craze issue six: transformation
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DESCRIPTIONAs 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.
The Transformation Issueissue 6|volume 5|april 2014
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
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.
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
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transformation ISSUE INTRO SUNSETS
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
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
transformation SNAPSHOTS body modifications
transformation SNAPSHOTS body modifications
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
Students create Chuck Close inspired artwork
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Student Worksean ackerman, senior
lexis garza, junior
hope lawlor, junior
allie laing, junior
david basile, junior
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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