Parkageddon

By: Madey Jacks and Jessica Richardson

Construction in the southeast parking lot, or “back lot” as it is commonly referred called, took up eighty parking spots this morning. The cranes that are occupying the spots are being used to remove light poles which will enable the construction of the new visitors’ and home stands.

“They’re taking the light poles down,” Athletic Director Jon Zwitt said. “They’re taking those down because they’re getting ready to pour the concrete pads for the bleachers. [The new stadium is] going to be a lot more compact. Right now we stretch from about the goal-line to goal-line about eleven rows high. The new one will be about from the seven to the seven and twenty-seven rows high. A lot more compact, more up, so you can get a much better view.”

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Despite an email, announcement and Tweet, construction still proved to be a hindrance to student’s timely arrival to school this morning. After the lot was full, students were to park in the baseball parking lot. However, this solution presented problems to some students.

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“I was late because of the parking situation. I combed the parking lots to see if there was a spot, there wasn’t,”  senior Giovanni Vivaldi said.

The weather only added to students’ parking woes.

“I had to walk through a pond to get here! The grass is completely soaked,” senior Mackenzie May said.

One student viewed the inconvenient parking situation as an opportunity to serve their fellow students.

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“I’m pulling in and I realized I’m going to be late, and I don’t want my girlfriend to be late so, I dropped her car off at the baseball parking [and then] I dropped her off at the front,” junior Dan Root said. “Ten other people were walking so I said ‘Hey that’s a shame. Hey, hop in.’ So about ten people hopped in the back of the truck and I drove them here. I saw Williamson sitting at the edge of the parking lot and we made awkward eye contact. He shook his head in disapproval and then I let ten people off at the edge so they wouldn’t be late.”

Root has asked to be referred to as “The Transporter.”

Zwitt offers some advice in case the hundred foot light poles haven’t been removed by tomorrow morning.

“The best thing would be to come a little early and park in the baseball [lot],” Zwitt said. ‘You know, don’t even look for another spot, just go right to baseball. It’s another ninety seconds from the baseball to the east lot.”

Burn, Baby Burn!

By: Jessica Richardson and Madey Jacks

Students in the Human Body Systems class went beyond a Keynote to gain hands-on experience today. In a lab for treating and understanding burns, students used makeup, gelatin, dirt and tissues to replicate burns. After they had given their victims a burn, students would swap patients in order to take vital signs and formulate a treatment plan.  

Ethan Duke receives a fake road rash from a "motorcycle accident."

Ethan Duke receives a fake road rash from a “motorcycle accident.”

“We hope to learn the differences between the types of burns that happen and how they happen,” junior Alyssa Tapy said.

 

The class offers practical learning for future medical professionals. Through the realistic replication of burns, students are able to experience what a burn would look like and how it could affect the body.

 

“You can actually see it by creating it. It’s more hands on than just looking at a video of some burns,” sophomore Sydney Snyder said.

 

Male students had an interesting take on having makeup products, such as lipstick and eyeshadow placed on their bodies.

Junior Alyssa Tapy is in the beginning stages of a neck burn.

Junior Alyssa Tapy is in the beginning stages of a neck burn.

“I’m actually a girl now,” sophomore Ethan Duke joked about having lipstick on him.

 

While the lab provided a fun break from traditional learning, the experience gained in the classroom has the opportunity to go beyond the walls of Center Grove High School.

 

“A lot of us want to go into the medical field. We like taking the class for what we learn,” sophomore Melanie Shea said. “Why I do it? I want to be in the medical field; I want to be a nurse, so I love learning about it.”

Democratic Destruction

O’ brother where art thou?

For I know you are tossed within the ranks.

I believe I’ve heard your wails.

Yes! Come forward!

Sprint! Faster now!

For they’re on your heels.

They shall not stop-

forge on!

Golden heart, unmatched by those of gild-

Rise up soon,

for we shall be lost without you.

 

Seniors are faced with many new experiences during their last year of high school. From turning 18 to graduation, senior year is a milestone in students’ lives. For this graduating class, their wait to actively voice their beliefs in our government is almost over. May 3, 2016, marks Indiana’s Presidential Primary Election with the United States Presidential Election on Nov. 8. Although seniors will have graduated from Center Grove by the time the next president is elected, some seniors will have the opportunity to participate in the primaries.

 

But not every eligible senior is eagerly anticipating the upcoming primary.

 

“I think this primary is unique because of the very polarizing candidates involved, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders,” political science teacher Eric Howe said. “I find it interesting that we see these anti-establishment candidates dominating the news cycle in the presidential race. Yet [in] the race for U.S. Congress, as well as the state and local levels, we see the more or less traditional, establishment politicians in those races.”

 

The Republican candidate who wins the majority of Indiana’s delegates will receive all of the delegates. The Democratic candidates are given delegates on a proportional system. Usually, the candidates who will vie for the presidency in November have been decided before Indiana’s primary. The 2016 primary is different: Indiana’s delegates are essential to the presidential nominations.

 

Because of the importance of this year’s primary, students are struggling to find a candidate they identify with enough to vote for.

 

“Some of them are so far away from what I believe, and then some are close but then have big viewpoints that I disagree with,” senior Jamie Fannin said. “I don’t agree with free education because I believe that if you give a free education, then a college degree won’t mean as much. I think the quality would go down and people might not take it as serious as it is now.”

 

Others view their role in the election as having to choose between two evils.

 

“I probably will end up voting because anyone who isn’t Trump is at least somewhat survivable,” senior Hope Cullers said. “So I need to play my part in keeping him out of office.”

 

One can’t help but notice how pessimistic citizens have been over this election’s candidates.

 

“I think it’s a shame that the memes and jokes are more popular than the actual content of the debates,” senior Sabrina Maristela said. “We need to start trying to figure out what each candidate could offer to our country so we can actually pick a winner instead of ‘none of the above.’”

 

Students might also feel like their vote doesn’t matter, and they are not alone.

 

“According to the Washington Post, only 19.9% of voters 18-29 cast a ballot in 2014,” Howe said. “From the cost of higher education and student debt to issues of expanding rights to minorities, students should want a voice in the issues that they face. Beyond that, it is important to remember that one does not simply cast a vote for president but will also vote for candidates from surveyor and county council to state and U.S. Congress.”
No matter what students’ political views are, this election will certainly be interesting, and this time, the votes students in Indiana cast may affect the outcome.

Statue to a Forsaken Ideology: The Modern Colossus

Statue to a Forsaken Ideology

(The Modern Colossus)

Boats no longer pass her-
Planes boast their might from above.
Hopes and fares no longer suffice-
instead some are sacrificed.
Offered to please the beast.
Devoured-
Ensnared by          
Malicious laws that doom-
hopeful, fair lives.

Her beacon continuously beckons,
but even the lucky are not spared a glimpse.

The faithful and vigilant are not where they ought to be.
Sitting on Capitol Hill are those
scared of life and difference-
lives dedicated to fear.
“Push! Onward men!”
They want their pawns to shout-
with an M16 in hand.

Too powerful are they-
who blind themselves to
grief-stricken and hollow eyes
that yearn to gaze upon her face.

 

 

Since 2011, the American government has only welcomed 2290 Syrian refugees into the nation even though over 4.2 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes. 31 state governors, including Indiana’s Mike Pence, have declared that their states will not welcome Syrian refugees. This has occurred in spite of the United States imposing some of the most secure background checks and processing all Syrian refugees through even more intensive screenings.

 

“Although I understand the logic behind Governor Mike Pence’s refusal to admit refugees, I would have approached the heightening fear of terrorism due to ISIS in another way,” senior and PALS president Ally Colinco said. “Not all refugees are terrorists and stereotyping a whole culture is unfair.”

 

The refugees do not need laws or red tape; they need a genuine display of humanitarian concern. The Marine Raider Regiment’s motto is “Always faithful, always forward” and the Civil Air Patrol’s is “always vigilant.” What if our politicians founded their decisions on these mottos instead of their fears? Americans serving in the armed forces are revered for their bravery that protects our freedom; however, we rely on our politicians to ensure the freedoms won are legislatively insured.

 

“Refugees are just as terrified as anyone else, even more so because they are threatened by those destroying their country and shunned by those claiming [themselves] as ‘the good guy,’” Colinco said.

 

Gone are the days in which those leaving their country could look up to the Statue of Liberty. Now, they come by plane and the past haunts us. State and federal legislatures have allowed the victim ideology to permeate into their reaction to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the modern world.

 

While the students of Center Grove are distant from the war-torn landscape of Syria, the students within the building can have a drastic impact. Every student has a voice and it is the sum of voices that can make a difference. Students who aren’t of voting age still have an opportunity to help; their voices will just be presented differently.

 

PALS, a Center Grove club, gives students the opportunity to make a global difference. Currently, the club is planning “Sleeveless for Syria.” This fundraiser will sell bro-tanks to benefit Syrian refugees.

 

“As a Center Grove student, you can donate or you can donate through buying one of these bro-tanks,” Colinco said.

 

It doesn’t matter how grand Lady Liberty is or how comforting Emma Lazarus’s words are. The only thing that matters is what the nation does behind her back for those who hope to look upon her face.

 

“You don’t need to personally accept a refugee into your home and you don’t need to donate a thousand dollars, all you need to do is care,” Colinco said.