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Group members slacking off

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Kylie McAllister [Co-executieve Yearbook Editor] @smileeyyykylie

Working in groups can either be a very helpful or a huge burden. This depends on the members in the group and their work ethic. If a group member does their share of work then it lightens the load on everyone in the group. Leaving all of the work on one person in the group is not fair and can cause stress on the one person.

Depending on the project having one person do most of the work can leave them spending many hours stressing to make it perfect. If everyone in the group just split the workload it would make it easier on that one person. Also, if only one person does the work and everyone gets the grade it simply isn’t fair. Why can one group member can just slack off during class and talk to their friends and have no part in doing the work for the project, but still get the same grade? If one group member spends hours making up the work that the other group members didn’t do, the group can normally get a pretty good grade. But that one group member that didn’t do anything does not deserve the same grade as the one who did all of the work. The worst part is, is that the teacher normally gives the all of the group members the same grade regardless of how much work they put in to it.

Everyone should contribute as much as they can do their group’s project. Leaving one group member to do all of the work is unfair and very stressful on that one person. The slacker in the group is really only cheating themselves because they aren’t learning the material that they need to know.

Eli Matthess, Ryan Anderson, and Jacob Deeter, all ‘16, work together in the library.

Eli Matthess, Ryan Anderson, and Jacob Deeter, all ‘16, work together in the library.

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Striving to score

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Alex Coleman [Ads Editor] @AlexColeman831

She runs down the field, chasing after her opponent who is in possession of the ball. Her teammates are around her, shouting at each other from all around. Her cleats dig into the grass, her legs carrying her as fast as she can manage towards her competitor. She reaches her and steals the ball from underneath her, completely changing her direction and heading towards the other end of the field. The ball gets stolen from her not long later. This is the vicious cycle of a soccer game. The one tonight against Linn Mar will be no exception.

Jade Carter, sophomore, will be playing right and center midfielder at the girls game against Linn Mar tonight. She’s confident that even though the stereo type o Linn Mar is that they’re really good, that her team can come out on top. “I’m pretty scared because they’re really good, but we’re pretty good too. I think it’ll be a pretty even game, and hopefully we can come out on top,” said Carter. Jade knows a few people on the Linn Mar team and is looking forward to seeing them this evening. “I know people there, and it’s really fun that way because then you get to see people you haven’t seen in a while,” Carte commented.

Linn Mar is known for often beating almost anyone and everyone, at everything; Jade, however, knows her team has a few tricks up their sleeves. “We have a really strong offense,” Carter explained. But every strength has a corresponding weakness. “Communication is our biggest weakness, people will be wide open and no one will know. We’re working on that a lot during practices,” said Carter.

After hours of practice, sweat shed over preparation, and every blister and callus earned along the way, Linn Mar is going to have their hands full trying to keep up with our girls. Hopefully, the Marion girls will bring home a win.

Jade Carter, Sophmore

Jade Carter, Sophmore

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Ready to play

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Becca Hall [Online Editor] @chewwbecccaa

He has been practicing all season, striving to win every match and every meet, working his hardest in order to help his team have the best season possible. Caleb Scott, junior, plays number two for singles and number one for doubles on the boys varsity tennis team. He is excited for the home meet tonight starting at 4:00 against Maquoketa.

“I think this meet will go pretty well. I mean, we’ve beat Maquoketa a couple of times before so I think with our team we should be fine.” said Scott. They have put in a lot of hard work as a team and he is confident in his team.

This year the boys tennis team had a different obstacle to deal with than normal, but they turned it into a positive for the team. “We have a lot of new freshman so we have been teaching the freshman a lot of new stuff.” explains Scott. The older team members have put much time and energy into helping some of the newer players gain experience and confidence during tennis.

Scott has big expectations for this meet. “I just want to win the meet. Play as hard we can and just do our best.” As for his personal goals of this meet he wants to “win my singles match for sure and probably win my doubles match with who ever my partner is. I just want to get better individually.”

Caleb Scott is ready to play his hardest and achieve his goals.

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Reality of the closet

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Uriah Lekin [Staff Writer] @Uriah_theChamp

Five years ago today in the halls of Franklin middle school one bright, young man decided to no longer hide from his peers and take off the fake skin he had been wearing. Three of his best friends were told and unknown to him his secret crush and hidden identity was spilled across the school, Facebook pages, and text messages while he sat at home thinking he had made the right choice. The next day he walked into school with an eerie feeling consuming his body and as he entered his home room he was stopped by an unlikely person who said, “So I hear you like so-and-so.”

Most straight people will never understand the feeling of coming out and the insanity of emotions it brings along with. Why is it that people who are gay have to come out? Why are they labeled as gay, homosexual, or fag? Why aren’t straight people labeled as heterosexual or breeders? Why is it that when someone refers to the straight guy down the hall they call him by his name and not his sexuality? Maybe it’s the times or the way our society thinks and works, but it needs to end. The embodiment known as the “Closet” needs to be thrown into the garbage like the bathroom signs of the 50’s saying “White Only! No colors allowed”. It’s a saying that no longer should be used. People may think it’s just the way society identifies someone, but why? When a straight person likes a girl they aren’t immediately consumed with the sayings from their peers about how they now are out and like girls. They aren’t shoved against lockers or have to mentally prepare themselves for the daily torments of their classmates while they are getting dressed in the morning.

Some may say the closet is just a way homosexuals come out and show the world they are not afraid. Some may say it is just the way it is, or even that it’s the only way, but is it really? As a society many people need to change the way they think of someone coming out or how they label them, because at the end of the day everyone is a person with their own name- not a label like clothing.

Photo taken by Quinn Dombrowski on flickr.com

Photo taken by Quinn Dombrowski on flickr.com

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Testing perks

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: DeLaney Fisher [staff writer] @DeLaney__Fisher

It’s a week dreaded by almost all of high schoolers, statewide. Two hours filled with grueling standardized tests. It’s Iowa Assessments.

As soon as Iowa Assessments are mentioned most students recoil in disgust, but the tests often come with perks. Schedules are pushed back by two hours, snacks are supplied, and they don’t even affect grades or GPA. So, really what’s the harm?

The first test takes around 40 minutes then there is a break, and snacks. A lot of teachers bring an assortment of treats for students to enjoy after completing the first exam. It’s a yummy way to fuel their brain for the next bout. Sure the snack break is followed by another long, drawn out test, but all the time spent on the tests is less time spent in regular classes. That means less learning, and sometimes even less homework. Who would pass up an opportunity to get out of classes?!

Along with the tests came shorter classes. Another bonus! On top of that, and early out in the middle of the week. Having Iowa Assessments actually helped break up the quarter since there haven’t been an early outs due to heat, or late starts due to cold temperatures. They’ve made the week feel shorter and easier to get through.

All in all the Iowa Assessments have been a good thing this year. Substituting a couple of tests per day for snacks, missing some school, breaking up the quarter, and making the week feel shorter is a great deal.

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Dirty dancing: why grinding should stop

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Alex Coleman [Ads Editor] @AlexColeman831

Inside the gym on Saturday April 5th, a large group of students were gathered for a memorable evening. That’s right, prom. The girls were dressed to the nines, the dresses ranging from pink princess gowns to lavender mermaid dresses; the guys managed to look quite dapper in either black, white, or grey tuxedos. Amidst all of the fancy shoes and elaborate hair styles, something far less classy was taking place. It happens at every single school dance, and it’s something that everyone seems to continue talking about: grinding.

While grinding may be a safe, fun way to release sexual urges, it is far from sophisticated. Most high school students would disagree with that statement, claiming that grinding is simply dancing. However, other students would argue that one individual grinding their butt into another persons groin is not dancing.

At some other schools in the Marion/Cedar Rapids area, the students are not allowed to grind at dances. Some MHS students have been to other school’s dances where grinding is not allowed would say that they had more fun because they can actually dance. There’s nothing wrong with moving your hips or dancing with someone, but really, what is appealing about bouncing from left to right for three hours? Why is grinding a right of passage in the high school experience?

Students should be encouraged to actually dance at occasions such as Prom, since that is what the point of dances are anyway; students who opt out of the sweaty, gyrating movements and decide to do their own thing and have a good time should not be deemed the weird ones. Compare the two; a couple pressed front to back bouncing back and forth as if on a surfboard, or a group of friends dancing it out. Which one really seems ‘normal’? Although grinding may be the thing to do at high school dances, a breath of space in between bodies may not only make students actually dance, but make the night less uncomfortable and more enjoyable for others.

Students at Marion's 2014 prom grind all night.

Students at Marion’s 2014 prom grind all night.

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Stop stereotypes

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Savannah Guyer [Activities editor] @savannahmguyer

People have the tendency to judge things based upon their looks. Books, shoes, and even animals aren’t given the fair chance due to the trait that is seemingly hardwired into human nature. With a little more kindness and effort, people would be surprised to find what lurks behind appearances. So picking an inanimate object for it’s good looks isn’t the biggest problem, and choosing a pet that looks the greatest strolling down the sidewalk is a little shallow, there’s really no harm from it. The issue starts when people begin to judge others based on their appearance, and more specifically, their race.

See, humans are like M&Ms. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and  there’s always that one person who refuses to eat the green one because it “tastes different”. Umm, what? M&Ms are all the same on the inside and even on the outside. The only difference is the coloring of the outer shell, which, believe it or not, does not affect the way it hits the taste buds. How is it fair that out of a whole packet of the chocolate drops, there’s 16 M&Ms forced to exile? Shouldn’t every M&M have the right to be chewed and digested since they were all created equally? Yes, they should.

Just like people of all different ethnicities should have equal opportunities to jobs, schools, and overall healthy environments. Even though legal barriers have been broken down for the most part, the customs are a little hard to change. Black peoples are still two times more likely to be unemployed than white people. Latino people are more likely to go to high poverty schools than caucasians or asians. Minority children are more prone to be exposed to tobacco, alcohol and drug distribution. These things are true because of the judgemental mindset people have and stereotypes humans believe.

Why are minorities in America a problem? It’s not the ethnic group’s fault that other majority and minority races make conclusions on them based on a whole. There’s lazy, unintelligent, and rude people available in every color. To tag a huge group of people as this or that adjective is ignorant because not everyone of that racial background is the same. In fact, every single person has something that makes them different from everyone else.

Maybe the story underneath the barf-colored book cover holds one of the best life messages ever, or those canary-yellow clogs are actually very comfortable and go great with the poncho that has been sitting in the back of the closet for 60 years, and even maybe that ankle biter with the slightly lopsided face is the most superior cuddler. People will never know what things and others can do for them until they put aside the preconceived ideas of ethnicities shoved onto them by society. A M&M is a good piece of chocolate that tastes the same no matter the color, and humans feel, breathe, and think no matter the tint of their skin. People who make decisions on others based on the color of their skin are not only being unfair to that person, but they’re cheating themselves.

Drawing by Savannah Guyer

Drawing by Savannah Guyer

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Critical choices

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Becca Hall [Executive online editor] @ChewwBecccaa

Good or bad, everyone makes choices. These decisions are what makes a person into who they are and can affect what other people think of them. Everyones day starts and ends with a choice with many decisions in between. Often people are judged on their choices, which is fine when their choices affect those around them, but it is completely ridiculous to judge or even get mad at someone over a choice they made that has nothing to do with them.

Just as everyone makes choices, everyone is entitled to make their own choices, and with that their own mistakes. Choices-right or wrong- are what humans learn from. If a choice is good, they will be rewarded and most likely make the decision again, but if a choice is bad they will have to suffer the consequences and try a different solution the next time. This is how humanity works and has worked for thousands of years.

The only acceptable time to judge someone on their choices is when a) it affects others or b) the person continues to make the same mistake. At this point someone should approach this person and address the issue, explaining why their mistakes are concerning and offer other options. Only after these steps have been taken is it acceptable to judge another person for their choices.

Most often people don’t intend to make decisions that will negatively affect themselves or others. If the decision the person made is a mistake, they will have to deal with the consequences and don’t need other people to judge or get angry at them because of it, especially when the choice didn’t have any affect on others. As humans making choices- even if they are mistakes- is a natural thing.

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Shivering in shorts

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Haley Shaffer [Co-executive newspaper editor] @shafferdaffer

It’s that time of year again when people begin to plant their flowers, put away their winter boots, and enjoy the warm weather. Well at least it’s supposed to be.

Iowa has had a long, cruel winter full of snow and freezing temperatures. And while most people are ready to forget the cold weather and bring on the spring, Mother Nature disagrees.

Although it’s almost April, the weather has not been showing it. However, this past weekend, the temp reached a staggering 63 degrees. While that’s warm for what Iowans have been experiencing, it doesn’t mean it’s summer. And of course, today at school, a whole bunch of people show up in shorts and t-shirts. Everyone is in denial that it’s not really as warm as it should be. They want summer so bad that they are lying to themselves about what’s appropriate to wear and what’s not.

While the idea of being able to wear shorts is lovely, it’s quite a rude awakening when someone walks outside and is freezing.

Summer is almost here and students should just persevere until then. They

shouldn’t freeze their bottoms off just so they can create the idea in their heads that it’s warm outside.

A girl wearing shorts and a sweatshirt in the beginning of spring.

A girl wearing shorts and a sweatshirt in the beginning of spring.


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Jazz band blues

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Becca Hall

By: Kylie McAllister [Co-executive yearbook editor] @smileeyyykylie

She wakes up before the sun three times every week, arriving at school early to practice with the jazz band. These mornings can be rough because she often stays up late to do homework and study, but she stays dedicated to the jazz band and shows up to the early morning practices.

Erin Thomason, sophomore, is apart of the MHS jazz band. Tonight is the jazz band’s last performance for the year and she is feeling bittersweet about it. “I’m excited for next year but not too sad about this year getting over because not having to wake up early will be nice,” Thomason said. The performance tonight is taking place in Iowa City and has a different kick than some of their other performances. “Different schools in the corridor get an adult to perform with them for one song. They then record it and all of the schools put their song onto one cd. Tonight’s the concert of all of these songs,” Thomason explained. Thomason likes that she and the rest of the jazz band get to perform with an adult because they get to make connections with other people in the community that have the same interests as them.

Tonight she will walk onto the stage to perform for the last time this year. She knows she created memories with all 18 of her fellow jazz band members, and is looking forward to showing off all of their hard work tonight.

Erin Tho

Erin Thomason, sophomore

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