would do the world a huge favour. Readers up. He had no intention of writing and mak- should check out the song “Michicant” from line-up of twelve people lead by Alexander ing music. The purpose was for time alone, their album Bon Iver, see if they feel the Ebert and Jade Castrinos. This Los Angeles indie-folk band’s sound evokes the hippie and to be where it was cold, a climate which same way. Passion Pit-There are not many movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The rephis previous home in North Carolina, did not bands out there with the unique sound of utation of Ebert was to preform barefooted provide for him. Instead, Vernon created a master- Passion Pit. This is why the bands genre of and with a smile on his face, singing to his piece dubbed For Emma, Forever Ago. The music is dubbed indietronica: a mix of indie relationship partner and band member, Jade opening album was recognized worldwide and electronic. Passion Pit has a very short- Castrinos, whom he met outside a Los Angeby indie lovers for its uniquely intriguing lived history only dating back to September les café and started the band with. sound. The band then released a self-titled of 2007. For only being around for shortly album, Bon Iver and this is where they really Continued on page 20 March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School There is an overwhelm- Harris, and Lydia Persuad are tal- down to earth attitude of these ing amount of music in the world ented vocalists who combine their musicians; though they were and, as a result, so much good voices to create angelic harmo- tired after performing at Salmon music goes unheard. There are so nies with an unmatchable blend. Arm Roots and Blues in the summany songs that go unnoticed be- The group draws inspiration from mer, the group did not leave the cause they have been created from groups such as the Wailin Jenny’s festival until, it seemed, they had feelings other than the desire to and the Andrews Sisters. The personally thanked each person sell merchandise and breed Twit- genres they cover include jazz, for coming out, shaking hands, ter followers. It is impossible to folk, R&B, Celtic, bluegrass, and taking pictures, and handing out think that one will be able to find original music. The young women free t-shirts. and listen to According to all the muband member sic that has Devon Coyever been let ote “Performloose into ing live has the universe; an energy to listeners just it that is unhave to keep like anything on searching else I have and treasure experienced the things in this life. they do find. The studio Jaminthethen brings a van.com is a whole differgreat site for ent sensation anyone on of ultimate Photo by Joanne Godsman the hunt for Brianne Godsman, Grade 11, with Devin Cyote, D’Arcy Booth, and Dylan Ranney creativity. It’s new music. all about the The traveling studio goes across released their debut EP Our Own music. That’s what drives us.” The Born Ruffians are North America searching for au- July 2, 2013. Their original song thentic artists from all genres. The “Golden Boy” features the three a Canadian electronic indie rock van is a full service production singers and an upright bass player group formed in 2004 in Midstudio, running their equipment performing the song in their own land, Ontario. The band consists of Luke Lalonde, Mitch Derosier, entirely on green energy gener- home. Devon Coyote began as Any Lloyd, and Steven Hamelin. ated by solar panels on top of the van. The jam sessions on their a lone wolf with a stomp box, an The band gained momentum afYouTube channel provide a space acoustic guitar, and a harmonica. ter appearing on the British teen for bands and artists to showcase Recently, though, he has solidified drama Skins playing their song their own unique talent, but also a power trio with bassist D’Arcy titled “Hummingbird” in 2009. to collaborate with each other Booth and drummer Dylan Ran- Recently, the band released a new providing innovative blending of ney. With powerful vocals and album Birthmarks on January 16, genres, allowing the listener to ex- intricate guitar work, the group 2014. The album was partially perience opulent blends of music. blends rock, country, and blues to recorded in an old farmhouse in It sometimes comes as a surprise create their own distinctive sound. rural Ontario. One song on the how many musicians can fit in In 2013, the band released the al- album, “Needle,” appears to be bum Broken Down. an upbeat song with nonsensical such a small space. The van showcases ev- The group has received lyrics about haystacks and watererything from rappers with pan- exposure through playing Ca- melon seeds, but after listening to flute-playing beat boxers, to tuba nadian festivals such as Salmon it more closely the song reveals players and gospel singers. The Arm Roots and Blues, Sunstroke, itself as an anthem to the underYouTube channel is a great place Dancing Barefoot, and Center of dogs. It portrays the struggle to fit to discover this organization and Gravity. The group played over in; the lyrics describe feeling like the artists they showcase. Brows- 180 shows in 2013 playing with a song without an album. Like ing the site is almost like being at artists such as The Sheepdogs many other artists, this group a music festival, all one needs is and AWOLNATION allowing for plays for its audience not to its an open mind and time to spare their fan base to spread like wild- audience focusing on being relatsimply exploring and listening. fire. Songs such as “Mona Lisa” able to the listener. Until next time keep The following is just a small showcase slower more intimate sampling of some of the talented side of Devon Coyote with only in mind the wise words of Rusgrowing groups and artists who a guitar and a harmonica, while sian pianist and composer Sergei would benefit from some open the song “Always in The Gray” Rachmaninoff: “Music is enough ears: really exemplifies the bands rock for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not The O’Pears are a vo- and blues inspiration. After meet- enough for music.” cal jazz group. Meg Contini, Jill ing the group, one can observe the -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Page 19 Kimye engagement By Cleo Williams though Kardashian has denied that Superstar couple Kim the marriage was a publicity stunt, Kardashian and Kanye West, Humphries attempted to catch his known to fans as “Kimye,” are ex-fiancé in a lawsuit for “breachnow engaged. The spectacular pro- ing fiduciary duty” (a term used posal was aired on February 9th on when a trusted individual has used season nine of Keeping Up with another’s profit for their own benThe Kardashians. Since they first efit without mentioning their mobecame romantic in 2012, the pair tives prior). The accusation stated has allegedly been inseparable. The that Kardashian only went through 36-year-old rapper proposed to the with the marriage to benefit from 33-year-old reality star at AT&T the profit, and was never loyal to Park in Chicago on Kardashian’s Humphries. The couple was not birth date of October 21. As sus- yet fully divorced until April of pected, the proposal was anything 2013, when Kardashian was albut subtle. The fifteen-carat cush- ready seven months pregnant with ion-cut diamond ring and a jumbo- West’s child. tron reading “PLEEEASE MAR- After the divorce was fiRY MEEE!!!” are expected to be nalized, West took no time to projust the beginning of the couples pose, waiting only five months beover-the-top behaviour. fore he popped the question. West and Kardashian first “She knew I was eventually going met in 2004, but to ask her to marry “The fifteen-carat me; it was just getonly became familiar, not romantic. cushion-cut diamond ting that ring right! At the time they ring and a jumbotron I worked with four were both involved reading ‘PLEEEASE different jewellers. in other relation- MARRY MEEE!!!’ are Three rings were ships. West was en- expected to be just made; only one acgaged to long-time the beginning of the tually hit the finger girlfriend Alexis couple’s over-the-top with Lorraine [the Phifer, while Karjeweller]. That ring behaviour.” dashian was going was, like, less than through her first four hours old by divorce with then husband, Damon the time I gave it to her,” revealed Thomas. The couple ironically first West on Power 106’s Big Boy clicked on the set of Jimmy Kim- Morning Radio Show. With the help of future mel’s failed comedy central show Alligator Boots in 2008. Since mother-in-law and well-known Kardashian and her boyfriend at “momager” Kris Jenner, West kept the time, Reggie Bush, were still his intent to propose a secret from romantically involved Kanye the rest of the family. This made it even more of a shock when the could not yet pursue her. “I don’t know why it took fifty piece orchestra came out to so long for us to get together,” play “Knock You Down” by Keri gushed Kardashian when inter- Hilson, Ne-Yo, and West himself. viewed on Oprah’s Next Chapter, With a proposal like that, Kar“but I think I needed to go through dashian could not refuse. Now all my experiences.” with seven-month-old baby North One notable experience in her life West, the couple is currently renowould surely be her marriage of vating their own mansion so they seventy-two days to Boston Celtics can continue building their family. player Kris Humphries. Rumours The wedding is set to be held this have circulated that the marriage June in Paris, France. was just a ruse to begin with. Al- Page 20 -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School Cœur de pirate releases album for popular Quebec television drama By Karlee Selent has now sold more than 1 000 000 albums As fans continue to patiently wait across the globe. for darling Montréal artist Cœur de pirate’s Her latest cover album, released follow-up to her 2011 sophomore album on January 14, 2014, shows off her ability Blonde, artist Béatrice Martin recently re- to adapt a song of an entirely different genre leased a soundtrack for the popular Quebec than her own into a hauntingly beautiful television drama series Trauma for its fifth collection of piano-driven performances. season. Following in the footsteps of other This is not Martin’s first time releasing covsuccessful artists who have contributed to ers. Her earlier rendition of The Weeknd’s the show, such as Ariane Moffatt and Mar- “Wicked Games” rapidly became a fan fatha Wainwright, Martin recorded twelve vourite. cover songs that feature both new and old Trauma continues to see Martin taking tracks. songs never associated with her Parisian Cœur de pirate is the solo project pop stylings and transforming them into of awardstripped-down winning pieces that focus singer and on the melody pianist of and her uniquetwentyly sentimental four yearvoice. old MarComprised of some haze, hints tin, who of jazz, and some has been 60s style pop, it playing is piano driven piano and with a genuine keyboards simplicity, giving since the the listener the age of chance to hear three. Her the lyrics and internathoughts, as well tionally as experience acclaimed feelings, that they self-titled debut almay have missed bum was the first time. Photo by Karlee Selent released Kate and Anna The fifth series of Quebec’s popular television series Trau- M c G a r r i g l e ’ s in 2008. ma’s soundtrack brings out Martin’s unique musical talents 1990 reggae-inN o r t h American and European tours followed, as fluenced song “Heartbeats Accelerating” she did studio collaborations with Kardinal gets pared down to a simpler acoustic numOfficial and David Usher. This led to two ber that proves both timely and timeless, Felix Awards in 2009 and 2010, a 2010 Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Victorie de la Musique Award for “Com- Good” gets a similar somber treatment to mes de enfants” for Song of the Year, and that of her Weeknd cover, and Martin’s take a Juno nomination and long-listed for the on fellow Montréaler Patrick Watson’s Polaris Prize-winning “The Great Escape” is Polaris Prize. In November 2011, her highly-an- now an echoing, guitar-powered piece that ticipated album Blonde was released, which is, arguably, better than the original. Other was co-produced by the Québec native and stand-out renditions include Bon Iver’s Howard Bilerman, who has worked with the “Flume,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” originally likes of Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black performed by Bill Withers, and “Summer Empire, and The Dears. Since then, Blonde Wine” by Lee Hazelwood. Martin’s voice brings a different received the most nominations at l’ADISQ kind of ache to these songs, while manag2012 and a second Juno for Martin. The album has achieved world- ing to keep their original intentions. Careful wide success, allowing Martin to tour in the not to stray from the roots, Martin manages United States during the winter of 2012 and to make the songs just as meaningful and the autumn of 2013, including a sold-out heartbreaking as the originals. show at New York City’s Highline Ball- Although there is no original maroom. The popularity of Blonde has made terial present on Trauma, fans do get an auher a celebrity in France and has renewed thentic voice from an artist who has shown the public interest towards Cœur de pi- time and time again that she can dominate rate’s first effort, which achieved a French French and English music, as well as origiDiamond certification (selling over 500 000 nal and adapted works. The album can be copies) in September 2012. In total, Martin purchased on iTunes, and is in stores now. -- Scarlett FEVER Continued from page 18 After a long stint in rehab, Ebert reinvented himself as a peace giver and a problem solver. During his time there, Ebert created a messianic character that was sent down to save and heal mankind. This character’s name was Edward Sharpe. They continue to stay very active in the music and film industry. They have various songs featured in movies and TV shows, and has a documentary which involves their band among others in the Grammy winning documentary Big Easy Express. The documentary follows Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the very popular Mumford & Sons. It follows the three folk bands as it performs six unique outdoor shows beginning in Oakland, California and ending in Austin, Texas. From their album Here, the track “Better Days” will have listeners in paradise. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams is one of the last artists that can single handily sell out a show just sitting on a stool on stage, playing his acoustic guitar and harmonica. Slowly, yet surely, a steady career has been built by the 39-year-old alternative rock/folk artist including thirteen studio albums to date. Adams began his career playing in a couple of small town bands. From 1991-2000, he slowly built up confidence and experience playing gigs with two main bands, The Patty Duke Syndrome, and Whiskeytown. After the year 2000, he spread his wings and began a solo career where he released a number of his biggest hits. When 2004 hit, Adams thought it would be a better idea to settle down with a band, and that lucky band was named The Cardinals. The Cardinals lasted until about 2009 where the band split due to Adams’ cited hearing loss from Meniere’s disease, and disillusionment with the music industry. Since 2009, Adams has married, and began to play gigs with his former bands. Adams has almost done it all in the music business. Not only has he put together a solid musical career solo and in numerous bands, but he has also helped produce albums for artists Fall Out Boy, and Willie Nelson, as well as collaborating with big bands such as Weezer and the Counting Crows. The future of The Cardinals remains foggy, but Adams has not ruled out a reunion album/tour. For a mellow, indie song, check out “Oh my Sweet Carolina” from his solo album, Heartbreaker. Alt-J-The album An Awesome Wave stormed into 2012 with unreal reviews and praise from reliable sources such as iTunes. The band started in 2007, but did not release their first studio album until 2012, (An Awesome Wave). Alt-J now carries a fairly heavy name in the alternative-rock world despite their short career thus far. Gwil Sainsbury, founder and guitar/bassist, started in the band in a university in England back in 2007. Since then, Sainsbury has left the band, but the band continues without him. Alt-J and Sainsbury remain to be very close and it was a peaceful departure. -- March 2014 The band’s songs appeared in various popular television shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Suits, Homeland, CSI: NY, and Weeds, providing some exposure for their more well-known tracks. Alt-J has the privilege of having Joe Newman as their lead vocalist. His unique voice gives the listeners something to rave about. There is yet to be a band that matches the exclusive sound of Alt-J. In the track, “Fitzpleasure,” the exclusiveness will be proven beyond belief. The xx-The xx took much longer than others bands do to produce their first album, but they showed that patience pays off. From 2005-2009, the band slowly grew and began playing small performances until the release of their first studio album in 2009, xx. The album received hype from critics everywhere, and reached the number 9 spot on the Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2009. Since then, the band has released another album, titled Coexist in 2012, and the band has played in five of the biggest music festivals in the world with Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza. With this band, the sky is the limit. Their single “Fiction” from their newest album Coexist is recommended for listeners everywhere and is sure to be remembered as a key piece in their future. The Head and the Heart-Yet another unbelievable band comes out of the musical talent producing city of Seattle, Washington. Since the band started in 2009, it has released two studio albums and looks to release a third. The indie-folk band has been compared to Mumford & Sons and plays similar music to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. They can play slow to fast songs varying on both their albums. “Down in the Valley” is a track that is one of their more popular ones, but it is sure to make the listener satisfied. Ben Howard-The indie songwriter is already getting huge credit for his rare voice and musical style. He has been featured on BBC radio, and in big music festivals including Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. The artist had his album Every Kingdom premier on iTunes commercials and the front album for the new iPods and iPhones, which is huge publicity in its own right. Every Kingdom is the only studio album to date but it is worth the wait for a second one. “Keep Your Head Up,” a track from that album, gives the listeners a stellar mixture of steadily soft yet an enthusiastic brand of sound to it, and is highly recommended among indie forums. Yukon Blonde-This Canadian band is undervalued, if valued at all. This past year they have toured with the fellow Canadian band who hails from Saskatchewan, The Sheepdogs, opening for and befriending the group. They give a different style of alternative music with a twist. The band was formally named Alphababy but later changed it to Yukon Blonde after two EPs. The band is currently looking for a new bassist at the moment, but is on the rise in 2014. Look out alternative market. “Stairway” is a huge hit of theirs and will continue to be known for years to come. March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Page 21 Batman vs. Superman seems like a distant dream to fans By Loula Agelopoulos Superhero fans around the world rejoiced when Warner Bros. announced they would be making a Superman versus Batman movie. This movie has been anticipated for a very long time, but the excitement of most fans soon turned to worry. Questionable casting choices and the move in release dates have left superhero fans wondering if they will ever see the Superman versus Batman movie they have been wishing for. The most controversial of decisions regarding the film is the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. Fans of the hero were undoubtedly hoping Christian Bale would reprise his role, as he is to many, the best Batman thus far. Many base their judgement of Affleck on his portrayal of Daredevil in the 2003 film based on the Marvel Comics. While it seems most do not mind him playing heroes in both the Marvel and DC universes, they do believe he cannot pull off the role of Batman. While it is uncertain whether or not he can play the icon hero well, one thing is certain: this Batman will be different from previous ones, with Warner Bros. announcing the focus will be more on Bruce Wayne rather than Batman. Few people have seen the Batsuit that will be used in the upcoming movie, but it is widely rumoured to be a complete reinvention. A new suit could be a positive for the film, or it could be too different and enrage loyal fans. Either way, when it comes to this movie’s Batman, Warner Bros. is treading on thin ice. Another controversial casting choice is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Most were shocked when the announcement was made that Eisenberg would be playing the famous villain, as many believe that he is too young. Warner Bros. claims that they wanted to take a different approach to this character too, making him a young businessman that is on top of the world. Fans are worried though, as they do not think Eisenberg the first recent Superman film. Another popular decision was Jeremy Irons being cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler. The character of Alfred is one that is very dear to many comic book fans, as he is Batman’s ed by secrecy. The only hints for the plot are online leaks that are not confirmed as real. The new Batsuit has not been revealed, and though it is fair to keep it a surprise, a peek would satisfy fans. Without any knowledge about the premise of the film, apart from the main two heroes and a few of the casting choices, fans are forced to put their faith in Warner Bros. and hope that the movie it produces will be well worth the wait. With all the controversy and all the secrecy that surrounds the film, fans are left worried that the final film will not deliver. Though there may be high expectations, they are not unreasonable. Warner Bros. knew the reaction it would be getting from fans when they decided to make the movie, so they must know they have to tread carefully. One wrong choice could send everyone into a frenzy, and completely ruin any chance of success the movie might have. There is no doubt, however, that the Batman vs. Superman movie will not go unnoticed. Whether it is a hit, or a miss, it will go down in movie history. Movies that are on such a large scale, bringing so many iconic heroes together are usually sure to generate great success. Marvel’s Avengers movie, which similarly brought many heroes Photo by Loula Agelopoulos together, in one film, did brilliantly in Nikki Chopra and Anna Lally, Grade 11, enact an epic battle between Superman and Batman the box office, so it is fair to say that fits the character, and when it comes to such loyal helper, and possibly best friend. Many Batman vs. Superman could do equally well. a well-known character, it is crucial that the believe Irons to be a good choice, as he has If they want the movie to succeed, Warner actor fit the part. successfully played a wide array of roles and Bros. will have to stay faithful to the comics, The casting choices have not all is probably able to perform the role capably. and listen to the fans. The movie’s release been questionable though. Fans are happy The casting though, is not the only date is set for 2016, so until then, fans will with the return of the cast of Man of Steel, problem. The entire movie has been shroud- have to wait and hope for the best. The commonly-known rubber ducks rise to fame By Hailey Payne The rubber manufacturing that started happening in the late 1800s is directly linked to the exciting invention of rubber ducks. The earliest rubber ducks were made of hard rubber and lacked squeakers. Modern rubber ducks are a symbol of baths, bathtubs, bubbles, and children from babies to toddlers everywhere, but rubber ducks have not always been as popular as they are today. The rubber duck evolved to float and be made of a softer rubber. Even with this evolution though, rubber ducks were not all that common. They were popularized by Jim Henson in 1970 by performing the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street. The song was such a success that it had two follow-up songs called “Do de Rubber Duck” and “DUCKIE.” Children saw all these songs and wanted to be like Ernie, so they whined to their parents and, ta-da, rubber ducks were officially awesome. The rubber ducks have even achieved iconic status in the US. Fast forward a few years and the demand for rub- ber ducks had cooled down a bit, but was still a common Children’s bath toy. Then in 2001, The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper reported that Queen Elizabeth ll had a rubber duck (that wore an inflatable crown) in her bathroom. The duck was spotted by a worker who was repainting her bathroom. The story prompted sales of rubber ducks in the United Kingdom to increase by 80% as moms noticed rubber ducks’ coolness. It gave the common child a little bit of royalty. Rubber ducks have also become a collectors’ item with many people deciding to devote time to finding the most and coolest rubber ducks. The largest recorded collection of rubber ducks, a Guinness World Record numbering 5 631, belongs to Charlotte Lee who started collecting in 1996. Charlotte Lee, needing to express herself with her rubber ducks, created a rubber duck website called Duckplanet. It is said that Duckplanet has the most extensive duck news and information on the Internet. Lee voted for the rubber duck to be on the National Toy Hall of Fame for a couple of years before giving up after countless letdowns. Only a few months later, the rubber duck rose to the top. It has now been inducted into the Strong Museum’s Hall of Fame. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is the creator of the largest giant rubber duck in the world, measuring 16 X20 X32 metres and weighing over 600 kg. He also had a tour named “Spreading Joy Around the World” which was established in 2007. His goal was to remind everyone of childhood memories by displaying his giant duck in fourteen different cities. It is unknown where this giant rubber duck is now, though he is rumoured to have made different versions of his giant rubber ducks ranging from sixteen to fifty feet in height. Rubber ducks have become so popular that there is an annual Duckfest. Last year was the 9th annual Rubber Duck Fan Convention held on June 22 in Hesperia, California. During these Duckfests everything is, of course, rubber duck-themed. From meeting with other duck fans to playing rubber duck-themed games, Duckfest has everything a person would need. The hostess of the latest Duckfest, Colleen, has created a list of the most awesome things about Duckfest. Some highlights include that visitors get to see one of the largest collections of rubber ducks, has an opportunity to meet a bunch of people who also love rubber ducks, can buy the five Duckfest ducks that are made especially for Duckfest, and may come away with one of the free rubber ducks. Visitors also enjoy a free lunch, including a rubber duck-themed cake. Ernie had it right when he sang: Rubber Duckie, you’re the one, You make bathtime lots of fun, Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you Vo-vo-dee-o! Rubber Duckie, joy of joys, When I squeeze you, you make noise, Rubber Duckie, you’re my very best friend it’s true. Page 22 -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- At some point in time, most comic book fans must have asked themselves if they think Hawkeye, Marvel’s archer, or Green Arrow, the archer from the DC universe, is better. It may be a tough call, both are great heroes and have proven to their fans time and time again that they deserve their admiration. The only way to make a definite, well-thought-out decisions is to compare several aspects of the two heroes, including origin, skills and suit, and accomplishments. Origin: Oliver Queens, aka Green Arrow, lost both his parents at a young age and grew up as heir to Queen Industries, a multimillion dollar company. He always had everything he wanted and led a careless lifestyle, up until he was shipwrecked. He was stranded on an island, where he learned to use a bow and fight for his survival. When he got back to Star City, he decided to use his new-found skills to do good, and became the vigilante or superhero known as Green Arrow. Clint Barton, Hawkeye, was also orphaned at a young age. He spent six years in an orphanage before running away with his brother to join the circus. There he became the apprentice of the Swordsman, who along with Trick Shot trained him to be a master archer. After a confrontation between Barton and the Swordsman, Barton left the circus and adapted his archery skills. He was inspired to become a masked hero when he saw Iron Man in action. After a misunderstanding, he went on the run and met Black Widow. Together they tried to steal from Iron Man, but when things went south, she fled. Barton was later allowed to join the Avengers, and was considered a hero from then on. Both heroes have interesting and admirable origins, Queen having to face the island, and Barton overcoming the hardships of his life. The advantage Queen has is that he is self-made, he taught himself how to shoot and fight, while Barton was trained. Skills and Suit: Both heroes are master archers, and skilled in combat, and they both have trick arrows that can help them in fights. Although Green Arrow had more money and resources to make better arrows, when -- March 2014 Vampire Academy: where vampires do not sparkle By Riannon Laarz Hawkeye vs. Green Arrow Scarlett FEVER By Loula Agelopoulos he lost it all it evened things out, and he proved he could make the most of what he had. When it comes to suits, they are both visually appealing; however, Green Arrow’s dark green suit is stealthier than Hawkeye’s purple and blue. Hawkeye from the Ultimate comics does have a darker suit, and is therefore stealthier than Green Arrow, but that is only Ultimate Hawkeye. Green Arrow is also a bit tougher than Hawkeye. During his time on the island, Green Arrow had to become ruthless in order to survive, so when it comes to taking down enemies, he does not hesitate. Hawkeye on the other hand, does not kill. He refuses to, and while that is honourable, it is a hindrance when it comes to fighting villains. This difference would also be visible in their fighting, as Hawkeye would hold back to avoid killing, Green Arrow would not. Green Arrow takes this round too, as he is the tougher of the two and more willing to make the tough calls than Hawkeye. Accomplishments: Both archers are part of a superhero organization, Green Arrow belongs to the Justice League and Hawkeye to the Avengers. Both have also saved the world multiple times; however, Green Arrow has also had to face the loss of his company and almost everything he ever had. His city was turned into a giant forest, in Brightest Day, and he still managed to make the most of it and do everything he could to protect the people of his city. Hawkeye has not had it easy either, but he has never had to face anything similar to that. Green Arrow also had a sidekick, Speedy, who later became a superhero himself, known as Red Arrow. Hawkeye has never had a sidekick, though he did train the Thunderbolts. This is one round where the result is clear, Green Arrow has definitely faced more and accomplished more than Hawkeye. Verdict: Green Arrow and Hawkeye are both great superheroes, but only one of them can be the winner. Though Hawkeye is extremely well-trained, and has defeated many enemies, Green Arrow wins. He has had to face more; he has defeated more enemies, and has proven himself one of the best superheroes the comic book world has seen. and the clothes looked like something a girl or guy would wear every day. The writing of the script is very well done; Water uses flashbacks which supply more information on why the girls run away and who they are. The film gives explanations to the viewers about the different types of vampires and the history of the academy which one would normally not receive in movies that are adapted from a novel. The editing and filming was exceptional. The scene transition were seamless. The overall colour of the film was a mix of dark and pale. There are some scenes in the movie that are dark, especially during the fighting, and pale in the other scenes; overall the movie had a very metallic look. The movie was set in the state of Montana but filmed in London, so the dark, gloomy look was part of the location of filming. The music and soundtrack of the film was breathtaking, except for a song right at the beginning of the film which was out of place and put in a spot that did not need when Rose (Deutch) begins to talk. The rest of the music in the film fit perfectly to Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is based on Richelle Mead’s best-selling book series Vampire Academy. The series has six novels: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bond, and Last Sacrifice. The movie is adapted from the first novel. The name was changed from Vampire Academy to Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters because that is the name of the novel in many foreign countries. The plot was not very predictable and most viewers will be surprised by the ending. The movie is attention-getting, but not always in an “edge of my seat” way. There were some parts where the action could have been sped up. The director Mark Waters, who is most known for directing the movies Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Mr. Poppers Penguins, did an overall good job in directing this movie. and brought the world that Rachelle Mead had created in her novel onto the big screen. The film’s tone alternated between anticipation and, at a steady pace. The battle scenes were seat-gripping; however, there were times when the movie pace was slower. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky, Lucy Fry and Dominic Sherwood as the leading roles along with Sarah Hyland from Modern Family and Joely Richardson as Queen Tatiana Ivashkov. The acting is very well done in this film considering that it is mostly a cast of no-name actors. The chemistry between Rose (Deutch) and Lissa (Fry) is believable and young girls are able to see themselves in these characters. Photo by Loula Agelopoulos The most chemistry was between Rylee Spada being bitten by Kieran Mort , both Grade 12 Fry and Dominic Sherwood. In the film Sherwood plays the role of Christian Ozera, Lissa’s love inter- the tone and mood. The song played at the est, and the chemistry between them is so very end of the film during the credits is very intense it is like they were actually in love catchy and works with what the movie was off-screen. Definitely at some points of the about, the name of the song is “Bela Lugomovie the character Rose got to be a little too si’s Dead” by Chvrches. The overall impression and experimuch and many viewers will really want her to stop talking but the overall quality of the ence of this film is above average. The movie followed the novel in all parts and fans of cast was very good. The costumes were great. Rose’s the novel will appreciate this. The actors did battle costume was the bomb because most very well in their roles and the film location, high school girls would totally wear it. The London, gave the movie the right look. This school uniforms are appropriate because is a cult flick and fans have started a group or they are more modern and appealing, not rebellion of sorts trying to get more people so preppy. In most movies the costumes are to see the film and spread the word. One unso out-there and irrational to wear. The cos- named critic called this movie “just another tumes in this movie are more realistic and Twilight” yet when this film is nothing like something anyone would wear. If they were Twilight. The only thing they have in comto wear fancy ball gowns or hundreds of mon is that they are both movies about vamdollars’ worth of dresses to the dance scene pires; in Vampire Academy the vampires do in the movie it would make the movie cos- not sparkle. This is a great film to see with tumes look like the girls were millionaires one’s best friend or as a date, even with a or make the costumes have this unrealistic group. The film has a little something for evlook. The way costumes were done in this eryone: action, romance, mystery and comfilm made the girls look like average teens edy. March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- ENTERTAINMENT -- Page 23 The Monuments Men is a monumental art-war film By James Ewart that initially keep him from entering the war, There have been many onscreen stories about World War II, but most are about the violence, gore, and horrors of the conflict. The Monuments Men is the first that is light-hearted film that deals with the cultural aspects. The film follows the true story of seven men who go into war-torn Europe to recover pieces of art that were stolen by the Nazis. The film has a star-studded cast consisting of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett, who all have positive onscreen chemistry and strongly help the story carry through; a surprise as most movies with many stars tend to flop. After Lt. Frank Stokes (Clooney) convinces President Roosevelt to allow the Monuments, Arts and Archives Program, he and Lt. Donald Jeffries (Bonneville) recruit artist James Granger (Damon), architect Richard Campbell (Murray), sculptor Walter Garfield (Goodman), and painter Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin), and dance director Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban). Each man has his own setbacks and disadvantages but with millions of pieces of artwork on the line and some help from a French Resistance woman named Claire Simone (Blanchett), the Monuments Men are more than ready to protect some of the greatest achievements in history. The film is historically accurate as it portrayed real events in great detail. At the end of the film, the credits show photos of the real Monuments Men carrying and storing art pieces, an appropriate extra as it is based on a novel that recounts the same events. Several of the main characters have different names than their real-life counterparts. For example, Stokes is actually George Stout, Granger’s real last name is Rorimer, Campbell is based on Robert Posey, and Garfield is actually Walker Hancock. The film had an original release date of December 18, 2013 but director Clooney delayed it because he was having trouble balancing humour with the serious nature of the subject matter. Art and history play an important part as the Germans and the Americans were in a race to save historical pieces of art. While the trailer gives the impres- perfect mix of comedy, drama, and history sion that there are plenty of tense action mo- and anyone with a creative side, or one who ments, there were only a few action sequenc- appreciates art will definitely enjoy Monues, and the mood felt more comical than ments Men. serious. The film deserves three and a half out of five stars. It lacked the intensity one would expect from a war film, but makes up for it with comic timing and the appropriate amount of drama. Those viewers expecting a war film with lots of action and destruction may be disappointed; Photo by Douglas Brandt however those Gavin Wilson, Caleb Jemmot, Jared McGowan, Zach Bainbridge, Lucas expecting a good Schewerman, Connor Kelly, and Lachlan Little, all grade 10, recreate The story with a nearMonuments Men stoic stares and poses Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno on The Tonight Show By Aaron Schmidtke From Johnny to Jay, and from Jay now to Jimmy, The Tonight Show’s sterling reputation continues as the torch was passed for the first time in over twenty years from Jay Leno, to Jimmy Fallon. From the years 1992-2014 (except for a highly controversial leave of absence in 2009-2010 when Leno was replaced by Conan O’Brien), Leno hosted The Tonight Show with unmistakable grace and class. Fallon replaced Leno on The Tonight Show on February 17 2014, a milestone in entertainment history. Leno capped off his 4610th episode, (more likely to be remembered as simply his last episode) with a return appearance of the first guest to ever come on his show back in 1992, Billy Crystal. Fallon started his first ever show off with musical guests U2 and actor Will Smith. Before The Tonight Show, Fallon hosted Late Night, where he will be replaced by now former Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update host, Seth Meyers. Fallon held his gig at Late Night for a sturdy five years after replacing Conan O’Brien on the show. Fallon’s first show on Late Night included Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake, Nick Carter, and Van Morrison and he ended his last show with Andy Samberg alongside The Muppets. When Fallon scored the Saturday Night Live gig, it was a dream that had just become a reality. Since he was a boy, Fallon watched the show intensively and observantly. He has always credited Saturday Night Live creator and producer of his previous show Late Night, Lorne Michaels, for all his success. Fallon left the Saturday Night Live in 2004 to pursue his movie career. After a few stints in some smaller production films, Fallon was hit with the unexpected: the opportunity to host a late night television show. Fallon’s net worth is now at a projected $25 million dollars and will only grow as the host of The Tonight Show. It is unknown whether Fallon will was well known for its hilarious games and song spoofs. People everywhere are wondering if Fallon will take them to the big stage, or if Meyers will continue the tradition. From Late Night, Fallon’s house band, The Roots, has been brought over to The Tonight Photo By Aaron Schmidtke Jack Banister, Grade 10, speaks into the microphone, like Fallon on The Tonight Show continue his crazy antics on a larger stage with a more substantial audience. Late Night Show with their already immaculate resumé to date. The list of impressive achievements grows larger every day for Fallon. He has already hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and in 2005 as well as the MTV Music Awards in 2002. After a five year absence from hosting an award show, Fallon skyrocketed to the top when he was asked to host the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Meyers hosted Weekend Update for eight years. He co-anchored from 20062008 with Amy Poehler and then again in 2013-2014 with Cecily Strong. In between years Meyers hosted the show solo while also working as head writer on the show. Replacing him on Weekend Update is his former co-anchor Strong and comedian Colin Jost. Without a doubt, Fallon is a key example of how hard work pays off. Throughout his career he continued to climb the ladder of greatness beginning with stand-up and his now world-renowned impressions in small theatre comedy clubs to now hosting the biggest talk show on television. Fallon’s Saturday Night Live audition tape which is available on YouTube, shows him performing impressions he is well known for including Jerry Seinfeld, French Stewart, and at that time, a member of the Saturday Night Live cast, Adam Sandler. With Leno gracefully stepping aside, this leaves Fallon with a ceiling of opportunity. He has done it all except for something as big as this. Fallon looks at this challenge with open eyes and a positive outlook. This new project will undoubtedly be a challenge, but nothing the 39 year old cannot overcome. Page 24 -- FINE ARTS -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 HEADER GOES HERE (FINE ARTS) Theatre Calgary’s Major Barbara sparks student debate By Emily Conacher On Thursday, February 27, a group of Scarlett students from various English and Drama classes had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Theatre Calgary to see a matinee performance of the play Major Barbara. The play is running at Theatre Calgary from February 11 to March 9 and is the fifth play in their 2013/14 line-up. Major Barbara was written by prominent Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1905. Originally described by Shaw as “a discussion in three acts,” the play consists largely of characters conversing with one another on central topics of poverty, morality, and salvation. It uses a comedic tone to comment on serious topics such as social problems and religion. ther, a wealthy businessman who owns a munitions company. Barbara becomes disillusioned with the Salvation Army’s goal of Christian salvation because she perceives the acceptance of money from such sources as hypocritical. Barbara is ultimately forced to confront her own morals, values, and ideas about life as she learns more about her father’s business. The Theatre Calgary production stars Photo By Douglas Brandt Journalism students wave as they make their way out Scarlett’s doors to see Major Barbara at Theatre Calgary Gretchen Hall as Barbara Undershaft and Dean Paul Gibson as Andrew Undershaft, Barbara’s father. Gibson successfully portrays Andrew Undershaft as both an antagonist and a voice of reason in the play – although his actions may be detestable, his logic is sound and Photo By Douglas Brandt his arguments are The play Major Barbara has been a huge success for the Theatre Calgary convincing. Hall’s The titular character, Barbara Undershaft, is portrayal of Barbara’s moral conflict is reala Major in the Salvation Army, and is com- istic as well. Barbara’s disillusionment and pletely committed to her mission to save the subsequent moral crisis are tangible in her souls of the poor. At the beginning of the expressions, actions, and speech throughout play, the Salvation Army is facing financial the play. The play’s other actors also did a difficulty and decides to accept donations from a whiskey distiller and Barbara’s fa- marvellous job portraying their characters, from the straight-laced, overbearing Lady Undershaft to Adolphus Cusins, Barbara’s infatuated fiancé and an enthusiastic scholar of Greek. The main source of comedy in the play is in the varied cast of secondary characters, especially Snobby Price, a frequenter of Barbara’s Salvation Army shelter, and Charles Lomax, the comical fiancé of Barbara’s sister Sarah, who commonly draws the ire of Lady Undershaft for his careless speech and lackadaisical manner. The set design also plays a vital role in communicating the play’s message. The scenes set inside Lady Undershaft’s manor house contrast with the ever-present backdrop of decrepit window frames to highlight the gap between wealth and poverty that is at the play’s core. The set pieces, which include rickety tables at Barbara’s Salvation Army shelter and bombs looming overhead at Andrew Undershaft’s munitions factory, serve to emphasize the impact of each scene and bring the play to life on the stage. Reactions to the play by Scarlett students were mixed. Some thought that Ma- jor Barbara’s noted lack of action and abundance of dialogue rendered it uninteresting, while others appreciated the comedy and came away re-evaluating their own thoughts on the play’s themes. “It made me have an existential crisis on the bus back to school,” says Carmen Soltys, Grade 12. On the other hand, Kristin Monteith, Grade 12, gave the play a less favourable review, saying she found the play “boring, dull, and humourless,” and “the father was the only relatable character.” Even if Major Barbara is a little verbose, it offers interesting discourse on a variety of social issues and has its moments of humour. Although it may not be a play to watch for light-hearted entertainment, it is worth seeing for the discussion points it raises about society. The wonderful acting, costumes, and set design of the Theatre Calgary production definitely enhance the experience as well. March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- FINE ARTS -- Page 25 Jazz on Canterbury showcases talented musicians By Brianne Godsman On Wednesday February 5 the Dr. E.P. Scarlett stage was alive with the sounds of Kenny Ball, Jeff Jarvis, and Eddie Harris, a patchwork of uplifting melodies from the 1920- 90s performed by Scarlett’s own Jazz guitar player, comments on the night. Bryan Cole, Grade 11 base player says “This night is a night where several junior highs get to see the Scarlett bands and also get to perform. Jazz isn’t about knowing what notes to play; you have to know why they need to perform without a conductor; everything is done entirely by the groups of students. Both junior high and high school students performing were able to showcase their talents, only stopping for a brief intermission halfway through the night. Both students and teachers alike worked hard to make the night a success; the show would not have come together without the organization and leadership of the band teachers from each junior high and the direction of Scarlett’s own Paul Brown and Jonathan Bell. The event featured amazing soloists Lauren Crowe Grade 12, Michel Calendar Grade 12 and Ethan Hamshaw Grade 12 along with many more and also featured vocalists Shakemm Kongetiman, Grade 11 and Brett Schneider, Grade 12, who performed two songs, “Soul Man” and “Try a Little Tenderness” alongside the remarkable Scarlett Showcase Band. Shakemm Kongetiman, Grade 11, says “it was such a great experience to sing with jazz band. It was so much fun.” The show was entertaining to watch and listen to as the musicians and conductors engaged the audience by telling jokes, moving with the music and invitPhoto by Brianne Godsman ing the audience to clap along. “If you Scarlett students display their jazz skills at an event that also included several junior high bands One, Two Three Combo and Showcase band along with jazz bands from Fairview, Nickel and Panabaker Junior High. The show featured a wide variety of song selections, everything from “Not to be forgotten” by Pat Methany to “The Final Countdown” by Europe. “The night is an opportunity for us to advertise for Scarlett, to show junior high students what high school jazz looks like,” Ethan Hamshaw, Grade 12 be played.” The level of dedication these young musicians have is incomprehensible; the talented individuals often play in more than one band and are constantly sacrificing their mornings lunch hours and evenings to practice. The combo and showcase bands were undeniably impressive. The bands are both student-led small groups of musicians who practice and Photo by Brianne Godsman Jhonson Phung, Ryan Stelter, Braden Shewchuk and Lucas Campo are prepared to perform can’t dance to the music you aren’t playing it right. You’ve got to move and groove, feel the music, be the music,” Johnson Phung, Grade 12 trumpet player, shares his motto for playing jazz. Even from a seat in the audience one can observe the tight knit and supportive community formed among these musicians. The theatre was overflowing with students standing all along the back wall and sitting in the aisles to support their peers. Every solo was followed by a roaring applause and every song, followed by one even louder. Though these musicians are humble their talent should never be underestimated, Zoe Duncan a Grade 12 Scarlett base player proved this. When one of the junior high schools was short a base player, Duncan stepped in after hearing the conductor talk about it in the hall. Within minutes Duncan was up on stage playing songs she had never practiced in support of her fellow musicians. When the show ended with Scarlett’s Jazz One and the musicians cleared the stage for the last time, the audience was left feeling full of music and life and energy. Students should definitely consider coming to one of the bands upcoming performances, Winds from the South or Moonlight Nights, and get the opportunity to observe the sort of talent Scarlett is home to. Page 26 -- SPORTS -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School -- Scarlett FEVER -- March 2014 Senior Girls Basketball team shoots for the playoffs By Loula Agelopoulos This year, the Senior Girls Basketball team is making the school proud. They have had an incredible season, winning every game they have played so far. They are ranked first in their division and are headed straight to playoffs. So far the girls have played eight tation of a tough-to-beat team. Apart from intimidating their opponents, their winning streak also helps boost their spirits and gives them the motivation to keep on doing exceptionally well. The girls are a strong team, not just on the court, but off as well. Even the girls on the bench participate in the games, yelling encouragement to their fellow team During their game against the WiseWood Warriors, the girls scored many succesful freethrows Brooks, also deserve some credit though, as they have guided the girls throughout the season. They have assessed each girl’s abilities, using them to the advantage of the team, and helping them improve where they may be lacking. All photos by Loula Agelopoulos One of the Senior girls shoots the ball toward the hoop as the rest of the team waits to assist The girls on the team are all in grade twelve, which means this is the last year games. Their first game was against Sir members and for them to be on the ScarWinston Churchill, in the beginning of De- c h a n t i n g . lett team. They have made cember. They played a decent game and They demthe school proud though, won 64-55. In their second game against onstrate a and demonstrated their love Notre Dame, the girls really shone. They special bond for the sport during every played incredibly, beating the other team that can game. This season is sure to by 54 points, with a score of 70-16. This is only be crebe one they remember, as it an impressive feat, and the girls should be ated through has been such a success for congratulated for it. Their third game was t e a m w o r k them. They are ranked first against Bishop Grandin, and they won 58- and love for in their division and have 46. In January, the Lancers had another very their sport. the most points, along with impressive win, beating Bowness’ team Centennial, which is ranked handily, 97-40. Their first game in February Throughout second. was against Earnest Manning and the Lanc- the season, As the girls move into the ers won 57-46. They went on to play against the girls have playoffs, Lancers should Henry Wise Wood and once again won that worked hard, do their best to show their game, 70-38. Their next victory was against giving their team spirit by going to their Bishop Carroll with a score of 62-49. Their all, even at games to cheer them on, latest game was against St. Mary’s on Febru- p r a c t i c e s . wishing them good luck on The girls ary 24 and the Lancers won easily, 71-41. game days, and congratulat The Senior Girls have been on a have been ing them on their incredible roll this year, and have proven they are a for- focused, permidable team. They have gained the repu- fecting their The Scarlett Lancers won their game against the Wise Wood Warriors at the school’s gym, 70-38 season when they see the girls around school. skills and acquiring new ones. Now all their efforts are paying off as playoffs are fast approaching, and they are heading confidently right for them. Head coach Jim Bamford and assistant coaches Ashley Hill and Randee March 2014 -- Scarlett FEVER -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School Senior Boys march towards city playoffs By Sam McIntosh The Senior Boys Basketball team is right there in the playoff race as the season winds down and the playoffs are set to begin. Currently sitting in fourth place, they have a record of four wins and four losses and are getting ready to face their playoff opponent. This season, the team has had a few bad losses but they have always been able to come back with a win. The team is competing very closely with a few fully committed.” After three months of hard playing and practice, the squad eyes their next game with anticipation, but knows the playoffs are not far ahead and need to prepare for that challenge. “All of our games have been close; our toughest game hasn’t just been any single one,” says Coach Hauser. “They are looking forward to the playoffs and the opportunity to try and knock off some of the best teams. Playoffs bring the Photo by Ayesha Shaikh The senior boys team posing for their team photo with their coaches in the school gym other teams and are in fact tied with Bishop O’Byrne for second place with only a few games to go. The team started the season on a good note with a win over Forest Lawn 70-64 and then beat Bishop O’Byrne 9387. They then suffered two losses against Bishop McNally and Father Lacombe, but then bounced back with a win against Bishop Grandon before losing again to Ernest Manning. After a win against the Henry Wise Wood team and an unfortunate home loss against Western, they are back tied for second place for points but are still in fourth due having played more games than the other team tied with them, Bishop O’Byrne. The team has played with a very fast pace and always play hard; they are incredibly exciting to watch. The tension in those final minutes of a close game are elevated when one has have no idea what is going to happen next. If the game does not go the Lancer’s way, Coach Chad Hauser says “I try to encourage the boys and let them know that they are good enough to beat any team; however, they have to be most excitement to the boys and the fans,” the coach says. With the playoffs being a win or go home situation, preparation is all the more important, but as Coach Hauser states “There is no difference; however, the boys realize a playoff game is a one-time shot. They lose and they are out of playoffs, so they do change their energy level knowing they have to give it their all and not give up.” Chemistry also helps as many players and the coach have known each other for years. “I have enjoyed coaching these players. They are a great bunch of boys and we have lots of fun together on and off the court,” states Coach Hauser. The chess match that occurs on the basketball court is a difficult one that takes great skill, which our Senior Boys team has in spades. No matter what happens, they always play with tenacity until the game is over. Now with the playoffs ahead and a one loss situation, that chemistry will be needed to overcome opposing teams and hopefully win the city championship. -- SPORTS -- Page 27 Junior Boys Basketball not going down without a fight 68 against Earnest Manning High School. By Karlee Selent Over this past winter, Scarlett’s “I’m hoping that in the playoffs, Junior Boys Basketball team made it their we’ll go all the way to the second division,” top priority to put every amount of time, en- said Farquharson, “I think that’s the curergy, and spirit into each game they played. rent goal for the team.” With the support The season has not been an easy one for the of Scalett students, the boys are hoping to team; despite their recent loss to Centennial take home a winning title for the playoffs. High School on February 25th, losing 58 to “The support we get from fans at our 92, the boys all agreed that it would not stop Home games is awesome. It’s nice to see them from focusing on future games and, everyone cheering us on,” said Landon overall, playing the best they possibly can. Dueck, Grade 10. According to Dueck, the “We got over it. The loss wasn’t Junior Boys are “headed in the right direcdifferent than any other time we’ve lost a tion” and are “moving forward as a team” game this season,” stated Nathan Kinnie, Grade 10, in regards to how the team dealt with their game against Centennial. “I think we need to just play a tougher defense the next time we play them. We have to box them out.” Kinnie also mentioned that because of the up-beat and hightempo practices throughout the seasons, the team was able to learn new plays in a more motivational and energizPhoto By James Ewart ing way to prepare Landon Dueck scans the court, deciding his next move against the ‘Yotes them for their games. W h e n asked what the team’s strongest and weak- Overall, the Junior Boys Basketest points were, Ethan Bromley, Grade 10, ball team is aiming to be the best in the answered, “Definitely the energy we give playoffs this season. With their determinaoff on the court, but our defense brought us tion and energetic spirit, the boys are sure down.” The proudest moment for Bromley to dominate the court and take home a vicwas winning 55 to 41 against Henry Wise tory. Be sure to check the Calgary Senior Wood High School, while Aaron Farqu- High School Athletic Association webharson, Grade 10, thought the team’s low- site to see when the team will be playing. est point of the season was losing 57 to Page 28 -- SPORTS -- Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School Junior Girls Basketball trounce rival Warriors By Helena Gagnier for his team, knowing that they are able to and Michella Thai compete with better pace, and continues to Now that the Junior Girls are in the midst of the basketball season, the desire to make it into playoffs is greater than ever. It may not have been their most stellar performance of the season, but the Scarlett Junior Girls basketball team still managed to clean the floor with the less-than-impressive Wisewood Warriors in a 61-42 victory on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Right as the game began, Scarlett took charge. It was Wisewood who first gained possession of the ball during the jump, but the Lancers quickly shifted momentum and scored the first two points. Wisewood retaliated, going for the ball with high hopes, constantly making an effort to score with layups and two-pointers. Though Wisewood attempted to take the lead in the first half, it was Scarlett who scored most of the points, ending the second quarter with a resounding lead of 27-12. During the second half, Wisewood began to pick up the pace and started playing more aggressively, eager to close the 15 encourage them to strive and reach to be the best that they can be. “We had a goal to do better than we did, but the girls really stepped up after the first half,” Rasmussen said, indicating that his team can definitely play at a higher, more intense level. When asked what is needed to be improved upon in order to reach their goal of maintaining their current ranking of second place in the south, Rasmussen explains that the girls needed to “slow down and control themselves better, to play our game instead of their game.” It seems as though the strengths and weaknesses are apparent and recognized by the entire team, since the girls also agree that they are capable of better and bigger achievements than what the game demonstrated. Even with the weaknesses, they believe that they have potential to be great. “We had strong defense, and our offense was kind of shaky at the start, but we were able to pull it together,” says Allyse Oland, Grade 10. Photo by Michella Thai Mckenna Howard, Grade 10, prepares to shoot a free throw in the first half of the game point gap. However, their efforts were made in vain. Scarlett refused to let the Warriors phase them, and they continued to push forward, managing to score another 34 points before the game ended. Scarlett stood victorious with a final score of 61-42. Throughout the game, the Lancers played the Warriors with skill and aggression, which resulted in a couple of stumbles and scratches. Despite their win, not everyone was fully satisfied after the game had ended. Coach Rasmussen has high hopes Now that the playoffs are quickly approaching, the girls are being encouraged and are practicing hard, since it is a much anticipated time for the team. Going to the playoff games would mean that the girls would get to experience the skills of different teams, as well as increase their competitiveness. The first playoff game, the Quarter Finals, is being played on March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm, at Saint Francis High School, and the lancers will be facing off against the Browns. -- Scarlett FEVER Continued from page 15 -- March 2014 don’t think I was ever the natural athlete. I mean, I always did well but I was never the best. But I just kept working hard at it and obviously the hard work has paid off. FEVER: Who are your role models? Fairbairn: Mrs. Cousins obviously [laughs]! One person I have looked up to is Adam van Koeverden, the kayaker, for some of the same reasons that I mentioned before. He said that he wasn’t always the natural athlete at more traditional sports. I kind of saw myself in him, in [the way] that it was just a matter of finding our own sport that we could be great at. FEVER: How do you find time for yourself, to be able to relax? Fairbairn: Yeah, that’s tough. My wife and I always take a little time every evening to just hangout together, maybe watch a little TV and catch up on our days. So extra down time is certainly precious. FEVER: What’s your favourite snack food? Fairbairn: I like a cheese-and-crackers kind of thing. I’m not much of a snacker, as you can tell by my small physique [laughs], Fairbairn: Obviously I’ll shoot for the podium but for me before saying that you just have to put your own personal best before it. So [I want to] do everything that I’ve learned throughout my career and my preparation, physically, mentally, with my equipment, all that kind of stuff so I can go out and be my best when it comes to those two race days in February. All you have control over is yourself. I can’t control how good or how bad my competitors do, but I know that if I’m at my best pace I’ll be in the mix, and that’s all you can ask for. FEVER: Do you find that there is lots of pressure for you to succeed, either from yourself or from others? Fairbairn: I think that I give myself more pressure than anyone else, [but] for sure there’s pressure from coaches and media and stuff like that. But I think that everybody is on your team; they’re all rooting for you to do your best, so for me it’s mostly personal goals. FEVER: How do you deal with that self-imposed pressure? Fairbairn: It’s kind of a motivating thing. T h e r e wouldn’t be pressure if it wasn’t a big deal and so because of that you can say “okay, I Photo by Cassandra Betts need to do everything Olympic skeleton athlete John Fairbairn and his trainer Kim Cousins, staff, stand that I need together after one of Fairbairn’s intense workouts in the Scarlett weight room to do and that I can do to best prepare myself for those much to Mrs. Cousins’ chagrin. days.” You just have to use it as a motivating Cousins: Yeah, we’re working on that. FEVER: How is Mrs. Cousins as a trainer? thing rather than a fearful thing. FEVER: When you were younger, did you Fairbairn: She’s the best. She has been ever see yourself getting to where you are my coach for fifteen years now. I certainly couldn’t have done it without her, and I now? Fairbairn: Not doing skeleton, that’s for couldn’t have done it with the help of E.P. sure! I always had the Olympic dream; I re- Scarlett High School. We spend a lot of member watching Donovan Bailey win the time here at school, in the weight room, in gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, which was the summer, before and after Mrs. Cousins’ an inspiring thing for me. I always had the classes, getting in the work that we needed to dream to want to go to the Olympics, but I do. This has been a really great facility for us just had to find the right sport for me. [As I to do our work in, and I definitely couldn’t mentioned before,] I did track and field be- have done it without the help of the school. During the Olympics, students were fore skeleton, and I played hockey before I did track and field. I did okay at those sports cheering on Fairbairn through their televibut they weren’t for me. I just had to find sion screens as he slid down the Sochi track. that thing that clicked with who I am and Although Fairbairn expressed how lucky he was to have Scarlett as a training facility, then keep working hard at it. FEVER: What advice do you have for any- the school is equally lucky to have had an Olympic athlete wandering the halls. Both one who aspires to be an Olympic athlete? Fairbairn: [Exactly what I was saying be- Fairbairn and Cousins deserve huge amounts fore:] Don’t be afraid to try new things, and of praise for their accomplishments, and the set goals, and work hard and deliberately FEVER wishes Fairbairn luck in all his futowards them. When I was in high school I ture endeavors.
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