Category Archives: Issue 66.4

Elementary school students grow up onstage

T.E.D.Y. presents The Edge of The Nest
Kiera Snyder
Guest Writer

TheEdgeOfTheNest“The Edge of the Nest” is a production shown a few weeks ago by T.E.D.Y. (Thomas Edison Drama Youth), and is a unique story of growing up.
T.E.D.Y. has lasted for 7 years; each year putting on a different production directed by Renee Barr and is acted by grades 3-5. As many of us know, growing up has many challenges such as the first day of school, meeting a new babysitter, driving, and getting a job.
“The Edge of the Nest” tells stories about all these exciting events with countless laughs and numerous characters.
Brianna Snyder, an actor in “The Edge of the Nest” and a fifth grader from Port Huron, had some thoughts on the acting experience.
“I played Willimina Hinkle, who is the president of the International Association of Babysitting, and I played Cindy, who was in drivers training,” Snyder said.
“I think it was an exciting experience, especially when you would stand onstage or offstage waiting for your turn to go on stage.”
The next T.E.D.Y. production will be next year in or around February of 2016. Be on the watch for advertisements and information about Thomas Edison Drama Youth.

Port Huron kids “Web It Up!”

P.H.C.T. presents “Charlotte’s Web”
Lauren Poosch
Guest Writer

CharlottesWebOn Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, P.H.C.T. (Port Huron Civic Theatre) performed the play “Charlotte’s Web” based off of the story “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. The play was performed at the McMorran Theatre, and was directed by Joe Helton.
Kiera Snyder, 12, of Port Huron, said, “I played Spectator 3 in Charlotte’s Web. Being backstage was awesome. Watching everyone play their parts and waiting to go onstage is the best feeling. I really enjoyed being a part of this production and would love to be in another P.H.C.T. play!” This was Kiera’s first production in Port Huron Civic Theatre and she hopes to be in plenty more. This experience is great for anyone, and everyone is welcome to audition.
“Death of a Salesman” is the next play being shown by P.H.C.T. and the show dates are May 8, 9, and 10 at the McMorran theatre. The play is directed by Michael Timm and is produced by Kaari Keivit.
There is an upcoming audition for the play “Zombie Prom” this summer for kids of the ages 13-18 and the performance will be this August at the McMorran Theatre. There are still open positions for the director, musical director, and choreographer.
I think that theatre is a great experience for everyone and I strongly recommend auditioning. If you don’t want to be on stage, sign up for backstage work. Civic theatre is a wonderful experience and it teaches you teamwork and how to deal with people.

Paid to be a player

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Should college athletes be paid?
Kaden Guizar
Guest Writer

There two different sides to “Should college athletes be paid” should they or should they not? I’m here to speak for both sides.
There are many reasons they should be paid, most college athletes spend all or most of their time practicing for games. The Richest states that “College football players spend up to 44 hours a week perfecting their craft. The average American only works 40 hours a week.”
So if they spend more time on sports than people do working, they deserve to be paid. Plus that barely leaves the athlete’s time for homework and studying for big tests and exams. Sports like basketball and football bring in millions of dollars making the school money so it is only fair that they get a small portion of the money. In sports like basketball and football, it takes up so much of your valuable time that you don’t have time for a job to buy essentials like food.
On the other hand, not all college sports rakes in the big bucks such as baseball or golf, there isn’t enough money generated to pay the players money. Also, college athletes already do get a lot. They have fame because they are the stars on the field. They also have lots of friends because people want to be friends with stars. Some athletes even get a full ride scholarship which is a lot of money. But that still doesn’t pay for food.
In sports like basketball and football, also, there would be arguments on how much they should be paid. Some parents of the student otherwise known as the athletes may think that the amount of payments is unfair so they would complain. So in their opinion it would be better for no one to get paid because it would be easy and fair. Then again, it is just school and it is all just a game; a big expensive game that makes millions for the school.
So, in conclusion, there are two different sides to “should college athletes be paid” and both sides have very valid reasoning. So the choice is yours, should college athletes be paid?

College athletes get zero

 

Sports rake in money for colleges
Luke O’Hare
Guest Writer

The question of should college athletes be paid has come up once more and in my opinion it is a for sure yes.
College athletes should be paid because of the time and effort they put in. Most of the athlete’s time is spent on their sport, so they don’t have enough time to get a job to earn money. If they don’t go pro, then they won’t have enough money to afford a house or to stay in school, so they should be getting paid to play.
With the many reasons that college athletes should be paid, there are some reasons that they should not. Many times the athletes have scholarships, so they stay and eat at the college for free which, in some cases would be a reason for them not to get paid to play. Although they stay, eat, and learn for free, the athletes should still be paid because if they don’t make it to the pros, they would be poor, homeless, and most likely jobless.
Some of these athletes don’t even get scholarships, so they must pay for everything they do. This adds to the reason that these college athletes should be paid.
Just staying, eating, and learning at a college might not be enough for some athletes. New York Times Writer Veronica Majerol says, “Big time college football and basketball programs generate billions of dollars a year in TV and marketing contracts, ticket sales, and merchandising. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) gets a cut; universities get a cut; coaches get a cut. The only ones not cashing in, it seems, are the players themselves. Under NCAA rules, they’ve been considered “amateurs” who aren’t allowed to profit from their sports.”
This to me raises another question; why can’t amateurs be paid?
With these colleges making all of this money, I believe that the athletes should get some of it because if it weren’t for them, the college would not be making that much money.
In conclusion, I believe that college athletes should be paid because of the time and effort they put in to their sport. They are also bringing in a majority of the schools’ money so don’t you think these athletes should be paid too?

A Purr-fect preview

Tigers fans gear up for new season
Andrew Touma
Guest Writer

In the midst of a chilled winter, die-hard baseball fans are glued to televisions and radios waiting patiently for baseball season. Sadly, baseball is still a good month away, with most teams opening on April fifth or sixth.
Detroit Tigers fans, such as myself, have much to look forward to. From pace of play rules to players attempting a bounce back season, it is sure to be a great year for baseball.
Here are some projections based on information from baseball-reference.com, espn.go.com, bleacherreport.com.

Managerial and Coaching Staff
As Brad Ausmus enters his sophomore season as manager, he enters with almost the exact same coaching staff. Omar Vizquel and Dave Clark guided Tiger base runners last season with judgment that was above average for a first year coach. Look for them to continue this in the next season. Hitting Coach Wally Joyner led the Tigers to a .277 batting average and 731 RBI’s, both were the highest in baseball for the 2014 season, but with new players and assistant hitting coach David Newhan. However, the pitching staff is in for a biggest change. By trading for all-star Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene, pitching Coach Jeff Jones has more tools in his pitching tool belt.

Infield
As a new season begins, the Tigers shape up with a very similar infield.
Miguel Cabrera, former MVP and Triple Crown winner, sets up at first base after having foot surgery this summer. He will need to step up if designated hitter Victor Martinez misses significant time with his knee injury.
Martinez, last season’s number four hitter and designated hitter for the Kittens, placed second in American League MVP voting. Tigers’ fans hope that both MVP bats return to their caliber pop and contact.
The largest change is the return of shortstop Jose Iglesias, who missed much of last season with stress fractures in each lower leg. He is known for his flashy defense, and will likely suit up at the bottom of the order.
Alongside Iglesias on the left side of the infield is third baseman Nick Castellanos. The former Futures Game MVP showed some pop in his bat, but his glove is less than stellar.
Rounding up the infield is 2014 all-star Ian Kinsler. The second baseman was voted the best defensive player at his position in 2014, and he will almost definitely hit leadoff for the 2015 Detroit Tigers. Bench players include 2B/SS Austin Romine and 2B/3B Hernan Perez.

Outfield
A new season begins with a renovated outfield for the Tigers. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is considered by many to be the best player in this off season’s load. He was acquired this winter in a blockbuster from the Red Sox to presumably play left field. Cespedes showcased his throwing arm last year with 225 putouts and 16 assists.
The fans will also get a chance to see newcomer Anthony Gose. The youngster was property of the Blue Jays last season, but an early offseason acquisition brought him to the Motor City. He has struggled, but hopefully a platoon between him and veteran speedster Rajai Davis will help take the load off in centerfield.
The final starting spot goes to right fielder JD Martinez. This Martinez had a breakout year last year after signing with Detroit in Spring Training. It will be interesting to see whether the switch from left field to right field weakens his average defense, and whether the 2014 season was just a one-time career year. Other outfielders for this season include last season’s September call-ups Steven Moya and Tyler Collins.

Starting Rotation
This will be an interesting season for the Tiger’s starting rotation. They had a 4.01 ERA in 2014, 0.27 higher than the league average. The offseason saw Max Scherzer leave to Washington, and the arrivals of Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene.
With David Price, Justin Verlander, and Anibal Sanchez occupying the first three rotation slots, the last two are up for grabs. The first competitor is Shane Greene.
Greene showed promise in his rookie season with the Yankees. He will most likely grab the fourth or fifth slot. Another option is lefty Kyle Lobstein. Lobstein was mainly a fill-in starter for injured pitchers last season for the Tigers, and showed his ability to confuse hitters.
However, Lobstein will probably be a bullpen pitcher as the Tigers bring in former Red Alfredo Simon, or “Big Pasta,” as he is known was an all-star last season. But many are concerned that he went 3-7 post all-star break. Hopefully he can put the bad ending to his all-star season to rest, and show fans what he is really made of.
The final starting pitcher trying for the last rotation spot is lefty Kyle Lobstein. The 25-year-old pitched 39.1 innings last year for the Tigers, and showed fans how good this rotation might be in the future. Whatever the rotation, it will surely challenge hitters this coming season.

Bullpen
The Tigers bullpen did not impress last season. With the inconsistency of Joe Nathan and Bruce Rondon missing the entire season due to Tommy John’s surgery, it was difficult to keep a win until the ninth inning.
Bruce Rondon should be a key for this bullpen. The Venezuelan was known to throw in triple digits pre-surgery. Joakim Soria will take up the eighth inning set-up role. Soria split last season with Texas and Detroit, but failed to live up to expectations with a 4.91 ERA with the Tigers. One of the lonely lefties in the Detroit’s right hand heavy bullpen is Ian Krol. He will mainly be used as a specialist for challenging left-handed hitters. The bullpen rounds out with Al Alburquerque and Luke Putkonen.

The secret to dominating fantasy baseball

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Do YOU want to win?
Nathan Eccles
Guest Writer

Will 2015 be the year you will dominate your baseball fantasy league? I’ve analyzed many baseball players in my life and I’ve played for as long as I can remember, so if you listen to me, I will carry you to the top and provide you with bragging rights to kick off the next season.
In this article, I will provide tips on what you should look for in each position in order to get the best players. First, before I head into tips for each position, I must tell you, defense doesn’t win championships, hitters do.
“Defense doesn’t matter… Explicitly”- Mike Harmon.
In fantasy baseball, defense doesn’t produce points. In terms of infielders, there are Power Hitters and Leadoff Types who will affect your points and standings in your league.
The Power Hitters are Third Base, First Base, and Catcher. When drafting a player from this position, you need someone who can produce Extra-Base Hits (A hit longer than a single), OPS (On-base percentage plus Slugging percentage), and they need to be able to hit with runners in scoring position (second base and third base). Why? This position has a shortage of speed and it offers the best power. These stats are the perfect representation of power because Extra-Base hits show how hard a player can drive a ball, OPS is how many times the batter changes a game, and hitting with runners in scoring position, tallies more runs, and gives more chances to get RBI’s (Runs batted in). If all of these positions can provide this level of offense consistently, you will win consistently.
I suggest drafting Yan Gomes, 27, from the Cleveland Indians. Why? The catcher Yan Gomes drives the ball, has posted a .800 OPS the past two seasons (That’s great), and has almost hit three hundred with runners in scoring position. “A quiet confidence, a guy who’s got strength in his game, whether that’s arm strength, strength in the bat,” Farrell said. Yan Gomes is the power hitter you’re looking for that can also serve as a later-round pick that could help accumulate much-needed points throughout the season.
The positions where you need leadoff types are at second base and shortstop. Do not look for power, where power is lacking. These leadoff types need to score runs. Runs are extremely essential to win ball games. Can you win a game scoring zero runs? A player will score more runs than the amount of bases he stole and both have similar point values. Also, don’t generate outs on the base paths. A high stolen base percentage is needed. The perfect leadoff player is someone who will score at will and steal bases with ease, providing the most points possible.
Danny Santana, 24, from the Minnesota Twins is a player that should be on your draft list. Why? John Sickles said, “He’s 23, a good athlete, a switch hitter, and versatile” Santana tallied 70 runs in only 400 at bats, he stole 20 bags, and hit .319. At this young age, Santana will only get better, and when hitting .300 in your rookie season and already adjusting to MLB pitchers, you know he is ready to contribute to your fantasy baseball team.
Left field, center field, and right field are different than the infielders. You cannot assign all of these to one category. Each position in the outfield serves a different purpose. Right field consists of upper-body players with light-tower power. Grab power when it’s available. When drafting a player in this position, you should get another power hitter to generate runs. One swing can change an entire game. Center fielders are classified as leadoff types. The center fielder should hit at the top of the order and get on base. This creates opportunities for the stolen base and the chance that he could get driven in on a single. Left field is unique because it’s a mix of both. He needs to produce runs and score runs. If your outfield is shaped like this, you will be able to score points whenever possible.
I suggest drafting Marcell Ozuna, 24, from the Miami Marlins. Marcell Ozuna last season put up outstanding numbers in almost every category. “Namely, he’s walking more, striking out less, and hitting for power,” said Jack Weiland. He knocked 80+ RBIs creating opportunities for runs and he scored himself seventy runs. His Extra-Base hit total was fifty and he has a stolen base success rate of 75%. Marcell Ozuna can be the reliable left-fielder your team needs.
When drafting the man on the mound, keep this in mind. Pitchers do not garner nearly as many points as hitters. Why? A hitter’s at-bat totals usually exceed a pitcher’s amount of innings by three times the size. Get pitchers late. You’ll win by far if you have a decent pitching staff and a loaded lineup. This doesn’t mean that you should randomly select pitchers for last. There are many areas where a pitcher can accumulate points. When looking at strikeouts, find a flame baller, and when looking at wins, find a workhorse. There are many ways to win a ballgame with a certain type of pitcher, but the key is to have a balanced staff so you’ll win in every area. When drafting a pitcher, choose late, and create a pitching rotation that can win ballgames in any way.
I suggest drafting Alex Cobb from the Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Cobb, 27, is an unnoticed pitcher who can impact a game in every area. He’ll keep his E.R.A. (Earned Run Average) low, he can eat a few innings, and he isn’t even at his peak. According to Ben Reiter, “Cobb, is young, talented and cheap.” So by drafting Alex Cobb, you bought yourself a medium-risk high reward pitcher, who will gather points in bunches.
By following this strategy, I guarantee you will win every single time.

Spartans sweep Wolverines off their feet

Michigan State destroys Michigan 80-67 to complete the season sweep
Michael Ward
Guest Writer

The Spartans are looking like they are ready to play tournament basketball. On Feb. 17, 2015, they came into Ann Arbor, a hostile environment, and beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2010.
Brendan Dawson led the determined Spartans with a double-double, scoring 23 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and shooting an amazing 83% from the floor. Dawson, 22 years old and from Gary, Indiana stated, “It was a great win for us, for this program,”
Dawson, who is on the Michigan State Spartans basketball team, 22 years old, from Gary, Indiana is shown above. Dawson is leading his Michigan State Spartans to a mediocre season, but they are playing like they are ready to make some noise in the tournament.
His guard coming off the bench Travis Trice also had a grand day as well. Here is his stat sheet: 22 points, 7 assists, 6-12 on field goals, and 4-4 from the line, that right there is a good stat sheet. Those two never won at the Crisler Center.
The 60 year old and future hall of fame head coach from Iron Mountain, Michigan Tom Izzo said, “I think for those two guys, winning here is a big deal.” Shooting just over 78% from inside the arc, the Spartans dominated the whole game as they never let Michigan take the lead. This game stated that they could make a run in the tournament.
Denzel Valentine had a rough game, only scoring six points. If he can get it going offensively, this team possibly controls their destiny. Right now a 7 seed according to Joe Lunardi, Michigan State will try to make a statement in the Big 10 tournament. If that happens, Michigan State would probably end up as 6 seed. As for Michigan, their season has been brutal. It didn’t help that their stars Caris Levert and Derrick Walton Jr. were out for this game.
Unless Michigan wins out and wins the Big 10 tournament, it looks like Michigan won’t even participate in the NIT (Not In Tournament).

Pros and cons of year round school

Should schools be year round?
Payton Wiley
Guest Writer

Could year round schools be for the better, or worse? Many students might not like the idea of having to go to school in the summer, but many good things can come from the new school calendar; there’s more time for family and friends, the student won’t forget everything after summer from the shortened break, and teachers can get more up to date with planning as students would have breaks throughout the year.
For starters, many students, myself included, may feel overwhelmed with school and not have any time for sports, clubs, family and possibly friends. With the year round school’s calendar, on for 45 days and off for 14 days, a student can get caught up on homework over the weekends or after school. While on break for two weeks, they can spend time with family.
School takes up more of a student’s time than a teacher may realize; we have to study, read, do the work, research, etc., while parents may be at work. When the parents come home, students might still be working on homework. Once the student is done, he or she may or may not have to eat dinner, do sports, church meetings, clubs, or meetings in general. After they get home, it could be time for bed- and this happens often. With the year round calendar, students can do work after school, then while on break, can spend time doing as they feel.
Let’s face it, we all love summer. There’s no school, no homework, and everyone can sit back and relax. With the two months students and teachers get off, we can, and do, forget most of what we learned the year previous. This then takes time out of the teacher’s agenda. The teacher would have to recap on a lot of things, and possibly reteach to the students who don’t know or understand the lesson. When all of this is going on, some students who do know the lesson would get review, or become bored. This can get very frustrating for many. If we do get year round schooling, once our two week break is over, teachers would only have to touch up on some items instead of going over the whole lesson. Also, the two weeks off can give students a much needed time for studying and preparing for tests.
People can become overwhelmed with paperwork very easily. If a teacher takes one day away from correcting tests, he or she could become a week behind on paperwork. Unfortunately, teachers only get two days off from the weekdays, and a few hours after school for correcting. If the teacher does take this time to finish work that could take away time from family, friends, recreation, and free time. Year round calendars would change that; the two weeks off, like written previously, could be used for the lesson planning, correcting papers, or organization. This would not only be better for the student, but also teachers.
Although, there are many cons with the year round schooling. One of the biggest complaints I hear teachers and parents rant about is the cost. Year round schooling would need money for air conditioning in the hot areas, and heat in the cooler areas. Money would also have to go towards supplies. Teachers would need more paper, pencils, pens, etc, while the students would need a place to work, sports equipment, supplies for the school year, etc. But instead of focusing on the negative, I was always told to focus on the positive; year round schooling would be for the better, not worse.
Although many people may think that year round schooling may be worse for our district, it could actually be for the benefit. If we look at the logic behind each reason, a student would have more time for friends, family, clubs, he or she wouldn’t forget everything, and the teacher could get up to date with work and planning.

Year round schooling

Should schools be year round?
Audrey Miller
Guest Writer

Year round school is a topic sweeping across the nation. Some argue over whether this would be a good idea or not for the education of America’s youth.
Here are some of the bright sides to year round school.
After the long summer, kids in the original school calendar forget much of the work and things they’ve learned. If this happens they could have trouble learning new skills involving the things they’ve already learned but have forgotten. In a year round school system, short breaks would make it easier to remember the skills they’ve learned and might need for future experiences.
Another reason for the year round school program possibly being a good idea for schools is the teachers being able to be up to date with the activities and work they’re doing. With the school system in place now, many of the teachers get buried with work to do and often spend weekends grading student’s papers that they couldn’t get to during the school week. Plus there would be no end of the year cleanout and would provide year round work for lunch ladies and janitors.
Now after hearing the pros of year round school, let’s hear some of the cons to it.
Even though year round school has many advantages it could not be exactly perfect for all students. It could get in the way of students extra activities, holidays, or vacations causing a lot of make-up work, that if the student doesn’t do could lower their grades. Grades are very important they’re what get us to the places we want to be and a student’s future depends on them.
Another reason that year round school could be a problem is for going to school for three weeks straight could put a lot of stress on a student, lowering their work performance. Year round school is different from normal school in many ways but there is no significant difference in the IQ of students who go to the original school, and the new year round calendar.
Students in the year round schools could also become more anxious to go outside instead of learning because of no long term breaks like summer. With them focusing less on school once again, grades could drop.
Money for year round schools would cost much more too. It would cost a lot more to keep the schools running year round for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. They would have to keep the schools cooled and warmed over the short breaks too.
Another problem would be for teens especially. Teens who earn their own money would have a huge problem with this with no summer break, they couldn’t get any jobs. Without jobs they couldn’t earn any money for the things they need like clothes, textbooks if needed, and for high school students, gas for their cars. Teens without jobs might have a harder time getting hired as adults with no experience on their resumes.
Well now after hearing the bright side and the not so good sides of year round school, you can decide for yourself. What would be the right thing for the education of American students? What will you choose?

Rachel’s Challenge – you can make a difference

Rachel’s story
Luna S. Wahowske
Guest Writer

17-year-old, Rachel Joy Scott was the first student to be killed at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. She knew that she wouldn’t live long and that she was going to die young, but not before she created a challenge.
The challenge is to start a chain reaction of kindness. Rachel’s words for that challenge are, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”
Rachel was kind and courteous to others and always reached out to those in need, especially the new kids at school. Almost everyone was kind to Rachel and she returned the favor. Many kids reacted differently to Rachel’s story.
Some of the kids cried and sadly others laughed at how Rachel was killed. Perhaps they just couldn’t deal with that emotional state and needed to add some humor for them so they didn’t feel so sad, at least that’s my guess. My reaction to Rachel’s story was that I was sad to hear how she died and knowing that she made that challenge I decided that I would take part in it.
Rachel Joy I believe was a very special girl. The way her story touched my heart was extraordinary. If you were to just tell me her name I probably would’ve forgotten her by now, but at the assembly they told us the whole story. I will never forget about the girl that believed that she could change the world but she couldn’t do it alone. She was unique in her own way. Sadly she somehow knew that she wouldn’t live a long and happy life. She knew that her time was coming soon. And she didn’t deny it.
I honestly hope that while she was here that she lived her life to the fullest. I could explain how much she helped me even though she isn’t here with many more pages but I won’t. Please help in Rachel’s challenge. She has done so much for everyone that she saw and knew and I just want to tell everyone about what an extraordinary girl she was and is. Just because she is gone doesn’t mean she is still not with us in our time of need. I must also say that Rachel’s family did a heck of a good job raising her. So thank you for shaping her into the fantastic girl she was.
So, show kindness and compassion to others because you never really know what is happening to them and what their life is like. Always lend a hand to those in need, and always remember that you could start a chain reaction of kindness.