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Residents gather at City Hall to take part in a protest against the changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Sept. 5. photo by ruthie yezerets
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Students put on a production of “Steel Magnolias”. pg 7
Two students voice their opinions about the DACA changes. pg. 15
The Triangle investigates how home game crowds affect players. pg. 16
EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Tessa McKenney Ruthie Yezerets
EXECUTIVE EDITORIAL BOARD Hannah Abts Rylie Day Caitlin Davey Hannah Long Akshaya Sabapathy
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SOLAR ECLIPSE // by cheyenne davis // design by hannah long
Social studies teacher Mr. Simpson and math teacher Mr. White view the solar eclipse.
Senior Ian Cavanaugh views the solar eclipse with a welding mask.
photos by charlie allen
The next solar eclipse will occur in 2024 and its path falls nearly on top of Columbus.
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Students and teachers experience the solar eclipse at North.
arkness fell over the crowd as the solar eclipse begins. “I have never seen one before so it was interesting to see it in person. I learned that it gets darker because the moon covers the sun”, senior Trevor Smith said. Protection was the most important part of the eclipse. “I am in machining sixth and seventh period so all of the machinists and welders went outside and we used the welding masks, which work as well as the recommended glasses,” Smith said. Some people looked at the sun without any protection at all. “I did, to be honest, and I think a lot of people did,” Smith said. “Everyone that I talked to after we came back inside said that their eyes hurt a little bit, even though they used the glasses, but a couple of minutes after it was fine.” There will be another solar eclipse in the next seven years and there might be different ways for watching it. “I think there will be more improved glasses that could help you see it better; it makes it get closer instead of just seeing a little black spot over the sun,” Smith said. There is a possibility that there will be new technology for the next eclipse.
The next total solar eclipse that we can expect to see will be on April 8, 2024. The cities that will be able to see the next total eclipse are Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Montreal. The peak of totality is expected to last up to four and a half minutes long. “I think [students] had a connection from what they learned in school with a real world experience,” math teacher Trish Heathcote said. The students were provided with special glasses that were needed to watch the eclipse without damaging their vision. “From what I saw, the kids for the most part used the glasses,” Heathcote said. The glasses could be purchased at some local stores or online. “I saw some kids using welding masks,” Heathcote said. Some students were able to experience the eclipse in different ways. “I have not heard of anyone having any issues with their vision,” Heathcote said. “I definitely think that we will have more time to prepare for it”, Heathcote said. “We will be in the direct path where the moon will completely cover the sun.”
SUSTAINABILITY IN COLUMBUS C
by rylie day // design by hailey andis and kate thomas olumbus North’s Environmental Club is seeking new members to add to their group of 45 and taking action to help our planet. Seniors Joe Robinson and Vamshi Balanaga share their take on the current condition of the environment, both local and worldwide, and what we at CNHS can do to help the situation. “We’ve had one meeting so far we’ll probably meet monthly but we meet every Friday to recycle the school and we’ll meet some extra times to get some other projects done,” Robinson said. “During the meetings we’re discussing problems that are occurring and most of the focus is on what we can do so we’re either planning projects or kicking off projects or we’re getting more people to be involved by spreading the word.” Robinson decided to get involved as a member of the Columbus North Environmental club his junior year. “Forever I’ve been interested in the environment and I just heard this club was going to be starting, so I decided to get involved,” Robinson said. “The purpose of having [the club] is obviously that today the climate is out of control and we want to do every part that we can to help it, so it’s a bunch of us getting together and doing what we can whether it be recycling paper, planting trees or cleaning the parks.” Renewable energy is another development that society has been able to conform to in order to further sustain the environment. “I think [renewable energy] is going to be more relevant because as we keep burning fossil fuels, it’s making the environment worse and eventually we’re either going to run out, or the environment is going to become dead basically, so we need to switch over and save the environment as well as saving money”, Robinson said. Member Vamshi Balanaga has researched ways in which we as civilians can help the environment from our own homes. “Every little thing helps,” Balanaga said. “Start with using reusable cloth bags when grocery shopping. Minimize paper usage, but when you need to print always print double sided. Recycle everything that can
Environmental Club discusses ways society is adapting to new solutions in order to help the planet.
be recycled. There’s really no excuse for not recycling at home. The city runs a free curbside recycling program that everyone should be taking advantage of.” Balanaga also stresses the importance of preventing the burning of fossil fuels due to motorized vehicles. “Bicycling to school or work is a fantastic way to help the environment and burn a few calories in the process. People should carpool to get to school or work. It’s absolutely unnecessary for people who live right next to each other to drive their individual cars. One car per friend group is all that’s required. This also saves a lot of money because you’re using less gas. Another thing that people can do at home, and in fact one of the most effective things people can do, is eat less meat. Livestock produce a significant portion of greenhouse gases emitted, use lots of water and require immense amounts of agricultural land,” Balanaga said. As we all know by now, the environment is not what it used to be. We are facing drastic changes that unless helped to prevent, will continue to alter the planet that we live on. “The most talked about damage to the environment is climate change, but there are lots of other things happening,” Balanga said. “[There is an] increase in the amount of non-biodegradable waste in landfills and in the oceans and wastage of resources. Making new plastic uses a lot more water and energy than recycling it. However, climate change is easily one of the worst because it can actually be damaging, versus the aesthetic degradation that comes from trash in the ground and floating on water.” Environmental Club has multiple projects in the works at the moment. “We’re just getting started on a compost bin in the courtyard and to expand our recycling capabilities at North to include plastic, glass and metal,” Balanaga said. In regards to future projects, all students are invited and encouraged to join Environmental Club. The club has a Remind open to students by texting the message “asd642c” to 81010.
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simple steps you can follow to help the environment
RIDE YOUR BIKE
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EAT LESS MEAT TRIANGLE // 5
SPEAK UP & REACH OUT //
Senior Zoe Chasse shares her story about the importance of suicide prevention in our community
by coral roberts // design by grace wang
Ball State Suicide
Senior Zoe Chasse’s close friend Garret Ferguson committed suicide on August 8, 2015. This took a big toll on her life and she now has a greater appreciation for suicide prevention and awareness.
TRIANGLE: Why is suicide prevention important to you? ZOE CHASSE: Suicide prevention is important to me because I think people need to be more aware of the problems people face that they don’t talk to anyone about. Suicide is a touchy topic but it needs to be talked about. I have lost someone to suicide and way too many people have experienced the kind of pain this has caused and I would never want someone to go through this. T: How did his death affect your life? ZC: His death changed my life and everyone that knew him. He was an amazing person and it really opened my eyes that just because people don’t talk about their problems doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting a battle behind closed doors that no one knows about. I started looking at everything a different way and it really made me realize everyone isn’t here forever and to be nice to everyone because you may not know what they are going through.
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T: What do you want to tell others who maybe have considered taking their own life? ZC: I would tell others that are considering taking their own life to go talk to someone. Reach out to someone because I promise you someone cares. That person thinks by ending their life that they are getting rid of all the problems they can’t deal with and handle but I promise it doesn’t help. Suicide it not the answer. Ending your life just makes such a hole in people’s hearts that were close with the person that ended their life. T: How can the community help? ZC: The community can help by making this subject more known. Talk about it in schools more, make it more aware. It is such an awful thing to talk about it but it needs to be talked about because those people feeling like that think they are alone but they aren’t and I bet people are waiting to reach out and talk to them if they just knew how they
A 19-year-old from Bradley, Illinois committed suicide on Aug. 22. His name was Zachary Hollywood and he played basketball at Ball State. Hollywood was a 6--foot-9 forward, and had redshirted as a freshman. He was expected to have a significant role in playing for the Cardinals. Source: usatoday.com
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13 Reasons Why
Two families in California are blaming 13 Reasons Why for their daughters’ suicides. The two teens committed suicide in April just days after watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. Critics have claimed that the show glamorizes suicide. The series centers around the reason a girl commits suicide and the tapes she leaves behind. Although 13 Reason Why sent out condolences for the two teens, the series has been renewed for a second season.
by cheyenne peters // design by maggie davis
photo by cheyenne peters Senior Grace Terry (left) and sophomore Molly Nelson (right) perform a scene from Steel Magnolias. Set in a beauty shop in Louisiana in 1998, Steel Magnolias details the lives of six southern women and with relationships, illness and life.
Students produce “Steel Magnolias”
hush fell over the crowd as the lights dimmed on the opening night of Steel Magnolias. “(Senior) Lauren Frederick selected the play Steel Magnolias”, sophomore Allison Parker said. “The actresses are excited to share the story that brought them together through the good and bad times. Steel Magnolias is a great example of friendship even when times are tough.” Auditions were on May 30, 2017, in the auditorium. “About eight people auditioned for the show, but that’s a decent number for a small studio room play,” Parker said. The cast consists of six girls, though there are more staff members. “The way the show is set up, it is like you’re in it,” Parker said. “I believe that the audience will laugh with the characters and cry their hearts out with them.” It was a very emotional play to be showcased. “Lauren chose this play because she loves the original version and she thought that doing it as a studio play would be a great way to showcase it”, Parker said. The show was held in the studio room due to auditorium construction. The way the studio room was set up, the audience received a 360 degree view. Main characters are portrayed by Julia Iorio who plays Shelby, Emily Sipes as M’lynn, Grace Terry as Truvy, Molly Nelson as Claire, Claire Baker as Annelle and Leah Rodriguez as Ouiser, with Frederick as their director. The play Steel Magnolias is based on the original movie format. The play takes in Truvy’s Beauty Parlor. Shelby is the bride-to-be, but she experiences some health scares along the way. Iorio’s character has Type 1 Diabetes and faces a hypoglycemic state that can only be brought around her mother, M’lynn. Shelby soon announces that she is pregnant against the doctor’s advise. The production took place on Sept. 7 and 8.
he auditorium has been under construction since the fire in December. “It’s still changing and evolving”, drama club director John Johnson said. “Construction started on July 10 to add accessible ramps to the stage, new house lighting, carpet, seating and front doors to the lobby. We plan on the construction being finished after Fall Break.” Drama productions are still happening during construction.
“It did not interfere with Steel Magnolias”, Johnson said. “It most likely will interfere with the show As You Like It. We’ll start rehearsing before we get the space back, so we will have those rehearsals in the LGI Room.” Last year the drama club had to hold rehearsals in the LGI Room for the Spring Musical. The show was not affected by movement of rehearsals and is not expected to affect the 2017 spring show. As You Like It will be on December 1, 2 and 3.
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SOCIAL CRISIS // by hannah abts // design by alyona rosenthal and kate thomas
tudent mental health has raised many eyebrows especially over the past few years. Students learn in health classes about mental illnesses, but don’t really think much of it after class. With social media and all the other apps that are popping into our lives, it makes it really hard for students to feel a sense of belonging. “I think the most common illness people suffer from is depression. I think this is really common especially now with social media, it lowers people self esteem and makes them feel insecure about themselves,” junior Morgan Keltz said. According to huffingtonpost. com, Social media has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression,narcissism and decreased social skills. When students go on social media, they feel the need to repeatedly check it to look for updates. Huffingtonpost.com calls this the “slot machine effect.” They call it this because when they receive a comment or like they feel like they get rewarded, but just like the slot machine they don’t always get rewarded. Sarahah is a social media network that has caused a lot of conflict with parents and students. Sarahah is an anonymous online messaging tool that has topped the charts in the app stores. “I think that the Sarahah app can help and hurt people, some comments people make are nice and some aren’t. Instagram is a biggie because pretty much everybody is on it and you are almost required to post a certain amount of times every so often,” Keltz said.
Social Media can have a big impact on students, especially with mental health. “All of what is said on Sarahah is anonymous, so there is bound to be hate on people’s profiles. Obviously that doesn’t help students struggling with depression or other mental illnesses,” junior Cole Bennett said. Students with illnesses and depression need that sense of belonging and recognition, but social media makes those things seem like a need every second of every day. Students go on social media if they are bored or want to post something. When they are scrolling through all the news stories, pictures and comments they are seeing negative things everyday. “Our society has made this a norm, and since people are considering this a normal thing students, especially with mental health are depending on social media to feel like they belong,” Bennett said. Social media has a huge impact on students. They need to pay more attention to their feelings and how to prevent getting hurt. “Social media is a blessing and a curse it can make you feel so good about yourself one day and then completely awful the next. I think students who have depression should just delete it from their life because it only makes matters worse,” Kletz said. Although students use apps like Sarahah and tbh and many other apps for entertainment it is important to note the feelings of others and how it impacts them when others comment mean and hurtful things.
Students share what they think about mental health and how social media affects it
Junior Morgan Keltz
Junior Cole Bennett
“Sarahah helps you discover your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving feedback from your closest friends or employees in a private manner.” https://itunes.apple.com
tbh. is an app where friends tell you what they think about you, but don’t “roast” you like other apps. https://itunes.apple.com
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MYTH Teens donâ€™t experience mental health problems
Teens can show early warning signs of mental health concerns, but most are treatable
People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable
People with mental health are no more likely to be violent than anybody else.
Mental health People with mental health problems can problems have nothing to do with being lazy or snap out of it if weak and many people they try hard need help to get better enough TRIANGLE // 9
photos by jacqueline fry
ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE //
by jacqueline fry // design by jacqueline fry
he Exhibit Columbus project is a celebration and renewal of the design and architectural heritage in Columbus, Indiana. There are over fifteen temporary installations around the city that will be up until Nov. 26. The installations were put up by three groups; The Miller Prize Winners, Washington Street Installations, and The High School Student Installations. Tim Cox (’17) was part of the high school team. “I started with the Exhibit Columbus project last fall as part of the high school team. There were three of us from North and three of us from East. We were given the historical site of the post office and a budget of ten thousand dollars. We designed, built, and installed our installation “Between the Threads” over a period of about nine months. Our installation is a colorful maze from steel and plastic string. We
wanted to create screens of color that would mix and blend with each other. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about design,” Cox said. There will be a new high school team forming this Fall for a symposium and in 2019 there will be new installations. “I would highly encourage people who are interested in design or architecture to join. It’s incredible to see something we dreamed up in real life. It was hard, but watching people interact with the installation is incredibly wholesome and one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had,” Cox said For those interested in being involved with the high school design for the installations going up in 2019, you may contact Erin Hetrick at email@example.com. They will begin meeting in the Fall of 2018.
“I think the exhibits gave everyone an excuse to put their phones down and go explore our city. [...] I think it reminded everyone why we are known as an architecture city.” junior Thais Oehninger photo for the triangle
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A look at Exhibit Columbus
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“I think the exhibits being up throughout Columbus are really interesting. I know a lot of people, including myself, that have gone around Columbus searching for different pieces of art.” junior Alex Mcgill
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“I think I care less about whether you’re flying the flag or not, and I care more about why you’re flying the flag or why you’re not.”- DREW Riordan
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The adoption of the Confederate Flag by extremist groups has prompted students to share their perspectives on the meaning of the flag.
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FREEDOM O OF SPEECH, HATE ” SPEECH, OR JUST SPEECH
The adoption of the Confederate Flag by extremist groups has prompted students to share their perspectives on the meaning of the flag.
ur arts and intellectual achievements make up our culture. Whether that be our ethnicity’s culture or the culture of our generation, we are defined and united by a common theme or idea. Like how there is a different culture in a place of business than there is in your own home, there is something that unites us all and that is the idea that we are all Americans. Senior Dylan Richie said we all may have different ideas surrounding the future of this country, but we have to come together and find compromise. However, compromise isn’t easy to reach. In the last few years, the many views of the Confederate Flag have led to riots, protests and demonstrations. Richie said there are many misconceptions about the flag, but to him it is all about family. “For me, the flag is a big pride thing, everyone has one symbol, one little thing that kinda shows who they are. For me, it is the flag,” Richie said. “My family took the hand we were given and fought for what we believed in. Our beliefs weren’t in slavery. They were our beliefs in the right to just let us be us.” Richie said that his heritage means a lot to him and his family. His family has traced their his lineage back to the Plymouth Rock people. However, for senior Jakob Albert, who was born in Indiana, experiencing southern culture gave him a different outlook. “When I lived in Alabama, I used to look at the flag every day at school and it was just in my life. They kept it in all the rooms,” Albert said. “They saw the flag as a positive to help get all the slaves out. In comparison to here, people just don’t acknowledge it.” Support of the flag in the south is common. According to a political map denoting congressional districts, in Indiana, support for the Confederate Flag is split between both sides. Senior Gretchen Bless said she doesn’t agree with positive support of the flag.
As a country we need to unite together and make it to our next stop in history.
“I understand how some people grew up in the south and think that supporting the flag is okay and that’s how they were raised, but I just don’t think that it should be allowed,” Bless said. “It’s all in how people are raised. I can’t imagine living with parents that believe in that.” Other than leaning one way or the other, a third option is neutrality. While not showing support to either side Junior Denver Shepard said that pride in a flag shouldn’t be thought of as a bad thing. “I have met many people with the Confederate flag on certain items such as laptops and bumper stickers, and they do not personally mean anything offensive by it. It’s simply an object of pride to them,” Shepard said. According to the Anti-Defamation League, while non-extremist groups use the flag as a symbol of pride and southern heritage, the Confederate Flag has faced much controversy. With support from extreme groups like white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, people associate the Confederate Flag with racism. “This biggest misconception is that the flag is only a symbol for racism. The aspects of the flag itself are full of so much meaning like the color red symbolizing Jesus’s blood,” Richie said. “Not everybody is like this, not everybody who supports the flag is racist and is mowing down people in cars like in Charlottesville. A lot of people you’ll find who have the flags are the most down to earth people you can meet.” As reflected by the ADL, there are groups who do not wish to be associated with racism. Senior Drew Riordan said there’s a very small percentage of people where it’s actually just a sign of racism. “There’s a much larger percentage of people for whom, the underlying cause is different depending whether they’re just contrarian, or it’s an homage to a family member or if it’s just purely a political symbol for diminishing the size of the federal government,” Riordan
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“ I think the flag is more the symptom than the root problem. “
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thing to me.” Because there are so many diverse beliefs and backgrounds in the world, it may be difficult for everyone to reach one agreement without compromise. “Humans have freedom of thought. There are people who could care less and people who care a lot. We all just kind of need to meet in the middle somehow because everybody is going to see it different,” Richie said. “Your beliefs are based on how you were raised. There is nothing more terrible in this world than being asked your opinion and as soon as you give it they shut you down.”
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students haven’t been openly rebelling against it. But, enforcement of a national ban on the Confederate Flag is something that Senior JP Ford said can’t happen. “As long as there is no direct physical force applied on another person, I don’t think there should be restrictions because it is speech. They can never [restrict] that, even something as extreme as a direct threat, to punish that would make it a preventative punishment and I don’t really believe in that,” Ford said. “I think that if we start policing expression, thought and speech, then we start ghost hunting and that’s dangerous because even if you aren’t serious about a threat, you could get punished for it and that is a scary
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said. “Granted, I think there are surely better symbols that could be used in place of the flag.” While Indiana as a whole is split between supportive and non-supportive parties, Junior Julia Iorio said that there is no good reason to support this flag because of its longtime reputation and connotation of racism. “If it had only been used as a symbol of southern culture in the first place, I would see no problem with this flag. However, its use in the past as a beacon of racism and white superiority denotes any of that for me,” Iorio said. “I say that those people should find something else to express their pride in their family heritage. There are plenty of other symbols of the south that do not have connotations of slavery.” Because of the continued use of the flag by nonextremist groups, the ADL said that you shouldn’t immediately assume the flag is being supported out of racism. Riordan said that attribution can be a leading cause in misunderstandings of the flag. “Everyone who wants [the flag] to be taken down, everyone who wants it to banned, I think probably has the same underlying cause,” Riordan said. “That cause is that they believe everyone who supports the flag is racist. I wouldn’t make that assumption.” To support or not to support the Confederate Flag openly is a right given to Americans in the First Amendment. This amendment states that “Congress shall make no law prohibiting freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievences.” However, according to the 2017-18 CNHS Student Handbook, the school is responsible for making rules that keep order in classrooms and throughout the entire school. The rules surrounding the Confederate Flag in any sort of medium is a complete ban. The flag is banned along with other racial disruptions or prejudice, such as any item of apparel. “I don’t think that the flag should be allowed in schools in general,” Bless said. “I think there should be punishment, like if you see someone with a Confederate flag on their shirt, they need to be sent down somewhere to change their shirt.” Riordan said that this rule should be enforced like any other dress code rule because it weren’t to be enforced then students would disregard other school rules. As a rule in the handbook, students would be disciplined by their Dean. “I know a couple of people who have tied the Confederate flag to their cars and driven around with it,” Albert said. “But mainly no one else wears it in school because they’re afraid that the deans and principal are going to yell at them for wearing it.” Enforcement of this rule has been very minimal as
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AN INCONSIDERATE CONFEDERATE FLAG
he nation was shocked when a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. sprung up and turned violent when a man drove his car into protesters on Saturday, Aug. 12. Among the protesters were white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-nazis bearing swastikas, anti-muslim flags and hateful posters. Yet, the Confederate flag, a symbol central to the Charlottesville rallies, can be found in our own school. The events in Charlottesville are unacceptable displays of hatred, and so is bearing the confederate flag. Many court cases have denied the protection of the Confederate flag in schools. From an opinion piece by Eugene Volokh of the Washington Post, “Nearly all cases have upheld [...] that the display of the flag was likely to materially disrupt schoolwork, by exacerbating racial hostilities and thus leading to fights and similar disruptions.” Our school has rules in place that follow these court precedents, prohibiting vulgar, obscene and offensive language, dress and vehicular adornments. Still, the Confederate flag can be seen on t-shirts, bumper stickers, license plates and on flags attached to vehicles at school. The argument that the Confederate flag represents “southern pride” lacks understanding in what the flag represents to others, and what the flag represents today. The Confederate flag was the battle flag of the Confederate states during the Civil War. The attempted secession of the southern states was an issue of a lack of state rights, but also a battle over slavery
CNHS Student Media voices its opinion about the morality of confederate flags
and keeping black rights repressed. But for some people, the flag does not bring to mind the south fighting for state rights. Instead, the Confederate flag represents the south fighting to retain racism, black oppression and slavery in their states. According to Cornell University, in a 2015 study, 72 percent of black people surveyed said the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. With these associations with the confederate flag, it is unsurprising that it has been adopted by extremist hate groups, and why the Confederate flag was used by white supremacists and neo-nazis at the Charlottesville riots. Today, the Confederate flag is a representation of racism, nationalism, extremism, hatred and an intolerance of diversity. It is not a flag of honor or “southern pride”. Many that display the flag claim that it is to show support for southern states, remembering relatives, heritage, or southern ideals. This is an odd thought process considering Indiana was not part of the Confederate states or Confederate war effort. Regardless, the hostilities and associations people have surrounding the symbol make the Confederate flag an insensitive way to show southern pride. A display of a Confederate flag at school isolates and cuts off an entire ethnically diverse portion here. An alternative idea would be to replace Confederate flags with southern state flags and college gear. There are ways to support the south without supporting a history of hatred and racism towards others.
A Comment on Hurricane Irma
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by corbin armstrong
BULL DOG OPINION //
OPINION Students voice opinions on Columbus current events
by jacqueline fry // designed by christian lopez
he “Columbus” movie was a beautifully filmed production about a Korean man, Jin, who gets stuck in Columbus once his architect father falls into a coma. While there Jin meets a young woman, Casey, who wants to stay in Columbus to take care of her mother who was once addicted to meth instead of following her own passion, architecture. “Columbus” did an excellent job of showcasing our home town’s historical architecture, especially through the character’s personal connections to the pieces around them but the plot was slow and dry and the script and acting could’ve been less fraught and awkward. The most important scenes of the movie are filmed near landmarks in Columbus where they play a part in the emotional impact of the film. The characters often describe how they find peace in the buildings and art and how they use them to escape their own lives. The film also uses
a warm color palette to combat the modernist art which is usually associated with a cold, robotic feeling. The actors and script didn’t seem to flow very well and the plot seemed to develop slowly which can be excused by the movie which was mostly focusing on the landscape and architecture of the town. But the acting seemed forced and robotic which was disappointing but can also be credited to script which uses dialogue that did not sound like everyday conversations or things the characters would actually say if put in that situation. Overall “Columbus” can be described as a pure movie that has really interesting film style. Although the plot developed slowly, it still had a point and provoked emotion from the the audience. I would recommend this movie if you’re going for the film style and architecture but not necessarily for the plot and acting.
DACA Protest by jacqueline fry // designed by jacqueline fry
On Sept. 5 a rally was on the steps of City Hall to protest the executive order to end DACA. Pictured above are CNHS seniors Nancy Renteria(right) and Cynthia Guzman(left) holding signs supporting the cause.
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Students cheer on the Bulldogs during the North East football game.
BEYOND THE FIELD //
photo by hannah long
How much does our student section affect the performance of our players?
by salome cloteaux // design by hannah long
he stands, brimming with students and neon, erupt as North’s football team scores a touchdown. When people go to an athletic event or a game, they don’t usually realize the impact they have on the players and the outcome of the game. Crowds can have a powerful effect on the teams and individuals, helping them lose or win the game. “It has a huge impact on players’ performance because it gets them pumped up before the games, and that is really important,” senior Floyd Athaide said. The exciting environment of a game can empower athletes or make them feel self conscious and not play as well. “If a team is good at what they do, then in the presence of people who are for them, they’ll do really well. If you’re not probably very good, then you’ll have trouble anyway. That’s the concept of social facilitation,” psychology teacher Laurie Pfaffenberger said. Social facilitation is the tendency for people to perform better when they’re being watched. It helps explain why the team playing at their school is more likely to win than the opposing team from a different town. “When you’re at home, there is always an advantage because there are more fans to watch you. It is your court, you know what’s going on,” senior Nicholas Stevens said. An animated audience is not only beneficial to the athletes, but also to the individuals in the crowd. It excites the team, which can help them win, and it also helps the students feel united and supporting. “It is fun to feel like you’re a part of something. You have that power of belonging that is so important. We all have a need to belong,” Pfaffenberger said. The student section is a great way to support athletes and to include students in school activities. Unfortunately, there are also downsides
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to it. Deindividuation happens when people feel less accountable when they are in a big group and do things they usually wouldn’t without the rest of the crowd . “People do and say more stuff in a crowd that they wouldn’t say when they are alone. It goes along the line of deindividuation. People don’t act themselves like the way the act individually,” Athaide said. Following the theme and showing up to athletic events are great ways to be there for a team without the negative effects of being in a crowd. “It makes everybody energetic and happy. It is also important to support your school because the high school provides you with an education, and you’re going to be here for four years, so you might as well enjoy the experience and make new friends,” Stevens said.
DOES THE CROWD AFFECT THE PLAYERS?
students thinks the crowd somewhat affects the players
Of 112 students surveyed...
14% of students disagree
SEPTEMBER SPORTS FORECAST
Stay up to date on North sports events by coral roberts // design by hailey andis
Boys Varsity Football: (H) Friday, Sept. 15-7:30pm, SENIOR NIGHT (A) Friday, Sept. 22- 7:30pm (H) Friday, Sept. 29- 7:00pm
“We have won sectionals all four years and I have played in regionals once. We are one of the most winning teams in the state and are looking forward to a great season. I did most of my training during the summer. I played in clinics during the week and played in tournaments over the weekends. Our team is 5-0 right now and 4-0 in conference. So we have done pretty well so far.” senior Issac Jackson Varsity Mens Tennis
Boys Varsity Soccer: (A) Friday, Sept. 15- 7:00pm (H) Monday, Sept. 18- 6:00pm (H) Tuesday, Sept. 19- 7:30pm (A) Thursday, Sept. 21- 7:30pm (H) Tuesday, Sept. 26- 7:30pm (A) Friday, Sept. 29- 7:30pm Girls Varsity Soccer: (H) Monday, Sept. 18- 7:30pm (H) Wednesday, Sept. 20- 7:30pm (A) Tuesday, Sept. 26- 7:30pm Boys Cross Country: (A) Tuesday, Sept. 26- 5:30pm Girls Cross Country: (A) Tuesday, Sept. 26- 5:30pm Boys Tennis: (A) Tuesday, Sept. 19- 5:00pm (H) Wednesday, Sept. 20- 5:30pm (H) Thursday, Sept. 21- 5:30pm, SENIOR NIGHT (A) Monday, Sept. 25- 5:00pm (H) Wednesday, Sept. 27- 4:30pm (H) Thursday, Sept. 28- 4:30pm (H) Friday, Sept. 29- 4:30pm Girls Varsity Volleyball: (A) Thursday, Sept. 28- 7:30pm (A) Thursday, Sept. 21- 7:00pm
“Our record currently is 5-3 and right now in our conference we are undefeated so we have a goal of being conference champions this year. We started conditioning the day after last years banquet in November. We have a full program full of determined, hardworking players, so I’m excited to see where this season takes us.” sophomore Gabby Genth Varsity Women’s Volleyball
“Our season is going great. We are ranked number two in the state, we have been working very hard as a team. We really believe wwe can bring home the state championship title.” senior Julia Luken Varsity Womens Golf
Girls Golf: (A) Friday, Sept. 29- 8:30am (H)= home (A)=away
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RIVALRY WEEK by rylie day// design by alyona rosenthal
Columbus North triumphs over cross-town rival Columbus East during annual rivalry week sporting events. Bull Dog wins include football with a score of 34-17, men’s JV soccer with 1-0, men’s varsity soccer with 4-2 and women’s varsity soccer with 2-0. Bull Dogs suffered a singular loss with women’s JV soccer with a score of 0-2.
6. 1. Sophomore Alex McGill battles against East player for the ball. 2. Columbus North Cheer leads fans during the football game. 3. Sophomore goalie Kaylyn Bates runs to her teammates. 4. North student section storms field after beating East. 5. North student section sports their traditional Hawaiian theme. 6. Senior Akshaya Sabapathy hits a forehand. 7. Seniors Ben Matthews and Isaac Jackson prepare for East’s return.
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7. 8. North student section does a “roller coaster” cheer. 9. JD Harris celebrating after a good play from Columbus North. 10. Junior Quarterback Trenton Kelly breaks away carrying the ball. 11. Senior Drew Wilson prepares for kickoff. 12. Freshman Amaya Pierceall cheers on Columbus North. 13. Coach Ray Celebrates second touchdown. 14. North defense gets ready to attack East offense.
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BUSY WITH BUSINESSES
by yahilin vera // design by yahilin vera
rave Society. Crave means to long for and want greatly. Society is defined as a community. When you put these two words together you have a community that craves connection. Inspired by this idea, Senior Elise Rhodes began her fashion business, Crave Society, this past summer. “I want everybody, like white, black, any type of race to feel like we’re equal,” Rhodes said. “I just want people to feel like, ‘Oh I can get her products and not feel like someone else.’” Rhodes makes it evident that she really wants to build a strong relationship with the people she is designing clothes for. She does this by getting constant feedback on what people want in their clothes. “Sometimes I make ripped jeans and I sell them. Right now I’m just trying to get my t-shirt designs and hats and I’m starting a lip gloss brand, as well. I just basically come up with an idea and ask five
Students discuss the businesses they own
people for their opinions. I would ask them ‘Could [you] see this product in the store?’ and if they’ve seen the product ‘How much would [you] pay for it?’” Rhodes said. Rhodes takes the time to make sure to give the people what they ask for and what they would want because when she was younger, she was not always able to get what she wanted. “In elementary school, I wouldn’t say I was less fortunate, but I always liked clothes and I wasn’t able to have the name-brand clothes. So I just decided to come up with my own brand,” Rhodes said. Coming up with her own brand is something that both her mom and her dad have had an input on. Her mom helps her with gathering materials and managing her money, while her dad is who inspired her to start her own business. “I’m very passionate about it. I grew up looking at art because my father is an artist, so he kind of inspired me to do it. I started out just drawing, learning how to draw, and then I just decided that maybe I could just sketch clothing designs,” Rhodes said. Fashion design comes naturally to Rhodes, and has become a part of who she is. Rhodes loves that her fashion clothes business is something that can bring people together, emphasized by her brand’s name. “I love that it’s creative, the name is creative, it came from the heart, especially. It’s something that everybody can relate to,” Rhodes said. Rhodes’s fashion business is just starting out, but she is hoping to make an official career out of this in the future and has huge aspirations for it. “My goal is to make it far. I want to open my own boutique and I want my brand to travel around the world not just in the US,” Rhodes said.
FAST FACTS ABOUT OTHER NORTH STUDENTS’ BUSINESSES
Wilson Brothers Lawn Care
Duration of Business: 3 years
How It Works:
Drew goes to a client’s place of business or residency. He first mows the lawn and then weeds it. He finishes off by blowing the excess grass and weeds
Business Name: Sedona’s Styles
Duration of Business: 1.5 years
How It Works:
People come to Sedona when they want something altered or designed. She will then design it to meet her client’s criteria and size.
ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR? TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT 1) Does it irritate you to get unexpected surprises?
4) Do you hate repeating the same tasks?
2) Are you easily stressed out?
5) Do you have difficulty keeping promises?
A) Yes A) Yes
B) No B) No
3) Do you get bored easily? A) Yes
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YES - If you answered more ‘yes’s, you might try being something else other than an entrepreneur...maybe you should try taking the ‘Are You a Teacher’ quiz.
NO - If you answered ‘no’ more
than ‘yes’, it is evident that you have the skills to be an entrepreneuer. Good luck on your business!
CLASS OF 2018 SENIOR SALUTES PRESERVE SPECIAL FRIENDSHIPS INCLUDE BABY PICTURES, FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PICTURES, FAMILY PHOTOS, AND/OR SENIOR PORTRAITS! RESERVE YOUR SENIOR AD IN THE 2018 LOG YEARBOOK BEFORE DEC. 14 PICK UP AN ORDER FORM FROM MR. LOVINS IN ROOM 1507 OR IN THE MAIN OFFICE
To all the great days in your past, present, and future. We are so proud of you, Maddy Bop. Love, Dad, Mom, Morgan, and Joe
Fiona Smythe Congratulations, Fiona!
We couldn’t be more proud of you and love you so much! Love, Mom, Lauren, Tom, and Ravi
“What though the odds be
Old North High will win over all.”
Log yearbook will capture the people, the events and the soul of Bull Dog Nation this school year. On May 18, be part of the excitement and energy of Delivery Day by reserving your copy of the 2018 Log now. Don’t miss out on the real story of year. Order your Log yearbook outside room 1505 at its best price of $55 until Oct. 6, After that, books may be ordered through Herff Jones for $70 until Jan. 24.
it’s all about
this year • your year • THE year
ccording to afsusa.com, the AFS (American Field Service) exchanges almost 13,000 students each year. Sophomore Kate Riordan’s family hosts for foreign exchange students voluntarily. A host family is expected to have open communication, encouragement, patience and sound advice. Foreign exchange students typically stay for a year then return back to their homes. Not all foreign exchange students stay for a year. A host family can welcome a student upon their arrival for 6-12 weeks, then the students can go to a more permanent home. Host families are required to provide the same support and care they would give to their own child or relative. They need to provide the student with three meals a day and a comfortable place to sleep in. Not much is required to be a host family, as long as the host family is willing to provide their time for the student. “I think being able to host is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn,” Riordan said. Most foreign exchange students like to spend time with their host families and not do too many activities. “Your student will love to see you every day and keeping a simple itinerary for their visit helps to give them a peek into our daily lives,” Riordan said. Foreign exchange students are selected
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Students describe their experiences hosting foreign exchange students
by showing a commitment to academic motivation and possess good grades. They also need to be in good health and meet the medical criteria. Foreign exchange students are just like us, but just may come from a different country and speak a different language. “It is very interesting to see what is very different here than in Japan. We assume that the things we see everyday are usual in other countries but some are not,” Riordan said. Foreign exchange students bring many things to the table when it comes to culture. Different foods, way of living, and religion all our different forms of culture that they bring to us. “Just as we are teaching them about our school and everyday lives, they’re teaching us by bringing a cultural influence,” senior Megan Furber said. Foreign exchange students have different traditions, but that is what makes them such great friends to have. “I think an exchange student is quite different from a regular friend here at north. An exchange student obviously relies on the friends he or she makes at north to show them around and help them get a grip of what it’s like at an American high school,” Furber said. Exchange students inspire students to become more educated about the world and make new friends. “The program is an excellent program to introduce new ways of life and how they differentiate from our life in America,” Furber said.
THE BASICS THE COST // 10,000 or more THE PROGRAM The program brings students, typically at the secondary school level, to live with a host family and attend school for a semester or a year. LENGTH OF STAY Typically a year, but if you are an international exchange student, then you can stay for several years. AGE OF STUDENTS between the ages 15 and 19
“I think North is a pretty good place for exchange students to study as there are quite a few resources they can use for help.” Senior Megan Furber
IT TAKES HEART // by zoey horn // design by maggie davis
Freshman Riley Osowick speaks about her heart condition and its effects on her life
Triangle : What is your heart condition? Riley Osowick : It’s called pediatric neurocardiogenic syncope or vasovagal syncope, and it means that the two halves of my nervous system and my brain and heart don’t connect correctly. T : When were you diagnosed with your heart condition? O : I got diagnosed Sept. 13 of last year. I found out about it before I was diagnosed, but we didn’t know it was a heart condition. The first time I passed out was in August of last year. Honestly, I didn’t really know I had passed out. .I just kind of woke up on the floor and I didn’t know what had happened. For a while they weren’t exactly sure what I had; I was tested for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, brain cancer, ear cancer, but we eventually went up to Riley Hospital and the cardiologist immediately knew what it was, which took a lot of stress off. T: Is this a genetic disease? O : It’s not genetic, but most people develop it when they have a separate condition, such as Parkinson’s. For me it was just kind of a weird thing. It often happens for people under the age of 18 and for girls more than boys. There is a good chance that I will outgrow it, but there is a possibility that I will always have it. T: How does this condition affect you and your everyday life? O : It affects me a lot and a lot of my privacy is gone because I’m not allowed to be left alone. It limits a lot of things that people take for granted, like being able to go up the stairs and cooking at the stove. I can’t be anywhere that’s hot because I overheat so quickly, and it’s just really difficult to always stay safe. Sometimes I don’t really want to do the things that keep me safe because they’re just so annoying, but I’m beginning to learn that it is important. T: How often do you pass out? O : I pass out basically every day, normally not the weekends. Sometimes twice a day, and if I don’t pass out one day, I will normally pass out multiple times the next. When I was first diagnosed I had all the warning signs, I would get tunnel vision, I would get dizzy and shake, I would zone out, I couldn’t hear, and that’s when I knew something was going to happen. But now, the symptoms have slowly gone away, so now I don’t know. I know the situations, like when a
“People always try to call 911, which they don’t need to do because it’s not life-threatening at all except for any injuries it could cause.” room is hot, or when I’m stressed. Then I know chances are I am going to pass out. T: What do you have to do routinely to stay safe? O : An average person drinks about 60 ounces of water a day, I drink about 160 ounces of water a day. People think that it would be really hard and I would have to go to the bathroom a lot, but because of all my medical stuff, I just drink so much and it changes nothing. I have to wear ice packs and I have a vest that is filled with ice. I have to check my pulse every once and awhile to makes sure it’s okay. I always have to have a person in the room with me that knows if I pass out not to freak out. There are a lot of little things, like I shouldn’t open the oven by myself. That might not seem like an everyday thing for some people, but I love to bake. T: What do you have to do when you pass out? O : Whenever I pass out, I have to take my temperature, oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and then I have to go through a series of questions about how I’m feeling.
Neurocardiogenic syncope is caused by a drop in blood pressure, quickly followed by faster then slower heart rate resulting in poor blood and oxygen flow to the brain which results in temporary loss of consciousness. Neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) is also referred to as vasovagal syncope or neurally mediated syncope.
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s n Airline America Flight 11 Massachusetts
by katie mcanich
New York United
floors on each tower
tons of steel
500,000 tons per tower
cubic yards of concrete
208 by 208
9/11 BY THE NUMBERS 343 firefighters and paramedics killed
miles of heating ducts
feet high miles of electric cables
elevators on each tower
e Airlin d e t i Un t 175 Fligh
was the zip code
feet at the bases
146,100 Jobs lost in New York after the attacks 150 songs that Clear Channel Radio considered â€œinappropriateâ€? to play after 9/11 $1.4 billion is the estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities
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The Triangle Columbus North High School Columbus, Indiana