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Volume 47 Issue 5

February 2014

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE College Rooming (p.3) School Emails (p.4) Ask Fyniss (p.8) Best of Netflix (p.9) “Divergent” (p.10) Snow Days (p.12)

Global warming…what?! Polar Vortex chills the United States By Cassie Sedler The Freedom Forum

“Wear a coat and warm layers, stay indoors as much as possible, be extra careful when driving…” were advisories heard all over the weather stations during the first week of January, and for many of us, they were hard to ignore. This is because during that week, an arctic blast, known as a polar vortex, hit approximately forty-eight states, as predicted by the National Weather Service. A ccor di n g t o accu, “A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region during the winter season.” However, in this case,

the polar vortex dropped down into the United States, bringing harsh temperatures, and frigid wind chills along with it. “Chiefly, warmer air builds up over areas such as Greenland or Alaska, and that air forces the colder, denser air southward. Also, weather patterns can create the right conditions for the polar vortex to point south,” said NBC News. During this polar vortex, temperatures around the country reached a record low. In some areas, temperatures in the negatives were felt for the first time in decades. But what made the polar vortex even more memorable were the blistering wind chills, some of which reached -20 degrees, making the conditions feel all the more harsh. Aside from the inconvenience these storms caused,

there was an economic price to pay, as well. Approximately 27,000 flights were cancelled around the country during the worst parts of the storm. About $5 billion was taken from the U.S economy as a result of the storm, and $1.4 billion was said to be caused by flight cancellations, according to the Seattle Times. The majority of the economic impact due to the storm was caused by pipes bursting, cancellations of schools and athletic events, and extensive energy consumption, which were all experienced in dozens of states affected by the

storm. The winter of 2014 is proving to be a season of record-

Photo: Hannah Young

breaking precipitation and chilling temperatures with plenty of time left in the season. Fortunately, for students and teachers alike, we are sure to see more snow days to come. However, these leisurely days will be a distant memory when we are sitting in class until July.

“BridgeGate” over troubled water NJ Governor in middle of controversy By Mitchell Coriell Sports Editor

New Jersey scandal raises suspicion in Governor involvement. Back in mid-September, there were two access lanes closed on the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey, which blocked school buses and first responders. This happened repeatedly and resulted

in a death. Questions still remain whether that the order to close the bridge was from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or one of his assistants. Suspicions have been rising that the order was a protest against Fort Lee, New Jersey’s Mayor Mark Sokolich, a democrat who endorsed Gov. Christie's opponent. This scandal is becoming a large issue because Gov. Christie is planning to run in the 2016 election. If this

“bridge” scandal is revealed to be of his doing, that would mean he is at fault for many delayed school openings and

Governor Chris Christie. Photo: Creative Commons

one death. “Whether he was responsible or not, things are not really looking good for [Christie]. If he is at fault, he will have a lot of trouble once the 2016 election comes around,” said Covey Carpenter, sophomore. Once investigating the order, it was tied back to two officials close to Gov. Christie. Both of them have resigned and have gotten federal defense attorneys. “I do not think [Gov. Christie] would jeopardize

being the most powerful man in the world, to control the busiest bridge on the planet,” said Frankie Augello, sophomore. Since the traffic jams, emails have been identified between an official and an unidentified source discussing the lane closings. The question still remains if Gov. Christie was the unidentified source. However, the main question of this whole investigation is how involved Gov. Christie was with the bridge closings.

February is not only for celebrating Valentine’s Day But it is also a celebration of heritage By Elyse Sanford The Freedom Forum

Every month has something special happening. November is for Thanksgiving, December is for Christmas, and January is for New Years. Most people look at February for Valentine’s Day, but it is also for Black History Month. A whole month is dedicated for looking at all of the accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made and are currently making to the world.

In the past, African Americans’ accomplishments were overlooked and not seen as important, due to civil rights issues. But then, one man took action. Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, “The Father of Black History.” "We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice." - Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose February as the month for Black History

Month for several different reasons. February in the month in which the NAACP was founded, and Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays fall in February. Woodson believed that the NAACP, Lincoln, and Douglass all had a significant impact on civil rights for African Americans. Originally, there was only one week dedicated to the accomplishments of African Americans, but throughout the decades, it has expanded so much that the celebration increased to one month. During Black History Month, teachers incorporate lessons

into their classes, museums have special exhibits that relate to Black History Month, and several events are held in towns. In addition to the United States celebrating Black History Month, Canada and the United Kingdom celebrate Black History Month. This celebration of people centers on the dedication of African Americans for their civil

rights. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

(top) Carter G. Woodson. (bottom) Booker T. Washington Photos: Wikimedia

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Chemical spill in Elk River Residents around Elk River deal with spill By Connor Acevedo Journalism Student

WV. The spill made the river blue and green and left the water with an odd smell. Authorities have not yet discovered the cause of the

On Jan. 10, a foaming agent that is used in preparation for winter seasons leaked from Freedom Industries containment area into the Elk river in West Virginia. The water of the river is not safe for the 300,000 people l i vi n g i n C h a r l e s t o n ,

spill, and not much is known on exactly how much of the agent has spilled into the river. The residents around the lake have not been able to bathe drink or wash clothes using tap water. Stores are beginning to run low on bottled water because both rest people buying them even restaurants are buying bottled water so they can open again. Even though the chemical is

not deadly, people were informed not to drink or wash clothes because it potentially could cause symptoms like skin irritation, rashes and vomiting. Schools, restaurants, and other businesses in the area have been closed due to the leak. Companies such and Pepsi and Coke will soon be sending water supplies to the local surrounding area.

Historical events in February February is Black History Month and the anniversary of the MLB By Noah Gonzalez News Editor

There have been many historical events in the month of February. Two of them being the establishments of the Underground Railroad and National League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Underground Railroad was made to aid 100,000 enslaved people to find their way to freedom. Surprisingly enough, the Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. Harriet Tubman is one of the most famous persons associated

with the Underground Railroad who helped enslaved African Americans find freedom. “I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors cannot say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.” The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs was formed on February 2, 1876. This is now known as the Major League. The Cincinnati Red Stockings was America’s first official baseball club.

According to, the National League had eight original members: the Boston Red Stockings (now the Atlanta Braves), Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs), Cincinnati Red Stockings, Hartford Dark Blues, Louisville Grays, Philadelphia Athletics and the St. Louis Brown Stockings. This is relevant to history because baseball is America’s favorite pass time. “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all,” said Lou Gehrig.

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FHS Forum Animal Shelter Drive Throughout the month on February, The Freedom Forum will be collecting supplies to donate to the local no-kill animal shelter. Here is the shelter’s wish list: -Cat Litter -Used blankets, towels, pillow cases, and sheets -Dry cat and dog food (no color) -Canned cat and dog food -Paper towels, laundry detergent, and bleach -Cat toys -Buckle collars

(above left) The Freedom Ice Hockey Club planned the 1st Annual Bethlehem Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against the combined club of Liberty/Southern Lehigh to boost attention to the sport and benefit Dream Come True of the Lehigh Valley. (above right) During the National Anthem at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick's Mill Road. (bottom) Alex Ramos, senior (#88), and Brendan Driscoll, junior (#25) defend the puck against their opponent. Photos submitted by: Deb Lechman

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Olympics do more harm than good? The effects of the Olympics on an economy By Jack Ogozaly Editorials Editor

I know nothing about sports, so when the Olympics come around I don’t get too enthused. What does intrigue me about the Olympics though is the economics. It sounds incredibly nerdy but the dynamics of the Olympics are far from boring. Many cities would die to host the Olympics. General knowledge is that the city that hosts the Olympics experiences economic gains that more than covers

for the games. However recent years have shed light on the economic viability of the Olympics. So what makes the Olympics not worth it? “Private companies, not cities, are the big winners in the bidding process,” said Matt Cantor. In the

Olympics huge buildings are built to accommodate the games. Which leads to the company building the stadium making money, not necessarily the city. Another problem included

with the Olympics is that rushed building can lead to cities being neglectful to their citizens by building huge stadiums where land is needed. Not to mention the city will have to pay millions every year to keep the stadium in shape. The final problem with the Olympics is that the games cost around 10 billion dollars, but only bring in around 5 billion dollars. The problem isn’t that the Olympics aren’t popular, the problem is that it isn’t a permanent fix to a nation's economic problems. The Olympics are comparable to put-

ting a band-aid on a bullet wound. Most cities that host the Olympics are well known London, Beijing, and Athens are all famous cities and the Olympics don’t bring the tourists these cities do it by themselves. Although the Olympics may not be the most economically logical they don’t hurt the city to the point where they can’t recover; and it is a huge honor to host the games. So overall it is neither bad, nor the best thing.

Warning: choose a good roommate A look into the college living arrangements By Michael Datz The Freedom Forum

Transitioning to college can be a change in in any life, but many different factors make living in a college dormitory seem near impossible. To me, it seems like dormitories are cramped and can lead to a challenging adjustment in life. Also, the roommate you are assigned could be a person you just do not connect with. It seems like many problems could arise from living in a college dormitory, and I think that dorms are unfair to

the student. However, some might tell you different. These people would say that dorms are a good experience for anyone. Joseph Datz, my brother and freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, enjoys his dorm in the campus towers, even saying that he recommends the dormitories to all. “I don't mind my dorm personally... I thought the room being small would be an issue, but there's enough [space] for all the essential things,” said Datz. However, apart from the dormitory itself, there could be issues with your roommate, a problem that I have heard of before. However,

Datz explained that these cases are in the minority and rarely an extended issue. “For instance, there's two kids next door who dislike each other, despite the fact that they're both good people. Sometimes personalities just don't mesh well,” Datz said. But, Datz mentions that you should not be worried to meet new people through dorming, although strangers are difficult to talk with to some, including myself. “When I first met

my roommate during orientation week, it was awkward, but we got along. That awkwardness went away fairly quickly though,” he said. For parting advice, he recommends that you try new

things while you live at college. “I'd urge people to try everything... Try to be actively social with the people on your floor... My opinion is that I think dorms are a great experience for almost everybody,” said Datz. So, although dorms appear uninviting to some such as myself, the reality is that some exciting new experiences could occur if you do choose to live in the college dorms. Photo: Michael Datz

Why the United States should increase defense spending By Jack Ogozaly Editorials Editor

The United States of America has been a nation of changing views throughout our long history. America went from a weak and isolationist nation, to the worlds #1 super power. America it seems is regarded as an evil empire that uses its military to get what it wants. It is hard to remember but it was not so long ago that there was a real evil empire. The Soviet Union.

America acts as a protector of freedom around the world. America is the only country that has the ability to eliminate minor threats before they become global threats. But a strong military does more than just protect a nation, it gives a nation power in the international community. If the United States did not have a strong military presence in South Korea, what would stop the North Koreans from invading? Some might say that South

Korea needs to be able to protect itself but that is impossible. In order for South Korea to over power North Korea’s 1.2 million person army they would have to become a tyrannical dictatorship and force their citizens to fight and work. “South Korea says North Korea has more than 13,000 artillery guns, and its longrange batteries are capable of hitting the capital Seoul, a city of more than 10 million people just 30 miles from the border,” said AP reporter

Sam Kim. Our US dollars stop the slaughter of millions, and the downfall of Democracy. But even if you do not care about innocent people’s lives ( Which you should ) a huge army has a lot of benefits. These include being able to trade with nations like Japan, South Korea, and others too numerous to name. This brings in money to the United States. Not to mention it allows for the jobs of millions and technological advancements for

the whole of society. Due to the US Military, you have Ductape, microwaves, Jeeps, Hummers, computers, GPS, and digital cameras. If you look at the army in a black and white point of view, then you can never fully see its true impact. To protect the lives of our citizen’s and every citizen on this planet it is vital that America keeps up its defense spending.

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School emails cause problems Students speak up about the new Gmail system By Jack Ogozaly Editorials Editor

Freedom High School has the new but not improved Chromebooks, in multiple classrooms. These computers while small and frustrating to type on, bring a new problem that is a serious concern. Issued with the Chromebook comes your own BASD email. The email at first sounds like a good idea, until you start to use it.

The first problem you will encounter is that every time you are on that document, the BASD is able to track what you are doing. Some might argue that, “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear,” but this statement does not justify administrators being able to see what you do outside of school. The second problem is that it is not your email. No matter what the school says, it is not. Your email is the one you have been using for years, it is the one with all

your documents and it is the one all your friends know. “I find it odd that the s c h o o l would think that none of the students have Gmail accounts, even though we’ve been using Google Docs forever,” said Abby Burnett a sophomore. Defenders of the school emails only have one last reason to keep the email and

Photo: Jack Ogozaly

that is that you can use one email for school and one email for your other stuff. However this just is not practical to have two different things that can both do

the same job. The only advantage to the two emails is that you don’t have school work invading your personal life; but even then your teachers still give homework on that email. Overall, school emails may prove to be not practical but I don’t see them going away just yet due to the district forcing us to use them to get onto the Chromebook.

Using moisturizer and lip balm not just for ladies Metrosexual—new term to define men By Karla Erdman and Elyse Sanford Adviser and The Freedom Forum

Highlights. Designer shoes. Hair products. Items common for women, but what about men? Today’s men are expanding their options when it comes to their appearance and style. “I saw a business-man getting a manicure when I was in the nail salon,” said Aly-

son Picione, senior. Males of all ages are taking advantage of the wide-array of services in which they are pampered--including waxing, eyebrow threading, manicures, pedicures, and massages. Being well-groomed is not just for women anymore. Men are taking their cues from women and exerting their prerogative to look and feel good. Men are also showing their fashion-sense through their purchases of designer cloth-

ing and shoes. This can often lead to false assumptions regarding men’s sexuality. The term “metrosexual” came about in order to describe men who are heterosexual, but take pride in their appearances. In the past, it was assumed that if a man cared about his appearance that meant that he was homosexual. "Some people think he's gay, but he's actually metrosexual,” according to the online Urban Dictionary. However, stereotyping peo-

ple’s sexuality based upon their grooming habits and fashion preferences is as bad as any other stereotype. In the end, everyone should look and feel good and not be judged. “It doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you are dressing weather appropriate,” said Aeisha Gauba, junior.

Photo: Logan Handwerk

Saving for retirement High school students start thinking about saving money early By Jack Ogozaly Editorials Editor

High School is a stressful time of learning. With so much to learn, it’s a rude awakening that some students will have to learn how to save money. Social Security was founded during the great depression, and the way it works is sort of like a pyramid scheme. Every year when you start paying taxes a portion of your salary will go towards

social security. The way it is supposed to work is that when you get to a retirement

age you will get a monthly check. But there is a problem with this system, and like many problems that our generation faces today, the problem comes from the baby boomers. The problem we are likely to encounter very soon is that there will be too many people on Social Security, and too few people paying taxes. “Social security is no different from the lottery, the casino, or

a Ponzi scheme” said Pierre Morgan. This would not have been a problem though if the government had saved the money it collected years ago. Soci al Securit y has morphed from a temporary New Deal program, to a program most Americans consider vital to their retirement. Our generation is going to foot the bill of the baby boomer party. We will have to pay Social Security and also save money for our retirement. The key to saving money is to start saving early. I do not

mean putting your quarters in a piggy bank. You want to start saving money in a 401k. A 401k works by giving you interest each year. So even if you put in $2,000 now by the time you retire you would have upwards of $100,000. The trick is the later you start saving, the less money you will get from your account. “It makes the most sense to put the money from your part time job into a retirement account,” said Walter Ogozaly, junior.

See Mr. Bachman in 810 for details & forms Note from the editor-in-chief: The viewpoints presented in editorials are not necessarily the viewpoints of the newspaper.

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Single ladies guide to Valentine’s Day Don’t have plans for this upcoming Valentine’s Day? Here are some things to do By Anissa Vasquez Web Editor

February 14: the day overrun by red roses, boxes of chocolate, humongous teddy bears, and heart shaped everything. For girls without that special someone to give all these things to them, it can be a bit annoying and make even the nicest person cynical. Thankfully, there is a way to make this V-day not completely depressing. Instead of going out, you can start Nicholas Spark’s new book, “The Longest Ride.” It is a love story, just like most of his books, but this is definitely one of Spark’s best yet. “The Long-

est Ride” tells the story of two couples; one of an elderly old man stuck in a car after an accident in the winter while hallucinating and seeing his dead wife, and the other of a sorority girl who falls in love with a cowboy. The two couple’s stories intertwine on the longest ride, a metaphor for life. If you are not one for reading, try online shopping. It is like receiving presents in the mail, except you bought them for yourself. Who knows what you like better than you? Apps like Wanelo and Etsy have just about everything you could hope for. You can buy anything from clothes to accessories, room

decorations, weird but genius new technology, and makeup. With these apps and enough money you can have whatever your heart desires. Remember in elementary school when the whole class was your Valentine because

and surprise your friends or even one of your classes by handing them out. This simple and funny act can make your day and a lot of other’s a little bit more loving. Valentine’s Day is always a good day to be pampered. Instead of being pampered, pamper yourself! Have a DIY (do it yourself) day. Make a homemade facial out of 1 medium sized banana, ¼ cup of plain yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Lather it onto Photo: Flikr Creative Commons your face and you were all in it together? neck for skin that looks and Buy a box of cliché, yet ador- feels moisturized and able, Valentine’s Day cards smoother. Also, go on Pinter-

est with and Android or iPhone and search DIY nail art and try the beautiful designs on yourself or with friends. All the couples will be in boring, fancy restaurants this Valentine’s Day, so instead go somewhere where you can eat and have fun with a group of friends or family. Revolutions in Saucon Valley on Route 378 has a bowling alley, restaurant, and an arcade to keep you and your belly happy. Lastly, but certainly not least, you can look forward to 75% off of chocolate at just about every store you can think off February 15. If that’s not a silver lining to enduring Valentine’s Day, then I do not know what is.

Second semester gives students a fresh start Freedom students’ plan to better themselves academically this new semester By Shaina Palmer The Freedom Forum

Now that the unrelenting Jack Frost has finally allowed for the second semester to begin, students can have a fresh start and make any necessary changes to improve their performance for the rest of the year. The first days of high school are uncharted waters for freshmen, but now that they have gotten their feet wet, they know how to better address the more rigorous, independent style of learning. Freshman Olivia Salerno has recognized the importance of supplementing notes

as teachers talk, as what teachers stress orally is often key information. “I am going to make an effort to bring home my notes from each day and go over them at night. That could help save time when I have to study for a quiz or a test,” said Salerno. Even though teachers sound like broken records when they tell their classes to study a little each night, the practice really is effective. Moving up the ranks to sophomores, this year of high school is the time when many can get complacent, as tenth grade is often viewed as a non-crucial year. However,

countless seniors have regrets about their lack of effort put forth during tenth grade, as they can see its negative effects on their overall grades and GPAs when applying to colleges. “I am going to try to be more proactive about my assignments and stay organized from the start of the semester,” said Bridget Tarnowski, sophomore. By staying on top of things from the very beginning, students can avoid having loads of work and confusion from disorganization overwhelm them. And then there are the juniors, already feeling the early onset of senioritis. Many can argue that junior year is the most important year of high

school. Students are bombarded with the daunting SATs, AP tests, and college searching that gets added on top of the normal academic demands. “I need to procrastinate less and manage my time well, because with sports, music, SATs, and AP tests, I have a lot I need to be ready for,” said Jack Fried, junior. Elizabeth McCarthy’s suggestion for students struggling is to “take advantage of teachers who are willing to stay after school.” This time

allows one-on-one attention to really focus in on the specific needs of students.

Photo: Shaina Palmer

The halfway point of the year is the perfect time for students to reflect upon themselves and fix their bad habits in order to finish out the school year strong.

Misunderstanding Autism A look into how people can sometimes incorrectly perceive Autism By Amy Rissmiller Journalism Student

According to Autism Society, autism is the most rapidly growing mental disorder in the world. Generally speaking, there is a misunderstanding of what is perceived as wrong with those who have autism. Some might think that certain Au-

tistics appear to be mentally disabled, or do not see things as clearly and accurately. Most people who are diagnosed with autism are none of these things. They often know a lot more than people think they do. The brains consist of about 100 billion neurons, and people have something called dendritic spines that are con-

nected to neurons. When those "wires" or dendritic spines do not come in close contact with each other, they do not send signals to the next neuron. In other words, those who have autism have lost connections in their minds that result in a loss of verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions, friend connections, unusual ways of interacting with toys, etc. People with Autism are of-

ten very intelligent. Some are more intelligent than "normal" individuals. Often Autistics are the type of people who cannot tie a shoelace (for example), but can build an airplane model without an instruction manual. Simple everyday things that some people take for granted are challenging to them, but complicated things may be easier for them. "People with a form of autism, called Autistic Savan-

tism, have exceptional skills in specific areas such as music, art, and numbers. People with this form of autism are able to perform these skills without lessons or practice,” according to WebMD. Stereotyping needs to be stopped, and all people needed to be treated equally and fairly regardless of disability or not.

Freedom: taking a look back Freedom High School was first introduced as a senior high school in 1967 to combat extremely large class sizes at Bethlehem High School, which changed its name to Liberty High School.

dle School. The Home of the Patriots dates that the school has undergone. began to teach grades 9-12 in 1983. The logo has also changed, from the patch and emblem to the “F” that stuSince then, there have been nearly dents wear today. 50 graduating classes, and many renovations to the original building. However, many things have also The cafeteria, new gymnasium, main stayed the same. All the rooms in the The mascot was also chosen in entrance, and the science and busi- 200s are still from the original build1967 by students of East Hills Mid- ness wings are some of the many up- ing as well as the lockers near those

Notable Alumni

(above) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson replying to a post on Twitter from Cole DiGuiseppi, senior, about his time at Freedom. Photo submitted by Cole DiGuiseppi

(above right) Johnson’s senior portrait. He graduated with the Freedom High School class of 1990. A recent photo is also shown.

Centerspread by Logan Handwerk, Erin Heaney, and Samantha Lutz

FHS circa 1986

FHS Today Photos: Yearbook Archive and wikimedia

Returning to their roots Several staff and faculty members are currently working at their very own Alma Mater. These alumni include: Annie Pecsek (‘75), Carla Krieger (‘78), Bill DeNofa (‘81), Bill Safranek (‘82), Lynn Spina (‘85), Tania Bermudez (‘91), Kim Harper (‘91), Eric Baltz (‘94), Jerry Roscher (‘97), Lauren Ackerman (‘98), Jennifer Maholik (‘00), and Michael Cleffi (‘02).

Daniel Dae Kim is also a notable alumni from FHS. He is known

Lisa M. Boscola is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate; she represents the 18th Senate

The Freedom Forum has also gone through some changes of its own. The black and white photos range from 1986-1988. The Forum has grown in size and its endeavors. We have 35 members for the 2013-2014 school year

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United States Coast Guard By Jada Blount-Frazier The Freedom Forum

The United States Coast Guard is the U.S armed force that the Freedom Forum will be informing our students on this month. The U.S Coast Guard has a mission to work together with military personnel to save lives, enforce the law, operate ports and waterways, and protect the environment. With this being said, joining this U.S Armed Force takes tons of work. Even though it might be difficult, a high school student can join if they put in the required effort. At the age of 17, a person may join with a parental consent. If a person is not pre-

pared, he or she has the opportunity to join the U.S Coast Guard until he or she reaches the age of 27 which would be a wise choice if a student would like to finish their high school career first. The U.S Coast Guard does accept GEDs, but they prefer a high school diploma. U.S Coast Guard also provides their own school of learning. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy teaches leaders something different: how to be leaders of a multimission, maritime military force. The motto of this Academy is Duty, Demands, Courage.

By Fyniss Frazier The Freedom Forum

Dear Fyniss,

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With the diligence of doing the duty required, facing the many demands, and being courageous, a student from FHS could handle the Coast Guard Academy. In fact, many students can handle U.S Coast Guard Academy or the Coast Guard.

How snow days affect Freedom Explanation of canceling school for the weather By Zach Wright The Freedom Forum

The 2013-2014 school year is only half way over, and the 4 snow days that the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) is allowed are already gone. Not only are those days already used, but school was cancelled two more times on Jan. 21 due to impending storm and Jan 22 due to that storm. “You get no consistency. I think it’s impossible for the teachers and students to stay focused,” said Mr. Bill Cecchini, assistant principal at Freedom High School (FHS). The school closings forced final exam days to be rescheduled twice. In addition to final exams, students also

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had to take the Keystone Exams. Since those test are state required, they could not be moved to a later date, which also contributed to the final exams being moved. As a result of this, the second semester was pushed back as well. While these delays gave students more time to study for fi-

nals, did they actually take advantage of that time? Furthermore, the second semester is already starting late, so will students miss out on some curriculum. One thing people at FHS

are worried about is whether or not days will be added to the school year. Since 2 additional snow days above the allotted 4 were used, Feb. 17 and April 17 were made into school days; they had previously been holidays. With winter lasting until at least Mar. 21, the first day of spring, there is still plenty of time for another school closing due to snow or dangerously low temperature. In fact, February is the coldest month of the year according to While school is closed to students and teachers, support staff and administrators still come to school on snow days. So what do they do when school is cancelled? “I come into work [to] relax [and] catch up,” said Mr. Cecchini.

For the last couple of months, I’ve noticed that there has been a number of anonymous Twitter accounts that have been opened. These accounts have targeted many of my peers and have exposed some of their sexually explicit pictures, sexual preferences, and also the usage of drugs and alcohol. Recently one of my close friends was targeted and has been the topic of conversation for the past week on social media. She hasn’t retaliated back but, I can see that the things that have been Tweeted are affecting her. I really want to help her and Tweet something back, but I don’t want to be the one getting harassed if I do say something. Should I say something, or should I wait for the next person to be targeted?

should focus more on your friend and being there for her because she is going to need all your support. Also, understand that these people who are tweeting these things are hiding behind a keyboard and most likely wouldn’t dare say these things to the person if they saw her. The people that are Tweeting these things are most likely dealing with their own insecurities and are bringing it out on others. If it becomes a bigger issue, I advise you to suggest that your friend goes and talks to the guidance counselor or police if she feels as though she is being cyberbullied. According to Pennsylvania State Laws (National Conference of State Legislators), “cyberbullying includes bullying by electronic means in its general bullying definitions.” No matter how innocent it may seem, cyberbullying is illegal. Just understand that you’re not alone and neither is your friend.

Sincerely, Stop Cyberbullying Sincerely, Fyniss Dear Stop Cyberbullying, I’m sorry that you are in this predicament, and I understand where you are coming from. I personally wouldn’t Tweet back though because by doing this, it shows that they are getting to you as well as to your friend. I understand that this will be hard to do, but by ignoring the situation, it shows that you are mature and above the drama. You

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A “fresh” face dominates on and off the court February’s student of the month By Gabriella Greenhoward The Freedom Forum

February’s student of the month is Jaiden Coyne. She is a freshman who plays on the Freedom varsity girls’ basketball team. That is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of. “My role model is my dad because he inspired me to play basketball,” said Coyne. If her dad had not given her that encouragement she

might not be such a good player today. Coyne is currently taking all honors classes. “It’s pretty tough because I have basketball practice everyday”. It can be a lot of work to balance sports and academics but she has a very efficient strategy. “I just have to manage my time good,” Coyne said. This is very important. Time management is key in high school because your main goal is to categorize your priorities. Making it to varsity is not

exactly an easy task, especially as a freshman. Having a strategy to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds is very important. When asked what advice she would give to girls who are thinking about trying out next season Coyne said “It’s a lot of work so you would have to be willing to work hard.” It is definitely a commitment that you have to make. You have to put in all of your efforts and work to your max. Although playing sports can be extremely fun, some ath-

letes lose interest as they progress through high school; however, as of right now, Coyne is planning to continue playing basketball long

term. “I want to play college basketball,” said Coyne. It is great to have a plan for what you want to do someday. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Having some dreams and goals and high standards is what motivates you in life. Between playing a sport, handing in essays and taking finals Jaiden Coyne manages to find success in high school. And that is all that matters. Photo: Anissa Vasquez

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It’s that time of year...again What Freedom students plan to do this Valentine’s Day By Christine Myers The Freedom Forum

Heart shaped boxes of chocolate, bouquets of red roses, and some people’s worst nightmare. Yes, it is that time of year again, Valentine's day. The single girls will unite and bond about being single, and the ones with boyfriends will spend

the whole week preparing for their romantic date. "I hate Valentine’s Day, it is a day for the couples to celebrate what they have, but makes the single people feel lonely," said Hayley Sedlock, junior. Guys are no different. Some guys will struggle to find the perfect gifts and plans for their girlfriends, while others

would rather just have a boys night with their X-box and junk food. “I’ll probably just go to Moe’s and then hang out with my fish,” said Peter Frey, junior. There are some people, however who enjoy this time of year. It is an excuse for them to be romantic and show their love for each other. Usually couples will enjoy a lovely dinner together, followed by some-

thing that reminds them of how they fell in love in the first place. “My boyfriend took me to all my favorite places for my birthday, I wonder how he will try to out do himself on Valentine’s day,” said Laura Peduto, senior. No matter if one spends their day with their significant other or with a group of friends, Valentine’s Day is a day that is meant to be shared with someone else.

“Pretty Little Liars” is back Review of ABC’s hit show By Nayris Abreu The Freedom Forum

The one of many shows on ABC family is back. It is a show that never fails to keep their audience captivated in suspense. “Pretty Little Liars” is the combination of drama and mystery wrapped into a one hour episode that

always leaves you wanting more. Not only do we all know that Ezra may now be "A" but Aria is falling in love with him once again! Furthermore in the land of romance, Caleb and Hanna broke up all because Caleb had to fix the curse in Ravenswood. “The first episode was very interesting because it showed how they are trying to figure

out who “A” is but now the audience knows,” said Ashley Howard, freshman. “Pretty Little Liars” has gotten better this season. The producers want fans to not only be on our feet while watching but also to wonder even more about what is going happen next. Each episode the 4 girls are left with something new to figure out. “I think we are going to see a lot of Alison and we are

going to find out the truth,” said Jada Blount-Frazier, freshman. Since the very beginning of “Pretty Little Liars” everyone just wanted to know the truth. Yet, everyone is still holding on being a “PLL” fan to find out the truth. Just as Aria said, these episodes are going be “crazier than crazy.” Photo:

Bingeing on the best of Netflix Television series that are worth the watch on Netflix By Faarah Ameerally Entertainment Editor

To some, Netflix has become a very prominent part of their daily routine. It simply falls into the procedure of wake up, go to school, eat dinner, and then switch on your favorite show. While there is surely enough options for everyone to find something they enjoy, a few favorites have become

known as “the best of Netflix.” During winter break, everyone had enough time to splurge on their favorite shows and maybe even finish a series off. For some who have been there, they know the feeling of your favorite show ending is not a very comforting one. Here are some of the hottest shows on Netflix that will leave you with something to get hooked on. “Parks and Recreation” definitely has some students hooked as well. While being witty, sincere, and comical, it has definitely found itself being one of the most watch sitcoms on Netflix. “I can’t get enough of it,” said Matthew Henninger, senior. “One Tree Hill” has definitely been watched a re-

watched by the students at Freedom High School. “It’s such a great show, and it never gets old. I’ve seen

only the best series on Netflix, but even the best series of all time. This crime drama is thrilling and suspenseful leaving you always coming back for more. “Dexter” is another crime drama that has made it to the top of the charts. This show is about a blood spatter analyst that leads a double life as a serial killer. It combines horror, suspense, thriller, and comedy all into one show. “Lie To Me” is a personal favorite, that adds a refresh-

the series twice already!” said Alyson Picione, senior. Many would agree, this small town centered realistic drama is definitely a great watch. “Breaking Bad” is so often being referred to as the not

ing twist to the usual crime drama shows that can also teach you how to read people. With everything on the Netflix from drama to comedy, these recommendations scream let the Netflix binging begin.


BASD Mini-THON update By Josh Christiansen Special to The Freedom Forum

Bethlehem Area School District's (BASD) Mini THON is a high school organization devoted to financially aiding children with pediatric cancer and their

families. BASD Mini-THON consists of seven committees: fundraising, events, family relations, helping hands, corporate fundraising, publicity, and food. Currently, the fundraising committee is busy paying for supplies and

other costs. The events committee is planning all the events during the actual dance marathon. Meanwhile, the family relations committee is meeting with the Four Diamond families, the affected children and their families, getting to know

and befriend them. The helping hands committee is helping wherever and whenever they can with whatever they have to. Corporate fundraising committee is asking businesses

for donations of money or any other supplies while the publicity committee hard at work advertising the event. Finally, the food committee is collecting food for the actual dance event. The BASD Mini-THON will take place on April 26, 2014.

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The dangerous are diverging A book review and movie preview for “Divergent” by Veronica Roth By Anissa Vasquez Web Editor

In the first book of the gripping trilogy, Veronica Roth has created a suspenseful story of bravery, strength, and loyalty that will keep the reader wanting more. This March, “Divergent” will be coming to theaters. Beatrice Prior, or Tris, lives in a city that would be a future Chicago. The people of this city are split into five factions: Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), and Abnega-

tion (the selfless). The citizens of this city are told that they live these different lifestyles because they are comprised of the traits that would have saved the generations before them. For the most part, this way of living is functional and advantageous for everybody. On Choosing Day, every year, there is a Choosing Ceremony. All 16 year olds take an aptitude test to see which faction they are most fit for. Then, they get to choose which faction they would like to join for the rest

of their lives. It is not always that easy, though. For every faction there is an initiation process that some do not always pass. Even more dangerously, an initiates aptitude test could come back inconclusive, meaning they are a divergent. To be a divergent is a dangerous thing, especially for Beatrice Prior. It means she can control the simulations the factions put her through, making her a threat to the system. In this action filled book, Beatrice’s beliefs and secret abilities are put to the test when she finds fault in her seemingly perfect society. “’Divergent’ has definitely

been my favorite book so far this year. It was a real pageturner and I can’t wait to see it go from script to screen. From the characters to the plot, every once of the book was intriguing,” said Hayley Sedlock, junior. Directed by Neil Burger, “Divergent” the movie will be hitting theaters on March 21, 2014. Starring in the film will be Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior. A fan of the book can only hope that the movie adaptation lives up to reader’s high expectations. Thankfully, based off of the trailer at di-, it seems like there is a lot to look forward to on March 21.


Beginning a new you Getting healthy in the new year By Brittany Weaver Journalism student

Looking for ways to get rid of the few extra pounds you put on over the holidays? Whether it is the homemade cookies or the warm sweet potatoes, we all go nuts over them. We look forward to these delicious meals but once it’s all over and done with, our

calorie intake always comes back to haunt us. Here are a few tips to help you burn those calories off or just simply get back into shape for the new year. Eating healthy is always a first. For example, try improving the what you choose to eat as meals. Simple changes such as adding vegetables to your course meal can help. For snack time, eat less chips and more fruits. Do not forget, never skip a

meal. Eating three meals a day will keep your metabolism running while skipping a meal will only slow it down. While doing all of this, it is important that you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water everyday to keep yourself hydrated. Eating healthy will provide you with a smaller chance of gaining weight but exercise will provide you with a

better chance of losing weight. Stop by your local gym with a friend and work-

out for a few hours. Go on a jog with your dog. Better yet, do some at home exercising. It does not have to be anything drastic but it will be a start. A start to getting yourself where you would like to be and a fresh start into the new year. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for several reasons but you have to want it to attain it. Set goals for yourself and work hard towards them.

Jumping into a new book Book review: “Why I Jumped” by Tina Zahn

depression – that can interfere with daily life,” said F act s a bout Post par tum,

By Amy Rissmiller Journalism student

Tina Zahn, the author, tries to cope with her terrible past, and her struggles with postpartum depression. This book is based on the true story of Tina Zahn who had been sexually abused by her stepfather from the age of five. “About 10 percent to 20 percent of new moms will experience a more severe form of depression – known as postpartum or perinatal


She tried to reach out for help. She told her mom as the first attempt she made. Her mom however did not believe her, or did not want to believe it one bit. She lived with her father’s physical, emotional, and verbal abuse for twelve whole years, until her mother finally realized Tina was telling the truth. Although her mother believed her she was not nurturing whatsoever to her daughter. Her mother was actually mad at Tina for letting the abuse happen. After much of the pain was resolved she still struggled with the painful memories of

her horrific past. When Tina finally got time to herself she met her husband Daniel. After having her first child named Sarah, Tina found herself very stressed and tired. She was diagnosed with postpartum depression. She had a second child named, Noah, this time the depression was much more severe. She could not remember her pregnancy at all, and did not want to do anything productive. Her doctors diagnosed her this time with a major case of depression. As time went by she became so depressed that she

actually wanted to take her own life. At her mom’s house she made a dash to her car, and went racing towards the Tower Drive Bridge. Her husband and a police officer chased Tina, they were going 120 mph at times. While this was happening her son, Noah was dangerously seated in the back seat of the car. Tina stopped the car on the bridge and actually managed to jump off the bridge head first… will she be saved by a real miracle? Read, “Why I Jumped” to find out.

Showtimes April 3 - 7:00 p.m.

April 4 - 7:00 p.m.

April 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Information: Students/Seniors - $8.00

Adults - $10.00

April 6 - 2:00 p.m.

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Watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics By Chuck Tichy Journalism student

The London 2012 Summer Olympics were surely and exciting event. Michael Phelps rewrote the record books by surpassing the record for most medals which was previously held by a Russian gymnast named Larisa Latynina. Phelps now has 22 Olympic medals, top of the record books. Now its time for the Winter games.

Sochi, Russia will be the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic games. This is the first Olympic games that Sochi will be hosting and it sure will be exciting. “I am excited to see the skiing and bobsledding,” said Max Smith, sophomore. The Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the Olympics this year. This is the first year, since the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City in which it has

qualified. Twelve Olympic games will be debuting in February. There will be three mixed, 4 men’s, and 5 women’s events. Some to look out for are: snowboard slopestyle, ski slopestyle, and ski halfpipe. “I am most excited for the snowboarding half pipe.” Said R.J. Judge, Freshman The teenage sensation, Mikaela Shiffrin, is sure to make a mark in the games this year.

Being only 17 years old, she is one of the youngest competitors at this years games. Look for her in slalom skiing. A big headline for this years Olympics is that American skier Lindsey Vonn will not be competing. Vonn failed to make a complete recovery from a knee injury that happened in February of 2013. The Olympics kick off on Feb. 6. You can watch them on your NBC channel.

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Declaring a winner in college football Auburn Tigers take championship win By Jonathan Fiorentino Journalism student

The outcome of this year’s College Football National Championships; the Florida State Seminoles (1st seed) beat the Auburn Tigers (second seed) 34-31. “I wanted the Auburn Ti-

gers to win because they were the underdogs but, I thought the Seminoles would win from the beginning because of their undefeated season of 12-0,” said Teddy Liadis, freshman. The game was one sided in the beginning with the score 21-3 in the second half, but it went down to the wire, and Kelvin Benjamin, scored the game winning touchdown


with thirteen seconds left. “I thought it would be hard for the Seminoles to come back from such a large deficit in the second half but I’m not surprised they did. They are a very good team,” said

Chuck Tichy, freshman. Both of the teams in the championships had great seasons. The Florida State Seminoles finished the year 13-0 while the Auburn Tigers finished with a 12-1 record. Most predicted Florida State would win but the Tigers put up a good fight until the end and may have deserved the win but the Seminoles out played them and got the win.

A-Rod case taken to federal court By Leonardo Martinez Journalism Student

With Alex Rodriguez facing a suspension that won’t allow him to play for the entire 2014 MLB season and postseason, Attorney Joe Tacopina asked a federal court judge to set aside the decision or issue a stay until the court can hear arguments on the matter. Rodriguez made his intentions worldwide Saturday in a statement after the ruling by Fredric Horowitz was released by Major League Baseball. “I have been clear that I did

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not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug

Agreement in any matter, and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court,” Rodriguez said. The chances are that when a federal judge reviews entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and the facts, and will overturn the suspension. Horowitz has said that he will not publicize his decision, though it is likely that

his findings will become part of the record if Alex proceeds with the suit. Legal observers believe pursuing the matter will be a difficult task because the procedure in collective-bargaining agreements in all industries is highly respected by the courts. Even a person who is sympathetic to Rodriguez’s situation said there are “limited and described grounds for the appeal of an arbitration order. You can’t just go in and say you don’t like the decision. Any time you lose an appeal, you’re fighting an uphill battle.”

Dan Silverman, who has engaged Major League Baseball in court action, said it does not matter if the court does not agree with the arbitrator’s decision. “That’s not going to carry the day,” said Silverman Courts have enforced arbitration awards with very little rationale whatsoever. Justice [William O.] Douglas said in 1860, ‘Even the most sophisticated, intelligent judge is not as good as an arbitrator who is familiar of the work practice of the shop.’

Spring sports physicals for middle school and high school students will be held in Freedom’s athletic training room on: Monday, February 24, 2014 Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $20.00 cash or check made payable to Coordinated Health Physical packets are available in the athletic office. *Athletes who played a fall and/or winter sport must complete a recertification questionnaire.* *Athletes must have required physical packet completed and signed before physical is given.*

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This winter, there have been 8 snow days used…so far. Unfortunately, we are only permitted 4. After that, we have to make days up. As of now, February 17, April 17, April 21, and June 6 have been converted to regular school days. For updates on snow days, delays, make-ups, and more follow Dr. Roy, @BASDSUPT, and The Freedom Forum, @FHSForum, on Twitter.

Ally and Kelly McCready, juniors, built a snowman on their day off.

Instead of staying in doors, Dana Pollock, junior, plays in the snow.

Navi Randhawa, junior, decided to play outside with her dog on her snow day.

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Photo: Lisa Pollock

Photo: Riyan Randhawa

An ice candle holder made by placing a water balloon in the snow overnight and peeling off the balloon as it freezes.

Ice forms on an old purple cone flower. Photo: Hannah Young

Photo: Hannah Young

Britney Gardner, junior, spent her snow day sledding with her younger siblings. Photo: Samantha Lutz

“Do you wanna build a snowman?” Hope Wersinger, junior, and her friends built a replica of Olaf from the movie “Frozen”. Photo: Hope Wersinger

Evan Callahan, freshman, and Raegan Pechar, sophomore, spend a day in the snow with Evan’s dog. Photo submitted by: Evan Callahan

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