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More School: What's It To You?

By Kayla Shultz


Cell Phone Dangers Demonic Dekker? Swine Flu



"The challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." - President Obama President Obama and the Secretary of the Department of Education, Arne Duncan, both agree that American kids need more time in the classroom. According to Duncan, children outside of the United States attend school 25 to 30 percent longer than American kids, and America should "level the playing field." Although this statement is not entirely true, it's a reason they utilize. They also believe that more time in school would give kids a safe place to go, and keep them out of trouble. "Those hours from 3 o'clock to 7 o'clock are times of high anxiety for parents," Duncan said. "They want their children safe." In addition, they agree that the benefits of longer classroom time could help the staggering educational crisis (thirty percent high-school drop out rate) among young people today. These reasons have led Obama and Duncan to hold firm to this potential reform. Some say the idea is ridiculous; others are in favor of it. So now we ask you: what do you think? "What do you think about putting American kids in school longer? I do not approve of the idea. I think that it would undermine the influence of the family and of the parents in American society. Kerianna Frederick (grade 10) Nope, it seems too long already! -Kendall Wimer (grade 10) I hate it and I will never stand for it. There's absolutely no way we'd want extra school. -Thomas Biederman (grade 8) Yes [in favor]. Education is good. -Andrew Chandler (grade 8) I say we shorten it to about 2 ½ weeks. -James Bickling (grade 10) ap_on_re_us/us_more_school


I'm so for it; I think that it would be more beneficial for kids to stay in school longer. They'll stay out of trouble that's for sure! -Tia Little (grade 12) I think twelve years of schooling is enough! If a kid wants more schooling, he/she may go to college! -Becca Odders (grade 11) Personally, I don't think that keeping kids in school longer will improve what they learn. By the time summer rolls around, most people are ready for the end of school, including teachers. -Camille Fontenelle (grade 10) I do NOT agree with that!!!!! Kids are stuck in school long enough! The age that students graduate from high school is perfect because, for the most part, they are ready to live on their own! That means college or a job for some people, not another year in prison - aka high school! - Kristen Hickman (11th grade)

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Senior Profile: Tia Little


Senior Profile: 7 Charlie Roland Senior Profile: Amber McFaddin Senior Profile: Lauren Harris Guidance Notes Calendar







"There are 30,000 to 50,000 new cases of brain and eye cancer each year worldwide attributed to cell phone usage."

"Talking more than 500 minutes per month on a cell phone increases the probability of brain cancer up to 300%." (Wire by Monique Abrams Technology Research, Second Sate of the Science Colloquium Book; January 2001 Today, contacting someone usu- Journal of the American Medical Associaally means grabbing that easily accessible tion; Early Hardell studies) cell phone and texting or calling them. Thanks to continuous upgrades and new "There are 30,000 to 50,000 new cases of features, there isn't much a cell phone brain and eye cancer each year worldwide can't do. Cell phones have become a attributed to cell phone usage." (Epidemic "can't live without" for many, and the Curve, Safe Wireless Initiative) popularity increases each year. However, safety concerns are generally overlooked. "In the case of children and young people If researched, there is an immense amount under the age of 16, the UK Chief Mediof information available about the dangers cal Officers strongly advise to use mobile of cell phones. phones for essential purposes only and to

Invisible Dangers of Cell Phones

Verizon Wireless User Guide 2009 says: "There is no proof that wireless phones are absolutely safe." "All phones that are sold in the United States must comply with FCC safety guidelines that limit RF (radio frequency) exposure." However, these standards were created decades ago when cell phone radiation was first examined. Updated technology today requires more power, hence more radiation, so the standards used to measure the specific absorption rate (SAR) are not up to date. "Whereas high levels of RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure to low level RF that does not produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects." The key here is all RF causes heating effects because it is microwave radiation, and studies prove that it is cumulative low level RF that causes health problems. (Carlo Ch. 10) "What steps can I take to reduce my exposure to radio frequency energy from my wireless phone?" The user guide explains that if there is any risk it's probably very small; basically they're saying "here are ways to make your phone safer but don't worry, there's no risk at all." This seems to me a serious contradiction. Some interesting facts to think about:

keep all calls short." (Stewart Inquiry U.K., chaired by EMF/EMR expert Sir William Stewart) The majority of people usually keep their cell phone within reach. Did you know that simply having your cell phone turned on and kept anywhere near your body is still harmful? I know I'm not the only one who constantly has my cell phone with me--to the point that it may as well be considered an extension of my hand! But, that doesn't change the fact that low-level radiation is still being emitted from the phone. The good news is that there is a way of protecting yourself. Several companies offer proven technology to shield yourself from the harmful RF waves. Cell phone dangers shouldn't be taken lightly, but unfortunately, the majority of people are unaware of the hazards. In other countries, cell phone use is restricted and the dangers are more publicized, while here the mainstream media have ignored it. Everyone should be aware that the price tag of their phone isn't the only "price" paid; your health takes a hit as well.

(Carlo, George. Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age. New York: Carroll & Graef Publishers, Inc., 2001.)







Ted Dekker: Is He Still a Christian Author?

By Brittany Robinette Ted Dekker is well-known for the 20+ novels that he has written over the past nine years, but is his point of view changing? As an avid reader of Dekker's novels, I have noticed that his recent writings come from a more satanic viewpoint. Over time, his works seem to be getting darker, with less hope of redemption near the end. In one of Dekker's latest novels, Boneman's Daughters, the demonic presence is very apparent. Throughout the story, no "light" is introduced. Boneman takes the protagonist, Bethany, and threatens to break every bone in her body unless she loves him. Bethany wants to get away from Boneman and his darkness. Yes, she is happy when Boneman dies with his darkness, but never really wants to see the light. Even at the end of book, there is no redemption. Although the book was a well written thriller/ horror novel, I would not recommend it to the light-of-heart. In one of Dekker's earlier novels, House (co-authored by Frank Peretti), there is a strong message of salvation at the end of

the story. Jack and Stephanie are trapped in a house that plays games. The Tin Man is the one behind it and he's out to kill them. During the story Jack meets Susan, who tells him to find the light. After facing the Tin Man face to face, Jack sees the Light and calls out to Jesus to save him from the darkness. This is the type of ending that I look for Dekker's books and actually find in his earlier stories. Salvation and redemption are two themes that I seek in the thriller/horror Christian novel and are themes that I have not found in Ted Dekker's newer novels. I have realized that through reading many of his books that Dekker's earlier works portray the message of salvation in them. My advice for those that read Dekker's novels would be to take caution. Yes, he is a good author, but in Proverbs 5:23 it says, "Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring on life." There are plenty of other authors out there. Frank Peretti and Robert Liparulo are two very good authors that have a similar writing style to Ted Dekker. The main difference is that Peretti and Liparulo are less satanic and include more of a Christian theme in their stories. Overall, Dekker is a gifted author but his stories have become more demonic over the years.

H1N1: The Swine Flu

Tia Little The flu season has arrived, and this year people have more to worry about than just the regular flu. This year, the Swine Flu [or H1N1] has come along as well. The swine flu is one of the more than forty strands of flu viruses. Coughing, fevers, aches and cramps are the symptoms of the common flu; however, with swine flu it is not so different. The symptoms of Swine Flu are: "fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, and tiredness" ( So the question is, what do you do to prevent the flu? The first step to preventing the spreading of germs is to WASH YOUR HANDS. Sounds simple enough, yet most people do not wash their hands! Little kids are especially notorious for wiping their hands on their clothes after sneezing or coughing. You must wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to make sure the germs are dead. Secondly, if you are very paranoid about getting sick, then get the vaccine for the Swine Flu. The Swine flu vaccine is very different than the regular flu vaccine. You can take the nasal mist or the shot for both vaccines; however, the nasal mist carries live flu bacterium while the shot carries dead ones. These bacterium help your body develop antibodies to combat the virus. However, some people are wary of the vaccine, as they remember the swine flu outbreak of 1976. Others just don't like the possibility of getting sick by taking the vaccine. So be prepared, the flu season is coming, and with that the threat of the swine flu. Either take the vaccine or not; just stay away from people with the flu and always, always wash your hands, for the flu waits for no one.

From Blue to Purple

By Elizabeth Peck From a cluck to a caw, Joe Flacco is staying a bird. After a few years in UD Blue Hen blue, Flacco turned purple. Raven purple. Flacco became an instant success last season for the Baltimore Ravens, throwing 2,971 yards and becoming the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to win two playoff games. Despite all this, Flacco remains unimpressed and humble, though full of confidence. "I don't impress myself, ever," Flacco has said ( Even though he isn't impressed with himself, everyone else is. His teammates say he acts like a pro, and he isn't intimidated easily; understandable since he is second tallest on his team at 6'6" (and none of those guys are small.) "Success isn't based just solely on the quarterback position," Flacco said. "That position tends to get all the attention, but you're not going to find too many quarterbacks who can win without any help, whether they're rookies or 10-year veterans" ( According to Flacco's various coaches and trainers, he responds well to being coached, he'll try new things and is willing to listen. It's such a breath of fresh air when a football player, who has basically been handed everything any college player would dream of, doesn't let it get to his head. Flacco says he's there for one thing and that's to play football. He signed a fiveyear contract with the Ravens with a value of around $30 million, $8.75 million guaranteed; even so he apparently came to training camp driving his grandmother's 1990 Volvo. Flacco was awarded AFC Offensive Player of the Week, NFL Rookie of the Week, and NFL Rookie of the Month for November 2008. "People are always going to continue to look for reasons you're going to fail. All you can do as a football player is keep finding a way to prove them wrong" ( Works cited:







Senior Profile of Tia Little

By Elizabeth Peck Full name: Natiya Monet Little, well that's it... however with my friends I have an even longer name.... do you wanna know it?? ok it's Chia Ichigo monetsu riteteru. No lie, its my full name and nick name translated to Japanese. If someone gave you $10, how would you spend it? With $10 I would go to Borders and get me a new manga and strawberry POCKY!!! Does your family have any special Thanksgiving Day traditions? Well normally for Thanksgiving we totally pig out! No lie!! The first stop is my nana's house, then my pop pop's, then my aunt's house, and then more food at home.... Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years I can see my self in a lab coat working in an underground lab as a forensics specialist. Seriously with a blood splattered coat and goggles, looking at DNA of the one who tried to kill an innocent little girl. Oh yeah, that would be so fun, but I'll be in Scotland or Japan! BYE BYE America! What's your favorite part of Towle? Hmmm... toughie... well I think it's the people; they are so friendly that it's hard for me to get a book in during lunch... that totally sets back my reading schedule, but oh well, you only have senior year once. You're stuck on a deserted island, and you can only bring three items. What would you have? Only three items??

Well a house and bed of course, but now I'm stuck at an impasse. Do I want my cell phone or my personal library of books and notebooks and pens??? Ah! I got it!! A boat bed and books!! Therefore I can leave when ever I want, sleep in comfort, and of course read. If the President walked up to you right now, what would be the first thing you said to him? If I met the President I would say..."Hey, I'm a republican!!!" jkjkjk really I would just go..." so you're the guy who is cleaning up this mess of a economy... nice job. How bad is the deficit? and why is S.S not going up?? Like dude come on!" Who are your role models? My role models are.... my friends, the ones who remained true to themselves and my role model is also Condilezza Rice; she's fluent in 7 languages. Any advice for your fellow students? My advice for people at Towle is very simple Gambatte. Try your best, in everything that you do. You only go through one circuit of prison before you're set free to go out in world, so get good habits now!!! Really it will work out for you in the end... Tia



Senior profile: Charles Raymond Roland III

by Brittany Robinette What are your plans for the future? To become a dual-citizen, American and Mexican, then I will become a millionaire (of course), o0o and take over the country New Zealand with my super powers (which will be in 3 questions from now). What are your greatest Towle memories? My psychologist said I'm not supposed to speak of those. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. O because she is an amazing teacher and everything that she teaches is amazing and her teaching methods are amazing. End of story. (Horrahhhh!!) If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Definitely tele-invisibility (able to teleport and be invisible at the same time)! Also, Super strength, so I could shoot basketballs from like a mile away, so my superpower will be Super-tele-invisibility. If you had three wishes, what would be the third? First would be a lot of money....second would have to be my superpowers. The third one, I'ma save for later use, like savings. Yeah, I'm going to put it in the bank. What is the strangest thing that you've eaten? I ate a pig ear once.... It tasted like a chip; they should start making chips from pig ears. What is something that most people don't already know about you? I am addicted to Facebook! I hate spiders. I pointed a megaphone into David Hampson's ear and he didn't go deaf. Do you have any advice for fellow Towlians? Don't procrastinate, be outgoing, don't buy things off of infomercials, and everything is cheaper on eBay.

"I ate a pig ear once.... It tasted like a chip"



Senior Profile: Amber Grace McFadden

By: Tia Little Q: What is your favorite pie? A: apple pie, hands down Q: How old are you? A: 17 years, 9 months Q: If you could have any animal as a pet what would it be? A: I would have a puppy... because we're not

Q. Which came first The chicken or the egg? A. The chicken.

allowed to have pets at my house... so we should probably start with the basics. Besides, who can resist those big brown eyes? Q: What is your ice cream of choice? A: Chocolate... I make ice cream at work, so I kinda love the classics. Q: What is your favorite book? A: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Q: If you could be a superhero what would your power be? A: I would be a super awesome fast runner. I mean, that would just be cool to be able to run everywhere. Who needs a car? Q: What is your favorite song? A: Jesus Loves Me Q: What is your favorite movie? A: ooo... toughie. Pride and Prejudice? The Kid? Robin Hood ( Disney version)? The Emperor's New Groove? I can't decide... Q: What is your favorite TV show A: don't laugh... Full House. :) Q: What is your favorite color? A: I can never decide... probably blue. Q: Do you have any advice for class of 2010? A: dearest class of 2010, have fun, learn lots, be good friends, don't stress, be yourself, and love God. You can and will succeed, much love, amber Q: What is your hobby? A: My well. I can't decide on this one either, but I will tell you what I enjoy doing. I love singing, and I love choir. I love reading, I love decorating, and honestly and truly, I just love being with people.



Senior Profile: Lauren Harris

by Monique Abrams Who are your role models? My role models would definitely be Jesus...and my parents. J If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would travel to Greece and Italy because they are sooo beautiful! What are your hobbies? Basketball, hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, doing crazy stuff! Someone says, "homeschoolers have no social lives." Your reply? You obviously don't know any homeschoolers! What has been your favorite class at Towle and why? SAT Prep with Mrs. Gallagher. It was 7th period and everyone was going we just cracked jokes the whole time, while learning of course... Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I'll be 27...probably married with kids...working as a dental hygienist. One book you could read several times and still enjoy is...? To be honest, I really don't like reading... If your life was a reality TV show, what would it be called? The Lovely Life of Lauren...ha-ha I don't know?!



2009-10 Lab Schedule Fall (Wednesdays-FBC)

November 11 Follow Lab Group 1schedule November 18 Follow Lab Group 2 schedule December 9 To Be Announced

Guidance Notes

1. The Junior and Parent College Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. at Faith Baptist Church. We will be discussing college searches, college admissions and financial aid. This is a meeting for our full-time junior families, and attendance is MANDATORY. Only the student and his/her parents may attend. No younger children except for nursing infants, please. If you are a part-time junior family, you are welcome to attend for a fee of $25 (prior registration is required). Please see Ms. Loke/Mrs. Chu, if you have questions. 2. Towle will be closed from December 21, 2009 through January 3, 2010 in observance of Christmas. Any senior needing transcripts or recommendations MUST submit his or her completed requests no later than November 30, 2009 in order to meet late December or early January deadlines. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Towle Institute P.O. Box 580 Hockessin, DE 19707 Phone: (302) 993-1408 Fax: (302) 993-1409 SUN


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