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Following reports that Apple is urging parents to limit screen time for children, students weigh in on the role of social media in daily life

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Senior Drew Riordan peddles to the finish line as buckets of water are splashed onto him and other competitors on the last leg of the annual Homecoming Trike Race.

photo by kate thomas


Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts discusses his take on school delays. pg. 7

OPINION The staff voices its opinion on internet safety. pg.12


Check out the basketball season game and stats recap. pg.15

STUDENT LIFE Jakub Trusina compares Indiana and the Czech Republic pg. 21

OUR STAFF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Tessa McKenney Ruthie Yezerets

EXECUTIVE EDITORIAL BOARD Hannah Abts Rylie Day Caitlin Davey Hannah Long Akshaya Sabapathy

IN-DEPTH TEAM Madi Beck Emma Cooper Kate Thomas Suzanne Ward


Roth Lovins Rachel McCarver

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Hailey Andis Jasmine Austin Dean Bennett Abigail Bodart Katie Casteneda Salome Cloteaux Maggie Davis Kaylee Eckelman Dayana Franco-Ruiz Jaqueline Fry Cailyn Goebel

Anna Hatton Zoey Horn Christian Lopez Katie McAnich Cheyenne Peters Coral Roberts Alyona Rosenthal Erica Song Kat Steilberg Grace Wang

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NEWS RUNDOWN // by alyona rosenthal // design zoey horn



urrently, there are 27 different states that have legalized marijuana and Indiana is in the process of taking its own steps towards legalizing medical marijuana. House bill 1106 was introduced by State Representative Jim Lucas in an attempt to legalize medical marijuana. The bill would allow the cultivation, distribution and use of medical marijuana for anyone with a serious medical condition. Medical marijuana has been found to assist those suffering from PTSD, chronic pain, brain injuries, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and even those undergoing chemotherapy. Senior Bryce Sherman is in support of legalizing medical marijuana. “I

Learn about new bills introduced in the recent legislation session

support it fully because PTSD is something we are still learning about. If we have something that can help with it then I think we should be able to use it.” Sherman said. Despite these benefits, Governor Holcomb has publicly expressed his opposition to legalizing medical or recreational marijuana. However, House Speaker Brian Bosma who had previously opposed the issue stated he would be open to studying the issue of medical marijuana. The House bill was heard on Jan. 9 and assigned to the Public Health committee for review. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1 of this year.

Senior Bryce Sherman voices his opinion on the legalization of medical marijuana.

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S Junior Terri Dale shared her veiw on purchasing alcohol on Sunday. photo by alyona rosenthal

ince 1853, Indiana has prohibited the sale of all retail alcohol on Sundays, primarily based on tradition and religious reasons. Many still oppose any change in these laws, including junior Terri Dale. “People have a chance to buy it all week. Sunday is a day of worship and people shouldn’t be allowed to buy alcohol on Sundays,” Dale said. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Sunday is the second most important grocery shopping day of the week. Shoppers tend to spend more on Sundays than any other day of the week. While the typical grocery basket

contains only $23.27 of goods Monday through Saturday, the Sunday basket has $28.23, which is 21 percent more than other days of the week. On Weds. Jan. 11 Indiana made the first step with a unanimous vote 9-0 to approve Senate bill 1 authorizing businesses that sell alcohol for offpremises consumption six days a week to sell on Sundays between noon and 8 p.m. The bill was moved to full house for a second vote which was 12-1. This will now clear the way for a vote in full Senate. Hoosiers should soon see a change in liquor sales throughout Indiana.



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any seniors in the next few months are going to have a lot of hoops to jump through before they graduate and make their way to college. Senior Olivia Norris and counselor Emily Tucker shared their experiences and offered advice for the college application process. “I would say apply early to schools. The earlier, the

Senior Olivia Norris

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Indiana state deadline for FAFSA (may be earlier for some schools)

better, especially if schools are on rolling admission because then you get in there when they have the most spots available,” Tucker said. Norris also emphasized avoiding procrastinating on a specific part of the application. “[F]or letter of recommendations, I recommend asking your teacher very early because they get stockpiled,” Norris said. College applications, however, are not the only component of preparing for college. According to the counselors, college visits are just as important. “Prior to applying to college, we encourage all students to take college visits. Honestly, there’s no substitute for a college visit. You don’t get a feel for the campus unless you go to the campus,” Tucker said. Another part of preparing for college is applying for scholarships. “For seniors, I’d say definitely look into scholarship dates and when they’re due,” Norris said. The following calendar lists dates of application and scholarship deadlines, as well as upcoming events for college-bound students.

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SAT testing at Columbus North High School


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Graduation Day in Columbus North gymnasium


Students and the community petitioned against building a puppy mill in Columbus. by cheyenne peters // design by coral roberts

At a Bartholomew County Board of Appeals meeting held at the Columbus Minicipal Airport on Jan. 22, citizens oppose a request to build a kennel to breed dogs.

BY THE NUMBERS Dogs spend a majority of their time in cramped cages, with NO ROOM TO PLAY OR EXERCISE. Puppies in mills often have many health issues including bleeding or swollen paws, SEVERE TOOTH DECAY, EAR INFECTIONS, and dehydration. Female dogs are bred constantly with NO RECOVERY TIME between births.


he Bartholomew County Board of Appeals garnered lots of attention recently at a board meeting on Jan. 22. Amongst regular land use appeals was a request to build a dog kennel that caused protesting across the community. Applicants Lena and Aaron Oberholtzer recently purchased property near County Rd. 950N and County Rd. 500 E in Flatrock township, and made a request to build a dog kennel. The kennel would stand 42 foot by 80 foot, with the use of privately breeding small dogs. The proposed space would contain around 80 cages, outdoor dog runs and exercise areas. Because the property is zoned for agricultural use, the Oberholtzer’s had to seek approval for the kennel by the Board of Zoning Appeals. Hearing of the request, many animal advocates felt strong opinions against the construction of a “Puppy Mill” in the community. Students and community members took action by signing a petition and posting on social media. Senior Vamshi Balanaga sympathized with the animal advocates, claiming that puppy mills are unsafe and uncleanly spaces for dogs. “Puppy mills are unsanitary since the dog kennels are not regularly cleaned. As such, pathogens from dog feces spread and virii

photo by madi beck flourish. This not only bad for the dogs and the puppies that are being bred, it is bad for the neighboring community,” Balanaga said. “These disease inflicted puppies are then sold to unsuspecting customers who are left to take care for a dying puppy.” Balanaga said. Advocates argue that customers that purchase dogs from a puppy mill are usually not fully aware of the conditions the puppies are bred in. Additionally, the dog kennel applicants have caused a rise in concerns for the care of the animals that could be housed in the facility. “A private entity wants to [build the kennel]. This same private entity has been notified by the USDA for not keeping dogs satisfactory clean,” Balanaga said. “The combination of all these effects is, in my opinion, a sound argument for not having a puppy mill.” Balanaga said. The city county planning department had previously recommended that the board pass the application from the Oberholtzer’s. However, following a large turnout of protesters at the board meeting, the proposal for the dog kennel was denied. The board voted four to one to turn down the request, citing concerns about alternative use of prime farmland. Following the vote, the crowd of protesters expressed their excitement.

“This not only bad for the dogs and the puppies that are being bred, it is bad for the neighboring community.”





by kaylee eckelman // design by emma cooper


s technology advances, electronic smart household items are becoming more common. A report from Consumer Intelligence research partners shows that there have been more than 10 million Alexa powered devices sold since November of 2016 by Amazon with newer models on their way. Junior Jenna Jarnagin has an Amazon device with Alexa. “I got the Amazon Alexa because she has a nice speaker to play music and she can answer pretty much any question you ask,” Jarnagin said. “She reallys comes in handy if I’m in the mood for a certain song, looking up a recipe, or even doing homework, as she can google any questions that I may have.” Over the years, Alexa has compiled over 25,000 skills. This year, over 25 million Americans will use an Alexa device at least once a month, according to eMarketer. It has been predicted that by the year 2021, there will be more Alexa-

like digital assistants on the planet than humans. “Though this improvement in technology goes to show how the world is changing, and how we, as people have different methods from what our grandparents had. I can ask my Alexa any question and she will answer in in a heartbeat, though back fifty or sixty years ago, you would have to get to a library or thesaurus in order to research something.” As we continue to progress in the world on technology the question always comes into play, ‘How far is too far?” “I think they can be good at times, but also I think they are bad because we won’t be able to do anything without technology and that is really sad and depressing if you think about. We are already so dependent upon it, think about 20-30 years from now. Technology is becoming more and more of our daily lives, and with this the consequences of it being taken away or lost continue to grow worse.”


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million people own an Alexa

Usage of devices like Amazon’s Alexa are growing in homes

The most popular skill of Alexa is the ability to set a timer



Following much dispute, BCSC Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts chose to clarify the current delay and canellation policies

“What was the background thought that motivated the release of the Inclement Weather Statement?”

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he reason for releasing it was, there had been a lot of discussion and I don’t have all the background you all have, having gone to school here for each year of your school career. I’ve only been here for two years so anything that transpired with delays, cancellations, whatever that process was, really not aware of that. It really wasn’t perhaps, like, a normal statement, and of course the winters vary. You have warm winters, you have cold winters, you have different levels of precipitation from winter to winter so it’s hard to compare what one superintendent may have done as we aren’t operating with the same winters and making calls in the same condition. So, as we were hearing the discussion we decided to release a statement to clarify a lot of the points. Only in the last two years have we implemented social media as a communication tool, so when I came in I realized we needed to utilize social media since many of you, as students, key in on certain social media sites, whether it be Facebook or Twitter, or even Instagram or Snapchat. Parents are still with Facebook so we try to keep everything at least on our Facebook and Twitter feed, or page, so people can key in on those. We believe that really instigated the conversation, so that when there is a delay or no delay, then there’s going to be a reaction to that. A couple of weeks ago there was a forecast of severe weather coming in on a Friday, and on Thursday night I made the decision to release a statement as to when we would make a decision. I did that because other schools around us were already choosing to close and we were beginning to get questions about that on our social media sites, or

through emails, so we released a statement saying we were going to wait until the next morning to make a decision because sometimes forecasts are just wrong. The information comes out and there’s no reason for some decisions. We want to at least know what the conditions were going to be, get the most updated forecast, before we make a decision, and that’s what we did. But in doing that we created a lot of dialogue, so that one statement that seems relatively neutral on the face of it, you know, to say that, ‘hey everybody, we’re going to wait til tomorrow morning to make a decision, until we have better information, updated information on what the weather conditions are and what the forecasts are for the rest of the day.’ [There was] a lot of conversation. It seemed to be more negative than positive in reading through those comments coming in, but we waited until the next morning, we made a decision, and we moved on. Then last week...we called a delay on Tuesday, and later that day, after just getting a lot of comments how we should’ve closed or why wait so long to call a delay…we just wanted to release a statement. That particular day, there was just a combination of cold weather and the roads weren’t very good. As we weight those situations, and as we say in the statement, cold weather is a thing that we pay attention to, but it doesn’t scare us off as much as maybe other school corporations. And one year ago, December of 2016, my first year here, we had a cold weather day right before Christmas, and we started to get on our social media, which we had as a new communication method within the corporation, we started getting questions about ‘Hey, are we going to close or delay school tomorrow?’ So then I released a statement.”

“We want to at least know what the conditions were going to be, get the most updated forecast, before we make a decision, and that’s what we did.”

To read the full interview with Dr. Roberts,

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ing! Ping! Ping! The notifications and alerts are constant as the teacher continues with her lesson. Glancing around the room, phones litter desks as students keep them at an arm’s length, just in case. From the first social media platform, Six Degrees, in 1997, social media has exploded. With humble beginnings on instant messaging sites like MySpace, social media has continued to evolve throughout the 21st century. Generation Z, birth year 1995 through 2010, also known as the iGeneration, has been the first generation to grow up in this age of social media and internet frenzy. Senior Madi Grimes said that these developments have undefined effects. “I think that social media has good parts and bad parts,” Grimes said. “A lot of people judge a little too harshly on social media, but it’s also a good way to stay in touch with your friends and have fun.” According to Vision Critical, what sets Generation Z apart from Generation Y, or Millennials, is the way they consume media and their media consumption habits. While previous generations turned to television for their main source of entertainment, the iGen is shifting to mobile devices, like iPads and iPhones. And as innovations are presented in the marketplace, Generation Z is increasingly looking for the newest, coolest products instead of searching for new and exciting experiences. Grimes said the focus on social media can be overwhelming.

“I think that it can get to the point where it’s your main focus, when your main focus should be things that matter,” Grimes said. “Some people are really concerned with what people think about them and social media is their way to make their life look the way that they want it to be perceived.” The extent that social media affects the lives of everyone is immense, however the true amount of social media usage is widely disputed. According to Statista, internet users spend on average 135 minutes (over 2 hours) online, while Entrepreneur estimates that users can spend upwards of five hours on social media a day. These high numbers can also be connected to the growing number of car accidents caused by distracted driving. According to the DMV, in 2015, alone, distracted driving resulted in 391,000 injuries or deaths. Ten percent of those accidents were as a result of distracted driving involving a cell phone. Junior Chloe Day agrees that phones are actively used as distractions. “I definitely think social media can become a big distraction for some people and it can really take over their lives,” Day said. “But, in certain situations the distraction makes me feel more comfortable, especially if I’m in a situation I don’t want to be in. But other times, it’s kind of weird when everyone is on their phones.” Even with the increasing amount of information being put on the internet, sources are not always accurate or true. In the case of social media, the phenomenon of catfishing has become a rising issue.


INDEPTH According to XNSPY, catfish have tricked millions into thinking they gotten on that bandwagon, but it does seem stupid at times when you are someone who they are not. A person’s image on social media can have three different accounts to try to see what you’re friends are doing,” also be misleading as the rise of instagram themes make people’s Day said. “At the same time, it’s kind of fun to have those secret accounts lives look different than they actually are. Day said it’s hard to trust where not everyone sees it, where it can be less serious and there isn’t that what you see online. aspect where you feel like you have to make things look perfect or posed.” “There is a lot of misinterpretation on social media because people will On Instagram, the difference between main accounts and finstas is stark. see things and immediately think ‘that’s how they live their life’ but most While main accounts may have thousands of followers, finstas generally of social media is very posed and very fake and I don’t think only feature small amounts of followers. Content is also different. people realize that all the time,” Day said. “You can’t trust While main accounts may contain perfectly edited, poised everything you see online. You may have people on and aesthetic photographs, according to Her Campus, your social media, who you think you can trust and finstas feature photos that people don’t feel comfortable are friends with, but that isn’t the case.” posting for a more public audience. Grimes said the As social media becomes a larger and larger smaller following makes people forget that privacy part of daily life, it allows people to hide behind doesn’t mean exclusivity. screens. According to Elite Daily, the screen “I like finstas because you can have an account with allow people to judge each other based on the just your close friends who want little daily updates lives they have chosen to portray online. But, on your life and I think that’s cool and a good idea,” constant posting, liking, and commenting can Grimes said. “However, I think that people can look at blur the lines between real and fake. Day said those accounts and think they can post things that some things online seem doubtful. aren’t as flattering for them. But, just because things “I think when people constantly comment on are private, doesn’t mean that people can’t see things everyone else’s pictures, they are trying to make on other people’s phones.” themselves look better and boost their own social While a post may be cute or funny now, students “I feel like aspects of media image,” Day said. “I think it’s kind of fake are learning the hard way that posting risky photos, and I don’t really appreciate when people do that social media turned into publicly or privately, can come back to haunt because you know it’s not genuine.” them. In a recent study by Kaplan Test Prep, they a competition, like ‘Fake’ accounts are all over Instagram now in discovered that out of the 350 universities they the form of finstas. The allure of finstas is their polled, 35 percent used social media presence to getting more likes or discreteness. According to Brooke Duffy, an influence their choice for prospective applicants. Day having more followers, said that she’s been taught to think about the future assistant professor of communication at Cornell University, people are drawn to finstas because when she posts. and it has led to this they believe they will help them dodge monitoring “There are definitely people that I don’t want to see obsession.” by future employers. The use of finstas allows what I post, like my parents and my future bosses. users to dodge monitoring by future employers I try to keep my main account more perfect and - EVAN PATTERSON according Brooke Duffy, an assistant professor of ‘good-girl’ esque because colleges check that stuff communication at Cornell University. Finstas and I don’t want them to look back and have that affect are majorly private and normally feature snapshots of daily my future,” Day said. “But, that’s not really something I’ve had to worry life not suited for more mainstream accounts. Day about because I’ve always paid attention to what I’m posting and my mom said she too has created one. has alway stressed that a clean social presence is important part of getting “I have a regular Instagram, a into college.” finsta, and an exclusive As situations and experiences, like college, take you away from home, account, so I’ve staying connected to those left behind is becoming more important. definitely According to Pew Research Center, 67 percent of social media users say that the main reason they use social media, is to stay connected. “Having social media makes me feel more comfortable because I feel more connected to my friends and I can just reach out to people whenever I want,” Grimes said. “I reach out to people everyday, whether it’s people I see everyday or people I met at summer camp. It’s just a good tool to stay connected.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA BY THE NUMBERS 28% of people have felt harassed or received uncomfortable requests on social media

59% of millenials think online dating is a good way to meet somebody


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social media can be more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

written by madi beck // design by suzanne ward and kate thomas



THE HYPOCRISY OF PRIVACY The Triangle examines the “privacy paradox” involving social media users and data privacy risks


typical student’s daily social media use consists of liking photos on Instagram, sending Snapchats, checking Twitter, or searching for homework answers on Google. Social media sites are meant to be a fun way to express yourselves and connect with friends. For many users, they serve this purpose. However, many users are unaware of the amount of information they are voluntarily providing when they post on social media sites. When a user likes an Instagram post, that information is sent to a third party advertising company. If a Snap Story is posted with a Geofilter, the location is recorded. When a student searches for homework answers, Google files away the search history. Websites keep track of clicks, how long an item is viewed, the device being used, the Internet provider, even the type of phone plan… and so on. According to a 2015 Pew Research Study, 94 percent of students go online using a mobile device daily. Likewise, every time a user logs in, social media sites are collecting data in mass amounts. Despite this alarming reality, users everywhere continue to use social media and volunteer information. Having little privacy and being tracked online is a difficult fact to face. That’s why many of us avoid acknowledging it. This sensation is described as the “privacy paradox”. Examined in a 2006 study at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the “privacy paradox” encompasses the finding that even people that are security conscious online are willing to divulge excessive personal information on social media. People post in an uncensored, self-exposing way that is very public, with seemingly no regard to the data trail they are leaving behind. This plays into the idea of third person bias, in which people acknowledge the risks of posting online, but believe they are personally immune to those risks. Even with users knowing that their privacy and data are being compromised, posts still flood social media sites. Nearly anyone that uses social media is guilty of thinking that online risks do not apply to themselves. People separate themselves from the issue in an attempt to avoid worry. It’s a reasonable response to the idea that these sites may know

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everything about you at any given time. It’s not a new coping mechanism, especially for teenagers. Adolescents are known to have an invincible attitude about dangerous activities, assuming they won’t get caught, be hurt or get in an accident. The “privacy paradox” and third person bias is just a coping mechanism to deal with the unnavigated territory of online privacy. The path to change how our data is being collected and used is becoming informed and driving change. Many websites collect user data opportunistically. Not because the website actually requires it to function, but because there are no rules preventing it. Social media sites reap the benefits of selling data to advertisers at high prices, and having access to valuable user information that betters their algorithms. We as social media users must stop this. Reading what data social media sites collect is a great first step into thinking more about online privacy. Consider all of the apps that have access to your camera, microphone, location, and contacts and question if they really need that information. Users can utilize incognito browsers and clear your cookies to avoid tracking and search profiling. Also, users should check privacy settings frequently. According to the aforementioned Carnegie study, it is estimated that 40 percent of Facebook posts have been shared using the public default account settings. Facebook updates daily- and their privacy policy could be changing at any time. The study found that online privacy settings aligned with user expectations only 37 percent of the time, so it’s worth checking. A final step: think before you post. Although a post can be hidden from your account, or a profile deleted, the post is likely still connected to the website’s database, or in someone’s screenshots. Navigating social media and online privacy is difficult. There is no “do not track” switch. At this point, a user must choose between being connected and losing control of personal data. By being aware of these issues, maybe the future of social media privacy won’t have to be so black and white. Perhaps then users could benefit from the connectivity and globality that social media provides- without the fear that it will come back to haunt them.

Carnegie Melon’s analysis consists of 166 studies, including 75,269 participants of 34 countries. hbr.org/2017/05/why-were-sohypocritical-about-online-privacy

As of 2018, There are 3.03 billion active social media users. A new social media user joins every 15 seconds. statusbrew.com/social-mediastatistics-2018-for-business



EDUCATION by emma cooper

Scheduling classes soon? Here’s some things to keep in mind... Incoming freshmen: Try to take PE, health, and PCC classes early to get them out of the way. This allows the focus to be on more interesting classes later.

Incoming sophomores: Sophomore year is a great year to explore careers that align with topics of interest. It generally tends to be easier, so maybe consider taking an AP class or two like AP Computer Science Principles, AP European History, or AP Psychology. Incoming juniors: Junior year can be really tough! Maybe consider taking work-intensive classes such as AP US History and AP Psychology different years to create a managable workload. Incoming seniors: This is the last schedule! Take challenging classes, but don’t make the work unmanageable. Be realistic about the amount of free time availible, and keep in mind the search for a college.

here’s a class to learn about mathematics. There’s a class to learn about English. There’s a class to learn Spanish, French, German, Chinese, or Japanese. There’s a class to learn how to cook food. There’s a class to learn how to draw or create pottery. There’s a class to learn about computer programming and one for learning how the internet works. All of these classes offer important skills for students, and we are lucky to have such an amazing school. But while Columbus North offers so many classes and opportunities for students to learn, there is a critical gap in the education provided. An astounding number of students don’t know how to take care of their mental health. They don’t know how to study in a manner that works for them, and they don’t know how they learn best. The reason behind this is simple: students are never taught how to learn or study or deal with stress. Without this education, it is only to be expected that the numbers of depressed and self-harming students will increase. For clarification, this is not to say that students should not have to deal with any pressure or stress. Stress, while not enjoyable to deal with, is inevitable for everyone. What students should be able to do is successfully manage the pressure they feel. The easiest way to resolve the issue is to teach students how to do these things. Classes such as Health or Preparing for College and Careers attempt to touch on these subjects but fail to truly address the issues. Over the past decades, the workload placed on students has increased dramatically. However, nothing has been added to help students manage this workload. Consequently, a dramatic increase in depressed and selfharming teens has occurred, but for various reasons adults simply wonder why. The reason is simple; teens don’t know how to take care of their mental health. And they have no means through our school to learn how to do so. As a result, of course the numbers are going to continue to increase. No number of posters telling people to love themselves is going to change that.



STARTING OFF THE SEASON by rylie day // design by grace wang


eniors Ihsan Zulkifly and Sam Ellis are gearing up for this spring’s lacrosse season. Going into his fourth year on the team, Zulkifly reflects on how he became a part of Columbus North lacrosse. “I got involved freshman year because a friend convinced me to join,” Zulkifly said. “I like lacrosse because it’s physical and fast-paced, but I don’t like how I always go home with new bruises. It’s maybe 20 hours a week for time commitment.” Zulkifly expects the 2017-18 season to go fairly well for the Bull Dogs. “I think we’ll have a winning schedule and there’s a good chance we make postseason,” Zulkifly said. Ellis has also been a member of the Columbus North lacrosse team since his freshman year. “I got involved in lacrosse actually because of a love for the sport of hockey,” Ellis said. “I never played hockey due to my inability to skate, and heard about this new sport starting up called lacrosse. I heard of the similarities the sports had and basically just instantly fell in love with it.”

Besides the annual cross-town rival game against Columbus East, Ellis is looking forward to rivals Avon and Bloomington North. “The games I anticipate the most this year have to be the rival games: Avon and Bloomington North, just due to the bad blood and history between both teams, and of course the North East game,” Ellis said. The lacrosse team has lost to Columbus East the past three years and is looking forward to redemption against the Olympians. “We’ll be coming in with a chip on our shoulder, really looking to finally get that first win against them,” Ellis said. With lacrosse being a newer sport at North, it has brought a new dynamic to North athletics as well as a brand new group of teammates. “My favorite part of being on the team has to just be the wide variety of guys,” Ellis said. “Being a new sport, it’s not a lot of guys who have been together for a long time playing with similar personalities. It’s odd how we have such a different group of guys but still click very well.”


Men’s lacrosse prep for the spring season with open practices

photo by rylie day Seniors Ihsan Zulkifly and Sam Ellis do push-ups with teammates at Foundation for Youth.

Men’s Lacrosse Team Stats The team was founded during the 2014-2015 school year.



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Varsity’s best season was in 2016, with 9 wins out of 15 games.

The first game of the 2018 season will be on Mar. 24 against Homestead in Fort Wayne


On Jan. 24, the Bull Dogs competed against Mooresville High School. They won with a score of 66-58. photos by alyona rosenthal // design by hannah long

Freshman Blake Barker jumps in the air to block a shot by Mooresville.

Senior Trey Vincent passes the ball to his fellow teammate.

Junior Patrick McKinley goes in for the shot.

Junior Trenton Kelly attempts to pass the ball.

Senior Bailey Hester shots the basketball.

Junior Trenton Kelly goes up for a layup.

Junior Lakeevan Whedon dribbles the ball down the court.




The Super Bowl is this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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into the waist.

Yes 70%

3 4

Gloves help improve your grip and can benefit all football players.


The stockings worn by players must be white from the top of the shoe to mid calf and an approved team color.


Tape used on shoes and stockings must be black or white to match the selected dominant shoe choice of the club.

7Any game ball within the allow-

able range of 12.5 PSI to 13.5 PSI will be approved.

What is your favorite Super Bowl snack? Other 16% Wings 50%

Pizza 28% Nachos 6%

Do you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials or the game?



No 30%

Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pants must not be altered or cut in any way and must be pulled over the knee.

SUPER BOWL vs. AFL-NFL The Super Bowl used to be called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.

Do you support Justin Timberlake performing during Halftime?

Game 40%

Every player gets a car for a week.

Commercials 60%


Halftime performers do not get paid.

The most expensive ad costs $12.4 million.

READY, SET, SPIKE // w cheyenne peters // design by erica song

The men’s volleyball team begins practice for the spring season


“Volleyball has always interested me, so when I learned there was a mens team, I knew I wanted to try it out. This year is my third year playing. We have a lot veteran players this season who will help us improve on last season and eventually meet Carmel at the Bank.” Senior Warren Kiel

photo by cheyenne peters The men’s volleyball team practices a drill at Central Middle School.

Libero // the rearmost, roaming defensive player. Dig // a player passes the ball which has attacked by the


Spike // the act of scoring a point by slamming the ball over the net into the opposing court effectively and aggressively. Setter // the player assigned to set the ball into the air for the purpose of placing the ball in position for the attack. Pancake // an emergency defensive move where a player anticipatorily lays his or her hand on the floor.

Rotation // the clockwise movement of players on the court after a side-out has occurred and the opponents have lost the serve.

Tip // a one-handed, soft hit into the opponent’s court using the fingertips. Also called a dink

Volleyball Terms

he men’s volleyball team provides a second home and closely bonded friend group for many of its players. Returning seniors are ready to embrace their last season, and freshmen reruits are ready to follow in their footsteps. Senior Finn Anderson is one of the team members leading the way. Anderson first became interested in volleyball after having family ties to the sport. “My sister used to play and I watched her games which got me interested. I heard about the team after a track meet freshman year. They had a game in the gym next to the locker room,” Anderson said. Each year, seniors try to recruit new team members using various strategies. “I personally talked to a couple [freshmen] and it got them interested, but it’s mostly by word of mouth. I did tweet about it but I don’t think a lot of freshman use twitter,” Anderson said. Practices began on Feb. 10, and the team is seing results from recruitment strategies. “We’ve had a couple of practices now where we had around 22 at practice, but around 26-27 people have been to at least one practice,” Anderson said. “We hope to have more underclassmen.” The players are confident in their abilities for the spring season, but will have to adjust to changing teammates. “We will have more experience this year with the majority of players returning and we’ll have a lot of depth on the varsity team. But we did lose three starting players,” Anderson said. “One of the seniors was a setter, so we played a rotation with two setters in it. This year we will likely only have one setter in the starting lineup. We also lost our libero, which we’ll see if we can fill that spot in the next couple of months,” Anderson said.




When employed, students face the question, “How and when should I get a raise?”


the question of pay comes into mind when getting a job. 15% of employed teenagers in America make minimum wage. So when is it okay to ask for a raise and how do you manage to do that in a an appropriate manner? “If you can show somebody else is being paid more than you for a same kind of work and so forth, I think it’s okay to talk to people,” Pfaffenberger said. Though asking for a raise is an option, it is not the only one. “I think people with good attitudes generally climb ladders and do very well. People who are really argumentative and so forth have trouble. Just do your job and do the very best that you can,” said Pfaffenberger. “Follow the habits of mind. Those 16 habits of mind are incredible. If you do the things that are on there, you are going to be the best employee ever and you’re going to get that pay raise and that really is true.”

n Jan. 8th a Louisiana middle school teacher who was thrown out of a school board meeting, handcuffed and booked on criminal charges. She had spoke out about the new contract put in place giving the superintendent a raise, while teachers’ wages were still low. Laurie Pfaffenberger is a psychology teacher at North. “I would have calmly brought things up instead of going to a meeting and starting something, but I saw it and I think it’s terrible, Pfaffenberger said. “I think that teachers should be paid well, and she maybe had a valid protest, but I think you have to be careful everyplace you go and you have to think about what you are saying.” One in four high school students in America have jobs. WIth these jobs comes new responsibilities such as getting to work on time, showing up each day, and meeting the employers standards. Though



Senior Ihsan Zulkifly gave us his opinions on how to ask for a raise. “You have to be confident in your abilities and make sure that you actually deserve a raise. I would ask another co worker (one who will give you an unbiased opinion) if you deserve a raise.”

“Be extremely polite and don’t be disheartened if they don’t say yes. However, now your bosses know what your intentions are and will keep that in mind should any available funds come around. Your time is valuable and you should feel as though it is being compensated fairly.” Zulkifly said.

by kaylee eckleman // design by kat steilberg

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Pfaffenberger explains what to do if your boss says no. “Do what the boss wants you to. Learn what the boss wants. If you want a different kind of job maybe leave that job if you don’t like what the boss has to say and go to someplace else”


Students share their reasoning behind deciding whether to attend formal by salomé cloteaux // design by erica song

Students dance at Winter Formal at Southside Elementary on Sat. Jan. 20th. photo by paola fernandez


he music blasts throughout Southside as hundreds of students dressed in sparkling dresses and ties dance surrounded by bright lights and decorations. While some students jumped up and down and sang every song, others decided to stay home or hang out with friends instead of attending Winter Formal. Senior Morgan Smith has been to formal all four of her high school years, whether she went with friends, a date, or to take pictures. “Before formal, I get ready with my friends, take pictures, and have a good dinner. During the dance, it’s fun to see everyone dressed up and to just have a good time with your group. Afterwards I usually go back to someone’s house or out to eat, again.” Smith said. The theme, music, and people are different year to year, making formal a new experience each time. This year’s theme was “Light up the Night”. “Formal changes for me every year based on my group. The mood of the whole night depends on how well the group gets along. Some years have been less fun, and some years have been really fun.” Smith said. Senior Kaitlyn Niebrugge didn’t want to miss out on her last formal either, and rushed back from a swim conference in Indianapolis to get ready for formal. “I was debating going this year, but one of the divers asked me to go with him, and I decided I couldn’t miss my senior year formal,” Niebrugge said. For some students, the planning stage and getting ready for formal can seem stressful or not worth the time. Sophomore Melanie Lin chose not to attend the three hour long event. Lin wasn’t sure she was going to enjoy the event, but is considering attending next year. “I have never been interested in going, because I don’t like to dress up. If you’re not sure if you want to go, you could still go to see it for yourself. It’s nice to try it once and if you don’t like it you don’t have to go next year. If you liked formal, you can go again and you wouldn’t have missed out on it if you never tried,” Lin said.

The Dance by the Digits Percent Student Attendance:

49% No

51% Yes

Out of 37 students surveyed

18% Friends Who Students Went With: Out of 33 students surveyed

Favorite Part of Formal: Out of 27 students surveyed

24% Both 58% Date

59% After

26% Before 15% During TRIANGLE // 19



Learn about the Sundance Film Festival and Check Out Upcoming Movies of 2018 by rylie day // design by zoey horn



esides a geo-sticker on Snapchat, the Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Occurring annually in Park City, UT, the festival showcases films from all genres, both American and international. The festival originated in Utah as an effort to attract new and upcoming filmmakers to the area. Film competition categories include Dramas, documentaries, and youth films. A few unique categories include the “Next” category, with films that are expected to impact American cinema, “Midnight”, films that aim to keep the audience wide awake, and the “Spotlight” category, of fan favorite films from the previous year. The 2018 festival was held on Thurs Jan. 18 through Sun Jan. 28.

Horror Film Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Action Film Musical Release Date: Release Date: Fri. July 20 Fri. June 22

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A Quiet Place

Release Date: Thurs. April 26

Most Anticipated Movies

Action Film Release Date: Fri. Jan. 26

Favorite Genres

25% Comedy

32.5% Action 27.5% Horror

7.5% Animated // 5% Romance // 2.5% Documentary

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33% Jurassic World

33% Incredibles 2 20% Maze Runner

7% A Quiet Place // 5% Peter Rabbit 2% Mamma Mia 2 Of 40 students surveyed


Freshman Jakub Trusina tells of his move from the Czech Republic

by salomé cloteaux // design by coral roberts


igh school isn’t easy, especially if it is in a different country speaking a foreign language. Freshman Jacob Trusina recent moved from the Czech Republic in Europe to Columbus. Like many Europeans, Trusina is fluent in multiple languages, including Czech, German, English, and a little bit of French. “Learning English was my parents’ choice. They wanted for me to learn it. German and French I took in school,” Trusina said. Trusina moved to the United States a month ago, after living his entire life in Litoměřice, Czech Republic. He found out four months before moving that he was going to come to the United States. “My dad got a job in Seymour. That was the main reason we moved,” Trusina said. Jacob’s dad works at Valeo, an automotive supplier and manufacturer based in France. Because of the move, Trusina has had adjust to living in a new country and a new school in the middle of his freshman year. “I think the school is way easier than in Czech Republic. I thought that it was going to be a lot harder. Here, we’re learning basic stuff that I already know,” Trusina said. One thing has not changed since the move: basketball. In Czech Republic, Trusina was part of the national Czech basketball team, and now joined the freshman team here. “I started playing basketball when I was seven. I like it because it’s a collective sport and it’s a lot of fun. I really love playing basketball,” Trusina said. Though adjusting to a new school and joining the North basketball team was easy for Trusina, he has had to say goodbye to his friends in Czech Republic and make new ones here. “ I miss Czech Republic and my friends there. I miss the people,” Trusina said.

It’s hard to adapt to a new country and a new school with different people.

CHECK OUT CZECK 10.56 million people live in the Czech Republic. Prague Castle is the number one tourist attraction in the Czech Republic.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.

Approximately 12% of people in Czech Republic speak English and 9% speak German.

27.8 million foreign tourists visited the Czech Republic in 2015. TRIANGLE // 21


COMPETITION SEASON ISSMA’s solo and ensemble competition kicks off the new year for by abigail bodart // design by grace wang band students

photo for triangle

photo for the triangle

Sophomre Adrienne Salemme // Flute // 5 years of playing experience // 3 years competing


Sophomore Claire Alderfer // Flute, Piccolo, Vocal // 5 years experience playing // 4 years experience competing

laying a musical instrument is a large part of many high school students’ lives. Sophomore Adrienne Salemme began playing the flute in elementary school. “I was in sixth grade when I started playing,” Adrienne Salemme said. Now, a member of Symphonic band, Salemme will perform at ISSMA, the Indiana State School Music Association. At ISSMA, judges evaluate musicians on the pieces they perform. The evaluation is intended to both educate the student on areas to improve on and compliment the performance. Although this experience sounds intimidating to some, sophomore Salemme was prepared to perform. “I am pretty confident in my ability. I entered group one this year, and I am excited to see how that goes,” Adrienne Salemme said. Sophomore Claire Alderfer, a five-year flutist, shared similar feelings towards ISSMA. “I first competed at ISSMA in seventh grade and I’ve done it every year since,” Alderfer said.“I’m pretty confident in my playing ability,

especially in the parts of pieces that allow a lot of expression and feeling to come through the music. My strong points are tone and musicality but technical parts of the music are sometimes a little more difficult for me and require more practice.” Claire Alderfer said. And practice makes perfect. As band members, both Alderfer and Salemme practice frequently. “I have flute lessons once a week and I try to practice as much as I can in between those. I usually sign out of my resource to practice if I don’t have too much homework.” Claire Alderfer said. Similarly, Salemme practices daily CLAIRE ALDERFER in her resource. “I also do little concerts through my lessons teacher,” Salemme said. Ultimately, the practice for ISSMA paid off. The competition was held at East on Jan. 27 and both Alderfer and Salemme performed well, scoring gold on their performances.

“I feel like I’m the only one there and I’m totally immersed in the music. It’s a great feeling.”

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Best gifts to receive for Valentine’s day


Gift cards 11% 13%

Clothing 14%

Cards 52%

Flowers 34% Jewelry 17%

Candy 48% Dining 35%


Flowers 27%

Candy 43%



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Jewelry 23%

Student Valentine’s day candy favorites

Hershey Kisses 41%

M&Ms 18%

Lindt Lidor Truffles 35%

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