- Written by Collin York
- Category: School News
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Just as we have senior mosts every year, we as a journalism class saw it fit to have a teacher mosts. We all have our prefered teacher for each and every topic of this survey. Let it be known that some of the results were surprising to us as a class. Even so, here are this years teacher mosts.
Still looks like a teenager
Most likely to conquer the school
Just like mom/dad
Most likely to have a free day in class
Has Einstein's IQ
Funny right? Best hair Mr. Lewis, am I right? Just kidding, Mr. Lewis looks like a stud. Hope you enjoyed!
- Written by Caden Miller
- Category: Opinions
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Before anyone can claim Trump to either be or not be fascist, they must first say what fascism is defined as being. Many people have problems identifying what fascism even is. A common definition of fascism is an authoritarian nationalistic right-wing style of government. However, this is not necessarily true. The German Nazis are commonly used today as an example of fascism. Strangely enough, the Nazis were not even that right-wing and by today standards are centrist at best. Also, fascism isn't even necessarily nationalistic. It can be patriotism for an area or region rather than a nation. This can be for religious, political, or even racial reasons. Also, it is important to point out that not all fascist regimes are evil. There have been relatively peaceful fascist regimes throughout history. It just so happens that some of the most ruthless leaders in modern history have been fascist such as Germany’s Hitler and Italy's Mussolini. So how does Trump’s ideology stack up? Is he a fascist? If so, ruthless or peaceful?
The number one characteristic to be considered fascist is having a nationalistic ideology. Without this, it is almost impossible to be considered a fascist. I think it is fair to say Trump is a nationalist at this point. By itself, this is not necessarily a bad thing, After all, a decent amount of republicans are nationalistic in their ideology. However, rather than call it nationalism, many republicans call it patriotism. It’s a very strange catch 22 that certain republicans have created. When anybody criticizes the United States in any fashion, they are often called unpatriotic or anti-American even if their criticisms are justified. A common quote is that, “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” The religious aspect of this quote is debatable, but is not necessarily untrue as many fundamentalist Christians tend to lean towards the right politically.
Another characteristic of fascism is that it tends to point to a minority group as being the cause of the nation’s problems. This isn’t always the case, but tends to be true. As most know, the Nazis passed and practiced anti semitic policies as did the the Italians under Mussolini, but that was more of an attempt to appease the Nazis during World War II. Also, some French fascist blamed Italian immigrants as being the cause of much of France’s violence pre 1900’s. So does Trump fit this characteristic of fascism? Well, that depends on perspective. Trump has said some questionable things about Mexican immigrants in particular during his presidential campaign. For example, as he announced his run for presidency he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” He implies that the majority of Mexican immigrants are drug smugglers, criminals, and rapist. This obviously isn’t true, as studies on this topic actually suggest that immigrants tend to comment less crime than the native population. Some may argue that Trump says outrageous things such as this as a publicity stunt, but we may never know whether he actually believes this or is just trying to get attention.
While I’ve already established that Trump is very nationalistic and may or may not have some questionable views about immigrants, I still cannot yet say that he is fascist. Fascism requires an authoritarian ideology and I am not sure whether Tump is an authoritarian or not. Trump tends to praise democracy when it works out in his favor and criticize it when it does not. It seems Trump would rather just have the ability to just make decisions on the fly if he could. This sounds pretty authoritarian to me. The way in which many fascist regimes gained power was by seizing control of the army and then forming a one party system. This seems almost impossible to do in the United States because of our style of government. So in the end, it is impossible to say whether Trump is a fascist because our political system prevents any one person from being so powerful. Trump may have some fascist tendencies, but that might be all they are. Tendencies. Trump seems to be in a very gray area of the political spectrum.
- Written by McKenzie Goldstein
- Category: Sports
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The 2017 girls’ track season is underway and Coach Hanna is excited about what she thinks the girls can accomplish. Although there are only 13 girls on the team, they have the power to accomplish great things. This year, there are 3 seniors, 5 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 2 freshmen.
It’s no secret that last season, the girls’ track team had a problem with injuries, but this season, Coach Hanna said she is excited to have healthy runners. Along with healthy runners, she is excited to have two talented freshmen, Hannah Barns and Rachel Jackman, join the team.
Since the track team had very few runners last season, the overall record was not what they wanted to see happen again. This season, Coach Hanna expects to see a better record overall. Along with that, she expects to see the girls meet and exceed their personal records and goals.
Coach Hanna isn’t nervous about any of the meets. She is confident in the girls’ ability to dig deep not only for themselves, but for the team. Her goals this season are to see the girls improve as individuals and as a team. She would also like to send at least one girl to the IHSA state meet.
- Written by Adela Flach
- Category: Sports
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Mitchell Stevenson is the Boys Track Athlete of the Week. He was born on November 11, 1999 and is seventeen years old. His hobbies are being Athlete of the Week and throwing rocks. His favorite memory from track is running at Illinois Wesleyan for Indoor State.
The most challenging part of track for Mitchell is losing. His least favorite thing about track is winning a lot of medals, and his favorite thing is meeting people who also like to win. He does all of the events in track and his favorite team member is Donovan Delaney.
His favorite class is RUSH and his least favorite class is Spanish. His favorite color is orange and his favorite food is buffalo wings. His advice to younger athletes is “Don't run slow, because that's what makes you lose.”
He is involved in basketball and track. He describes himself as quotable. His future plans are to go to college and pursue the path to success. He is enrolled in RUSH, trig, British Literature, P.E., Spanish 3, advanced health, U.S. history and stats.