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Editor’s Note

It has been a long battle, one that started at least 2 years ago, when I first suggested taking The Cub online, but it has finally came to fruition: The Cub is finally available anywhere you go.

But I am sad to say that the year that the cub made the leap, was also the year that the staff left. The staff that had made the cub great for the last two years had moved on, Jordan, Hannah, and Rachel all left The Cub behind to move on to college, and their future aspirations. I know I was sad to see them go, not only because they were valuable assets to the staff, but they were also my friends.

Our staff is small this year, but we have some very talented people from Mrs Prater’s Journalism class helping us. To them I am eternally grateful, because without them we wouldn’t have half the volume of stories that our site is enjoying and is going to continue to enjoy.

So, enjoy our brand-new website, and our countdown to Halloween! A variety of spooky stories will be appearing in celebration of the love-it-or-hate-it holiday!


Joshua Dean


Stroud brings philosophy of “Helping Others” into classroom

“I’ve always been one to help the underdogs,” says Ashley Stroud, the new special education teacher for Salem High School.

Stroud was given the opportunity to work at Salem after the Special Education Cooperation gave her a list of schools that would fit best with her, West Washington being the other school that she applied for. She didn’t always want to be a teacher though. She had planned to become a nurse, but after the passing of her father at age 23, she made a career change. She chose special education to help others in need after growing up with two disabled cousins.

“I was always taught to help others. General education seems boring to me, here we have outside issues and you really never know what to expect,” says Stroud.

The most stressful part of her job, in her eyes, is the legalizing and paperwork that must be filled out. Another inconvenience is meeting the IEPs and working with teachers who also have to meet her student’s IEPs. A pet-peeve that she has in the classroom is when her students don’t put forth their best effort even when they don’t understand something, and of course, a paper with no name.

“In the end, it’s worth it to see the progression,” says Stroud.

Ashley Stroud is more than just a teacher and paperwork though. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, and something that most teenagers can relate to, shopping. She also likes to go skiing and to decorate her recently purchased home. Stroud loves candles and collects anything with or about Michael Jackson, her favorite entertainer.

“I’ve always been fascinated by his music and when I was younger, I remember “Thriller” coming out and thought it was so cool that he was from Indiana and went from nothing to making himself into a star,” says Stroud.

Even though Stroud doesn’t believe the allegations about Michael Jackson’s personal life, she still feels like he was misunderstood. As a true fan, she owns almost all of his albums, including the Jackson 5. She also thinks that he was a truly genuine artist that didn’t go for the computerization route that most pop-singers today have gone for.  Stroud has some close ties with music herself. She is a member of the Methodist Church in Paoli where she sings. She enjoys singing all genres of music, whether it is classical and opera or country and catchy pop tunes.

A future goal of Stroud’s is to complete the renovation and decorating her new home. She also wants to receive her Master’s Degree in either education or counseling.

“I want to get my Master’s soon but I haven’t decided how. Online is definitely not for me,” said Ashley Stroud.

Ashley Stroud

By: Jessica Axsom, Staff Writer

2010′s Homecoming “Festival in the Field” well received by students

Well, Homecoming Week is over.  The decorations have come down, the themes are gone, and everything is back to normal.  An event that a lot of people missed out on was the Festival in the Field, held on September 29th.  The theme this year was “A Storm’s a Brewin’”, and, luckily enough, no storms brewed up on the 29th!

For starters, I’m disappointed I missed the Festival because the $1 entry fee was WAIVED!  No one had to pay anything to get in, and you even scored free hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks (provided you wore your class shirt).  Granted it was a “While supplies last” deal, there was still the chance to get free food and drinks!  I wish I would’ve gone now.

Now you might be wondering, what exactly happened at this event?  Well, there were five different events.  First was the Animal Call, where each class team was assigned an animal, blindfolded, and told to reunite with their herd (or flock, peck, gaggle, murder, etc.).  The Shoe Race was a new one (at least for me).  It involved running down the field to grab your shoes from a huge pile of everyone’s shoes, and running back to your class’ line and sending the next person down.  The Water Balloon Relay was held, as was the Bat Spin relay (where you spin around a bat and run to a certain point).  The classic 50 yards Run Race was also held.

There were rewards, in the form of two trophies.  There was a trophy for decorating as well as a trophy for winning the majority of the events.  The Senior Class took both trophies this year.

Mrs. Joanna Schmidt, who was the sponsor of the games.  She said that over 80 people came to this year’s Festival, so she definitely plans to do it again next year.  A lot of the event ideas came from Mr. Randy Johnson, but next year, a Games Committee will pick what events and games will be played from the suggestions of students.  “I thought it a fun evening, the amount of students that turned out was great and I hope that in the coming years the games will grow in popularity,” Schmidt said.

If students have any comments or suggestions for next year’s Festival in the Field, they can speak with Mrs. Hazelip or Mrs. Schmidt.

By: Brandon Smedley, Editor

Teacher sacrifices earn internal rewards

Every weekday, Catherine Waller drives from Columbus, Indiana  to Salem. This deprives time, energy, and stamina from her. However, the acrifices are worth the reward of teaching bright minds, it appears.

“The drive isn’t very exciting,” said Waller. Taking miles for the job is a sacrifice in itself. Consuming as the job may be, it has been a dream of Waller’s since her early years.

“When I was younger, I always played sports. I am a very athletic person,” said Waller, “and I wanted to incorporate that love for fitness with my career.” Waller always found an interest in health and wanted to carry that interest with her throughout her life.

Waller started her first teaching job at Salem High School two years ago, when Mrs. Martin(physical education teacher) went on maternity leave.

“It is nice to work in an environment where I already know the staff,” said Waller. Taking on a full year teaching job is a lot of work. “It is a lot harder planning for a whole year, being a permanent teacher, very time consuming,” said Waller, “but I enjoy it a lot. I plan to be a teacher for a long time.”

Catherine Waller

– Rebecca Atwood, Staff Writer

German exchange student gets to know SHS

It’s only the beginning of the school year, and already there are some new faces at SHS for the 2010 school year. Eric Simon is one of those new faces. Eric’s hometown is Doebeln, which is east of Berlin, Germany. Eric is here in Salem as a foreign exchange student and is considered a junior by our standards.

Eric said, “I didn’t really know what to expect; I didn’t really want a small, little town like Salem, but I wasn’t expecting a big place like New York either.” Eric is still very excited and happy to be here to, “learn about the American way of life and gain experience,” his major goal while here. It was also his reason for being a foreign exchange student in the first place.

Eric said, “I’d like to visit the Rockies, Miami or maybe Seattle.” These are place we hear about in the US everyday, but to Eric they are the ultimate. “My parents support me traveling, and with the company I’m sponsored with I can call them twice a week.”

The company Eric is talking about would be Aspect Foundation, the organization that transferred him to the US as an exchange student. There are certain rules that Eric must abide by while he is in the States, such as no drugs or alcohol and no driving. Eric must maintain a certain GPA (no D’s), and he is supposed to refrain from any “personal,” relationships. Will his travels influence a possible career choice he had in mind? Eric said “No…not really. I want to be an aviator.”

Back home for entertainment, Eric likes to play the piano, fly glider planes (it’s a plane without an engine, so to speak.), and play floorball. What’s floorball? “It’s a team sport similar to hockey without the ice. You play in a gym,” Eric said. When he looked up the sport, a picture came up where it looked like the person had a hockey stick and what look like a whiffle ball in place of a puck, and, sure enough, they were in a gym. “The sport isn’t very popular in the United States,” Eric said.

Eric said one of the most interesting things he had done here so far was attend a home football game here at Salem. Doug Scovill, a member of his host family, had to explain to Eric how the game worked. When his classes were mentioned, Eric said that they were challenging because of the language barrier, but when it came down to the actual subjects being taught they were easy. “I’ve already taken a few of my classes here back at home,” he said.  Eric will definitely be heading home with a new understanding of the American lifestyle, and we hope he enjoys his stay in Salem.

– Brittany Campbell, Staff Writer