“Tank Top Massacre” energy could be focused on bigger issues

Recently the “tank top massacre” took our school by storm and since that Tuesday, rebellion has been the main conversation topic.

Going against rules and speaking out against something that you do not agree with is one thing, but why would we as a school choose a topic as trivial as tank tops?

Constantly we complain about rules, authority, teachers and having to conform to the society that is public school – we are teenagers, it is what we do.

In all honesty, through this movement, what we proved is that we cannot even protest – not due to rules, or faculty or any other childish explanation we can come up with to justify what we did, but because we took it too far and let it get out of hand.

I can honestly say that some of the signs posted and things said on Twitter made me ashamed to associate my name with this generation.

Peaceful protest would be one thing – simply wearing tank tops to mark that we did not agree. But cheap shots and mockery of actual world problems? That is just sickening.

Another problem is the fact that as a school we have an obvious issue with people getting along with one another, and yet we can unite over a sleeveless shirt? So in other words, if we really wanted to get along we could find a common interest and tolerate each other through that. This whole “movement” has proved that much.

Instead of questioning tank tops and banding together over something so ridiculous that will not matter to us five years down the road, we could use our ability to join together for something bigger than annoying rules we do not agree with.

There are actual problems within this school and more importantly in this world. I know however that it would be a waste of time to suggest we examine the real problems in society because we are selfish “human beings” and we will not create a revolution unless it directly and personally applies to us. It just takes too much effort to care about something bigger than our lives and us. I totally understand though, the worst possible thing that could be going on in the world is not being able to wear tank tops when it hits 80 degrees. It’s not like we wore tank tops before this whole mess and nobody cared or anything. It’s not like we brought this up as an “issue” out of nowhere.

I can honestly say, I can’t think of a single time that I ever really agreed with anything the administration has to say. However, all they did this time around was do their job and enforce the rules they were told to uphold. Maybe people think punishments were too harsh, but maybe we could have acted more like the adults we are growing into instead of the children we used to be.

Joe Fratello’s delivers warm atmosphere, incredible pizza

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Why go there: Joey Fratello’s is a family owned business, whose warmth surprises and envelops customers as soon as they walk in. The atmosphere is casual, but classy enough to have a nice dinner without feeling awkward or out of place. The staff is always accommodating and genuinely friendly, and the service is above average on many counts. In addition to the comfortable setting, Joey’s offers a pretty good variety of pseudo- Italian food to choose from. From specialty subs to salads to pizza of course, there’s something for everyone.

What you should get: Most people immediately go for pizza, which makes sense because Joey Fratello’s makes incredible pizza for a modest price. The plain cheese pizza paired with a side Greek salad is my favorite, but with so many choices, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up happy with whatever you get.

Rating: ★★★★

The China rises above Chinese restaurant competition

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Restaurant: The China

Why Eat There? : In the plethora of Chinese restaurants serving “Chinese” food in Findlay, this is the only one that I don’t feel a little grossed out by. The food is great and there are many options that aren’t covered in greasy breading. Another draw of the China is itsquaint décor. Every table and chair in the place was designed and built by the owner out of wood. Many of the tables, in fact, were crated to double as display cases for his collections of motorcycle memorabilia, key chains and lighters. Customer service also takes prime real estate in my opinion. Although it can sometimes take a while to get receive your food, the staff is very friendly and (if you go in enough) will remember you and ask how things are going. I appreciate this quality a lot in food outlets, especially locally owned ones. Findlay has many chain-independent restaurants but this one stands out as personal favorite.

What to Order: I can’t claim to have sampled everything on The China’s menu but their Mongolian chicken, princess beef and wonton soup are all fantastic.

Stars: ★★★

The Landing Pad caters to sports lovers, food lovers alike

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Restaurant: The Landing Pad

Why Go there: Upon first entering The Landing Pad, you will instantly notice how spacious and comfortable the restaurant is.  The service is always kind and the restaurant simply exudes a pleasant atmosphere.  Especially in luck are the sport fans that eat at The Landing Pad; you’d be hard pressed to find a seat in where there isn’t at least five T.V.s in your direct line of sight.  Worried about missing a touchdown when you go to the restroom?  Well don’t, because there’s even T.V.’s in the restroom!  Somehow though, the constant streaming of sports is not too distracting for the non sport fan eating at The Landing Pad.

The most astounding aspect of The Landing Pad is of course the food!  Personally, I have yet to try something there that did not exceed or at least meet my expectations.  For a pleasant eating experience in the limited circuit of Findlay restaurants, you will not be disappointed by The Landing Pad!

What You Should Get: Where to start?  The absolute essentials at The Landing Pad are definitely the pizza, wings, and fries.  Thin with buttery-garlic crust, the pizza is certainly exceptional and will please everyone.  To go with the pizza is for my money, the best wings/chunks in town.  With a variety of sauces, the wings/chunks are always hot and moist.  Finally, The Landing Pad knocks it out of the park again with their great basket fries.  Enough to feed at least two people, the basket fries are never greasy and will keep you coming back for more!

Rating: ★★★★★

Mi Tequila’s authentic food, great service guarantee a great experience

Restaurant: Mi Tequila

Why go there: If you are in search of a place that truly has authentic Mexican food, Mi Tequila is the place to go. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and efficient staff. The service is quick, while still allowing enough time to enjoy the experience along with the complementary chips and salsa.

What to get: Like many other Mexican restaurants, Mi Tequila allows the customer to combine their favorite Mexican specialties like tamales, burritos, quesadillas, rice, and refried beans. However, one of the best dishes is the Guadalajara Especial, which seems to give a sample of everything; including one tamale, two taquitos, and a layer of tortilla chips over rice and refried beans.

Rating: ★★★★★

Draft Day gives viewers an inside look at the NFL draft

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Title: Draft Day

Starring: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Bosemen, Jennifer Garner

Plot: As hours lead up to the day of the NFL draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) of the Cleveland Browns tries to pull off one of the biggest deals in NFL draft history.

Why see it: Unlike any other sports related films, this one blows all of them out of the water. Some people don’t realize how draft day in the NFL takes place, but this movie gives you an outline and a good foundation on how the draft really works and how things can alter during draft day. Most general managers take the opportunity to call others to discuss what type of players each one needs or to make a trade deal while others may look at tapes of certain guys during their college days to see what certain types of flaws a player has. This film is a great one for Browns fans because it is centered around the team. If you like the Browns, sports in general, comedy and drama, then you will enjoy Draft Day.

Grade: B+