Art Club makes rain barrels for Findlay

The Art Club at Findlay High School has started a new adventure. The students are going to work with rain barrels. Yep, you heard it correctly – rain barrels. The club has been asked by the city to paint rain barrels to collect surplus spring rain to conserve water. The class has been given templates for the barrels, and the club is voting on the best three out of all he designs.

“We’re doing it for a great cause,” senior Heather Hamm said.

The club is trying to make the barrels as creative as possible to spice up our town and to reflect the goals of their club.

“We’re trying to put cool designs on them instead of the more elementary ones you would normally see if you googled rain barrel designs. We really want to make them stand out artistically.”

Issue 3 goes up in smoke

The proposition to legalize marijuana in Ohio was rejected across the state. The approval rating for legalization was only 35.9%. In the Buckeye State, voters were faced with a decision that was much more than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for marijuana legalization. Numerous factors caused such a negative response to the bill.

Voter turnout is always an obstacle that lawmakers have to face. If Issue 3 was on the ballot the same year as a presidential election year, the results might have been different. Successful recreational marijuana laws passed in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington passed in presidential election years. In these elections, the electorate tends to be young, and the votes are more Democratic. Out of the 22,422 people who voted on Issue 3 in Hancock County, only 6, 084 people were in favor. Issue 3 didn’t pass in Ohio because of low voter turnout and too much at stake in one bill.

Issue 3 was more complex than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to marijuana. Voters has to decide if they were okay with marijuana being used not only for medical use, but for recreational use as well.

“It’s a leap to go from no legal marijuana to full legal marijuana,” Democratic Rep of Columbus Mike Curtin said.

Curtin believes that although Ohioans voted down Issue 3, they are willing to consider legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

“Even though the Ohio Legislature has refused for to consider medical marijuana bills for eighteen years, I have no doubt that the topic will hit the agenda soon.”

Issue 3 had a very low support rate this year. If Ohio can amend the bill for marijuana, maybe the next time the issue is on the ballot, it will be a closer race.

Movie Preview

Mockingjay Part 2

Release Date: November 20

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland

Summary: Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) “The Mockingjay” leads the districts of Panem in an all-out revolution to win their freedom from the oppressive Capitol led by President Snow (Sutherland).

Reasons to Watch: The final part of the epic conclusion to the Hunger Games series will be  must see. With Mockingjay Part 1 ending with the aftermath of Peeta’s rescue from the Capitol Part 2 will see the end of the Mockingjay series and the Capitol taken into the control of the rebellion.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley

Summary: Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi: Luke Skywalker (Hamill) Leia Organa (Fisher) and Han Solo (Ford) meet new friends and fight the reorganized remain of the Empire: The First Order led by Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and the mysterious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Reasons to Watch: Ten years after the last Star wars movie was released the Galaxy far, far away has returned. Filled with characters new and old and directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) this movie looks to continue the story of Luke and his twin sister Leia and their loyal friends Han and Chewbacca as they take on a new threat.

An Overview of the Seasons

American Horror Story is a thrilling and sophisticated mini-series. AHS started out in 2011, with Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and finally, Hotel. The show is an anthology series, each season is conceived as a mostly self-contained miniseries.

Season 1: Murder House (2011), takes place in 2011 and follows the Psychiatrist Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga). The family moves from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben, an affair. The Harmon’s’ move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents; the Langdons: Constance (Jessica Lange) and her two children Tate (Evan Peters) and Addie (Jamie Brewer) and the disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare). While Ben and Vivien  try to sew back their relationship, their daughter Violet  suffers from depression and turns to Tate for comfort. The Langdon’s and Larry  frequently influence the Harmons’ lives as the family soon discovers that the home is haunted by ghosts of anyone who has died on the property.

Season 2: Asylum (2012-2013) takes place in 1964 and follows patients, nuns, and doctors who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, located in Massachusetts, founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the Asylum include the stern Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), he protege Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), and Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), the founder of the institution. Doctors charged with treating the patients are psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), a sadistic scientist. Patients who claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), lesbian journalist, Kit Walker (Even Peters) accused serial killer, Shelley (Chloe Sevigny) a nymphomaniac, and Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brochere) alleged murder. The Briarcliff Asylum inhabitants are subjects routinely of supernatural and scientific influences including demonic possession and abduction.

Season 3: Coven (2013) takes place in 2013 following the witches who have survived the Salem Witch Trials, who are nearly extinct and in danger. In New Orleans, a mysterious all-girls boarding school has open to protect and house women who carry the unique witch bloodline. In the school, they are kept from dangers in the outside world. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) has arrived to fulfill her hidden agenda and ensure everyone that the coven is safe. The daughter of Fiona, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), teaches at the school and welcomes its newest student Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga), who is hiding her own harrowing secret. Events reveal a long-held rivalry between witches of the Salem and the Voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, as well as a grudge between the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) and Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), socialite serial killer. The season is set back in the modern day and includes flashback to the early 1970s and the 1830s.

Season 4: Freak Show (2014-15) taken place in 1952 the small quiet town of Jupiter, Florida, which follows a struggling Freak Show led my Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Elsa dreams of finding a home for her “monsters” as well as her own fame. It’s been decades since the Freak Show has been considered some sort of public entertainment. When Bette and Dot Tattler, the conjoined sisters (Sarah Paulson) are taken to a hospital, Elsa is hoping is hoping the sister with save her troupe once and for all. Other members include: Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) a boy who dreams of one day living a normal life, bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), Elsa’s second in command, a strongman from Ethel’s  past , Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), and his three-breasted wife, Desiree Dupre (Angela Bassett), who makes waves when they arrive at the sideshow. In a time when the era of television is the reign high above sideshow acts, the individuals must overcome those who persecute them based on their looks. However as the show progresses, events unfold it is revealed that multiple dark entities have taken up residence in Jupiter, with all their eyes being set on the freaks.

Season 5: Hotel (2015) the show takes place in 2015 in Los Angeles, California which follows guests and staff of the Haunted Cortez and was founded to accommodate the tourists. Bloodsucking fashion obsessed Elizabeth/The Countess (Lady Gaga) is the owner of Hotel Cortez. A serial murder dubbed “The Ten Commandments Killer” soon brings the outside world and the darkness of the Hotel Cortez crashing together. Flashbacks are set in the late 1920s, 1970s mid 1990s and early 1980s.

Water makes a splash on Mars

How did you react when the news erupted with the announcements of liquid water being found on Mars? The media exploded with reactions and responses from scientists and the public. While the general public was mostly shocked by this discovery, scientists were not all that surprised.

“What is particularly exciting with this new information is that this evidence supported the scientists’ leading hypothesis so clearly. There is no longer any confusion as to what caused those dark spots. This new information shifts the mystery away from what it is to how it got there. This is a question that possibly points to what research could be coming next for the red planet.” Dr. Dave Brain, the co-investigator of NASA’s MAVEN mission, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, to Mars said.

The MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars on September 21, 2014, to explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) discovered water on Mars on September 28, 2015. The first time the MRO landed on Mars was in 2006 with the intentions of studying the possibility of water in Mars’ past. The dark spots on Mars’ surface gave the MRO definite evidence that liquid water exists there.

There is one question that scientists are eager to find an answer to; can Mars support life? The dark spots on the surface of the planet appear to flow over time, much like water on planet earth.

“It’s the obvious conclusion to reach, but it’s not clear that it’s correct – it raises the question more than answering it,” Dr. Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator of MAVEN  said. “Liquid water is thought to be necessary for life to exist, and this is a clear detection of liquid water. But it’s a transient phase, not long lived. It’s in a form that is extremely salty and not conducive to supporting life like we have on earth.” It is still a mystery as to whether or not the water on Mars is or has ever supported life.

“These results are an important advance in our developing an understanding of how Mars works,” Jakosky said. “They’re not an end in themselves, but they’re an important step along the way.”

Youtube is Red-y for a big change

Last week YouTube introduced a brand new service called YouTube Red. The service essentially removes all advertisements from the website, most notably the commercials that play before videos. There’s only one catch; it costs $10 per month. Is watching videos without interruptions worth the money?     Despite the price, there are some bonuses to signing up for YouTube Red.In addition to an ad-free website, YouTube Red members also have access to offline videos, similar to a perk of some music streaming apps like Spotify.

Members of YouTube Red will also have the option to hear audio from video while using separate apps on their phone. In addition to this, members will also be given a Google Play; a popular music streaming program with their $10 payment.

Not only does YouTube Red come without ads, but it includes the benefits of offline video-viewing, mobile background play, and even a subscription to a music streaming application. Even with the payment of $10 a month, YouTube Red sounds like an incredible deal to me.

Hurricane Patricia Named Category Five

In a span of five days, a disastrous storm hit the Pacific coast of Mexico. This tropical storm was named the most powerful hurricane to ever occur in the Western Hemisphere. Hurricane Patricia’s intensity was enough to be declared a Category 5 hurricane, the worst category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This category means “catastrophic damage will occur”, such as homes being destroyed and destructive winds over 157 miles per hour or higher.

On October 22, Hurricane Patricia’s powerful winds reached 200 mph, increasing from 85 mph, with gusts reaching approximately 211 mph. Within 24 hours, the winds dropped from 200 mph to 30 mph. Along with the heavy winds, Mexico was expected to get 20 inches of rain, causing warnings of dangerous flash floods and mudslides to be distributed. There was a chance of 40 foot waves. The majority of places received over 11 inches of rain, with some Texas cities getting more than 14 inches. Mandatory evacuations were made in places where landslides were.

Hurricane Patricia is only the second recorded Category 5 hurricane to hit the Pacific coast since 1949. Hurricane Patricia has been compared to Typhoon Haiyan in terms of intensity. Typhoon Haiyan occurred in the Philippines in 2013, killing over 6,000 people. Haiyan’s winds reached up to 195 mph, almost as much as Patricia’s 200 mph winds. Considering the intensity of Hurricane Patricia, it is astounding that the death toll for this tropical storm was zero.