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Dear Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Sen. Jeff Merkley,

We need you to pass legislation addressing gun violence in our schools. We shouldn’t have to fear for our lives each day when we go to school. Inside this issue, we’ve detailed some of our own solutions to gun violence. Most of us aren’t old enough to vote yet, so please, listen to our voices and make changes on our behalf to protect Oregon students.

Sincerely, The Bruin Staff

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McMinnville High School has received an alarming increase in threats over the past month, causing many students to stay home from school out of concern for their safety

BY TOMMY DOUGLASS managing editor It’s no secret that when there is a devastating attack, like that which occurred in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day, there is an increase of “copycat” threats across the nation. Usually, these threats are empty and just meant to be an insensitive attempt at a joke to scare people or get out of class; however, MHS has not only seen their own fair share of copycat threats, but these threats have elevated to a new extreme. Mac High didn’t just receive one threat like so many other schools across the state and nation, MHS received three different large scale threats in the first few weeks immediately following the Parkland tragedy causing many students to fear for their safety, and many other parents, students and community members to call for change in policy and procedural measures to better improve school security. The first of these threats came just two days after Parkland on Friday, Feb. 16. Out of the three threats, this has been the one that is most ambiguous; the one that most students know the least about. In fact, administration have revealed less details about this threat than others as well, likely due to the nature of the investigation. In an email sent to the Bruin’s own Natasha Bailey, School Resource Officer Toby Carver indicated that before school started on that Friday, someone alerted him of a potential threat to student safety and he then informed proper authorities and this combined effort was able to stop the threat before it ever became a danger. Carver and authorities also confirmed that an individual was arrested in connection with this threat and that law enforcement




Garbage cans and stop signs were also tagged when the school was

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was taking it very seriously. “The threat was not imminent,” Carver said, but he then went on to talk about the perpetrator, “This particular person will not be allowed on campus anymore, and there are legal steps we are going to take.” The second threat was much more public and caused much more of a stir in the MHS community. This particular threat occured inside the bathroom of a local McMinnville business and read, “R.I.P. MHS March 1” scribbled on a the wall of a bathroom stall. Superintendent Maryalice Russell responded by sending home an email to students and parents in which she said, “...district and law enforcement became aware of the threat due to an individual reporting the incident…” Russell, like Carver stressed the importance of students in being alert and keeping the schools safe and said school administration had watched hours of video footage trying to identify the culprit. Russell also added that the threat likely wasn’t serious writing, “We have no information that would lead us to believe that the threat is credible…” Despite the proactivism of the school administration, the letter by Russell, and the immense increase in police presence--including more than four uniformed and undercover officers-- students and parents alike were still afraid leading to upwards of 1,000 students being marked absent on March 1 and prompting District officials to hold a safety meeting for District families on March 14. Finally the last threat occured on March 5, 2018 where students and staff arrived on a Monday to see graffiti all over the main campus, CTC, trash cans and stop signs. While the vandalism initially appeared to some as merely an act of delinquent teenagers, one particularly concerning piece of graffiti read, “u all DeaD Bitches” leading many students to again fear for the safety of their school. Principal Tony Vicknair published a letter titled “State of Grizzly Nation” in which he assured students the threats were not correlated writing, “And although this crime (unrelated to last week’s events) wasn’t directed specifically at our school, these individuals chose the wrong institution on which to convey their hate if they wanted someone to simply respond by defeatedly moving forward in despair.” The graffiti was promptly removed by District officials and Vicknair stated that the offenders have been caught. All the tension and fear boiled over on March 14, when over 200 students, led by junior Brady Shields, walked out of school from 10:00a.m. to 10:17a.m. to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Students stood alongside community members as administrators looked on, many holding signs promoting their hope for change and a safer school climate. The Bruin MARCH 21, 2018 3

School Safety: A National Concern Gun safety is not just a concern for MHS; thousands of students across the country walk out to demand change

BY NATASHA BAILEY writer LUIS STRAUB On March 14, hundreds of students walked out to honor the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school that took place on Feburary

14. Sophomore Ashton Abeln carried a sign calling others to take action towards ending gun violence in the wake of tragedy. show

What is the difference between a car and a gun? For one thing, to buy a car you must be licensed and registered as an owner, and there is sometimes, even a waiting period. Meanwhile, guns and ammunition are easily acquired through legal and non-legal sources. While access is limited in other countries, in the US arms and ammunition is available online and their limits are often a subject of debate. With little and unenforced regulatory gun laws, it is easier to get a weapon than a car. It’s no secret that school shootings have long been a problem in the United States. This is in part because the US owns “48 percent of firearms worldwide” according to the National Institute of Justice Report. This enormous amount of weaponry allows for more opportunities for abuse. According to the University of Alabama in 2016, “The US makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but holds 31 percent of mass shooters” and a 2012 survey from the same college states that from 1966-2012 the United States has been the leader on the global scale of mass shootings. Since the beginning of 2018 (just seven weeks into the New Year), “There have been eight fatal or injurious school shootings in the US,” according to The Guardian. This is not including the 10 other instances of gun fire in schools which were considered ‘minor’ cases. But the fact of the matter is that school shootings or gun violence are becoming so common in schools that their weekly horrors are not always televised to the public and, if so, are done so on a small or local scale.


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After the deaths of 17 students in Florida on Valentine’s Day, many schools are re-evaluating their procedures and making the anonymous tipline widely available in schools. It is imperative, in today’s climate, that students are more aware than ever of potential shooters, how to report them, and when that fails, how to protect themselves. In an interview with the school resources officer, Toby Carver, different prevention techniques and responses to external and internal threats were discussed. In order to prevent a potential threat to student safety, Carver stressed the role communication and student teacher relations has to play, saying, “Relationship building also allows students to feel comfortable, and that our staff is open and available” thus making them feel like they can approach staff with sensitive topics or potentially dangerous information. He said, “For those who don’t feel comfortable talking to staff, anonymous tip lines are also available and are a huge help.” Carver said that, even if there is room for doubt, students should feel free to report potential threats, even if it’s a unease over a joke or something they overheard it is important to report. Carver said, “If information comes up about a student, we will take it and dig, and possibly do a threat assessment.” But when all prevention and precaution fails, there are procedures. Protocols for different situations threatening the school may vary. Carver lists three different threat levels, “High Alert” means “We have received information about something occur-

ring out in the community and we post staff at entrances.” The next level is “Lock Out” which is when “We know for sure of an incident going on in the community near campus.” The final level is “Lock Down” something we have drills on yearly “When a threat is in the building and an imminent threat.” In the event of a Lock Down, Carver emphasizes, “What do students and staff do in that moment? In that Lock Down mode: Run, Hide, or Fight.” These solutions are situational, and cannot be made lightly in the face of a deadly attacker so Carver encourages, “If you know or believe the threat is quite a distance from you, do what you need to do to get out of the building.” But if you can’t flee, hide, Carver said, “We encourage, if there is time, barricading the door.” This will further impede the attacker and allow students to exit the room through a window, second door, or (if left no other option) preparing to fight. Carver wanted to make it clear that there will people on their way to help no matter what lies within the school, stating, “Help will hopefully be present at the moment. If I am present, I will engage and do my piece, but there will be lots of help coming.” Caver, ending on a positive note, said that despite the tragic events on Valentine’s Day that, “[He] is a believer in positivity coming out of damaging events.” That, “It comes down to people’s choices, open communication, and learning to become better listeners.” In the face of calamity and terror, students and others have the opportunity to change because change starts with a single choice, and we make those every day.

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A Healthier Oregon Oregonian voters elect to pass new healthcare measure to change Oregon’s health trajectory for the future



BY ANNIE CHRISTMAN out & about editor After much anticipation, Oregonians have passed Measure 101 with a 61.69 percent vote. Measure 101 is an important piece of legislation to the future of healthcare for Oregon citizens, specifically for those 1 in 4 that rely on Medicaid. According to Yes for Healthcare, a “Yes,” on Measure 101 have three major impacts. First, it will help ensure that every child in Oregon has access to healthcare. Second healthcare for working families, seniors, and peoples with disabilities will be protected. And third, it will stabilize healthcare costs and insurance premiums for Oregonians who purchase their own insurance. But just how will the measure do this? Measure 101 plans to impose a fee on hospitals, CCOs, and insurance companies operating in the state meant to ensure that healthcare resources can be available to all in the state. Since the federal government matches the funds raised in the state or Oregon, this would the provisions of Measure 101 would be doubly effective in ensuring we reach the aforementioned goals.


Of course, many voters did express concerns that this was all too good to be true, however under

Measure 101, we can expect a net benefit for all healthcare consumers, as it would cap premiums from being raised more than 1.5%. It also hopes to provide people with lower cost preventative car, which would decrease emergency room visits which are often far more costly, but the common outcome for those who cannot afford preventative care. Funding reaped by Measure 101 would also be allocated towards a State Reinsurance Program, which would protect consumers from shouldering costs posed by people with serious health conditions and costs. Such a program is projected to lower premiums for self-bought insurance by as much as 6 percent, or about $300/year. While it is still too early after it’s passing to evaluate the Measure’s performance, many believe that it is still better than the alternative. Had it not passed, state funding for healthcare would have been cut by $210-$320 million, resulting in an additional potential loss of $5 million in federal funding. That is 400,000 children, seniors, and disabled citizens whose coverage would have been at risk. While the Measure doesn’t seem directly associated with education, much support was sent the Measure’s way from people of that sector, including the Oregon Education Association, Oregon School Board Association, American Federation of Teachers, Oregon School-Based Alliance, Oregon School Employees Association, Oregon School-Based ALliance, and the Oregon School Employees Association. Their logic is simple: when kids are healthy, they are more likely to be in the classroom.


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The Next Steps for School Safety

In response to the recent threats and occurrences of gun violence across the US and even in our school, members of the Bruin Editorial Board presents their thoughts on ways to prevent these events and keep our school safe. BUMP STOCK BAN

A Bump Stock ban is unique from other ideas for gun legislation because of the fact that it isn’t a very partisan issue at all. In fact President Trump has even taken a stance against Bump stocks calling for regulations to ban them. The New York Times defines a bump stock as “A device which converts semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons.” Bump stocks were somewhat brought into the spotlight after the Las Vegas massacre when Stephen Paddock killed 58 and injured 851 people. A shooting that affects this many people at once can only be accomplished through a weapon that is automatic and bump stocks gave the shooter the ability to fire the gun as though it was an automatic weapon. In a country where automatic weapons are already banned allowing a device to exist which allows weapons to function automatically seems a little odd. By banning bump stocks we close the loophole and stop automatic weapons from being used legally in any capacity. President Trump has done something good by making this into a nonpartisan issue. Banning bump stocks have little drawback because there is no real positive from them. They only offer the ability to legally use an automatic weapon which is banned anyways.






After the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school the students did an incredible job pushing legislation in hopes that they could prevent a massacre from occurring again next month. Sadly, their push to ban guns like the AR-15 which killed their classmates was struck down by the Florida house almost instantly. The American people deserve to feel safe at school and keeping semi-automatic rifles legal is simply not something a first-world country should be allowing to happen. The simple reason for this is that these weapons only have one real purpose and that is to kill a lot of people as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that the AR-15 in particular was rebranded by the US military as the M16 for our soldiers but sold to the American public as the AR-15. Right now anybody over 18 can buy an AR-15 for less than 1000 dollars, but when these guns become illegal the price skyrockets. Many speculations of the price of a black market AR-15 place the number at well over 25,000 dollars which is an enormous price increase. As long as these guns are legal the United States government is fully complicit in the deaths of anybody who is killed by a legal semi-automatic rifle. With 330 people killed last year that’s a lot of blood on the government’s hands.


In 2011, according to the CDC, handguns were used in more than 87 percent of violent crimes, which accounts for 72.5 percent of firearms used in non-negligent manslaughter incidents. There’s a specific reason that handguns are inherently preferable to criminals: they are small, maneuverable, and most importantly, concealable. Out of any faction of firearms, the small size of a handgun makes it the easiest to sneak into public places inconspicuously which is particularly dangerous when we take into consideration gun violence in schools, armed robberies, and assaults. The prominence of handguns in this country bring up particular concerns in cases of anti-women violence and suicide. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence found that, “Women face an especially high risk of handgun violence. In 2008, 71 percent of female homicide victims were killed with a handgun.” On the issue of suicide, they site a California study which found the within the first year after the purchase of a handgun, suicide was the leading cause of death among purchasers, and in the first week, the suicide rate among purchasers was 57 times as high. Handguns, for their size and maneuverability, are choice weapons for suicide. Handguns provide a unique level of convenience, mobility, and secrecy that can

It is now time that we require background checks for those in this country who wish to buy a gun. A universal background check would require that all firearm transactions be recorded and vetted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICBCS). The purpose of a background check is identify if a person’s criminal, or mental health history might make them unfit to purchase and own a gun. Currently, the federal government only required that background checks be honored for guns sold through licensed guns dealers, completely ignoring private transfers, most notably, and notoriously, being the gun show loophole. Because of this, only about 78 percent of gun sales honor a background check. (Matthew Miller, MD, ScD; Lisa Hepburn, PhD; Deborah Azrael, PhD, 2017) That means that a dangerous amount of gun transfers are unregulated and uncontrolled. 22 percent of gun transfers are left to the judgement, conscious, and integrity of the private seller.According to a 2015 study from the American Journal of Public Health, in Connecticut, the passing of a law that required handgun owners to undergo background checks in 1995, was associated with a 40 percent decline in handgun homicides. Their logic is clear: if we are going to live in a country with

be exploited by violent people. Danger does not need to come in a travel size.

guns, we should take an extra step to make sure they stay out of the wrong hands.

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The Future of Loans

Drinking Age Disputed

Emma Siepmann investigates the impact of Trump’s upcoming legislation on student loans

Annie Christman dives into the controversial question of the US drinking age

BY EMMA SIEPMANN opinions editor


In the United States, turning 18 means a lot of things. It means that you may vote, be persecuted under full extent of the law, get married, serve on juries, sign contracts, join the military...go thousands of dollars into debt (in fact you’re encouraged to do so), but most of all it means you are finally an adult. But what it does not mean in this country, is that you now have the right to drink alcohol. This is confusing for many teenagers who reach the age of 18. In American culture, adulthood is starkly contrasted with childhood. Adulthood promises autonomy, responsibility, and self-determination. However, according to American law, the term “adulthood,” is a rather ambiguous term. A lot of people feel that once one becomes an adult, they should have the right to make (sometimes difficult) decisions. After all, a slew of new responsibilities are imposed upon 18-year-old. If they can be expected to make impactful or life-changing decisions such as debt, voting, or marriage, why can they not be expected to make decisions about what they put in their body. A lot of supporters of a higher drinking age think that it is ultimately safer, to prevent alcoholism, drinking and driving, and other dangers. However, many others believe that lowering the drinking age to eighteen might bring a new perspective to the pragmatics of the issue. Of course, there is the issue of binge drinking. Proponents of a lowered drinking age point out what the current drinking age has meant for American culture. Often, on their twenty-first birthday, young people


will dive head on into the world of (now-legal) bingedrinking to celebrate. After waiting years to explore alcohal, their pent up curiosity and desires can lead to habitual binge-drinking, especially at colleges where such a population is squeezed into close proximity to each other. Proponents of the drinking age believe that exposing people to alcohol at a younger age would remove some of the mystique and taboo around drinking, and thus prevent binge-drinking. Many also argue that a lower drinking age is ultimately safer. The years 18-20 are prime years for people, especially those now attending college, to attend house or college parties that are havens for bingedrinking. They argue that drinking done in secret prevents an array of new dangers, whereas if people are allowed to drink in more public spaces such as bars, they are less likely to encounter dangerous situations. When trouble does arise for teenage drinkers, they also need to feel as if they can safely seek help. Not only would lowering the drinking age allow people to feel safe seeking help with issues like alcoholism or sexual assault without fear of persecution, but it would also popularize resources to help those dealing with similar issues. The truth is that teenagers do drink, and the law is not going to stop them. No one is encouraging young people to drink sooner, but if we do want to be safe, we must have a clear grip on reality, and react appropriately. Many believe that hallmarking drinking legally at adulthood might just be the way to do that.

As high school students who are about to face college, financial aid and student loans are on the top of many MHS students’ minds. Often, federal loans are the sole reason that college-bound students are able to make their future a reality and be able to afford a college education. When Trump was elected and DeVos brought into office as the Secretary of Education, many wondered how the new government would handle the massive issue of student loans in the US. New insight has shown that they may be in the process of removing Public Service Loan Forgiveness and cutting Perkins Loans as well as limiting the number of work-study programs available. All of these decisions are drastic and could have serious repercussions for incoming college students. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program serves to assist students who are serving their communities and local governments in meaningful ways. According to the Student Debt Relief Organization, “Reports as of May 2017 are that Trump and DeVos’ initial education budget will seek to eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which could cost student loan borrowers billions of dollars.” In addition, DeVos and Trump are considering cutting Perkins Loans, which are high-school specific student loans that are aimed towards students with exceptional financial need. These are the students that couldn’t pos-

“CUTTING AND REMOVING THESE LOANS WOULD BE ESPECIALLY IMPACTFUL FOR THE STUDENTS WHO NEED THEM MOST” sibly pay for higher education without grants and loans like these. Cutting and removing these loans will be extremely detrimental to thousands of students across the country and be especially impactful for the students who need them most. Going into his presidency, Trump stated that he would be working to minimize and cut funding for the Department of Education in general. At the Myrtle Beach Tea Party Convention in January 2015, he stated directly regarding the Dept. of Education that “You could cut that way, EMMA SIEPMANN way, down.” Since the beginning, President Trump has been against public education and is now translating these views into the fragile world of student loans. Decisions in this area must be made very carefully; the futures of many students are in the hands of our president. The Bruin MARCH 21, 2018 7


Bruin Editor Diana Denney dives into what students can do about gun violence

How on earth are we going to fix the problem of gun violence in America? And by we, I mean us, the current students, because it has become incredibly clear the last couple weeks that the generation of politicians and leaders currently in power aren’t going to do anything about it. The other day my mom said something that resonated with me. She told me that we probably won’t see much change in terms of gun control until our generation grows up because we are the ones who have had to suffer through it. Her generation, the one that currently leads in politics never had to go to school with the fear of being shot. Present-day students are the people directly affected by these horrific tragedies, and it is up to us to change it. But what can you do right now that will actually make a difference in legislature? If you are 18, you can vote! Voting is one of the best ways to make your voice heard because it allows you to have a say in certain measures, and more importantly, allows you to help elect individuals with DIANA DENNEY views that aline with your own into government positions. Even if you aren’t 18 yet, you can still register to vote at age 16. Visit the Oregon Secretary of State website to register online; all you need is a DMV number and a couple of minutes to complete the simple registration process. Another way to make your voice heard is to get in contact with state senators. Both of Oregon’s senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, hold town halls where they listen to citizen’s concerns and take suggestions. You can also send emails or make phone calls to senator’s offices where staff members who work directly with the senators will see and hear what you have to say. Listing of dates for upcoming town halls for each of them, as well as contact information, can be found on “STUDENTS ARE THE PEOPLE their websites. DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THESE It’s often said that strength comes in HORRIFIC TRAGEDIES, AND numbers, so another IT’S UP TO US TO CHANGE IT” great way to engage in politics is to participate in rallies, walk-outs or protests. When a big group of individuals who care about the same issue come together to show their passion, people notice. That said, before participating in one of these events do your research to make sure that everything about it will be both peaceful and lawful. The last thing you want is to lose credibility by participating in a demonstration that uses violence instead of dialog for recognition. Finally, one of the most important ways that you can create change is through education. Always keep yourself and those around you educated. Make sure that you are getting information from reputable news sources and always fact check statistics about controversial issue. Your words will have a greater impact on those who have the power to affect legislation if you know what you’re talking about. There’s no doubt that the world we live in today is scary. No matter where you stand on the issue of gun control, we can all agree that change must be made to decrease gun violence in our schools. Luckily, if we all become more politically engaged, our generation has the power to stop these tragedies from affecting our children and the generations to follow. 8

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The Reality Behind the Issue of Net Neutrality



Is the future internet going to be accessible to everyone? BY BRADY SHIELDS writer Following the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, we are experiencing a battle for the net. According to Fortune, New York and 17 other states have filed a lawsuit against the FCC over the repeal; they have formed an alliance against the FCC. Washington, a belligerent in this battle and a member of the previously mentioned alliance, has announced that they will keep the net neutral in their state, according to The Spokesman Review. Prior to this battle, the war had started. However, it was a small and guerrilla-style street war. People had opinions about internet access, but they were not as relevant to the political climate. The FCC’s vote was the “shot heard ‘round the world” that provoked many to join the fight and contribute to the cause. Prior to that shot, Congressman Ro Khanna had proposed 6 principles for an “Internet Bill of Rights.” These principles are the right to universal web access; right to net neutrality; right to be free from warrantless metadata collection; right to disclose amount, nature, and dates of secret government date requests; right to be fully informed of scope of data use; and the right to be informed when there is change of control over data. These six principles are finally relevant after the shot heard ‘round the world and they must be implemented. The Right to Universal Web Access must be exercised by treating internet as a public utility BRADY SHIELDS with 50MB speeds in every community. High speed universal internet as a public utility will allow for economic development and efficient communication with public oversight. Warrantless Metadata Collection is the practice of collecting data that reveals more about an individual’s patterns of behavior, viewpoints, interactions, and associations than the content of their phone calls or emails might, without a warrant, according to Privacy International. This practice is harmful to an individual’s privacy. It diminishes our fourth amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. If

we are free from this practice, we will have fully retained our fourth amendment rights. Net Neutrality is the idea that internet service providers must remain neutral regarding internet content and content pricing. The practice was in place from 2014 to 2017. Recently, the FCC repealed these regulations, which is a hindrance to internet rights. This undermines small businesses’ uninterrupted market freedom and individuals’ access to information, necessary to the security of a free state.


The right to disclose amount, nature, and dates of secret government data requests was infringed by the arrest warrant of Edward Snowden, an NSA employee who informed the press of the nature of warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. He is currently under asylum in Russia, and if he returns to the United States, he could be arrested. This violates our right to feel secure in our papers, being informed of the consequences of our actions and the search of our items and belongings. It is a violation of our fourth amendment rights. The right to be fully informed of the scope of data use allows individuals to know if their internet service providers are selling their data to third parties. Currently, we do not know how our data is being used by ISPs. If ISPs are required to fully inform customers of the scope of data use, the internet will be free and open. When there is a change in control over data, customers must be fully informed. Many ISPs will outsource data management to third party managers. Currently, customers are not fully informed of these changes. Knowing who manages one’s data allows one to use their network with caution and discretion. This right is necessary to the security of one’s documents and information. The six principles of an internet bill of rights will allow the internet to be free, open, secure, and accessible. When the internet possesses these qualities, it will be reaching its full potential.


Thanks, Mr. Vicknair Tommy Douglass explains why Mr. Vicknair is the best MHS principal in years BY TOMMY DOUGLASS managing editor

“THAT’S WHAT MAKES VICKNAIR SO SPECIAL, HIS DEEP CARE FOR THE STUDENTS.” because I had previously felt attached to both of Vicknair’s predecessors and didn’t want to feel isolated again; however, now almost two years into Vicknair’s administration, I recognize that me buying into his plan has made my high school experience exponentially better. In high school, it’s rare to find someone who

truly cares about you; and, perhaps, that’s what makes Vicknair so special, his deep care for the students. Being in both ASB and Bruin, I have had the privilege of getting to work aside Vicknair closely for multiple different activities, and it has become apparent that Vicknair always has student’s interests at heart. Unity Week is always a big deal for the ASB class, and last year, like any year, we were ecstatic for it to get rolling. The only person more excited than our ASB class, was Tony Vicknair. In fact, Vicknair was flat out giddy with excitement and personally attended our class on multiple occasions to reaffirm his support for us and our plans. It’s common to see Vicknair walking the halls, spreading his own kind of unity with a smile and a hello, the importance—and rarity—of which cannot be understated. Vicknair also goes above and beyond his call of duty in regards to giving up his own time and funding. For example, Vice Principal Amy Fast recently shared that Vicknair travels to every away basketball games and personally hands out candy to MHS students who made the trek. Vicknair also personally attends every tailgater, dance and home sports event . The key to a good principal is buy-in, and Tony Vicknar buys into everything the students and school puts on.

Ending PDA A single student speaks out about the impact of overly touchy couples on their peers


Too often in this world it becomes easy to become enveloped with the problems facing society today, but what I have learned is that they key is to look for a silver lining. Amidst all the turmoil across the globe, I am excited to be able to find that silver lining right here at MHS in principal Tony Vicknair. Being a junior, in my first two years of high school we went through three different principals at MHS, and the uncertainty for me as underclassman was concerning to say the least. When Vicknair-- the third of the three principals-- finally assumed office, I was hesitant to buy in

BY ANNIE CHRISTMAN out & about editor Around this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many couples being more “coupley” than usual. However, PDA is not an uncommon thing to see in the halls of any high school in America. Sometimes it feels like during the journey from one class to the next, one is forced to dodge, both physically and visually, countless couples taking the time (and space) to show their loved one (and consequently everyone else around them) just how much they love them. This can make maneuvering the halls difficult. More than once, en route to my 8th period class which is conveniently placed across the school from my 6th period class, I have had to slow my pace and idle impatiently behind the blockade that two hand-holders have made in the hallway. It is extraordinary, the commonality of all couples to move along at the most sluggish of paces. Of course, it is probably their desire to savor every

second of each other’s presence that causes the seizing of their legs muscles and the slowing of their movements, but regardless, for any thirdparty, it can by very annoying. And then, of course, there are those who take to the stairs. I mean, I can’t blame them. Those cement blocks look like a perfectly comfortable place to cuddle. But other than the awkwardness of having to squeeze by interlocked lovers on the way down, I fear that they might pose a tripping hazard. Everytime I clumsily make my way past such a couple, I can almost envision myself falling down the rest of the flight. It would totally ruin the moment. I’m not saying all PDA is bad. A hug, a small kiss, even some hand-holding, can actually be endearing. But please remember where you are and who you are around. On behalf of all of the single people at McMinnville High School, thank you.


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Despite the multiple scares, MHS had an overwhelmingly positive response to Unity Week. The I Am activity, the Stand Up survey, the clothespin compliments and the Voices Panel all worked together to create a more inclusive, understanding, and kind community at Mac High. Thanks to ASB for opening all of our eyes and helping us to stay united throughout the threats.


ASB has recently finished budgeting for second semester. For each semester, the leadership class allocates funds for each club and everyone is happy to announce that every club that requested more funds were able to get them! We can’t wait to see what the awesome programs at MHS will do with their money this semester.

SMARTER BALANCED TESTING Juniors are getting ready because the language arts portion of the Smarter Balanced exam is beginning. While this standardized test is not the most fun, it is recommended for all students and a passing score is one of the requirements in order to earn an Honors Diploma. Juniors will begin taking this exam the two weeks before spring break and will complete the math section after.

FURNACE FINALE With the new renovations due to the bond, one of the casualties is the Red Gym, affectionately coined “The Furnace.” This gym will be torn down to make space for new remodels. The new gym will be in the current courtyard and will be both bigger and better than the Furnace but students were still sad to see the final game played in the beloved gym.

SAFETY THREATS During Unity Week, news surfaced of a threat to MHS safety, only a few weeks after another threat had been handled. These threats scared many students and, unfortunately, the day mentioned in the threat was that of the Voices Panel. Many students chose to stay home, but they missed the very impactful panel. The threat was dealt with but sparked intense debate over ways to keep our school safe.

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By now, DACA is a familiar phrase to most. Many know that this issue has something to do with immigration, but few realize the true impact that changes to the program can and will have on MHS students. This program has made a world a difference for thousands of students coming through and leaving McMinnville High School since it was passed. Trump’s decision in September 2017 to end DACA altogether will have serious repercussions for many, including students from our classes and athletes on our sports teams. DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and is a program created under President Obama in 2012. This policy served to protect children of illegal immigrants from being deported and allowed them to apply for work permits. This program gave teens and young adults a chance to build their lives in this country, letting them work, attend college, and eventually, try to gain citizenship. The most common application of this program at the moment is with Mexican immigrants who crossed the border in order to give their children a better chance at a successful life. Children that were brought to this country illegally by their parents often have no memory of their life prior to moving here, and would have no resources available to them were they to return to Mexico. They are American in every sense except for their birth certificates, making it an absurd request to send them back to a country where they didn’t grow up, don’t have the same opportunities, and don’t feel at home. This issue is one that affects the whole nation, but as had an intense impact on this region in particular. Lutheran Community Services Northwest is a great local resource for those affected by DACA and according to their Operations Manager, Kim Kushner Dominguez, LCSNW has assisted over 200 DACA recipients in Yamhill County alone. In addition, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have approved more than 22,376 new DACAs and DACA renewals since the program was created. This illustrates just how many people around us are affected by this legislation and why the removal of the program is so devastating. One of the most key aspects of this program is that DACA students are able to pursue higher education in the country where they completed all of their other schooling. This makes tremendous sense, and also transitions from a personal to a schoolwide issue. MHS is aware that there are students at this school who are affected and are taking many steps to provide aid to them and their families, while being cautious of protecting their identities. There have been multiple DACA information sessions, strategically placed during/around other school events to, yet again, draw less attention to the families who need the assistance. Some of the hardest parts of this struggle for high school students are the smallest things. The students without DACA or any type of status are unable to get a driver’s license, it is more difficult to get jobs, and they often struggle with shame and embarrassment because they can’t follow the same norms as all their peers. For students who are not personally affected who want to help out their peers who are, Ms. Dominguez and Assistant Principal Chase agree that the best course of action is to simply be aware. Being informed and spreading awareness is a great place to start, as well as showing empathy towards fellow students. If Unity Week taught us anything, it’s that you never know what someone else might be going through.


Senior Anahi Olmedo speaks to her experiences and opportunities as a DACA recipient BY ANAHI OLMEDO guest writer

I am a dreamer. That is something that many people don’t know but I am not afraid of people knowing where I stand with my immigration status. Being part of the D.R.E.A.M.E.R.S is very important to me because it motivates me to become someone dedicated in life as someone who pursues a career. I am very thankful with my parents because thanks to them I am where I stand today. In June of 2000 I came to the United States as an immigrant. From 2000 to 2015 I was undocumented in the US. I became a DACA recipient in 2016 and that’s when I knew my life had changed. After being able to apply for DACA I felt like I had a reason to keep going with my education and try harder to push through high school with better grades. I have dreams and those dreams are to prove every single person against us dreamers wrong. We will become people with decent jobs, people who graduate from college because we are given the opportunity to have a job permit. That permit allows you to be able to have a career, to be able to stand where a US resident stands. This is important to me because it allows me to stop feeling afraid. This is my last year of high school, after high school I plan to attend Chemeketa Community College in Salem for the dental program. I am a Dreamer who fights for my dreams, I will make my parents proud after high school thanks to DACA. Many will not understand how important a simple card can be for a dreamer that card opens doors for us it opens up opportunities that we once were hopeless for. If you are a dreamer, do not stand alone, be proud of where you come from, and always prove people who you can really become.

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OHSET Members Hit The Stables Nine students work with and train their horses to enter equestrian competitions in April and May

BY EMMA GOMES art focus editor

The Mac High Equestrian Team (OHSET) consists of 10 members: Christopher Trapp, Mariah Clevenger, Peyton Burke, Gloria Clabaugh, Paige Schwarz, Kiya Wilkinson, Kassidee Bates, Illaria Palermo, Marie Boutier, and Violet Holland who is from Dayton. The team is led by Julie Jensen and David Holland. OHSET is considered a sport but is funded as if they’re a club. Currently OHSET has had one meet on Linn City and now has one meet in at the Salem fairgrounds on March 1-4 and April 5- 8. After that they hope to qualify in the Redmond State Meet on May 10 -13. Events that are done during a competition include, English riding, jumping, gaming, trail, and reining. Competitions normally go on over the course of a weekend, and not everyone has their specific events each day. Everyone’s schedule is different. Julie Jensen, coach of OHSET said, “Some events are judged, whereas others are based on time...Performance events are based on how well we work with the horses.” The biggest parts of these meets are the horses. Junior Christopher Trapp, said, “we do just simple exercises and workouts,

for us and the horses. For training the horses we normally do just patterns as practice.” They practice twice a week at the fairgrounds. Jensen said, “Some kids have trainers individually.” However, in OHSET, you don’t just see horses. Trapp said, “I normally work with Mustangs, but there are all breeds of horses. There are also cows, donkeys, and mules.” The goals of OHSET mainly include having team and individual ambitions that better their skills and abilities in competitions. Jensen said, “The main goal for this team is to qualify in the Redmond State Meet.” The equestrian team, in the past, as won the District 1st place for middle sized school in 2010. In 2011 they won the District Gold medal in Team Penning, the District Bronze medal in Working Fours, and the District Silver medal in bi-rangle. Want to get involved in OHSET? You can contact the activities director. This is considered a fall sport. The cost is $250 registration fee, but you can apply for a scholarship as well.

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Bracket Busted? Try Again with the Sweet 16 After a series of shocking upsets in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Joe Gullo shares his thoughts on the best picks for those restarting their brackets in the Sweet 16 round

BY JOE GULLO managing editor Wow, what a wild year of March Madness this has been! The round of 64 initially made some of us pretty sad when Arizona got destroyed by Buffalo, but I bet some MHS students saw that coming. Nobody could have predicted that for the first time in March Madness history a 1 seed would lose to a 16 seed particularly by such a huge margin. After that round of 64 game, no perfect brackets were left in the country but some of us who picked a team like Michigan State, UNC, Cincinnati or Xavier were still 14

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hopeful for a strong finish. Then all of those teams lost so basically if you didn’t pick Villanova or Duke it’s just game over for you. With that being said I am still hopeful to achieve sweet 16 glory with these picks. 3 of my final 4 picks are the same as they were earlier (RIP Michigan State) so I’ve got to go with Juicy Dukey to win the tournament. Other than that I feel like the bracket is pretty regular looking. I’m choosing Kansas to lose to Clemson because

Clemson absolutely dominated Auburn and Kansas looked shaky against Seton Hall. That momentum along with an MCL sprain to Udoke Abuzuike just make Kansas look like a team that could be beat. That game is a toss-up though because if Kansas makes 15 threes then the size advantage won’t matter. Whoever wins that Final 4 matchup between Duke and Villanova will win the tournament that is obviously the game for all the marbles. Happy March to everyone.

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Winter Sports Wrap-Up A look back at the amazing winter season our athletes had


Tommy Douglass puts on his scouting cap, and illustrates NCAA players to watch as they prepare for the NBA

Winter sports teams found success across the board this season, which ran from November to Feburary for girls and boys basketball, girls and boys swimming, and wrestling. In the final sports winter sports season as member of the Greater Valley Conference, athletes on all teams were able to find success. Coach Sean Coste’s girl’s basketball team found success this season by winning a league championship, sharing the title with the Forest Grove Vikings. This was the first time girl’s basketball at Mac High had won a league championship since 1999. Senior captians Ashley Rhodes, Kayla Heuberger, and Alix Williams led the team to an overall record of 21-4, which resulted in an 11th in state ranking at the end of the season. Unfortunately, the grizzly girl’s season was cut short by an upset playoff lost to St. Mary’s in the first round of the OSAA 6A Girl’s Basketball State Playoffs. Boy’s basketball also excelled this season, finishing 5th in league, and 15th in state with an overall record of 18-8. Senior Aaron Baune, a three year starter for the Grizzlies, saw one of his best seasons yet, leading the boys to a first round playoff win against Tigard in the final game to ever be played in The Furnace. The boys fell in the second round to Grant, who would go on to eventually win the state tournament. Despite these losses, both the boys and girl’s basketball teams had the most successful seasons seen in recent years for Grizzly Basketball. Grizzly wrestlers dominated on the mat this season, sending mutiple wrestlers to the state tournament in Feburary. Senior Micheal Abeyta finished 6th in state for the 145 weight class, with an overall record from the season of 45-5. Freshman Jacob Barnes made an impact on the state tournament by finishing 5th in the 285 weight class, with a 45-10 overall record on the season. The Grizzly wrestlers were led by coach Jordan Barich. Finally, boys and girls swimming sent swimmers to the state meet as well, after finishing 2nd and 5th respectively at the district meet. The boys sent a 200 yard freestyle relay team to state, and the girls also sent a 200 yard freestyle relay team. The highlight of the state meet for the grizzlies was when senior Garrett Sutton won the 50 free with a time of 20.71, a personal best that would make him a state champion. This winter sports season was a big one for athletes playing basketball, swimming, or wrestling. The grizzlies definitely left their mark on the GVC during their final season in the conference.

BY TOMMY DOUGLASS managing editor With March Madness in full swing, and the NBA Draft rapidly approaching on June 21, it’s time for many players to start the transition from NCAA basketball to the NBA. While 60 players will be chosen on Draft Night, some players have a little more to prove than others, so here are five players-- who are not all necessarily projected to be the top five picks come June-- whose draft stock will largely be dependent on their play in the tournament.

1) Michael Porter, Freshman, 6’10 Forward from Missouri Porter has been one of the more interesting storylines in college basketball this year. He was ESPN’s number two recruit following his senior season at Nathan Hale High School. He initially committed to University of Washington then decommitted to play for Missouri. After playing just two minutes for the Tigers, Porter injured his back and required surgery in November. Porter returned to action for the end of the SEC tournament and looked rusty to say the least. Draft projections indicate that if Porter has a good tournament, he could go as high as pick number two come June, or if the reverse is true and injury questions plague him, he could fall all the way to 8 or 9.

2) Miles Bridges, Sophomore, 6’7 Forward from Michigan State

3) Grayson Allen, Senior, 6’5 Guard from Duke

Porter may be one of the more interesting story lines over the past year, but Allen has been one of the more interesting storylines for the past four years. Initially people thought Allen my leave Duke as an underclassman and some even projected him as high as a top ten pick, but following on court scandals where he tripped and kicked players, his draft stock plummeted and he elected to stay at Duke for all four years. Now Allen is projected as a late first round pick, but should he put together an impressive tournament run where he demonstrates his maturity, he could see himself sneak into the top 20 once again.


Bridges has put together an impressive season for the Spartans playing well on both sides of the court. Bridges lacks the potential that a player like Porter has, but an athletic forward with high energy and a knack for leadership is a relatively safe pick for an NBA franchise. Bridges has played in the shadow of his teammate Jaren Jackson Jr. who as a freshman has more upside than Bridges and has wowed scouts with his defense. If Bridges plays well this tournament and can help lead Michigan State, who are seeded at number 3, to an impressive finish he could enter the draft with the potential to be a top 10 pick, but if he doesn’t do well he has a chance to fall all the way to the late teens.

4) Trae Young, Freshman, 6’2 Guard from Oklahoma

5) DeAndre Ayton, Freshman, 7’0 Center from Arizona

Ayton has been the consensus number one pick for almost the entire season as he has amazed fans with his versatility. Recently some have questioned his number one candidacy as many scouts have been impressed by the play of foreign guard Luka Doncic and questions have arose about Ayton’s defensive ability. As it stands, it’s still a pretty safe bet that Ayton will go number one in June, but a solid tournament performance would secure his effort.

Boys swimming had a successful season as well, finishing second in the GVC.

Girls basketball captain Alix Williams show directs her team during a playoff game.


Young came into the season as the number 23 recruit but dominated the college game leading the NCAA in points with 27.4 points per game and assists with 8.8. Some people were projecting he would go in the top five come June and even going so far as to compare him to Stephen Curry, but following a disappointing end to the season and (as we now know) a first round exit from the tournament, Young may have to fight to be a top ten pick.

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What (Not) To Pack Elizabeth Kokoruda help graduating seniors pack their bags for the next big step in life BY ELIZABETH KOKORUDA writer

What To Pack 1. Sheets/Pillows/Towels

Fortnite Gods

The popular Battle Royale game, “Fortnite,” has captivated gamers on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and Mobile Devices (coming soon) all across the globe. MHS is no exception and we were happy to learn that we have some Fortnite standouts in our own classrooms

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You’re independent now, so this means that your mom isn’t coming into your room and washing your bed sheets, and picking up your dirty towels off the floor. You must bring them with you, and wash them yourself.

2. Storage Bins

I’ve talked to kids who are attending universities and they all have said that storage bins are way more helpful than they seem to be. Being in a crowded room; it’s helps makes space for other things you might have/need and keep you organized during the term.

3. Toothpaste/Shampoo/Deodorant

These are things you use in your everyday life, so you must being them with you. When you’re in college, no one wants to be known as the kid that always smells in the back of the class. So bring all and make sure to stack up on it too.

4. Money!

Money makes the world go round, and yes it shouldn’t let it run your whole life, but you must bring some with you. College is expensive and you got to learn how to budget your money. If you don’t; you going to be eating Top Ramen for a while.

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Fortnite has taken McMinnville High School by storm (no pun intended). We decided to find out who was the best! These are the top four MHS fortnite players by most wins combined regardless of platform. *Note all contestants had to provide photgrahic evidence of their success.

1. Anonymous Senior- 250 Wins

Let’s be real, you’re going to be studying too hard to be partying every single night, so leave your high heels and fancy boots at home, and bring those ugly Birkenstocks and a pair of slippers because you’re going to use them more and it’s super

Who is this player? Ninja? Myth? Dakotaz? Joe Gullo? (Just kidding, Joe only has about 10 wins). The world may never know because this Battle Bus warrior intends to keep their identity a secret. What we do know, is out of ALL the students interviewed, this Senior was by far the best Fortnite player to grace the halls of MHS, holding the number one spot by a whopping 56 wins! And as long as rpgs “‘splode” and snipers snipe, we think the number one spot is safely reserved for this player.


2. Jairo Calderon- 204 Wins

1. All Of Your Shoes

2. Books

You have to be crazy to think you’re going to have time to get a quick read of one of your favorite books, for most of the time you’re going to be reading the textbooks that a professor requires you to read. Leave those books in your room; they’re not going anywhere.

3. Fancy Dishes

Despite being in second place, Jairo comes in with an impressive 204 wins, and we’re sure if he went to a smaller school, like Amity, he would not only be a varsity Fortnite player, but likely the best in the entire school. Heck, Jairo might be better than the entire city of Amity! His skill with the SCAR can’t go unnoticed, and he has the wins to back it up. Atta boy Jairo!

3. Brett Martino- 117 Wins

We all have a cute mug we hold dearly in our hearts, or we have entire collection of cat mugs, but just don’t bring them! Your dorms is incredibly small, so there’s barely any space for your stuff, and keep in mind that you will be sharing with another person. So do you roommate and yourself a favor, and leave the mugs in your mom’s cabinet.

The gap between 2nd and 3rd place may be a large one, but Brett’s 117 wins is nothing to scoff at, hey you know he has more wins than you do. To break that 100 mark, you have to be an all-around player and that’s exactly what Brett is, whether he has an AR, Sniper or Grenade Launcher, you better

4. Dorm Decorations

4. Daveonne Quitaga- 82

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run if you ever encounter Brett in a game. Despite being number four on the list, one peek at Daveonne’s nightly snap story will prove just how good he is. It seems like winning is a daily occurance in Daveonne’s world. Plus there are rumors Daveonne is coming out with a Youtube Channel soon, and we hope it happens! Congrats Grizzlies, keep winning and may the storm be forever in your favor!

What To Do Over Break Leo Martinez finds ways to beat the boredom over spring break BY LEO MAR TINEZ fashion editor

1. Go out to brunch with some close friends. Brunch is always a good time to catch up with everyone and make sure everyone is feeling positive.

2. Go to a concert! Whether it’s with a group or just yourself, seeing one of your favorite artist is ever a bad idea.

3. Travel to a place you’ve never been before. The place your going to does not have to be somewhere that is far away, it can be to another state or somewhere more local like Portland.

4. Remodel your room. Organizing is never a bad idea and changing up your room will stop you from getting bored with the same décor.

5. Start working on that summer body. If you are looking to get in shape so you feel more confident, why not start now? No school means that you have so much free time to take more care of your health.

6. Movie marathons are never a bad idea. Pull up Mean Girls on Netflix or the entire Harry Potter series on DVD, whatever it is just surround yourself with people that you know you’ll have a good time with.

7. Take a mental health day. Even though physical health is important, we sometimes don’t give enough attention to our mental health. Take a day to relax and do things that you like.



Tommy Douglass and Joe Gullo seek out the help of Seniors Amy Gilliat and Ben Pollak to sample Third Street’s “Morning Thunder”

BY TOMMY DOUGLASS and JOE GULLO managing editors Hear ye, hear ye and welcome to the final event of the Breakfast Club regular season, that is... senior week! This month we had the privilege and honor of being joined by Amy Gilliat and Benjamin Pollak for a nice plate of grub at a fine local eatery capping off what has been a magnificent culinary adventure with the classes of McMinnville High School. Despite the seniors being last but not least, Ben and Amy elected to go with the marvelous “Morning Thunder” for a quick Valentine’s Day Breakfast and it did not disappoint. Right off the bat, our socks were knocked off by the outstanding service this small Third Street cafe had to offer. A warm, welcoming staff situated in a cute and cozy building nestled in the heart of downtown McMinnville proved to be the best possible vibe to start off our morning. The food came quickly, the servers were friendly, and most importantly the check was split easily making for a relaxing experience. The decor inside the restaurant was amazing, giving off the Portland hippie feel; however, there was a framed spider on the wall that gave Amy a grave scare as she chowed down her eggs. All in all, the service was as good as it gets, earning a perfect 10 from all of the Breakfast Clubbers. Luckily for us McMinvillians, the food at Morning Thunder is almost as good as the service. Amy ordered a classic breakfast with eggs, bacon, and toast. Ben went with the traditional biscuits and gravy dish that is so common amongst our Breakfast Club members. Joe gobbled down some chicken-fried steak and potatoes, while Tommy played it safe with pancakes and eggs which can only be described as immaculate. The food was delicious and the scores reflected that, earning Morning Thunder an impressive 8.5 cumulative food score. Tommy, the harsher critic of the two founding members, absolutely loved his pancakes and gave them a 9.5. While Morning Thunder dominated the taste and service categories, value was lowest scorer. While this doesn’t necessarily fall under the value category, the menu at Morning Thunder was not as diverse as our other breakfast adventures. It boasts an enormous combined menu but the lunch options were off limits, so it lost a lot of its mass. Tommy and Amy both gave it a score of a 6.5 while Ben and Joe were a little bit more generous with a 7.5. Still a 7 in the Value category gave Morning Thunder 25.5/30 points which is the highest score in Breakfast Club history! Overall, this was a wonderful breakfast and Ben and Amy were two great companions for the meal.

8. Catch up on your homework. We all have work to do that we haven’t done yet, maybe a small project or an entire essay, that needs to get done. So do it.

9. Find some good music. You don’t need to head down to your local record shop and pick up some vinyl; you can just curate a playlist on Apple Music. Nothing is better than finding a great new song and adding it to your favorite Spotify playlist.

10. Be active! Catching up on your sleep is great but try and get out there into the world. Go out and surf on the beach, skateboard to a friend’s house, or just go take some good selfies for Instagram in your backyard.

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Mac High puts on the electrifying and heartfelt production of Little Shop of Horrors. The show follows Seymor and his man eating creation



BY LEO MAR TINEZ fashion editor Audrey and Mr. Mushnik to know. These two characters were played very well, they were played by Anna Johnson and Colin Salewski respectively. These two characters, along with Seymour, make up the trio that run the flower shop that is ‘little shop of horrors’ where the whole story takes place. All of these characters have their time to shine in great breakouts into song. Another character, Orion Scrivello, played by Evan Ewing, played a lot into the comedy aspect of the play. Being the bad boy who is revealed to be a psychopathic dentist who is also addicted to laughing gas, Ewing’s acting shows versatility in emotion and very good characterization. With being the abusive boyfriend, obviously being the first victim is kind of obvious. The tragedy at the end of the play is that the characters of Salewski, Johnson, Ewing, and even Miller’s character are all eaten by Audrey II. It’s a long journey of receiving fame gets to Seymour and he decides to sacrifice himself to the plant in a pretty dramatic ending.

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Art students are given the challenge to give so eye-catching designs to the parking lot trash cans BY ZOË HAYES online editor

Sixth hall is now closed, but when walking by, students have noticed the decorated trash cans and have been wondering what the art classes are up to. Christine Garrison; the art teacher, gives the Bruin the inside scoop. “So it started with our new custodial head; Troy, who came to me and said we have these trash cans, wouldn’t it be cool to say MHS so it would add a little spice to the parking lot?” Garrison then recruited her students to help liven up the parking lot. “I asked my painting students if they also wanted to use the trash cans as a surface for their final project that could be a choice themed project around MHS Grizzlies. What resulted was some more complex trashcans than I think Troy was thinking he would get, but he loved them. So, we did the first five already at the end 18

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of first semester, and now he brought us three more which we will be finishing in art club. “The only requirements for this final project were that the students had to incorporate MHS somewhere on the trash can, and that they included a theme that tied into school. The trash cans have a bigger purpose, though; “But mostly it’s a chance to get the kids artwork out on an unusual surface and show off what we can do and have something that’s more personal out in the public eye,” Garrison said. “To replace our old trashy trash cans, we’ll have nice fancy trash cans.” We can’t wait to see what the painting class and art club have created to spice up our parking lot!


The drama department’s most recent production is the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Unlike all of their other performances, this play was a musical and carried a significant amount of songs in order to keep the story going. Little Shop of Horrors is a title that may make one think that the musical is a scary one, but it is actually heavily supported by comedy in many of the plays scenes. Seymour, played by Noah Miller, is the main character in the play. He is a young man who works at a flower shop that is on its way to achieving bankruptcy. Seymour helps the shop recover, however, by displaying a particularly strange plant that has not been previously discovered by anyone. He dubs the plant the ‘Audrey II’ and it is voiced by Bryce Abeln and the puppeteer was Devon Fowler. Throughout the play they worked really well together and made a character come to life during the show time of the play. The thing that becomes very interesting about the plant is that it only feeds on human flesh. During the story line it becomes abundantly clear that Seymour doesn't want fellow workers



Editor Diana Denney says Goodbye After publishing six issues as editor of The Bruin, editor Diana Denney shares her final words before handing over the reigns to the next editor in line I am a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell. So, during the fall of my sophomore year, I joined The Bruin, hoping to find a place where I could write interesting, real stories about people. For 90 minutes, every other day, over the last three years, I found a place where I have been able to do just that. The Bruin has become an outlet for me to be creative and tell stories, and for that, I will always be grateful. The first story I wrote as a member of Bruin staff was a human interest story about the high school experience for transgender students. I will never forget how nervous I was to have that story published and handed out to 2,200 students, but I knew that it was a story that needed to be told. I wish I would have known then that those nerves were nothing compared to how nerve-wracking it is to produce and edit an entire 20 page issue now, as editor of the paper. While being editor is a huge responsibility, with a lot of pressure attached to it, I’ve had the opportunity to tell important stories about people. When I took over the position, I knew that I wanted to include more stories about the unique and diverse students at

Mac High, and I like to think that I succeeded in doing that. I’ve had the privilege of bringing stories about students who went above the norm to earn an associates degree and about the dedication of Mac High’s greatest athletes. I’ve also been honored to highlight students whose stories often go unheard, such as a homeless girl fighting to be on her own, and most recently, another student who is thriving under the DACA program. My time with The Bruin gave me a voice in my school and community, that as an introvert who is often quiet in discussions, finally allowed me to feel confident in what I had to say. By telling other people’s stories, I’ve come to see the validity in my own. So to my fellow seniors, we are less than two months away from heading out into the real world: use your voice to make it better. And to everyone else: use your remaining time in high school to find your voice. I know everyone says it, but it goes by fast, and there’s too much going on this world for us to silent now.

Diana has held the news section and managing editor positions in The Bruin for two years, before being named editor in chief during the spring of her junior year. Next fall, she will continue to pursue an education in the communications industry at Syracuse University in New York where she will dual major in public relations and marketing management.



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“As a student here were you involved with sports just as much as you are now, being a physical education teacher?”



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When we think of the gym teachers at our school, most people’s initial thought is Don Rutschman. The Mac alumni turned teacher shows constant determination to help students take care of their health by motivating them to exercise. Affectionately called “Rutsch” by his students, this teacher has been working at MHS for 27 years and has coached football and basketball teams during his time here. Rutschman’s two sons are alumni of Mac High as well.

“It was only sophomores, juniors and seniors. Not freshman and it was called junior high which had 7th 8th and 9th graders. It was over by Dollar Tree. Here we had three grades of 1,000 kids at that time, and 50-55 minute periods. So we had 8 periods in a day but we had early bird classes or also known as early morning classes so a lot of times I started my classes at 7 in the morning or 7:15. They were 50 minutes but they were also done by 1:00pm. We had two lunches at that time. We had an A and B lunch, and they were 45 min a piece. That’s probably one of the big changes.”

“Yeah, I played three sports in high school: football, basketball, and baseball. I loved it. I don’t really like one sport, because I feel like you get bored year round. After that I ended up going to Linfield, and we called Linfield at that time ‘Stanford’ the ‘Mini Stanford’ of the West Coast. ”

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