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October 18, 2000

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UGA fans act irresponsibly during exciting game
Saturday I attended an equally thrilling and infamous University of Georgia football game. I got lucky; two season tickets were just handed to me. I ended up going downtown at about nine that morning to watch the UGA band rehearse, and some people were already tailgating (or, to put it another way, drinking). I went home after watching an excellent band practice and came back about an hour and or two before the game started to find sufficient parking.
The fraternity yards we passed during our one-mile voyage to Sanford Stadium were littered with bottles. An intoxicated group of guys started yelling a spontaneous and dull-witted, "Who let the Dawgs out?!" to anyone who walked by. Pre-game festivities as usual.
The game itself was rather exciting, since a UGA victory over Tennessee had not occurred since 1988. The score was 21-10 with about 1:30 left in the fourth quarter. Suddenly, students started jumping walls (one person did this with crutches in each hand) to get down to the field level. Then they started leaping over (and destroying) the hedges to get on the field during the game.
With great disrespect, some started to rush the field and hang on the goal posts during the play. "Get off the field!" the crowd shouted. They were in fact cleared off, but only ten seconds before the game was over, a huge wave of students repeated the act and attacked the goal posts. They came down for the first time in UGA history, were disassembled, passed up the stands and out the doors, and paraded throughout downtown that night.
I must admit, my dad and I were both cheering and having a blast watching the anarchy. He said, "I have never seen a game like this in my life, and you may never again either."
The next day, I picked up the Sunday paper to see the front page illustrated with scenes of a trashed field, ripped-out seats, and the famous hedges mostly ruined. The estimated repair cost is at $80,000. Also, a girl had been injured and taken to the hospital during the on-field chaos. While we were having a fun time, people got reckless and someone was injured. Buying a ticket to a game does not mean you have the right to destroy property and interrupt the game.
I know that the level of excitement was electric, but I do not think it is a reasonable excuse to be careless. Looking back, I realize that in a memorable victory against an old rival, many UGA fans acted irresponsibly and were an embarrassment to their team and themselves.

'Vend happy'
"You wanna go to the snack machines with me?" "Will you trade your straight dollar for my crumpled dollar? The machine won't take mine." "Can I borrow a quarter? I want an ice cream." "Ack! It took my money!"
Sound familiar? If you're a high school student, it probably does. Every day kids venture down the halls into the gym lobby or out in the area between the new hall and old buildings to pop their change into a vending machine. It's a good idea in theory, but it's starting to get ridiculous.
When I was a freshman, we had two drink machines and a snack machine. When they would be "out of product," we would be out of luck. Slowly but surely they started adding more-a PowerAde/Fruitopia machine, three (really cool) vacuum-powered chip machines, two new candy machines and an ice cream machine.
So what's wrong with that?
Nothing, if you want the whole school to be unhealthy and fat. Let's take a look inside these wonders of modern technology, shall we?
First machine: Sodas. Flavored sugar water. Oh, how healthy. Now, I admit it. I am addicted to Cherry Coke. But 180 empty calories, twice a day, five days a week, really adds up.
Second machine: Chips. Yum, fried potato mush. Or corn mush, whichever is your preference. Once again, I love my Doritos, but some people think a bag of Lays constitutes a balanced meal. "Hey, potatoes are a vegetable!"
Third machine: Candy. Ah, my favorite machine. Nothin' but chocolate, caramel, peanuts, nougat and peanut butter. Hungry? Why wait? Grab a Snickers bar. Or how about eating a tablespoon of lard? Same nutritional value.
Fourth machine: Ice cream. Yah! Heart attack on a stick. But oh, how I love peering through the glass window, watching the vacuum suck up my toffee bar and drop it into the padded area. It's fascinating.
I know, it sounds like I'm completely contradicting myself, and maybe I am. I love the vending machines just as much as the next person, and yet I'm sitting here saying that they're going to make the school fat. But I'm merely making an observation of the student body, of which I am a part. And I know I'm not going to do anything about it, because, frankly, I like junk food. I'm a teenager, after all.
Talking about food has made me hungry. Anybody got a dollar I can borrow?

Nader, the underdog at the 2000 election
A government of, by, and for the people ... not monied interests. That's Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader's campaign slogan. The underdog of the 2000 election, Nader has run his entire campaign on public funding, as opposed to Democrat Al Gore and Republican George Bush, who fueled their campaigns with funding by corporate America. In speaking out against big corporations and for the power of the middle class of America, he has caused the corporations that sponsor the presidential debates to simply look past him.
The attendees of the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention were mostly the same people, meaning the same corporations donated the same amount of money to both parties, suggesting they will get the same millions of dollars in corporate welfare and tax returns no matter who wins. Nader's campaign was fueled entirely by the public, signifying that millions of dollars are spent wisely in the interest of the people. The same corporations are the ones sponsoring the presidential debates, so logically, why would they want to invite Nader?
Nader's trade reform includes withdrawing from the NAFTA and the WTO, and negotiating new agreements that put the interests of workers, consumers and the environment above those of multinational corporations. He also promises to provide full medical coverage to all Americans, whereas right now over 40 million Americans remain insecure.
A 66-year-old native of Winstead, Conn., Nader graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1955 and from Harvard Law School in 1958. He went straight into law upon graduation but gave up the profession in 1963 to become a professional citizen. He has since had many articles published exposing everything from GM's unsafe automobile designs to the ingredients of a hot dog. His first government job was at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., and he has since worked for and founded many organizations that have been responsible for myriad federal consumer protection laws. Of these organizations, the most notable was the Public Citizen (, which he founded in 1971.
Over the years, Nader has proved that he supports an honest, accountable government for and by the people and if elected, he will have it no other way. Though he many not get the coverage that Bush and Gore get, he is still a worthy contender in the presidential race. Don't forget about Ralph Nader on election day.
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Y-Club holds second meeting
On Wednesday, October 11, the Y-Club held their second meeting of the year.
Y-Club helps with school and community projects. For this month, they are raising money during spirit week with the annual spirit chain contest between grade levels. They are going to the Family Fair to work and play with the children there. They are also preparing for the upcoming shoe box drive. More information will be given by Y-Club members in their newsletters.
With a lot of snacks, singing and learning, the members always have a great time together. Anyone interested in joining Y-Club should talk to Mrs. Jones. They plan to meet again next month.

Mrs. Conwell - Not just another carbon copy
Traveling, being a mother and grandmother, staying involved in sports, and having a job where you can still have a great effect on the lives of students. Sound to good to be true? Well, it's not.
Mrs. Edna Conwell has traveled all over the United States and Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, and Hawaii and Canada. She hopes to go to Alaska one day. Mrs. Conwell has two children and four grandchildren.
She also helps in sports by taking tickets at baseball and softball games. Mrs. Conwell said, "The reason I spend time with baseball and softball is because I feel that as long as the students are involved in sports they don't have time to get into trouble."
At MCHS Mrs. Conwell is the copy person. She has done this for five years. Before she took on this endless job she taught study halls, worked in Special Education, and helped students in reading and spelling. Mrs. Conwell has been at MCHS for 28 years.
Mrs. Conwell is an asset to MCHS and we could not do without her. She says she enjoys working with the teachers and children very much and she is not planning to retire anytime soon.

A hectic week lies ahead for MCHS students
Due to some poorly done scheduling, homecoming and exams fall within the same three days this year. This week will prove to be hectic a one for MCHS students. Depending on their performance and attendance in classes this quarter, students have the opportunity to exempt exams. Several of us will be "forgetting" to set our alarm clocks correctly on Wednesday or Thursday, coming down with mysterious two-day illness, or "accidentally" thinking it is the weekend already. The rest of us will be doing some last-minute cramming on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
On top of all of this stress, final preparations are being made for homecoming this week. The battle of hall decorations rages on until Wednesday at 6 p.m. as people race around to put the final touches on their South Pacific style halls. Also, the student council decorating committees will dedicate time to put our field and gym in top shape for the homecoming dance. The supreme procrastinators are just now asking for dates, searching for the perfect dress, or finalizing plans for after the homecoming dance on Friday as the football team gets psyched up for the game.
Good luck to all MCHS students during a stressful, yet fun week.

Spirit week planned
Spirit week is one of the longstanding traditions that comes along with homecoming. Every year there is the traditional Hat/College Day on Monday, and the County/Camouflage Day was on Tuesday. This year we had Pajama Day (as long as it did not infringe on the dress code) on Wednesday. Thursday will be Tropical Day to go along with the theme of Homecoming, which was South Pacific/Tropical Paradise. On Friday we all wore our red and gray to support our Raiders as they played Wesleyan that night. We all had a good time seeing everyone dressing up to show their spirit.

DCT Student of the Week: Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith, a senior at MCHS, is currently working as a bagger at Ingles in Commerce. He gets to school at 8 a.m. and leaves at 10:30 to go work. For this native of Danielsville, driving to Commerce every day might seem a hassle but is more than worth it for the money and the freedom of leaving school early.
Sean Ratcliff, Trevor's supervisor, described him as a hard worker who is great with customers. DCT has been beneficial to the store by providing it with many good kids who need work. They start the kids out as baggers and they climb the ladder over time.
Promotions are awarded to hard-working and dependable employees who show up every day and aren't late. They are done within the store and Trevor hopes to become a store manager someday.

Mosseri is a hardworking student
Sarah Mosseri, a junior at MCHS, is a very dedicated and hard-working student. She is a member of multi-cultural club and takes honors classes. Sarah is also a defensive player for the school's soccer team. To keep her skills fresh for the soccer team, Sarah is a member of a club soccer team. Being on a club soccer team at Athens United gives her the opportunity to play on a soccer team when it is not soccer season. They get to play with other people from all over the state. As a result of all of her hard work and dedication to the team, Sarah was named the JV captain last year and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award.
Sarah has a job at the Madison County Recreation Department scorekeeping and working in the concession stands. This allows her the extra money to do what she loves doing most, going out with her friends on the weekends. She is also an assistant coach for a children's soccer team at the Recreation Department.
Sarah is a member of the youth group at Colbert Baptist Church. She loves all of the singing they do at church.
She remarked, "I really enjoy going to church on Wednesday nights because I always receive a blessing there. The atmosphere is great and the songs are so powerful."
Her future dream is to become a therapist. Besides the honors classes that she is taking, Sarah is a peer mediator at MCHS. The peer mediation program was formed to help students talk their problems out with other students. This gives her a slight taste of what therapy would be like. As for now, Sarah remarks, "I am expecting this year to bring a lot of new experiences. I am really excited!"
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