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Belzer Blog Volume 5 Issue 5

WANTED: A Good Friend

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.� ~~Jim Morrison

What kind of friend are you?

Valentine’s Day

By Adri’nae Jamison Some people think that Valentine’s Day is just a day that you get presents, but it’s not. Valentine’s Day is when people exchange presents with their loved ones, but people also go and do good things for others like taking their mom to get her nails done or taking dad to his favorite restaurant. People will buy things like chocolate in a heart shaped box. Men like to get their girlfriend or wife rings, necklaces, teddy bears, and more. Women like to get their boyfriend or husband a card and make them a dinner. During the month of February, there is a lot of romance. Valentine’s Day was invented by Pope Gelasius, in the 5th century. He came up with this idea of Valentine’s Day because Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity.

Groundhog Day

By Savanna Scales and Caroline Burbage The first Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The roots of Groundhog Day come from an ancient Christian tradition known as Candlemas Day for when they would use candles to represent how long and cold the winter would be. The Germans selected a hedgehog to predict the weather to expand this concept. Once German settlers came to America and went to Pennsylvania, they switched to groundhogs to continue the tradition. Superstitions would help people predict that if it was sunny and clear,people could expect a long and tiring winter. However, if the sky was cloudy, then warm weather would approach soon. Groundhogs usually weigh 12 to 15 pounds and they live six to eight years. Some interesting things about the groundhog is that it whistles when it’s frightened or when its looking for a mate. Groundhogs can also swim and climb. The groundhog that predicts the weather is named Punxsutawney Phil. Phil’s predictions have been recorded to be only 39% correct. Scientists have recorded that there have been many “Phils” over 120 years. However, Phil-fans claim that there has been only one “Phil.”

Why Do Schools Not Celebrate Black History Month Very Much?

By Faythe McElroy and Caleb Ridener Do you ever think how important it is to learn black history and how important it is for students to know about it? Some people might find that black history month is boring or that some African American students take Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech or wanting to give equal rights to everyone for granted. What do you think? Do you take it for granted, or do you appreciate it? Majority of people are scared of the meaning of black history month, or the truth of it. In the state of Indiana, it clearly shows that the Board of Education clearly doesn’t care about children in middle school learning their black history or knowing about it.

All About Mr.Smith

By Adri’nae Jamison Chauntee Smith was born on March 17, 1977. He has two kids, Savon and Sania. He works at Belzer Middle School, because he was placed here to be one of the assistant principals. He has worked at Belzer Middle School for 8 years. For his free time he goes to his chilren’s events: Savon plays football, and Sania does gymnastics. Mr. Smith went to college for 6 years at IU. When he was younger he wanted to be a NFL football player.

All About Mrs. Fields

By Mallori White and Dru Smith Antonia Fields was born on April 30. She has no children, but she has 2 dogs. Their names are Bently and Brenna. Mrs. Fields has always been an animal person, but she has always preferred dogs over anything. When she was younger, she always wanted to be and artist she was, but she decided to change over to a language arts teacher as she got older. In October, during fall break, Mrs. Fields got married, but she decided to keep her maiden name because that was the best choice for her. Mrs. Fields has one sister who is less than 13 months apart from her sister. Mrs. Fields and her sister looked so much alike when they were kids, people used to think that they were twins. Mrs. Fields’ sister has one son, and when Mrs. Fields goes out in public with her sister’s son, people seem think that he is her son and not her sisters. Mrs. Fields has 2 big pet peeve: 1) being disrespectful and talking over other students while they are trying to talk; 2) talking while she is talking or trying to talk over her.

All About Mrs.Neal

By Alayna Beech and Jonnae Jackson Bonita Neal has two children. She has worked at Belzer Middle School for six years. She said that in all her years with working with kids, she never wanted to do anything else. Something that means a lot to her is her family especially her kids. She went to Ball State and did Grad work at IUPUI. She was in college for 6 in a half years. Some of her hobbies are to travel, cook, sewing, to hang out with her family, movies, exercising, and sports. Her dream when she was younger was that someone gave her a lot of money so that she could put foster kids on one side and the elderly on the other side so they could meet in the middle so the elder can help the foster kids and the kids can help the elders. Her first job as a kid was at Wendy’s. Mrs. Neal said that when she worked there the place got robbed and the burglar hit the boss in the head with something.

All About Ms. Roll

By Jonnae Jackson and Alayna Beech Ms. Sabrina Roll was born in the year 1969. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is married and has 3 sons and 1 daughter. Ms. Roll is the art teacher here at Belzer. To prepare for teaching, she went to the Herron School of Art and Design. She became an art teacher because she had teachers that believed in her. Something she wanted to be other than an art teacher was a psychologist. Ms. Roll has been an art teacher for 2 years straight. She also said her favorite art piece that she did was the ceramic bear she made. She does not have 1 favorite artist because there are so many great artist to choose from. This year, Ms. Roll added advanced art classes for students who excel in art.

Which Elective Do You Like The Best?

By Kyle Turner We all know there are a lot of electives in Belzer Middle School, but if you could choose one which elective would you choose as the best? Here are most of the electives at Belzer. The results of a recent survey show that Soccer Wellness won as the most popular and Performing Arts came in second. Wellness came in third as the least favorite. There is only one class for French, so that’s why it’s the lowest one.

5 Fast Facts About Fast Food

By Kennedy Stuckey Fast food is meant to be a quick alternative to coming to restaurants or cooking for yourself. Just like the lines at McDonald’s, these facts shouldn’t take that long. The first fast food restaurant ever was the Automat opened in Philadelphia, 1902. The first fast food restaurant to gain fame was an Automat in New York City, 1912. Most people have gone to McDonald’s at least once. It makes sense then that, owning 36,899 restaurants worldwide, McDonald’s is the most successful fast food chain ever. Speaking of McDonald’s, what’s your favorite menu item there? Some would say one of the burgers in the huge selection, or maybe even the soft serve. Unfortunately for those people, the most popular fast food item ever is McDonald’s french fries. McDonald’s might be busy with their worldwide success, but let’s not forget some of the others. Taco Bell receives 263,100 customers each day. Taco Tuesday; am I right?

At Starbucks, you can get a magical Harry Potter Butterbeer Frappuccino from the secret menu. All

you have to do is ask for a Creme Frappuccino base, with whole milk and 3 pumps each of caramel and toffee nut syrup.

Why Exercise Is Important

By Audrey Isaac and Danisha Alvarez According to the Department of Health, each kid should get about 30-60 minutes of physical activity everyday. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important because it has many benefits. For example, when you exercise your brain releases endorphins that make you feel less stressed and make you more positive. After exercising, you can have higher self esteem levels. Your immune system can get sufficiently stronger when you exercise more often. When the cells inside your body circulate, it fights off viruses and bacteria that can cause you to get sick. Exercising can also reduce breast cancer risk by 30%. Also, exercising can make you have way more energy throughout the day. Having more energy throughout the day can help you accomplish smaller tasks easier and make you happier. Exercise can also help control addiction. Our brains release something called “dopamine” which is basically the “reward chemical” and it responds to pleasure. According to excercise can help with addiction recovery and “short exercise sessions can also effectively distract drug or alcohol addicts, making them de-prioritize cravings,” for only a while though. For alcoholics who can’t stay asleep without drinking, if they exercise instead this helps reboot the body clock. Another thing that goes along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle is what you eat. What you put in your body shows on the outside. Drinking lots of water and eating fresh vegetables and fruits instead of processed foods can help with stress and help you lose weight. Weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% physical activity. If you exercise a lot but eat lots of bad food, you will never really be healthy. In conclusion, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can add a lot of benefits to your life. If you exercise often and eat clean, you will see a lot of these benefits added to you.

Super Bowl 52

By Gene Hooten and Shayne Spear Super Bowl 52 will be held on February 4th and held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both teams this year have had a great season, and both are ready to compete for this title. Super Bowl 52 is very special for both teams, especially the Eagles because they haven’t won a Super Bowl in a long time. For the Patriots, they are playing great with a 40 year old quarterback that has an open cut in his hand! The key players from the Patriots are Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Malcolm Butler. The key players for the Eagles are Jay Ajayi, Nick Foles, and Mychal Kendricks. This Super Bowl 52 should be a good one no doubt. Also, just a fun fact, these teams both competed in the Super Bowl in 2004. The Patriots beat the Eagles that year, but this year that could change. The Patriots are looking to win another Super Bowl like they did last year. Good luck to both teams!

Belzer Girls Basketball 8th Team Captain

By Bobbie Dunlap and Darrion Brandon Belzer Middle School has many sports teams with many different captains. Christianna Bowe is the captain of the girls basketball team. Christianna has been playing basketball for 6 or 7 years. Christianna always wanted to be a professional woman NBA basketball player. She practices constantly so she can follow her dream of being a part of the women’s NBA team. What made Christianna play basketball was when she first saw it on TV. She was very intrigued by it. Christianna’s teammates support her all the way and they get along very well, even though they do get upset with each other. Basketball isn’t just a sport for Christianna, it also helps her emotionally when she angry or with any other emotion she feels. Even with basketball practice everyday and games at least twice a week, she still manages to get honor roll and keep her grades up. Christianna has full support from her parents with basketball. Even with being captain, she also feels there are things she need to work on. One thing she say she needs to work on is, “Dribbling with her left hand.” That’s a little intell on Belzer’s 8th grade basketball captain.

2018 Winter Olympics

By Seleah Jones This year PyeongChang, South Korea is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. This will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea. Opening and closing ceremonies will be housed at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. Competition for the 2018 games will start on Thursday, February 8. Opening ceremonies will start on Friday, February 9. Closing ceremonies will be on Friday, February 25. What’s the time difference? South Korea is 9 hours ahead of London, 14 hours ahead of New York, 15 hours ahead of Chicago, and 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Created by designer Lee Suk-woo, the medals for these Games feature dynamic diagonal lines and three-dimensional consonants from the Korean alphabet that stretch across the face, according to the official website. They've been crafted with a texture to resemble tree trunks symbolizing, "The work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the Games themselves," the website said. Look out for some famous athletes such as snowboarder Chloe Kim, figure skater Nathan Chen, and snowboarder Kelly Clark.

Lonzo Ball

By Andreas Foster Lonzo Anderson Ball was born October 27, 1997. He is a professional basketball player. He is currently in the NBA playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was drafted the 2nd round pick in the 2017-2018 season. He was the first professional basketball player to have his own shoe brand in college. His brother Lamelo Ball is the first person to get his own shoe brand in high school. When Lonzo was a senior at Chino Hills High School in 2016, he was awarded multiple national high school player award. When he went to UCLA for college he broke the national record in assists with seventeen. Plus he broke the UCLA record for most assists in a college basketball season. The reason for Lonzo’s success is because of dad Lavar Ball. Lavar went to Los Angeles to find an athletic girlfriend. Lavar Ball said, “I told her my plan, and she was down to do it try to make three NBA players.” He bought a house with a full basketball court. He used to make them shoot until they made it every time. Right now Lonzo is averaging 10.2 pts , 7 reb, and 7 stl. He is one of the top rookies to win rookie of the year.

How To Wrestle

By Faythe McElroy and Caleb Ridener Wrestling first started in the Olympics in 1896, and then wrestling was once seen again in 1904. Some people may not know how to wrestle, so here are 10 things to know about wrestling. 1. Get your gear: headgear, knee pads, singlets, apparel, match equipment, and accessories: sauna suits, mouthguards, disinfectants & deodorizers, and shoes. 2. Master the stance. 3. Keep a low center of gravity. 4. Practice drop steps. 5. Watch everything the coach does closely, and don’t improvise some part of the move because, those moves won’t work 6. Learn the double-leg takedown. 7. Learn to sprawl. 8. Find out what weight class the players in. 9. Research. 10. Get strong and lose the fat. Players must be in excellent shape. Practice all aspects of fighting on ground. Lastly never give up. If you would like to learn more information go to and get more information.

The 2018 NBA All Star Game

By Edward Jones Every year the best players in the league are selected by the fans to play on one of the biggest stages of the NBA season, the All Star Game. All Star weekend this year begins on February 16th and ends on the 18th. This year the game will take place in Los Angeles, CA. It begins with with the All Star celebrity game, a game where celebrities are chosen to play a basketball match with the same rules of the real NBA. Whoever has the best performance on the winning team wins the Celebrity MVP award, Kevin Hart has won the most with four. Later that night is the Rising Stars challenge. Two teams composed of Rookies and Sophomores (1st and 2nd year players) selected by the 30 assistant coaches. Whoever performs the best win or lose getsThe Rising Star MVP. That concludes the events for the first night. Next is the events of the 17th with three main challenges: the skills challenge, the 3pt contest, and the slam dunk contest. The skills challenge is were two players run a course to test their skill, the winner is decided by a single elimination tournament format, with a guard and a center guaranteed to face off in the final. The 3pt contest is a competition were eight players, separately, go around five spots on the three point line and whoever hits the most wins. Finally, to finish the events of the second night is the dunk contest. The dunk contest is were five players are chosen to perform flashy dunks, and whoever gets the highest score wins. And finally, the main event, the 67th all star game. Players are chosen by fan voting via, and are the 2 players with the most votes draft there team. This is the first year using this format and Lebron James and Steph Curry are the captains. Whoever performs the best wins the all star MVP, the most recent MVP was Anthony Davis.

Interview with Coach Davis

By Kai Norman and Amaya Ford Coach Davis is the 7th grade girls basketball coach. She has been coaching for 1 year at Belzer and 2 years in other schools. Coach Davis thinks that having multiple sport athletes are a good experience for the girls and she loves it. She was asked how she disciplines her team when they misbehave. She said “If one person gets in trouble, they all have to run.” Coach communicates with the parents using the Remind app. She awards the team by giving them praise and giving player shoutouts at the games. Lastly she was asked, “How do you deal with people who can't get a ride to the game?” She proceeded to answer, “We take a activity bus, or we carpool.” Ms. Davis said, “The one thing I would change about the team would be having longer practice.” A question that was also asked was, “Is the team going to be able to play with you again in 8th grade if they try out?” Her response was, “I’m going to try to loop up with them so I can coach them in 8th grade because I’m the 7th grade coach.” Her coaching goals are to have the girls have no tardies and have good grades.

Walter Payton

By Javion Harris Walter Payton is a legendary running back that use to play in the NFL for the Chicago Bears. He was African American, 5’10” and 202 pounds. He was born in July 25, 1954 in Columbus, MS and died on November 1, 1999 in South Barrington IL. He earned 9 Pro Bowl selections in his life and set a lot of rushing records in his 13 years of playing with the Chicago Bears. In those 13 years he has only missed 1 game. Walter Payton was the first to reach over 1,000 yards rushing. They say that he was one of the greatest players to ever play in history. He had a big record of breaking tackles. Walter Payton looked for contact. He even knocked out someone from running them over. He had career rushing yards and the record for most 100 yards in a game.

“Shaqtin’ a Fool”

By Dylan Street “Shaqtin’ a Fool” is a comedy show, based off of the funniest moments in the NBA. The show first aired in 2011. It airs on TNT and NBA TV. The show is in its fourth season, the creator of the show is NBA hall of famer Shaquille O’neal. The show is co-hosted by more NBA Hall of Famers, Charles Bark-

ley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Three players have earned the “Golden Ticket”, which is lifetime immunity from being included in the weekly segment: Larry Nance, Javale McGee, and Pj Tucker. At the end of the NBA season there is a special NBA “Shaqtin’ a Fool” special that shows the funniest moments of the season, where Shaq is joined by Jared Greenberg and Dennis Scott.

Vince Lombardi

By Omarion Moore and Darius Johnson Vincent Thomas Lombardi was arguably the greatest football coach of all time winning many NFL super bowls and playoff championships. He was born on June 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Fordham University later becoming the head coach there. As coach, his ability to teach, motivate, and inspire players helped turn the Green Bay Packers into the most dominating NFL team in the 1960s. He has many great and motivating quotes. He coached for the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. His NFL record was 105 wins and 35 losses and also 6 ties. His playoff record was 9-1. Vincent Thomas Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57 in Washington, D.C.

Android vs iOS

By Nevaeh Alexis and Malia Thomas The most popular phone right now is the iPhone. Some Samsungs are popular too, but mostly the iPhone. The majority of the teachers have an iPhone and the biggest con is that the battery life and the biggest pro is the camera and facetime. There isn't really any cons on Android, but very few people have Android. Here are a few students and teachers perspectives on this. We personally have an iOS and my con is the battery life and storage-Nevaeh. Same for Malia. “I like the fact that I can facetime and I don't like that the battery life is wack Android cameras are horrible. Oh, and I like the iOS games and camera.” - Jayda Washington. “I like that it doesn’t cost a lot. I don't like the storage on my Android. I like the the iOS games and and the camera.” - Kai Norman. The biggest con on iOS was the battery life and that you have to use Apple Music. There wasn't really a lot of Android cons.

Which Gaming System Is Better, PS4 or Xbox One?

By Amari Robertson This debate has been going on for months now--even years, although people mostly pick the systems they already have. Plenty state that it’s PS4 because the PS4 has a slicker and slender console then the Xbox and that it has it’s own VR. Others say Xbox is better because it’s able to play blu-rays and stream live--both in 4K. These two have exclusive games which makes the debate even harder. Xbox has “Forza” which is a racing game that tons adore; however, the PS4 has “Uncharted” a game that many also love. The Xbox is able to customize your own controller which is a huge plus on their side. The PS4 is cheaper than the price of the Xbox One. Last but not least gamers state that the Xbox controller is better than the PS4 controller due to its layout and easy features.

iPhone X Or Galaxy S8?

By Amari Robertson As most know, the iPhone X costs a little over $1,000, as the Galaxy S8 costs only $720 or more. There are pros and cons to each type of phone. Pros of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is that it has amazing graphics, it has bluetooth 5.0 and IP68 meaning that it can connect to two speakers instead of one. Cons of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is that the fingerprint to unlock the phone is located in the back of the phone; it has poor battery life as most Samsung S8 buyers say that after a month or two it starts charging slowly. It has Bloatware meaning that it comes with pre-installed apps that can’t be removed, and lastly it’s super fragile, which means one drop can for sure crack the screen. For the iPhone X, many buyers say that it feels smooth and great. “Just like the future,” says Tom’s Guide from his website. It has great displays, and of course it has Animoji for fun uses. The cons for the Apple product is that it’s a little to pricey for just one iPhone. It costs extra just to get fast charging for the iPhone X; the notch above the screen on the iPhone X is not popular, and last but not least it has fewer color options; that it only comes in two colors: silver and black, nothing else. What’s your opinion? Which one do you like the most? The iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8?

Opinion: Top 3 Apps in 2018

By Jacob Kramer there are apps Whether you have a tablet, phone, or computer. Some apps make a substantial amount of money, for example, Snapchat. Some apps are poorly made and are very unsatisfactory. In this article, I will give my opinion on what the top 3 apps are for 2018. 1. Rules of Survival is a battle royale style game. Battle royale style is when the player, or a group of players, go out onto a map and fight for victory. The first thing you do is get on a plane. Then, you parachute of the plane onto the battle ground. If you look around, you will find vehicles, guns, ammo, supplies, and healing kits. You have to fight with the other players. The only thing is, you have to stay inside the circle on the map or you will be killed by the transparent green wall. In solo, the last person alive wins the game. It is exactly like the game Fortnite for those who have Xbox or Playstation 4. 2. Dune is a game by Voodoo, who also made, Go Plane and many others. In this game, the controls are very simple. Touch the screen to move the ball. There are “dunes” or little bumps that the ball goes across. You will lose if the ball lands on the part of the dune slanting up. It’s a lot of fun, and you can unlock many different things to change up the game. 3. SandBox is a color by number app. You can make your own pixel art or colorings This app is free and is one of the most popular apps in 2018. There is and endless amount of things to color. Not only that but, new ones added almost every day. This app is very relaxing and already has a ton of knock-offs.

South California Earthquake

By Edward Jones A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the southern side of California on January 24th around 2 AM. There have been no reports of injury or any damage. According to the USGS, the quake had a depth of six miles. It is being called a light rumble.

Glow In The Dark Plants Put Green Energy In A Whole New Light

By Klaeb Rhodes A team of scientists at MIT has found a way to give plants the ability to produce light. Researchers believe that plants that are bioluminescent (production and emission of light by a living organism) may someday light our streets, parks, and even peoples homes. “Plants are made of carbon dioxide and consume carbon dioxide, so they are doubly carbon negative,” says Dr. Michael Strano, a professor of chemical engineering at the university and the leader of the research. The researchers dip plants into these chemicals containing specially engineered nanoparticles, each particle carries fuel derived from sugar inside the plant’s cells producing light. The light is only as bright as a nightlight and only lasts up to three and a half hours. Strano’s team “said may be able to apply to multiple plants at once simply by spraying their leaves that could increase their brightness.”

Immigration Agents Targeting 7-Eleven stores

By Laniya Jones Federal immigration agents make sudden attack on multiple 7-Eleven stores across the country on Wednesday Jan. 10. This is what the Trump Administration described as it’s largest enforcement operation. So far the Immigration Administration swept 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states. What the Administration is trying to do is push 7-Eleven stores to punish the employees who immigrated. This has resulted in 21 arrests so far. The nation’s top immigration-enforcement official Mr. Homan promised that there will be more critical observation of businesses that knowingly violate requiring employers to prove that the people they hire for a job show proof of citizenship. “According to ICE, federal agents served inspection notices to 7-Eleven franchises in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New york, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington state and Washington D.C.”

Government Shutdown

By Mykayla Kersey On January 20, the government was on a shutdown, since we don’t have a budget, but honestly what does a government shutdown mean? “It’s a closing of nonessential offices of the government due to lack of approval on federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The shutdown stays in effect until a compromise is reached and a budget bill is passed.” - Investopedia On Monday, January 22, senate members were to vote on a bill to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks, but there were doubts that this bill will win over enough Democrats to pass it..They voted at noon, instead of the original time of 1 a.m. and the bill was passed. “The Senate voted 81-18 on Monday to end the three-day-old government shutdown, with Democrats joining Republicans to fund the government through February 8 in exchange for a promise from Republican leaders to address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.” - The New York Times To end the shutdown completely, President Donald Trump has to make a budget or the government will shut down again.

House Of Terror

By Xander Smith and Kayden Smith In Southern California, officials said a 17-year-old girl, who was held captive with her 12 other siblings, escaped from their parents house. They only got up to 2 showers a year and an average of 1 meal a day. “The children spent more than two years working on a plan to get away to get help and escape”, a prosecutor said. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at a press conference that when the 17-year-old ran away from the house, one of her 12 siblings went with her but got scared and went back into the house in Perris, California. The parents David Allen Turpin, 56, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been charged with torture and abuse against 13 malnourished children and could face life in prison. David Turpin was additionally charged with performing a lewd act on a under age child. Both pleaded not guilty to all counts in court.

The PS4 SpiderMan Game of 2018

By Gimyus Weeden This year, there will be a new PS4 game releasing soon and that game is called “SpiderMan”. In this game, when Peter Parker was in his 20’s, he meets a new bad guy named Mr. Negative and people will get to play as SpiderMan and Mary Jane (sometimes). In this new “Spider Man” game, Spider Man runs into a few obstacles and new challenges, which is a matter of life and death. In “SpiderMan” the game, we see a few iconic characters like Miles Morales, Aunt May, and Mary Jane. SpiderMan’s suit is new and different since he’s changed (His eyes on his mask can squint,the spider’s on his suit are white instead of black, and he has gloves are kind of like military fighting gloves). In the new “SpiderMan” game, SpiderMan has new ways to take down the goons, he stops a helicopter and a crane from falling on top of people, he has new gadgets, Norman Osborn is the mayor, and Peter is thinking about giving up being SpiderMan since there hasn’t been any major threats (yet). This “SpiderMan” game has a lot of action, adventure, and danger. SpiderMan has to pull through to fight the Demons and Mr. Negative since they’re going to be a bigger, greater threat in NYC, but SpiderMan isn’t going to let that happen because, “With great power comes great responsibility.” (SpiderMan comic quote)

The Wage Gap: Providing a Better Understanding

By Kennedy Stuckey “Based on the 2015 wage gap, a 20-year-old female entering the workforce full time will lose $418,800 over a 40-year career compared to a male worker, according to the NWLC.” - money. This means that each year, in general, a woman is losing $10,470 to the wage gap. Those chances lower depending on race. For every dollar a white man earns, Asian females earn 85¢, Black females earn 65¢, and Hispanic females earn 57¢. Females will almost always earn less than their male counterparts, the exceptions being counselors, teachers assistants, combined food preparation and serving workers, and sewing machine operators. Of course, some have debunked the wage gap as a myth, saying that there are multiple factors that come into play. “The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than ‘77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.’ “The latter gives the impression that a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries. That’s not at all the case. “Full time” officially means 35 hours, but men work more hours than women. That’s the first problem: We could be comparing men working 40 hours to women working 35.” - Hanna Rosin, “The End of Men” This is a lot to think about. But make sure to think when looking for a job in the future.

Shen Yun Coming to Indianapolis

By Jacob Kramer and Mykayla Kersey The Shen Yun performing arts is coming to Indianapolis this year, but who are they and what do they do? The Shen Yun performing arts are the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. “Shen Yun was established in New York in 2006 by elite Chinese artists. They came together with a shared vision and passion—to revive the lost world of traditional Chinese culture and share it with everyone.” Click here to find out more about their origin. Shen Yun is going to perform at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre on February 10th through the 11th. The shows will be at at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm Sunday. Each performance will be 2 hours and 15 minutes long and children under the age of 5 are not allowed. Attendees are required to wear evening or business attire and are asked to not cheer or whistle loudly as this can be distracting to both the audience and the performers. To find out more about the more about the show check out their website.

Plan now to attend a Belzer athletic event in February. Support your fellow Bruins by cheering them on to victory and personal bests. Winter sports are in action this month.

Top 5 Unusual Pets

By Joseph Lamson You are probably familiar of the more common, loved pets such as dogs or cats or other unusual pets such as lizards or turtles, but it gets more unusual than that. Here are the top 5 most unusual pets in the world. For number five we have the stick insect. This unusual small pet is perfect for smaller children just because they’re easy to take care of and to handle well. This insect is grown to be 3 to 4 inches, just a perfect size for a small child to handle. As long as you have an adult to help you clean and take care of the pet. For number four we have the hedgehog. This unusual pet is commonly considered to be mistaken as a porcupine but hedgehogs vary in sizes from 1 pound to 2 pounds. They grow spines up to .75 inches in length. This pet eats insects but stores sell mixture of food for pets like hedgehogs. This pet will sleep during the day and be awake during the night so you would be up awhile during the nights if you would want it as a pet. This pet is illegal for some states like New York and Washington D.C. For number three we have the Goat. The best Goat for a pet would be the Pygmy goat because they are smaller than normal goats and are easier to care. These Goats are very sociable and they are happier when they have other goats to be with. Even president Abraham Lincoln had a goat as a pet while he was president. For number two we have the sugar glider. The sugar glider is part of the possum family and get the name, sugar glider, because of his ability to glide from tree to tree. This pet is common in Australia which is where they come from. This pet is nocturnal so you will need to spend time in the night to take care and spend time with your pet. Sugar gliders have sharp teeth and claws so they can be dangerous around small children. For number one we have the Cockroach. This pet is considered by lots of people to be the grossest and ugliest insect there is, but others enjoy having them as a pet. People enjoy these insects because they find that their hissing noise is actually pretty cool and that these insects don’t bite or fly. They are small too. This pet is good for children that are interested in bugs. This insect needs a good shelter with plenty of sticks to climb on and little light. This list contains the top five strangest pets to own going from the stick insect to a Cockroach.

Top Five Zoos You Should Visit This Spring

By Brenden Fenner Spring break is on its way and it’s the perfect time to visit some of these incredible zoos. Because these zoos are nonprofit organizations, they get most of their money from tourists or visitors. It is crucial that we give these sanctuaries for endangered animals some support because at the rate poaching is going, zoos are these animals’ last shot at making a comeback! Here are 5 zoos that have gotten outstanding reviews. “Indianapolis Zoo” should be a familiar sight to those here at Belzer, but if not, definitely check it out. With a mission to empower people and communities to advance animal conservation and a whopping 64 acres, this zoo is home to 3,800 different animals from lions to the smallest tree frog. This zoo has a lot to offer and has so many different places to explore. “Brookfield Zoo” in Illinois is possibly the most hands on zoo out there. Go on a safari and discover different biomes that animals live in. It’s a unique experience that few people get to experience in the wild. See their amazing dolphin show, go face to face with the rarest leopard in the world (Amur Leopard); the Brookfield Zoo is definitely an adventure just waiting to unfold. “Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo” is trying to bring kids and animals closer together and they are doing just that. Not only is it a zoo, but it is an aquarium too. It is home to all sorts of fish including; sharks, jellyfish, and stingrays. Not to mention this is one of the few zoos that lets the visitors feed the animals (food that they provide obviously) like the giraffes for instance. All in all this zoo is worth a peek. “Potawatomi Zoo” in South Bend, Indiana is a very interesting zoo. It wants to make sure that they exceed in the quality of an animal’s life, which is very difficult to do with a nonprofit organization, but somehow they make it work. All of the animals coexist in one large habitat which is specified to the animals needs. Watch as the zebras graze with the impalas on the African plains, or the monkeys playing with the birds. You can even adopt an animal to make sure that they always has a home at the zoo. Another great zoo that gives vibe. Lastly, “Mesker Park Zoo” in Evansville, Indiana is just a place to relax and enjoy the little things in life. Go canoeing across the lake and observe otters basking in the sun and swans taking flight. Go on a safari and see lions, zebras, and elephants, or just take a stroll around the park and have a good time. So have fun this spring cause these zoos are going to make it a wild one.

Top 5 Most Popular Roller Coasters

By Caroline Burbage Many people enjoy roller coasters. They have been a fun attraction for friends and family to experience. According to a Time Magazine survey, here are the top 5 most popular roller coasters in the US. #5 is called The Voyage. This coaster is located at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. The Voyage opened up on May 6, 2006. The drop on this roller coaster is 154 feet. The maximum speed on The Voyage is 67 mph. The track length on this coaster is 6,442 feet long. #4 is called the Top Thrill Dragster. This roller coaster is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The Top Thrill Dragster opened on May 4, 2003. The drop on this coaster is 400 feet! The maximum speed on the Top Thrill Dragster is 120 mph. The track length on this coaster is 2,800 feet long. #3 is called Nitro. This roller coaster is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Nitro opened on April 7, 2001. The drop on this coaster is 215 feet. The maximum speed on the Nitro is 80 mph. The track length on this roller coaster is 5,394 feet long. #2 is called Bizarro. This roller coaster is located at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. Bizarro opened on April 2, 1999. The drop on this coaster is 132 feet. The maximum speed on the Bizarro is 61 mph. The track length is 3,985 feet long. #1 is called Millennium Force. This coaster is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Millennium Force opened on May 13, 2000. The drop on this roller coaster is 299 feet. The maximum speed is 93 mph. The track length on Millennium Force is 6,595 feet long. Time Magazine says that they based this survey off of “fan votes, awards, and technical specifications like max height, max speed, and track length.�

Top 5 Most Popular Broadway Shows Currently By Alicia Barnes and Savanna Scales In New York City, there are many Broadway shows currently running. Here are some of the most popular ones. 1. Hamilton is an American musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is about the founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and his life. This musical has become very popular in the theatre fandom, since it is so unique. Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to show that show tunes and hip-hop can mix nicely, which he did indeed show. In fact, Hamilton won 11 Tony’s, including the “Best Musical” award in 2016. 2. The Lion King is a story of a young lion prince, Simba. In the story, Simba explores the grasslands and admires his dad, all

while learning about his responsibilities about being the future king. This Broadway show tells about tragic things that happen to Simba, and how he faces his enemy for his kingdom. The first time this musical played on Broadway was October 15, 1997. It has also won a Tony award for best musical. 3. The Phantom of the Opera is about a phantom who wears a mask to hide his disfigurement. He has a hideout underneath a Paris opera house from the 19th century. The Phantom of the Opera has won an award for Best Young Actress. 4. Dear Evan Hansen is a musical written by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul. This musical became very popular very quickly because of the real life issues that it presents. In this musical, it brings things like depression, anxiety, and feeling alone to light. Dear Evan Hansen also won many Tony’s in 2017, one of them being the award for “Best Musical.” 5. Aladdin is a musical about Princess Jasmine finding Aladdin, but after being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death. Jafar, a man plotting to take over the throne, tells Aladdin to get a lamp from the Cave of Wonders which holds a magic lamp. Aladdin wants to prevent Jafar’s evil plans. This musical premiered on Broadway on February 26, 2014 and won a Tony award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

5 Movies coming out in February By Nakyah Davis and Jordyn Moreland 1. Winchester Genre: Horror Rated: PG 13 Date:Feb 02 2018 Director: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig 2. Monster Family Genre: Horror/Comedy Rated: PG Date: Feb 09 2018 Director: Holger Tappe 3. Peter Rabbit Genre: Fantasy/adventure Rated: PG Date: Feb 09 2018 Director: Will Gluck 4. Black Panther Genre: Drama/Fantasy Rated: N/A Dated: Feb 16 2018 Director: Ryan Coogler 5. Everyday Genre: Fantasy/Drama Rated: PG 13 Date: Feb 23 2018 Director: Michael Sucsy

Stranger Things Cast

By Taylor Johnson and Braya Benjamin Many people are familiar with the popular Netflix show called “Stranger Things” about how a group of kids try and help their friend Will get out of the upside down and away from the shadow man. A really famous actress from “Stranger Things” is Millie Bobby Brown, but here are some of the other cast members from the show. Noah Schnapp was born on October 3, 2004 (currently 13) in New York City, New York. Noah has a twin sister named Chloe, and his parents are Mitchell and Karine Schnapp. Noah Schnapp has a dog named Spaghetti. Sadie Sink was born on April 16, 2002 in Brenham, Texas. Sadie plays the roll of Mad Max, in season two of Stranger Things. Sadie auditioned for the roll of Max in September of 2016 and claimed she liked the character a lot. Sadie also has well over 3 million followers on instagram.

Top Five Most Popular Albums of 2017

By Audrey Isaac and Danisha Alvarez 1. “DIVIDE” The most listened/purchased album of 2017 was Ed Sheeran's album, “Divide” with sales of 2.7 million. 1.7 million physical copies of it were sold and 428,000 were downloaded. This album includes more top 10 singles than any other studio album in UK history. All of it’s 16 tracks in the Official Singles Chart Top 20. “Divide” includes some of his most popular songs such as Perfect, Shape of You, and Castle on the Hill. Ed Sheeran certainly made 2017 his year, as many critics call 2017 “The year of Ed Sheeran.” 2. “FLOWER BOY” Another album is “Flower Boy” by rapper Tyler, the Creator. The album was released July 21, 2017 it debuted as #2. The album was a mix of funk, jazz, and grunge. Tyler touched many topics such as loneliness, depression, and more. “ Flower Boy signifies Tyler’s development as an artist has reached full bloom.” -- BRYAN KRESS he started his career in 2011 dropping his album “Goblin”, his lyrics at the time made him a very controversial artist yet his career succeeded. 3. “AMERICAN TEEN” Khalid’s R&B “American Teen” album takes the place of number 9 on Billboards 200 top 10 . His popular breakout single “Location” received 13.2 million streams in the US with a 70% sales rise and 16,000 downloads. Khalid’s album also features some of his other more popular songs such as, Saved, Young Dumb & Broke, and 18TEEN. Khalid was one of the only two teenagers on the top ten on Billboard’s 200 in the last 12 months. 4. “CTRL” by SZA is also one of the top albums of 2017 debuting at #2. “CTRL” chronicles SZA’s quest to finally figure this life stuff out. How to love without losing pieces of yourself, without sacrificing self respect. “I get so lonely, I forget what I'm worth” she drawls on “Drew Barrymore.” How to lose a lover with grace and, above all, the art of self forgiveness.” 5. “LUV IS RAGE 2” by Lil Uzi Vert started off with his hit song “XO TOUR LIif3.” Brendan Klinkenberg, a critic, says, “It's an album that gets better with every listen, justifying its tracklist length as hidden gems continue to emerge.” This album was the 6th most popular album of 2017.

SELF-CHECK QUIZ: Which Shoe Brand Are You?

By Cooper Nelson Answer the questions to gain insight into your character or personality. When you answer a question remember or write down what your answer is (A, B, C, or D) On the next page, your results will be interpretted. What’s your grades in school? A. A-B B. B-C C. D-F D. A+ only Are you a social person? A. Kinda B. Not really C. Definitely D. No How do you dress? A. Trendy B. Fancy C. Classic D. Hipster Where do you eat at? A. Fast food places B. Sit down restaurants C. At home D.Anywhere, duh? What do you do in your free time? A. Hangout with friends B. Go see movies C. Play sports/outside D. Play Video games What is your favorite thing? A. Sports B. Music C. Family D. Friends

2019 Corvette ZR1

Top 5 Fastest Cars Of 2018

By Emily Cleveland and Dilyn Cox According to, these are the fastest cars in the world. The fastest car is the 2017 Bugatti Chiron at 261 MPH. It costs $2.6 million at top price. It has almost endless customization options. The 2nd fastest car is the Aston Martin Valkyrie at 250 MPH. It costs $3 million at top price. This car has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 3rd fastest car is the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador at 217 MPH. It costs $488,895 at top price. This car has a V-12 740 horsepower. The 4th fastest car is the 2017 Ford GT at 216 MPH. It costs $453,750 at top price. This car has a V-6 647 horsepower. The 5th fastest car is the 2018 Mclaren 720s at 212 MPH. It costs $310,000 at top price. This car is 3,472

By Darius Johnson and Omarion Moore The 2019 Corvette ZR1 came out January 29 this year. With a convertible, it will cost about $123,995. It has a 6.2 L V8 engine with 775 hp. The Corvette ZR1’s MPG is 16/city and 25/highway. The Corvette weighs 3,618 lbs and a curb weight of 3,298. The Corvette ZR1 has a top speed of 212 mph which makes the ZR1 the fastest production Corvette ever made.

pounds and four wheel drive.

RESULTS from “Shoe” Personality Test:

1. If you chose mostly A’s as your answers, you are Vans. You’re an average person that doesn’t have that much drama in their life and things usually go your way. You’ll live long, with close friends, and grow up with a happy family. 2. If you had mostly B’s, you are Timberlands , you are independent and you don’t rely on others. If you find something you like you are without a doubt passionate about it, and you don’t give up too easily. You have a small group of friends, but you find them to be some of the greatest friends. You have a enemy or two, but you don’t really care for them because they can’t ruin your day. 3. If you got mostly C’s, you are Jordans, you are a sporty person you care for others and don’t really have problems. You are popular and everyone loves you. You are the school icon and well known, you walk in looking well and spend a lot of time on your appearance. 4. If you got mostly D’s, you are Yeezys. You are self motivated and you take pride into your school work, you are positive and you focus your attitude to help others in need. When people have a problem they come to you and you give them the best advice that you can, whatever advice you give them helps there problem in the future. 5. If you had a bunch of different answers, you are Adidas. You have it all complicated, you are the type to think a lot of a situation, but you finally will let it go and figure out what you will say in the future that can make your problem better or to test limits. You make small jokes about you and others just to make everyone laugh and when you tell that joke, EVERYONE laughs.

Top 5 Movies of 2017

By Bobbie Dunlap and Darrion Brandon In 2017 critics from Rotten Tomatoes rated the top 10 movies from 2017. Here are the best 5. “Get Out”, which rated an 87%, was about Chris, who was dating a girl named Rose, he was going to meet her parents for the first time after the milestone of them dating. Through the weekend a disturbing truth uncovers that he never imagined. “Wonder Woman” had 92% of the critics from Rotten Tomatoes liking it. The movie was about an Amazon princess trained on this island to be a warrior when Steve Trevor crash-lands close by, Wonder Woman rescues him and she notice that World War l is starting on the planet and uses her superpowers to restore peace. The 3rd on the list was “IT”, 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. “IT” is about a shapeshifting clown the comes every 27 years to eat children. Coming together over one scary summer, the 5 friends must overcome their fears to defeat the scar shapeshifting clown IT. Next on the list was “Baby Driver” at 86%. “Baby Driver” was about a young talented driver. He relies on a soundtrack that he made to be the best driver in a game. Then he gets hired by a crime boss facing the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” rounds out the top 5 list with 92% of the critics from Rotten Tomatoes liking this movie. According to the website, ”Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound skills.

Danielle Bregoli Before Dr.Phil

By Brittney Skaggs and Alexis Kyles Danielle Bregoli Peskowitz was born on March 26, 2003 in Boynton Beach, Florida. She goes by the name “Bhadbhabie” when she raps. She has 5 songs: “These Heaux” -2017 “Whatchu Know”- 2017 “Mama Don't Worry” -2017 “I Got It” -2017 “Both Of Em”- 2018 Danielle was recognized by Doctor Phil and was invited to his show so she could learn to respect her mother and others. Her mother called the show because she said her daughter did whatever she wanted, Doctor Phil sent her to a ranch to show her life isn’t all that easy. She came back and thanked the ranch for helping her. She had it rough growing up her mom (Barbara Ann Bregoli) was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Danielle’s father was a police officer and he was abusive to Danielle, her mother, and her sister. her mother was struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. She also does Youtube and has over 3 million followers, she does reaction videos and challenges. Her instagram has 12 million followers. In September, she and her mother were in an altercation on United Airlines when she and another woman had a disagreement. She explains what happens in a Youtube video.

Joey Graceffa and Shane Dawson

By Taylor Johnson and Braya Benjamin Everyone knows Youtube, a place to watch fun videos of games, storytime, diy, etc. The people who create these videos that you enjoy so much are called Creater’s or Youtubers. Some of the most popular youtubers are Pewdiepie, Rosanna Pansino, etc. There are thousands of youtubers out there and they all have gone through some kind of challenges. Here are some facts about Joey Graceffa and Shane Dawson. Joey Graceffa: Joseph Michael Graceffa (Joey Graceffa), originally comes from Boston, Massachusetts but then moved to Los Angeles, California at age 19 with his friend Brittany. Joey was born May 16, 1991. When Joey was a toddler, paint chips from the walls got onto his toys. Being a kid he put the toys in his mouth and now has dyslexia due to led in the paint. Today he is 26 and lives with his boyfriend Daniel and owns 3 huskies, Wolf, Strom, and lark. He is the producer of his youtube red series “Escape The Night.” Joey Graceffa has two youtube channels, one dedicated to vlogs and the second dedicated to games. He has written three books “In Real Life”,” “Children Of Eden,” and “Elites Of Eden.” Finally Joey has 8.5 million subscribers on his vlog channel. Shane Dawson: Shane Lee Yaw (Shane Dawson) was born on July 19, 1988, in Long Beach, CA. Shane started posting video clips around the year of 2007. Shane Dawson has written several books. This includes; “It Gets Worse” and “I Hate Myselfie.” Shane currently owns a dog (Uno) and a cat (Cheeto) and he lives with his boyfriend Ryland. His youtube channel consist of food challenges, and conspiracy theories. In 2014, he produced his own movie “Not Cool.” This movie even made it to theaters! Shane currently has 11 million subscribers on his youtube

Top 5 Richest Youtubers

By Keith Norman Youtube stars get paid by giving away merchandise and showing advertisements in their Youtube accounts. However, only the most popular youtubers get paid the most. The richest top 5 youtubers are listed here. No. 1: Daniel Middleton is 26 and is married to another popular youtuber named JemPlaysMC better known as Jemma Middleton.When Daniel started to upload videos he was mostly focused on minecraft but now he does a wide assortment of different games. DANTDM $16.5 Million No. 2: Vanoss gaming aka Evan Fong is 25 and canadian but much about his life is unknown.He is most recognized for his montages of gameplay at funny moments with other youtube stars.The most games he plays are Gmod,Call of duty,and World of Warfare. Vanossgaming $15.5 million No. 3: Dude perfect is a group of basketball players and college roommates at Texas A&M University. This group does american sports trick shots, break many world Guinness World Records with a panda mascot and Dude perfect has show on Nicktoons sports Dude perfect $14 Million There is a tie at No. 4: Logan Paul, former Vine star and older brother of Jake Paul, has over 14 million followers on his personal YouTube account, where he posts vlogs and comedic reaction videos. He and his brother have acted on numerous television shows, including their Disney channel sitcom, “Bizaardvark.� Logan Paul $12.5 Also at No. 4: Markiplier aka Mark Fischbach is an 28 year old American Youtuber personality. Mark is a gamer that most commonly shows horror, survival, and comedy games. Markiplier is worth $12.5 million.

Congratulations to all who qualified for the honor roll celebration and the Game Truck experience. Well done!

5 Most Watched 90’s TV Shows

By Brittney Skaggs TV shows keep us entertained and give us joy, laughter, anger, sadness, etc but here are some of the most watched 90’s television shows. ”The Sopranos” -1999 is a show about Tony Soprano, a leader of a mafia who struggles with his family and his “business” and he experiences with the mafia and struggles to keep his anger low and his family happy. The tv series has 6 seasons . “Law And Order: Special Victims Unit” -1999 is a show about a team of people in New York who work to solve rape cases and convict people of those crimes, They have had many tv stars on the show including Mike Tyson, Logan Paul, Ella Anderson, etc. The tv series has 19 seasons. “Friends”-1994 is a tv show about 6 friends Monica, Chandler, Joey, Ross, Rachel, and Phoebe who deal with life and deal with it together as friends with each other, and there is a bit of conflict sometimes this tv show has 10 seasons. “Family Guy” -1999 is a tv show about a man named Peter Griffin and his family while he struggles with his drinking addiction and keeping his family together this show , the show has even crossed over with the famous TV show “The Simpsons”. This show has 16 seasons. “Boy Meets World”-1993 is a tv show about a boy named Cory Matthews who with his best friends help (shawn) is experiencing the world and trying to become a man but cory falls in love with a girl named Topanga. There is a spin off to the show called “Girl Meets World” that features all the same cast from the 90’s show and shows Cory and Topanga’s daughter becoming a woman and experiencing life with her best friend.

Top 5 Best Games 2017

By Jacob Brown According to “Business Insider,” these are the top 5 best rated games of 2017. 5. Resident Evil BioHazard- This game is playable on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Playstation VR and PC. It is a part of the horror game series, “Resident Evil.” 4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe- This game is playable on the Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is about the Mario characters who race on many different maps to see who could be first in racing. 3. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds- Other wise known as PUBG, is playable on PC and Xbox One. It is a battle royal game where you drop down from the sky get loot and try to live and fight till you and or your team is first place. 2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild- This game is playable on the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U. This game is a part of the long series Zelda. It is a game that is a RPG (Role Playing Game). 1. Horizon Zero Dawn- This game is playable on the PlayStation 4 and it is said to be a beautiful game where you can actually care for the main character.

Bendy and The Ink Machine

By Keith Norman Mike Mood, the programmer and the main creator, describes the game as an "accidental success.” The game focuses on Henry, a retired animator and the person you are playing as, who returns to the old studio he worked upon an invitation from his old colleague and friend , studio owner Joey Drew, and discovering numerous secrets about the abandoned studio, while being hunted down by Bendy,the ink monster, that resembles the company's most popular character. The game's first chapter, Moving Pictures, was released for Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows via Game Jolt on February 10, 2017, with a second chapter, The Old Song, together with a remastered version of the first one, following on April 18, 2017. After the game succeeded in its Steam Greenlight campaign on February 28, 2017, both available chapters were released onto Steam on April 27, 2017. The third chapter, Rise and Fall, was released on September 28, 2017, and a total of five chapters are planned. Chapter One: Moving pictures Henry, an animator, visits his old workplace, animation studio Joey Drew Studios, upon receiving an invitation from his old friend and former employer, Joey Drew. Having not visited in 30 years (making him over 45 years old), Henry finds the place abandoned. He then encounters a mutilated corpse of Boris the Wolf, one of the cartoon characters. From an old audio recording, Henry learns that Joey seemed to participate in bizarre Paranormal practices. Henry also discovers a mysterious ink machine Joey had installed and attempts to activate it but needs to first restore the ink pressure that powers the machine. After doing so, Henry gets attacked by a humanoid ink monster whose face resembles that of the studio's most popular character, the cartoon demon Bendy. Henry attempts to flee from "Bendy" as the studio starts to slowly flood with ink. Just before Henry reaches the exit, the floor collapses underneath him, trapping him in a room below. Then, upon approaching a pentagram drawn on the floor, Henry experiences visions of the ink machine, a wheelchair, and the Bendy monster, before passing out and ending the chapter. Chapter Two: The Old Song Determined to find an exit, Henry walks into the studio's music department. Armed with an axe that eventually breaks, he kills several hostile ink creatures called Searchers. Henry solves a few puzzles (such as opening a gate, finding a key, playing a song to unlock a door, and draining a flooded staircase) to reach the exit, but is knocked unconscious. Upon waking up, Henry learns his attacker is Sammy Lawrence, the studio's former music director. Trapped in an ink body and having gone insane, "Sammy", who now worships "Bendy" as a sacred attempts to offer Henry to the demon as a human sacrifice in order to return to normal. This backfires when "Bendy" appears and kills "Sammy" instead off screen. Henry flees from "Bendy" again, and after successfully escaping, encounters a living version of Boris the Wolf. Chapter Three: Rise and Fall Having teamed up with one of the Boris clones, Henry walks into Heavenly Toys, the studio's toy manufacturing department. There, he encounters a living, insane human version of Alice Angel, Bendys friend in the show. There are two paths that Henry can take: the Angel path or the Demon path. Depending on which path he takes, the other will close. Henry finds out that "Alice" has been extracting ink from other cartoon characters, such as an iteration of a member of the Butcher Gang, in order to improve her appearance. "Alice" offers Henry his freedom in exchange for a few errands and provides him with tools to help him. Henry carries out these various errands (which involves gathering several materials such as gears, valve cores, heart pieces, and blobs of ink, destroying Bendy cutouts, and protecting “Alice” from the Butcher Gang) for "Alice" all while evading "Bendy" and the Projectionist, a projector-headed monster that's actually Norman polk the studios projectionist. After every task is complete, Henry and Boris ascend in an elevator. However, "Alice" then proclaims she wants to use Boris for herself, and the elevator plummets down. As Boris tries to revive Henry back to conscious, he is taken away by "Alice" and presumably captured in the next chapter. Info: Bendy is and was the mascot for Joey Drew Studios, the dancing demon is all around the studio in cardboard cutouts and posters, but if you see the monstrous Bendy he is taller than henry and has melting face. The ink demon will drown you in ink and then you’ll have to start over.

How Do You Feel About the Cafeteria’s Food? By Kai Norman and Amaya Ford

Ms. Dux likes the pasta meals.

Donald Harris would add steak to the menu.

Meleigh Lanaux loves the pizza. Amisha Givens enjoys the nachos.

Lucy Schoenlein doesn’t like the food.

Treasure Gray would add fried chicken.

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Volume 5 issue 5  

The January Edition of the newspaper.

Volume 5 issue 5  

The January Edition of the newspaper.