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October 31, 2013

Stressed to the Max averyjones editorinchief

ˈdəmē: (n) a set of pages marked for the printer At 9:30 last Friday night when, like most most high schoolers, I should have been just leaving that night’s football game or heading over to a friend’s house, I was just leaving the high school. After eight hours of finishing stories and laying out pages, the Red Ink staff finally called it quits and headed home. I don’t know how many of you out there have ever been on deadline before, but if you have, you know it’s the most stressful thing in life. But I learned a lesson this time that I will never forget. Deadlines are just plain overwhelming, even if you are lucky enough to be as awesomely organized as Caitlyn Kraft or Karen Sigg or Taylor Dorsey-stuff done ahead of time, prioritized, and color-coded; even if I could master these skills, I’m sure I would feel the stress of deadline plenty. No matter how hard I try, it seems that on Friday, with our deadline pressing down, little jobs and details that should have been taken care of by then kept popping up, and by about 7 p.m. I realized just how much we still had to do. I was about ready to cry from the anxiety of it all. Then, as 9 p.m. fell in the empty hallways of Eaton High School, I had the life scared out of me by my staff, and I laughed harder than I had in weeks! The six of us were roaring with laughter! Granted I still feared for my life a little bit, but it was hilarious nonetheless. The stress that had consumed me just a few hours earlier had all but dissipated. After eight hours of insane work broken up by laughter, jokes, pizza, and pranks, everything was

done and all of us were in high spirits. We had endured the horrible level of stress together and came out on the other side laughing. Because we stuck through it together, we made memories that I’ll certainly never forget. As a person who is very susceptible to stress, I think it’s good to keep this lesson in mind. Somehow I think I’m going to need it more than ever nowadays, as I’m sure many of you do-especially you seniors. As we apply to scholarship after scholarship and college after college, one more deadline is placed on us, and the pressure mounts. The workload may seem insurmountable at times, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like I’m about to buckle under the stress. But instead of breaking down, or getting angry, or shutting people out, remember that you’re certainly not in this alone. You have a substantial group of people going through the same things you are, experiencing the same anxiety, and if you turn to them, you’ll end up connecting with them like you never believed possible. You’ll make memories you’ll never forget. I learned a lot from this deadline. First lesson: never trust Haley Cox, Tiara Miller, Lexi Lapp, Adam Schott, or Jake Sell when you have to go upstairs in the 1928 building late at night after the cleaning staff is gone. But the second lesson is the one I hope I leave high school remembering: when you’re insanely stressed, make sure you stop to joke with those around you and appreciate them for sticking by you through it all because when people endure an intense amount of pressure together, they come out bonded for life.

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Why it’s not ‘Happy Veterans day’ haleycox webeditor

Veterans Day is coming up on November 11, and it remains one of my most cherished holidays. It’s a holiday that, for me, is about celebrating and thanking the men and women who sacrificed so much of themselves to protect freedom. Every year, however, I never fail to be disappointed by the lack of genuine appreciation around me. Yes, a parade is a nice gesture, but when it comes to really thanking Vets for their sacrifice, we are exceedingly lacking. Countless veterans live on the streets, homeless and unable to find work. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that over 62 thousand veterans are homeless on any given night. Many wounded veterans are left isolated and incapacitated, to live out the rest of their years unable to achieve sufficient health care and living conditions. It’s not “Happy” Veterans’ Day. Veterans’ Day should be called Thanksgiving, because it is, above all else, a way to genuinely say thank you. Social studies teacher and veteran Doug Preston argues, “It’s not like a birthday. It’s

more like a day of remembrance for thanked for, their service, it has the both our living and dead Vets.” If our potential to stir up the most impactful community wants to thank its Vet- and devastating moments of that pererans, then we should donate to the son’s life. Wounded Warrior Project and get inEven thanking a Veteran for his or her service on Veterans Day isn’t volved with local Veterans’ groups. There are Veterans who sacrificed something to be taken lightly; thanking everything for this country, and yet this a Veteran should, above all, be sincere. Have the respect to understand that country can’t find the means to supVeterans Day is a time port them. Instead to honor, not celebrate of spending money “HUD estimates the service of Veterans. closing national parks and paying Congress that over 62 thou- From Mr. Shaw’s perspective, “battles and for failing to do their sand veterans are war get glorified,” and jobs, the government homeless on any men and women who should consider paygo into the service don’t ing the warriors who given night.” come out looking for went above and beglory. They joined to yond to protect this contribute to something country. Veterans Day is also a day of understanding greater than themselves--freedom. The freedom that we enjoy as and acknowledgement. Social studies teacher and veteran Chad Shaw admits Americans will only continue if we that “[serving in the armed forces] protect it within our borders as strintruly does impact who you are as an gently as we protect it outside of our borders. Freedom is protected through individual.” Our Veterans don’t just sacrifice education and an understanding of our their time or risk their physical lives, history. So if you’re going to thank a but they put their morals, values, and Veteran on Veterans day, thank them sense of self on the battlefield, too. by freedom that they gave everything Every time Vets are asked about, or to protect.

Where are the blasts from my past? davisanders staffreporter

I sat down to watch television the other day and found myself mindlessly flipping through the channels, not even considering my television options. I then came to the ten channels of childrens’ shows that every large cable company has. You know, with Nickelodeon, and the Disney channel, and what not? I started looking through these channels and dropped in on a few of the shows. Let me tell you, I could not have been more disappointed. What happened to the actual good shows? Honestly, what in God’s name is The Thundermans? Or The Haunted Hathaways? I’ll tell you what those shows are: they’re pa hetic, downright pathetic. Where are the good shows that us 90’s kids remember? If you’re

having trouble thinking of the shows that molded our childhood, let me take you back to the good ol’ days. My personal favorite was Courage the Cowardly Dog, with the little purple dog that would always get into all kinds of shenanigans with ghostly creatures and what not. Maybe Rugrats -- everyone remembers them. The point is that the shows today can’t even put themselves in the same category as shows from the 90’s. Back in the 90’s, television wasn’t infested with reality TV. The most “real” TV was America’s Funniest Home Videos and Cops. Now, whenever you turn the TV on, there’s nothing on but American Idol, shows where the love of your life is swapped, such as Wife Swap, or Fear Factor where people eat worms, and nanny’s who think they can control spoiled brats. Television seemed more family

oriented and clean. Want a perfect example? Look at Full House. It contained a lot of child themes; however, it retained a base where moms, dads, brothers, and sisters could enjoy. Today, all of the jokes in sitcoms are just one thing: sex! Is that all television producers ever think of ? Good grief! The number one reason would probably be what most nostalgic 90’s people talk about: Nickelodeon! In the 90’s, you had Rugrats, Double Dare, GUTS, Pete & Pete, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Nick Arcade, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, etc. I nearly cry when I turn the TV onto Nick today. Ever since at least 1998, Nick has been going down a bottomless pit of doom. I always find it comforting to stick in my old retro Nick tapes in the VCR and take a trip down memory lane with shows like Johnny Bravo and Hey Arnold!


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