The Audition

BY ANONYMOUS

My palms are sweaty, shaking as I hold my monologue.

In fifteen minutes this will all be over, but right now the end seems like forever away.

I reread my monologue for what seems like the 100th time.

Until now, I’d been the only one judging myself, but once I walk into the room, my talents will be vulnerable to judgement from others.

That’s the most terrifying part. Continue reading The Audition

The Effects Humans Have On Groundwater

BY EMMA JONES

Groundwater is a resource that is experiencing a great deal of pressure both in terms of its use and from contamination by human activities. Agriculture requires the most water. More specifically, irrigation accounts for 80% of all water consumed in North America, and 500 billion liters per day used for irrigation in the United States. The water used for irrigation is mostly taken from groundwater sources, and an increased demand for water is heavily affecting the state of these groundwater sources. Additionally, when these groundwater sources are polluted, it poses an even bigger issue. Polluted groundwater is costly and tedious to decontaminate. Pesticides often contribute organic contaminants in groundwater in unsafe levels. There have been 73 different pesticides detected in North America and spills and leaks contribute to an additional 10 to 20 pesticides. Other agricultural practices like animal-feeding operations, fertilizer applications, and irrigation practices contribute to groundwater pollution, especially through runoff. Continue reading The Effects Humans Have On Groundwater

Why Australia’s Schooling is Intelligently Scheduled 

by SETH LENOX

In America, schools usually have summer breaks due to regulations of how many school days must be issued. Summer break is adored by American students and will never cease to be an event because of how popular it will always be. But in Australia, the summer break is only six to eight weeks compared to America’s usual 10 weeks, which would be entirely more intelligent in a sense of educational distribution. Continue reading Why Australia’s Schooling is Intelligently Scheduled 

A Quiet Place

By LIZZIE EMANUELSON

April 11, I will be seeing a very talked about horror movie called A Quiet Place. One of the main reasons I am seeing this movie is because of the beautiful John Krasinski. Krasinski wrote and directed this movie. Krasinski could’ve casted anyone to play his wife in this movie, but he decided to have his very own wife, Emily Blunt, star in the movie with him. Together they created one of the most chilling horror movies of all time.

On twitter, famous horror movie writer and director, Stephen King, tweeted about this movie saying,  “A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera’s eye open wide in a way few movies manage.” To have someone like Stephen King say such good things about a scary movie shows how amazing it actually is. Continue reading A Quiet Place

Taco Bell History

by NYASIA JONES

Taco Bell is an American fast food chain known for its inventive, often whimsical, Mexican-inspired menu items. Along with KFC and Pizza Hut, Taco Bell is owned by Louisville, Kentucky-based brands and serves 42 million customers a week at nearly 7,000 restaurant locations worldwide. Founded in California in 1962, the brand has maintained a steady presence in the American consciousness, in part because of its popular advertising campaigns like the iconic 1990s ads featuring a taco-hungry chihuahua and 2005’s “Good to Go” slogan that accompanied the launch of the Crunchwrap Supreme. Continue reading Taco Bell History

People Who Changed History: The Good and The Bad

BY SOPHIA JOHNSON

There have been many people who have changed history: Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs. This is what they did to change the way people think and live. Winston Churchill was a powerful man with great ambitions. He always knew what he wanted and he succeed at most of it. He became Prime Minister of the UK during the second World War and he was right about Hitler while others still were blinded. He carried London through their darkest hour and did so successfully. Continue reading People Who Changed History: The Good and The Bad

The Magic Properties of Shrooms

By SAM JOHNSON

Recently in Colorado, an activist group has received approval to collect signatures towards legalizing “magic mushrooms”, otherwise known as psilocybe cubensis and also known by many as shrooms. Though seemingly radical, a recent study done by the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom suggested that one of the main active components in shrooms, psilocybin, lead to a “reset” of the brain’s serotonin cycles that play a major role in depression. Continue reading The Magic Properties of Shrooms

Summer Festivals

BY KORA BENEFIEL

Summer holds so many opportunities and experiences. Whether you look forward to the adventures or just the warm weather, there is always something to do. Kenosha holds many festivals throughout the summer including the Taste of Wisconsin, the Fourth of July carnivals, and multiple music festivals.

If music festivals are your thing, you are in luck. Summerfest is one of the world’s largest music festivals. It is held in Milwaukee, and this year it will take place from Wednesday, June 27th to Sunday, July 8th. This year  it will showcase some of the world’s biggest artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Halsey, and The Weeknd. Continue reading Summer Festivals

The Florida Keys

By RACHEL RICCHIO

Directly under Florida are the Florida Keys. It consists of many islands connected by one highway. The northernmost Island is called Key Largo. Key largo is known for its fishing, restaurants, clear water and sandy beaches. Key Largo is situated between the Everglades National Park to the northwest and the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to the east. It’s also the first underwater park in the United States and the site of the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. Key Largo’s climate is tropical. Frost has never been recorded on the island. Key Largo enjoys close to 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. Continue reading The Florida Keys

Thank You For Hurting Me

By HANNAH STRICKLAND

I didn’t think it was going to end that way. Nobody thought it was going to end that way, but they would be lying if they said they didn’t see it coming. It started with little miscommunications and small arguments, but it soon turned into screaming matches and a game of who could hurt who more.

The relationship started as any normal relationship does, we met, got to know each other, grew pretty fond of each other, and eventually decided that we wanted to be together. Everything was perfect for the first couple of months, until I noticed that he was slipping through my fingers. It started with the conversations getting shorter and shorter day by day and eventually turned into maybe a few minutes of talking per day, if I was lucky. And I tried and tried to convince myself that I was being over dramatic and I didn’t need to have his attention on me at all times of the day, but I soon realized that the problem ran deeper than that. I began to feel as if I had been the problem in the relationship. Am I too sensitive? Too clingy? Am I too much to handle? So many questions ran through my head on a daily basis and I was so sick of feeling like I wasn’t good enough for him. Continue reading Thank You For Hurting Me

Interview With a Vietnam Veteran

By JOHN LYNCH

On February 15, 2018, I sat down with family friend and Vietnam veteran Dave Suthard to discuss his role in the Vietnam War, his life, and his thoughts on his involvement in the war. Although I knew Mr. Suthard as a friend of my grandparents, I had a fairly limited idea of what he had done during his time in Vietnam, as my exposure to him was limited to my grandparents’ annual Fourth of July party and a few dinners when I was very young. In interviewing him, I learned a great deal about not only his service, but also the war itself. Mr. Suthard worked as an inventory manager on several Air Force bases, starting with domestic Air Force bases Dow and McChord, and during his subsequent deployment to Phu Cat, Vietnam, starting with his enlistment in September of 1966.

While deployed at his first assignment at Dow Air Force Base, Mr. Suthard managed the inventory of the 75th Flying Tigers, which flew F-101 Interceptor jets. Mr. Suthard worked on the flight line, as his role of inventory management specialist required him to cover all maintenance needs for the jets dispatched from the base, a role he would fulfill during his time at both Dow and Phu Cat. Following the deactivation of Dow Air Force Base later that year, he was reassigned to McChord Air Force Base, where he was startled to find that he would not be continuing his previous duties working with the F-101s: he would be working with the nuclear missile inventory at McChord instead. “They said when I got there, ‘It says 64500A here [on the form]. You’re not supposed to be here, you’re supposed to be over with the nukes,’” said Mr. Suthard when I asked him about his second Air Force base experience. During his time at McChord, Mr. Suthard managed the inventory of Genie air-to-air missiles, which were designed to be fired by Delta Dart fighter jets as a preventative measure against foreign attacks. As he soon found out, McChord was tasked with preventing Russian bombers from coming close to the United States. Mr. Suthard was told he would likely be stationed at in the United States for the rest of his time in the Air Force, but as fate would have it, that was not to last. Continue reading Interview With a Vietnam Veteran

Duty to War and Control

by ANALICIA TORRES

“It is through war that we will rise.”

I watched the announcement stream across the screen of the television. My heart kicked. Sitting forward on the edge of the chair, I locked my eyes on the world of lavish colors before me: rivers of dark red, uniforms of obsidian black, fields of brown grass. The commemoration bell chimed through the speakers in the house.

Marcia, Penny, and Lou sprinted into the recreation room with their faces firm and their hands already lifted to their heads. The Speaker came to the national podium and greeted us individually as he opened his mouth to recite the Admonition: “We the people of Sector One do solemnly swear our lives to the Realms Institute to strive toward Perfection. We pledge our allegiance to destroying the Imperfect Race and all that they abide by; and so do dedicate our efforts of life and blood to becoming One.” The Speaker stepped down. The television flashed and went dark.

The Lexar’s voice boomed in through the speakers:  ‘End of broadcast. Report to your Stationmaster.’ Continue reading Duty to War and Control

Keep Your Distance

By BLAIR WEISINGER

Sometimes distinguishing between furry cuteness and pure destruction is not an easy task. In fact, many of the animals kingdom’s cutest critters also happen to be its most prolific killers. You think that cute little puffer fish is adorable? Will you hold your breath as you reach to pet it? Keep this question in mind as you read through our top three list of the world’s most dangerous animals.

Blue Ringed Octopus– About the size of a golf ball, don’t let its small stature fool you, this dangerous animal holds enough venom to kill 26 full grown adults and as you may have guessed, there is no antidote. Assuming that your friend ever gets bitten you had better know CPR because you can be sure that within minutes they will be completely paralyzed and unable to breathe. Mother nature, however, shows no mercy and they will maintain their consciousness for the next few hours until the venom is neutralized by their body. This is of course assuming that you, or someone at the hospital, continues artificial respiration. Continue reading Keep Your Distance

What Is Essential Is Invisible

BY JAROD STURYCZ

It has been almost a week since Tremper Theatre’s production of The Little Prince put on its final performance and every day I feel more and more satisfied. I know that an actual article from me is unusual, but I felt I had something left to say about this show other than my time writing the music for it.

The story told essentially consumed me…in a good way. Understanding the symbolism attached to each character and their actions, I start to wonder how this can be a story thought to be written for children. Well, that is because it is not for children, really. Sure, the characters behave in ways that children will understand and animate their personalities similar to a cartoon, but as the sun sets, the stars come out, and the world becomes a whole lot more “grown up.” Continue reading What Is Essential Is Invisible

Queen Cardi B

by MORGAN GARSKI, ALEXIS KOESSL and JORDAN SQUIRES

Over spring break, Cardi B released her newest studio album, Invasion of Privacy. It includes her hit singles, Bodak Yellow and Bartier Cardi. She dropped it on Friday, April 6th at midnight. It is reported that she even doubled Taylor Swift’s Apple Music streaming record within the first week. The following Saturday, Cardi performed on Saturday Night Live, where she also revealed her pregnancy with Offset’s child. Her boyfriend, Offset, is one third of the rap group Migos. The album has sparked controversies with her relationship and is leaving fans and critics wondering, “Is Be Careful about Offset?” Within the past four months, rumors and photos have leaked to the tabloids that Offset had previously cheated on Cardi. It is rumored that she definitely channeled her pain into Thru Your Phone, which is another song on Invasion of Privacy. Throughout the entire record, she proves that she is an unstoppable woman that has no patience for games or fakes. Let Queen Cardi reign!

BNP Paribas Open

BY COURTNEY SALISBURY and KATE BERTOG

Each year the Indian Wells Tennis Garden hosts the Indian Wells Masters Tournament. This year it began Monday, March 5th, and ended Sunday, March 18th. This tournament specifically consists of the best current players from all over the world, including eight former BNP Paribas Champions. A few popular previous winners include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal. Continue reading BNP Paribas Open

Largest 7-Eleven to Open in Kalamazoo

By LENNON MODORY and TOMMY DOHERTY

Kalamazoo, Michigan, was home to the world’s largest 7-Eleven; however, the title was taken by Silverton, Colorado’s 7-Eleven in 2016. Kalamazoo’s 7-Eleven was known worldwide and was even featured on Travel Channel’s Food Wars. The 7-Eleven was a Michigan Icon. Store number 2349 featured a 5,558 square foot shop, with two stories. When the Silverton location opened, its store featured a 5,560 square foot shop. Due to much public outcry, Kalamazoo petitioned to open an even larger store across the city. Thus, Michigan will regain its reign in Summer 2018 when the new world’s largest 7-Eleven will open. 7-Eleven owner, Joseph DePinto, said, “I am proud to own a chain of stores in which my customers take pride in having a ‘mega location’ it really shows the company’s stature.” 7-Eleven fans may celebrate again as Kalamazoo is home to the largest 7-Eleven once again.

 

Bayern Munich Goalkeeper Trains Since September

by JAKOB JENSEN

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday on Tuesday by returning to training for the first time since September. Bayern said the Germany captain completed two 10-minute running sessions under the guidance of fitness and rehabilitation coach Thomas Wilhelmi. Neuer hasn’t played since getting another hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot, a repeat of the injury he sustained toward the end of last season. Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern, who can secure their record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund, if Schalke also drop points at home against Freiburg.

Eyebuydirect.com

By MITCHEL HUDRICK and ALAINA SNIDER

The BEST way to buy and find a new pair of glasses is to go through Eyebuydirect.com (EBD). EBD is one of the top online eyeglass stores out there. With hundreds of pairs of glasses to choose from, they make it easy to find a stylish pair that fits your personality. They also make the process of buying your glasses easy by giving examples and very well written instructions to show you the way to designing and purchasing your new glasses. EBD also makes it very affordable to buy new glasses. Their prices range from seven dollars to eighty dollars which is not bad compared to opptomatrice that charge hundreds of dollars for a pair of glasses. So everyone should check out Eyebuydirect.com for a stylish pair of glasses that come in the mail in about two weeks!

When Will Curry Return?

By TOMMY DOHERTY and LENNON MODORY

Golden State Warriors guard and two time MVP Stephen Curry has been having a great season offensively, but the injury bug has hit him hard this season. Curry has been out three different times this season with various ankle and knee injuries. Most recently with a sprained left knee ligament that he suffered from his return against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23rd. Now the big question is when will he return? Warrior’s head coach Steve Kerr said Curry will likely be out for the first round of the playoffs which is still weeks away and might return in the second round if they advance that far. Until then, fans and teammates will have to wait for Curry to return.  

The French Field Trip

BY SAVION BEBO and EDDIE MAKAR

Tuesday March 28, 2018 French 3 and AP took a field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum. There are some extraordinary art pieces on display at the museum. Savion’s favorite piece was Ed Paschke Pedifem, 1987 (see below), he really liked how eccentric the colors are in the painting. Eddie’s favorite piece by Jules Chéret, Bal du Moulin Rouge, 1889, he enjoys how many things are going on in this piece and how it takes another look to truly enjoy it. Continue reading The French Field Trip

Ocean Eyes Singer Billie Eilish

by PAMELA ARIAS

Billie Eilish is a 16 year old American singer from California. You may not know her name yet, but you probably have heard her song Ocean Eyes which was the main track off the hit film Everything, Everything. Billie’s organic popularity is nearly unheard of, particularly at a time when artists rarely break through without the help of a powerful record label or heaps of cash. One can only imagine what she’ll accomplish now that she’s found a new platform and developed an eager audience. Continue reading Ocean Eyes Singer Billie Eilish

Book Review: Once Gone

By Hannah Strickland

Recently, I read the book Once Gone by Blake Pierce. Once Gone is a thriller about Riley Paige, an FBI agent who has been up against some of the worst serial killers. While Riley is on a paid leave, bodies of women are showing up in a rural town and the ways they are killed are pretty gruesome. At first, the team is reluctant on having her on the case because of her mental stability, but then they realize that in order to solve the case they need her. As Riley starts to open up pieces of the case little by little, she realizes that the killer she is up against is more twisted than they think. Continue reading Book Review: Once Gone

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

By RACHEL RICCHIO

The movie stars Frances Mcdormand as a mother who rents three billboards calling attention to her daughter’s murder. In the town of Ebbing, a mother Mildred Hayes, whose daughter was the victim of an unsolved murder, decides to take matters into her own hands after many months of the local police not putting in enough effort into finding the killer. Although Hayes is not your typical mother, it is known that her number one priority is her children. The police in Ebbing are incompetent. There are only a couple good ones who actually care. Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Motivation for the Fourth Quarter

by SETH LENOX

As the year comes to a close, more and more students become unmotivated to do schoolwork and participate in activities they usually enjoy, due to the cycle of repetition everybody goes through each school-year. New classes of the second semester have become boring and school work has become even more annoying than it was in the beginning of the year. Pulling through the fourth quarter is the hardest and most important part of the year because the semester grades become forever planted in student transcripts. Continue reading Motivation for the Fourth Quarter

Police Brutality

by NYASIA JONES

Last year, hours after a jury acquitted former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter in the shooting death of 32-year-old Philando Castile, protesters in St. Paul, Minnesota, shutdown Interstate 94. With signs that read: “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace,” the chant of “Philando, Philando” rang out as they marched down the highway in the dark of night. Continue reading Police Brutality

Use of Energy in the U.S.

By EMMA JONES

The United States is one world’s leading countries on multiple standards. However, this power comes with a great responsibility and also a great cost. Currently the United States uses around two times as much energy as France, Germany, and Japan. If we want to continue being a world leader, then we need to set an example for other countries and be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly nation, so we aren’t left behind in the fight against climate change. With a growing population that currently stands at 318.9 million, and a global population of seven billion, you do not need to be a Secretary of Energy to realize that in order to meet everyone’s energy needs something must be done. Continue reading Use of Energy in the U.S.

My Stance on Darkest Hour

By SOPHIA JOHNSON

The movie Darkest Hour to me was a great movie; it told me the story of a Prime Minister’s insight of what it was like to run a country in the middle of a war crisis. I love history, and WW2 is my favorite war to learn about. This movie delivered an amazing way of explaining the frightful situation the world was in. I learned a ton about Winston Churchill that I never knew before I watched this movie. Continue reading My Stance on Darkest Hour

An Emerging Genre

By SAM JOHNSON

Beginning in the early 2000’s, a new form of music began to emerge on stages around the nation. First referred to as “dance” or “electronic”, this form of music has come to be known as Electronic Dance Music, or EDM for short. Focusing more on the rhythm and instrumentals than lyrics, EDM artists use their musical talents to invoke powerful feelings upon the audience and can tell a story without a single word. Armed with brilliant light shows and formidable subwoofers, artists attract hundreds of thousands of people from around the world for live concerts and raves such as EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Forest and many more. EDM is an umbrella term for the many genres of music that meet the criteria, such as  house, techno, trance, drum and bass, dubstep and many more subgenres. Though criticized by many as lacking originality due to the similar sounding instruments throughout different songs, true fans of the genre recognize the contrasts between pieces that create a new mood or draw a different picture.

A Dead Man Walking

By REAGAN BECKER

I knew he was gone, that his mind was disintegrating into madness, and he could no longer control his own body. One of the infected had bitten him.

One stupid food run!

Damn, now Luke is going to die!

This is all my fault!

I was suppose to protect him!

No, stay calm, this is the only way to get out of this mess.

I closed the wooden door behind us and locked it as some type of voice inside me urged me into a panic.

“We have to get out of here,” I screamed. “look for an exit!”

But Luke was already too far into insanity, he was hypnotised by his wound. His bite mark was swollen and his flesh was black, peeling on his decaying forearm.

I turned around, “Luke!”

The infected were coming in!

No!

That’s impossible!

But it was, the infected were bending the door inwards causing the lock on the door to snap through the frame. Continue reading A Dead Man Walking

The Universe

By LIZZIE EMANUELSON

The definition of the universe is all existing space and matter considered at a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at 10 million light years in diameter and contains a vast number of galaxies. To show how small Earth is compared to the rest of the universe, Earth is in one galaxy called the Milky Way and in that galaxy, Earth is one of the smaller planets in this orbit. On Earth there are seven billion people, and then there is just me. People wonder so much about what is out there. They want to know what Saturn is like, how being weightless feels, and what the Earth looks like from outer space. Continue reading The Universe

Spungen Was Her Name

By LINDSAY ANDERSON

She always said that she wouldn’t make it to her 21st birthday. It’s not like she wanted it that way; that’s just how it was. She was a schizophrenic mess with way more problems than the average girl her age. Whether or not she inflicted those upon herself, though, is completely up to her. She was simply misunderstood. And that’s the way she stayed. Despite being incredibly bright, she often did things that contradicted her extraordinary intelligence. Continue reading Spungen Was Her Name

What’s Going On?

By LINDSAY ANDERSON

Spring break is approaching fast, and around this time some may be getting ready to go on a trip to somewhere in Florida or even to another country. Others may be preparing for Easter with their families. Some are just simply staying home and relaxing without a care in the world. If you’re not doing anything extravagant for spring break or Easter, Kenosha has a lot to offer these next couple weeks for you. Continue reading What’s Going On?

Timothy Weah Gets First Team Call Up

By JAKOB JENSEN

Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah has received his first call-up to the United States national team, as caretaker manager Dave Sarachan continues his youth movement by naming a 22-player squad for the March 27 friendly against Paraguay. Weah is the son of one-time World Player of the Year and current president of Liberia George Weah. After scoring a hat trick against Paraguay at the Under-17 World Cup last October, the 18-year-old made two first-team appearances with PSG this month, and Sarachan is keen to get a look up close. Continue reading Timothy Weah Gets First Team Call Up

The Death of Middle-Ground Speech

BY JOHN LYNCH

In making this case I must state that I am fully cognizant of the classic example of the old generation complaining about the “Kids these days!” However, it is my hope that any reader would accept the following as more criticism of modern culture than a petty complaint, and not liken me to an old codger when I am still a child in the eyes of the law. It is with that in mind that I make my case for the murder of the neutral sentence at the hands of the average teenager. In some Orwellian culling of language, I have noticed fewer and fewer instances of adjectives that are not one of the “big four“ as I think of them- “love”, “like”, “hate”, and “kind of” in the speech of my peers. My generation has noticeably become more and more polarized in speech, and the more descriptive and precise sentences that describe the footings in between have suffered. Continue reading The Death of Middle-Ground Speech