The Pioneer Webseries Episode 104: The Best Films of 2014, Part 1

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Photo Illustration by Michael Neave

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On today’s episode of The Pioneer, the crew reviews two of our personal favorites from the year: “Gone Girl” and “Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance).” Join us next week for the final episode of the year.

Produced by MACE|FIlm in cooperation with Heritage News Production

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Silencing journalism

Having been a reporter and an online editor for the school newspaper, I have had to deal with a variety of obstacles, from hitting deadlines to setting up interviews.

However, the one thing that looms over my head every time I publish an article is not the anxiety of reaching a word count, but the fear that my voice will be silenced or defamed.

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As news publications are censored, journalism loses its meaning and people are deprived of their right to information.

In our contemporary society, censorship is often viewed as the domain of oppressive totalitarian regimes; it is something so seemingly far away from the values of a democratic society—such as our own—that we do not want to believe that it could happen to us. In reality, censorship is a common facet of our media culture.

It isn’t enough that the Bill of Rights asserts the protection of free speech and press when its basic principles are not affirmed and upheld. According to the First Amendment Center, there have been 94 cases involving the First Amendment that have reached the United States Supreme Court in the past 13 years. While the U.S. is arguably one of the safest places to speak and publish freely, we are not perfect; we do not always adhere to our founding ideals.

Censorship of the media is not confined to domestic hypocrisy, however. Free speech and press still have plenty of headway to make the world over before we can call ourselves liberated. The unhindered exchange and communication of information is the natural enemy of oppression, and to censor is to deny ourselves of our inherent rights to life, liberty and happiness.

The free flow of information has been greatly facilitated by the Internet, and with this new route comes new pressures to obstruct its path. Without the ability to share this information, we cannot hope to grow as a global community.

As a reporter and editor for a news publication, it is my mission to uphold the ideals of freedom of press and speech, to showcase the good and expose the bad. Censorship is not the road to a world where “bad” things cease to exist, but only to a world where if we ignore the bad, we convince ourselves that it does not exist. However, the bad cannot be kept under wraps indefinitely.

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Students take the stage at Mr. Eagle 2015

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Jared Leonard takes the crown at the 2015 Mr. Eagle boys beauty and talent competition.

Jared Leonard ’15 took home the title of Mr. Eagle 2015, the flowers, crown and $150 at this year’s Mr. Eagle competition. Stunning everyone with his unique talent, his performance of 38 songs in six minutes kept everyone in awe.

“I feel stunned that I was crowned Mr. Eagle. I worked very hard on my talent and rehearsing my dance so that I had a chance at winning. It’s a great feeling,” says Leonard.

At the Mr. Eagle competition, boys have two awards to strive for: Mr. Eagle is the big winner, as well as a smaller prize, Mr. Money Maker. Throughout the week, the boys raised money to donate to the MAD Week cause, and the boy who raised the most money would win the title of Mr. Money Maker.

This year, the money was donated to Doctors without Borders. Leonard raised the most money throughout the week, thus claiming the title of Mr. Money Maker.

“Being crowned Mr. Eagle will be my lasting legacy at Heritage. Winning this award is more than beating the other boys at who is the funniest and most handsome, but it is the senior boy who shows pride, character and excellence,” says Leonard.

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Overconfident snowboarders lead to crashes

Ever since snowboarding emerged in the 1970s, recreational skiers and mountain resorts have faced safety concerns for young skiers and in the face of an increase in injury risk due to reckless riders.

I, as an avid skier, have had a handful of smashes and crashes with snowboarders on multiple mountains.  Every accident has involved a snowboarder who has had neither the agility nor the skill to make a sudden stop or turn.  Each incident has involved a high speed collision in an area where caution should be taken.  From what I can gather, a combination of overconfidence, equipment limitations and a lack of consideration is the reason snowboarders cause accidents.

The culture and style surrounding snowboarding encompasses a wild, radical image of shredding down the mountain.  This image does not include the important message that it is important for snowsports participants to develop the necessary skills before taking risks on the mountain.  It is also necessary for boarders to recognize that soft, comfortable boots may not be as responsive as hard boots like ski boots.

I have tried both sports and found snowboarding takes much less time to get to feel comfortable with the equipment.  When I was learning to ski, having two long planks on either foot felt awkward, and it took me a

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has 1800 acres of terrain for both skiers and snowboarders.  Visitors are directed to take caution in slow zones and learning areas to avoid accidents.

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has 1800 acres of terrain for both skiers and snowboarders. Visitors are directed to take caution in slow zones and learning areas to avoid accidents.

while to feel comfortable enough to take risks.  With snowboarding, I felt that I was able to get the basics quickly—within one afternoon as a matter of fact—and I was eager to try more difficult terrain.  Trying jumps on the board, I greatly overestimated my skill level in the sport.  It takes a little more time and practice to really get good at snowboarding, but it takes almost no time to feel comfortable.

At Alta Ski Resort in Utah, snowboarders are not allowed. This creates a safer environment for skiers to enjoy the mountain.  Younger skiers have a lower risk of injury on the main mountain at Alta without the presence of snowboarders

The reality is that mountains are safer without reckless recreational snowboarders. Younger skiers and their parents do not have to worry about injury or a bad experience at places like Alta.  Recognition of reckless snowboarding and skiing as a safer sport would lead to the creation of a safer snowsports world as a whole.

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Water World blasts Eltich’s water park away

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The infamous Thunder Bay wave pool is one of the most popular attractions at Water World.

As the temperature rises to create another blazing Colorado summer, people flock to pools around the state.

Although more expensive options, Water World and Elitch Gardens Water Park offer more than just a dip into a pool, though that is available as well. However, Water World trumps the water park at Elitch’s.

Water World contains more than 40 rides, with a recent installation of a roller coaster ride that provides the feel of not only a water park, but an amusement park as well.  Water World allows for its customers to bring their own food and drink, which helps the cost, unlike Elitch Gardens. Concession food may be yummy, but it is expensive for the average family.

Water World provides a more complete variety of activities. With two wave pools and a multitude of rides, Water World is perfect for people of all ages.

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Alpine Club climbs to Butler Gulch

On Saturday, April 11, Alpine Club endeavored up to Butler Gulch Basin located on the east side of Berthoud Pass. The club ventured through the deep snow and climbed up 12,150 feet.

Silje Hayes ‘15, Janeen Plomondon ‘15, Annika Reuter ‘15, Jevin Austin ‘15, Jacob Jones ‘16, Lizzie Marquez ‘16, Eli Marquez ‘16 and Wesley Donnell ‘17, as well as Mr. Guy Warren, Heritage math teacher and Alpine club sponsor, made the journey together.

“There was snow surrounding the mountain, so we were required to wear snowshoes, and it was physically draining trying to keep balance as it got steeper. The hike was tougher than normal because of the snow and the trail, but at the top of the mountain there was a beautiful view of the horizon around us,” says L. Marquez.

The club started the hike around 7am and it took five hours to complete.

“It was the first time some of us had gone snowshoeing and we fell down quite a bit, but it was definitely worth it. Mr. Warren taught us a basic avalanche test to see how stable the snow is. It was exhausting, but the weather and the mountains were beautiful,” says Plomondon.

Alpine Club climbed 12,150 feet to Butler Gulch. The hike too five hours long.

Alpine Club climbed 12,150 feet to Butler Gulch. The hike took five hours long.

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