THE LINE Oâ€™ TYPE Franklin students enjoy lunch in their new building. Courtesy of Lily Glacklin
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October 20, 2017
Volume 101, Issue 2
By: Riya Jain LO’T Reporter On Monday, September 25th, students across the Moline-Coal Valley School District filed into their classrooms like any other day; however, students from Franklin Elementary School faced an entirely new challenge. The previous day, an electrical fire had broken out in a Franklin classroom due to corroding wiring in the sixty-five year old building. A smoke detector was set off, alerting the fire station to quickly take action. Luckily, because the incident occurred on a Sunday, nobody was harmed, but the
News October 20, 2017
classroom in which the fire started was largely destroyed. In fact, the ceilings, furniture, and floors, all of which will likely have to be replaced, were heavily damaged by smoke and water. One major problem is that everything in the building at the time of the fire was exposed to harmful toxins, and accordingly, everything must be cleaned before it can be returned. Also, in order to follow city guidelines, a new sprinkler system will be needed. One plus side is that the refurbished building could possibly include an air conditioning system. Because of this extensive amount of damage, the school
will not reopen until the 2018 school year. Moline-Coal Valley School district Superintendent Lanty McGuire said, “If you want to help out, donate money. We’ve gotten lots of donations of school supplies for the students, but teachers have to pay for all their own teaching materials and supplies, and they need help too.” Fortunately, an MHS student started a GoFundMe page that raised over $8,500 to help the school. When asked why he started it, the student said, “People help other people; that’s the only reason.” This student started the GoFundMe page the day of the fire, showing the great humanity of students in our community.
I, Abhi Sodhani, LO’T News Editor, interviewed the principal of Franklin, Ms. Michele Pittington about the recent hardship undertaken by Franklin Elementary School.
Overall, how do you feel about this new school?
“This school is a perfect fit with the exception of not having a gymnasium.”
How have you divided up the school, and where did you get your desks, tables, and furniture?
“The school consists of three floors, including a basement, but Franklin is only using the first floor and the basement. The third floor became the storage, from which teachers are allowed to take anything they need... We wanted to put all the classrooms on the main floor, but due to the restriction of some of the space, we have divided up some of the rooms into parts... [The desks and tables] you see in this building How can the community help further? were either brought from upstairs or found throughout the “We are assessing our situation currently because we do have district.” a lot of paper and we have pens and notebooks and teachers are still going up [to the third floor] and picking some things from the books up there. But what we need right now at this moment is yet to be determined… We are at that crossroads where what are we going to get out of the building and what are we not going to get out of the building before next school year. At this point in time a monetary donation is the best way to go because then we’re not given supplies that will not be used by our students. And whatever we have extra we are going to share with the rest of the district because everyone has given so generously.”
I saw that the lunchroom and gym were combined. How do you make that work?
How have students’ recesses been affected?
“Recess has remained intact; we have temporarily fenced in a recess area out in the back that is grassy, and we have a recess area out in the parking lot that is blacktop that we have temporarily fenced in. We have no recess equipment, as in playground equipment, but we do have a lot of balls, and hula hoops, and jump ropes.”
What was your favorite part of the transition? “We developed such strong relationships within our staff, within our district, and within our community. It really showed that Franklin School and Moline School District and the Quad City area go above and beyond - I’m just proud to be a part of it. Everyone stepped up.”
“We only have P.E twice a week, so we only have to move the lunch tables twice a week. The lunches are divided into four sections with 70 people. This makes for easy manageable groups and is necessary because of the limited space.”
What is the biggest hardship you have faced? “That it is a new building that is unfamiliar and the students were very concerned about feeling at home and getting lost. The other part of it is that the teachers had to start with absolutely nothing.”
All pictures courtesy of Lily Glacklin
October 20, 2017
Shooting shocks Las Vegas Somalia changed forever By:Clovis Kenese LO’T Reporter On Sunday evening, October 1st the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was interrupted by gunfire. The gunman, now identified as Stephen Paddock,
math death toll of 59 civilians and 527 wounded. The Las Vegas police arrived on the 31st floor of the resort and reported the shooting came from above. At around 10:15
bacco, Firearms and Ex- By:Oyniso Bakhriddinova plosives, about 12 of Pad- LO’T News Editor dock’s weapons contained a .....With at least 276 people legal gadget called a bump- now dead and 300 more fire stock. This gadget al- people injured, the counlows the gunman to fire try of Somalia has now bullets consecutively just experienced its worst terrorist attack in history. On October 14, 2017, hundreds were killed and burnt alive after a loaded truck carrying dozens of explosives and homemade bombs exploded in Mogadishu, the capital of Som alia. The bombs were located in the most densely populated area in Somalia: the Zoobe junction is a busy area with many shops, businesses, and hotels. Doctors and additional medical aid frantically struggled to assist
the horrifically wounded civilians during the aftermath of the explosion. To grant relief, numerous volunteers and workers searched through the wreckage for bodies and survivors overnight in hopes of rescuing some people trapped beneath the rubble. The massive explosion destroyed many buildings in the heart of Mogadishu ,causing a major humanitarian effort from the United Nations and Rescue units in the country. Hours after the explosion, many individuals turned to social media as a way to report burned bodies that remained scattered on the streets of Mogadishu. Somalia’s President, Mohamed Abdullahi
Mohamed Farmaajo spoke in support of three days to mourn in respect for the victims and flags to be flown half way. Since the bombings on Saturday, the alShabab extremist group has been blamedfor the attacks, but the group has not yet commented and no additional claims have been made. Recently, after the attacks, Abdirahman O. Osman, (the Minister of Information) declared the attack “barbaric” and reported that officials from Djibouti and Turkey have come into Mogadishu to offer relief support for the Somalian victims. As a response to the terror attack, President Farmajo tweeted, “Let’s unite against terror.”
A prayer group forms at the memorial for the victims lost. Courtesy of Whyy.org opened fire on a crowd estimated to be around 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort which he stayed in since the 28th of September. The shooting continued for five to ten minutes. The result of Paddock’s action after-
officers closed in on the shooter just as gunfire began to cease. Minutes later the shooter took his life in the hotel room.. Paddock kept 23 weapons inside his Las Vegas hotel room. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, To-
like an automatic firearm. After the shooting, the city of Las Vegas faced a a great amount of grief as they mourned over the losses of many loved A man walks in disbelief after the explosions in Mogadishu. ones.. Some predict the Courtesy of wthr.com road to emotional recovery will be long and difficult. To honor the victims who were lost and wounded, thousands came out for the funeral of notable individuals such as Las Vegas Police Officer Charleston Hartfield. Officer Hartfield was one of the 59 people killed at the festival. 4500 49th Ave, Moline, IL 61265 On Thursday, thousands Phone:(309) 797-9900 of supporters came out in respect for the ones lost.
Editorial October 20, 2017
Gun violence: a never ending dispute By: Siddhi Kapur LO’T Editor in Chief
On October 1, 2017, 59 innocent civilian lives were taken and another 527 were injured at the hands of a mass shooter. The Las Vegas shooting was just one of, sadly, too many shootings in the United States. Federal mandate defines mass shootings as those “in which three or more are killed.” “Business Insider” states that by this definition, Las Vegas was the 38th mass shooting thus far in 2017, and furthermore, that more than 11,650 have died due to gun violence this year. Gun violence is no new issue, and once again, it continues to be brought up time and time again, usually after the most recent mass shooting, such as Las Vegas. So why is nothing done? Why do we make no move to protect civilians and allow innocent lives to continue to be taken? A reason the issue is pushed aside with defenses that the debate is disrespectful to those who have died from gun violence by turning the matter political. While this defense should be immediately thrown aside since the most one can do for those who have died from gun violence is to prevent it from happening again, the debate has been postponed time and time again and has still found no solution. Regardless of what side of the political aisle you fall in, everyone should be asking
“How many more must die daylight when homes are edge the point at hand. Both before something is done?” NOT occupied. Also, homes sides of the debate can obviThe United States without security systems are ously agree that, of course, is a widely patriotic coun- three times more likely to be people kill people. The try proud of its history and broken into than those with point that gun control activformation. The US Consti- them. If you really want to ists make is that people kill tution, which guaranteed deter burglars, invest in a people with guns with ease. by the right to bear arms, was security system, or better And signed on September 17, 1787, in a world much different than it is today. Guns in colonial times offered much less firepower limiting this than those used ease at which today. Though guns people are able were used for huntto use guns to ing as they are today, hurt others, mass shootings they did not kill as yet get would obviously decrease. efficiently. While the a sign in- And while people may kill guns available tod i c a t i n g others with plenty of other day can kill many your house weapons, guns provide quickly, colonial is protected those with malicious intents guns took much by a secuwith an easier and more falonger to fire. rity system. tal weapon. An intruder may In today’s I n d i c a t i o n enter a school with a knife world, carryof a security just as one could a gun, but ing a gun in system will do with a knife, the intruder self-defense is impractical much more for your prois able to do far less lethal to the point of foolishness. tection than a gun waiting damage than In terms of self-defense in a in an unoccupied house to possible with a public area, such as on the perhaps itself be stolen. gun. Additionalstreets, mace and pepper The rallying cry ly, according to spray are both easier and against gun control has al- “The New York more discreet to carry than ways been that “guns don’t Times,” more a gun. On the other hand, kill people; people kill peo- than 60% of gun even those wishing to hold ple.” While people do, in deaths are cases guns in their homes for selffact, kill people, this crude of suicide. A defense in case of burglary argument fails to acknowlgun in the hands should look to the facts. Research by Jacksonville State Uni- Editors-In-Chief: Siddhi Kapur & Kaity Miner versity states News Editors: Abhi Sodhani, Kennedy Cook & Oyniso Bakhriddinova that burglaries most Focus Editors: Lily Glackin, Savannah Hampton & Emme Schwabe typically occur between Entertainment Editors: Truman VanVooren & William VanVooren 10 am and 3 pm in broadAdvisors: Heidi Norcross & Jay Bohnsack
of a suicidal individual is a lethal weapon and is more likely than any other means of attempting suicide to be fatal. The chance of surviving an attempted suicide by gun is close to zero, leav-
ing the individual with no second chance or thought. If you believe effective gun control is only possible in Australia and not in America, you’re wrong. Gun control has worked before and can work again. In 1996, Australia faced the Port Arthur Massacre, the worst mass shooting in Australian history. 35 were killed and another 23 were wounded in this incident which deeply shook the nation.Within 12 days of the
shooting, legislators had convened and announced a bipartisan deal to pass stricter gun regulations to prevent another incident from occurring again. The action worked, and following the Port Arthur Massacre, Australia has faced zero mass shootings to date. “How many more must die before something is done?” should not even be a question that is asked. The United States is tired of hearing that yet more have become casualties of gun violence. The United States too can reach peace from mass shootings, but only if action is taken towards preventing mass shootings. Gun violence is a topic deeply rooted into American culture, but pride must be put aside for the greater good of our people. It is our responsibility as Americans to learn from our mistakes and prevent the loss of innocent lives as best we can.
Feature Editors: Makayla Castillo & Hannah O’Donnell Sports Editors: Megan Meyer, Peter Son & Kiya Ritchie Head Photographer: Lily Glackin Business Manager: Zach Zelnio Circulation Manager: Carter Schierbrock
October 20, 2017
Communities should consistently come together through kindness By: Kaity Miner school supplies for the el- Rachel Saelens, the MissisLO’T Editor-in-Chief ementary students during sippi Valley Regional Blood Nowadays it is nearly the conference volleyball Center donor relations conimpossible to avoid looking match between Moline and sultant, after the Las Vegas at the news without feeling Alleman. Additionally, a shooting, so many commuoverwhelmed by the count- Moline student raised over nities offered blood donaless number of tragedies $8,500 from the community tions that blood banks had raining down on our com- on Go Fund Me for Frank- to actually turn them away! following munities. In recent weeks, a lin with multiple hundred Nevertheless, mass shooter gunned down dollar donations from busi- the multiple hurricanes that 59 people at an outdoor nesses wanting to support wrecked havoc on our coastconcert in Las Vegas, hur- the district. Franklin prin- lines, communities affected ricanes ripped through our cipal, Michele Pittington, by the hurricanes’ aftercoastline cities devastating explained in an interview math required blood donaan innumerable amount of with Abhi Sodhani that tions. The Mississippi Valpersonal property, and wild- the school is overwhelmed ley Regional Blood Center fires are roaring across Cali- with gratitude for such an sent truckloads of supplies fornia burning people’s homes to the ground. Even our own community has been affected by tragedy recently with the Franklin Elementary School fire. In response to to deep human loss and unprecedented obstacles, society has a moral obliga- The building currently used as Franklin Elementary School. tion to step in Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin and help rebuild and repair. When the instant and outstanding re- down south to relieve those community comes together sponse from the community areas of their low-stock. Since our blood supply to bring relief to those fac- and would still appreciate ing misfortune and tribu- monetary donations. While extends outside of our own community lations, the outcome calls Franklin is overflowing community, for unity and a resound- with support, tragedies like members who have the abiling will to offer help. this are quick to be forgot- ity to donate blood should It goes without saying ten. In the spirit of giving, take it upon themselves that our community stepped Moline can continue its to contribute to the blood up to the plate in extraor- selflessness by donating to banks. To ease the donadinary ways after Franklin other philanthropic causes. tion process, students need Even though we don’t to take the opportunity durElementary School experienced a devastating fire. expect it, disasters afar still ing the high school drive to As a community, we col- take a toll on our communi- donate on November 3rd; lected more than enough ties. Luckily, according to those who are 16 years or
older are eligible to donate with parental consent and can sign up online or during lunch the week of the blood drive. Donating blood not only replenishes the c o m m u n i t y ’s supply, but as we saw with the hurricanes, is available during national crises. According to Brookhaven National Laboratory, each year approximately 4.5 million Americans’ lives depend on blood transfusions. Set fears of blood and needles aside to look at the big picture—donating one pint of blood saves three lives, and the benefits outweigh the sacrifice. Besides the community’s reliance on blood donations, attention is similarly called to the demand for food donations. The River Bend Foodbank partners with hundreds of food pantries throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois to alleviate the access to food for qualifying families. As a com-
munity, we come together during the month of October to collect food donations for the River Bend Foodbank, especially during the high school collection competition. Continuing its tradition, Moline High School will host the Empty Bowls Project on Oct. 24th from 5-7 p.m. Nearly 100 MHS students designed bowls earlier this month to use for the benefit night. In order to support our community, and sample some of the best soup in the Midwest, participation from able families is not only highly encouraged but truly impactful for those benefitting from
the Student Hunger Drive. Keep in mind that acts of kindness aren’t just a one time donation; they should be a mentality that permeates everyday situations. Instead of waiting for tragedy to strike, take the initiative. The bystander effect is the belief that someone else will feel obligated to help in situations that demand our attention (kind of like passing the buck onto the next person), but communities of people discredit this theory over and over again. I implore you to do an act of kindness to keep our community building and flourishing for the benefit of all.
LO’T Editorial Policy
Line O’Type is the official school-sponsored paper of Moline High School. The paper is published by the students under the supervision of faculty advisors for the Moline High School community. The staff will strive to accurately report school, local, state, and national news that affects high school students. Line O’Type Signals is also a forum open to students, faculty and administration to encourage the airing of opinions respresenting all sides of an issue. All submitted material must be signed, due to a code passed by the school board. All responses or questions regarding editorials should be directed to your Editors-in-Chief, Siddhi Kapur and Kaity Miner and faculty advisors, Heidi Norcross and Jay Bohnsack
Focus October 20, 2017
How Halloween came to be By: Janey Locander LO’T Reporter
The leaves are changing color and the temperature is finally beginning to drop. This could only mean one thing: spooky season is upon us. Halloween is fast approaching. Regardless of if you celebrate or not, you’ve probably previously seen the groups of trick-ortreaters in various costumes carrying buckets or even pillowcases full of candy. But have you ever wondered where this holiday or its various traditions came from? Well, here is the history of Halloween and its various traditions according to History.com. To start, Halloween didn’t even start here in
America. It’s believed that in Europe, the Ancient Celts held a celebration called the Festival of Samhain. At this festival, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. Later on, in the 8th century, Pope Gregory lll created All Saints’ Day. This day that took place on November 1st was a way to honor the ghosts of deceased family and friends and also kept some of the old traditions of Samhain. While this celebration can still be found in certain churches, All Saints’ Day warped into something else over the years. The evening before All Saints’ Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve because of the tradition in Celtic
religion. The evening festivities became what we call Halloween today. Some traditions we have, such as pumpkin carving, have interesting origins just like Halloween itself. When this tradition started, people were carving radishes and turnips, not pumpkins! It is believed this originated from the Irish as there is an old myth about a man doomed to the underworld with only a lighted turnip to guide his path. This tradition led Irish people to leave carved turnips and radishes on their porches to ward off evil spirits. The tradition later changed to pumpkins as they were easier to carve. Trick-or-treating is also linked to the Irish. Dressing up and going door-
to-door to collect candy first was found in Ireland. When many Irish immigrants came to the United States, they passed along stories of the tradition and the celebration itself. Taking from Irish and English traditions, the United States began “trickor-treating” and dressing up in costumes. In the United States, Halloween parties became the most popoular way to celebrate. This community centered holiday only grew, now having traditions of haunted houses and costume parties. So as October 31st comes and you’re either eating candy at home or being spooked at a haunted house, I hope you have a fun filled October and a spooktactular Halloween!
The first 4 students to tweet to Line O’Type @mhs_ lineotype Whitey’s ceritificate.
Students share scary experiences
Junior Lily Knobloch recounts when her boyfriend left her at a haunted house to be cornered by a clown in a straight jacket. Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin.
October 20, 2017
Dissecting your distress; why are we afraid? By: Omar Babu LO’T Reporter “Why am I afraid?” We’ve all asked ourselves this question at least once, and it’s time we finally knew the answer. Fear, the response to uncomfortable or dangerous situations, is purely natural. Millennia ago, humans relied on this instinct to survive. Those who feared heights would not fall off cliffs, those who feared snakes would not get bit, those who feared bears would not get mauled… the list continues. Fear protected our ancestors and protects us as well. Fear keeps
(most of) us from being extremely reckless and fear of failure protects us from shame to list a few examples. But is fear learned or is it pre-existing? There is evidence that points both ways. In one study, researchers placed an infant on a table and then put plexiglass over the edges of the table. If he wanted to, the child could walk on the plexiglass with no risk of falling. However, he didn’t. The researchers replicated the experiment with kittens, and saw the same result. What was surprising was when baby ducks were placed on the table. They confidently
walked across the plexiglass. Though this may seem random, the ducks were the only animals that could fly — they have no reason to naturally fear heights. Though this study points towards fear being innate, other factors clearly show fear can be learned. Take ourselves, for instance. If we encounter a new situation and it ends badly, fear makes us try our best to steer clear of that situation in the future. Therefore, while we may not have feared a scenario in the past, the very thought of being in the place may scare us now. Regardless of how fear is
acquired, the organ responsible for fear is the brain. When we see danger (a huge spider, for instance) our brain associates the danger with pain, then quickly activates a bundle of nerves called the amygdala. When the amygdala is activated, it triggers another part of the brain, the hypothalamus, to release adrenaline. In turn, our heart rate quickens, our senses sharpen, and our strength increases. In the end, fear is something we can’t truly control. We naturally fear danger, but the definition of danger is different for every person.
imagine that you are talking one-on-one to a friend. And hey, if all else fails, just picture your audience in their underwear.
es, so it is no surprise that heights ranks so high on the list of common fears in America. Quite literally remember that fear of heights
is fear the fear of bugs, snakes, animals, and other such creatures. These fears most likely stem from an evolutionary perspective, as these living things were pretty threatening for them; we, however, have less to feel threatened about. Drowning. 71% of the Earth’s surface is composed of water. A human adult body is roughly 60% water. Yet, water becomes a terror in the number four spot, drowning. Such aquaphobia can cause extreme anxiety accompanying pools, oceans, etc. Try the buddy system while swimming for a feeling of safety to put that fear to rest. Blood/needles. Blood and needles are next on the list of the most frightening stimuli in the United States. They can cause fainting, nausea, and hyperventilation. To make your next trip to the doctor less fear-provoking, try deep breathing exercises to keep a calm composure.
Identifying and conquering common fears By: Hannah Hutton LO’T Reporter
Senior Alyssa McAnally attempted to “Kobe” her juice cup into the trash during lunch earning her a trip to the dean and a lunch detention. Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin.
Sophomore Rayanna Hurt explains that trying news things at MHS can be scary as well. She worked with deck crew for the first time in the play “Iphigenia.” Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin.
As we near the season of Halloween, we are surrounded by all things scary: movie trailers, advertisements and your neighbor’s creepy yard decorations. These all put us in a festive mood and prepare us to be scared. However, some scary things linger in our day-to-day lives outside of the month of October. Here’s a list of the top five most common fears in America according to “The Washington Post.” Public speaking. As many can attest to, public speaking is one of the most anxiety-provoking stimuli. Standing in front of peers or a loud crowd can turn even the most level-headed person into a shaky, sweaty mess. Picture Josh Nichols sweating during his newscast in Drake and Josh. To avoid such an embarrassing circumstance, relax, take a deep breath, and
Josh Peck shows classic symptoms of fear while speaking in front of an audience. Photo Courtesy of giphy.com Heights. Did you know that humans are actually only born with two fears? It’s true; humans are biologically programmed to fear falling and loud nois-
is natural, and try conquering it by pushing your limits--just don’t look down. Bugs, snakes, animals, etc. Ranked number three on top fears in America
Clowns in politics
The last presidential debate was a circus. Photoshop courtesy of Savannah Hampton. By: Emme Schwabe LO’T Focus Editor Coulrophobics, it’s that time of year again: clowns hiding around every corner. It’s no surprise that the fear of clowns has continued to rise steadily over the past couple of decades. However, one particularly horrifying individual has seemed to terrorize 2017. He continues to incite fear -- with only 140 characters -- in many individuals, causing mass hysteria, especially in younger generations. Oh, and we can’t forget about Pennywise from Stephen King’s “IT!” But unfortunately, today’s biggest fears can’t disappear as fictional characters do. One particularly frightening figure seems to be haunting society: the one and only POTUS. Unfortunately, this year has witnessed rioting, racial tensions, and foreign threat under the president, causing a rise in fear among those worried for the next couple years of his term. Not only has Trump been a major source of worry among people, but overall election stress has had a significant impact on many Americans. For many people, the recent election, on both sides of the political spectrum, felt out-of-control. On the other side of the aisle, many POTUS supporters voted in fear of another clown running the show. This clown’s tricks could have includ-
ed email scandals, wild feminists, and gun laws. An APA report showed that, “close to 40% of American adults found political discussions via social media caused stress”. This year’s election seemed to embody that statement most. A Crimson Hexagon Analysis revealed that “social posts classified as “fear” were more than 3x as common for Trump and 2x as common for Clinton than for either of the candidates in 2012.” However, the analysis also revealed about Trump from large news outlets that, “fear is, by a wide margin, the most commonly expressed emotion.” So how do you know you’ve been a victim of coulrophobics, or election anxiety considering they’re nearly the same thing? Some symptoms include: sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, accelerated heartbeat and rapid breathing, crying or screaming, to even feeling angry at being placed in a situation where clowns are present. If you experience any of these while watching the news, you might qualify for the equally tormenting election/post election anxiety. But no need to fear, while Pennywise may return in the next 27 years to prey on personal fears, a presidential term only lasts four years.
Note: This is satire.
8 Entertainment October 20, 2017
Final play in the Moline Auditorium By: Lily Glackin LO’T Focus Co-Editor Moline theater showed its final play last weekend before it undergoes renovation in the winter. Greek tragedy, “Iphigenia”, was their fall production this year, directed by Moline alumni and Encore! Speech coach Calvin Vo. It included the Japa-
are then reunited. Kelsey Baker played the part of Klytemnestra, a strong independent female, exceptionally. This part was unbelievably fitting for her and she executed it perfectly. Senior Zach Zelnio was an essential character to the opening of Iphigenia in Aulis. He played Agamemnon,
pect to Iphigenia in Tauris. While the big characters in Iphigenia were distinct, it was the smaller characters that added the important details. Noah Stivers played Menelaus, a electric and emotional role. Zamone Perez played the slave of Agamemnon, a wise and calm part. Aaron DeWilde
“Mr. Davis” represents modern rap in Atlanta
hour making for a perfect Q)”. These songs are a nice By: William Van Vooren length with most songs change of pace from the LO’T Entertainment not being too short or too more upbeat songs of the Co-Editor Atlanta rapper Radric long. The album starts with beginning and are worth a Davis, commonly referred the song “Work in Prog- listen. The song “Miss My to as Gucci Mane is hav- ress (Intro)” where Gucci Woe (feat. Rico Love),” is ing himself a year. Gucci, details his rough upbring- one of Gucci Mane’s most started strong with his last ing as he does in a major- somber songs with him despring release of “Drop- ity of his songs. Gucci tailing on how he misses topwop”, a 10 song long then has two back to back all of his friends and loved mixtape with two personal songs that I’d say are my ones who have died or are favorite Gucci Mane songs, personal favorites with “I in prison, while Gucci was “Met Gala (feat. Offset)” Get the Bag (feat. Migos)” in prison or not. One of and “Loss 4 Wrdz (feat Rick and “Stunting Ain’t Nut- these lyrics is him saying Ross)”. Gucci, would then hin (feat. Slim Jxmmi & “I was in my cell when I go on to drop his autobiog- Young Dolph).” The first heard the news ‘bout Bank raphy “The Autobiography being Gucci Mane’s high- Roll. Now everybody tryin’ of Gucci Mane” by him est charting song with an be like Bank Roll.” The and Neil Martinez-Belkin infectious hook by Quavo description of how he got on September 19, 2017. of Migos. The second being news about his friend/proGucci has now dropped his a straight banger with no ducer gives off one of Gusecond project of the year short of quality production cci Mane’s deeper lyrics. “Mr. Davis” on October 13, or features. Overall the album is a 2017, his second album, not The songs then take a strong follow up to “DropHeartfelt family moment is shared when Iphigenia, played by sophmore Isabel Jernigan, mixtape, since release from more melodic turn that I topwop.” The strong songs says goodbye before her sacrifice. prison. find okay. The songs pick lead to me giving this alPhoto Courtesy of Lily Glackin This album from Gucci up again with “Changed bum a 7.5/10 as the more Mane is 17 songs long and (feat. Big Sean)” through melodic songs hurt it more nese play style of Kabuki, Iphigenia’s father. His voice played a Herdsman, who wrapping up at around 1 “Lil Story (feat ScHoolboy than help, in my opinion. known for its elaborate is emotive, which really appeared flustered and excited for Iphigenia. He makeup. This greek tragedy drew in the audience. Both sophomore Izabel portrayed the excitement focuses on the struggles that Iphigenia and her family Jernigan, Iphigenia in Au- and passed along the news encounter. Iphigenia must lis, and junior Anna Rig- without being too over the be sacrificed to the gods to gins, Iphigenia in Tauris, top, a perfect fit. We can’t save a Greek fleet to sailing performed outstandingly. forget about the crew in off to Troy. After contem- Riggins carried Iphigenia in charge of the lights, stage plation, Iphigenia agrees to Tauris as the main character. presentation, building of the be sacrificed. When they go Baker and Zelnio had been set, props, and small details to sacrifice her, Goddess , killed, so it was important that pulled the play together. Artemis saves her from sac- that she was intense. She We can thank Senior Stage rifice. Then they go to Troy was passionate and made Managers Grace Schneider to fight the Trojans and res- Iphigenia come to life. Rig- and Shaelyn Ryan for their cue Helen. Family betryal gins was accompanied by hard work with managing is next when Klytemnestra Zach McCloud, who played both the artistic and technikills Agamemnon and there- Orestes, Iphigenia’s brother. cal part of Iphigenia. It was fore Orestes kills Klytem- Riggins and McCloud were a brilliant way to end the nestra. Oretes and Iphigenia cohesive, an important as- final play in the Moline Au- Rapper Gucci Mane posing for a picture for his last album “Everybody Looking”. Photocred: Billboard.com ditorium.
October 20, 2017
Fall movies for different moods
Super Spooky Soduko
If you don’t live in the woods - “Hush” If you want a throwback to your childhood - “Hocus Pocus” If you’re in the mood for movie marathon - “Harry Potter” series If you like blood - “The Hills HaveEyes” If you’re into the classics - “Vertigo” If you like foreign films - “Raw” Socks and Target: the backbones of Halloween The spooky edition of do’s and don’t’s By: Makayla Castillo LO’T Feature Editor
overall season for me and shirt found in the depths of many others has been socks. Wal-Mart. This year is difHalloween ferent. Decorated with spiWhen October 1st hit, Historically, der webs, ghosts, and we all knew what witch hats, socks have the actual date was. become the style for It wasn’t October Halloween. One factor 1st; it was Hallowthat has made this poseen 1st. Throughout sible has been Target. this month we look They, along with many forward to many others, have released the things: a haunted previously mentioned house that makes us colorful designs. Howpee our pants, scary ever Target sells their movies that give Rockin’ and sockin’. Photo courtesy of Halloween socks at the us nightmares, and Makayla Castillo cost of $1. So thanks a pumpkin patch from our wildest dreams. spirit has been limited to the Target, and thanks socks, for However, one thing that clashing colors of black and keeping the Halloween spirit has defined this month and orange. and one skeleton alive one low price at a time
By: Makayla Castillo LO’T Feature Editor This is Halloween! This is Halloween! This is Halloween! Halloween! With so much to do, people can get very excited during the time of the pumpkin. Time of the pumpkin... is that a thing? Whatever. Either way, a line definitely needs to be drawn. So, keep up the chant of “This is Halloween” because this is a list of things you unquestionably should and shouldn’t do to get into the spirit of the scary season.
1. Check all your siblings’ candy for dangerous objects. This includes brass knuckles and lightsabers. 2. Walk to your classes doing the Thriller 3. Get Jack Skellington tattooed on your back. 4. Dress up as BOTH parts of a couple’s Halloween costume. 5. Watch all of Buzzfeed’s unsolved- Supernatural Videos 6. Make a Halloween playlist on Spotify featuring the song “The Monster Mash.”
1. Get Jack Skellington tattooed on your back. 2. Join a cult. 3. Watch the scariest movie in all cinematic history, otherwise known as “Monster House.” 4. Prank your friends (or sworn enemies) by putting a pumpkin on your head and getting it stuck. Soduko Solution
Feature October 20, 2017
Balls of fun: Oreo cookie edition
By: Lily Glackin LO’T Focus Editor It’s close enough to Share Joys to start thinking about Oreo balls, so I’m going to teach you how to make Halloween ones! Before you begin, obtain an 8 ounce package of cream cheese, small plastic bags, a pack of Oreos, food coloring, and 16 ounces of white baking chocolate. The first step is to crush 36 Oreos in a plastic bag.
Only do 9 at a time. Once crushed, add the pack of cream cheese and mix. Use an electric mixier; it’s much faster! Once mixed you can begin to roll them into balls ¼ or ½ of an inch big. Place these on a plate and freeze for 10 minutes. While they freeze you can melt your chocolate. Place all 16 ounces in a bowl and microwave in 10 second intervals so you don’t burn the chocolate. Put a tablespoon
The most awful Halloween treats
By: Hannah O’Donnell LO’T Feature Editor Everyone loves Halloween, but more importantly, everyone loves Halloween candy. The most exciting part about Halloween is getting treats you’d otherwise be denied for health reasons. From chocolate bars, to Kit Kats, to Sweet Tarts galore, you can’t go to the store during the month of October without running into one of your favorites. We can all agree that Halloween candy is one of the best parts about Halloween, but, if you can believe it, there is a dark side to candy. Maybe I’ve already incited flashbacks to fake smiles and phony “thank-yous” to the beloved neighbor who gave you the one candy you didn’t want. Here are the three worst
of canola oil in with the white chocolate to make it a bit smoother. First use the white chocolate and roll half of the Oreo balls in the chocolate. Use your hands or a spoon. Once they harden you can drizzle on chocolate so they look like mummies! For the other half you can add food coloring to the chocolate, a 3 to 1 ratio for yellow to red. This will create an orangepumpkin color Once they
have all been covered in chocolate, put them back into the freezer for an hour. I tried this at home with some friends and it was delicious. Although the Oreo balls didn’t look professionally made, or even appetizing, they tasted amazing! They were an easy, quick, and fun pastime with friends or family Moline students Elizabeth McDermott, FIona Roehrs, Emon the weekend. I would ily Massey, and Maddy Eaton show off their plate of delimake them again as they cious Halloween treats. are good for every occasion! Photo cred: Lily Glackin
Fall activity horoscopes By:Makayala Rangel LO’T Feature Reporter
things to give out during Halloween. Candy Corn - An old age classic, this candy should retire. This cheap, sweet, cardboard-tasting, shameful candy shouldn’t be allowed during the wonderful season of Halloween. Raisins - Who in their right mind would assume that any child would prefer raisins as opposed to candy? That’s not mindful; that’s shameful. Peeps - Wrong holiday. It’s not right to give a child Peeps on any other holiday but Easter. Halloween is meant to be spooky, so the treats should correspond. Peeps do not correspond.
Make s’mores and have a bonfire
Go to a pumpkin patch
Get a pumpkin spice latte
Watch a football game
Bake cookies with your family
Go to a Halloween party
Carve a pumpkin with your BFF
Go haunted housing
Pick out a Costume
Go on a nature walk
Watch a Halloween movie
Sports October 20, 2017
Fall sports’ promising post-seasons By: Megan Meyer LO’T Sports Editor Fall sports are heating up just as the weather is finally cooling down, and Moline sports teams are looking good as they enter the most important competitions of their seasons. Girls swimming and diving is approaching its post season and looks to be prepared for the pressure. A conference title will also hopefully be in its future. With promising athletes like sophomores Gabbi Lopez and Olivia White and seniors Kennedy Cook and Laney Krebs on their side, Moline girls swimming and diving is a major force in the water. Cross country is also wrapping up a very impressive season. The runners will soon be on their way to regionals, and look to be in good shape. Some key freshmen have stepped into major roles this year, and they have done everything but disappoint. This
season, the girls earned first place in the Western Big 6, while the boys earned second place. Congratulations to both teams and good luck in the postseason! Moline football’s new “Total Effort” mentality and first year head coach Mike Morrissey have proven to be just what the admittedly struggling program needed to get up off the ground. Transitioning from only a two win season to a two loss season has been huge for the morale of the entire community. The first winning season in several years has come along with the first conference title football has won in just as long. Adding to the excitement, the team is advancing to postseason play this year, which has not happened in the recent past. The football boys continue to shock the conference and impress the Quad Cities as they move through opponents. Boys soccer hopes to fuel
off of its recent 3-1 victory over Quincy. The Maroons dominated the first half of the match beginning with a 40 yard free kick goal by Kyree Morney. They held off the conference-leading team and upset their biggest competition in the Big 6. The team looks forward to the pressure and excitement of postseason. The Moline volleyball team has had an extremely successful season. Having faced extremely challenging competition, the team currently sits at a record of 25-7. They will play Quincy and Galesburg in their most important games of the regular season on Saturday, October 21st. If the girls beat both teams on Saturday, they will most likely share the conference title with Quincy. The Maroons look forward to the postseason, hoping to be regional champions. Good luck girls! Check out page 12 to see upcoming fall sports events!
Swimmers getting excited for a meet Photo courtesy of Nancy Devinney
11 Girls cross country celebrating their victory Photo courtesy of Laurie Capan
Moline’s Alex Rios kicking off during the Homecoming football game against Rocky Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin
Kyree Morney moving down the field Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin
Volleyball team in a pregame huddle Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin
Maroons of the Month: Eric Maffie and Lylia Gomez ing an underdog to start ence. We knew at the start By: Lacey McMillion the season was even more we would be champs and LO’T Sports Reporter Senior Eric Maffie, cap- motivation to win confer- we just took it one game at a time. It’s such an awesome tain and quarterback of feeling” claims Maffie. the varsity football team, Regarding postseason, has been a huge part of he says, “Two years ago this season’s success. In I had the opportunity to Moline’s recent 35-32 dress and watch the playwin against undefeated off game we were a part Quincy, Eric threw for 124 of, and it was really a yards and 2 touchdowns great time. The team and I and ran for 53 yards and are really excited to be in 1 touchdown, earning the playoffs this year and him player of the game. hopefully we can get a win Going into Western at home this year!” ConBig 6 play, Moline was ranked 4th in the confer- Eric Maffie smiles at the camera grats to Eric and the rest of ence. Eric responds “Be- Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin the team on a great season!
along with that of her fel- the Maroons a conference By: Kiya Ritchie low freshman runners, was title in girls cross country. LO’T Sports Editor Freshman Lylia Gomez, a major factor in earning When asked how being in such a talented freshman frontrunner of the Varsity class has influenced her Cross Country team, has athletically, Gomez replied certainly earned herself “I’m very thankful for my the title of Maroon of the other freshman teammates Month after her most refor the constant competicent race for conference. tion.” Cross country sucGomez placed fifth in the cess is often reliant on varsity conference meet, experience, so Gomez and quite the feat for a freshthe other freshmen truly man running against upsurprised the Moline properclassmen. “I was surgram and the rest of the prised but very happy to do WB6. Congratulations to well in such a competitive Lylia for her impressive meet,” Gomez said with a Lylia Gomez smiles for a photo finish in the conference. smile. Her performance, Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin
Sports October 20, 2017
Rivals no match for Fieldhouse Frenzy Upcoming varsity events and times
By: Kiya Ritchie cent of the 2015 homecom- This year, although conLO’T Sports Editor ing game against the same fetti cannons were banned The super fan theme may opponent. Two years ago, and there were minimal have been “goon squad” for donned in war paint and rival super fans to cheer the 2017 homecoming foot- camouflage, the Fieldhouse at, the win against Rocky ball game, but it was just as sweet. was rival Rock IsThe football team land who ended up has been far more looking silly on that successful this year beautiful Septemthan it has in years ber evening. From prior, making the a giant banana to student section a far a few Pink Ladies, more exciting place costumed Moliners to be. The Fieldcame in droves to house Frenzy is a Browning Field to force to be reckoned support the football with, so make sure team. The newly Super fans during homecoming football game to take the oppordoubled student tunity to suit up and Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin section was hardly cheer on all of Moenough to contain the Field- Frenzy cheered on the foot- line’s athletes while sitting house Frenzy, and the num- ball team to a victory that in the best student section bers dwarfed Rock Island’s was rare at that time. Wa- in the Big Six. After all, a twenty or so whited out fans. ter was slung, confetti was lost voice is worth cheering The game was reminis- shot, and voices were lost. the Maroons onto a victory.
Maroons dominate against rival Quincy
By: Peter Son Morney says, “All a player roons finished with a 3-1 LO’T Sports Editor can do is take advantage decisive victory. After their Facing one of their of their opportunities and locker rooms were vandalmost challenging games of that’s what I strive for every ized, the boys felt the need the season, the Moline boys game. Just helping my team to protect their house more soccer team had than ever. They a 7-3-5 record wanted to show going into their that the Moline game against soccer team is the conferencenot one anybody leading Quincy should want Blue Devils on to mess with. October 3rd. They certainly Dominating the succeeded by first half, Kyree dominating one Morney started of the top forces the Maroon’s in the confercommanding ence. The Maoffense with roons are hoping a 40 yard free Michael Galvin maneuvering around the opponent to use the energy kick, which Photo courtesy of Lily Glackin in the post-seabanked off the son. Make sure top bar and into the goal. get the dub is what it’s all to go out and support the Morney not only broke open about, but it was a team ef- boys soccer team as they the scoreless beginning of fort and a solid team win.” begin their road to regionthe half, he also created The momentum carried into als starting Oct. 17th with momentum for his team. the second half and the Ma- time and location to follow..
Cross County Regional Away @ Normal
Volleyball Home vs. Quincy & Galesburg @ 8:00 am
Football Home vs. Stagg HS @ 7:30 pm Swimming @ Home vs. UTHS @ 5:00 pm
Published on Oct 18, 2017