Leader of the Catholic Church Meets Leader of the Free World

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Photo Credit: theprogressivecatolicvoice.com

Pope Francis arrived in the United States for the first time since he was elected on Tuesday, September 22.

Immediately after arriving in Washington, D.C. the Pope was greeted by the first family.  After exchanging hellos and shaking hands with them, the Pope left in a small, black Fiat 500L and headed to the Apostolic Nunciature, the office of the Catholic Church near D.C.

The visit lasted for six days. In addition to the nation’s capital, Francis visited Philadelphia and New York.  He made various public appearances  and gave speeches.  At one point during his visit, Pope Francis plead for mercy to stop the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner who was the first woman executed in over 70 years in Georgia.

The Pope’s historic tour is meant to introduce the idea “church of the poor” to the United States, a country of extreme wealth and power. Pope Francis wants to remind Americans that their Christian duty is to serve the poor.

The Boy with the Clock

“I built a clock to impress my teacher, but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her.”

14 year old, Ahmed Mohamed brought in a clock he had made to show to his teacher. Instead of receiving positive feedback, the teacher called the police because she thought Mohamed had built a bomb. The police showed up and arrested him and he was suspended from school for a “hoax bomb.”

This event has brought attention to people across the nation. The incident even caught the eye of Barack Obama. The President asked Ahmed to bring his clock to the White House. Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerburg tweeted at him, “Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you. Keep Building.”

Ahmed is thinking about transferring to a different school, even though the school he was arrested in has invited him back. He spoke about how he was embarrassed at first but then lifted by all of the support he had received. Ahmed said, “I was scared at the moment, but now I’m really happy.”

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Photo from financetwitter.com

Sign Club at FHS

Teresa Simon is the hearing and impaired teacher who is starting up a  sign language club.  They meet in room 115 on Wednesday’s from 2:50 to 3:30. This club can change the diversity of the schools environment. The club is for students who are interested in learning how to communicate with others who are incapable of hearing.

“Students interested in learning sign language should come by and join.” Simon said.

Love your lips

Lipstick or lip gloss? Many girls have varied opinions on this topic. To find out what will work best for you, consider these guidelines.

Lip Gloss

If you want a product to wear that isn’t too noticeable, lip gloss is your best choice. While lip gloss is more sheer and discrete, it can also be very sticky. You know what that means… your hair will easily get stuck to your lips. Although this is a very annoying problem, lip gloss will finish off a cute outfit any day.

If you’re going for a sheer lip look, try Mentha Lip Tint in Magenta Mint, available from Bath and Body Works ($7.50). This particular gloss is clear, but this brand comes in other colors.

My favorite dark lip gloss is Nars’ Sixties Fan, available from Sephora ($26.00). It’s a dark pomegranate color that is very long-lasting.

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Lipstick If you’re looking for lip wear that has a wide array of colors to choose from, lipstick is for you. Lipstick comes in fun colors, like orange and purple, or sophisticated colors, like nude or brown. No matter what color, lipstick will come off on any cup, fork, or spoon. Make sure you’re careful when eating, but you can always reapply! Wet n Wild’s Balm Stain comes in many colors and is gentle on your lips.

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One of the brighter choices is Red-Dy or Not, which is a cute but bold red. A more subtle option is their balm stain called Rico Mauve. It is a light pink and goes with any dressy casual outfit. Both of these
options are available at any grocery store ($2.99 at Walgreens).

My all-time favorite lipstick is Elegant in Brown from Sephora’s
Color Lip Last collection, available at Sephora ($14.00). This is a darker color which is good for fall.


Movie Review: The Visit

Courtesy of impawards.com
Courtesy of impawards.com

Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould,
Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie,Kathryn Hahn

Plot: Kids Becca (DeJonge) and Tyler
(Oxenbould) go on a trip to visit their
grandparents for the first time. Upon arrival,
they are greeted by Nana (Dunagan) and
Pop Pop (McRobbie). All seems well until
the kids notice strange behavior from the
grandparents. Once the siblings discover a
shocking secret about who their
grandparents really are, they wonder if they
will ever make it home.

Why See It: The Visit is a must-see with
moments of horror, comedic elements, and a
twist at the end that will have you on the
edge of your seat.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Jordan Jones looks ahead to upcoming games

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Three weeks into the 2015 Trojan Football season and the undefeated Trojans are looking great! In light of the recent success Jordan Jones, who recently has returned from a dislocated shoulder, took time to answer some questions about the season thus far.

How is the season going: “Season is going great! We’ve started with a lot of confidence and all of the work we have put in this summer is definitely showing! We are doing a great job of not letting teams stick around once we get leads in games.” said Senior Jordan Jones

What are some strengths of the team?:“Defense has done a great job preventing big plays. Offense has done a great job making big plays. Special teams have made sure that we are winning the field position battle.”

What are some weaknesses of the team?:“Our biggest weakness is our youth, so most of our mistakes are things that will be fixed with time. We cannot get complacent given our early season success.”

How far do you think the team will go this season?:“The goal is to make the playoffs and make a deep run. It’s something that this group of seniors have never done and really wants to achieve.”

The Reality for Refugees


Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of petra.gov.
Jordanian border guards receiving 112 new refugees at camp Zaatari, photo courtesy of petra.gov.

Living in Findlay, it’s hard for us the imagine being forced to flee our homes for our own safety. Sure, some people can relate in that they were temporarily forced out of their homes during the infamous flood of 2007, but this is incomparable to what thousands are experiencing in Syria. Driven out by a bloody civil war, an overwhelming number of Syrians are desperate for a  safe haven.

A popular option for many refugees is transporting all the necessities they can carry by bicycle to the Jordan border. These people are hoping to find a place at Zaatari, which is the largest camp holding refugees. Over 630,000 refugees currently reside in Jordan. Over the past few years, Jordan has done as much as they can to aid those that have been displaced. However, they don’t provide jobs to these foreigners and can only handout a limited amount of food.

Though most refugees remain in the region, others have been forced to adapt in a less familiar area. If a refugee is lucky enough to be permitted to enter a hospitable European country, the situation is still less than ideal. Syrians face a serious challenge trying to integrate themselves into European culture. Finding a way to support themselves and make arrangements for their children to receive some type of schooling is a hard enough task which is only made more challenging by the language barrier.

As these people struggle to find a place to temporarily settle, they also are plagued with the anxiety of when and how they will return home. With a civil war not coming to end anytime soon, Syrian refugees are left to wonder if they will ever return home in their lifetime.


Book Review: The Andalucian Friend

Sophie Brinkmann, a nurse, widow and single mother meets Hector Guzman, the head of a powerful international crime, after caring for him in the hospital. Sophie is captivated by his quiet charm, and warming smile; she likes the way he welcomes her to his family. But she soon learns that his smooth façade masks something much more sinister.

Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Blacklist was amazed with the book.

“Imagine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets The Sopranos then crank up the intrigue  and rip off the knob. Alexander Soderberg has pinned an awesome thriller you wont want to miss!”

Scott Smith, author of The Ruins also praised the novel.

“One of the many wonderful things about Alexander Soderberg’s novel The Andalucian Friend is how it upsets our expectations. His cops act like gangsters, while his gangsters (some of them) attain a startling sort of nobility.”

While others gave a disappointed rating it turned out to be a well done, with an overall 3 star rate.  The Andalucian Friend is a powerhouse novel, action packed and highly sophisticated.

Photo courtesy of Blogspot
Photo courtesy of Blogspot

Long Live the Queen- Literally

On Wednesday, September 9, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

Elizabeth inherited the throne in 1952, at the age of 25. As of last Wednesday, she had ruled for 63 years and 217 days – surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest-ruling British queen.

The queen arranged for no celebration of this achievement.

“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. Mine is no exception.”

The next to inherit the throne will be Charles, Prince of Wales. Second in line is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. No matter how much longer Elizabeth continues to rule, it will be next to impossible for either to surpass her record.