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.

Boys soccer team gaining momentum

Senior defender Ross Regan

Senior defender Ross Regan

By Thomas Heye, staff writer  

After the boy’s soccer team made the state tournament last year, many thought that they reached a pinnacle in their success, because of losing their strong core of talented seniors. However, the team this year is looking stronger than ever.

“Last year we definitely had an abundance of talent,” junior Nick Chafin said. “This year though, we have are a much closer-knit group”.

The team this year features a lot of returning players, who have played with each other throughout their years at central. Chafin is part of a group of now juniors that includes: Brenden Huie, and Ian Kim. These three juniors have been playing together on Varsity since their freshmen year.

“Last year we were less of a team, and more of a collection of different groups,” Huie said.

This year also features a new coach, Doug Stavey. Stavey has experience with girls coaching; this is his first to coach boys.

“Coach Stavey is a lot different than Coach Stalfer,” senior Ross Regan said. “Stalfer was a volunteer, and Coach Stavey is a lot more passionate about the game.”

Stavey is excited and optimistic about the upcoming season, and is pleased with the recent win over Searcy 2-1 with Huie and Kim scoring goals. This was their first conference game, and conference standings is very important if they hope to make the State Tournament again this year.

“I believe that we are very talented this year, and that the good chemistry, and excellent play away from the ball will lend itself,” Stavey said.

Another new addition this year, was the implementing of two soccer team managers: Seniors Scout Snowden, and John Gillenwater.

“Basically, we go to all the games and practices, and help them set up everything. I occasionally help out with drills, and I just make sure the boys are taken care of,” Snowden said.

“The managers have been essential to the team this year, whether they are setting up cones for practices, helping the boys stretch before a game, or cheering for them at every game, even the ones far from home,” Stavey said.

Regardless of the losses the boys Soccer Team experienced this past year, they are looking better than ever. With good team chemistry, an abundance of talent, a new coach and managers, and strong conference play, they have their eyes set on the State Tournament in May.

 

 

Coach Williams treats students to NBA Game

 Freshmen Malik Allen, Jordan Lewis, Zackary McIntosh enjoy the NBA game in Memphis, courtesy of coach Stan WIlliams

Freshmen Malik Allen, Jordan Lewis, Zackary McIntosh enjoy the NBA game in Memphis, courtesy of coach Stan WIlliams.

By sophomore Anna Norman, Staff Writer

Doing well in class + Generous teacher = NBA Basketball Game?

Although this equation is odd, it all added up for freshmen Malik Allen, Zackary McIntosh, and Jordan Lewis, thanks to their teacher, Coach Stan Williams.

Williams said he would often hear the boys in his class talking about sports, and more specifically, basketball, and their favorite teams, which included the Houston Rockets.

“[I decided] this is going to be an incentive,” Williams said.

He encouraged all of his students to do their best, and then chose four of his top performers to go on an unusual field trip with him.

He told the boys about a trip to Memphis and asked them if they would be interested in going there to see the Houston Rockets play, and three of the boys said yes.

Although a trip like this can be expensive, especially with the price of the tickets, Williams didn’t let that stop him.  He required only that the boys get signed permission forms.

“We made it happen,” Williams said.

On February 25, the four of them headed up to Memphis to see the Houston Rockets vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, but their fun didn’t start at the arena.

First, Williams took them to the famous barbeque restaurant, “Rendezvous,” located right across from the Peabody Hotel, where each one of them enjoyed half a rack of ribs.

“It was good because he took us out to dinner.  The food was good also,” Malik said.

After their delicious meal, they headed over to the arena early, so they could see the players warm up on the court.  Their seats were right by the locker room, so they were close to all the action.

James Harding and Jeremy Lin even signed autographs for them.   Of course, they also took pictures with the cheerleaders.  All of the boys thoroughly enjoyed the game.  Zack said that it was a great experience for him, and one he’ll never forget.

“It was my first ever NBA game,” he said. “I got to hang out with friends and see people I never thought I’d see in my life.”

Malik was also amazed at the things he learned from seeing all the players in real life.

“I didn’t expect the players to be so big because they look so small on television,” Malik said.

This wasn’t the first time Williams has taken a trip like this.  He used to take his sports teams to various NFL  games as a prize when he was a coach at Pulaski Heights Middle School, where his teams never had a losing season.

This was a trip which came with a lot of gifts for the students, all thanks to Williams.

“It was my treat,” he said.

 

 

 

“Twitch” phenomenon takes internet by storm

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By Jackson Floyd, staff writer

Imagine over seventy-thousand people trying to control the same video game. How hard could it be?

The idea isn’t as farfetched as one may think. Beginning February 13, a live streaming channel on Twitch TV (a video streaming service similar to YouTube) titled “Twitch Plays Pokemon” amassed over 31 million views in less than a week. The stream was created by an anonymous Australian programmer for the purpose of conducting a social experiment.

The stream features an online ROM version of Nintendo’s 1996 game Pokemon Red. With the idea of observing how thousands of players reacted when handed the controls to a single player game, the creator designed the stream so that standard GameBoy commands (up, down, left, right, a, b, start) could be entered in the viewer chat and applied directly to the game. The on-screen avatar (the controllable character) responds to each command, although some commands are lost in processing. The stream began with little to no viewers, but the audience expanded vastly thanks to social networks such as Reddit and Tumblr.

The TPP “Story”

Due to the large number of commands that the IRC bot must process while playing the game, the avatar reacts unpredictably, often moving downwards when it should be moving up. This makes tasks that would take only seconds for a single player incredibly arduous. Clashing opinions on how to play the game correctly have caused controversy among the viewers and hindered progress on multiple occasions. A number of accidents have also occurred as a result of this, such as releasing a crucial Pokemon team member or taking the wrong step in a maze.

Out of the numerous strange occurrences while playing, a narrative of sorts, driven mostly by fans, arose mid-game. The viewers making an effort to control “Red” (the avatar, named after the game’s subtitle) often refer to themselves as the “hive mind” in a collective effort to play the game to its completion. They often affectionately nickname members of their Pokemon party as they progress. For example, they nicknamed their starting Pokemon “Abby” (its game-registered nickname being “ABBBBBBBK”), another “Jay Leno,” “Cabbage,” “DUX,” and many others.

One notable element of the the TPP “narrative” is the fan’s fixation on an in-game item called the Helix Fossil. Normally in Pokemon Red, the player comes to a point in the game where they must choose between one of two artifacts: the Helix Fossil and the Dome Fossil, and will later find a machine with the ability to revive the fossils as living creatures. In this instance, players chose the Helix Fossil to store in their inventory. During gameplay, players would often accidentally open the “Items” menu and select the fossil from the list, only to find that it couldn’t be used in the given situation. Many inside jokes have spawned from this constant mistake. The Helix Fossil is often seen as a “crystal-ball” that Red must consult whenever he is in need of guidance. This caused fans to often use the phrase “USE HELIX” when in need of dire assistance.

Around the 5-day mark, the stream’s creator temporarily took it down and reopened it later with a new game mechanic in place called “Anarchy Vs. Democracy.” Now in the stream’s sidebar, a meter gravitated to one of two sides depending on the number of votes Anarchy or Democracy received. In Anarchy mode, the game played as it always had, every command in the chat being registered by the game. In Democracy mode, a poll would be held every ten seconds and the most popular input command would be executed by the game (this also allowed for inputting multiples of the same command, for example left2 or left5). Whichever system received 75 percent of viewer votes would be instituted until the opposite side gained the majority. Although unpopular among a wide majority of viewers, the Democracy system has often been used to escape difficult situations through group collaboration.

The Final Stretch

As of late February, the stream has received tremendous amounts of attention from both dedicated players and people who simply wish to see what all the fuss is about. It has received attention from multiple news networks as well as Nintendo of America. Nintendo owns the intellectual rights to Pokemon Red and retains the ability to have the stream taken down (considering that the ROM file of the game used in the stream is pirated), but has spoken to its creator and opted to keep it going in hopes of making a future profit.

Players continued to defeat opponent after opponent while playing. Some were taken down simply by luck and repeated button pressing, others by group strategies formulated in threads on Reddit. Progress was tracked through a public google document, showing the current status of the team’s Pokemon, as well as a list of Pokemon released, in-game money, and gym badges earned. While the players cleared a number of hurdles, they also fell into several pitfalls along the way. They managed to capture Zapdos, one of the game’s most difficult wild Pokemon to take on. The same day, they accidentally released 11 Pokemon from the PC storage system.

New Beginnings

As of 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds, the game’s final boss was defeated after 17 attempts, officially clearing the game. There was much rejoicing among the fans and the stream ended with a screen reading “THE END” and “A new adventure will begin in: 24:00:00.” A day later, the stream began anew with a fresh game of Pokemon Crystal Version, released in 2001 and the sixth installment in the Pokemon series.

The stream’s creator has yet to make a statement as to whether or not they consider their experiment a success. But the fans have already begun playing Crystal, many of whom are eager to see what happens in the stream’s future. With Anarchy and Democracy on their side, they just may prevail again.

Black History Month program wows Central

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Spoken word poet Kristian Stephens

By Erin Phelan, staff writer

Photo by Stephanie Menhart 

From empowering, original poem’s by students, to audience engaging dance routines and songs, Central’s annual Black History Month program taught students about the importance of being aware of Black History Month, while also creating a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

On Tuesday, February 25, co-directors, Kim Dade and Melanie Williams, along with other Central students and adults, volunteered their time to present a program that never had a dull moment. The fabulous singing of The Negro National Anthem by freshmen Sadie Jones kicked off the presentation making the audience hopeful of everything to come. For the next 5 minutes after that, Dade answered some Frequently Asked Questions about Black History Month, such as “Who started the African American history celebration?” and “Why was February chosen as Black History Month?” Since we have a Black History Month program every year, many students already know a few facts about the celebration, but it was good that the organizers took a few minutes to inform those who don’t.

After a few poems which made up a segment entitled “Flash Stories” from juniors Rachana Kombathula and Malik Marshall with sophomore Ronak Patel, who are members of Central’s Memory Project, three men took the stage to perform a spoken word poem titled “I am Africa.” Leron McAdoo, Marquese McFerguson, and Chris James are members of the organization Foreign Tongues, a poetry group founded in Little Rock. Taking the audience through a journey of hardships and obstacles to ultimately achieve self-empowerment, this performance captivated and entertained all of the students who cheered loudly at the poem’s conclusion. Although this poem did have a serious tone, parts of it were funny and made the audience laugh, which is an important factor to keeping Central’s students interested in an assembly.

Next, McFerguson performed an incredible, original poem about Bob Marley, and after a performance by the Central High Steppers, three girls recited poems as part of a segment entitled “Black Girls Rock.”

“My favorite parts were the ‘Flash Stories’ and ‘Black Girls Rock.’ That gave us something to identify with in the present,” Dade said.

A final poem written by Daniel Beaty and performed by junior Malik Marshall, wrapped up the poetry part of the program. Williams, a co-director of the program, wrote a play “The Reason Why,” which was performed by a number of students. The different scenes in the play depicted different times of history, with dance moves and music from those times being demonstrated and played. From Soul Train to TLC, the musical group, the audience really enjoyed this short play, and some even danced to the music along with the dancers on stage.

“It’s nice being involved in the various programs and getting to watch them grow from the start onto great shows. I also like to contribute in whatever way I can,” junior Jolli Khoo, who created the PowerPoint that was front and center for the entire presentation, said.

The assembly ended with students walking on stage dressed in traditional outfits from the countries they represent, bringing attention to the many different cultures that Central students come from. This program was a great way to bring awareness of Black History Month to the student body of Central in a creative way that kept the audience’s attention from start to finish.

Freshman shows off piano skills

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 By Emma Allen, school news editor 

Have you ever thought about learning to play a musical instrument? Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to know how to read music.

Freshman Mallory Baker knows a thing or two about music. She has been playing piano for about eight years now and is an accomplished musician. Mallory also plays the violin, guitar, and ukulele. Not only can she play, she even composes her own music.

“I like to write my own music; it’s usually kind of personal,” Mallory said.

She started picking out notes and playing by ear, so her parents decided piano lessons were a good idea. Eight years later, she is still enjoying it. Mallory plans to continue playing in the future. Although she is not sure if piano will be the instrument she sticks with, she definitely plans to do some type of music in the future. She has some advice for anyone looking to start playing an instrument.

“Give it time, and just have fun and enjoy it. Don’t worry if you’re not too great at it,” Mallory said.

Daily Bulletin

Mar
17
12:00 pm

Student Council elections are coming up. If you are interested in representing your class, you may pick up an application from Mr. Hairston in Room 314.

LRCH Book Club will meet TODAY (Monday) during both lunches. New books and green treats! Hope to see you there! Project-Town & GSA ~ There will be a joint Project-Town and GSA meeting TODAY (Monday) at 3:50 pm in Room 248.

We will work on a presentation for the next faculty meeting.

LRCH Gifted & Talented program members ~ looking for some intellectual stimulation? Then don’t forget the GT lunch seminar TODAY (Monday) during both lunches. 1st lunch will meet in Room 311; 2nd lunch in Room 314. Be there or be square!

ACT Test ~ 11th graders ~ We will give the ACT to all 11th grade students Tuesday, March 18. PLEASE BRING YOUR CALCULATOR WITH FRESH BATTERIES….YOU WILL NEED IT.

The Labyrinth Magazine is now taking submissions for the 2014 edition! Please submit all poetry, prose, art, spoken word, or original music to thelabyrinthmagazine@gmail.com See Mr. Foster in 247B for information. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 20.

Central High School Senior Art Show will be exhibited at Community Bakery, located at 1200 Main Street, from Monday, April 7 – Saturday, May 3. An Opening Reception is planned for students, parents, and the community on Monday, April 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Volleyball Tryouts for the 2014 Volleyball Team will be Friday, April 11. Pick up paperwork in the Main Office or from Coach Mitsunaga in the Gym. All paperwork is due by Wed., April 9. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Ralph Vines, II Public Speaking Contest. Students are asked to write original speeches over a variety of subjects listed in application. Applications are due April 11, 2014. Pick up an application in the guidance office. Competition will be held Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The House STEM application challenge is a nationwide event that allows students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software applications or App for a mobile, tablet or computer device on a platform of their choice. Participants must create an account on www.challengepost.com. by April 30, 2014.

Summer Programs ~ students, please see Ms. Langston in the Guidance Office for information about the following summer programs: 2014 Summer Scholar Program at the University of Notre Dame Architecture Discovery Program at Washington University in St. Louis

Summer Study Abroad programs to England, Spain and France Bezos Scholars Program – Aspen Colorado Bronfman Fellowships to Israel for Jewish Students UAMS Summer Pharmacy Camp

PAVE Engineering Program at Vanderbilt University AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts National Audition Tour Yale Young Global Scholars Program

Camp Aldersgate is now accepting volunteer counselor applications for our summer Med and Kota Camps. Youth volunteer ages are14 and older. They generally volunteer for one to three weeks. Online applications are available at www.camaldersgate.net. Submit applications by April 11, 2014.

Centenary College is offering High School Leadership Academy July 14-19, 2014. The Purpose of the Academy is to engage student-leaders in hand-on learning and experience of leadership. Apply at centenary.edu/hsla. A non-refundable fee does apply. All High school students may apply.

Tiger Health Tip ~ Try to shop for groceries when you are NOT hungry.Mississippi State University, The School of Architecture within the College of Architecture, Art and Design is offering an eight day summer workshop. Interested students should see Ms. Langston in the Guidance Office.

Juniors ~ Bucknell University is offering a week-long summer program entitled Shaping Your World: Social Media in the 21st Century. Interested juniors who would like more information should see Ms. Langston in the Guidance Office.

Speed Reading ~ The University of Arkansas/ UAMS is offering a summer program for students 9-12 who would like to transform their reading skills by learning speed reading techniques. Please see Ms. Langston in the guidance office for more information.