Issue #2: Phobias
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Volume 16, Issue 2October, 2011
1102 Wildcat Ave.Fruita, CO 81521
Fruita Monument High School
Entering into the Depths of your Greatest Fears
InsideFinding Bigfoot pg. 6
Extreme Ironing pg. 14
Creative Costumes pg. 18
Editor in Chief and Business: Matt Scofield. Features: Hannah So-derburg. Commentary: Kaitlin Lewis. Sports: Laren Cyphers. News: Tucker Blake. A&E: Jennifer Robinson. Photo: Cicely Kohler. Reporters: Spencer Fair, Rachel Bigum, Chuck Bisbee, Erika Gardner, Courtney Kreidler, Ryan Laase, Amy Lindbo, Brianna Pollock, Alyssa Urban, Madi Wittman, and Taylor ScofieldStaff Adviser: Trent Wuster Trent.Wuster@d51schools.org
News Pg. #3U.S. Debt on the RiseObama raises the debt ceiling along with Americans eyebrows
Confederacy Hate or Heritage147 Years later...the Civil War rages on
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A&E Pg. #5No Longer Gaga for GagaGagas spotlight of talent dims
The Lion King 3D Roaring Into Number 1Simba, in your living room
One Coffee a Day Keeps the Doctor AwayCoffee is the new apple
Features Pg. #6Finding BigfootBigfoot in Mesa County?
Bringing Magic to the MassesThe Wicken religion at FMHS
Commentary Pg. #18
Hell on WheelsTough life for the FMHS handicapped
Facebooking...While FacebookingUpdates that continue to upset FBs users
Hauntingly Creative CostumesNot your typical witch on a broom
Getting BoardThe satisfaction of a well pressed shirt
Sports Pg. #14
A special thanks to Tiegan Corgatelli for being a part of the cover shoot. Im not afraid of anything...except bears, said Corgatelli as he attempted to give a scared expression for the camera in a Fruita cornfield.
The Harvest moon rises over Colorado as darkness begins to stretch its long shadows over the Grand Valley. This Halloween, a quarter moon is expected.
Many students are getting tired of this type of language in the halls.
Maybe youre running late to class on your way back from lunch, and just as the late bell rings, you drop an F-Bomb in frustra-tion. Maybe your car breaks down on the way home from school, or your friend tells you a lewd joke. Any of these situations could evoke streams of profanity. In a recent poll taken at FMHS, about one hundred students were asked questions involving their opinion on matters of cussing and slander. Phrases such as thats so gay and youre retarded are commonly exchanged throughout the halls. But do people really under-stand the seriousness of their slur? When given the question, Are you ever offended by racial, gay, or lesbian slurs? 55% of stu-dents answered no, with 26% voting yes, while the remaining 19% said sometimes. In a PSA starring actress Hillary Duff, she takes a stand against the ever present thats so gay phrase and firmly tells viewers
The city of Grand Junc-tion, Colorado has recently improved one of its most popular attractions, changing its name from Mesa State College to CMU, Colo-rado Mesa University. After becoming a Uni-versity, a lot has been done in and around the campus. New classes and clubs have been formed and dorms continue to be built, one after another. The schools logo, web-site, email addresses, school supplies, signs, and letterhead will all be changed. When asked what some of the benefits that the name change offered stu-dents, Lorisa Miller, CMU Fresh-man, says, New shirts and with a new designs that we can wear to games. Other than that, there is re-ally nothing. Since the name change, which cost the school nearly $400,000, tuition has gone up nearly 5%, but the school continues to increase in population, bringing people in from a variety of places. I feel like more people come from out of state rather than local. Ive met kids from all over the country and none from
here actually. Just on my floor of the dorm there are five people from Hawaii, said Miller. When a high school student is looking into their future, universities tend to attract more students than state colleges do, with more classes, peers, work and the simple fact of being a university. I guess you could say it
changed my perspective. Campus is getting big-ger and I have met kids coming from all over the place. CMU just sounds like a more put together and formal school, said Brandon Malloy, CMU Freshman.
Many opinions have been formed on the new name, if it has been a good improvement or if it was necessary at all. I love the name. Its better than Mesa State, thats for sure, said Peyton Whalen, Junior at FMHS. Mesa has always brought in people from other places, but according to students and statistics, CMU is the new and improved attraction replacing Mesa State College on Colorado maps, bringing in about $317 million into Grand Junction each year.
3The Catalyst October 2011
Virtually all people will swear, or swear consistently, throughout their life-time.
GJs New AttractionBy Charity Spall, Reporter
Explicitly SpeakingBy Erika Gardner, Reporter
Picture couretsy of MCT Campus
to knock it off. Comments posted on the controversial commercials Youtube channel have sparked heated debates, with statements by viewers that read: When you run your mouth off in public and risk offending someone for absolutely
no reason, that's idiotic, and even i h8 gays, so therefore when i say thats so gay i want to offend gay people!!!!! Even though some foul terms can be taken as offensive, 57 % of teens agree that they use them as what they see as harmless jokes among friends. And although it may be a joke, 40% thought it was just
sometimes okay to cuss at and/or with peers, while 26% voted yes. However, a mere 15% found it ac-ceptable to cuss at and/or with their parents. Being in high school, not only students bear the brunt of vulgarity. Teachers are frequently bombarded with profanity. Even our librarian, Mrs. Carlson, knows the difference between hall language
Its better than Mesa State, thats for sure.
and classroom language. Luckily I dont hear a lot of it in here, but I notice a huge dif-ference in the hallway. I think most students know its not appropriate. But what hap-pens when youre not face to face with peers or adults, and your foul language explodes over a text message or leaks onto Facebook and other social networking sites? Only 13% confessed to using slan-derous fighting words over the internet, while 20% admitted doing this sometimes. Its so pathetic seeing that stuff on Facebook, said Jordan VanderMay, junior. I think that if you have a problem with someone or something, do it in person. Face-book doesnt solve anything! That being said, using pro-fanity to fit in was obviously not the case, as 58% of students responded. Cussing can bring you more than just a laugh or cause a fight. It can also hurt feelings. Over 50% of the students surveyed
marked that they had been upset by an offensive name or slur at some point in time, whether it had been meant as a joke or meant as a derogatory. So why is it that we still choose to swear? In a recent psychological study by Timothy Jay, Ph.D., he explains that swearing is like using the horn on your car, which can be used to signify a number of emo-tions like anger, frustration, joy, surprise. When I cuss, its pretty
much just to enhance what Im trying to say, said Louis Morales, senior. It gets the emotion across better. Jays studies have also shown that virtually all people will swear, or swear consistently, throughout their lifetime. Ap-proximately 1.5% of our day to day speech may contain swear words. Profanity is a prevalent in high school, and whether you cuss or not, youre bound to end up hear-ing it somehow.
Video Guidelines Change
Recently, the District 51 Board of Education has decided to review the digital media and video use policy in a classroom environ-ment. The relevance, age appropri-ateness, and parental permission are all part of the topics that are being evaluated. Various debates have come up in the past few weeks concerning the guidelines new changes, one of them involving the 13-15 year old age group. In the edited policy, it is stated that PG-13 movies will never be shown to this age group, even with a parental permission form. Multiple groups of people find this to be contradictory towards general video rules even outside of school. When I first heard about this change I felt really confused on why we cant watch PG-13 in school anymore, s