The First Debate: A Public Display of HS Drama

by Jack Long

At the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the stage at Hofstra University calm and confident. The first words said by Clinton were, “How are you, Donald?”

The first question segment proposed by Lester Holt, the NBC anchor hosting the debate at Hofstra University, was Achieving Prosperity.

Both candidates calmly and decisively opened up the debate with seemingly well-prepared statements on the topic. Both seemed to have rehearsed their rhetoric and slight stabs at each other. During the first ten minutes, the facial expressions of both candidates changed from smug to generally ticked off.

You couldn’t help but think of a new high school couple about to break up, with both parties bringing up flaws of each other that have been bothering them for the past two weeks. After being interrupted by Trump about tax reforms and job growth, Clinton stabbed with, “Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality.” She also said, “I feel like I’m going to be blamed for everything tonight,” in which Trump jabbed back with, “Why not?”

At one point Clinton just shook her head while looking down and said that you couldn’t trust anything that came out of Trump’s mouth. However, if you want to make sure what Hillary Clinton is saying is true, you can go to her website and on the front web page you can see her own personal fact-checker (which she continuously cited, so that viewers of the debate could read the truth). If I were you I would just stick with PolitiFact.

The second segment of this debate focused on the question, “How do you heal the racial divide in the United States?

Clinton focused on the communities and education. Whereas Trump focused primarily on Law and Order, and how a good relationship with police has proven to lower crime rates.

As the night went on they got less comfortable and made more targeted stabs at each other. During the whole debate, it seemed that they focused on each other’s past and rarely focused on the policies they are proposing now.

The next segment, Securing America.

When Hillary Clinton was chosen first to talk about cyber attacks, Trump’s face slightly lifted. Clinton said she was, “Deeply concerned [about cyber attacks],” and that Trump wasn’t concerned with hacks from Russia, because he, “Loves President Putin.” Trump quickly leaned into the microphone and whispered, “Wrong.”

Both candidates agreed that cyber attacks were going to be the 21st-century warfare and that cyber security needed to be increased and well controlled.

They then moved onto the Islamic State and the new style of terrorist attacks rising in the U.S. Trump quickly rallied up his accusations of Clinton and Obama forming ISIS. Clinton swiftly came in saying that Trump had supported the invasion of Iraq and that he had professional business with Gaddafi. Trump quickly repeated his favorite word of the night, “Wrong.”

When confronted with, “How would you prevent homegrown attacks by U.S. Citizens?” both candidates moved back to international terrorism, and almost focused no attention on the recent terrorist acts on U.S. soil. Trump spun this issue into saying that the “dishonest media,” (paid off by Hillary, of course) portrayed him completely wrong, and he actually was against the Iraq war.

After Trump’s five minute rant, a sigh of relief escaped the highly-respectable Clinton, getting a smile and laugh from herself, and some in the crowd.

The final question offered by Lester Holt was, “[If you do not win the election] will you accept the outcome as will of the voters?” Hillary said yes, she believed in the democratic process and would support Trump. Donald Trump was a little apprehensive but said that he would support Clinton if she won the presidency.

After a long night of short jabs and quick wits from both candidates, and both probably being extremely tired from the high-school-like drama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump walked off the stage with their heads held high and their egos inflated a little bit more.

Lester Holt believed we were going to get a fiery debate tonight, and he was certainly right.

The next presidential debates will be on 9 October 2016, at Washington University, and on 19 October 2016, at the University of Nevada. To learn more about live streaming the debates, you can visit the following website: Associated Press Live Stream

You can also view a fact check from the debate, completed by NPR.


Navy’s Most Advanced Warship Put Through Paces

by Jack Long

On 14 September 2016, the USS Zumwalt, the most advanced warship the Navy has ever produced, arrived at Norfolk.

The USS Zumwalt, being easily identifiable visually by its angular tower, sharp edges, and inward-angled sides, has the advantage of being nearly invisible to enemy radar. The ship is 610 feet long and 80.7 feet wide, it’s nearly 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than its Navy brothers. It’s fitted with an Integrated Power System or IPS, which produces 78 megawatts, nearly what a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier generates.

At $3.8 billion, it’s the most expensive destroyer ever built; however, the Navy estimates that in its lifetime the Zumwalt will end up saving money with crew numbers alone; an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the previous model, is typically run by 147 crew members, whereas the Zumwalt will only require about half of that crew size.

The Zumwalt will be docked in its homeport of San Diego after going through vigorous training both of crew and vessel. If the ship passes its certifications and operational proficiency training, it will be commissioned on 15 October 2016 during Fleet Week in Baltimore, Maryland.

Clinton’s stumble raises concerns over health

By Connor Robinson

Throughout Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency this year, conservatives brought up concerns over the health of the Democratic nominee. What was once a right-wing, typically-dismissed theory meant to smear the campaign suddenly became a reality when video of Clinton stumbling while entering a vehicle emerged.

Clinton was visiting Ground Zero to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks carried out fifteen years ago. Mid-ceremony she excused herself due to the heat of a day, and later commented she was “overheated.” As the candidate waited to board her personal motorcade, she appeared to faint and was carried inside the van while her feet dragged on the pavement. Less than 2 hours after the video was released, Clinton’s personal physician stated she was suffering from pneumonia, but would fully recover after a weekend of rest.

After this event, concerns whether she will be fit to keep up the strenuous job of president are now circulating. Clinton’s campaign claims it is a small hiccup, and Donald Trump claims she is unfit for presidency.

Kid Cudi Attacks via Twitter Fellow Artists for Ghostwriting

by Meghan Malas

Shocking accusations came from the Kid Cudi Twitter account this past Wednesday, after the confirmation of a collaborative album from hip hop artists Drake and Kanye West. Fellow artist, Kid Cudi appeared to feel left out of the project, making statements like, “I’ve been loyal to those who haven’t been to me and that ends now. Now I’m your threat,” and then following with, “If you feel me, don’t be scared to use your voice. I was for so long out of blind loyalty.”

Kid Cudi originally began his Twitter rant without mentioning any names, speaking of “haters in the industry” and “top 5 and having 30 people write songs for them.” Though West and Drake are not called out directly (yet), many followers picked up on who Cudi was alluding to. His tweets then turn more aggressive, calling fellow artists “corny” and “jealous” and claiming that “The fake ones won’t be lasting too much longer.” At this point, many Twitter users began speculating that Kid Cudi was definitely calling out Kanye West and Drake, making comments encouraging the artist to call them out directly. Kid Cudi responded with, “My tweets apply to who they apply. Ye, Drake, whoever,” confirming the speculation. Cudi ended his rant by thanking his supporters and encouraging others to start voicing their opinions on the matter.

Kanye West wasted no time responding to the whole ordeal at his Saint Pablo Tour show in Tampa, Florida, the same night as the Twitter rant. “Kid Cudi, don’t never mention ’Ye name. I birthed you,” he stated in the middle of his performance. And then followed with, “Don’t try to say who I can do songs with…Respect the God.” At the same show he then later added, while atop his famed floating platform, “I’m so hurt.”

Kid Cudi and West have worked on several successful project from as early as 2008, on West’s 808s & Heartbreak album, and Kanye West does not hesitate to take credit for Kid Cudi’s success. Drake also responded at his show in Oakland, California and defended Kanye by saying, “I heard boys were talking down today. Shoutout to my brother Kanye West. We both got sold out shows.”

In is unclear where this exchange will lead next, or how it will affect any of the artists professionally, or artistically. Nothing has been said publicly by Drake, Kanye, or Cudi in the 24 hours following the ordeal.

BHS Students Travel to Wittenberg for Leadership Conference

by Joey Derrico

On September 14, BHS students traveled to Wittenberg University to participate in a leadership conference focused on improving school community. The conference was another stop on the Jostens Renaissance tour, a program meant to inspire young people to be the change in their schools. At the conference, BHS students and participants from other local schools joined in listening to motivational speaker Mike Smith, who shared many of his personal stories and how they taught him the values of being a leader. One of the common themes repeated by Smith throughout the seminar was the phrase “Leaders do what is right when nobody’s watching and nothing is expected in return.” At the end of the conference, which lasted all day, Mike asked the 1000 plus students to come up with one idea each that they could bring back and implement in their school. After a brief lunch stop, BHS students returned to school and had an open discussion about ways that the school community could be further improved.

To be eligible to be selected, students had to meet one of the four following conditions: perfect attendance, all A’s, all A’s and B’s, or improving GPA by point-five in a grading period. During the open discussion, students decided to make those who participated in the field trip into an official club, which is now named the Leadership Lads.

USA takes first in Olympics

By: Carter Caldwell

This past summer the Games of the XXXI Olympiad took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, encompassing more than 11,000 athletes from 207 nations worldwide.  During the Games, American swimmers Ryan Murphy and Katie Ledecky delivered world-record worthy results, and with their teammates they were able to garner 121 medals, 46 of which were gold, earning the US its second consequential win in the games.  Other swimmers of note include Ryan Lochte, although it was not his performance that constituted headlines so much as it was his controversial actions; Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event; and of course, Michael Phelps, who, in his fifth Olympics, solidified his title as the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals

Internationally, Usain Bolt, Katinka Hosszú, and Jason Kenny each took 3 gold medals home, and 2020’s host country Japan brought home a record 41 medals, led by gymnast Kōhei Uchimura.  The games, set to begin on July 24, 2020 with the motto “Discover tomorrow,” are expected to include upwards of 12,000 athletes.  However, fans should know that greats such as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt may not be included in that figure, as both will be approaching their mid/late-thirties at the time of the games.  Shockingly, 19-year-old breakout star Simone Biles is also unsure of a return to the game, with her family saying Tokyo is so far, while some gymnasts are questioning whether Biles will be too old to compete in four years.

So as 2016 draws to a close and athletes take a break, up-and-comers jump at chances to replace old faces, who struggle to remain relevant, the Olympic games have proven to capture the attention of the world better than any other sporting event, and it is certain that 2020 will not fail to repeat that.