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CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Brynne Herzfeld Samuel Teas FEATURES EDITOR Angelica Arinze VOICE EDITOR Nandika Mansingka NEWS EDITOR Ana Medina STAFF WRITERS Rachel Foreman Jordyn Guzman Claire Haigwood Joe Powell Kelly Salinas Sarah Sheikh Caleb Tise ADVISER Ed Larsen County Line is the official student publication of Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494. Editorials are the opinions of the newspaper editorial staff and do not neccesarily represent the opinions of Katy ISD administration. County Line is a member of the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC), the Journalism Education Assoc. (JEA) and the National Scholastic Press Asssociation (NPSA).County Line provides an open forum for student expression. Letters may be delivered to Room 1221 or e-mailed to crhscountyline@ Additional advertising/mediainformation can be found at www. The County Line magazine is published by JS Printing and distributed free of charge to students and staff. The County Line is copyright reserved 2017-2018 by CRHS publications, all rights reserved. No portion may be reproduced without written consent by CRHS Publications.

Table of Contents News 2 - Lunch Policy Feature 3 - Humans of Cinco 4 - Amelia Flynt 5 - Coach Patterson

Editorials 11 - Staff Editorials

Sports 8 - Soccer 9 - Golf

Enterainment 10 - Snooze and Fall Out Boy Review Voice 6&7 - Sexual Harassment 11 - Apple Batteries 12 - Cartoon

You butter believe it

New lunch policy brings radical change by Nandika Mansingka,Voice Editor Lunchtime doesn’t just entail eating lunch anymore. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Principal James Cross and the administration plan to implement a new policy that eliminates staggered half hour lunches and instead introduces an hour interval of free time for the entire student body. A combination of lunch and 2.5, it is an all inclusive break in the day put into effect for students’ benefit. “I hope that the student body sees this as something positive,” Cross said. “A trust in you as young adults that we want to give you flexibility with your own time.” The idea has been tossed around for a number of years, but only came to fruition after a visit to Dobie High School in Pasadena ISD this past holiday break. Mr. Cross contacted their principal and toured the building during their lunch hour, tentatively named “Mega Lunch”. “We were very interested in this idea when we first learned about it,” Cross said. “After experiencing it firsthand, we were able to debrief and ask questions, and overwhelmingly, the leadership team said we should give it a shot. We’re going to follow Dobie’s example and use them as a template.” The mega lunch is set to be between fourth and fifth periods. Students will receive one hour to eat lunch, get tutored or just relax. The plan is to open the entire building to everyone, with funds being used towards supplying more benches and opening up more areas for student use. Both cafeterias will be open, and lunch will also be served from previously unused concession stands. Students will also be able to go to any teacher and get help. “We hope this will introduce some flexibility and ease for students and teachers,” Cross said. “This breaks up the day really nicely. Kids can eat anywhere, study with any teacher, and even run around outside. It is an hour of de-stressing.”

The administration aims to give students the extra time they need to unwind while also alleviating teachers’ stress of coordinating before and after school hours to tutor students. Now, everything can be consolidated into one singular period of time. “2.5 is just not a sufficient amount of time,” Cross said. “This way, everyone can get a set amount of time to devote to whatever they require.” Cross also diminishes doubts and rumors about the policy, ranging from fears of it becoming too chaotic, to daydreams of being allowed to leave campus. “The building will be much better supervised,” Cross said. “Let me dispel this myth of off-campus lunch. No one will be able to leave campus due to the superintendent’s policies, and students will be monitored throughout to make sure nothing gets out of hand.” Cross met with his student leaders as well to discuss a way to maximize benefits for everyone. “We got some great feedback and addressed some concerns of students at my student leaders’ meeting,” Cross said. “We’re planning to make some student informational videos of what it is and distribute it to the whole school to watch. I’m hoping to get Global Vine and some drama students to participate. By spring, everyone will know completely what we hope to accomplish with this change.” Cross underscores how students don’t get the luxury of a free conference period like teachers do. This policy is an attempt at giving students the same perk, as well as the leeway to shut down their brains, the importance of which isn’t reflecfted in the current schedule. “I hope for students to walk away at the end of next year going ‘This is great!’” Cross said. “We’ve never done anything like this before. It’s a learning experience, but we’re ready for a change.”

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Humans of Cinco “How Have You Kept Up With Your New Year’s Resolutions? by Angelica Arinze, Features Editor “I keep up with my New Year’s resolution by setting a reasonable goal; by setting my goal as something I enjoy, like drawing. I usually draw after finishing all my homework and studying, so around 5:30. I look forward to ‘working’ on my resolution and am happy before and after completing it.”

Emma Smith, 9

“My New Year’s resolution was to do my homework first and hang out with my friends and watch Netflix second. I have kept up with it by doing homework downstairs and leaving my laptop in my room. It’s been semi-effective because it is hard to not relax when you have just spent seven hours at school.”

Hannah Tyer, 11 “My goal was to eat healthier and eat less fast food, but I’ve been eating Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle. I plan on having more self control and resist the urge to go eat fast food. I tend to stress eat because of senioritis.”

Fannie He, 12

“I was determined to get more than 4 hours of sleep and I have gotten at least 6 every night of the new year because I stopped procrastination and did my homework earlier and during 2.5. I had to stop watching Black Mirror late at night and reduce my sugar intake so I can fall asleep easier.”

Kelly Haas, 10 “I’m striving to work harder, learn how to code and to get into the University of Houston, the college of my choice. So far I’ve been working harder to learn computer and preparing for college applications. To keep up, I set reminders, write down due dates and getting to work as soon as possible.”

Mario Noda Lopez, 11

“My New Year’s resolutions is to keep straight A’s and succeed in every class by focusing on time management. I’ve been concentrating on making time betweeen school, lacrosse, and sleep. I find that time management is important in not just school work but in all aspects of life.”

Parker Ayles, 11

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Olympic Rings

Freshman athlete lives discus dream

“I say to myself you have to throw today no matter what, that I don’t care how hard it is I have to do it. There’s just this drive in my mind, in me, that has to become an Olympian.”

by Elle Gaasch and Celeste Hoover, contributing writers “I say to myself you have to throw today That confusion didn’t no matter what, that I don’t care how hard last long. Hours of it is I have to do it. There’s just this drive shotput practices in the in my mind, in me, that has to become an ring with her dad at Olympian.” Rice University soon Freshman Amelia Flynt is starting her taught her everything first high school track season this year. she needed to know After a long road of injuries and setbacks, about the sport. this Olympic-bound athlete is determined “Luckily, Amelia to make the most out of her 2018. gets it that when we “I asked my parents, ‘What sport did are out at practice that y’all do?’, hoping it was volleyball or I am going to be hard basketball or surfing,” Flynt said. “But when on her,” Darren Flynt, Amelia’s dad and they answered throwing, I was so confused. coach said. “It’s difficult coaching your own I didn’t even know what that was.” child.One thing I am proud of is how we’re able to keep our training and normal lives separate. I don’t ever remember a situation where having a hard practice, where, maybe I did a lot of yelling, and then it carried over into normal life. I love being this close to my kids and having something like throwing, where we both share a love for it, makes it

that much better.” Flynt first started competing in discus and shotput in the seventh grade. With her discus throws measuring over 100 feet and shot put over 35 feet, she qualified that same year to compete in her first Junior Olympics. “Everyone asks me how I did there,” Flynt said. “But I had no idea what to do, I had no clue. I had just thrown over 40 feet in practice and was getting a little cocky. We were throwing off a wet wooden ring, and I just fell. Every time. I landed straight on my shin and was limping and everything. I failed on all my throws and ended up really hurting myself.” Her second year competing took a turn for the worst, with more problems and yet another major injury before the start of the season. “I just came in and was really messed up,” Flynt said. “I had a really bad year. My mental sucked, and it still isn’t amazing. I never felt good and my head always hurt, and then of course I messed up my ankle

during basketball season last year.” Nothing has ever stopped this incredible athlete before.With the support of her family and friends, Flynt made a full recovery. “I would say we try to not get in situations where she can get hurt, but this isn’t entirely possible,” Darren Flynt said. “Since we can’t stay away from them, we have to focus on being balanced, which is good for her throw anyway. It’s really just focusing on doing things right to try to keep from getting hurt. This season Flynt’s focus is on discus, out of the two events this one is by far her best. “People know me as more of a shotput girl, but my favorite is discus,” Flynt said. “In Texas there’s a lot of girls who can just chuck the shotput. Discus is more complicated than that.” Flynt is determined to make this season her best one yet. Thanks to a recent invitation to the USA Track and Field team, it just might be. “Usually on USA Track and Field you have to be a better thrower.You have to be invited to their meets. It’s a big deal because they’re more organized, more professional. This summer they’re holding their big Junior Olympics in Peru. I’m really trying to make it to that one.” Now, with brand new personal records, 43 feet in shotput and 146 feet in discus, Flynt continues training, and has already broke both shotput and discus records for the school. “Most people are like ‘You really want to be a thrower?’,” Flynt said. “But yeah, I do. It’s my sport. I think I might do this for the rest of my life.”

Freshman Amelia Flynt throws the shotput at one of her first meets of the season. She placed first against 16 girls. Photo Courtesy of Amelia Flynt

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Patterson’s Passions

Swimmer, historian prepares students for college

Story and photo by Samuel Teas, Co-Editor-In-Chief When the words ‘history’ and ‘swimming’ are used in the same sentence, some think of the unfortunate crew of ships lost in the Second World War, while others picture Abraham Lincoln wearing a snorkel. But for one teacher at Cinco, they’re the two things for which she’s known best. Coach Christie Patterson came to Cinco in 1999, the year of its opening. Since then, she’s been a cornerstone of two seemingly opposite subjects: the coach of the Varsity swimming team and an AP social studies teacher. Swimming, in particular, has its roots deep in her family. “My family was a swimming family,” Patterson said. “My parents were both nationally ranked swimmers in the 40s and 50s, so I grew up in a nationally ranked household.” Patterson liked various sports while she was growing up, but swimming became her dominant interest. She too became a nationally ranked swimmer, even competing in the Olympic Trials. She then went to Auburn University on a four-year swimming scholarship, and it was there she fully realized her passion for history.

“When I went to Auburn I thought I was going to do biology, but I had some really good professors in history,” Patterson said. “My love for it made me want to teach history, though I have a biology degree too. If I could do it over, I’d probably do more history.” According to Patterson, this love is rooted in history’s details and nuances. “I like the story of all of it: what were people really like, what were battles like,” Patterson said. “I like art, I like architecture. Even though I like medieval or renaissance time periods the best, all of them kind of draw me for some reason or another.” Like her college professors, Patterson prefers to teach in a more traditional style to prepare students for college. “Most college professors have just a Master’s Degree in their subject,” Patterson said. “They’re teaching their class purely because they’re smart on that topic. They didn’t have to take a class on how to teach, so most of the classes that kids are going to come into contact with are going to be teachers that are lecturing 100 or 200 kids. They’re not going to be doing group activities, especially in history. I think a kid thats going to college needs to learn how to take notes, needs to learn how to listen, and take ownership of their learning.” Besides many other teachers moving away from plain-old lecturing, Patterson has seen many other shifts in Cinco’s culture and society in her 18 years of experience. “When I first started teaching there were kids from the same socioeconomic level,” Patterson said. “Not a lot of Asian kids, not a lot of Hispanic kids. There also wasn’t as much media or phones. Cheating went on then but its gotten easier.You just keep having to find a way to deal with it as technology has made things change, and culture has made things change. Kids were bullies and cheated, but it was different.” Patterson recently stepped down from coaching the swim team and now runs Xcel Swim Club for swimmers that want to work even harder to improve their skills. “I love coaching swimming,” Patterson said. “I like watching kids get better, but there’s a lot of other drama that goes with coaching. Part of it was just me trying to step back from it and trying to think, ‘how can I have a job that’s less stressful?’” Overall, Patterson says that she has experienced an incredible atmosphere during her time at Cinco. “There’s probably less than ten of us that started with the school,” Patterson said. “Cinco Ranch is a very good school, a very fair school, and a very competitive school. Most people don’t leave Cinco to teach somewhere else. I think it is a bit more open to ideas and change. There’s probably not a better teaching job in the state of Texas.” Coach Patterson instructs AP European History students about English reforms in the late 19th century. She discovered her love of history during her time at Auburn University on a four-year swimming scholarship.

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Sexual harassment of all kinds must end by Ana Medina, News Editor

“Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another student are prohibited. Examples of sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, touching private parts or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; sexual advances; jokes or conversations of a sexual nature; and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact. Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on a student’s gender, expression by the student of stereotypical characteristics associated with student’s gender, or the student’s failure to conform to stereotypical behavior related to gender.” -Katy ISD Student Handbook Official Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

To the Women

Ladies, we have been through a lot and we fought for so much more. The generations of women before us fought day in and day out so we can have the right to work and vote. Now we must fight for our right to feel safe. This past year, hundreds of thousands of strong women took to the internet and started a fire called the #MeToo movement. Leaders in the cause wore black in our honor during the Golden Globes. Victims of sexual harassment and abuse shared their stories and others even accused their abusers. We witnessed the fall of serial abusers like Matt Lauer and Larry Nassar. Although we have won many battles, the war is far from over. A survey of students discovered that 57.86 percent of women at Cinco experienced sexual harassment, and 48.15 percent of that took place on school grounds, property, or at a school sponsored event. There is no quick solution, but we cannot ignore this problem any longer. Women, I am asking you to step out of your comfort zones and bring the fight to the harassers. When you are harassed, report it. If you are afraid, grab a trusted friend and ask them to go with you to an AP office. I can speak from

experience when I say you will not be victim shamed by the APs. In fact they treated me with care and love. If you witness harassment, stop it in its tracks by calling a teacher and getting the victim out of that situation. I know what I am asking is hard, but nothing is worse than living in a world where sexual harassment is common practice. Males are not the only harassers, females are also. Girls can force men in uncomfortable situations or threaten their manhood to justify actions. Girls shame each other and promote the blaming of victims. These actions are steps backwards and condescending to anyone who have suffered sexual harassment. Women break silence and stand for one another. Girls harass.

To the Men

Female students are not the only ones who face sexual harassment. 13.67 percent of the male students at this school have personally faced harassment. Out of those who experienced harassment, 63.64 percent happened on school grounds. Male students are not being protected as they should, probably because males are less likely to report sexual harassment than females. It does not make you any less a man if you were sexually harassed. The importance of this cannot be underrated, you are not any less a man if you report personal harassment. The stereotype of the “macho man”- a strong, untouchable man who never cries- is not a role model young men should inspire to be. If men were not meant to cry, they would not have tear ducts. Showing emotion is a beautiful reminder that we are human and we are alive, it is not a sign of weakness but of strength to go against what society defines as a man. Now turning the focus from the harassed, to the harassers. What do you hope to accomplish? What is your end goal when you harass? Fear? Well, we are not afraid anymore. Power? The survivors are taking the power now. Manhood? Harassers are nothing

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Sexual Harassment by the Numbers photos by Kelly Salinas

illustration by Rachel Foreman, staff writer

more than boys. Enough to objectifying catcalling, inappropriate locker room talk, and forcing the blame on the victims. The women are your co-heirs to this earth, and we are your partners in life, so remember this when you feel like catcalling and harassing. This generation of females has a magnitude of strong female role models, but young males lack men they can be inspired by. A comedian who should be remembered by the number of laughs he gave will now be remembered by the number of women he drugged. This generation of men must be their own role models. Men break silence and stand for one another. Boys harass.

To the Teachers

A study done by the U.S. Department of Justice states that if a student experiences sexual harassment and does not tell a family member, the student is most likely going to confide in a teacher. A boy became obsessed with me during the eighth grade. He would join all the activities of which I was a member, took pictures of my hair without my consent and make subtle references to inappropriate behavior. I never told a teacher because not one of my teachers took the time out of the day to make sure I knew I was loved and could find refuge in them. Now, I found a support group in my current and past teachers, and they have proven time and time again they have my best interest at heart. Unfortunately, not every student can say the same. I understand teachers have a job and their schedules constantly occupy their time, but your responsibility is to our education and well-being. So I ask teacher and administrators, please be there for us. Teachers, we need you more than you know. Above: Students take a stand against various forms of sexual harassment and a bias culture against the victims.

Have you experienced sexual harassment?

Was it on school grounds?

Did you feel safe and/ or comfortable?

Is catcalling a compliment?

279 students were interviewed during A Lunch, B Lunch and C Lunch. The lunch tables interviewed were randomly selected using a random number generator online. All people were asked questions one and four, but those who responded “no� to question one were not asked questions two and three.

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Alive and Kicking

Varsity Soccer keeps dream of State alive and well


by Joe Powell, staff writer s spring rolls around, the love in the air must dodge all the soccer balls shooting out from the feet of 26 boys, eager to claim victory where their predecessors could not. The new season started off on the right foot, with Varsity winning against Churchill with a score of 2-0. Senior Daniel Garay, one captain out of the three on the boys team, alongside Michael Guzman and David Dapuul, has high hopes for the boys soccer season. “We made it to State last year and we’re just taking everything one step at a time.” Garay said. “Win each game as it comes to us, win district and hopefully go on to state. But the dream is definitely still there.” Last season, they made it to the semifinals before conceding a penalty to the Austin team in the first couple minutes of the game and suffered a loss as the opposition put a full on defensive style of play. “We were devastated but we picked ourselves back up and can only work to improve,” Garay said. Garay in particular has played soccer since his freshman year.

“I’ve been on all three teams, Junior Varsity A, Junior Varsity B and now Varsity, which is a big step up from Junior Varsity,” Garay said. “A lot is expected of you. Coach Whitfield really raises the bar with intensity and training but you adapt quickly. This year I’m really set on making sure we at least get to state before we really get into the right mindset of winning it. As I said, we are taking it one step at a time.” The prestige of being on Varsity is not earned easily; the boys are subject to highintensity practice sessions to keep them in form for upcoming matches. “Coach Whitfield does well with setting up practices, if we have a game coming up then he keeps it light to avoid injury, but when it comes to fitness we are always running everyday,” Garay said. According to Garay, the team is only as strong as the coaches who govern them. “Coach Whitfield is an intense guy, but he pushes us to do our best and he does have this love for us deep down even if he doesn’t show it,” Garay said. “Which is good I guess because he’s got to maintain this persona that keeps us in line.” After four years on the team, there is always the certainty of high expectations and the dream of ending such a long and fruitful career on a high note. “It’s my senior year and I’ve been here since freshman year and everyone wants to have a good ending so there are definitely a lot of expectations to do well,” Garay said. While some are leaving their days of playing in high school, some will continue playing the sport into college. “I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with Soccer just yet, but I got accepted Photo by Sofia Sandel Senior Michael Guzman sets himself up for a shot on goal at Cinco Ranch High School on Dec. 30

to A&M and they don’t exactly have a team so I might have to look into club soccer, but I know that one way or another I’ll still be playing,” Garay said. “I’ve been playing since I was four and It’s definitely my sport.” Being on Varsity means that every player had to climb and claw their way to reach that position, all of which sharing that same passion to prove themselves. “In my sophomore year I’d made it onto the Varsity team, which was a real honor, but being a little more inexperienced meant that I was mainly on the bench for most of the time,” Garay said. “But weirdly, one of my favorite memories of Cinco Soccer was sitting on that bench, watching my teammates play, learning and becoming a better player mentally as well as physically. Just having the chance to take it all in.” This is the last year for many on Varsity who have put in the effort to get to where they are today, and with that in mind, they continue to train hard and play harder, in the hopes of leaving behind a lasting legacy. “[Soccer] will always have played a massive part of my high school career,” Garay said. “And I hope that we really go further than we ever have before.”

Win each game as it comes to us, win district and hopefully go on to state. But the dream is definitely still there.” DANIEL GARAY

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There’s No Time Like Tee Time

Golf team works toward successful season by Kelly Salinas and Caleb Tise, staff writers Upon first glance, golf Shannon said. “We hit balls on may seem like a hole in one: the practice range, practice simple and straightforward, our putting or play three but in reality the golf team holes.” puts precision and effort into Through weekly practices, each individual swing. the golfers prepare for “Team chemistry isn’t that every possible obstacle they important in golf because could face in competitions. it’s more of an individual The additional refinement sport, but the practices have creates a bond between the definitely had a positive players, even as they train impact on the team,” Junior separately. When performing Jake Shannon said. at tournaments, the students Though the golfers are not only compete as single individual competitors, units, but as one team and they work together to make make memories along the sure that Cinco Ranch Golf way. succeeds. On Jan. 22, the “My favorite moment at team placed second in their tournament has to be when tournament, a testament to a teammate hit his ball into the hard work that goes into the bayou and decided to go preparing to hit the course. into the water to try and hit it “Tuesdays, Wednesdays, out,” Shannon said. “Golf can and Thursdays we practice,” be very serious at times so

it’s nice when something can make you laugh and remind you that it’s just a game.” Humor aside, tournaments are a big opportunity for the team. “The team should place in most of the upcoming tournaments given the talent of our players,” Shannon said. Golf may be a team sport, but it is uniquely individual. Each player is able to continue growing as a golfer and achieve their own goals with their teammates beside them. From practice to competition, personal growth is what players strive for. “The part about golf that makes me happiest is when you hit a perfect shot,” Shannon said. “There is no better feeling then when you know you couldn’t have played any better.”

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Mania: Fall Out Boy unexpectedly merges rock and electronic influences

by Jordyn Guzman, staff writer

Island Records

Since returning to the alternative scene in 2013, Fall Out Boy has slowly edged away from their pop punk roots. But their 2017 single, “Young and Menace”, took every fan by surprise and inevitably split the Fall Out Boy fanbase in half with opinions. As the first song of their then upcoming album, expectations went awry. Mania may not be the most iconic album

Fall Out Boy will ever make, but it is definitely enjoyable. Mania is a huge leap from what Fall Out Boy are usually known for. Classic pop punk anthems such as “Sugar We’re Going Down” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms race” will forever be etched into people’s minds as staple pop punk (or in other words, “what Fall Out Boy are supposed to sound like”). They took a risk and broke away from the stereotype. Songs such as “Young and Menace” and “Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea” use heavy electronic influences and sounds to the point where the actual instruments are barely audible. The song “Champion” seems like an attempt to appeal to modern media, and it works.The song can be heard being played on commercials or being blasted across stadiums at various sports games. The lyrical content for this song is motivating and meaningful nonetheless. The only misfire on the album is “Sunshine Riptide”. While the song does have a catchy chorus and a nice beat, Burna Boy’s feature, while not bad in itself,

detracts a lot from it. While it is easy to see the vibe that they were aiming for, the song is a loss. Where it lacks, the band makes up for it with exceptional lyrics and backing vocals. One of the strongest songs on the album is “Bishop’s Knife Trick”. It contains amazing lyrics and instrumentation from the entirety of the band. The clear and noticeable bass rhythms from Pete Wentz in the chorus is a nice touch. While Andy Hurley seemed to tone it down with drums, it only compliments the song. Guitar melodies from Joe Trohman are very prevalent and add different, unexpected background sounds. Fall Out Boy has been through a lot over the months. Even through the controversy and turmoil, they managed to produce a quality album. While their style has fluctuated ever since their hiatus, they have reinforced their talent time and time again. Verdict: 7/10

Snooze: An A.M. Eatery provides patrons with delightful, sustainable breakfast

Story and photo by Samuel Teas, Co-Editor-In-Chief Snooze: An A.M. Eatery opened a new location in La Centerra last fall. The restaurant characterizes itself as a sustainable, unique breakfast/brunch experience and lives up to its name. Upon entering Snooze, my friends and I were welcomed by a modern, vibrant atmosphere. While it was fairly loud inside, everyone could hear each other perfectly fine, and nothing interrupted our conversation. Our waitress and the entire staff seemed to be polite and in good Snooze’s patio area features a multitude of bright orange chairs and umbrellas, which occupy a spirits, and, because it was a weekday, we space formerly used as a bank’s drive-thru. got a table right off the bat. (Be warned, sustainability and environmentalism. there, which gave us a 10 percent discount. however: customers will often not be able Overall, Snooze: An A.M. Eatery should be to get a table at certain parts of Sunday and The taste of the food is as pleasant as its origins, with cooks putting unique given a try, ideally on a weekday. Not only Saturday mornings, and the restaurant does twists on breakfast staples. The pancakes can customers satisfy their hunger, they can not take reservations.) were perfect, the eggs excelled and the help save the planet as well. Our food took a bit of time to arrive, hashbrowns were heavenly. but this was understandable. Snooze For breakfast, the prices were a bit Verdict: 5/5 offers an array of unique cuisines, and all high, but because of the restaurant’s ingredients are bought from progressive sustainability, pleasant atmosphere, and producers. Meat is free range and cage amazing food, they were well worth it. free and the franchise in general promotes Plus, some of us had ridden our bikes

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Staff Editorial:

New lunch policy ultimately beneficial


inco administration will introduce a modification to the bell schedule for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. As of this fall, the lunch policy will completely change from three separate lunches to one hour-long mega lunch that incorporates the entire student body. This development should prove beneficial to students and faculty. The schedule modification allows students to enjoy the break in the day that they need to rejuvenate as well as to catch up on work. The hour-long period incorporates both period 2.5 and lunch, but it allows more freedom on behalf of the students. They have the option to roam anywhere in the school and are permitted to spend their free time however they choose, within reason. This new advancement will allow students manage their work on time as well as get

a period to relax and reenergize. Teachers get a conference period every day, so why shouldn’t students be allowed the same convenience? In lieu of morning and afternoon tutorials and messy correspondence between students and faculty, getting help as well as making up work and tests will be much easier to coordinate during this period because everyone will be available. While 2.5 is nothing short of helpful, it does not necessarily provide enough time to accomplish all of the work that may be pending for a student. After announcements and getting from one class to another, only about 25 minutes remain, which is not enough time to take a test, nor to receive assistance in learning. Plus, it is a challenge to organize timings before and after school with differing schedules. This policy introduces some downtime that

students can use to their advantage. Overall, this is a great initiative to better facilitate everyone’s needs and improve students’ school experience.

Proposed Bell Schedule 2018-2019 1st period 2nd period 3rd period 4th period MEGA LUNCH 5th period 6th period 7th period

One bad apple spoils the barrel Apple intentionally slows batteries by Sarah Sheikh, staff writer Promptly after the release of Apple’s iPhone 8 followed by the subsequent iPhone X, users saw a significant lag take over the previous models. After years of conspiracies claiming iPhones are purposely slowed down in order to generate money for the newer models, Apple released a statement admitting to the intentional deterioration of the batteries. Apple claimed that the decline of battery life was an effect of nature on lithium ion composed batteries, and motivated them to manually decrease capacity. The manipulation of phone capacity is not just about inconvenience, but about anywhere around $700 - $1000 not utilized to its full potential. Users work hard for their money, so what good is it if an investment does not work? Many were not surprised at this development since phones are so integral for the average person. Late in elementary school, permission slips began being sent out regarding cell phone use in class. It was also no shocker that the majority of every kid that brought a device had an iPod or iPhone. For this recent generation, phones are a regular piece of daily lives starting at an early age, and to jeopardize connectivity to family, friends, and the world is depriving a major source of communication.

The first thing many do when they wake up is check their phones. The slowing down of phones is not simply sluggish operation, but compromised operation. All of this happens when the red icon at the corner of the setting app appears: a software update. Software updates consume various aspects of phones. As suspected, the newer updates are not compatible and therefore hinder the older attributes. All of this results in lagging, glitching and underdeveloped use. Imagine how annoying it would be to wait forever to watch a favorite show, or glitch right in the middle of a game or even miss a call on Whatsapp because your notifications have been compromised. Whatever the situation, the ineffectiveness of iPhones will negatively affect several facets of everyday life. Phones are the main means of storage for everyday use. With lagging phones, most people will try and delete photo storage or app storage as a solution, but all they do is end up deleting precious pictures with virtually no improvement. No one should have to undermine his or her communication in any way. Our lives should not conform to our phones, our phones should conform to us. Here is what Apple can do, apart from charging us a usual price of $79 to replace a battery we already paid for: use batteries with longer lives. Just because nature

plays a part in degrading lithium-ion does not mean larger battery life is impossible. A larger composition of lithium ion in the battery should be able to provide a longer life. If not, change the phone design altogether. Previously committed Apple users have now had a change in heart, resulting in major marketing deficits. Apple stocks went from an all-time high to around $50 billion losses after the release of their newest phones. Apple’s response of the truth and the limited time $29 battery replacement does not effectively compensate for the years of speed and efficiency manipulation. My family and I used to be an all Apple household, but apart from our computers and tablets, our phones are now split between Android and iOS. Reliability on your phone is essential to routine, and if capacity continues to be a problem, former users might just turn to Android who has begun to thrive from a surge of marketing success.

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County Line Volume 19 Issue 3  
County Line Volume 19 Issue 3