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Students and adults from across Indiana gathered in Indianapolis March 24 to protest both for and against gun control. Many attendees brought signs to voice their photo by ruthie yezerets opinions.


Students discuss school safety after increased gun violence in the news. pg. 4-5


Staff member Erica song discusses climate change. pg. 13


Sophomore Gabby Lifferth shares her hidden halfpipe. pg. 17

STUDENT LIFE Explore the outdoors as spring weather approaches. pg. 22

OUR STAFF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Tessa McKenney Ruthie Yezerets

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

IN-DEPTH TEAM Madi Beck Kate Thomas Suzanne Ward


Roth Lovins Rachel McCarver

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

Cailyn Goebel Anna Hatton Zoey Horn Katie McAninch Cheyenne Peters Coral Roberts Alyona Rosenthal Erica Song Kat Steilberg Grace Wang

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A NEW KIND OF SAFE // by salomé cloteaux // design by hannah long and zoey horn

Students share their concerns about school safety with the recent events surrounding the topic


s the bell rings, hundreds of students shuffle into the hallway, heading to their next class or out for lunch. Surrounded by friends and classmates, it seems so unlikely that they could be in danger. Yet, recent events have shown that no school is completely safe. For sophomore Spandy Balanaga, hearing about the shootings on the news has increased her concerns about safety at school. “I want to say that North is safe, but maybe that is just because nothing has happened here yet. I don’t know if it is specifically much safer than all other schools,” Balanaga said. Because of recent school shootings and their coverage on the news, Junior Paige Richardson and others have become more aware of the possibility of danger at school. “I think that because of all these shootings that have happened, it has become more of an issue, and there is the reality that students and teachers can be in danger in places that should be safe,” Richardson said. To keep students safe, the school is trained with the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ protocol and has a resource officer. However, because it is a public school, there are things that can’t be controlled. “I think that the school is generally too open. We do have open lunches, which I think are great. At the same time, those doors stay open for 90 minutes a day, as well as the C4 area,” Richardson said. Assistant Principal John Green’s goal is to keep the school as secure as possible but still protect students’ freedom and privacy. Teachers and students should feel safe but not

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restricted at school. “We have one extreme where it is almost prison like. That also does affect the learning environment,” Green said. “The other extreme is just free for all. You just have to find the balance. We need students, teachers, and parents to feel comfortable at school.” According to, feeling in danger at school can interfere with learning and how efficient and attentive students are in the classroom. “[School] is not a place that you should go to feel like your life is being threatened. It is a place that people are supposed to encourage each other,” Richardson said. “There is no point in going to school if you don’t feel safe.”

The Gun Control Act of 1968 is a federal law the regulates firearm owners and the commerce in firearms. (


“Gun control is what it comes down to. It is


The Second Amendment was ratified, stating the right of the people to keep and bear arms. (

a right that we have guns, but we shouldn’t have this many

The National Instant Criminal Background Check, a system used in the U.S to identify people who are prohibited from owning firearms, was created. (

2017 March for Our Lives was a demonstration led by students following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Two million people across the United States marched to support gun control and increase gun violence awareness. (


problems... If we can regulate those

59 people were killed during a shooting at a festival on the Las Vegas Strip In Nevada. 3 days later, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act is introduced. (

things, the likelihood of accidents would drop drastically.”


junior Paige Richardson



RIVERFRONT RESERVATIONS by kaylee eckleman // design by emma cooper

I think it’s a great idea because it gives children more space to hangout and play! I would see myself going to an extended people trail to spend time with my family and friends.


I think that the new addition would bring more activities and ways for people in Columbus to connect with nature. Adding a recreational river area would be an amazing addition to Columbus.



I would see myself utilizing it of it were extended to the waterfront because it would be easier to ride your bike on.


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n an architecturally diverse city like Columbus, it is only natural for the addition of a riverfront water sports area. The expansion, which is to be voted on in the late fall, would better incorporate the White River into the community by allowing a recreational area for family leisure. In a survey, commissioned by the firm leading the Columbus Riverfront Project, 600 responses were generated that called for more trails, easier access to the river, and inwater recreational opportunities. It has yet to be completely determined what is going to be put in but Hitchcock, a design group located in Illinois who were selected to oversee the riverfront improvement, have made several recommendations including providing a river-themed playground, creating a whitewater course, allowing watercraft onto the river, as well as paving sidewalks to extend the people trail onto the riverside. “I think that adding an improved riverfront is very beneficial for the city of Columbus. It will allow more opportunities for families to have fun while being outside, which will be nice as the weather continues to get warmer,” sophomore Tamika Toral said. “Columbus doesn’t have a lot of attractions outside. That being said, by adding the new riverfront area I think we’ll have more people enjoying the outdoors.” The addition of the recreational area by the river is part of the Columbus Riverfront Project, in which Hitchcock design group was selected to oversee the improvement. The Columbus Redevelopment Commission approved a $48,500 grant to study possible implications of removing the low-head dam on the East Fork White River, and up to $5,000 for the removal of the dam. Removing the dam allows the river to be opened up for watercraft, as well as a white water course for all skill-levels. “Not a lot of people pay very much attention to the river itself. I think a big reasoning behind this is because we don’t have many attractions near the river,” Toral said. “That being said, if the improved riverfront area is built, people may start to pay more attention to the river and the cleanliness of it.” There is also speculation that the people trail will be extended along the river, by adding sidewalks. This addition would connect the north and south bridges and allow river access from the tops of the banks. This addition would make it easier for people of all ages to have easy access to the riverbank. “I definitely think that I would take advantage of the improved people trail,” Toral said. “It would be a great place to go and walk whenever someone wants to get outside or just enjoy nature.”

AP TESTING TAKES A TOLL by rylie day // design by zoey horn

Mrs. Pfaffenberger answers questions students might have about testing at North Triangle: Why do you feel it is important to consult each individual student about whether or not they should take the AP test? Pfaffenberger: “In my subject, you have to pay $91 to take it, and if you don’t have to take it, why would you pay the $91? But it’s anybody’s choice, everyone is welcome to take it. But because parents have to pay for that, it’s expensive.” T: Are there any options for students that want to take the test, but cannot afford the fee? P: “Yes, Mr. Pemberton is always really nice and makes arrangements. There is nobody turned away. We want everybody to take it, but if you don’t have to pay it, then it’s probably better to. I want you to have tuition credit for the class. After this year, we are at $650,000 that has been saved for tuition. I’m hoping to hit the million dollar mark before long.” T: Would you advise a student to take an AP test without being enrolled in that specific class? P: “No, in fact I don’t think colleges will even recognize that. I think that’s trouble. AP may give you credit, but I don’t think most colleges will take that.” T: Which classes offer both AP credit and dual credit? P: “AP Government, AP Psychology and AP U.S. History.” T: How do you prepare your students for the AP test throughout the year? P: “From day one; I make sure that everything is covered at least one month prior to the test. There will not be one single topic that has not been covered. You need to be finished with everything; that’s why we push so heavy. I make sure that every single part of the book is read and I have my ways to make sure. In terms of preparing, that last month you can 20 in class sessions, you can come to 20 resources, 20 lunches and 20 after-schools. You don’t have to do them all, but that’s 80 opportunities to prepare. And very rarely have I ever had anybody go through most of that and not come out with a five or a four. I take it pretty seriously.” T: Should a student take the AP test even if their college will not grant credit? P: “If you are taking an AP class, your goal is college credit. You become a better student, but I sure would do anything I could to get the credit.”

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ustling baristas and chatting customers are a common sight in the many coffee houses that fill cities. Large chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have created a coffee phenomenon amongst adults and teens alike. With a growing population drinking more and more caffeine, researchers and doctors are coming out with increasingly more studies on the effects of longterm caffeine consumption. Senior Ab Schumaker said that caffeine has been a constant part of his diet for years. “I used to only have caffeine in soda every once in a while, but I started drinking it regularly around sophomore year,” Schumaker said. “It really just started because I liked the taste of Starbucks and lattes, but now I drink just black coffee.” According to USA Today, the United States is the world’s biggest consumer of coffee with about 83 percent Americans beginning their days with the liquid. Many Americans are reaching for more and more gourmet drinks like lattes and espressos, but with consistent intake, comes consequences. Schumaker said that he notices a difference when he hasn’t had his caffeine kick. “When I don’t have caffeine, I normally just get headaches, but if I don’t want to drink an entire cup of coffee then I’ll just drink a glass of tea,” Schumaker said. “I won’t be bouncing off the walls, but I still won’t have a headache.”

Depending on factors such as weight and height, caffeine affects each person differently. For example, while one cup of coffee may not be enough for one person, one cup could also be too much for another. However, going out for coffee has become more popular, and as coffee houses are beginning to sprout up from chains to hometown favorites, the social aspect of a coffee run has grown. Schumaker said that it is even present in school with the coffee cart. “I absolutely use the coffee cart at school. Whenever my parents forget to make a pot of coffee at home, I’ll just grab one here,” he said. “I think it is a good thing because students are going to get their coffee one way or another, so it is a good way for students to get cheap coffee, but it is also a good way for lots of different students to interact.” While it is proven that black coffee has many antioxidants, the rise in gourmet lattes has sparked questions about the difference between a cup of coffee and an energy drink. While they often contain similar amounts of caffeine, the sugar content and nutrients inside are often the deciding factors. Junior Josh Johnson said that he uses caffeine as a tool and energy drinks work best for him. “I don’t drink coffee, I go straight to energy drinks if I need caffeine. I started drinking them this year when I realized I don’t have enough time to do homework,” Johnson said. “So, I have to force myself to stay awake to do homework.”



of 38 students surveyed

The effects of sleep deprivation can be very intense and can put people at risk for serious medical conditions according to Everyday Health. During sleep, the body goes through many processes that help control appetite, metabolism, and glucose levels. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases cortisol which causes feelings of stress. Over all, going without sleep has little benefit. Johnson said he only drinks energy drinks to specifically stay up. “It just got to the point where I did not have time to sleep and I knew I could just sleep later so I would just stay up for four nights in a row and then crash,” Johnson said. “I got small amounts of sleeps, but the energy drinks just keeps me going through.” Caffeine is a safe supplement when used correctly, but when taken in unsafe levels it can cause insomnia, headaches, anxiety, etc. Johnson said he tends to stay away from caffeine unless he truly needs it. “Unless I drink coke or something, I don’t have caffeine everyday. I only drink caffeine when I have to and that depends on where we are in the school year,” he said. “Towards the end of the quarter, more often, it could be like four times a week. But, at the beginning of the quarter, none. It just increases as we go along through the school year.” There are many things that can elevate the cortisol, or stress hormones, in our body. Long-term caffeine use can also result in high stress levels. However, this is the result in excess, when consumed in small to moderate amounts caffeine can boost your mood. Johnson said that he is not worried about his caffeine intake. “Physically, I know I’m okay because I’m not breaching the 400mg limit, but mentally I don’t feel like it is a healthy amount because before junior year I have never had to rely on something like that,” he said. “ I think maybe I have a personal stigma against it, yet I still do it. My brain is like the disappointed mother that just goes “go ahead” and sighs.” While about 83 percent of adults are drinking coffee, it is estimated that teenagers are in stride with their numbers. According to Medical News Today, over 83 percent of teenagers are drinking caffeine regularly and estimates up to 96 percent consume caffeine occasionally. Junior Miranda Heiland is among those in opposition

to the caffeine craze. “I personally don’t drink it. I don’t think it is necessarily bad for you. I just grew up not drinking any caffeinated soda or anything,” Heiland said. “Both of my parents are heavy coffee drinkers, but they always told me not to. So, I’ve been raised off of coffee for the most part, but recently I’ve been drinking more.” According to the USDA, eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk for many diseases and has also been seen to boost energy levels. Heiland said she tries to pay attention to what she is eating and avoid added sugar. “I rely mostly on natural sugars, like fruits have lots of sugars and avoid drinks with added sugar,” she said. “I’ll limit how much sugar I add on my own, like when I put honey in tea. Sometimes it is the sugar in things that can be addicting and I don’t want to be dependent on anything.” Sugar dependence has become a big problem in the world as more and more companies are adding extra sugar into their products. According to Psychology Today, competing companies try to get an edge by creating more addictive products. Sugar and caffeine addiction are like any other addiction, meaning their are dangerous. Junior Olivia Thomas said that her family stays away from potential addictions. “In my family, we try to stick away from caffeine because it is an addictive substance. But, in our religion coffee is not to be drunk,” Thomas said. “I’ve thought about my own dietary restrictions like coffee, tea, and drugs and, to me, it makes sense. They are addictive and bad for you, so I understand why they would be restricted.” Like most addictions, an addiction to caffeine can be managed and controlled. Using either the ‘Cold Turkey’ or ‘Weaning Method’, high-dose caffeine users can detox and lighten their dependence on the substance. Thomas said that she instead turns to natural foods to wake her up. “I go without caffeine by eating healthy foods and getting lots of sleep, the normal things that we are told to do,” she said. “It depends on how much sleep I got last night, but sometimes I’ll eat certain things in the morning to wake me up. Like, I’ve heard that an apple can wake you up in the morning better than coffee.”







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“A delicious boost.”

“A zeninfused pickme-up.”

“A bold profile of chocolate, spices and nuts.”


The U.S Spends on coffee a year.


Americans drink cups of coffee a day on average.

of students have never had coffee

percent of students think caffeine can be an addiction

Q: How long has the coffee cart been open? A: I believe the coffee cart has been open for about 10 to 15 years. Q: What times are the coffee cart open? A: We leave at about 8:30 and end around 3rd period.

coffee was the first food to be freezedried.

In Finland, 96 cups of coffee are consumed per person a year.


In Norway, 79.2 cups of coffee are consumed per person a year.


Q: What types of things do you sell? A: Lemonade, coffee, hot chocolate, gum, Oreos, we used to have muffins and Honey Buns, the good stuff.�

In Iceland, 72 cups of coffee are consumed per person a year. by madi beck // design by suzanne ward and kate thomas



GOOD COFFEE, BAD COFFEE The Triangle staff shares their caffeine habits amidst new headlines linking coffee to cancer


any people consider a sip from a steaming hot cup of smooth coffee a simple joy in life, and a great way to start the day. But the health consequences of that sip have long been debated by researchers. Recently surfacing in the news, a local California judge proposed that coffee should come with a cancer warning, due to consumer exposure to acrylamide, a chemical created when roasting coffee beans. The ruling comes from a lawsuit by the Council for Education and Research on Toxics in 2010, claiming that nearly 100 coffee businesses have failed to properly inform consumers, stating that acrylamide has been included on California’s list of harmful chemicals since 1990. William Murray of the International Coffee Organization countered the ruling in the Times article “Coffee Drinkers Need Cancer Warning, Judge Rules, Giving Sellers the Jitters” on March 30. Murray claimed that acrylamide is present in coffee, but in minuscule levels. The Chief Executive went on to argue that coffee is a highly studied beverage and cancer warning labels would be confusing to consumers. The Times article also noted that acrylamide is also found in potato chips, bread and cereals, but primarily in tobacco smoke. The dispute over a potential coffee cancer label only adds fuel to the

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flame of the constant argument over coffee benefits and health risks, which there are many. A 2017 Harvard Health article “The Latest Scoop on the Health Benefits of Coffee” covers the discrepancies, noting moderate coffee consumption has been linked to a longer lifespan, and a reduced risk type two diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Despite this, coffee can increase the risk of bladder cancer, sleep impairment, “jitters”, anxiety, or heartburn. However, the studies cited provide contradictory results on cardiovascular disease. Despite caffeine controversies, 95 percent of the Triangle staff consumes caffeinated beverages, with favorite beverages being tea, coffee, and sodas. The majority drink one caffeinated drink a day, and do not think they are addicted to caffeine. The Staff cited that they consume caffeine for taste and energy. Like most things in life, 82 percent of staff members agree that coffee is unhealthy in excess. The majority claimed to only consume one caffeinated drink a day. Because studies revolving coffee are often contradictory, students must rely on personal experience and common sense to navigate the world of caffeine. Ultimately, consuming caffeinated beverages will have to be decided by the individual.


April Showers Bring Flash Floods

by erica song

front of us. Indiana isn’t alone in its strange weather phenomena; last year, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Hurricane Irma ambushed many states and islands and California suffered amidst rampant wildfires. If the climate catastrophes that took the news by storm aren’t enough to prove climate change exists, NASA has also compiled statistics on climate change. For instance, NASA has found that global temperatures have risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, which might not sound like much, but 1.8 degrees could be the difference between ice and water. Additionally, according to NASA, the amount of arctic ice he past couple of weeks, the weather on Earth has decreased by about 13.2 percent outside has been, to put it simply, on average each decade since 1979. Moreover, completely wonky. We had warm, spring weather one day and then snowy, wintry weather carbon dioxide levels have risen to their highest value in 650,000 years. Lastly, this past year, the next. I always knew Indiana weather was record high and low temperatures have afflicted unpredictable, but this year, I feel that mother regions all over the world. The evidence doesn’t nature has been especially volatile. I’ve heard many people (me, included) complain about this lie; climate is very real—dangerously real. However depressing the situation may be, annoying and problematic weather—driving in every cloud has a silver lining. We can still fix our rain and snow is not fun. However, complaints won’t get us anywhere. We have all contributed environmental problems if we make the effort. Most of us have learned to reduce, reuse, and to climate change. We need to get our act recycle, but there are so many other options together and start cleaning up this enormous available to help create change. For instance, mess we’ve made for ourselves. carpooling and public transportation both help Some critics of climate change, including reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned for President Trump himself, claim that climate transportation. Another easy change that will change is a hoax, but the evidence is right in


The “Perfect” Test


tandardized tests have been part of our lives for almost as long as we have been in school. Students start taking ISTEP in third grade and take it every year up to eighth grade and then again sophomore year. Juniors and seniors have SATs and ACTS. Each year it seems like there is always one more test we have to take. But why do we really have to take them? Having a test that could measure everyone’s intelligence equally and in the same way seems great. That would eliminate the bias of having teachers, grading methods, environment, and education standards that differ from school to school. What other way to effectively compare students from different schools and test intelligence than a standardized test? While they may seem like a perfect solution, they do not measure education quality and student intelligence as intended. Instead, the tests are biased and the scores are unreliable. ISTEP is the perfect example of how inaccurate test results can be. Other than being a graduation requirement, ISTEP does not affect students individually. It asses schools and places them in categories based on the their scores.

reduce fossil fuel combustion is careful planning of errands. For example, a grocery list could save you a trip back to the store to buy a single forgotten item. Bringing your own bag to the store can cut down on the number of plastic bags you use, so those plastic bags don’t end up floating in the ocean or slowly decomposing in a landfill. Another surprisingly easy way to reduce polluting waste is to eat with reusable silverware. There is no need to get disposable plastic forks and spoons for take-out; just ask the employees to leave out the plastic utensils. The possibilities for change are endless, and there are always more tips we can learn to become better citizens of Earth. An open mind is one of the strongest tools you can have. If we all become more conscientious of our impact on the environment, we can make better decisions that can heal our planet so that it can continue to support us. We can keep our home and avoid insane weather. With flash floods in the forecast and schools closing, it may feel as if the weather is attacking us, but in reality, we are the ones attacking the Earth. All of the “annoying” weather is the Earth’s reaction to its climate illness, and the Earth is warning us to take action now. If we don’t change our ways soon, disastrous climate change may become completely incurable. Do we really want to cause the death of Earth, the source of our life?

by salomé cloteaux Because the scores don’t impact their grades, some students may not take the test seriously, making the results unreliable and not accurately represent their intelligence. Standardized tests can also affect students’ education in school. Teachers can be pressured to focus more on what is tested on ISTEP during class because the scores could affect the school and their jobs. This can narrow the curriculum to spend more time on the material seen during tests instead of diversifying students’ education. Standardized tests also do not value diversity and do not take into account the fact that students taking them have different levels of English proficiency, cultures, learning styles, and backgrounds. Students are tested as if they were identical to all the other test takers and the previous students. They also favor those who have the ability to pay for programs and classes that help them prepare for the tests, along with students who are naturally good test takers. Finally, standardized tests measure only a small part of students’ education and learning experience. More value is placed on math and english during tests. Students good in these

subject have an advantage over those who prefer art or history. A test focuses on a few subjects test creators thought were more important can not completely measure students’ intelligence. Overall, standardized tests don’t measure students’ intelligence equally and without bias like they are intended to. Intelligence is incredibly complex and different for everyone. One test can not possibly measure millions of different students’ intelligence. Rather, standardized tests compare thousands of unique and individual students with infinitely different opportunities, learning environments, schools, and cultures, based off of a couple bubbled answers. They reduce students’ incredible minds and years of experiences to a single number.




New team members share their thoughts on Unified Track

by cheyenne peters // design by coral roberts

photo by cheyenne peters The Unified Track team practices every day after school. At the end of their practice, they come together in a group huddle to close out the day.


“I’m new to the team. I’ve already efore race day successes, the made a lot of new friends and made Unified Track team must practice relationships with people I had never and bond as a team. Joining talked to before.” Unified Track is a way to meet new Boston anticipates upcoming meets people and develop new friendships. Junior Tanner Johnson initially hesitated with her fellow teammates. “We have some really good special in joining Unified Track, but joined the needs kids. I can’t tell how well we will team this year. “I always wanted to, do, but everyone works “Everybody is super but for some reason I hard and tries their best didn’t the past couple in practice, so I think supportive and of years. But this year that’s how meets will helpful, so it makes it go,” Boston said. I knew a lot of people doing it and thought it Boston acknowledges a fun experience and would be a great way the misconceptions something you won’t that may surround to make new friends,” forget.” Johnson said. Unified Track. Johnson enjoys “Just because it is a junior Tanner Johnson practices and being team [including] special needs [students]doesn’t on the team. mean we work or try less. We include “Everybody is super supportive and kids who wouldn’t have the ability to do helpful, so it makes it a fun experience another sport and give them a place to and something you won’t forget,” feel special,” Boston said. Johnson said. The Unified Track team is open to all Like Johnson, sophomore Elaina students. Anyone interested can join Boston states that she joined the by attending a practice and talking to team to make new friends and build the coaches. relationships.

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Fast Facts There are eight Unified Track meets this season. Two of them are home meets. Unified Track became a sport at North in 2015. Unified Track has about 40 members this year. Previous track experience is not required to join. Track has fewer athlete expenses than other school sports, with Jerseys being one of the only costs.


No matter the weather, athletes stay dedicated to their team

by cheyenne peters // design by alyona rosenthal

Sophomore Carley Finke, (right) with Syndney Hollars, joined the track team their sophomore year. “It’s always been a [consideration] and I enjoy sprinting, so I did Unified Track my freshman year and my parents talked me into doing it this year.” Finke’s favorite event is the 4x1 relay.

North East Unified Track Meet

“I joined because it keeps me in shape and it gives me something to do after school, instead of just going straight home and doing homework. Also the people in it are pretty fun to talk too.” freshman Erin Rawlins

“I joined track for the first time because I’ve always wanted to do it and a lot of my friends were doing it.” sophomore Anna Del Genio

“What I like about track is that it’s competitive and has different events for your skill abilities and you’re hanging around your friends all day.” freshman Preston Terrell

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Weights class helps students improve their strength and weightlifting abilities

by rylie day // design by grace wang

TWITTER TALK Out of 79 people surveyed via Twitter,


percent have taken a weights class at North photo by rylie day Students bench press during eighth-period weights class. Taught by Lou Sipe or Jordan Sharp, Weights class is a semster long course that can be taken repeatedly.

Triangle: Why did you want to take weights class? Fainguersch: I wanted to take weights to get stronger for volleyball outside of our regular conditioning and learn how to properly lift so I could also start doing stuff on my own. T: Has weights helped with volleyball? F : Weights has helped me become stronger and understand how my body and muscles work better. I can help incoming players learn how to lift as soon as they come in, too, so that’s really helpful. T: Would you recommend taking weights to others [athletes and non-athletes]? F : I know a lot of non-athletes in weights that benefit from it and enjoy it a lot, so I would junior Agustina Fainguersch definitely recommend it for anyone trying to improve their physical state. Also, it’s a nice way to get the second required PE credit. T: Is weights only weight lifting or are there specific lessons taught? F : There’s no lessons taught, really. We have weight cards with exercises we have to complete and record every day. We have two leg days, two arm days and Wednesdays are SAQ days where we do stations. The coaches are always walking around and making sure you’re doing things right though, especially if you’re new to the class. T: Have you seen personal improvement since taking the class? F : Every nine weeks, I’ve felt myself improve in most of my lifts. It’s really good to see hard work pay off.

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BE THERE, BULL DOGS Upcoming Home Games April 13 Men’s Baseball April 16 Women’s Tennis Women’s Softball April 19 Men’s Baseball Women’s Softball April 21 Men’s Baseball Women’s Softball

FROM HALF-PIPE TO HOUSEHOLD “Skating makes me feel alive and as if there are no boundaries.”


ightrope, skateboarding, and unicycling. These are all among the hobbies that Sophomore Gabby Lifferth enjoys. Upon entering Lifferth’s house, it may seem like a normal, everyday household. When entering her basement, that quickly changes. Lifferth’s basement has been turned into a playground of sorts, including a tightrope, a half-pipe, as well as a life-like wooden boat play structure. Lifferth’s father is an engineer. He built the tightrope and the boat, and built the half pipe about six years ago as a Christmas present. His building hobby has turned into a hobby for her. “I didn’t really know that I wanted to take up skateboarding until my dad actually built the halfpipe. Then my uncle came over a few months later to go to

the Indy 500. He skateboarded, so he taught me how to drop in and skate” Lifferth continues to build on her skill level involving skating. “The most I can do on the halfpipe is to drop in and turn. I’m trying to learn how to lift up the skateboard on the pipe and flip the board over, Lifferth said. “I ripstik usually about everyday and skateboard probably about once a week, sometimes more. It depends how much free time I have. With that time I want to continue to learn new tricks and improve my overall skating.”

photos and story by kaylee eckleman // design by emma cooper




A multilingual student and teacher share their cultural experiences and skills

by erica song // design by hannah long

How to say ‘Hello’ Hola


Ni hao


Konnichiwa (Japanese)

Sophomore Alma Cambron converses with fellow students.


s soon as the bell rings, a multitude of students flood the halls, and hundreds of voices rise up at once. In the flood of English that pours out of most students’ mouths, small snippets of foreign languages can be heard. Multilingual students and staff are all around the school, and they bring the world to Columbus North. Sophomore Alma Cambron has forged her own connection with several foreign languages, including Spanish, Korean, and Japanese, by becoming a certified medical interpreter. Because of her linguistic skills and her personal background, Cambron decided to train to be a medical interpreter by attending a program called Bridging the Gap, which is offered here at North. “I wanted to become certified in medical interpretation because for me, it’s just something that’s very near and dear to my heart. I have a lot of family members who speak Spanish better than they speak English, and as a result, they might not get the best medical care,” Cambron said. Besides allowing her to become a medical interpreter, Cambron’s ability to speak multiple languages has also provided her with other opportunities. “I’ve had the chance to really build an impressive or attractive profile for colleges or for work. I have a multicultural perspective on life. It’s a skill. It’s pretty cool,” Cambron said. Cambron is not the only one who has taken advantage of her linguistic abilities; student teacher Kathryn Vandrey, who helps teach

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by hannah long

North’s Chinese classes, also makes use of her mastery of Chinese and her knowledge of Russian. Like Cambron, Vandrey’s multilingualism has created a gateway for new opportunities. “I’ve been able to do a lot of really fun cultural exchanges, especially at the university. I lived in China for a summer in 2016. I was able to meet my boyfriend speaking Russian. I was able to find a lot of tutoring jobs, and having Chinese on my resume has been really useful in finding university jobs, as well,” Vandrey said. Both Cambron and Vandrey agree on the benefits of being able to speak more than one language. “Language gives us an opportunity to communicate with a variety of people, and you can learn so much through another person. I feel like being able to speak another language gives you an upper hand in a lot of these interactions with people and making relationships with people,” Cambron said. “They want to go experience different cultures, and if you speak the language, you can have not only an easier time, but you have a much deeper understanding of what it is you’re doing and the culture that you’re understanding. Just learning a new language and culture helps you empathize with other people. It lets you know that there are people who aren’t like you and have a different world view, and that’s okay,” Vandrey said.



Bonjour (French)

North’s ESL student stats Spanish 72% French 11%

Chinese 4%

Japanese 8% German 6% *out of 756 students


Sophomore Carson Reedy shares his knowledge of motorcross

by abby bodart // design by coral roberts


motorbike engine roars as the rider leans into a tight turn, kicking up dirt and racing towards the next jump. Moments like this are what sophomore Carson Reedy experiences when competing in a motorcross race. Reedy has been involved with motorcross for almost his entire life. “My dad got me into racing motorcycles when I was three and it has just gone from there,” Reedy said. “Motocross is a sport where anywhere from 20 to 40 different riders lined up on a starting gate and will race on a closed course with different obstacles such as jumps,” Reedy said. Motocross has two main racing divisions. Currently, Reedy is at the amateur racing level. “There’s Pro level and Amateur level. To be in the Pro level, you have to have a license, which you have to get from winning a certain amount of races,” Reedy said. “To be in an amateur race there really are no requirements. To be a professional, you have to be over 17 years old and have parental consent. There are many places to race and many people in each race. Different courses have different obstacles for the riders to face. No one obstacle course is the same as another course in a competition. “Every year, I compete in a series at Stoney Lonesome Motorcycle Club which consists of five races and there’s also a team race that they have at the end of the year for fun,” Reedy said.

More about Motorcross

Being physically and mentally fit will help a rider become successful in motorcross.

Motorcross is a workout. An hour of riding the bike can burn up to 800 calories, making in important to keep your body fueled.

photo for the triangle


In order to absorb shock from jumps on the bike, motorcross riders must hold a tight grip with their thighs but remain flexible in the knees.

Motorcross values speed more than tricks, as it is a racing sport. Tight corners and fast head starts are key to a race.




Collar The collar lines the top of the shirt.

Anatomy of a Tuxedo

Bow Tie Shirt


The inside of a tuxedo is usually lined with satin.


The lapels are the two strips of fabric that line the open sides of the jacket

Buttons A traditional tuxedo will usually only have one button, but it is recently becoming more acceptable to have two.

Pockets by erica song // design by emma cooper, maggie davis & grace wang



Keep your eye out for some of these dress trends you’ll see on May 5

Pastel Colors

Open Back

Strappy Details Black leather shoes and belt

What to Know about Prom Who? Juniors and seniors in BCSC What? This year’s Prom Theme is “Written in the Stars”, based on Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting

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When? Sat. May 5, 9pm to 12am Where? Columbus Commons How Much? Tickets are $20 For More Information: Visit

No matter how formal the event, the color of the shoes should always match that of the belt.

Tips to Save

Where to go?

Go Local

Le Petit Caraibes


Join a Referral Program

Parking Garage

Washington St. Fourth St.

Make Your Own Corsage

Stumped on a nearby restaurant? The Triangle looks at some popular and close by options for dining

Fourth Street Bar & Grill

Find out how on!

Fifth St.


Many stores have programs that allow members to refer friends to the store in exchange for discounts on products.

Washington St.

Tre Bicchieri

Small stores have the same quality clothing as large brand names, often for less.

The Commons Mall

The Garage Pub and Grill

Fifth St.

Shop Smaller

Taku Steak House

Fourth St.

Many local stores and beauticians offer the same services at lower costs.

Prom Spending The Triangle surveyed students to see what they are planning on spending their junior or senior year Prom


said $600-$1000

30% said $300-$600






said more than $1000


What’s coming in (the) clutch?

59% said $0-$300

Ideas on some must-haves to carry with you on the big night 1. A phone so that you can capture all those fun Prom memories 2. Compact for dodging those embarrassing moments. 3. A comb for those out of place hairs 4. Lipstick for when you need a touch-up 5. Hairspray so everything stays in place




Check out student outdoor activity recommendations


pring may have yet to fully arrive, and many students are still eagerly anticipating their favorite warm weather activities. Sophomore Molly Nelson finds many different ways to spend time outside during the spring and summer months. “I love to rock climb, go on walks around my neighborhood, go on long bike rides, play basketball in my backyard court, and go hiking,” Nelson said. “I do these things because I truly believe that spending time outside and being active is a necessary component of anyone’s life.” Getting out in the sun also has many health benefits from elevating mood and improving concentration to healing faster, according to “Spending just 15 minutes outside in nature boosts focus, soothes anxiety, and reduces stress. The sun provides Vitamin D, which is essential to keep a healthy immune system. Being outside is also very beneficial to our mental well-being,” Nelson said.

HIKING “For hiking, people should check out Touch the Earth Nature Preserve, which is just out of Columbus off of state road 46. I also go to Mill Race Park and Noblitt Park to hike along the river. It’s beautiful there. Also, everyone needs to go on the hiking trails in Brown County.” Nelson said.

WALKING YOUR DOG “I like to walk my dogs because it is healthy and it doesn’t cost anything. In Nashville, you can shop in different stores. In Brown County you can hike on all the different trails.” Senior Julia Luken said.

BIKING “The weather is not too hot and not too cold. It’s when all the flowers come up, and the days are longer. The fresh air is good for you and so is the Vitamin D from the sun. You can ride your bike, go for a walk, or volunteer to work someplace outside.“ Luken said.

GOING TO YOUR LOCAL PARK “Ultimate frisbee is super fun to do with friends. Just hiking or biking can be fun. Freedom Field at Parkside Elementary school is a great place for soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.” Nelson said.

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The Triangle Volume 98 Issue 7  

The Triangle, Columbus North High school, Columbus, Indiana

The Triangle Volume 98 Issue 7  

The Triangle, Columbus North High school, Columbus, Indiana