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.

Women’s March Returns In 2018

Lauren Walinski
Staff Writer

Cities all across the country became the sites of dozens of Women’s Marches over the weekend of January 20, 2018. At the one year anniversary of the original march, anywhere from 1.6 to 2.5 million protesters marched yet again to make their voices heard. However, this year those attending had their sights set on a new goal.
  While the 2017 marches were meant to show dissent and dissatisfaction with the government, this year’s marches had a focus on the midterms. At the Philadelphia march, which I attended, signs calling for the coming of a “Blue Wave” could be seen throughout the street, as women were being urged to head to the polls and vote for the change they wanted to see in the next midterm election. Voting is not where things ended, of course, as women were also encouraged to run for office and be the change they wanted to see.
  There was also, of course, focus on many other issues. Signs throughout spoke of things such as DACA, Obamacare, support for immigrants, support for the disabled, the government shutdown, LGBTQ+ rights, Puerto Rico and other islands still hurting after last year’s hurricanes, and generally decrying hatred and bigotry. There were even signs by men in support of women, not to mention dozens of humorous signs. One of the most prevalent issues brought up by protesters and speakers alike was the #MeToo movement, calling attention to prevalent sexual harassment and assault against women. Some speakers shared their own stories, including the singer Halsey who delivered a powerful speech on sexual abuse at the New York City march.
  Trump also tweeted in support of the march, saying, “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” It’s unclear whether or not he’s aware the march was actually a protest, and that much of the march was meant to protest him.
  Only time will tell if the march’s ambitions will come to fruition, but even so, this anniversary proves that the spirit of resistance is still alive in the American people. 

Students fight Childhood Cancer at Annual “Dance-a-Thon”

Claudia Kolinchak

Over forty years ago, in 1977, Penn State University held the first Dance-a-THON to benefit Four Diamonds--an organization founded by Charles and Irma Millard in memory of their son Christopher, who lost his battle with cancer. Now, decades later, thousands of schools host their own “Mini-THONs” to support this organization.
  New Hope-Solebury became a part of this cause several years ago, and on January 27-28, 2018, NH-S will be holding its sixth annual Mini-THON. Each year students from New Hope, and other local schools, come out to dance and raise money for this great cause. They gather a group of friends, make a team, raise funds, and stay overnight in the school. There’s music, food, games, and prizes, making for an entertaining night. This year, there are 21 teams signed up with around 215 total members, and every year there are many students that chose to attend only the first three hours for the Mini-THON“dance.”
  Last year, this event had games like ping pong, handball, and the popular favorite: bubble soccer. Students had the opportunity to get dressed in a big, blow-up , bubble and play soccer while bumping into their peers and knocking them down. The team that won each event got points and at the end of the night, the winning team was rewarded.
  This year, bubble soccer will be returning, as well as dodgeball, zumba, and kickball. There will be smaller, less conventional games as well, such as limbo, musical chairs, minute to win it, bottle flipping, and other small games.