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Logan Meister, from Page Two Fortnite Game, Page Five he helped coach teammates and underclassmen. He was team captain the same two years, which helped him run workouts during the season. He also ran all spring workouts as a senior. Meister said his role has continued developing and isn’t much different than it was when he was captain, except he isn’t competing now. Meister is responsible for all strength and conditioning workouts, both preseason and during wrestling season. He runs the men’s lifts three times a week, ensuring that they use the correct techniques, gain both muscle and mass during season, and continue to make gains in the weight room. He also runs wrestling workouts approximately once a week. Most coaches want to ensure that their wrestlers don’t get burnt out on the mat from wrestling too much and training in the off-season. The key to staying motivated throughout the season and off-season was to “take some time off of the mat, but you should never stop training,” Meister said. “I think if you really want to be successful, you will always be doing something to work towards that goal. I enjoyed finding other ways to get better. Lifting was another way for me to train and get better at

wrestling while keeping my body healthy. Even on days when you’re not physically training, you can be mentally training. Visualizing the perfect match. A big tool of mine was visualizing my celebration for an upcoming tournament or match. Visualizing winning reinforces positive thoughts about the competition and calms my nerves.” Throughout the season, there are times to push and times to back off. If a wrestler is forced to compete at their maximum potential all the time, they will crash quickly. Meister helps plan “workouts around our competition schedule. We try to peak our athletes at the right time, the post season. We train extremely hard, but we will taper back on the intensity as we get closer to competitions so our athletes feel fresh and are ready to go.” Having been an athlete at Ferrum College, Meister can relate to a lot of the guys on the team and knows when to push and when to taper back. Coming back to Ferrum right after graduation was a big step for Meister. Working on the coaching staff of Ferrum’s Men’s wrestling program is a step towards his ultimate goal of becoming the head coach of a division III wrestling program.

-ing gun control laws if they can't pass written, physical, or mental tests to own a gun. Do you really think just anyone should be able to own a gun? I believe we should implement gun control laws like those in Japan because they’ve worked for many years and made a large impact. To own a gun in Japan, you must attend an all-day class and pass a written test afterwards, which is held only once per month, limiting the amount of people able to go. You must also pass a shooting range class. Next, you must go to the hospital and be able to pass both a mental test and a drug test. Japan is very strict on making sure the individuals wanting to own guns are mentally fit. Lastly, you must be able to pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or criminal association. You also must give the police documentation of the location of your gun and ammo in your house, which must be locked and stored separately. Gun owners must also have the police inspect their guns once a year and re-take the class and exam every three years. These steps ensure that a person seeking to be a gun owner must pass multiple tests to prove themselves fit. This would cut the gun crime rate tremendously. Richard Rowe’s “Here Is Why We Need Gun Control Right Now” makes three very distinct arguments about why we urgently need gun control. First off, Rowe says that we often overlook the laws that are in place and the things that aren’t being enforced already. There are many gun control laws already in place, but they are not being utilized properly because buyers have found loopholes in the current laws. Like Japan, the United States has some laws regarding background checks and tracking of gun ownership. We need new and improved laws because the ones already in place are not preventing gun use illegally or stopping tragic gun violence. Second, Rowe points out that California and New Jersey are the only US states that have required some kind of mental health or criminal screening to own a gun. Most other states allow anyone to walk into a store and either buy a gun for themselves or for someone else. This means that in most states,

come,” Deickman said. “Most importantly, don’t forget to be a student first. The rest will fall into place.” Leah is majoring in English with a minor in education. She wants to teach high school English. While teaching, she plans to get a master’s degree and maybe PhD to become a school counselor. Leah said that it was “hard dealing with the process of high school and the stigma about not being able to go to college. It was challenging, but if you look at it on the positive side, it made me strive to do better, and I also always had help from the people around me.” The stigma about teen-mothers motivated her; she knew she was going to go to college, she just didn’t know exactly how she was going do it. Ten years from now, Leah sees herself married with more children and making a positive change in educational systems, especially for young parents. She said she wants to “help get rid of the stigma by being a living example and outlet for those students who are going to a title one school with high risks of getting pregnant.” Leah has made many sacrifices to get where she is today, but somehow she always seems to make it work. there is no guarantee that the buyer is mentally stable or that the person they are buying the gun for is mentally stable. Knowing this, we need to make a national law to enforce these screenings and help ensure that not anybody is buying a gun. Many mass shootings could have been avoided with better control and enforcing of laws. Rowe also states that in 2015, the United States had more guns circulating than it had people living here. Having more guns than people circulating in a country largely increases the chances of human error, which could include leaving a gun where a teen or small child could get it, selling guns to the wrong person or people, and improper storing and security. Humans are known to make mistakes, and with the amount of guns circulation throughout the United States, there are way too many mistakes waiting to be made. By enforcing stricter laws on guns, we can prevent accidents and mistakes from happening.

the map and gun selection keeping the game extremely interesting. Personally, my favorite part of the game in sniping, the snipers in this game are very realistic. This means you must account for bullet drop and lead a shot when the enemy is running. Along with this the game is in third person making fighting that much more exciting because you can look around corners or over hills before you actually crest them. For PlayStation or X-Box, the aim assist is very necessary and a great addition to the game. PC does not have aim assist; from what I have heard, it isn’t needed. The one thing that truly sets this game apart from all the rest is the implementation of building. As you gather materials, you may place floors, walls, or stairs, making a fort or just scaling a mountain. This is in no other game that I know of and people are taking notice. It’s a feature that takes the game to a whole new level, and that is why everyone is playing it. I would highly recommend this game to anyone that plays videogames. A solid 10-10.

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rubbish. Dakota Johnson, the female lead who plays Anastasia Grey, was so monotone it felt like she never left a round-table rehearsal. Her voice nearly put me to sleep. Jamie Dornan, who played Christian Grey, the predator-like male lead, was a bit more convincing in his acting. However, the story itself just really did not make sense. From the impossible intensity of the car chases to the rather mundane motives for kidnappings and stalkings, I could not piece together how any of the driving acts of the storyline made even remote sense. The characters seemed to overreact to the slightest inconveniences, but in the most monotone and mundane way possible. While the acting and the actual story were subpar at best, it was the misguided “girl power” movement the franchise claimed to promote that bothered me the most. My roommate and I have debated the issue on multiple occasions. My roommate, Camryn, argues that Anastasia’s ability to slightly change the dominant Christian Grey’s way is enough to start a feminism rally. I, on the other hand, found the film to glorify and promote abusive behavior. Christian Grey never let up on his controlling, manipulative, and extremely possessive ways. The only reason he simmered down on physical abuse aspects of their relationship was because she forced an ultimative upon him, which obviously included sex. The movie undeniably romanticized possessive and psychotic behavior and tried to play it off as protective. I have a feeling that the Fifty Shades Trilogy is on a constant loop at the gates of hell. However, there was one highlight to the third installment of the series. The soundtrack was actually rather catchy and included some pretty good songs. I am not typically a pop music fan, but this soundtrack wasn’t bad. My favorite song in the movie was “The Wolf,” by The Spencer Lee Band. It’s a banger. Another highlight to Fifty Shades Freed is that it is the final installment to the franchise. It’s over and done with, thank goodness.

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