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lakeview high school • volume 80 • issue 4

• 2017 •


the rystal the KCC, First Amendment rights pg. 4 • goodbye, Obama; hello, Trump pg. 5 • secret admirers pg. 6 • artistic administrator pg. 8 • best friends pg. 10-11 •mission trips pg. 12-13 • staying committed to a struggling team pg. 16 • winter sports pg. 18-19 • how to be confident pg. 19 • single sport athletes pg. 23 •


Table of Contents


Equity training pg. 3 Teacher meetings pg. 3 ADF vs. KCC pg. 4 LMS New AD pg. 4 Goodbye, Obama; Hello, Trump pg. 5


Staying committed pg. 16 Dedication in the morning pg. 16 Healthy habits pg. 17 Valentine’s calories pg. 17 Winter sports pg. 18

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Secret admirer pg. 6 Snow day entertainment pg. 7 Administrator’s artwork pg. 8 BC night life pg. 8


Crystal Point pg. 21 Confidence is key pg. 21 Freeing the nipple pg. 22 Wolf laws pg. 22 Single sport athletes pg. 23


Oddball jobs pg. 9 Student government pg. 9 Best friends pg. 10, 11 Mission trips pg. 12, 13 Martial arts pg. 14

Cover Photo: by Emma Morey The inauguration leaves both presidential families packing- the Trumps to move in, the Obamas to move out (pg. 5). Likewise, LHS students packed to go overseas (pg. 12, 13). Travel often grows people into better, if not best, friends (pg. 10, 11).

Letter from the Editor

Do it now. Why wait? Unless waiting is instituted by a long Biggby line or a show on Netflix that takes years to complete another three episodes (looking at you, Sherlock), I loathe it. Waiting builds character, one might say. And it is not necessarily wrong. Waiting makes the payout sweeter, they say. And that’s not necessarily wrong, either. I would not even chalk it up to a Millennial attitude of needing instant gratification, either. I, and so many of my friends, participate in activities that require perseverance and grit. Music, academia and even this paper require a great deal of time and energy to gain the skills needed to perform each well. So it amazes me when I think about how much procrastinating we, as students, participate in on a regular basis. I have felt the draw of procrastination just

like the next person. But just about every time I have given in, I have been disappointed with my workload and the results. A little more forethought, a little more planning and perhaps one less cup of coffee, and I would be practically unstoppable. But I don’t. I continue to put off until tomorrow, or next week, or next year, or when I’m in college or when I’m an adult, what could be done today. Promptness and a sense of urgency about your daily life are simply important characteristics to cultivate, and it is not just important for something as a grade on a 20 point assignment. Good things come to those who wait, but the best come to those who go out there and catch them- preferably in the morning before anyone else is awake. Of course, anyone who knows me knows that I hate waking up. But what I hate more? Losing. As E.B. White put it, “Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.” From a Millennial to a Millennial, there is no need to wait. To rid the world of injustice, to cure racism, to preserve and protect the environment, to save the baby humans, to find solutions to conflict in the Middle East, to alleviate hunger around the world, wake up at daylight and go do it. Truth and mercy, Jessica Hughes, Editor-in-Chief

Crystal Staff Adviser: Jodi Darland Editor-in-Chief: Jessica Hughes Assistant Editor: Taryn Snyder News Editor: Haidyn Markos Feature Editor: Taylar Coyer A&E Editor: Autumn Babas Sports Editor: Jerry Haadsma Opinion Editor: C.J. Foster Photographers: Rose Bridges, Erin Kahn, Alyssia Peak, Emma Morey Reporters: Lacey Campbell Meredith Carpenter Taylor Church Olivia Crowley Lindsey Fisk Lauren Hawkins Karlie Kucharczyk Kailey Lemmons Shayna Lewis Lauren Portteus Mackenzie Ryder Sidney Schiller Elise Smith Abigail Yott Business Managers: Ava Cook, Mason Evans Administration: David Peterson - Superintendent Jeffrey Bohl - Principal Stacy Helmboldt - Assistant Principal Shannon Walker - Dean of Students Editorial policy: The Crystal is a self-funded student publication distributed free of charge to all Lakeview High School students and staff with a total press run of 500. The publication is an open forum for expression and a two-way communication for both the school and community. The editorin-chief and staff are solely responsible for the content. Opinions expressed in the newspaper are not necessarily those of the staff or the administration of Lakeview High School. The mission of The Crystal is as follows: to inform and entertain audiences of Lakeview High School and surrounding communities by providing diverse, relevant stories. The Crystal strives to remain objective, accurate and truthful while increasing school and community awareness of timely issues. Businesses are encouraged to advertise in The Crystal when their ads adhere to the specified guidelines available in the publications room. Members of The Crystal staff can be contacted by calling the publications room phone at 269-565-3731 or emailing at thecrystal@ To view The Crystal in full color, visit:

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N News 3



Lakeview High School staff collaborate with the Center for Diversity and Innovation to work towards a more diverse learning environment.



about topics such as white privilege, culture and diversity. “When schools were built they were built for white people,” equity director Laura Williams said. The goal of the equity training is to get away from that system that allows some students more opportunities than others. An important part of equity training is working with staff to understand white privilege and personal bias that are not necessarily intentional. White privilege is, by definition, a set of advantages white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others. Its existence is not usually deliberate but is a main contributor to modern racism. Staff learn how to recognize when they might not be treating all students fairly. This includes how they interact with students and disciplinary strategies. The training includes self reflection where each attendee must think about their own race. “We don’t see a huge representation of black leadership at the highest levels,” CDI executive director Jorge Zeballos said in


ver the past three years many staff members have been out of the classroom at different points during the year for equity training. Equity in education is giving every student an equal opportunity to be successful by giving each individual what he/she needs to succeed. This training is led by the Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation (CDI) along with Beyond Diversity and the staff leadership team, which is comprised of teachers, counselors, administration, etc. “[The programs that CDI conducts] include films and discussions, speakers, Coaching for Community Transformation training, workshops, panel discussions and performances among other learning opportunities,” as reported in the Battle Creek Shopper News. During the days they attend equity training, staff members learn what it means to be equitable in the classroom and what an equitable system is. This includes learning

the Battle Creek Shopper News. “Business, education, you look at the leadership of most organizations, other than those serving communities of color, you don’t have people in high leadership positions in these organizations.” When looking around the halls of Lakeview High School it is evident that the racial diversity of the staff does not correlate with that of the student population. Of the students in the Lakeview district 37

Leadership team member and social studies teacher Carrie Hindenach said the staff involved in equity training have been learning how to teach, connect and build relationships with students from diverse backgrounds. There has also been an importance placed on learning how to relate to students who are different from them while incorporating different perspectives into the curriculum to help teachers avoid approaching subjects from only one perspective. “Equity is the most important thing,” leadership team member and teacher Jake Zimmerman said. “Everything else will come with it; great teaching, great learning and enjoying being together and learning together all stems from equity.” The goal of training is to provide every student Equality, as demonstrated in the first scenario, gives every person equal resources. While, as demonstrated in the second scenario, with the opportunity to equity is giving each person what they need. Equality is important; be successful. It is the however the focus must first be on equity. building block to a good percent identify as non-white. This school and overall equality. is a distinct change from 15 years While equity is being integrated ago when the population of nondistrict wide, the specific training white students was at 15.5 percent. is not required for all staff. At this Although there has been an increase point it is a choice to attend equity in diversity the district has a long way training.• Written by Elise Smith to go in learning how to serve this Reporter population of students equitably.

Inside SCOOP on teacher meetings

All the meetings teachers are required to attend serve different purposes Myths of teachers working 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily is misleading here at Lakeview High School. Most teachers do no work from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon. According to teachers work an average of 50 hours per week, including 12 hours per week on activities they don’t get paid for, like grading papers and advising student clubs. Teachers spend a lot of their time in meetings each day, it’s a never ending process. Teachers spend their time in four different types of meetings; PLC meetings, Professional Learning Communities (90 minutes a week), staff meetings, SIP (School Improvement Plan) and PD (Professional Development) on our half days. Staff and SIP meetings are both once a month. “I like teacher meetings. PLC meetings are the most beneficial because they go over a bunch of things we need to know as teachers,” art teacher Bobbie Mathis said. Although teacher meetings may be time consuming, many teachers see how they benefit and build a better classroom atmosphere.

“I love PD meetings because we get to talk to the other teachers from the other schools, and see how there classes are going,” Mathis said. “It’s nice to talk about lesson plans and how to get over some obstacles with other teachers that are going through the same thing you are.” A lot of teachers teach different subjects, and different grade levels. For example a full day for a teacher might look like, English 11b 1st and 2nd hour, English 9b 3rd and 4th hour, planning 5th hour, and English 10b 6th hour. She has a full day and teaches 3 different grades. “I had to pick what PLC meeting I would go to because I teach English 9, 10 and 11,” English teacher Jodi Borowicz said. At PLC meetings teachers meet with the other teachers in the building that are teaching the same curriculum as they are. “I ended up picking the English 11 part of my PLC meetings, so I could meet up with the other English 11 teachers,” Borowicz said. “It was in more interest for me, so I could learn more and try new things.”

Borowicz also mentioned that there are so many good English 9 and 10 teachers that talk about their classes where my input isn’t really needed. English 11 teachers is more limited where my input can be more needed. Staff meetings are once a month and it’s where all the teachers in the building meet up and talk about the necessary things that are going on, such as the cell phone policy, dress code, etc. “Staff meetings can be really important, because you have to know what’s going around in our school,” Borowicz said. “It’s good to know in advance what you’re going to talk about so it’s not a waste of time and not relevant to what we need to be going over as teachers.” Our teachers spend a lot of their time involving themselves in our school and work hard to become better teachers. They go to many trainings and spend a lot of extra time before and after school to do the job they love. “I come in before and after school all the time for kids who need extra help,” Borowicz said. • Written by Meredith Carpenter Reporter

4 News

KCC Alledgely Violates Students’ First Amendment Rights Written by Olivia Crowley Reporter

On Sept. 20, 2016, Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers, two students who attend KCC, passed out pocket size versions of the U.S. Constitution in front of the Binda Performing Arts Center on the KCC campus. The group was also recruiting students for the Young Americans for Liberty group. After the group of students continued to do this for two hours the KCC administration got involved. The administration told the group that they needed to get off the campus while doing so or set up a table in the Student Service Center on campus. After the students refused to get off campus and continued to protest without a permit security got involved and three of the five students were arrested for trespassing charges. On Wed. Jan.18, Gregoire and Withers filed a lawsuit against KCC in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against the college. The suit states that the pair went to assist the other students in recruiting for the Young Americans for Liberty group. The pair stated that they felt violated of the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, the right due to process law and

their equal protection of the law. This lawsuit is similar to one that was filed against Grand Valley State University, where in both cases students felt robbed of their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Although the students felt like their rights were being taken away from them, there are rules for the KCC campus that prohibits students in engaging in any constitutionally protected expressions anywhere on campus, unless they are given permission by KCC officials. KCC officials also stated this policy is so strict it prohibits conversations about these topics around campus. In this case the students did not have permission from the officials and that is why they were arrested. KCC was not against the fact that the students were recruiting others for the Young Americans for liberty group as well as passing out the pocket size versions of the constitution, but they did not agree with the students refusing to get off the campus. For future reference, students should make sure that they have permission to participate in those activities. •

Know Your Student Rights... Students in school have all Constitution righs like freedom of speech. Students in school also have the right to be respected. Students have the right to expect certain practices of their instructor and administration. Students also have all rights to file complaints if they feel violated of anything in any situation.

Similar Cases

- On May 5, 2015, A West Virgina middle school student was suspended for wearing a “Protect Your Rights” shirt for the National Rifle Association. - On May 5, 2010, students at Live Oak High School outside San Jose, Cal., were told to go home because they were wearing t-shirts of the American Flag that Hispanics found offensive because only the Mexican Flag was supposed to be worn that day. - In Los Angeles, a Latina student had been publicly harrassed and racially discriminated against by a teacher at Big Bear Middle School. Following the incident the school administration forced the student to pick up trash outside with the janitors rather than learn in class with her peers.

New Beginning After 23 years of teaching at Lakeview High School, longtime special education teacher Tony Evans will pursue his career at Lakeview as the middle school Athletic Director and Dean of Students. As the Athletic Director, Evans will take on the job of scheduling sporting events and overseeing middle school athletics in general. As Dean of Students, he will be handling most of the middle school discipline. “I will definitely miss the kids [at the high school],” Evans said. “They were pretty much my whole day. I’ve met and seen so many great kids come through the high school.” After coaching boys golf and middle school wrestling, Evans will unfortunately not be able to coach them anymore. Despite this, Evans will continue to coach girls golf in the fall. Throughout the entirety of his 23 year career, Evans has built many relationships, including those with students and staff, that will last a lifetime. “I will really miss all of teachers who I worked day in and day out with,” Evans said. “I will also miss seeing my son and daughter everyday, too. It was nice being able to see and talk to them during the day.”

What are you going to miss about your dad not being at the high school everyday? “I liked having a safety blanket of him being here because if I ever needed anything he’s always going to be there to help.”

-McKenna Evans, sophomore “I’m gonna miss not being able to see him everyday and I’m gonna miss the perks that came with my dad being a teacher at the school. As in getting out of everything.”•

-Mason Evans, junior Written by Jerry Haadsma Sports Editor

February 2016 5

New Beginning Written by Taylar Coyer Feature Editor


Former President Barack Obama accomplished a lot throughout his eight

years. Whether it be the Affordable Care Act or freezing the salaries of all the White House members during the Great Recession, Obama had an agenda he wanted to accomplish and he did. Donald Trump plans to keep that momentum of accomplishments going through the next four years of his presidency. The switch from a liberal president to a conservative president has left America wondering what accomplishments and changes are in store. •


Economic Growth- As of Oct. 2016, a record 73 consecutive months of overall job growth. Addressed Civil Rights and Equality- Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. Protected the Rights of LGBTQ Citizens- Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court.



Scandals- Benghazi involving Hillary Clinton. Benghazi was the attack on the American diplomatic compound on Benghazi. The scandal is that Obama and Clinton did not send troops in to save U.S government officials. National Security- The National Security Agency spying on Americans. Obama said, “We are going to have to make some choices between balancing privacy and security to protect against terror.” American citizens want to keep their privacy-private. War Involvement- 61.5% of Americans disagree with how Obama handled ISIS. They wanted to go to war, just as we did after 9/11.


Healthcare- Trump wants to repeal The Affordable Care Act, but called for universal healthcare. Immigration- Wants to lower immigration numbers. Plans on building a wall between Mexico and America, plans to have Mexico pay for the wall. Economy- Bring global jobs back to America. He withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and directed the Secretary of Commerce to be more strict on violations of trade.


Abortion- Switched from pro-choice to pro-life. Trump signed an Executive Order banning federal funding to organizations that provide abortions. Marriage- Supports “traditional” marriage but has been married three different times. Cabinet Assignment- The people he nominated as his cabinet members. Scott Pruitt, Adminster of the Environmental Protection Agency: Pruitt has fought against environmental regulations and Betsy DeVos, Sectretary of Education: no experience with public education. According to:,,, and



A&E a Secret Keeping 6 Arts & Entertainment

A secret admirer an individual who feels adoration or fondness for another person without disclosing their identity to that person, and who may send gifts or love letters to their crush. The main goal of a secret admirer is to woo the person of their affections, and then to reveal their identity and pave the way for a real relationship, which at the high school age, usually occurs on Valentine’s Day. Though many of your fellow students may keep it as subtle as a double tap on Instagram, many of them do have that special person. Many people keep this a secret because they are scared of what other will think or do not know how the Written by Lacey Campbell and Olivia Crowley other person will react. • Reporters

Secret Admirer Allison Bost, freshman

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Even when I had a boyfriend, I didn’t really like Valentine’s Day.” Significant other: “No.” Memories: “When Myra gets me chocolate.” Plans: “Netflix alone. Hit me up.”

Shelby Boggs, junior

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “I like it because it is so happy and loving it is, but it reminds me of how much of a lonely person I am.” Significant other: “We don’t talk much but...” Memories: “I dated someone for 9 months and they broke up with me on Valentine’s Day.” Plans: “My secret pal and I might hangout but I am open for boyfriend applications.”

Andrew Joslyn, senior

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Pretty regular. I get super annoyed, can’t relate.” Significant other: “No.” Memories: “Nope.” Plans: “Looking for plans. I will probably just go home and sleep.”

Mitchell Grosteffon, freshman

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Depressed… Just kidding, it’s just another day.” Significant other: “No” Memories: “Martha getting me candy every year.” Plans: “Still looking for something.”

Connect the Crush

Match the secret admirer on the left with their crush on the left...but’s a secret!


Jerry Haadsma, junior

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Waste of money; it is a myth.” Memories: “Last year at my lacrosse tournament, I cut my head open. It was pretty surreal.” Plans: “Dinner for one.” How do you feel knowing you have a secret admirer? “Buy me a Valentine’s gift and I will take you on a date.”

Sidney Schiller, sophomore

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “It is not a big deal for me, but I love eating Valentine’s Day candy.” Plans: “I will be at a tournament, so I will probably go to dinner with my teammates.” How do you feel knowing you have a secret admirer? “I was kind of surprised and confused at first, but good to know I guess.”

Jordan Loss, sophomore

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Happy for others, but I never celebrate.” Plans: “Going to see 50 Shades Darker.” How do you feel knowing you have a secret admirer? “Creeped out, but I am curious to know who it is.”

Grace Childs, freshman

Opinion on Valentine’s Day: “Valentine’s Day is a good day if you have someone to celebrate with.” Memories: “Wrote hearts on a Valentine I gave a boy in kindergarten. When he opened I was really embarassed.” How do you feel knowing you have a secret admirer? “Really curious on who it is.”

February 2016 7

Snow Day Entertainment

Boredom can be a killer for teens. Our “break” from school should not be spent doing nothing. Here are some activities to enjoy on a snow day, along with the highest ranking of them each.

Snow Day Dance

1. Wear your pajamas inside out 2. Flush three ice cubes down the toilet 3. Sleep with a spoon under your pillow

Go to Breakfast 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

The Pancake House Homespun Lux Cafe Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Denny’s

Play a Board Game

1. Monopoly 2. Chess 3. Risk 4. Life 5. Clue

Play Card Games 1. Poker 2. Texas Hold Em’ 3. Blackjack 4. Bridge 5. Spoons

Make Cookies 1. Chocolate Chip 2. Cinnamon Roll 3. Peanut Butter 4. Snickerdoodle 5. Nutella 6. Pub Cookies 7. Bacon Chocolate Chip 8. Almond and raspberry Jam 9. Apple Pie cookies 10. Brownie Cookies

Written by Karlie Kucharczyk Reporter


Binge watch top tv shows

1. How I Met Your Mother 2. Pretty Little Liars 3. Family Guy 4. Grey’s Anatomy 5. Friends 6. Arrested Development 7. Breaking Bad 8. Stranger Things 9. The Office 10. Friday Night Lights •

8 Arts & Entertainment

Embrace Your Artistic Side...

Feeling Down-to-Earth?

Countless opportunities in Battle Creek allow you to express and indulge your creative side. The Art Center of Battle Creek will be featuring an art exhibit from February 5-25 entitled “Art of Soul: Reflections on Detroit’s Motown.” It is located on 265 East Emmett Street. For more information, you can visit their website at www. Many Murals, including the Sojourner Truth mural, are located throughout downtown Battle Creek and can be found on 17 West Michigan Avenue.

There are many ways to channel your inner flower child in Battle Creek. Whether it be taking in the local flora, or enjoying locally grown food, there will always be an opportunity for you to express your enviornmental side. The Battle Creek farmers market has been open since the late 1800s, and in 2015 was completely renovated. The new facility provides free parking and offers live music. It is located in downtown Battle Creek at 25 S McCamly Street, open Written by Abigail Yott every Wednesday Reporter and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October. To get more information you can visit Battle Creek Farmers Market website, www. The Leila Arboretum is Battle Creek’s 85-acre arboretum and garden. It is open to the public, and offers many walking trails, learning opportunities and hosts many events, such as Leilapalooza and, more recently, Fantasy Forest. Located at 928 W Michigan Ave, Leila Arboretum is open daily, from dusk until dawn. If you want to learn more about the rich history of Leila Arboretum or find out more information, you can visit their website at•

Explore! Battle Creek

Looking For Some Fun? If you are looking for a good time, Battle Creek offers many different places where you are able to kick back and relax. Bowlero Lanes (formerly Nottkes Bowling), located at 775 Columbia Avenue West, provides fun for the whole family. They offer 56 lanes, Cosmic Bowling and a newly renovated arcade. Here in Battle Creek, many movie theaters have been made available to residents, including NCG Cinema, West Columbia 7 and JC Cinema.

Sculpting through life

Principal Jeff Bohl has been creating bronze sculptures in his free time. Bohl has been doing this since he got out of high school. Bohl then went on to college to become an artist but realized after one and half years he wanted to do art for himself not for commercial use. He went on to the Habitat for Humanity group in Tennessee. He was the Volunteer Coordinator and lead the teenagers who came down to help build homes.


Wax original mounted on cup (red base) with sprues and vents. Gets covered with mold material, then melted out to leave a void in the mold.


While the bronze is melting, the mold heats up in the kiln to at least 1000 degrees. This keeps the mold from cracking.

For the past 12 years Bohl has been creating bronze scupltures. Bohl gets his ideas from old worn out nature shapes such as rocks, rotten wood and barn wood. “I feel like I’m sharing something unique and misunderstood about who I am with the world,” Bohl said. “I feel like I’ve invested a small part of who I am into something that will be around long after I am dead.” Now as principal at Lakeview High School,


Mold material is 7-8 coats of wet, and dry, silica and aluminum silicate. The liquid, which adheres the dry coat, is put on by dipping and brushing.


The molds cool, the mold material is chiseled off to reveal a bronze sculpture with bronze sprues and vents attached.


After 8 coats, the top of the cup is cut open to allow wax to melt out the bottom in the kiln.


Each piece needs to have holes drilled and tapped to accept screws from under the base.

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he is still doing art. There are many steps to make just one piece of art and it can take over a year to make with harc work and decation. “It’s a complicated process,” Bohl said. Bohl is working on 16 pieces right now and has about 30 hours into each piece. When he has a finished product he sells the pieces at the Button Gallery out of Douglas, Mich. Written by Lauren Portteus Reporter


This kiln has 4 molds in it, open side down. Burnout temp is 1700 degrees to ensure the wax flows and burns immediately.


Many of the sculptures need to be cast in more than one piece. After sandblasting the remaining mold material off, the pieces need to be welded together.


The material surrounding the hole is bronze being prepped to be feed into the crucible. It’s key to have the material heat up outside of the furnace to drive every bit of moisture out of the pores of the metal.


Final product


February 2016 9

Past Professions Lakeview staff’s previous jobs

As a student we only see our teachers in their positions of teaching, however before all of Lakeview High School’s staff members became teachers, they might have pursued other jobs. It may be hard to picture teachers in a different light, but it is important to recognize everyone has a different background that leads up to who they are today. Many memories are still being made for teachers, but we don’t realize that some of the best memories for the teachers could have been made 20 years ago. Librarian Margaret Lincoln works at the old high school around 1973. “I connected to the library and love all of the changes made within the library,” Lincoln said.

Kathleen McGlynn

Lincoln works in New York before coming to Lakeview. In New York Lincoln worked for the United Jewish Appeal in 1967 after graduating high school. “We did many projects to receive donations to send to Isreal for the United Jewish Appeal,” Lincoln said.

Courtesy Photos from Margaret Lincoln

Margaret Lincoln

Lakeview High School’s librarian Margaret Lincoln worked for a department store, an eyeglass dispenser, human resources and the United Jewish Appeal in New York and taught in Australia for six months. In Australia Lincoln and her

husband would sub for teachers in all different areas of the school. Working in the library in Australia, made Lincoln want to become a librarian. After graduating from the University of Michigan and getting her teaching certificate, Lincoln came to work at Lakeview in 1973, as

a librarian. Along with being the librarian, Lincoln is the database trainer for the Liberty of MI organization libraries. Lincoln loves working at the high school. “I love the interaction with people and the changing nature in the world of entertainment,” Lincoln said. “I love to keep up with the changing availability of learning.”

Math teacher Kathleen McGlynn has had many jobs, ranging from working as a lifeguard, to working at a funeral home and paper mill, to cleaning houses and then becoming a math teacher. McGlynn’s first job was teaching swimming classes. “I loved teaching swimming,” McGlynn said. “I loved being able to work outside.” While teaching McGlynn will also clean houses and she teaches summer school. While working at the funeral home, McGlynn had many funny and crazy experiences. “I would work visitations and a guy came up to me and said there was a bat on the wall in the other room. While I was wearing a skirt and heels, I was told to stand on a chair and whack the bat,” McGlynn said. McGlynn also had fun and crazy experiences while working in the paper mill. “It was a high pressure water mill and if you did something wrong the people in charge would hose you off of your feet,” McGlynn said. Aside from the fun and crazy jobs McGlynn use to have, she loves being a teacher and loves the connections she makes with students. • Written by Haidyn Markos News Editor

Give back during Winter Carnival This year instead of doing the average fundraiser, Student Government has chosen to do one that will impact the community on a larger scale. They have decided to select a nonprofit organization to donate money towards. The event will take place during the week of Winter Carnival and the class that collects the most money will better their chances of winning the competition between classes. Juniors and seniors will be responsible for raising money for the Calhoun County animal shelter and underclassmen will be responsible

for the Haven of Rest. Upperclassmen with money or other goods they wish to donate should give them to Leah Sleight and underclassmen should give their items to Jake Zimmerman. “Part of Winter Carnival this year is to raise awareness about the non-profit organizations in Battle Creek and how we can make it a better place by spreading philanthropy,” freshman Claire Tobin said. “Many people don’t know that the Haven has many different branches.” Student Government is calling this

movement “Lakeview Give Back.” The classic Winter Carnival games will still be played but a more meaningful cause has come up to bring the community closer. During Winter Carnival class games there will be a Miracle Minute in which buckets will go around and people will be able to donate money during that time. “This year’s focus is to give back to the community and we’re hoping this will have a long lasting effect,” sophomore Brendan Barnes said. • Written by CJ Foster Opinion Editor

10 Feature

Best Friend Break Down Sometimes to find your best friend, you have to accept everything about them.

Because of you I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more” -Unknown Best friends are there for you inside of school and out, there for you when you’re down, there for you when you need them and when you don’t. Best friends can be a million things all in one, here’s some best friends around Lakeview.

Photo courtesy Alexa Brainard

Juniors Alexa Brainard and Grace Keenan have been best friends since they were five. Their best memories are anytime they play soccer together and an exchange student last year named Rachel that lived with Alexa who brought them closer toether with adventures. Alexa and Grace have had their fair share of memories, but the worst would have to be.. “One day Alexa came over to my house and got super sick and puked all over my bedroom floor and went to bed and the next day she just left and made me clean it up. Then the next day she came back over to my house took a nap on my couch and then got up and said ‘I’m leaving’ and left” Keenan said.

Seniors Andrew Joslyn and Nick VanWinkle’s best memory was when they were on the same hockey team when they were really young. They don’t get to hangout very often outside of school, but when they do they enjoy playing hockey and going to the gym. They’ve had many years of good memories but, like everyone, there have been some bad ones. “My worst memory would have to be when Andrew and I were really young, like really young. We were at a pool and Andrew tried to drown me. It was very traumatizing,” VanWinkle said.

Photo by Erin Kahn Photo courtesy Taylor Wilsey

Freshman Taylor Wilsey and Bree Young went on the East Coast trip together in eighth grade and got lost in New York and they had to wait at McDonald’s for one of the chaperones. They hangout almost every weekend and when they are together they enjoy playing soccer, listening to music, scrolling through social media and binge watching OJ Simpson stuff. “We are best friends because we love each other for who we are and support each other and are always there for each other,” Wilsey said. “I wish there were more people like Bree in the world.” Amongst the many good memories, the worst memory was a bomb threat at the middle school and both their sisters were attending and they were very scared and had to be there for each other.

Seniors Hannah Wolverton and Jensyn Staib met in Mrs. Cover’s geometry class their sophomore year. “Jensyn had just moved here from Georgia and I had a empty seat by me and she walked in and I told her to come sit by me and we havent been separated since,” Wolverton said. They love to get food and find little places most people don’t know about or have never been to, and driving in the car together because every trip feels like a full out performance. Most people don’t know that they HATE sleeping in the same bed together and it almost affects them spending the night together.

Photo courtesy Hannah Wolverton

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Do you know your best friend’s mid-

Do you know your best friend’s

dle name?

natural hair color? What is your best friend’s biggest

Do you and your best friend hate all the same people?

pet peeve?

Do you know your best friend’s Do you know your best friend’s phone


number by heart?

Sophomores Taylor Foster and Jalyn Pace are best friends because they have a deeper connection than other people they hangout with and they can tell each other anything. They hangout everyday at cheer practice and also hangout outside of cheer on the weekends and love to get food and go to the movies. Their favorite movies to watch together are scary movies and ther best memory together was when they went to Applebee’s together and spent the whole night laughing at everything even if it wasn’t funny. Just like everyone else they have had their fair share of silly arguments. “ We fight all the time but one we had recently was about what time a basketball game started and we argued about it until I pulled up the schedule on my phone,” Foster said.

Photo by Erin Kahn

Juniors Andrew Bradshaw and Sheldon Ashley have had one of the most unique beginnings to a strong friendship. “ We both had a mutual friend and we played Xbox Live together even though we had never met until I moved to Lakeview my freshman year. But it was cool because we already knew each other,” Ashley said. Their best memories was when they went to the homecoming game together and when they went to Kalahari together because they can make anything fun. They fight all the time because everything always has to be a competition. They met their freshman year and have been best friends ever since. • Written by Rose Bridges Reporter Written by Taylor Church Reporter

Photo courtesy Taylor Foster

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On a


Students travel with a purpose


t is not everyday you get to travel across the globe. Over Christmas break, instead of bundling up in knit hats and sweaters, sophomore Brigitte Colquhoun and junior Logann Haluszka were in t-shirts and shorts embracing the sun in the small town of Zimba in Zambia, Africa. They traveled to this third world country not only to see its beauty, but also to provide free eye care to the people. Colquhoun and Haluszka had this opportunity due to Colquhoun’s father who is an eye doctor. He has been to Zambia 13 times as a part of a medical missions team. Colquhoun, flying to Zambia for the second time, and Haluszka, a first timer, helped in a IVV medical clinic taking the eye pressures of patients as they came in for treatment. The Colquhouns, Haluszka and the rest of the team brought 350 pounds of donated medical supplies to the hospital and each doctor performed around 10 surgeries a day. “We collected donations for the medical supplies from a hospital in Ann Arbor,” Colquhoun said. Haluszka was given the opportunity in 2015 to go to Zambia. After deciding with her parents that she should take a oneyear rain check, Haluszka went in 2016 with a goal to learn and grow by helping people and making happy. “[It’s important to travel to] know

other cultures,” Haluszka said. “We judge other countries without knowing what it’s like there at all.” For her second trip, Colquhoun had almost no doubts about her travels. For her first time, however, Colquhoun was homesick while sitting on the plane with her father. “I was scared I wouldn’t be able to handle the stuff I was going to see,” Colquhoun said. But her second time around, Colquhoun was excited to meet new adults, play with the children and hold babies. Colquhoun and Haluszka learned songs and played games such as Duck, Duck, Goose and crocodile with the children in Zimba. They taught the kids these games to give them something fun and easy to do in their free time. “[The best part] was building relationships with the kids,” Colquhoun said. One major cultural difference between Zambia and America is the number of children each family has. A normal family in Zambia has between seven and eight children, while older children are expected to aid in the caretaking of their younger siblings. This is due largely in part to how difficult it is for parents to perform menial tasks such as collecting water, cooking food or working for minimal pay. This is starkly contrasted with an average number of children that hovers just under two in America.

A SWEET TRIP Zambians eat suckers in Zimba. Sophomore Brigitte Colquhoun and junior Logann Haluszka brought medical supplies, snacks and games for the residents in Zimba. Courtesy Photo Brigette Colquhoun

Another major cultural difference is the value of education. In a world where education is dropped once a child can care for a sibling, education becomes just another commodity that is extremely difficult to come by. Among these valued goods include water, electricity and food. This was life chaging for Colquhoun and Haluszka to see these harsh conditions. “Being in a third world country made me realize that they have to work a lot harder,” Colquhoun said. “We take for granted what we have a lot more. They have to walk 10-12 miles just to get water. They don’t have electricity and only have one meal a day.” Despite these limitations, the people of Zambia do not let it affect their happiness. They always portray a positive, happy spirit and are very family oriented. “It was amazing for me to see even all the things they don’t have and they still always have a smile on their face,” Colquhoun said. “They are always singing and dancing around.” The trip was an experiece to never forget. It was a huge eye opener for Calquhoun and Haluska. It truly made them more thankful for the materials they have because they saw how limited their resources were in Zambia. “I became extremely thankful for the opportunities that we have that they don’t,” Calquhoun said. •

February 2016 13 Courtesy Photo Ana Singh

SIBLINGS LOVE Siblings Ana and Chris Singh are all smiles matching in their Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, mission trip T-shirts. They traveled here for the opportunity to work on several projects around the city and have been back many times to help again. “Groups went around and prayed for the people in homes,” junior Chris Singh said. “It was really nice.”


hile international missions are extremely impactful, they do not negate the value of helping in your own city, state or country. Senior Ana Singh and junior Chris Singh have traveled multiple times to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, to work on various projects around the city. These projects include but are not limited to repairing unsafe staircases, putting up fences and, of course, eating the donuts supplied by a thankful elderly woman. Aliquippa is about thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh, but the atmospheres of the two cities are sharp contrast. “This place, right outside of Pittsburgh- poverty,” Ana said. The condition of some of the houses were close to third world and the students were unable to walk around without an adult. The first time there, the Singhs were in for a shock factor. But the Singhs, along with Battle Creek Friends Church’s youth group, are making a difference in a community relatively close to

home. Seeing projects completed in years past when they return is encouraging. “I like going back to Aliquippa because of the connections you build,” Ana said. Most of the time, the people are very grateful for the help. Seeing children ecstatic about something as simple as a popsicle has the power to motivate one to work hard to provide for very physical needs. Along with filling tangible needs by fixing houses and repairing staircases, the Singhs’ group walked around neighborhoods to pray for residents. “It’s important to step out of your own shoes and bring back what you learned to your own community,” Chris said. The common denominator is helping communities and building relationships. “There are places in Battle Creek that look exactly like Aliquippa,” Ana said. “But people aren’t helping.” Written by Jessica Hughes Editor-in-Chief Written by Autumn Babas Arts and Entertainment Editor

Student travel 1 out of every 5 international travelers are young people

An average young American has visited 12 states, or 24 percent.

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martial artists Becoming one with self

Martial arts are a way of defending oneself. For teens who have participated in this kind of sport, it has impacted them in different ways and has taught them to embrace Ryder who they are. • Kenzie Reporter


For junior Gabe Rizo, Hapkido has helped to strengthen personal aspects of himself and get him going exactly where he wants to be. “[Hapkido] disciplines me and I became very respectful,” Rizo said, “It takes me down the right path. It also teaches me self control.”

Taekwondo: Taekwondo is a Korean art that spotlights kicks but also uses hand techniques. When going into Taekwondo, a student can train as young as 5 years old.

Stephen paquette

Sophomore Steven Paquette’s parents wanted him to get involved in something. He liked the idea of Taekwondo. His parents were supportive of what he wanted to do; they came to all his belt testings, tournaments and championships. “[Taekwondo] made me a better person not just patient-wise, but also physically and mentally,” Paquette said. He attends Kwang’s Taekwondo Academy near Continental Bakery.


“[Taekwondo] is the best experience I’ve had in my life. I’ve learned everything about who I am now,’ freshman Samantha Turk said. “We’re pretty much a family.” She also attends Kwang’s Taekwondo Academy. Her push is through the support of her friends and her family. “Get back to me on [my favorite form,]” Turk said.

FAMOUS Martial Artists


Sophomore Paul Cha attends Korean Martial arts with Rizo. One of the reasons that Hapkido is important to him is that everyone in his family does it. His grandfather is actually the grand master in Hapkido. Not only is he sporting his Hapkido sweatshirt, but the black belt that he has earned in 5 years. A little bit of his interest began at 5 years old when he saw others doing these “cool kicks.” “[If I had to convince someone to take Hapkido I would say] you can defend against attackers,” Cha said.

Jackie Chan (who is commonly known from “The Karate Kid” in 2010) trained with Sammo Hung after joining the film industry. They both took after the skills taught by their master Jin Pal Kim.


Hapkido is much like Taekwondo in that it focuses on dynamic striking and kicking techniques. Hapkido also focuses on throws, takedowns, ground fighting and extensive joint locking techniques. Hapkido can also be taught in ways with traditional weapons such as knives, swords, ropes, ssang juni bong (which is translated to double stick), cane, short sticks and middle length staffs. Hapkido can also be looked at in a sense that it is a way to defend yourself without actually seriously hurting someone. It’s about getting control of the opponent and finding their physical weak spots in order to defend the other person.

SPIN KICK is a movie based on Taekwondo fighters. The movie features a group of “school gangsters” who get caught fighting and are forced to join a Taekwondo club that needs a little assistance in order to win some competitions.

BRUCE LEE (Lee Jun-Fan) was the founder of Jeet Kune Do. He trained in Wing Chun and transformed his art through other inspirations. He starred in the film “Fists of Fury.”

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Head out to Finley’s with your family on the February 20 for some a great dinner and to support your LHS Crystal. Cut out the flyer and bring it with you!


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Spartan Woes A player’s dreams deferred


eing on the varsity basketball team since freshman year has been a blessing and a curse. For one, the recognition and support from my school and community can never be replaced. Unfortunately, my accomplishments as a player have been overshadowed by being on teams that had capable skill but struggled to see results. Having been on a variety of different basketball teams, I have experienced the most losing in four years than I have my whole life. My time at Lakeview has by no means been a crystal stair case, but I do not regret a second of it. My sophomore year is the epitome of hard work leading to a dead end. We went into that season with our spirits high and eyes to the stars, but the window of opportuPhoto by Conway Photography

Edited by Alyssia Peak

nity shut abruptly when two players got caught smoking weed and another was involved in a critical car accident. Feeling as if there was no hope left, we achieved a 2-19 record. No one cares that we stained the practice floor with our blood, sweat and tears. Nor do they know of the broken record, “Keep your heads up and things will get better” speech. I’ve heard that speech 46 times in my Lakeview basketball career. Losing not only brings out one's true colors, but also will build character. The roller coaster of emotions will mold you into someone you never thought you would become. Whether that be a passive, lazy person who doesn’t care about anything, or the young bull who maximizes every opportunity he has to play the game he loves. Playing a team sport almost guarantees you both types of people because little Tommy might play for fun, but this is Rashad’s chance to get out of his current circumstances. Whatever reason one has for playing a sport, they should never disrespect the game by not giving their best effort. There are people

who do not have the privilege of running around with their friends and enjoying the gift of competition and when someone chooses to undermine that they are giving life the middle finger. •

“In my career I have missed thousands of shots and hundreds of free throws two of which cost us a game. I doubled dribbled in a trap and got the ball stolen from me numerous times. One game I had 11 turnovers and in another went 1 for 10 from the field. Coach has benched me for fouling too much. I have been awarded technical fouls for letting my emotions get the best of me. All these things lead to one inevitable idea. Losing isn’t always the end, sometimes it becomes the beginning.” Written by CJ Foster Opinion Editor

Rise and Grind

Athletes Benefit from morning practice While other people may be asleep many athletes are up and practicing. While other people may be able to think of a large list of things they would rather be doing many of athletes are glad to be up and training on the sport they love. There are many other things that come with morning practice other than the dread of waking up earlier. While most athletes are fully aware of what morning practice entails, many other people are not. “It gets me in better shape, and helps me get ready for the rest of the day because I am wide awake,” senior wrestler Lal Lian said. Whether these athletes are training or conditioning they are giving it their all to continue to improve. A lot of athletes have also made some great memories during morning practice. “Every morning practice when I wake up early I look forward to eating the food after,” senior swimmer J’vonte Schanzenbaker said. Other than the fact that these athletes may be required to come to morning practice many athletes would agree that it establishes confidence within the team’s relationship. “It makes us stronger and closer as a team because none of us

want to be in the pool that early,” sophomore swimmer Mitchell Turner said. The life of an athlete can be tough. The majority of athletes have a goal that they want to reach by the end of their season and they continuously train to reach this goal. These goals are reached by hard work and dedication. “I believe it helps me a lot to better myself and also helps my team and I reach our goals for the year because we work really hard in practice doing exercises like running and lifting,” freshman wrestler Mark Villicana said. •

Exercising early in the morning has been proven to jump start your metabolism, and burn up to 10% more calories during the day.

Written by Lacey Campbell Reporter

Healthy habits

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Healthy substitutes and habits for everyday life

Replace white rice with quinoa. Quinoa is full of protein, magnesium, fiber, zinc and many other essential vitamins and minerals, making it a great substitute for white rice. A 100 gram serving of white rice is equal to 86 grams of sugar, making it incredibly high in sugar, which can ultimately link to obesity, overeating, high blood sugar and indigestion. Replace candy with organic dried fruit. Replacing candy with dried fruit can help to cut down on a bunch of empty calories and sugars. These fruits are very accessible and are easy to pack in your bag and be off for the day. Since there is such a big variety of fruit, every day you could have a mew snack. Dried fruits are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and is a great snack to make you feel full and satisfied. Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt. Sour cream is high in calories and fat. Switching to Greek yogurt can reduce those calories and still give a satisfying cool bitterness to any food. You can have Greek yogurt as dip for chips or vegetables, on bagels and even on baked potatoes with chives and pepper.

Photos by Lauren Hawkins

Substitute soda with sparkling fruit water. Soda contains a ton of unnecessary sugars and calories, making them very unhealthy and fattening. Since soda is accessible and inexpensive, many households have a supply of soda, making it easy for young adults to grab and go without thinking of the problems they may face if they drink too much. Substituting this sugar with the natural sugars found in fruits can be extremely beneficial to your health, and can even help to make you feel a bit more full and hydrated. Mix basic club soda with sliced fruit like kiwi, strawberries, apples and lemons and take it along with you wherever you go and you have a healthy fruit soda. Don’t Like the taste of water? Try tea. Drinking tea is a great way to get hydrated and help your heart. Researchers have found that tea not only hydrates and tastes good, but it can also lead to fighting heart disease and even some cancers. Tea is readily available in many stores, and depending on the brand, it is inexpensive. Teas also come in a variety of flavors, making it easy to find something different and vitamin packed everyday.

Exercise Exercise early in the morning to wake you up for the whole day and send you to bed feeling refreshed and accomplished. Working out early creates energy that can last you throughout the day, even if it is only pushups and jumping jacks when you get out of bed. Working out before you start your day can also help you build a better mindset for getting stuff done during the day, eating healthy and feeling better. • Written by Ava Cook Written by Lauren Hawkins Business Manager


Break-up with Valentine’s Day Calories

According to, somewhere around 60 million pounds of chocolate will be consumed on or around Valentine’s Day. You know what that means, annoying calories that stick around like those exes you cannot seem to get rid of. Eating just one Russell Stover fourpiece chocolate set is 280 calories, and after you eat around seven of those sets your significant other so kindly got you, the numbers start to add up. There are plenty of everyday activities that can burn calories. In fact, you may be burning calories without even realizing it. •

Tips for Burning Calories: Common Candy Calories: Treat size pack of conversation hearts:

60 calories

Fun size box of Nerds:

50 calories

Dove dark chocolate bar:

220 calories Written by Ava Cook Business Manager, Reporter

Sit down, watch a good movie and burn around 160 calories. Dirty room? Clean it and burn nearly 100 calories. Want to enjoy the brisk February weather? Get on a bike and ride away from 220 calories. Go out and spend that extra cash you have shopping and lose 240 calories. Catch some zzz’s and burn 360 calories.

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Winter Sports Highlights A closer look at how Spartan athletes finished their season Every coach looks for an athlete who strives to demonstrate leadership qualities. Being a captain doesn’t necessarily mean being the most vocal athlete. Instead, it can simply mean continuously finding ways to push their team through difficult times and encourage them to keep going. “...I look for individuals that have the ability to lead by example and not just words... I don’t need a perfect person to be a leader.” wrestling coach Chris Dunham said.


Student athlete junior Blake Little snagged an early qualification for states in both the 100 and 200 meter freestyle, and the 100 meter butterfly. His best events are the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. These events are that which he centers his training on. “I focus on the 200 free and 100 fly mainly because I place well and obtain good times,” Little said.


“This is my first year being a captain and I’ve realized my actions matter across the board because what I do affects other people,” junior Mason Evans said.


“It’s been hard at times. Being the captain means having to be positive and lead the team, no matter what,” senior Ethan Eldridge said.


“It’s really nice watching the team grow individually and as a team. They also give me feedback and help me grow into a better captain,” senior Anna Card said.


“It’s been interesting seeing how everyone has improved from the beginning of the season to now,” senior Logan Stallings said.

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SPARTAN TIPS Stay committed. You have to give everything to your passion.

Stay focused. Don’t let the little things get to you, they will only set you back.

Stay goal-oriented. Never give up even when you’re sick or exhausted and just keep pushing. Stay determined. Work hard but don’t over do it to where you no longer love what you do. “It’s been fun getting to know the girls and really bond with them,” senior Taryn

Stay motivated. Keep conditioning even in the offseason to better improve your skills.

Snyder said.


“Being a captain is a stressful but rewarding job,” enior Taylor Perrett said. “It’s almost like being captain of a ship. If you lead them to the north, you’ll get dubs. If you lead them to the south, you’ll take L’s. We only led our team to the north. #DubNation.”


“I lead the team on the floor by being vocal and calling out plays,” senior Emily Eldridge said.


Senior basketball player Chloe McAllister has received a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with the 2017 United Worlds USA Games overseas in Austria. The USA Games are Olympics but for U18 and U19 travel leagues. “I am very excited to be given the chance to play with a new set of girls,” McAllister said. She not only plays for the varsity girls basketball team but also plays for two different AAU travel basketball team and has been playing since she was in the third grade. She feels that she was presented with this opportunity not only because she filled out recruits slips, but because her team won All-Conference and qualified for districts. “I’m successful because I’ve stayed dedicated to the sport I love, which means I have to give up some normal high school experiences,” McAllister said. She has given up a lot of activities such as going on vacations and staying out late, hanging out with friends and she even missed attending a Beyonce concert. “If you want to go far then you have to give up a lot,” McAllister said. •

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Crystal Point One Staff, One Opinion: Flint’s water crisis deserves more attention Flint. What first comes to mind is a city where 42 percent of the residents live below the federal poverty line, where African Americans makeup 57 percent of the population. A city that hit its peak in the fifties and sixties when Ford ran the town, but as manufacturing jobs left overseas, so did the money and so did the jobs. A city that overhauled a water supply system to reduce its dependence on Detroit, but as the pipes corroded and oozed lead and other heavy metals into the water, the city, EPA, state and federal government chose to turn a blind eye to the damage. This is Flint, and as with all crisis, after initial injury, we have stopped caring. And now, since switching water supplies to a river contaminated from years of industry, Flint’s legacy as a once great American city has been tarnished just like the pipes from where the water is pulled.

Flint’s impact as a city is lessened by the thousands of people who have bathed, drank and cooked with the water that is necessary for life, yet is simultaneously destroying the neurotransmitters necessary for cognitive function. The only other options are bottled water trucked in from some other, more fortunate town or using an only halfway decent government issued filter, but the end is in far in sight for the residents who have had their lives irrevocably changed by the ignorance of various government entities. While conditions have improved and solutions are in the works (replacing pipes and treating water so it is less corrosive), the entire situation is riddled with discrepancies and cover-ups that only highlight the government’s position on the matter. When residents were required to pay for water that knowingly sickens

children and poisons adults, when people are given filters that barely begin to filter out all of the contaminants, when children are unable to take baths without emptying a case of bottled water into the bathtub... we cannot afford more abuse to this community. They are too valuable and they are too precious for us to forget, yet they are too poor and too black for officials to remember. The time to be honest was four years ago. The time to apologize is now. The time to provide food that draws toxins out of blood is now. The time to expedite new pipe installment is now. The provide to give a decent water filter is now. The time for Flint to be able to live again is now. • *The government made this mess. People can help clean it up. Go to to see how you can help.

BADA** There’s a difference between confidence and cockiness A badass is not someone who wears leather jackets, rides motorcycles or talks about how badass they think they are. A badass is someone who is comfortable in their own skin and content with where they are in life, but never satisfied. Most importantly, a badass knows there is a difference between confidence and cockiness. A badass is confident in everything they do. They know they are good at what they do, but they do not rub it in when they see others struggling. Confidence is knowing you are good at what you do while cockiness is bragging about how good you think you may be at something. There are several things you should know about becoming a badass: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. In order to change, grow, or get better you must become comfortable being uncomfortable. Similar to physical activity, you will not see a change unless you make one. The only way you will grow as a person is to do things you have never done before which can be very uncomfortable for some. Be able to say no. You are not required to do anything you do not want to, but you must be able to stick up for yourself otherwise no one will know that you do not want to do something. *This does not work for school, but it is worth a shot.* Always do the right thing. This is a no brainer but some people still struggle with it for some reason. Do not try to impress other people if it goes against something you believe in. Train hard. The fact that we are healthy and lucky enough to go to the gym a few days a week and train the way we like to is a blessing and a gift that we should not take for granted. Stop worrying about what other people think of you. This is a big

one. In order to grow as a person you have to fully accept who you are and be confident with yourself. What others think of you should not affect how you live your life. Speak with confidence. This goes along with not worrying about what other people think of you. Whether you are giving a presentation in front of the class or talking to someone you just met, every word you say must be said with confidence for them to believe you. Always look to improve. You can be comfortable and confident with yourself and still look to improve. You should never be fully satisfied with your academics, training or relationships. Always find ways to improve whatever you can about yourself. You may even inspire others around you to get better. Never wait for perfect. Perfect does not exist, so if you are waiting around for perfect you are going to be waiting a long time. You should always make the best out of every situation you are in no matter what. Do not fall into the “busy trap.” Everyone you meet is or will be busy at some point. If you really want to do something, you will make time for it. Stop making excuses and stop lying to yourself. Be nice to everyone. Everyone you meet will be going through something you do not know anything about. Be nice and understanding when you are talking to other people about a sensitive topic, especially when you do not know them. A badass will have several, if not all, of these characteristics. A badass knows that being confident is more important than being cocky. They are never satisfied and always look to improve whatever they can in their life while maintaining their integrity. • Written by Lindsey Fisk Reporter

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(x)(x) Free the nippleS Here is a basic anatomical fact, male and female nipples are physically the same. Eighty years after males were legally allowed to go topless, women are continuing to battle for that same right. Few states have passed laws allowing women to go topless, and those that did still contain clauses that cause bare female chests to walk an exhaustingly thin line. The inequality of this law is a testament to the hyper-sexualization of the female chest. Male chests are simply not seen in that same light. A woman’s chest was never meant to be viewed or used in a sexual manner. It’s basic purpose is to feed a child

during its crucial early development. Thirty four states currently have state laws that allow female toplessness to some degree. The problem lies in the fact that local ordinences can still decide to ban exposed nipples. Even in states or cities where there are no laws banning exposed chests, police are still able to claim it to be disorderly conduct and make arrests. For some people, it was the ludicrous censorship rules on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook that united them with the Free the Nipple movement. “...How can these social media platforms claim to be responsible when you can view beheadings on Facebook and yet they banned our profile picture of a topless stick figure,” actress and activist Lina Esco said. I proudly stand with Free the Nipple’s 173,000

Twitter followers in agreement that nipples are honestly, no big deal. The stigma shrouding the female chest demonstrates a basic area of senseless inequality. “The issue is not trivial. The imposition on women is great, the inconvenience real, the stigma pernicious,” California attorney Carol Agate said. Establishing the right for women to go topless would open the door to closing the last issues standing between complete gender equality. If we can come together to bring public nudity laws into the 21st century, we can come together to break down the remainder of the wall standing between the sexes. Stop the stigma. Equalize the genders. Free the Nipple. • Written by Shay Lewis Reporter

Gray-t Lakes no more Governor Snyder is killing our ecosystem one wolf at a time What gives our government the right to make unilateral decisions against the wants of the American people? Yes they have power, but they must forget that the people are the ones who give them that position of power in the first place. Governor Rick Snyder has done so many wrong things during his time in office including his ignorance during the Flint water crisis and his lack of respect for Michigan voters when signing the bill concerning the wolf laws. In 2014, the people outlawed the hunting of gray wolves because they believed that it was unconstitutional to hunt an animal with such a low population. Michigan alone only has 650 wolves total left with two on our only national park, Isle Royale. The population is so low that the National Park Service is considering bringing in more wolves to even out the moose to wolf ratio. It’s pointless to let people hunt wolves in the rest of Michigan if Isle Royale’s wolf population is in such danger. As the hunting of wolves is still federally outlawed, the bill was signed in hopes that the Trump Administration would take it off the federal endangered species list. Currently house Republicans in Congress are striving for bipartisan legislation that would ultimately take gray wolves off of the endangered species list. This would also allow the hunting of wolves in the rest of the Great Lakes Region. People all across the country are furious about this decision. All the government is doing with this bill

is allowing people to kill an innocent animal for fun. Their defense is that wolves attack people and pets, but that scenario is unlikely unless they are provoked. Accordring to Rick Lamplugh, wolf advocate and author of In the Temple of Wolves, there have only been two documented wof attack since 2011. They are truly harmless animals that don’t deserve to be killed for absolutely no reason other than to have fun. Although the population of gray wolves has made great progress since they were put on the endangered species list, they were completely wiped out from 48 states. Going from a low population nationwide to a dense population within three states is still not enough. It’s not enough until the numbers are at the point where the population can be sustained in all 50 states. Of the 1600 plants and animals on the endangered species list, wolves are one of the 70 that have been taken off although it has only been on for a very short amount of time. The population is back up to the goal of 2,000 total in the Great Lakes area but that is not a large enough population to take them off the list. If you have the opportunity, stand up for the wolves because they can’t stand up for themselves. To help advocate for the lives of gray wolves in Michigan, go to and join the campaign today. • Written by Taryn Snyder

Assistant Editor


650 Wolves are left in Michigan

Courtesy photo

The National Park Service has addressed the low population of Wolves on Isle Royale

Why are they so eager to open a hunting season on this small population of wolves that by official Michigan Department of Natural Resources population estimates has declined since 2012?

-Jill Fritz

Director of Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

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Single Sport Athletes An indepth pro con about single vs multi sport athletes


Committed athletes should be single sport athletes. Becoming a single sport athlete can be a life changing decision for anyone who wants to commit to a sport. Playing a single sport can improve chances for students to earn athletic scholarships, allowing students to leave college with no debt. Not every student has the grades or capability to earn an academic scholarship, but athletes that devote their time and effort to one sport have a higher chance of getting an athletic scholarship. As we get older, time becomes more and more valuable. Cutting out distractions of sports that are played ‘just for fun’ can leave valuable time to specialize with sport-specific skills. Free time may also begin to vanish for athletes that are involved in multiple sports, leaving less time for things like school and friends. Paying for sports also increases over the years. Having to pay for coaching and travel fees for only one sport may follow with a decrease in ‘pay to play’ fees. The cost of gear for one sport would also be less expensive than buying gear for multiple sports. Having multiple practices for multiple sports can also be the cause of fatigue. Practices for one sport is enough to keep someone in shape, and playing more than one sport can take a toll on the athlete’s body. It may not be possible for athletes to compete at a high level when they are involved in more than one sport. Playing more than one sport gives athletes less time to fine tune skills that are used in a certain sport, which can limit athletes to a lower level of competition. According to Doctor Chris Stankovich, Ph.D., there are more opportunities for single sport athletes to review and refine athletic skills so that they can become mastered at an earlier age. Athletes that play one sport learn to dedicate themselves to their sport, coaches, and teammates. This dedication are useful later in life, when athletes become dedicated to a job or higher levels of dedication. Written by Sidney Schiller Reporter


Being a multi sport athlete myself, I highly contend playing multiple sports is not only more beneficial, but also healthier for everyone. Advocates for single sport athletes assume they are obligated to participate in one sport to be successful. In addition to this assumption, being a single sport athlete can have a more physical impact than you think. According to the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) one of the biggest negative affects that single sport athletes have is getting burnt out. Playing a sport all year around can also not only burn you out mentally, but also physically. Studies show that an overuse in certain muscles can result in major injury because growing joints are subjected to the same movements. When playing multiple sports, you give these muscles a rest and also strengthen other joints and muscles you wouldn’t normally use. Playing multiple sports not only strengthens your body as a whole, but will increase your athleticism greatly. College recruiters now-a-days often look for athletic ability more than skill. Strength and commitment can compete with any kind of skill at any level of play. So for someone looking to play any sport at the college or even professional level, playing another sport can actually help you with your “main sport.” Multi-sport athletes also show greater efficiency of sports I.Q. in general. They will understand the meaning of different sports and most likely pick up that sport quicker. In conclusion, sports in general are always better when you have good teammates and you’re winning games, matches or races. According to studies have shown that when playing multiple sports, you become a better teammate and competitor in each sport you play. The broader exposure that young athletes get will teach them better resiliency and focus, which can be transferable throughout any sport. • Written by Jerry Haadsma Sports Editor Photos by Erin Kahn

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