Is Bacon Closing McDonald’s?

Written by: Julia Dahl

        Bacon is one of America’s love affairs, but it may be a love/hate relationship. Many love the greasy taste of bacon and the aroma that fills a room as it’s cooked, but you may not love it so much when you are aware of what World Health Organization released about the food. Even more news, McDonald’s has made announcements about steps they are making in their company.

        The question is, do the announcements go hand in hand? In October, the World Health Organization released that “a 50-gram portion of bacon a day increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 percent.” Not only does it cause cancer, but they also placed sausage and ham in group one of carcinogens. To put things into perspective, group one consists of formaldehyde, gamma radiation and cigarettes.

        In the same month, McDonald’s released that they plan to close more restaurants than they will open within the next year for the first time ever. They made the decision after figuring that there was an 11 percent decrease in revenue and a 30 percent drop in profit.

        “I would be concerned of the economic impact in the community because it employs a lot of students,” science teacher Brian Weidman said.

           It may just be coincidence as McDonald’s has been losing customers for a significant amount of time now. Students did not seem to want to change their bacon eating habits after the cancer release.

        “I feel like as long as they inform us of what is bad, it is your choice to eat it,” sophomore Dakota Stoughton said.

        So what impact will this have on CG? After taking a quick sampling (seven students and two teachers), they revealed that they would not decrease their bacon intake after hearing the information WHO released. However, five out of the nine said they would be devastated if the local McDonald’s closed.The few who were bothered by McDonald’s closing stores were worried not because they would miss the food, but because of the economic impact.

While McDonald’s may be going through a rough time, bacon is still one of America’s favorite foods.

Tailgate Clan Catalyst for Sport Team’s Success

Photos Courtesy of Tailgaters

Long before kickoff, the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs wafts not from the concession stand, but the parking lot. Whether it’s tailgating at dawn of the first day of school, home football games, or the soccer state championship game, if it’s a big event, the students of Center Grove will be there. Brian Gudeman is the tailgate czar; he is in charge of making sure that everything runs smoothly before the big game.

Ryan Stemle impresses the crowd with his antics

Ryan Stemle impresses the tailgate crowd

“It all started last year on the last day of school, and it was such a success that we have tailgated everything since,” senior Brian Gudeman said.

Tailgate crew attends Tennis match

Tailgate crew attends tennis match

There is extreme pressure being in charge of the tailgates; trying to organize with teenagers is difficult while trying to outperform the last tailgate can be stressful.

“To host a good tailgate can get pretty pricy, but we have a solid group of guys who always answer the bill,” Gudeman said. “My goal as the czar is to improve one tailgate at a time.”

The tailgaters have organized live performances, corn hole championships, and recently Coach Moore provided food to honor their enthusiasm.  

“Having Matt Hill perform live country music was a complete spectacle that I assume has never been done by Center Grove students before,” Gudeman said. “The competition to earn the WWE belt in the corn hole championships was intense.” 

The tailgate czar himself wanted to clear the air about girls attending the tailgates.

Operation Football

Operation Football

“Girls were allowed to attend the tailgates and we enjoyed their company, but they did not help out with any of the food or the activities so we stopped inviting them,”  Gudeman said.

The tailgaters have one goal in mind: to give our athletics the extra support they need to earn a victory.

“Center Grove athletics have been extremely successful so far, and I would have to say they have used our energy to propel them to all these dubs,”  Gudeman said.

The tailgaters do not just support football; they want every team to be the best.

“We love every team who dons the red and white; we plan on tailgating even after football season concludes,” Gudeman said.