Smoke SignalsFeb. 2014/Vol. 5 Issue 3
New: What’s inyour lockerpg. 24
Save Your Selfie
Volume V Issue III
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Layout by Kristin Slomiany
Happy Valentine’s Day
Editorial Team Leader
Section Editor-Student Content
Section Editor-Student Content
Kassianna Politis- #connect Editor
Natalie Rihmland- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Spindler- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Folino- Section Editor: Life and Style
Maria Hoge- Section Editor: News
Madi Start- Section Editor: PT Focus
Vanessa Scoulos- Section Editor: Student Content
Meet the Junior Editors
Entertainment: PT Focus:
Life and Style:
Outside the bubble:
Table of Contents
Smoke Signals is produced six times a school year by the students of
Media II, III, IV Journalism Staff at Peters Township High School.
The staff adviser is Mrs. N. Sitler.
Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the expressed opin-
ion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its adviser, or the Peters
Township School District.
PT on the Rebound
Save Your Selfie
Middle School Couples
What in the World
PT Focus // February 2014PTHS
Five Candy Hearts to NOT Give Your CrushJoshGlicksman|Editior-in-Chief
Are candy hearts delicious? No. Regardless, let’s take a look at the candy hearts that you should not be giving to your
crush this Valentine’s Day. This is important stuff. I got all of your backs. You’re welcome.
Does it even get the point across? It really depends on the age of the kid that delivers this candy heart. If a fourth grade
boy who just mustered up the courage to hand this over to his crush, then he’s probably got himself a steady girlfriend. However, if
a kid in high school is trying to get his point across by handing a girl this candy heart, it’s not going to work. This candy heart says
“Hi! I’d like to be friends forever! You can tell me about all of your issues, but I should never expect any sort of relationship with you.”
Well, it doesn’t say all of that, but you guys get the point. Pass.
Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you that this candy heart actually exists. Go ahead, look it up. This really should be higher on the
list. Then again, it’s actually pretty hilarious. How many kids reading this know how to properly send a fax? Does ANY kid reading
this even have a fax? I’m not positive, but I thought faxes were used for business purposes. Don’t mix business with pleasure. What’s
next? Go Phone me? MySpace me? AIM me? Wait, I take that last one back. Instant Messaging is still beyond cool. As a matter of
fact, please instant message me so I know it’s real. But don’t expect a reply if your away message isn’t phenomenal.
What does this accomplish? Is this some form of self-flattery? This is just a random adjective that doesn’t even have a subject to
describe. Now, the candy heart “U R Cool” is a totally different story. In fact, any heart that uses the phrase “U R” is a definite go.
Those ones establish your tech savviness and general coolness. Anyway, back to the adjectives. Giving this heart to a crush just leaves
both parties confused. What’s cool? What’s awesome? You might as well just give a funnier, more random phrase if you’re going to go
with that method. Give him/her a heart saying “Yeezus.” Genius.
Unrelated: how amazing would it be if selfie candy hearts were a thing? Maybe you send in various selfies with the order. I could be
sitting on a million-dollar idea here. Anyway, don’t give your crush a command with your candy heart. Smile? Here’s how it’s going to
work out: you walk up to your crush and stop him/her to give the “present.” He/she then proceeds to look at the heart, and look up
with an awkward smile and a nervous laugh. End of conversation. What else is he/she supposed to do in that situation? Walk away?
You’ve put him/her in a place where he/she has no choice but to smile and want to roll their eyes. It’s awkward for both parties.
Talk about awkward situations. That’s skipping from A to Z. Both sides know that this isn’t a serious proposal, so what’s being
accomplished? How hilarious, you fake proposed! You’re so clever and witty. This definitely means that he/she is thinking about it for
the future though, don’t worry. You should probably just making wedding plans right now. You know what? If anyone receives this
candy heart on Valentine’s Day this year from a crush, please just throw it back at the deliverer. He/she deserves it. The fake marriage
joke goes into the same category as “see you next year!” on New Year’s Eve.
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The Annual Dodgeball Tournament
celebrated its tenth anniversary in
January. This tournament is not just
about cheering on your school and
seeing teachers play the classic gym
class game: it is much more than that.
It is about helping to save lives through
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Dodgeball Tournament began as
a Make-A-Wish fundraiser sponsored
by the National Honor Society in
2001. The event was originally a
student-faculty basketball game that
raised money for Bill Kauffman, a
senior who was fighting lymphatic cancer. Kauffman was accepted
to Penn State, but he was unable to attend due to his treatments.
That spring, the school raised $3883 in his honor. Unfortunately,
Kauffman lost his battle to cancer shortly after the event. Thirteen
years have passed since then but the fundraiser is still raising a
significant amount of money each year; National Honor Society
decided ten years ago to create a dodgeball tournament. This fund
was started by Mrs. Stevenson’s (a former English Teacher) son-
in-law, who also battled cancer. Since then, the event has raised
S t r e s s levels are
rising for photography students as opening
night for the annual photo gallery is racing
around the corner. Opening night for the
gallery will be held on February 13 at the
Peters Township Public Library from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. Many of the photographers
attend the gallery on opening night not
only for the cake and other refreshments,
but to take pride in their hard work that
is finally paying off. From opening night
to February 27th
at the Peters Township
Public Library, students’ photography and
Photoshop skills will be on display for all
members of the community to view.
“Being featured in the gallery
is an enormous accomplishment. It feels
great knowing that other people appreciate
the photographs I take,” said a Level IV
The Game to Celebrate More BirthdaysNicoleSpindler|BusinessEditor-in-Chief
Picture Perfect Photos at Public LibraryOliviaGlod|StaffWriter
thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish scholarship fund.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is designed to create
positive experiences for children with life-threatening medical
conditions such as cancer. Since 1980, it has granted wishes through
its 62 chapters located throughout the country and operates in 47
countries around the world.
In the ‘Bubble’ that we live in, it is difficult to grasp the
idea that situations like Kauffman can happen to anyone. Whether
it is someone who sits next to you in class or you walk pass in
the hallway, you never know if someone is experiencing a similar
dilemma. This fundraiser allows the community and all the schools
to come together for one common goal. None of this would have
been possible if we had not received the support from the faculty,
parents, and students. It
is truly amazing what can
happen when we combine
our efforts. Remember,
this tournament is not a
celebration of winning a
game of dodgeball: together,
we are celebrating more
Photo by Mrs. Boni
Photography senior Heather Matthews.
Matthews, along with several
other Level IV Photography seniors, hope
to present their most memorable work
during their final year of participating in
The status of a Level IV
Photography student is achieved by
beginning his or her media career in
Media I Communications and taking
photography classes for three straight years.
The gallery gives a public forum to display
photography students work, similar to TV
Production students and live broadcasts
on the community television channel and
journalism students with Smoke Signals,
will present three 5x7 photographs and one
portfolio at the gallery, while expert level
IVs display hanging canvases or portfolios
of their choice.
However, the success of the
gallery is not easily achieved. The process
of choosing the photographs for the gallery
begins an entire month and a half before
opening night. Each student is encouraged
to submit their best work from portfolios
created throughout the school year for
which follows a creative theme of his or her
choosing. While photography officers have
the final say in which and whose pictures
will be displayed, they, along with Mrs.
Boni and Mrs. Sitler are all huge influences
in the selection process.
“Choosing a picture of
everybody’s to pick to display at the
gallery is easily the most stressful factor
of constructing the gallery,” said junior
photography officer Kayla Damazo. “We
choose photographs that are unique, eye-
catching, and possess qualities that will
show off the photographer’s personal style.”
“I always look forward to the
gallery,” said junior Jessie Fairbanks. “I
love showing my work along and seeing
Photo by Cameron Morgan
Photo By Jill Kovac
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Sports // February 2014PTHS
Athlete of the Month: Carly Little
Senior Carly Little believes that success comes
from being persistent and having a love for what
you do. This is exactly why she has achieved so
many victories when it comes to running track.
Little has been running track since freshman year
in high school, and has loved every moment of it.
Little is known as hardworking athlete, up for any
challenge, and for always having her teammates backs.
“I have always loved running and cross country was great this
year, so therefore I decided to run indoor track,” stated Little. “My main
event that I run in is the mile, which is my favorite because I like distance
running, yet it is still a hard, fast pace.”
For Little, she has many memorable moments from her years
of track, so it was difficult for her to choose her favorite one. Every meet
with her team formed a great memory, especially the bus rides home. She
also enjoyed preparing at practice for the team’s next big meet.
“I absolutely love track and with no doubt hope to pursue it
throughout college,” stated Little. “I enjoy it so much because the people
are so friendly and enjoyable to be around.”
Throughout the years, Little became
very close with her teammates, who push her
to give it her all everytime. Little holds a school
record of 5:35 in the 1,600 meter run. Her team-
mates are a huge influence on Little and are in-
troduction to achieve to great success.
“I will miss all the people I run with
because you become such great friends through-
out the season,” stated Little. “Enjoy what you
are doing and work hard.”
Athletes from around the world grow up dreaming of an oppor-
tunity to compete in front of billions on sports’ biggest stage: the Olym-
pics. With the 2014 Winter Games rapidly approaching in Sochi, Rus-
sia, athletes are being selected for various events to represent the United
With only a select number of places, it is considered the high-
est honor to be chosen to represent your country. With that in mind, it
is incredible that local talent was even considered to represent not only
America, but also western Pennsylvania in early February.
Tom Wallisch, one of the most well-known names in freeskiing
and a top-notch competitor for the brand new slopestyle event at Sochi,
was left off of the USA freeskiing squad in favor of Joss Christensen and
others. Freeskiing, which includes both slopestyle and halfpipe, is making
its debut as an Olympic event in Russia this year.
Wallisch, a native of Chartiers Valley, began to ski at the age of
three and began competing in 2009. Only age 26, he has already captured
the Freeskier’s Skier of the Year award in both 2010 and 2012. In addition,
he has brought home gold at both the X Games and the World Champi-
onships in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Wallisch has become a face of the
sport, but disappointing ninth and fourth place finishes at the recent Park
City Grand Prix failed to earn him an automatic spot on the team and the
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association did not include Wallisch in their final
choices for competitors at Sochi.
Brandon Saad, a hockey player who grew up in Gibsonia, PA,
still has the opportunity to travel to Sochi. Although he did not make the
original roster for the USA squad, he was reportedly one of the final cuts,
and if injuries strike at forward, he could be called upon to compete. How-
ever unlikely that situation may be, Saad is a deserving candidate who
has been applauded for his dynamic offensive ability and his defensive re-
sponsibility. Saad, age 21, is already playing left wing in the NHL for the
Chicago Blackhawks and is a Stanley Cup winner.
Throughout his short 85-game career, Saad has amassed 22
goals and 31 assists for a total of 53 points. His career plus-minus is also
exceptional; he is currently a +35. To add to his success, he’s also been a
Olympic Dreams Shattered for Local Talent
part of a U18 World Championship team that won gold in 2010. It will
require an injury to another USA forward for Saad to have a chance at his
Olympic dream this year; however, he is a rising star and is sure to be a key
piece for both the Blackhawks and the United States hockey program in
Goaltender John Gibson also entered the season with high
hopes for a trip to Sochi. Pittsburgh native Gibson, who was taken in the
third round of the 2011NHL draft, is widely regarded as a standout pros-
pect for the talented Anaheim Ducks. Stuck behind veterans Viktor Fasth
and Jonas Hiller, Gibson has spent most of the season dominating for the
Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.
Gibson’s storyline for Sochi was very similar to that of his time
spent with the Ducks; although respected as an extremely gifted goal-
tender, team USA management went with proven veterans Ryan Miller,
Jimmy Howard, and Jonathon Quick. Gibson lacks experience at the NHL
level, but he does have experience as a competitor for the United States.
He captured gold and the tournament MVP award while backstopping the
United States at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Western PA will get some representation in Russia; for example,
RMU graduate Brianne McLaughlin will be a part of the women’s hockey
squad in February. However, some
talented local athletes will be miss-
ing from the group traveling to
Sochi. Although these omissions
are disappointing, all three of these
athletes are young and will improve
throughout their careers. Wallisch,
Saad, and Gibson can continue to
chase their Olympic dreams for the
2018 Winter Games.
Seen here is Tom Wallisch competing in the
slopestyle final of the 2008 European Freeski
Open in Switzerland.
AP Images Arno Balazarini
Photo by Brenna Woodside
he Peters Township boys basketball team is having unexpected success this
season. At the beginning of the year, many critics were not giving the Indi-
ans a chance to succeed, but to this point the team has done a good job of
proving them all wrong. Juniors Connor Freely and Timmy Swoope are undoubtedly a vital
part of the team’s success. They both stand tall at 6’4”, and their big bodies are a gift to the
team, as the other three starters are each a shade below 6 feet tall. The Indians will only go as
far as their two big men take them.
“Freely and Swoope are very important to the team. They help open up a lot oppor-
tunities for myself and others,” said senior forward Joncarlo Brush.
Freely is the Indians starting center. The team relies on their biggest player to
rebound the basketball, block shots, and score inside. Although he gets up and down the
floor well, Freely is the last option for the team when it comes to handling the ball. He
thrives off of good passes from his teammates and uses his size to finish around the
basket. Freely injured his ankle in an early season tilt with Trinity and missed the fol-
lowing three games. The team was able to play well without Freely on the floor, but it is
no secret that the Indians will need him to reach their full potential.
“Connor has continued to improve every year I’ve played with him, and he is only
going to get better,” said junior point guard Rylen Faloni.
Timmy Swoope is the Indians starting power forward. This junior is by far the In-
dians most versatile player, possessing skills that rival that of a guard. He can play all five
positions on the floor, and this flexibility helps to create mismatches that are in the Indians
favor. However, Swoope’s style of play is very different from Freely’s. Freely relies on scoring
his points in the paint, whereas Swoope can score by penetrating the lane off the dribble and
stretching the defense with his ability to shoot the jumper. The Indians rely on the power for-
ward to be one of the team’s top scorers and leading rebounders. Heading into the sea-
son’s final stages, Swoope will have to continue to improve his game to give the Indians
a boost in section play.
“Timmy is definitely a team player. He’ll do whatever it takes to help the team win
the game,” said senior shooting guard Nick Parello.
PT on the Rebound
JCBrush|SectionEditor and ShaneDazen|PrintEditor-in-
“Freely and Swoope are very important to the team.
They help open up a lot opportunities for myself and
others,” said senior forward
#connect // February 2014PTHS#connect // February 2014PTHS
Who didn’t love going to the store and picking out Valentines
to give to their friends? These throwback photos were taken at McMur-
ray Elementary School during the Valentine’s Day parties that the PTA
parents held for us. Hopefully, these pictures will remind us of all the
memories and fun times we had at those Valentine’s Day parties.
08 Layout by Maria Hoge
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, hope, and
romance. It’s a day to show your significant other how much
you love them. However, there are some people refusing to
accept the fact they will spend another Valentine’s Day alone.
They spend their time waiting with hope that they will find
that special someone.
Honestly, Valentine’s Day might have been started to
show someone how much you love them, but now it’s turned
into a day that forces people to shop for pricy gifts and candy.
Most men know they will be in trouble if they don’t buy their
girl an expensive present.
“I honestly think Valentine’s Day is a day girls make a
big deal of to get presents and flowers from their boyfriends,”
said senior Alyssa Watkins.
Men buy these expensive gifts as a safety cushion to
keep them from getting in trouble. Much like Monopoly, buy-
ing these gifts is like a “get out of jail free” card.
Valentine’s Day is another day for stores to make a
boatload of money advertising by making people buy their
chocolates, jewelry, flowers, cards with cute messages, and
stuffed animals. Don’t get me wrong; I can still be a romantic
person and I am certainly a girl waiting for her happily ever
after. I believe in love.
“Valentine’s Day makes many feel lonely but only
because they feel surrounded by ‘happy’ couples,” said senior
Some people truly feel sorry for those not in rela-
tionships. They don’t pity them because of their single rela-
tionship status, but because people who are in relationships
make them feel like they are missing something because they
get a silly card and box of chocolates on February 14.
“I feel like Valentine’s Day is overrated,” said senior
Why do we celebrate love just once a year? I feel if
you truly love someone you should express the love for them
all 365 days of the year.
Most people desire to feel loved every day, not one
silly day on the calendar. I am not against the genuine dem-
onstrations to show your love toward your significant other,
but what I am against is simple consumerism to disguise their
lack of love.
Singles Awareness Day
Olivia Miller, 12Mike Kronket, 12 Brian Hanlon, 12
ine has become just as prominent in social media as
Twitter or Instagram. Millions of people use Vine
each and every day; however, some of those people
have made themselves “vine famous.” If you are new to Vine, check
out the following hilarious Vine personalities.
Lohanthony is not a name you hear every day, but if you
know who he is, this name fits
him perfectly. This humorous
young fellow could quite pos-
sibly be seen on “E! News”
someday. Lohanthony is a
fourteen-year-old boy that
posts sassy videos about any-
thing that happens in his life
or the entertainment indus-
try. His critiques of music and
celebrities are extremely en-
tertaining. Lohanthony also
viewers with tears of laughter.
His Vine game is no compari-
son to his YouTube videos, so be sure
to check those out as well.
“Christian!!!!” If you have seen his vines, you read that in the
voice he uses to imitate his mother. Christian Delgrosso, an aspir-
ing actor, creates vines that range from doing things to get a reac-
tion out of his mother to being the topper of his family’s Christmas
tree. If ever you are feeling sad, this gent can surely turn your frown
upside down. Maybe Delgrosso should consider switching his as-
pirations to becoming a comedian instead of an actor, just food for
This gentleman surely knows how to turn heads in public as
he plays hilarious pranks on his girlfriend. Colin Young creates
vines of his girlfriend’s reactions to the many ways he aggravates
her. Whether it be throwing throwing his girlfriend’s drink out
the window of a moving car or crumbling her midnight snack
all over the bed, this man really knows how to treat a woman
(NOT). Disclaimer: his girlfriend is not harmed in the making
of his vines and the pranks are all in good fun (just maybe not
for his girlfriend). But boys, do not
take any tips from Young, it will only
definitely added major competition
for other people on Vine. If you are
a teenage girl and do not know who
“deez” white boys are, you should
probably reevaluate your life. These
three Alabama natives Vine them-
selves doing popular and made up
dances to a plethora of music, rang-
ing in songs from artists One Direc-
tion to Soulja Boy. Sometimes their
videos include other people and
fan mail; however, none of their videos
include shirts. These cuties give a whole
new meaning to “southern boys.”
Move over Britney Spears, because Brittany Furlan is
catching up to you (not really though). Setting herself ahead of
most fellow viners, Furlan has created an entire vine fan base
with her relatable and hysterical vines. Some of her most famous
vines include her alto-ego Natalie Nature, tormenting her boy-
friend (and fellow viner) Randal Kirk II, and playing pranks on
loved ones. Be sure to hop on the Brittany Furlan bandwagon
and check out her vine account.
A student looking at Christian Delgrosso’s Vine account.
Lizzy Hill, 12
Marlee Chlystek, 10
Matt Tylenda, 10
10 Layout by Naomi Burke
Life & Style // February 2014PTHS
Ugh, you look in the mirror and see a dreaded pimple.
Those darn things keep coming back no matter how hard you
try. Fortunately, there are products out there that will cleanse and
beautify your face. Makeup is an essential part of a girl’s life. With
all of the different makeup brands, companies are always trying to
create unique products to set themselves apart from their competi-
tors. Not only are these products different, but some actually work.
Envious of models perfect skin in those high fashion
magazines? Go onto luminessair.com and buy your own airbrush
makeup set. With prices starting at twenty dollars, this kit ends up
being a smart investment. Trips to the store to buy foundation will
no longer be necessary. Plus, airbrushed foundation doesn’t look
caked-on, it looks effortless and natural.
Blackheads and oily skin are a common problem. Glam
Glow has raving reviews and praises on how its helped people.
Glam Glow is a facial mask which helps reduce acne, shrink pores,
rid blackheads, and control oily spots (especially on the nose). This
product is great because guys can use it too. Also, it’s not just your
typical “girly-spa-day” facemask.
Although the cold weather might result in a two-hour
delay, it can also result in dry skin. CeraVe has a line of moistur-
izers that have been founded by a group of researchers and leading
dermatologists. These hypoallergenic moisturizers are perfect for
people with damaged, sensitive skin. CeraVe products will leave
your skin looking fresh, new, and replenished.
A New, Beautiful YouMadi Start|PT Focus Editor
Sometimes, Max n’
Ermas and Atria’s just won’t cut
it. If you’re looking for a more
unique atmosphere and menu,
stop by these top-notch res-
taurants this month for great
food and a great time. Although
they’re not in the Peters area,
they are worth the drive.
If you’re sick of eating
the same breakfast every day,
stop by Waffalonia in either
Oakland or Squirrel Hill for a
sweet treat. Unlike American-
ized Belgian waffles, Liege waf-
fles can be eaten at any time of
the day. The yeasted dough that
they use is made from scratch
and some ingredients are im-
Specialty Pittsburgh FoodNatalieRihmland|Business Editor-in-Chief
ported directly from Belgium.
Toppings are a must if you stop
by one of the two locations.
Ice cream, chocolate, whipped
cream, and Nutella are just a
One of the most trea-
sured foods in Pittsburgh is the
sandwich. Fat Head’s makes
twenty-three unique “Head-
wiches” (aka sandwiches as big
as your head). This popular
tavern located on East Carson
Street has great service and a
homey feel. One of their most
popular sandwiches, “The
Southside Slopes”, was voted the
fifth best sandwich in the Unit-
ed States by Maxim Magazine.
It offers kielbasa, American
cheese, grilled onions, horse-
radish sauce, and to top it all
Café Io, located in Mt.
Lebanon, has adapted an in-
novative pretzel bun for their
“Hot Ham n’ Cheese Pretzel
Wich”. The sandwich includes
hot country ham, fresh gouda
cheese, and tangy honey mus-
tard, all under a soft pretzel bun.
It’s sure to make your mouth
water. If sandwiches aren’t your
forte, this restaurant also offers
a variety of seafood, salad, and
Located in Brid-
geville, Bubba’s Burghers offers
gourmet burgers for a fairly
low price. Their “BBQ That
Burgher” is topped with slow-
cooked BBQ pulled pork, let-
tuce, and tomato. Luckily Bub-
ba’s isn’t too far away, because
you’ll keep going back for more.
“Gelato” in Italian
simply means frozen, and this
cold treat is sure to satisfy. Mer-
curio’s, located in the heart of
Pittsburgh, makes about 200
different flavors and rotates
them weekly. A few popular
choices are Blueberry Muffin,
Peanut Butter Cup, and Birth-
nights can be easily salvaged by
going out to dinner. Treat your-
self to some good eats instead of
sitting at home and missing out
on some of the best food your
hometown has to offer. Psst…
these are great restaurants to
take your significant other to
for Valentine’s Day.
Photo by Madi Start
Picture this: you go to the store and find the perfect lip-
stick shade, you try it on, you look in the mirror and realize you
look like you just walked out of the circus, sound familiar? For-
tunately, the perfect lipstick has finally been found. Barry M Lip
Paint in ‘Touch of Magic” enhances the natural color of lips. At first
when you look at the lipstick you see that it is green, but when it
is applied, a unique pink color is created according to the pH level
of your lips. This lipstick gives an effortless look just in one simple
swipe on the lips.
Getting the perfect “smokey eye” seems to be almost im-
possible because you can never find the perfect
shade of shadow. Urban Decay has made the
“smokey eye” easy but sometimes you have to
splurge in order to get what you want. Urban
Decay has created three “Naked” eye shadow
pallets that are to die for. All consisting of natu-
ral tones, they do the job of making eye “pop.”
These pigmented eye shadows can give you a
glamorous look whether you’re going to school
or having a night out with friends. One of these
easy to blend pallets is a must in your makeup
These are just a few of the vast array beauty products that
help enhance ones beauty. Give these products a try and you may
be pleasantly surprised. Who doesn’t want to look beautiful?
Photo by AP Images
Subject to Change: Horoscopes at PTHSAndreaSalizzoni|OnlineEditor-in-Chief &EliseJozwiak|EntertainmentEditor
If you’re wondering what fate has written in the stars for you, then take a look at these com-
pletely spot-on predictions.
A: Aries(Mar 21 - Apr 19)-Hypothetically, if you had the choice to be the friend falling off the cliff or
the one lagging behind, you would be the one that is already free falling. As an aspirational Aries, you’ll
find that most of your decisions will be decided by your impulses, as you like to take the jump rather
than wait around and think about the options. You will soon find yourself at the snack stand, hankering
for an entire tray of cookies. Don’t miss this opportunity, you crazy cat.
E: Taurus(Apr 20 - May 20)- As a Taurus, you have learned that cramming for that math test the night
before won’t give you the grade you desire. Budget your time and use it towards what is truly important.
Learn to stop refreshing Instagram, and stop texting your friends “just to talk.” Procrastination is your
middle name, however, taking the time to study each night will reward you with what you truly deserve.
A: Gemini(May 21 - Jun 20)-Oh gemini, you chatty Kathy. You dive into every aspect of your day with a laundry
list of conversation starters. You continuously find yourself gasping for air when you are telling a story, because your
mouth moves before you have time to think. Some of these may be about of your morning anxiety in the Starbucks
line, how many retweets you get, and why that special someone won’t like your insta. Keep on keepin’ on, friend.
E: Cancer(Jun 21 - Jul 22)- Let’s just get right to it. You like your personal space bubble, and when that teacher or
friend starts to get up in your face, you don’t let it go unnoticed. You let them know that even though they may live in
the bubble, that doesn’t mean they can invade yours. Cancers are not afraid to speak up when something is bother-
ing them. You know that you have a voice and you make sure it is not silenced.
A: Leo(Jul 23 - Aug 22)- Leo, you’re quite the leader; the king of the jungle as some may say. You’re the reason that
Biology test got moved back, since you work very hard to have the only A in the whole class. Expect a well deserved
thank-you from your classmates since you provided them with another day of procrastination and an eventual last minute study-sesh. You’re
not the nerd, you’re the savior.
E: Virgo(Aug 23 - Sep 22)- It’s safe to say you are that kid in the corner of study hall sitting alone and either doing homework or listening
to music. You can easily survive high school with a single playlist or a good book. You don’t need society’s approval on anything you do, and
the number of followers you have on Twitter means nothing to you. People respect you for this and often think of you as a leader. You are
independent, and if that means you sit at lunch alone, then you own it.
A: Libra(Sep 23 - Oct 22)-As a libra, you’re one of a kind; neither a leader or follower. You focus on your needs as equally as others. If you
found yourself with a well-written creative writing paper, you are probably that person to kill two birds with one stone, and slip it in the pile
as your extra credit English assignment. However, if there is something or someone you are trying to acquire, it will take a lot of hard work.
E: Scorpio(Oct 23 - Nov 21)- You’re definitely one to march to the beat of your own drum. You think of yourself as fiercely independent
and able to handle anything that comes your way. There is no middle ground for you. Black or white. Happy or sad. You like someone or you
hate them. You failed or you passed. No middle ground. Who needs a chemistry lab group anyway? The best way to get work done correctly
is to do it yourself.
A: Sagittarius(Nov 22 - Dec 21)-You are a majestic part of nature, Sagittarius; even if you’re not half-man half-horse. You’re always looking
to strive higher than what you think you can achieve, whether it be doing the entire physics lab CORRECTLY by
yourself or actually waking up on the first alarm. Don’t worry though, that projectile motion lab isn’t due until next
E: Capricorn(Dec 22 - Jan 19)- As a Capricorn, you are always the driving force of any function. You are hard work-
ing and take it to the next level in everything you do. Extra credit is your BFFL and deadlines are always later than
when you’re done. Not only is your work always in before it’s due, but you also exceed what is expected of you and
push others to do the same. You’re not afraid to question authority and make your point clear. You go, you Capricorn
A: Aquarius(Jan 20 - Feb 18)- You appear to be an average Joe to others; but don’t take it as a bad thing. You secretly
pop out of every crowd with your completely individual thoughts and opinions, and it works to your benefit. Your
independence and leadership will work in your favor, but only if you take the opportunity given to you first.
E: Pisces(Feb 19 - Mar 20)-Pisces are known for being the glue that holds a project together. Without you, WWIII would break out amongst
group members. You are very adaptable and easy to work with, as well as imaginative. You perform best when you have little restrictions on
your creativity. When paired with a Capricorn, anything can be done. One more day to do an entire English project? No problem. With their
driving force and your imagination, you can move mountains.
Dictionary.com defines a “selfie” as “a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing Smartpho
to the dictionary. Though some of us wished this day would never come, it’s here and it’s gaining popularity quite rapidly. You can’t
them properly. Here are the do’s and don’ts of the art of selfies. Please, for your friends and followers sake, refer to this before you sn
Jillian Kovac|Staff Writer
Save Your Selfie
one, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking or photo-sharing website.” That’s right, “selfie” has been added
even scroll through Twitter or Instagram without seeing one. So, if you are going to be taking selfies, you should know how to snap
nap your next pic.
#HalfFaceSelfie #SelfieWithRandomPeople #StarbucksSelfie
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People Features// February 2014PTHS
Favorite High School Memory:
“[My favorite memory in high school] was being young.
I wish I was young again. But other than that, I don’t know, playing
sports I guess. Baseball and soccer.”
“[My college experience] was the most fun I’ve ever had.
Especially freshman year. Enjoy it while you can-you will absolutely
not believe how quickly it is over.”
Thoughts on Teaching:
“Returning to the classroom has truly been the highlight of my life.
Teaching makes one feel connected to the future, to making a difference.
The best feeling in the world is having a former student
come back and visit.”
“My advice [to the PTHS Class of 2014] would be to select a school that fits you.
Visit a small, a medium-sized, and a large campus to see what best works for you.
Don’t be swayed by what your friends are doing. Sometimes students choose a
college that is very far away just to prove a point. Distance doesn’t make one
independent. You can grow into an independent adult no matter
how far away you are!”
“After three and a half years at IUP, I student-taught, graduated, and had
a job the day after I graduated. I was focused and blessed; sometimes
things work out. I live with no regrets. I have enjoyed everything; even the
dumb mistakes make me smile in retrospect.”
“Life moves fast, and some people stop to look around and enjoy it, but I
suggest getting caught in the swell and finding enjoyment in going a million
miles an hour side-by-side with life. When people ask you what you will be studying
in college, say something, even if it sounds silly out loud. Too many students are
overwhelmed, panic, and freeze, living the first two years or more of college
undecided and focused. Pick a major; if things change, change with them.”
Elementary, My Dear SeniorRebeccaPerryman|Website-Editor-in-Chief&KelseyHunter|SportsEditor
Favorite High School Memory:
“I attended Bethel Park High School when it was still a cam-
pus. It’s amusing now (not so much back then), but swimming in the
winter meant that no matter
how hard you tried, your hair got wet. So from the time you left the
Gym Building and walked across campus to your next class, your wet
hair froze. Then it thawed in your next class leaving a puddle on the floor behind
your desk. I think it’s funny now but the drama of high school made that such an
embarassing puddle to have behind your desk.”
Thoughts on Teaching:
“I absolutely love teaching at St. Lou-
ise. When I was offered a teaching position
at STL, I told my Mom I was only going to
stay there two years. Well, thirty eight years
later I’m still teaching 7th and 8th grade sci-
ence at STL. Yeah, I guess you could say I en-
Photos by Kesley Hunter and Rebecca Perryman
Because last issue’s past teacher feature was so popular, we decided to interview a few more elementary and middle school
teachers including middle school teacher Mr. Appel, seventh grade language arts teacher Mr. Zeminski, fifth grade teacher Mrs.
McKenna, and St. Louise science teacher Mrs. Lijewski. Questions ranged from “What was your favorite memory in high school?” to
“What do you do after work?” Listed below are some of their most memorable answers and pieces of advice.
Everyone has their own style when it
comes to fashion. Senior twins Cole and
Clay McCloskey have decided to take
fashion to the next level by designing
their own clothing line.
“We’ve always had the creative
mindsets. We have enjoyed the art of
clothing so this was a way to combine these two,” said Cole.
Fashion is a big deal when it comes to high school. For
the McCloskeys, they plan to design the kind of
clothes that they think people would wear.
“The type of clothing it is is street wear.
As of now we have been focusing on t-shirts, but
we’ll be moving onto different types of clothing in
the future,” said the Clay.
Everyone has their own inspiration. The
twins agree that fashion has always been some-
thing they wanted to try to create.
“There are a countless number of cloth-
ing companies that inspire us, but we are mostly inspired by
ourselves and everything around us,” said
Cole. “There really is no main focus on
a specific group of people. If you like the
clothing, then wear it.”
For every company there are always
different roles that each partner plays.
The McCloskeys try to split up the com-
pany evenly to avoid all future problems.
“Both of us own half of the
company. Together we put out ideas,
which give a much better advantage hav-
ing an endless amount of ideas. It really
adds on to the uniqueness of the com-
pany,” said Clay.
A lifetime goal is something
that you strive to do for the rest of your
life no matter what struggles you face.
The twins both agree that this is something they want to
be working on for a long time.
“This is definitely a lifetime goal for us because
it’s something we’ve both wanted to do and it can be
built up into such a large entity,” said Cole.
Although the twins plan for this line to be very
successful, college is still the top priority for them.
“College is still important to us, we both plan
on graduating high school, going to college, and getting
our bachelor’s degree in business,” said the McCloskeys.
Success is something that everyone strives for. The twins’
only hope is that this business will get as far as they imagine.
“It’s been pretty successful so
far. We feel it’ll keep going in that di-
rection,” said Clay.
Go to DayOneClothing.com
to view the new collection!
Day One Designs:
McCloskey’s Take over Fashion
For Your Family’s
Safety, or FYFS, may sound like
a strange band name to most.
It originated when the band
broke a light bulb and caused
a hazard, prompting them to
clean it up “for your family’s
safety” (still strange). FYFS is a
PTHS band comprised of seven
seniors (eight if you count their
For Your Family’s Safety
“hype man” Lukas Cervenak):
AJ Clark, Kyle Mottola, Dan
Leon, Walter Michalski, Adam
Shope, Mitch Kreider, and Nate
Their big break came
when they started playing at
coffeehouse last year. Since
then, they have become a hot
item at the Library Arts Café
and continue to draw fans to
“We try to put as much
energy in it as possible. Our goal
is to get people hyped through
our music,” said Michalski.
FYFS is the type of
band you listen to when you
want to jump around and have
a good time. Their hit song
“Don’t Look Back” holds true to
this with its upbeat tempo and
“Hearing a crowd go
crazy is one of the best things
ever,” said Michalski.
Now that coffeehouse
is over, some are wondering
how they can see more of
reunion shows in the future,”
If you haven’t heard
FYFS perform, you are missing
out. Hopefully they will have an
iTunes release soon. I know I
will be the first to buy it.
Photo by Laura Shope
Photos from the McCloskeys
Nicole Steliotes+Josh Verner
Sam Abraham+Nicco and MarioMastrangelo
Tribute to the Couples of Mi
rom the first awkward hello to the even more awk-
ward moments that follow, we all watched, waited,
and hoped they would last; yet almost every relation-
ship came crashing down. Middle school relationships
are something that everyone remembers. Usually short-
lived, they became hard to keep up with, but somehow we
managed to stay up-to-date. Whether for three days, two
weeks, or even a month, it still happened and there’s no
denying it. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, let’s
take a moment to reflect on some of the most memorable
middle school couples, or at least those who have docu-
mented photographic evidence.
Jillian Kovac|Staff Writer
Sal Merante+Nicole Beichner
Luke Goozdich+Jessie Fairbanks
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Entertainment // February 2014PTHS
February is a slow
month for all of us, and some
things just make it worse. Below
are some of February’s biggest
struggles, and how to overcome
Single life: Love is in the air
during the month of February.
For the single folks this can be a
constant reminder of how alone
you are … but are you really
alone? Don’t sing the single
blues, and remember that you
have family and friends who
love you. Seriously, stop the
pity party and remember to be
thankful for those you DO have
in your life.
How to Beat the February Blues
No break: This is going to
be a long month. After winter
break, full school weeks seem
impossible to get through. The
cancelations this winter means
during this month, there are
no days off. We will not have a
break until the middle of April,
which means almost three
straight months of school. A
way to get through this month
is to have fun on the weekends.
Don’t slack in your classes.
Spring break is just around the
College rejection: College
letters came out this winter.
Maybe you did not get into
your dream college, or maybe
you did not get the scholarship
money you needed. Now it is
February and you do not know
where you are going with your
life. That can be a lot of stress.
Take a breath. You may think
your world is crashing down
around you, but in reality it
is not. Talk to your guidance
counselor or your parents
about exploring other options.
When one door closes, another
one opens, so stay positive.
Nothing to do: It seems that
come February, after school
activities start to lag. Unless
you are already in a sport, there
is not much to do. The Rec
Center offers fun exercising
classes during the evening. Try
taking an upbeat zumba or
kickboxing class. Yoga can be
relaxing and rejuvenating. With
activities like these you can
sweat out those seasonal blues.
All photos from AP Images
follows the lives of six people in
New York City, began in 1994
and lasted for ten outstanding
and glorious seasons. As the ten
year reunion approaches, fans
across the country are longing
to know if a reunion is at all
possible. Countless rumors
have been floating around
that there will be a reunion;
however, none of them appear
credible. The big question is
ultimately going to come down
to the six unforgettable stars.
winning actress Jennifer
Aniston, who played Rachel
Green, has been without a
doubt the most successful of
the group in the last ten years.
Therefore, convincing Aniston
to do a reunion would be the
icing on the cake. Sadly, not
even Monica Geller could
successfully make that cake.
Courtney Cox, who
played Chef Monica Geller,
bluntly tells fans that the
reunion is a big “NO!” In an
interview, Cox explained that
right after the show ended there
was talk about doing an episode
every year on Thanksgiving.
However, she strongly believes
that since the idea never
followed through, it is now way
Matt LeBlanc played
Joe Tribiani, who is more or
less the 90’s version of Barney
Stinson. He explains that he
does not want to disappoint his
fans with an ‘old’ Joey. LeBlanc
implies that his famous catch
phrase “How you doin,’?”
and the sitcom, had countless
laughs but should not return
for a reunion.
Like her quirky
character Phoebe Buffay, Lisa
Kudrow had a rather comical,
peculiar moment of her own.
Remember that huge Friends
reunion hoax? If you fell for
the false rumors, do not feel
bad, you were not the only
one. Kudrow saw the fan-
made posters, read the articles,
believed the rumors, and
thought that the producers
forgot to ask her! Kudrow later
explained to fans that reunion
odds are 99 to one, but if it did
happen she would be in as fast
as you can say “smelly cat.”
played the hopeless romantic
paleontologist, Ross Geller.
Schwimmer believes that the
show had a perfect ending
and therefore there would be
no reason to revisit it. Like his
sympathetic character, he feels
bad about the false rumors
about a possible reunion, but
denies any knowledge of it.
played the sarcastic and witty
character, Chandler Bing.
However, his response to
the reunion rumors was not
sarcastic at all. Over Twitter,
Perry told the world that there
will be no “Friends” Reunion
nor was there ever going to be
“Friends” fan is dying to rush
to the theaters to see their
favorite characters on the big
screen. Unfortunately, what
has become the biggest will
they won’t they debate in the
last ten years has pretty much
come to an end, as the actors
and producers all concur that a
reunion is simply not going to
Will there be a “Friends” Reunion?
Big Screen Love
Nothing spells out
Valentines Day more than a
box of chocolates and a heavy
dose of your favorite on-screen
heartthrobs. Well, let me
rephrase that. Nothing spells
out a SINGLE’S Valentine’s Day
more than a box of chocolates
and… you get the point.
Although my sense of humor
may hit heavy in some cases,
these show-stopping couples
can temporarily fill the hole
inside your heart and give you
a sense of hope for the season of
love that awaits.
The Notebook, starring
Rachael McAdams and Ryan
Gosling, is the epitome of
romance. Taking place in
1940’s Seabrook Island, South
Carolina, the film follows Noah
Calhoun and Allie Hamilton
through their tumultuous love
affair, which experienced more
ups and downs than the Jack
Rabbit at Kennywood. At the
same time, Noah’s story of the
relationship is being recounted
to an elderly woman (whom
we later find out is Allie), in
the present, at a nursing home.
Let’s not kid ourselves; we were
all pulling for Noah to win
over the girl of his dreams. We
all shed a tear when Noah and
Allie embrace each other as
they die in that nursing home
bed. Whether you’re a hopeless
romantic or a Valentine’s Day
scrooge, The Notebook is sure to
In a movie that is as
timeless as the tragic wreck
that precursed it, Kate Winslet
and Leonardo DiCaprio steal
the show for their roles in The
Titanic. Who can forget when
Jack said, “Do you trust me
Rose?” Even the stubborn, red-
headed Rose got this one right.
Of course you trust Leo! You
always trust Leo! This movie, a
1997 Academy Award winner
for best picture, is a classic. If
you haven’t sat on your couch
at least once, ice cream in one
hand and Kleenex in another,
watching The Titanic, you
haven’t done life right.
If you are looking
for a feel-good story that will
procure as many laughs as it
will tears, the performances
of Miley Cyrus and Liam
Hemsworth in The Last Song
should do the trick. I know
this one doesn’t really fit the
mold as a classic film, but it will
occommodate the hearts of all
its adorning female fans. Cyrus
and Hemsworth definitely hit
it big with The Last Song. The
novel-turned-movie is another
gem from Nicholas Sparks that
has a fantastic storyline and
theme. Ronnie (Cyrus) heads
down to her father’s house in
North Carolina for the summer
and ultimately falls for a boy
named Will (Hemsworth).
As the movie progresses, the
audience, and Ronnie, learns of
her father’s fight against cancer.
She decides to spend the final
months of his life with him,
staying in North Carolina until
he falls to the disease. The film
initially did wonders for both
Cyrus’ and Hemsworth’s acting
careers, but, unfortunately,
Cyrus’ antics within the last year
or so have nixed that positive
publicity. Let’s just imagine her
starring in the film in one of
those scandalous two pieces she
is always rocking. No? Okay. I
don’t blame you.
For all you 90’s movie
lovers out there, Tom Hanks
and Meg Ryan can give you
some reprieve from that image
of Miley Cyrus. Falling for
the Forrest Gump star was
second nature to Ryan, as she
and Hanks appeared in several
movies together, most notably
Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve
Got Mail. I wouldn’t peg Hanks
as a heartthrob based on his
somewhat mediocre looks, but
he definitely earned the title
with his ability to portray an
everyday guy who wins over the
girl of his dreams.
Finally, Vivien Leigh
and Clark Gable round out my
list for their performance in
Gone with the Wind. I know
what you’re thinking. “Why
would he put this in here? It
came out during the Stone
Age!” I know, I know. The
movie is old and somewhat
unrelatable to our generation,
but if you’re looking for a classic
love story to warm your heart
before the 14, look no further.
Oh, you don’t agree with my
opinion? Frankly, dear, I don’t
give a damn!AP Images
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Outside the Bubble// February 2014PTHS
Several people stuck in the bubble consider Seven Springs or Hidden Valley as their second
home. The two resorts offer a wide range of activities, but everyone always has their unique preference.
“Seven Springs is so much better than Hidden Valley because it offers many more slopes and is much
more challenging. I also like the atmosphere better and more of my friends come here to hang rather
than Hidden Valley,” said senior Natalia Haynes.
Seven Springs has some powerful advantages to its lesser known competitor, Hidden Valley. First off,
it has a much larger area to ski. Compared to Hidden Valley, it presents 175 more skiable acres, eighteen
more slopes and trails, and hundreds more people visit it regularly. Chances are that you will bump
into someone you know every time you visit. Seven Springs is also a great place to meet people. The
resort is tremendously popular among teenagers as it is a fun hangout spot. There are also more ways to
get around the mountain while boarding with five more ski lifts than its opponent and four more terrain
parks being offered here than at Hidden Valley.
“I like Hidden Valley because it is a great deal cleaner and has a lot less peo-
ple which means less time spent in lines and more time and space to ski. Seven
Springs is not what it’s all hyped up to be,” said sophomore Courtney Ecker.
Although Seven Springs is exceptionally popular, Hidden Valley has its ad-
vantages. It is much cheaper all the way around. The resort charges $18 less per
ski lift ticket, not to mention season passes. The Springs food is also overpriced
with a simple chicken tender meal costing $16; the same meal costs $9 at Hidden
Valley. The typical Hidden Valley ski house costs about $78,000 less than Seven
Springs prices. Other than the savings, Hidden Valley still seems to steal people’s
hearts with the calmness and tranquility of the mountain. This resort tends to ac-
tually have a bit more annual snowfall than its competitor too, despite only being
eighteen minutes away from each other.
Now it’s time to make a decision, which resort would you choose to stay at this winter?
Hitting the Slopes:
Hidden Valley vs. Seven SpringsNicoleFolino|PT LifestyleEditor
Starbucks: Behind the Coffee CupJoannaPollackStaffWriter
Most human beings can-
not function in the morning
without their daily dose of
caffeine. Out of all of the cof-
fee places in Peters, Starbucks
seems to be the most popular.
Although all the drinks on
Starbucks’ menu are out of
this world, most people do not know that you can create your own
drinks mixing flavors and drink styles; die-hard Starbucks fans
have created some crazy concoctions using Starbucks’ secret menu.
After further investigation, the drinks explained below seem to be
among the most popular.
The pink Starburst Frappuccino is an iced drink that is
made to satisfy the strongest sugar craving. The drink has a lem-
onade cream base and vanilla syrup. Ice is mixed with blends to
perfect this sweet treat.
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The s’mores frappuccino has a
base of java chip syrup, then layered with a pump of cinnamon
dolce syrup, and finally toffee nut syrup is added. This icy treat is
topped with a dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprin-
kles, and is sure to give you that caffeine kick.
For the non-coffee drinkers (if that is such a thing), peach
ring tea is the way to go. It consists of half passion tea and half va-
lencia flavored orange refresher. This drink is so indulgent that you
will want to order it in the Trenta.
Aside from the secret menu, Starbucks has other secrets
they like to keep to themselves. The Starbuck’s marketing strategy
is to get customers to purchase larger, more expensive drinks sizes,
so they exclude the smaller, cheaper ones from the menu. For ex-
ample, the shortest available size on the menu is the tall; however,
the actual smallest size available is non-advertised. In contrast, the
trenta is the biggest not advertised size for iced coffee or tea. You
can order 31 ounces for only 50 cents more.
Since “buck” is in its name, it is no joke that the treats and
drinks available at Starbucks are not cheap. However, if you happen
to bring a bride or a furry friend to any Starbucks location, you will
receive a free treat. For your best furry friends they have the “pup-
py-chino.” It’s a cup of whipped cream for your dog. In addition,
on your wedding day, Starbucks gives the bride a free Starbucks
drink of any size. They also have a variety of different promotions
throughout the year such as “get a free drink when you register for
a Starbucks Reward Card,” or “half off any frappuccino.”
Next time you’re at your local Starbucks, you will know some
of the secrets behind the menu and you will be able to order your
favorite drinks in a unique style and size.
Photos by Nicole Folino
It’s beginning to seem that the only thing that is keeping
regular TV running is people’s interest in sports, news, and other
live broadcasting. If it wasn’t for live television, the mundane activ-
ity of flipping channels would probably cease to exist.
Watching episodes of TV shows has never been easier. If
you ever wanted to watch a TV show that wasn’t on the air any-
more, the only way to do so would be to purchase the expensive full
season package. But now that we have Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Am-
azon, that expense is no longer
necessary. You can get not only
one season, but the entire series
all for just a small monthly fee
for the live streaming package.
It’s a small price to pay for get-
ting all the series you want with
all the seasons including movies
that you can watch again and
again. Not only that, the shows
all update by themselves as soon as the next season is released.
Having the TV show that’s always there any time can be helpful.
You don’t have to worry about ever missing an episode because of
a practice, appointment, or meeting. The show is there for you to
watch whenever you want. This is definitely a luxury that is taken
for granted and has become a part of everyday life.
One of the biggest things that keeps people watching a TV
station is the airing of marathons of a popular show. But now that
we have Netflix, there’s no point in sticking around to watch those
marathons. We have the ability to run our own marathon when
it’s convenient and without commercials. We can also stop after a
certain episode and then pick up where we left off. No TV station
can give us that kind of convenience, causing many TV stations to
lose more and more viewers.
Having this convenience of watching TV shows is what
leads to binge watching. Why would someone want to take a break
and turn off the TV after three episodes, when the next one is just a
click away? It’s so easy to watch the whole season. People can actu-
ally spend a whole day or even weeks doing nothing, but watching
TV shows. Once you start a series, it’s nearly impossible to stop.
And as soon as that show is over, another show may come out that
you’ll fall in love with and then there goes another weekend that
you wanted to spend getting homework done.
However, binge watching isn’t necessarily always a bad
thing. It is entertainment and you’re getting what you want out of
it- convenience. You can continue watching the shows’ episodes
on your own time. So don’t feel like you have to watch the next
few episodes right after you just finished the first five. Take a break
from it. As soon as you turn it off and walk away from it, the hunger
to immediately watch the next episode will wear off. Then, you can
get back to what you were hoping to accomplish that day. All in all,
this trend has definitely changed the televised world.
The United Arab Emirates is home to 380,000 camels due
to the creatures’ ability to endure harsh desert climates. With such
abilities, it is understandable that the Arabs have a deep apprecia-
tion for them. Their affection toward the camel is so great that
about 30,000 camel families attend the Al Dhafra Festival in the
capital, Abu Dhabi, to select the most beautiful of the pack. Similar
to American dog shows, the camels are judged based on their ap-
pearance. Of the thousands of camels judged, there are about ten
that are credited as winners. Winners get bragging rights among
other families in addition to a wide array of awards, which includes
luxury automobiles or cash.
A biotechnology group in Berlin has supposedly discov-
ered a unique type of candy that prevents cavities from occurring.
This new candy prevents cavities because it contains heat-killed
bacteria called lactobacillus paracasei, which has the ability to
break down the primary problematic bacteria called streptococci.
This breakthrough discovery may not seem like a big deal now,
but in the future it is a possibility that this creation will be recom-
mended by dentists to improve hygiene.
Over the past few years, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman
has had his original giant rubber duck or similar replicas stop at
key locations all around the world. The duck has met Hofman’s
desire of gathering people together in every stop and boosting the
connection to public art since 2007. For instance, throughout the
duck’s one-month sojourn in Pittsburgh last September, there were
approximately more than 1 million tourists. However, the road
hasn’t always been smooth due to the handful of duck replicas that
have suddenly deflated. In fact, the most recent duck to explode
occurred in Keelung Port, Taiwan. The causes of this tragic event
are still unclear; however, there is a theory that it suffered from an
attack of a group of eagles.
The list of ways residents of Wisconsin express their af-
fection for cheese is long and the list now has an addition, due to
the advanced pilot program started this month. The program en-
sures that the state will begin using cheese brine as a de-icer on the
roads. After further inspection, Wisconsin decided to use two of
the saltier brands of cheese: Provolone and Mozzarella. There have
been no reported complaints, and it is predicted that Wisconsin’s
rock salt bill will decrease significantly.
ime, skill, and dedication are required to create a stunning
piece of art. Featured here is work from students in various art
classes. Inspiration was abundant, as displayed by the unique
subjects seen on these pages. Mediums used include watercolor and
acrylic paints, oil pastels, and even sharpie markers. “The thing I love
most about art is the freedom of it. You can always be as expressive
as you want and just put what you feel inside yourself on the canvas,”
said junior Kristen Adams. She took painting the first semester of the
Grace Baumiller, 12
Alyssa James, 10
Kristen Adams, 11
Megan Luksik, 11
Casey Kirwin, 12
Keep Calm and Paint On
Layout by EmmaLee Ducoeur
Kayla Lewis, 12
Margaret Halo, 11
Erin Fitzgerald, 11
Nathan Wolk, 12
Krissy Rhen, 12
What’s in Your Locker?
Phil PisarcikRachel Campion
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