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TOMAHAWK TALK Volume 81, Issue 2 • December 11, 2017 Florida State University Schools • 3000 Schoolhouse Road • Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 245-3700 •

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Editor-in-Chief Lauren Shirley Managing Editor Ilex Wass de Czege Opinion Editor Diana Benitez Features Editor John Folsom Entertainment Editor Olivia Choutupalli Sports Editors Carly Steed William Watson Assistant Page Editor Kamryn Brown Photo Editor Jared Russell Adviser Leslie Klein Staff Writers Bisma Ahmed, Hailey Barrow, Krislyn Kelley, Brooklyn McLeod, Artrice Shepherd This paper is dedicated to giving students a forum to express views as part of education and in preparation for life in a democratic society. Views expressed don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Florida State University Schools administration, faculty or staff.



From the editor’s desk

Screenshot by Jared Russell



Promotional photo by VH1


New Gay-Straight Alliance


NBA “superteams” bore fans


“Superheroes” take the stage


The rise of eSports


Mag Lab oil spill clean up


Catch This With Carly


#MeToo campaign



On the Cover

Manners are disappearing


Political parties are destructive


Optional co-ed scouting


“TBH,” “Sarahah” gain users


Comparing food delivery


In Case You Missed It...


The Quiz


The Tomahawk Talk is a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association, American Scholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll Honor Society. The 2016-2017 staff won Gold from FSPA and First Place from ASPA.

Review: “Reputation”


Comedy becomes political


Review: “Justice League”


Snoop Dogg’s cooking show




In this issue you will find an iconic piece on the dynamic duo of Martha and Snoop, a must-read, as well as multiple infographics that we hope will pique your interest. We have stepped up our game this issue with keeping everyone on task and at their best (myself, not so much), and I hope you can see that reflected in the diverse coverage we have included. We are also very proud of our decision to include information about the #MeToo campaign. Please seek assistance if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or harassment. Page 5 includes all the information you may need to make a report or get help.


The newspaper staff encourages letters to the editor as a means of expressing opinions on articles that have appeared in the newspaper. To be considered for publication, the letter must be 300 words or less. The editor reserves the right to edit all letters so long as the meaning of the letter remains unchanged. No material will be printed which is libelous, irreponsible or which the staff considers to be in poor taste. For advertisement information and to submit letters, contact the adviser at:

Happy Holidays, everyone!! Over the course of the second issue, there have been many changes to our program. Part of the editorial staff had the opportunity to take a trip to Dallas, Texas to attend the JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention. While on the trip, we learned new techniques to improve our paper and took countless Uber rides that showed us the many personalities of the people in the city.

Photo by Carly Steed

In the first ever fall production, sophomore Blake Stallings portrayed the underappreciated superhero Hawkeye from Marvel’s “The Avengers.” “Acting lets me get into the life of someone else and be someone who I’m not,” Stallings said. “I like making people happy and the fall play did just that.”

I hope you all have a safe and eventful holiday break! Until next time, RIPeep (@fsuspublication). Lauren Shirley (L$)

School approves Gay-Straight Alliance Kamr yn Brown • Assitant Page Editor Hailey Barrow • Staff Writer As of Nov. 27, administration has approved a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organization on campus, founded with the hopes of uniting the students and promoting tolerance. After receiving a written petition signed by students, administration held a meeting in order to address the students’ requests. After reaching a consensus, a GSA chapter is now allowed to have on-campus meetings and discuss ways to make the school more open and accepting for everyone. “It’s just crazy because it has been a dream of ours for about a year now [to have this club],” co-president and junior Katherine Raymond said. “We started talking about it last year and planning everything and now it’s actually happening, and it's just so exciting.” Sponsored by secondary art teacher Debra Barrett-Hayes, the GSA plans to hold its first meeting Dec. 14. Any high school students are welcome to join.

“Other schools in town have chapters of GSA. I think it shows that we have a progressive administration who’s not afraid to allow new things,” Barrett-Hayes said. The goal for this organization is to provide a safe school environment for students regardless of their sexual orientation. The national chapter of GSA aims to empower students across the country and allow the students to stand up for safety and equality. The organization also aims to give students the tools needed to accept others in the LGBTQ+ community and create a platform to promote racial, gender, LGBTQ+ and economic justice. “Our main goal is to promote equality for everyone,” co-president and sophomore Aly Hamilton said. The very first meeting for interested members will be held on Dec. 14 in Barrett-Hayes’ room at 3:05 p.m. The organization also has positions openings for students interested Treasurer, Event Coordinator, Historian and Social Media Head. “Official meetings will be after winter break,

“‘It has been a dream of ours for about a year now [to have this club]. Now it’s actually happening, and it’s just so exciting.’” after we talk to everybody at the interest meeing to see when everybody’s clubs are,” Raymond said. The creation of a chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance is just part of a push towards inclusiveness within schools and local communities. “We will try to raise awareness that deep down inside everybody’s the same. Until you open your mind up to know somebody that’s different then you are, you won’t really understand how they feel,” Barrett-Hayes said. “This is really a place for them, for people who are gay or straight, to ask questions, discuss issues and talk about if there are things happening at school that are concerning to students.”

Students assist Mag Lab with oil spill research Krislyn Kelley • Staff Writer This past May, a group of current sophomores and juniors were selected to travel to Gulf Shores, Ala. with a research team from FSU’s Mag Lab to assist with oil spill data collection. Over the course of two days, the students collected oil samples on the beach. The data was then sent to the Mag Lab, and these same students will help analyze the data this fall. “It was an amazing experience,” junior Saiannice Soares said. “I learned how to efficiently take data, and a lot more about the oil spills that I didn’t know before.” The first step in the data

collection was determining the difference between driftwood and actual oil patties. Once a patty was found, the students recorded its characteristics and put it in an airtight jar. This step was critical, because if the patties are contaminated, they cannot be used in the analyzing process. This process took most of the day, but the students left proud of what they accomplished. “Collecting the samples was a little hard at first, but once I could determine which ones were actually oil, it was much easier,” junior Cade Blomberg said. “Although it was time-consuming, I had an amazing time.”

The next step is to determine what spills these patties are coming from. FSU and the Mag Lab hope to recognize how the oil has changed and developed over the years in order to find a new way to prevent oil from reaching shores. “It was really awesome to know I was helping new science research, and I would love to help them as much as I can,” Soares said. The group included the research students, Dr. Stacy Chambers, a film crew, and teacher and parent chaperones. FSU sent their research team to help out, and everyone collaborated to collect the data they needed. “Chaperoning the trip was really

fun. All of the kids who went were very motivated and responsible, which makes a chaperone’s life super easy,” secondary science teacher Dr. Matthew Martens said. “It is also really fun to get to know the group outside of the classroom.” The trip gave these students an opportunity to see what work in the science field may look like while helping the Mag Lab collect the data they needed for the research. “I am really looking forward to the second trip,” Dr. Martens said. “I did my graduate work at the Mag Lab, and it is always nice to go back. The science is interesting, and it is fun to learn new things.”


Theatre program hopes fall play becomes tradition Ilex Wass de Czege • Managing Editor Centered around superheroes on their day off, the Thespian Club produced the school’s first-ever fall play on Nov. 7 and 8. Unlike performances in the past, this production was not a musical, but a one-act comedy comprised of vignettes, or short monologues. Capitalizing on the recent popularity of movies like “Wonder Woman” and “The Justice League,” the play portrayed superheroes from well-known comic franchises including Marvel and D.C. doing normal everyday activities while on a break from saving the world. The theatre program hopes to make fall productions a new tradition, to give students more opportunities to enjoy the works of student actors. “I think it’s a good idea [to have a fall play] because if we always did a musical then people who don’t feel confident singing will feel left out,” said sixth-grader Carter Nelson, who played a sidekick. Hoping to appeal to the entire school, secondary performing arts teacher Erin Gamble chose to begin this new tradition with a show that could both include younger actors and interest younger audiences. The use of characters from well-known comics also gave the production an established fan-base, which she hoped would attract a larger audience. “I was excited to introduce the fall play. I think it’s a great

way for those students involved in the theatre program to gain more experiences on the stage,” Gamble said. Beginning rehearsals in September, the actors worked primarily after school in order to prepare. Student roles included those of Storm (from Marvel’s “X-Men”), Hawkeye (from Marvel’s “Avengers”) and Batman (from D.C.’s “Justice League”); P.E. coach Julius Harley also participated in the production, playing the Hulk from Marvel’s Avengers. This comedic production aimed to reveal another side of superheroes not often portrayed in movies or comics, by showing many heroes doing day-to-day activities like managing their taxes, picking up dry cleaning and doing their laundry. “It is definitely a big commitment that you have to make to be in a play,” said senior Aashari Williams, who played Storm. “It’s lots of days after school staying until 5 and 6 p.m. But it’s fun, and I love everyone involved.” The theatre program hopes that this year’s fall production will be the first of many, allowing the program and its members to gain more appreciation for their hard work. “We have never done a fall play before, and we have never done a one-act,” Williams said. “My favorite part is how new this whole experience was.”


Photos by Carly Steed 1. On his day off, Batman, played by Noah Munoz (12), picks up his dry cleaning. The show included a running gag about Batman’s boredom now that crime in Gotham City was down. 2. Upset and angry, Storm, played by Aashari Williams (12), sulks about being overshadowed by Wolverine. Williams has participated in the Spring musicals since she was in middle school and is president of the Thespian Club. “The fall play was eye-opening for me because I got to learn how to act in a different genre than I am used to,” Williams said.

#MeToo sheds light on harassment Started over 10 years ago by black ativist Tarana Burke, the #MeToo campaign has given a platform to those who have experienced sexual assault and harassment to speak out about their experience. Following the viral tweet about actress Alyssa Milano’s story, which used the MeToo hashtag, dozens of other women came forward using the same hashtag with allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, a prominent film producer. Over 1.4 million tweets using the hashtag have since been posted, with allegations made against many influential public figures including actor Ben Affleck, former president George H.W. Bush, and NBC “Today” host Matt Lauer. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or harassment, contact the RAINN hotline for help and support or reach out to an adult whom you trust. Need help? Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. How does it work? When you call, you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. How can the hotline help me? Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including: Confidential support from a trained staff member Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault Someone to help you talk through what happened Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery Referrals for long term support in your area Information about the laws in your community Basic information about medical concerns Is it confidential? The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a safe, confidential service. When you call the hotline, only the first six numbers of the phone number are used to route the call, and your complete phone number is never stored in our system. Most states do have laws that require local staff to contact authorities in certain situations, like

if there is a child or vulnerable adult who is in danger. While almost all callers are connected directly to a staff member or volunteer at a local sexual assault service provider, a handful of providers use an answering service after daytime business hours. If all staff members are busy, you may choose to leave a phone number with the answering service. In this case, the number will be confidential and will be given directly to the organization’s staff member for a callback. If you reach an answering service, you can try calling back after some time has passed, or you can choose to call during regular business hours. You can also access 24/7 help online by visiting Information from What resources does Florida State University Schools offer? High School Principal Megan Brink is the school’s Title IX Deputy Director, and she can be contacted in person in her office or by email at Deans Kevin Helm (high school; and Danny Bailey (middle school; are available for reporting and to offer assistance, as is Officer Lance McLeod ( A confidential advocate is on call twenty-four hours a day to respond to FSU students, faculty, and staff who are victimized anywhere or at any time. FSUS students and staff have access to this program. Go to to find out more.

Prince Harry’s Engagment Prince Harry of Wales announced his engagement to actress, model and humanitarian Meghan Markle on Nov. 27. The couple has reportedly been together since Oct. of 2016, and it’s rumored the wedding with be sometime in the spring of 2018. The public has since become obsessed with the royal couple, focusing on the one-of-a kind engagement ring and the opinions of the royal family. Student Perspective: “I’m happy for the royal couple, but I think that people are giving them unnessary attention,” sophomore Chandler Dawson said.

Tax Bill

The new Republican Tax Bill, introduced on Nov. 2, was passed by the House with no votes from any Democratic representatives. This new tax plan will lower the taxes for companies in an effort to keep them from outsourcing to other countries. Politicians hope the tax cuts will reduce the national deficit. Student Perspective: “The biggest problem [with the bill] will be that people will no longer be able to deduct their medical expenses from their taxes,” senior Olivia Cerio said. “People are not going to get medical treatment they need because it’s now too expensive.”

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday, Nov. 26, broke all previous records, making it the largest shopping day in history. Amazon, the online shopping giant, sold hundreds of millions of products throughout the day; its most popular item was the Echo Dot smart speaker. A record breaking $6.59 billion was spent in total throughout the day. Student Perspective: “Cyber Monday gives shoppers great deals,” freshman Katelyn Greene said. “I shopped with Amazon and got lots of things for great prices.”


Where have all the manners gone? Your lack of basic manners offends me (and society too) Hailey Barrow • Staff Writer Picture this: You’re in line at Starbucks, waiting for the drink you’ve been craving all day, when the barista aggressively slams the cup down in front of you. But you didn’t order your coffee with an attitude, you ordered it with extra cream. Thanks for ruining my day, Susan. It shouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a “you’re welcome” in return for a polite “thank you.” It shouldn’t be unreasonable to expect someone two feet in front of you to hold the

door open for you instead of letting it slam in your face. And it shouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a smile with your service. It’s outrageous that it now comes as a surprise to be treated with respect. Our parents taught us the Golden Rule, so when did we abandon treating others with just a little bit of common courtesy? Sure, society isn’t the same as it was 10, 20, 30 years ago, and social norms change with time, but respect should never go out of style. There is a misconception about being respectful. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you like someone or even hold them in high regard. It just shows that you care about people other than yourself.

Everyone is so caught up by what others think of them, but it seems like nobody is trying to present their best side. Students are using harsh and degrading language to talk to their peers, both online and in person, and it is causing our society to become angrier and more divided. A survey conducted by Statista in 2016 found that 74 percent of Americans feel people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago. This is only contributing to the divisive state of our country, which is a dangerous prospect in a time that we should be working to unite to build a strong community. Nobody is trying to stop the spreading wildfire of rudeness, but wouldn’t you want to be treated a little nicer on a daily basis? Like Smokey the Bear says, It starts with you.

Political parties are harming, dividing the country Jared Russell • Photo Editor More than football or the Olympics, politics have become the most competitive sport in America, and the divide among party lines continues to grow. If anything, the polarization has increased with the Republican-controlled House, Senate and presidency. Political parties have been around since the country’s inception, although the founding fathers often warned against strong factions. However, it wasn’t until the election of 1796 that candidates ran as representatives of two major parties, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. These parties were founded so citizens with differing viewpoints could all feel equally represented by their politicians. With the Great Depression in the 1930s came the beginning of a strong two-party system that involved the two parties we know today, the Democratic and Republican Parties. Politicians could not agree on how best to move the country out of the depression, with Roosevelt’s Democrats favoring the New Deal, a federal government program that created jobs and provided economic relief. The Republican Party of the time feared that this would take power from the states and create a welfare government. This is a fight that continues today. While the parties have changed, so has the function of them. Politics


used to be about helping the citizens of America, but now politicians are too busy jabbing at opponents at every turn to actually govern. Laws are drafted and passed by one party, with members of the opposing party refusing to reach across the aisle and work together. Although it could be argued that political parties are divisive by nature, it is easy to trace the beginning of this destructive trend to the Watergate scandal in 1972, when representatives of the Republican Party broke into the headquarters of the Democratic Party to find campaign plans for the presidential election. The most recent political scandal, the 2016 Russian hacking, continues to haunt President Trump and the Republican Party, taking the focus away from important issues like the Tax Bill and healthcare reform. With smaller, less powerful parties could come fewer scandals, or at least fewer scandals with such power to distract. Splitting the country into only two parties has become counterproductive. We have a long history of reforming parties to better suit the current needs of the country, and it’s time to look into political systems that more closely resemble those of our neighbor to the north. Canada has 15 active parties, and while some are more prominent than others, in the latest election, representatives from five of these parties were elected. Having such competition keeps politicians on their toes, and ensures that the true desires of the people are represented, and people aren’t just electing the lesser of two evils. The Constitution does not limit us to two political parties, and we need to take a serious look at how political reform could help our country.

Co-ed scouting should be optional, decision to join should be made by child not leaders Diana Benitez • Opinion Editor The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to be a bigger part of their organization has caused some controversy about what limitations should or should not be allowed for single-gender organizations. Allowing all children to have the option to choose what to participate in would be a step closer in creating an inclusive environment. When the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would allow girls to join Cub Scouts and pursue Eagle rank, not everyone welcomed the idea. This inclusion would continue to split boys and girls into separate-gender groups. The only difference would be that girls would now be able to participate in these ‘dens’ and paths to Eagle rank, but in an all-girl environment within the BSA. This has angered many past and present Girl Scouts because it could imply that the Eagle rank is more prestigious than the equivalent Gold Award that can be earned in Girl Scouts of USA. According to GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, this “covert campaign” by the Boy Scouts of America is a way to aid their already-dwindling membership. “Putting girls and boys together could overshadow girls by boys who might already be conditioned to be more self-seeking,” junior Iynkary Warren said. While the Boy Scouts’ intentions may have been good, the Girl Scouts do have a valid point. There is a sense of empowerment

and independence that their community of women builds for young girls. Girl Scouts provides a platform for strong female leadership, something that can be difficult to achieve in a male-dominated environment. “There are pros and cons to separating children by gender,” senior Andrew Rakestraw said. “It allows them to foster brotherU.S. Navy photo by All Hands Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Todd Frontom hood and sister[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons hood individually for their develop- Over 40,000 boy scouts from across America salute at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. The BSA’s decision to allow girls to join single-gender ment, but combining them early troops has created controversy in the scouting community. on could also available by both the BSA and “The idea of bringing scouts tolead to constraining gender roles.” GSUSA. gether seems like it would be more Although the communities as “As a society, we are growing productive than keeping them they are now are valuable, the in our awareness of gender idenseparated yet teaching the same choice of which group to join tity,” said elementary teacher and thing,” Warren said. should be up to the child actually former boy scout Zach Valdes. The decision made by the BSA participating in scouts. It is not “Allowing them to associate with a to allow girls to join may not be to say that each organization’s group they identify with could be perfect, but it is a step in the right values and goals should change, the next step to ensure that childirection. At some point, children but as the Boy Scouts of America dren feel comfortable in their own have to be introduced to a co-ed choose to be more inclusive, both skin.” environment in preparation for the organizations should remove strict Both organizations participate real world. restrictions that allow only sinin hiking, camping, research and “This [separation] could potengle-gender troops. In other words, community service. Doing this as a tially perpetuate gender stereoif scouts want to be in a co-ed combined force could prepare both types at a young age, making it environment after a certain age girl and boy scouts for the future in harder for the children’s integration or time, it should not be an option the workforce or co-ed schooling. later on,” Valdes said.


TBH, Sarahah become popular with students Olivia Choutupalli • Entertainment Editor Both released within the past year, the apps “TBH” and “Sarahah” have gained massive popularity among teens in America. Though the apps differ in format, TBH and Sarahah both allow users to post anonymously. They have become two of the most popular apps among students, allowing them to express their views about other students at the school. “I think they created the apps because they wanted to let people be honest; because it’s anonymous, it lets people say what they want to you,” junior Zenayda Hernandez said. “TBH,” short for To Be Honest, is a poll-based app that allows users to pick a person who best suits a given question. The polls are designed to be uplifting, funny and sometimes sarcastic, and they are worded similarly to senior superlatives. Some examples of questions include “pulls the best photo bombs,” “knows the words to every song” and “would invite to a family dinner.” When someone is chosen in a poll, they are notified of the voter’s gender and grade. The app encourages people to play by rewarding users with “gems” for every poll they “win.” “I think both apps were intended to have a positive effect, but the way we use them can be negative,” junior Malachi Burke said. While “TBH” aims to promote positivity, the “Sarahah” app is unrestricted in terms of what users can post. According to their website, “Sarahah,” named after a rough translation of “honesty” in Arabic,

was created to “enhance your areas of strength, strengthen areas for improvement, improve your friendship by discovering your strengths and areas for improvement,” and “let your friends be honest with you.” The app allows users to post anonymous messages without restrictions. “On one side, if you’re saying something to your crush, you can tell them you like them, and they won’t know,” Hernandez said. “On the other side, people can say hurtful things about other people, and you won’t know who it is.” Though “Sarahah” suggests users leave constructive criticism, students may leave negative or hurtful comments. This has troubled some parents and users, as the app could be used to cyberbully without fear of repercussion. Despite the potential dangers, the app has continued to grow in popularity, with over a quarter billion visitors in August alone, according to Popbuzz. “Making the post anonymous is the worst thing the app makers could have done,” secondary science teacher Kristin Wilson said. “It’s like a store clerk leaving a store unattended. Most shoppers will not shoplift, but there are a few who will take advantage of the situation.” Though many critics of the apps exist, “TBH” and “Sarahah” have become some of the most popular apps among teens, competing for their attention with platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. “‘TBH’ sounds like it provides positive online culture,” Wilson said. “But I hope that ‘Sarahah’ makes some necessary safety changes.”


Screenshots by Jared Russell TBH (bottom) and Sarahah (top) lure in students with the promise of anonymity, but the messages they can send and the lack of regulation can potentially be harmful forms of cyber-bullying.

Food delivery systems offer simple meal plans Artrice Shepherd • Staff Writer Consumers in many urban areas are turning to food delivery systems as a way to expedite the grocery shopping process by having preplanned meals or the ingredients to create them sent to their houses weekly. For many families, the major downside of food delivery systems is the high cost. On average, a food delivery system costs about $20 per person per day. Therefore, buying meals for the week cost an upwards of $140. Some delivery systems offer coupons or discounted prices to help ease the costs. Secondary culinary arts teacher Sarah Bender said, “Food delivery systems make it easier for people who don’t like the hassle of going to the store and shopping. However, it may not be the most cost effective.” With a growing number of food delivery systems available, families can choose the plan that best suits them. Blue Apron, one of the most well-known food delivery systems available, provides the ingredients for either three meals for two people or two meals for four people. The ingredients can be customized to the

customers’ liking and lifestyle choices including options for vegetarians and vegans. “Food delivery systems can be effective in providing ingredients because they help the [people] experiment with other meals they may not usually cook,” sophomore Jarika Brown said.

“In heavily populated areas, [food delivery] systems allow for a healthy alternative to fast food and may save money in the long run.” For people who don’t want to cook, other food subscription services provide frozen meals that can be prepared by microwave or oven. Terra’s Kitchen offers meals that come pre-planned, pre-cooked and at a lower price than most food subscriptions. Terra’s Kitchen has prices that start as low as $4 to $12 per meal.

“I’d prefer the pre-planned and pre-cooked meals because it eases the pressure of having to cook from scratch,” senior Kameron Woodard said. In heavily populated areas, these systems allows for a healthy alternative to fast food and may save money in the long run. “Many delivery services offer coupons because they know that the prices are steep for some families with a certain income level,” Bender said. Thanks to the ease of driving in Tallahassee, most shoppers here still prefer the traditional method of driving to their nearest Publix and picking up their groceries. While consumers here are using the ordering process, it’s still struggling to achieve mainstream support. Appbased systems like UBER Eats is gaining more popularity more quickly, for the convenience of one-time ordering. “I would use food delivery systems as long as they fix some of the problems with it,” Brown said. “It’s still a new process, so people are learning what they like about it and what they don’t like.”

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In Case You Missed It...

Photo courtesy of SWI Jalen Monroe and Trinity Bond won Homecoming King and Queen at the game on Oct. 21.


Here’s a taste of what happened around campus this quarter.

Photo by Mya Goodson Photo by Ruth Bickel The Middle School Dance Marathon The Veterans Day program was held took place on Dec. 1, raising a total of on Nov. 9, honoring staff and their $848 for Children’s Miracle Network. family members who have served.

Which Taylor Swift album are you? Questions by John Folsom • Features Editor

1. How would your exes describe you? A) Flirty B) Bitter C) Serious D) Insane E) Emotional

3. Pick a squad member: A) Jennifer Lawrence B) Jennifer Lopez C) James Corden D) Johnny Depp E) Justin Timberlake

5. What is your favorite time of day? A) 11:00 p.m. B) 1:00 a.m. C) Noon D) 5:30 p.m. E) 9:00 a.m.

2. What do you do in your free time? A) Go to the movies B) Goes dancing C) Eat ice cream and watch sad movies D) Hang out with friends E) Hanging out with their dog

4. Which of the “Friends” do you relate to? A) Joey B) Phoebe C) Monica D) Rachel E) Ross

6. Pick a color: A) Red B) Black C) Purple D) Hot Pink E) Yellow If you chose mostly As, then you are “Red.” If you chose mostly Bs, then you are “Reputation.” If you chose mostly Cs, then you are “Speak Now.”

If you chose mostly Ds, then you are “1989.” If you chose mostly Es, then you are “Fearless.”


Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ as queen of pop stays intact with sucessful new album Brooklyn McLeod • Staff Writer Three years after the release of her last album, Taylor Swift is finally back, and better than ever. Swift’s new album, “Reputation,” was released on Nov. 10, selling over 700,000 copies its first day. More aggressive than any of her previous albums, “Reputation” is a “split concept album,” with two unique stories. The first six tracks focus on the media’s perspective on Taylor and the rumors she has dealt with throughout her career. The second half of the album is more traditionally Taylor Swift, and the songs comment on Swift’s current relationship with actor Joe Alwyn. She has claimed in interviews that these tracks feature the “real Taylor.” Fans have been anticipating this release since it was announced in August. Swift’s four singles, “Look What You Made Me Do,” “... Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want,” were just the start of a compelling group

of songs. The mix of softer music, as well as new and electrifying sounds, created buzz and excitement. This album also features collaborations with popular artists Ed Sheeran and Future. Swift has done an excellent job at composing the “Reputation” album; it has certainly captured the attention of fans and “haters” alike. “Look What You Made Me Do” shocked fans with the vengeful lyrics: “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.” / “Why?” / “Oh ‘cause she’s dead!” However, I sure hope that the old Taylor isn’t dead. While Swift’s new sound is an exciting prospect, “Reputation” falls just shy of being her best album. Her lyrics and vocals are beyond reproach, but the electro-pop background music drowns her voice. Swift has always been better on songs that feature a more stripped down version of herself, such as “The Last Time” (“Red”) and “Our Song” (“Taylor Swift”).

THE ‘NEW’ TAYLOR Abby Hostetter • Guest Writer One of the reasons Taylor Swift has been able to have a successful career for over a decade is because of how much she evolves with her music. Her music is relatable, and that’s what teenagers, who are her main fan base, want: someone they can look up to that shares their experience. Taylor is not only an artist, she’s a marketer, a planner and a perfectionist. She always makes sure to one up

Photo by Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons Taylor Swift’s higly anticipated new album was released Nov. 10 and sold over 700,000 copies on its first day. “Reputation” is a concept album that tells the story of how Swift is perceived by the media.

A mega-fan’s perspective on Swift’s new album.

herself every time she puts out a new album. When Taylor’s hit single “Blank Space” came out on her previous album, she joked about how the media portrays her as a serial dater/heartbreaker, and I think think this album is her exaggerating how the media tries to expose all sides of Taylor Swift. I don’t think Taylor is breaking away from anything. As a young woman who has grown up in the public eye since 15, she’s remarkable. If anyone thinks she’s trying to “break

away” from things, they most likely have only been paying attention to what is stated about her on the front cover of a magazine. I love all her new singles. “End Game” is by far my favorite, I love the different styles she follows throughout her albums. You can’t really rank the albums. It’s not that you like one more, but rather you like how she doesn’t put out the same thing every few years. Just how everyone has different eras and seasons of their lives, Taylor is all about growth.


Public obsession with Kardashian family influences fans Ilex Wass de Czege • Managing Editor a thing of the past. Kim Kardashian’s With this year’s tenth marriage to Kanye West and anniversary season of “Keeping Khloe Kardashian›s divorce Up with the Kardashians,” Kim, from Lamar Odom were both Khloe, Kourtney, Kris and the heavily publicized. The episodes whole Kardashian-Jenner family surrounding Kim’s marriage to have officially been on TV for basketball player Kris Humphries a decade. But between the were the most watched of the pregnancies, plastic surgery TV series, with over 10 million and public scandals, it›s time viewers according to “Deadline.” to question if the family’s wide More recently, fans speculated reaching influence is beneficial. for months over Kylie Jenner›s Since their reality TV show first pregnancy, trying to get pictures of aired on the E! network in 2007, the star despite her obvious desire the Kardashian-Jenner family has for privacy. become one of the most watched “When someone watches a families on television, with an reality show so heavily, they begin average of 3.19 million viewers to feel invested in the lives of these tuning in each episode. people,” Richardson said. “Thus, “The Kardashians, seemingly people want to know if the rumors more so than any other famous are true as if they themselves were family, have acquired an a personal friend or acquaintance impressive aptitude for intriguing of the Kardashian family.” audiences with scandals and Though many are fans of the antics that have made them into Kardashian-Jenner family, others caricatures of themselves,” senior believe that the sisters portray an Jake Richardson said. unrealistic and unhealthy lifestyle. As the family began gaining After a decade of cosmetic popularity, their privacy became

surgery, the sisters’ faces are almost unrecognizable from the beginning of the series. The family also faced backlash after the youngest sister, Kylie, chose to have lip injections, sparking the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. This challenge was deemed unsafe by many, including medical officials, because young girls used bottles or glasses to make their lips plumper by sucking all of the air out of the container and reducing the circulation to their lips. “People like seeing how others live who have different circumstances, so whether they’re rich or have lots of kids, people want to know how they live their lives differently,” junior Rachel Johnson said. Combined, the KardashianJenner family has a net worth of roughly $380 million, according to “Time Magazine.” This wealth was mostly earned through their reality TV show as well as endorsement deals and public appearances, which has led to questions over

the validity of their “fame.” “By buying into and giving the family so much attention, the Kardashians have been able to increase their output of content, which in turn garners more attention from people, leading to this cycle where the public just feeds more and more attention to the family, giving them the status they have now,” Richardson said. Despite criticism, the Kardashian family remains in the public eye as personal information about their lives continues to entertain the media and public. “Young girls and boys are now trying to be like this family, which does not impact them in the best way because they feel a need to alter their bodies and personalities,” secondary English teacher Erica Herrera said. “I have seen plenty of individuals who feel the need to diet like them, style their hair like them, name their children after Kardashian children, etc. Nobody seems to be happy with just living to be their best self.”

‘The Post’ offers in-depth, dramatic look at journalistic process John Folsom • Features Editor   Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film “The Post,” released on Jan. 13, examines the events following the release of classified government documents surrounding the mishandling of the war in Vietnam. After the White House blocks “The New York Times” from reporting on the subject, “The Washington Post” heiress Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, must decide whether to listen to her investors and stay silent or take the advice of her top editor, Ben Bradlee, portrayed by Tom Hanks, and run the story against the wishes of the federal government.     “The Post“ lets audiences into the news-

room, portraying an accurate and precise look at what publications experience on a daily basis. The film highlights the difficult decisions that editors make to protect free speech that many Americans take for granted as Graham and the entire staff of “The Washington Post” fight for their first amendment right.   The blatant star power of both Streep and Hanks elevates the film from good to great. The duo encapsulates the delicate mixture of caution and confidence necessary for success in any endeavor. While Streep’s portrayal of Katharine Graham embodies personal growth and empowerment, Hanks’ representation of Ben Bradley serves as a moral rock, standing firm against political pressure.


    Critics could claim that the film focuses too much on “The Washington Post” and not enough on other publications, particularly the historical role “The NYT” played in uncovering the documents. However, the main purpose of the film is not to inform audiences about the scandal itself, but to showcase the mechanics and processes that work behind the scenes to protect the right to freedom of the press.     This powerful, complex story features Streep and Hanks at the height of their respective careers. Journalist or not, any viewer will leave the theater with a new appreciation for the role the press plays in protecting citizens’ first amendment right.  

‘Justice League’: Boom or bust?

A fan and skeptic review the latest superhero film.

Jared Russell • Staff Writer Will Watson • Co-Sports Editor

Great acting, a greater cast, and a fun and easy to follow story, make “Justice League” a lightertoned movie compared to earlier DC movie instalments. “Justice League,” directed by Zack Snyder, is the fifth installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. In the comics, the league was founded by Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. However, the movie focuses on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. The movie also introduces Steppenwolf, an antagonistic self-declared god, who uses boomtubes, or interspatial traveling routes, to travel to Earth and find the mother boxes which he will use to transform Earth into a new version of his home world, Apokolips. Batman sees the crisis coming, so he goes around the world to “Unite the League.” Along the way, the superhero team encounters internal crises by facing their own fears and struggling to feel accepted by the world, bringing a realistic feel to the movie by showing that these super powered beings struggle to feel accepted by the world and themselves just like ordinary humans. If you love superhero movies and comics, then you’ll love this movie. It introduces some of the new gods of the DC universe and the terrifying parademons, who are the soldiers of Apokolips and are led by the dreaded Darkseid. Unfortunately, the superheroes

who were introduced in and Wonder Woman. One of the to see this one on the big screen “Justice League” were not vehicles was the Mercedes Benz to fully appreciate these small developed well and played from a video game released a details However, if you just like off nostalgia too much few days prior to the release of keeping up with the franchises as by showing fights and costumes the film. The car had never been they come out so you don’t feel that excited fans instead of created in real life, so it’s oneleft out of conversations, then developing the characters through of-a-kind and one of the most you can wait until it comes out on dialgoue. DC should have taken expensive cars ever created solely Netflix. Even better still, wait until a page out of Marvel’s book and for a movie. The Batmobile also the individual superheros in the developed characters through made its third appearance on film, League have their own movies individual movies before making a featuring all sorts of new gadgets released, and then return to this collaboration movie. Instead, DC and features. film, when you will have a better decided to make the collaboration If you are a major fan of all chance of understanding their before the stand-alone movies things superhero, you will want individual stories. for Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg, whose movies are set to be released in 2018, 2020 and 2020 respectively. Despite its flaws, It is an entertaining film for both kids and adults alike. There are great action sequences involving the Flash and Aquaman, and the heroes seem so realistic compared to older superheroes movies. The movie incorporates comedy and action with a perfect balance. The costumes for the Flash and Aquaman are Oscarworthy, with no CGI required, and they definitely deserve at least a nod come awards season. One of the best Photo by Jared Russell parts of the film were The latest film from DC Comics, “Justice League” is a must-watch for all the vehicles that comic book fans, but you may want to wait until it comes to Netflix if were built especially you’re just a casual viewer. If you’re on the fence, the costumes and for the film for Batman props are worth a watch.


Stewart, Snoop shine in new cooking show John Folsom • Features Editor Martha Stewart and Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, better known as Snoop Dogg, may seem like an unlikely pair, but the two have been friends since 2008, when Snoop Dogg appeared on Stewart’s daytime talk show, “Martha.” They have since collaborated on numerous projects including Comedy Central’s “Roast of Justin Bieber” and an advertisement for T-Mobile. Their current project, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” brings together their very different backgrounds and personal styles in what can best be described as a “cross-pollination” of culture. This mouth-watering celebration of diversity features multiple celebrity guests per episode. Previous guests have included Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross. Each episode begins with guests arriving, bringing gifts that range from homemade delicacies to comical turkey hats. The guests then help Stewart and Snoop prepare their signature dishes for the grand finale: the feast.

Promotional photo by VH1 Now in its second season, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” offers a fresh take on the sometimes boring cooking show genre. The series has garnered staggering praise including a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Stewart and Snoop cater to those looking for a non-traditional take on cooking programs. Of course, even the greatest works of art have flaws. At the start of each episode, Stewart and Snoop enter and begin a painfully scripted monologue during which the comedy sometimes falls flat. This is remedied once they begin to cook or introduce a guest, but it could be fixed completely with a more relaxed monologue. Also, some episodes contain strange montages; one includes a full minute of separate clips of Stewart rubbing butter on a turkey. Some of these montages come off as comedic, but others are just a little bit unsettling. Though the show may have faults, they don’t discredit the entire series. “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” signals a new era of television. The limitless potential of this Emmy-nominated series shows how intercultural dynamics can be a source of strength for a television program.

“‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ brings together their very different backgrounds in a cross-pollination of culture.” While it doesn’t seem like a pairing that would work, what makes this program shine is the look it offers at the dynamic between a 46-year-old rapper and a 76-year-old celebrity chef, both of whom have spent time in prison. Snoop was arrested in 1990 for cocaine possession, and Stewart was arrested in 2003 for obstruction of justice. Better than the food or the guests is the genuine friendship between the two that leaps off the screen.


Super teams, super boring Overwatch, electronic The NBA is in danger of losing viewers sports engage the masses if it continues to allow the formation of super teams, or teams with multiple star players that are nearly impossible to compete against.

Will Watson • Co-Sports Editor salaries in a season. Other professional sports have The latest trend in professional salary caps too, including the NFL. basketball is ruining the game. It However, the NFL has a hard doesn’t matter how good the playsalary cap, where the amount of ers are - a super team is simply money allowed for salaries is not boring to watch. able to go over a specific number, Teams like the Cleveland Cavor they will be fined, whereas the aliers and the Golden State WarNBA has a soft salary cap, where riors have built superior rosters by drafting multiple superstar athletes there are punishments for going over the limit, but there are also to their teams. By taking away potential tax breaks. the opportunity for other teams to When Kevin Durant, an MVP, left make a run for the NBA championOklahoma City in 2016, the Goldship, everything from the regular en State Warriors were able to season to the postseason is antirecruit him after beating the Thunclimactic, and a letdown for fans der the previous season because who enjoy the traditionally fierce they were able to be competitive competition. with their pay. The team already “Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s there had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompwere kind of super teams, but son and Draymond Green, but they would have built their teams because the salary cap was not an through good drafting and coachissue, the team could afford anothing,” varsity basketball coach er super star. Todd McNeil said. “I think the big “It’s not fair to have super teams increase in free agency signings is because the team with the most a part of the system that is broken money is always going to have the [now].” best team,” senior Denzel Shaw When players become free said. agents, they control what team The salary cap issue is only they will play for, as opposed to likely to get worse before it gets waiting to be traded. This allows better. As more and more players them to join a team that already become classified as all-stars, has a strong roster. more and more money will be In addition to free agency, the added to the cap space each year, biggest problem contributing to contributing to the further creation super teams is the NBA salary of super teams. The NBA needs to cap. The salary cap is the amount make moves towards stopping suof money that an NBA team is per teams, or the sport will suffer. allowed to spend on their players’

Lauren Shirley • Editor-in-Chief known and played [around the world].” With over 30 million users playCompared to other sports, elecing Overwatch alone, eSports has tronic sports do not take athletic become a worldwide trend, with a skill, but use cognitive learning and rapidly increasing fan base. quick reactions as a skill set. Many Electronic Sports, or eSports, athletes see it as a waste of time, are competitive video games but gamers say otherwise. People played between users on PC and console. eSports pair those playing labeled a “Top 500” player in Overthe same game into a tournament, watch have the ability to be paid and make a living off their skills. in hopes of bringing up one’s rank “Being Top 500 is everyone’s within the game. dream when they play Overwatch. “Recently, I have become addicted to playing competitive video You can see that hard work pays off,” Cannon said. games,” senior Aaron Alexander Fans and users hoping to imsaid. “They don’t get old since you prove watch Twitch, a live stream are constantly playing different service that displays others’ talents people.” Developed by Blizzard Entertain- in gaming. Helpful videos aim to ment, Overwatch has an audience improve skills of those wanting to be competitive. Creators with superior to most. With seven million players within the first week of thousands of subscribers can receive money in exchange for its release, the first-person shoottheir gaming knowledge; many er and team-based video game popular creators have been able now has over 30 million active to quit their jobs to focus on their users. Released in May of 2016 channels, thanks to the growing and named game of the year, it is lucrative nature of eSports. available to play on PlayStation, “I constantly watch Twitch beWindows and Xbox One. cause it really improves my playing “When I first started playing Overwatch I didn’t enjoy it because skills and shows me different tricks that I wouldn’t know,” Cannon said. it looks like it’s geared towards As eSports continues to grow kids, but now I enjoy the competiin popularity, the competitiveness tion and pace of it,” said substitute and branding will likely continteacher and eSports enthusiast ue to grow as well. It is feasible Steven Brooks. Because they have such a large that in the future, eSports will be considered just as valid of a sport platform, ESPN now hosts teleas traditional games like football vised competitions annually, and and soccer. eSports even has its own page on “I don’t plan to stop playing their website. these games anytime soon,” Alex“I have seen the live competiander said. “They are addicting, tions on TV before,” senior Kobe and I want to be a professional.” Cannon said. “I find it pretty cool that games I play are this well-


Catch this with Carly: America’s pastime strikes out Carly Steed • Co-Sports Editor When the sport of baseball was introduced, Americans couldn’t get enough. The baseball craze began in the 1850s, quickly gaining speed as the most popular sport in America. This trend continued through the next one hundred years and beyond. After becoming a professional sport in the early 1900s, the game plummeted into a period of low-scoring games and lack of home runs known as the “dead-ball era.” This period ended when the “Golden Age of Baseball” began in 1920. Lasting until approximately 1960, this era was characterized by star players like Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth. During this time, the entire nation was captivated by the sport. Millions of fans tuned in to listen to games on the radio, and later to watch games in black-and-white on newly-invented televisions. Everybody seemed to be in agreement that baseball was the national pastime. Yet here we are, nearly half a century after the Golden Age of Baseball, and frankly, people no longer care about the once massively popular sport. That isn’t to say we have all completely lost interest in baseball; a number of talented baseball and softball players still attend our school and some students might still support MLB teams they grew up watching and hearing about. However, the majority of disagreements heard in the halls between sports-watching students aren’t about their favorite baseball teams. They’re about something entirely different that now captivates people of all ages across America: football. Most of us who enjoy watching and participating in sports aren’t interested in when spring training is or what teams made it to the World Series. We’re more interested in Sunday/ Monday Night Football, college football Saturdays, and the Super Bowl. Since 1985, the percentage of U.S. adults who follow pro-football has risen from 24 percent to 32 percent, while the number of adults who follow baseball has fallen from 23 percent to 16 percent, according to “Business Insider.” This shift of national interest from baseball to football can be attributed to a number of different causes. The first, and arguably most


important, is the inconvenient timing of baseball games. Baseball games are typically scheduled during the workweek in the evenings, whereas most football games are scheduled on weekend afternoons and nights. The majority of people are not able to watch baseball games when they air because they have to wake up early to go to school or work. In addition to bad scheduling, baseball games are simply too long to keep up with. The average length of a baseball game is two hours and 56 minutes. While this is shorter than the average NFL game, it is more plausible for fans to watch one NFL game of this length per week than to watch baseball games of the same length every night, as they would have to do to keep up with their favorite team. There are also exceptions to the average. I once attended a playoff baseball game that lasted five hours and did not end until one a.m. Since we all lead busy lives and need an average of eight hours of sleep per night, people are much more likely to keep up with football instead of baseball. There is also the argument that baseball is just simply boring. In football, there is constant action that keeps games exciting and entertaining to watch, while in baseball, home runs are the only opportunity for excitement. When it comes to sports, everyone can find a way to relate to football. Whether it’s the town they grew up in or the college they attended, even non-sports fans feel included in supporting those teams and feel a sense of pride when football season rolls around. The traditions built by football, from tailgating to deeply-rooted rivalries and even to Friday night high school games, far outweigh outdated baseball traditions like the first-pitch and singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” So while some may cling to baseball as the national pastime because of pure history, it’s important to remember that’s exactly what it is: history. Our nation and its traditions evolve, and we should evolve with them. While the sport of baseball is still around, its spirit has left the diamond and moved to the football field. It’s time to leave “America’s Pastime” in the past, and accept that football is the new national sport.

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