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Beloved Teacher Retires

The last bi-annual fashion show last Wednesday, showcased the hard work of the spring fashion design classes. Unfortunately, this may have been the last event because coordinator, host, and beloved teacher Laurie Collert is retiring this year.

This show has been a source of pride for students for a long time because they spend their semester going through a rigorous course of learning the basics of sewing and design, and the reception allows them to wear the very things they’ve worked so hard on for friend’s and family alike to see. But interspersed in learning , they are consistently making things from mittens to garments and absorbing skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Whether it’s learning how to read patterns to cutting fabric on grain, the class hits on topics many beginner level courses do not, making it incredibly valuable and enriching. Especially for people considering going into the fashion industry, because learning how clothing construction works as early as freshman year is an huge advantage Collert’s students benefited from.

Collert’s students also benefited from having the kind of teacher who never fails to go the extra mile to help them with whatever they need, cares deeply about their education, health, and happiness, and is just all around an absolute joy. She will be greatly missed, and her influence will continue to touch the students she’s worked with for years to come.

The Real Cost of College

When deciding where to attend college, money is a big factor in a final decision. How much is a scholarship worth? Does financial aid really help? How long will I be in debt after four years? On top of those pressing questions, parents are nagging about jobs and how college will be paid for if they’re not paying for it. Your parents paid for their college tuition, so now they’re making you pay for yours. The price to attend college has skyrocketed throughout the time that our parents have been out of college. No matter what college you look at, the prices have increased a notable amount.

To put things in perspective, The Ohio State University’s in-state tuition in the 1990-91 school year was $2,343 and out-of-state was $6,942. Now, in 2016, you never would’ve guessed tuition for OSU was once that low. For incoming 2015-16 college freshmen, the cost of in-state tuition is $10,037, a 328% increase from the 90s. The cost of out-of-state tuition is well above that, totaling nearly $28,000, a 303% increase. These price are just tuition and fees. The total attendance cost for an in-state student would be $25,631. The total attendance cost for an out-of-state student would total around $43,000. Room and board accounts for a large portion of the cost— almost $12,000.

Harvard University has also showed a significant raise in tuition and annual costs. In 1990, the attendance cost for both in and out-of-state students was the same. Students during the 1990 school year paid $13,545 to attend the prestigious college. Now, for the 2016-17 school year, the attendance cost for Massachusetts residents and non-residents still remains the same, but the price has risen greatly to $59,607, a 340% increase from 1990. Tuition accounts for $40,418 of the cost and room and board accounts for almost $15,000. Books are totaled at $1,000, but not everyone will spend exactly that much on books.

All the prices given do not account for extra things students will buy to keep in their dorm rooms or gas money if they have a car on campus. Depending on the cost of books and where you get them from (rent, used, the school’s bookstore, etc.), the costs vary, but are still high. Extra activities outside of classes or campus will also cost extra, as well as food and snacks. Scholarships and financial aid are available at most schools, but will likely not cover the whole cost. About 60% (12 million) of students take out loans to assist them with paying for college.

Though the costs are high, The U.S. has some of the best colleges in the world. As of 2016, eight of out the global top ten colleges are located here, #1 being Harvard University followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology at #2.

Remembering Nancy Reagan

On March 6, 2016, former first lady Nancy Reagan (1981-1989) passed away at the age of 94. The cause of her death was reported as congestive heart failure. She will be buried next to her husband and former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, who passed away in 2004 due to pneumonia at the age of 94.

Nancy Reagan’s funeral was held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 11. Current first lady Michelle Obama was in attendance, along with former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter. Former president George W. Bush brought his wife Laura to the ceremony. Diane Sawyer, John Stamos, and Larry King were only few of the well-known names that attended the funeral.

Nancy Reagan was an aspiring actress in New York. In 1946, she starred on Broadway in Lute Song, though it was a minor role. She eventually moved out to Hollywood, where she landed a contract with MGM Studios. She starred in a few films, such as The Doctor and the Girl and Night Into Morning.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan met in the early 1950s, when they were both in the acting business. They were married on March 4, 1952, shortly after they’d first met. 15 years after their marriage, Ronald Reagan became the governor of California. While Ronald was busy governing the state, Nancy Reagan took an interest in visiting different groups of people. She spent time with veterans and the handicapped, as well as the elderly.

When her husband was elected 40th President of the United States in 1981, Nancy continued these visits with different types of people. She also joined the fight against drug use by the younger generations with her “Just Say No” program. She also took time to visit rehabilitation centers and invited people to the White House for a conference that brought worldwide attention to drug and alcohol abuse among youths. Mrs. Reagan was a member of the Girl Scouts throughout her life and earned the title of honorary President of the Girl Scouts while serving as the first lady. Nancy Reagan once said, “I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.”

Remembering Antonin Scalia

On February 13, 2016 Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in Shafter, Texas of natural causes after a hunting trip. Scalia was appointed to the D.C. court of appeals by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and in 1986 was appointed to the
Supreme Court where he served for 30 years. Justice Scalia was considered to be the most conservative justice on the court often opposing topics such as same-sex marriage, abortion and other controversial issues. Justice Scalia was known as an originalist which means that he strictly interpreted the Constitution and looked at it through the eyes of the men who wrote it over 200 years ago.

Antonin Scalia was the only child born to Salvadore and Catherine Scalia on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey. Being an only child was rare among Italian Catholic families at the time. Scalia grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood in Queens, a borough of New York. He attended St. Xavier high school and in 1953 he enrolled at Georgetown University. In 1957 he graduated from Georgetown as Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in History. He went on to Harvard Law School and in his final year met his wife of almost 50 years, Maureen McCarthey. The couple went on to have 9 kids and over 30 grandchildren. He started his Law career at a Law office in Cleveland, Ohio in 1961. In 1967 he took a teaching job at the Virginia University Law School. In 1982 he was appointed by Reagan to the D.C. district court of appeals and in 1986 he accepted his placement on the Supreme Court as an associate justice. While on the court he came to be very highly regarded and had a very conservative record. In 2011 Judge Richard A. Posner wrote about Scalia, “He is the most influential justice of the last quarter century. On February 13, 2016 at the age of 79 Justice Scalia died at a resort in Texas after a hunting trip of natural causes, he also had heart issues and high blood pressure.

In order to become a Supreme Court Justice a person must be nominated by the President and approved by the Senate. The steps of how this occurs are in our Constitution, “He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The current Republican majority Senate has voiced its plans to block any appointment President Obama has for Scalia’s vacancy and let the next President pick who they would like to fill Scalia’s spot.

A Saint in the Making

Blessed Mother Teresa, How About Saint Mother Teresa?

On December 17, 2015, Pope Francis approved the second miracle through the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa allowing her canonization and sainthood. Mother Teresa was declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II in 2003 after recognizing her first miracle. To be recognized a saint in the Catholic Church is a great honor and means that the person lived an honorable life devoted to the service.

It is a long and hard process to be declared as canonized saint with particular requirements. Fr. Scott Woods of St. Michael the Archangel Parish here in Findlay describes the lengthy process of which an individual goes through to become a canonized Saint.

“There is typically a five-year waiting period after someone dies before a “cause” for sainthood can be opened.  It begins with the local bishop, who investigates and decides whether or not there is a case for pursuing a declaration of sainthood. This is based on the holiness of the deceased person, and testimony from many people is gathered. The bishop may then forward the cause to the Congregation for Causes of Saints at the Vatican,” Fr. Woods said.

If the person passes all of those obstacles, the case passes on to the Vatican.

“The body further investigates the life and holiness of the person in question, and if there is evidence of the person having been a true martyr and/or having lived a life of heroic virtue, the cause is referred to the Pope, who bestows the title “Venerable” on the possible saint. If the person died for the faith, they are beatified and are then referred to as “Blessed.”  If not a martyr, a miracle has to be verified, having been bestowed by God through the intercession of the venerable person. Once that is verified, beatification occurs.  Finally, a second miracle bestowed by God through the intercession of the martyr or confessor (one who lived a life of heroic virtue) must be verified.”

A person who went through this tedious process is Mother Teresa.

She was born in Skopje, Macedonia as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to a very devout Catholic family.  Her mother taught her to be a very compassionate and charitable individual and by age eighteen, she found out her true calling and devoted her life to God by becoming a nun. She left Macedonia and joined the Sisters of Loreto Order in Ireland where she chose the name Teresa. In 1929, she left for Calcutta, India to teach. While in India, after completing her Final Profession of Vows, she became known as Mother Teresa. While on a retreat to Darjeeling she had a “call within a call” to leave teaching and help the poorest and sickest of Calcutta. For the forty-seven years, Mother Teresa cared for and helped the unloved and unwanted people of Calcutta. In 1997, after years of declining health, Mother Teresa died at the age of 87. She was given a State funeral for her exemplary work toward the people of India, an honor few in India receive outside dignitaries.

During her life, Mother Teresa became close with many world leaders including several Popes most notably Pope John Paul II, and United States President, Ronald Reagan. Mother Teresa also received many awards and achievements including the Jewel of India, and the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa was one of two people to ever be honored as an honorary citizen of the United States while still alive; the other being Winston Churchill.

Many people are elated at the fact Mother Teresa will be canonized as a Saint. They feel that the life she lived in service to God and others is exactly what a Saint should be. One person who feels strongly for her Sainthood is Geri Leibfarth the Religious Education Director at St. Michael’s.

“I fully support her canonization. She is one who lived her life in pure charity, giving totally to the least of God’s Kingdom. I feel blessed to have lived in her lifetime and been witness to how she brought Christ to others,” Leibfarth said.

Father Scott Woods shares a similar opinion.

“Blessed – soon to be Saint – Teresa of Calcutta clearly lived a life of holiness. She was known the world over thanks to television and print media, and her life of virtue was most certainly evident.  She is a model of love and respect for all of us – regardless of our religious beliefs – because she cared for each and every person she encountered with tenderness and compassion,” Fr. Woods said.

Mother Teresa’s life is summed up well in one of her most famous quotes when she says, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

Hungry in Syria

Syrian refugees became a huge topic of discussion last year, especially after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Syrians desperately continued to look for homes outside of Syria where they would be safe. Now, in Syrian cities, hunger is becoming a major problem. 400,000 people are suffering in fifteen besieged cities.

The people of Madaya, Syria have been without much needed aid for almost three months. They are slowly dying of starvation, getting more and more weak by the day. When they try to leave the area, they are injured in some way, or even killed. The residents have already slaughtered the city’s stray cats and dogs.

On January 11, the city of Madaya received their first visit from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), or UN Refugee Agency. They received the help they terribly needed. The visit was covered on Twitter where pictures and quotes were posted. Some pictures showed small children who were very fragile and tired looking. The children, along with the adults, made leaves as a meal to fill them up or hunted for grass. If they wanted a kilo of rice, they would have to pay at least 300 USD. To put this in perspective, one kilogram is about 2.2 pounds. 20 pounds of rice is available from Wal-Mart fro $8.98.

“They were desperately looking for something while we were offloading cars… kids and everybody around the cars were asking for anything (to eat),” Sajjad Malik, representative of UNHCR, said about the UN’s arrival to Madaya.

It was reported that 300-400 residents were suffering from malnutrition. The people of Madaya lack electricity, blankets, heat of any kind, and most importantly medicine. The UN Refugee Agency delivered blankets to shield the citizens from the harsh weather, more medicine, and food from the 40 vehicles that were miraculously let into Madaya. In the past year, 90% of the requests to deliver aid the area were denied.

Two other cities, Foa’a and Kefraya, were also aided by the UN on January 11. They have been lacking food and basic materials for life since October of 2015.

Madaya was visited again on January 14, along with the cities of al-Fouaa and Kafraya, which have been under a rebel blockade. 44 trucks arrived in Madaya and 20 trucks reached al-Fouaa and Kefraya. Doctors and nurses that came with the UN treated citizens from Madaya that needed urgent treatment.

There is no plan to evacuate starving citizens from Syrian cities, so the people of Syria must rely on aid from the UN for as long as this war is ongoing.

We the People

We The People, a student government group that competes with other schools to analyze different aspects of history. Senior Bella Spearman shared why Government is her favorite class this year.

“I think it’s partially because Mr. Dickman loves the AP Gov. class since Findlay is the resigning state We The People champions,” Spearman said.

She enjoys that it isn’t a typical class. WTP is split up into six units that each specialize in a different part of the government.

“I am in unit six, which examines modern day democracy.”

Other units focus on specialties such as war powers, the constitutional convention, and early ideas of the government. The class also includes chapter/vocab tests, and all but those are to supplement their studies for WTP.

“I wouldn’t say the workload for the class is bad,” Spearman said. “But the commitment is definitely large.”

Every unit is responsible for answering three questions at state, and hopefully three more at nationals.

“Your unit becomes experts on these three specific questions, and you work with not only Mr. Dickman, but Mr. Bell and various attorneys to perfect your answers.”

Even though government is a lot of work, Spearman feels it’s worth it.

“Despite all the effort that must be put into the class during the dreaded time of ‘senioritis’, the class really comes together and supports one another, as a team should.”

Spearman continued to praise the class.

“I would definitely recommend taking AP Government because it is vital as a senior to understand the impact you will be able to make very soon in local and national elections.”

We The People is available to take senior year. It provides great insight on the government while being actively involved with challenging and deciphering the ideas of our ruling body.

FHS remembers esteemed alumn Congressman Oxley

On January 1, US Congressman Oxley, esteemed FHS alumn, passed away. When students returned from winter break, time was set aside in his remembrance. Principal Kupferberg felt that a moment should be taken to honor the congressman, because of his gracious contributions to Findlay High School. Specifically to the We The People debate group. The Congressman has offered members of the group exclusive tours, monetary donations, and hosted dinners in Washington DC over the years. He also has returned to the high school offer wisdom to various social studies classes.

“Congressmen Oxley was very devoted to bettering the students at Findlay High School,” head principal, Mr. Kupferberg, said.

When We The People travelled to Washington DC for their national competition in 1990, Kupferberg went along. During this time he met Congressman Oxley. Kupferberg described Oxley as, “a very straightforward man, who was upright and honest. He also loved his Dietsch chocolate”. Kupferberg felt it important Oxley be recognized at FHS, because as a distinguished alumni he always found time to give back to the school.

New Uniforms for Marching Band in 2016

The Findlay Trojan Marching Band’s 2015 season may have just ended, but a new development for the 2016 season has just begun. Next year, the marching band will receive completely new uniforms. To the general public, that might not seem like a big deal but to band fans it is a huge change. The current uniform is blue suspender pants, a white top with large shoulder pads, a blue and gold cape, sash, and gauntlets. The helmets are hardhat style with a metallic triangle and a large, Trojan style plume that most other bands don’t have. Good news, band kids; the new uniforms don’t have capes, gauntlets, or oddly shaped plumes.  They do, however, zip up the back. The new uniforms feature adjustable black suspender pants, and a blue top with smaller shoulder pads and gold stripes that run along the front. The helmet is a regular marching hat style with a 14inch, upright, blue and white plume.

For those of you who don’t know the real struggle of the current marching band uniforms, here’s a video to show just how real that struggle is.

Starbucks cups are brewing up controversy

Last week Starbucks introduced their 2015 holiday cup design; a simple red cup. To most, the design seems simple, but a surprising amount of people see this red cup as a hate crime against Christianity.

In past years, Starbucks has introduced holiday cups with snowmen, snowflakes, and similar patterns. This year, the cups have been made a simple red.

When asked about the meaning behind the design of the plain cups, Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks’ vice president of Design and Content said, “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories…we are embracing the simplicity and quietness of it.”

After the announcement of the new cups, some Christians immediately lashed out, saying that Starbucks was trying to discriminate against Christianity. Many people used Twitter to send their message to Starbucks, tweeting the large company that they were upset. Some have even started telling the Starbucks baristas that their names are “Merry Christmas!” so they are forced to write a very Christmas-related phrase on the cup.

Although Starbucks did simplify the winter cups in order to be more religiously diverse, one could easily argue that the past designs of snowflakes and other generally wintery things are not specifically Christian either, so there is no real reason for certain Christians to be angry now. It is also quite odd that Starbucks made a statement about how different the red cups are, since in reality they are not a bold statement or amazing new breakthrough.

Whether you are angry about the red cups or not, it’s safe to say that everybody should put down their torches and pitchforks and try to enjoy the holiday season instead of arguing about coffee cups.