‘7th Heaven’ Dad not acting very Holy

by Casey Murphy

Stephen Collins played the role of a loving father and pastor on the family series 7th Heaven and has reportedly been caught giving a confession to molesting three young girls on three separate occasions. The incidents reportedly happened between 1973 and 1994.

“There is a formal complaint on file and the incident is being investigated by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad,” a New York law enforcement source told FOX411. Collins was the subject of reports in October after his wife, Faye Grant, said he admitted to her he molested three underage girls. TMZ posted an audio recording that was alleged to have been made during a November 2012 therapy session involving Collins and his wife during which he made the incriminating statements.

Faye Grant had secretly recorded Collins during their therapy session that she was later going to use in the couple’s divorce proceedings.”I woke up today to learn that an extremely private recording I handed over to the authorities in 2012 per their request in connection with a criminal investigation was recently disseminated to the press…I had no involvement whatsoever with the release of the tape to the media.”

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” he says in the statement. “I have been working to atone for it ever since. I’ve decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.”

“He can’t face charges in the case. There are specific laws in child sexual abuse cases in New York that do allow for an extension of the statute of limitations in certain cases, but this particular allegation against Collins can’t be prosecuted,” the official added.

Collins said he has struggled over whether to apologize directly to the women who were involved. Collins commented that he had the chance to apologize to one of the girls fifteen years later and she was apparently extremely gracious. Collins has decided to not confront the other two women involved because once he confronted the first woman he was informed to not be as direct for it could open old wounds.

Following the revelation of the allegations, Collins was fired from his job on the movie Ted 2. Also Collins resigned Tuesday from his spot on the national board of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ohio House Recognizes Dates

by Bridget Richard

As the Dayton Daily News reported Wednesday, December 10, several new official dates of recognition have been made for the state of Ohio. With September being made “School Bullying Prevention Awareness Month” and March receiving the title of “Ohio Maple Syrup Products Month,” there is one other designation that sticks out from the rest.

From now on, February 21 will be known as Rascal Flatts Day. Several Bellbrook students were perplexed that this band, formed in Columbus in 1999, now has its own official day. Junior Alexis Schuster likes the band, but said, “I think that this shindig was a waste of time and resources. I don’t see the point.” Another junior, Bridgette Martinez, when asked whether or not she would change the day if given the chance to change the day said that she wouldn’t, because “Ohio doesn’t have anything going on.”

Junior Advice For Freshman Exam Takers

 

By Emily Bunsold

When asked “Do you have any advice for new freshmen taking the exams this year?” Many of Bellbrook High School’s Juniors had some great advice.

Kate Barton

Kate Barton

“I make study guides as I go throughout the chapters so that I don’t have that much to do by the end of the semester when exams roll around.”

Alyssa Rogers

Alyssa Rogers

“Eat a good breakfast!”

Dan Yokajty

Dan Yokajty

“You don’t really have to take all of your school stuff with you every night. Just take the supplies you need for the exams the next day so that you can focus on them.”

Michaela Forbes

Michaela Hensley

“I do all my study guides, look over notes, and read the book. If you have any questions, just go to your teacher before the exam.”

Savannah Shenk

Savannah Shenk

“Go to the NHS study groups!”

Brad Tran

Bradley Tran

“Study for about fifteen minutes every night. All of those minutes start to add up and you won’t be cramming the night before.”

David Vine

David Vine

“Just don’t sweat it. They’re only 20% of your grade after all. Exams aren’t as scary as you think and you get to go home early!”

 

 

My two favorite words: Fun and Free

by Casey Murphy

One too many times I find myself bored at home not knowing what to do. Here is a list of fun and free things I’ve come across to do in Bellbrook:

  1. Have a Netflix marathon with some friends and make low-budget snacks.
  2. If you don’t have Netflix, you can always go to Winters Library and check out some free movies or books.
  3. Visit and admire beautiful sceneries. Some good places you could visit are Hills and Dales in Oakwood or The Sugarcreek Reserve. My family and I had a photo shoot at Hills and Dales this past weekend.
  4. If the weather’s good, go for a drive with some friends and play good music. You and friend can give each other manicures or with a very trusted friend, give each other haircuts–but not while driving.
  5. When you’re feeling energized, there are plenty of local free sports areas to play soccer, tennis or basketball. Places like the YMCA, Delco and Vemco Park.
  6. Take a hot bath or shower on a rainy day.
  7. There are many types of people in this world. Sometimes a fun thing to do is just sit down, get comfortable and “people watch” in your neighborhood or the local Wal-Mart
  8. Volunteering is not just fun to do but rewarding for yourself. Even more importantly, you’re rewarding and helping someone in need of your time. An example of a great place to give your time is The Caring Place on Thursday nights helping serve food to the less fortunate. It is located in Xenia at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  9. Go for hike on a sunny day!
  10. Sometimes clearing your head is the best way to stay calm and get out of that non-motivated slump. A great to clear your mind is yoga. Very relaxing and good for you.
  11. Visit the lighted tree at the outdoor shopping center of The Greene in Beavercreek.
  12. My favorite thing to do when the weather is a bit warmer is to go to a river or lake nearby and grab some friends to fish and swim.

NHS Peer Tutoring all week!

By Dan Yokajty

Exam week is here and students around the school are starting to stress out. Studying is a very difficult task to stay focused on. Even harder than studying is finding time to study, since juggling your schedule is tricky. So the Bellbrook National Honor Society is tackling this problem by offering peer tutoring after school every day during exam week. So if you are having a hard time finding time to study, peer tutoring with NHS could be your best option.

This is the first year that the National Honor Society is offering after-school tutoring for exams. It runs for 1 hour after each school day in Mrs. Rivero’s room. They offer snacks and drinks for anyone who shows up. They teach any and all subjects and the tutors are eager to help fellow classmates study. David Vine, a regular tutor for Mrs. Rivero, said, “It is a great way to take knowledge that you have learned from previous classes and apply it by helping others.”

Don’t Get Too Cozy for Exams

By Mitch Hughes

Exams can always be stressful for students, especially when students have to spend two hours in a seat taking what is often a difficult test. The stressful situation and long duration of exams can make those big, comfortable sweatpants, oversized sweatshirts, and even pillows seem very appealing, but it’s entirely possible that the classic, cozy exam outfit may do more harm than it helps.

A study performed by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has yielded results that affect workers and test-takers everywhere. The researchers Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam concluded that the perception of one’s self is in fact related to the clothes one is wearing. A person dressed more professionally was more likely to perform well than their counterparts in the experiment who dressed too casually. This relationship between clothing and job performance is the reason many employers require a certain dress code.

Though students usually don’t see school as a workplace, the situation is quite comparable. Students spend seven hours a day doing work of various kinds and midterm exams are the evaluation of that work. Because of the similarities between a student’s work at school and that of somebody in the workplace, it is implicit that the clothing-work output relationship applies to students as well.

I’m certainly not saying that everybody should come to school in their Sunday best just for exams, but it is certainly important that students dress in a manner that promotes peak cognitive function. For male students this could be something along the lines of jeans or khakis, and any shirt that’s comfortable and functional. Female students should also stay with a casual-but-not-too-casual outfit. Obviously students have the freedom to dress as they please as long as it complies with dress code, but it may be to your benefit to maintain a casual attire and abandon the sweatpants.

Gift Guide

by Alyssa Rogers

It can be extremely hard thinking of ideas of gifts for family. Especially trying to get creative and different each year so you don’t end up starting a pattern with the presents you give. Hopefully this can help you out!

Mom

It’s always cool to get a mom something that shows how much you care. Moms are suckers for sentimental gifts, but sometimes just because you spend a lot doesn’t mean the gift is super meaningful. This year I would recommend getting mothers something that involves interaction with family. For example, if you want to do something together, get her a gift certificate for you both to go to a spa or get your nails done. Keep in mind, what you go out and do can be anything! It isn’t just confined to feminine activities. Be creative! This way it’s a great gift, but she doesn’t have to go do it alone. Spending time with your mother is precious to her, I can guarantee.

Dad

Think about what your dad is interested in. What team he likes, what his favorite hobby is, or even how he dresses. Dads may seem hard to shop for but honestly if you know what he’s a big fan of, right there opens you up to a bunch of merchandise that you can find in pretty much any store you go to. Every dad has something he is super into, whether a sport, hobby, TV show, or band. Find out what that thing is and shopping for him will be easy!

Siblings

Sibling gifts should never stress someone out. There isn’t a lot of pressure with your siblings like there is with your parents or significant other. A sibling is probably more likely to understand if you buy them a gift card to their favorite store instead of picking something out specifically. Let them get exactly what they want. Trust me, I think they might be happier that way. If you are really worried about them thinking that a gift card isn’t personal enough, then get them some things from their favorite store but make sure to give them a gift receipt so they can get store credit if they don’t like what the gift is.

Significant Other

If you two are new to dating and still don’t know each other that well, then you can straight up ask them something they want, because they are probably just as stumped as you are for a gift idea. Make sure to set a limit with your significant other, that way you can save both of yourselves from feeling bad if the other person spends more. As long as you are on the same page, you can’t go wrong. If you have been together with your significant other for a longer period of time, it should be a bit easier to shop for them. Even if you buy them something that they use regularly, it shows that you pay attention to what they like and that can mean more than some fancy gift. If you are still stumped, you can always buy them clothes that you think they would look awesome in because that shows that when you saw something it made you think of them, which can be very flattering.

Still Stumped?

You can never go wrong with a fun gift. Think of something personal between you and the person you are buying for, and then find something you can relate to an event where you two were together. If you guys have an inside joke or a funny phrase that you guys always say, you can always customize a gift online and order it.