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  • Vice Principal Jim Safeelsto Leave South

    Vice Principal Jim Saffeels is slated to retire from Souths administrative team on Dec. 31. He will take the position of Principal at the Salem Acade-my High School imme-diately. Salem Acad-emy is a small, private, Christian school near Lancaster Mall and has about 600 students between grades 7 and 12. Saffeels was asked to apply to the posi-tion when it opened last summer.

    It was not my plan at the begin-ning of this fall to do something like this, Saffeels said. Really to make it work, Id have to retire. Counting the cost on that and talking it over with my wife and fam-ily, it just seemed like this could work.

    According to Saffeels, one of the rea-sons why he is excited to work at Salem Academy is that it offers a smaller, more focused atmosphere for students that gives him the opportunity to get to know students better. He is familiar with the learning environment because all three of his sons have graduated from the school,

    and his wife has taught there for 15 years. Unlike a public school, students are

    going to a private school for a whole host of different things In a big school, its easy to get lost. In a small school, you can be involved in everything, Saffeels said.

    When asked what his fa-vorite part about working at South has been, Saffeels confidently said, The stu-dents. Saffeels went on to explain how especially rewarding it has been to watch students who have had a hard time getting through the obstacles high school can present walk at graduation, well-earned diplomas in hand.

    Thats even better than Christmas, Saffeels said.

    Ultimately, Saffeels has been very happy working with the stu-dents and staff here at South; he is in awe of the wonderful teachers that work here, and has learned a lot from them.

    South is a great place to beI am so thankful and grateful for the past three and a half years.

    According to Saffeels, the Salem-Keizer district is looking for a new Vice Principal to replace him and interviews will be held in early January after winter break.

    ClypianThursday, December 19, 2013 - Volume XL, Issue V South

    Salem High School -1910 Church St. SE Salem, OR 97302

    The signature piece of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, passed in 2010, went into effect on Oct. 1, 2013. The Affordable Care Act is landmark healthcare legislation that aims to increase health coverage and decrease healthcare costs in the United States, and includes insurance reform and increased coverage for low income people and families.

    The most controversial reform was the individual mandate, a requirement that all citizens get health insurance or face a fine. This insurance can be through an em-ployer (or the employer of ones spouse, or parent if the child is under the age of 26), a private insurance companies, or, now, through the federal government.

    Health insurance is, in theory, designed to guarantee that someone can afford health care when they are injured or sick. A person pays a monthly premium, and the insurance provider is supposed to pay for all or most medical expenses when the person requires them. However, President Obama alleges that the system is broken and that health care reform is essential to build a future. Insurance companies pick and choose what they will pay for, deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions and even drop peoples cover-age as soon as they were sick, therefore refusing to provide the product that had already been paid for.

    Since health insurance can be pro-

    hibitively expensive, the Affordable Care Act guarantees that low-income citizens can get less expensive plans that meet minimum guidelines from the federal government or their states government. Applications for these insurance policies were opened on Oct. 1, and the policies will become effective on New Years Day, 2014.

    Critics ridiculed the health care website, which was not efficiently tested and was extremely glitchy, making it hard, if not impossible, for people to sign up. As of Dec. 1, however, the site was considerably more effective.

    Those opposed to Obamacare, such as Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), assert that federal and state insurance will be too expensive for taxpayers and that some previously-covered citizens are losing their insurance.

    This law is taking people and disrupt-ing their lives. Millions of people are getting cancellation notices. Families are seeing their premiums go up, Ryan said at a speech in Iowa.

    However, supporters believe that the Affordable Care Act will actually save money in the long-run. They also say that the policies that people are losing do not, in fact, meet the required minimum guide-lines, and those people can get better and less expensive insurance from the govern-ment.

    The first of the subsidized policies will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

    LAURA THORSETT / Copy Editor

    105 million

    More than 105 million Ameri-cans no longer have lifetime dollar limits on their coverage.

    Health care fraud prevention and enforcement ef-forts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dol-lars in Fiscal Year 2011.

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    Obamacare allows children up to the age of 26 stay on their parents health insur-ance plan.


    JULIE McGOWAN / Reporter

    Photo by HAYLEY EMORY.The Keizer Miracle of Lights show, which takes place in the Gubser neighborhood in Keizer, features homes there are covered in Christmas lights and other holiday decorations.

    I love Christmas, and it is really fun to see all of the lights and decorations, said Angela King 16.

    The whole show takes roughly two hours to go through by car, although walking is an option. All cars are re-quired to drive slower than usual in a residential area, the steady pace allows for enough time to see all of the beauti-

    fully lit homes. My favorite part is seeing all of the

    animal shaped lights, said Tricia Lin 16.The event starts Dec. 6 and is open

    daily until Dec. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. While the event is free, donations of canned and nonperishable foods are en-couraged. All donated food and money will go to the Marion-Polk Food Share. Last year the event gathered 22,533 pounds of food. This year, organizers hope to exceed that amount. Remem-ber that this event is in a residential neighborhood, organizers are asking the community to show respect towards residents and their property.

    Keizer Miracle of LightsCASSIE RAMBEAU / News Editor

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    Many researchers believe that bullying is a big issue in U.S schools. The Oregon Senate recently took up the issue in hopes of stopping bullying and harassment in all schools. In 2012, Senate Bill 1555 was passed, mandating that every school district in Oregon adopt a policy prohibit-ing harassment, bullying and cy-berbullying. The bill also requires school employees to report any observations of such activity. Furthermore, schools must have programs for students and school employees on how to handle a bullying situation.

    The consequences of bullying should depend on the severity, if the person bullying has had a his-

    tory with harassing other people than the consequences should be even more severe, said Zach Cota 15, And if it is a threat to someone else than even more it should be taken very seriously.

    According to the language of the bill, there will be a safe and

    civil environment which is neces-sary for students to learn and achieve high aca-demic standards.

    In Oregon, there is currently

    no criminal penalty for bully-ing, on or off campus, however, schools can implement their own consequences regarding bullying and cyberbullying.

    Crystal Lopez 15 said, I think rules should be enforced more about bullying because it causes students to not focus in school, and it makes them feel like less.

    Senate Bill 1555

    Mandates Anti-Bullying


    PEDRO VIERYA / Reporter

    Salem Speaks Up is an event for all ages planned annually by the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the United Nations Association and the YWCA of Salem designed to give citizens, businesses, educators, commu-nity leaders and government officials of Salem an opportunity to speak up about the concerns they have about Salems community.

    According to a flyer posted on the YWCA, the goal of the event was to suggest possible support systems or changes they [community] would like to see.

    At 7 p.m. on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, nearly 100 people came to listen to 15 individuals and groups at the First United Methodist church present their community-related concerns about vari-ous topics.

    Attendees presented concerns about racism, ageism, homelessness, bully-ing, the death penalty, healthcare, the impact of U.S. nuclear testing, poverty, drivers licenses for immigrants and problems with the re-entry of society for ex-inmates.

    One group that presented their concerns was a small group of students from Leslie Middle School, who spoke about bullying in schools and the impact of social pressure. Members of the Sa-lem Latinos Unidos Siempre Youth Orga-nization, a program encouraging youth to be leaders of social justice within their communities, were also there to repre-sent Salems youth.

    I think having the Leslie students take part was a big plus for the eve-ning, said Rose Lewis, an organizer of the event. It is always our goal to reach young people and provide an opportuni-ty for them to feel included as important members of the community.

    Responses that were received after the event included The varied and important topics were excellent! as well as positive remarks about how wel-coming the room was. There was also requests to keep this going forever! and to let the larger community hear what were trying to do.

    According to Lewis, this year marked the 21st year for the Salem Speaks Up event.

    Catch the recorded event on CCTV in upcoming weeks, and look for the event on the next Human Rights Day, Dec. 10 of 2014.

    Anti-Bullying Message Heard at

    Salem Speaks Up Event

    JULIE McGOWAN / ReporterWith the domestic honey bee production projected to be in its lowest this year, few people realize just how important the honey bees are to the ecosystem and the pollination of food everyone con-sumes. They are the leading pollinators in the world, but the honey bee popu-lation declined by a third in 2012 alone, and the decline is affecting Oregon. In fact, earlier this year in June, 50,000 bees were found dead in a Wilsonville parking lot.

    A probable killer? Home Depot or Lowes. Many of the colony collapses are attributed to pesticides named neonicotinoids that many gardeners use after buying them from these

    retailers. Maybe its time we found a

    solution. 50,000 bees dead due to pesticides isnt natural, thats pretty human, said Isaac Noland 15.

    Many people are crying for this act to stop, such as Philip Smith, of Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers, in his petition on Credo Mobilize.

    I urge Home Depot and Lowes to immediately remove neonicotinoid pesticides from your shelves and stop selling them at all of your stores. I also urgently request that you cease pur-chasing plants from nurseries that use neonicotinoid pesticides in the potting soil, Smith wrote as a plea in a peti-tion he started earlier this month and now has over 131,300 signatures.

    Fortunately, the Oregon Depart-ment of Agriculture has placed a six-month restriction on 13 insecticides containing dinotefuran. However spe-cialists in honey bees say that Oregon has lost at least 22% of commercial honey bees, which pollinate commer-cial foods that people need.

    More than 60,000 honey bee colo-nies pollinate about 50 different crops in Oregon, including blueberries, cher-ries, pear, apple, clover, meadowfoam and carrot seed. Without honey bees, you lose an industry worth nearly $500 million from sales of the crops they commercially pollinate, said Ramesh Sagili, an OSU honeybee specialist, in his publication How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides.

    Buzzing Away: Decline in Honey Bees a Serious Matter for

    Commercial Crops in Oregon

    KIRA MARTIN / ReporterPhoto courtesy of YWCA.

    There are three types of bees in a hive - the

    queen, the worker and the drone.

    Honey bees have 5 eyes, 3 small ones on top of their head and two big ones in front. They also have hair

    on their eyes.

    Honey bees wings stroke 11,400 times per minute,

    thus making their distinctive buzz.

    Photos courtesy of WWW.ARS.USDA.GOV.


    Salem Crisis & Information HotlineNorthwest Human Services, Inc.Need to talk, feeling depressed,

    and/or considering suicide? Call 1-800-560-5535

    1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bul-lying and will only inter-

    vene 4% of the time

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    TAKUR CONLU / Sports Editor

    No Impact Week is a science chal-lenge attempted across the coun-try by universities, high schools, middle schools and other groups of people to help people reduce their car-bon footprint. The No Impact Project was inspired by the movie, The No Impact Man. No Impact Man is a documentary about a man and his family that try to live an entire year without negatively impact-ing the planet. The movie inspired people to live a more productive life without harming the Earth.

    The purpose of No Impact Week is to teach people about preserving the natu-ral environment, as well as to encour-age them to practice activities that will reduce their carbon footprint that harms the planet. Sunday, Dec. 8 was Buy nothing, Monday, Dec. 9 was Produce no trash, Tuesday Dec. 10 was Carpool or Ride Your Bike, Wednesday, Dec. 11 was Only eat local food, Thursday,

    Dec. 12 was Reduce energy use, Friday, Dec. 13 was Reduce water use, and Saturday, Dec. 14 was Give back to the community.

    South Salem High Schools Environ-mental Club is taking part in this national project that anyone can be part of on any given day. In order to be fully part of the No Impact Week at South, students and community members had to make a pledge. The pledge consisted of two sur-veys that were emailed participants, one of which was taken before the week be-gan and one was taken after No Impact Week ended. Overall, 370 South students pledged to be a part of No Impact Week.

    A person like myself feels healthier over all, said Jose Gil 15, And knowing its not just myself but others doing it feels like we can make a difference and pass it on to our future generations.

    For more information on reducing your carbon footprint and No Impact Week, go to

    South Salem student, Andrew Reid 14, known by friends as Carol, is a bass player for Souths Chamber Orchestra. He was recently in Nashville and performed in the All-National Honor Symphony and joined the marching band as a trumpet player. He can play upright and electric bass, trumpet, and to an extent, percussion.

    I love orchestra because music is one thing Ive always had an interest in and orchestra is a great way to participate in classical music. said Reid. His musical accomplishments include being in All-City and All-Northwest. Im probably going to University of Oregon for music. I have been told Im a very talented performer,

    but I dont see myself practicing multiple hours a day. And Ive always had an inter-

    est in composing and arranging music. So in college Im planning on doing composition and maybe double majoring in performance. he said.

    Other than music, his other interests include

    video games and homework, which he personally thanks IB for. When asked about his nickname he replied We had nicknames in middle school and Carol stuck.

    I love orchestra because music is one thing Ive al-ways had an interest in and orchestra is a great way to participate in clas-sical music, said Reid.

    NO IMPACT WEEK: Students Learn How to Reduce their Carbon Footprint

    Interview with Andrew Reid


    1Melt butter in a large sauce-pan on low heat.2 Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and well blended.

    3 Add the Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.

    4 Using a buttered spatula, press the the Rice Krispies into the pan and cool com-pletely.

    5 Cut into squares or desired shapes with a greased knife.

    Makes: 24 squares

    The homemade Christmas Rice Krisp-ies Treats were really good. The only negative thing was that the they were a little bit too chewy; but overall, the Rice Krispies were crunchy and pre-fectly sweet!

    PEDRO VIERYA / ReporterPhotos courtesy of GSA.GOV.

    Supporting Local Artists During the Holiday Season

    As the Christmas season rolls around, the big-box stores are competing for the attention of the public by advertising big sales and compet-itive prices on electronics, home decor, toys for kids, and clothes. At the same time, local artists and crafts-men in the Salem area are gearing up for the holidays to sell their handmade wares at local markets and shops or online.

    A local store, the Fussy Duck, rents their space to artists and other vendors so that they can sell their items. Walk inside and one will find all kinds of things to give as gifts during the holidays; including handmade soaps and lip balms, necklaces, earrings, knitted scarves and hats, hand painted jewelry boxes, scenic photography prints, hand-sewn bags deco-rated with pop culture references and other hand crafted notions, along with various knick-knacks and collectibles. In addition to neat finds, none of the items are very expensive; A brightly colored pair of knitted hand warmers costs about $12. It is truly a treasure-trove of funky junk and gift-giving ideas for the season. According to Risa Cowley, the owner of the Fussy Duck, business tends to pick up during the lead-up to Christmas.

    Local artists that do not sell in markets or ba-zaars are feeling more pressure this time of year as well. Autumn Anglin, also known as Autumn Steam, thrives as a local Salem artist during the hectic holi-

    day season. During this time of year, she focuses on selling her art online at as well as on her more personal projects, like creating works of art to give as gifts to friends and family. This season, one of her many projects is called the Horrible Holiday Series. Each piece puts a Nightmare-Before-Christmas twist on some favorite holiday motifs in the medium of watercolor. Anglin is also a photographer and a seamstress, makes hand-bound journals, jewelry and art dolls, as well as painting and drawing various 2D pieces.

    I have been busy, but I wouldnt trade it for any-thing! Anglin said.

    Anglin believes that is important to support local artists year round as well as during the holiday sea-son. For many, including Anglin, selling art is an im-portant source of income for everything from buying requisite art supplies to paying the heating bill during the cold winter months.

    People like me thrive on the money they make from their art to survive. Anglin said.

    You can visit Anglins website at and purchase her art at Etsy is a web-site dedicated to artists and sellers of vintage goods, so if youre looking for gift ideas online this season, be sure to check it out, and remember to keep your local community in mind.

    JULIE McGOWAN / ReporterPhoto by JULIE McGOWAN.

    Review Homemade Rice

    Krispie Treats

    Rating:INGREDIENTS3 tbsp. of butter6 cups of Rice Krispies4 cups of mini marshmallows

    PEDRO VIERYA / Reporter

    DELIA RODRIGUEZ / Reporter


    Photo by SHELBY MARTIN.


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    On Nov 18, the word selfie was selected as the international word of the year for 2013 by Oxford Dictionary. A selfie is a photo taken of a person or a group, taken by someone who is themselves in the photograph. Or, as de-fined by Oxford Dictionary, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Just a few years ago, selfie was hardly in our lexicon. But it is now a worldwide trend.

    The phenomenon has been spread widely in 2013 this year, but has been circu-lating since its origin in 2002, as traced by Oxford English Dictionary. They conclude that the first time the word was used by an Australian internet forum. It had gained popularity by 2004 on different photo-sharing sites such as Flickr and Imgur, and

    had leaked into the mass public on Twitter and Instagram in 2012.

    Having selfie chosen to be the international word of the year reflects our worldwide stupidity, said Gabrielle Torgerson 16.

    According to Google Trends, selfie is most often tagged and searched in the Philippines, followed closely by Austra-lia. The United States is third. When the trend circulated throughout more obscure media such as news and entertainment forums, the word was sometimes spelled as selfy. Australian slang tends to have the suffix -ie (barbie for barbeque, chok-kie for chocolate, oldies for parents, et cetera), hence the spelling.

    Other words that made the shortlist for 2013s Word of the Year included binge-watch, twerk, and fail.


    1Preheat oven to 375 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

    2In a mixing bowl, blend together softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Then add molasses and vanilla extract until evenly integrated with the but-ter mixture.

    3Add egg and mix until it is a smooth consistency or for 1 min-ute. Then fold in the flour, salt, and baking powder after sifting it into the bowl. Blend until the dough is even.

    4Roll out dough to a inch depth and place on parchment paper on the baking sheets. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. (Or dough may be rolled into a pencil -like tube and

    shaped as desired.) Using another smaller cookie cutter or knife, cut inside the cookie for where the candy will be placed.

    5 Place the candy into a plastic bag with like colors or flavors. Crush the candy with the mallet or rolling pin over a cutting board. Place the favored colors into the holes of the cookies until level with dough.

    6 Put baking sheets in oven and bake for 10 minutes or until done. Let cool for ten minutes so hard candy centers cool. If desired, com-bine ingredients for icing until smooth and use to decorate the outer edge of the cookie.

    7Enjoy or seal in an airtight con-tainer.

    Cookies:1 egg cup sugar teaspoon salt cup brown sugar1 tablespoon molasses2 cups all purpose flour cup of softened butter teaspoon vanilla extract teaspoon baking powder25 Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers

    Icing: (Optional)1 tablespoons milk1 cup powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    KIRA MARTIN / ReporterStained Glass Cookies

    Holiday Bucket ListHaley Emory / Reporter

    The nostalgia is in the air, and Salem is adorned with quintessential Christmas deco-rations and colorful lights galore. Various holiday events have been orchestrated to increase the importance of family and friends. To make the most of the season, the Clypian has compiled a holiday bucket-list, a list of suggested to-dos to help one get into the winter spirit.

    Selfie2013 Word of the Year

    The Oregon Zoo Lights

    Year after year, thousands of families and singles alike visit the zoo lights. Described as a sparkling wonderland, take a walk through the exhibits and see the lights!

    Price: Adults 16-24 $10, Youth (3-11) $7, infants (2 and under) and members free

    Dates: Sunday-Thursday 5-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-8:30 p.m.

    ZooLights runs until Sunday Jan. 5

    The Winter Wonderland Light Show

    Rated number one holiday event in Portland, the Winter Wonderland Light Show is a display of lights and anima-tion spanning the length of the Portland International Raceway. Drive down the Raceway in the comfort in your own car! Food donations are accepted.

    Where: Portland International Raceway 1940 N. Victory Blvd.

    Prices: $16 per car, cash or check only.

    Dates: Runs until Dec. 25 Sunday-Thursday, 5 - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 5 - 11 p.m.

    Sing We Now of Christmas

    Celebrate the Holiday Season with traditional carols per-formed by the FCO Festival Carolers.

    Price: Adults $10 (Free for ages 12 and under)

    When: Sunday, December 22, 4:00 p.m.

    Where: Historic Elsinore Theatre


    Photos courtesy of HAYLEY EMORY.

    Photo by KIRA MARTIN.

  • The action-comedy, Kill la Kill, centers around Ryuko Matoi, a teen who enters the highly acclaimed Hon-nouji Academy. Her goal at the academy is to find the other half of her scissor blade, the blade that killed her father and with it, its owner and culprit of the crime. Enter Satsuki Kiryuin, the fascist leader of the academy who believes people are pigs and that their clothing will define status. The status-defining clothing she refers to are the Goku uniforms, powerful outfits partially woven out of life fibers that come in varieties ranging from zero to three stars. Ryuko, after challenging and losing a fight to Satsuki, finds Senketsu, a Kamui uniform in the rubble of her fathers laboratory. Similar to a Goku uniform, a Kamui uniform is made of life fibers, except completely and are conscious beings. In order to find her scissor blades other half, Ryuko must fight and defeat Satsuki and the captains of every school club at Honnouji Academy.

    The visuals of Kill la Kill may only be described as outra-geous. The over-the-top effects and animation really help solidify this anime as both comedic and serious. The Art Director for Kill la Kill is Shigeto Koyama, and the experi-ence he gained from working on the anime, Gurren Lagann (known for its overblown animation) can clearly be seen.

    It should be noted that this anime features scenes of censored nudity. In order to break free from a world where people are judged by the clothes on their back, Ryuko ac-cepts that her and Senketsu are one (human and uniform) rather than two, symbolically becoming naked because the uniform is part of her body. Japanese culture is more liberal about their media, so scenes like these are not uncommon.

    In Kill la Kill, the background music is primarily fast-paced to match the outrageous animation style. The music, produced by Attack on Titans Hiroyuki Sawano, features strong rock and punk tracks to support the moods of intense scenes.

    The opening theme, Sirius by Eir Aoi, is somewhat disappointing for a shounen (male-centric) anime in the ac-tion genre. Although a rock tune would have made a better a fit, the shoujo-style (female-centric) opening makes for a great contrast and does help the shows exaggerations stand out more. The same goes for the ending theme, Gomen ne, Ii ko ja Irarenai by Miku Sawai, except that it is more obviously a parody of most clich shoujo anime endings.

    Kyoukai no Kanata, or Beyond the Boundary, is set in a world where otherworldly creatures known as youmu roam free. Youmu can resemble humans and animals or take on demonic forms. In order to combat them, people known as Spirit World Warriors use special powers. Mirai Kuriyama, the protagonist, is quick to judge youmu and repeatedly tries to attack Akihito Kanbara, a half-youmu teen, but is always unsuccessful due to his im-mortality. Mirai, referred to by Akihito as a bespectacled beauty for her signature red glasses, reveals that she is hesitant to kill youmu due to killing someone who was hu-man.

    The cool colors and beautiful art style of Kyokai no Kanata is done by Mikiko Watanabe who previously worked on Kyoto Animations K-On, Tamako Market, and Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club. The smooth, graceful animation of each character as they attack is executed very well and

    the subtle effects enhance the scene very well. The art style really shines in the ending theme when Mirai stands, her arm extended forward, as the backgrounds change behind her.

    Hikaru Nanase, the director of the music used in this anime, has done a great job keeping things sweet and me-lodic. Kyoukai no Kanatas music can be described as light and simple. In this particular show, less is more.

    The opening theme, also called Kyoukai no Kanata, is sung by Minori Chihara. The song, while not particularly outstanding, is reminiscent of early rock. Chiharas use of inflection during the moving phrase in the middle exempli-fies her abilities as a singer. Daisy by STEREO DIVE FOUN-DATION is the ending theme for Kyoukai no Kanata and is a beautiful ballad with matching visuals. The emotion added by the vocals intensifies as the song continues.

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    TAKUR CONLU / Sports Editor

    PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Review

    Kill la Kill

    Photos courtesy of CRUNCHYROLL.COM.

    PlayStation 4:PlayStation 4, the second console in

    a new generation of gaming has been released. Sonys new home gaming sys-tem offers a sleek new design and many unique features.

    With the advent of Microsofts home console, the Xbox One, Sony decided to step up their game (no pun Nintendod) to create the best gaming experience possible. Included in the standard launch bundle is the console itself, one control-ler, a one ear headset with mic, various manuals and inserts (one includes an easy to miss $10 PlayStation Network voucher), an HDMI cord, power cord, a micro usb cord (for charging the controller). The starting cost of a PlayStation 4 is $399.

    The PlayStation 4 has enhanced graphi-cal and technical capabilities thanks to its new 8-Core Single Chip Jaguar and 176-GB of RAM. This time around, Sony has increased the size of their Dualshock 4 controller, now comparable to the Xbox 360 controller, added grooved thumb-sticks for easier handling, shoulder trig-gers, an LED on the front for use with the separate PlayStation Camera, a new touch pad, a headphone jack, a new options button to replace both the start and

    select functions of traditional control-lers, and a share button. The share button allows the PS4 to livestream to both UStream and

    Improvements to note are decreased disc loading and game rendering time. For the time being, the PlayStation 4 is not yet backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games but gamers will eventually be able to play them through digital streaming. Unlike the PlayStation 3, online multiplayer requires a PlaySta-tion Plus subscription similar to Xbox Live but entertainment features and internet browsing will still be free. A Plus subscrip-tion is $50 per year.

    Its fast and the graphics are in-sane, said Jonas Dreher 15, who waited through midnight to purchase a PlaySta-tion 4. Dreher added that, The whole layout is different. You could download stuff while youre playing a game.

    Xbox One:The Xbox One is Microsofts new home

    gaming system. At the Xbox Ones an-nouncement at the Electronic Entertain-ment Expo (E3), Microsoft announced a digital rights management that imposed restrictions on used games, an always-on mechanic that forced players to have a constant high-speed internet connec-tion, and privacy concerns with the Kinect always being on and sending data to Mi-crosoft. While the console suffered from these controversial features, Microsoft has managed to change their console to better please fans.

    The Xbox One is great and the graph-ics will leave you in awe, said Ava Van Pelt 14.

    Microsofts most advertised feature is entertainment integration and the highly-emphasised ability to stream live from a television. Unfortunately, many enter-tainment features and internet browsing require an Xbox Live subscription which is $60 a year.

    Out of the box, the Xbox One includes the console, one controller, one headset, manuals and inserts, HDMI cord, power brick and cord, and the Kinect. Due to the backlash of Microsofts anti-consumerist

    features, the Kinect is no longer required to play, but is still included and cannot be bought separately. Note that gamers must pay the Kinect premium of $100 when buying the console as only one bun-dle exists so far. Similar to the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One can stream gameplay live but only through The Xbox One is priced at $499.

    The technical capability of the Xbox One is a little underwhelming with only about 68 GB of RAM, a lesser CPU com-pared to the PlayStation 4, and not native-ly supporting 1080p resolution (it does, however, upscale to it). Additionally, the Xbox One is not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games.

    Conclusion:Overall, it does not matter which con-

    sole you have. Whether it be a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, or PC, all that matters is your enjoyment. Both consoles have good lines of exclusive games such as Uncharted 4 for PlayStation and Halo: Spartan Assault on the Xbox. While the popularity of each console varies, it should not dissuade gamers from buying what they want.

    Photos courtesy of SONY.

    TAKUR CONLU / Sports Editor

    Which system do you prefer? Tell us at

  • The Oregon Legislature is currently considering a bill that would allow hard liquor sales in grocery stores throughout Oregon next year. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) wants to become more focused on licensing and enforcement, rather than liquor sales. The bill will be on the 2014 ballot as well as discussed during the February legislative session.

    Selling hard liquor in grocery stores is a very dangerous way to sell alcohol. It would make it easier for adults of drinking age to purchase liquor, as they would not be forced to go to a distant liquor store. In other words, adults should not be given

    precedence when it comes to liquor sales. A longer trip to a liquor store is not necessarily a bad thing, in an emergency for example, most people need supplies for their family over liquor.

    I dont like the idea of alcohol being sold in grocery stores, Mary Calzada, a local bar-tender said, I think that it would be harder to monitor, making it easier to steal or get a hold of.

    Imagine how many teenagers would have access to liquor if it were available in grocery storesselling liquor in stores presents the opportunity for teenagers to steal bottles of liquor into their bag and walk away. While selling liquor in grocery stores is marketed to adults, this sends the message liquor and other hard alcohols are not dangerous to teenagers. Ultimately, the best way to keep these issues from occur-ring is to keep liquor sales separate from products that can be purchased at grocery stores.

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    Clypian Editorial: A Plea Against Suicide

    The Salem-Keizer School District has lost several students to teen suicide in the last year. The causes and cir-cumstances behind each suicide vary, and warning signs are sometimes, but not al-ways, present. It is always important to pay attention if a friend or someone you know is showing any signs of suicidal thoughts and to take them seriously.

    We hear about it briefly in health class, but suicidal thoughts and depression are real issues that many teenagers contend with on a daily basis. No one seems to be talking about the nitty-gritty details of it; people have been silent on a subject that has touched so many lives. Talking about suicide and depression is important because it is so taboo.

    Depression is not an easy thing to talk about. It does not neces-sarily have a cause and it is not the same for everyone who expe-riences it, making warning signs hard to catch.

    The American Psychological Association defines depression as more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive

    sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concen-trate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

    Red flag warning signs can include things such as extreme mood swings, feeling trapped in unbearable pain, giving away possessions, saying goodbye to family or friends, sudden shifts in sleeping or eating patterns, feeling isolated from others, in-creasing the use of coping mechanisms like drugs or alcohol, or having a preoccupation with death.

    If you notice friends, or even someone you hardly know, presenting any potential signs of depression or suicidal thoughts, make sure that person knows about a

    resource they can access, and tell an adult that you trust. Simply being someone that is there to listen can be of vital aid to that person as well.

    Depression is isolating in nature, and that disconnected feeling is hard to reconcile or break. We as a community of students here at South need to reach out when we see someone who is suffering, and particularly if they are alluding to suicide. Open com-munication, and above all, kindness, are the most effective ways to help individuals keep going in a time of hardship.

    If you are feeling down or depressed, reach out. If you do not feel comfortable talking to people in your life, or simply do not want to, there are hotlines and websites

    specifically dedicated to provid-ing information about depression and a listening ear.

    Something as simple as smiling at someone who looks upset in the hallway can make a world of difference. If you are depressed or thinking about suicide, talk to someone, call a hotline, visit a website- and know that you are not alone. Many of our peers suffer from this deep pain. If you notice someone feeling down, do not ignore them.

    OLCC Pushes for Liquor Sales in Grocery Stores

    Not-So-Midnight Movie Releases

    Midnight premieres are increasing in popularity. Excited teenag-ers love to go out late at night, watch a brand new movie with their friends, knowing full well they will need to drink coffee in five hours to get ready for school. The experience is what everybody raves about, but, what hap-pens when the midnight movie release is moved four hours before midnight?

    The anticipation of waiting outside a movie theater, in a line with hundreds of people in the cold, are what make late night movies so fun. Not to mention many fans dress up like characters. At the midnight release of the last Harry Potter movie for example, fans took the liberty of throwing free candy to people who answered trivia questions or dressed up. These behaviors are very similar to those at a concerts, or music festivals. Everybody is there for the same reason, which automatically makes you feel like a family. But earlier showings take away the fun and no longer create that atmo-sphere of excitement.

    On Nov. 21, 2013, Catching Fire, the

    second movie of the Hunger Games trilogy, was released nationwide at 8 p.m. I personally had a ticket for the 9 pm showing due to a large test the next day, but was expecting to have the same movie experience. However, I was slightly disappointed. I arrived at the the-ater at 7:30 p.m. expecting to wait in line, forever, but was shocked to find out that my theater had already started seating.

    I thought there was going to be a huge line, but that was disappointing that there wasnt because of what Ive hear about midnight releases, said Jona-than Garcia 14

    There was no line, and not a single fan was organizing a costume contest. In-stead, there was a large group of people concerned about getting up early the next morning. The movie was amazing, but I would have rather seen it at 12:01 a.m. and taken the pain the next day.

    When asked about whether she liked the movie time being earlier than later, Lena Donahe 15 said, Yeah, I definitely had some stuff the next day that I need-ed my sleep for, I had a giant test so Im glad there was an earlier show option.

    CHLOE CURTIS / Reporter

    Last night, Anchorman 2 came out. Since there is no school tomorrow, what bet-ter way to start off winter break than by going out and partaking in the aftermath of a midnight movie release?

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  • Beginning in the fall of 2014, there will be three additions to Souths OSAA district: the Forest Grove Vikings, the McMin-nville Grizzlies and the West Albany Bulldogs.

    Peter Weber, the OSAA Assistant Execu-tive Director, said We heard from many 6A schools about a desire to have more teams

    in each league so there would be more league games and more consistent rivalries. This should also help place a greater value on league play as opposed to when we had smaller leagues.

    The Central Valley Conference will have nine schools instead of six, creating new com-petition.

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    The wrestling season has begun and head coach Eric Zehner has set high expectations Last year we took some lumps

    due to the lack of participation. Our numbers were down, said Zehner, this year we have had almost twice the amount kids in the room. More kids means more partners, more district placers and state placers.

    According to Zehner, Sprague will be one of the teams biggest com-petitors.

    They have a very good team and I coached most of them before I came to South last year. I think we match up very well against them though, and you may see some of the best matches of the season dur-ing that dual, said Zehner.

    I feel that we have potential

    in numbers, and if we listen to the coach we will have a great team, said varsity wrestler and district champion Raul Villareal 14.

    Zehner mentioned some of this years returning talent, while also ex-pressing hopes for new talent.

    We have a returning District Champion in Raul Villareal 14, a returning district placer in Tanner Stones 16, and a freestyle state placer in Vincent Villareal 16, said Zehner, We have a bunch of kids who are flying under the radar. I think by the end of the season people will know who they are. My expectations are very simple: to keep building this program into a championship team.

    The teams first match will be against West Salem High School on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

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    Basketball Season ScheduleTIARA SCOTT / Sports Editor

    Dec 20 7:30 p.m. vs. Canby(South Salem Tournament)Dec 21 TBD vs. TBD (South Salem Tournament)Dec 27 8 p.m. @ TBD (Nike Interstate Shootout - Lake Oswego High School)

    Dec 28 TBD @ TBD (Nike Interstate Shootout - Lake Oswego High School)

    Dec 29 TBD @ TBD (Nike Interstate Shootout - Lake Oswego High School)

    Dec 30 TBD @ TBD (Nike Interstate Shootout - Lake Oswego High School)

    Jan 7 7:15 p.m. @ GlencoeJan 10 7 p.m. vs. CorvallisJan 14 7 p.m. @ McNaryJan 17 7 p.m. vs. McKayJan 21 7 p.m. @ West SalemJan 24 7 p.m. @ SpragueJan 28 7 p.m. vs. North SalemJan 31 7 p.m. vs. McNaryFeb 4 7 p.m. @ McKayFeb 7 7 p.m. vs. West SalemFeb 11 7 p.m. vs. SpragueFeb 14 7 p.m. @ North Salem

    Dec 20 7 p.m. @ Dallas (Dallas Tournament)Dec 21 TBD @ TBD (Dallas Tournament)Dec 26 4 p.m. vs. Blanchet Catholic (Saxon Annual Winter Tournament - South Salem)

    Dec 27 TBD vs. TBD (Saxon Annual Winter Tournament - South Salem)

    Dec 28 TBD vs. TBD (Saxon Annual Winter Tournament - South Salem)

    Jan 3 5 p.m. vs. CraterJan 7 7 p.m. vs. CenturyJan 8 7 p.m. vs. ReynoldsJan 10 7:15 p.m. @ BeavertonJan 14 7 p.m. vs. McNaryJan 17 7 p.m. @ McKayJan 21 7 p.m. vs. West SalemJan 24 7 p.m. vs. SpragueJan 28 7 p.m. @ North SalemJan 31 7 p.m. @ McNaryFeb 4 7 p.m. vs. McKayFeb 7 7 p.m. @ West SalemFeb 11 7 p.m. @ SpragueFeb 14 7 p.m. vs. North Salem

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    Brandon Surritt 15 pinned down during wrestling meet against West Salem on Dec.

    11. The team lost. Photo by LEX SOSA.

    Travis Pressley 14 wrestles against a West Salem wrestler on Dec. 11. Photo by LEX SOSA.


    With 25 new swimmers to make up for the 30 grad-uated last year, Souths swim team is out to defend their boys District Champions title. Carter Garfield 15 is the defend-ing 100-Breaststroke champion. Last year, Noah Cutting 15 was runner-up in the 100-Freestyle and Randen Duus 14 placed third in

    the 200- and 500-Freestyle at the District Championship Meet.

    Last year, the girls team took 2nd in the league. Jessica Abbey 14 was runner-up in the 200-Free-style and third in the 100-Breast-stroke. Both Kiara Mina 14 and Sarah Jones 15 were District Meet finalists as well.

    The teams next meet is at McNary on Dec. 19, beginning at 2 p.m.

    Tori Adams 15 at a meet on Dec. 5. Photo courtesy of SONIA RAMOS AND SOUTH


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    Brent Kemp 15 drives the ball to the hoop during a practice game. Photo by NICHELE HERNDON.

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    Dance Team to Perform During

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    Choreographed by head coach Christy Rogers and assistant coach Kelsey Johnson, the South Salem dance team is set to perform to Kanye Wests song Clique ft. Big Sean & Jay-Z on Jan. 23, 2014 at the Moda Center. The co-ed team will dance during a pregame perfor-mance for the Blazers as they face the Denver Nuggets. Led by senior captains, Bri Botch 14, MaKenzie Phillis 14, Rachal Meza Rojas 14, McKenzie LeSavage 14 and Gabriella Stefanovich 14, this will be the first time the team will perform at a Blazers game.

    Its a lot more practice. We are devot-

    ing more time, said Bri Botsch 14. Dancers have been practicing longer

    and harder to prepare. Our practices have been going really

    well, even though they are longer 6-9 hours a week, said McKenzie LeSavage 14.

    The dance teams last performance was at the homecoming tailgate party earlier this year. With an approximate floor time of eight minutes, their Blazers perfor-mance will run longer than their state rou-tine, which is themed Monsters Under the Bed. With longer practice times going accordingly, there is no doubt their routine will be smooth.

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    South Salem dance team poses on Bennett Field before performing during Homecoming tailgate party on Oct. 4, 2013. Photo courtesy of ANN ROGERS.

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