Turkey Talk with Christa Oeder

By Emily Caruso

As the temperature drops and people prepare for Thanksgiving, Bellbrook High School celebrates the holiday in its own unique way: Teacher Turkey, a friendly competition between faculty members at BHS to see who wears a turkey costume to school. The winning turkey is determined by students donating money towards a teacher.  Raising over $500.00, all proceeds donated go to memorial funds for students Skylar Kooken, Sophie Kerrigan, and Julianna Hawk. After five days of voting and anticipation, Bellbrook High School greeted its 2013 Teacher Turkey: Christa Oeder!

Humor: This Isn’t Something to be Laughing About

by Mitch Powers

The most important part of comedy is timing. This is the golden rule in the history of trying to make people laugh. For me, this statement holds its own set of problems. I try to be funny all of the time. This isn’t a revelation I came to in some great flash of genius, but rather it was drilled into my skull by my family and peers. I lack the ability to be serious –or so I’ve been told.

I haven’t always been funny. Actually, as a young child I was really quite terrible. I’m glad I have an awful memory so I can’t remember myself as the selfish brat I was. It got so bad my parents had to stage an intervention. Sadly my intervention didn’t get its own reality show, but it was effective. I began realizing that family members could actually be enjoyable if you treated them nicely. It was about at this time that I realized how much I liked making people laugh. At first I wasn’t good at it, sometimes telling jokes meant for a locker room to my grandparents at dinner, but I slowly developed my sense of humor into something more sophisticated.

I began looking for humor in everything. From strangers on the street to bumper stickers, I was looking for something to make my day a little brighter. For better or worse, my day-brightening techniques rolled over into the rest of my life. I liked to share the funny things I saw, and since I saw a lot of things I found funny, I did a lot of sharing. To many close to me, this was not a good thing. My constant observations were taken as unpleasant outbursts. Criticism aside, I continued in my observational improvisation, becoming ever more mindful of the minor parts of my day and their hidden humors.

Even though my sense of humor has often got me into trouble, it has done less harm than good. A sense of humor is so critically important, especially in the world of journalism. Humor interests people, it catches their attention. It is my goal to use humor to expose people to things they might never have experienced. I learned that being able to laugh is a huge part of life, so please don’t tell me to stop, because I don’t plan on listening.

Don’t Do Drugs or You’ll Get Dropped

by Kate Barton

Walter Thurmond is a National Football League player for the Seattle Seahawks and is suspended from playing for four games because of his recently discovered use of drugs, which are banned by the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (non-PED). This is another major blow to the Seahawks after their recent loss of Brandon Browner to a groin injury.

This topic relates to players of all sports in that everyone needs to be responsible and aware of the consequences of breaking any rules. The Seattle Seahawks are now missing two strong players from their team because of Thurmond’s choice. Team members at BHS should be aware of the consequences of doing drugs because if anyone is kicked off the team, the whole team can suffer. Sophomore  Bridget Richard captures this point, “For synchronized skating, it’s especially important for all members of the team to participate. If someone were to be kicked off for use of drugs, it would be detrimental to the whole team because everyone has their own roles.”

Movie Review: Killing Kennedy

by Emily Caruso

With the 50th anniversary of president Kennedy’s assassination November 22, a tidal wave of shows about the infamous event hit public television. One of them, based on Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Kennedy, took a respectful and insightful look on the assassination. The movie was not the stereotypical documentary where it was an analysis of the “magic bullet” or a conspiracy theory movie, but just the real proven facts about the assassination.

Killing Kennedy gave an excellent back-story on characters, going into both JFK’s life and Lee Harvey Oswald’s, Kennedy’s assassin, back-stories.  Both stories not only met the objective to inform but also captivated the attention and the emotion of the time period for Americans young and old, despite the assassination occurring 50 years ago. The film captured the time period, emphasizing the Cold War and the threat that it posed to the USA by highlighting The Bay of Pigs and The Cuban Missile Crisis.

National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy did a good job casting, as actors and actresses such as Rob Lowe (JFK), Michelle Trachtenberg (Marina, Oswald’s wife), Ginnifer Goodwin (Mrs. Kennedy), and Will Rothhaar (Oswald) portrayed characters accurately and precisely.  Oswald’s back-story parallels with Kennedy’s throughout the movie, giving viewers insight into the moments leading up to the assassination. Killing Kennedy is not about crazy conspiracies, blaming different people for the assassination like the CIA or the Secret Service. Director Nelson McCormick disregards all of these theories, thus sticking to what the textbook says about Kennedy’s assassination, keeping the film respectful in honor of the 50th anniversary.

Controversial ObamaCare Ads Promote…What?

by Nick Martin

Ads recently released by the ProgressNow Colorado Education and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative have been seen by many to promote a life of “easy sex and booze.” The New York Times wrote, “Sign up for ObamaCare and get a sleazy hookup. Colorado has launched a new ad campaign that attempts to entice young women to sign up for the new national health-care program with the promise of free contraceptives and carefree sex.”

Although many are outraged, some see the ads as a way to add comedy to a serious subject. Government regulated healthcare is very controversial and the President’s biggest move during his time in office. Some see the ads as satire and others see it as a statement of support for the Affordable Care Act, even with the Obama Administration not commenting if they supported the ads. Freedom of speech allows the organization to say whatever they want. One question to ask you now: got insurance?

Bellbrook Students Succeed at Model United Nations Conference

by Megan Haymond

On Friday, November 15, Bellbrook High School Model United Nations members competed in their fall conference at the University of Dayton. There were nine possible committees students were placed in with their assigned countries. Betty Hociota, Elizabeth Odunsi, and Anna Starkey all received awards for their position papers.

Model United Nations is a club that promotes public speaking skills while giving students a taste of how the real United Nations works. Members of the club are highly passionate about debating public policy. The University of Dayton’s Model United Nations team hosts the conference acting as the chairmen assuring decorum is held and procedural rules are followed. The Model United Nations team typically attends two conferences a year: one at the University of Dayton and the other at Miami University. The University of Dayton conference is a little larger and only lasts a day, forcing delegates to be efficient in passing resolutions.

This year the committees focused on children. It was also interesting this year in the security council because participants were able to discuss recent world news with the struggles in Syria. The committees were as follows: 

General Assembly 1: Addressing the Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons on Child Security

General Assembly 2: Effects of Climate Change on Indigenous Peoples of Central Africa

Security Council 1: Syrian Relief Effort with special regard for children and marginalized people

Security Council 2: Achieving Peace and Stability in Somalia

Historic Security Council: Rwanda 1994

ECOSOC: Addressing Gender Equality in Relation to Poverty Reduction

UN Development Programme: Access to Sustainable and Renewable Energy for the Poor

UN Human Settlements Programme: Increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation methods

UNICEF: Promoting Human Rights to Eradicate Child Labor

 

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Opinion: Black Friday Permeates Thanksgiving

By Abbey Knupp

Prepare to eat your Thanksgiving dinner from your finest tupperware containers if you want to catch some of the hot sales this holiday season. If you don’t currently own some nice tupperware containers, you could always pick up the $18 set of pyrex containers that are a part of Macy’s sale. However, if you desire such an item, you better be prepared to give up the better part of your holiday dinner, because Macy’s opens its doors at 8 pm on Thanksgiving, and those containers are going to fly off the shelves. Most stores have moved up the start of their sales, forgoing the typical 10-12 pm start time for something much earlier: 5 pm.

When stores began releasing their sale ads, sending shameless emails and plastering the deals all around their stores, mixed feelings emerged from the general public. Some rejoiced that they could get their shopping done at a reasonable hour, while others erupted with rage, arguing that the earlier sales were disrupting the sanctity of the holiday and tearing people away from their families, both with the allure of low prices and with the store’s need for employees.

Black Friday has expanded from a single day of intense sales to a full weekend of deals. Some stores stagger their doorbusters, so that large items go on sale at different times all weekend, while others release most of their inventory at once. The sale festivities cease after Cyber Monday, the internet equivalent of Black Friday, which follows the Monday directly after Friday’s enormous sales. So, why are sales starting sooner? Doesn’t it seem a little excessive, considering some sales already last all weekend?

“No,” responds big business. Due to low sales predictions and a small amount of shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas, stores hope to capitalize on all of the selling time that they can to move merchandise. But, what does this mean for the employees who work through their dinners or the sale-seeking shopper who is forced to choose between sales and family? Does this ever-present consumeristic attitude desecrate the holiday?

When standing in the cold, winter wind, waiting on the back side of a building towards the end of a line of hundreds of people, all filled with the hope of bagging some good deals, where is the giving of thanks? It seems that people are too busy thanking the companies for the good deals to give appreciation for the things and people already in their lives. With this year’s abundance of sales, people are going to have a hard time trying to balance the two.

Personally, I can’t wait to eat my dinner out of a plastic container as I stand in line at Best Buy with my family, waiting for the doors to open. After all, what is better than family bonding over the forceful search for the last Macbook Pro and the long, tedious wait to check out? Except, maybe, our lunch the following day, where we all make food together, warm ourselves around a fire, and recount our craziest Black Friday experiences. Our belated Thanksgiving dinner is always something I look forward too, and it is the best way, my family has found, to balance our love of sales with our love for each other.

You can’t imagine the type of furor that is created when a store dangles savings in front of an eager crowd unless you have experienced it for yourself. To find store ads, simply go that that store’s website. The Black Friday ads are impossible to miss.