Monday, March 12, 2018

St. Baldrick’s returns to New Hope

Claudia Kolinchak

For the past 3 years, the New Hope community has played a part in conquering childhood cancer through the organization St. Baldrick's. This year will be the town’s fourth annual event, with the highest fundraising goal yet, and the community is excited to participate yet again.
  St. Baldrick's is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund research for childhood cancer; the disease that kills the most children each year. The organization has been making a difference in thousands of lives since 1999 and has grown from raising $100,000 in its first year to $39,000,000 in 2017.
Many community organizations get involved, whether they donate raffle items, have their own booth, or have representatives volunteer alongside fellow community members. National Honors’ Society provides a large amount of volunteers to help with running games, face-painting, crafts, and many other activities.
  A large part of this event is people raising money and awareness by shaving their heads for the cause, or “braving the shave”. These “shavees” may be individual or they may form a team of other shavees for fundraising purposes. This year, however, “shavees” do not have to go bald to participate. Anyone can donate more than 8 inches of their hair to be a participant.
  Last year, the fundraising goal was $100,000 and New Hope knocked the ball out of the park by reaching higher than 150% of that goal. This event was able to donate $157,000 to cancer research.
  This year, the goal was raised to $125,000 and there are high expectations for this event to exceed the amount raised in prior years.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Super Wawa in New Hope proves to be controversial

Zach Meixler
Staff Writer

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of establishing a local Super Wawa. The controversy is demonstrated through the signs posted throughout New Hope petitioning this new change being enforced.
 While signs may indicate that there are a large number of people who are working to enforce this change, this change has not yet been discussed by and local officials as the topic is intensely controversial. Additionally, many who are in favor of the Super Wawa and see it as an opportunity to have a convenient place to purchase gas, and also to have a greater food variety, being that it is a larger convenience store than the local Wawa that is currently in New Hope.
 “I don’t really see the issue with it, I think that it’s fine; however, I will miss the old location because I’ve grown up with it, but I think it will be better for the town,” said Kayla Paul-Koch.
 However, many other citizens who are opposed to the move and feel that a Super Wawa would cause more damage to the community as it might weaken local economy. Furthermore, many locals might also want to preserve the historical feel that New Hope has to offer.
 While both sides have not come to a consensus, it’s safe to say that the inhabitants of New Hope only want what's best for the town.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Class of 2018 outraged over Graduation Gowns

Sydney Garvin, Sabrina Bilotta, and Sam Kolen
Staff Writers

There has been debate over a recent decision to change the tradition of wearing white and blue gowns to all blue gowns at graduation this June for the Senior Class of 2018, specifically amongst girls.
  This recent news has made many students upset, has caused the Class of 2018 officers and advisors to write a letter explaining the decisions made. The letter clearly states that the reasoning for the change in gown color is to show class unity being that this will be the last time they would all be together. Secondly, white is not necessarily one of our school colors. Even though most sports teams have a white jersey, official school colors have always been blue and gold. The graduating class should represent the school by wearing blue and gold. In addition, advisors and officers wish to continue the trend that has begun in most of Bucks County. With increasing awareness of gender equality, this trend is aimed at creating one unified student body regardless of gender identity. Lastly, wearing all blue gowns will return to New Hope tradition. The advisors claim “with many new changes in our high school this is one thing that we can hold onto.” This brought up controversy among the Class of 2018.
  Though this letter presented many valid points, the main part at which the students focused on was the closing paragraph where officers and advisors exclaimed “If [students] have any further opinions that [they] would like to express, [advisors] would love to hear them. [They] are more than willing to put them into consideration”. Students of the senior class definitely took advantage of their offer.
  Some students even went as far as getting together and creating a letter to the administration explaining their reasoning and expressing their disappointment. Although only two known people did this, other students who were passionate about this color switch were voicing their opinions through social media, like Instagram and Snapchat. This tactic was not knowingly seen by any administration, but it circulated through the grade quickly.
  In a similar fashion to the letter that officers and advisors had created, this student letter gave explicit points for why they feel the recent tradition, for at least a decade, should remain the same. The letter stated that during graduation pictures taken in the summer, girls were dressed in white gowns. Students have already paid for these pictures and sent them out to relatives. Secondly, some students have an older sibling’s gown that they had been planning on using and now have to spend money to get a new one. In addition, the students explained that gowns are not gender specific so that students are allowed to choose whichever color they feel appropriate. While traditionally boys have not chosen to wear white, they still have the option to. Lastly, many girls have expressed their concerns decorating a blue cap. Blue clashes with many college colors, and white would allow for a blank canvas.
  In conclusion to this letter, the senior class was granted a class vote on the issue. They finally were able to do so on Canvas on Jan. 17. Results from this vote were revealed on Jan. 24. After the Class of 2018 waited anxiously to determine what color they will wear on June 14, it was announced that students will have the option to dress in white or blue caps and gowns.

Inspiration for Rosie the Riveter Dies at 96

Caroline Donado
Staff Writer

The woman responsible for empowering women nationwide with her factory worker’s jumpsuit and polka-dot bandana, passed away Saturday, Jan. 20.
  Naomi Parker-Fraley, while attending a women war workers reunion, saw the photograph on display that inspired the famous Rosie the Riveter poster and immediately recognized the depicted woman as herself. “I couldn’t believe it. I knew it was actually me in the photo,” Fraley told the Oakland Tribune. However, the journey to prove that Fraley was actually the woman in the picture was a struggle. It wasn’t until 2015 that she was recognized as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter. Dedicated scholar, James J. Kimble, spent six years in search of the real Rosie, finally coming across the original picture in a 1942 newspaper on eBay, containing the caption: “Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating.” She was overjoyed at the confirmation and when asked for her sentiments by the World Herald, Fraley exclaimed: “Victory!”
  The Rosie the Riveter poster displays a woman in the typical garb of women factory workers, her hair tied up in a polka dot bandana to avoid getting it caught in machinery. The poster proclaimed “We can do it!” to the women who worked in the Westinghouse Electric Corp. factories during World War II. While it is often thought that the image was a national symbol at the time, it was, in fact, only displayed in that factory and for a short time in 1943. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the poster resurfaced and became a widespread symbol of girl power. Kimble explains to the Omaha World-Herald, “It turns out that almost everything we think about Rosie the Riveter is wrong.”
  Today, the poster serves to honor the hard-working women of World War II and inspire feminists across the country. Fraley is proud of this fact and told People magazine, “The women of this country these days need some icons. If they think I’m one, I’m happy.”

Terror strikes Kentucky

Matthew Bracco & Charles Bray
Staff Writers

Benton, Kentucky, a normal high school morning, kids roaming the halls and talking with friends, waiting for the starting bell to ring. At approximately 8:00 AM that morning, the fun was shattered as students began to hear gunshots ring throughout Marshall County High School. To some it sounded like a balloon popping, to others, footsteps, little did they know of the reality of the noise.
  There was a moment of silence after the first shot, said senior Matt Ray. Then another shot, and people started to realize what was happening. An unnamed student had brought a handgun into school, opening fire, injuring 16 people, two of which killed.
  The 15-year-old shooter faces charges of murder and first-degree assault and is expected to be tried as an adult. As the gunshots continued, students scurried around the school looking for any sort of cover or escape from the sudden terror. Students escaped the building, some running down the street to a dentist office or a McDonald's, others hopping into strangers’ cars and asking them to drive away. "I could see, adjacent to the high school, the parking lot, and all the chaos there as everyone was running," Ray said, "and some people were trying to escape by trying to drive away really quickly."
  The shooter was apprehended by Marshall County Deputies at 8:06 AM. Sophomore Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marshall County coroner. Preston Ryan Cope, 15, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Cash.
  In times of terror, communities seem to come together to aid each other in whatever way they can. Seeing the commission of an act like this made the people of Marshall County ponder as to what the shooter's motive was, while also bringing them together like never before, but we all hope to never witness an act of such cruelty in years to come.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MUN brings tastes from all around the world to New Hope

Bernadette del Prado
Staff Writer

On Jan. 11, New Hope-Solebury’s Model United Nations (MUN)  presented the different cultures and ethnicities of our school in its first Culture Night Fundraiser. MUN was inspired by the popular event in the UES, Heritage Night, and wanted to bring a similar concept to the high school. The event displayed different food, games, and decorations from all around the world to show the hidden cultures that NHS celebrates.
  The two-hour event displayed stands from Ireland to Argentina to Egypt, giving everyone a little taste of each country. The Israel stand prepared small appetizers, such as classic pita with hummus, tomato salad, and delicious Israeli chocolate.The Philippines stand demonstrated a traditional dance called Tinikling, translating to Bamboo Dance, where the dancer attempts to dodge two bamboo sticks while trying to skip gracefully through them. The Sweden stand demonstrated a lawn game called Kubb, which involves trying to knock down an opponent’s blocks without knocking over the king.
  “I was surprised by how many cultures were represented and I really enjoyed trying food from different countries,” said senior Shayna Berman.
  Culture Night brought the community together to raise awareness of the different backgrounds NHS has to offer. Being in a very small and closed-off community, many people in New Hope aren’t familiar with some practices and beliefs outside of the U.S. NHS MUN wanted to especially establish the event in high school, as they believe teenagers should be open-minded with the array of cultures our world celebrates.
  “I loved being able to share my culture with delicious food no one knew about,” said senior Sophia Carroll, who was representing Greece.  Culture Night was a successful event for NHS MUN and they hope for it to become an annual, or even semi-annual, event for the school.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

#TimesUp Movement uses Golden Globes to send message

Riley Brenna

The Golden Globes award show took place on Jan. 7, 2018, and was a night of celebration for the winners as well as an opportunity to raise awareness for the #TimesUp Movement.
  Men and Women alike showed up in all black, making a bold statement. The night was one that revolved around social movement and change, and supporting the movement’s statement of “inclusion of women and marginalized people” and “equity and parity across all industries”.   
  The #TimesUp movement was founded on Jan. 1, 2018, and received the support of many celebrities prior to the award show. Prior to the red carpet event, celebrities took to social media to endorse the movement, and spread the word about wearing black on Jan. 7, using the hashtags #TimesUp and #WhyWeWearBlack. The reason for the black attire was to show solidarity amongst the group, and support for victims. Along with their black attire, was the presence of #TimesUp pins.
  Some celebrities took the step of inviting feminist icons and other empowered and involved women as their dates to the event. Emma Stone brough Billie Jean King, who she plays in the movie Battle Of The Sexes. King, a well known tennis star, is an LGBTQ activist, as well as an advocate for women’s rights in sports.
  Creator of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke was in attendance as Michelle Williams date. On the evening, and her the movement she started has changed and inspired tonight’s, she told E! News, “But this moment is so powerful because we're seeing a collaboration between these two worlds that people don't usually put together and would most likely have us pitted against each other. So it's really powerful to be on the red carpet tonight."
  Host of the evening, late-night talk show host Seth Meyers, did not hesitate to discuss and joke about the theme of the night, or the topic of sexual assault in Hollywood. Many acceptance speeches also revolved around the issues that have been exposed in Hollywood, and the rest of the world.
  Despite the gravity of the topic at hand, the night was still one of celebration. It was one of empowerment and change and acceptance.