Flash Tattoos

By Katherine Barton

Metallic temporary tattoos are becoming more common, even among BHS students. These tattoos are like temporary jewelry, mixing with physical bracelets to create an interesting texture.

They’re also called “flash tattoos” and “jewelry tattoos” and have attracted many fashion leaders such as Vogue beauty director Sarah Brown and Beyoncé.

The only issue with these new fashion statements is their price. Flash tattoos are about $20 a set from the leading sellers, and they only last a couple of days. You also don’t get to choose the designs, so you might not like or use all of them.

This dilemma has led people to start developing their own DIY metallic tattoos that are much cheaper and can be done yourself, however you want. So if you want a more cost efficient option here’s what you can do: obtain a liquid gold or silver eyeliner or eyeshadow, cut a stencil out of tape (optional), and carefully draw on a design yourself. I purchased Hard Candy’s “Eye Def” color “Ditch” or 332 at Wal-Mart for $6.

Madame’s Been Murdered!

by Caroline Wong

This coming November, Bellbrook High School plans to put on their annual fall play with a plot filled with mystery, murder, and adventure. The cast, stage crew, and director Ms. Brown have been diligently working on this play since the end of September and anticipate to begin school performances the week before Thanksgiving break.

Senior, Alexia Vlahos, avoiding giving away spoilers, explains the play is “about a murder that happens in an old English house, and the group of people there are all trying to figure out who the murderer is among them. All the roles are leads because each actor’s character has [an] equal amount of time on stage. The crew and cast are really excited!” Vlahos continues on to say, “I’m really happy to be a part of [the cast again] this year and mostly excited to see how it turns out. I think the audience will have a good laugh during the show.”

Washington School Shooting, 3 Now Dead

By Bridget Richard

Tragic news struck the nation Friday, October 24, when another school shooting occurred at Marysville Pilchuck High School in the state of Washington. A high school freshman opened fire in the school cafeteria at around 10:30 a.m. and had apparently asked five students to sit together at lunch. Witnesses claim that the five in question were indeed sitting at the same table at the time of the shooting, two of whom were the gunman’s cousins.

When the student stopped, possibly to reload his .40 caliber handgun, newly hired social studies teacher Megan Silberberger tried to intercept the gunman. It was here that the student died from a bullet from his own gun. Whether it was self-inflicted or a result of the struggle with the teacher is unknown.

Many people are regarding Silberberger as a hero, and local teachers’ union president, who chose to remain unnamed when interviewed with the NY Times, said, “This teacher did everything possible to protect students.”

One female victim, with identity currently undisclosed to the public, was shot dead at the scene, while the four others suffered injuries that left them in serious or critical condition following the shooting on Friday. It was announced Sunday that one of those four, Gia Soriano, passed away at the hospital. Dr. Joanne Roberts said in a press conference that Soriano’s organs were going to be donated, and read this quote from her parents: “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

The gunman was part of  the Tulalip Tribe, a prominent group in the local community. Member of the tribe, Deborah Parker said, “We just have to reach for that human spirit right now.”

Oscar Pistorius Trial: Prosecutors Sprint to Appeal Conviction and Sentence

By: Rachel Stewart

South African prosecutors say they are seeking an appeal against the conviction and sentence given to Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius is an Olympic South African runner who is also a double amputee. On February 14, 2013, Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp, claiming he thought she was an intruder. Soon after, he was taken into police custody, and on September 11, 2014, Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the verdict that Pistorious was acquitted of murder, but was guilty of culpable homicide, similar to manslaughter in U.S. law, and reckless endangerment with a firearm. Last week, Pistorius began serving his five-year prison sentence, although he could be out in as little as ten months, according to defense lawyer, Barry Roux. He was additionally given a three-year suspended sentence for the gun-related charges.

On Monday, the National Prosecution Authority of South Africa said in a statement, “Today we announce that the decision to appeal both the conviction and sentence has been taken.”   They have not elaborated much, but their spokesmen, Nathi Mncube said in a statement released to South Africa’s timeslive.com, “The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law.”

The thought is that the state will argue that Masipa misinterpreted the law regarding dolus eventualis murder, which was what Pistorius was charged with. Dolus eventualis, also known as the common-law murder, applies if the perpetrator knew that their actions could result in the death of another and continued regardless of that fact. Masipa ruled that this did not apply to Pistorius. Critics of the ruling say that dolus eventualis includes instances wherein someone means to kill one person and ends up killing another, as with the case of Pistorius.

When asked when details would be set out about the appeal, the National Prosecution Authority of South Africa said it would be “within a few days.”

Fashion Legend, Oscar de la Renta, Dies At 82

by Alyssa Rogers

On October 20, we lost an inspiration to fashion lovers everywhere. Oscar de la Renta is a renowned fashion designer, and it is such a shame to say that he has passed away. Though there has been no clear cause of his death, de la Renta does have history with cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 but made a statement last year that he was cancer free. Whether this had to do with his death is still being investigated.

Though he has passed, his impact on American fashion can never be forgotten; after all, he was one of the few individuals to “define American fashion,” says MSN. De la Renta was most known for his specialty in evening gowns, and his full skirts with bright, contrasting colors. He has dressed several first ladies such as Jackie Kennedy, Hilary Clinton, and Laura Bush. His designs were recently worn by Amal Alamuddin on her wedding to George Clooney in Venice. You can see his gowns all over the red carpet at Hollywood events too; his designs are just as iconic as the people who wear them. Below are some of his most popular looks.

 

Quick breakfast ideas for school

by Emily Bunsold

The most important meal of the day, and yet only 36% of high school students actually eat breakfast in the morning. The main reason primarily being because they “don’t have time.” Well, 15 minutes doesn’t seem like that much time at all. So instead of hitting snooze that one last time, try to drag yourself out of bed and down to the kitchen to make a delicious and nutritious meal to start your day off. These four quick breakfast ideas will have you excited and wanting to eat breakfast in the morning. You’ll feel more awake and less hungry during school, and with how late you stayed up trying to finish that paper last night, you could use every ounce of energy available.

Oat Pancakes

Pancakes are the epitome of breakfast, but sometimes they can take forever to cook. But these banana oat pancakes that I saw on Pinterest have 6 ingredients and only take a maximum to 2 minutes to cook. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon on baking powder
  • 2/3 cup of oats
  • a shake or two of salt
  1. In a blender, pour all of the above ingredients and mix
  2. While your batter is mixing, placing a frying pan on a stove and set to medium heat. Place butter or cooking spray on your pan to ensure that the batter will not stick to the pan.
  3. Pour however much batter you want–the more batter, the bigger the pancake–onto the frying pan
  4. Wait…flip…wait
  5. Place on plate
  6. Continue steps 3-7 until batter is all gone

I find that honey tastes best over the pancakes, but you can use peanut butter or syrup of your choice instead. Adding fruit on top is always an option as well.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time:  2 minutes per pancake (makes 3)

Clean up: 2 minutes

Total time: 13 minutes

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Apple Sandwiches

My second recipe is one you can make and then take it on the go in the car, on the bus, or even when you are walking to school! Nothing is as delicious as these Apple Sandwiches.

What you’ll need:

  • Any apple of your choice
  • almond butter
  • honey
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Slice your apple so that you have to thick slivers and cut the middle (core) out of the apple. Apples 1
  2. Take your almond butter, honey, and chocolate chips and spread them on the apple chips
  3. Squish together and enjoy!apples 2

You can substitute the almond butter for peanut butter if that’s what you like, and chocolate chips can be traded in for granola or different kinds of berries.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Clean up time: about 1 minute

Total time: 6 minutes

Avocado Egg Sandwich

The next idea is one that does take some time, but is SO worth it in the end! My personal favorite, an avocado and egg sandwich.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • half an avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  1.  Toast your slices of bread. TIP: To get your bread crispy on the outside and softer on the inside, place them in the same side of the toaster together like seen here:toaster
  2. While your bread is in the toaster, pull out your frying pan and place it on the stove at medium heat
  3. Crack your 2 eggs (I made mine over easy, but if you’re on a time crunch, scrambling them will take a lot less time!)
  4. While the eggs are cooking, take one half of your avocado and mash it up in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper if you want.
  5. By this time, your bread should be out of the toaster. Smear the smashed avocado onto one side of bread.egg avo
  6. If your eggs are done, use a spatula to slide them onto the other slice of bread.
  7. Smush two pieces of bread together and cut them in triangles. Enjoy!egg avo sandwich

There are endless possibilities with this one. You could add bacon, cheese, tomatoes, peppers, practically anything you want on the sandwich!

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 11 minutes

Clean up: about 1 minute

Total time: 15 minutes

Banana Wrap

My last recipe is probably the easiest out of all of them. This banana wrap took me a total of 4 minutes to make. But it tasted like I spend a whole lot longer on it!

What you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tortilla
  • peanut butter
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Smear peanut butter all over one side of the tortilla
  2. Sprinkle chocolate chips over peanut butter
  3. Place banana on one side of tortilla
  4. Roll
  5. Cut off sides on tortilla
  6. Eat!

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Prep time: 3 minutes

Clean up: 1 minute

Total time: 4 minutes

I got a little excited to eat this one and forgot to take a picture of it being made, hence the big bite out of it in the picture. But again, any of these ingredients could be substituted to make it suit your tastes.

 

It can be easy to forget or just not want to make the effort to cook and eat breakfast, but hopefully, some of these quick and yummy ideas will get you a little more motivated to take the initiative to make a healthy meal before school. And as you can see all of these breakfast recipes and ideas can be totally tailored to what you like to eat, so don’t be afraid to experiment and get cooking!