Midterm Madness! The New Thing Katrina D'Arms, XI
Election season is upon us, marked by an increase in calls, emails, and ads. This November 6th, people across the country will go to the polls to vote on the most diverse ballot of candidates in our history. During midterm elections, power tends to move away from the party of the president, as has been the case in all except 3 midterms since the Civil War. As such, Democrats are counting on a “blue wave” which will help them take back the House of Representatives. Midterms this year are especially critical, because the 2020 census will enable whichever party is in control to redistrict, or redraw the maps that determine each representative’s electorate. However, minorities and young people, two major democratic constituencies, are typically less likely to vote in midterm elections. In Ohio, there are two state-
wide races going on, the gubernatorial election, and the senate race. The Senate race is between Jim Renacci (R) and incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. Brown is a liberal, and he has voted in support of welfare programs, social justice issues, and manufacturing. Renacci is currently a congressman, who prioritizes agriculture, national security, and energy. Sherrod Brown is leading in the polls by double digits, and is expected to win easily. However, the Senate race’s massive margins are not indicative of a statewide trend in Ohio politics, and the lead in polls on the gubernatorial election has gone back and forth between the candidates. The race for governor is between Mike DeWine (R) and Richard Cordray (D), both of whom have served as Ohio’s attorney general, and are concentrating on creating jobs, supporting families, and fighting the opioid crisis. DeWine’s voting
record indicates support for corporations, free trade, and the military in addition to immigrants, tax reform, and a balanced budget. Cordray has held various in-state offices and ran the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama. He is concentrated on clean energy, agriculture, and health care, among other issues. While these elections are open to all Ohioans, there are many significant congressional races on the ballot this year as well. OH-12, the district with the special election back in August (Pat Tiberi retired mid-term, so there was an election to fill his seat) will be on the ballot again, as will OH14, both rated as toss-ups. Wherever you live, there are men and women on the ballot who will have tangible effects on you and your family’s lives, so if you are 18, vote this November 6th, and if not, try volunteering on a campaign in your district.
W h a t Wo u l d T h e y D o ? Emily Dewolf, XII
As every CSG senior already knows (and underclassmen will eventually find out), colleges have a…”unique” way of bringing out the creativity in their prospective students. Along with a standard application essay, many colleges and universities require applicants to provide responses to supplemental essays. These prompts range from questions inquiring about uses for industrial-sized jars of mustard to requesting that the responder simply “find x”. We decided it would be fun to ask some of our own teachers how they would respond to such questions; as it turns out, they were just about as unsure as we are in answering them.
“What is your theme song?” thing that he does in the generic av“Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen.” erage setting of the pages he graces. -Señor Pryor At the moment, I believe Señor Pryor to be Waldo, hiding among us, wait“What is one thing you know for a ing until just the right moment to be fact? Why are you certain?” ‘found.’ I’m watching him closely. “The answer to most interesting ques- I’m sure he’s hiding the striped hat tions is yes and no; it depends on what somewhere.” you mean. If someone else answers -Mr. Hartshorne a question with “certainly yes” or “certainly no,” then it’s probably not So, as seniors work to get the that interesting of a question.” last of their supplementals answered -Dr. Danielewicz and their final applications submitted, perhaps some of our own teachers’ “So where is Waldo, really?” insights will inspire us to uncover just “To me, Waldo embodies the average what exactly we would do with that American: he blends into the crowd jar of mustard. in an average way doing his average
"What is a hashtag that describes yourself?” “#SorryNotSorry” “#WhoAreWeToSay” -Mr. McLaughlin “It’s 2040. What’s today’s headline?” “City of Columbus Bans Jet-Pack Ride Share in Emergency Order” “Trump’s Space Force Declares First Intergalactic Victory” -Ms. Pfeiffer
The dreaded Common Application log in, where your future awaits you. Photo courtesy of Emily Dewolf, XII.
on the Block!
One of the newest electric scooters featured on the comapny's website. Photo courtesy of bird.com
Haley Kuproski, XII The electric Bird scooter brought a number of concerning regulatory and safety challenges when it arrived in Columbus mid-summer. Similar to a Razor scooter, but powered by a small motor, the Bird is the newest craze to hit cities as a low-cost transportation option. Columbus is the first city in Ohio and the 28th in the nation to receive the Birds from its parent company based in Venice, California. The solution enables riders to rent a scooter using a mobile app and leave it anywhere once they are finished riding. The cost to unlock the scooter is one dollar plus an additional fifteen cents per minute. Users must be 18 years or older and possess a driver’s license. While the Bird sounds like a wonderful option for those needing to travel short distances, questions regarding speed limits, time of use, and pedestrian traffic rights quickly arose. In August, Columbus announced regulations to address some of these concerns, which included limiting the speed limit to fifteen mph and restricting locations where the scooters can be left around the city to prevent disruption of pedestrian traffic. The regulations include that the scooters cannot be left in parking lots, loading docks, or block public sidewalks. The discussion regarding where they can
be used around Columbus, however, remains open. After the release Bexley quickly communicated that motorized scooters are illegal on their streets and gathered all for safe keeping until Bird picks them up. Only time will tell how central Ohio cities will adjust to this latest travel option with more changes likely on the horizon next year. Until then, one thing is certain: the Bird will continue to fly around the streets and sidewalks of Columbus transporting riders to their desired destination.
Blair Glimcher, XI, scoots around on a bird. Photo courtesy of Haley Kuproski, XII
Amazon's Amazing Evolution Elizabeth Tierney, XII The Amazon River is probably the last thing you think of when you see the word Amazon anymore. Amazon Prime, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Music, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Supply, and Amazon Art are more likely to ring a bell first. This probably doesn't come as a surprise, but, as Strategy Director David J. Carr from the Medium Corporation—an online publishing platform—points out, what began
as an online bookstore in 1984 is now the largest internet retailer in the world. How exactly did Amazon reach the scope of what it is now? Some credit Amazon's first power-move as the invention of Amazon Prime in 2005. Carr notes that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, claims “we want Prime to be such a good value, you’d be irresponsible not to be a member.” And many might agree that that's exactly what they did. In the years following the launch of Amazon Prime,
Amazon wasn't close to slowing down. Shortly thereafter groceries, music, e-readers, and art were in Amazon's purview. As a result, more people began their search for products on Amazon instead of Google. Not too long after Amazon seemed to leave the online world and burst into physical reality. Amazon's Alexa hit the market in 2014 marking the major entry of Amazon into the home. The following year, the “Dash Button” debuted, allowing customers to buy and have goods delivered with the press
Uber—they pay the bills. To be successful with Uber, the driver must understand their habits, preferences, and the do’s and don’ts. “You have to put yourself in their shoes,” says Alex, “so I take Ubers myself as a customer whenever I need to, to remind myself of why Uber is so popular. At the same time, I will experience the same problems as a client and it will help me improve the experience for my riders.” It is important to be flexible and adaptable for the riders, as well as staying positive and being prepared for any emergencies. What has made Alex continue driving for Uber is what he gets out of his own experience. Uber has allowed him to meet different people and hold great conversations that expand his knowledge of other people’s cultures, travel experiences, working practices, and leisure activities. “I learn something new from every trip,” says Alex, “it could be something generic from the roads, to shortcuts, traffic patterns, and people behavior, or something totally amazing—inspiring and unique—that comes from human to human interaction with my riders.” In the age of social media, many people have lost or forgotten the value in interpersonal relations. But as Alex communicates with new people
every day, Uber had significantly improved his conversational and social skills. Yet, any person working in a customer-facing environment will come across “difficult” people, and Uber is no different. Alex mentions the reality that “some customers can be over-opinionated, rude, arrogant, ignorant, intrusive, and sometimes totally disrespectful of others.” These customers are rated by drivers and it is never apparent what a bad rated rider may bring, but Alex then knows to treat that person with caution. “I think Uber does need to acknowledge driver’s ratings more though,” Alex states, “I find it strange that they never question the driver about a bad score and instead, they give the client the power house of options to rate their driver, including written reviews.” It can also be hard to communicate with Uber and, as a result, drivers feel they have no real platform to voice their concerns and end up keeping their problems inside. Overall, Alex, like many other drivers, has enjoyed his time working for Uber and meeting new people. So, the next time you take an Uber, try starting a conversation with the driver to add another good experience and connection!
appeared in movies and TV for years, and now the R2-D2s that once seemed impossible may become a reality. Although the term artificial intelligence was first used in 1956 by John McCarthy, it wasn’t until later in the century that AI began to take form, manifested in computers that were able to beat world chess champions by using logic
algorithms. One of the more nerve-racking impacts of this increasing “intelligent” technology is the idea of AI eventually surpassing the capabilities of humans and achieving world domination. Already there are forms of artificial intelligence that are programmed to inflict harm—lethal robotic weapons
Uber Drivers A r e P e o p l e To o ! Roya Shahinfar, XII
Uber. You’ve heard of it, you’ve used it, you either love it or hate it. Nevertheless, you can’t deny its massive takeover of the transportation system across the world—we’ve all had at least some type of interaction with Uber. But what most of us have probably never been exposed to is the story behind the life of an Uber driver. To find out, I took an Uber ride and interviewed my driver, Alex! Alex works no more than sixty hours per week and started out his journey informed and prepared. After quitting his job in search of a new beginning, he spent two months researching the industry, browsing the car market, reading blogs, gathering information, and building a database of potential hotspot areas around the city. “I prepared myself for a totally new approach to work,” says Alex, “I wanted to have a career change and it was obvious to me that Uber offers a great opportunity if you do it right.” Alex was also attracted to the flexibility, earning potential, and self-management aspects that came with becoming a driver. He is able to take as long and as many breaks as he desires, which is also a bonus. Riders are at the heart of everything when it comes to
of a physical button. The next major breakthrough was Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods in the summer of 2017, giving Amazon ownership of hundreds of prime (ha-ha) locations in higher-income areas throughout the nation. This allowed for same-day delivery to nearby Whole Foods which achieves two objectives; providing faster delivery to Prime customers, and showing non-prime members physically what they are missing. Later in 2017, and perhaps the most invasive to date, came Am-
azon Key, which allows delivery drivers entry into a home to place products inside the doorway. Is Amazon taking over the world? Probably. Are we, as consumers, fully aware and enabling this? Most likely. Keep your ears open for the announcement of the selected city to host Amazon's second headquarters that is expected to come out before the end of the year. Oh, and while you're at it, consider looking at Amazon's new collection of Christmas trees this winter (yep, they're doing that too)!
2018 or 1968? Lily Shayani, XI
In the age of “fake news” and Twitter debates, many believe that 2018 best be left out of the history books. On the other hand, mass shootings, government corruption, student protests, and movements such as #MeToo may seem familiar to what the United States experienced 50 years ago. On the anniversary of 1968, “The Year That Shattered America,” we must be asking this question-- are we repeating the mistakes of 1968? It is no doubt that 50 years ago we were living in an era far more tumultuous than that of today. In the midst of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society,” the country was preoccupied by Vietnam, the Cold War and communism, segregation, and a drastic rise in conservatism, all the while leaders of these movements were being assassinated. Despite how overwhelming and hopeless these times seemed, people took to the streets, their jobs, buses, lunch counters, anywhere that could make a statement, in an attempt to be heard. There was also a drastic rise in student movements, especially in colleges like the Columbia University Protests, which were
debatably the most impactful of all demonstrations. Flash forward to 2018. The country is faced with wars on many nouns: drugs, poverty, mass incarceration, extreme gun violence, and discrimination based on race and gender. In addition, there are innumerable sexual assault charges and a divisive presidential administration. Not only are they similar, but the problems have expanded and worsened in the past fifty years. We are seeing the same things like massive moments such as #MeToo, marches and demonstrations like the Women’s March and March for Our Lives, and student protests. Like in ’68, students and young people continue to be influential in continuing to solve the issues that have been plaguing us for fifty plus years. Though the United States will never be truly united, it is important to remember that many of these problems could be solved with compromise and through the continuation of movements and protests that were started nearly half a century ago. As Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
Could Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity? Addie Mykel, XI & Lily O'Leary, XI
We are living in an era of unprecedented technological growth; it seems as though every day new gadgets are released that seem like props in a sci-fi movie. Many of the products of this exponential technological growth capture the awe of the public, perhaps none more-so than the idea of Artificial Intelligence. Robots with personalities have
have been designed to assist the military by independently selecting and shooting at targets, with, of course, some human-placed restraints. Some people perceive this as a threat and fear an arms race between humans and robots. This concern of artificially intelligent systems developing destructive tendencies is also shared by even
the most renowned of scientists. Stephen Hawking stated, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Regardless of what Artificial Intelligence will be like in the future, it’s safe to say that the technology industry will only continue to expand and evolve. But does that mean humanity is doomed? We’ll leave that up to you.
Consensus on New Teacher Offices: Hit or Miss? Haley Tobias, XI
This school year began with some adjustments that drastically changed the setup of our community. These changes not only affect, the students, but the faculty as well. As we continue to adapt to these new changes, the students and faculty voiced their opinions on what they think about them, and why things were updated in the first place. The offices being closer to the Upper School have been helpful, as getting extra attention is easier because teachers are together, or in one place during their free time. Mrs. Alexander agrees that it is a lot easier for students to come see her in the Upper School rather than the mansion because she states “I'm closer to the commons and I think that distance might have prevented some people from wanting to see me.” Mrs. Miranda agrees as well, and is somewhat surprised with the outcome. “Students have been pretty comfortable coming in, not just for me but for the other teachers. I had
two freshman come in solo which was shocking because generally high school students move in pairs or trios for moral support.” Our community has been positively impacted for the most part, but there have also been some negatives. Students say that it is difficult to focus in rooms that are overpopulated with people trying to receive the same help: “I feel like if there were less people and could be one on one it would be nice,” (Sarah Long, IX). Moving forward, the resolution to this problem might be to separate the teacher offices during 4th periods, the most popular time for students to receive help. Ms. Miranda is having some difficulty with being out of her classroom during work periods like 4th period, “I've been in the mansion classroom for 8 years and it was a space where I felt so comfortable and felt like it was my students and my space, and that’s hard when you lose sort of the second teacher aspect of the environment of the classroom.” For the most part, teacher
One of the several additions to CSG’s faculty this year is Dr. Meghan Hattaway, the new Upper School English teacher. This year, she teaches Story Patterns and Archetypal Characters and Survey of British Literature, along with Middle School Critical Reading. Dr. Hattaway has taught for twelve years, both at the Florida State University and the Ohio State University, prior to teaching at CSG. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to get to know the students, working closely with them, and getting students excited about what they are learning at school. Dr. Hattaway’s favorite part about working at CSG so far is the close-knit
community. She says, “I love the strong sense of community here, especially since everything is so big and widespread at universities.” In addition, she very much enjoyed travelling to Stratford with the junior class and seeing Shakespeare plays. Dr. Hattaway is originally from South Carolina, and travelled there over the summer. She says that she enjoyed spending time with family and visiting the beach. Outside of teaching, Dr. Hattaway supports the arts by seeking out local theater, concerts, and visiting the Columbus Museum of Art. She also loves spending time with her threeyear-old daughter, Margot. Dr. Hattaway is looking forward to getting to know everyone here at CSG and is excited for a great year!
W e l c o m e t o CSG, New Unies! Lee Romaker, XII
We’ve all been the new student at one point or another. Whether our first day was over a decade ago in the PYC or not even a month ago, every CSG student has been through the excitement and confusion that accompanies one’s first weeks as a unicorn. However, it can be hard to remember: what is it really like to be a new student at CSG? This year’s new students come from a variety of backgrounds, whether it be public school or private school, hailing from out of state or right here in Bexley! Freshman Zia Lamaze says “CSG is nothing like my old school! […] I love all my classes and teachers, and I feel like I have a little more control on what I get to
learn!” Senior, Ever Croffoot-Suede moved to Bexley from Manhattan, where her school was co-ed and had no dress code. She says that “everyone is nice and welcoming, [but] it is hard to find out when teachers are free for meetings.” Other new students include Alexandria Parsons, XI, from Tennessee and Charlotte Love, X, all the way from Devon, England! Although sometimes it can feel as though we’ve been at CSG forever, take some time to remember how new everything felt the first time you walked through CSG’s halls. If you ever see a new girl in need, whether she’s from down the street or across the pond, remember to lend a fellow Uni a hand and help them feel right at home!
Staff Faculty Advisor: Dr. Profe Miller
Editors-in-Chief: Roya Shahinfar, XII Elizabeth Tierney, XII The first floor teacher office is home to Spanish teachers Señor Pryor and Dr. Miller, English teachers Dr. Doden, Ms. Davis, and Dr. Hattaway, and history teacher Mr. McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Best, XII.
offices have been the biggest change of the 2018 school year, and it has been successful in the sense that the problems are small and fixable. Make sure to go get help from your teachers, or even go outside your comfort zone
and talk to a teacher you haven’t before, because a major addition to this new school year is the ability to get help from not only your teachers, but anyone in their division. Make sure to take advatange of these new spaces!
Te a c h e r F e a t u r e : G e t Lit With Dr. Hattaway! Abigail Lawlor, XI and Maya Lang, IX
School 3 Silhouette
Online Editor: Jordan Halpern, XII
Junior Editors: Cameron Tiefenthaler, XI Haley Tobias, XI
Club Coordinator: Emily Dewolf, XII
Class Members: Haley Kuproski, XII Anna Ray Ziegler, XII Alex Copits, XII Natalie Merryman, XII Dana Hungerford, XII Erin Solomon, XI Lily Shayani, XI McKenna Merriman, X Kiera Rennick, IX
Dr. Hattaway previously taught at Florida State University, as well as The Ohio State University, before coming to CSG. Photo courtesy of Dr. Hattaway.
What's the Tea? Easy Ways to Stay Politically Informed as a Student Leslie Robins, XI
Staying updated on current events is always a good idea because it allows you to have educated conversations and to state an opinion that is based on credible sources and legitimate statistics. In today’s political climate, however, there are new people, places, and events appearing every second, and keeping up with everything can be a little overwhelming. The best way to get (and stay) up to date on everything that is occurring
is to start looking at various news sources a little bit every day. One helpful way to get news is to listen to NPR (channel 90.5, or listen on Apple Music radio) on your way to school instead of music. Another source that will give you succinct, easy to understand summaries of the important events each day is a daily email service (such as The Skimm or CNN’s Five Things). It is also easy to look at the official Snapchat story of any news source, such as CNN, The Washington Post,
or NBC’s Stay Tuned. Finally, follow your favorite news sources on Instagram, so that important events and breaking news will show up in your feed! When doing any or all of these things, it is essential to make sure that you are getting your news from multiple sources, not just those that you agree with, so that you can see all sides of the story. Try combinations such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, or Fox News and CNN.
4Sports and Health
M y ( n o t s o ) S t r a n g e How to Cuff Phone Addiction... C a f f e i n e Jordan Halpern, XII
It is no secret that the younger generations have a pretty serious technology addiction. From TV, online homework, and phones, we are hardly free from being exposed to technology. I was curious to see exactly how much time I spend on my phone over a week, and the results were surprising. To track my phone usage, I used the app Moment, which records how much time the phone is on, and how many times the phone is opened each day. I tracked my usage for the first 15 days of September, and in a little over two weeks, I used my phone for about 120 hours. That averages out to 8 hours per day. To get more specifics, I’m going to dive into the day with the most phone usage, and the day with the least. On Thursday, September 13th, I picked up my phone (whether it be to look at a noti-
fication, check the time, etc.) a total of 93 times. Looking more specifically at the times, it shows how little time I did not have my phone open. I picked up my phone at 7:02 and used it until 7:13 AM. I then picked it back up at 7:14, used it for another 21 minutes and put it down at 7:35. I had a study hall first period, as it appears I tried, unsuccessfully, to put my phone down to be productive. I picked the phone up at 7:57, used it for 6 minutes and did not touch it again until 8:28. Then, when I picked it back up, I did not put it down for another 46 minutes. While I did use my phone sporadically throughout the day, I did have some hefty phone usage that night: my phone records being on for 449 minutes, or 7 hours, starting when I got home from school. All in all, the phone was on for 12 hours and 18 minutes. The day with the least
amount of usage comes Saturday, September 15th with 52 pickups and only 55 minutes of usage. However, if the app had also tracked usage of computers and TVs, my overall exposure to technology would have been much higher. Seeing my phone usage laid out in front of me was definitely very eye-opening; however, this tracker only tracked phones. This did not even include time spent on other the computer, TV, iPad, etc., so the number would be marginally higher if these were to be included. If you have an iPhone and would like to know more about how much time you’re on your phone, the new update (IOS 12) includes a screen time tracker. If you have updated your phone and want to check, you can go into settings under ‘screen time’ to get more detailed information about your specific usage.
Nomophobia in action. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Tierney, XII.
Cravings Asia Nguyen, XI
Coffee is a great way to get energized. It also has many other benefits; according to The Coffee Informer, coffee can reduce post-workout muscle pain, decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and lower the risk of heart disease. Coffee almost seems too good to be true. But according to Health Line there also are a lot of negative side effects that come from drinking coffee: excessive coffee drinking can lead to heartburn, increased anxiety and stress, restlessness, and stomach pains. Regular coffee is also full of carcinogens which some studies have linked to cancer. With all of the negative side effects of coffee you may want to turn to other sources for an energy boost. One alternative source of caffeine is green tea. Green tea contains caffeine, but not nearly as much as a cup of coffee, so you will be able to avoid the anxiety that comes with coffee. Green tea also is full of antioxidants, which are great for your health. Hot chocolate is also a great source of caffeine because cocoa beans naturally have caffeine. Another good source of energy is Yerba Maté, a South American beverage,
which is packed with caffeine, and although it is extremely bitter, it is full of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals. There also are some non-liquid ways to get caffeine as well; many sports companies make gummies that are packed with caffeine. My personal favorites are the Clif Bloks. They make square gummies that come in various flavors including strawberry, orange, lime, black cherry, and tropical punch. These gummies are super easy to eat; just pop as many as you want into your mouth before a game, meet, match, or whenever you need a little boost. Some other good energy chews are the Honey Stinger Organic Gummy Chews, Gatorade Energy Chews, and Go Cubes. Go Cubes market themselves as “chewable coffee with the kick of caffeine and the relaxation of green tea.” They come in three flavors: mocha, latte, and pure drip. Although I have never tried these before they seem very promising with half a cup of coffee packed into each little cube. With all of the negative side effects of coffee, and so many alternative sources of caffeine it makes sense to try a couple new things for a daily energy boost.
Sport Snafus:Most Embarrasing Moments on the Field Erin Solomon, XI
We all have memories we look back on that make us laugh, cringe, and turn our faces bright red, all at the same time. Because sports have a tendency to highlight our clumsiness, I think it’s safe to say many of those moments take place on a field, court, pool, or track. The one thing that these locations all have in common is a crowd that makes the mistakes that much more embarrassing. To further that embarrassment, here are some prime CSG sports moments that are bound to make you laugh: In 6th grade Zoe Paragas was a new student and showed up to the first day of field hockey practice in her PE uniform, a great first impression! One day someone took
Katie Pawlik’s spot in her heat leaving her to have to swim against Miranda Donley. Miranda inevitably lapped Katie twice leaving Katie “crying in her goggles.” In sixth grade a freshman who played basketball forgot to wear a bra. This wouldn’t be an issue except the jerseys were way too big and it was game day. At practice the following day she was singled out by the eighth graders who made an announcement that everyone needed to wear a bra. One day, McKenna Merriman decided she wanted to try serving a tennis ball between her legs. Everything was going fine until she let go of the racquet which then flew up and smashed into her nose. She couldn’t see straight for a day.
Freshman year, Sabrina Morse was doing hurdles when her foot got stuck and she fell. The problem was, she took six other hurdles down with her and ended up tangled up in them. Typically the objective of volleyball is to pass, set, or hit the ball, but in the CSG v. Desales game, Hailey Kurth caught the ball instead. If you didn’t know, Abigail Lawlor played softball in eighth grade. It was going great until she tried to move out of the way of a pitch and instead moved into it. Abigail ended up with a shattered bone in her hand. Hopefully these stories lesson the scars from your past sporting events and give you something to remember when you inevitably continue to make those embarrassing memories.
Annie Feibel working hard against Columbus Academy in a basketball game. Photo courtesy of Annie Feibel, XII.
Life and Arts5
~ H O W T O B E I N S TA G R A M W O R T H Y ~ Natalie Merryman, XII
When scrolling through social media, specifically apps such as Instagram, VSCO, or Snapchat, it is not difficult to see pictures that you like or places that you would like to visit. Access to phones with cameras or even carrying your own professional camera has made documenting life as we see it easier than ever. This being said, rather than sharing the places that I think are “instagrammable,” I want to provide ideas for you to go out and find your own. The best part of taking pictures is that you are then able to look back on great memories, therefore, you need to be sure that the pictures you
Pumpkin Patches and Fall Bashes Bridget Ferguson XI & Kayden Edwards IX
Almost every Ohioan at some point in their lives has complained about how boring Ohio is. After all, it seems as if there is nothing to do here! However Central Ohio is actually filled with plenty of activities you can enjoy, especially during the Fall. Here are a couple of upcoming events and activities taking place close to home this fall. Looking to spend a day enjoying fall festivities? From Art Festivals, to Cultural Festivals, Central Ohio offers them all. B.R.E.A.D Festival- October 14 Circleville Pumpkin Show - October 17 - 20 Highball Halloween - October 26 - 27 Ohio Renaissance Festival - September 1 - October 28 Family time is always important! Here are a couple events to kick off some family fun. Boo at the Zoo- October 20-22, and 27-29 Halloween Pet Parade & Fall Festival - October 21 Cedar Point HalloWeekends- September 14 - October 28 Chalk the Block at Easton - September 29 - 30 Looking to see a theater performance? Maybe an art or fashion show? Here is a list of some great performances Central Ohio has to offer. Fashion Week Columbus- October 14 - 20 Mary Poppins Jr. - Columbus Children’s Theater - September 13 - 30 Compass Craft Show - September 29 Hocking Hills Artists and Craftsmen Fall Art Show - September 29-30 If you need a weekend plan with a group of friends, try these fun ideas below. You’re guaranteed to have a blast! Pumpkin Patches Apple Picking Friendsgiving Scary Movie Marathon Bonfire Sports Games
take are in places and with people that you love! To begin, Columbus has plenty of unique coffee shops and restaurants. Fox in the Snow Cafe is a personal favorite of mine and they now have two locations, both featuring an eclectic atmosphere with bright, open windows, and their signature pastry display that dominates the front counter. Here, be sure to document their skillfully crafted latte art as well as just how many items they snuck their iconic “fox” logo onto. The Short North is always a great place to take photos. From the smoothies bowls of Native Juice
Photo courtesy of Natlie Merryman
Co. and Zest Co. to the international foods of the North Market, there are plenty of memorable smoothie bowls and lunches to be documented.
There are also interesting murals to be seen on the sides of many of the buildings. The Arena District is conveniently just a short walk from
the North Market and features the Union Station Arch which is also perfect for pictures with friends and family.Finding the perfect filter for a photo can be tricky, but the key is to use whichever best fits the lighting and setting of the picture. Its best to avoid overfiltering photos that are taken in sunlight because they oftentimes end up looking overly bright. Additionally, if you take multiple pictures in the same location, consider using the same filter for all of them to set a mood and tell a story. Regardless of the true picture quality of the photos, as long as they capture good memories, they are definitely “VSCO worthy!”
Prepare the Perfect Pie Pastry Cameron Tiefenthaler, XI Do you love cooking but hate the clean up? The bowls that linger in the sink really make you ponder if the whole process of making something you love was worth it. The good news about using this method to make your pie is that it can taste delicious and create minimal mess. There’s no need to dirty your countertop, dust your kitchen with flour, or stress over the traditional methods of pie crust creations ever again! Whether you are a fan of fruit or cream pies, this crust will knock your socks (and/or apron) off! No bulging arm muscles nor loads of time are needed to make this scrumptious dessert. All you need is a food processor, such as a Cuisinart, the ingredients listed below, and your preferred pie filling. •2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough •½ teaspoon salt •8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces •3 tablespoons shortening •¼ cup iced water (with ice cubes but don’t allow cubes to melt) 1) Add the dry ingredients to your food processor and pulse a few times to distribute evenly.
2) Add the butter and shortening and pulse until mixture is a coarse meal, with some pea-sized pieces left
3) Gradually add the iced water (just the liquid, not the ice) and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. a.Pour the water in a slow, steady stream being sure to hold the ice cubes back with your fingers b. Do not over process the dough; the less you work with it, the better.
4) Divide the dough in half and place each ball between two pieces of wax paper. Flatten each disk slightly (to a thickness of an inch or so) and refrigerate for at least an hour.
5) Roll each pie dough to a thickness of about 1/8th of an inch, keeping the dough between the wax paper. Slightly dust with flour if the dough is sticking to the wax paper. a. Start in the center, rolling up and down once then stopping to turn 45o. Roll only up and down, turning each time. This will ensure you have a circle of dough that fits in your pie pan.
6) Fill with your favorite filling, brush the top of the crust with a milk wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for the suggested time based on the filling. Making a pie crust has never been less intimidating, thanks to Martha Stewart and the added expertise of another great pie baker, Heather Tiefenthaler. Be careful who you share your new skills with or else you may have to make all the pies this Thanksgiving!
Photos coutesy of Cameron Tiefenthaler, XI
Columbus' Colorful Corners Kiera Rennick, IX Maybe you’re having a lazy afternoon and wanted something to do, maybe you’re planning a birthday party or community event, or maybe you just ended up there after spotting the interesting building from the outside. In any case, you’ve found your way into an art studio, and whatever happens next is sure to be colorful. Columbus offers many local art studios, where you can let your inner artist roam free! Clay Café is a popular
destination for clay and glaze related activities! It is located on 1644 W 5th Ave. in Grandview. Clay Café itself is a cozy shop with tables and workspaces, and sculptures that line the walls. You can choose any of the sculptures, some being plates, bowls, or simple shapes, to glaze in whatever way you want. When you’re done, Clay Café puts your masterpiece in the kiln and lets you know about a week later that you can come and take your piece home. Often the
highlight of my trip while being at Clay Café was being able to hang out with friends and relax in an informal environment, while still playing around with clay. Art with Anna is another great studio to check out! It’s located right here in Bexley on 420 North Cassady Avenue and focuses a bit more on painting and drawing rather than a clay shop. The whole idea of Art with Anna is to create an artistic place where you and your family can feel open
and relaxed while exploring your creativity on a canvas. I personally haven’t been there yet, but with it’s beautiful outside venue, and colorful classes and projects, I would definitely try it out. Be sure to also check out other art studios around Columbus such as; Glass Axis, and Picassos. If you ever are in need of something to do, make sure you check out one of the art studios around Columbus, for a relaxing and creative break!
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Here's the Tea on Popular Columbus Cafes McKenna Merriman, X
I decided to go to three of the best cafes in Columbus to see if they were worth the hype. Here's the tea: The Roosevelt coffeehouse has great vibes; It's a coffee shop where you could probably find millennial
business people, with jobs like a media designer or a social media influencer. Their best drink is a cappuccino with almond milk, and the iced coffee is flavorful and tastes like fall. The drinks
A hot and savory egg sandwich from Fox in the Snow Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fox in the Snow Cafe.
were awesome, but the pastries look better than they taste. On a scale of 1-10, 5 being Starbucks, and 10 being exceptional, I would give Roosevelt coffeehouse a 5. Stauf’s WAS. A. BUST. There was no seating, so I got coffees and food to go, but their kitchen was closed, as it usually is. I settled for drinks, which included "their best” a chortado, a cappuccino, and iced coffee. The chortado tasted like hot milk, the cappuccino was lukewarm, and the iced coffee was watered down. I give Staufs a 2. Fox in the Snow was terrific. No matter what vibe you’re feeling, Fox in the Snow is a good fit,
An iced coffee, perfect for fall mornings from The Roosavelt Coffeehouse. Photo courtesy of McKenna Merriman, X.
whether it be a cozy fall morning, or a hip summer afternoon. All their drinks are amazing, the best being the New Orleans iced coffee, which goes well with
the sticky bun or egg sandwich, which is actual heaven. I rank it 9, because depending on what time you go it can be busy. Fox in the Snow is the king of coffee.
Ohio; We're More Than Just Corn! The Best of Buzzfeed Leah Dobres XII
“What can you do in Ohio?” We’ve all been there. When people hear that you live in Ohio, they imagine attractions like President Warren G. Harding’s Tomb in Marion, the Hollow Earth Monument in Hamilton, or the Museum of Divine Statues in Lakewood. While these places all exist, true Ohioans know that the whole state, and more specifically, Columbus, is full of shops, restaurants, and parks! If you’re looking to shop, Easton Town Center and Polaris Mall are great options for bigger brand names. If boutiques are more your style, check out the Short North for clothing stores like Rowe, Ladybird, and Jolie. While in the Short North, take a visit to other unique stores like Stump, a succulent lover’s paradise, Tigertree, a fun place to buy gifts and stationary, or
The Book Loft with 32 rooms of books and more! Looking for a good restaurant? Try Market Italian Village for casual Italian eats, or for a nicer Italian meal, Marcella’s in the Short North. Laughlin’s Bakery in German Village features great pastries and is just around the corner from Goodale Park, the perfect spot for a picnic! Katalinas is also in German Village, and has a variety of brunch foods with a Latin flare. They are especially well known for their pancake balls, not to mention the cute outdoor patio where you can draw on the tables. Looking for vegetarian options? Try Little Eater in the North Market or Clintonville. A newcomer to the Columbus food scene is Hot Chicken Takeover, a Nashville style fried chicken restaurant quickly gaining traction. HCT has locations in the North Market, Clintonville, and
Easton.Columbus also has its fair share of parks and scenic stops. The Scioto Mile is a path along the Scioto River ideal for a walk, run, or bike ride. In addition, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum is set to open October 27th right near the path. Another great location is Clintonville’s Park of Roses. Just like the name says, the park is bursting with beautiful flowers, a perfect place for a picnic, a walk, or even a photoshoot! If you’re trying to find a nice trail or connect with nature, you can also check out Columbus’ various metro parks: Blendon Woods, Sharon Woods, and Highbanks. With fall quickly approaching, all of these parks are soon-to-be autumn wonderlands! Despite what some may say, Columbus offers lots of things to do, and with the city at your fingertips, you can embark on all kinds of adventures!
kids of new information; there’s always something to be learned from a book! Furthermore, a Northcentral University study found that reading improves memory, concentration, and reduces stress. Who wouldn’t want these benefits? If you want to read more but are struggling to find time or motivation, here are some easy tips. The best way to read more is to find a book you like by exploring different genres. A few suggestions to get started are Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle (science fiction), Ruth
Ozeki’s A Tale For The Time Being (psychological fiction), and Divergent by Veronica Roth (science fiction). Additionally, don’t feel pressured to read books you don’t enjoy, or it will take the fun out of reading. You can also set a goal! Stay motivated by aiming to read two books a month or a chapter a night, and keep track of the books you read to see what you’ve accomplished. It can be difficult getting started, but the more you read, the more you will enjoy it! Good luck and happy reading!
Ally Werstler, X If you need a break, want to have some fun, or are just bored Buzzfeed is always there for you! Therefore, I am going to make some recommendations on Buzzfeed reviews, deals, recipes, quizzes, and articles! My first suggestion is to check out Buzzfeed Reviews for reliable reviews on popular items such as portable chargers, and sneakers. Feeling frugal? Try the Buzzfeed Deals page where you can find great prices on expensive items such as makeup, home appliances, purses, and more! If you're looking for something delicious to make try Buzzfeed Tasty which has great recipes for everyone. One of my favorites is the watermelon
poke bowl, which is a unique and healthy dish that is perfect for an easy to-go lunch! Want to take a quick work break? A fun quiz that you can try is, Which New Show Should You Watch This Fall Based On The Candles You Pick?. This is a perfect activity to get you into the fall spirit, and to find a new show! My final suggestion is to check out the Buzzfeed Health page. There are plenty of interesting articles that you can read. Articles include if avocado toast is healthier for you than nutella toast, and the dangers of e-cigarettes. If you want to learn more about living a healthier lifestyle, or health epidemics around the world check out Buzzfeed Health! Check out the best of Buzzfeed with these recommendations!
Bring on the Books, Baby! Brooke Alexander, XI, Alison Zheng, X
Not only can reading be enjoyable, it’s good for you! However, our busy schedules often don’t allow time to enjoy a book. Hopefully A facts and tips will encourage you to spend more time reading. First off, books expose us to cultures and experiences different from our own. Whether it’s a book about travelling to a fictional world like in The Lord of the Rings, or a different country as in The Sun Also Rises, reading opens our minds. Reading also introduces us to all
Books waiting to be read by a student. Photo courtesy of Alison Zheng, X.
Satire News vs. Real News: New York Times Anonymous OP-ED Anna Ray Ziegler, XII I was curious to see the difference between satire news shows and normal news shows when reporting the same issue. I chose the New York Times anonymous OPED, an anonymous article acting about the Trump administration written by a top official, to compare and watched the reporting on it from The Late Show, The Daily Sow, CNN and Fox News. Satire (The Late Show): Stephen Colbert had one word to describe the New York Times OPED – “confusing,” joking that if you are part of an underground resistance trying to “thwart the president” why would you let anyone in on your secret, because now the president will try to stop it. He continued to joke about ow there is a “guessing game” of who wrote it in the white house, as opposed to the usual games, “collisional chairs, charade of a marriage, and pin the crime on the Don Jr.”
Trevor Noah (The Daily Show): He opens up his piece on the OPED with “you know how every day we think there is no way this presidency could get any crazier?” and goes on to say how the OPED made the crazier. “We’ve been dealing with the watered down version of Trump, you’re telling me that this is the better version? … This is diet Trump?” jokes Noah on the supposed secret resistance in the Trump administration that is keeping him under wraps. Noah also brings up the article’s mention of considering invoking the 25th amendment – only deciding not to so that a constitutional crisis is avoided. News CNN: Jake Tapper from CNN delivered a brief report focusing on the facts of the article and mainly quoting directly from it. CNN also makes a point to quote the article where the author makes the distinction that they are not the “resistance of the left”. They want the administration to succeed and believe it has already had
success making “America safer and more prosperous.” CNN also mentions how this article comes shortly after the publication of excerpts Bob Woodward’s book Fear and have very similar messages and “essentially the same argument.” Fox: Fox News’s show The Five when discussing the OPED started off with Greg Gutfeld saying “Yep, they went after Trump for being Trump.” He went on to say that “within all the phoniness only one sentence matters, captain anonymous said the country is already safer and more prosperous.” The show also talks about how publishing this won’t give peace of mind to people but seems to cause more “mass hysteria.” Fox News’s reporting on the topic revolved around the fact that the author published anonymously. Other main points included how cowardly it was for author to hide behind anonymity and that by hindering the president they are preventing President Trump from executing his vision.
Horoscopes: Why They Are the Fake Forecasts of Life Dana Hungerford, XII
According to Google’s dictionary, horoscopes are “forecasts of a person's future … based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person's birth.” Sounds too good to be true to me. Everyone has a horoscope based on their Zodiac sign, but you don’t have to read them. If you’re like me, you might choose to read them when Refinery29’s Snapchat story clickbaits me with “You’ve got to see your weekly horoscope!” At which point, I scoff at the point that, apparently, this
week the stars will align (literally) and my significant other and I will move to the next level and I’ll get a promotion at work. Plus, it’s practically the same predictions every week. Never once have they come true, let alone even remotely applied to me. I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t think I can get a raise at my job as a full-time high school student. Sure, I would like to think the predictions are accurate, but what happens when my horoscope reads poorly? Although Ahlam Jallaq, XI, believes in horoscopes, she faces disappointment when the forecasts
don’t come to fruition. I guess an alternative is to pick and choose which horoscopes to believe, like Liv Eyers, X, Dani Manriquez, XII, and Ali Maniace, XII. But I don’t think that’s something I (or most people) can do. I’m not afraid to admit it: I’m a skeptic. I would like to think that there are some greater forces within the universe controlling us, but I have yet to see any solid evidence supporting this theory. I believe in fate, but I don’t believe that astrological events can have a significant impact on my life. For now, I’m not holding my breath for a horoscope to come true.
Stephen Colbert (top) hosts Secretary Kerry on The Late Show. Jake Tapper (bottom) Photos courtesy of Creative Commons.
Ve r b a t i m Mr. McLaughlin: "Hey, that’s Dr. Bro"
Rosie Gliatis, XII, : "I didn't know you have a PhD in meme stealing!" Emily Dewolf, XII: “I’ve decided I have a brain aneurysm.” Clara Livingston, XII: “That’s nice. Should I write for your newspaper?” Mary Hernon, XII : “I have a confession. When I was little, I would get my friends to give me their Webkinz passwords, log in to their accounts, and send all the cool stuff they had to myself.” Molly Bright, XII : “What does Never Eat Soggy Waffles stand for?!” Ali: Maniace, XII: "If you die at the same hospital you're born at the total displacement of your life is 0" Ms. Seese: "That's why when integrating your life you have to take the absolute value of it" Mr. McLaughlin: “Gotta stay woke with a playlist that slaps” Eva House, XII: “All live action Scooby Doo is bad.” Mr. Klopfenstein: "I’ve never taken an AP test but I can teach because of my college credits." Rosie Gliatis, XII: " Not your GPA?" Mr. Klopfenstein: "I can guarantee it wasn’t that." Rosie Gliatis, XII: "Got ‘em!" Emily Dewolf, XII: “How many rings are you wearing?” Clara Livingston, XII: “Five.”
Stars shining brightly are beautiful, but are not fortune tellers. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.
Chloe Fauber-Lyle, XII: “That’s just as many as half your hands!”
Your Personality Matches a CSG Teacher... Which One Are You?
Alex Copits, XII
Sweeney: Sweeneys care very deeply about select things. They value family and logic, but organization may not make it high on the priorities list. Pryor: Pryors have a big ego, but they care about their friends and just want to make people laugh. They love spending time outdoors, playing sports with their friends, and twirling their bastón de la muerte.
The Answers to All Your Questions (Key)
Profe: Profes are adamant learners and crave to know new things. They love to have constant fun and laugh. They form few tight relationships, but are ultimately friends with everyone. Weintraub: Weintraubs always follow the rules. They are sticklers for order, but they are very compassionate people who listen and take others’ needs into consideration
greatly. Seese: Seeses are a mysterious kind. Their exterior remains the same but underneath is always a mystery. They are funny, relatable, and efficient. McLaughlin: McLaughlins always call it like they see it. They try to be everyone’s friend, and in reality, they are. They never sugar coat things and they try to make everything as simple as possible. After all,
who are we to say? Danielewicz: Danielewiczs are fun to be around and are happy to be alive at all times. They are easygoing, smart, and quirky. They are also the best kind to have a philosophical debate or play a board game with. Abell: Abells are the mom friends of the group. They are very organized and have cute pens and highlighters. Abells always find a way to accomplish
their goals no matter the obstacles they face. J Hartshorne: JHarts are very methodical. They are perfectionists to the fullest extent. They are always on time and they give maximum effort. S D a v i s : D a v i s ’s LOVE books. They’re all about finding the best brunch places and they cannot go a week without getting a new outfit from their favorite store.