Golf Update

On February 17 & 18 at Sulphur Springs Country Club in the District Preview Golf Tournament Liesia found herself out of the top 10 shooting an 85 on Friday. However, on Saturday Liesia came back with an even par 72 to finish 4th. That same day she had two coaches from Drury University there watching her and immediately after the round they verbally offered her a full golf scholarship.

On February 24 & 25 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco at the Regional Preview Tournament Liesia fired a 79 Friday on a cold windy day. Saturday with the temperature in the high 30’s and low 40’s most of the morning Liesia struggled the front nine shooting 43 holding only a 2 shot lead over a girl from Wylie. Holes 16, 17 and 18 Liesia went birdie, birdie and par while the Wylie girl had bogeys on all three holes. Liesia shot 37 on the back nine and won the tournament. Liesia’s next tournament is Monday, March 6th at Dallas Athletic Club.

20 Useless Facts You Don’t Need To Know But Will Probably Read Anyways

  1. The electric chair was created by a dentist so this useless fact sure does bring a whole new fear attending the dentist. As if going to the dentist wasn’t scary enough!
  2. Find bugs and creepy crawlies absolutely disturbing? Well I think you’d like to know that nearly 80% of all animals on earth have six legs! Gross!
  3. Looking for a way to lose weight but you’re too lazy? Well you actually burn more calories than watching TV.
  4. Are you a Coca-Cola drinker? Well just know that it was originally green!
  5. Do you think that your name is common and a generic name that a lot of people have? Well the most common name in the world is actually Mohammed.
  6. It takes about 142 licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop if anyone was actually wondering. The owl lied.
  7. A snail can sleep for three years. Talk about life goals.
  8. Only 2% of the Earth’s population has natural green eyes.
  9. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents
  10. What is the color of a polar bears fur? Well if your answer is white then you’re wrong! Their fur is actually transparent!
  11. An ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s.
  12. Taking a quick nap after learning can help strengthen your memory. Bring nap time to high school!
  13. Caterpillars have about four thousand muscles. Do YOU even lift bro?
  14. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. #fleeky
  15. You can start a fire with ice
  16. The name for the space between your eyebrows is “nasion”.
  17. The only lizard that has a voice is a the gecko. No wonder they chose one of those to represent Geico.
  18. You have approximately 9000 taste buds on your tongue.
  19. Forty is the only number in alphabetical order.
  20. Fish CAN actually drown!

New Red Starbucks Cup

STARBUCK_RED_CUPWinter is coming, and along with that every kids favorite holiday, Christmas! Every year Starbucks releases its new “red cup” to signify the approaching holiday season.

Each year the design changes, from wintery snowflakes, to reindeer, to snowmen and ornaments. But this year, Starbucks did something very different from the past years. This year’s 2015 cup is plainly a bright red as opposed to the rival coffee shop, Dunkin’ Doughnuts.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts released their holiday cup containing holiday leaves and the word “joy” written in red across the cup. Many users on Twitter have stated that Dunkin’ Doughnuts released the cup in response to Starbucks but Dunkin’ Doughnuts claims differently.

“For many years Dunkin’ Donuts has served coffee in festive cups featuring the word ‘joy’ as part of our annual celebration of the season and holiday offerings,” the company claimed in an interview with CNN.

Starbucks simply responded that their holiday cups were supposed to be a blank canvas so their customers can draw on them and make them their own as previous customers have done in the past.

On social media, controversy over the cup started almost immediately after the release. Joshua Feuerstein, a “Facebook famous” man, posted a video, in rage about the new cups and how Starbucks took “Christ and Christmas” off their brand new cups. This idea started the hashtag #ItsJustACup on the twitter media.

Between the social media uproar and Dunkin’ Doughnuts’ new release, many people have voiced their opinion on the ordeal. Twitter users quickly pointed out that neither Starbucks nor Dunkin’ Doughnuts cups ever had Christian symbols on them, just wintery decorations to bring on the holidays.

 

Fall in Dallas

1.At the Dallas Aboretum, you could visit the pumpkin village! The village is made out of over 75,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash! This festival includes special events like a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch, scavenger hunts, Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, music and more!  This festival is on from October to November 25th from 9AM to 5PM. Prices vary from age: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+, $10 for children 3 to 12. and children under the age of two are free! There is an additional cost of $3 to get into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, and on-site parking is $15; but if you order one online then its $8!

2. The Texas State Fair is now open! With concerts, animals, rides, and great food comes great attraction! The Texas State Fair buildings open at 10AM to 10PM. The ticket prices also vary on age, but general admission is $18! Students usually get a free ticket at their school. There is self parking available on Official State Fair lots for $15 per space.

 

3. At Cottonwood Park, there are more than 240 visual artists lined up showing off their artwork. Exhibited paintings, sculptures, metalwork, digital pieces, and more are available to purchase. At the Lakeside Courtyard, local bands play, and you’ll also be able to find food, and drinks! There will be an Artshop filled with children activities. The festival is free as well as parking!

4. For all the anime fans, there is the Ghibli Festival: Princess Mononoke for just $8 at Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Dallas, you can watch an animated film filled with conflict between humans, gods, and nature.

 

Skeeter’s Varsity Soccer take on Berkner Rams.

Mesquite Varsity Soccer played on Tuesday March 3, 2015 against the Berkner Rams.

Mesquite, playing their 10th game this season, came out the victor 2-0 against the Rams. Defender, Saul Para, put the Skeeters on the board by scoring early in the match. Para headed in a cross from Winger, Trevor Debase, making the score 1-0. Within 10 minutes of the first goal, Brandon Avalos, a Mesquite forward put in the second goal of the match now making the score 2-0.

Berkner’s forwards launched multiple attacks on the Skeeter’s defense. With Skeeter goalkeeper Alex Ibarra having to make multiple close saves. The Rams attacks were pointless with the Skeeter’s defense holding firm.

The Skeeter’s were victorious, winning 2-0.

Shattered trust

By Chandler Claxton

Growing up, I always valued the truth, no matter how brutal it was. The truth is what first attracted me to journalism. The profession survives on the credibility and accuracy of media outlets and their reporters. Without the audience’s trust, news stories hold no water and the primary purpose of the news business is lost.

The integrity of Journalists and the profession itself are yet again under fire. The latest incident stems from “NBC’s Nightly News” anchor, Brian Williams, who has been suspended without pay for six months as of Feb. 10 due to an ongoing investigation into his continued exaggeration of an incident he reported in Iraq in 2003.

Williams and NBC have been telling the story differently from their original reporting since 2003.

The most recent inconsistency in his report went public at a Jan. 30 New York Rangers game. There, Williams paid tribute to retired soldier Sgt. Maj. Tim Terpak, claiming Terpak protected Williams and his camera crew after their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. But Williams is not alone.

Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Judith Miller and a number of others all fabricated or plagiarized stories during their careers and damaged the integrity of their fellow journalists.

Glass made up as many as half of his stories for The New Republic. Blair, an up-and-coming writer for The New York Times, was found to be a serial plagiarizer. Miller of the New York Times Washington bureau was involved in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program was debunked.

Because of their actions, these journalists have no accountability with the public and are no asset to any media outlet.

So what does this mean for future journalists like myself?

I respect journalism so, it is hard to take it lightly when a highly respected journalist, especially one who has won a Pulitzer Prize such as Williams, embellishes a story. The first thing any aspiring journalist learns about is ethics and the great importance of honesty.

The Society of Professional Journalists has gathered a list of ethics journalists should follow. It argues that ethical journalism should be fair and balanced.

Journalists should never plagiarize and always take responsibility for the accuracy of their reporting. Fraud should never be justified.

It is never acceptable for a journalist to disregard the relationship he has with his audience by reporting anything other than the facts. When journalists disrespect their audience, they should immediately be sidelined.

If a reporter fabricates a story, the public should be outraged. When reading a news story or watching a news segment, the reader places their trust in the reporter to tell the truth. This relationship puts a tremendous amount of responsibility on a journalist. If they cannot perform their job appropriately, they should step aside for a more ethical journalist.

In the wake of Brian Williams’ falsehoods, journalists now have to be more careful than ever about not only what they report, but what they say away from the news desk. It is vital that journalists are clear and precise in reporting and retain the audience’s trust.

Danger or Defense

A notable law debate has become heavily discussed across the nation. More and more states are passing a law allowing educators to bring guns to schools and into the classrooms. There are currently around 20 states that have officially passed this law, and lot of controversy has up-roared over this decision.

While agreeing that keeping schools a safe environment should be a priority, there’s no certainty that we’ll be doing so by allowing teachers to carry firearms on campus. If anything we would be putting more people in danger.

All in favor of passing this law believe that with this proposal teachers will be able to prevent school violence and make the school a safer place for both the instructors and students. They would feel protected knowing that they could defend themselves when needed.

This proposal isn’t necessary because the schools have School Resource Officers that are there to protect the people of the school. It is their place to be enforcing safety and regulation; no one else. Just because someone has all the proper requirements for owning a concealed weapon doesn’t mean the people are any safer.

Also, this proposition could lead to more violence. The weaponry could easily fall into the hands of a person of violence and lead to fatal actions. This does not install safety, but leaves a bigger possibility for violence.

Allowing this would also cause more accident prone problems. This leaves teachers and students in more danger than they could possibly be in before. Students could get a hold of it and a potentially fatal accident could happen.

Since making the school a safe environment for everybody is critical the situation would call for a better proposition. Teachers that are a great distance from School Resource Officers should be able to carry a taser with them to be able to euthanize someone.

All in all, we should let the officers that patrol the school do their job protecting us, and not take matters into our own hands.

Pink Floyd: The Endless Album Review

Thinking Pink Floyd’s album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” was their last album, Pink Floyd surprised us all with the new album release “The Endless River” on November 10, 2014. With 18 songs on their regular album and 17 on their deluxe edition, the album is based on material recorded in 1993 and 1994 during the “Division Bell”. Recording sessions were held at Britannia Row Studios and aboard the Astoria, where “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” was also partly recorded. Bassist and song writer Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, was not involved in the making of the new album. The Endless River is confirmed to be the final Pink Floyd album.

The album is described by the band as a “predominantly ambient and instrumental album”.  The closing track, “Louder Than Words” is the albums only song to have a lead vocal track, with lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife herself, Polly Samson.

Sheila bryant 3D printing

3D printing

There has been growing concern of Firearms due to today’s technology like the 3D printer. On Tuesday, December 3, the House of Representatives voted to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) for 10 years. The previous act is set to expire on Dec. 9

The 3D printing machine works by starting with a computer design of the object you want to make. The technology uses powered lasers to fuse small particles of plastic, metal, and glass powders that can make the shape you are wanting.

The 3D printer has come in handy with many situations and has not only helped increase manufacturing but saved money, too. Fast 3D printers can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars and end up saving companies many times that amount.

Three-dimensional printing is also occurring as an energy saving technology that can give environmental productivity in understanding of both the manufacturing process itself. It can save up to 90% of basic materials. According to Summit 3D Printing was originally a result looking for a problem. With any world changing technology, it only becomes important when it actually does change the world in a positive way.

3D printing has a wide variety of choices including the ability to personalize products according to the individual needs and requirements of the user.

A solution for this problem can be that all of the virtual designs of guns can be banned from any type of transfer on the media for the people to have any access to.

3D printing should not be banned from public use because they  have many uses that can be beneficial to the environment, manufacturing companies and many more creative ideas that the world may come up with.