Clarke Tucker, Dem. state representative candidate speaks to Young Democrats

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Clarke Tucker, Democratic state representative candidate and Tiger Foundation president, spoke with Central’s Young Democrats Monday, June 2. Tucker is running in the 2014 election to represent District 35 in the Arkansas House of Representatives, an election that will determine who holds the majority in the House.

Several civic leaders encouraged Tucker to run for the office, including Governor Mike Beebe.

“When the governor calls you- that’s meaningful for me. I want to support my community and Arkansas in general,” Tucker said.

Senior soccer night gallery

Senior soccer players were honored during Centrals last home game for their four years of dedication and hard work.

Central welcomes Prize-winning authors Joe Formichella and Suzanne Hudson

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Prize-winning authors husband and wife Joe Formichella and Suzanne Hudson visited Central on Friday, March 25, as part of the Arkansas Literacy Festival 2014.

By Lilian Orozco, Staff Writer

 Both authors shared their enthusiasm on writing and their latest works with the book club and other Central students.

 Formichella expressed a good deal of excitement about the production of his new novel Waffle House Rules and his newest collection The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, which is based on the works of 24 authors (including Hudson) and singer-songwriters. The stories are mainly about life in the South.

 “It’s very unique” Formichella said.

            The couple described their writing styles as being completely different from each other; Formichella likes to do a lot of research on the subject of his writings, which are mostly non-fiction. Hudson’s writings are mostly fiction, and self-inspired.

            When asked about his opinion on the new proposed Common Core Curriculum in literature, Formichella said that it would be a “colossal mistake” and that it should be canceled.

            Hudson does not have any future projects in mind at the moment, but Formichella is currently working on his next masterpiece, which will be based on the life of Hudson, his wife. 

Memory Project honored for giving history a voice

MProj teamBy George West, Special to the Tiger

Central’s Memory Project Team poses with National Parks rangers and faculty sponsors wearing T-shirts from Historic Arkansas Museum declaring “We’re giving history a voice!” Central was one of only nine schools nationwide chosen for a special project with the Smithsonian to train students to collect and interpret oral history of Asian American families.  The Memory Project team was honored for “collecting personal stories of civil rights & human rights—and mapping the Road to Change.” In addition to producing five videos from taped interviews, the team edited and performed a Readers Theater with essays from the Memory Project books and this year’s 9th grade Civics classes.

Pictured Above:

Back Row: Jodi Morris, Ronkevious Williams, Ronak Patel, Burhan Sarwar, Scout Snowden, Anya Ali, Ethan Dial, Stephane Lecointe, Brian Schweiger

Mid Row: Robin White, Jazmine Fray, Sally Goldman, Rachel Schaffhauser, Rachael Green, Claire Thompson, Genny Greer, Anusheh Ali

Front Row: George West, Keith Richardson

Rousseau named ASPA Administrator of the Year

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(From left) Pix Photo Editor Sam Herndon, Editor in Cheif Sydney Alman, Principal Nancy Rousseau, Tiger Managing Editor Annie Schexnayder, and Tiger Online Editor Claire Mitchell

By Claire Mitchell, Online Editor
Photo by Stephanie Menhart

Central principal Nancy Rousseau was named Administrator of the Year at the most recent Arkansas Scholastic Press Association conference. Newspaper and yearbook sponsors Carol Holiman and Whitney Leonard wrote letters nominating Rousseau for her outstanding leadership.

Leonard described Rousseau as “perhaps the most supportive and worthy candidate in the state.” Rousseau was not present to accept her award but she expressed her enthusiasm at being awarded the title, saying she was “honored” to have been named the Administrator of the year.

She went on to express her support of Central’s journalism department.

“As a former teacher of English, I am of course supportive of freedom of speech when it comes to our newspaper and yearbook.”

Congratulations from the journalism department, Ms. Rousseau!

BATs battle impending Common Core

By Kelsey Kauffman, School Life Editor

Art by Emma Moore

Art by Emma Moore

Some teachers just aren’t going to take it anymore. They’re fed up with it, and are ready to take a stand. That is, a stand for their classrooms.

Badass Teachers (BATs) is an association for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who are far removed from the classroom (www.badassteacher.org).

Mark Naison, PhD, who worked with co-founder Priscilla Sanstead, founded this group. Naison is Professor of African American studies and History at Fordham University, and Sanstead is an education activist.

Some teachers here at Central are involved with this association. AP English Literature teacher Virginia Wyeth is one of these. 

“BATs is a grass roots group of educators who began to rally for fundamental changes in education, specifically as a backlash against the overtesting of students, and the labeling of American schools as failures, the blaming of teachers, while simultaneously taking away the power of teachers to affect change,” Wyeth said.

 There are 39,000 members nationwide.

“BATs really wants to put power back in the hands of the teachers to make the best decisions for their individual students and to eliminate high stakes testing,” Wyeth said.

BATs are also anti-Common Core. Common Core is a set of standards set at the national level that is supposed to replace the standards that individual states have put into place. It is also attached to a completely new system of high stakes testing.

The federal government has been slowly implementing this new set of standards over the last few years. They started in elementary schools, and Arkansas should be completely integrated into Common Core at the high school level by next year.

“The standards themselves are not the problem, the problem is everything that goes with them,” Wyeth said.

 These problems will increase the number of tests students will have to take. Instead of being tested in just math and literacy, students will be tested in all subjects, including those such as art and music and social studies. Everything will also have to have two tests: a pre-test and a post-test.

Another problem BATs has with Common Core is that it has never been tested to see if it works. It is all very experimental, as the test that goes with it, The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), has not been created yet. PARCC is a consortium of 17 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. It will be available to administer for the 2014-2015 school year (https://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc).

“We are implementing Common Core before it is even solidified,” Wyeth said.

The PARCC test has to be taken on a computer, but Central does not have enough computers for every student. There are many logistical problems with how this will be implemented.

“A lot of the problems that exist in the classroom have to do with people very far away from the classroom making the rules about what goes on in the classroom,” Wyeth said.

Because of this, the teachers who are in the classroom say they have less and less control over what goes on in the classroom.

“One of the main fears is that the decisions are being made too far removed from the classroom, and now we are moving it from the state level to the federal level, which is even further away from the classroom and the individual needs of the student. Our district is doing a good job of implementation and keeping antonomy in the classroom. That is not happening in every district, and I feel very lucky about that,” Wyeth said.

With the implementation of Common Core, AP and pre-AP classes will not see much change. However, regular classes will see a big change.

“As a teacher, I am not sure how I am going to implement high order critical thinking in an English class when I know I have students who have reading deficiencies. How do I do what I’m supposed to do with regards to the requirements set down by Common Core, but still meet my students where they are,” Wyeth said.

BATs are concerned that teachers are not included in major education decisions, even when they are the ones with degrees in teaching.

BATs take part in political actions. For example, in Philadelphia, schools were being closed due to funding being cut. Members of BATs nationwide all helped and called legislators to say that they must fund education. Because of this effort, some of the schools were saved from being closed down.

BATs is full of highly educated people who are connecting with people who are in the classroom and trying to help and making a difference.

            

Tiger staff takes ASPA 2014

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On April 13 and 14 the Tiger staff attended the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association conference in Rogers, Arkansas. The staff walked away with over 31 awards! Below are the list of awards the staff earned with hard work over this past academic year.

On site Competition:

Alex Christie- 1st place
Computer generated design

Annie Schexnayder- 1st place
Computer generated advertising

Samantha Buxbaum-3rd place
Broadcast News Writing

Claire Thompson- 2nd Place
Broadcast News Writing

Emma Allen- 3rd Place
Newspaper Advertising

Emma Moore- 2nd place
Newspaper Cartooning

Channa Childs-2nd place
Newspaper Interviewing & Reporting

Monthly Magazine Show
Honorable Mention: Jurnee Taylor & Klari Farzley

News Story:
Excellent: Walt Peterson

Feature Story:
Excellent: Abigail Mills

Editorial:
Superior: Klari Farzley

Personality Profile:
Superior: Jurnee Taylor

Column:
Superior: Jurnee Taylor

Sports News Story:
Excellent: Pate McCuien

Sports Feature:
Superior: Pate McCuien

Sports Column:
Superior: Chris Heye

News Photograph:
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Menhart

Feature Photograph:
Excellent: Ethan Dial

Sports Photograph:
Honorable Mention: Ethan Dial

Photo Essay:
Honorable Mention: Samantha Buxbaum & Claire Mitchell

Advertisement:
Excellent:Sarah Clark

Editorial Cartoon:
Excellent: Katherine Carter

Informational Graphic:
Excellent: Alex Christie

Review:
Superior: Emma Moore

Service to School and Community:
Excellent: Emma Allen

Special Coverage:
Superior: Kirby Fullerton, Ross Regan & Dwayne Joseph

Multicultural Feature:
Superior: Kirby Fullerton & Abigail Mills

Centerspread Design:
Superior: Alex Christie

Open Page Design:
Superior: Dwayne Joseph & Ross Regan

Sports Page Design:
Excellent: Chris Heye

Online Newspaper Website Design:
Excellent: Claire Mitchell & James Wisener

 

 

Urban Outfitters continues tradition of ‘ticking off’ customers

An Urban Outfitters model wears the most controversial of the shirts, leading to widespread boycotting of UO.

An Urban Outfitters model wears the most controversial of the shirts, leading to widespread boycotting of UO.

By Melissa Joiner, Staff Writer

Ever heard of the popular store Urban Outfitters?

If you’re currently a teenager, you most likely are familiar with the store known for its high prices, cool clothes, and unusual home décor.

However, there is a dark side to this seemingly harmless store: Urban Outfitters (UO) is notorious for selling distasteful and upsetting products marketed to teens and young adults.

2004—Teens in 2014 probably can hardly remember 10 years ago. But it was at this time that Urban Outfitters first began its legacy of selling offensive items. Stores began carrying shirts that read: “Everyone loves a Jewish girl,” with moneybags and dollar signs surrounding the text. Backlash arose throughout the internet, and bloggers began to voice their opinions.

“Depicting shopping as emblematic of Jewishness in the way that shamrocks are emblematic of Irishness, or even beer (which the usual stereotype depicts Germans as drinking for fun, rather than to get drunk) as emblematic of Germanness, strikes me as pretty bad,” one blogger writes. “Urban Outfitters must have the legal right to this, but I think it’s in pretty bad taste for them to exercise this legal right.”

“If you have been in our stores, you’ll notice fun, humor, irony, and irrelevance are not topics foreign to us,” UO president Ted Marlow said in response to the criticism. “That being said, bias, sacrilege, and ridicule were not our intention.”

The tops were yanked from UO stores and online. However, after the removal of the shirts, the company quietly brought them back, though without the monetary graphics the second time around.

Urban Outfitters faded out from large public attention for a few years after that clothing incident, but once again resurfaced in the spotlight six years later. This time, in June 2010, the company was being attacked for featuring a t-shirt online and in stores that simply says: “Eat less.”

In a Huffington Post poll, 64.1 percent of voters determined that the shirt was “tasteless,” while 35.9 percent of people viewed the shirt as “just a t-shirt.”

There was yet again much public outrage to this clothing article: Blogs blew up with loud opinions on whether or not the shirt was decent or not, and many began to boycott UO, refusing to shop at the chain or any of its sister stores (including Free People and Anthropologie), and working to get the top removed.

“I am sickened that anyone, on any board, in your gigantic company would have voted ‘yes’ on such a thing, let alone enough of you to manufacture an item with such a hurtful message,” activist and actress Sophia Bush said in a public letter announcing her boycott against UO.

After such mass repercussion, the shirt was supposedly removed from the store’s website. However, if someone wants the item, the shirt appears as sold out, yet the item’s description and sizing information can still be viewed.

As well as carrying offensive clothing articles, Urban Outfitters is widely known for constantly ripping off independent artists and jewelry-makers on the popular website, Etsy. UO copies many artists’ ideas, claiming them as their own and giving the original artists no credit whatsoever.

In 2009, Urban Outfitters began selling necklaces with small pendants that resemble ribcages. The problem with this? Independent designer Lillian Crowe sells her unique jewelry on Etsy—including a necklace with a small ribcage pendant, one of her own original designs. Crowe began selling her jewelry in 2008, and the Urban Outfitters copy appeared online a year later for a fraction of the price. While it is unknown whether or not UO directly copied Crowe, the company took no action in result to her accusations.

Central students, upon hearing about these events, seem surprised and taken aback. But, many still say that they will continue to shop there.

“It was a bad move on their [UO’s] part, but they do still have good stuff,” sophomore Hayli Gourley said.

In the end, Urban Outfitters comes out as the winner, despite the negative attention. The store has gained popularity through the years, due to being well known for carrying many controversial items. It’s up to you to determine whether or not you want to continue to support a company that continuously copies and insults many groups of people.

 

 

Mylo Coffee Co. brings fresh fare to Little Rock

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The open kitchen at Mylo Coffee Co. Gives customers the opportunity to watch Stephenos Mylonas and his team at work creating artisan pastries and breads.

By Kirby Fullerton, Staff Writer

With coffee and sophisticated pastries already known and loved by farmers market regulars in Little Rock; Mylo Coffee Co. opened their very own brick and mortar bakery at 2715 Kavanauh Blvd. Getting their start selling hand-poured coffee, croissants, and assorted baked goods at the local Hilcrest and Bernice Garden Farmers Markets, Stephenos and Monica Mylonas have clearly invested time in creating an excellent product as well as a public presence.

The exposed brick and crisp white walls create the modernly rustic atmosphere embraced by Hillcrest. The spacious layout is perfect for meditative coffee drinking, serious studying, or eating lunch at a barstool to people watch the happenings of Hilcrest.

Serving their signature freshly ground, hand-poured coffee along with other coffee shop staples, Mylo Coffee Co. is a coffee shop with a major bonus: delicious artisan pastries and bread. In addition to sourcing their flour, dairy, fruits and vegetables locally, Mylo Coffee Co. sells local Loblolly ice cream, Garden Press juice, and Jelly Madness goods. This dream-team combination of fresh and artisan quality products makes the shop stand out from other local coffee shops. Only a week old, Mylo Coffee Co. already seems to be a landmark in the neighborhood. Hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00-9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 7:00-10:00pm, and Sunday 9:00-5:00pm.