- Written by Shelbi Stone
- Category: Sports
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Does social media influence crimes? I'm sure you've seen headlines for a Cleveland man who is suspected of shooting and killing a 74 year old man while he was on facebook live. Did this man just want the attention? Either way, this was extremely tragic and incredibly inappropriate. Some people are saying that social media is to blame, but why wouldn’t you blame the man responsible?
As far as I know, this ruthless man who seems to be completely heartless is still on the run. His name is Steve Stephens. There are rumors that this wasn't the first murder that he was a part of. It is said that he has also put other murders on facebook live. How heartless can you be? I will never understand how anyone can do these things. Nor will I ever understand how anyone could blame social media for a murder rather than the murderer.
With all of that being said, what are the authorities supposed to do about this? Yes, this is a crime, but is facebook live an issue? Did this man just want the attention or “fame?” Is social media influencing these murders and crimes? Personally, I know this is extremely tragic, but I believe that social media isn't to blame. The blame should be put on the person or people that are stupid enough to pull these ridiculously inappropriate crimes. Although, I also believe that facebook and other social media should have a way to judge if the video is appropriate or not before allowing it to be on the internet.
UPDATE: The murderer, Steve Stephens, was involved in a police chase this morning and ended up taking his life.
- Written by Shelbi Stone
- Category: Sports
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It has been said that Altamont High School has the best coaching staff around. It has also been said that this year's softball team has great potential. So who is the coach behind all this greatness? Her name is Megan Burrus.
Megan is an Altamont alumna, so she had a huge advantage as she started her high school softball coaching career here in 2015. She was also an athlete in high school, playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. She continued her education after high school at Lake Land College and then at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in physical education and minoring in mathematics with an endorsement to also teach health. After college, she started at Southwestern Jr/Sr High School in Shelbyville, Indiana, teaching mathematics for a year. She then started teaching a little more locally at St. Elmo Jr/Sr High School. There she taught high school math for a year, high school physical education for four years, and elementary physical education for two years. She now teaches junior high health and kindergarten through fifth grade physical education at Altamont. She currently lives in Altamont with her husband Nick and their five year old daughter Teegan along with their three year old son Rhett.
Coach Burrus expects three things from this group of girls this year, senior leadership from the five seniors, the whole team to be great role models for the school and community, and she expects the girls to want to be the best because that's what they're capable of. She has been quite impressed with many things so far this year. One is the team’s ability to listen to the coaches and make the appropriate changes with minor clues given. Another is the team’s defense and pitching depth along with swinging the bat pretty well at the plate. She is also pleased with how the players being shuffled on defense have adjusted and she says that that is promising for the team's ability to adapt and thrive.
The softball team this year is about 95% the same group as last year. The team has added two new assistant coaches this year, John Ledbetter and Brian White. The girls traveled to Kentucky three weeks ago to play some bigger schools. “It was a good weekend away for the team. It was an easy way to get four quick games in against quality teams and show us exactly what we need to work on for the season as well as where we excel. This group has been playing together for three years now and they are talented and work well together; this should an extremely successful season,” says coach Burrus.
- Written by Steven Bain
- Category: Steve's Stories
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It may not cross your mind, but everyday you live is a miracle. There are thousands of dangers you face everyday, such as some disease-ridden scum sneezing on you or falling into a rather deep well. Well, I’m here to tell you how to effectively survive one of those possible situations that could put your valuable life in danger. Take notes as this will be my one and only survival guide on how to survive a very possible danger: facing a stampede of miniature horses.
Just take a moment to think about this. You are walking along one day with your adorable dog. Your life matters, I guess, but this dog’s life is extremely valuable not only to you but also to the people of the internet who favorite any social media posts you make of your dog. Suddenly, you hear a massive collection of clicks of the horseshoes of vicious and trained-to-kill miniature horses. They are no joke, as in this situation size does not matter. Your first mistake would be to try to outrun them or to freeze in terror. Freezing in place never works; a prime example would be the dull characters introduced in horror movies whose only purpose is to be a fresh victim of whatever the evil might be. If you really think you can outrun them, snap back to reality, rabbit. You need to start using these quick, handy steps on how to survive.
Your first step is to collect a rather lengthy amount of rope. Any reasonable person carries at least forty feet of rope in his or her car trunk, so I’d advise you rush to the nearest car and break into it. The neighbors will either understand your reasonable theft or will have already been trampled.
The second step only applies if you are from any Western region of the United States, be it the rootin’ tootin’ West or from the land of vast cornfields (Midwest). If you are not from this region, then best of luck to you since you are of a feeble bloodline. This part comes naturally as having Western blood allows for you to lasso a lengthy rope. I will not have to explain this part since the lasso technique will come through muscle memory. You may not have done this in your lifetime, but your wild, frontier-rambling ancestors will invoke within you the technique of lassoing. Certain side effects may follow, such as a sudden yelp of “Yee yee” or having the desire for an obnoxiously loud truck, but these are all standard for life-saving techniques.
The third and final step is to lasso and mount three miniature horses. You must mount three horses, and I mean this. No more and no less. Three is the magic number as comedy comes in threes. After the strength of Western ancestors has kicked in and you have successfully lassoed three horses together, they will begin to recognize your superiority. As you are the dominant mammal, they will assume you as their type of “alpha male.” Any amongst them who do not recognize you as the superior will be immediately trampled, which will lead to fewer miniature horses to possibly trample you and better your odds of survival. The three horses will naturally come together in a straight line, which you will stand upon as if it were a skateboard. The quote may not go exactly like this, but just remember to skate fast, escape fast.
Congratulations! You have successfully read a guide about how to prevent your untimely demise to a wild stampede of miniature horses! If you completed all three steps, then you will now be the leader of a blood-thirsty dominion of wild, miniature horses. You could stop them and bring peace to the world, or you could perhaps conquer the world and trample any non-Western folk that stand in your path. The options are limitless, especially now since you will have your life preserved and well set to live on with your well-earned formal title. May the earth tremble in your path, Master of Miniature Steeds.
- Written by Nelly
- Category: Dear Nelly
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The advice in this article is not to be taken seriously and is intended for comical purposes.
I am a fairly funny person and I enjoy a good meme. I want to start making memes myself but I have trouble coming up with them. How do I make dank memes?
Dear Patient Pupil,
First off, I would like to congratulate you on taking the first step to greatness. Making memes is one of the most prestigious and cool things that you can do. Being the creator of the dankest of dank memes, I am the perfect person to talk to, so take notes. Let me make it clear though that creating memes is hard, takes a lot of work, and people will try to stop you. Not everyone is born with the gift to create fire, so we must first determine if you have the right stuff. Making memes takes time and commitment as well as a mindset that is always thinking of innovative ideas. Not all people believe in memes, and some will try to stop you from creating. These are the most dangerous people to be around so you must separate yourself from them or they will extinguish the fire.
To create a dank meme, you must first gain inspiration. To do this you have to be constantly alert to anything that may be humorous. Another kind of meme and inspiration to watch for is one that doesn’t necessarily make you laugh but makes you say, “That is so true,” to yourself. This inspiration could come from nearly anything: a sign, a tree, something that someone says, a dog, etc. This inspiration may become a picture or merely inspires the content of the final meme.
Once you have acquired inspiration, you are now ready to start the most important part of creation, finding the perfect possibility for the meme. From one inspiration, you could come up with thousands of different options for the picture and caption. There are so many things to consider: Do I make it edgy or play it safe? Do I make it look good or so trashy that it is funny? and What kind of resources am I going to need to create this? I find that the best way to go through all of this is through intense meditation. Lock yourself in a box or small room and do not come out until you have found the perfect choice. Keep in mind, this could take hours or even days.
Once you have finished the brainstorming step, create the meme. Now comes another important step, product testing. Before you set the meme free to run on the internet, it is important to ensure quality. Product testing includes presenting the meme to various people who are close to you and provide quality critiquing. If you decided to go with an edgy meme, I suggest showing it to your mother. If she slaps or scolds you, that is a good sign. If it is the other kind of meme, make sure to present it to a variety of people to ensure that everyone gets it.
If you passed product testing, it is now time to light the fire. The best place to put your meme and build a meme resume is iFunny. The greatest honor and accomplishment for a meme creator is to be featured on iFunny. Upload your meme and watch the magic happen.
Another type of person to watch out for is the poachers or “reposters.” These are spineless vermin who leech off of the creativity of others. They will try to steal your memes, so you must lay down your life to protect them, at all costs. Make sure you make it clear that you are the creator of your memes.
Meme creating is a risky business and takes guts! One meme can take you from zero to hero or the other way around. I must warn you, creating memes will make others want to be like you and you shall receive praise from all those who believe in memes. I will warn you once more, watch out for the haters! You now have the tools to forge the spiciest of memes. Notice how I said forge, as one does not simply create a spicy meme. Go now, young Padawan, and spread the fire.