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As this issue finishes, there is one thing on all of our minds: the seniors. Craze’s staff and its readership have been home to some of the best people I have ever met, and this year’s seniors are no exception. They are the people who helped shape us. They’re our friends, our classmates, and, for freshman, the tall scary people you avoid in the hallways. I shudder to think of the half empty Social Studies IMC and all of the other places that will feel strange without the seniors in it. But this issue isn’t about mourning our loss. It’s about accepting change. For all of you that are leaving us, remember this: This is not just the end. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life and all of those other cliché things you’ll hear in the graduation speeches in a few weeks.

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  • craz e

    The Transformation Issueissue 6|volume 5|april 2014

  • contents

    table of

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    2 CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS

    6 ISSUE INTRO: SUNSET

    8 ALTERED APPEARANCES

    14 PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS CLOSE

    17 OMAHAS NEW SPIN ON OLD FOOD

    22 STREET STYLE

    24 OVERCOMING YOUR SHYNESS

    28 SHOWS FOR YOUR NEXT BINGE WATCH

    34 TIME LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY

    36 FEATURE: BECOMING A FAMILY

    38 MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES

    40 RECREATING THE QDOBA TACO BOWL

    42 BECOMING THE YOU YOU WANT TO BE

    46 ASK A TEACHER

    48 REOCCURING FASHION TRENDS

    52 IMC INTERVIEWS

    56 MAKING THE BEST OF DIVORCE

    58 OLD VS. NEW MUSIC

    64 A PHOTO ESSAY ON LEAVING HOME

    68 THE NEXT STEP FOR SENIORS

    70 HOW TO MAKE YOUR ROOM AMAZING

    72 CALENDAR

  • a note from the editors...s this issue finishes, there is one thing on all of our minds: the seniors.

    Crazes staff and its readership have been home to some of the best people I have ever met, and this years seniors are no exception. They are the people who helped shape us. Theyre our friends, our classmates, and, for freshman, the tall scary people you avoid in

    the hallways. I shudder to think of the half empty Social Studies IMC and all of the other places that will feel strange without the seniors in it.

    But this issue isnt about mourning our loss. Its about accepting change.For all of you that are leaving us, remember this: This is not just the end. Its the beginning of a

    new chapter in your life and all of those other clich things youll hear in the graduation speeches in a few weeks.

    For all those who they are leaving behind: Its time to step up. To be role models for the kids who will be coming up to the high school next fall, to keep our sports teams successful, and our publications something that we can be proud of.

    We know that we here at Craze have been proud to be a part of your high school experience. Hopefully youre glad we were too.

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  • transformation ISSUE INTRO CONTRIBUTORS

    Contributors to this issue...Editor-In-Chief: EVA PHILLIPS

    Managing Editor: LIA HAGEN

    Design Editor: ALLIE LAING

    Photo Editor: ALLY STARK

    CAMILE MESSERLEY

    KIRSTEN MCCORMACK

    ESTELLA FOX

    TOMMY HUERTER

    LILLI MARVIN

    ABEGALE HEADLEE

    JENNA HYNEK

    CASEY ARRITT

    MADDY LOOKE

    JAKE LARSEN

    AUDREY MCCANN

    GRACE WOLFE

    SARAH LEMKE

    JAYLEE JOHNSON

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    transformation ISSUE INTRO SUNSETS

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    PHOTOS AND DESIGN BY KIRSTEN MCCORMACKTransformation

    To be honest, I dont particularly feel like giving you a lecture.

    I know thats what this theme calls for: long rants about how change is the only constant, debates on whether or not people can really change, and cheesy stories about miraculous revelations and other life-changing events.

    I just kind of want to look at the sunset.

    Because this issue? It isnt about any

    of that.Its about finding the beauty in

    movement, and so thats what we should do.

    Take your time. Enjoy all the little transformations you see around you. Because April showers dont just bring flowers, they bring AP tests and finals and more stress than we really know what to do with, and its hard to step away from that. Try.

    I promise you. Itll be worth it.

  • transformation SNAPSHOTS body modifications

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  • BODY MODSDont tell your parents.

    his winter, I learned to hate my old hair.It hadnt been cut since seventh grade and

    required minimal effort every morning. The sight of it started to drive me crazy. My hair became

    a symbol of all I wanted to change. The past curled and flowed down my shoulders. Split ends reminded me of all I had ever wanted to leave.

    It pulled me through the door of the local beauty school, seeking the cheapest change possible. My hair stylist was a silly girl. She was a student there with a bad dye job and thin, wispy bangs. When she came to help me, I pondered asking for someone else.

    I can still feel the clench of my stomach, the utter panic I felt as she pulled out the scissors. I never thought about whether or not I would look pretty. All I thought about was change.

    After I cut my hair, I went to a store and wasted all of my money on makeup. I had a clear image in my head at the time of who I was and who I wanted to be. I wanted to be the kind of girl who wore her beliefs on her sleeve. It only lasted a few weeks, but I dont regret the decision. In fact, theres something about the makeups mere presence in my medicine cabinet that comforts me. If I want to be someone different, if I want to feel something new, I can pull it out.

    Wed all like to say that we dont care about how we look, but there is a power to our appearance. Everyone has something they want to convey with their outfit every morning.

    Dont be embarrassed of it. Dont worry about what other people have to say. The way you present yourself to the world is important. If youre looking at yourself in the mirror and feeling unhappy, theres something wrong.

    So make the change. Learn to love the way you look. Keep your makeup in the medicine cabinet and a smile on your face.

    If you dont like it, dont worry. Hair grows back; piercings close up. You are the constant. t

    STORY AND DESIGN BY LIA HAGEN, PHOTOS BY ALLY STARK

    STUDENTS FEATURED (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): FERNANDO VARGAS, ARADIA MCCLEAN, REHTAEH MEEKS, TANNER PIPER, KENDRA WINTER, ANDY PINTADO, HALIEGH BRINSON

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    transformation SNAPSHOTS body modifications

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    transformation SNAPSHOTS body modifications

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  • the blank canvas

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    transformation ART chuck close

    story and design by allie laing, photos by ally stark

    he hours pass by. As it nears midnight, youre still sitting in front of a canvas over half the size you are. Stress takes over your body when you realize

    you are two hundred squares behind for tomorrows deadline. You try to focus and work diligently, but at the same time you take your time to perfect your painting with each brush stroke. You mix more paint, wash your brushes, and continue to work while casually glancing at the clock. For the past two months, 32 Drawing and Painting 2 students, including myself, have hauled around a three foot canvas in a desperate attempt to meet painting deadlines. Our class created a piece of art based on the art of Chuck Close, an artists from Monroe, Washington. Our portrait sizes were larger than life. How hard can it be, right?

    When the project was first being introduced to our class, Chuck Close quickly became an inspiration to me. He has the ability to create some of the most incredible portraits I have ever seen by building up values and balancing his use of colors. During his career, Close suffered from a spinal rupture and was nearly left paralyzed. He is now permanently confined to a wheel chair. Painting had transformed him into the person he was and still is to this day, and leaving that behind wasnt an option. Despite his health condition, he continued to paint. His hand no longer had the strength to move, so Close taped a paintbrush to his wrist. Through countless brush strokes, his artwork has become more abstract and incredible than ever. Closes portraits are nine feet tall, three times the size our the ones Westside artists are making. Each student

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    Students create Chuck Close inspired artwork

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    Student Worksean ackerman, senior

    lexis garza, junior

    hope lawlor, junior

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    allie laing, junior

    david basile, junior

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    artist selected a photo they wanted to paint. Most chose to do a self portrait. The only instruction or advice we were given was to portray our own individual style through our art. Some students took on a realistic approach and used a neutral color palette; others cross-hatched or dry brushed with more vivid colors. After countless stressful nights of staying up late to finish all 864 one inch gridded squares, seeing everyone standing next to their final product showed me how each person has their own vision of what art is. We all started out with the same materials: a canvas, paintbrushes, paint base tones of yellow, red, blue, and white, and only a photograph with a grid to go off of. With that, we were on our own. Yet none of our end products looked anything alike. We all developed our own styles as artists. To me, that is one of the most

    beautiful things about a painting. When you are in a room full of people assigned the same thing as you are, no one has the same approach to it that you do. We all start with a blank canvas, and we all have the ability to transform it into something real, something unique- something beautiful. t

    lauren reynolds, junior

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  • Classic foods make a comebackSTORY BY JENNA HYNEK, DESIGN BY CASEY ARRITT, PHOTOS BY ESTELLA FOX

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    here are some foods that stick with us throughout