For millions of people, Black Friday is the prime time to tackle Christmas shopping lists. This day is famous for long lines, scary stampedes, and even pepper spray. Stomachs are full from Thanksgiving meals, and for some, it is time to shop till they drop. The Black Friday atmosphere is one of a kind. The numerous door buster deals create crowds of anxious shoppers ready to bargain hunt. Shopping on Black Friday can be very chaotic and stressful. Movies typically showcase the mobs of emotionally-stressed buyers trampling over one another for the best deal. It probably makes you question if the high blood pressure is really worth it. For those of you looking to dodge a headache, here is a Black Friday survival guide.
There are typically two types of shoppers on Black Friday. First, there are the ones that will brave the long lines and love the adventure of snagging a good deal. Pushing and shoving is not a problem for them. Then, there are those that would rather kick back at home and avoid the mass frenzies. Black Friday shopping online and in-stores is not as different as people may think. Either way, going into Black Friday with a game plan can go a long way.
Racism is not a thing of the past. Tiffany Martínez, a Latina student at Suffolk University in Boston, was accused and penalized for plagiarism when she got her research paper back. One comment on her marked up paper particularly stands out as her professor circled the word “hence” and wrote “this is not your word” underlining “not” twice. To add salt to the wound, the professor handed her back a paper she wrote and told her loudly in front of all her peers that, “This is not your language.”
Martinez, humiliated and frightened from the incident, checked her work to make sure it was not plagiarized and properly cited, which it was. “My last name and appearance immediately instills a set of biases before I have the chance to open my mouth,” the first-generation college student says. This only goes to show the oppression on students of minority backgrounds. The amount of prejudice that the academic environment holds against people of color is astonishing and discouraging.
In response to this, Martinez turned to social media and shared her paper with corrections with the caption, “I was hurt badly this morning and publicly humiliated in front of my peers by a professor. They assumed I plagiarized my paper because it sounded too scholarly. How many degrees do I need for someone to believe I am an academic?” Many people responded sympathetically and raised awareness against the discrimination on people of color in academic circles with the hashtag “Hence.”
Leonard and Hazel Cherry got married in January 1942. The couple met and started dating in high school. Leonard was a B-24 bomber pilot for the Army Air Corps at the start of WWII. Together they had a son named David. As David grew up, the couple began running an auto business called “Cherry-Hill.” Years later the couple moved to Woodway, Texas to be closer to their son and grandson named Craig.
Leonard’s health had been deteriorating for years. Days before his death, he was admitted to the hospital while his wife was in the neighborhood nursing home. David stated, “Mother had been driving around town and still going to the grocery store as recently as two weeks ago, but Dad’s health has been failing for years.” Death took Leonard's life at 1:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Center in Waco.
Do you enjoy looking up into the night sky, or do you like learning about astronomy and want to become a scientist when you grow up? Do you want to witness the biggest supermoon that you will probably see only once or twice in your life? On Monday the biggest supermoon since 1948 appeared in the sky. Scientists say “Bigger in fact, than it has appeared at any point in the last 68 years”.
Now I love learning about astronomy and looking up into the stars, but I particularly love looking at the moon because it looks so bright and pretty and large yet so far away. Yesterday we witnessed a moon that is to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons, which is a big difference. A supermoon happens when it’s a full moon on the same perigee which is when the moon is closest to the earth. In America, November supermoon is known as “beaver moon”, because that’s the time of year fur trappers would hunt beavers.
This special supermoon was seen at precisely 1:52 p.m. UTC, and 8:52 a.m. ET. That’s not all; next month on Dec 14th, another supermoon will occur with a side of meteor showers. The meteor shower that will happen on Dec 14th is known as the Geminid meteor shower. The annual event got its name because the meteors look like they're coming from the constellation of Gemini. Do not be surprised if you can’t see the meteor shower because the brightness of the moon will make it hard to see the meteors.
The 2016 Apex High Marching Band has gone out with a bang! They ended the season at Northwest High School, winning 4A/5A Grand Champions and Band of the Day.
This season had tough losses at the Panther Creek Invitational, Providence Cup, and the Mustang Classic. But the marching Cougars pulled out two wins at George Wythe High School in the beautiful Wytheville, Virginia, and Northwest High School in Greensboro. This is the first year the Cougars have had multiple Grand Champion wins since the 2013 season with their Jimmy V show.
This year, the AHSMB performed the show A Celtic Fantasy, which wowed crowds with stunning music selections like “Kirkpatrick Fanfare”, selections from Riverdance, and “The Irish Washerwoman”. Our very own Visual Ensemble tackled the task of Irish soft shoe dancing under instruction of Autumn Herbert, a former VE member who grew up Irish dancing. The Visual Ensemble was also under direction of Michael Grasty, a Drum Corps and Winter Guard International alum with teaching experience on the national level. The one-hundred member marching band is once again under the direction of band director Mr. Jarvis. They have worked hard under the direction of him and marching tech William Young, who is an AHSMB and Drum Corps International alum.
Jarvis has described senior drum major Detrich Morrison-Jones as “the best drum major he has ever had in his ten years of teaching”. Detrich has been drum major for two years now, has not disappointed crowds and judges across the state. He has not won anything less than first place this season.
Teachers put forth so much effort in order to give students the best educational experience they could possibly receive. Students rarely take into account the hours of careful thought and planning that go into the lessons that they receive every day. Each teacher has a unique style of teaching, and that is what makes each educator important. However, once a year schools recognize a teacher that goes above and beyond for their students by giving them the Teacher of the Year award. This year, Apex High School has rewarded the honorable title to Ms. Erica Hoskins.
Richard Williams has sued the United States’ school system. In a YouTube video that has now gone viral, Williams describes the flaws that he sees in America’s twenty-first century school system and gives his own suggestions on how we can fix them. The video was posted about a month ago and has already been viewed nearly two million times on his YouTube channel. Educators and students from all over the world have given their own input on what they think of the video, and the responses are surprising.
Richard Williams is better known by his stage name Prince Ea on social media. He is best known for his spoken word performances that he posts on his YouTube Channel, and many of his videos discuss topics that spark interest in his audience. His word choice, emotion, and visual appeals captivate the audience and one cannot help but get lost in what he is saying.
In response to Williams’s video, I appreciate the time he took to reflect on the issues in our school system. He brought up some points that I was not aware of before. My parents have always told my siblings and me that school is our full-time job, but is a seventy hour work-week reasonable? Where is my work-life balance? I am a good student in school, I have an outstanding GPA, and I love learning. I have no problem with getting up every day and going to school to learn because my education is a privilege. The problem that I have is the amount of work it takes to be successful and the choices I have to make every day. As a student I am told several things that I need to do: pay attention in class, make good grades, and follow the rules. Why is spending time with friends, exercising, and getting eight hours of sleep nowhere in those criteria?
In a matter of minutes, 21-year-old Moise Morancy transitioned from an aspiring rapper to a life-altering hero on a bus in Queens, NY. On Oct. 25, Morancy was riding home from a recording session on the Q53 when an intoxicated man boarded the bus and began making lewd comments to the teenage girl next to Morancy. Morancy first took note of the 36-year-old named Pablo Levano’s inappropriate behavior when he began caressing the girl’s hand without her permission; after she retreated her hand in extreme discomfort, he forcibly began touching her inner thigh which caused Morancy to step in.
“I was so upset that I kept to myself after because I didn’t want the problem to escalate. Out of nowhere, he had the audacity to start feeling on this girl’s leg,” Morancy recalls in a video he made after the incident. “And no one said anything.” The musician stood up and began yelling “so loud(ly) that the bus stopped and everyone stared.” Levano lunged at Morancy to which he responded by restraining the older man until the police arrived.
A young team of Dutch college students has built a revolutionary electric motorcycle. Their cycle can get an astonishing 230 miles of range with one full battery. Then when everything has been drained from the battery, they simply swap it in with a fully charged one rather than just waiting for the original to recharge. With the help of Tesla, electric automobiles have always had some attention. Through these student’s work, electric motorcycles have begun to find their place in the market.
Through advancing technology, batteries are continuing to improve. This means so can the electric motorcycle industry. Obviously, they are not very popular at the time, but they could be looking at a rise in interest. The Dutch students have yet to decide whether or not they are going to commercialize their electric motorcycle. Navigant predicts that only a mere 2,000 electric motorcycles will be purchased in 2016. However, Citron (they are an industry that researches the development of new industry products) predicts 2020 will be the year great change for the powered motorcycles and cars. Even Harley-Davidson has announced the prototype of an electric motorcycle. Citron believes this will play a very important role in creating interest in this new product. Some speculations as to when this will be revealed have said to be totally false. Speculators are saying that it will be available for purchase in 2017 or 2020, but a Harley-Davidson spokeswoman has shut these down saying they are false.
For those diagnosed with type one and two diabetes, eating food is much more complicated than it is for people without diabetes. Those with the disease have to closely monitor what they eat throughout the day in a constant effort to stay healthy. Although everyone enjoys going out to eat, that can create a whole lot of hassle for those diagnosed with diabetes because when you go out to eat, there is no nutrition labels for all of the food. However, with today’s technology, this can be a thing of the past. Thanks to Rémy Bonnasse’s new invention, everyone will be able to know how many grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein are in their food.