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TRIANGLE Columbus North High School • 1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201 • Volume 99, Issue 3 • Nov. 22, 2019

THE CHANGE pages 12-15

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An education system that focuses on memorizing facts and doing well on standardized tests is detrimental to students’ education in the long-run.



In difficult situations, the bystander effect can grip students, but we can consciously overcome this phenomenon.

6 student life STEMING OUT




12 indepth THE CHANGE


The prevalence of societal gender roles leaves the power of drawing the line between social constructs and personal preference in the hands of CNHS students.

Fifth and sixth grade girls participate in STEM activities in the C4 classrooms. CNHS students collect money for UNICEF during October.





A long-time bowler plans to pursue professional bowling with the support of his team.

For her senior project, Addison Justis raises awareness on preventing bleeding after an injury.

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As flu season approaches, the new flu shot causes a debate among North students.



The lack of young voters is taking away the voice of younger generations.


correction In a previous issue, the opinion article “Burning Cash” implied that the varsity football team was the only one to travel Terre Haute North on a charter bus during the school day. However, other sports teams, including the boys’ tennis and girls’ golf teams, have also left school early to play Terre Haute, although many of them play Terre Haute on Saturday. The parents of the football players paid for the charter bus, as well. The article also stated that the girls’ basketball team has not received new uniforms for six years, yet the football team got new uniforms this past year. In actuality, the booster club buys teams new uniforms every four years. Coaches, however, may choose to keep old uniforms depending on the condition of the attire, as was the case for the girls’ basketball team. Additionally, the article stated that the tennis teams “have been using the same courts since the team was first started,” while “the football team just got brand new turf put in which was completely unnecessary.” The tennis team’s courts are resurfaced every six years with money from the school corporation, not the athletic department, and turf has a lifespan of 12 years. North’s turf was due to be replaced two years before it was redone. The football team also shares the turf with PE. other organizations, like marching band.


The Edinburgh Premium Outlets welcome new additions as they become the Indiana Premium Outlets.



Basketball players ranging from fourth to eighth grade participated in the basketball camp for senior Nicholas Schiavello’s senior project.



As the semi-state competition approached, the band went through preparations starting from summer break.


stand up, not stand by

In difficult situations, the bystander effect can grip students, but we can consciously overcome this phenomenon by erica song photo by hailey andis


raveling with the cool morning breeze, a loud scratching sound echoes through the school parking lot. The driver stares at the damage he has caused before speeding off wordlessly into the distance. When I witnessed this hit-and-run, I thought back to a concept I had learned in psychology: the bystander effect. Because of this effect, people in urgent situations often do not intervene because they expect one of the other witnesses to take actions. No single individual feels responsible for taking charge because everyone present seems to share in the responsibility or blame. With this in mind, I reported the incident because I was determined not to be a passive bystander. While the bystander effect is a part of human nature, it does not have to be a permanent defining characteristic. If we consciously take action in difficult circumstances, we can overcome its influences—in fact, we should strive to be active. If everyone stood up for their values, we could make the world a much better place. Bullies would not have free reign, as people passing by would report them and enforce the consequences. Climate change could be slowed because people would realize that they can make a difference, whether it be through conservation of electricity or efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Perhaps even hit-and-run culprits would be brought to justice for their irresponsibility and indifference, or even better, drivers would be more careful on the road and in parking lots. A world of bystanders creates a world of accidents and tragedies, but a world of proactive witnesses leads to a safer, brighter future for us all. Despite its powerful effects in preventing progress, the bystander effect is not difficult to overcome at all. In fact, simply understanding its existence increases the likelihood of intervention. Making an effort to get to know others and empathize with them also makes people more likely to help in dire situations. Helping others overcome this effect is just as straightforward. According to the Greater Good Magazine published at the University of California, Berkely, setting a positive example and exposing others to an environment filled with kindness both foster a sense of personal responsibility that translates into a desire to help others. Being a good role model and citizen not only brings joy to others, but also benefits the helper in the end. As an article from healthline.com says, “when you do good things for others, it activates the part of your brain responsible for your reward system and activity is reduced in the areas in your brain linked to stress.� Today, the bystander effect still holds people back because they do not know about it or how to overcome it. However, the time is now to stand up to the bystander effect. Either we triumph over it, or it consumes us as we stand by and watch.


enough to share

by thomas neeley

mindless memorizing

An education system that focuses on memorizing facts and doing well on standardized tests is detrimental to students’ education in the long-run


he night before a big final exam, students are going over all their highlighted and color-coded notes, memorizing as many facts, dates, and numbers as they can. Note cards and stacks of hand-written notes cover their desks as try to cram as much information from their textbooks as possible the night before the big exam. The next morning, students furiously try to remember all those random tidbits of information they tried to memorize as they bubble in the Scranton that will determine their grade in the class for that semester. However, those few hours of studying does not actually determine how much the students actually know and understand. Some things, like phone numbers and birthdays, should be memorized. However, when it comes to school, education should not focus on memorization. Rather, it should be oriented to teach students to understand and apply information. Learning doesn’t truly occur until students can comprehend, understand, and apply the material they are taught. High school students should be able to graduate with a toolbox of transferable skills they can apply in all aspects of their lives outside of school. They should graduate with leadership, teamwork and time management skills, along with many more applicable abilities. Learning how to

communicate effectively and use creativity to problem solve is much more important as students leave school than knowing that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Students shouldn’t be taught to mindlessly recite information. Because of the emphasis on memorization, many students would rather cheat and memorize a few answers on a test rather than an entire chapter of information. Many students also prefer looking up answers online, asking for pictures of homework, or quickly skimming a textbook to find the answers to a worksheet. They value getting the assignment done, answering the questions, and getting a good grade over learning and understanding the material. This type of learning promotes cheating and doing the bare minimum at school. Unfortunately, standardized tests do not measure what students really understand and apply. Students are not standardized, and one test can not possibly accurately measure a students’ intelligence. It can only measure what students have memorized. Students want to perform well on tests such as ISTEP, the SAT, AP tests and big final exams at school in order to fulfill graduation requirements, get into college, get college credit and get a good grade. Because of this, truly learning and understanding material isn’t their top priority. Teachers

also want to see their students succeed, both inside and outside the classroom, but the American education system and standardized tests dictate the teaching strategies that they have to comply to. Some classes, such as C4 classes, are career-oriented and teach skills that students can use in their jobs. Handson learning, experiments and projects allow students to see how much they actually know and promote the transfer of learning into usable skills they can utilize in a variety of contexts. The application of learning like this is more beneficial to students in the long-run than memorization of knowledge. After students finally take their big test or finish their last ACT, they no longer have any use for the information they studied. They have no incentive to retain it and have no knowledge on how to apply any of it to their lives outside of school. Once their school year is done, they no longer have to know the specific way to answer each of the four types of free response essays on the AP Government test or how many seconds they have per question on the math section of the SAT. Learning transferable skills and how to apply them at any type of job will help students infinitely more drilling and memorizing facts they will never have to use in their lives again.

national statistics 65.7%

66.3% percent of students that passed both test on the ISTEP exam source: www.chalkbeat.org



33.7% did not pass passed



percent of students that passed math


36.8% 60.5% 2017 english

36.2% 58.9% 2018


STEMing out S

by megan allman design by katharine brunette

Fifth and sixth grade girls participate in STEM activities in the C4 classrooms cience, technology, engineering and math. Offering six-figure salaries in certain jobs, the four areas of study represent over 17 million people around the country who work in STEM careers. For some young girls, these fields of study may not be well known. To allow these girls to explore their opportunities in science and engineering, C4 teachers, BCSC staff and female students involved in STEM classes at CNHS volunteered at GirlUp STEM Night. Curriculum Specialist for STEM initiatives Davida Harden is the co-organizer of the event. “GirlUp STEM Night is a free community event to develop BCSC girls in fifth and sixth grades to better understand non-traditional roles in science, technology, engineering and math and see female role models and mentors in these career paths,” Harden said. Along with Harden, graphic design teacher Jeff Metz has helped at the event before and thinks it offers great opportunities for his students. “I think it is a cool opportunity for us to showcase our program, and it is a neat opportunity for some of my

students to give back to the community a little bit for the young ladies who are going to be here in C4 in a few years,” Metz said. Junior Lilian Bringle led the girls through different activities and explained to them the benefits of STEM. “This gave girls interested in C4 insight into different areas of C4, whether it be welding, engineering or computer science,” Bringle said. “It gave them a chance to see what they are good at and interested in or what they might not enjoy.” Bringle wanted to show young girls the vast amount of careers available within STEM. “I was most excited to show the girls all the different careers and things you can become through STEM, as well as show that as a girl, you can pursue careers in areas where women are thought to be inefficient,” Bringle said. Looking back on her fifth and sixth grade years, Harden wishes she had been given the opportunity to attend a similar event.“I definitely wish that I would have had an opportunity to participate in a GirlUP STEM Night when I was in fifth or sixth grade because my eyes could have been opened to opportunities I felt were only available for the males in my grade level,” Harden said.

“As long as students can find that career pathway that they are really passionate about, I think that is a good thing.” graphic design teacher jeff metz

STEM stats

Women comprise 43 % of the US workforce for scientists and engineers under 75 years old

STEM training in college is associated with higher earnings, whether working in a STEM job or not The average advertised salary for entry-level STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher is $66,123 52 % of STEM trained college graduates are involved in the STEM workforce

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source: nsf.gov

Anna Kim and Samantha Heathcote help an elementary student run the energy bike as an activity for the STEM night. photo by helen rumsey

spare change by diana garcia design by paola fernandez

CNHS students collect money for UNICEF during October

planning ahead CNHS students plans for this years Halloween Community Service

Giving back to the community

Proceeds will go to UNICEF to help out children in need

Collecting spare change from other students, goal of and goal of $300

photo by coral roberts Varsity Columbus North Cheerleading squad passes out candy to the elementary students at Schmitt for a Halloween Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Varsity Squad has participated in the Schmitt Trunk or treat for many years. “I am so glad I was given the opportunity to see kids dress up in their favorite outfit and get excited when I handed them a treat,” senior Hannah Holliday said.


s Halloween approached, Key Club members collected money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Key Club’s head Rebecca Burbrink and Key Club member sophomore Sam Settle both participated in this activity. “Key Club is an international club in Columbus that is a community-based organization. The main focus is on how can we help our community and how can we volunteer and serve,” Burbrink said. “Key Club here at North organized many events that helped with volunteering in the community, and we do some events here at school.” According to UNICEF.org, it was first founded by Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish physician, in 1946, to address the needs of children in the developing world. Trick-orTreat for UNICEF is a foundation that has given U.S. children, along with their parents and teachers, the opportunity to learn about their peers that in need of assistance. UNICEF has helped more children in

the world than any other human-based organization and has raised over $175 million since the start of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. “We are collecting spare change from other students and the proceeds go to UNICEF to help out children in need,” Settle said. An effect of participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is being able to help children in need. $1 donated can provide a child with clean water for more than two months, $3 can provide seven packets of therapeutic food,$5 can provide a pack of ten notebooks to a student and 7$ can provide a cold child with a warm fleece blanket. “Every year we get boxes sent to us from UNICEF, and it says on the back how the donation can help out in different ways. Sometimes they can provide medicine for infants that need it in a country that doesn’t have the money for that. They provide clean water, school supplies, food as well as blankets,” Burbrink said.



A long-time bowler plans to pursue professional bowling with the support of by alyssa green designed by tanya iyer photo by owen poindexter his team


“[Bowling is] something that all my family has done for a long time, so it’s more of a tradition,” Harrison said.

he loud crash of ten bowling pins simultaneously falling echoes through the bustling bowling alley. Strike! For sophomore Skylar Harrison, 13 years of practices and competitions (and strikes), have led him to become an experienced bowler and a national bowling league member. Following his family tradition, Harrison is practicing seven days a week to improve his skills and follow his dream of furthering his bowling career. “I practice probably about everyday,” Harrison said. “I am definitely seeing myself in professional bowling in the future.” Training to improve his bowling skills, Harrison competes in multiple tournaments year-round. He is also part of two teams, including the North bowling team, but competes in tournaments independently. “It’s an Indiana national league that I do tournaments in. I do the youth league that most bowlers at North do, and then [I am part of] North team,” Harrison said. Harrison’s mother, Sonya Harrison, coaches the North bowling team. Along with other teammates, Harrison is training to become a professional bowler. “Our anchor, junior Matthew Watson, is also in the same national league, and he is in the same route to professional [bowling] as me,” Harrison said. In addition to focusing on his own bowling skills, Harrison also helps his teammates, such a sophomore Carly McCawley, succeed in tournaments and manage stress. “He helps by being a teammate. He provides comic relief and helps calm people if they are having a bad day or a bad game,” McCawley said.

right fit

Bowlers can choose reactive resin between different bowling ball materials This ball is less

durable than plastic and urethane, but offers more friction.

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urethane This ball causes more friction between the ball and the lane. Bowlers can direct the ball more.

particle With its “bumpy” feel, this ball to digs in the lane’s surface creating the most friction.

plastic coverstock Used by beginners, this ball has the least amount of friction.

source: www.bowling.com


very school day, students gather in the cafeteria treatment measures. for lunch, sitting at the tables and eating their “We learned how to apply pressure and a pack [to] a food. However, one Saturday in October, wound in order to stop the bleeding [and] got to practice they gathered there for a different reason; a different wound packing techniques by using pool Stop the Bleed training session to provide noodles,” Horn said. “We also learned how to use a bystanders the necessary skills to help injured civtims tourniquet, and we got to practice on each other.” after an accident. Senior Addison Justis led this For sophomore Aditya Banerjee, having the event teaching how to handle situations in which hands-on experience was very exciting. someone is bleeding excessively. “I liked how we ourselves got to try out some “My main goal was to make people more of these techniques and not just hear about them comfortable and okay with helping people verbally,” Banerjee said. “The interactive portion because a lot of people are like, ‘I’m not doing of the learning was enjoyable.” that,’ which only makes [the situation] worse,” Having attended Justis’s project, Justis said. “There might be situations where sophomore Claire Lyvers believes that the an adult isn’t there.” skills learned could be important down the Part of Justis’s inspiration behind road. Stop the Bleed came from a medical “It could help me in the future, competition she attended. especially since I want to go into the “Last year, I went to [Health medical field,” Lyvers said. “Plus, it’s Occupations Students of America], and just a good thing to know.” they were talking about these [Stop In the end, Justis hopes that the the Bleed] kits and how they should skills her Stop the Bleed project taught be everywhere,” Justis said. “The kits will be useful in case of an actual were already here [in the school]. I just emergency. trained people on how to use them.” “I hope that nobody ever has to Besides teaching what was use what they’ve learned, but things inside the Stop the Bleed kits, like compression or just holding a by matthew liu Justis also taught students, including bandage over a bleed will help a ton design by annagail fields senior Zoey Horn, essential bleeding for paramedics,” Justis said.

life saver

For her senior project, Addison Justis raises awareness on preventing bleeding after an injury photos by jimena mendoza

During Addison Justis’s senior project, Sophomore Sam Settle learns different techniques for using tourniquets. “I learned how important it is to know how to stop severe bleeding because it has the potential to save someone’s life” Settle said.

stop the blood ............ Using a first aid kit, students can stop bleeding with three steps.

neck arm leg



Step One: Determine where the wound is located. For the neck, shoulder or groin, see step three.

Step Two: for arm or leg If a tourniquet is available, apply it above the bleeding site.

Step Three: Apply direct pressure to the wound with gauze or a clean cloth.








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the change by alyssa ayers and zoe preston design by lucy beck and katie long

CNHS students and staff discover new ways to get involved and improve their community


the change

the influencer evy polyak

the politicians alex wissmann and sveni thalor Elephants and donkeys have come to represent more than just ivory tusks and stubbornness. They represent the two main political parties in the United States, and, at North, they are the mascots for two separate clubs. Junior Alexander Wissmann’s favorite animal may not be an elephant, but he is an active member of the club it represents: Young Republicans’ Club. “I am a big fan of capitalism and the free market, [and] I am a Christian, so a lot of my beliefs align with the Republican Party’s doctrine,” Wissmann said. Like Wissmann, senior Sveni Thalor chose to join a club that matched her political beliefs, although in her case, it was the Young Democrats’ Club. “I joined Young Democrats freshman year, right after the 2016 election,” Thalor said. “I was feeling frustrated with the political climate at the time, so my friend Claire Alderfer and I talked to Pragya, who was president, and we started going to meetings.” Political clubs may open new doors for passionate students such as Thalor and Wissmann. “I have gotten to meet a lot of cool people, and I got to learn a lot more

about politics through it,” Wissmann said. As members have become more aware, their desire to make a difference has grown. “Being in Young Democrats inspired me to be more politically active and to seek out ways to make a change in the community,” Thalor said. The topics that the clubs discuss stem from the interest of their members. “In the beginning of the year, we had the members fill out a survey that included what topics they were interested in, so we base a lot of our topics on what our members answered,” Thalor said. The two clubs occasionally meet to talk about their different views. “We have done a few discussions in the past on a few different topics. We had one on border security, and the other one was on Second Amendment rights,” Wissmann said. “We didn’t want to keep them as debates, so we changed them to discussions. We [talk] more about them than [we] really debate them.” In the end, the clubs want to produce educated citizens for society. “Our primary goals are to become better informed, active citizens and to impact our community” Thalor said. “Mainly, we want to promote voting and political participation for everyone, regardless of ideology, so our government can better represent the wishes of the people.”

young activists

featured in Time Magazine 2019, 100 most influential people

climate change activist

I think the issues that I care about a lot, the change that the people that believe in them want to see, can’t happen immediately because they’re such huge issues. junior evy polyak

11 years old funraised over $500,000 with Pack Your Bag money helped over 25,000 kids in Flint, MI

“You are never too young or too small to change the world.”

source maricopenycom

source usatoday.com

addressed two United Nations’ summits

Greta Thunberg

lot of accounts about feminism and LGBT rights because those are the things that I’m really passionate about”. Educating her peers is one of the goals of her posts. “They might be misinformed, so what I try to do is share what I see, not so that other people have the same point of view as me, but so they understand what people mean when they talk about those [kinds] of issues,” Polyak said. An online presence makes it easier for Polyak to share her message. “I feel more confident on the internet because there is sort of a barrier,” Polyak said. “I don’t have to see [my followers] in real life, so it is kind of safer, but I feel really strongly about the things that I share, and I would like to be able to share that in a more public way.” Because her followers have different beliefs, Polyak hopes to promote inclusivity among ideas. “Even if they don’t agree with me, I want people to respect me and my opinion, so there is more tolerance,” Polyak said. “That can help propel change and more acceptance of people who are different.”

Activists outside of CNHS are playing their part to better the world and be the change.

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you…”

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With one click or double tap, one’s beliefs and ideas are displayed for the world to see. In an age where an influential social media post can affect a change in opinion, junior Evyana Polyak uses her platform to support causes she feels passionate about. “I think it’s really important just to get as much awareness as possible, and I think that Instagram and other social media are really good platforms for getting out awareness” Polyak said. “A lot of people see [an issue], and they can go to other sites and get more information about it. Raising awareness about issues is one of the most important steps in making change possible” The specific issues Polyak tries to raise awareness for focus on her beliefs. “I think the issues that I care about a lot, the change that the people that believe in them want to see, can’t happen immediately because they’re such huge issues,” Polyak said. “I follow a

Mari Copeny flint water activist

the environmentalist luke swain Making a paper airplane involves folding, practice and, of course, paper. Paper that can go to waste if its successful landing is on the rim of a trash can, instead of a blue recycling bin. However, senior Luke Swain and Environmental Club encourage students not only to recycle this paper, but to go green in general. “Seeing all of the issues that we face right now with climate change and all of the massive amounts of plastic in the ocean drove me to care more about [the environment] and take more of a role in helping it,” Swain said. Environmental Club has a strong focus on properly disposing of the contents of the classrooms blue bins. “[Environmental Club] does a lot with recycling,” Swain said. “We’ve [also] toured the recycling facilities here in Columbus, and we’ve done fundraisers to benefit the club.” The motivation to help in this way began with Swain’s values at home. “My family recycles, but we also try to limit our plastic consumption,” Swain said. The club is also focused on educating club members.

“We’ve done things in the past where we will go to events where someone will be speaking about ways that we can improve [the environment],” Swain said. With these contributions, members are able to make new connections with themselves and the world. “[We focus on] just the little things that we can do to make an impact,” Swain said. “[Members of Environmental Club] become more aware, and they really understand the impact that they’re making and how much the world needs it,” Swain said. For those who wish to participate in making the school more environmentally friendly, the club meets on Fridays at 7:10 in the morning to take recyclables to their proper bins outside the school for pickup. “If students want to stop by, whenever they can, that would definitely make an impact,” Swain said. Small contributions can have big impacts, and they may also play their part in solving the global issues of tomorrow. “All of the things that are happening in the news right now can really attest to how important it is to take a role and be the change that you want to see,” Swain said.

good to get involved at school and do something that “could...it’shelpreallyothers because helping others is such a great thing to do. senior carson littrell

the givers

the activists

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Walking alongside tanya cruser and carson littrell those who share similar The however, is not the only way views, with holiday staff and students at Columbus posters in season North are giving back to the hand and pride is quickly community. Student Assembly in their beliefs, approaching, member senior Carson Littrell is activists connect and it brings making his mark by participating with their fellow not only ice in the Student Assembly’s annual marchers through their ideas and and snow, Can Drive. their hope to inspire a change. but also “[Student Assembly] picked 100 However, some of these activists a tradition of gift-giving. Art hundred families this year,” Littrell share a deeper bond, as sisters teacher Tonya Cruser is embracing said. “On the day of the actual senior Kate Riordan and freshmen the holiday spirit by working at the Can Drive, all of us will go out to Grace Riordan have experienced. Bull Dog Pantry to take everyday different families and deliver the Kate attended the March for Our stresses off of families and ensure boxes of sorted cans, turkey and Lives with her younger sister in that they too have the opportunity to other foods.” January of 2019. enjoy the holidays. Participating in Can Drive is not “The March for Our Lives is “The Bull Dog Pantry was solely limited to Student Assembly. an event held every year since first established as a way to Other students can join the cause, 1973, and it supports the pro-life give students across the school as well. movement and is their biggest event corporation and their families “Students can ask any of the of the year,” Kate said. “Hundreds supplemental food,” Cruser said. “It Student Assembly members for of thousands of people gather in is not necessarily supposed to be ways to get involved,” Littrell said. their sole food source, but [rather] “Even if we do not come to your Washington, D.C., so we went to the a way to just help them.” house with door-hanging and can- Indy one to support it.” Cruser took charge of running collecting, students can still bring The March for Our Lives consisted the Bull Dog Pantry two years in canned goods and help out in of more than just protesting. ago. Since then, she has been ways like that.” “There were guest speakers and developing the next steps for the Whether it is through the Bull different prayer services, and it was organization, going beyond the Dog Pantry, Can Drive or other just really important to us,” Kate said. expectations of a typical food pantry. volunteer opportunities, students “It was interesting to see how other “Now, we are working on the have opportunities to give back to people felt about issues and political closet part of [the pantry]. It will be their communities. reforms.” called the ‘Bull Dog Closet,’” Cruser “The community helps us so To Kate’s relief, the sisters decided said. “Prom dresses and formal much,” Littrell said. “Aside from that, to attend the march together. wear [will be available], and we will it’s really good to get involved at “I was really happy that Grace also have some clothing on hand, school and do something that could went with me because I did not as well. help others because helping others want to go alone. It was pretty cold Volunteering at the Bulldog Pantry, is such a great thing to do.” outside, but we had a good time,” Kate said. “We made posters, so it

was fun to do something together.” The experience gave the sisters, especially Grace, an outlet to bond and express themselves. “It was nice to do it with Kate because I got to share something that we believed in and work together to support a movement,” Grace said. Not everyone at the march shared the same perspective. “It was fun marching and seeing the reactions of bystanders,” Kate said. “A lot of people were kind of upset about it, and that was kind of interesting to us because we thought a lot of people would be welcoming.” An impactful moment for the sisters was a ceremony using flowers that represented why they were marching. “They had a ceremony where they have a bunch of roses, and they represent all the millions of lives lost to abortion each year,” Grace said. “They do a ceremony for it, so you see all these roses, and it is a really impactful visual of abortion.” Their first march will not be the last one that the sisters attend. “I think we are planning on going to the D.C. march this year. We are not sure if we want to miss school or not yet,” Kate said. “We will definitely go to one because it is just important for us to show support, and we feel if there is not much we can do, at least we can stand in solidarity with the other people marching.”

fighting influenza As flu season approaches, the new flu shot causes a debate among North students by annabel freeman design by sanjana penmathsa


rom fall to March, the annual flu season sweeps America. Already, two flu-related deaths have been reported in Indiana for this year. Even though the patients who passed away from the viral disease were both more than 65 years old, doctors still recommend that people of all ages get the vaccine to prevent spreading the illness and causing more deaths. Each year, the flu vaccine is developed based on the predicted strand of the flu that will be most common, allowing one’s body to develop the antibodies needed to combat viral infection. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 59% of children under 18 and 43.3% of adults 18 and up receive the flu shot in America. This lack of participants may stem from a variety of reasons ranging from a general fear of needles to concerns about negative side effects. However, another factor for students that affects vaccinations is parent opinion. Sophomore Sanjana Jain is the daughter of a pediatrician, and because of her father’s background in medicine, her parents make it mandatory that she receive a flu shot each year.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, a survey conducted by the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children found that 30% of parents believed the flu shot to be a hoax and 28% of parents thought it could cause autism. Despite these claims, Jain sees flu vaccines as both safe and effective. “The flu shot is injecting a weakened version of the flu that’s around your body,” Jain said. “When you get the shot, your body is just building up the antibodies. In case the string of flu that year actually does come into your body, you have the antibodies to fight it.” However, not all students from North choose the flu shot as their method for preventing the flu. Junior Blake Day is a part of the 41% of people under 18 who do not receive the flu shot and would rather try and avoid the virus using other ways, such as washing hands frequently, avoiding shared food and drinks, catching up on sleep and staying away from people with the flu. “I’ve never gotten the flu shot,” Day said. “I avoid the flu by working out and staying healthy.”

“When you get the shot your body is just building up the antibodies in case the string of flu that year actually does come into your body you have the antibodies to fight it.” sophomore sanjana jain

“Flu shots are good,” Jain said. “They build up your immunity and give you less of a likelihood for getting the flu.”

did you know?

The flu is contagious before symptoms start.

Each year, an average of 5% to 20% of the U.S. population contract the flu. The flu virus can survive on surfaces between two and eight hours. source: healthline.com

the value of voters The lack of young voters is taking away the voice of younger generations

by nela riddle design by paola fernandez


he day people turn 18, they are granted with a slew of new rights that their younger selves would not have been able to exercise. They can get married, change their names, join the military, drive past curfew and gamble. However, another right that is granted to 18-year-olds enables them to participate in American democracy: the right to vote. As an advocate for representation through voting, newly elected city council member Grace Kestler especially emphasizes the importance of voting in local elections. “While it may feel more disconnected at a national level, and you feel like your vote gets lost in the mix of things, here at this local level, it’s definitely important,” Kestler said. “Specifically, local elections are really important because they directly affect your local community.” Kestler cited affordable housing as one example of an issue relevant to high schoolers that will be impacted by their vote. “When you elect your city council members, they get to be a part of helping make decisions on how the city can attract developers to build affordable housing,” Kestler said. “If you’re staying in town for college or going straight to the workforce, you’re going to want to live outside of your parents’ house.” Kestler also stressed the need for diversity in a voting body in terms of age. “Having an older population is not necessarily bad, [but] sometimes decisions by people who are older are made and they’re not necessarily aligned with what long term plans could be. Because if you’re older you don’t always think about ‘what’s life [going to] be like in 50 years,’” Kestler said. “Having a younger population voting more in a higher turnout really shapes what our future’s [going to] look like.” Although only those who have reached the age of 18 are allowed to vote, Kestler believes younger students can find other ways to participate in politics. “You could volunteer for campaigns, which could be everything from volunteering for a local campaign here to a presidential campaign,” Kestler said. “They’re always looking for youth to help organize events or knock on doors or encourage other people to vote. You could encourage family members or your parents to vote if you can’t personally.” Similar to Kestler, senior Dameon Beagle understands why people must vote in order to contribute to their community. “If you don’t vote and you are unsatisfied with the outcome of the voting, you didn’t participate, and you’re slightly at fault,” Beagle said. Knowing that younger people tend to have the lowest voter turnout rate, Beagle attributed the lack of young voters to their perceptions of their influence. “You feel that as a student or someone younger, you’re not heard, that your voice isn’t as impactful as all these adults say,” Beagle said. However, senior Megan Gibby credited the disparity in voter turnout to other reasons. “[Young people] don’t know who they want or why they should vote,” Gibby said. Although some students may be hesitant in their decision to vote, Kestler urges them to simply get out and vote. “The biggest thing at a local election level is to understand that your vote matters,” Kestler said. “In Columbus, less than 15% vote.”

picture by hallie schwartzkopf

Bull Dog News Network invited Democratic City council member, Grace Kestler to discuss her campaign, how to increase youth voter turnout and activism in the community.

2018 midterm voter turnout 66.1% 65+

(percent of people in age group that voted) source: census.gov

59.5% 45-64 48.8% 30-44 35.6%



indiana premium additions The Edinburgh Premium Outlets welcome new additions as they become by curtis abendroth design by anushka nair the Indiana Premium Outlets


tudents have been shopping at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets for years. However, they are now starting to go through multiple changes. These include a new food truck plaza, a new playground area, and a brand new name to accompany the new additions. Juniors Carson Likens and Trevor Wright, who works at the Outlets, explains how these changes affect them. “I shop at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets every few months to get new clothes. It’s definitely my go to for shopping,” Likens said. “a food truck plaza sounds sick, I would for sure want to go to that. I will be able to go get some really good food whenever I’m shopping so that will just make things so much better.” The addition of a food truck plaza would not only affect the people that shop at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets, but it also affects the people that work there. “I like the idea of a food truck plaza, I know there’s already one food truck over near where I work but it could make a good addition. If I have long hours I could just pick up some food really quick,” Wright said, “People come to the mall to shop and if the food trucks there they won’t have to leave to get food and they could just keep shopping, so overall I think it is a good thing for the mall.” Along with the food truck plaza, a new playground area will be added. It is designed to entertain people’s children causing shoppers to stick around longer during the day.“A lot of times when people shop they’ll bring their kids so that’s why I think a playground would be another good thing. If your kid is whining and wanting to go home you can just send them to the playground,” Wright said. Another change coming with the new additions is a name change. The Edinburgh Premium Outlets will be known as the Indiana Premium Outlets.“The name change to Indiana Premium Outlets is stupid because people won’t instantly think it’s in Edinburgh and they want know how close or far they are to it. People are just going to get really confused with that. They should just keep the same name,” Likens said. Overall, the new additions will change the mall and the people who shop or work there. “If I’m able to play on the playground with my niece I would

photo by hailey andis Junior Trevor Wright is working at Adidas, in the Indiana Premium Outlet Mall. Wright was hired in September of 2019 but has been shopping at the Outlet Mall for many years. “If I’m able to play on the playground with my niece I would be very happy with that. Altogether with the food trucks, it would make for an amazing experience.” be very happy with that. Altogether with the food trucks it would make for an amazing experience,” Likens said, “I could go and get a taco or something and watch my niece play on the playground and when I’m finished I can go play with her.”

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choose your fate Colleges can look at your social media during the admissions process by cheyenne peters and abby bodart design by annagail fields photo by annagail fields


eaning against a wall on a window sill, a student spends her free time scrolling through Instagram, her feed filled with photos of smiling friends and family. Memes and funny videos are all over her Facebook. Social media can be fun and harmless, but there is more to these sites than meets the eye. What is posted on any social media account can end up causing more damage in the future than one may originally believe. Controversial posts on the internet may even end up putting students’ college careers on the line. According to Kaplan’s Executive Director of Research, Yariv Alpher, colleges have a right to look at applicants’ social media accounts because it allows them to see the ‘unscripted’ applicant. The admissions team can see something extra and unfiltered that would otherwise be missing from the application. Everytime someone posts something on social media, they could take into consideration if the college they want to go to would want to see what was posted. If the college does not like what is posted, they can reject students or rescind acceptances. Colleges have preferences on what they want to see in a future student. They use social media as an outlet to discover those students who meet their expectations. Social media has become a resume for high school students trying to apply to college. According

to Inside Higher Ed, 57% of colleges said that it was “fair game” to visit any applicant’s social media, and according to Kaplan, 70% of students also agree. In addition to colleges, employers also consider what a person posts on the internet. What someone may perceive as playful and fun while posting, employers may see it as inappropriate or upsetting. This could be a deciding factor on whether or not they offer the job to the applicant.

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shamrock shootaround

by cheyenne peters design by luke schneider

Basketball players ranging from fourth to eighth grade participated in the basketball camp for senior Nicholas Schiavello’s senior project


s air pumped into basketballs and players strolled into the gym, senior Nicholas Schiavello welcomed the students to Shamrock Shootaround, a fundraising event held at St. Bartholomew Catholic School on Oct. 19. “The Shamrock Shoot around basketball camp was a camp for kids to raise money for St. [Bartholomew’s] athletic department,” Schiavello said. “I reached out to about four sponsors and raised about $1000 for t-shirts and other camp costs and then the proceeds from the kids coming to the camp went to the St. Bartholomew athletic department.” Schiavello was not alone in running this event, which was also his senior project. “Two people from the women’s basketball team, five from the men’s and my parents helped out, as well as the athletic director at St. Bartholomew,” Schiavello said. Because every senior also has a mentor for his or her project, Schiavello chose St. Bartholomew athletic director Megan Tannenbaum, who has known him for quite some time since he attended St. Bartholomew and was involved in basketball there. “I know Nicholas Schiavello from being an alumni at St. Bartholomew. I know his mother well [because] she is a teacher at St. B’s,” Tannenbaum said. “Nicholas’ name is etched

camp count $2000



total camp attendees


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Both boys and girls participated in the basketball camp to raise money for St. Bartholomew’s athletic department

25% girls



in the St. B’s gym as one of the most talented boys basketball players and teammates that has played for the Irish.” Before the camp started, Tannenbaum worked with Schiavello to prepare the space for the 36 boys and 12 girls who attended. “I helped get the gym ready for the camp [by turning] on the score clock and [setting] up the music system. All of that is controlled from my office in the gym,” Tannenbaum said. “Nicholas was there at 8 a.m. helping set up. He pumped up all of the basketballs, got his registration paperwork organized, laid out and organized the t-shirts and welcomed the athletes as they arrived. I had to stay there to be one of the adults present for the camp.” The three-hour event exceeded Schiavello’s goals for it. “The Shamrock Shootaround was a huge success. We had 50 student athletes from a handful of different schools attend,” Tannenbaum said. “Nicholas was organized, well spoken and energized during the event. He successfully raised over $1500 for St. B’s athletics and most importantly impacted the lives of 50 young basketball players. One of my favorite parts was that he included both men and women from the CNHS basketball teams in his event.”

75% boys

photo by jalynn perry

Senior Nicholas Schiavello coaches students at his basketball camp


busy bees

As the semi-state competition approached, the band went through preparations starting from summer break. by matthew liu design by anna kelley


en hours. That’s the amount of time marching band members spend on average each week practicing and refining their performance for sectionals, regionals and semi-state. Starting in June, band members, like sophomore Zane Glick, attended rehearsals that often were in hot, strenuous conditions and extended to late at night; each one focused on a specific area of the show. Before fall break, rehearsal consisted mainly of adding visuals and reworking small parts of the show,” Glick said. “After fall break, we mainly focused on refinement and making everything as clean as possible.” For new band director Bryan Muñoz, making sure that the band members were working together was necessary for a successful season. “[The concern] is not that a group of kids has not played before, it is having a group of kids that have not played as a unit before,” Muñoz said. Coming up with the marching band’s Bee Hive theme for the season stemmed from months of discussion. “The staff began planning the show in January, and we just started brainstorming ideas, talking about what we think might be



an idea that we can convey musically and visually,” Muñoz said. “The idea of bees came about with the concept of the good queen vs. evil queen. It’s been done before; the question was how do you put your unique twist on it, so our idea was to tell that story through bees, specifically a queen bee.” Taking over as the band director starting this school year, Muñoz was impressed by how efficiently the students adapted to the news. “Anytime you change a band director, it can be a huge switch, and these kids have done a terrific job buying into some different philosophies of how we do things and moving forward with those,” Muñoz said. “I’m proud of their tenacity through all of that and still being successful.” Junior Ellie Anderson was glad about how much progress Mr. Muñoz and the band have made throughout the season. “Mr. Muñoz has pushed us a lot this year. At this time last year, we didn’t even have all of the show on the field,” Anderson said. During the season, there were many sacrifices that the band, including Anderson, had to make. “Some of the toughest moments were the hot days and cold nights because everyone just wants to go home and sleep, but we needed to keep going to get the results we



want at competitions,” Anderson said. Even though many challenges, like the changes in the weather, occurred, the passion for performing better than last year and the band community helped sophomore Rebecca Ives overcome them. “The feeling last year was pretty awful, so I knew we had to work hard,” Ives said. “Everyone was supportive and kept things focused and light, so we worked hard but had fun.” When reflecting on his season, sophomore Eshaan Mehta was surprised about how successful the band was this year. “Especially with losing about 60 seniors and getting a new band director, I don’t think [the band] expected this year to go as smoothly as it has, and I think we all appreciate that,” Mehta said. Overall, in his first time conducting the Sound of North marching band, Muñoz feels grateful to have such talented students. “Many of them are very serious about how well they play, and they put in a lot of their own time and effort,” Muñoz said. “It can be a lot of fun to just sit back, listen to them and enjoy how good they’re performing; it’s a great place to be.”



years the sound of north made it to state finals


The Sound of North marching band is making their last appearance at senior night. “My favorite part would have to be the strength the whole band had because it was our last impression to everyone” senior Christina Ortiz said. Senior Night was her last appearance at a Columbus North Football game.



Oct. 18 Columbus North athletes were honored on their senior night. Senior night honored all seniors participating in cheerleading, football and marching band. “The only difference between senior might and a typical performance is that it is a final send off to our wonderful seniors,” sophomore Grace Glick said.

Band members make their last appearance for the football season. This game was freshman Grace Anderson first time preforming at a senior night. “Butterflies are in my stomach as the nerves set in but mostly excitement and adrenaline courses through me,” Anderson said.





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As the holiday season approaches, there are alternative ways to use resources to make a positive impact on the world by elaine sanders design by anna kelley

cost of all turkeys bought for Thanksgiving

cost of 2 pounds of green beans

cost of pumpkin pie from scratch

amount of energy to cook 1 pound of mashed potatoes

991 million dollars 5 dollars

cost of a soccer ball for children in refugee camp

10 dollars

cost to provide 50 bars of soap for kids in need

1 kwh of energy

how to reduce thanksgiving waste Don’t be afraid to use the freezer. This preserves food so you can eat your thanksgiving leftovers for the rest of the year. To prevent waste have guests bring containers so they can take home leftovers. Don’t buy more than you need. Compost unused/uneaten food. Try to get creative and create new meals out of leftover ingredients. Check with guests to make sure there are no repeat dishes. source: foodnetwork.com

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The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 3  

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