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10 Albums to Add to Your Summer Playlist

by Kaya Garza

Are_You_Experienced_-_US_cover-edit10. “Are You Experienced” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Not only is Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time, he’s a phenomenal lyricist and performer. My grandma explained to me the day she got the record back in 1967.

“I was with my girlfriends, and back then Rock N’ Roll wasn’t very accepted by our parents, so we went behind their backs and bought the LP record anyways,” she said. “We played that every day in the summer.“

FMacRumours9.”Rumours“ by Fleetwood Mac – “My go-to summer album is Rumours by Fleetwood Mac,” said Rockwell senior Alexa Camargo. “I really like that album because every single song on it really speaks. I kind of get a light, airy vibe from it, but the songs are also about deeper things. I don’t know, it just feels like a good summer album to me. Also, Stevie is a goddess.”

bruce-springsteen-born-in-the-usa-expanded-edition-2-cd-2c5d8. “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen – I, myself, am not the most patriotic, but when Born In The U.S.A. comes on, I can’t help but want to throw some tea in a harbor and light up a bunch of red, white and blue fireworks. They call Springsteen ”The Boss” for good reason.

7. “40 oz. to Freedom” by Sublime – How could I not throw in a Sublime album? Sublime are the gods of summer laziness, and this album is the CD that’s in all of our dad’s old junk drawer. So if your plan is sleeping in everyday, having fun all night- this is perfect for you. Tell me, are you a badfish, too?

220px-Kendrick_Lamar_-_Damn6. “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar – Kendrick Lamar may very well be the voice of the era, delivering the cold truth with a punch. From the daring track “XXX” to “HUMBLE,” Kendrick never fails to speak to his listeners in a way no one else can. This country needs a bit of work- and Kendrick won’t shut up about it. And neither should you.

5. “Traveller” by Chris Stapleton – This was me and my mom’s favorite album last summer, perfect for trips to Moab or Lava Hot Springs. Stapleton isn’t like many other country artists, as he brings back the true spirit of the genre. Influenced by some of the greats like John Denver and Hank Williams, Stapleton writes his heart out and can speak to every American. Give it a try.

4. “Odyssey” by HOME – “This album is iconic in the synthwave genre,” said Rockwell sophomore Connor Mackintosh. “The main highlight of the album, Resonance, is a simple but great track that inspires a unique feeling of melancholic nostalgia. It’s best experienced with your close friends on a long, nighttime drive in the middle of the a3321951232_5summer.”

3. “Dazed and Confused” Soundtrack – If you haven’t seen the movie, I’d recommend watching it sometime this summer. It’s witty, exciting, and could make anyone want to go back to the 1970s. And it’s got Matthew McConaughey, so that’s a plus. But the best thing about this film is the soundtrack. Iconic songs like ”Low Rider“ and “School‘s Out“ make for an excellent Friday night, whatever your plans may be.

2. ”Exodus” by Bob Marley (and The Wailers) – I was named after a Bob Marley song so maybe that makes me a bit biased, but no one can argue that Bob Marley is a true icon and ambassador of peace for the entire world. Best for vacations- (specifically Jamaica), the pool, or on the weekends.

1. The Black Panther Album (Inspired By), Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd, and more – 53285814Black Panther is the most iconic movie of the 21st century- I’m ready to fight anyone on this. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” is by far the best track- one to listen to at any point in the summer. Jam out to it with the sun roof open, at a party, barbecues, or just hanging out with friends. You can’t be disappointed.

10 Years: 10 Changes at Rockwell

by Kaylee Birnbaum

Rockwell turned 10 this year. Here are 10 changes to Rockwell in the 10 years it’s been open.

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Original plans for Rockwell when it opened in 2008.

1. Appearance. A big and probably most obvious change to Rockwell is its appearance. The brick in the commons didn’t used to be painted blue, it used to be plain brown brick. There’s been a few changes to the gym as well. The wood floor used to be a darker wood and the words “posse” and “outlaws” above the bleachers weren’t there. The most recent change to Rockwell’s appearance are the images and quotes on the ceilings in the hallway.

2. Uniforms. Boys and girls both were required to wear khaki pants and any color button up polo of their choice. The dress code was actually picked by the students themselves nine years ago. Mr. Beck did it this way so that if the students were to complain about uniforms, it would fall back on them. The idea behind uniforms is that we are a Charter school and we had a certain image to keep.

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Four of Rockwell’s teachers who have been here since it’s opening in 2008: Mr. Hull, Candice, Ms. Holt, and Mr. Young.

“I didn’t really like the whole uniform thing,” said Andy Young, a current teacher at Rockwell who has been teaching at Rockwell since its opening. “I don’t believe a uniform makes you smarter.”

 

The uniforms only lasted for, roughly, the first two years of opening.

3. Sports. Rockwell’s sports weren’t always a part of the UHSAA (Utah High School Activities Association). In its first year, Rockwell sports were not part of this association. In its second year, though, the drill team was the first to compete in the UHSAA. Rockwell won the state basketball title that year.

4. Clubs. Rockwell used to have some really unique clubs. There was a D&D club, a chess club, a snowboarding club, and even golf.

“We have really become a more unified school,” said Rockwell teacher Amy Holt, who has been teaching at Rockwell since its opening. “I think that’s because of all the sports, clubs, and programs we have had through the years.”

5. Cheerleaders. Even though Rockwell has never had a football team, we did have cheerleaders at one point. They cheered for the boys and girls basketball teams and also at the volleyball games. It was a fun way to bring school spirit and energy to our sports games. Due to drama with the girls, Rockwell decided to discontinue the cheer team.

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Rockwell Girls Varsity Basketball team 2013-2014.

6. Enrollment. There were more students enrolled here at Rockwell the first year of opening than ever before. There were roughly 600-630 students the first year with up to 30 students in some classrooms. The average amount of students is 530; we currently have 503 enrolled. Once Westlake opened in 2009, we lost about 200 kids.

7. Cafeteria. The cafeteria used to be called “the outpost.” People claim it was more like a store rather than a cafeteria. They had food and snacks that you could buy and the food was catered for a little while.

8. Teachers. Just like any other school, we’ve gained some and lost some. We’ve had a lot of teachers come and go in the last 10 years.

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Mr. Young in Rockwell’s early years.

“Charter schools are difficult,” said Holt, “especially if you are a first year teacher.”

Mr. Beck has done a great job in unifying our school.

“I think the main thing is teaching, and Rockwell can be more challenging than most,” he said. “I give teachers a hard time because I feel that they need to have all their crap together.”

9. Student Involvement. Students are getting more involved. That’s an important part in becoming a school is to be involved and aware of all that’s going on around. Being involved is also a good way to be able to be social.

10. Change. The last and biggest and change of Rockwell is that it will always be changing. There are things that can always be improved in ours and every other school. It’s about figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

“Every year seems to bring new challenges with incoming generations,” said Candice, one of Rockwell’s administrators. “We’re excited to see what the future has in store.”

Changes at our school have been positive thanks to the administration, faculty, and all the students who have gone here. Happy 10th birthday Rockwell.

Students seek positive feedback via Sarahah app

by Kaylee Birnbaum

There are close to 95 million registered users on Sarahah – an app where people can leave messages to others without a name attached. It’s completely anonymous. There have been a lot of reactions to this app, and most are negative. People are claiming they are being bullied and harassed as others leave anonymous comments about them.

“I feel like a lot of people use Sarahah when they’re sad and are looking for positive feedback,” said Rockwell senior Megan Nelson. “Even though a lot of the things that are said end up making them feel worse.”

If you’re giving people an opportunity to leave anonymous comments, they are probably going to take advantage of that. People have a lot more courage hidden behind the comfort of their screens. It allows users to say mean or vulgar things without getting the bite back for it.

“If you don’t want to be bullied, don’t download an app and post the link to it on your Snapchat where everyone has access to it,” said Rockwell sophomore Jada VonWald. “You are bound to get hate whether a person actually means it or not. It’s an app that allows you to comment anonymously, so it’s inevitable to get hate.”

The people who are making these Sarahah profiles have to understand that not everyone is going to react positively to this. People are going to be hurtful and rude simply because they can be. It’s too easy for them. If you post on Instagram or Facebook to get people’s honest opinion of you, the majority of the comments will probably be kind since their identities are attached to it. The fact that Sarahah allows you to anonymously comment is where the issue lies.

“Nobody actually wants honest opinions of themselves,” said Rockwell junior Tyler Hadlock. “They don’t want the truth, they just want ego boosts.”

Sterling Parker: The Voice of Rockwell

by Alyssa Smith

Since the age of three, basketball has been of interest to Coach Parker.

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“My mother enjoyed sports and bought me a little hoop that hung on the kitchen door,” he said. “I would put my underwear on backwards and shoot all day.”

Parker grew up on a mink ranch on Dimple Dell Road and had chores as early as five years old.

“My folks taught me how to work early in life,” he says. “I am still working and I am 70 years old.”

This work ethic has carried Parker through difficult times in his life.

 

Parker has been going to high school basketball games since he was a young boy, and sports have always been a big part of his life.

Parker currently enjoys coaching the Rockwell boys’ basketball team. He feels fortunate to know the players and their background stories.

“Teaching them to be successful in life is very important to me,” he said. “I try to help them see that failure is not an option.”

 

Parker has been teaching and coaching at Rockwell for 6 years. He started announcing games as the voice of Rockwell before he began coaching the sophomore boys team four years ago. He looks out for students and is a friend to all.

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“I want each student to know they are loved and that everyone has self worth,” he said. “We are all someone.”

Parker also enjoys having friendships with the staff and working with people he cares about.

“Working at Rockwell is an amazing experience,” Parker said. “I get the choice blessing of working with my daughter, Candice, every day.”

Rockwell faculty members appreciate Parker and his dedication to the students, the basketball team, and the school.

Athletes of Rockwell: Senior Night

by Alyssa Smith

The girls basketball team celebrated the seniors last week as they played APA Draper at home.

“Seniors: this is your last home game,” said Coach Troy Gifford. “So play your hearts out.”

This year’s team consisted of four seniors – Destiny Dipo, Megan Nelson, Kylee Berry, and Livia Chatwin – and two foreign exchange students – Sofie Larsen and Aom Kayhasai. Some of them have decided to take up basketball this year and have learned a lot in the process. Destiny Dipo has been playing high school basketball at Rockwell since 9th grade.

“Obviously the team changes every year,” Dipo said. “We just keep getting better and better.”

The team will miss having these seniors and exchange students next year.

“I wish I could come back and play next year,” said Aom Kayhasai, an exchange student from Thailand. “I love these girls so much.”

The girls on both JV and Varsity put everything into that game and came out with a win. The varsity score was 48-30.

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Teachers of Rockwell: Faculty Shares their Best and Worst Dates

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Dates can be super fun, but some can be a total waste of time; you never know quite what to expect. We interviewed teachers at Rockwell to hear about some of the best and worst dates they’ve ever had.

“I was casually dating this girl. I picked her up in my freshly painted VW Squareback on our way to Raging Waters. After about 15 minutes, she slipped off her sandals and put her foot right on my newly painted pinstripes. I asked her ‘Will you take your feet off my dash?’ She rolled her eyes and took her feet down. A few minutes later, she put them back up again and started wiggling her toes trying to prove a point. I pulled over my car and told her to get out. I had a great time at Raging Waters by myself, though.” – Andrew Young

“My first and only date was going to a drive in movie on a TWO seat red tractor. After that, I was the ‘nerd of the school.’ Everybody had trucks and cars and I had a tractor.” – Sterling Parker

“My best date was the first date I had with my wife. Part of it was at the beach near San Francisco. As we were walking in the ocean, the current got ahold of her and took her completely under. I reached down in the water, grabbed her shirt as hard as I could and lifted her out. So I saved her life on the first date making me look really good!” – Brian Hull

“One of my favorite dates was playing Finger Paint Pictionary! Painting Chuck Norris was a challenge, but he figured it out. I also went on a date from a dating app and we went out to eat. At one point he stopped in the middle of his sentence, paused and said ‘Sorry, I just got lost in your eyes.’” – SarahKay Larsen

“On the first date with my second fiancee, we ordered a pizza, headed up the canyon, roasted marshmallows, and just talked. Talked for HOURS. We got attacked by a wild raccoon (true story, he stole most of our candy), lit a page on fire from ‘Wreck This Journal,’ and kissed in the rain. It was simple and sweet.” – Marshall Madsen

“I went on a date in college to a concert. My date asked if I could drive and not thinking much of it I said yes. Once we got to the concert, I realized that he had only bought his ticket and I had to buy my own. During the show, he had left and said he was going to go the bathroom but really went to get high with some of his friends he had met up with. He insisted on driving my car home and totaled it. When the police came, he pointed to me that I was the one driving. Best worst date ever.” – Heidi Grey

Humans of Rockwell

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