Spring break destinations

By: Riley Lumpkin and Gabe Mattick

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Spring break is a very popular travel time for many Americans. Especially, students and families. Many families choose to go to resorts, mainly because of how convenient everything is. Midwesterners like to travel to warm destinations because of the cold, harsh winter, but many people travel to cold climates over their spring break.

Here are a few warm locations that are popular destinations for midwesterners. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and  Orlando, Florida according to TripAdvisor.

Texas is a popular destination as well, with Houston, which has beaches, and Austin, to explore the city.

Hawaii is another popular destination for spring breakers, as families with older children like to explore the tropical islands.

San Francisco and Los Angeles are popular destinations in California for families as well.

Outside of the country, Central America and the Caribbean are popular destinations, with all-inclusive resorts that are perfect for families. They offer many things for everyone to do, like guided tours such as: hikes, bike tours, and snorkeling. The all-inclusive resorts also offer an abundance of food and services.

Mexico is the most popular spring break destination that is out of the country. Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are the most popular cities in Mexico for spring breakers.

Not all people choose to go on tropical, warm vacations over spring break. Many people, and families, choose to go to cold climates. Skiing and snowboarding are very popular sports that many families participate in. In the western part of the United States; Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California have ski resorts perfect for all levels of skiers. Skiing is also popular in the east as well; Vermont and Maine offer many ski resorts that are popular spring break destinations.

Northern Minnesota is the perfect place to hike the frozen waterfalls, ice fish, and snowshoe.

In Montana, there is the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, which is a popular location for many families.

Spring break is overall, a great time to get out and explore. Families and students take advantage of this time to relax and enjoy both cold and warm weather.

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Olympic Gold medalist Chloe Kim, victim of inappropriate comment by Radio DJ

On February 13th, radio show host Patrick Connor made highly questionable comments about Chloe Kim while discussing the Olympics on his radio sports show.

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He said, “Her 18th birthday is April 23, and the countdown is on, baby, cause I got my Wooderson going. That’s what I like about them high school girls.” The “Wooderson” part was referencing a character from the movie Dazed and Confused, who pursued high school girls even though he himself was far removed form high school. He continued to say “She’s fine as hell! If she was 18, you wouldn’t be ashamed to say that she’s a little hot piece of a**. And she is. She is adorable. I’m a huge Chloe Kim fan.”

Connor had made these comments during the radio show Dialed-In with Dallas Braden. In the audio clip, you can hear his co-stars laughing and doing nothing to correct his brazenly disgusting comments.

KNBR, a studio he also worked for, fired him on Wednesday February 14th. However, he is still working at the station, Barstool Sports, where he made his comments.

The apology he issued was a shallow attempt to save face, even though Braden had issued a warning to Connor, stating that this is something to take very seriously, is a very severe situation, and that he’d get fired if he did something like this again.

I believe a warning is not enough. I understand the idea of second chances and providing someone the chance to change, but in these cases of sexualization of minors, there should be no doubt about immediate repercussions. Connor should have been fired from not only KNBR, but also from Barstool Sports show.

This kind of situation is in direct correlation with the over sexualization of Asian women, especially young women, and the rampant sexism in sports. This, however, is not the first time Barstool Sports has come under fire for sexist comments. In January, the company’s CEO Erika Nardini had stated that, “This is a company that intentionally is not PC,” and “At our core, our guys just want to do things that are funny and that’s what I’m focused on and that’s what I believe in.”

However, the issue with an intentionally not “PC” company, and allowing people to say what they think is funny, is that it leads to situations like the Chloe Kim one. When one removes the barrier of “PC,” one removes the protection of minors, and marginalized groups, from inappropriate comments such as the ones made about Chloe Kim. One is then intentionally othering and alienating potential audiences.

The Oscars 2018

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The Oscars of 2018 did not include the fiasco of last year’s Best Picture award blunder. The Oscar, this year, for Best Picture, went (unsurprisingly) to The Shape of Water. The Shape of Water is basically the story about a girl who falls in love with a fish (man). That does sound weird without the art involved, but it’s good. Don’t worry. The other nominees for Best Picture were: Get Out, The Post, The Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Gary Oldman, because he wore a fat suit, and gave one of the best Winston Churchill performances ever.

The award for Best Actress went to Frances McDormand for her stunning performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Best Supporting Actor went to (one of my personal favorites) Sam Rockwell for his performance as a cop in Three Billboards.

Best Supporting Actress went to Allison Janney for her performance in I, Tonya.

One of the most interesting Oscar winners was Kobe Bryant, who won an award for his short film Dear Basketball. Dear Basketball was a short film that played at Kobe’s jersey retirement ceremony, and it details some of the hardships that Kobe went through in his career.

(As always) we had some of what we call “snubs” at this years Oscars. While Jordan Peele did win Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, he could certainly have won Best Director over the actual winner Guillermo Del Toro. Star Wars The Last Jedi got no love, despite its amazing visuals and music. Luckily, at this year’s Oscars, there were no Oscars that went out undeservingly, so these are just my little nitpicks.

It seemed Dunkirk got every award that didn’t include: director, actors, or Best Picture. Dunkirk won in sound design, sound mixing, film editing, and was nominated for Best Original Score.

The Oscars this year were good. They were funny, and just fun all around. It is pretty easy to have more fun when the Academy doesn’t hand out their biggest award to the wrong people.

The affects of music in Life

Music has existed, and been created, way back when, and is now one of the greatest thing in life. The satisfaction of listening to instruments, melodies, voices, rhythm, etc. Music allows one to “be themselves,” meaning if you favor music, it can soothe peoples feelings, it can make one excited, happy, sad, or it just doesn’t phase you.

Either way, there are people out there that use music to help them in life, or to cope with certain, “extremities.” People could/would listen to sad music whenever they feel sad! Or they listen to exciting music when they’re happy!

All these music genres were created because of how people have different opinions in music, from plain old Jazz music, to Electronic Dance Music.

The way music affects people’s lives are vast. Music can cause many different types of people to be inspired to create music! It can allow people to gift themselves with the talent of singing, dancing, or playing instruments.

People may only listen to music because it has a catchy rythm, or the vocals are understandable and lyrics were interesting, or they like the artist. No matter what the reason, people have listened to music for a long time and it affects peoples lives; especially if people understand the songs of the artists.

Some artist or singers create songs to express their feelings and try to tell a story. The songs themselves are a way to communicate with the listeners. These songs tell a story to people that they could relate to, or understand what the story meant. Many artist are like this, and use different types of music genres to express it.

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I surveyed a number of Highland Park Senior High students, who are around my age, and asked them:

  • “Why they listen to music?”
  • “How does it ‘affect; them?”
  • “When do you listen to music?”
  • “Do you listen to music when you’re emotional?”

I asked a total of 10 people, and these were the most common answers.

When I asked why they listened to music, the most common answer was, that music helps calm them down, focus on certain activities/hobbies or makes them feel better.

When I asked how music affected them in life, the top answer given was, how it affects how they think, what they do and how they do things, from hobbies to work.

I then asked them when do they listen to music, and 90% said, whenever they have the time to listen to music. One person said, “Whenever it’s too quiet, I listen to music.”

I then asked, if they listen to music when they’re feeling emotional, and all of the people I surveyed said yes, because of what they were emotional about and how they could relate or be relieved of their emotion at certain times while listening to music, whether it be when they’re sad or happy. One person, out of the ten, said, “I listen to music to relief myself of stress or anything. Let it all out!”

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After surveying all of these people, I’ve learned about them more, what type of music people listen to, and how it affects them. One person that took my survey said they listened to Christian music, which really shocked me, because I never thought about music and religion being related, and how it can affect certain peoples lives.

I learned that in general, music helps people cope with their own “extremities” and express what they go through.


Sports schedule for: Mar 12-17

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.stpaulcity.org

Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Adapted Bowling, Adapted Softball, Boys Tennis, Badminton, Track & Field

Activities the Week of March 12-17

 **Boys Basketball may move ahead in playoffs depending upon the Friday 3/9 game result.

Monday Mar. 12:
Softball Opening Day

Track and Field Opening Day

Tuesday Mar. 13:

Wednesday Mar.14:

Thursday Mar.15:

Friday Mar.16:
Saturday Mar. 17:

Go Scots!